Trump Putin Summit

Deflect With Philandering


cjones07242018

We’ve heard this before. Many pundits have described the past week as the worst of the Trump presidency. Granted, it was particularly craptacular, but it has some stiff competition for the worst designation.

There was the week Trump praised Nazis. Who can forget “shithole countries?” What about feuding with a Gold Star widow? And, in case you have to be reminded, there are still baby jails. But, publicly kissing the ass of a Russian authoritarian who helped you win your election and taking his word over your own government’s intelligence agencies does leave a putrid funk. Add on top of it, Trump’s backtracking on if Russia meddled in our election, and the additional backtrack of saying Russia isn’t targeting us anymore. The only way it could get worse is if Trump invited Putin to the White House…aw, crap. At least his Director of National Intelligence didn’t have to find out about the WH invite on live television…never mind.

Maybe the heaviest confirmation that this was the worst week of the Trump administration, so far, is that they’re trying to change the subject to Trump’s canoodling with Playmates and porn stars and his repeated lies about it.

On Friday, it was leaked to the press that Trump’s former lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen, had taped a phone call with then-candidate Trump two months before the election about paying a former Playmate for her silence about their supposed affair.

The FBI had seized the tape (and there may be others) during a raid on Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Cohen’s payments to multiple women before the election as possible campaign finance violations. Trump has stated in the past that the accusations of his philandering are “fake news.” But as we all have come to know so well, Donald Trump lies about everything.

Donald Trump has never issued any sort of statement, whether in an interview, tweet, press conference, answering questions on the White House lawn, or calling Fox and Friends while sitting on the toilet without lying.

The question about this leak is; who did it? The people who have the tape are the FBI, the prosecutors, Cohen’s lawyers and Trump’s. Trump complains about leaks while his White House is constantly leaking. The main suspects for the leak are on the Trump Team. Perhaps they believe talking about porn stars and playmates is a reprieve from the talk of Trump’s treasonous behavior. Maybe they’d rather his supporters carry the image of him being spanked by Stormy Daniels (the porn star who reminds Trump of his daughter) over being spanked by Vladimir Putin. Either way, they both have something on him (as well as the Playmate).

Is this tape dangerous legally? Possibly. Is it dangerous politically? Hell no. Polls this week show that Trump supporters, who wrongly claim Obama carried out an apology tour, love the way Trump is handling Russia, or how Putin is handling him. Trump once said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose their support. He could also sell out to a hostile foreign government and pork a porn star on that same street without any repercussions from his base.

During the Clinton era, Republicans said we can’t trust a man who is disloyal to his wife. They used it again last week against FBI agent Peter Strzok (oh, the hypocrisy). But, is reminding us about Trump’s disloyalty, to his wife and nation, the way to go?

Trump is loyal only to Trump. It’s probably on Michael Cohen’s tape, and it’s definitely on the Helsinki tape.

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A Pair In Helsinki


cjones07222018

This is something I drew just for social media because it amused me and I knew I could knock it out really quick. I had no intention of sending it to my newspaper clients.

Then I thought that a few would want the option and would probably run it. I’m thinking of the alternative weeklies. So, I sent it to my clients with a warning that some of them may not even want to open the files.

I also thought, since I never win journalism contests that maybe I’ll put it at the top of all my entry packages. Heh. Heh. Package.

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Double Negative President


cjones07202018

Talk with Putin about Ukraine? Nyet. Talk about annexing Crimea? Nyet? Talk about shooting down a Malaysian airliner? Nyet. Take him to task for meddling in our election? Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Roll over and kiss his ass? Oh, hell yeah.

During Trump’s summit with Putin, he backed the Russian dictator’s assertion that he didn’t meddle in the 2016 presidential election. In Helsinki, while standing next to Putin, Trump said, “My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

Trump was proud of his statements and behavior at the summit. On the flight home aboard Air Force One, he turned on the television to find that most people didn’t agree with him. The term “treasonous behavior” was tossed around…a lot. Even Fox News wasn’t buying it and were highly critical, except Hannity. Even Newt Gingrich said it was the most “serious mistake” of the Trump presidency. According to unnamed sources, Trump’s mood got so dark that staffers were avoiding him on the plane. Do you know how hard it is to escape someone on an airplane? Even on Air Force One, it has to be difficult. I saw that Harrison Ford movie. Except Harrison was trying to kick Russians off the plane, where in reality Trump would probably hand them the keys.

