The media are beside themselves because of President Donald Trump’s acknowledgement on Twitter that the reason his son and a Kremlin-connected lawyer had a meeting in 2016 was to gather information on “an opponent.”
Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
The media and Democrats were all over it.
Um…In this tweet, the president admits his campaign did willingly reach out to Russians for dirt on Clinton. Attempted collusion? https://t.co/1b8L8hPy1b
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) August 5, 2018
In this angry, presumably unintentionally revealing tweet, @realDonaldTrump confirms that, as president, he helped write a false public statement to hide what he knew was the actual (illegal) conspiratorial purpose of the #TrumpTower meeting with #Russians in 2016. https://t.co/jg5MZYaLfu
— Howard Fineman (@howardfineman) August 5, 2018
“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent…” is not what the American people were initially told. https://t.co/7sq7WT8lfr
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 5, 2018
The Russians offered damaging info on your opponent. Your campaign accepted. And the Russians delivered.
You then misled the country about the purpose of the Trump Tower meeting when it became public.
Now you say you didn’t know in advance. None of this is normal or credible. https://t.co/AEDYiIbXyY
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) August 5, 2018
However, a 2017 tweet by Trump made the exact same acknowledgment.
Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That's politics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2017
INBOX: “I don’t get the whoa about Trump’s tweet today regarding the @DonaldJTrumpJr meeting when in July 2017, Trump basically said the same thing. Amazing how media can dramatize old stuff as if it is new.” pic.twitter.com/8pv5meE2Zz
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) August 5, 2018
It is interesting how those who gather information and document things for a living failed to notice this.
If you think of media coverage and other resistance activity as Westworld-like loops — where they alone are unaware they're repeating themselves, it all makes more sense. They're on the obstruction loop. They'll soon hit the 25th amendment one again. https://t.co/ewtrcsPJn5
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 5, 2018
It’s not as if it’s hard to check what Trump has said on Twitter in the past. https://t.co/HOC7NGyjwJ
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 5, 2018
Not at all.