Now comes the child king, the infant terrible, forced by those around him to attempt to dial back his remarks, clean up his act, talk as if he were the president of the United States instead of Vladimir Putin’s great friend, benefactor and protector.
Trump had clearly said (the video tape of his remarks leaves no room for ambiguity) that while U. S. Intellgience agencies insisted the Ruissians had tired to interfere with our elections President Putin had made a very strong statement that they had not and, said Trump, “I have confidence in both parties.”
No, Donald, there are not two parties, only one – the facts, the truth. Russia either did or didn’t.
And you, the President of the United States, said you couldn’t decide whether the Intelligence chiefs (unanimously) whom you had appointed to their positions were correct or not.
The communication networks – commerical, social, pubic and private lighted up with outrage. And, never wanting to give ground even when the ground on which you stand is quicksand, you decided to “walk back” your statement and view.
Did you do that in humble apology, contrite admission of error, promising to do better in the future?
Don’t make us laugh.
Of course not.
The report in the Washington post of how Trump did it is classic. It reads, in part:
“As he began to read his statement reversing what he’d said in Helsinki, Trump, who started his appearance with less formal comments about his European trip, made a show of demonstrating to the TV audience that he was now reading from a script.
Although he’d been speaking for several minutes, he abruptly changed to a more formal tone of voice, and said, “So I’ll begin by stating that I have full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies.”
He read from the paper: “Let me be totally clear in saying that — and I’ve said this many times — I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.”
Then he looked up. Change of tone, to the casual Trump, the voice his followers know conveys his true feelings. And he interjected: “Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.” (bolding added)
Ho, Ho, Donald, the “dog whistle” to your faithful followers has been sent. And he knows that the rest of us know what he did. But that is not important to him.
What is important to him is that his “base” understands that what he said in Helsinki standing besides Putin is what he means and this “sop” to the critics around him means nothing. He is still their strong champion against the Establishment Elites and the more he sticks it in the eye of those “elites,” the more they love him!
Later, in a second attempt to wiggle out from under the great rock of outrage under which he had placed himself, Trump tried telling us that he had “mispoken” when he said the following, as heard on the video tape, as written in the official transcript:
“My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be…But I have confidence in both parties.”
Trump now says he meant to say “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be(bold added) rather than what he actually said.
“Would” turned into “wouldn’t” and that makes it all right?
Again, don’t make us laugh.
How will he try to clean up the truly daming line that follows whatever word is there, the line that he has “confidence in both parties,” meaning U S Intelligence agencies… and… Vladimir Putin?
Oh, as the old saw goes, “what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
So, why does he go to great lengths to keep the lie alive that our Intelligence agencies have it wrong? Because the same Intelligence assessments he tries to undermine also say the Russian efforts were aimed at helping Donald J Trump win the presidency. And if you follow that string to a logical conclusion you may find he and his friend Vladimir Putin were working together on this project.
And that, my friends, would bring the Valkyries down on him with a fury (Odin’s maidens who flew to a battlefield to decide who would live and who would die). Trump would be buried, his memory to live forever only in the anals of histories most comtemptible figures and biggest losers.
Ride, Valkyries, ride!
delenda est Trump(ism).