Trump's "Do Something" Tweet Is A Clear Sign He's Getting Desperate
As special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential elections continues to escalate, President Trump is urging his supporters to "do something" about Hillary Clinton's emails in an apparent attempt to divert public attention from the ongoing Russia scandal.
In a Sunday morning tweet storm, Trump called for further investigations into Clinton's use of a private email server.
"Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier ... the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more," Trump wrote. "Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia "collusion," which doesn't exist."
Trump was referring to recent reports that a lawyer working for Clinton's campaign worked with Washington firm Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on Trump that ultimately resulted in the infamous Steele Dossier, a report published by Buzzfeed in January that alleges shady ties between Trump and the Kremlin.
Trump ended his series of tweets with an urgent, all-caps message: "DO SOMETHING!"
It's unclear exactly who Trump is imploring, or what he would like them to do. But given that Mueller is reportedly scheduled to issue the first indictment in the investigation as soon as Monday, many are interpreting Trump's cryptic tweet as a sign that the president is getting pretty uneasy about the direction the Mueller investigation is taking.
...are now fighting back like never before. There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2017
Some have suggested that Trump is sending a message to House Republicans to pursue investigations into Clinton more vigorously, something that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has already been doing in recent days.
On Tuesday, Nunes, who recused himself from the Russia investigation in April over ethics concerns about his ties to the White House, announced that he was launching an investigation into a uranium deal with Russia that took place while Clinton was Secretary of State.
While the investigation is still in its beginning stages, and it is not yet known what, if any, new information will be uncovered, Trump's latest tweets seem to suggest that the President is counting on Nunes, and other Republicans, to continue unveiling similar probes to detract attention from what Trump has repeatedly referred to as a "Witch Hunt" against him.
The man who ran for president on his promises that he alone could fix everything is begging his followers on social media to DO SOMETHING.— andy lassner (@andylassner) October 29, 2017
Some people have also suggested that Trump's plea to "do something" could have devastating consequences if misinterpreted by some of his supporters. In the past, Trump has used campaign rallies and speeches to seemingly encourage violence by telling attendees to eject protestors by force, and some worry that his tweet could stir members of his base to act literally.
Greg Pinelo, a Democratic strategist who previously worked with Barack Obama, expressed concern.
"His cultists may well interpret "do something" as incitement to violence," Pinelo wrote on Twitter. "Beware."
Renato Mariotti, a legal expert and candidate for Illinois Attorney General, also took to Twitter to discuss the implications Trump's tweets could have.
"This should be an even bigger story, because Trump is urging everyone—from local officials to firearm owners to “do something” about [Clinton]," Mariotti wrote.
If GOP (or DOJ) goes along w/Trump's desperate plea to "DO SOMETHING," then they, too, are complicit in his effort to downgrade US democracy https://t.co/cEJYHOpykq— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) October 29, 2017
There are a lot of things we still don't know about the criminal charges that will reportedly be filed by Mueller in the next few days. For example, the names of who exactly the charges are against have not yet been released, though experts suggest that the people in question could be former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort or former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, both of whom have been vigorously investigated by Mueller for their ties to Russia.
While Trump has not yet publicly commented on the latest developments in the Russia investigation, his Twitter plea seems to be a pretty direct reaction that tells a lot about exactly how worried Trump may be about the upcoming indictment.