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Exoneration or AI: Trump, supporters split on audio of former president discussing classified documents

They're trying to cast any doubt they can.


David Covucci


Posted on Jun 27, 2023

Last night, CNN published damning audio it obtained of former President Donald Trump discussing documents at the heart of his classified material case, where he appears to share a plan to attack Iran with an unidentified woman.

“It is highly confidential … secret information,” he said.

The audio appears to be one instance, cited in the charges against Trump, of him sharing classified material with individuals who did not have the proper security clearance.

On Truth Social, Trump raged against the leak to the press, calling it an “exoneration.”

“The Deranged Special Prosecutor, Jack Smith, working in conjunction with the DOJ & FBI, illegally leaked and ‘spun’ a tape and transcript of me which is actually an exoneration, rather than what they would have you believe. This continuing Witch Hunt is another ELECTION INTERFERENCE Scam. They are cheaters and thugs!”

While Trump somehow found the audio cleared him, his supporters online believed it to be damning, trying to claim the clip was created by artificial intelligence.

“This reeks of fake news,” said one. “Possibly ai. The audio is so perfect in its damnation of Trump.”

“The ‘audio of Trump’ (possibly AI?) was a total nothingburger,” wrote another.

Fans of Ron DeSantis, Trump’s opponent in the 2024 Republican primary, relished in the response from Trump supporters.

“Being a DeSantis supporter means I don’t have to do mental gymnastics every day to defend Donald Trump,” one wrote.

While there isn’t an actual strong argument for the audio being AI, a number of people said they were convinced the clip was real when the recording ended with Trump calling for someone to bring him a soda.

“At first I thought that leaked Trump audio could have been AI generated fake, but when he alighted Anthony Weiner and demanded more Cokes, I knew it was real,” said one user.

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*First Published: Jun 27, 2023, 10:30 am CDT