He still doth protest too much

The only person in the world who doesn’t think the Russians meddled in our 2016 election is Donald Trump.

This morning, Trump blew a gasket with the press corps on his way to his helicopter when he, again, claimed no one helped him win his election except — Donald J. Trump. Forget that his statement neglects to thank anyone else for helping him — like the voters.

Now, I haven’t really heard anyone state that the Russian interference decided the election. I think it’s hard to imagine that the flood of Russian fake news on Facebook and other social media didn’t affect at least one vote. But no one can scientifically state that the meddling decided the election.

As you, I’ve seen the footage of Trump stating he had “no reason to believe Russia” meddled in the election as Putin stood next to him. Watch that footage next time and keep an eye on Putin’s face as Trump makes his statement. Putin looks around like your puppy when you ask him who made the mess in the house while you were away.

Trump has gone from saying that Special Counsel Bob Mueller was fair right after his report was released to this morning when he said Mueller was conflicted and a “never Trumper.” In one tweet this morning the President actually confirmed that Russia helped him when he tweeted, “…I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected.”

Yesterday his press spokesman said the country should move on from the Mueller report since, according to her and Trump, it showed “there was no collusion, no obstruction” even though that is not what the report says, Trump is fighting the same battle he’s been fighting.

When Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “the lady doth protest too much,” he was prescient but the first two words would be “Donald Trump doth protest too much.”

I would never make the snide comment Trump’s behavior begs for…but, I will: The difference between when the redacted report was issued and today is that Mueller gave his first public statement on his investigation. That statement was carried on TV. Trump watches TV, but doesn’t read. Thus, he learned yesterday firsthand what the report really says.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is not pushing impeachment. Most of the Democratic caucus in the House is not pressing for it. But Trump seems to be either scared to death of an impeachment process or protesting too much because he wants the House to go through the process because he knows the Senate will find him not guilty and it will help him win reelection.

No one knows if it will help him but the odds are more that it would help rather than hurt him. Kind of like the Russian election meddling.

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Former deputy White House press secretary (Reagan and Bush 41) and former head of communications at Republican Natl Committee. My blog: bjaycooper.com.

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