“The George Papadopoulos guilty plea tells us (a) Mueller is moving fast (b) the Mueller team keeps secrets well (c) more charges should be expected and (d) this team takes obstruction and lying very, very seriously. That should be of concern to some people.” – Preet Bharara, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
“The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign. Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS! I hope people will start to focus on our Massive Tax Cuts for Business (jobs) and the Middle Class (in addition to Democrat corruption)!” – Donald Trump tweets 10-31-17
Preet Bharara knows a thing or two about building a case and taking down powerful, and corrupt men after all for eight years he ran the biggest and most active public corruption operation as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara thought he would remain in that position after the election, and after receiving Trump’s “blessings”. But several months later Trump changed his mind and fired all 50 U.S. attorneys.
Trump has taken a very personal and particular interest in the hiring of two of the 50 US Attorney’s, one would be Bharara’s replacement whose district Trump Tower falls within, the second is in the Florida district where Trump’s Mar-a-lago home is located. In an interview with Politico Magazine Bharara states that Trump’s involvement in the selection process should make all American’s very uneasy. He goes on to describe Trump as “a person who is a transactional player in the world—that’s how he did what he did in his business, and that’s how he thinks I think the justice system is supposed to work. And why not have people on your side, because like the Godfather says, the Godfather may come to you for a favor. You don’t know what that is, you don’t know if it will ever come. But my suspicion is that one day it might have come.”
The Deplorable Nation voted for Trump because he was anti-Washington establishment. They found it “refreshing” that he said the wrong things which included making up crazy shit on the fly, seemingly without any concern for whose feelings he hurt with his words, deeds or actions. He was a man who got what he wanted, how he wanted and when he wanted and the Deplorable Nation and the white Evangelicals, people who had fabricated a story-line that America had left them behind, loved him for it.
But for those of us who have not drank the orange Kool-Aid from the red baseball cap see a very different man. We see an egotistical bully, who gets his feelings hurt and lashes out as his only defense. A man who is so self-absorbed that is willing to throw out any semblance of progress or unity to defend his fragile ego. A man who uses power and wealth to lean on others for his own self-serving purposes. A man seemingly without a shred of compassion, or empathy in his heart except for those who support his mission which is still undefined other than a copyrighted marketing slogan.
According to many “fake news” sources within the West Wing, Trump had a bad day yesterday. They paint a picture of a man trapped under mounds of garbage all of it self-inflicted and compounded by his dishonest and corrupt interactions with the Russians, the press and the American people. There has been speculation from the higher-ups in the Republican party that he won’t run for reelection in 2020 if he survives the Russian investigation. He was never prepared to be President of the United States and he still isn’t. He loves the trappings and the power but he has yet to grasp the concept that he is the President of all the people not just a deplorable few.
Come the first of the year I anticipate a mass exodus of the babysitters many of us have put great hope in keeping this man in check. It has been well documented that his administration is already operating with a skeleton crew and Trump can blame the Democrats for holding-up appointments, untrue, or that he is trimming the fat in government, also untrue. The truth is, the realty is, no one wants to work in his dysfunctional administration.
President Nixon resigned on August 7, 1974. I was thirteen years old, riding my bike around the neighborhood looking for empty coke bottles to cash-in at the 7-11 for bags of candy. I don’t remember much about Nixon or Watergate and I don’t know what my parents thoughts. Were they concerned? Were they worried? Were they scared? I do remember watching Nixon on television tell the world that “I am not a crook.” We learned differently ten months later.
I have contended from the very beginning of Trumps presidency that he will pay a heavy price for how he has and continues to treat the press. Well it appears the “chickens have come home to roost” as my grandmother liked to say. The one thing I know about Bully’s is there is always a bigger one out there and The Washington Post and The New York Times don’t take kindly to being bullied by a President or his sarcastic press secretary. At some point, as they did with Watergate, the American people have to take a step back and realize the only people with a “fake news” agenda is the President, Nixon forty years ago and Trump today.
“Well, I screwed it up real good, didn’t I?” – Richard M. Nixon