"I never worked for Russia"

"I never worked for Russia"

We have entered the point in our experiment where Traitor Donald Trump has to avow that he, in fact, is no traitor.

This avowal stands in stark contrast to the reporting that came out this weekend. We all know about the New York Times story which broke news that the FBI initiated a counterintelligence investigation into Trump after he fired Director James Comey. Then on Saturday the Washington Post reported that Trump confiscated the notes of the interpreter present in his meeting in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin.

Never in the history of the Republic have we had a man in office who has had to say that he’s never worked for a foreign government. We’ve had great presidents, mediocre presidents, and disastrous ones. But Trump is on another plane of reality.

And now, Carl Bernstein has broken news that he has seen a draft of Bob Mueller’s final report, and it’s devastating.

Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein has said that he’s been told that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report will show how President Donald Trump helped Russia “destabilize the United States.”

Now, so far only Newsweek is reporting this. But if this is in any way accurate, we are facing an inflection point in this country. An investigation is primed to show that the man occupying the Oval Office is nothing but a Russian intelligence asset. And is one for the sole purpose of bringing this country to its knees.

The question is: Will even this be enough for supine Republicans to turn on Trump?

Such a report would roil this country like nothing ever has, not even the Civil War. The very fabric of the state will have been shown to have been under attack. The Red Scares of the 1920s and 1950s were concoctions of paranoid right wingers; now we have an actual Red Scare, and it’s in the West Wing. I could easily see protests demanding that Congress—specifically, the Senate—act to remove the traitor, protests which would dwarf anything from the Civil Rights or Vietnam War eras. But would that be enough?

The fact is, it’s not only Trump. We have the fact that Russia funneled money to the NRA, which then funneled it to GOP politicians. The entire Republican Party is ensnared in the Russia scandal, not just its head. We have a major political party in this country which is in bed with a foreign power. This is a situation the country has never faced.

Everything about the times through which we’re living is unprecedented. A relatively weak power is using spycraft to destabilize the world’s only superpower, with alarming success. It has found enthusiastic stooges by stoking racial and cultural animus. It has exploited known weaknesses in America’s political structure to install a puppet president. “The Manchurian Candidate” was off by a few decades, and Trump didn’t even have to be brainwashed. Where we go from here is anybody’s guess.



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