Trump's propaganda campaign really, really wants America to ignore the criminal convictions surrounding him.
Trump, his underlings and his allies have been all over the airwaves in a concerted push to get America to ignore the trail of criminal convictions, indictments, and sentences racked up by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
"No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION," Trump tweeted on Sunday, lying about the investigation.
"It's a complete and total exoneration of the president," said White Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an appearance Monday morning on the "Today" show.
The sentiment was echoed across the press with White House aide Kellyanne Conway pushing the company line on Fox News, along with Trump's lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow who charged out on Fox, CNN, and ABC News.
The Republican National Committee itself pushed a clip of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appearing on Fox News insisting that there is "no doubt" as to Trump's innocence.
McCarthy was later echoed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), one of Trump's most reliable allies, who suggested the Mueller report should be burned.
But the White House propaganda campaign ignores many damning facts in the rush to shift focus away from Trump's misdeeds:
- The summary from Trump's own hand-picked attorney general notes the Mueller report "does not exonerate" Trump on the issue of obstructing justice;
- Mueller's investigation has led to 5 people being sentenced to prison, including Paul Manafort (his campaign chairman), Michael Cohen (his personal lawyer), and George Papadopoulous (his campaign adviser);
- There have also been 7 guilty pleas, including Rick Gates (Trump campaign adviser) and Michael Flynn (Trump national security adviser);
- Thirty-seven people and entities have been charged in the investigation, including Russia-based Internet operatives who were attempting to sway the election results in Trump's favor; and
- Mueller's investigation has in total racked up 199 criminal counts, largely against Trump-connected figures or figures working in service of pro-Trump ends.
There are also multiple ongoing investigations into corrupt and criminal conduct from Trump or related to Trump, including state criminal probes of his family and congressional investigations of his corrupt presidency.
Trump and his team want America to give his conduct a clean record despite a lengthy trail of criminal convictions and investigations that trail him. No propaganda can whitewash what prosecutors, the court system, and juries have done.
Trump owns the criminal enterprise that envelops his campaign and his presidency, and an avalanche of protests from his cronies won't change that.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.