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Poor Paul Manafort, he gets blamed for everything he does

Saw this cartoon on mahablog (HT IvoryBill):

This was Trump’s argument yesterday, that if poor Paul hadn’t been caught up in Bob Mueller’s Javert like obsession with getting the president, he could have gotten away with all his crimes. Instead, he’s going to prison for 7.5 years.

I’m having difficulty wrapping my head around this. Mostly it’s because Democrats are supposed to be the party of people who are “open to experience” while scoring lower on the conscientiousness scale. But in these interesting times, we seem to have entered some parallel universe where Republicans don’t GAF about any illegalities their buddies do and Democrats have become our Jiminy Crickets. Oh sure, we might forget to take out our garbage but most of us don’t get caught up in bank fraud, money laundering and Ostrich leather jackets. We haven’t even started the convictions for conspiracy against the United States yet.

So, Trump’s “and he would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids” is very disturbing. “Do whatever you want as long as you don’t get caught” is not a good message for 4th graders.

For more on the Manafort sentencing and how bizarre the Trumpian argument for Manafort is, check out Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara where he goes over Amy Berman Jackson’s logic and Manafort’s lawyer’s ill advised response.

Also, Preet’s book comes out next week. I’ve got an audible credit. Hmmmm…

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