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    This is not a column about whether Donald Trump is a quisling ó a politician who serves the interests of foreign masters at his own countryís expense. Any reasonable doubts about that reality were put to rest by the events of the past few days, when he defended Russia while attacking our closest allies.

    We donít know Trumpís motivation. Is it blackmail? Bribery? Or just a generalized sympathy for autocrats and hatred for democracy? And we may never find out: If he shuts down the Mueller investigation and Republicans retain control of Congress, the cover-up may hold indefinitely. But his actions tell the story.


    As I said, however, this isnít a column about Trump. It is, instead, about the people who are enabling his betrayal of America: the inner circle of officials and media personalities who are willing to back him up whatever he says or does, and the wider set of politicians ó basically the entire Republican delegation in Congress ó who have the power and constitutional obligation to stop what heís doing, but wonít lift a finger in Americaís defense.

    Itís important to understand that the fight Trump is picking with our allies isnít about any real conflict of interest ó because they are not, in fact, doing the things he accuses them of doing. No, Canada and Europe arenít imposing ďmassive tariffsĒ on U.S. goods: A vast majority of U.S. exports enter Canada tariff-free, and the average European tariff is only 3 percent. These are simple facts, not disputable issues.

    So Trump is justifying his attempt to destroy the Western alliance by accusing our allies of misdeeds that exist only in his imagination.

    The same thing may be said about his claim that Canadaís Justin Trudeau somehow betrayed him and undermined the Group of 7 summit meeting. In reality, Trudeauís remarks at the end of the conference were restrained and conventional, simply asserting ó as any normal leader would ó that he would defend his nationís interests. The Trump rage-tweet that followed was responding to an insult that, like those ďmassive tariffs,Ē exists only in his imagination.

    But thatís Trump, a man whose presidency has been marked by around seven false statements per day in office. What about his officials?

    Well, they have been acting like the courtiers in the old story about the emperorís new clothes. (The emperorís new hairpiece?) If the boss says something whose falsity is obvious to anyone with eyes to see, theyíll claim to believe his version.

    So Larry Kudlow, the administrationís chief economist (actually ďeconomist,Ē but thatís another story) went on TV to declare that Trudeau ďstabbed us in the back.Ē Peter Navarro, the administrationís chief trade expert (ďexpertĒ) went even further, repeating the stab-in-the-back line and declaring that Trudeau faces a ďspecial place in hell.Ē

    Remember when people used to imagine that Trump would be restrained by officials who would put some check on his worst impulses? Maybe that happened for a few months, but at this point heís entirely surrounded by sycophants who will tell him whatever he wants to hear.

    Still, America isnít a monarchy ó not yet, anyway. Congress has the power to check a president who seems to be betraying his oath of office. It can even remove him; but short of impeachment, there are many ways members of Congress could act to constrain Trump and limit the damage heís doing.

    But Congress is controlled by Republicans. And their response to a president whose actions are manifestly not just un-American but anti-American has been Ö a few sad tweets from a handful of senators who are unhappy about Trumpís behavior but not willing to do anything real. Most Republicans havenít even gone that far: Theyíre just silent.

    Why are Republican politicians unwilling to discharge their constitutional responsibilities? Relatively few of them, one suspects, actually want a trade war, let alone a breakup of the Western alliance. And many of them, one also suspects, are well aware that a de facto foreign agent sits in the Oval Office. But they are immobilized by a combination of venality and cowardice.

    On one side, tax cuts for the rich have become the overriding priority for the modern G.O.P., and Trump is giving them that, so theyíre willing to let everything else slide.

    On the other side, the partyís base really does love Trump, not for his policies, but for the performative cruelty he exhibits toward racial minorities and the way he sticks his thumb in the eyes of ďelites.Ē So any Republican politician who takes a stand on behalf of what we used to think were fundamental American values is at high risk of losing his or her next primary. And as far as we can tell, there is not a single elected Republican willing to take that risk, no matter what Trump does.

    What all this tells us is that the problem facing America runs much deeper than Trumpís personal awfulness. One of our two major parties appears to be hopelessly, irredeemably corrupt. And unless that party not only loses this yearís election but begins losing on a regular basis, America as we know it is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudzuForBrains View Post
    This is not a column about whether Donald Trump is a quisling — a politician who serves the interests of foreign masters at his own country’s expense.
    Paul Krugman? Seriously???

    This is the definition of a quisling:

    Obama open mic slip: 'After my election I have more flexibility' to bend over for him.


    Quote Originally Posted by kudzuForBrains View Post
    Any reasonable doubts about that reality were put to rest by the events of the past few days, when he defended Russia while attacking our closest allies.
    It is painfully stupid and false to say that Trump "defended Russia" and "attacked" our allies. Why do liberals have to lie all of the time? Is it too much to ask that they stick with facts and reality?

    But I get it; when your ideology is built upon massive lies, one has to lie to defend them. It is ironic that liberals are too stupid to remember what their last lie was.
    Page 173 V I: Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.


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    And many of them, one also suspects, are well aware that a de facto foreign agent sits in the Oval Office.


    Kyiv post? actually it's NYTimes Paul Krugman ( the one that claimed Trump would wreck the economy)
    this isn't even fake news. it's political garbage for the TDS crowd

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    Yeah, the US is doing so horribly lately. I mean unemployment near historical lows, wages increasing, inflation under control, GDP growth picking up steam... the HORRORS

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    A REAL QUISLING in action:

    Obama Apologizes to Muslims, Karzai, Guatemala, Europe... But Won't Apologize For Romney Smears


    quisling
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    a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.
    Page 173 V I: Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.


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    Quote Originally Posted by noise View Post


    Kyiv post? actually it's NYTimes Paul Krugman ( the one that claimed Trump would wreck the economy)
    this isn't even fake news. it's political garbage for the TDS crowd
    ^Gets it.
    Page 173 V I: Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfreak View Post
    Yeah, the US is doing so horribly lately. I mean unemployment near historical lows, wages increasing, inflation under control, GDP growth picking up steam... the HORRORS
    ^Also gets it.
    Page 173 V I: Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfreak View Post
    Yeah, the US is doing so horribly lately. I mean unemployment near historical lows, wages increasing, inflation under control, GDP growth picking up steam... the HORRORS
    All items that are merely continuing on the trajectory that Obama left trump. He hasn't done anything for the economy. Check the graphs. no jump from trump.

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    A REAL QUISLING in action:

    Obama Tells Europe US Arrogant


    quisling
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    a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.
    Page 173 V I: Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.


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    A REAL QUISLING in action:

    Obama's Apologies


    quisling
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOTHINGberger View Post
    All items that are merely continuing on the trajectory that Obama left trump. He hasn't done anything for the economy. Check the graphs. no jump from trump.
    TDS:

    WARNING…….Trump Derangement Syndrome.…….WARNING!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordberg View Post
    All items that are merely continuing on the trajectory that Obama left trump. He hasn't done anything for the economy. Check the graphs. no jump from trump.
    LMAO... TDS is strong with you

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    Quote Originally Posted by noise View Post


    Kyiv post? actually it's NYTimes Paul Krugman ( the one that claimed Trump would wreck the economy)
    this isn't even fake news. it's political garbage for the TDS crowd
    "Itís important to understand that the fight Trump is picking with our allies isnít about any real conflict of interest ó because they are not, in fact, doing the things he accuses them of doing.

    No, Canada and Europe arenít imposing ďmassive tariffsĒ on U.S. goods: A vast majority of U.S. exports enter Canada tariff-free, and the average European tariff is only 3 percent. These are simple facts, not disputable issues.

    So Trump is justifying his attempt to destroy the Western alliance by accusing our allies of misdeeds that exist only in his imagination."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordberg View Post
    All items that are merely continuing on the trajectory that Obama left trump. He hasn't done anything for the economy. Check the graphs. no jump from trump.
    Also... unemployment the last three months under Obama... 4.6, 4.7, 4.8 ... going up. not down.

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    A REAL QUISLING in action:

    Obama apologizes for Koran burning


    quisling
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    a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist.
    Page 173 V I: Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.


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