KEY POINTS

  • White House insider claims Clinton lost in 2016 so Trump could be eventually impeached
  • The claim says this was done with Russian help
  • Other Republicans have compared the impeachment to Jesus and Pearl Harbor

In the latest effort to discredit the Democrats’ decision to impeach President Donald Trump, a White House insider revealed an interesting twist on claims that Hillary Clinton is somehow directing the proceedings from behind the scenes.

On Thursday, Brian Karem, a CNN analyst and senior White House reporter for Playboy, tweeted about an interesting remark he heard from an insider source, but not before clarifying that it was not satire. That source claimed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intentionally lost her bid for the presidency in 2016, with Russian help, in order to facilitate eventually impeaching Trump.

It will be curious to see whether this creative conspiracy theory will be voiced from other members of the Trump administration or not.

For perspective, a strikingly similar story was run in the New Yorker’s Borowitz Report – a political satire column – which jested that Trump accused Clinton of deliberately throwing the election in order to see Trump elected and then impeached. That satirical article ran a little over two years ago.

Either way, this White House source’s inventive ideas are just the latest example of Republicans’ increasingly provocative attempts to portray the impeachment process as a sham conducted as part of a Democrat-led conspiracy.

Trump’s letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (which was reportedly co-authored by policy advisor Stephen Miller) was filled with heated rhetoric directed at Pelosi and her Democratic peers, claiming that her party, with the help of the FBI and others, have been deviously plotting to undermine his presidency before he was even elected.

In it, Trump claimed that the impeachment was less fair than the Salem Witch Trials, along with other odd comparisons and accusations.

With this week seeing the House of Representatives formally voting to impeach Trump, others have come forward to share similar comparisons. During a floor debate in the House before the vote, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) stated that “Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president and this process.” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) compared the impeachment to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as “another date that will live in infamy,” a reference to the famous speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941.

During the inquiry phase of the impeachment process, Trump and his team began pushing a conspiracy theory that the Ukrainian – not Russian – government was behind the foreign hacking of internal Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 election. This claim seems to be unfounded and has been denounced as untrue by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

It appears Trump and his Republican allies are, and have been, keen on portraying the impeachment process as anything but legitimate – even if it means floating increasingly outlandish conspiracy theories.

Hillary Clinton Fox News issued an apology to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this photo, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York on Nov. 9, 2016. Photo: Getty Images/ Jewel Samad