President Donald Trump has been relentlessly excoriating a Democrat senator who helped propagate the lies that ultimately led to Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson withdrawing his nomination to serve as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Nominated to the position by Trump late last month, Jackson bowed out Thursday after suffering weeks of lies spread by Democrats like Montana Sen. Jon Tester.
That same morning the president called into Fox News to rip Tester a new one:
“I think Jon Tester has to have a big price to pay in Montana, because I don’t think people in Montana — the admiral is the kind of person that they respect and admire, and they don’t like seeing what’s happened to him,” the president predicted at the time.
Trump later echoed these remarks on Twitter:
On Wednesday several Democrats led by Tester released a document containing allegations against Jackson.
According to Tester, during Jackson’s tenure as former President Barack Obama’s physician, he once got drunk at a Secret Service going-away party and subsequently “wrecked” a car.
Listen to Tester below speaking Wednesday with “fake news” CNN host Anderson Cooper about this and other allegations against the decorated rear admiral:
That same day CNN used anonymous sources to claim that Jackson likewise once got drunk during an overseas trip and harassed a female colleague.
Fast forward to Thursday, when the Secret Service issued a press release disputing this lie, writing that it “has no such record of any incident … involving Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson.”
“A thorough review of internal documents related to all Presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same time frame, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate,” the Service Service announced.
Now fast forward to Friday, when the White House denied Tester’s wreck allegation, saying its records contained no evidence to back Tester’s clear-cut lie.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 28, 2018
The reason for Trump’s exasperation with Tester (not to mention his longtime anger at CNN) should be evident: He thinks they’ve been lying, and they’re not going to stop lying anytime soon. It seems “all is fair” in their outright war against the president and his administration.
In that case, it ought to be equally fair for Trump to ensure that Tester never serves another day in office after the next election!
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