Sunday, December 18, 2016
Donald Trump and the Spectre of Treason
The only thing scarier than thinking about what Donald Trump might do to our neighbours, is thinking what he might do to the planet.
Because not only is he planning to torch it, by ending the war on climate change.
His foreign policy plans are as dangerous and as crazy as he is.
For that's a tweet he fired off early yesterday morning.
Which not only revealed him to be an illiterate, who can't spell "unprecedented."
But also seems needlessly provocative, considering what China already thinks of his threat to scrap the "One China" policy. And their already high state of alert.
Which makes this follow up tweet a few hours later, seem even more bizarre...
Especially since the Chinese were already preparing to return the drone.
And it can only make even more Americans question Trump's judgement. Or his foreign policy credentials.
David Friedman is a bankruptcy lawyer who believes the two-state solution is an “illusion,” Barack Obama is anti-Semitic, and that Israel has a legal right to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank — or else to annex the territory in its entirety.
Or his sanity.
As well as of course, question his loyalty to the United States.
Because now that we know what he got for Christmas...
Trump already has the spectre of treason hovering over his head.
A specter of treason hovers over Donald Trump. He has brought it on himself by dismissing a bipartisan call for an investigation of Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee as a “ridiculous” political attack on the legitimacy of his election as president.
By denigrating or seeking to prevent an investigation of the Russian cyberattack Trump is giving aid or comfort to an enemy of the United States, a crime that is enhanced if the fourth explanation applies — that he is in fact seeking to cover up his staff’s or his own involvement in or prior knowledge of the attack.
And is opening himself up to the charge of either being a traitor, or a Russian poodle.
Let’s be clear: This was an attack on America, less lethal than a missile but still profoundly damaging to our system. It’s not that Trump and Putin were colluding to steal an election. But if the C.I.A. is right, Russia apparently was trying to elect a president who would be not a puppet exactly but perhaps something of a lap dog — a Russian poodle.
And Trump's appointment of the Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his ambassador to Moscow only makes matters worse...
Whatever our personal politics, how can we possibly want to respond to Russia’s interference in our election by putting American foreign policy in the hands of a Putin friend?
And really what more can you say about about a President to be, and a government like that one?
It is a matter of survival. Progressives need to unite, form a mass resistance movement, and attack Trump like they never have before.
They should take a page out of the Republican handbook, start defining Trump as he tried to define Obama.
And start hitting him where it hurts...
Is he a poodle, or a traitor, or a maniac? Who knows? But in a post-truth world who cares?
In a society as paranoid as the U.S. just the spectre of treason hanging over him could do him enormous harm.
And only by deflating that deranged demagogue, by whatever means necessary.
Can we hope to save ourselves...