Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Corruption Issue

One of the things that has been warned about for the entirety of the Trump presidency was that people were going to Trump properties to curry favor with Trump. President Zelenskyy laid that bare in his call with Trump:
President Zelenskyy: ... Actually last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump Tower.
To the Defenders of All Things Trump, there is nothing wrong with that. But imagine, if you will, that Barack Obama owned a share of a Hilton hotel franchise. If foreign leaders had stayed in that hotel, the Republicans would have gone batshit. Devin Nunez, who would begin an investigation if a stapler had gone missing from Obama's West Wing offices, would have tied himself in knots investigating that hotel.

Oh, Republicans would deny that, now. But it is true. What is also true is that Republicans never investigated President Obama's personal finances because even they knew there was nothing to find. Obama released his tax returns, unlike, say, our current Grifter-in-Chief.

But let's be clear: Republican presidential candidates using their campaign staff to "work with" foreign governments to do things that sometimes have crossed the line into outright treason is nothing new. Nixon sabotaged the 1968 Paris Peace Talks, for which he should have been put on trial and shot. Similarly, Ronald Reagan sabotaged the negotiations with Iran in 1980, which may be why he was so willing to later enter into the "arms for hostages" deal with Iran, when it turned out later that the Reagan administration began shipping weapons to Iran in 1981.

So by Republican standards of "When Our Guy Does It, It's No Big Deal", Trump's shakedown of Ukraine and his taking of disguised bribes is, in comparison, small potatoes.

That's why Trump is astonished that he's being impeached for it.


JustMusing said...

Why is it so hard for the Republicans in DC and the White House to understand the meaning of "shall"?

w3ski said...

After the Mueller report failed, and on top of so much blatant criminality, I think Donny really does believe he is immune to the law. He owns the Dept of Justice, he has packed the supreme court with like-minded people. It would be easy for his addled mind to believe he is the law. "King of the Land".
The scary thing is he may be right. The Democratic Party is not known for it's "laser-like focus" and this could also slip away just like the opportunity that the Muller report was.
I've got my popcorn ready though and I'm waiting to see some fur fly.

CenterPuke88 said...

JustMusing, the correct word is “shall*”...

*Note that shall does not mean shall if a Republican is in office, only if a Democrat is. If a Republican is in office, for shall read “may, if they wish”.

re the paragon said...

Let's not overlook Nixon blowing up the Vietnam peace talks in 1968 to help with his election. Republicans are completely transactional in regards to treason.

re the paragon said...

Nevermind, I see you did cover it. I need to read more carefully.

Tod Germanica said...

Let's not forget Ollie North and the outing of Valerie Plame. The Republic party, party of treason.