Fox News recently obtained a copy of the private text messages exchanged between two FBI agents that led to the dismissal of Peter Strzok from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators. This morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends did a bit of role-playing by reading out the ostensibly damning texts.
But the presentation of this so-called damning evidence of career government officials exchanging private thoughts seemed to be far less incriminating of the “deep state” than anticipated, especially given the sturm and drang with which right-of-center opinion programs at Fox News have presented the news.
In the past week, critics have seen something of a coordinated effort to undermine the Mueller investigation, with full-throated attacks on US law officials led by Jeannine Pirro, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Fox & Friends, Laura Ingraham and numerous pro-Trump talk radio programs and websites. In fact, if the so-called “mainstream media” were to make a similar critique, they’d likely be vilified for hating America.
But apart from the occasional use of the “Lord’s name in vain” (which upset co-host Ainsley Earhardt) the most damning part of these texts is that Agent Strzok referred to Trump as a “f***ing idiot.” This sentiment puts him in pretty universal company: a Quinnipiac poll released this week found that “idiot” is the first word that comes to most people’s minds (53% of respondents) when they think of Trump.
What’s more, as an investigator on the Mueller campaign, can we really blame Strzok for waking up to Trump’s tweets every morning and thinking the president isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed?
Watch the clip above, courtesy of Fox News.
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