Listen to Mueller
Wednesday, at a fundraiser in my hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia, President Trump described Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House of Representatives this way: “I wouldn’t say that performance was too good.”
Anyone who follows the president’s public remarks and knows the meaning of the word heard the familiar ring of irony. Trump is a master at saying one thing that means another, and he regularly accuses others of doing things he himself does. Mueller, who hides from the limelight, is certainly not a performer, and his testimony was nothing more than an underlining of the conclusions that he published in his report. Asked to do the job of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, he kept his nose to the grindstone and his work’s progress away from public scrutiny for two years, while Trump performed his own reality show role, campaigning and golfing wherever.
Perhaps the saddest impression Mueller’s testimony left was when Representative Peter Welch asked him if foreign interference in our elections and politicians tolerance and use of it would continue. Mueller, a true conservative and realist who leaves irony to others, responded, “I hope this is not the new normal but I fear it is.”
Just after the hearings, Trump acted triumphant and tweeted ironically — “Truth is a force of nature.”
Formerly of Wheeling