Daily exposure to Donald Trump is like a form of nerve disease. His antics cause nerve endings to become calloused, from the sensibilities being outraged day in and day out. After a while you become numb. Be that as it may, the bombshell that dropped Friday, revealing that Trump was informed in March that Vladimir Putin had a bounty on American soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan and chose to do nothing about it, got through all the scar tissue and jolted Americans. This is the worst scandal that Trump has faced and that’s saying a mouthful.

Ted Lieu is an Air Force veteran.

Trump did indeed invite Putin to the G7. And in April, Trump and Putin “issued a rare joint statement” commemorating US and Russian forces linking up in Germany during World War II, saying it was “an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause,” according to Raw Story:

Two weeks later, in early May, he bragged about his efforts to forge closer ties with Russia to a gathering of Republican lawmakers, saying, “all of a sudden, we have this great friendship. And, by the way, getting along with Russia is a great thing, getting along with Putin and Russia is a great thing.” […]

There has long been speculation that Russia has some sort of kompromat on Trump. Mythical “pee tapes” aside, Trump has longstanding ties to the Russian mob dating back 30 years. Russian money poured into Trumpworld when no bank would give him a loan after his casinos went belly-up. Russian oligarchs and other members of the country’s elite have reportedly snatched up $100 million worth of his tacky properties in Florida alone. He made over $50 million on one “strange” real estate deal with Dmitry Rybolovlev, a billionaire oligarch. […]

If the Commander-in-Chief is continuing to do Russia’s bidding after being informed that they’re paying people to kill US soldiers because they could destroy him, or possibly land him in prison, that would at least be an act of self-preservation. The alternatives are pettier, and would show that not only can he be bought off, but that he can be had CHEAP.

It bears pausing here for a moment to reflect. This writer, Grant Stern, is connecting the facts that here Trump is saluting a cadet, whom he might well send to Afghanistan and his BFF Putin might well kill him — but Donald Trump didn’t connect those facts. Everywhere Trump goes as *president* and everything he does is just a photo op. He doesn’t understand the significance of any of it.

And Trump even spoke about West Point in photo op terms. He was “baking in the sun” “for hours” and he “saluted a thousand cadets. You know how hard that is?” and then of course the ten minute diatribe on the ramp, that sparked more than one satirical political video. Bottom line, Trump doesn’t care. He is in this job, not to do it, but to get the attention, and to grift. Five years ago when he ran, that was my read on it. In all this time I have seen no reason to alter that viewpoint, only confirmation that it’s correct.

Per usual, when you think Trump can’t go any lower, he proves you wrong and something more egregious yet blows up. I don’t even want to speculate what could bottom this. If the Mueller report and UkraineGate were the prelude to this outrage, I don’t want to even think about what this is the foreshadowing of.

 

 

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16 Comments on "Ted Lieu Leads the Charge As TRE45ON Trends Nationwide"

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Tin woman1
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Yes, he’s a traitor.

mae
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Like I always say Ursula, when we finally get a look under the hood…😲

blueman
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I have been screaming he was nothing but a filthy traitor for 4 years. Yet all I got was a bunch of bull shit from smart ass know it all lawyers on Dkos. Good God, he went to Russia in 87 and had secret meetings for two weeks then came back and started buying expensive ads slamming NATO. In addition he has had the Russians as a sugar daddy for decades as Ursula points out. Every one in this country knew in 2016 he was a traitor using Putin help. Why were Dems not hammering the fact that in the… Read more »
beadlady
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45 we know. We’ve always known. The KGGOP. We now know that too. Protect us from enemies foreign and domestic. The cake was baked for so many years. The icing was Helsinki.

Bareshark
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The only nitpick I have with that position, Blue, is that to be a traitor, you have to believe in the nation you’re backstabbing in the first place. Has THAT ever been Trump? This guy makes Kim Philby look as honourable as Ike.

anastasjoy
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Don’t you love the way the amateur lawyers on DailyKos nitpick things to death with 100-post digressions arguing about fine points? It makes me crazy!

gettin too old for this sh!t
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gettin too old for this sh!t

S’ok sweetie, you don’t have to say it, I hear ya and I feel ya. And I wouldn’t even do him those two traditional courtesies, either. My husband could tell you about my fantasies about calibers and scope ranges and…well, I better shut up too!

Scott Jackson
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Having this excrement running this country is like having ted Bundy run a summer camp for girls.

Bareshark
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Or Jeffrey Dahmer a school lunch program.

Bareshark
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I really wish I was more surprised than I am. But if you start from the position that all he cares about is himself, that makes ALL kinds of ugly things possible. I wonder if being bedazzled by the office of the Presidency and/or the USA’s place in the world since 1945 sometimes makes people overlook that position on Trump.

anastasjoy
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One correction: he went on about the ramp and water at West Point for more than fourteen minutes, not ten minutes.

I recently read a book that covered the administration of Andrew Johnson and several times I found myself thinking “Wow, he sounds like a more educated and knowledgable version of Donald Trump.” I especially liked the part about his rambling, incoherent two-hour speech (because he was drunk) and his saying “No one has suffered for the Union more than I have.” (The author remarked “Lincoln for one comes to mind.”)

Miranda
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I don’t know whether to cry or to scream. That god-damned, heartless, soulless, spineless, gutless, reckless, feckless, detestable, despicable, deplorable, dishonorable, cringing, cowering, creeping, crawling, verminous asshole. Plus a lot of other things I could say.

Meg Corrigan
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Miranda, your words inspire me! I was running out of things to call tRump….

Elizabeth
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Thank you Miranda, your descriptors make me feel better. Good job.
Glad I’m not alone.
It’s so nice to be in this space online among folks who detest him as much as I do. Right now I think even his photo would curdle milk. Flowers would certainly wilt and dogs would howl if he came in the room. Hell the smoke alarm might even go off.
Onward.

gettin too old for this sh!t
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gettin too old for this sh!t

Don’t hold back, Miranda. Tell us how you REALLY feel.

Rita
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Treason , What a piece of CRAP !