Donald Trump is a person who isn’t unfamiliar with conspiracy theories.
After all, this can be a man who urged that Ted Cruz’s father might need been concerned within the assassination of John F. Kennedy. And who, having misplaced the Iowa caucuses in 2016, hinted that the end result was rigged. And who, in fact, has perpetuated the notion that the 2020 election was stolen from him – all claims with no shred of proof.
So, once you say that one thing may be the oddest or most outlandish conspiracy idea that Trump has pushed, effectively, you might be actually saying one thing.
And yet, one thing Trump mentioned in a rollicking interview Wednesday evening with Fox News’ Sean Hannity is so on the market that it’s arduous to even perceive what he’s speaking about.
Let’s begin with what he mentioned. Here’s the trade between Hannity and Trump (bolding is mine):
Hannity: Is there a course of – what was your course of to declassify?
Trump: There doesn’t should be a course of, as I perceive it. You know, there’s – totally different folks say various things, however as I perceive there doesn’t should be.
If you’re the president of the United States, you possibly can declassify simply by saying, it’s declassified. Even by fascinated by it, since you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or to wherever you’re sending it.
And there doesn’t should be a course of. There can be a course of, however there doesn’t should be. You’re the president, you make that call. So once you ship it, it’s declassified. We – I declassified every thing.
Now, I declassified issues, and we had been having a variety of issues with NARA. You know, NARA is a radical left group of individuals operating that factor, and once you ship paperwork over there, I’d say there’s an excellent probability that a variety of these paperwork won’t ever be seen once more.
There’s additionally a variety of hypothesis due to what they did, the severity of the FBI coming and raiding Mar-a-Lago. Were they on the lookout for the Hillary Clinton emails that had been deleted, however they’re round someplace?
Trump can’t be suggesting that, in some way, the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago property final month was not, in actual fact aimed toward retrieving paperwork marked labeled that he took from his time within the White House, however was designed to seek out emails from Hillary Clinton’s non-public server as secretary of State.
Except, that – I believe – he’s.
“Lots of people mentioned the one factor that might give the type of severity that they confirmed by truly coming in and raiding with many, many individuals, is the Hillary Clinton deal, the Russia, Russia, Russia stuff or – I imply, there are a variety of issues,” Trump added. “They’re spying on Trump’s marketing campaign, in order that they spied on my marketing campaign.”
OK, so let’s stroll by means of the, er, logic right here.
1. Trump believes that the search on Mar-a-Lago was very aggressive.
2. Because it was so aggressive, Trump believes that the FBI was not truly after simply the supplies he saved after leaving the White House.
3. Therefore, the FBI may have been on the lookout for Clinton’s emails.
You may have observed a large logical leap from between factors 2 and three there. Like, why would the deleted emails from Clinton’s non-public electronic mail server be at Mar-a-Lago? And, in the event that they had been, why would Donald Trump not know that they had been there? But, once more, why would they be there?!?!
Trump didn’t supply any clarification for this wild idea. And Hannity didn’t press him. ” All proper, so let me go – you talked about Russia various occasions, let’s speak about that,” was his follow-up.
What was Trump speaking about? Honestly I don’t know. And I’m not positive he does both. What he often does in these snug settings is simply discuss and discuss and discuss – usually with none actual rhyme or purpose.
Given that, the almost certainly conclusion is that Trump simply threw one thing towards the wall, with out fascinated by it earlier than – or after. But, man. Wild.