Alexander Vindman

An Autocratic Pickle


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Kellyanne Conway, White House Counselor (which is another absurdity of the Trump administration) attempted to downplay Donald Trump’s autocratic retribution against his enemies.

Trump removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from his detail at the White House on the National Security Council and removed Gordon Sondland from his post as Ambassador to the European Union. Both men did the legal thing and complied with subpoenas and testified before Congress, revealing Trump’s corruption. Trump even removed Vindman’s twin brother from his post at the White House, even though he didn’t have anything to do the impeachment hearings.

During the Senate trial, which ruled Trump is innocent after refusing to hear witnesses or see evidence, House Manager Adam Schiff claimed there was a report the Trump administration warned GOP senators, “vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.” Schiff caught a lot of heat for that from Republicans. Now that Trump is putting heads on pikes, Republicans are defending the move. Hell, even Democratic Representative and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is defending Trump’s bloodletting.

Conway argued that the Vindman brothers were removed from the White House without being fired. But she couldn’t explain why they were removed months before their details were to end. Then she claimed Gordon Sondland was a “reluctant” Trump supporter. Yeah. Who reluctantly gave Trump’s corrupt inauguration committee $1 million.

And while arguing these removals weren’t political payback, she said there will be more dismissals to come. It’s tough to argue none of this was political payback since they all came AFTER the Senate trial, Don Jr. has tweeted that it’s political payback and the White House even issued a statement that translates to “bwahahahahahaha.”

Republicans have been smearing Vindman for months. American Thinker, a conservative website popular with white nationalists that warns rainbow-colored Doritos is a “gateway snack to introduce children to the joys of homosexuality,” published a story claiming Vindman dissed American “exceptionalism” and rednecks. In bizarro Trump world, the patriot is the bone spurs-draft-dodger and the traitor is the Purple Heart-receiving military veteran who led units in Iraq and Afghanistan. And how dare he criticize our rednecks. I love these new talking points.

Liberals have been warning the country that Trump doesn’t just have autocratic tendencies, he has psychopathic ones too. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton writes in his new book that Trump is doing favors for autocratic leaders. Duh. Trump has issued heavy praise for Vladimir Putin, Recip Erdogan, Kim Jong Un, and Rodrigo Duterte. If Nicolas Maduro was smart, he’d start sending delegates to Washington to book rooms at Trump’s hotel. Basically, Donald Trump is to Vladimir Putin as Lindsey Graham is to Donald Trump.

The funny thing with warning Republicans about Trump: They pooh-pooh our concerns and blow them off and Donald Trump confirms them. The whole “heads on a pike” thing. Why he wouldn’t that. He’s doing that. Ask Mitt Romney. CPAC, a conservative group holding a convention later this month in Washington, disinvited Mitt Romney because they’re literally afraid someone will kill him if he shows up. That has not stopped Donald Trump from tweeting about Romney and trying to implicate him in his Burisma conspiracy theory. Romney was the party’s nominee. Today, he’s being labeled a “traitor” and “disloyal.”

Lindsey Graham defended the ouster of Vindman and said, “What have I learned in the last two years? CIA agents, Department of State — Department of Justice lawyers, FBI agents have a political agenda, and they acted on it.” That sounds like some crazy shit someone like Maduro would claim. Republicans claim Trump isn’t aiming to act like a dictator while supporting his banana republic actions.

Here’s the real shit: Donald Trump was just acquitted and he’s taking these actions. What happens after he wins reelection? Does he start taking care of his critics in the style of Kim Jong Un and feed them to dogs? At least Trump would get a dog (other than Lindsey).

After Saddam Hussein seized power (in case you’re a Republican, of Iraq) in 1979, he convened an assembly of his Ba’ath Party where he claimed there were traitors in their midst. An aide read the 68 names of people in the room they accused of being co-conspirators, labeled them “disloyal,” and dragged them out one by one. After this was completed, Saddam congratulated everyone left in the room for their present and “future” loyalty. All 68 of those who were “disloyal” were found guilty of treason with 22 of them executed. Eventually, Saddam killed hundreds of members of his own party. Many of those left in the room had never been supporters of Saddam Hussein, but they got the message. Before the meeting was over, they were standing and exclaiming their loyalty to Saddam and yelling for the death of those who opposed him. Anyone who opposed Saddam wasn’t just disloyal to him but to Iraq. You could say Saddam’s political foes were the “deep state.” Also, Saddam didn’t have to worry about an upcoming election.

