The Addition of Scaramucci Isn’t Going to Help Because Trump Needs to Change and He Won’t

Anthony Scaramucci impressed in his first appearance as the new communications director for the Trump administration. As far as appearances are concerned, Trump was likely thrilled. Scaramucci paints an entirely different picture than Sean Spicer. Scaramucci with his coiffed hair, perfectly tailored suit, gold ring and his Breitling Avenger watch (nearly $6,000 retail) exuded the image Trump wants. For President Trump, it is all about appearances more than substance.

Scaramucci has almost zero experience in communications, especially on the political stage. I saw people arguing his role as a businessman requires excellent communication skills and to the degree that is true. However, as we’ve seen with President Trump, the world of politics is a whole different animal than the business world. Trump’s scorched earth playbook worked well for him in the primaries and somewhat in the general election campaign. But it hasn’t served him well while president as is evidenced by his abysmal job-approval rating. So we have no idea how Scaramucci will fair once a crisis hits. It will be soon because if we’ve learned anything in the first six months of this administration, it’s that they’re almost always in crisis mode.

Unfortunately, as much as people want to believe shaking up the communications team will benefit the Trump administration, it won’t, and that’s because of one individual: Donald Trump. 

Trump will not change. Therefore, it doesn’t matter who he pushes out or who he brings in. Everything starts at the top and crap flows downhill. Even the best people will get caught in the crap avalanche and leave tainted by Trump. I see in the president, the inability to change because I worked for someone for over ten years that reminds me of President Trump. It’s almost spooky in how similar they both are and how I know Trump will never make the changes necessary for a successful administration.

Below are several ways in which my former boss and Trump are similar in how they approach their roles and the people around them.

The personality type: Donald Trump’s sycophants hail him as an “alpha male, ” and he’s not. But is he a beta male? No. Trump is just a jerk. He’s one that is confrontational and aggressive, and while at times he can be charming, he easily digresses into inappropriate behavior at the slightest provocation. Trump likes compliments but prefers to be feared rather than loved. He is self-centered and arrogant instead of confident.

An inability to focus on the big picture: It is a trait that used to drive me insane and one that eats away at Donald Trump to the core. At work, there might be a crisis going on with some our technology infrastructure or a customer might be freaking out over something and my boss would yell about a stain on the carpet or a scuff mark on the wall. Trump obsesses over Russia and only to his detriment. Instead of sitting back, letting the investigation play out and focusing on health care reform and tax reform, he tweets and blames others for his troubles. The big ticket items get ignored, and his behavior is partially responsible for why he has yet to sign a significant piece of legislation.

The victim mentality: Everybody is always out to get Trump. He is always treated “unfairly.” The media hates him. The establishment hates him. Everything is always somebody else’s fault. My former boss is like that. Confronted with a screw-up, he’d refuse just to acknowledge it and move on. He had to point the finger of blame somewhere else, and it didn’t matter what bridges he burned to do it.

The toxicity affects other people negatively: Some wonder why people such as James Mattis or HR McMaster would work for President Trump. As I said earlier, jerks do have the capability at times to be charming and persuasive, especially outside the workplace. My boss managed to convince a neighbor and a former business executive to come work with us to assist in expanding our operations into South America. The neighbor, who I will refer to as “David” was a terrific choice to bring in and I’d have given anything to work directly for him. But after only a year, he told my boss he’d had enough. The environment wasn’t worth and it he said privately that had he known what it would be like, he’d never have accepted the offer. I don’t expect some of the best people Trump brought aboard to stay very long. That’s the effect he has on people.

There are more examples, but these are the most striking similarities between President Trump and my former boss.

I wish Anthony Scaramucci the best of luck in his new role. I also hope he realizes that at some point, he will be the scapegoat for Donald Trump’s issues. I’ve seen it up close and personal.

