President Trump’s claim that his predecessor bugged Trump Tower during the election has sent the media into fits, wondering where on earth he could’ve gotten such an idea. But it’s all-too-obvious why Trump would be suspicious.
Saturday, the prez tweeted that ex-President Barack Obama had “my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Sunday, he called for a congressional probe.
The anti-Trump press was apoplectic, calling the claim “unsupported.” And it’s true that Trump didn’t detail any evidence to back up the charge.
But let’s face it: From the day Trump won election, his foes have waged a by-any-means-necessary campaign to overturn the results.
Officials (likely Obama-era holdovers) have broken the law and leaked what they hoped would be damaging info. Groups tied to Obama have stirred up angry protests against Trump and other Republicans.
The New York Times reported Obama’s staff purposely spread information throughout the administration that could hurt Trump, though they said the goal was to make sure the info wasn’t buried.
Critics say Trump’s wiretap claim is baseless, but what is truly lacking in solid evidence is the claim that there was some sort of collusion between Trump or his aides and Russian officials to hijack the election. Yet that’s all Trump’s foes (and much of the press) want to talk about.
Remember, too: Team Obama has a record of abusing power for political gain, as when the IRS targeted conservative groups.
At this point, it’s hard to know for sure if Trump Tower was actually bugged, and if so, who authorized the tapping and why. But given Team Obama’s record — and the never-ending bid to overturn the election — there’s little doubt why Trump might think the worst.