Appearing increasingly desperate to rewrite history, President Donald Trump took another stab at reframing his remarks to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on his infamous July 25 phone call.
The United States President now claims when he said the word "us", he meant the "United States" as in "U.S." Get it?
"When I said, in my phone call to the President of Ukraine, 'I would like you to do US a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.' With the word 'us' I am referring to the United States, our Country."
"I then went on to say that 'I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people...'."
"This, based on what I have seen, is their big point - and it is no point at a all (except for a big win for me!). The Democrats should apologize to the American people!"
When I said, in my phone call to the President of Ukraine, “I would like you to do US a favor though because our co… https://t.co/IqvQllxFhe— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1575517835.0
....”I would like to have the Attorney General (of the United States) call you or your people.....” This, based on… https://t.co/WRn9fT6iwG— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1575517835.0
While it is almost guaranteed his core supporters will begin parroting this latest defense as they have all the others, it appears to be a dud with those outside the Trump bubble.
@realDonaldTrump That's not what you said. "Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York C… https://t.co/PFJGX6Iabn— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️) 1575518325.0
As former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa pointed out in her own on point response...
"One of the things the FBI keeps on the down-low is that if you rob a bank at gunpoint and say 'Give us the money' instead of 'Give me the money' you can't be investigated because who's to say that you intended to keep the money for yourself? CASE CLOSED"
One of the things the FBI keeps on the down-low is that if you rob a bank at gunpoint and say “Give us the money” i… https://t.co/JbpwGUo753— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1575577553.0
...illegal, unethical or unconstitutional actions do not become proper if you claim you are asking on behalf of yourself and others.
Others concurred with her assessment.
@baileywier @AshaRangappa_ @DMRDynamics and then have one of your friends tell the police "people do this all the t… https://t.co/Y0L7REzKA3— SlipScreen1 (@SlipScreen1) 1575581520.0
Whether President Trump intended to dig up dirt or create a false narrative about Joe and Hunter Biden on behalf of himself or himself on behalf of the United States and withheld duly appropriated foreign assistance funds to get it, the action is still the same.
And the responses to the President's tweet were less complimentary and more contradictory.
Some pointed out the grammar of it all.
But most focused on the excuse itself:
It's OK if I break the law or violate the specifications of the Constitution if I say it's on behalf of others.
@OK_Dumbass @realDonaldTrump I remember the day the Access Hollywood tape came out. I felt genuine loss Trump was g… https://t.co/DxhsLOd62C— Jay Snowdon (@Jay Snowdon) 1575584218.0
While some simply questioned the tweet's origins.
@realDonaldTrump No one believes you wrote this tweet. https://t.co/5Em1IbUjFV— Claude Taylor (@Claude Taylor) 1575519424.0
How long the President will tout this latest defense of his behavior is anyone's guess.
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