Trump’s Criminality Isn’t Up For Debate Anymore; Now The MSM Needs To Connect The NEXT Dot – REPUBLICAN Criminality

Pssssssst, MSM – It’s an elephant. Trust me. And that elephant’s a criminal.

By the time Adam Schiff gavelled the House Intel Committee’s business closed yesterday, the case he and the Democrats were making was well past being made. Never mind what any Republican says about acts being bad (maybe) but still not impeachable. Divorced from politics, the information we’ve learned during the past two weeks — much of it from career diplomats wth no political axes to grind — paints one picture and one picture only: Donald Trump isn’t just unworthy of the office of President Of The United States, he’s a goddamned criminal to boot.

When the talking heads and pundits finally got to have their say, they first had to get past their own amazement at what they’d seen to get to their assessments. As amazed at they were at the picture of Trumpian malfeasance being painted, they were equally amazed by the Republicans’ questions and questioning of the witnesses.

Now, c’mon — watching Devin Nunes throw ludicrous charges around at people — as his defense of Trump tells a story if only we’d listen to it. If we pull back the camera just a scosh (the news media understands that technical term), we see Devin obstructing justice every second of every day. Seems kinda basic to ask “WHY?” No one — not even Devin — does anything for no reason.

And, while Devin’s devotion to Trump seems a little extreme, even THAT demands explanation. Under oath.

Out here in reality, that sort of behavior speaks volumes. That behavior is being practiced by every Republican — irrational denial of the undeniably true. It’s not tribalism at work. At its core, it’s not political either (though a political bent does contribute to it). It’s criminal. It’s a willful intent to not just violate The Rule Of Law but to undermine the integrity of the Constitution.

But, why, you should ask. Why would Republicans want to do THAT ffs? Then Speaker Of The House Paul Ryan could answer that question. The way current GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy put it was “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump”. That was DURING the 2016 Republican convention — while Paul Manafort was making one change to the Republican Party platform (a change, though odd, that the party hierarchy allowed) — that was notably Putin-friendly and Ukraine un-friendly.

What our MSM can’t wrap their heads around is the insidiousness of what happened — how we got here. They love a good “smoking gun” because it requires the least amount of explanation. All they have to do is point at it and imagine the Pulitzer on their mantle. But what Vladimir Putin launched against us — and it was very much part of a concerted plan against us — is all based in intelligence active measures. It’s equally happy with chaos as a solid, identifiable result — say, a traitor in the White House.

Disinformation, misinformation and propaganda rely on the press to spread them. While it’s easy to get a provocative lie to motivate a crowd to action, if you can get the news media to broadcast the lie for you? Not only does it get a far bigger crowd riled up, it legitimizes your lie because the NEWS MEDIA was spewing it. That’s the secret to Donald Trump’s media success. Even now — today — 13,000 known lies into his presidency — and the NEWS MEDIA still quotes Trump as if his words WEREN’T outright lies.

Just because your hair’s on fire as you report the lie, you’re still a journalist speaking the words — without saying THEY’RE why your hair’s on fire. It creates confusion not because the audience is stupid but because YOU are using the language of the media (sounds & images) incorrectly. You’ve placed your camera too close to the subject so that vital information is happening outside the frame.

To put it simpler, MSM — you’re missing the story. While it’s a stone cold relief that you finally see Russia prominently here, you still don’t see Russia prominently enough. That’s because you’re still grappling with Trump’s relationship with Russia; though you see a relationship, you don’t see the depths of the relationship. You don’t see the HEART of the relationship. They WHY there even is a relationship and who controls the relationship accordingly.

Because the MSM can’t yet see Trump’s relationship with Russia, they can’t see the Republican Party’s relationship with Russia. The MSM still hasn’t acknowledged that Russia didn’t just steal Democratic emails and secrets, they also stole Republican emails and secrets. What’s in them? Could something there explain Lindsey Graham? Or is that explained better by, say, photos Russia’s obtained of Lindsey and sexual partners he’d rather we didn’t know about?

Strange behavior doesn’t just happen. And definitely not en masse. Republican intransigence in the face of incontrovertible evidence of criminality can’t be explained by mere tribalism. Make no mistake — with Republicans (feeling cornered and increasingly isolated in the culture), this goes far beyond groupthink to groupcriminality.

It’s not a coincidence that virtually every silly Republican defense of what Trump does and has done sounds like mob underlings covering for Da Boss. After three years of this bullshit, some of out here in the Public Courtroom get it. This jury member doesn’t need to see more proof (though I’m always happy to get it). The Big Picture is clear. The dots connect clearly, the picture they make unmistakable.

But, as we know, our Main Stream News Media likes to have EVERY dot connected before they commit. If there’s a smidgen of room to give any benefit of any doubt — they want to give it, no matter how ludicrous.

The Republicans are licking their lips because they think they can kill not just impeachment dead in the Senate, but all resistance to their minority rule coup d’etat. They expect it all to go away even though the Republicans in the Senate will have shrugged off staggering evidence of not just criminality but outright treason. Mitch McConnell and the GOP actually believe that they’ll just sail through another campaign season, slightly bruised but ready to set sail into full on RW authoritarianism.

