On Saturday night, former President Donald Trump released a brief statement that appeared to have been composed in such a rush that no one had time to review it.
The statement is made up of one sentence that appears to chastise individuals who believe the claim that the 2020 presidential election was marred by rampant election fraud. What is the key? A double negative at the start of the sentence makes it sound as though he’s railing against anyone who believes his claims about electoral fraud.
“Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election is either very stupid or very corrupt!” Liz Harrington, a spokesman for the company, issued a statement late Saturday on Twitter.
President Donald J. Trump:
"Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!" pic.twitter.com/QFjeJHt2SP
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) December 5, 2021
On social media, Trump’s remark was welcomed with a barrage of mocking replies, with many people suggesting that the former president was now telling the truth about his long-running claims about election fraud.
CNN’s Daniel Dale stated, “This is, by chance, Trump’s first-ever accurate statement on the legitimacy of the 2020 election.” “When you’re right, you’re right,” George Conway wrote, and he didn’t hide his delight. He then followed up with his own double-negative statement: “Seriously, I usually don’t find it unexpected when he says anything that isn’t incorrect, but no one—not even the former guy—can always be perfect.” Trump “finally conceded,” according to ABC’s Jonathan Karl.
Glad to see Trump finally give it up and admit his baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud are bullshit pic.twitter.com/znsUPHOnu0
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 5, 2021
Trump’s double-negative comment came just hours after he made another statement endorsing the new book by his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Meadows’ claim in the book that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 days before a presidential debate with Joe Biden enraged Trump, according to reports. In a statement, Trump refuted this, calling the story “fake news.”
The former president was said to be enraged by the news, which was first reported by the Guardian, and Meadows tried to downplay it right away. Trump lauded the book on Saturday, saying it ” rightfully spends much time talking about the large-scale Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election.”
Trump made headlines last week after the CIA has released a new study that strongly suggests Donald Trump failed to fulfill one of his primary responsibilities as president: staying fully informed on potential threats to the country while obsessing over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
This indictment comes from the Center for the Study of Intelligence, which publishes intelligence-related scholarly papers and histories. Many are made public. The CSI also produces work that is relevant to current intelligence issues, such as the question of what happens when a president is unconcerned about intelligence.
The CSI recently updated “Getting to Know the President: Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates and Presidents-Elect, 1952-2016.” This edition is distinguished by the inclusion of a chapter on the 45th President titled “Donald J. Trump—A Unique Challenge.”
The book is written by John Helgerson, a former CIA intelligence officer who served as the agency’s inspector general during George W. Bush’s presidency.
During that time, he investigated the CIA’s use of torture and wrote a classified report (released years later) criticizing the agency’s interrogation practices and noting that the CIA may have violated international law. And now, in a gentle manner, Helgerson is warning the public about a man who once served in the White House and may try to reclaim the Oval Office.