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In his now-infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Trump brought up “the server,” an apparent reference to DNC servers that were hacked in 2016.

The whistleblower’s complaint says “I do not know why the President associates these servers with Ukraine.”

Well, he must not be an avid consumer of the MAGA media universe.

As The Daily Beast’s Kevin Poulsen explained here, Trump was “referencing a conspiracy theory pushed by Russian trolls and far-right pundits that imagines the Democratic National Committee fabricating all the evidence in Russia’s 2016 breach of the DNC network.” In other words, it’s a Russia-friendly theory that contradicts all of the U.S. intel community assessments about Russia’s meddling in the election.

It went “from the depths of 4chan, promoted by Russian media, to the president’s mouth,” BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick