You ever wonder if Trump could go back in time and change his approach to running for President, he would? Like, would he go out of his way to avoid attempting making business transactions with Russia? Avoid paying off women for his affairs? Would he avoid the headache of the Presidency altogether? Despite his virtual inability to public admit it, he has to have some semblance of an understanding that history is not going to look back favorably at his time as the head of state. I think at this point, we already realize that he’s going to be that darker chapter in our history that sits alongside the massacre of Native Americans and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War 2. It will be that one time when America flirted with the idea of fascism. Trump may have an insane ego, and he may honestly believe he has some kind of unparalleled genius, but I have to think, even if he’d only admit it to himself in his most private of moments, that his hindsight on his missteps haunts him.
So, the midterms have come and gone, and the big story, pretty obviously, was flipping of the House of Representatives. The Democrats now hold the majority, which, if we’re honest, was probably the best we could have hoped for. But honestly, for me, the more entertaining news came the morning after. Donald Trump tends to go a little train-wreck-y during press conferences, which is always fun to watch, but this time…It was something a little more. I don’t know how to place it, because Donald Trump doesn’t have normal, human reactions to things. His temper was short, and the totality of his bluster was just lots of shouting about how things were basically totally fine. He really went to town on Jim Acosta, and then called a black, female, journalist from PBS, by the name of Yamiche Alcindor, a racist for asking about the empowering effect to White Supremacists of Trump referring to himself as a nationalist. He talked about war stances and threatened everyone under the sun who might possibly investigate him. He was pretty clearly having a moment of reflection at the worst possible time, and I think he came to some troubling realizations. Also, no one seems to have told Trump that the House basically has carte blanche to ask for any tax returns they want. So yeah. It’s been an interesting week.
The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court was problematic, and left a bad taste in a lot of mouths. Christine Blasey Ford has been dragged through the mud in the name of pushing through a temperamental partisan Republican mouthpiece, who even if he was innocent, proved by his behavior and his blatant lies that he was unfit to sit on the bench of the highest court of the land. So of course, leave it to Donald Trump to continue to mean spiritedly rub salt in the wound. Because of course he couldn’t just let it happen. He had to make a big show of the swearing in, and then, on behalf of the country, apologize for the treatment of Kavanaugh. I’m sorry, but he certainly doesn’t speak for me in that apology. And I would argue that he doesn’t speak for most Americans. Indeed, I’m pretty sure most Americans who have been paying attention don’t think he was treated harshly enough for his infantile behavior. The softball investigation by the FBI, with it’s overly limited scope was an embarrassment and a total miscarriage of justice. So no, Don. You don’t speak on behalf of America. And seeing as you don’t apologize for anything in general, I don’t know that you were speaking on behalf of anyone.
I honestly would have been shocked had Brett Kavanaugh NOT been confirmed. Seriously, it would have blown my mind. The GOP was just too gung ho about getting this done. Having a conservative majority directing the course of legal discourse for the foreseeable future was just too important. That said, there was hope of some Republican holdouts. Unfortunately, that amounted to one of them (Lisa Murkowski from my state, Alaska) basically just no voting, which helped no one, and another, Susan Collins, giving a long diatribe that betrayed decades of principles on her part. Susan Collins fancies herself something a champion for women, yet the day before the confirmation vote, she went on a rant that was tantamount to victim blaming. She attacked Christine Blasey Ford’s recollection, and suggested that she was less reliable than Brett Kavanaugh, a man who lied right to her face. And let’s not mince words: He lied. Provably so. He lied and handed the Senate proof of his lies while doing it. And the fact that he did and the Republicans didn’t seem to care, showed me that no FBI investigation, no matter how impressive the scale allowed, would have stopped this confirmation from moving forward. So, Justice Brett Kavanaugh is moving forward as the most disliked Supreme Court Justice at confirmation, and Susan Collins moves forward as a hypocrite that no one with any sense will ever take seriously again.
