“The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year.” – statement from National Security Adviser John Bolton
There is a reporter by the name of Julia Davis who covers all things Russia, particularly the Russia media. Now keep in mind, there are not a lot of programming options when it comes to Russian television, think Fox News on 100 channels.
Ms. Davis, and her fine investigative reporting, have given us a view of what the Russian government really thinks of our Supreme Leader. Why do I say what the Russian government is thinking? We all know that Sean Hannity speaks on behalf of Donald Trump just as the anchors of the Russian international television network (RT) speak on behalf of Vladimir Putin. What the RT talking heads are saying is the party-line just like Hannity spreading the gospel of Trump.
Ms. Davis reported recently that during an interview on RT, the Department Dean of World Politics at Moscow’s State University stated of Trump: “Unfortunately, Trump didn’t reach the level of Abraham Lincoln and didn’t drive the U.S. to civil war. That’s sad. Hopefully, he’ll become Herbert Hoover and at least drive them into a Great Depression.” Now, if you are to believe our fearless leader he is just inches away from turning our adversary into a potential best friend. From the Russian prospective nothing could be further from the truth.
What apparently everyone knows, except Trump, is that the Kremlin does not wish us well nor do they care about our best interest. Read that statement again “didn’t drive the U.S. to civil war”. That is what the Russians want. That is the end game. But you know that and I know that but for whatever reason Trump choses to ignore it. Have you ever wondered why? Don’t worry, Robert Mueller is wondering for us.
But back to John Bolton’s proclamation this week that Trump is rescheduling his meeting with Putin, Ms. Davis is reporting that the decision wasn’t actually Trump’s but Putin’s. Remember Trumps alternate universe? Trump is counting on his loyal sheep not following or reading the musings of some highbrow, college educated reporter to learn the truth. The truth is whatever he and Sean Hannity tell them it is and in this case, as in so many other cases, the truth is that Putin declined his invitation. Why? How could Putin top his Helsinki beat down of Trump? He couldn’t and honestly there is no reason he should. Trump missed his “no one is tougher on Russia” moment. Why would Putin even consider giving him another opportunity at it? He won’t and he didn’t.
Russian fireworks are popping up all around Trump right now. The Washington Post is reporting that there were 82 known contacts between team Trump and Russia-linked operatives and that none of them were ever reported to the authorities. According to the article, the Trump team attempted to conceal every single one of them. As their headline states; The evidence doesn’t prove collusion. But it sure suggests it.
I get the sense that this “Russia Witch Hunt” isn’t winding down but really just beginning to wind up and getting ready to drag a lot of people, and organizations like the NRA, down with it. And in my mind, the proof that Trump is complicit is demonstrated by his encouragement of the House Freedom Caucus leaders, Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, to escalate the cover-up on his behalf by introducing a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. I guess at this point, with the walls slowly but surely closing in, Trump is resorting to the “throwing the kitchen sink at it” method of fighting.
But here is thing, and this is what all of us “Trump Haters” as I was called the other day can take solace in, the “Russia Witch Hunt”, the corruption within his administration, the racism, the lack of compassion and empathy, this will be his legacy. This is what the 45th President of the United States will be remembered for. What a legacy.