Trump Wiretapping Conspiracy
President Trump gained quite a reputation for use of his Twitter account as a form of advertising his messages. Essentially Trump secured the presidency by tweeting divisive and evocative remarks. However, the same divisive strategy that secured him the election also lands him in very hot water when his presidential position is secure. On March the 4th 2017 Trump made a series of remarks about President Obama wiretapping his phones. The Trump wiretapping conspiracy started with the following tweets:
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”
The country was taken by storm. Neither the Justice Department nor the FBI found any evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump’s phone during the 2016 presidential election.
The Anti-Trump View
The fact of the matter is that it seems on all likelihood that Trump is making it up. He does not have any evidence to back up his claims. And the Trump wiretapping conspiracy was set in motion by the President himself. He has a history of issuing controversial statements through his Twitter account, the same one that has mentioned that climate change is a hoax. Trump refused to back down on the issue despite many, many reprisals from his own party members as well as intelligence officials. It has stirred the country up against the President and may actually be a turning point as sentiment turns even more sour. President Obama was well liked by much of the populace and Trump’s popularity was noticeably reduced with the claims.
An interview with Tucker Carlson portrays the president in a less than appealing manner, and it cannot be denied that his claims have no basis in logic or reason. In the debate, Trump said that he read an article in the New York Times about wiretapping, that he read other things, and mentioned Fox news anchor Bret Baier talking about wiretapping. He then proceeds to describe the newspaper he is citing as “evidence” of wiretapping as a failing newspaper. Carlson asked Trump why he didn’t just wait until he had all the evidence gathered before he posted the tweet, and Trump seems to ramble on nonsensically and mentions that he never said that Obama wiretapped him because the word “wiretapped” was in quotes.
He mentioned it, and other people mentioned it, but if you take a look at some of the things written about wiretapping and eavesdropping — and don’t forget, when I say “wiretap,” those words were in quotes. That really covers — because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff, but that really covers surveillance and many other things, and nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, that’s a very important thing. But wiretap covers a lot of different things, I think you are going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.
There is no doubt that there is absolutely no substantial evidence to support the claims made by Donald Trump, who refuses to back down on claims which he cannot back up. He has no diplomatic skills or tact and is fully prepared to lie outright in order to back up his own agenda. Trump’s press secretary indicated that Obama used British spies to spy on Trump, which has the British public concerned. The British denied the allegations as complete nonsense in official reports. A formal apology was issued by Trumps national security advisor, and again does not make America look exactly competent. Even Fox news seem to be distancing themselves from Trump, saying that the corporation does not have any information that Trump was surveilled in any way, at any time. One republican even asked Trump to apologize to former president Barack Obama. Fox News will seemingly report absolutely anything and that is all the evidence there is for an actual wiretap of Trumps phones by the Obama administration. As it stands there is simply no evidence and an apology from Trump would seem to be the fairest course of action, unless Trump can provide actual evidence. Obama has since remained silent on the issue, letting Trump presumably tie his own noose.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, offered a very simple explanation for this phenomenon two days later: “He’s the president of the United States. He has information and intelligence that the rest of us do not” But if he does have it then Trump would most definitely show it. Why would he not? And none of the people who might have provided him with the information have said such, including FBI director James Comey who said “I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” and the house intelligence committee who stated that there is no evidence of a wiretap and actually confirmed that it is most likely a conspiracy theory. The British Government, the Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Senate Intelligence Committee: and a spokesperson for Obama have all denied any evidence or existence of a wiretap. In other words, all sources except for Trump say that there is a wiretap. It really is Trump’s word against all reputable and established authorities which indicate that he is lying.
The Pro-Trump View
Taken in context, it is really not that insane to imagine that Obama wiretapped Trump’s phone and the Trump wiretapping conspiracy may have some merit. He did it to Angela Merkel according to the Snowden revelations, which led to a weakening of Anglo-German relations. Trump even made a reference to this in a conference with Angela Merkel when asked about the Tweets. He mentioned that his administration and Merkel’s administration had something in common when it came to the wiretapping of telephones by the Obama administration. Wiretapping is not unheard of in the Whitehouse.
Richard Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal, where tapes of recorded phone calls were given to the inquiry revealing the Nixon had tried to cover up a break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters in order to wiretap the phones. Trump could easily have been disclosed a memo from one of his intelligence agencies informing him that there was evidence that Obama had his phones wiretapped, but there was not enough to prove it. And Trump most likely did not wait and proceeded to immediately tweet the information, possibly to the chagrin of his entire administration.
The conclusion is that there is no real conspiracy in terms of the Trump wiretapping conspiracy. Trump may or may not have been wiretapped, as it presumably happens all the time given that we have caught Two Presidents doing it in the last 50 years. Nobody should really be surprised by wiretapping of telephones given the history of the FBI, the CIA and the Whitehouse. But logic still dictates that claims have to be substantiated and the President of the Unites States simply cannot make these kinds of wild claims with nothing to back them up. And saying that people misunderstood his use of quotations is simply not good enough for the leader of the USA. Trump simply made it up, unless you are willing to go as far as to say that the whole thing is a huge anti-trump conspiracy, which is the unmovable position of many conspiracies such as the existence of reptiles or the faked moon landing. All credible sources are controlled so there is no way of verifying truth of the Trump wiretapping conspiracy.
Trump made a characteristic blunder by tweeting claims with no evidence and it has now back fired spectacularly, damaging international relations and further damaging the perception of Donald Trump by the public. Trump would be better off abandoning his Twitter account at present and focusing on matters of policy as well as issues that can actually be substantiated. In fact, if he could actually change his stance and admit he was wrong, on any issue, or that he made a mistake, it could significantly improve his domestic and international perception. No one, not even the president of the USA (or especially the president of the USA) should be allowed to lie without accountability.