The unflagging tedium of the … Don Jr. saga refuses to go away. Every day there are new breathless reports, fresh for-initiates-only micro-revelations that inspire screeches of “Treason!”
But there is still no smoking gun.
This is hardly the first This is it moment the media has begged us to acknowledge. Please remember that a year ago we were expected to believe that Donald Trump had committed treason by begging the Russian government to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails live on cable television, before an audience of millions. We all know that this is exactly how espionage works and that there is no way that the smiling ex-reality television show host was making a joke about the actual documented collusion between the former secretary of state’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which marshaled their forces against an honest public servant who could arguably have beaten Trump in a general election if the primary had not been rigged.
These gaspingly reported revelations about the Trumps will make you furious if you want them to. … They may confirm your belief that the Trumps are traitors. But none of this new information offers any actual direct evidence that President Trump knowingly or otherwise colluded or in any sense partnered with Vladimir Putin or the Russian government to secure his election as president of the United States.
And really: Is anything that we actually know today about Trump and Russia worse than what we knew last year about Hillary Clinton?
Here was a presidential candidate whose husband, a former president, runs an international pseudo-charity that keeps him on a never-ending series of private jet flights to an equally interminable number of luxury hotels in exotic locales — a gruesome neoliberal shakedown machine with metal tentacles sunk into the bank accounts of shady businessmen and tinpot dictators the whole world round. An infinite number of grasping conflict-of-interest stories could have been written about the Clinton Foundation, and many were. But they didn’t matter nearly as much as TRUMP AND RUSSIA.
Precisely why I simply cannot take the current Trump insanity from the left seriously. It is mainly partisanship, which is expected, but the faux outrage shows the lack of principles that the left has. Of course, the left will say the same about the right, especially in the age of Trump. But all I have to say to that is: we learned from the left, and now the left hates having their own tactics, and lack of principles, used against them! Well, too bad. You pushed us far enough, and now we are pushing back.