In a rare Friday evening tweet, President Donald Trump appeared to finally admit that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election — and in characteristic fashion, somehow managed to twist that on former President Barack Obama. In response, Twitter users did what they do best — gave him hell for it.
“The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?” the president tweeted.
“Why does Trump suddenly have interest in Russia’s election meddling?” Twitter user Adam Best asked. “He’s denied it from the start. Blamed some imaginary 400-pound hacker?”
“I’ll say it: Obama had already confronted Putin, so Putin told Trump to yell that the election was rigged so Obama would keep quiet,” user Marie Nina said.
Read the best outraged (and humorous) responses to the president’s too-late admission of Russian election hacking below.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 24, 2017
the real question is, how far in advance did you know about it?
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) June 24, 2017
Three steps of the Trump Administration
1 Blame your predecessor
2 Lie about your accomplishments
3 Steal the money
Once complete repeat.
— Egalitarian (@WeAllMatter7) June 24, 2017
— Alt. Sean Spicer (@AltUSPressSec) June 24, 2017
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) June 24, 2017
JUST OUT: You Knew Since August and instead of retaliating you Make Friends With Putin…
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) June 24, 2017
I'm gonna guess and say: Trump criticizing Obama for not doing enough to stop Russian meddling was not the WH staff's idea of a strategy
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 24, 2017
What do you do when your approval rating is 34% and going lower? Blame Obama!!!
— Brandon Neely (@BrandonTXNeely) June 24, 2017
"how donald trump tweeted his way to treason" will be AT LEAST a chapter in my kid's history books.
— king crissle (@crissles) June 24, 2017
What's scary is trump during the election kept chanting about everything being rigged, which in turn helped Russia regardless. #Maddow
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) June 24, 2017
You do realize you just confessed that Russia meddled in the election you won, right? That you were the beneficiary of their act of war? https://t.co/cnbgtLshDd
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 24, 2017
What are we being distracted from now?
— Neil Makhija (@NeilMakhija) June 24, 2017
hey spicer! your boss knows about the Russia meddling! maybe you guys should chat now https://t.co/hsBZ66bhrf
— Bryson Masse (@Bryson_M) June 24, 2017
— Slade Douglas (@SladeDouglas) June 24, 2017
So are you saying the meddling is real then? And are gonna do something about it? Asking for a friend/entire country. pic.twitter.com/F1hF7ntZvA
— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) June 24, 2017