aside Wall Street Journal’s Analysis Of The White House Under The Trump Administration

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“We the people” who are part of the resistance have been saying this for awhile, that whatever the anti-Clinton voters felt were her flaws, that the republican President Donald Trump magnifies those same faults 1000 times. If you think that Mrs. Clinton was not truthful, the president is much worse.

It you thought that the democratic presidential candidate had a problem with possibly exposing sensitive data to be collected by unfriendly foreign nations while she was secretary of state by her usage of a private server, there is President Trump hand delivering top level classified data, directly to Russia. Heck, I am genuinely concerned that US Congress representatives on the hill are aiding and abiding a Russian asset in the White House. And before those on the right say that this assertion is going to far and is not fair, I ask them to reflect and think of just one instance where the president has done anything towards Russia that is counter to my charge.

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If the Clinton haters were worried about her possibly bending policy decisions in favor of those who made financial donations to the Clinton’s charitable foundation, the president puts her to shame in scope in this area.

Bur where is the same contempt and outrage they showed the Clinton family, being directed towards the president’s administration. Overall, the silence from the republican legislators has been deafening. To say that republican activists who railed against Mrs. Clinton with chants like “lock her up,” are being hypocritical is a huuuge understatement.

Well now it looks like the conservative Wall Street Journal’ Editorial Board is taking a similar critical eye to the machinations of the Trump White House. The problem with the Editorial Board’s recommendation is, that it only works if it is not true that the president and his team did not coordinate with Russian operatives to win the presidency.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On July 17, 2017 of the Wall Street Journal posted the following opinion piece, “The Trumps and the Truth.

Excerpts:

“Even Donald Trump might agree that a major reason he won the 2016 election is because voters couldn’t abide Hillary Clinton’s legacy of scandal, deception and stonewalling. Yet on the story of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, Mr. Trump and his family are repeating the mistakes that doomed Mrs. Clinton.”

“That’s the lesson the Trumps should draw from the fiasco over Don Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Russians peddling dirt on Mrs. Clinton. First Don Jr. let news of the meeting leak without getting ahead of it. Then the White House tried to explain it away as a “nothingburger” that focused on adoptions from Russia.”

“When that was exposed as incomplete, Don Jr. released his emails that showed the Russian lure about Mrs. Clinton and Don Jr. all excited—“I love it.” Oh, and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Beltway bagman Paul Manafort were also at the meeting. Don Jr. told Sean Hannity this was the full story. But then news leaked that a Russian-American lobbyist was also at the meeting.”

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MUELLER”Even if the ultimate truth of this tale is merely that Don Jr. is a political dunce who took a meeting that went nowhere—the best case—the Trumps made it appear as if they have something to hide. They have created the appearance of a conspiracy that on the evidence Don Jr. lacks the wit to concoct. And they handed their opponents another of the swords that by now could arm a Roman legion.”

“Don’t you get it? Special counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating the Russia story. Everything that is potentially damaging to the Trumps will come out, one way or another. Denouncing leaks as “fake news” won’t wash as a counter-strategy beyond the President’s base, as Mr. Trump’s latest 36% approval rating shows.”

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“Mr. Trump seems to realize he has a problem because the White House has announced the hiring of white-collar Washington lawyer Ty Cobb to manage its Russia defense. He’ll presumably supersede the White House counsel, whom Mr. Trump ignores, and NY outside counsel Marc Kasowitz, who is out of his political depth.”

“Mr. Cobb has an opening to change the Trump strategy to one with the best chance of saving his Presidency: radical transparency. Release everything to the public ahead of the inevitable leaks. Mr. Cobb and his team should tell every Trump family member, campaign operative and White House aide to disclose every detail that might be relevant to the Russian investigations.”

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“That means every meeting with any Russian or any American with Russian business ties. Every phone call or email. And every Trump business relationship with Russians going back years. This should include every relevant part of Mr. Trump’s tax returns, which the President will resist but Mr. Mueller is sure to seek anyway.”

“Then release it all to the public. Whatever short-term political damage this might cause couldn’t be worse than the death by a thousand cuts of selective leaks, often out of context, from political opponents in Congress or the special counsel’s office. If there really is nothing to the Russia collusion allegations, transparency will prove it. Americans will give Mr. Trump credit for trusting their ability to make a fair judgment. Pre-emptive disclosure is the only chance to contain the political harm from future revelations.”

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This is the opposite of the Clinton stonewall strategy, which should be instructive. That strategy saved Bill Clinton’s Presidency in the 1990s at a fearsome price and only because the media and Democrats in Congress rallied behind him. Mr. Trump can’t count on the same from Republicans and most of the media want him run out of office.”

“If Mr. Trump’s approval rating stays under 40% into next year, Republicans will begin to separate themselves from an unpopular President in a (probably forlorn) attempt to save their majorities in Congress. If Democrats win the House, the investigations into every aspect of the Trump business empire, the 2016 campaign and the Administration will multiply. Impeachment will be a constant undercurrent if not an active threat. His supporters will become demoralized.”

“Mr. Trump will probably ignore this advice. Had he replaced James Comey at the FBI shortly after taking office in January, for example, he might not now have a special counsel threatening him and his family.”

“Mr. Trump somehow seems to believe that his outsize personality and social-media following make him larger than the Presidency. He’s wrong. He and his family seem oblivious to the brutal realities of Washington politics. Those realities will destroy Mr. Trump, his family and their business reputation unless they change their strategy toward the Russia probe. They don’t have much more time to do it.”

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6 comments

    • Dear David Prosser,

      The good news here is that the Wall Street Journal caters to conservatives. If you read the comments at the end of its articles, most of the commentary will be from conservative/ republicans. So, for me when this newspaper is critical of the president, this is a good sign.

      Late at night when I am bored, sometimes I go and start a commentary war on one of its articles.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Great post, Gronda! I’m with David on this one … let them ‘stay the course’ until their ship finally hits an iceberg big enough to sink it! Like you, I am encouraged when publications that typically lean toward the right are becoming increasingly critical of Trump, as are many conservative pundits. There is hope.
    Hugs!!!

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