Republican senators on Tuesday largely avoided discussing President Trump’s tweet alleging without evidence that a 75-year-old Buffalo protester, who was seriously injured after being shoved by police, is an “antifa provocateur.”
Our thought bubble: It’s the classic dodging mechanism, which we’ve grown accustomed to during the Trump presidency. Whenever senators and Trump advisers don’t want to weigh in on an inflammatory tweet that puts them in a difficult position, they claim they haven’t read it.
Privately, Trump administration and Senate Republican aides acknowledge the absurdity and danger of a tweet such as this, which promotes a conspiracy theory that has real-world consequences for a man who remains hospitalized.
Reporter has printed out Trump tweet that Republican Senators are pretending not to have seen so as not to have to comment on it https://t.co/BYHX0jzQj6
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) June 9, 2020
GOP senators not touching this so far. They won’t weigh in, even when it’s explained to them. Rubio to me: “I didn’t see it, you’re telling me about it, I don’t read Twitter, I only write on it.”
Cornyn says he hasn’t seen it: “You know a lot of this stuff just goes over my head” https://t.co/KJMbhiOxMh
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 9, 2020