MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace explained what a counterintelligence investigation actually is in a way any child could understand.
Trump’s lie-filled tantrums about “spygate,” his claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign, show just how little he understands how investigations work. Or what words mean.
But MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace was happy to educate him on the matter — and it took her just 34 seconds.
“There is no evidence that anyone was spying on the Trump campaign,” Wallace noted. “A counterintelligence investigation was underway.”
And for Trump, “who still doesn’t seem to know what that means,” Wallace put it in the most basic words possible.
“The good guys — American law enforcement agencies — were closely watching the bad guys, American adversaries like the Russians,” she said patiently.
Trump’s campaign got pulled into this investigation “because they ended up in close enough cahoots with Russians to raise suspicions.”
“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” he said, in apparent seriousness.
His own lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has ineptly attempted to walk back Trump’s claims. “I don’t know for sure, and neither does the president, if there was” an Obama spy amongst his campaign staff, Giuliani told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on May 18.
Wallace provided the very, very simple explanation of what exactly happened, in a way that any child — and thus, one hopes, Trump and Giuliani and Fox News — could understand it.
Of course, it’s unlikely even with this crystal clear explanation that Trump will back down. Indeed, he seems determined to keep the whole mess, and his appearance of guilt, front and center.
On Monday, he took the bizarre and desperate step of essentially forcing the Department of Justice to reveal all of the evidence and potential dirt it has on his campaign, his administration — and himself. Law professor and MSNBC analyst Joyce White Vance noted on Twitter that this kind of access would be “unprecedented.”
Trump’s obsession with attacking Obama now seems to be boomeranging back on himself. But that’s another thing he doesn’t seem to get. Instead, he’s busy randomly tweeting “WITCH HUNT” in between messages about the auto industry and the Susan B. Anthony Gala.
But we know Trump has plenty of “executive time” to watch TV. It’s just too bad he likely never tunes into MSNBC to get his daily does of elementary education.