TRUMP ASKS HIS WEST VIRGINIA “TRUE BELIEVERS” : ARE THERE RUSSIANS HERE TONIGHT?
Well, MAYBE. But how would Trump know? He thinks there are no Russians in West Virginia but actually there are. To see how many you can go to this link:
Things are starting to heat up for Trump. Mueller has impaneled a new Federal Grand Jury in Washington. That must be scaring the daylights out of Trump and when Trump gets anxious he tweets stupid things that get him deeper and deeper in trouble. Then there are the leaked transcripts of his phone calls with the Mexican President and the Australian Prime Minister. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/us/politics/trump-calls-mexico-australia.html
His Russian buddies are mocking him for being weak and ineffectual by signing the Congressional sanctions bill. Congress is starting to fight back and rein in Trump.
As Trump asks “Are there Russians here tonight?” we can see the influences of Roy Cohn who was a very important Trump Mentor. Roy Cohn was the chief counsel to Red Baiting Senator Joseph R. McCarthy who said “I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.”
Trump really admired Roy Cohn. “For 13 years, the lawyer who had infamously whispered in McCarthy’s ear whispered in Mr. Trump’s. In the process, Mr. Cohn helped deliver some of Mr. Trump’s signature construction deals, sued the National Football League for conspiring against his client and countersued the federal government — for $100 million — for damaging the Trump name. One of Mr. Trump’s executives recalled that he kept an 8-by-10-inch photograph of Mr. Cohn in his office desk, pulling it out to intimidate recalcitrant contractors.” The two men spoke as often as five times a day, toasted each other at birthday parties and spent evenings together at Studio 54.
Trump wants a list of leakers. Trump wants to have officials conduct investigations the way McCarthy did. McCarthy headed the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 1953 and 1954, and during that time used it for a number of his Communist-hunting investigations. McCarthy first examined allegations of Communist influence in the Voice of America, and then turned to the overseas library program of the State Department. Card catalogs of these libraries were searched for works by authors McCarthy deemed inappropriate. McCarthy then recited the list of supposedly pro-communist authors before his subcommittee and the press. Yielding to the pressure, the State Department ordered its overseas librarians to remove from their shelves “material by any controversial persons, Communists, fellow travelers, etc.” Some libraries actually burned the newly forbidden books. Sound a bit like what House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte is trying to do. Goodlatte has called for new scrutiny of decisions made by President Barack Obama’s Justice Department in its probe of Clinton’s use of a private email server, as well as alleged Clinton ties to foreign governments and the leaking of classified information. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-02/trump-s-russia-ties-get-no-scrutiny-as-house-panel-eyes-clinton
We have to hope that all of Trump’s shenanigans are contributing to a tipping point where enough Republicans will find ways to stop him – not necessarily out of patriotism but rather out of sheer political will to avoid sinking as Trump sinks. Let’s hope they do this and let’s do whatever we can to increase the pressure on them to stand up to Trump. (Self-interest is a very powerful motivator – it does amazing things to concentrate the mind!)