On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported that advisors to President Trump are not going to refrain from using the findings of the Mueller report against the Democrats; the Journal quoted Bryan Lanza, a deputy communications director for Trump’s 2016 campaign, asserting, “You better believe we’re going to bludgeon them.”
In line with that perspective, the Trump campaign released a video to supporters on Sunday titled, “Collusion Hoax” that showed various Democratic politicians accusing Trump of collusion with the Russians as the screen slammed them as “WRONG” with a buzzer going off. At the end of the 40-second video, the screen advised viewers to text “WITCHHUNT” to a campaign number to sign up for alerts.
The video begins with the screen flashing the message, “Dems Hyped Collusion With No Evidence.” The next shot shows the message, “Mueller Proves Them “ followed by the word “Wrong” added as a buzzer goes off.
The next shot shows a clip of Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut saying, “The evidence is pretty clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” The screen goes to a freeze frame as the word “wrong” and the buzzer again appear.
Next on the list of Democrats, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who has been attempting for the last two years to get his face ubiquitously before the cameras by focusing on supposed Trump collusion with the Russians. In April 2017, after CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Schiff, "Can you say definitively that there was collusion, there were people affiliated with the Trump campaign who were working with Russians to time the release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton that had been hacked – either from John Podesta or the DNC?" Schiff responded, “I don't think we can say anything definitively at this point. We are still at the very early stage of the investigation. The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this.”
But by August 2018, appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, Schiff bloviated, “I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight.” The screen shows Schiff making that statement, followed by “Wrong” and the buzzer.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is next to be targeted, as the clip shows him saying, “We saw strong evidence of collusion.” Wrong + buzzer.
Next: Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who threatened the very night last November the Democrats won back the House of Representatives, “This election was about accountability. Donald Trump may not like hearing it but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable. He’s going to learn that he’s not above the law." The video shows him snapping, “Well, we know there was collusion with people in the campaign.” Wrong + buzzer.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez: “I think a mountain of evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians.” Wrong + buzzer.
The screen reads, “The Collusion Hoax. Text ‘Witchhunt’ to 88022.”