Trump runs out of reasons now that his checks to reimburse the hush money payoffs have been shown. Denial is what remains on the day that Paul Manafort gets sentenced.
His latest tweet tries to shift attention back to the border claiming that a million people will attempt to cross the Southern border despite the reality that such crossings are still at an all-time low.
Wow, it’s thanks to Democrats you fool that border crossings are at an all time low. The fact is you’ve manufactured this crisis pic.twitter.com/Nxx9NlgDi0
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 7, 2019
Are you waking up with night sweats?
Do you mistake some sounds for air raid sirens?
Are you fearful asylum seekers will work at your golf club?
You may be suffering from National Emergency Anxiety. IT'S DAY 20. Can you feel the emergency?#ThursdayMorning Thoughts
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 7, 2019
Even without seeing Robert Mueller’s report, or knowing what prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have unearthed, or what congressional investigators will find, we already have witnessed the biggest political scandal in American history.
Historians tell Axios that the only two scandals that come close to Trump-Russia are Watergate, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, and the Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s, in which oil barons bribed a corrupt aide to President Warren Harding for petroleum leases.
- Mueller has already delivered one of the biggest counterintelligence cases in U.S. history, author Garrett Graff points out — up there with Aldrich Ames (a former CIA officer convicted in 1994 of being a KGB double agent), or Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (executed in 1953 for spying for the Soviets).
- Watergate yielded more charges than Mueller has so far: A total of 69 people were charged in Watergate; 48 people and 20 corporations pleaded guilty. Mueller so far has indicted 27 people; seven have been convicted or pleaded guilty.
- But historians say that both Watergate and Teapot Dome were more limited because a foreign power wasn’t a central player, and a much narrower band of potential offenses was under investigation.
- A fourth notable scandal, the Iran-Contra affair of the mid-1980s — in which arms were traded for hostages held by Iran, with the money used to fund rebels in Nicaragua — also involved a more limited range of issues.
The big picture: Presidential historian Jon Meacham tells us that this “transcends scandal — it’s a national crisis in the sense of a period of elevated stakes, high passions, and possibly permanent consequences.”
“We’re in the midst of making history more than we are reflecting it.”
If you’re not going to participate in debates with “Fake News Networks” then you won’t be doing a debate with @FoxNews either!
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) March 7, 2019
Time to acknowledge Fox is “Destructive” to democracy – @Sullivew weighs in powerfully. https://t.co/fhUc2Mk7YN
— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) March 7, 2019