“And you know it,” Trump rambled on. “It was done and stated by the Democrats because they lost an election that they should have won, because the Electoral College it’s a big advantage for Democrats, not for Republicans. And they should have, and I ran the clock out.”
Really? Does it?
“We ran the whole thing, ran up the east coast from North Carolina to Pennsylvania,” Trump boasted, almost as if he was giving a hat tip to Manafort. “Then we go up to Wisconsin and Michigan, states that hadn’t been won for many, many years. We won those states.”
Trump then blasted the Russia investigation, headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as a “hoax.”
“And they said, how do we solve this horrible problem,” Trump retorted. “We lost an election that in theory some people — I didn’t, but some people thought they were going to win, right? And they said, I have an idea. Let’s blame Russia. It was a hoax. It was all a big hoax. Today again, no collusion. The other day, no collusion. There was no collusion.”
This is quite the hill, Donald.
Um, given what Manafort went down for, wouldn't that make Trump's possible collusion with Russia still an open question?
— David Chipman 🇨🇦♿ (@LinuxForever74) March 13, 2019
It proved members of his campaign attempted to conspire with foreign agents to influence a US election (ummm collusion). Trump can play plausible deniability all he wants but Americans associated with him are guilty of crimes.
— Trey W (@ndblackirish97) March 13, 2019
Seems comprehensive English is most difficult for Individual 1 and Manafort’s lawyer. They’re all about the politics, forget was it best for the country.
— Cathy McGinnis (@cathy_mcginnis) March 13, 2019
You might be guilty of something when all your buds, cronies, fellow cons & grifters find themselves with an extended stay deep within Club Fed.
Just saying you might want to seize the day and enjoy your next Big Mac because soon – you might eat nothing but prison pudding.
— Lars Hopeful 🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊 (@Hopeful_Lars) March 13, 2019
Trump made a similar demonstrably false claim on Thursday after Judge TS Ellis of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison.
“Both [Manafort’s] lawyer, a very respected man, and a highly respected judge, the judge said there was no collusion with Russia,” Trump said to reporters before departing to tour tornado damage in Alabama. “It’s a collusion hoax. It’s a collusion witch hoax. I don’t collude with Russia.”
Trump is living in opposite land. What Ellis actually said was that Manafort was “not before this court for anything having to do with collusion with the Russian government to influence this election.”
Nevertheless, Trump doubled-down on his false narrative Friday morning.
“Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia,” Trump tweeted. “But the Witch Hunt Hoax continues as you now add these statements to House & Senate Intelligence & Senator Burr. So bad for our Country!”
Both the Judge and the lawyer in the Paul Manafort case stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia. But the Witch Hunt Hoax continues as you now add these statements to House & Senate Intelligence & Senator Burr. So bad for our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019
And, just like today, Downing’s post-hearing remarks last Thursday were like hamberder meat for Trump.
“There is absolutely no evidence Paul Manafort worked in collusion with any government official from Russia,” Downing proclaimed.
Trump also expressed sympathy for his former campaign chair.
“I feel very badly for Paul Manafort,” Trump said. “I think it’s been a very, very tough time for him.”