Donald Trump’s performance at his dumb summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki today has been nearly universally panned, with even the both sides-worshipping pundit class finally putting their foot down and doing their best impression of this classic Clickhole article. Now, even Trump’s own people are getting in on the action, according to the Daily Beast.
Here’s what someone who currently works for Trump told the Daily Beast:
“I honestly had little to no good expectations for this,” said a senior Trump political appointee who works on issues surrounding Russian disinformation efforts, adding that the event “went about as well as I expected.”
“Trump looked incredibly weak up there. Putin looks like a champion,” the official continued. “I’d like to say I’m shocked but this is the world in which we live now.”
Another former Trump administration official told the Daily Beast that Trump’s continued denial that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election is his way of combatting the notion that he’s an illegitimate president. (Maybe that’s because he is, considering that more people voted for his opponent!)
“It’s the [fear] that it’s perceived as looking like he really didn’t win,” the official said of what was driving Trump’s behavior.
Even Newt Gingrich got in on the action, tweeting that Trump should “clarify his statements.”
Of course, some of Trump’s biggest fans were unfazed, because anything that pisses off the media and liberals must be good, right?
“I watched talking heads explode post-comments,” Eric Bolling—who, let’s face it, is probably going to end up in the administration at some point considering he’s a friend of Trump, used to work for Fox News, and is an alleged sex creep—told The Daily Beast. “I thought Anderson Cooper was going to cry.”
Hey, at least we’re focused on what really matters.