Trump rarely apologizes or backtracks. This is a man who didn’t apologize or backtrack for saying John McCain, a POW, was NOT a war hero. He didn’t do it after attacking Gold Star Families. He didn’t apologize for saying he didn’t want people coming here from “shit hole countries.” He didn’t even apologize for defending Nazis. But then again, none of that stuff really upset Republicans that much. Treason while sharing a stage with Putin on camera, however, does upset a few members of the GOP.

It took over 24 hours and after two interviews on Fox News for Trump to realize he had to issue a statement explaining his statements. In the tradition of all things Trump, the statement was incoherent and stupid.

Trump didn’t backtrack on attacking the FBI, or his whataboutism deflecting about Hillary’s server, or calling an investigation that indicts Russians a “witch hunt,” blaming the victims who were hacked, thinking it’s a great idea for Russian to help investigate the meddling, or his total appeasement of Vladimir Putin. He focused on one word and told us he didn’t have sex with that dictator depending on your definition of the word “is.” Oops, wrong president.

No. Trump told us he meant to say “wouldn’t” instead of “would.” He thought it would be clear and understandable for most people that “would” meant “wouldn’t.” In saying he didn’t see why Russia “would” meddle, he meant to say He didn’t understand why Russia “wouldn’t” meddle. He explained it away as a “double negative.” I’m shocked he didn’t say Putin didn’t not do it.

He is overlooking the fact that his “would/wouldn’t” statement was sandwiched between praise for Putin. So, saying it was Russia who meddled doesn’t fit into the context. Even after his statement, he started riffing and went back to his old argument about others besides Russia doing the hacking.

Trump was reading off a script when he delivered his explanation, and on the script “no collusion” (with only one L) was written with a Sharpie.

The White House defense is that we don’t have to worry about treason, just incoherence. While I do believe Trump is incoherent, I’m not buying the explanation. Trump meant to say he believes Vladimir Putin over America’s intelligence agencies.

The real danger in this is that it takes us back to where we were last week. Republicans will go back to business as usual, which is defending Trump no matter what horrible things he says or does. Now they can say it’s not treasonous behavior because Trump changed one word. Even if you did buy it, that doesn’t change the rest of the summit or the fact Trump held Putin’s hand in private for two hours. It doesn’t change the fact that the president of the United States sided with a Russian dictator over the nation he’s sworn to defend and protect. His squirmful backtracking doesn’t change the fact he threw every single one of us under the bus.

Republicans and Trump sycophants can’t use this lousy excuse to deflect from the real danger that is Donald Trump. Donald Trump did engage in treasonous behavior. There is no way to walk around what Trump did in Helsinki. There is no way to overlook that Putin has something on Donald Trump, or that our president is enamored and afraid of Putin. But to be fair, Trump is afraid of a lot of people and things. Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, vegetables, written text, shark week, stairs, etc.

During Trump’s explanation, the lights in the room actually went out for a few seconds. Someone has the right idea because the lights need to go out on this entire administration.

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Submitting To Putin


cjones07192018

The best way to sum up where Republican position on Donald Trump, Russia, and America; they have a great problem with an FBI agent hating Donald Trump and none with a Russian president loving him.

Presidents are called upon to respond to a national crisis. Our current president is a national crisis. He proved it Monday as he rolled over and submitted to the leader of a hostile nation that assaulted our Democratic process.

All the rumors and accusations used to explain why Donald Trump is subservient and worshipful of Vladimir Putin sound like bad conspiracy theories even the worst Hollywood b studios would reject. But every time Donald Trump opens his mouth, he gives them credence. After his summit, meeting, get together, or whatever it’s being called by who you ask, the crazy conspiracies are the only explanation. On Monday in Helsinki, Finland, the president of the United States threw America, the foundations of Democracy, and the greatest institutions of our freedom under the bus for Russia and Putin. On Monday, Trump chose Putin over America.

