Remember the 2016 presidential election? Who could forget, right? Remember all the hullaballoo about Hillary Clinton’s emails, which as it turned out, was a non-starter, for while she had used poor judgment in using a private server, there was no huge leak of classified information as the Trump campaign had hoped.
Now it is another presidential election year, four years later, and the two candidates are former Vice-President Joe Biden, and once again, Donald Trump. You may notice that I did not mention Hillary Clinton, for she is not running for president this year. And yet, according to yesterday’s New York Times …
Trump forced the State Department on Friday to commit to releasing at least some of Hillary Clinton’s emails before next month’s election, resurrecting a four-year-old issue in hopes that it would prove as helpful to his political prospects as it was when he defeated her in 2016.
WTF??? What in the Sam Hell is wrong with the bit of grey matter that resides in Donald Trump’s head? HILLARY CLINTON IS NOT RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT IN 2020! Do I make myself clear? It isn’t rocket science! What it is, I strongly suspect, is an attempt to energize his rabid base who, in 2016, took great pleasure in demonizing Hillary Clinton, screeching “Lock her up!” at every rally.
Whatever is or is not in Hillary’s emails is irrelevant at this point, and Trump’s base wouldn’t understand what they were reading if they even bothered to read them. It’s not about the actual emails, but rather about the perception that Hillary did something wrong.
But it doesn’t even end with that bit of lunacy! He also attempted to coerce Attorney General William Barr to prosecute his opponent Joe Biden as well as President Barack Obama! The Times article continues …
He publicly badgered Mr. Barr this week to indict Democrats connected to the original investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties to Mr. Trump’s campaign, naming specifically Mr. Biden and former President Barack Obama. But Mr. Barr has told Republicans and others that he planned no major moves in his re-examination of the Russia investigation before Election Day.
Yo Republicans!!! You folks didn’t elect a president in 2016, you elected … and continue to support … a mentally deranged maniac! Wake up and take your heads out of your arses before you doom us to a fate worse than death!
Beyond his public comments, the president has also conveyed to Mr. Barr, directly and through surrogates, that he wanted “scalps,” according to two government officials familiar with the conversations.
While Mr. Barr defied the president’s desire for pre-election action, Mr. Pompeo bowed to Mr. Trump’s wishes a day after he publicly chastised the secretary of state for not cooperating. Mr. Pompeo told Fox News that he would release at least some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails from when she was secretary of state and using a private server.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he fires William Barr over this. Both the release of Hillary’s emails and the attempt to force an indictment of Biden, Obama and others appear to me designed to draw the public attention away from the pandemic, the thing that has brought him to his knees in more ways than one. An animal caught in a trap will go so far as to chew off its own foot in order to free himself. Need I say more?
Yesterday, Jeff and I told you how the United States has lost respect in the eyes of the world. Is it any wonder, given this latest batch of pure, unadulterated bullshit? The saddest part is that some 40% of the people in this country are genuinely too uneducated, too self-focused (and I’m being kind here) to understand what they have done: they have created a monster who has neither intelligence nor a conscience, and who would destroy the world if he thought it would boost him in some way.