You Can’t Have it Both Ways This Time

Eugene Robinson makes a point that a lot of people have, more or less simultaneously, figured out: if the stuff the low life criminal leakers are leaking is fake, then they aren’t criminal because they aren’t leaking classified information at all, they are leaking stuff they made up.

Conversely, if the leakers are criminally leaking real classified information, then it isn’t fake.

But Eugene Robinson, being Eugene Robinson, says it really well:

It is unclear whether Trump is trying to fool the nation or fool himself. Witness one of the angry tweets he sent out Thursday morning: “The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story — RUSSIA. Fake news!”

Let me take a moment to unpack the misinterpretations, distortions and contradictions jammed into those two sentences. …

[T]he tweet ends with what has become Trump’s favorite way to dismiss anything he’d rather not hear: “Fake news!” But why would his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, step down over inauthentic news reports? In other tweets Thursday morning, Trump attacked “low-life leakers” in the intelligence community — thus essentially confirming that leaked information about the Russia connection is genuine, not “fake.” Not even a president can have it both ways.