Donald Trump Is Acting Guilty As Hell
By Teddy Paige
At this point in the game, if you aren’t at least suspicious of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, you haven’t been paying attention.
The only person in the United States government that doesn’t think Russia tried to help Trump win in 2016 is Trump himself. Mitch McConnell believes it. Paul Ryan believes it. And of course, every intelligence organization we have believes it. To say the Russian-interference story is “fake news” is to deny the stove is hot.
And that’s exactly what Trump has been doing.
To deny this is a story, as Trump continues to do, makes him appear guilty as all hell. If Trump and his team were truly innocent, you’d expect his twitter feed to be filled with proclamations like “We are going to get to the bottom of this! I won’t rest until we know exactly how and why Russia tried to interfere, because I am your President, and only I can solve this, and I will grab Putin by the pussy and show him who’s really boss!”
Okay, so maybe not those exact words, but you get the point; if Trump had nothing to hide, he’d be supporting this investigation. A conclusion here would only work to legitimize his Presidency (assuming, of course, his team wasn’t colluding with Russia).
Instead, he denies, denies, denies and appears to be working his hardest to brush this story under the rug. Shit, three separate people have been fired that were responsible for investigating Russia’s impact on the 2016 election. That alone sets off alarm-bells, even if you disregard that Trump sounds like a toddler caught with his hand in the cookie jar anytime he’s asked a question that involves Russia.
Even if you take Trump’s words and actions out of the equation, there’s a lot of smoke for no fire. Jeff Sessions, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn…. even Jared Kushner and Eric Trump, for Christ’s sake… all have been found to have obvious (and sometimes illegal, in the case of Flynn) ties to Russia. There is no denying, as much as Trump wants to, that the people he has surround himself with have ties to Russia.
It’s possible, of course, that these are mere coincidences. That Sessions speaking to a Russian ambassador and then lying about it under oath had nothing to do with Trump. That Carter Page going to visit Russia during the campaign had nothing to do with Trump. That Flynn not being immediately fired when he lied about his conversations with Russia about sanctions (which is illegal) had nothing to do with Trump. That Jared Kushner lying about a meeting with Russian officials on his security forms had nothing to do with Trump. That Eric Trump saying all of their money came from Russia somehow, maybe, if you stare really closely, doesn’t have anything to do with Donald J. Trump. Maybe, maybe, maybe, these are all just coincidences, that Trump surrounds himself with people connected to Russia, but he himself is not connected in anyway.
But I doubt it.