I’ve paid attention to politics since I watched the 1950 Democratic Convention in my Republican grandparent’s tiny TV set and I majored in government at Dartmouth. During Nixon’s presidency it was clear to me that Republicans very successfully got away with accusing Democrats of doing something to deflect attention to what they were doing, often the same thing.
For example, for the last eight years the Republicans accused Obama of not creating jobs even though he created more than any of his predecessors, to deflect attention from their piss poor track record of creating jobs.
Trump just did it when he addressed our national intelligence agencies and started by saying as many as four millions votes were cast illegally. He was saying, “Hey guys look at that because I know what Putin did for me, and I don’t want you to talk about that,” and so far, he’s getting away with it because media pundits are busy saying there were no illegal votes cast rather than asking the FBI and the other national security organizations to uncover the extent of Russian intervention in the election.