Seditionist coup leader Donald Trump has been waging a thoroughly ridiculous legal battle against CNN because he's irate that news network talking heads at several points compared Donald Trump's actions to those of Nazi German dictator Adolf Hitler; he finds such comparisons very uncouth when they're aimed in his direction.
That hasn't stopped the whining would-be strongman from launching his usual strings of invective against anyone, anywhere who he believes once looked at him funny, of course. Trump again took to his own flailing social media platform Wednesday morning to 1) insist that well actually when the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago club-slash-home all they found was "empty folders" stamped with “top secret,” not whatever documents were once inside them, and 2) call the FBI both "the Gestapo" and "Trump Hating Marxist Thugs." So yeah, just another normal day in Trump’s Palm Beach Xanadu.
"[T]hese were just ordinary, inexpensive folders with various words printed on them, but they were a ‘cool’ keepsake. Perhaps the Gestapo took some of these empty folders when they Raided Mar-a-Lago, & counted them as a document, which they are not. It’s also possible that the Trump Hating Marxist Thugs in charge will ‘plant’ documents while they’re in possession of the material," Trump burped.
Trump has burped these gasses before, just one of many spaghetti excuses he's thrown against the wall in an effort to pretend the FBI did not find hundreds of classified documents that Trump and his legal team had previously tried to hide from government eyes by claiming they didn't have them. After the FBI search conclusively proved Donald did have them and was in fact a dirty rotten liar, Trump then launched into a litany of defenses arguing that all those documents were his own property, and that he had secretly declassified them without telling anybody, and that he had collected them as material for a possible memoir, and that Actually the FBI planted them during their search, and (this time around) that Actually Actually there weren't any classified government documents at all, those were all just empty folders that Trump took with him because they looked "cool."
The federal government has, of course, provided federal judges with an overview of the documents seized after the search, so it's already provable from the get-go that Trump is lying his golf-cheating ass off yet again. It's also an appropriately Trump-like defense in its all-encompassing weirdness: You kept government-tracked classified document "folders," allegedly dumping whatever was originally in them, because they seemed "cool?"
This is a dude who has absolutely no qualms about faking things that he thinks would look "cool." A fake but flattering magazine cover displayed in his multiple resorts. An entire fictional Civil War battle invented and honored with a plaque at one of his golf resorts—a weird 14th-hole attempt at "stolen honor." A posterboard-sized FEMA hurricane map with a hurricane's government-predicted path brazenly altered in hand-drawn Sharpie.
If Donald Trump wanted to show off supposedly top secret mementos of his time spent as the Presidency's Greatest Mistake, he would have just ordered a staffer to fake them. Honestly, it's almost embarrassing he didn't try to tell courts "no, uh, I just printed those up as party favors, they're all totally fake."
Mind you, these things are tracked. It wouldn't have worked. But still.
As for the other half of Trump's "Truth"-burp, Steve Benen disposes of that with some reminders of the many other times Trump, who allegedly was a sitting f--king president at one point and has announced his intent to be one again, peppered the FBI with streams of unhinged insults and false claims in order to convince his grubby base that it is the whole of federal government that is corrupt, not him. This has been Trump's habit his entire life; the IRS, too, has been the target of his invective every time anyone suggests, even tangentially, that Donald Trump is a lifelong tax cheat.
And the nation's press, of course, is constantly blasted as the "enemy of the people" because Donald Trump is a lot like Hitler in temperament, and tends to collect fascist phrases from history like other people his age might collect stamps or doe-eyed ceramic children.
We will leave discussion of why Trump's insistence that the FBI is both the Gestapo and Marxist thugs to others; bonus points will be awarded for those who attempt it.
Donald Trump is a seditionist, a coup plotter, a traitor to the nation, a longtime tax cheat, swindler, habitual bank defrauder, sex predator, rapist, liar, and irredeemable git, and thanks to the United States Constitution he has never read, everyone is allowed to compare him to Adolf Hitler 20 times a day if they'd like to. Trump is allowed to call the FBI the Gestapo if he wants to, too; there's no jail time for these things, and the only penalty is the risk that the rest of society will find the performance gross and creepy.
None of this appears to be doing anything to jump-start Trump's alleged second run at the presidency, a threat Trump subjected us all to several months ago but has manifested itself as exactly nothing, unless you count the launch of a new line of digital trading cards. So far it appears that Donald Trump is simply stuck being Donald Trump, a condition that he will inflict on the rest of us whenever he sees something on television that even slightly upsets him.
CNN, however, now has yet another quote to use in their almost-certain-to-be-successful bid to get Trump's lawsuit booted out the courtroom's nearest window. This guy is mad about name-calling? Oh, sure he is.
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