Trump Fumes, Fabricates and Fumbles
Donald Trump is a liar. No matter how many times I write that sentence, it doesn’t seem to matter. One of the best descriptions of President Trump came from his supporter and ally, Steve Bannon. He called him “Archie Bunker,” and that is the best moniker you could give our Great Orange Leader.
I can see the TV sitcom character with his cigar, played by Carroll O’Connor, sitting in that old living room chair pontificating about life, liberty and who should be able to pursue happiness. He was direct, blunt and bigoted. Although Archie occasionally showed some heart, he never grew outside of his own determined world. Donald Trump is a modern-day Bunker.
Earlier this week we witnessed an unprepared president attempt to adlib his way around a press conference with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The reaction to what happened during that event was substantial and immediate. Trump appeared weak and unhinged. But what got most people crazy was the fact that he, once again, gave Putin a pass on the efforts of his government to interfere with our 2016 election. The attack on our democracy doesn’t seem to be at all important to Trump.
There are some who say that Putin is frustrated that Russia has been disrespected since the fall of the Soviet Union. Like Adolf Hitler after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, Putin is using nationalism and revenge to work up his base. Everything Putin does is an attempt to bring Russia back to her glory days. In a sense, Putin is the Russian version of Archie Bunker, only he’s a smart, polished, poised actor and politician. He often looks down and clears his throat, but he’s always reloading while the other person is talking. He listens to the questions and creates a more believable diversion than our so-called leader. Trump is glaringly transparent at times and that is his greatest weakness. We can see straight through to ignorance and awkwardness.
To be clear, the “clarification” that Donald Trump attempted to pull off yesterday (7-17-18) was more the liar’s lament than a credible, digestible correction. The line that Trump asked for a mulligan was, “I don’t see any reason why it would be.” Trump on Tuesday said that he meant to say: “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be [Russia].” But why argue about one word, read the whole transcript here.
In the context of the paragraph, it appeared to be the conclusion of a bigger point that President Trump was making, “With that being said, all I can do is ask the question. My people came to me, Dan Coats, came to me and some others they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.” Why would the President of the United States claim that all he can do with a Russian President is to ask him? If that is all Trump thinks he can do, then his own words deny rather than confront the truth.
There is one firm conclusion that anyone can make. Donald Trump is a lousy communicator. He doesn’t construct his thoughts (you know, the words) in a way that states his point clearly. Dan Coats and his team never said they “thought” it could be Russia, they said it was Russia. Why add vagueness to the Intelligence Community’s findings? “Findings” are conclusions, that is why we call them findings.
Like the young boy who tells his teacher that his dog ate his homework, the attempt to change one word in that press conference, his flimsy meā culpā, was nothing more than a shell game of distraction. It was clear to everyone watching that Trump believed Putin over his intelligence team. Some called it treason, while others just shook their head and walked away from their oath to protect the Constitution. Lots of shame to go around here.
Putin has found his puppet in Trump. The saddest part of this whole movie is that Trump doesn’t realize that he is being used by the former KGB agent. The most disgraceful aspect of the relationship between Trump and Putin is that it spits in the face of Trump’s America First promise. He’s lying to his followers and most of them don’t even comprehend they elected a traitor.
In the end, we heard what the Donald said in public, but we don’t know what he promised Putin in private. As most of what happens in this administration, we will learn later what Trump gave away.
Like the last-minute Republican platform being changed by the now incarcerated Paul Manafort to halt giving Ukraine weapon shipments, we will see how Russia has played this administration.
Like the delay of the implementation of sanctions against Putin that Congress voted almost unanimously to pass last year to punish Russia for its meddling in the 2016 US election and aggression in east Ukraine, Trump seems to be protecting the Kremlin. Were the sanctions ever implemented?
And who voted against the sanctions? Those lawmakers were, in the House, Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.), and in the Senate, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) These are the people I want to ask which team they are on.
Isn’t it about time that all Americans stand up as Americans and decide to put America First by taking Trump out of the office. He’s in Putin’s pocket and no one seems to know why. Maybe Robert Mueller knows?
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