According to President Donald Trump, the investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 election is very much like the October 2017 mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas that left 58 innocent people dead. Both, he told the Daily Caller, are “a shame.”
Trump was also asked about the recent pre-dawn arrest of his longtime friend and confidant, Roger Stone, by the FBI. That arrest, Trump said, has made him “think about” telling the FBI to review its policy on the use of force.
And then Trump began comparing the probe being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to the Las Vegas massacre. The exchange began with a reporter for the Daily Caller asking:
“Stephen Paddock, the shooter in Las Vegas, 2017. The FBI just closed this investigation yesterday without determining any motive, but don’t you think Americans deserve to know why so many people died in the worst mass shooting in modern history?”
“It was a horrible event. He was a very, very sick person, obviously. It was very unusual in that there didn’t seem to be your standard set of reasons as to why this would happen. I’m a little surprised that the report wasn’t much longer, but at the same time, I can understand it. You know, it was just a terrible thing.”
Then the reporter inquired about the law enforcement resources used on the Las Vegas case versus the Mueller investigation, asking the president:
“And I wonder how many resources in the FBI were committed to the Paddock case vs committed to the Mueller investigation. How much money was spent? How many people were on those things? How do those two things compare?”
As he so often does, Trump couldn’t resist making the entire thing all about himself while also giving him an excuse to take a cheap shot at Mueller and anyone who dares to question his actions, even if they just so happen to be illegal:
“I guess they’re well over 30 million dollars now on this Russian collusion hoax, and everybody knows it’s a hoax. They’ve spent all this money. Nothing. No phone calls, no meetings, no nothing. You look at it, and you say, isn’t that sad to have devoted this time, this energy over a — you know, look, there’s been numerous books written right now, including number one best sellers, calling it a ‘hoax.'”
Trump then added:
“And it is very sad. That is very sad. By the way, to me, both very sad events. But that is very interesting to ask, where you’ve had so many people killed, and so badly wounded, because I went to the hospital. You had people so badly wounded. People never talk about the wounded. The level of hurt and devastation for a whole lifetime. You know, many people just devastated for a lifetime. They’ll never be the same. And you look at that by comparison to the Russian hoax, it’s a shame. The Russian witch hunt, it’s a shame.”
What’s saddest of all is the fact that we have a president who tries to make a false equivalency between the actions of an angry, deranged man with access to too many guns and a legal investigation into whether or not the 2016 race was stolen by Americans working in cooperation with a foreign adversary.
If you were wondering whether or not Donald Trump possesses a heart an soul, he just confirmed he has neither.
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