It’s tough to view a presidency in historical perspective while it’s still in its fourth month, but President Donald Trump is trying.
In a speech to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday and in an early morning tweet today, Trump cast himself as a victim of epic proportions.
“No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly,” Trump said in the Coast Guard speech.
That was before the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Trump tweeted at 7:52 a.m.
Today’s tweet followed a more restrained response Wednesday night.
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House within 90 minutes of the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller. “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”
This morning, however, Trump offered a more unvarnished opinion on his Twitter account.
“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” the president tweeted at 7:39 a.m.
The “witch hunt” tweet came 13 minutes later.
The tweets ended roughly 48 hours of placidity on the president’s Twitter account. But his Coast Guard speech offered a glimpse into his mindset.
“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately — especially by the media,” Trump said, drawing some laughter. “No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”
He added: “And the people understand what I’m doing, and that’s the most important thing. I didn’t get elected to serve the Washington media or special interests. I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women of our country, and that’s what I’m doing. I will never stop fighting for you, and I will never stop fighting for the American people.”