Since this is an NBC (Fake)News post, I’ll need to provide corrections and more honest revisions throughout.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump identified the enemies of his state Thursday night.
At a raucous campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan — his first since Attorney General William Barr reported that the president would not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice and that special counsel Robert Mueller had not established the existence of a conspiracy between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian operatives — Trump listed them by name and occupation.
In this moment, as he tries to turn the corner from two years of a special counsel investigation toward 18 months or so of campaigning for re-election, Trump is using Barr’s four-page letter to portray himself and his supporters as the victims of a conspiracy of left-wing “deep state” elitists bent on defeating their movement at any cost to the country.
Which they were.
“The president is absolutely trying to reinforce the feeing among his allies and surrogates that the media went overboard in its coverage of the Russia investigation, that certain lawmakers were reckless in their claims, and that the investigation itself was flawed in its inception,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington lawyer who specializes in national security issues.
Which is all perfectly true.
“The problem here is that even if the president has legitimate gripes on one or more of those things, his overly aggressive commentary is doing nothing but exacerbating the situation,” Moss said in a text message.
Oh, and directly accusing the president of treason in print, on TV, and in Congress, without a single shred of credible evidence—based entirely on lies, actually—doesn’t?
“There were real and legitimate red flags that justified the investigation. Lawmakers had real and legitimate bases for viewing the existing evidence as reflecting collusion.”
No they didn’t. Quite the opposite, actually.
The contents of Mueller’s full report remain a mystery not only to the public but to the lawmakers who oversee the Justice Department. Yet even Barr’s brief summary acknowledged what Trump has been so unwilling to admit himself: that Russia tried to help him win the presidency.
He doesn’t need to “admit” a damned thing. One usually doesn’t, with politically-motivated accusations that are nothing but lies.
It’s impossible to know exactly how much influence Russian activities had on the election
No it isn’t. They had none at all.
— as compared to the candidates’ messages, their strategies and tactics, the long-running investigation into Clinton’s email
The “long-running investigation” that Comey killed aborning with his spurious and unprecedented “necessary criminal intent” announcement, you mean? Don’t make me laugh, hack.
and other factors — but Trump has been aggressive in denying that Moscow even tried to interfere.
Oh, they tried to sow confusion, uncertainty, and mistrust right enough—just as they always do and always have done, just as American presidential adminstrations do in elections it rightly or wrongly perceives a compelling enough interest in.
But over the course of his presidency, he has shown a deep sensitivity to the suggestion that Russia meddled — even short of collusion with his campaign — perhaps because of the possibility that such an admission could cast aspersions on the legitimacy of a victory of which he is proud.
Or perhaps, just perhaps, because of not the “possibility,” but the absolute goddamned certainty, that the Russia Hoax was a damned lie.
On Thursday night, much of his rhetoric was aimed at re-living that win and painting the Barr letter as a validation.
Which it was. No “painting” necessary, liberal hack.
In Trump’s telling, he was the little-guy target of a powerful government run amok.
Which he was.
“In this country, we cannot criminalize political differences,” he said. “We do not abuse the law enforcement and intelligence power to target our political opponents, where they spy on me. Who ever heard of this? They spied on me. They spied on my campaign.”
Which they did.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, told The Atlantic that the president is intent on investigating people involved in launching the Russia probe now that the special counsel’s work is done.
Which he damned well should.
When his adoring fans chanted “Lock them up” Thursday night, Trump silently soaked in the moment.
