Hours after investigators convicted former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to charges implicating the President, Trump continued with his broken record,
“Russian witch hunt. Fake News Fake News…”
Speaking to his supporters at a rally in Charleston, WV, Trump didn’t mention either Manafort or Cohen.
Cohen had just pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and Manafort was convicted by a Virginia jury on eight counts of tax and money laundering charges. Trump said,
“Fake news. Fake. How fake, how fake are they? Fake news and the Russian witch hunt. We got a whole big combination…
Where is the collusion? You know they’re still looking for collusion. Where is the collusion? Find some collusion. We want to find the collusion.”
Just after landing, Trump told reporters,
“I must tell you that Paul Manafort is a good man, he was with Ronald Reagan, he was with a lot of different people over the years, and I feel very sad about that. It doesn’t involve me but I still feel… it’s a very sad thing that happened.
This has nothing to do with Russian collusion, this started as Russian collusion, this has absolutely nothing to do… this is a witch hunt and it’s a disgrace.
The Democrat party is held hostage by the so-called resistance. Left wing haters and angry mobs they’re trying to tear down our institutions, disrespect our flag, demean our law enforcement denigrate our history and disparage our great country and we’re not going to let it happen.
Their little phrase that they like, resist. That’s all their good at – they have no policy.”
During the rally the crowd cheered
“Drain the swamp!” and “Lock her up!”
proving irony IS dead in West Virginia, just hours after Cohen pleaded guilty to not disclosing over $4 million in income from the government.
Meanwhile, about the same time, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said on The Rachel Maddow Show,
“Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows.”
Speaking of MAGA, last night the acronym took on new meaning when memes started to circulate.
My Lawyer Got Arrested
Lanny Davis: “Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows.” pic.twitter.com/NxPmShwunw
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) August 22, 2018