On Thursday, news broke late that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was seeking an immunity deal in exchange for some juicy bits about Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. On Friday, President Tiny Twitter Fingers was back at it, tweeting:
It would’ve been nice if this were an independent thought, but that would require a few things that President Vladimir TrumPutin doesn’t seem to possess: independence from his overbearing father, Steve Bannon, and thought.
As Raw Story notes, TrumPutin’s tweet came shortly after a Fox & Friends segment in which “Fox analyst Tony Shaffer said that Flynn would be wise to seek immunity to prevent getting charged with a crime as part of Washington, D.C., ‘blood sport.’”
“In this town, going after people is a blood sport,” Shaffer said during the segment. “Mike Flynn would be stupid to not figure out a path forward regarding the circumstance of who he talks to ... regarding the issue.”
Trump is a mouthpiece for a station that is so right-leaning, if my television accidentally turns to Fox, it falls off to the right side of the TV stand.
It’s bizarre, as are most things with this administration, to know that the highest-ranking person in the land gets his information from a right-wing, conspiracy-filled, propaganda-laced talk news broadcast, instead of, say, actual government officials he could ask directly.
In fact, many could argue that President Vladimir TrumPutin finds himself embroiled in this whole mess around President Barack Obama’s supposed wiretapping of Trump Tower after a tweet that Fox News has worked tirelessly to support.
On March 4, the president randomly tweeted that he’d “just found out” that the Obama administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower. He compared the act to McCarthyism. Since the accusations, and despite claims from everyone, including FBI Director James Comey, that this didn’t happen, several Fox analysts have taken to the airwaves with wild claims of how this happened.
The wildest assertion came from former New Jersey Superior Court judge-turned-Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, who claimed that the Obama administration used British intelligence to avoid American fingerprints and “most likely” provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s recorded calls. It was so outlandish that even Fox News quietly put Napolitano on pause from the network for a few weeks and tried to back away from his ridiculous claims.
But that didn’t stop the White House from latching onto the news and using it as a platform on which to stand. TrumPutin even claimed that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had “something in common” when questioned about the claims:
Except they didn’t because the entire accusation was false from the beginning, and if the president and his minions weren’t in bed with the news station, it would never have reached the levels it did.
Sean “Spicy Facts” Spicer walked out to a press briefing shortly after Napolitano’s claims and chastised the White House press corps for missing the real story. He not only quoted the news clip but also used it as a centerpiece to prove that the White House had been right all along.
According to the Washington Post, Spicy Facts smugly said the following:
Last night on Fox News, on March 14, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, “Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence finding agency. So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations, involving president-elect Trump, he’s able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published accounts and common-sense together, this leads to a lot.”
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza was all over it, noting:
That little riff got Spicer into a lot of trouble. The British government categorically denied that it was involved in any way, shape or form in the wiretapping of Trump Tower by the U.S. government. The British national security agency called the claim “utterly ridiculous” overnight Thursday and British media reported that the White House apologized for it.
That little riff could’ve caused an international incident with one of America’s closest allies, but that hasn’t stopped anyone in the administration from slowing down or stopping to actually confirm these hair-brained schemes coming out of this ACME administration.
In fact, Fox News is so tightly connected to the presidency, TrumPutin actually uses the network as both his explanation for pursuing ridiculousness and his excuse if the ridiculousness proves to be false. After it became clear that the accusations weren’t true, during the same joint press conference with Merkel, Trump added:
And just to finish your question, we said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox.
Or maybe the president of the United States should stop listening to Fox News. The saddest part of this TrumPutin administration is that the whole thing is sad. There doesn’t appear to be a silver lining, and if you really want to know what TrumPutin is thinking, just watch Fox News, since it seems to be speaking to and for him.