The Look

It looks like reality has finally sunk in. Following release of the sham Republican “memo” by Devin Nunes alleging abuses by the FBI, Donald Trump sat before cameras and reporters and whined like a second grade boy who had been sent to the principal’s office for beating up little girls on the playground. He said, “The GOP memo is a disgrace…but a lot of people should be ashamed.”  Trump was correct on both accounts, but not for the reasons he was thinking. In fact, he did uncharacteristically appear like a very ashamed person.

Donald Trump ran a presidential campaign aimed at destroying the pillars of democracy. While a majority of Americans rejected his divisive tactics, he was nevertheless elected and installed by an antiquated electoral college. Now, the founding fathers have risen from their graves and are striking back with the rule of law.

The king of grifters―a liar, thief, traitor, con man, sexual predator and a man who has generally bullied his way through life―now understands that the myrmidons of law and social etiquette are closing in. Some of his family members, and perhaps even Trump himself, are going to prison.

Unlike the rest of us, Trump’s avuncular patron has never been “Uncle Sam.” Trump was a five-deferment draft dodger, and thus avoided what could have been character-building instruction.  Rather, he was guided through life by a father who was arrested at a rally for the Ku Klux Klan, and reptilian practitioners of law like Roy Cohn and Michael Cohen.

Roy Cohn, it will be recalled, assisted Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy in his ill-founded crusade against communism. His later clients were mostly members of the American Mafia and Donald Trump. A federal investigation during the 70’s and 80’s has revealed that Cohn was charged three times with professional misconduct, including perjury and witness tampering. In 1986, a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court disbarred Cohn for life due to unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Michael Cohen―miraculously―is still practicing law. His law degree comes from what many describe as a “second-rate educator,” Cooley Law School. He has served as Executive Vice-President of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump; essentially, Trump’s pit bull. Consequently, he is the vanguard for many of the shady deals authored by Donald Trump, the most recent of which was his use of Essential Consultants LLC, a Trump pseudonym created for the express purpose of paying off porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence prior to the 2016 presidential election. In addition to dishonest, Cohen should also be considered dangerous. Following Cohen’s “Let’s gut her” threat, media megastar Megyn Kelly was compelled to hire private security for a full year to protect herself and her family.

Donald Trump spits out lies with the rapidity of a machine gun. A conservative accounting (addressing only a one-year period) by one media outlet registered the number of falsehoods to be more than 2000. That he is a thief can be confirmed by the many contractors and vendors he has stiffed for amounts due. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proved that Trump was a con man by successfully suing Trump University as a “fraud, and a phony university.” Trump’s failure to acknowledge that Russia interfered in our last presidential election (for his benefit, of course), and refusal to implement sanctions authorized by a nearly unanimous vote of Congress demonstrates that he is more interested in the success of Russia, than in the oath which he continues to violate; which obviously points to a conclusion of treason.  In addition, Trump bragged on taped audio and video that he was a sexual predator, and a large number of women have come forward to provide credible evidence of the same.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has pierced the veil surrounding Trump’s lifelong collaboration with mobsters. With constant chatter in the media concerning the idea that Trump will find a way to fire Mueller, it seems likely that Mueller probably has already obtained sealed indictments by the federal grand jury for prosecution of Trump family members. Furthermore, it is public knowledge that Mueller has been sharing evidentiary findings of his investigation with New York AG Schneiderman. Consequently, a presidential pardon will be of limited value to members and associates of the Trump family. The choice they will be left with is one of small distinction; either state, or federal prison.

So much for “shame” and “disgrace.” For a brief moment in a year of utter chaos, the viewing audience saw a vulnerable Donald Trump wearing that “hunted” look; the same look worn by Adolph Hitler as he crawled into his bunker, knowing both that the end was near, and that he would be held accountable for murdering six million innocent Jews.

Truman Goodspeed, February 2018

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