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<div class="hnews hentry item">[[File:f248.png]] '''<span class="url entry-title">[ 'Obamagate' Is Trump's Name for the Crimes He's Trying to Commit Himself]</span>''' <span class="updated">May 13, 2020</span>, <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Jonathan Chait</span>, <span class="org organization-name">New York Magazine</span></span>
<span class="entry-content">President Trump likes to accuse his political antagonists of crimes, almost always imaginary, and his favorite target is President Obama. Trump claims Obama illegally persecuted him, though the details of the accusation have changed. Three years ago, he claimed the crime was a "tapp" of his phones ("How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.") The charge evolved to claiming Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, committed a crime by "unmasking" Trump officials surveilled in talks with foreign leaders.

Trump seems to return to the charge in times of stress. He has renewed the charge, calling it "OB[[:Category:AMA|AMA]]GATE!" When asked by a reporter what crime he was claiming Obama had committed this time, Trump replied, "You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody."

Trump's defenders insist that even though all his previous accusations against Obama have fallen apart, this one deserves serious consideration. [[:Category:National Review|National Review]] columnists David Harsanyi ("[[:Category:Obamagate|Obamagate]] Is Not a [[:Category:Conspiracy|Conspiracy]] Theory") and [[:Category:Kyle Smith|Kyle Smith]] ("Don't Shrug at Obama's [[:Category:Michael Flynn|Michael Flynn]] Scandal") typify the response in conservative media, which are rallying to Trump's most recent attempts to prove his predecessor set him up.</span>
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