Benjamin Wittes: I Believe the President. I Have Always Believed Him.
From a series of tweets by Benjamin Wittes:
I believed him when he said he wanted to ban Muslims from entering the United States. And I believe him now when he says his travel ban has nothing to do with religious discrimination.
I believed him when he said Mexico is sending us its rapists and criminals, and I believed him when he said he loves Hispanics. I believe that Trump Tower makes the best taco bowls.
I believe that Donald Trump will drain the swamp and that his election has delivered us from the corruption of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
I believe him when he says there’s no reason for him to disclose his tax returns.
I believe him when he says there’s no reason to divest himself of any of his financial holdings.
I believed him when he protested that he wasn’t trying to get a security clearance for his daughter and son-in-law. And I believe him now when says he needs his family installed by his side in the West Wing.
I believe that only rank partisanship and media bias explain the skepticism about Trump’s finances running rampant in the press.
I believe E. Jean Carroll is a cheap tramp who was asking for it. I also believe she is not Trump’s type.
I believe Temple Taggart McDowell is a cheap tramp who was asking for it.
I believe Rachel Crooks is a cheap tramp who was asking for it.
I believe Natasha Stoynoff is a cheap tramp who was asking for it.
I believe Mindy McGillivray is a cheap tramp who was asking for it.
I believe that all of the other women who have accused the President of sexual assault are also cheap tramps who were asking for it.
In any event, I also believe that the President was merely engaged in “locker room talk” when he boasted of grabbing women by the pussy.
I believe that when you’re a star, they let you do it.
I believed the President when he said he was going to repeal and replace Obamacare and I believed him when he said it was the Democrats’ fault that he didn’t repeal or replace Obamacare.
I believe the President that he’s a great deal maker, and I look forward to his negotiating new trade deals on my behalf.
I believe that tariffs will bring China to its knees.
I believe tariffs will bring Mexico to its knees.
I believe tariffs will bring the European Union to knees.
I believe tariffs will bring Canada to its knees.
I believe both that separating children from their parents is good policy that will deter desperate people from fleeing Central America and coming to the United States and that the policy of separating children from their parents is President Obama’s fault.
I believe in a big, beautiful. transparent wall. I believe in steel slats.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Trump’s solicitude for Vladimir Putin.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Trump’s solicitude for Kim Jong Un.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Trump’s solicitude for Regep Tayip Erdogan.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Trump’s solicitude for Mohammed Bin Salman.
I believe that it makes a great deal of sense to tweet belligerently about Iran and also tweet one’s doubts and hesitancy about military action.
I believe that the whole Russia connection story is “fake news” designed to cover up an embarrassing electoral loss on the part of the Democrats.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Carter Page’s dealings with the Russian government.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Paul Manafort’s dealings with the Russian government.
I believe there is nothing unusual about George Papadopoulos’s dealings with a cutout for the Russian government.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Russia’s setting up a secret line of communication to the Trump administration through Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater and brother of a cabinet secretary.
I believe there is nothing unusual about Jared Kushner’s meeting with a sanctioned Russian bank while working for his father-in-law’s transition. I believe that kind of thing happens all the time in all transitions.
I also believe there was nothing unusual about having a member of a Hungarian extremist party working in your White House while he was resolving a pending gun charge for trying to bring a handgun onto an airplane. I think his wife should be press secretary for a federal agency.
I believe there was no collusion.
I believe there was no obstruction.
I believe Robert Mueller has conflicts of interests because he used to be a member of the president’s golf club.
I also believe he absolutely cleared the president of any whiff of a suggestion of wrongdoing.
I also believe you can’t trust a word of his report because he ran a WITCH HUNT!
I believe Jim Comey is a treasonous liar.
I believe John Brennan is a treasonous liar.
I believe Jim Clapper is a treasonous liar.
I also believe Don McGahn is a liar—and a bad lawyer.
I believe real lawyers don’t take notes.
I believe Jeff Sessions left the president on an island.
I believe in insurance policies.
And yes, I believe that Barack Hussein Obama wire tapped Trump Tower.
I believe Devin Nunes was merely conducting an impartial investigation when he came across information the President needed to know about and that he therefore raced over to the White House to inform him of his discovery. I believe any patriot would have done the same.
And I believe that stopping briefly before going in and before coming out of the White House to tell the press all about it is perfectly consistent with complaining about leaks.
I believe it makes all the sense in the world to rush over to the White House to inform the President of material you learned from the White House.
I believe that leaks are the real story.
I believe the president has fully cooperated with investigators.
I also believe in investigating the investigators.
I believe that no president has ever been treated more unfairly than Trump has.
And yet, I still believe that Donald J. Trump will Make America Great Again.