Trump’s defenses are all too predictable, and now threatened with the most massive scandal to ever rock the presidency, Trump has resorted to the “usual,” with ruthlessness.
Defense one: Always have a fall guy, one big enough to make news, and shield Trump. Amazingly, this time, he may be the first president to ever bring a Vice President along with him in impeachment:
Breaking news from the Washington Post, Trump “used” Vice President Mike Pence to convey the threat to Ukraine, i.e., both directly and indirectly:
In one instance, Trump ordered Pence not to attend Zelensky’s inauguration — despite the fact that other White House officials had lobbied hard for the event to be included on his calendar. This may have had the purpose of reinforcing to Zelensky that he had to work to earn allyship from Washington.
In another instance, Pence was tasked with delivering the message to Zelensky that hundreds of millions in military aid to the country was being suspended — and that he needed to do more to fight “corruption.”
Defense, the second: Attack whomever needed, use whomever needed.
Not one single “good person” has ever said anything cross about Trump. Every single person who has ever uttered anything remotely critical of Trump is a “loser” – if they’re lucky, because others are called much worse. He has used this “defense strategy” from the beginning, but it is getting “tired” according to Washington insiders, from Rawstory, quoting Dana Bash on CNN:
“He puts it right out there, and today, unfortunately for Republicans on the Hill and those in his staff, he had two events where he could let it all out and, boy, did he let it all out. Those were the personal attacks which are, even for him, pretty egregious …”
“.. .That is just one example of how exhausting it is frankly to fact-check him, and how exhausted some of his fellow Republicans are getting on Capitol Hill, and probably why we haven’t heard from a lot of them,” added Bash.
Defense three: Know your allies, and use them.
Every single person who has ever flattered Trump is a “good person,” a “smart guy,” “beautiful,” “perfect,” you know the drill. This extends to known torturing murderers: Vladimir Putin, “Count Doo Ku” Kim, and Bonesaw-MBS, all great guys, because they love Trump, or at least “say” they do. The only “character trait” Trump admires is whether that person’s character submits to Trump.
Witness the utter perfection of Mike Pompeo – in Trump’s eyes, the “First in Class at West Point,” who directly lied to the press earlier in the week. But, Pompeo is impeccable in his defense of Trump – “good guy.”
Defense Four: Normalize lawbreaking, accuse others of doing what he himself did. Trump committed the quintessential political crime, extorting a foreign country to bring down a political rival. Trump refers to it as the “perfect call.” Meanwhile, Trump accuses the person leading the investigation of treason, a crime punishable by death, for daring to paraphrase Trump’s message. Schiff is getting death threats.
Congressman Adam Schiff should resign for the Crime of, after reading a transcript of my conversation with the President of Ukraine (it was perfect), fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine! He is sick!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2019
No law applies to Trump. Laws are for other people. It is a crime to say “bad things” about Trump.
Politicians used to kiss babies, Trump would use your toddler to shield himself from some incoming threat. Trump will hold a gun to the nation’s head to ward off an imminent threat. See the civil war tweet.
He talks a big game, talks tough, intimidates through talk, talk about strength, and power, yet runs from blood, whines on Twitter daily about how unfair everything is to him, and had a bone spur that kept him out of a real war.
This is Trump, and everyone knows it. This is how he intends to defend himself.
The breaking news increases the seriousness of the matter exponentially, because in one sense, it makes far too much sense. After all, if one impeaches Trump for extorting Ukraine, and Pence did the same thing, one must impeach Pence, too, right? But that feeds the “coup” narrative. If Democrats attempt to impeach both, it means the Senate MUST acquit them, lest they have “President Pelosi.”
Such an elegant move made well ahead of time, near screams that someone “smart” is behind all this, someone far smarter than Trump. It also means they knew the Ukraine extortion was grossly illegal all along.
This is Trump’s defense, and it was uglier today than yesterday, which was uglier than the day before …
The Pence aspect opens an entire new element to this entire scandal, and who knows what it all means.
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