 

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On Wednesday, Trump Trashes Sessions; Two Days Later Story Drops That Could Cost Sessions His Job

Coincidences are sometimes an amazing spectacle to behold. President Trump, who’s been bitter ever Jeff Sessions acted ethically, stepping away from the Russia investigation, publicly slammed Sessions in an interview with the New York Times saying he’d never have offered him the role of Attorney General if he knew Sessions would recuse himself.

Coincidentally, just two days later, the Washington Post is reporting this potential bombshell:

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.

One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.

Under normal circumstances, Trump supporters would be apoplectic over this story. They’d scream about illegal leaks, the supposed “deep state” and how saboteurs in the media are working to undermine the Trump administration.

But after Trump’s comments on Wednesday, look for criticism if any, to be muted. In fact, if I were thinking like a Trumper, I’d argue the information was leaked by Trump administration officials to get Jeff Sessions to a point where he’d have to resign.

People were wondering if Sessions might leave in the wake of Trump’s comments, but Sessions said he’d stay on as long as it was “appropriate.”

Trump wants him out and this story may be the push that does it.

 

 

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BREAKING: Sean Spicer Resigns As Press Secretary

It was just a matter of time before this happened but I don’t think anybody saw Sean Spicer’s resignation coming so quickly. But Spicer resigned, and now we wait to hear how Trump forcing this move is just another example of his brilliance.

From The New York Times:

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.

It’s not hard to blame Spicer for resigning as a result of the hiring of Scaramucci. He’s a hedge fund and finance person, not a communications person. He has no experience running communications and doing so for the White House requires a particular skill set.

Trump’s hiring of Scaramucci appears to be another move where Trump rewards loyalty over experience and competence.

More to come as this story unfolds.

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Republicans Need To Go on the Record About Trump’s Mueller Comments

Donald Trump had no problems throwing Jeff Sessions under the bus. Ironically, Trump is mad at Sessions for adhering to ethical norms by recusing himself from any investigation about Russia. Imagine that. Sessions did the right thing, and Trump is upset.

That was one aspect of the interview Trump did with the New York Times. The other was to issue a veiled threat to Special Counsel Robert Mueller: 

Mr. Trump said Mr. Mueller was running an office rife with conflicts of interest and warned investigators against delving into matters too far afield from Russia. Mr. Trump never said he would order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller, nor would he outline circumstances under which he might do so. But he left open the possibility as he expressed deep grievance over an investigation that has taken a political toll in the six months since he took office.

Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, “I would say yes.” He would not say what he would do about it. “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

It’s not a violation, but since Trump said it, he’ll believe it no matter what anybody tells him at this point. It will be interesting to see what happens if Trump orders Rod Rosenstein to dismiss Mueller without cause and for crossing a red line that only exists in Trump’s head.

GOP senators heard about the interview, and some of them are not happy: 

A group of Republican senators criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday, a day after the President rebuked top law enforcement officials in an interview with The New York Times.

“The attorney general is America’s top law enforcement official,” one GOP senator said. “It’s unclear if he understands that, and that’s pretty disturbing.”

The senator was referring to Trump’s comment in the Times’ interview that he would not have hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Sessions would go on to recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 campaign. The senator said Trump seemed to be thinking of the law enforcement heads as his personal employees.

“One gets the impression that the President doesn’t understand or he willfully disregards the fact that the attorney general and law enforcement in general — they are not his personal lawyers to defend and protect him,” one GOP senator told CNN. “He has (his) own personal lawyers, and of course, the White House has the White House counsel’s office.”

Here is the problem. Four Senators gave quotes, but only one of them, Susan Collins of Maine spoke openly while the others were on background.

That Republican senator and two others spoke on background with CNN to avoid prompting a fight with the President.

I hate to break it to the other three, but engaging in a “fight” with President Trump is part of your job as members of a co-equal branch of government. We do not live in a dictatorship.

Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Robert Mueller doesn’t work for him even though Trump has the authority to terminate him. Mueller’s first duty is to the Constitution and the law. Trump can’t fire him because he doesn’t like the direction of the investigation.

It is not unfair to say the rules governing special counsel are too superfluous, allow them to go off in any direction they want. But that requires making changes to the rules and doing so before there is an investigation or after one concludes.

