Isn't it a tad bit curious when the President of the United States continues to tell his supporters the Russian election interference matter is a "hoax" when he himself signs a Bill into law punishing Russia for in fact engaging in such nefarious actions? Why is this so lost on his loyal supporters? If the president honestly does not believe Russia meddled with our 2016 elections, why not veto the Bill and send it back with a a dare for Congress to over-ride the veto? Could it be that the political optics of vetoing anything that sanctions Russia might appear to make him complicit with Russia, thereby confirming there is fire where there is obvious smoke?
Perhaps, but if the president is so convinced the matter is a hoax, why not prove it and take his chances by vetoing the Bill and selling America on why he had to do so. After all, aren't his nail tough negotiating skills exactly why he was elected in the first place? "I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars. That is a big part of the reason I was elected. As President, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress." (See: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/02/statement-president-donald-j-trump-signing-countering-americas).
Wouldn't a better argument be that the proposed Bill stripped the Executive of his Constitutional powers under Article II? Of course it would, but Trump the King of Negotiation couldn't bring himself to confront this clear effort to strip his authority to handle foreign affairs under Article II because deep down, perhaps he really fears the optics of doing so - knowing there is something more to the "Russia Thing" than he or his sycophants at Fox News (Yes Hannity, that means you) claim?
If Trump was the "tough guy" he sold to the electorate, why cower to Congress by signing the Bill into law and still hold campaign style rallies claiming the Russians did nothing wrong. (See: www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/us/politics/trump-mocking-claim-that-russia-hacked-election-at-odds-with-gop.html). Why hasn't everyone begun to see through the man's constant need to "con" folks into believing him on anything? Considering he now has lied about virtually everything, including calls of praise from the leader of the Boy Scouts to the Mexican President, how much longer will Americans provide this man heir knee-jerk support? (See: chicago.suntimes.com/news/boy-scouts-dispute-trumps-claim-about-call-praising-speech/).
Perhaps recent polling reflects the trend all Republicans pay attention to - Americans either have no faith in Trump or are slowly beginning to realize he is not the leader they thought they were voting for. When Trump campaigned on the notion "What do you have to lose?", perhaps more Americans have now come to realize we stand to lose a lot. The institution of the presidency has suffered under this man. Just ask anyone that lives outside the United States. Think I am wrong? Go travel over 15,000 miles across the globe like we did in the past 7 weeks and come back and prove me wrong. You can't.
And now the president is off to a "Working Vacation" at yet another one of his private golf clubs. Funny, do they mean working as president or working on his golf game and preparing for more campaign style rallies before ideologically blinded sycophants still wanting to "lock her up!" One wonders how they will react if criminal indictments come down from the grand jury convened and meeting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Trump or his family, his campaign or current staff? Fake News? Time to take to the streets in support of Trump? I'll take my chances with supporting the Rule of Law over Trump supporters ignorantly following "their leader." Kind of makes me wonder how similar Trumpsters are to Kim Jung-un? Ignorance is bliss until it bites you in the butt.
So with the president on a "working vacation" ("I will not be a president that takes vacations..." (See: www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/trumpometer/promise/1420/not-take-vacations/), what else can pop up this coming 17 days? With this president, nothing should surprise us! As President Theodore Roosevelt once said; "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public." I guess we will have to wait and see if real treason exists in the White House, until then, be wary of "Don the Con!" Have a great week!
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