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The humble Twitter “like”: It’s less incriminating than an outright tweet, more subtle than retweet, and used by a number of people on Twitter to signal agreement and support in a taciturn way.
Except when you are the president’s children—because then everyone sees your Twitter favs.
Eric and Donald Trump Jr. were wearing out the Twitter like on Friday to push back against the evergreen story that their family is a consortium of corruption criminality and foreign influence.
After President Donald Trump‘s longtime fixer Michael Cohen pled guilty to campaign finance law violations earlier this week, his lawyer Lanny Davis made a claim that Cohen was in the room when Trump Jr. told his father about the infamous Russia-Trump Tower meeting.
Davis walked that story back on Friday, saying he misrepresented it.
That was backed up in a statement on the matter by Senate Intelligence Committee heads Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), who said Cohen testified he wasn’t sure if Trump was aware of the matter.
“Mr. Cohen had testified before the committee that he was not aware of the meeting prior to its disclosure in the press last summer,” the statement said.
There’s a possibility Cohen lied to Congress, but regardless, the Trump brothers have been feverishly liking tweets on the subject and the reporting around the story. Here’s the string of Tweets liked by Eric.
Funny how last month this false story dominated cable news for days, yet today after it comes out that Cohen testified under oath that Trump DIDN"T KNOW about the meeting, it's barely getting any coverage.— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) August 23, 2018
But please lecture me on how unbiased CNN is. https://t.co/Aap2LMCuM6
2015 - No Evidence of Collusion— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 23, 2018
2016 - No Evidence of Collusion
2017 - No Evidence of Collusion
2018 - No Evidence of Collusion
Yesterday - No Evidence of Collusion
Today - No Evidence of Collusion
Tomorrow-They’ll be NO Evidence of Collusion
Conspiracy Theory Libs- “COLLUSION!”
And here’s avid Twitter user Donald Jr.’s likes.
If you are a reporter covering Trump-Russia, especially the Trump Tower story, you are failing at your job if you do not report on Lanny Davis saying that CNN's "bombshell" was false. https://t.co/hDoB9O60nZ @dailycaller— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 23, 2018
When a source lies, you burn him like this. Publicly. And, of course, STOP USING THE SOURCE. CNN needs to come clean on their sourcing. https://t.co/jel87JPhGI— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 24, 2018
When CNN reported Michael Cohen was willing to tell Mueller that Donald Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting in advance, @nypost called Lanny Davis. Davis 'said as an anonymous source that it was accurate.' Now Davis apologizing for not being 'clear.' https://t.co/WMu6ZO6pSY— Byron York (@ByronYork) August 24, 2018
Who were CNN's sources on this fake story that Michael Cohen had information on Trump having prior knowledge about the Trump Tower meeting? This was a massive story, spurring all kinds of talk of collusion. Now it's been debunked. https://t.co/hDoB9NOoZp @dailycaller— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) August 23, 2018
While these likes won’t hold up in a court of law as proof there wasn’t any collusion between Trump and Russia, the Trump bros. are surely happy half of Twitter has their back.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]