Friday, July 13, 2018


In the aftermath of Robert Mueller's indictment of twelve Russians on charges of hacking Democratic servers (as well one state board of elections) and disseminating the stolen information (to a congressional candidate in addition to Wikileaks), I can understand why Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would raise questions about the president's upcoming confab with Vladimir Putin:
“These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win,” Schumer said in his statement.

“President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Schumer added. “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent out a statement shortly after, saying that while Trump should still attend the summit, he “must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy.”
I assume they don't expect their advice to be heeded. I assume they know they're just laying down markers.

But what's up with these clowns?

Paid political analysts really believe there's a chance Trump won't meet with Putin? Seriously? Digby's absolutely right -- Trump will hug him the way he hugs U.S. flags, then he'll tell us that he asked Putin very nicely and Putin swore on his mother's grave that it's all fake news. And since no one in Trump's base is going to sit down and read the entire indictment (for Pete's sake, it's 29 pages long!), they'll just believe it's Deep State disinformation invented out of whole cloth. Seriously, pundits: How appalling does Trump's behavior have to be before you realize that appalling is the baseline, not the deviation?

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