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Trump Worshipers Claim Junior’s Russian Meeting Was Dem Orchestrated False Flag (TWEETS)

In a sane world, any attempt by the Donald Trump tailenders to spin Donald Trump Jr.’s attempt to get Russian-flavored “opposition research” about Hillary Clinton should have ended on Tuesday, when The New York Times all but forced Donald Jr. to release the full email exchange detailing the run-up to that meeting. But amazingly, the most diehard of the Trump diehards have found a way to spin these events. To hear them talk, the Democrats planned the whole thing in a desperate attempt to sink Trump.

The spin actually started on Monday, less than 24 hours after it emerged for the first time that Donald Jr. was willing to receive damaging information about Hillary–even if it was from the Kremlin. Sometime on Monday morning, someone discovered a picture of Natalia Vesenlitskaya, the Russian lawyer who offered to give kompromat about Hillary to the Trump camp, alongside Michael McFaul, who was the American ambassador to the Kremlin from 2012 to 2014. By that night, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, one of the most rabidly pro-Trump fake news sites, picked it up.

Within hours, Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report linked to Gateway Pundit’s story. Largely due to Drudge’s assistance, Hoft–widely described as “the dumbest man on the Internet”–had yet another viral story to feed the true believers.

WikiLeaks also picked up the picture as well.

The next day, fellow fake news peddler Mike Cernovich used that picture to argue that Veselnitskaya was not only a Democratic plant, but used her meeting to make it easier for the Obama administration to wiretap Trump Tower.

Sean Hannity got in on the act on Wednesday, noting that a picture of Veselnitskaya and McFaul being “in existence” was potentially evidence of Democratic skullduggery.

But there’s just one problem. The picture was actually a screengrab from a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing at which McFaul was a witness. The hearing was open to the public, and Veselnitskaya happened to pick a seat in the row behind the witness table.

McFaul has spent most of the last few days pushing back against this nonsense.

Even in the face of this, McFaul has still had to answer bizarre questions from Trump diehards.

The Trump diehards have also seized on a story published in The Hill on Wednesday night revealing that Veselnitskaya was allowed to enter the United States even after being denied a travel visa.

Trump himself got in on the act while in France, suggesting that Veselnitskaya was in the country because of Lynch.

As it turned out, she was granted a rare form of “immigration parole” so she could help defend Prevezon Holdings, a Russian real-estate company, in a suit brought against Prevezon by Lynch’s Justice Department. Prevezon faced accusations that it laundered millions of dollars in stolen Russian tax refunds by buying Manhattan real estate. Federal prosecutors said that Lynch made the decision to effectively bypass the immigration process so Veselnitskaya could take part in the case.

McFaul thinks this whole thing is a symptom of what happens in a world where “basic facts don’t matter.” I’d go one better. They’re a symptom of a world where war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength–and lies are truth.

(featured image courtesy Gage Skidmore, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA license)

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