President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at his predecessor, Barack Obama, following revelations within Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report that Trump’s presidential campaign knowingly benefited from Russian election interference in 2016.
“The investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,” the report states. Mueller could not establish, however, that the Trump campaign participated in a coordinated effort with the Russians.
Trump saw this as an opportunity to stick it to Obama.
“Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President,” Trump tweeted. “He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.”
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Note that the president is deflecting blame onto Obama for not stopping the Russians from meddling in an election he won.
He is terrified of being viewed as illegitimate. This is peak Trump.
Only an illegitimate president would talk like this.
— Marco (@nycmarcopolo) April 19, 2019
I don't think your "Obama did it" game is gonna cut it this time but thanks for playing. pic.twitter.com/b2QdzGXAuo
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) April 18, 2019
When all else fails, blame the black guy!
— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) April 18, 2019
you just know that a hyperventilating Donald Trump just got off the phone with Hannity and this is what Hannity told him to say
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 18, 2019
Trump’s assertions are not true. But hey, at least he now acknowledges the Russians did it.
You were told about it … & you encouraged them. Obama tried to warn voters. Your pal McTurtle refused to allow it. Somebody needs to update you on the meaning of treason, because you have it all wrong. Also, there's NO WAY all the Russians did didn't influence the election. pic.twitter.com/o4UUL2MLFf
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) April 18, 2019
Obama did, in fact, take action.