Last night the New York Times did its job by reporting that the United States is doing its job by finding new ways to push back against Russia’s cyber attacks. It seemed pretty straightforward. The only controversial part was the revelation that the Pentagon and the U.S. intel community hesitated to tell Trump about the tactics, due to his notorious personal allegiance to Vladimir Putin over the United States. Suffice it to say that when Donald Trump learned about the New York Times story, he didn’t exactly respond well.
Trump posted this deranged tweet in response: “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country. ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
Wow. Where do we even start? Why would the New York Times be committing treason by reporting a true story? How could Trump know it’s supposedly false? Why would the word “treason” even be involved in a story about the United States taking active measures against a foreign government? Trump is literally claiming that if the United States is being disloyal to Russia, then it’s treason.
It’s more obvious than ever that Donald Trump views himself as a subject of the Russian government, and not a subject of the United States government. His tweet alone tonight should be enough to disqualify him from office, as he flat out admitted he’s a Russian asset. That’s before getting to the stunning reality that the U.S. military and the U.S. intel community are having to hide things from Trump because they know he’s a Russian asset.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report