Who’s Sick And Tired Of President Trump’s Whataboutisms?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

I am believing that most Americans are sick and tired of having the republican President Donald Trump point fingers at others’ possible wrong doings whenever he has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Those of us who have raised children have confronted this situation when trying to correct a child’s behavior. I can recall admonishing my children for calling others by inappropriate names or bullying. If they dared tried to say well someone else did it as well, we’d all respond in a similar way. Because others do something wrong, does not mean that it is okay for them to do likewise.

The president has been using this tactic as a way to deflect from his own sins. The question is, when is enough, enough?

Here is the rest of the story….

On August 11, 2018, the Editorial Board of the Washington Post published the following opinion piece, “Don’t fall for Trump’s latest whataboutism”

Excerpts:

“PRESIDENT TRUMP tweets it repeatedly: Yes, there was collusion with Russia — except the real colluders were Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. The president was back at it again Thursday (8/9/18), quoting a conservative cable host’s assertion that “Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” This inflammatory argument may play well with the president’s supporters and others inclined to believe the worst about Ms. Clinton. But the claim that Ms. Clinton’s 2016 opposition- research activities were on the same moral or legal plane with the Trump team’s direct interactions with Russians represents a preposterous effort to confuse and distract.”

“Here is what the Trump team did: Senior campaign officials, including then-chairman Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, met in June 2016 with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected lawyer. They were told the lawyer could give them “very high level and sensitive information” on Ms. Clinton, as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

“Here is what the Clinton campaign did: It employed a U.S. law firm that hired a U.S. research outfit that brought in Christopher Steele, a British ex-spy, to gather information on Mr. Trump from his network of sources. That network included Russians.”

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent 
CHRISTOPHER STEELE /CREDIT: VICTORIA JONES/ PA

“For all of Mr. Trump’s efforts to muddy the waters, the two cases are decidedly different. There is no evidence of any direct meetings or even tenuous connections between Ms. Clinton’s senior staff and Russian operatives. When the information he was gathering on Mr. Trump seemed alarming, Mr. Steele informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his concerns. When the Russian government offered dirt on Mr. Trump’s opponent, his campaign didn’t alert authorities about this sketchy behavior. It eagerly took the meeting.”

“Mr. Trump’s whataboutism obscures the fundamental difference between engaging in opposition research that includes contacting foreign sources and lapping up information peddled by a foreign government. Mr. Steele, a well-regarded ex-spy, was acting as a compensated researcher with a specialty in Russia, not as a Kremlin cutout. He worked his network to deliver information to his client.”

“By contrast, Mr. Trump’s team opened itself to legal exposure when it took the unsolicited meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya. It is illegal for foreign governments to contribute — in a broad sense of the word — to U.S. political campaigns. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics,” Mr. Trump tweeted the other day. The efforts the president and others made to cover up the purpose of the meeting suggest otherwise. And the fact that the damaging information was not forthcoming, at least at that meeting, does not excuse the sordid fact of the meeting in the first instance.”

“One of Mr. Trump’s go-to defenses is insisting that others have done the things he is accused of, only worse. No matter how many times he tweets about Ms. Clinton’s supposed collusion, that doesn’t make it true, nor does it diminish legitimate concerns about his own campaign’s behavior.”

12 comments

  1. Yes, I think that all of us are sick to death of Trump and ALL his antics, particularly the one of deflecting blame to others when it is HE who is at fault. I’m equally sick of his supporters lapping it up as if every word he said was the absolute truth. And it’s not likely to end anytime soon, for he is getting what he wants … attention and loyalty from his ‘base’. I love the ‘Three men and a baby’ cartoon!!!
    Hugs!!!

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    • Dear Jill,

      I’ve been thing on this a lot. It seems that many/ NOT ALL of the president’s supporters are racists or Xenophobes. But these roaches have just come out in the limelight and are no longer in hiding. They think its safe under the current administration. Maybe this is not such a bad thing. I prefer to know what I’m dealing with and in the future, we can call out behaviors as they really are.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • On the one hand, I agree with you that it is better to know the enemy … to see him for what he is. On the other hand, these people promote violence and I see it as only a matter of time before they incite some fool to go on a shooting spree and lives will be lost. Sigh. Hugs, my friend!

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  2. Gronda, you are right this is s childish response. I think Sean Hannity, the President’s press agent, does it even more. Here is a retort that should be used – what about telling the truth more than you do not? That goes both for Trump (69% lying rate) and Hannity (51% lying rate). Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      What’s truly maddening, is that the president has been getting away with this habit of his, of pointing the finger elsewhere.

      It’s time he got called out on this more.

      But I like the retort, “what about telling the truth more than you do not?”

