Internet roasts Don Jr’s ‘impossibly stupid’ excuse for taking Russian intel on Clinton
During a closed-door interview before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday Donald Trump Jr. offered a statement on his controversial 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and several other Russian nationals and members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, insisting he agreed to speak with Kremlin-affiliated officials to determine “the fitness, character or qualifications of” rival Hillary Clinton.
In a statement, obtained by the New York Times, Trump Jr. insisted he believed he “should at least hear them out,” referring to the Russian operatives who promised Trump’s eldest son dirt on Clinton. “Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration,” Trump Jr. added.
Senate investigators are probing the role Russian hackers played in the 2016 election, and whether any members of the Trump campaign assisted the foreign adversary in its efforts to sway the vote in favor of Trump. Trump Jr. met with Judiciary Committee members to discuss his infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.
“I had never worked on a campaign before and it was an exhausting, all-encompassing, life-changing experience,” Trump Jr. said in a statement to the committee. “Every single day I fielded dozens, if not hundreds, of emails and phone calls.”
The internet on Thursday rolled its eyes after learning Trump Jr. once again changed his story about the nature of that meeting, with users describing the president’s son as “impossibly stupid,” among other things.
TRUMP: who’ll do the illegal Russian oppo meeting?
TRUMP JR. [tries to raise hand but has been stuck in Chinese finger trap for 36 hours]
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) September 7, 2017
I’ve seen (and at times written) some strained explanations for sketchy behavior over the yrs, but that Don Jr. statement is a new classic.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) September 7, 2017
— Hunter Marston (@hmarston4) September 7, 2017
I’m old enough to remember when Trump Jr. said there was no meetings with Russianshttps://t.co/ea6pNgd0VA
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) September 7, 2017
donald trump jr. is impossibly stupid
— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) September 7, 2017
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 7, 2017
— Astead W. Herndon (@AsteadWH) September 7, 2017
His 4th version of story
Trump Jr. says he wanted Russian dirt on Hillary to judge if she was ‘fit’ to be president https://t.co/Gg9qz5DBYX
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 7, 2017
Why not arrest Don Jr. now? The evidence is clear. Put him behind bars. https://t.co/0mfCAoVzxy
— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) September 7, 2017
don jr was just spying on the girls locker room to make sure the smoke detectors were working
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 7, 2017
It’s cool everybody Don Jr. was just looking out for the country https://t.co/In5XrRAONn
— Michael Learmonth (@learmonth) September 7, 2017
Really! How dare she run for office without proper personal vetting by Don Jr.? https://t.co/ILzfSHLlAO
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) September 7, 2017
LOL Don Jr had a duty to listen to the Russians’ attempt to usurp our democracy. He’s a piece of work that boy. https://t.co/2J7Thc9wSR
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) September 7, 2017
Trump Jr. also
– said he wanted Russian details “later in the summer”
– denied the meeting happened at all
– said it was about “adoptions” https://t.co/L7dnMIqMML
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 7, 2017
How many times has Trump Jr. lied about his meeting with the Russians now? https://t.co/EBeJhzgbEB
— Col Doug Applegate (@ApplegateCA49) September 7, 2017
Trump Jr. says he was open to info about Clinton’s “fitness, character or qualifications” in meeting with Russian lawyer. pic.twitter.com/bQkDeGdnZm
— Zora Suleman (@ZoraSuleman) September 7, 2017
It’s hard to believe that’s the best story Don Jr could come up with
— David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) September 7, 2017