Trump & his minions want to create mass deception like what has defined other dictatorial fascist regimes, which so far they’ve been remarkable successful at befuddling their base. We have to wonder whether Trumpeters are really that naive to believe these blatant lies? Or do they cheer on the lies because to them it’s their guy fighting back? It’s either one or the other. We can’t so much worry about the mental midgets out there who won’t accept facts even if it hit them square in the face. But if we’re vigilant on spreading these truths based on evidence & reality, thinking people will see this spygate fiasco for what it is, another trumpian-echo concocted ridiculous preposterous nonsensical outrageous bullshit rubbish lying conspiracy theory. They can also come to know that nothing Trump or his pundits or allies or echo say can be trusted.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Thursday tore into President Trump for his repeated claim that a spy surveilled his campaign for political purposes. Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, rattled off a series of false claims Trump has made as president. He told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the latest claim about surveillance is not “spygate,” as the president has dubbed it, but rather “liegate.” “The president said that there was wiretapping at Trump Tower. That was false. He said there was an unmasking conspiracy. That was false. He said that there [were] political spies embedded in his campaign. That is false,” Schiff said. “This isn’t spygate, but it is a form of liegate,” he added. He noted the president’s tendency to share information without providing specific sources. “Whenever you hear that preface — ‘people are saying’ or ‘we’ve been told’ — the American people should know by now that what follows is going to be another false statement,” Schiff said. Schiff’s comments come after Trump has spent several days in a row claiming, without evidence, that an FBI informant was embedded in his campaign for political reasons. Trump has branded his claim “spygate,” and said it could prove a bigger political scandal than Watergate.
One must keep in mind that President Trump’s conspiracy theories are not even well-devised conspiracies. They hardly pass the straight-face test. (If the FBI wanted Hillary Clinton to win, why was the FBI’s Russian interference investigation kept secret and Clinton’s email investigation shouted from the rooftops?) Moreover, after the tiniest bit of investigative work, the Trump conspiraciesfall apart. The unmasking conspiracy, the wiretapping conspiracy, the “dossier started the Russia investigation,” the “FBI lied to the FISA court” scandal and the “implanted spy” theory enticed Sean Hannity and the rest of the Trump cult (not to mention some “respectable” conservative pundits), but they quickly were disproved. Trump is usually forced to retreat with excuses such as “I was only asking questions.” Of course, the fanciful allegations are always made up; they are figments of Trump’s imagination, part of a deliberate scheme to disrupt an investigation.
The danger for Trump invariably comes when the investigation he demands comes back debunking his outrageous claim. In the unmasking, the wiretapping, the dossier and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act non-scandals, as soon as anyone bothered to get the facts, it become evident even to Trump enablers that the story was a hoax. When the Democrats released their memo about the warrant application to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’s cut-and-paste memo was thoroughly discredited. Trump’s conspiracy theories only work before someone examines them. (It would behoove the media to stop treating these allegations as plausible and to remind readers/viewers that each and every one of these has disintegrated upon contact with reality.)
The same is true of the implanted-spy nonsense. Trump blew it by demanding a briefing for his congressional cronies. Republicans were forced to let Democrats in and, of course, they all learned there was no there, there. After the meeting Democrats confirmed that there was no support for the spy-in-the-campaign theory. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Republicans have gotten all the help they needed, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he was satisfied with both the special prosecutor’s and the inspector general’s investigations. The silence from Trump’s GOP House cohorts was deafening.
In short, Trump trampled on the bright line that has be drawn to prevent the White House from politicizing and corrupting ongoing enforcement and investigative actions. But the press, Democrats and lawyers saw him do it and raised a rumpus. In the end, he would up defusing his own made-up scandal. Nunes and company will have a much harder time sustaining this conspiracy theory. Look for them to find a new one soon. Even worse for Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani essentially confessed that this was a scheme to get information for Trump’s defense. If they didn’t get what they wanted about a secret source in a case involving Trump, there would be no interview! Call it attempted obstruction with a drop of extortion.
Intelligence analysts caution that there’s little public evidence so far to back up Trump’s explosive arguments about what happened. “Accusations that the FBI was ‘spying’ on the Trump campaign — rather than spying on foreign spies, which is its job — erase the important distinctions between counterintelligence and criminal investigations,” Asha Rangappa
Why He Attacks Press
President Trump told a confidant this week that he aimed “to brand” an FBI informant on his campaign a “spy” because he thought it sounded more nefarious, according to The Associated Press. Trump reportedly told one ally that he thought these embellishments would produce a greater response among media and the public. The president has seized on reports of the informant, claiming that the former Cambridge University professor had been “embedded” in his campaign by the FBI under the Obama administration, though the White House has provided no supporting evidence.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) took aim at President Trump on Wednesday, saying the president has “debased” the office with his “bottomless appetite for destruction and degradation.” “Our presidency has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division, and only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works” Flake said in a commencement address to Harvard Law School graduates, according to prewritten remarks. “Our Article I branch of government, the Congress (that’s me), is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily,” Flake continued. The Republican senator went on to say that the country’s strongest enemies could not hurt the U.S. more than “we are hurting ourselves,” concluding that “we may have hit bottom.”
Flake also criticized Trump for his continuing attacks on the media and what he views to be the president’s willingness to indulge and encourage “our very worst impulses.” “When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that does not suit him ‘fake news,’ it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press,” Flake said. Flake said his criticism of the president makes him no less Republican; instead, he called it an act of patriotic loyalty. The senator, who has gone after Trump in a number of recent speeches, has voted in line with Trump 84 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight — one of the lowest percentages for Senate Republicans. “My sounding this alarm against the government that was elected, under the Republican banner, and that calls itself conservative, makes me no less Republican or conservative,” Flake said. “And opposing the president and much of what he stands for is not an act of apostasy. It is, rather, an act of fidelity.”
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If the world experiences a slow, relatively peaceful transition away from U.S. hegemony, then the subsequent global order just might maintain some of the liberal international institutions that still represent the best of American values. If, by contrast, the golden-shower diplomacy of Donald Trump continues, while the Chinese and Russian versions of hegemony only gain strength, then we will likely witness a harsher world order based on autocracy, Realpolitik, and commercial domination, with scant attention to human rights, women’s rights, or the rule of law. At this critical turning point in world history, the choice is still, to a surprising degree, ours to make. But not for long.