Donald Trump’s dismissal of the ongoing Russian collusion investigation as some sort of “fake story” once again in a recent rally in West Virginia is an obvious pathetic lie and an attempt to hold the support of his dwindling political base.
We should, of course, first concede that certain segment of his base could care less how much Trump lies and what these lies tell us about him or his Russian ties, but surely his eroding popularity, as shown by numerous polls, has the president and his regime worried. The declining poll numbers could also emboldened more Republicans, especially in the U.S. Senate, to stand up to him and thus ensure the very real Russian collusion investigation continues.
At the Thursday rally, Trump said to his supporters in relation to the Russian investigation:<
“They can’t beat us at the voting booths, so they’re trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. They are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and, most impurely, demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”
Let’s parse through this bit of Trumpspeak if we can. “They,” we can assume, mean Democrats, or people who don’t support him. The “fake story,” of course, is the fodder of the Russian collusion investigation, but it’s not a fake story at all. Trump’s including his son and son-in-law did meet with Russians during the campaign in an attempt to get information that could damage the chances of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They have publicly admitted this and Trump even crafted the initial misleading statement about the meeting. The use of the word “demeaning,” as is so often the case with Trump, is really about himself. He has demeaned the office of presidency, the country’s reputation and the constitution with his antics and edicts, such as the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
For the record, Robert Mueller, another former FBI director, is investigating Trump’s campaign ties to Russian operatives and has convened a grand jury. That’s not fake. The Russian government meddled in our most recent general election. That’s not fake. Trump has a long history of business dealings with Russians. That’s not fake.
Trump asked the West Virginia crowd, “Have you seen any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight? Any Russians?” Well, frankly, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were Russians operatives there. It also wouldn’t be surprising if most of the crowd could care less one way or another. They voted for a spectacle and despot and now they have it.
Trump said, “The reason why Democrats only talk about the totally made-up Russia story is because they have no message, no agenda, and no vision.” That’s a lie. Democrats do have a message, though it’s not always cohesive, and the centrist and progressive wings of the party still clash. In fact, it’s Trump or Republicans that don’t have a message as we witnessed with the recent failed GOP attempt to deny medical care to millions of people. Denying medical treatment to people so that rich people can get tax breaks is certainly an ideological agenda, but it’s nothing new or visionary.
How we got to this point in our country’s history when a narcissistic demigod serving as president can spout obvious lies to an adoring crowd has been a long process, and, yes, national Democratic leaders have been a part of how we got here. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Trump is a proven liar on multiple levels, and these are not normal times, and the person in charge is a menace.
Expect Trump’s lies to become even more coarse and crass as investigators close in on him.