By Jason Taylor
Once all is said and done, the Mueller report has to make clear that no one, including the President, is above the law. To avoid future conspiracy theories from Trump supporters, the Trump story and his connection to Russia must be made clear, as we know goes all the way back to the 1980’s. There seems little doubt that Putin owns Trump.
No presidential pardon. Once Trump becomes a citizen, he must go on trial. This is the only way (and the fastest way) to help America heal. This will help to ensure that no more snake oil salesmen attempt to ever make a run for President Of The United States ever again.
This is just another in the long list of examples of an unhinged “excuse for a President” who figures he has all the answers and figures he never has to listen to the advice of anyone no matter how valuable it might be. President Obama got rid of Flynn and acting AG Sally Yates warned the Trump administration that because of his background, questionable behavior and who he associated with, appointing him for this very important job would definitely NOT be a good idea. Trump ignored them. Now ‘The Tweeter In Chief’ will reap the whirlwind of his never-ending narcissism and stupidity and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
I believe the press — especially television — is missing a major point: there may be a method in Trump’s madness. He keeps the press focused on his bizarre behavior. It is maddening to constantly hear reporters talk about Trump’s rants, tirades, and obscenity. He has you where he wants you: not paying attention to his real, non-populist agenda that guts government and destroys essential services.
Trump is playing us all, including his pathetic base. Donald Trump doesn’t care about working people, only for their votes. It’s all so sad and depressing. Hubris will be Trump’s downfall. He and his inner circle messed around in business, where they could bully and sue and settle if need be. They really had absolutely no clue what they were up against in DC.
“The world right now is a powder keg. Trump, an untethered maniac, sits atop it, flicking a lighter that Republicans in Congress could take away, but won’t. If everything goes up in flames, we can’t say we weren’t warned.” — Michelle Goldberg
This is going to be interesting. Will the GOP support Mueller if he finds grounds to indict Trump? What will they do about the lies Trump has told if he repeats them under oath? The GOP will be under the microscope far more than they have been in recent years because it will be their own who are being investigated and charged. We will see if they plan to uphold the laws of the land or selectively enforce it. Bill Clinton lied and was impeached for it. If Trump does the same thing he too should be impeached.
As it is this administration’s actions have been anything but aboveboard and honest. If incompetence was a crime almost every one of them, up to and including Trump, would have been charged with multiple counts of incompetence. The damage this administration and Congress have done to America might be reparable if it’s ended soon. I have my doubts because of the GOP refusal to face reality on many issues not the least of which is our incompetent Commander in Chief.
Everyone in Trump’s immediate sphere is most likely next. With Kushner among the next two to be more closely looked at. Mueller is a careful sort and it is unlikely that we will see him jump to Kushner next without a lot more from Flynn and possibly others before he closes in on the inner circle. But we should remember that we’ve also learned that a group from among the Texas congressional delegation has been taking Russian money for some time.
We need to know more about them. We need to know way more about Dana Rohrabacher. We need to know way more about the possibility that Russian money has been accepted by a far wider range of politicians and lobbyists than the circle of Trump’s associates.
I fully expect this winter will bring us a blizzard of lies from The White House and Capitol Hill, denials and then weasel-worded “explanations” followed by “Oh, yes — now I remember!” play-acting. Big Lies won Trump his party’s nomination. Big lies won the Republicans their now-betrayed supporters. More lies heaped upon more Lies duped enough of these credulous voters to trigger Trump’s Electoral College default loss-win, and ever since then, whether delusional or by design, he has lied on a near-daily basis. Neither he nor Kushner will tell the truth; honesty is not in their DNA, as their respective family business practices demonstrate. From Trump, I expect Nixon-like denials until the day he boards Marine One for his premature exit from office.
Trump symbolizes the deep rot America finds itself in. If we are to clean up, we need to deep-clean house top to bottom and inside out. Shielding those we like from scandal does us no good. If we’re going to let the sunshine in, then let it shine on everyone.
“His judgment cometh and that right soon” — The Shawshank Redemption