Trump Given a Platform to Defend His Subservience to Putin (and It’s SO Bad)

Trump Given a Platform to Defend His Subservience to Putin (and It’s SO Bad) July 17, 2018

Possibly the most clear message to emerge from President Trump’s horrific Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is that Trump was the subservient in that relationship.

Vladimir Putin, a murderous former KGB agent, and the driving force behind a litany of international violations and human rights abuses was obviously in control.

Trump looked weak, off-balance, and he absolutely sold the United States down the river. All those ridiculous memes his glassy-eyed loyalists pump out to social media with such vigor, featuring a youthful, muscular Trump, riding a tank and exuding American machismo – that’s over.

The next round of memes should be Trump in frilly panties and a dog collar.

Please – I’m kidding. No one do this. My stomach can’t take it.

The backlash after the press conference was swift, with few willing to twist the reality of the day into anything other than exactly what it was – Trump bowed, and in doing so, dragged the United States down with him.

“They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said during the joint press conference with Putin.

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be,” the president continued. “So, I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

 

As expected, there are few willing to consider what Trump did before the world on Monday as a “win.”

Sean Hannity, predictably, was one of the few reliable holdouts on Team Trump, willing to allow for the further descent of the United States, conceding power to Putin’s Russia, simply because to admit the obvious would appear as an insult to Donald Trump.

That’s how cults work.

Hannity gave President Trump a platform to defend his indefensible position to his loyalists on Monday night.

So what could he possibly say that would make things less awful?

Nothing.

Instead, he decided to do what he does best, and shifted blame, deeming special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation the problem.

“It’s driven a wedge between us and Russia,” Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity in his first one-on-one interview since meeting face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, earlier in the day. “Maybe we’ve just knocked down that wedge.”

That’s right. Russia’s aggressive actions on the world stage was not the problem. Their attempts to meddle in our nation’s election and to sow discord among our citizens, in order to weaken us, that didn’t “drive a wedge” between us.

I mean, there’s never actually been a close relationship, outside of the cooperation required to stop Nazi Germany so many decades ago, has there?

Hannity simply acted as a bobblehead, allowing Trump to continue on in what should be seen as absolute GARBAGE, perfectly parroting the Russian talking points given him in his meeting with Putin.

“It’s a phony witch hunt, rigged deal,” Trump told Hannity. “We’ve had a phony witch hunt deal drive us apart.”

The president also said that Putin described the impact of the Russia investigation on U.S.-Russia relations as “a shame” during their closed-door session.

“It’s a sad thing,” Trump said. “It’s a very sad thing for our country to see this.”

What’s sad is for the country to see a sitting U.S. president hand the keys of the free world over to a cruel despot.

Trump tried to clarify his position with a tweet on Monday evening.

Trump later clarified his remarks amid backlash, writing on Twitter, “As I said today and many times before, ‘I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.’ However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”

I don’t like the way he emphasized “MY.” They’re not yours, little Donnie. They work for the good of the American people and you threw them under the bus.

For Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro, and any others attempting to justify Trump’s acquiescence to our foes, you have proven yourselves to be enemies of this nation and are acting in direct opposition to our well-being.

Congress and federal investigators should react accordingly.

 

 

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  • IllinoisPatriot

    It’s becoming more and more obvious to John Q Public that the Trump Train everyone jumped on early was just part of a circus motif painted on the side of Trump’s personal short-bus.

    In Trump’s delusional state of mind, his personal short-bus is transformed into a limousine and Trump’s personal nurse/nanny is his personal driver. In Trump’s delusions, he is a “stable genius” that “knows better than his generals and intelligence agencies”. Words have meaning. Trump has spent so much time bashing US intelligence, US law enforcement, US Congress, US Courts, US citizens of all stripes that we should all take his praise of Putin and elevation of Putin’s word above our own Intelligence and law enforcement evaluations seriously and NOT pretend that “Trump is just being Trump”.

    How soon until impeachment proceedings begin ? (I know, I know – the Republicans will circle their wagons around Trump to protect him just as the Democrats protected Clinton.)

    This is why I left the GOP. Trump’s antics in Europe (Dissing our allies and now making kissy-face with Putin) are likely reasons for me to vote Democrat in 2018 & 2020. I won’t even vote for Republican state politicians if they mention support for Trump as any politician mentioning support for Trump is simply declaring their fealty to the new GOP king.

  • Teri Smith

    Given that the Constitution says this: Section 3. “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Note that phrase: “giving them aid and comfort”. I would say that what Trump did is dangerously close to treason.

  • Steven Andrew

    Have to say, I’m leaning more towards collusion now or whatever the accepted term might be. It’s certainly possible that anything threatening Trump’s “brilliant campaign” and associated ego is what has him so reluctant to accept the facts. But it’s also possible that there’s a stream of money that’s been floating his business empire coming from Russia for years and that he might be in big trouble if it were cut off.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I’m as certain as I can be without signed testimony that the stream of money you mention exists. It has even been alluded to by Trump Jr (I believe it was) when he commented during the primaries that Trump enterprises has a HUGE number of Russian clients and again when the investigation into Russian money-laundering using Trump properties was brought up during the primaries. IIRC, Trump sold a Florida estate for something like 90+ million (about 4 or more times what it was worth) to a Russian who then turned around and (IIRC) subdivided it and sold it to 4 other entities at a loss.

    Add that to Trump’s admitted money troubles, his inability to get funding from US banks other than Deutche Bank that does a LOT of business with Russians (even to being investigated for money laundering), Trump’s repeated trips to Russia, his kids vacationing in Russia during the primaries, etc and now his kissy-face with Putin, his fear of Mueller’s probe, his refusal to apply Russian sanctions, his insistence on Russia being in the recent G7 and his known financial dependence on Russian banks (Because US banks won’t lend to him as a “bad risk” / “frequently bankrupt” entity) for his working capital. Then consider that none of his tariffs seem to have affected his own business interests and I conclude we have an elected official that has no interest in the welfare of this country other than the personal fortunes he can extract using the influence of his office. That is not the purpose of the POTUS and combined with his nepotism and cronyism should be grounds for a slam-dunk impeachment and removal – if it were not for the mush-heads that are so busy enriching themselves at Trump’s Trough that they fear to rock the boat.

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Teri, he is past “dangerously close” to treason, he committed treason and should be prosecuted.

  • Judgeforyourself37

    Add to that Putin has something on old Trumpkins that Trumpkins does not want us to know about. Oh, yes, Trumpkins is in debt to Putin in more ways than just money. Perhaps Trumpkins should move to Moscow and flip burgers to pay off that debt.

  • Illithid

    I’m a liberal atheist and I just agreed with something you wrote 100%.

    Maybe Trump can unite the country… against him.

  • GotMyLoveGlassesOn

    Hope is a wonderful thing.

  • billwald

    Still glad I voted for President Trump.