They don’t expect We The People to do anything. Oh, they expect us to come out and vote — in massive numbers. But, as we speak, Moscow Mitch is expecting the same help from Moscow in 2020 that he KNEW the Republicans got in 2016. Remember — it was Mitch McConnell who refused to let President Obama tell We The People that our IC knew for a fact that Russia was actively trying to impact the election on Trump’s behalf.

And, to this day, Mitch McConnell has done zilch to protect our electoral systems. There are no coincidences.

Mitch McConnell is a traitor who’s about to lead the defense of a CO-CONSPIRATOR with the fate of the Republic hanging in the balance.

That’s what’s really happening here. That’s what a “news media” should be reporting. But, to do that, they’d need perspective. They’d have to see the Republicans for what they are and — here’s the hard part — call them out for what they are. Criminals…

Traitors…

Republicans.

Dear MSM – Donald Trump Isn’t The Only One Betraying The Constitution

A few minutes ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Adam Schiff gave a remarkable news conference.  In addition to reminding the American Press that Democrats routinely walk and chew gum at the same time (maybe the Press CAN’T do it – and assume the Democrats can’t either), Speaker Pelosi framed the Impeachment Question as a question about our Constitution.

Donald Trump has openly admitted to an impeachable act.  Fact – using Ukraine to take down a political opponent in 2020 is exactly what Trump did in 2016 except this time he got caught doing it in real time. Make no mistake: this is just a continuation of that.  This impeachable act is meant to “fix” the first impeachable act.  Actually – if the second impeachable act is the same as, the first impeachable act, it means Trump broke the law to become POTUS.  That immediately disqualifies him.

Trump is not and never was the legitimate President of The United States.  Not according to our Constitution.

What Speaker Pelosi and Representative Schiff also pointed out this morning, everyone around Trump ALSO is violating the Constitution.  That includes Mike Pompeo and Bill Barr. 

Check your watch.  The Republicans-Shittiing-On-The-Constitution Club is about to include a massive, growing blob of Republicans.  It will be the rare Republican who doesn’t get absorbed into the blob.  Pretty much all of them have already been absorbed, some without even knowing it.  If they took a penny of Russian money – whether directly or through Russia’s money mule the NRA – then they are part of a massive conspiracy to defraud the American People of a Free & Fair Election.

A massive act of cyber war – by Russia – against We The People.

Russia and the Republican Party are openly – OPENLY – interfering with a legitimate investigation into Russian interference in 2016.  They are OPENLY violating the Constitution. Betraying it and us.

We now know what the Democrats are doing to fight back – to protect the Constitution as they swore to do.  But, as Madame Speaker looked out at the Press gathered (a much larger crowd than she normally gets at this weekly briefing), she also lay down a challenge – to them.  To do THEIR part to defend the Constitution.

Madame Speaker shouldn’t have to ask.  Only one non-governmental job is mentioned in the Constitution (and its amendments)  and the Bill Of Rights – journalism.  Freedom of the Press is guaranteed because the Press is the final check on power. 

America’s Press is not a single unitary thing.  It’s a complex creature, mostly corporate but also blessed with loads of rock solid journalistic skill and passion.  But there are bad habits too.  Intellectual laziness, lack of rigor, a tendency to accept common wisdom unchallenged, and worst of all, a failure of imagination.  Normalcy Bias.

“Both Sides Do It” ignores context and proportionality.  It seems incapable of recognizing a false narrative when it sees one. 

Donald Trump is a liar.  He lies about even small things.  It’s a fact.  Yet the Press (take NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell for instance) STILL repeats everything Trump says without contextualizing it first: “Please be advised that literally nothing POTUS’ says can be trusted at face value”.  Without that disclaimer FIRST, the unspoken message of repetition is: “Trust these words, they’re True”.

We all can see the same evidence that Trump ADMITS he violated the Constitution.  This should not – cannot – be a question.  Therefore every story, every question the Press asks should START from that point.  Donald Trump stands outside the Constitution.

Either the Press recognizes how that impacts them or it doesn’t.  There’s no middle ground. 

Ball’s in YOUR court, MSM.  Saving the Constitution survives will take a collective effort.  We know what the Democrats are doing.  How about you?

Want to do your jobs as Constitutionally mandated?  Great!  Start by kicking “Both Sides Do It” completely to the curb.  Both sides DO NOT betray the nation with Russia.  Only Republicans do that.

Both Sides do not put children in cages or side with oligarchs over sanctions or obstruct justice on behalf of a man who ADMITS to obstructing the same Constitution those pirates swore to uphold.

Stop asking idiotic “But, what if…?” questions that give credence to bullshit, lies and treachery.

Stop giving the benefit of the doubt to people who consistently demonstrate how much they DON’T deserve an ounce of that benefit. 

Open your eyes.  Buy some perspective.  Steal it if you have to but GET SOME.

The Constitution and We The People are counting on it.