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      Let’s face it. President Trump is exceptionally skilled at the art of diversion. He juggles so many shiny balls in the air like the carnival juggler, where no one notices all the harmful policies which are being enacted.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Mr. Trump is President of the United States of America If he says it, it must be true. After all, we would never have voted for a liar. Or a sexual deviant. Or a thief. How would that make “us” look? No, Trump is God. He has to be….

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    • Dear Rawgod,

      Frankly, I’m sick of dealing with this toddler in the White House who is everything you said.and then a lot more.

      Any one who would order the forcible separation from their refugee parents, is the face of evil. It is legal for refugees to seek asylum in the USA.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  4. I am extremely sick of it. And the sad thing is,as a Canadian,I’m exposed to it almost as much as I would be if I was American due to coverage on our news channels. What makes me even madder is that he,his administration and his supporters hide from his outlandish and unacceptable behaviour by either continuing to deny any wrongdoing or to highlight his accomplishments. I won’t deny his economic prowess. But he cannot keep acting the way he does:

    -uses Twitter as a platform to insult and bully whoever it is he is mad at,including institutions that he is not supposed to be involved in
    -has threatened involvement in law enforcement,most likely so that he can influence the Russia probe
    -has been and is still campaigning despite the fact that he WON the election
    -has suggesting punishing and imprisoning his political rivals
    -has not distanced himself from his personal businesses as he was supposed to
    -has committed nepotism by putting his daughter and son in law in key White House positions
    -seeks to discredit a legitimate investigation
    -seeks to discredit media,especially when it does not portray him in a positive light(newflash:news still happens whether the media reports it or not!)
    -has fired various staffers for criticizing him while ranting on Twitter about others
    -has bragged openly on tape about groping women
    -alleged affairs with at least two women and may have fathered an illigitimate child with one
    -destroyed NAFTA(Question:does he actually have authority to do that?)and is trying to make it more beneficial to the US;Mexico insists Canada be brought back to the partnership,setup seems like the US wants the majority,if not all,of the benefits
    -thinks the country’s being “ripped off” and “treated unfairly” by others
    -placed tariffs on other countries due to this
    -has severely vetted immigration,including to those fleeing from war-torn countries and sexual assault
    -has separated innocent children from their parents for a period of months or years while parents are possibly deported;saw an incident on the news where a child did not recognize his mother after a four year separation;he was scared of her
    -embraces dictators as though they were next door neighbours
    -wanting to bring back coal mining(a dirty,dangerous industry)
    -repeatedly suggested his predecessor was not born in the United States
    -rolling back his predecessors’ regulations
    -eliminating environmental protection
    -trusting the words of a dictator rather than his own intelligence agencies
    -criticizes people for kneeling,not standing,in front of the flag despite the 1st Amendment
    -says he wants to make America safer,yet he will not do anything on gun control
    -says there were “good people on both sides”(or was it bad?I can’t remember)when speaking about the riots in Charlottesville and Neo-Nazis

    I’m sure there are more,but I can’t think of them at the moment. All I can say is,November can’t come soon enough,and I really hope the Democrats win back the House because I can’t stand this guy any longer. And the sad fact is,no matter where you are,no matter what you do,you can’t escape him.

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    • Dear Wingweaver 84,

      WELCOME!

      We here in the USA who are decent hardworking folks who are at least 60% of the US population are trapped in this cycle of craziness that we can’t escape. We have become very angry and despondent over this but we are fighting back.

      I just wrote the following comment is another post:

      A lot of our friends abroad have a hard time getting that you, me, Keith and many others have been well aware of for ages, everything that has been divulged in the Bob Woodward book, ‘Fear.’ The 9/5/18 NYT Anonymous op-ed piece has again confirmed all that we have already known for years.

      We are faced with a US Congress where republican mrmbers of the Republican Party rule because they have the majority of elected seats and thus, they carry the most power. These GOP members have refused to do their duty to protect all of us, including the American peoples and others abroad from the whims of an abusive, sick, impulsive, racist US president. They don’t care about us.

      They are more worried about holding on to power. They are covering for this mentally unstable figure living in the White House. In short, their jobs, their party loyalty takes precedent over doing what’s right for this country. They ALL HAVE BEEN FULLY AWARE ABOUT HIS SHORT COMINGS FOR MANY MONTHS BUT THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO DO VIRTUALLY NOTHING.

      Meanwhile, we who have any decency are left to push back any way we can. Those of us who have made the contacts via phone calls, emails, letters, letters to editors, protests, etc. can tell you that these GOP members don’t give a damn. They avoid us and they no longer conduct town-hall meetings to talk to their constituents. They are MIA.

      As beaten up as we feel, we are making sure that folks know how important it is for everyone who can vote, that they must vote in this upcoming 2018 November elections. This is the election of our lifetimes.

      Hugs, Gronda

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