Trump’s talking points on Russia take a turn for the desperate

President Trump has now offered a few different reactions to the indictments of 13 Russian nationals on Friday. And all of them rely upon (a) a willful misreading of the facts, and/or (b) transposing two things that sound the same but aren't.

Even for a president with a passing regard for facts, his arguments of late seem pretty cynical. Let's cycle through five he has offered:

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The Florida school shooting is not fading from headlines

Tuesday's front pages of The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal featured a combined six articles related to the mass shooting at a Florida high school six days earlier.

Six days after an even deadlier massacre in Las Vegas, in October, each newspaper printed a single shooting-related story on page one, for a combined total of three.

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Trump promised to exhaust people with his wins. A study says he’s already won ‘worst president ever.’

There are four presidents worse than Donald Trump. One, Andrew Johnson, was impeached. Two, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan, helped set the course for what became the Civil War. And the fourth, William Henry Harrison, died just a bit more than a month into office.

That is actually the verdict of *Republican-leaning* presidential scholars. And among all scholars, Trump is the worst — dead last among our country's 44 presidents.

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What Trump left out of his tweets about Facebook and Russia

President Trump's weekend tweetstorm included a shout-out to Facebook executive Rob Goldman, who in his own tweets had argued three points that Trump found supportive to his claim that there was no collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign.

  1. Most of the 3,300 Russia-linked Facebook ads that the social network discovered and disclosed last fall were designed to sow discord in the U.S. political system, not to swing the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.
  2. Most of the Russian ad spending occurred after Election Day.
  3. The media does not cover these points.

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Trump lashes out at Oprah on Twitter, calling her ‘insecure’

After an early morning tweetstorm Sunday, President Trump took to Twitter again later that night, this time lashing out at whom some hope will be a 2020 rival: Oprah Winfrey.

“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” the president tweeted.

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Trump tweets another anti-CNN cartoon — this one by the same artist who drew Clinton in blackface

President Trump on Sunday used his Twitter account to share an anti-CNN cartoon by an artist who in 2016 caused heartburn for Trump's presidential campaign by drawing Hillary Clinton in blackface.

The latest image by cartoonist Tony Branco imagines CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer in the year 2038, leaning on a cane as he delivers the following report: “Update! We should see evidence of Russia-Trump collusion any day now.” The implication is that the media will never let go of the story.

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Do Trump’s alleged affairs even matter?

One of the quotes from the 2016 presidential campaign that has stuck with me came from an unidentified Donald Trump supporter who shared his appraisal of the “Access Hollywood” tape on an episode of Showtime’s “The Circus.”

Having heard Trump boast on the tape about groping and kissing women without consent, this man told host Mark Halperin (oh, the irony) that the billionaire is “just like the rest of us: He likes guns, and he likes women. He had the power. He has the prestige. Why wouldn’t you take a little advantage?”

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‘Shut up and dribble’: Fox News host extends Trump’s efforts to silence political athletes

The National Football League season may be over, but athletes speaking out against the president, particularly on issues related to minority communities, and Trump supporters' efforts to undercut those messages show no signs of slowing down.

In a wide-ranging video released Thursday, NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant took aim at President Trump, The Washington Post's Matt Bonesteel and Des Bieler reported.

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The White House’s extremely dishonest statement on the Russia indictments

Even by the standards of a White House whose chief executive has made more than 2,000 false claims, this new statement is a whopper.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders just issued a two-paragraph statement on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of 13 Russian nationals allegedly operating a troll farm during the 2016 presidential campaign. And in that statement, Sanders makes a number of misleading and outright bogus claims about what we know of the investigation. Even worse, the statement repeats bogus claims the administration has been called out for repeatedly — including as recently as this week.

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4 things we learned from the indictment of 13 Russians in the Mueller investigation

This post has been updated.

We have the first indictment in the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III that actually has to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The special counsel on Friday indicted 13 Russians in connection with a large-scale troll farm effort aimed at influencing the election in violation of U.S. law.

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