Sold Downriver

Paul Ryan, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Bob Corker, Tim Scott, John Kasich, Newt Gingrich … what do these men have in common?  Two things:  they are all republicans and they have all spoken out against Trump’s behaviour in yesterday’s meeting/summit with Vladimir Putin.  Surprised?  So was I, but it is a testament to just how abominable Trump’s actions/words actually were.  Perhaps more surprising yet is that even his state-news network, Fox News, disagreed with his handling of this meeting:

“There is a growing consensus across the land tonight … that the president threw the United States under the bus.” — Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts.

“No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus.” – Abby Huntsman, Fox News Channel host and daughter of Trump’s ambassador to Russia, John Huntsman

Some republicans in and out of Congress who routinely lick his boots were appalled:

“There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia.” – Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan

“One of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” – Senator John McCain

“This is bizarre and flat-out wrong. The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.” – Senator Ben Sasse

“I have said a number of times, I’ll say it again: The Russians are not our friends. And I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community.” – Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell

“I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.” – Senator Jeff Flake

“It’s depressing, really unlike anything we’ve seen in my lifetime. A president of the United States saying, ‘You know, I kind of believe a former KGB agent over our intelligence community.’ This is a sad day.” – Ohio Governor, John Kasich

“When he had the opportunity to defend our intelligence agencies who work for him, I was very disappointed and saddened with the equivalency that he gave between them and what Putin was saying. The president’s comments made us look as a nation more like a pushover and I was disappointed in that.” – Senator Bob Corker

“It’s certainly not helpful for the President to express doubt about the conclusions of his own team. He has assembled a first-rate intelligence team handled by Dan Coats and I would hope that he would take their analysis over the predictable denials of President Putin.” – Senator Susan Collins

“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s defense of Putin against the intelligence agencies of the U.S. & his suggestion of moral equivalence between the U.S. and Russia. Russia poses a grave threat to our national security.” – Representative Liz Cheney

“The President’s summit in Helsinki today should have been an attempt at confronting Russian aggression, hacking, and election interference. Russia is not a friend or ally. As Americans, we stand up for our interests and values abroad; but I fear today was a step backwards.” – Senator Tim Scott

“President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.” – Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich

“I’ve seen the Russian intelligence manipulate many people many people in my career, and I never would have thought the US President would be one of them.” – Representative and former CIA officer, Will Hurd

“The American people deserve the truth, & to disregard the legitimacy of our intelligence officials is a disservice to the men & women who serve this country. It’s time to wake up & face reality. #Putin is not our friend; he’s an enemy to our freedom.” – Representative Adam Kinzinger

Needless to say, democrats were outraged, but that was to be expected.  I am only slightly encouraged by the above comments, all by republican sycophants, for the proof will be in the pudding.  Are they disturbed enough to act, or are they only paying lip service to an enraged public?  And speaking of the public, what about Trump’s ignoble followers?  Are they angered at all, or are they still cheering?  Do they even understand the ramifications of his actions, his words?   Do they understand that We the People have been sold downriver?

55 thoughts on “Sold Downriver

  1. I wish I could say I was surprised at Trump, but I am not. He did pretty much exactly what I was expecting him to. I’ll just be referring to the country as Amerika now. As for the rest of them, not surprised Kasich would come out against Trump, that’s actually somewhat typical for him to do. The rest? Yeah, bunch of scum sucking toadies hoping not to lose their seats.

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    • I knew he would behave poorly, for he always does when let out of his playpen. But even I did not expect this! I was so … incensed that I became ill over it. You are right about the bunch of republicans in Congress … they may say he was wrong, but they will not act. That is why it is so imperative that we all get out and vote in November, for this may truly be our last chance to salvage what’s left of our country and begin to turn some things around. And Welcome, Cherilyn!!!

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      • Thanks, and yeah I just wonder if we will ever be able to recover from this. I mean for the most part we probably could, but I wonder if this Administration REALLY opened our collective eyes up to some things we really would have preferred stayed under their rocks so to speak.


