The events of the last few days haven’t exactly kept the Trump–Russia story out of the news or soothed concerns about the number and depth of connections. So what’s a Donald to do when even those who’ve been dismissive of the story to this point start to think there might be something there? React like a pre-school kid, of course, with a round of they-did-it-toos in his Monday evening tweets.

Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech money to Bill, the Hillary Russian "reset," praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!

You can’t really blame Trump. He threw out unfounded claims about Hillary Clinton for months and the press was always quick to turn those accusations into the topic of the day. Or days.

And for those needing a primer on all the items crammed into these tweets, Trump let you know what he was watching at that moment for inspiration.

Watch @foxandfriends now on Podesta and Russia!

That the information in the tweets has long ago been debunked is beside the point. The purpose of the tweets is the same as any other Trump tweet: Derail the current conversation and throw up smokescreens. After all, even when there’s nothing to a claim, the person who wants to knock it down has to waste time assembling a case.

And by then, Trump can tweet on three more subjects … which he did.