If there’s one thing I’ll give Republicans credit for, it’s that they’re masters of creating distractions and pushing propaganda. These frauds managed to stretch the 2012 Benghazi attack into nearly 4-years of “investigations,” while spinning Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State into one of the biggest “scandals” in American history.
However, as we all know, both of these “massive scandals” turned out to be a whole lot of nothing. Multiple Republican-led investigations concluded that there was fault on all sides, including the GOP-controlled Congress, prior to the Benghazi attack and that all the preposterous conspiracies conservatives had been pushing about the attack were complete nonsense. Meanwhile, Clinton’s use of a private email server, while a huge mistake and definitely worthy of ridicule for making such a piss-poor decision, was ultimately determined not to be a criminal act.
Now the GOP has turned its attention on trying to undermine the on-going investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign concerning whether or not he tried to obstruct justice, his campaign colluded with Russia, or he possibly committed any other criminal acts on the way to becoming “president.”
Their latest attempt to do this involves a “memo” that’s really nothing more than a piece of propaganda written by staunch Trump defender Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). A “memo” that’s been criticized by the Department of Justice and the FBI as highly misleading, inaccurate, and blatantly omitting key details to perpetuate a narrative that isn’t true.
Based on what we know thus far, the memo is designed to make it appear as if U.S. intelligence agencies have been conducting illegal surveillance of Trump and his campaign based on nothing more than political bias. Apparently, Christopher Steele had told an FBI agent that he didn’t want to see Trump get elected, and we already know of a few other people who apparently felt the same. As I said before, this is nothing new — Justice Department employees are allowed to have political viewpoints, and there are certainly several who have pro-Trump viewpoints as well. The key is making sure their private political views don’t interfere with the job they’re doing, and there’s no evidence that happened. The FISA warrant for Carter Page was signed off on by a judge who was convinced there was more than enough evidence to allow it — and by the way, Page was under surveillance as a suspected foreign agent long before the Steele dossier came into play.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how baseless this entire Republican attack on our rule of law is.
Day after day, Trump, many members of his own party, and the majority of the conservative media have been working hard to convince their sheepish followers that there’s some grand conspiracy involving U.S. intelligence, and apparently even this “president’s” own Justice Department, working as part of some “deep state” to remove him from office. While it’s completely absurd, sadly, millions of Americans are buying into this lunacy.
Despite this intense campaign to discredit U.S. intelligence, I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed that, as NBC News’ Chuck Todd recently pointed out, these folks aren’t trying to discredit the facts and evidence against Trump and his campaign — just those discovering and reporting about it.
They’re not trying to defend the four people linked to Trump’s campaign who’ve been indicted by the FBI. In fact, based on Trump’s own words, he’s tried to distance himself from and attack the character of both Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, two men who’ve pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contact with Russians.
If you really look at the vast majority of what these individuals on the right-wing are saying, it’s almost entirely directed at the sources of the evidence being found against Trump, his family, and his campaign — not the actual evidence.
I remember when the Clinton campaign’s hacked emails were being released, Republicans said it didn’t matter how that information was discovered, but that people were finding out the truth — essentially claiming that the ends justified the means. They said the means by which these emails were obtained, even if through an illegal cyber attack, didn’t negate the truth about what we were learning. Of course, I haven’t heard a single one of them claim that the Trump campaign’s emails should be released as well, “in the interest of the public learning the truth.”
As I’ve said for a while now, Republicans know Trump’s guilty, which is exactly why they’re pushing conspiracies against the FBI. It’s all they really have left.
But, hey, if I’m wrong, then let me issue this simple challenge: Stop attacking the media, Robert Mueller, the FBI, the DOJ, or any U.S. intelligence agency and start debunking the actual evidence being found and reported by these folks.
If this is really all just a “conspiracy against Trump” then the evidence being found must certainly be “fake,” thus easy to disprove, right?
Well, then this challenge should be easy.
So, stop spending all of your time obsessing about conspiracies and simply focus on debunking the evidence they’ve found against Trump, his family, and his associates. Prove that Flynn and Papadopoulos were “framed” and that Manafort and Gates are innocent. Prove that Trump has no business ties to Russia. Prove that the meeting his son had with Russians in June 2016 was about adoptions. Put Trump, his son, and everyone else accused of possible collusion under oath, publicly, to testify and “prove their innocence.”
After all, if Trump, his family, and members of his campaign are all innocent as you folks claim, then all of that should be simple.
But the truth is, innocent people don’t need to lash out at their accusers, push conspiracies, or hide from testifying under oath about their supposed innocence — that’s what guilty people do.