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I don’t think Trump has any shame when it comes to a pee tape.

*Maybe* he cares about getting caught for doing something illegal or traitorous but so far, he seems to have been able to buy or bully his way out of accountability.

Too many people think Vlad has something on him but I think the real reason he does what he does is right in front of our faces and it’s so obvious we keep missing it.

What have Trump and the Republicans done ever since they took office? The answer is they have removed the constraints and obligations from the world’s richest people. They’ve gutted environmental protections, given themselves trillions of dollars in tax cuts and gone after every regulation and trade agreement in sight with a vengeance.

If you slept through 11th grade Problems of Democracy, then this is what you missed. The rich and powerful favor Laissez Faire capitalism. That means, let them do whatever the f*ck they want without any government interference.

The oil companies in particular love this concept. Who needs Paris agreements and restrictions over where they can “drill, baby, drill!”

With all of the outrage over what Trump said in his press conference, what seems to have been overlooked was the announcement that the two made about the oil bidness.

Russia is almost landlocked. It doesn’t have too many ways to get its oil and gas out of the country that don’t involve going through the Caspian Sea region (hello Iran) or parts of Europe (here’s looking at you, Baltic states!) or North Korea (hmmm…). But with Iranian treaties off the table and NATO on shakey ground, and the US playing footsie with Kim Jun Un, well Vlad can see an opportunity.

I’m guessing that Putin and Trump are playing Bad Cop/Good Cop. Putin wants access and free trade and the end of sanctions, Trump will make the right countries give it up or not protect them or whatever.

“I don’t know, if I were you, I’d give him what he wants. Vlad is crazy. I can try to not let him beat you up but you know how it is”.

And what does Trump get out of this? Probably a stake in the profits. Why not? It’s just a business deal.

That’s what those two hours of private conversation were about.

Let’s see if the other Republicans start breaking away. It’s going to be very difficult without offending their masters. But they might feel that Trump has outlived his usefulness and they got most of what they wanted without instigating a revolution. Time to cut the line and save themselves in the midterm. We’ll see.

It makes a lot more sense than worrying about having a video of a gaggle of pretty Ukrainian prostitutes peeing on the bed. What does the man who brags about grabbing women by the pussy care about that??

It’s the money and power he wants. Oh and for people to stop thinking he didn’t win fair and square.


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