Trump Said He Never Used Dirt on Opponents from Foreign Sources and a White House Correspondent Just Set the Record Straight

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - MARCH 28: President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was the final city Trump visited during his 2016 campaign. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump assured reporters on Monday that he wouldn't use any opposition research or "dirt" on Democratic rivals in the 2020 presidential campaign.

What's more, he asserted that he never used any dirt on Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.


But New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman reminded Twitter that Trump did exactly this when using Clinton campaign emails stolen by Russia and published by Wikileaks to sow suspicion of Secretary Clinton among voters.

Trump repeatedly cited and praised Wikileaks during the 2016 campaign.

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Trump ally Roger Stone is currently on trial for communications with Wikileaks regarding the stolen emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. Donald Trump Jr. communicated with Wikileaks via Twitter during the 2016 campaign as well.

After the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Trump claimed to know nothing about Wikileaks despite frequently praising it during the 2016 campaign.

Others are calling the president's bluff as well.

Recently, Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani canceled a scheduled trip to Ukraine where he intended to ask the country's government to help push the narrative that 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden's son's involvement with a Ukrainian energy company.

When asked if he was meddling in an election, Giuliani responded:

“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do."

In case the public didn't know it already, any assurance from Trump should be taken with a grain—or shaker—of salt.

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Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

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The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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