Trump’s defenses are all too predictable, and now threatened with the most massive scandal to ever rock the presidency, Trump has resorted to the “usual,” with ruthlessness. Defense one: Always have a fall guy, one big enough to make news, and shield Trump. Amazingly, this time, he may be the first president to ever bring a Vice President along with him in impeachment: Breaking news from the Washington Post, Trump “used” Vice President Mike Pence to convey the threat to Ukraine, i.e., both directly and indirectly: In one instance, Trump ordered Pence not to attend Zelensky’s inauguration — despite the fact that other White House officials had lobbied hard for the event to be included on his calendar. This may have had the purpose of reinforcing to Zelensky that he had to work to earn allyship from Washington. In another instance, Pence was tasked with delivering the message to Zelensky that hundreds of millions in military aid to the country was being suspended — and that he needed to do more to fight “corruption.” Defense, the second: Attack whomever needed, use whomever needed. Not one single “good person” has ever said anything cross about Trump. Every single person who has ever uttered anything remotely critical of Trump is a “loser” – if they’re lucky, because others are called much worse. He has used this “defense strategy” from the beginning, but it is getting “tired” according to Washington insiders, from Rawstory, quoting Dana Bash on CNN: “He puts it right out there, and today, unfortunately for Republicans on the Hill and those in his staff, he had two events where he could let it all out and, boy, did he let it all out. Those were the personal attacks which are, even for him, pretty egregious …” “.. .That is just one example of how exhausting it is frankly to fact-check him, and how exhausted some of his fellow Republicans are getting on Capitol Hill, and probably why we haven’t heard from a lot of them,” added Bash. Defense three: Know your allies, and use them. Every single person who has ever flattered Trump is a “good person,” a “smart guy,” “beautiful,” “perfect,” you know the drill. This extends to known torturing murderers: Vladimir Putin, “Count Doo Ku” Kim, and Bonesaw-MBS, all great guys, because they love Trump, or at least “say” they do. The only “character trait” Trump admires is whether that person’s character submits to Trump. Witness the utter perfection of Mike Pompeo – in Trump’s eyes, the “First in Class at West Point,” who directly lied to the press earlier in the week. But, Pompeo is impeccable in his defense of Trump – “good guy.” Defense Four: Normalize lawbreaking, accuse others of doing what he himself did. Trump committed the quintessential political crime, extorting a foreign country to bring down a political rival. Trump refers to it as the “perfect call.” Meanwhile, Trump accuses the person leading the investigation of treason, a crime punishable by death, for daring to paraphrase Trump’s message. Schiff is getting death threats. Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! […]
We all know that when Dotard drumpf makes an accusation he is almost certainly engaging in Psychological projection — it is so common in his speech that when one hears it, one can, with certainly, look to the accusation as a clue as to what the Orange Ogre has been up to…. Thus when he accused the Obama administration of “weaponizing” Government Agencies to use his political opponents he was either subconsciously telling us what his own administration is doing or consciously setting up a “whataboutism” argument for his friends at Fox news to employ. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether he is a one brain-cell organism responding to stimuli or a more complex lower life form capable of planning. Last night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia indicated that Jeff Bezos’ lead investigator into the case of his extortion by National Enquirer owner David Pecker, Gavin de Becker, told the Post that a “government entity” had “gotten a hold” of the incriminating texts used to blackmail Bezos. “Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked – he thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten a hold of his text messages.” This is most likely the reason Peckers has his undies in a bunch (sorry) about Bezos not being a good little victim and is, instead, investigating him and the National Enquirer. It was the Washington Post, after all, that 45 years ago began their Watergate investigation that rid the nation of the blot on the White House that was the Nixon Administration. How fitting, then, if it proves instrumental in bringing about drumpf’s downfall.
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