Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, December 07, 2017

The only remaining question is what exactly he's guilty of. By now, any sentient being who is capable of rational thought about the U.S. president (a category that admittedly excludes his more fervent fans) must grasp the likelihood that there was a quid pro quo between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin: Russian President Vladimir Putin would help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election, and in return Trump would lift sanctions on Russia. The fact that Trump hasn't made good on his end of the presumed bargain shouldn't be any surprise: A long line of business partners and wives have discovered how worthless his commitments are. In fairness, however, Trump's failure to follow through in this instance wasn't necessarily because he didn't want to; it was because the Russian meddling became public and therefore made it politically impossible for Trump to help out his Russian pal even if he had been inclined do so.

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Trump's failure to deliver doesn't change the probability that this corrupt bargain existed. No other hypothesis can account for the copious links that have emerged between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

If the Trumpites and the Putinites weren't communicating about how to subvert Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, what were they talking about? Their favorite brands of vodka? And if there was an innocent explanation for all of these contacts, why is it that everyone in the Trump campaign, from the president on down, has lied and lied and lied about them? Those are the damning questions that no Trump defender can answer.

A recent Washington Post article on the Mueller team ended with a revealing vignette: "People familiar with the Mueller team said they convey a sense of calm that is unsettling. ‘These guys are confident, impressive, pretty friendly -- joking a little, even,' one lawyer said. When prosecutors strike that kind of tone, he said, defense lawyers tend to think: ‘Uh oh, my guy is in a heap of trouble.'" Contrast the special counsel's calmness with the flop-sweat evident on Trump's Twitter account: He is desperately trying to distract attention from his own worsening legal situation by impugning "Crooked Hillary" and even the FBI. Naturally, he shows no awareness of how unseemly it is to trash a defeated political opponent or the very law enforcement officers he is sworn to lead.

The contrast is telling, and, for Trump's dwindling band of defenders, it should be deeply discomfiting: the confident prosecutors, building their case piece by piece against the panicked president lashing out at all directions because he is terrified that he will be found guilty of colluding with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy.

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The subject is buggy as an open jar of honey on an ant hill.

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-07 09:17 AM | Reply

"If the Trumpites and the Putinites"

There's really no difference.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-07 09:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"the panicked president lashing out at all directions because he is terrified that he will be found guilty of colluding with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy"

I hope Trump is spending his days in fear. The entire trajectory of his life is leading to the man being exposed for being bad, bad, bad.

What has always worried me is what, put come to shove, a desperate coward and already traitor to his people will do to save his own ass.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-07 09:23 AM | Reply

"Push come to shove...."

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-07 09:27 AM | Reply

I predict a flurry of erratic behaviour to distract from and undermine his investigation. He did the to the Trump U case he eventually lost.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-07 10:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I predict a flurry of erratic behaviour to distract from and undermine his investigation.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-07 10:

That's a good prediction. However, sooner or later his erratic behavior is going to underline his grief, not distract from it.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-07 11:18 AM | Reply

I predict Trump will threaten to tear up NAFTA again, but back down when the US Chamber of Commerce tells him to shut it.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-07 03:26 PM | Reply

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