The people who support Trump today, we know which side they would have taken if they were in Germany when Hitler took power, or in France when he invaded. We know where they would have stood in Saddam’s Iraq. In the future, lackeys, toadies, sycophants, and lickspittles will be compared to Trump supporters.

I tell that story about Iraq because it’s another warning for Republicans to blow off…and for Donald Trump to confirm.

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Trump Bloodletting


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Who’s going to get frogmarched out of the White House next, the photographer?

In voting against impeachment, Maine Senator Susan Collins felt Donald Trump had been punished enough and said part of the reason she voted for acquittal was that he had “learned his lesson.” That’s as naive as believing the Justice Department will investigate the president (sic) for exacting revenge against those who came forward and testified against him.

Donald Trump will not be happy until there’s no one left in the White House, including in non-political positions, and in his party except for toadies and sycophants. His idiot and corrupt son, Don Jr., tweeted that Senator Mitt Romney should be kicked out of the GOP for voting to remove Trump from office.

Yesterday, late on a Friday when most Americans aren’t paying attention to Washington, Trump removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the decorated war hero who still has shrapnel in his body, for testifying against him before Congress. Vindman was the top Ukraine policy officer on the National Security Council. Trump didn’t just remove Vindman. He also removed Yevgeny Vindman, who serves as a senior lawyer on the NSC, whose only crime is being Alexander’s twin brother and looking like him. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland who testified there was definitely a quid pro quo, was also ousted.

Donald Trump didn’t learn a lesson. He’s trying to teach a lesson that any criticism of him, or patriotism that goes against Trumpism, will be punished.

Yesterday, Trump ranted against his perceived enemies, describing them as “vicious,” “horrible,” “bad,” “dirty,” and “corrupt.” He retweeted calls to exact revenge and the White House Press Secretary told Fox News that Trump had been treated unfairly and that “maybe people should pay for that.” The White House actually issued a statement, “Will there be no retribution?”

Others have already fled to avoid the bloodletting, like former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch; William B. Taylor Jr., her replacement; vice presidential aide Jennifer Williams; State Department official Michael McKinley; special envoy for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker; and NSC official Tim Morrison. There’s talk of removing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community and Victoria Coates, the deputy national security adviser, who has told coworkers she “fears for her job.” Let’s not forget James Comey was fired from the top position of the FBI for investigating Trump, and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, hours before he was to qualify for his pension. Donald Trump will ruin careers and lives over his pettiness.

I guess they can consider themselves lucky to be victims of Trump’s bloodletting before he goes full banana republic and eliminates opponents with anti-aircraft guns and feeding them to dogs as they do in his buddy Kim Jong Un’s North Korea.

There were questions as to how Donald Trump would react after the impeachment trial was over. We’re finding out and none of it’s a surprise, except maybe to Susan Collins. The Senate told Donald Trump he can do whatever he wants. The Justice Department has told him the same thing and now he’s doing it. The man has no restraint. Now, it’s a crime to criticize Donald Trump, even if a subpoena orders you to testify.

It’s not just being critical or pointing out facts that make you an enemy of Donald Trump. Being a patriot makes you an enemy of Donald Trump. And it’s not just in Washington.

Yesterday, a newspaper editor of a small daily in Mississippi, a FREAKING NEWSPAPER EDITOR, responded to one of my mass email solicitations by saying my cartoons on Donald Trump were “unAmerican.” And, I didn’t even send the solicitation to this guy. It was forwarded to him by a staffer and it bothered him so much, he felt the need to scold me for criticizing Dear Leader. A newspaperman literally told me that criticizing the President of the United States is unAmerican. And keep in mind, this particular president has called the free press “enemies of the American people.” Journalists for Trump is even more confusing than blacks for Trump.

We are now entering serious and dangerous banana republic terrority. Republicans are not just defending Donald Trump’s authoritarian and dictatorial tendencies and desires, they’re encouraging it.

It’s not unAmerican to criticize Donald Trump. In fact, criticizing and making fun of the President of the United States if the most American thing you can do. Right now, it’s more important to criticize the president (sic) of the United States than it has ever been in our nation’s history. But if you support Donald Trump, then you’re pro-banana republic.

In fact, supporting Donald Trump is the most un-American and unpatriotic thing you can do.

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