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Concerning the matter of Donald Trump Jr.

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That snot-nosed little pissant, Donald Trump Jr., is showing his contempt for America by refusing to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.

Doesn’t he remind you of every bully you ever knew in school? He’s the mean kid who insulted black people and teased effeminate kids, who punched smaller boys in the nose, who bragged about his daddy’s money. He’s the arrogant son-of-a-bitch nobody liked. He’s why so many Americans resent wealth, especially when it’s inherited and used greedily. This lucky sperm punk has never made a legitimate dime of his own. He was (to use the late, great Ann Richards’ classic line) born on third base, and thinks he hit a triple.

He has been caught in so many lies in the Trump-Russia matter, it’s pathetic. I think by this time everybody knows exactly what happened. Russia had dirt on Hillary. A deal was struck directly between the Trump family (Donald Jr. and Jared) and representatives of Putin: if you promise to lift the sanctions when and if Trump is elected, we’ll give you the emails. Plus, we’ll throw in a little extra: our agents will infiltrate Facebook, Twitter and other social media to spread lies that damage Hillary and the Democrats, and you—the Trump campaign—will help us help you by telling us what kinds of stories to invent, how to frame them, and where to run them.

That, in a nutshell, is the situation, and it means that Trump Jr. colluded and collaborated with an enemy state, Russia, to throw the 2018 election. And for sure, his daddy knew all about it, and directed it. You know it’s true, I know it’s true, every Republican knows it’s true, Steve Bannon knows it’s true, Sean Hannity knows it’s true, Donald J. Trump knows it’s true. The Republicans won’t admit it, of course, which is why they’re complicit in treason. But they’ll have to admit it later, when the evidence is overwhelming, and public opinion turns decisively against Trump.

Meanwhile, here’s the little shit, Donald Jr., the Great White Hunter who paid stalkers to drive an elephant to him in Africa, where he murdered it, then sliced off its tail and posed with it, grinning for the camera. Brave guy. Courageous guy. Macho guy. Just like his father.

Trump surrogates are trying to defend Junior by claiming that he’s some kind of moron, too dumb to pick up pencils, much less collude in a high-stakes game with the Russians. Well, sorry, that won’t fly. He may be a moron, but ignorance of the law is no excuse. If he lied under oath, if he obstructed justice, if he violated campaign finance laws, if he collaborated with a foreign power against the United States, he’s committed felonies. Whether he intended to, or knew that he was, is irrelevant.

Well, it’s only early December. The clock is ticking away: Mueller continues his investigation, so do the House and Senate committees, and time is running out on Trump, Donald Jr., Jared and their nefarious cabal. As the case against Trump Sr. mounts in fury, his defenders—dwindling, more desperate than ever—revert to ever more bizarre, unconvincing tactics. Denial no longer works, although they’ll keep on denying. Distraction works to some degree, so they throw out red herrings and smokescreens—Hillary, Al Franken, Jerusalem, Comey, the FBI, Kate Steinle, national monuments, whatever. That’s not very effective anymore, either; it makes Trump’s white supremacist base happy, but their numbers are going down fast.

And Trump, the father? Increasingly fried and frazzled, just as Nixon was in his last days, bereft, confused, drinking heavily, talking to paintings on the White House walls. Do I know for sure Trump is drinking? No, I don’t. But I always felt he was “on” something, maybe some sort of stimulant like cocaine, for his weird, middle-of-the-night tweet storms; and his slurred speech the other day is more evidence that the guy is taking something, to ease his pain and blot out reality.

Won’t work. Nothing will work. Trump did what he did and he can never undo it. The long arm of the law is reaching for him and will catch him. It will catch Donald Jr. too, and Jared, maybe even Pence and Sessions, just as it’s already caught Flynn, Manafort and the others. The dominoes are falling. I believe and hope that there are still enough sane Republicans in the Congress, even in the reactionary, insane House, to ultimately stand up for justice when Trump’s house of cards comes tumbling down, and he’s called to answer for his high crimes and misdemeanors.

Have a lovely weekend. To my friends in Southern California, be brave; we stand with you. Our firefighters are the best in the world.

  1. Paul Stark says:

    Great. Agree with every word except “there are still enough sane Republicans…”. Keep up the good work.

  2. Paul Stark: One can only hope.

  3. “I think by this time everybody knows exactly what happened.”

    As my lawyer friends say: “Facts not in evidence” on what, exactly, happened.

    The Mueller investigation is far from complete. No such evidence has been revealed.

    What we have is solely conjecture.

    Convicting Trump and his associates in the court of public opinion goes against our bedrock values of jurisprudence.

  4. The “court of public opinion” is also known as politics.

  5. We should aspire to a higher standard.

  6. The high standard we adhere to is (quoting Adam Schiff): “… can you prove [it] beyond a reasonable doubt …”

    Independent of political party affiliation.

    “Adam Schiff: “Doesn’t Make Rational Sense” To Think Russia Didn’t Collude With Trump”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/12/10/adam_schiff_doesnt_make_rational_sense_to_think_russia_didnt_collude_with_trump.html

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN Sunday morning that the signs of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign are damning.

    “To believe these are all isolated incidents and not connected to each other; it just doesn’t make rational sense,” he said. “Now, can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt, will be [special counsel] Mueller’s question to answer: that the Russians communicated to the campaign the way they were going to deliver the help they offered, and the campaign accepted, was not by handing the emails directly over to the campaign but by publishing them.”

    “We know the Russians offered help, the campaign accepted help, the Russians gave help, and the president made full use of the help and that is pretty damning whether it is proof beyond a reasonable doubt conspiracy or not,” he said.

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