President-elect Donald Trump claims to have inside information on Russia’s meddling in the United States’ election — and promises to reveal it “Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Like Natalie Imbruglia, I’m torn. On one (tiny) hand, if anyone knows anything about Russian meddling in the U.S. election, it’s Trump. Co-conspirators usually know something. On the other (even more tiny) hand, he’s a charlatan who once claimed that his investigators sent to determine where Obama was born had uncovered something “very interesting,” which was shorthand for “nothing.” My guess is that Trump just reveals vague insinuation that he picked up from Infowars.
At some point—not today, not tomorrow, and maybe not next year—most of Trump’s supporters will realize that he’s completely full of shit. (Some already have.) I just hope that point comes before nuclear armageddon does.
At a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-A-Lago estate, a tuxedoed Trump maintained that another culprit aside from Russia could have been behind the election intrusion. “It could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation,” he said.
I appreciate his optimism that he thinks he knows things that other people don’t know. I do. I just doubt that it’s true. I also doubt his commitment to the principle that you can’t be “sure of [a] situation” until you know the facts. This is a man who likes conspiracy theories more than a chapped ass likes three-ply toilet paper. For example:
Millions of illegal votes? Proven. Global warming a Chinese conspiracy? Yes. Obama born in Kenya? Obvy. The Russian government interfering with the presidential election? WAIT UNTIL THE FACTS ARE FULLY DEVELOPED.