Donald Trump’s statements are not to be taken lightly and Republicans should do their jobs, openly saying what Trump did was wrong and not hiding behind anonymity.

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RNC To GOP Candidates: Fealty to Donald Trump Or Else

Party loyalty in politics is nothing new. The fact is, most people who vote for Democrats and Republicans are “party” people. Meaning it doesn’t much matter what positions an individual candidate or office holder has on issues. Voters walk into a booth, look at the party and vote for the Republican or the Democrat. It is the case in most scenarios, and that’s just a fact.

Hard-core supporters are there and don’t like it when you criticize their guy. That’s understandable as well. But those are issues between voters, not the party and the candidates running under the banner of that party.

When it comes to candidates and people in office, the Republican National Committee has a responsibility to back Republicans. As much as it stung for some people, Donald Trump won the nomination, and the party infrastructure backed him. It didn’t matter if he smeared fellow Republican candidates with lies and ridiculous conspiracy theories. The party supported him because it does so for Republicans. 

However, it doesn’t appear as though that kind of thinking applies to other Republicans now, especially if they’ve been critical of Donald Trump:

The Republican National Committee isn’t spending big for New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno because the RNC doesn’t think she has been loyal to President Trump, NJ.com reported Wednesday.

Guadagno, currently the lieutenant governor under Gov. Chris Christie (R), is viewed skeptically by the RNC because of her criticism of Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape and as a lost cause, the report said.

“[The president] is unhappy with anyone who neglected him in his hour of need,” an RNC insider reportedly said, referring to Guadagno’s public disavowal of Trump last fall after the surfacing last year of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.

Here is what Guadagno said in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape:

If the RNC stated that they weren’t going all in because Guadagno is trying to ride into office on the scorched coattails of Chris Christie, that might make some sense. However, it won’t happen as it is evident it’s not happening because Guadagno didn’t rush to defend candidate Trump when the news broke he thinks you can do anything to a woman if you’re in a position of power.

What Guadagno did was not unreasonable. She was hardly the first Republican to distance themselves from Trump when that tape hit the public airwaves. Now the RNC is going to withhold funds and assistance from a Republican candidate because of Donald Trump? Since when did the RNC become beholden to one person instead of the party as a whole?

It only proves Trump doesn’t just want loyalty. He wants slavish devotion. Fealty. Without it, he has no use for a person. It is a dangerous method if the GOP wants to grow. If the party is going to refuse help for people who have been Republicans far longer than President Trump because his thin skin can’t deal with criticism, it doesn’t bode well for the future.

Grow up, Mr. President. You have more important issues to think about.

 

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BREAKING: Trump Lashes out at Jeff Sessions for Recusing Himself (AUDIO)

Disloyalty, it seems, knows no bounds with Donald Trump. Anything that happens which causes him to look bad is grounds for being tossed under the Trump Bus. The latest victim? Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump knows Sessions’ recusing himself led to the appointment of Robert Mueller. Now, Mueller with his prosecutorial power and not being tied down to Trump has the president nervous. Naturally, he’s going to look for scapegoats. He found one in Sessions. Listen to President Trump describe it:

Of course, President Trump acts as though Sessions recused himself the moment he was confirmed. Sessions recused himself nearly a month after his confirmation. It’s a sure thing Sessions didn’t think he’d have to recuse himself when he first accepted Trump’s offer.

Notice too, the language Trump uses. Once again, the supposedly tough guy alpha-male complained twice in a minute about Sessions’ decision to recuse himself as “very unfair.”

He also had this to say about his newly revealed conversation with Vladimir Putin:

Describing a newly disclosed informal conversation he had with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia during a dinner of world leaders in Germany earlier this month, Mr. Trump said they talked for about 15 minutes, mostly about “pleasantries.” But Mr. Trump did say that they talked “about adoptions.”

Adoptions. Does anybody buy that nonsense?

