Man, this story just gets worse and worse. John Dowd, who has taken over as Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia probe, forwarded an email from the owner of a loony conspiracy site to defend his boss. That email made a blatantly false claim about Robert E. Lee and George Washington and claimed that Black Lives Matter is funded by terrorists.
President Trump’s personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter “has been totally infiltrated by terrorist groups.”
The email forwarded by John Dowd, who is leading the president’s legal team, painted the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in glowing terms and equated the South’s rebellion to that of the American Revolution against England. Its subject line — “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” — was a reference to comments Mr. Trump made earlier this week in the aftermath of protests in the Virginia college town.
“You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington,” the email reads, “there literally is no difference between the two men.”
The email’s author, Jerome Almon, runs several websites alleging government conspiracies and arguing that the F.B.I. has been infiltrated by Islamic terrorists. He once unsuccessfully sued the State Department for $900 million over claims of discrimination.
Mr. Almon’s email said that Black Lives Matter, a group that formed to protest the use of force by police against African-Americans, is being directed by terrorists. Mr. Almon blamed the group for deadly violence against police last year in Texas and Louisiana.
Almon is an Alex Jones-level nutter, which is why it’s not a surprise that someone associated with Trump would be citing his twisted ideas. When the Times called Dowd to ask about it, he said, “You’re sticking your nose in my personal email? People send me things. I forward them.” Yeah, just willy nilly. He forwards every email anyone sends to him, he doesn’t put any thought at all into what is in the email. If he got an email recommending that you have sex with sheep, he’d forward that on as well. How dare you question him on this, you fake news people!