Donald Trump has been the top news story since June of 2015. Nothing has come close. For over two years now, the news media has not taken even the slightest break from covering the 24/7 news-cycle reality TV show known as campaign of and the ensuing 45th presidency of the United States. The ratings may have been “yuuuuuge,” but because of the oversaturation, the sins of the administration are now so common and drenched within the public consciousness, we have accepted this six-month circus as the new normal. The highlight act is obviously the tight-rope walk the Trump administration has had with Russia; and as of now, everyone from trusted cabinet members to family is attached to the never-ending scandal. While America is not at war with Russia, Trump is having a cold war of his own over Russia, but ironically with his American friends and colleagues.
After firing James Comey, Trump is now talking about how he wishes he had never hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early ally and friend.
“How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?” Trump asked in a recent interview. “If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, ‘Thanks, Jeff, but I’m not going to take you.’ “
Trump’s internal conflict shows how poorly he vetted his men, but it also shows he wanted puppets and yes men to clean up his mess. So when special prosecutor Robert Mueller was hired to investigate the possible Russian hackings and links to the Trump administration, it looked as though Trump’s own people were against him.
”He was up here and he wanted the job,” Trump stated. Trump also questioned Mueller’s motives. “What the hell is this all about? Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job. There were many other conflicts that I haven’t said, but I will at some point.” Trump is already threatening to contaminate the investigation, but those who helped shape this circus aren’t backing down.
In a Fox News interview, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended his selection of Mueller to lead the probe. “I think you have to keep in mind that the point of having a special counsel is to have some degree of independence from the Department of Justice. So Director Mueller’s not reporting to me about individual decisions made in his investigation, but it also provides some degree of insulation because what we want to be able to do is, at the end of the day, to be able to say that we appointed somebody who was independent, who made independent decisions, and therefore we can have confidence in the result that they reach.”
Trump’s administration could have been a George W. Bush administration. Many of these political figures are right-wing Christians with classic old-school GOP connections and beliefs. Because Trump isn’t a real Republican, and didn’t know who to appoint once victorious, the GOP was able to bring in good ole boys whom he can’t figure out. What’s even more fascinating is that this classic Republican establishment appears to be the group that’s taking down Trump, but also his family.
Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner are now on the hot seat. Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian government attorney, met with Donald Jr. on June 9, 2016, and Kushner’s dealings with firing Comey and creating back-channel communications with Russia are just the tip of the iceberg. All of this is creating some internal conflict, that the Russian government looks to accidently bring down Trump instead of countries, like America.
Back in 2012 Mitt Romney warned about Russia, and Barack Obama laughed at him. Now Romney looks like a genius who saw what the rest of the political culture didn’t. Maybe he knew how Russia was financing American businesses because he was a businessman. Maybe he was just a smart Republican leader who was abandoned by his party. Either way, the true Republican warned us that this was the future, and now we are watching our current president deal with Russia live.
This is a war between Trump and the Republican Party; don’t be fooled. It’s a cold war because the only thing that’ll be fired is either Trump’s cabinet or Trump himself.