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.”

9 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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