President Trump has stepped in it again. That must mean it is Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Or any other day that ends with a D-A-Y.
No need to retell the story that sent all the Democrats and half the Republicans I know off the deep end. You know what he did — we all know what he did. Now even he knows what he did.
If I were the president, I would immediately retweet the video of then-President Obama whispering in the ear of then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that after the upcoming (2012) election he could “be more flexible” in his dealings with his country. Trump could then tag it with the line, “Hey … just trying to be flexible!”
A few years ago when President Obama decided all by himself to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, I disagreed with it. I often disagreed with President Obama, but I was never one to say that he was being treasonous, or a traitor, or some kind of anti-Christ, because I didn’t believe it. I just thought he was wrong.
Just “being wrong” is apparently off the menu for the legions of Trump haters across the country. When they think he is wrong, he is just not wrong, he is the most horrible human being since Idi Amin to bully his way into power. He is Hitler, he is Stalin, he is Mao Zedong, with a splash of Al Bundy, Archie Bunker and Harvey Weinstein thrown in for flavor.
American intelligence investigations say that 12 Russians hacked into Democratic National Committee servers, and other American computer systems, with the intention of “meddling” with elections. They have been indicted. Since we have no extradition agreements with Russia, it is doubtful anything will come of it, but if you are to believe the validity of the indictments, then you must also believe the conclusions of the Justice Department that no Americans were involved in any of that Russian campaign, nor were any elections affected in any way.
So President Trump exits a four-hour, closed-door meeting with the president of Russia this week, and what exactly was said in that private talk has not yet been revealed. During the subsequent press availability, what was he supposed to do? Wag his finger at Putin like Obama did? Perhaps Trump should have ordered a military strike on the intelligence headquarters in Moscow? Is that what we should do?
The “witch hunt” Trump was referring to in his rambling statement was not a direct reference to the investigation into “Russian hacking,” but the attempt to link that hacking to his campaign team. The president’s clumsy response to some of the questions doesn’t help his image, but this business that his behavior was “treasonous” is over the top, histrionic drivel.
The Russians have always and likely will always attempt to hack into the computer networks of other countries. Americans do the same thing to other countries all over the world, and if you don’t believe it happens, you are simply wrong.
But apparently after these recent indictments, the failure of the president to lean over and punch Putin in the nose in front of the press corps is a sign of some kind that he is guilty of some unmentioned, unarticulated and completely unknown sin.
Once again, President Trump’s inability to navigate a political tightrope has resulted in a public relations black eye and given his critics grist for the mill. That is what happens when you put a nonpolitician in a political position, but he seems to have survived such mistakes pretty well so far. He takes that tightrope that so many professional politicians tiptoe on, and he plays double-dutch to the audible gasps and clutched pearls of the worldwide media, and most importantly, his own fellow politicians back home. You know that crew. The stuffed shirt, lazy, “all talk and no action” professional public servants who have been promising the moon and delivering dust for the past 40 years. And those are just the Republicans.
Treasonous behavior? Bullshit.
When President Trump suggests an “unAmerican” policy change toward communist regimes, or embraces unAmerican beliefs in a way that gives favor to an active enemy, then fire the “treason talk” back up.
Until then, shut the Hell up, and sit the Hell down.
In the meantime, the most “unAmerican” thing I have heard of concerning any of this was the revelation that the DNC knew their computers had likely been hacked by foreign agents, and flat out refused to turn them over to the Obama-era FBI for further investigation. Those servers since have been thoroughly destroyed.
In honor of that disgusting behavior, the president needs to announce a new executive order that if there is any credible evidence of foreign hacking involving any computer system connected to the government or those who run it, all such machinery is to be turned over to the Feds post haste, with no attempt to alter, delete or disguise the data held inside. In the interest of national security, of course.
The Democrats were apparently more afraid of their secrets being revealed to the public than they were eager to see the criminals who breached their systems properly unmasked and punished. And of course you know why.
Election subversion, anyone?