At 6:35 AM Saturday morning, just before the horizon over the Atlantic, President Trump was up and tweeting his life away from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump’s early-morning tirades were about a subject many thought was one of his many blatant lies… he believes his phone was tapped by former President Obama. President Trump tweeted:
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
As many have noted, Trump’s rants on Twitter have become less than politically correct… or professional for that matter. He tweeted about how the former president had reached a “new low,” calling Obama a “bad (or sick) guy.”
The Don went on to compare the situation to Watergate. This has led to the press deeming it ‘Obamagate.’ Now, that his source has been discovered, many are questioning his ability to determine fact from fiction… real news VS fake news.
An Obama administration spokesperson has called this “simply false.” And no one from the White House or the FBI has been able to offer any evidence that this actually happened. In fact, James Clapper, Obama’s former director of national intelligence, flatly denied that the FBI had been issued a FISA court warrant to spy on Trump Tower.
Even Republicans have expressed skepticism over Trump’s conspiratorial claim. Sen. Ben Sasse said the President needed to explain what he meant. Sens. Marco Rubio, Susan Collins and Tom Cotton have also said they’ve seen no evidence of Trump’s allegations, and will await further investigation.
By now, it seems clear that the source of Trump’s bizarre claim was a Breitbart.com story, cobbled together around a months-old BBC story citing unnamed sources and a broadcast segment by conservative radio host Mark Levin, who’d offered his unsubstantiated suspicions of wire-tapping on the Thursday prior to Trump’s tweets. The Breitbart story was circulated around the White House, Trump believed it, and, as he is wont to do, reported it on Twitter as fact.