WHY???

Today, Donald Trump is in the process of attempting to bribe two election officials from Michigan to override the voice of We the People in that state.  This is treason, it is illegal, and if these two election officials take the bait and rescind their certification of Joe Biden as winner in the State of Michigan, they should be arrested, charged, prosecuted, and imprisoned for the rest of their lives.  And if he succeeds in bribing these two to lie, cheat and steal, who will be next?  The election officials in Georgia?  Pennsylvania?  Wisconsin?  If he can convince election officials in any three of those states to lie, to override the will of the people, he might just manage to stay in office, against the will of the people and to the detriment of the entire world.  And WHY???   He has never been fit for the office of the president, has never cared one whit about the people of this country, so why the hell is he so damn determined to lie, cheat and steal to stay in office?  The following column by Bill Press may answer that question.


Get the orange jumpsuit ready: Extra-large!

bill-pressBy Bill Press

Everybody knows it’s crazy. But nobody can figure out why he’s doing it. Even Donald Trump knows Joe Biden won. But nobody can figure out why Trump, more than two weeks after the election, still insists he won, refuses to concede, and is doing everything he can to overturn the election results.

Speculation abounds. His ego can’t accept defeat. He thinks Rudy Giuliani can actually pull this off. He’s trying to rev up his base for the January 5 Senate run-off in Georgia. Or he’s laying the groundwork to run for president in 2024.

Interesting theories, but they’re all wrong. There’s only one reason Donald Trump’s so desperate to stay in the White House: because he knows it’s the only way he can stay out of prison. Once Joe Biden takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2021, Trump’s open to prosecution for all the crimes he’s committed, both before and after becoming president. And it’s a long list.

Roll the tape. In a telephone call, Trump tried to bribe Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky into opening an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. The fact that Trump’s Republican friends in the Senate chose not to convict him doesn’t change anything. It’s still a federal crime.

Read the report. The Mueller Report details multiple occasions in which Trump tried to obstruct justice by undermining an ongoing Justice Department investigation. The fact that Trump’s bootlicker attorney general chose not to indict him doesn’t change a thing. It’s still a federal crime for which he can and should still be held responsible.

Check the record. Every day, Trump’s profiteering from the presidency at his golf courses, office buildings, condos and hotels. By accepting money from foreign governments, he’s in direct violation of the Emoluments Clause. Trump’s lease on his Washington hotel is illegal under rules of the General Services Administration. Again, the fact that Attorney General Barr chose not to prosecute doesn’t change anything. They’re still against the law.

And, speaking of federal crimes, what about standing on the sidelines and doing nothing while 11 million Americans are infected with COVID-19 and 250,000 have died from it? Indeed, he’s making matters worse by deliberately downplaying the disease, telling people not to wear a mask, and holding his own super-spreader events. Trump lied, and thousands of people died. If that’s not a crime, I don’t know what is.

Some argue that Trump will never face federal charges because he could resign the presidency and be pardoned by Mike Pence. That’s true. Like Gerald Ford did for Richard Nixon, Pence could give a blanket pardon to Donald Trump – but for federal crimes only. That would not absolve Trump from prosecution for criminal activity at the state level.

Starting with sexual harassment. Since the ’70s, 26 women have accused Donald Trump of “unwanted sexual contact.” Two lawsuits by women against Donald Trump are actively making their way in New York state courts: one by E. Jean Carroll, who accuses Trump of raping her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman; a second by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, suing Trump for defamation for accusing her of lying about his sexual abuse.

Even more serious is the investigation underway by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance into Trump’s financial dealings, including illegal campaign payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and tax and bank fraud, as revealed by Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, where Trump inflated his net worth in seeking loans from banks, yet deflated it when paying taxes. Most ominously, courts recently gave Vance access to Trump’s tax returns.

