Trump Just Lost It On Twitter and Called For His Enemies to Be Jailed: ‘This Was TREASON!’
Donald Trump claimed on Friday that his 2016 campaign had been “conclusively spied on” by the Obama administration while calling the charge akin to “treason” and demanding jail time for those behind it.
And like usual, he provides absolutely no proof whatsoever.
In a tweet, the president said “nothing like this has ever happened” while calling for prison sentences.
“A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!” he continued.
My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2019
Trump’s alleging of “TREASON” is a very big deal, and takes the allegations to an entirely new level. He is wrong, however, when he says “TREASON means long jail sentences” as treason is actually punishable by the death penalty.
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At issue is surveillance operation that the Obama administration’s Justice Department approved as evidence came to light that Russian intelligence officials were working to influence the outcome of the 2016 general election (which has since been revealed to benefit the Trump campaign) and if they were actively trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign.
Like so many issues in this highly divided political time, a big challenge in this story is semantics. Some would say that what occurred was surveillance that was part of an appropriately approved investigation into the threat of a foreign power. Trump and his base, however, believe that if the surveillance included Trump campaign officials, then their political operations were illegally spied upon.
Twitter was quick to call Trump out:
We have never had a more anti-law enforcement "President" than Trump. He continues to demean the brave women and men of our intelligence agencies while publicly defending Putin. That is the very definition of TREASON!
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 17, 2019
If by “spied on,” you mean “investigated,” then you are corrrect, and those “spies” or “investigators” found that you likely obstructed justice.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 17, 2019
Obstruction of justice by the alleged president of the United States occurred on at least 10 occasions. Nothing like this has ever happened in American politics. The worst situation. Treason means worse than long jail sentences and this was TREASON! #ImpeachmentHearingsNow
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) May 17, 2019
REMINDER: 17 hours after firing FBI director Comey over the Russia investigation, Russian photographers took these photos of Trump w/ Russian govt officials inside our WH — all U.S. press were banned from attending.
(we only know because Russia released photos)
THIS IS TREASON pic.twitter.com/f35ZmV548u
— 𝚋𝚊𝚡𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚗 (@TheBaxterBean) May 17, 2019