As did every last Real American hoping to preserve their right to at least some say in their own governance through national elections, without interference from a meddlesome, wholly corrupt Deep State/Enemedia/Democrat-Socialist cabal unswervingly determined to deny them that right by any means they can contrive. “Lock them up” is the only fitting response to repellent, arrogant machinations as toxic as this. Rabbi Fisher cuts to the chase and explains why it matters:
When a society’s justice system breaks down, the society collapses. When justice is corrupted, the society devolves into chaos. Justice is the foundation of the earth, and a nation’s population needs to know that, at some bottom-line fundamental level, the rules by which all are supposed to play are applied and enforced evenly, fairly. The image of the masked lady of justice holding the scales is evocative: justice must be blind. It may not favor the rich over the poor, the strong over the weak, the favored over the unfavored. When people truly believe that they cannot get justice within the law, chaos inevitably ensues as law-breaking becomes commonplace — because there is no justice. Even an American free-market system needs to revolve around not only just economic principles but also other fair principles that include but are not limited to freedom to communicate thoughts and ideas without fear of repercussions, freedom to worship, freedom to engage in the social enterprise under the rules of fair play, and equal justice under the law. When principles like those are perverted, the social construct breaks down.
The ubiquitous injustice cries out for so much more to be righted. Now that Mr. Trump’s patriotism has been investigated, it is time to investigate John Brennan’s loyalties. He voted for Gus Hall, the Communist Party candidate, to be President of the United States. Although Obama named him CIA head — itself an act worthy of a Special Counsel — what do we know of this man who calls others “treasonous”? Has he lied under oath? Has James Clapper? Has Jim Comey? Did Comey break the law by leaking confidential FBI information, notes obtained in his capacity as FBI chief, to the New York Times? Did Loretta Lynch break the law? How was the Steele Dossier composed? Funded? Will Steele face American justice? What exactly was told to the FISA court? Did Samantha Power or Sally Yates or Andrew McCabe or Bruce Ohr break the law? How was Hillary Clinton and the Clinton campaign involved? Was there an interplay with the Clinton Foundation? And is it conceivably possible that all this went on during the Obama Administration without Obama knowing about it? And if Obama knew: “what did he know, and when did he know it?” And what about his Vice President? Are there other dirty players whose names we do not yet know, who remain as Deep State moles within the FBI and CIA?
We await justice. As we await it for Jussie Smollett. Every person under our system of laws is innocent until proven guilty. Someone like Smollett is entitled to his day in court to clear his name. But not only is he entitled. Rather, the greater society, too, is entitled to his day in court. If he is guilty of doing what he reportedly did, he could have ignited race wars. The hoax was aimed at inducing greater society to deem Trump supporters uniformly as racist, even as Klansmen lynching people of color. It was not just a stupid April Fool’s Joke gone wrong. This was an evil so vile that, if true, the man belongs in prison for years. That would be equal justice under the law.
When there is no equal justice under the law, a society degrades into a Sodom. By now, it is common knowledge that Obama rose within Chicago politics by associating with the likes of Tony Rezko, who arranged Obama’s property acquisition, even as his wife netted a suspiciously high-paying hospital job in tandem with his rise in state politics. His Illinois U.S. Senate election was marked by the unsealing of embarrassing divorce files, first exposing his Democrat primary opponent’s sordid but secret past, then exposing his Republican opponent’s sordid but secret past. The Chicago way. Now Kim Foxx, graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, ranked among the bottom ranked law schools by U.S. News, enters for her fifteen minutes.
There must be justice for Jussie Smollett, for Kim Foxx, and thus for our society. The federal Department of Justice can look into it; they have spent so many decades investigating corruption in Chicago that they do not even need a GPS app to find the addresses, and they probably have all the key phone numbers, including the prisons, in speed dial.
Want to hasten and finalize America’s long, slow decline into a banana republic, with all the ugly trimmings the term suggests? It’s easy: first, you demonstrate to all Americans that the widespread assumption of a two-tier (in)justice system and an untouchable, unreformable shadow government is correct, by letting the reprobates behind the Collusion Delusion get away scot free with their crimes. You confirm their darkest suspicions of powerlessness, that even bothering to keep themselves informed politically is a pointless waste of time, thereby destroying forever whatever tatterdemalion shreds of faith in our tainted institutions and processes might still remain.
Then sit back and wait for the fruits of your endeavor to ripen. I promise you won’t enjoy the taste. But eventually, you’ll damned sure have it rammed down your gullet anyway.