Over the weekend, Lord Cheeto had a full-on Twitter meltdown where he accused former President Obama of putting a “wire tapp” on his phones at Trump Tower during the election. The accusation led most people to say “huh?” and ask him to pony up the proof. Cheeto, of course, did not provide any evidence to support his lunacy. But now we may finally know where he got his information from and it is exactly where you would expect: a tin foil hat website.
According to the New York Times:
Two people close to Mr. Trump said they believed he was referring to a Breitbart News article, which aides said had been passed around among his advisers.
The article entitled,“Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump.” The article “reported” a timeline of “events” that “prove” President Obama was spying on the Trump Campaign:
In summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.[Mark] Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded that it be investigated.
In addition, Levin castigated Republicans in Congress for focusing their attention on Trump and Attorney General Sessions rather than Obama.
Hilariously, the sources in the article are super reliable ones such as “Heatstreet.com” and Breitbart’s trove of Wikileaks articles. Absolutely none of the sources were federal documents, but that didn’t stop Trump from running with the story. Less than a day after the site published the article, the Tangerine Tyrant was on Twitter vomiting stupidity.
This wouldn’t be the first time Cheeto has run with some bullsh*t conspiracy theory off of a tin foil hat website. Hell, it wouldn’t even be the first time in the last thirty days. Last month Trump started talking about a terrorist attack in Sweden after Tucker Carlson reported on a story he’d read on InfoWars. And shortly after he was elected, America’s Biggest Mistake claimed 3 million illegal voters caused him to lose the popular vote after another article was published on Breitbart.
Yep, this is the America we live in now. Our president reads conspiracy theory websites and then reports the nutjobbery as fact. Awesome.
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