Over the course of the last year, it has become clear that President Trump often uses illogical and critical attacks at his opponents as a means of either deflecting attention from his own administration, or in an attempt to discredit the person or people challenging him. Perhaps two of the most often targeted individuals include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama. By levying attacks against these two prominent Democratic figures, Trump has tried to use this strategy on various occasions, especially in regards to the ongoing investigation into potential interactions between Russia and the president’s campaign team.
On Monday, Trump published one of his infamous Twitter posts, whining about the Obama administration’s investigation into the Trump campaign, and claiming that the sole reason was to help Clinton in her race for presidency. The president also referred to the Republican memo that was released last month, holding steadfast to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity’s exaggeration that it was bigger than the Watergate scandal.
Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2018
Nevertheless, one prominent former official was able to see Trump’s tweet for what it was, pointing to the apparent insecurities the president must be feeling to publish such a post. Former CIA Director John Brennan was quick to formulate a Twitter response to Trump, claiming that the attempt to misrepresent the facts and deflect attention away from the Mueller investigation provided insight into the president’s paranoia, considering the consistent stream of evidence that is emerging from the special counsel’s inquiry.
This tweet is a great example of your paranoia, constant misrepresentation of the facts, and increased anxiety and panic (rightly so) about the Mueller investigation. When will those in Congress and the 30 percent of Americans who still support you realize you are a charlatan?
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 5, 2018
Brennan, who has been an outspoken critic of the president and his administration, headed the CIA when initial reports began emerging of Russia’s influence and propaganda distribution ahead of the 2016 general elections. Brennan raised concerns about the Trump administration just days before his latest Twitter post, as a Business Insider article outlined that:
‘As another unprecedented week of tumult came to an end Friday, Brennan delivered a brutal assessment of Trump, calling him “unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical” in an interview with MSNBC.
‘”And I think this is now coming to roost,” Brennan said, referring to the magnitude of the chaos that seems to flow constantly from the Trump White House.’
However, Brennan’s remarks went beyond a simple criticism of the president, explaining that the country is on a very detrimental path under the current administration, and telling the public to expect things to get worse before they can get better. The former CIA director claimed that foreign threats from North Korea and Russia, as well as the internal fissures that have developed within society, have made the nation significantly more vulnerable and unstable.
This is scary as hell. John Brennan, ex head of the CIA, says exactly what he thinks in this interview… and what Brennan thinks should scare the hell out of every American. Watch this interview.#UnfitForOffice#PutinAtWar https://t.co/t66j2d4qAh
— Peter Lorber (@PMLorber) March 4, 2018
As President Trump continues his futile attempts to use illogical critiques to legitimize his presidency, it is clear that the misleading information is only further crippling the country. Regardless of who he tries to blame next, or how he aims to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign, the reality is that none of these attacks will provide any road to recovery. Brennan put it best in referring to Trump as a charlatan, as the administration continues to focus on safeguarding their own fraudulent interests, instead of worrying about the detrimental path the nation is headed towards.
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