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The reaction

According to WaPo, Donald Trump reacted to the news of the indictments with “exasperation and disgust”. This part is interesting:

Initially, Trump felt vindicated. Though frustrated that the media were linking him to the indictment and tarnishing his presidency, he cheered that the ­charges against Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were focused primarily on activities that began before his campaign. Trump tweeted at 10:28 a.m., “there is NO COLLUSION!”

But the president’s celebration was short-lived. A few minutes later, court documents were unsealed showing that George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign policy adviser on Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI about his efforts to broker a relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The case provides the clearest evidence yet of links between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

Ohhhh, so it was Ok when he was able to throw Manafort under the bus. It’s only money laundering, it’s Paul’s problem. Whew! Dodged a bullet. DOH! Papadopolous has been talking and probably wearing a wire. S%^*! He could bring it all down. How to distance himself?

Note that Papadopolous was an “unpaid” foreign policy advisor. See?? He was a volunteer!! We didn’t even pay him. What a putz.

Not paying his advisors was a notable feature of Trump’s campaign. I wonder why that is? Oh look, here’s another article from 2016 about Trump stiffing his policy staff during the campaign. Nope, I see no reason why there would be any disloyalty.

You might notice that the indictments have nothing to do with wrongdoing by Trump. No, he was just raised to win. What’s the problem? This is what winners sometimes have to do. It’s Manafort’s problem if he got caught. People like Donald are above all that. And you know how he knows? Because as president he can pardon everyone. It’s good to be the king. And it reinforces what he’s experienced all his life. He gets praise, a pass, the ability to make others take the blame for anything he does from money laundering to bankruptcy. Surely he’s doing something right. There’s no incentive for him to behave otherwise. This life is working so well for him.

Matt Miller and Virginia Heffernan discusses Mueller’s tactics and strategy on Trumpcast and concluded that Mueller knows a lot more than he’s letting on and he’s investigating this case as if he is dealing with La Cosa Nostra. It’s a criminal enterprise not unlike organized crime and we should not be surprised at what they were prepared to do to win the White House. It’s a good thing Papadopolous flew under the radar because otherwise, he might have had to go into a witness protection program.

If I were one of the people Papadopolous tagged next, I’d be very nervous. Putin doesn’t fuck around with witnesses and there’s no reason for us to assume that anyone who works for Trump has any scruples either.

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I’m going to guess that the right wing Wurlitzer is going to be latching on to Tony Podesta’s mini fall from grace to paint John Podesta as well. Guilt by association and all that.

I don’t know the Podesta family dynamics but from my own experience I can tell you that not all siblings are alike. I’m the only liberal in my family. One sibling is a conservative and the other is a foaming at the mouth gun-totin’, judgmental fundamentalist, creationist, global warming denying blow hard in the Army. So, basically your worst troll nightmare who is only redeemed by his military service. He takes after my mom.

I am the black sheep.

So, you know, even people in the same house can grow up with completely different values and social consciences.

It happens.

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4 Responses

  1. Jimmy and Billy Carter, ’nuff said.

  2. BS already, no one, no one is buying the Crooked GOP Trump Swamp look at Hillary slander and not my ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENCY. Through Mueller’s actions the United States is fighting back, finally, against the Trump Criminal Enterprise that has so grossly defrauded the American Electorate. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I want a remedy that destroys the Russian Trump Cabal, not just prison terms and fines. The only good news of this nasty affair after all is in knowing the American Electorate really didn’t elect Trump after all.

    • I don’t know about that. It’s going to get crazy ugly as long as the R’s are trying to get their stupid tax reform package.
      They’re going to tolerate anything and everything until then and Trump is rapidly unraveling. He could strike out very strongly.

    • I want a remedy that does everything we can do, short of actual WW3, to destroy Russia.

      Yes, I’m that pissed off. 😡

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