Both at the federal and state level, in other words, Trump’s in deep criminal doo-doo. He’s headed for the slammer. The only real question is whether President-elect Biden will allow his Justice Department to go there. It’s eerily reminiscent of 2009, when Barack Obama decided not to pursue George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes – because, he said, it was important to move forward and not focus on the past.

And what happened? Donald Trump concluded you could do whatever you wanted as president, no matter how illegal, and still get away with it. We can’t make that mistake again. As Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) noted this week, failure to prosecute Trump would “embolden criminality by our national leaders.”

Trump doesn’t deserve to walk out of the White House a free man. He deserves to be behind bars. And not just him, the whole Trump gang: Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, Jared, and Rudy Giuliani.

26 thoughts on “WHY???

  1. Jill, Senator Mitt Romney said it well yesterday when he noted this was the most undemocratic thing he has ever seen a sitting president do. Senator Ben Sasse added a key thought – the attorneys for Trump are not saying there was wide-scale fraud in court, as lying to a judge is a crime. Yet, his niece Mary forewarned us two weeks ago – her uncle will burn it all down to avoid losing.

    The next time someone tells you have how tough Trump is, remind them of his petulance and not being able to accept losing. I can hear his thought pattern – saying you lost is for losers. False bravado is not toughness. It is the original fake news.

    Let me close with the oft stated words of Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney and fixer said under oath, the the GOP Congress folks chose to ignore and discount. “Donald Trump is a racist, he s a con-artist and he is a cheat.” Keith

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    • Yes, Romney and a couple of others have said it’s time for him to act like a man and accept his loss, but every single republican in Congress should be doing so, and instead the rest are complicit in their silence. The damage he is being allowed to do is unconscionable.

      The few who have tried to tell me he is ‘tough’ have found themselves victims of my scornful laughter! He’s a wuss who cannot even take mild criticism.

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      • Jill, I have posted thank you notes on Republican Senators Romney, Sasse and Alexander for their political courage. Mark Shields said something telling on PBS Newshour Friday night. The Sunday show “Meet the Press” invited all 53 Republican Senators to join them for an interview last Sunday. Usually, Senators are itching for the chance to be on the show. Not one of the Senators agreed to come on.

        My wife said something pertinent about Trump this morning. She said he should be embarrassed, but the sad fact is he does not know he should be. That is telling. Keith

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  2. I think he only thing he missed as avoiding the massive debt that’s due to be repaid this year. Around 100m I think. When he finally goes he’ll head of to the nearest airport before anyone can speak to him. Funny the news that Donald Jnr tested positive. How nice if he suffers in hospital like soo many others.
    Cwtch

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    • If I recall, it’s around $400 million. But then, if his wealth is as he has claimed, then that should be but a drop in the bucket, eh? I had the same thought about Junior, only worse. But, he will likely get the same high-level treatment his father got (perhaps even at our expense) and will be just fine. Frankly, I wish he and his girlfriend Kimberly what’s-her-name, would both … well, you know. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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    • I expect his loony followers to be causing havoc in the streets on 20 January when Joe Biden is sworn in, for I’m hearing that they refuse to accept his win. Funny, though … they have to have their guns wherever they go … tells me they are cowards.

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  3. So that’s why he can’t pull a Nixon! I was wondering about that. I had assumed that a Presidential pardon covered everything, after President Carter’s pardon got Patty Hearst out of jail (after some years, I think). So she had been federally prosecuted, but not at any state level?

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    • Right … a presidential pardon is only valid for federal crimes. Patty Hearst’s crimes … bank robbery and use of a firearm during a felony … were federal crimes for which she served 22 months and could have served as much as 35 years. Her lawyers even tried to take the case to the Supreme Court, but the Court refused to hear it.

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  4. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻For speaking the truth, something which even those against him and his cronies are often so fearful of doing. That is what enables them. You have to stand for something and be ready to defend your right.

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    • It would surely be a blockbuster!!! It’s true what they say, that “Truth is stranger than fiction”. I never could have imagined these last four years, and especially these last three weeks. I’m exhausted by it all.

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