Donald Trump has been accused of having long-standing ties to Russia that he and the country have leveraged to undermine the recent Presidential election, along with U.S. democracy in general.
And, in response, Trump has the following to say about this scandal:
It's not true! Because Russia says so!
(We'll give you a moment to carefully remove your palm from your forehead after what we presume was a rather hard smack.)
We wish we were kidding, but Trump really did use Russia's own response to this seemingly shocking report as a way to disprove the validity of said report.
Before we get into The Donald's response in detail, however, a quick refresher:
On Tuesday evening, Buzzfeed published a 35-page dossier that has been circulating among intelligence officials, journalists and politicians for several weeks.
In this newly-leaked document, a former British MI-6 agent purports to reveal an extensive, harrowing, quid pro quo relationship between Trump and the Kremlin.
The dossier highlights alleged meetings that took place between Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, and members of the Russian government.
It outlines at length all the ways in which Trump's team worked with Russia to hack into Democratic National Committee emails, with Trump accepting "a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin" throughout his Presidential campaign.
There's also a section in the report that claims Trump once paid prostitutes to urinate on each other.
He did so (allegedly) while being bugged inside the same hotel room in which Barack and Michelle Obama once stayed during a trip to Moscow.
And he did so (allegedly) in order to defile the bed on which they slept.
Trump initially fired back against the report (which you can read HERE) by referring to it as a "witch hunt" on Twitter.
(Ironically, or maybe not ironically, a Kremlin spokesperson also referred to this report as a "witch hunt.")
But the President-Elect
slept on it watched cable news all night long and fired up his Twitter machine this morning with even more scathing commentary.
First, as mentioned at the outset of this article, Trump cited Russian's denial of its connection to Trump as proof that said connection doesn't exist.
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair!
So there you have it, folks.
This was a fun story while it lasted, but because Russia did not come out and admit to its blackmailing of Trump and collusion with Trump, it's clearly a fabricated report.
Next, Trump went ALL-CAPS to really emphasize his point:
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!
He then once again acted as if the 45th largest margin of victory in Electoral College history (out of 58 total elections that used this system) was "easy" and enormous:
I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!
And, to cap it all off, Trump compared America to Nazi Germany:
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
Many critics of Trump have been asking the same question, of course, considering his hiring of such Neo-Nazis to work in his White House as Steve Bannon.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, meanwhile, has also come down hard on this report.
He told NBC News that Trump was NOT briefed on the contents of this dossier at any point, adding:
"The first I had heard of any of these wild accusations was when someone printed it out from the BuzzFeed website,” he said. “This is not an intelligence document.”
Priebus said that he can say with confidence that Trump and his campaign had no conversations with Russia. Not ever.
“The other salacious garbage that was in this report didn’t happen. We’re talking about fake news. It’s shameful,” he said. "It’s all phony baloney garbage.”
Do you believe that Trump has been compromised by Russia?
Do you think he paid women to give each other golden showers?
Can you believe this is all any kind of topic for conversation in any way, shape or form?