NeverTrumpers, Trumpkins Need to Reconnect With Reality
So, I'm sure everyone has been listening all weekend to the discussion of the recent attempt at an Obamacare repeal and how it didn't happen, along with Devin Nunes' announcement of more information showing that Trump insiders' communications were being intercepted and their names unmasked and distributed, and Adam Schiff's assertion that there was more than circumstantial evidence that the Trump campaign was working with the Russians, so I just wanted to take a moment to say something:
- Calm down.
- Grow up.
- Get a grip.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook will recall that I have said this rather more colorfully, profanely, and emphatically a couple of times in the last few months. Feel free to add my emphatic profanity to these recommendations in your heads.
The anti-Trump forces associated both with conservative positions and with liberal positions have been visibly excited over the recent news, like Schiff's assertion of "more than circumstantial" evidence of collaboration with the Russians. In fact, I've gotten a copy of a document purporting to document Trump's relationship with Russia, which is a long list of assertions that someone Trump knows did business with someone in Russia. Or knows someone in Russia. Or knows someone who knows someone in Russia.
Folks, doing business with Russia isn't illegal.
Being a lobbyist who lobbied for Russia in the past isn't illegal. For Democrat NeverTrumpers: You don't want to push this, since John Podesta did quite a lot of lobbying with Russians, and the Clinton Foundation did a lot of business with the Russians. It's not illegal to talk to Julian Assange. It's not illegal, it's not even cooperation, to say: "Hey Russia, why don't you release Hillary's emails?" And frankly, it would take a complete nincompoop to think that Trump was illicitly coordinating with the Russians by saying something in a press conference.
Republican NeverTrumpers, you're not being any better. See above: no one has shown any evidence beyond the circumstantial for any illicit collusion. Contrary to popular belief, there's no criminal investigation of Trump or the Trump campaign. And the conspiracy theories have gotten very, well, conspiratorial. For a good time, go read Louise Mensch's twitter timeline. I'm old enough to remember McCarthy and the John Birch Society, and I haven't seen the Rooosians getting blamed for more random stuff since "Impeach Earl Warren."
Folks, do you remember the bit about Hillary having Vince Foster killed, and Roger Stone's ongoing insistence that Chelsea is actually Foster's daughter? Remember how far that got you?
I hate to crush your hopes, but before Trump can be impeached, you've got to have a high crime and misdemeanor, and there's not one here. Even if you firmly believe Trump and the Russians were cooperating. (Go ahead, name me the statute that says a campaign can't use opposition research from the Russians.) Even if you firmly believe everything in "the Dossier" is true.