More than a year after Donald Trump told Lester Holt that he fired FBI Director James Comey with the Russia investigation in mind, the president accused the NBC News anchor of “fudging” their interview.
In a Thursday morning tweet railing against NBC News and the media, Trump wrote: “When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!”
What’s going on at @CNN is happening, to different degrees, at other networks – with @NBCNews being the worst. The good news is that Andy Lack(y) is about to be fired(?) for incompetence, and much worse. When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
It’s unclear what Trump is referring to. The full NBC News interview was posted online.
“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,’” Trump told Holt in the May 11, 2017 interview.
That was two days after Trump fired Comey. The firing has raised questions over the possibility that Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation, a possibility Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating.
Trump’s allegations baffled Twitter users, already struggling to keep up with Trump’s frenzied tweet attacks launched Thursday morning.
As a former prosecutor, I know that when defendants make incriminating admissions on tape, they often argue the tape was fudged. They invariably lose because people trust their eyes & ears. The Lester Holt interview with @POTUS has been online since May 2017. Watch it. https://t.co/o2zJdXUCBt
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 30, 2018
Does a day go by where #Trump doesn't attack a black man? It's feeling like 1960s Mississippi on the President's twitter feed. Today's libel is against Lester Holt. @NBCNightlyNews https://t.co/zc6ivtkty6
— Charles Adler (@charlesadler) August 30, 2018
I seldom RT 45's tweets, but this one is so crazy and such a threat to facts we saw ourselves that i wanted to be sure everyone sees it. Reminds me of his late denial that it was him on Access Hollywood tape. Took him a year+ to deny this. https://t.co/Pg81q89RFR
— Jill Wine-Banks (@JillWineBanks) August 30, 2018
Dear Idiot, How exactly did Lester Holt fudge that tape? Seriously, do you realize what an idiot you are? Your ignorant base may believe this crap you're feeding them, but the other 80% of the country doesn't. Winter is coming MuthaF#@ka. #resign #WinterIsComing https://t.co/DrPV2rAOct
— Huh? (@Huh46) August 30, 2018
This level of insane propaganda is beyond alarming. I feel like I'm watching a movie. Except it's real, and it gives me anxiety. How are his supporters so incredibly stupid?!?!? How are this many human beings completely incapable of basic logic? https://t.co/zyGgYom5gB
— StayGoldenPonyboy (@GoodLuckGriff) August 30, 2018