Now that Donald Trump’s back is firmly against the wall in the Trump-Russia scandal, with nineteen people having already been indicted, and the fifth guilty plea about to be announced, Trump is trying some desperate new strategies to try to deflect the focus of the scandal. Actually, he’s now combining two of his oldest favorite tricks: blaming President Obama, while also blaming his own Attorney General. The trouble: he doesn’t appear to know what his Attorney General’s name is.
Here’s what Trump tweeted this morning: “Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation? Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Session!” Wait, who is Jeff Session? Did Trump fire Jeff Sessions and replace him with Jeff Session? Did Jeff Sessions change his name and enter the witness protection program?
In all seriousness, there’s something profoundly disturbing about Donald Trump’s attempt at blaming this on President Obama. He’s saying it’s Obama’s fault for not having been able to stop the Trump campaign and Russia from conspiring to rig the election. That’s like an arsonist blaming the fire department for not being able to put out the arson fires quickly enough.
Of course we all know what this is really all about. Donald Trump is clinically obsessed with President Obama because he’ll never be President Obama, and he knows that his racist base loves it whenever he kicks around the black guy, no matter how nonsensically he goes about it. Trump also still deeply resents the fact that Jeff Sessions recused himself in the Trump-Russia investigation instead of running interference for him. At this point a frustrated Trump is simply throwing everything at the wall. Or in this case he’s throwing it all at “Jeff Session.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report