Sean Spicer, the White House janitor (aka the man who always has to clean up behind Donald Trump), is backtracking on Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped his phone.
Earlier this month, Trump tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism.” Trump also tweeted, “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
According to Spicer, despite singling out Obama in his tweets, Trump didn’t really mean Obama personally wiretapped him. In fact, he doesn’t even think that his phones were tapped. Spicer says that because Trump used air quotes around the words “wire tapped,” it should have been obvious that he wasn’t speaking literally.
“He doesn’t really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally,” said Spicer. “The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”
According to Spicer, Trump used the word “wiretapped” to mean that Obama was using overall surveillance on him.
“I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election,” Spicer says.
However, the literal definition of wiretapping is “a telephone or telegram wire in order to get information.”
It appears that Spicer’s entire White House stay is going to consist of peeing on America and telling us it’s raining. I kind of feel bad for him.