Before Trump left for his trip to NATO, the United Kingdom, and the summit with Putin, Robert Mueller handed him a gift. He was told that 12 Russians were going to be indicted for meddling in our election. Mueller had the names, followed their keystrokes, and even knew which building they worked out of. Since Trump wouldn’t use this information as a great reason to cancel the summit, he could have taken those indictments and thrown them in Vladimir Putin’s face. Instead, he spent the week calling the investigation a witch hunt.

Trump was the one who called for the summit. He didn’t even have an agenda and didn’t even prepare. In fact, despite attending a NATO meeting the week before his trip to Finland, he didn’t know that Finland wasn’t a member of NATO. He was asked for his expectations of the summit with Putin, and he answered, “Ask me after.” How do you have expectations afterward? Putin, however, did come prepared. He had an agenda. He had expectations. Trump fulfilled every expectation Putin and every Trump critic had.

Putin brought pen and paper to his meeting with Trump. Trump brought his ass. Putin gave Trump a soccer ball and Trump handed Putin both of his.

Sharing a stage with Putin, Trump refused to challenge him on his denial of meddling in our election. He said he can’t see why Putin would meddle when his performance is every reason why they would. Trump continued to deny collusion with Russia while standing on a stage with Putin before the entire world colluding with Russia.

Trump blamed the United States for the hacking of the DNC. He even said blame went to both sides, which is what he said about Nazis and the people they attacked in Charlottesville. He blamed Obama because the meddling happened during his administration, though the meddling was done to create a Trump administration. Trump complained that the Russian investigation was driving a wedge between the United States and Russia, much like a murder will complicate the relationship between a murderer and the murdered.

It’s a shame our war in Afghanistan after 9/11 complicated our relationship with al-Qaeda.

In the past, Trump has argued that Putin really wanted Hillary Clinton to win and would have preferred dealing with her. He can’t make that argument anymore (but he probably will) because Putin explicitly stated he wanted Trump to win.

Putin was actually asked if he had anything on Trump. Trump later told Sean Hannity, who agreed, that Putin denied he had anything. Actually, Putin didn’t. He laughed at the question. He said he didn’t know when Trump was in Moscow as a private citizen and that he couldn’t have surveilled the 400 businessmen who were at the event, which is a huge lie. They monitor every foreigner. He finished the statement by telling the press, “Please disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again,” which I’m sure works really well on Russian journalists before they trip off a building.

Sharing a stage with the Russian leader who attacked our nation, Trump took his side and attacked our nation. Donald Trump committed treason yesterday in front of the entire world. He openly colluded and cooperated with Vladimir Putin and pushed forward the Russian agenda. He even stated beforehand that the European Union was a foe, while Russia was more of a competitor. When Putin offered for Mueller to visit Russia and get assistance from the 12 Russians he just indicted in his investigation, Trump said, “that’s an incredible offer.”

Some Republicans criticized Trump, though most did it mildly. But, if Republicans are criticizing Trump, there is definitely a problem. It’s not a small one.

The American president isn’t just stupid, racist, narcissistic, and a con man. He’s a traitor who has committed treason in front of the world. This is not a secret anymore and the nation needs to remove him as soon as possible. He has gone from being a national embarrassment to a national threat.

For most Republicans who give Trump a 90% approval rating, they will keep chugging along. They did it after “I like heroes who weren’t captured,” attacks on Gold Star families, and even after he said there were good and bad people on both sides in Charlottesville while defending Nazis. Republicans used to claim they were the party of law and order, patriotism, respect for our troops and the flag, loving America more than the other guy, and would always be the first to defend it. Was it all a lie? Will Trump’s approval go higher than 90% after Putin has the keys to the Oval Office?

Thomas Friedman for The New York Times wrote, “There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behavior — behavior that violates his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”‘

The best case scenario is that Trump has unknowingly become a Russian asset, which is possible by the display of his incoherence Monday. The worst case is that Trump is willfully doing Putin’s bidding. Either way, Trump is putting Russian interest before the United States, which he swore to protect and defend. Now, we need protection from him.

Donald Trump is a traitor. It’s not a theory anymore. The footage we have from his performance yesterday is much more disgusting than any pee tape.

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