You know what? God help me, but I believe Lev Parnas. Not about everything, oh, no. But if you watched the two nights of Rachel Maddow’s interview with Parnas, he came across as nothing but believable.
There were several reasons for this, at least for me. For one, he seemed at rest, sitting back with hands crossed, comfortable in his own skin, yet leaning forward earnestly when he wanted to make a point. Also, he was self deprecating. His line on night one of Why would these people in the Ukraine government want to talk to me? Because they were ordered to, was a perfect explanation as to why he could move so easily in and out. And also, so much of what he said could be backed up, not only with data and documents that he provided, but also it was buttressed by documents and testimony that had already been produced by others.
But when I watched part two of Rachel’s interview with Parnas last night, I was suddenly struck with an almost overwhelming feeling of deja vu. For the second time in just over a year, I was listening to a man who was considered a privileged insider, moving freely throughout the shadowy world of all things Trump, and for the second time in a year, he was spilling the beans.
I am speaking of course, about Michael Cohen. When you put aside the surface differences of the different scandals that they spoke of, the similarities of their testimony is striking. Both men, while speaking of radically different subjects, nonetheless came together on many common points. And those points will be the eventual downfall of Trump, whether through impeachment, or after he leaves office.
Both men spoke at length about a feeling of community, and sense of purpose when working with and for Trump, although they used different examples. Parnas spoke of his time with Trump as being a part of a cult, in which the feeling of the invincibility of Trump made everybody work towards the common goal of his vision. Cohen compared his life with Trump as more of a mob family mentality, The Boss didn’t have to give actual orders for his underlings to know what was wanted and expected for them.
Both men spoke of Trump’s tendency to be hands on, and to micro manage, Parnas spoke at length of Trump’s multiple attempts to fire Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, only to be frustrated by his inability to get it done. Cohen provided an audio tape of Trump getting down into the weeds on the payments to McDougle and Daniels, gong so far as to debate the benefits of a cash payment.
Both men spoke about Trump’s rampant stupidity. Cohen was able to give to the House committee checks signed personally by both Donald Trump as well as Donald Trump Jr in repayment for Cohen’s hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. And Parnas And Parnas was able to provide proof of Trump’s latest personal lawyer, Rudy Ghouliani, talking over a speaker phone to confirm that Parnas was speaking officially as a representative of the President of the United States.
And both men showed the blatant, and almost flagrant stupidity that is going to land His Lowness in prison for the rest of his days, once he leaves office. Trump felt that as long as he kept no printed record of his moronic double dealings, as long as he made no audio tapes of his conversations, as long as he couldn’t understand and decipher the math, nobody else would be able to either. And yet, both Parnas and Cohen were able to provide voluminous mountains of evidence of all of their underhanded dealings with Trump.
This has been a long and winding road, with a multitude of players, and many convolutions. And yet, when you take a moment to just sit back, clear your head for a moment, and free associate, you’ll find that what Snake Plissken said in Escape From New York is true, The more things change, the more they stay the same.
To know the future, look to the past. before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen