But his tweet earlier in the day stood out -- on so many levels.
Russia has...disappeared? This is apparently Trump attempt trying to bedazzle the American public that "Russia" was nowhere to be found in the Mueller Report. No, it has miraculously "disappeared."
Well...yeah, except for perhaps the single-most important statement that Robert Mueller made only the day before when he said -- "There were multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our election. That allegation deserves the attention of every American."
Yes, that Russia. The Russia that Mueller and his team wrote about through their Report, detailing numerous instances of improper meetings and collusion. And an appendix of something like 140 names of Russian contacts..
By the way, just for clarity's sake -- "Every American" does include Trump. Unless we've gotten to the point of bitter irony and he's required to show everyone his birth certificate. And no, being a Russian dupe is NOT an exclusion.
But if "There were multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our election": were the most important words in Robert Mueller's statement, perhaps the most important sentence in Trump's tweet was -- "I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected."
Well, of course he did, the Report enumerates those improper contacts, but more important, FINALLY Trump has admitted -- and in print -- that Russia attacked the United States during the 2016 election. AND it means that Trump is acknowledging that Vladimir Putin lied to him. After all, Trump told the world that Putin said to him that Russia wasn't involved in anyway with attacking (er, sorry "meddling") in the U.S. election. Yet there is Trump admitting, at last, that it did.
All of which raises the bottomline, critical question -- so...what will Trump and the Republicans in Congress do about Russia attacking us, which Trump has just finally acknowledged?
Alas, the answer at the moment is -- nothing, because all we heard afterwards was silence. Crickets. We were attacked, Trump acknowledged were attacked, and yet he and the GOP said nothing.
It wasn't until later that Trump offered something. Paper ballots. Yes, that'll do the trick. That'll stop fake Russian bots, Russian trolls, Russian manipulating of political events, Russia infiltrating political organizations (like the NRA), Russian money laundering of political donations. Paper ballots!! O huzzah. Paper.
Mind you, it might work, as long as Russia comes back fighting with only scissors, but if they bring rocks, we're in big trouble...
But by now you know the drill. This is not about Trump. We know who he is. This is about the elected members of the Republican who enable Trump and his fascist agenda as, at best, a Russian dupe. Or as they call it in the KGB -- a useful idiot.