So I was born just late enough to be on the cusp of ironically enjoying the idea of making something “Facebook official”. The term, if you’re not familiar, presumes that once something is cemented on Facebook, namely relationship statuses, that it is Officially official. Because as we all know, life is the most real when it’s lived through our social media. Now I point out all of this to say, I think Michael Cohen has OFFICIALLY washed his hands of Donald Trump. Not because of interviews and announcements regarding his Investigation cooperation, but because he dropped his title of “Personal Attorney to Donald J. Trump” from his Facebook profile. Making it Facebook official must have been quite the blow to the Social Media conscious POTUS. Then again, I’m sure in few days we’ll be hearing that Michael Cohen didn’t’ know anything, that he barely knew Trump, and that he never worked on anything significant for Trump.
I might be going crazy, but did Sean Hannity just try to tamper with witnesses in an ongoing federal investigation? I mean, he literally went on the air, and told anyone who was a witness in the investigation that before they hand over their phones to Mueller, that they should methodically (and he was alarmingly specific about what he thinks they should do) destroy the data on their phones, before physically destroying the actual phones, then hand THAT over to Mueller. Considering that Paul Manafort is under the gun for Witness Tampering, I’d have thought other Trump associates would be working a bit harder to keep themselves off that particular radar, yet here Hannity is, trying to outsmart the feds. But it appears even the brilliant mind of Sean Hannity can’t recall every method of getting past the long reach of the Feds.
Trump is shaking things up with his legal team. He’s brought on an old White House bulldog of a lawyer, Emmet Flood, who could potentially be quite a benefit to the Trump legal team. So to balance out that intelligent move, he made a crazy, possibly suicidal move to really keep us all on our toes, by bringing on Rudy Giuliani as well. I know that Giuliani has a good reputation during his time as mayor in New York, but in recent years, the man has kind of gone off the rails. Naturally, the first thing he does as soon as he’s appointed is to go on Sean Hannity to torpedo Trump’s cases. Among the fun things revealed in that interview, he said that Trump did in fact reimburse Michael Cohen for his $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Despite his backtracking immediately after that statement, there is no way that revelation, or any of the others that Giuliani continues to unleash off the cuff, could benefit Trump’s position. I think it’s time for Rudy to officially retire from being the crazy old Republican bullhorn.
So the New York Time released a possible list of questions that Mueller reportedly gave Trump’s legal team. Now of course, that situation has created a firestorm of stories and questions. Who leaked the list? Why? Who aims to benefit? How many tweets was Trump going to devote to it? How many times would he say “Collusion” or “Witch Hunt”? But what has been noted is the phrasing behind the question. Their design seem intended to appeal to Trump’s love of explaining things as opposed to short, succinct, yes or no answers. Now, critics of the investigation say that the point of these questions is to catch Trump in a lie. I say any question, no matter how it’s phrased, is likely to have that happen, because the man publicly lies, on average, 5 times a day, and that’s not hyperbole. The funny thing is, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump went and answered these questions anyway, because all the people around him are almost certainly telling him not to, and Trump a) doesn’t like being told what to do, and b) thinks he’s too intelligent to be tricked. Gotta love his confidence, right?
Jeff Sessions is not recusing himself from the Michael Cohen fiasco, because of course he isn’t. While many might say there is no distinction between the Cohen investigation and the Russia Investigation, I think it’s fair to categorize them mostly differently. Though I get the feeling that Sessions isn’t thinking so above the board in his reasoning. I’m pretty sure he’s just looking to keep his job. I think everyone realizes that if he had recused himself from yet another investigation that centers around his boss, that he’d be fired so hard and so quick that all that would be left are Session’s Keebler elf ears. Is there a conflict of interest when it comes to being objective about a legal investigation of the man who can fire you?
So Michael Cohen may prove to be quite a thorn in the President’s side. The fact of the matter is that Cohen has been seen as Trump’s “fixer” for about 20 years now, and what he might know, and what he has probably done in the name of protecting Trump…I mean we can’t even begin to guess. Trump will admit he was no boyscout, and in the process of trying to figure out how Cohen relates to the bigger picture of Trump and Russia, the rabbit hole of questionable or illegal activity…well it could be damning. Trump has to be sweating over this pretty hard.