On Friday morning, President Trump called in to “Fox & Friends” — the morning show that he seems to watch every morning — and gave a ranting interview. At one point during his conversation with the hosts, the president peddled a conspiracy theory about Ukraine that looped in some of his favorite villains.
The allegation was so absurd that even the usually obsequious host Steve Doocy asked the president “are you sure they did that?”
Trump began, “A lot of it had to do, they say, with Ukraine. They have the server, right? From the DNC — Democratic National Committee. The FBI went in and they told them ‘get out of here, you’re not getting it, we’re not giving it to you.'”
He continued, “They gave the server to CrowdStrike, or whatever it’s called, which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian. And I still want to see that server. You know the FBI has never gotten that server, that’s a big part of this whole thing. Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company?”
When Doocy asked Trump “Are you sure they did that? Are you sure they gave it to Ukraine?”, the president seemed to wobble, saying “Well, that’s what the word is.”
Here’s that bizarre clip:
"They gave the server to CrowdStrike … that's what the word is" — here's Trump pushing the absolutely insane, debunked conspiracy theory that the DNC's server is in Ukraine and that Russia was framed for interfering in the 2016 election pic.twitter.com/PXClTXfJhd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 22, 2019
Nearly all of Trump’s entire rant was false, the DNC did contract CrowdStrike to investigate the hack into their systems in 2016, but CrowdStrike is not a Ukrainian company. It’s based in Silicon Valley, it’s publicly traded on the American stock market, its top stockholders are all Americans. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the Ukrainians have the DNC server.
Even for Trump, the remarks were ludicrous, and plenty of pundits noticed, including MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who wrote: “Can’t emphasize enough that this is 9/11-truther, the-moon-landing-was-faked level nutso.”
Can't emphasize enough that this is 9/11-truther, the-moon-landing-was-faked level nutso. https://t.co/UJH42cU6p4— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 22, 2019
Trump has been peddling the conspiracy theory for a few months, and it seems to have seeped into the larger consciousness of Republicans. During last week’s impeachment hearings, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes frequently alluded to the Ukrainian plot.