Treason: Overwhelming evidence Trump&Co have been compromised by Russia
As politicians, the press, and the public ask more and more questions about Team Trump’s ties to Russia, consider this:
Trump has repeatedly shown that he is a fascist authoritarian who admires political strongmen and autocrats such as Vladimir Putin. In keeping with that leadership style, Trump has surrounded himself with family members and other advisers in order to insulate himself from criticism — and also to neuter any political rivals. In violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, Trump is also using the office of the presidency to personally enrich himself, his family members and other members of his inner circle, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Donald Trump also has a longtime pattern of open admiration for gangsters and organized crime.
In sum, Trump’s presidency has many of the traits of a criminal enterprise and/or a financial shakedown operation, masquerading as a democratically elected government.
Based on the increasing evidence of communication between his inner circle and Russian operatives, it appears plausible that Trump either actively knew about [Michael] Flynn’s actions (and perhaps even directed them) or chose to look away while actively benefiting from them. Either choice should disqualify him from the presidency.
In an earlier essay here at Salon, I argued that for a variety of reasons Donald Trump can be considered a traitor to the United States. By that standard, his voters and other supporters who do not denounce him are also traitors, and any Republican officials who continue to back Trump are traitors as well. Recent revelations about Flynn and the still-unknown extent of contact between other Trump advisers and Russian agents only serve to reinforce the truth of my earlier claim.
Republicans and other conservatives behave as though they have a monopoly on patriotism and exclusive claims to being “real Americans.” Now is the time for them to test that commitment. Do Republicans and other conservatives love power more than their country? I fear I know the answer. I ask the question with the hope that I am wrong.
And yes, you owe it to yourself to read Chauncey DeVega’s entire article.
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