Why do so many people keep dancing around the truth – the fact that without Russian hacking coupled with FBI Director Comey’s ill-timed and out-of-policy email pronouncements – Donald J. Trump, would, in all probability, not be on the doorstep of becoming the next President of the United States?
Putting it plainly, we, dear friends, are in one hell of a mess.
Hillary Clinton, was leading in the polls, remember? And then, just days before the election, FBI Director Comey decided it would be a good idea to link her to Anthony Weiner. It turned out to be totally baseless, but her numbers took a four point hit. The right-wing propaganda machine went to work and Mrs. Clinton, never recovered.
There are those who would argue that Comey’s “bombshell” letter, implying a link between Clinton and Weiner (when there was none), leading to pics of Mr. Weiner’s throbbing member all over the internet and television news, coming just eleven days before the vote, had no impact on the election. Really? Give me a break.
Take it back even further. Try and imagine the campaign without the email scandals, or the FBI releasing information about the server investigation, which, it turned out, contained nothing chargeable.
Hillary Clinton did nothing that merited being charged, Comey said, and yet the FBI failed to follow its own policy by releasing information regarding an ongoing investigation. Once again, Director Comey was doing all he could, intentionally or unintentionally, to torpedo the Clinton campaign, and in doing so, playing right into Russia’s hands.
At this point it really doesn’t matter whether Comey did it to intentionally attack Hillary Clinton, or if his judgement (and possibly the judgement of his boss Loretta Lynch) was just that horrible. The damage was done.
Stop pretending it never happened and that it doesn’t warrant a major investigation into not just the impact but the motivation of those involved as Donald Trump continues to do all he can to promote his friend and ally Vladimir Putin, and Putin, does all he can to return the favor for Trump, with a huge oil deal for Exxon hanging in the balance in Russia as Mr. Trump tries to assign the job of Secretary of State to the CEO of Exxon, Rex Tillerson, much to the delight you can be sure, of Vladimir Putin.
At the same time, Mr. Trump seems determined to do all he can (and tweet all he can) to insult our time-tested friends and allies in NATO.
Take off your blinders. Connect the dots. Remember that the Russians hacked both Clinton and Trump, but only released damaging material on Mrs. Clinton and appear to be withholding whatever they might have on Trump. Think about it as you watch Donald Trump being sworn in on Friday. Imagine Vladimir Putin standing by his side as Trump raises his hand and pledges to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Kudos to those public officials and celebrities who are refusing to attend, which would only lend unspoken approval. Kudos to members of the press who refuse to accept nonsense as being acceptable.
Blaming the media and placing restrictions on our free press will be among of the first signs that the ship of state is in danger of going down. Watch for it. The Trump camp is already making noises about closing the White House press room.
As the Ben Bradlee character so aptly put it in All The President’s Men, “Nothing’s riding on this except the first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.”
At this moment in time we need all the Ben Bradlees we can get our hands on.