Trump probably won’t apologize for his Obama comments, so I’ll do it for him.

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President Donald Trump and has minions have failed to produce Iota One of evidence to back up the wire tap allegation.

On Thursday, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes said there was no evidence that former President Barack Obama or anyone else wiretapped Trump Tower during the run-up to the election.

Of course, this is not too surprising to the reality-based community. Since President Trump “informed” the world, via Twitter, that he had:

“Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism…”

Trump and his minions have failed to produce Iota One of evidence to back it up. Apparently, it was said by a ranting right-wing radio host and then, based on that “evidence,” repeated by Breitbart News. I am not counting either of those data points as “Iota One of evidence.”

On the other hand, McConnell and Nunes, because of their leadership positions, have full access to and get regular briefings on the latest findings of the intelligence community. Sure, maybe the CIA is keeping this from their civilian masters and only telling it to ranting right-wing radio hosts, but I choose not to believe that.

Nunes, by the way, said of the President’s tweet-claim: “At this point, we don’t have any evidence of that.” It is perhaps right and cautious to leave open the possibility that some evidence might someday emerge, so we’ll have to wait until the end of time to be sure. But McConnell actually said “There’s no evidence of that,” the truth of which is, of course, unknowable until the end of time. But it suggests that McConnell is pretty sure it didn’t happen.

Even more interesting, as we try to get our heads around the new situation that the election has wrought, it’s two high-ranking members of what is technically the same party that nominated Trump, both with access to top intelligence briefings, contradicting Trump and implying that he is either a loose cannon or a liar.

Two things most of us have learned about Trump is that he is fairly reckless with factual assertions of questionable veracity and also has a very hard time retracting and/or apologizing for the many instances in which he has injected falsehoods into the national discourse. As of yet, he has seen fit to issue neither a retraction, a clarification nor (God knows) an apology in the matter, so I’d like to help him out.

Let me clarify that I do not work for the Trump operation — political, corporate or otherwise — nor am I seeking such an opportunity. But I have recently taken to occasionally making and sharing with MinnPost/Black Ink readers what I wish he would say in certain circumstances, so here goes:

TRUMP: My fellow Americans. I would like to retract and apologize for a rash statement that I made the other day, accusing my predecessor, President Obama, of wiretapping my phones before the election. I had no real evidence for it and should never have said it. Now that I’m president, I need to be a lot more careful of what I say, and repeating unverified rumors from talk radio is the opposite of being careful.

I apologize to the American people and especially to Mr. Obama, who showed me great courtesy during the transition which, under the circumstances, showed a lot of class.

Also, even in my anger and recklessness that night, I made a particularly poor word choice when I accused Mr. Obama of “McCarthyism.” That made no sense at all. “McCarthyism” generally refers to recklessly accusing people of Communist sympathies. That has nothing to do with Mr. Obama, and I wouldn’t want you think that I’m historically illiterate.

Thank you, and now let’s all get back to working together to make America even greater than it already is.

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Comments (16)

  1. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 03/10/2017 - 04:14 pm.

    Not Going to Happen

    I just checked to see of there are any credible reports of pigs flying. It looks like this apology will go unsaid by the one who should say it.

  2. Submitted by Richard Hodges on 03/10/2017 - 04:21 pm.


    Its that Trump’s wires were tapped its that his wires are crossed.

  3. Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/10/2017 - 05:49 pm.

    And this:

    TRUMP: I would like to retract and apologize for my claims that President Obama was not born in this country and was not eligible to be president. Even though I had no evidence whatsoever to support these claims, and there was overwhelming evidence that President Obama was born in the United States, I made these claims over and over again for years.

    Now that I’m president, I need to stop telling obvious outright lies about my political opponents.

  4. Submitted by Nick Foreman on 03/10/2017 - 07:53 pm.

    Dream on

    Eric. He is beyond hope

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/10/2017 - 09:44 pm.

    Alfred E. Trump

    What, me apologize?

  6. Submitted by Gordon Decker on 03/10/2017 - 11:23 pm.

    New career?

    Mr. Black, you should seriously consider a job as the Trump speechwriter; not just official speeches, but every word that comes out of his mouth (or his keyboard). The nation would be in your debt.

  7. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 03/11/2017 - 07:56 am.


    …or (so far) would-be autocrats don’t apologize. It’s important to maintain that illusion of infallibility.

  8. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 03/11/2017 - 08:49 am.


