Years after elevating conspiracy theories regarding former President Barack Obama's nationality, President Donald Trump is now claiming that Obama is an enemy to the United States.
It's not an unusual occurrence. After the release of government files regarding Russian election interference in recent months, Trump claimed it highlighted numerous crimes committed by the FBI at Obama's orders (it didn't). When asked what these supposed crimes were, Trump couldn't name a specific one.
But in a recent interview with CBN News, the President once again baselessly accused Obama of spying on his campaign—something he classifies as "treason."
"It's treason. Look, when I came out a long time ago, I said they've been spying on my campaign. I said they've been taping, and that was in quotes, meaning a modern day version of taping, it's all the same thing. But a modern day version. But they've been spying on my campaign."
As CNN points out, 'treason' is specifically defined in the Constitution:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
In reality, the Obama FBI was investigating Russian election interference—which Trump denied existed at the time. As is now widely known, Russia was actively working toward a Trump victory and paths of Russian officials frequently crossed with the Trump campaign.
People didn't hesitate to fact check Trump, including CNN fact checker Daniel Dale.
People thought the accusation paved the way for something more insidious.
Some thought Trump was projecting again.
Obama isn't expected to respond.