Not Normal

Tom Nichols has a pretty damning piece in USA Today about all the recent news regarding Trump and Russia.

This is not normal, in any way. As things stand, more people in the Kremlin than in Washington know what Trump said to Putin. It is almost certain that there are readouts and analyses of Trump’s discussions with Putin — but that for now, they are in Russian.

Finally, it is exhausting but nonetheless necessary to point out again the titanic hypocrisy of the Republican Party and of Trump’s apologists in the conservative media. If President Barack Obama had shredded his notes of a meeting with the Iranian president, or if Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager were sitting in jail for lying about meeting a Chinese business associate — and alleged intelligence officer — to share polling data, that alone would have been enough for the GOP to impeach everyone from the president to the White House chef.

This entire sordid affair is the worst scandal in recent American history. It surely eclipses Watergate and Iran-Contra.

Trump is compromised. It’s as simple as that. He should be removed from office.

And here’s the thing… his 30% cult following of the American people? They aren’t going anywhere after he leaves office by impeachment, indictment or electoral college in 2020. In fact, if he does lose in 2020 (the most likely way he will no longer be President) I expect him to actively not leave the White House until forcible removed by the Secret Service.

January 16, 2019

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