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President Donald Trump at Six Months: A Failure of Leadership

Neil Gorsuch was an uncontested layup for President Trump. Gorsuch was a replacement for Antonin Scalia hand-picked by The Federalist Society for President Trump. There is little doubt, Neil Gorsuch will make an excellent Supreme Court justice as we saw a glimpse of that as the court finished their latest term.

Executive orders have defined the bulk of Trump’s successes so far during his tenure, and while I agree with most of what he’s done, executive orders are only good for so long as he’s in office. If Trump loses in 2020, you can mark it down whatever Democrat takes over will reverse nearly all of the EO’s President Trump signed.

Now that we have President Trump’s “victories” out of the way let’s examine after six months how the president managed to reveal a total lack of ability to lead the way, even with a Congress under Republican control.

Trump’s approval in the Real Clear Politics average sits at 40 percent. It’s an abysmally low number for a new President. Gerald Ford had numbers this low, but he also had the shadow of Richard Nixon and Watergate looming over him. President Trump has no such excuse. The economy is doing relatively well. The stock market is at an all-time high. The country is not in middle of a major military conflict. Trump should be at a job approval level giving him the political capital to help push through legislation, but instead, he wasted it on his obsession with being the supposed subject of a “witch hunt” of which he provides more ammunition, nearly every day for Democrats to use against him.

As for the Obamacare repeal debacle, it’s laughable but not at all surprising to see hard-core Trump supporters absolving him of all blame and pinning it entirely on Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. The favored scapegoats of Trumpers everywhere, Ryan and McConnell, do share some of the blame. After all, they’ve promised to repeal Obamacare starting on the day President Obama signed it into law. But they’re also dealing with a president who is not fully engaged in the process and knows little about the legislation he wants to sign. Trump’s behavior is also so unpredictable, and it’s likely Congressional leaders are concerned about what they do, given the president’s inability to maintain focus on moving the ball forward.

A perfect illustration of Trump’s unpredictability comes in the form of having a Rose Garden celebration in early May when the House of Representatives passed the AHCA. “They’re not even doing it for the party,” Trump said at the time. “They’re doing it for this country because we suffered from Obamacare.” A little over a month later, Trump campaigned against the same bill calling it “mean” and saying it needed more “heart” and “more money.” If you’re Paul Ryan, it’s a hair-pulling moment.

With President Trump’s words flipping the tables, it became incumbent upon the Senate to draft a bill different from what their counterparts in the House passed. Once that happened, the entire process went off the rails. The Senate version, while still coming across as too “harsh” for some moderate Republicans, couldn’t pass muster with a handful of conservative Senators. With too many defectors among Republicans and zero support from Democrats, the effort is pretty much dead.

Trump supporters are already absolving the President of blame, saying it is the fault of Congress for not getting a bill to his desk. The attitude reflects a willful ignorance the role presidents play in getting legislation through the House and Senate and to his desk to sign. It also ignores the words of Trump. Here is candidate Trump in 2016:

“Nobody can do that like me.”

Now he’s blaming Democrats and some Republicans:

Trump couldn’t maintain the same posture about Obamacare in a ten-hour span. He tweeted the following at 10:17 pm on July 17:

The next morning he tweeted:

If you’re Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell, how do you react to what he did? It went from, “Repeal Obamacare, and we’ll replace!” to “Let Obamacare die, and we’ll replace!” in less than 24 hours. 

President Trump’s inability to maintain a cohesive mindset on any one issue for more than a few days at a time is partially why he sits so low in the polls. He constantly contradicts his people. He’ll do something relatively well only to blow it up within days because of his complete lack of impulse control. He is obsessed about Russia, never shutting up about it and leaving it to spokespeople to handle. He tweets about it incessantly, and as a result, it dominates the news cycle. President Trump is his worst enemy, and he doesn’t even realize it nor is there anybody around him willing to say it.

People argue, “It’s still early. He can turn things around.” True. He can. But to do so requires change Trump doesn’t care to make. It requires being more engaged with Congressional leaders. It requires less time playing golf and spending a weekend here or there talking with policy experts and getting the information needed to have input when dealing with Congressional leaders. It requires turning off Fox and Friends and forgetting about Twitter to focus on doing work.