  2. Words fall easily from the lips, putting words into action takes courage. Most of these Republicans fear the cost to themselves and will not go beyond words. “The fool who has not sense to discriminate between what is good and what is bad is well nigh as dangerous as the man who does discriminate and yet chooses bad.”- Theodore Roosevelt. The GOP Congress is filled with fools such as these! Thank-you!

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    • If you are not a follower of On The Fence Voters, please consider reading this evenings piece titled “Disaster Summit”. It quite eloquently states what my feeble attempt above barely grazed upon. Thank-you!

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      • Thank you for the heads-up on that one! I do follow that blog, but as with all others, I rarely get time to visit it, and so would certainly have missed this one. With the author’s permission, I will be re-blogging it tomorrow! Thanks!


  3. Jill, I am still stunned after yesterday. It was far worse than I ever imagined. Putin was buoyant as he took the podium and he spoke with for twenty minutes as Trump stood there taking it. This was a true disaster, but the whole trip has been less than helpful to the US’ reputation.

    If anyone of his followers worked for a boss who denigrates your work, lies most of the time, demeans you, then throws you under the bus rather than backing you, the subordinate would be looking for a new job pretty quickly.


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    • I know exactly what you mean, Keith. I knew it wouldn’t be good, but his actions/words knocked the breath out of me and literally made me ill. Between the NATO fiasco, his horrible trip to the UK, and now Helsinki, I really believe we must not allow him to leave the country again! He is going to destroy every bit of our international image. We were the laughingstock of the world when he was first elected, but now we are fast becoming the pariah.

      You are right, and frankly I don’t see how he has managed to keep any of his staff. They must think they stand to gain something. His followers — who, by the way, support him as much today as they did last week — I have concluded, have such narrow vision that they truly do not see nor understand what he has done.


      • Jill, I agree. My guess is fewer leaders will invite him. They will come here instead to avoid his the toxic exposure in their own country. If you set aside all the other stuff, insulting your host and then airing domestic issues are two huge no-no’s. Keith

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      • Well they got him. They’re stuck with him….unless any of them can come up with a legalistic version of ‘Julius Caesar’….or ‘House of Cards’…the UK version…..he’d be ideal fodder for the Francis Urqhart character,

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                    • Thanks Jill.
                      Yeh going to work some of it out on a second blog ‘Raging From The Lectern’….Things which have to be said.
                      y’know how it goes 😉

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                    • Oh yes, I know exactly how it goes. I keep wondering if somehow I can sue Trump for the dark bags under my eyes, and maybe for a new laptop, since I have slapped mine around a few times of late. Sigh. Hang in, my friend. I like the title of your new blog, by the way!

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                    • Of course you can out of sheer cussedness live and keep on to outlive the ignorant flabster and then you can literally have the last laugh.
                      Happened with Thatcher in many areas of the UK. If I outlive Norman Lamont when I hear the news I shall be sure to say ‘It’s a Price Worth Paying’ (his heartless quote when he was chancellor and condemned many folk to penury)

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                    • I Googled your Mr. Lamont and his comment, for context. Yes, a real piece of work, as we say over here. I certainly hope to have the last laugh where the flabster is concerned. He and his may kill me yet, though, as I found out today that my insulin is being held at the U.S.-Canadian border by Customs & Border Patrol for reasons unknown! It was due to have arrived here last Wednesday! It’s a plot, I tell ya! 🕵️

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                    • Me too!!! I ran completely out yesterday, but having a nurse in the family helps, for she was able to convince a local pharmacist to give me an emergency supply. I contacted the Canadian pharmacy and they are trying to figure out what’s going on and get the shipment released. Not only is it my life on the line, but that’s $513 worth of insulin! Needless to say, I have had a few choice words to say. 😤

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                    • The Canadian pharmacy got in touch today and said that, while they have no authority over CBP, they did receive a promise that my insulin would be released today. Now, I will believe it when the mail truck pulls up to my house. I’m considering a letter to a few members of Congress, for I am still hopping mad over this! David thinks it is because of the tariffs and that they are checking packages more closely for smuggled goods. Likely he is right, but they ought to draw the line at packages that are plainly labeled RX. Grrrrrrrr ….

