If you haven’t by now, it’s probably a good idea to find the bombshell New York Times article that dropped last night. It’s one of those stories whose headline alone, “Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton,” is enough to rip the band-aid off a wound that President Trump has been desperately trying to close since he won the election last year. Then again, Junior Trump could just deny the whole story and put it all in doubt, right?
No. Junior Trump is clearly not that smart. Because while he may have initially tried to deny the reports, within a matter of hours he was spinning, and he was spinning hard. Then today, on Twitter, he tried even harder to exonerate himself.
Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen. https://t.co/ccUjL1KDEa
No inconsistency in statements, meeting ended up being primarily about adoptions. In response to further Q’s I simply provided more details. https://t.co/FdT1D4hfhz
Trump Junior really might not be smart enough to figure this out, but he ultimately has opened a Pandora’s Box full of cans of worms, which he gleefully opened trying to make himself look better. There’s a WaPo piece out right now that perfectly summarizes just how much shit Trump’s son just got himself and the administration into. The piece points out that Donny 2’s statements on meeting in question have been inconsistent, and that perhaps even more damaging, the fact that the meeting happened at all contradicts what the president and his surrogates have claimed all along, that no one associated with Trump conspired or colluded with the Russians.
Kellyanne Conway in December: “Absolutely not” on contact with Russians trying to meddle
On CBS’s “Face the Nation”:
JOHN DICKERSON: Did anyone involved in the Trump campaign have any contact with Russians trying to meddle with the election?
CONWAY: Absolutely not. And I discussed that with the president-elect just last night. Those conversations never happened. I hear people saying it like it’s a fact on television. That is just not only inaccurate and false, but it’s dangerous and it does undermine our democracy.
Upshot: The most charitable read here would be that Conway interpreted the question as being about hacking or other official government meddling. The Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, says she wasn’t working on behalf of the Kremlin. But she has ties to the Kremlin and has a history of pushing issues that are key to its agenda. And it’s difficult not to see what she did as a form of meddling or influencing the campaign. (source)
I’m not naive enough to think that die hard Trumpers will see Junior’s meeting and subsequent statements for what they are, but the rest of us know. He’s the stupidest smoking gun in the history of politics. How could he not know that the lawyer he was meeting with was probably under federal surveillance? How did he not know the proper thing to do when offered intel on political opponents from foreign adversaries is to contact the feds?
Oh, right, because Republicans only pretend to know how shit works, I guess.
The bottom line is kinda funny to me. After first trying to deny the meeting happened, then trying to imply the meeting was about Russian adoptions, Donald Trump, Jr. made a really bold and dumb calculation — he copped to the meeting’s real intent. “Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent,” he tweeted. So right there, right then, he admits to meeting with someone to get dirt on Hillary. It’s the next line, though, that proves outright what a farcically unintelligent man he is.
“…went nowhere but had to listen.”
Donald Trump Jr. essentially admitted to wanting to collude with Russia, but not being able to because they didn’t have any good information for him. Just let that sink in. Junior’s basic defense is he didn’t collude with Russia, he only tried to collude with Russia.
And we don’t convict people for trying to break laws in this country, right everyone convicted of attempted murder or conspiracy charges ever?
What the son of the President of the United States is trying to tell us is that if he was trying to break into a building, and then got caught on the barbed wire outside, seeing that there was nothing to steal anyway, that means he wasn’t doing anything wrong. It’s as if he truly has no idea what the difference between “collusion” and “conspiracy” is, which now that I think of it, is probably pretty accurate. Because otherwise, it’s really hard to imagine why he’d think this defense is a good one.
In practice, what Little Trump did was throw gasoline on the raging inferno. He didn’t help his dad. He only implicated himself further. He is a smoking gun. The stupidest smoking gun ever. Because it’s truly stupid to think that wanting to commit a bad enough crime isn’t a crime itself. Then again, if you grew up a rich, entitled asshole who was never held accountable, would you behave any differently? After all…
…it works for Daddy Trump, surely it can work for Crotch Fruit Trump as well, right?