Trump doesn’t need foreign help in re-election, says Democratic rivals are ‘all I need’ to win

May 14, 2019

Trump vowed Monday that he won’t rely on any illicit help from other countries to win re-election, of which he is very confident. Trump mocked the packed roster of 22 Democrats competing in the primary and joked that they’re all the help he needs to win.

“I don’t need that. All I need is the opponents I’m looking at,” Trump said.

For her part, Hillary Clinton used “foreign dirt” behind the scenes to subvert her opponent, although unsuccessfully. The Clinton campaign paid for an infamous Russian dossier that the FBI used to spy on the Trump campaign.

Trump swears off “foreign dirt” in 2020

Speaking with reporters at the White House, Trump denied ever using foreign dirt to win the 2016 election. Trump was hosting Hungarian president Viktor Orban when he was asked about Russian interference.

“Well, I never did use it,” Trump said. “As you probably know, that’s what the Mueller report was all about. ‘No collusion’,” and added that would not seek help from any foreign powers when he runs for re-election.

“And I would certainly agree to that,” Trump said. “I don’t need it. All I need is the opponents I’m looking at,” Trump joked.

Trump has been accused of colluding with Russians in an election heist for well over two years, a charge of which he was cleared by Robert Mueller in March when the Special Counsel found no collusion. Although Trump did not collude, he has been criticized for “asking” Russia to hack the Democrats’ emails in July of 2016. However, Trump maintains that he was joking.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Even if Trump was joking, Russians did hack Democrats’ emails and WikiLeaks published them in the final weeks of the 2016 election, to the detriment of the Clinton campaign. However, the e-mails were public, and the hacking was not established by Mueller to be the product of a Trump-Russia conspiracy.

Trump: my opponents are my oppo-research

While the Democrats’ hacking probably did impact Clinton’s campaign, it’s not the reason she lost. The collusion narrative took hold of the country as an excuse for Trump’s election victory, as Democrats were unable to accept that their candidate was unappealing to the Americans who elected Trump instead.

Clinton lost because she was a bad candidate who ignored critical Rust Belt states. There was no need for foreign intervention to deliver Trump his historic upset. Looking forward to 2020, Trump said that his opponents’ campaign platforms are all the oppo-research he needs: “I’m liking what I see.”

Trump has often joked that his Democratic contenders stand little chance against him. He greeted Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden with the Trump-ian titles “Sleepy Joe” and “Sleepy Creepy Joe,” a dig at Biden’s age and history of inappropriately touching women. Besides Biden, the top Democrats in the race are Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).

The Democratic field of candidates is crowded with lightweights who have barely distinguishable policies, outside their “progressive” extremism. Trump has declared the Democrats the party of late-term abortion, open borders, socialism and the Green New Deal, saying nothing more is necessary for him to win than point out what they actually support.

Meanwhile, attorney general William Barr is in the process of investigating the origins of the Russia probe, including the Obama administration’s spying of the Trump campaign. The Clinton-funded dossier that formed the basis of the spying, and the collusion narrative, came from Russian sources.

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.