Being the president is not the same as throwing your name on bad steaks and bottles of water. It requires discipline, hard work and as Trump himself said, a willingness to get everybody in a room and hammer out a deal.

That’s leadership. Through the first six months of Trump’s presidency, he’s exhibited none. That alone is his failure.

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From “Drain the swamp!” to “That’s politics!” for President Trump

When asked why people supported Donald Trump over other GOP contenders during the primary, one of the answers was almost always, “He’s not a politician.” Donald Trump was different because he wasn’t beholden to anybody. It would not be politics as usual with Donald Trump.

Then came the phrase, “Drain the swamp.” Donald Trump managed to sell his supporters on the notion that he was different. He wasn’t going to be the same, inside-the-beltway politician that others were going to be.

The meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian nationals, hoping to secure damaging information to Hillary Clinton campaign is revealing in several ways. I wrote about the absurd conspiracy theory Trump supporters have embraced to make it seem like the entire episode was a concoction created by Democrats. To put it all in context, here is what President Trump tweeted this morning:

The narrative is one that keeps shifting. First, Trump and others around him promised for months that no meetings took place between anybody associated with the Trump campaign and Russian officials or anybody from Russia in 2015 or 2016.

That was not true. Once that balloon popped, Team Trump started saying, “Ok, but what happened is entirely legal!” I am not a lawyer, but I tend to agree with Jonathan Turley that Trump Jr. broke no laws. It was, however, sleazy to take the meeting at all. The Russians may not have ties to the Kremlin, but Trump Jr. thought they did and he didn’t care. They had dirt on Hillary, and that’s why he met with them.

The narrative is shifting again. With Trump tweeting what he did, he’s saying, “This is no problem! It’s just politics!” What’s worse is watching a bunch of people excusing what Trump did and buying into his “It’s just politics” excuse.

Does anybody remember his pledge to do away with the kind of politics we’ve gotten used to invading our homes every few years? Now he doesn’t care that his son met with someone who he thought was working for the Russian government?

Trump’s “I’m not a politician” ruse turns out to have been just another one of his cons. He has no intention of draining the swamp. He just wants to fill it with creatures he’s comfortable to have swimming around.

 

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Latest Job Approval Poll for President Trump? Awful

The chicken and egg theory about President Trump’s low job approval numbers is an interesting one. Trump supporters argue the media scrutiny of Trump is responsible for his poor numbers while Trump critics say the media scrutiny wouldn’t be so intense if Trump just stopped tweeting.

Whether you believe those explanations or believe something else entirely, doesn’t matter. Trump’s numbers are bad, and the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has more bad news:

Americans give President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years, punctuated by questions about his competence on the world stage, his effectiveness, the GOP health care plan and Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

Just 36 percent of Americans polled in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Trump’s job performance, down 6 points from his 100-day mark, itself a low. The previous president closest to this level at or near six months was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent, in February 1975.

Russia weighs heavily, and people say it is affecting his ability to get things done:

Sixty-three percent in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, say it was inappropriate for Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign manager to have met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. Six in 10 also think Russia tried to influence the campaign, and among those who say so, 67 percent think Trump aides helped, similar to results in April.

Yet the Russia controversy is just one on the list of Trump’s troubles. Just 38 percent say he’s making significant progress toward his goals;

The response to this will range from, “Who cares?” to “Yeah, the polls are always right just like they were for the election!”

The national election polls were right. National average on the day before the election showed Hillary winning by a +3.5 margin and she won +2. Factor in the margin of error and the pollsters were damned close to spot on correct.

For anybody to think at this point, his constant tweeting is not hurting him is a fool’s errand. He tweets. The media covers it. People learn about this and it translates to poor poll numbers.

An interesting experiment would be for the president to stop tweeting for one month except for official announcements and see what the poll numbers look like after that time.

Do you think there’d be any change?

