On Monday, The Washington Post reported that President Trump had allegedly disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their visit to the White House last week. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster denied that there was any wrongdoing on behalf of the president, but some people are still understandably feeling a lot of feelings about the news. On social media, the emotions are varied, but the trending "but her emails" tweets on Monday evening show just how fed up some people are with Trump and this whole "Russia thing."
ICYMI: the "but her emails!" refrain is a joke that Democrats and Hillary Clinton supporters enjoy bringing back up, referencing the the way Republicans went after Clinton for using her own private email server. Last summer, the FBI conducted an investigation of her emails, but former director James Comey said that they could find no evidence of any illegal activity. Trump gained popularity last year by promising to "lock her up" if he became president, for allegedly endangering national security because of said emails.
So, the irony is not lost on Democrats that Trump allegedly just gave away highly classified, super secret intelligence about the Islamic State and the United States' global allies to Russia, directly, right in the Oval Office. (Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, for his part, spoke out on behalf of the administration Monday evening, calling the Washington Post story "false," and saying, "... The president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.")
Here's just a small sampling of the best Twitter had to offer on Monday night:
People Are Pretty Fed Up
OK, Really, Really, Really Fed Up
It's not totally unfair that people feel so totally exhausted and confused that they've resorted to joking around about the absurdity of all of this news. Many Democrats and Clinton supporters, and Clinton herself, still contend that the investigation into Clinton's emails, Comey's actions before the election, and Trump's rallying cry cost her the election.
As much as the Trump administration denies any wrongdoing or connection to Russia, it's impossible not to notice that some of Trump's closest advisers have been subpoenaed in an investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged interactions with Russian officials during the 2016 election. Or that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from the investigation after meeting with the aforementioned ambassador, Kislyak. Or that Trump himself admitted he fired the FBI director partly because of the "Russia thing." News that Trump might have allegedly given away highly classified information so easily is just one more thing to add to the growing list of questionable incidents.
Unless something goes tragically wrong because of Trump's relationship with Russian diplomats, "But her emails!" will likely be the only thing keeping some Clinton supporters sane and smiling through the pain at the moment. Whatever works, right?