Donald Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network this week that he believes that former President Barack Obama committed treason. His claims came after the network asked what crime specifically did Obama commit as part of the vague conspiracy narrative the president calls “Obamagate.”
After Trump’s remarks, Republican allies of the president were asked to explain Trump’s accusation.
Politico reported that many GOP senators dismissed the claim as a joke and did not agree that Obama committed treason.
“I don’t think that President Obama committed treason,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” added Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “I don’t have any evidence to believe he committed treason.”
“I’ve got more important things to worry about,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said.
One senator told the press that they should not take everything Trump says seriously.
“It’s a silly, comedic thing, and you guys got to stop taking it all so seriously,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who laughed off the question. “I don’t think the former president committed treason.”