Virulent Trump-hater Bill Kristol would have been better served to have just left well enough alone.
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller having finally wrapped up his investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia without one indictment related to the initial allegation, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume took to Twitter to remind folks of Kristol’s claim in December 2017 that President Trump was trying to shut down the Mueller probe.
“This held up well,” Hume tweeted sarcastically, linking to a Daily Caller article on Kristol’s assertion.
This held up well. https://t.co/mJPjBYLk33
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 22, 2019
Kristol responded by saying that his accusation “held up fine,” claiming it was only because of his efforts, and that of his friends, in “protecting the investigation” that Mueller was able to bring it to a natural conclusion.
Talk about delusional.
“This held up fine. Trump tried repeatedly to shut down and impede the Russia investigation. I’m proud if my friends and I played even a small part in helping thwart his efforts and those of his allies, and in protecting the investigation and ensuring the integrity of the report,” Kristol tweeted.
This held up fine. Trump tried repeatedly to shut down and impede the Russia investigation. I’m proud if my friends and I played even a small part in helping thwart his efforts and those of his allies, and in protecting the investigation and ensuring the integrity of the report. https://t.co/9fdg0idd3B
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 22, 2019
But Kristol wasn’t dealing with one of the TDS pals on CNN or MSNBC — not that Hume is hesitant to criticize Trump when he believes the president has it coming.
Sticking to the facts, Hume pointed out that Trump “never” shut down the probe to inform Kristol that his claim “does not hold up.”
He also shared that the Trump White House “cooperated extensively” with Mueller’s team — which gets little to no reporting.
“He bitched about it endlessly, but it was well within his power to shut it down, or order the Justice Dept. to do so. He never did,” Hume tweeted. “Moreover, his White House cooperated extensively with the Mueller investigation. So no, the shut-it-down claim does not hold up.”
He bitched about it endlessly, but it was well within his power to shut it down, or order the Justice Dept. to do so. He never did. Moreover, his White House cooperated extensively with the Mueller investigation. So no, the shut-it-down claim does not hold up. https://t.co/jqHTc3vBjw
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 23, 2019
Hume would later take note of the feed to a since-deleted tweet from former Weekly Standard writer Jay Cost about Kristol “dragging down the magazine’s reputation.”
Kristol announced in December 2018 that The Weekly Standard was shutting down.
Thread, from a former Weekly Standard writer, who fears Kristol is now dragging down the magazine’s reputation. https://t.co/dyEIxwYd6G
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 23, 2019
As for the response online, if there was a recurring theme when it comes to Bill Kristol it would center around “bitter” and “ridiculous.”
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@BillKristol You tell him, Brit, as no one else can! So disappointed in Bill, who I once really admired.
— Paula~LiveFreeORDie (@ProudNannyof3) March 23, 2019
— Roger Simon (@rogerlsimon) March 24, 2019
Right-Bill Kristol a legend in his own mind
— Gregory Siegelman (@GregSiegelman) March 23, 2019
Could Bill Kristol become any more ridiculous and irrelevant? He seems to live in his own alternate reality where he is somehow insightful or smart and his opinion matters. Mind boggling
— theangrybrit (@crowthornejohn) March 23, 2019
He didn’t shut it down but Obama and his administration was right in the middle of starting it up and someone needs to be held accountable!
— Donald Cordery (@donaldcordery) March 23, 2019
Bill … you’ve been checkmated by Brit … now walk away before the men with the white coats come to help you regain a semblance of sanity pic.twitter.com/SC0MWVZCWO
— Dan B (@idannyb) March 23, 2019
Why do you even engage Kristol. He has rendered himself irrelevant and has revealed his real liberal side. He’s like the grandpa on The Simpson’s who yell at the clouds pic.twitter.com/S4toWIC5SA
— #IndianaOurIndiana (@SoFLHoosier) March 23, 2019
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