    Let’s wait until all the facts are in and an investigation has been concluded. The same is true of the Russian supposed hack.

    Who said that B.O. Used official government resources for possible surveillance of the trump campaign? Remember Nixon? There is yet much more yet to be discovered.

    It is very arrogant and uniformed for a partisan “journalist” to start issuing appologies when you may be the one who needs to apologize. That is if you are concerned about facts and evidence.

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 03/11/2017 - 12:26 pm.


      Wait until all facts are in? No facts are in. Trump made these claims with no facts or evidence. None whatsoever. And Eric is 100 percent correctly informed about that.

      There is nothing partisan about this. If Trump had even a shred of decency, he would apologize for what he said. Eric is just pointing out what should be obvious to Republicans and Democrats alike.

    • Submitted by Helen Hunter on 03/11/2017 - 01:11 pm.

      Facts and evidence

      are not things this president uses, Mr Gotzman. Nor the people who defend him.
      If you cannot see that he lies all the time, why is that? A lot of us do see it, and we are by no means all liberal and radical leftists. Director Comey of the FBI asked the Justice Department to state that there was no wiretap order.
      According to your lights, is that a fact, and evidence?
      Even the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Commitees, reluctant as they are to investigate a fellow “republican”, have said there is no evidence of a wiretap or a wiretap order. Is that a fact, and evidence?
      I’ve come to realize since the election that people who voted for donald trump have no ability to judge character. No one who could would have voted for a blowhard bully whose most dangerous quality as a president is his need for applause, to be told he’s smart and indispensable (“Only I can fix it.”), and that he doesn’t need people who’ve been practicing diplomacy and governing and know know how to do it. He and his followers think government is dangerous and bad and they’re going to fix it by destroying it!
      Further EVIDENCE of inability to judge character is comparing President Barack Obama to nixon. Wow!

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 03/11/2017 - 05:38 pm.

      One fact is in

      Trump made the statement about Obama in public without providing any supporting evidence.

      • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 03/13/2017 - 09:19 am.

        But, but the microwaves….

        …“There are many way to surveil each other now,” said Conway, sidestepping whether she personally agreed with the President’s claims. “There was an article this week that talked about how you could surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, microwaves that turn into cameras. We know that that is just a fact of modern life.”….

    • Submitted by Ron Lietz on 03/14/2017 - 03:15 pm.

      Submitted by RON GOTZNAN

      Where are his facts…. Trump has none. He is simply living in another dimension.

  9. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 03/11/2017 - 12:11 pm.

    If anyone really suspected Barack Obama or his White House of illegally wire-tapping Trump’s office in the NYC Trump Tower during 2016, would they go to Twitter about it? Especially if the “they” in question were the President of the United States and controlled the wentire federal bureaucracy?

    Of course not: Trump could have and definitely should have gone directly to the FBI and the other intelligence agencies we have to demand an internal investigation, kept quiet until there were concrete results to either indict and try former President Obama for the federal crime that would have been, or to keep silent about the absurd and paranoid ravings of our current President.

    You don’t bring that kind of outrageous and completely unfounded accusation to a Twitter account!

    If we make it through four years of Trump’s administration, or maybe sooner, someone should sue Trump personally with a federal crime, which I think it is (or should be) to issue to the world an accusation that President Obama broke the law–you all do know, right, that a President cannot, by law, issue an order to wiretap any individual?.

  10. Submitted by Steve Rose on 03/14/2017 - 05:29 am.

    Two Surprises Here

    1) Eric considers Mitch McConnell a credible source. When did that happen? When it serves his purposes.

    2) Eric states that members of congressional intelligence committees, which include members of both parties, “have full access to and get regular briefings on the latest findings of the intelligence community.” This must be new policy; back in the day it was only President Bush, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney. Bush Lied People Died, without mention of the Democrats that sat on intelligence committees. Back in that same day, Senator Hillary Clinton sat on the Committee on Armed Services, considered one of the most powerful Senate committees.

  11. Submitted by Dennis Wagner on 03/14/2017 - 08:29 pm.

    Soft Peddling

    If proven untrue: How about an impeachment? Slandering a previous president with false accusations doesn’t seem to fit well with: “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” or does he get another free pass by blaming, “I heard it on the news”?

    Suppose Director of FBI, previous CIA and NSA directors don’t count as knowledgeable? By delaying gives the basket of deplorables lots of time to gin up some fake evidence, to go along with the fake news.

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