As Congress is locked in intense hearings over the whistleblower complaint involving Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s dealings with Ukraine officials over possibly digging up dirt on Joe Biden, the President is clearly extremely unhappy. According to the Los Angeles Times, Trump said at a private breakfast this morning that whoever informed the whistleblower of the thing Trump says is no big deal should be, shall we say, “handled.”
NEW: Trump rips the whistle-blower at a private meeting with UN staff: "They're almost a spy."— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) September 26, 2019
"Who gave the whistle-blower the information? Because that's close to a spy."https://t.co/8OLSxoRbzD
“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistle-blower the information? Because that’s close to a spy,” he said. “You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.”
The LA Times even obtained and published audio of these remarks from the private breakfast on YouTube.
Although Trump’s mob-boss vagueness is enough to allow for all kinds of deniability, most people are interpreting this statement to mean that Trump would like harm to come to whoever he thinks informed the whistleblower.
This is the President of the United States suggesting the whistleblower should be murdered https://t.co/f0ynqYOhfd— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 26, 2019
The unnamed individual has reportedly said that they did not personally hear the call that alarmed the intelligence community, but there was definitely more than one person listening in and this was definitely all more complicated than Trump appears to think.
This comes after the White House released a redacted version of the complaint as well as a memo on the conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky (in lieu of the promised transcript). The House of Representatives now officially has a majority of congress members in favor of impeachment proceedings, including one Republican.
Trump has also called the press “animals” and “scum” over this scandal and called Joe Biden, who he is accusing of some kind of complicated plot, “dumb as a rock.”
All this does seem to suggest that the scandal has Trump more than a little worried and that it will not, as some have suggested, lead to him winning the 2020 election in a landslide.
Anyway, here are some jokes:
WHY CAN’T I JUST DO MURDERS LIKE IN THE OLD DAYS pic.twitter.com/P45ADCAt0o— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 26, 2019
FBI, I’d like to report a death threat…by the President.
— Pamela Johnson (@ilovemyjobpj) September 26, 2019
The president* supports the extrajudicial killing of an American who he sees as a threat. No wonder he likes MBS so much.
— D. Stamos/Helodriver (@SpacecoastPix) September 26, 2019
Ladies and gentlemen, president stable genius
— Inigo Montoya (@ralphie_boy69) September 26, 2019
Guys… I’m starting to think that the Trump Organization doesn’t have the best H.R. policies.
— T.O. Resident (@TO_Resident) September 26, 2019
A spy as a whistleblower. Interesting take for a POTUS that whistles Dixie in plain sight.
— Louis R. Bridgeman (@LouisRBridgema3) September 26, 2019
Just another normal day in our very normal country.