Andy Richter, the comedian, and Conan O'Brien bestie, shared an excerpt from Donald Trump's latest screed where the president incessantly denied Russia collusion. Richter sarcastically tweeted, "This is just how innocent people talk."
This is just how innocent people talk https://t.co/Breyhg9srG— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1514561579.0
The speech from which the late night talk show announcer gathered to shade the president came from an interview with the New York Times.
During the session, Trump emphatically said the phrase, "No collusion" 16 times and said that the investigation into Russia interfering with the 2016 presidential campaign puts "the country in a very bad position."
Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion. And even these committees that have been set up. If you look at what’s going on — and in fact, what it’s done is, it’s really angered the base and made the base stronger. My base is stronger than it’s ever been. Great congressmen, in particular, some of the congressmen have been unbelievable in pointing out what a witch hunt the whole thing is. So, I think it’s been proven that there is no collusion.
Trump was just getting started by beating interviewer Michael S. Schmidt over the head with the repetitive catchphrase. When Schmidt asked what Trump's expectations were regarding Robert Mueller, the interviewer was cut off. "I have no expectation," Trump said.
I can only tell you that there is absolutely no collusion. Everybody knows it. And you know who knows it better than anybody? The Democrats. They walk around blinking at each other.
Trump believes he will be treated fairly in the case looking into the Russia collusion that he vehemently denies.
Schmidt pressed the subject of Mueller, asking when the head of the Special Counsel would be done with Trump and would the uncertainty of that bother him.
No, it doesn’t bother me because I hope that he’s going to be fair. I think that he’s going to be fair. And based on that [inaudible]. There’s been no collusion.
But I think he’s going to be fair. And if he’s fair — because everybody knows the answer already, Michael. I want you to treat me fairly. O.K.?
Richter is a vocal opponent of 45 and has taken jabs at him on some occasions before the latest tweet. He compared Trump to a genocidal dictator when Washington Post political journalist Chris Cillizza asked, "I ask again though: Why can’t Trump be praised for delivering a good speech full stop?"
Richter tweeted back:
Yeah, and Hitler was nice to his dogs https://t.co/A5lTtNjbGB— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1488403896.0
In Friday's tweet implying Trump's denial, Richter gave this follow-up tweet:
I often think of how McConnell and Ryan see things like this and they know. They know just like you and I do. May… https://t.co/8ex4D4jttX— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1514567054.0
And he pointed out a similar pattern with a formerly exonerated and retired NFL athlete.
Even OJ had the sense to not say "No double homicide!" every 20 seconds.— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1514568768.0
And and ashamedly belated TOH to @KBAndersen for this annotated transcript— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1514581510.0
People agreed with Richter and extended the dialogue.
@AndyRichter @dubouchet trump has perfected the skill of prattling.— Hold My PomPoms Bitches (@Hold My PomPoms Bitches) 1514569413.0
@AndyRichter This actually sounds like someone taking a 9th grade English test about the word collusion and trying… https://t.co/C55EgQWWFp— Eugene Mirman (@Eugene Mirman) 1514564663.0
@AndyRichter Once again and as always, Trump spews what is uppermost in his mind. This says to me that there defini… https://t.co/8dotV9M5uj— Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR) (@Heather Cox Richardson (TDPR)) 1514564837.0
@AndyRichter You'd think acting guilty as sin every waking hour would have to be factored in to press assessments o… https://t.co/ZUXPI2wwAB— Schooley (@Schooley) 1514563349.0
Richter occasionally engages with followers.
@Rschooley They still want so desperately for everything to be polite. For decorum to rule. The press has become Menendez relatives— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1514563544.0
@woody_tobias @Rschooley It's been a year. It's like characters in a zombie movie; you see one eating brains in the… https://t.co/LbPUobFseD— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1514567754.0
The jury is in.
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