In my opinion, a big story folks should be talking more about is how guilty Donald Trump is behaving concerning these allegations about colluding with Russia. People with nothing to hide do not act how he’s behaved. I’m not a psychologist, nor do I have any sort of a medical degree, but you don’t need to be an expert on human behavior to tell that Trump’s not only acting like someone who’s guilty of … something, but that he’s absolutely terrified of people finding out the truth.
1. He keeps pushing the idea that all of this is just a “witch hunt” or a “hoax” when there’s a legitimate investigation dating back months that proves it’s not: Trump’s go-to propaganda for a lot of this has been this idea that all these allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia are nothing more than “FAKE NEWS!” being pushed by Democrats and the media because he “won” last November.
Except, as we learned when FBI Director James Comey made his statements to Congress, there are active investigations into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials that date back to last July. How can this all be based on sour grapes when these investigations date back to months before the 2016 election when most people really didn’t think he could “win”?
Plus, obviously, this isn’t all a “hoax” or a “witch hunt” considering there are legitimate active investigations looking into all of this. Typically, innocent people don’t try to undermine the reality of certain events unless there’s a reason they want people to doubt the authenticity or credibility surrounding them. Which is obviously what Trump’s been trying to do.
2. His continued attempt to tie Hillary Clinton and her campaign to Russia: He continues to tweet and bring up the right-wing conspiracy surrounding the “selling of uranium” by the U.S. to Russia while Clinton was Secretary of State, supposed ties John Podesta has to a Russian business, and even a speech Bill Clinton gave for a Russian bank.
Politifact went through several of these tweets and soundly debunked them as pretty much pure nonsense.
To summarize the truth about those events:
- The uranium deal involved nine different federal agencies signing off Russia’s purchase (Clinton had very little to do with it) of Canada-based Uranium One. Because this is a regular procedure for approving international purchases that could impact national security (such as uranium), it required approval of these agencies. Also, even though Uranium One operates within several U.S. states, it cannot export material from the United States to Russia.
- Podesta was on the board of Joule Unlimited, an alternative fuel company based in Massachusetts. Shortly after Podesta joined the board, Anatoly Chubais, chairman of Russia-backed RUSANO, also became a board member. Meaning that all Podesta did was serve on the same board with the chairman of a Russian investment firm — for an American company.
- Yes, Bill Clinton gave a speech for a Russian investment bank, Renaissance Capital. He also gave a speech in Hong Kong paid for by a Swedish communications company and a speech in the Netherlands paid for by a Dutch finance corporation. As Politifact pointed out, Renaissance Capital has invited people such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Secretary of State Colin Powell to speak at events, as well.
Innocent people don’t usually try to deflect attention away from themselves by pushing ridiculous conspiracies — guilty people do. Donald Trump’s social media rants sound much more like the ramblings of his supporters trying to convince themselves that all this reality isn’t true more than it does a “president” who truly has nothing to hide.
3. He still won’t release his tax returns: This one is simple and doesn’t need much of an explanation. Many of these allegations against Trump center around Vladimir Putin potentially having financial leverage he’s using to blackmail him or potential conflicts of interests he might have tied to Russia. If none of that’s true, then all Trump would have to do is release his tax returns and prove it — but he won’t. Furthermore, he continues to lie about why he won’t release them. Once again, innocent people don’t tend to conceal information that could prove their innocence and they certainly don’t lie about why they’re concealing it.
4. Even with all this coming at him, he still refuses to say anything negative about Russia or Vladimir Putin: Common sense dictates that if Putin doesn’t have anything on Trump, yet people continue to insist that his odd “bromance” with the Russian president is a sign that something seems to be going on, he would at least publicly fake some sort of “outraged condemnation” of something Russia-related, right? Even if Trump’s being absolutely sincere about his desire to “improve relations with Russia,” at some point it stands to reason that he should realize that goal isn’t worth plummeting approval numbers and the continued appearance that his refusal to condemn Putin is tied to treason.
However, just an inexplicable as it is that he won’t release his tax returns that he claims won’t reveal any sort of unethical behavior, he still staunchly refuses to say anything negative about Russia or Vladimir Putin. I’m sorry Trump supporters, but that only fans the flames of the allegations that the reason why he won’t is because he’s being blackmailed by Putin and fears doing so could come back to haunt him.
5. He essentially ignored Comey’s public confirmation that his campaign is under investigation for colluding with Russian officials: When FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed that Trump’s campaign is part of an active, on-going investigation dating back to well before Election Day, that was a huge deal. That was official confirmation that the current “President” of the United States is under investigation for possibly committing treason by colluding with a foreign enemy that attacked us. Yet, based on the reaction by Trump and his administration, you’d think Comey never confirmed this.
There was almost no official reaction to it.
In my opinion, if Trump’s innocent, then they should have publicly said they were glad there were investigations looking into all of this that will vindicate his innocence. If I’m being accused of something like treason, and I was innocent, I’d damn sure want investigations taking place so I could rightfully point to them and say to my critics, “See, I told you all these allegations were b.s., and here’s my proof.”
Like I pointed out earlier about his tweets, Trump’s acting as if Comey never confirmed the existence of these legitimate investigations. He’s still calling these Russian allegations a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” led by Democrats and the media, when they’re very real and they’re being investigated by U.S. intelligence agencies, and congressional oversight — not a political party.
There are more I could have listed, but I’ll cut it off there.