Monday, March 6, 2017

Tap, Tap, Tapping Trump

"We have as a president a man who is erratic, vindictive, volatile, obsessive, a chronic liar, and prone to believe in conspiracy theories. And you can count on the fact that there will be more to come, since when people like Donald Trump gain power they become less, not more restrained."

Peter Wehner

So who is this liberal crack head saying such vile things about the man in the White House? Indeed, what sort of Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama Kool-Aid has he ingested?

According to Wikipedia, Brother Wehner served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, and George W. Bush. He is now working as a conservative commentator for a number of publications and is listed as a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank.

His statement was in response to the latest outburst of lunacy from Donald John Trump.

On Saturday, after a week of thrashing about in an increasingly fetid swamp made foul by tales of collusion between his election campaign staff and the Russians, Trump struck back.

As always the counter attack was launched via Twitter and was chock full of self pity and martyrdom while generously garnished with the stems and caps of psilocybin mushrooms. More importantly to Trump--it had nothing to do with the discussion at hand.

That's right, when floundering in a debilitating scandal with no quick out, create a new one. Yes, accusing the Kenyan guy of devious, yet unsubstantiated, crimes has always worked in the past. Let's face it, no matter how implausible the charges might be we know the main stream media will follow us down another rabbit hole. They will howl to the moon about the lack of sources and how crazy it all is, but at least they'll stop screeching about the fucking Russians for a while.

One tweet read, "Terrible. Just found out Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Another said, "How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"

Trump's spokes people said their man was referring to news reports about the wire tap, or taps. None of the big orange man's, "information," originated with the U.S. intelligence community, or even the White House staff.

In truth the news reports have the feel of being similar to classic run amok Facebook conspiracy theories. Or, what some would call, "Fake News."

Trump's people have cited FOX in defense of their boss' accusations. However FOX claims it was only reporting on a story which appeared on Breitbart. Breitbart's piece was really nothing more than a link to a story on the conservative site, Heat Street. The Heat Street article was a re-hash of an east coast radio screed broadcast by another far right wing source, Mark Levin. In the final turn of the plastic hamster tube, Levin's information was based on a prior Heat Street article written by former British Tory MP, Louise Mensch before the election. She now claims her initial report does not back up Trump's claim of wiretapping. None of this surreal roller coaster ride has been verified by American news agencies, including FOX.

Levin, who sort of started all the nonsense, is hardly an unbiased journalistic source. In the past, among other things, he has gone on the air and called Obamacare supporters Nazi brown shirts and accused Obama himself of being an active sympathizer who worked with the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy truth, justice, and The American Way.

It should come as no surprise nearly everyone with a functioning brain, including Obama's people, James R. Clapper, former director of national intelligence and the ever slippery FBI director, James Comey have denied there was any wire tapping of Trump Tower.

And if there was? Well to do so would have required a U.S. judge's approval based on an affidavit of probable cause. In other words the FBI, or another entity would have had to show they had reason to believe someone within the Trump campaign was getting buddy-buddy with the Russians on the phone in a manner which was illegal.

So in the end we have three choices. Do we believe Donald J. Trump is living in a world which mainly exists on the frayed edges of YouTube while possessing the emotional temperament of a second grader? Do we consider him just another inept politician trying to dodge a scandal in his own clumsy, amateurish way? Or, finally, was he a despicable and treasonous candidate working with an adversarial foreign power in order to rig the American presidential election in his favor?

To conjoin and brutalize a couple of lines from the movie, "Casablanca," I like to think it is a combination of all of all three. Hey, it's the romantic in me.

sic vita est


1 comment:

  1. I do not say this in a mean-spirited way, but do believe our president has a few issues, and I think they/he will have to be dealt with before his term is up. We simply cannot continue on like this for four years. It is too early for them to come out and say so, but I think GOP leadership knows this only too well.