True to form, and emboldened by his puppet’s four-page “summary” of the Mueller report, Trump did what he always does when faced with serious charges against him, during a Grand Rapids, Michigan, revival yesterday: lie, use profanity and launch personal attacks.
“The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction…” he lied.
“The Democrats now have to decide if they will continue to defraud the American public with this ridiculous bullshit,” Trump said.
But he reserved his most vindictive, personal attack for the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff. “Little pencil-neck Adam Schiff. He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen. He is not a long ball hitter,” he crowed.
And of course, he could not help himself from bragging about his alleged prowess, wealth and intelligence. Referring to the alleged “elite,” he claimed:
I have a better education than them, I’m smarter than them. I went to the best schools. They didn’t…Much more beautiful house, much more beautiful apartment. Much more beautiful everything. And I’m president, and they’re not.
Added note: If you do not have the time to read Adam Schiff’s words, please watch/listen to the video at the end.
During a public hearing today and in an emotional, powerful and at times angry speech, the typically soft-spoken House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff, presented the reasons why it is not OK to excuse, ignore or whitewash the numerous times Trump and his inner circle have behaved in unethical, corrupt, immoral and unpatriotic ways.
Here are some excerpts, courtesy Newsweek.
“My colleagues may think it’s OK that the Russians offered ‘dirt’ on a Democratic candidate for president as part of what was described as the Russian government’s effort to help the Trump campaign. You might think that’s OK.”
“My colleagues might think it’s OK that when that was offered to the son of the president, who had a pivotal role in the campaign, that the president’s son did not call the FBI, he did not adamantly refuse that foreign help. No, instead that son said that he would ‘love’ the help of the Russians.”
“You might think it’s OK that he took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that Paul Manafort, the campaign chair, someone with great experience at running campaigns, took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law also took that meeting. You might think it’s OK that they concealed it from the public.”
“You might think it’s OK that their only disappointment from that meeting was that the dirt they received on Hillary Clinton wasn’t better. You might think it’s OK that when it was discovered, a year later, they then lied about that meeting and said that it was about adoptions. You might think that it’s OK that it was reported that the president helped dictate that lie. You might think that’s OK. I don’t.”
“You might think it’s OK that the campaign chairman of a presidential campaign would offer information about that campaign to a Russian oligarch in exchange for money or debt forgiveness. You might think that’s OK, I don’t.”
“You might think it’s OK that that campaign chairman offered polling data to someone linked to Russian intelligence. I don’t think that’s OK.”
“You might think it’s OK that the president himself called on Russia to hack his opponent’s emails, if they were listening. You might think it’s OK that later that day the Russians attempted to hack a server affiliated with that campaign. I don’t think that’s OK.”
“You might think it’s OK that the president’s son-in-law attempted to establish a secret back channel of communication with the Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility. I don’t think that’s OK.”
“You might think it’s OK that an associate of the president made direct contact with the GRU through Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks, that is considered a hostile intelligence agency.”
“You might think it’s OK that a senior campaign official was instructed to reach that associate and find out what that hostile intelligence agency had to say in terms of dirt on his opponent. Related Stories”
“You might think it’s OK that the national security adviser designate secretly conferred with the Russian ambassador, undermining U.S. sanctions, and you might think it’s OK that he lied about it to the FBI. You might say that’s all OK, that’s what you need to do to win. But I don’t think it’s OK.”
Some of his concluding words were:
Now I have always said that the question of whether this amounts to proof of conspiracy was another matter. Whether the special counsel could prove beyond a reasonable doubt the proof of that crime would be up to the special counsel, and I would accept his decision, and I do. But I do not think that conduct, criminal or not, is OK. And the day we do, think that’s OK, is the day we look back and say that is the day that America lost its way.
Please watch the Chairman’s speech below — what has already been called “his finest moment.”:
Do you think it is OK?
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.