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Will Trump Admit He Created A Conspiracy Theory? Now That It Was Debunked

December 9, 2019

The news today was not unexpected.  Yet, it felt refreshing to read.  At the same time, it is troubling.

The FBI mishandled parts of its application to monitoring a Donald Trump campaign aide as it was probing possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the overall investigation was justified.  That is according to a long-awaited report now released by the Department of Justice Inspector General.

For too long there has been an attempt by Trump, and some of his more absurd followers, to claim that the investigation of his campaign was nothing more than a politically biased plot against him.   That can no longer be said as facts prove otherwise.  The report, now in the hands of the public, concludes that the FBI and DOJ were justified in launching their probe because of evidence the Russian government was trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign as part of its efforts to influence the election.

I know that the emotionally troubled Trump has a hard time accepting the fact he lost the 2016 popular vote by 3 million votes and 17 intel agencies in our nation have findings to show that Russia worked feverishly to undermine the election and elect Trump.  The best way for Trump not to feel bad about the election would be for him to stop being a stooge for Russian President Putin.

The headline of this post is in jest, of course.  Trump could no more admit being wrong than his supporters could when assessing their decision in the last presidential election.  What we can count on is the odd narrative that Trump will start to spin in response to the IG report and the embarrassing statements surely to come from Attorney General Barr’s office.  The Trump base will never read any of the report, follow blindly the words of Trump, and denounce all who offer facts to demonstrate why the report is valid.

For too long confusion and paranoia have been the foundations of the Republican Party.  With Trump using the tactics that any old lie is worth repeating, especially with a political base not educated or concerned enough to know better, means the nation is again suffering as a result.  When an IG report can be tarred and tossed by the top elected official of the land it sends another signal that the institutional norms of the land are being ripped apart and dismantled in front of our eyes.

Truth has been printed in the IG report.  But if those in a position of power use lies and cheap partisan confusion to undermine truth what does that mean for the republic?  It is a question that we are living and historians will provide an answer to in years to come.  For now, we can say with certainty it is unsettling.

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