Diplomat and Ukraine expert Dr. Fiona Hill testified before the House Intelligence Committee overseeing the impeachment inquiry on Thursday, notably criticizing Republican lawmakers for pushing the conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine that hacked our election in 2016 and framed Russia for it.
Only one day later, President Donald Trump called in to Fox and Friends, repeating the same fictional narrative that Dr. Hill warned against.
Remember, "Crowdstrike" is the conspiracy theory that Ukraine and the DNC framed Russia. Here's President Trump aga… https://t.co/xJhooKk4kO— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1574431615.0
Trump claimed that the Democratic National Committee—whose emails were hacked by Russia during the 2016—refused to give over their corrupted server to the FBI, instead giving it to a company called Crowdstrike, owned by a wealthy Ukrainian.
This is utterly false. There is no missing server, Crowdstrike has no immediate ties to Ukraine, and all evidence on the corrupted servers was given to the FBI.
Nevertheless, Trump spread the conspiracy theory on Fox & Friends just like he did on his infamous July 25 call with President Zelensky.
But host Steve Doocy seemed skeptical:
"Are you sure they did that? Are you sure they gave it to Ukraine?"
The other hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earnhardt, seemed doubtful as well.
@joshtpm 🤣🤣🤣🤣 The looks on these hosts faces are priceless. For the first time in my life, I can relate to a FoxNew… https://t.co/xkQPossSLZ— Karan Walkar (@Karan Walkar) 1574435656.0
@joshtpm @davidfrum Look at their faces. They are the family trying to deal with their crazy grandfather when he tu… https://t.co/tnTi2qdEHN— Monica Martin (@Monica Martin) 1574433284.0
@joshtpm When even those clowns can’t believe your clownery...— Patricia 💀☠️👻🎃🍂🍁🔮 (@Patricia 💀☠️👻🎃🍂🍁🔮) 1574434038.0
Still, Trump responded to Doocy's question with, "Well that's what the word is."
That is absolutely not what the word is, and people weren't afraid to tell him as much.
@joshtpm And we know is 100% false. Every R who believes or pretends to believe is unfit for office -- or to pick u… https://t.co/RABq8pIbyv— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin) 1574432570.0
@joshtpm Crowdsrrike is an American company It is not owned by any Ukrainians The DNC servers were never in Ukraine… https://t.co/laQcE5CBgH— Blue Bee (@Blue Bee) 1574432786.0
@joshtpm Everyone with a normal functioning mind can clearly hear that DT is not well. His accumulation of higgledy… https://t.co/1TQkUFJBbW— Mom (@Mom) 1574432186.0
@joshtpm And yet, every single practicing Republican is perfectly fine with promoting this known Russian disinforma… https://t.co/JwqdsQ4JhS— Lagertha Needs a Dragon (@Lagertha Needs a Dragon) 1574433095.0
People had suspicions as to why Trump keeps obsessively peddling the debunked fever dream, and they all have to do with Russia.
@joshtpm He's lobbying to get Vladimir back in G8 , it's important to him.— G (@G) 1574434115.0
@joshtpm @davidfrum Trump has to deliver sanctions relief to Putin. The only way to do that is exonerate Russia. Th… https://t.co/E5H5k3ZigH— Karen Collins (@Karen Collins) 1574432000.0
@joshtpm Here’s the president assisting Russia in their propaganda efforts. That’s the most accurate description of… https://t.co/mep6zZTBfw— Little Lebowski Underachiever (@Little Lebowski Underachiever) 1574431741.0
When even the Fox and Friends hosts seem skeptical, you know the President is dead wrong.