President Trump went on a Twitter rampage Wednesday as he viciously bashed both the news media and the leaky U.S. intelligence community for waging outright war on his administration.
“The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred,” he said in the first tweet of the morning.
The source of Trump’s anger is obvious. Since Monday, when National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign, the “Russia Story” has sprouted new legs. Democrats – and even a few Republicans – are calling for a full investigation of Trump’s ties to the Kremlin. The New York Times is reporting that Trump’s aides were in “constant contact” with Russian officials during the campaign. Liberal hacks like Michael Moore are taking to social media, demanding that “Russian traitor” Trump resign from office.
It was a matter of speculation when Trump was inaugurated as to how well he would get along with the intelligence community he had derided in the weeks after the election. While Trump assured both the CIA and the public that his issues were only with the outgoing leadership, these recent machinations prove that the animosity towards the president went well beyond James Clapper.
“This Russian connection nonsense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign,” Trump said in a later tweet.
That’s certainly where the bulk of this story originated – including the sanctions hastily imposed by Barack Obama. But now it has become a personal, inter-agency war on the president and his credibility. Flynn was the first tangible victim of that war, but unless Trump can find the rats leaking phone calls to the press, he won’t be the last.
“Information is being given illegally to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?),” Trump wrote. “Just like Russia.”
For all of the liberal fretting about Trump as the personification of American fascism, there’s not a lot of concern about the truly authoritarian actions we’re seeing right now in the so-called Deep State. These unelected, anonymous figures at the intelligence agencies are doing everything possible to give this president a first-class ticket back to New York City. Nevermind the voters. Nevermind Trump’s pro-American agenda. Nevermind Republicans and Democrats. The intelligence community is the last, fortified battle station of the Establishment, and they are not going to submit to Trump. If their survival means the death of democracy, they won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.