Every day I check the news and I continually see stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails (as if they haven’t been discussed enough) and the ongoing asinine conspiracies about her health that are so ridiculous I’m still struggling with the reality that I’m seeing this foolishness discussed on major cable news networks.
There really are times where I have to remind myself that this is all happening and I’m not stuck watching some long skit from Saturday Night Live.
Meanwhile, while Donald Trump’s antics are often discussed, there’s not enough importance being placed on a lot of what I’m seeing.
Take for instance two huge stories that broke on Thursday concerning Trump’s now former campaign manager Paul Manafort being directly linked to a pro-Russian lobbyist group in Ukraine that was trying to influence American policy, and one of his foreign policy advisers being linked to anti-semitic remarks, including allegedly downplaying the horrific events of the Holocaust.
Here’s the tweet from the AP concerning Manafort’s involvement with pro-Russian lobbying groups in Ukraine:
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) August 18, 2016
The AP also reports:
The lobbying included attempts to gain positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. Another goal: undercutting American public sympathy for the imprisoned rival of Ukraine’s then-president. At the time, European and American leaders were pressuring Ukraine to free her.
Mind you, this report comes on the heels of:
- Security experts saying it’s very likely that the Russian government was behind the hack of the DNC.
- Trump removing anti-Russian language from the GOP’s platform during the convention last month.
- Several anti-NATO comments Trump has made during his campaign, which plays right into the hands of Vladimir Putin.
- Manafort also being linked to undisclosed foreign lobbying.
- A well-documented history of praise about one another between Trump and Putin.
We have a presidential candidate for a major party with extensive ties to Russia, including his former campaign chairman who has now been linked to Russian interests that directly undermined American policy.
Republicans are obsessing over stupid emails and making up conspiracies about Clinton’s health; meanwhile, their candidate has so many ties to Russia that I’m shocked he’s not running to be their president.
Then we have one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers being accused of horrific anti-Semitism.
According to Talking Points Memo:
After working for the federal government, Joseph E. Schmitz worked as an executive at Blackwater Worldwide and now works as a private practice attorney in Washington. He was named as an adviser to Trump’s campaign in March.
In a complaint file obtained by McClatchy, senior intelligence official Daniel Meyer wrote of Schmitz, “His summary of his tenure’s achievement reported as ‘…I fired the Jews.’” Meyer, who worked in the Pentagon inspector general’s office, cited another Pentagon official, John Crane, as the source and witness to Schmitz’s alleged remark.
Crane reported Schmitz also made remarks casting doubt on the Holocaust, Meyer wrote in the complaint, which is now before the Merit Systems Protection Board.
“In his final days, he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews,” Meyer wrote.
Naturally, Schmitz denies these allegations. And, to be fair, they could be false.
However, Trump’s campaign has been linked to so much racism, bigotry and vile attacks against minority groups that when something like this pops up, it doesn’t seem all that far-fetched. After all, we are witnessing a Republican presidential candidate who’s being openly embraced by white supremacy groups.
I think it’s also important to point out that, as TPM reported, Schmitz is the son of John G. Schmitz, someone who was once recruited by the American Independent Party to run against Richard Nixon. For those of you who might not know, the American Independent Party is a radical right-wing party that’s often been linked to racism, once having staunch segregationist George Wallace as its presidential candidate. They’ve also embraced Donald Trump as “their candidate” for the 2016 election. Then, as a congressman, Schmitz’s father wrote the foreword and endorsed a book that was extremely anti-Semitic.
In any other election year, days like Thursday would have likely ended a presidential campaign. Hell, in 2012, Mitt Romney’s campaign was basically “ended” when the infamous “47 percent” video leaked. In 2016, something linked to Trump or his campaign that’s much worse than anything Romney did in 2012 happens nearly every day — and his supporters couldn’t care less.
Make no mistake about it, these two stories would end most any other politician’s career. Yet, because of the type of people who support Trump, they’ll likely only support him more while claiming it’s all a liberal media conspiracy against him.
As I’ve said repeatedly this past year, I’m absolutely ashamed that Donald Trump and those supporting him are allowed to represent this country in any way, shape or form.