President Trump was proved right this week that the federal government had indeed wiretapped his phones during the election, a claim for which he was relentlessly derided by the media. But facts are facts. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was spied on “under secret orders from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court,” The Washington Times reported.
CNN ate the biggest plate of crow after the news broke. The network, affectionately called “fake news” by the president, widely reported that Trump’s claims were unfounded. On Tuesday, though, CNN was forced to admit that not only was Trump wiretapped, it continued after Inauguration Day: “The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.”
Conservative actor James Woods rubbed salt in CNN’s wounds by using their own words against them:
In The New York Post, Michael Goodwin called the revelation that Trump was wiretapped “absolutely terrifying” and said it gives “rise to a growing belief that America is infected with a ‘deep state.’”
Though Goodwin would rather be “reluctant” in believing such a conspiracy, he is “beginning to wonder.”
“The more we learn about the last eight years and eight months, the more reason there is to believe that something is rotten in Washington,” Goodwin wrote. “I don’t just mean the ordinary corruption of the swamp variety. I mean something fundamental, something that suggests major elements in our government believe they, and not the people, are sovereign.”