By Michael S. Schmidt | December 18, 2018 11:19 amBy Michael S.- SchmidtThe Washington Post”A few weeks ago, I had my first inkling that President Donald Trump might be in the midst of a monumental political crisis, and that it would become a major scandal,” wrote David E. Sanger, an associate professor of political science at George Mason University.
Sanger’s tweet, which he shared to his 1.4 million followers, sparked a flood of reactions from people across the political spectrum, ranging from Trump supporters to progressives to conservatives to liberals.
In fact, many of those tweets appeared to originate from a different source.
The Washington Post first reported the existence of the tweet on Dec. 15, the day of Trump’s inauguration, though the source is unknown.
A spokesperson for the White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the tweet, and a spokesperson for The Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Dec. 17, Trump tweeted that he was “not aware” of the source of the tweets.
“I just heard it from the WH,” he wrote.
“But I’m not aware of the sources.”
The tweet appeared to come from an unidentified source.
“If you think this is just another conspiracy theory, I want to be clear,” Sanger wrote.
In a statement on Monday, the White White House said it was “disappointed” that “anyone who was following the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account or other social media platforms for the last two weeks has been misinformed.”
“The @WhiteHouse is working with law enforcement to investigate this and will hold anyone accountable for spreading false information,” the statement continued.
Trump’s tweets and comments are part of a larger trend of conspiracy theories circulating on social media that suggest a nefarious plot by a hostile foreign power to undermine the United States and harm Trump’s administration.
“The tweets and the comments are in direct violation of multiple U.S. laws, including the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” said Jennifer Baker, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a non-partisan think tank.
“If the administration really wants to be able to make this a ‘Russian conspiracy,’ then they need to be willing to put some teeth into it.”
Sanger said that although Trump is the president of the United State, the tweets could still violate federal law.
“What they’re doing is making it more of a political statement than anything,” Sangers said.
“They’re trying to distract from his problems by making it seem as if he’s doing a pretty good job of keeping the country safe.
That’s why he’s going after the leaks, because they’re not helpful to the White, who are doing so much better than they’ve ever done.”
Trump’s administration has repeatedly sought to defend the tweets, arguing that they’re merely an attempt to distract people from his ongoing scandal.
“We’ve been talking about it, and it’s a problem,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters last month.
“It’s not a problem that we’ve gotten to.
And we’re not going to get to it.”
In addition to the tweets and social media posts, a White House official said the president is “reluctant to speculate about the motives behind any of this.”