Since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, few critics have been more persistent than Louise Mensch. The former Tory MP — and Heat Street journalist — has regularly become the ire of Trump supporters over her reports and theories relating to the relationship between the new leader of the free world and Russia.
Today Mensch appeared on the Sunday Politics to discuss her claims. Alas, when asked by Andrew Neil what evidence she had to prove that Trump’s team were complicit with the Russians, Mensch appeared to come up short:
LM: There’s a mound of evidence. You could start with him saying ‘hey Russia, if you’re listening please release all of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
AN: That’s not evidence.
LM: I think it rather is actually. Especially if you look at some of the evidence that exists on Twitter already of people talking to his social media manager on social media and telling him to stuff before it happened.
Things then took a turn for the worse when the conversation moved to Steve Bannon, Trump’s righthand man, and whether his predecessor at Breitbart had been murdered as a result of a Russian plot:
AN: You’ve also claimed that President Putin had Andrew Breitbart murdered to pave the way for Steve Bannon to play a key role in the Trump administration.
LM: No, I haven’t. I said on Twitter ‘I believe that to be the case’ in relation to Andrew Breitbart. I believe it, you said I reported it. It’s completely different things.
AN: But you put it out on Twitter and you said you believed it and you don’t have a shred of evidence. What’s the evidence?
LM: I said I believe it.
AN: You may believe there are fairies at the bottom of your garden it doesn’t mean it’s true.
LM: If I say I am reporting you may rest assured I have a basis of fact. A belief is a belief.
AN: I know you’re relatively new to journalism so let me get the rules right: if it’s Twitter, we don’t believe it but if it’s on your website we should?
In fairness, regular Steerpike readers will have already come to this conclusion. From suggesting that Theodor Herzl — the father of modern Zionism and author of The Jewish State — was an anti-Semite to tweeting that Charlie Hebdo was a person, it’s best to treat anything Mensch emits on social media with severe caution.