Donald Trump surely tests the limits of what is acceptable when it comes to public comments and personal attacks, but an incident from the summer shows sometimes he goes way too far:
After lab test results for a white substance discovered at the White House came back positive for cocaine back in the summer, former President Donald Trump lashed out on Truth Social.
Did Donald Trump Go Too Far?
In the post, the former president suggested that the drugs may have been used by President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
The post also included derogatory comments about special counsel Jack Smith – the man tasked with investigating alleged criminal conduct by the former president.
What Was Found?
A spokesman for the Secret Service told CNN that field testing initially showed a positive result for cocaine, and after the substance was later sent for more extensive testing, the results confirmed that it was a controlled substance. After an initial investigation at the time, no one was charged with a crime
The bag of white powder was discovered in an area where guests are often asked to leave their cell phones before being taken for a tour of the West Wing. Secret Service investigated the matter, including checking visitor logs and looking at security camera footage.
Given that White House officials, as well as family members, have access to the same areas as guests, the powder could theoretically have been brought into the property by a Biden admin official or a family member.
Since the news was revealed, many conservative commentators have speculated that the drugs may have been brought into the White House by Hunter Biden. The son of the president has long suffered from drug addictions and is presently facing charges for illegally obtaining a firearm by lying about his addictions.
Video footage of the president’s son acting erratically and wiping his nose while on the White House balcony with the First Family also went viral in the wake of the story.
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, argued on Twitter on July 5 that there is no possibility that the drugs could have been brought into the White House by a visitor.
“There’s absolutely ZERO chance anyone other than a family member brought that cocaine inside the White House complex,” Bongino said. “No chance that would make it past the mag/security checkpoints. Family bypasses those.”
How Donald Trump Responded
At the time, writing on Truth Social, the former president made it clear who he believes brought the drugs into the White House.
The former president also risked angering the man responsible for the investigation into his alleged criminal misconduct, including the possible mishandling of classified files, by arguing he looked like a “crackhead.”
“But watch, the Fake News Media will soon start saying that the amount found was ‘very small,’ & it wasn’t really COCAINE, but rather common ground up Aspirin, & the story will vanish. Has Deranged Jack Smith, the crazy, Trump hating Special Prosecutor, been seen in the area of the COCAINE? He looks like a crackhead to me!” the former president added.
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.
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