After all, this is the guy who suggested that Ted Cruz’s father might have been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. And who, having lost the Iowa caucuses in 2016, declared that the result was rigged. And who, of course, has perpetuated the idea that the 2020 election was stolen — all claims without evidence.
So when you say this might be the weirdest or weirdest conspiracy theory Trump has ever pushed, you’re really saying something.
However, there’s something about what Trump said in a wonderful interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that it’s hard to understand what he’s talking about.
Let’s start with what was said. Here is the exchange between Hannity and Trump (bold is mine):
Hannity: Is there a process — what was the declassification process?
Trump: There should be no process, as I understand it. You know, different people say different things, but as I understand it, it doesn’t have to be.
If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify it just by saying it. Come to think of it, because you ship to Mar-a-Lago or wherever.
And there should be no process. There may be a process, but it doesn’t have to be. You are the president, you make that decision. So when you send it, it gets declassified. We… I declassified everything.
Now, I declassified things, and we had a lot of problems with NARA. You know, NARA is a radical left group that runs that thing, and when you send documents over there, I’d say there’s a very good chance you’ll never see a lot of those documents again.
There is also a lot of speculation about what he did, because the FBI’s concern came and raided Mar-a-Lago. They were looking for Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, but are they still around?
Except that — I think — it’s him.
“A lot of people said that the only thing that would show the severity of going in and attacking a lot of people is the Hillary Clinton deal, Russia, Russia, Russia stuff or … I mean, there’s a lot of things,” Trump added. “They’re spying on Trump’s campaign, so they spied on my campaign.”
Okay, let’s walk through the logic here.
1. Trump thinks the Mar-a-Lago search was too aggressive.
2. Because he was so aggressive, Trump believes the FBI wasn’t just looking for materials he kept after he left the White House.
3. Because of this, the FBI could have been looking for Clinton’s emails.
You may notice a huge leap in logic there between points 2 and 3. For example, why would there be deleted messages from Clinton’s private email server at Mar-a-Lago? And if so, why wouldn’t Donald Trump know they were there? But then again, why would they be there?!?!
Trump did not give any explanation for this wild theory. And Hannity didn’t press. “Okay, let me go…you mentioned Russia several times, let’s talk about it,” he continued.
What was Trump talking about? Honestly, I have no idea. And I’m not sure he does either. What he tends to do in these comfortable settings is just talk and talk and talk, often without any real rhyme or reason.
Given that, the likely conclusion is that Trump threw something against the wall without thinking before or after. But man Wild.