Greatest witch hunt in U.S. history: Trump-Russia or the Salem witch trials? | The Tylt
After the worst week of Donald Trump's nascent presidency, including appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties to Russia, President Trump tweeted he is the victim of "the single greatest witch hunt" in American history. Historians have taken issue with his claim, noting that that the colonial Salem witch trials of 1692 actually resulted in the execution of 20 people. Which is really America's greatest witch hunt? 🔥 😱 🔥
Greatest witch hunt in U.S. history: Trump-Russia or the Salem witch trials?
"Witch hunt" has become a synonym for public persecutions that capitalize on public fear and rely on inconclusive evidence. Trump and his followers argue he is being victimized and smeared by political opposition and the media.
Trump's supporters agree he is being treated most unfairly, and say he is subjected to standards different from any other politician.
Greatest. Witch hunt. Ever. They're investigating Trump when they never investigated Lewinsky, Obama's birth, Benghazi, or Hillary's emails?— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) May 18, 2017
Democratic representative Seth Moulton of Salem, Massachusetts immediately clapped back. No one's thrown Trump in water to see if he sinks or floats yet.
And other Trump critics pointed to various unsubstantiated media campaigns Trump himself orchestrated against everyone from the Central Park Five to former President Barack Obama.
Others say Trump's description is accurate. Where's the evidence that his campaign colluded with Russia?
@InTheYear1611_ @winkinss @TrumpGirlStrong @AmericanHotLips @PolitiKellyRite @SandraTXAS @reallyo1 @JustMy_NameHere @LibertyNews1776 @dryheat115 @sassysassyred @Cory_1077 This is plain and simple witch hunt against Trump. Left has lost connection with the truth; they live in an alternate world of media lies.— Babs (@FriendofAm) May 18, 2017
Others found president guilty of hyperbole.
Trump's detractors insist an investigation into wrongdoing is no witch hunt. The special counsel has been appointed not to persecute, but to get the facts.