Trump Baselessly Pins Deep State Conspiracy Theory On Obama

President Barack Obama meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump couldn’t keep his predecessor’s name out of his mouth on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters at the beginning of a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Trump fielded questions about Rudy Giuliani’s attempts to dig up dirt abroad on Trump’s political enemies.

Trump first claimed, as per usual, that Giuliani was merely trying to root out “corruption,” then sounded off about the upcoming Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s surveillance of the 2016 Trump campaign.

The President predicted that the report would mention the usual suspects in his “deep state” conspiracy theory (former FBI officials James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe), then he bizarrely floated former President Barack Obama as one of the culprits.

“Let’s see whether or not it’s President Obama,” Trump said. “Let’s see whether or not they put that in.”

Trump then baselessly claimed Obama was behind the “corruption of the 2016 election” again during a press conference with Mattarella after their meeting.

“There was a lot of corruption. Maybe it goes right up to President Obama,” Trump said. “I happen to think it does.”

Trump also attacked Obama when he was defending his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, which has  left the Kurds vulnerable to Turkish invasion and weakened their ability to keep ISIS fighters in detention (over 700 detainees have escaped as a result).

“We were the ones that took care of [ISIS], specifically me because I’m the one that gave the order, because when I came in under President Obama, ISIS was a disaster all over that area,” Trump said. “I was the one that got them.”

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  1. “I have special fillings in my teeth, and I’m picking up radio messages from many people saying that Obama pried the DNC server from Seth Rich’s cold, dead hands and flew it to Ukraine in Air Force One, where the Ukrainians used it to write up the ‘black book’ on Paul Manafort. That great Ukrainian prosecutor who Joe Biden fired tells people that Marie Yovanovitch has hidden the server in the Chernoble containment structure.”

    You think I’m joking. Wait a week.

  2. ”King Aethelorange the Unhinged”

    I posted last night that today would be much more stupid than yesterday.

  3. This was one of the most unhinged press conferences ever. Not only did Trump promote this baseless conspiracy theory, he continued to misstate the issue of NATO country pending (they do not owe money to NATO, they are spending less that 2% of their GDP on their own defense), foreign countries do not pay the tariffs (the US consumers do), the Kurds are our allies (and have lost >10,000 fighters on our behalf in fighting ISIS)… I wish someone in the press would just ask Trump if he does not understand these issues that he keeps lying about.

  4. You have to admire the guy’s messaging discipline. Say the word “corruption” as often as possible in relation to your enemies. That kind of subliminal repetition sinks in.

  5. Avatar for trnc trnc says:

    Trump then baselessly claimed Obama was behind the “corruption of the 2016 election” again during a press conference with Mattarella after their meeting.

    “There was a lot of corruption. Maybe it goes right up to President Obama,” Trump said. “I happen to think it does.”

    I understand we’re way into old man shouting at clouds territory, but it’s still amazing to think how many maga-teers will hear this and run with it instead of demanding evidence from (allegedly) the chief law enforcement officer of the country.

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