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  4. This could be the turning point for our Republican congress people. trump has been so badly tainted that any association with him will spell doom in the mid-terms. But what did they talk about in the infamous 2 hours? I think it would be worthwhile to put trump under oath and demand an accounting.

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    • I wouldn’t count on much to change in Congress at the moment, for his supporters are applauding his behaviour in Helsinki. And putting Trump under oath? Why bother, since he would lie just as he always does. He has broken the oath he took on January 20th, 2017 so many times that I’ve lost count! Sigh.

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  5. Dear Jill,

    The republicans in the US Congress are giving lip service to how outraged they are over President Trump’s performance yesterday in Helsinki. They need to act. I am calling and tweeting mostly US House republicans on the House Judiciary Committee and on the Oversight Committee to ask them, Are they on Team America or Team Putin? Are they going to stop their attacks on the “rule of law,” the DOJ, and the FBI?

    They could take a stand on those tariffs against our neighbors and allies. We are at a point where no one can take for granted that President Trump is acting in the best interests of the USA.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I have sent email to the Congressmen in my state, and after a bit plan to tweet others as well. As I was just telling David, I find this morning that Trump’s followers haven’t changed their mind one bit and are cheering his behaviour in Helsinki, defending him vociferously. As long as they are in support of his actions, I don’t look for Congress to step up to the plate anymore than they have been doing. Funny that … I always thought the prez and Congress were elected to represent ALL the people, not just the 40% who fawn over them?

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  6. It would either take a very dim person or one that just didn’t care what happens to miss the point of what has happened and who’s fault it is. Anyone who truly loves their country will be outraged by this performance and be wondering why their President gave the OK for foreign nationals to interfere in the election process.
    It would be unthinkable from my viewpoint for those dissatisfied Republicans not to be talking impeachment about now and before they’re tarred with the same brush.

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    • Wanting to get the opinion of the “man on the street” this morning, I purposely trolled about a bit on Facebook to see what was being said. I couldn’t stay there long, for I was disgusted and sickened to see that at least half the commenters were pleased with Trump’s actions & words, supported him fully in calling the Mueller investigation a witch hunt and were glad he didn’t press Putin regarding the interference in the 2016 election. They were AVID in their praise for the way Trump handled it and looking forward to an U.S.-Russia alliance. So, apparently we have a large number of people who are both dim and also fail to care about the people of this country outside their own little minds. They do not understand and don’t care about global relations. And as long as the people think like that, Congress is going to be in no hurry to act. Sigh.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Are they disturbed enough to act, or are they only paying lip service to an enraged public? And speaking of the public, what about Trump’s ignoble followers? Are they angered at all, or are they still cheering? Do they even understand the ramifications of his actions, his words? Do they understand that We the People have been sold downriver?’

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  8. No. His supporters still worship him. It’s every one else who’s got it wrong. They are a cult. They’d drink sulfuric acid for Trump if he asked them to. I do not think Trump will be able to brush this awful act off, however. Combine it with his, “let’s put babies behind bars” actions, and enough is here to hurt him and repukelicans in elections–that is if the Russians haven’t electronically rigged our system so that every vote goes to repukes and Trump. That could very well be what tRump was privately talking about with his handler, Putin.

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    • I fully expect Russian interference, and additional moves to disenfranchise the poor and minorities. In fact, last month Congress refused to order new district maps in heavily gerrymandered states, and upheld strict voter ID laws that hurt the poor & minorities the most. And then, there is the problem of getting people to actually vote! But if we can overcome those hurdles, perhaps we can have a Congress with a bit of a conscience next year? Fingers crossed … actually, fingers glued together with SuperGlue.

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  9. I agree with Hugh. They say just enough to make us think they’re beginning to see the light, but in truth it’s empty words for most of them and most are complicit.

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    • Yep … I strongly suspect they were merely paying lip-service, knowing that we have a short attention span and they hue-and-cry will likely die down within a week or so. I don’t expect to see any legislative action to put the brakes on this ‘man’, or better yet, to remove him from our midst.

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