In the latest chapter of “Helsinki Hath No Fury Like a President Scorned,” President Donald J. “Donnie Two Scoops” Trumpet has doubled-down on his Finnish performance and invited his BFF, Vladimir “Vladdie the Laddie, Rootin’ Tootin’” Putin to the White House.
Oh, sure, some 3-year-old Mexican kid gets locked up in a cage but hey, let team Putin waltz right in. Riddle me this: Who do you think is the bigger threat?
And why does he need to come? To discuss all the stuff they should’ve been discussing in Helsinki instead of getting their stories straight over election malfeasance?
Seems like Congress is finally getting tough about who said what to whom. Dems no longer in disarray want to subpoena American Russian interpreter Marina Gross to find out what the president knew and when he knew it. But it’s not clear that Congress has the Constitutional right to subpoena her.
Adding to the confusion, the Russkies were set to “interrogate” U.S. officials over sanctions against Russia in exchange for “help” on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trumpet now opposes such help. (Ya think?)
Meanwhile, alleged red sparrow (a spy who trades sex for information) Maria Butina has been arrested for trying to cozy up to the National Rifle Association.
Despite all this – or maybe because of it – the Trumpettes are out in force, bolstering their flagging man. False equivalences, fake news and whataboutism abound:
The economy is so good. (Higher taxes, troubling tariffs.)
Trumpet isn’t the first president to sidle up to the Russkies. Look at Franklin D. Roosevelt with Josef Stalin. (FDR always had Stalin’s number. Remember his words to Winston Churchill about “Uncle Joe”: “He may be a bastard but he’s our bastard.”)
America has meddled in foreign elections, too. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Donald’s Helsinki performance is how little he seems to be interested in leading the U.S. He doesn’t seem to like it much either, except to say how we’re always being rooked by foreigners.
Questions: Why would anyone want to lead a country he finds so contemptible? And why, oh, why would anyone want to follow?