President Donald Trump blew up on Twitter after the Supreme Court ruled that his tax returns must be handed over to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday morning.
Trump complained that he will “have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York” thanks to the ruling.
“Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!” the President tweeted.
“Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference.’ BUT NOT ME!” he wrote in a second tweet approximately a minute later.
The tantrum continued in the form of a barely coherent Twitter thread in which Trump raved on about his bogus conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama’s administration was supposedly “spying” on his 2016 campaign.
“We have a totally corrupt previous Administration, including a President and Vice President who spied on my campaign, AND GOT CAUGHT…and nothing happens to them,” Trump tweeted. “This crime was taking place even before my election, everyone knows it, and yet all are frozen stiff with fear….No Republican Senate Judiciary response, NO ‘JUSTICE,’ NO FBI, NO NOTHING.”
The President also ranted that the Supreme Court had made a ruling that they “would never have given for another President.”
Trump’s own appointed justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were part of the seven-person majority in the decision.
The President was still furiously sounding off on Twitter by noontime, tweeting “POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s lawyers in the court battle, suggested that Trump’s legal team may attempt to stop the subpoena from going forward.
“We are pleased that in the decisions issued today, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the President’s financial records,” Sekulow tweeted.
Trump doubled down on the “witch hunt” claims during a roundtable discussion on a different topic at the White House Thursday, calling the tax returns case a “hoax just like the (special counsel Robert) Mueller investigation’s a hoax that I won.” Trump’s rhetoric surrounding the decision is particularly befuddling, given his press secretary’s push to paint the rulings as a “win” for Trump.
Pres. Trump called a SCOTUS decision to allow NY prosecutors to subpoena his tax documents "a political witch hunt the likes of which nobody's ever seen before." He added, "It's a hoax just like the Mueller investigation's a hoax that I won." pic.twitter.com/k1MjgNyo0a
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 9, 2020