On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released a June 2016 email chain with Rob Goldstone in which the pair set up a meeting between Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer. While the decision to publish the chain was apparently a hasty attempt to get ahead of a damning New York Times story that detailed the emails, many observers were left stunned that the president's son published the most concrete evidence yet of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's government.
In the email exchanges, Goldstone explicitly stated the existence of "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful" to Trump. "This is obviously very high-level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," Goldstone wrote.
"If it's what you say I love it," Trump Jr. responded.
Reactions to Trump Jr.'s decision to publish the emails ranged from face-palms to questions about where his lawyers are to hoots of glee. Here are 43 of the best.
I for one completely underestimated the Trump campaign's stupidity. I actually never thought they would have done something this brazen.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 11, 2017
There's a point at which getting ahead of the story no longer matters.
This is a good example.
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) July 11, 2017
Oh my god. This literally says the meeting is part of "is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump." https://t.co/d7daDxNXpz
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) July 11, 2017
For as many lawyers as this White House has hired it sure doesn't look like they're using them https://t.co/EOn4vgxF80
— Ali Watkins (@AliWatkins) July 11, 2017
Dude, did your lawyer advise you to do this? If so, fire him. He's trying to nail you. https://t.co/lU2PsIdGCQ
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) July 11, 2017
Bless. He thinks this is helpful. https://t.co/Q55fmjITBb
— pajiba (@pajiba) July 11, 2017
"To everyone, to prove I'm innocent, here's an email where I am thirsty to collude with the Russian government. See? Nothing burger." https://t.co/e047vrdnox
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) July 11, 2017
This tweet is a confession. https://t.co/UytVqS3SWh
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) July 11, 2017
“FW- Russia - Clinton - private and confidential” is an incredible subject line
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) July 11, 2017
I am confused about how this is supposed to be exculpatory — "Russian government attorney," "part of Russia & its govt's support for Trump" https://t.co/KNYFl9RFWI
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) July 11, 2017
Remember, this astonishing email outlines a meeting that the Trump campaign denied at least eight times had ever happened. https://t.co/I0QeWG5vFm
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) July 11, 2017
Inside the West Wing rn: pic.twitter.com/5kL0On5lZO
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) July 11, 2017
Sorry, pal, this is just exactly as bad as New York Times' depiction of it, which is insanely bad. Great work. https://t.co/tUrabqakjK
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 11, 2017
This is just amazing.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) July 11, 2017
I hereby declare that it’s lit
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) July 11, 2017
Pouring that fuel. pic.twitter.com/JGjPkkMC9h
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) July 11, 2017
Doesn't matter if meeting was useless, the second he was told source of the info in email (even if it was a lie) he should have called FBI.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 11, 2017
>> "Hello, I am a drug dealer, would you like to buy some some drugs?"
>> "Yes, I'd like to by some drugs please."
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 11, 2017
Everyone else please feel free to tweet your most incriminating emails
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 11, 2017
Have you observed that this also involves email? Wow, incredible.
— Jaya Saxena (@jayasax) July 11, 2017
Just tweet yourself into a jail cell. That's fine. We'll wait.
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) July 11, 2017
But his emails
— Silvia Killingsworth (@silviakillings) July 11, 2017
| BUT |
| *HIS |
| EMAILS |
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 11, 2017
— darth:™ (@darth) July 11, 2017
when u got the emails and want the world to know pic.twitter.com/GsARv3UpMj
— Tim Dotcom (@timothypmurphy) July 11, 2017
We've veered back from Veep into Homeland - unbelievable. How can this be real? Reads like villain's exposition of his plan in a bad movie https://t.co/toPlBahxOp
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) July 11, 2017
What kind of email would be worse than this one? "Thank you for hacking Hillary, as I personally requested. Spasibo, Donald J. Trump"?
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 11, 2017
can we take a moment to recognize how f***** insane this all is.
— Dana Liebelson (@dliebelson) July 11, 2017
Imagine Watergate. But one of Nixon's kids kept uploading all the tapes to Soundcloud
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) July 11, 2017
Live shot of Donald Trump Jr. pic.twitter.com/OFkXN3lIEb
— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) July 11, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. is like a Scooby Doo villain who wears a mask of his own face.
— Sal Gentile (@salgentile) July 11, 2017
If it's what you say, I love it
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) July 11, 2017
This is the dumbest and biggest crime in the history of American politics. There's not even a close second.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
TRUMP: Russia did not interfere
CIA: Yes it did
FBI: Yes it did
NSA: Yes it did
TRUMP JR: Yes it did https://t.co/uWDq3RuI2E
— Daniel Lin (@danwlin) July 11, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. would like you to know that you're goddamn right he ordered the code red.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 11, 2017
This is like if the Watergate burglars were Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 11, 2017
"Can't run incriminating email story about me if I run it first" pic.twitter.com/qRmB40tRlY
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2017
Well he showed them. https://t.co/Btm3eA5zAF
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2017
Malice AND incompetence. What a combination.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 11, 2017
So Don Jr went to college, huh? https://t.co/w4FwTH2Su0
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) July 11, 2017
Anyone still think Trump's campaign manger, first born son, and son-in-law kept him in the dark about this meeting?
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 11, 2017
Not a word about international adoptions in here. The web of lies is really amazing. https://t.co/DjV0kdIdwc
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 11, 2017
non-trivial possibility that if you had literally dressed up as boris and natasha you could have gotten a meeting with donald jr.
— Mazel Tov Cocktail (@AdamSerwer) July 11, 2017