I did a quick google search. The story that identifies where the story came from was run by The New York Times
and it seems last Friday Fox News completely retracted the story. And, after
Fox retracted the story, Trump doubled down. I also saw his poll numbers are down to 37%. I'm not sure I believe polls at this point given how far off they were heading into the election, but I can't believe anyone but the die hard supporters are watching some of this and thinking "yep, this is exactly what I was hoping for".
I really don't understand why he's creating all this extra drama and unnecessary flack. He's really his own worst enemy. At first I thought there was some kind of scheme or strategy to all this, but now I'm not so sure. Now it's more like he's running a long-winded Andy Kaufman routine where the joke goes on for years and at the end either no one gets it or they get it but don't find it funny. I keep expecting Tony Clifton
to show up at one of his press conferences and give a statement and sing a song.
The whole thing is just bizarre. And, now Comey has to testify before Congress today on this. I mean, how much time - and money - has been wasted on this already? And, how much has it taken away from things that really need to be get done. Of course, that last part maybe is the point of all this. Maybe he doesn't care how bizarre it all looks and it all plays into whatever his agenda is. I don't know.
I still think "Andy Kaufman-like routine" is the best explanation.