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The ‘Democratic Plot’ Conspiracy Theory About Trump Jr. Meeting Is So Dumb It’s Hilarious

It’s hard to fathom how reasonably intelligent people fall into the trap of believing the most ridiculous of stories. Dr. Theodore Woodward came up with the aphorism, “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras.” It was a warning to medical students who want to believe the common cold is an exotic disease. Law enforcement uses the phrase as well. The solution to a crime is usually the simplest explanation, not a twisted web of events.

The meeting Donald Trump Jr. put together in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer stinks to high heaven. The straw man argument that it’s “no big deal” because it wasn’t illegal is similar to talk I heard from Clinton defenders in the 1990’s. Caught with their hands in the cookie jar, supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton argued what they may have been immoral, but it didn’t matter because it was not illegal.

Whether it was illegal or not, is irrelevant. The fact is, Donald Trump Jr. was happy to meet with people he thought might have connections to the Russian government and who had information damaging to Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. didn’t care and that makes what he did, at the very least, sleazy.

However, since the news broke, Trump defenders have engaged in mental gymnastics that not even Ripley would believe. Convinced the meeting was nothing but a setup by Democrats, their delusion grows deeper day by day to the point where Alex Jones is giggling at the absurdity of it all.

The basic premise of their theory is Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, worked with Fusion GPS, the opposition research company who helped put together the infamous Trump dossier working with former British intelligence officer, Richard Steele. Veselnitskaya accomplished this in part due to the efforts of the Obama administration’s justice department who allowed Veselnitskaya to enter the country, despite an earlier denial of a visa. Also at the meeting was Rinat Akhmetshin, another person with a shady past with ties to Fusion GPS. Trump supporters believe the meeting was set up with the implicit purpose of using it to damage the Trump campaign and make it appear as though they were in bed with the Kremlin.

Are you dizzy yet from the gymnastics?

To believe this fiction requires one must first accept the Obama justice department knew in 2015 that Trump would be the eventual GOP nominee and therefore allowed Natalia Veselnitskaya into the country despite a visa denial to get the ball rolling on the plot.

Second, the meeting was set up by Democratic operatives and Russians working on their behalf as a means of furthering the narrative Trump was under the influence of the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin. I’m sorry but in June of 2016? That narrative had not even taken hold. Wikileaks hadn’t even published the DNC emails at this point. That didn’t happen until the following month.

Finally, the big question to ask is this: Why wasn’t this information leaked before the election? Trump supporters argue it didn’t get leaked because they were certain Hillary would win. Huh? They went through the trouble of setting up a meeting to further a narrative about Trump yet didn’t leak it to the press because they didn’t think Trump would win? On what planet does this make any sense?

Granted, Democrats excel in incompetence, but nobody is that incompetent. Trump supporters selling this snake oil want you to believe a conversation like this went down:

“Hey, Lynch allowed that lawyer to stay in the country.”

“Okay, good. It’s October 2015. Let’s try and get this meeting set up with Fredo in June of next year.”

“Got it. When completed, how long do we wait to leak it to the press?”

“Why would we do that?”

“To damage the Trump campaign.”

“We don’t need to do that. Hillary is going to win easily.”

“So why are we doing it?”

“Well, based on the off-chance that Trump by some miracle, does win, we can release it down the road. It will play into the narrative Putin controlled the Trump campaign.”

“That’s a narrative?”

“It will be a year after this conversation takes place.”

“Okay, how about this? If Trump wins, we’ll release it July of 2017. It’s the middle of summer. Nobody is paying attention to politics. People are wrapping up their summer vacations. What do you think?”

“That’s perfect! They’ll never suspect anything!”

For the sake of all that is holy, why can’t Trump supporters just admit that Trump Jr. cared only about getting damaging info about Hillary Clinton and didn’t much care who had the information? There are those on the anti-Trump side making the silly argument the meeting amounted to an “in-kind” contribution to the campaign and since it involved foreign nationals, those contributions are illegal. That is also ridiculous.

But please, people, spare us the goofball conspiracies, ok?

 

 

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