The Unanswered Question
Okay, so there's one thing I don't even come close to understanding about Trump trying to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. It isn't that he's apparently so furious at Sessions recusing himself from any Russia-related investigations despite the fact that Trump and his team should have asked about that when they were interviewing him for the job. And it isn't that if Trump gets his ultimate wish to have Robert Mueller fired it will likely cause such outrage that it could not only lead to abuse of power impeachment charges and a crushing public reaction to the entire Republican Party. And it isn't that if Trump wants Sessions out of the job, why doesn't he simply fire him?
No, this is what I don't grasp in the slightest --
Trump is seemingly painting himself as utterly outraged that Sessions lied to the Senate about meetings he had with Russia and even further, showing Sessions as being so irresponsible as to have had secret meeting with Russian officials, both situations so egregious that Trump is pushing the premise that they are evidence that Sessions should resign.
And I get all that. I get that both of those situations are so egregious that Jeff Sessions should resign.
What I cannot figure out for the life of me is why Trump himself is pushing this line about Sessions and Sessions lying to the Senate and meeting with Russian officials -- the ONLY CONCEIVABLE REASON that he would be doing so was to have conspired with Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign!!! There is no other rational, believable reason for him to have done so. "He just wanted to contact Russia on his own for the pure heck of it" doesn't carry any "rational believable" weight. It barely carries any irrational unbelievable weight. Which is why the more Trump pushes this, the more he shines the light directly and brightly on himself!
I do not begin to get it.
But I'm okay with it.
7/26/2017 10:13:35 am
The whole thing is totally irrational. This can only hurt Trump, not help him. It will damage his relationship with conservative media, GOP leadership and most GOP members of Congress, Cabinet members and other members of his Administration. The related attacks on McCabe and Rosenstein are going to further damage his relationship with the FBI and the Justice Department. If Trump continues in this manner, he will eventually have no friends left (other than the know-nothings out there who continue to think he's doing a great job). Trump and his Administration are floundering, losing the respect of pretty much everyone in the political class, incapable of developing substantive policy, incapable of filling jobs in he Administration, ignorant of so many things the President and his staff should know. On top of that, the constant drip of leaks about Russia and his finances, and Trump's obsession with the Mueller investigation are undoubtedly causing many of his supporters to begin to suspect that there's some damaging information that's going to be uncovered--possibly criminal or impeachable actions. He is going to need all of the friends he can get, but that's not the direction this is going. The complete incompetence of Trump is just astonishing.
7/26/2017 05:49:47 pm
Don, thanks, it's always nice to know that I'm not alone in thinking this is unanswerably and inexplicable nuts... And yes, to all your other points. Particularly your last sentence.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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