MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell reported a bombshell news story Tuesday night: President Donald Trump's Deutsche Bank loans were guaranteed by Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin.
O'Donnell, who cites a source close to Deutsche Bank, also says the German financial services company has copies of Trump's tax returns that show he pays little in income taxes, and that Trump "would not have been able to obtain those loans without co-signers."
“If true, that would explain every kind word Donald Trump has ever said about Russia and Vladimir Putin,” O'Donnell added, as Raw Story reported. “If true, that would be a significant factor in Vladimir Putin’s publicly stated preference for presidential candidate Donald Trump over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
In response, many on social media rocketed #RussianCosigners to a top-trending topic overnight.
For example, someone posted this video of then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manfort, now a convicted felon, before the 2016 election appearing to cover for Trump's claim he has no ties to Russia:
Reporter: “To be clear, @realDonaldTrump has no financial relationships with any #Russian🇷🇺oligarchs?” Manafort: “… https://t.co/3fPCxJcFzu— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD) 1566993451.0
A Daily Beast columnist:
It's not that Trump just has #RussianCosigners he has Russian OWNERS. That explains why on world stage in Helsinki… https://t.co/jsfvwda0Xq— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1566993963.0
Here is the confirmation that the story is 100% true. #RussianCosigners https://t.co/i75HZ1CJ5t— Livin’ Life (@Livin’ Life) 1566989392.0
You know how your friend constantly bothers you, but you owe them the attention after they co-sign for your car loa… https://t.co/euRhiqEJx8— Grant Stern (@Grant Stern) 1566994432.0
Washington: 1st President. Jefferson: 1st Democrat President. Lincoln: 1st GOP President. FDR: 1st Handicapped P… https://t.co/PjszHUpe6u— Eric Wolfson (@Eric Wolfson) 1566987567.0
#RussianCosigners "...there’s an amazing number of people from Russia who’ve purchased Trump properties over the y… https://t.co/8AMsYKRxQg— Blanche Knox ⁷ KPOP AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE (@Blanche Knox ⁷ KPOP AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE) 1566987869.0
Let's not forget that Mitch got money from Russian Oligarchs.., the whole GOP party is corrupt #RussianCosigners https://t.co/Ns2o0eUF24— margarita jacobo (@margarita jacobo) 1566984249.0
So, let me get this straight. Deutche Bank has Trump's tax returns. Trump took out loans that couldn't have been… https://t.co/Y3SNuKgsft— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly) 1566997701.0
If you think this tweet is just an unfounded conspiracy theory, this article from a right-leaning publication may change your mind:
In a nutshell: 1. Justice Kennedy retired abruptly to make way for Trump’s Brett Kavanaugh. 2. Kennedy’s son Just… https://t.co/bYxDy9Owtl— Andrea Junker ® (@Andrea Junker ®) 1566994827.0
Of course Russian oligarchs own Trump. They own Mitch too. The NRA. Most of the GOP. They’re traitors, all. And the… https://t.co/76enyQdWrC— Bryce Tache (@Bryce Tache) 1566991229.0
#RussianCosigners That's why he wants the Russians back to the G7. 🤢 https://t.co/AP6MbpbwOd— Bratak (@Bratak) 1566988585.0
If Trump wants to disprove #RussianCosigners he could do it in an hour by directing the release of his tax returns.… https://t.co/4tkycKIQZV— Richard L. Bennett (@Richard L. Bennett) 1566959415.0