Trump Cheated to win the White House!
8/21/18: COHEN FOUND GUILTY, IMPLICATING TRUMP! Beginning in February 2017, soon after Trump took office, Trump’s real estate company authorized paying $420,000 to lawyer Michael Cohen in his effort to silence women during the presidential campaign and then relied on “sham” invoices from Cohen that concealed the nature of the payments, which included a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels so she would remain silent about an alleged affair with Trump.
- Trump executives decided Cohen should be paid more than he sought — an additional $360,000 for expenses and other fees and taxes, plus a $60,000 bonus.
- While Trump removed himself from day-to-day operations of the Trump Organization after the election, he put his assets in a trust and retained his ownership stake.
- In truth and fact, there was no legal retainer agreement, and the monthly invoices Cohen submitted were not in connection with any legal services he had provided in 2017.
- “If you believe the theory that the payment was made solely for the purpose of influencing a federal election, then the recipient of the benefit would be the Trump presidential campaign, and therefore they would have received an impermissible excessive contribution.” (Charlie Spies, counsel for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign)
The bottom line: TRUMP CHEATED TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE! Educated voters will render the next verdict on Trump and his allies in the voting booth in November, and they will do so with these events fresh in their minds. They will know the president stands accused by his own former fixer of breaking the law to win the White House.
At the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin on 7/16/18, Trump proved one thing: He is willing to take Putin’s word over those of his own intelligence agencies about whether the Russians tried to fix the 2016 election — this from the principal defender of the American Constitution and its sovereignty. Trump condemned the Justice Department’s investigation of his campaign’s ties to Russia as a “disaster for our country.” He suggested that the F.B.I. deliberately mishandled its investigation of Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee. He labeled an F.B.I. agent who testified about that investigation before Congress as a “disgrace to our country.” He unleashed a barrage of accusations about Hillary Clinton and her missing emails, the F.B.I. and the D.N.C.’s missing computer server. Then this malignant narcissist also offered a defiant defense of what he labeled his “brilliant” campaign victory, reminding reporters in Helsinki of his winning electoral college margin, which is now unimportant ancient history that no one cares about, except in the twisted and altered reality in the mind of Trump. Rather than defend America against those who would threaten it, he attacked his own citizens and institutions while hailing the leader of a hostile power. Trump is unfit to be president. He is unpredicatable, unstable and unprepared. He is a weak, demented, self-seeking sychophant; a third-rate businessman who has become a parasitic leech on our country for his own personal gain. His history with the American people proves that he cannot be trusted. He needs to be removed from office now. He is nothing more than a colossal mistake, a malignant mutation, in the history of the United States of America. Those non-thinking people who continue to support him after his treasonous performance in Helsinki are living proof of Trump’s own quote: “I love the poorly educated.” Those Trump supporters are the most stupid people of all.
Predicably, the day after the summit, Trump unsuccessfully tried to portray his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a great success. Sorry, but the world press has the tapes and video to prove otherwise. Then, after he returned to the United States and someone educated him, he realized, “Uh, oh, I stepped in the do-do,” so he read a backpedaling, prepared speech saying he misspoke on Russian meddling, saying he meant to say that he doesn't see why Russia “wouldn't be responsible” instead of “would be responsible” while at Helsinki, calling it “like a double negative.” Yeah, right. Twenty-four hours after the fact was too late for damage control, except maybe to Trump’s “poorly educated” support base. A day and a half after the Helsinki summit, Trump was still tweeting, “The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!" Then two days after the meeting Trump again tweeted, "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki.” There was nothing but bipartisan criticism! This is how delusioinal and out-of-touch with reality Trump truly is! He’s living in a “make believe,” altered reality that exists solely within his malignantly narcissistic, self-obsessed and self-centered mind. Trump’s Hitler-esque tactics of squelching or discrediting the free press to make himself look more important or more effective will no longer work. The Helsinki summit proved his utter incompetence.
Vlad, what do I mean? Tell me what to say, Vlad.
Bipartisan criticism to Trump’s performance at the Helsinki summit with Putin:
Trump put on “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake."(Republican John McCain from Arizona)
”Once again, Trump takes to the international stage to embarrass America, undermine our institutions, weaken our alliances, & embrace a dictator. Russia interfered in our elections & attacked our democracy. Putin must be held accountable -- not rewarded. Disgraceful.”(Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts)
”Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous.”(John Brennan, former CIA director)
”One of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an American president that anyone has ever witnessed.” He also said of Trump: “I don't buy his walkback one second.”(John Kerry, former Secretary of State)
“Disgusting!”(Neil Cavuto, Fox Broadcasting news anchor and journalist)
Trump is a “sad, embarrassing wreck of a man. America’s child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care.”(George Will, conservative columnist)
Putin “outmaneuvered our president.”(Fox News business reporter Ashley Webster)
“No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus.”(Fox & Friends weekend host Abby Huntsman)
This “will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves.”(Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina)
“President Trump’s weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the President, personally, financially or politically.”(House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.)
“The president is putting himself over our country.”(Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer from New York)
The president’s performance was “shameful.”(Republican Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona)
"President Trump failed America today. He failed America, our interests, in every way."(Chuck Hagel, former Republican senator)
“This is a sad, shameful moment for our great nation.”(Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia)
”For the President to side with Putin over his own intelligence officials and blame the United States for Russia's attack on our democracy is a complete disgrace.”(Mark Warner, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman)
“The President has just committed a shocking betrayal of his duties.”(Representative Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.))
"This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country.”(Democratic Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut)
"Monday’s joint press conference was a personal and national embarrassment.”(Wall Street Journal editorial board)
”Simply put, President Trump is wrong.”(Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio)
”The most serious mistake of his presidency.”(former House Speaker Newt Gingrich)
”OPEN TREASON”(the front page banner headline for the New York Daily News)
"It’s embarrassing that American flags were present at the summit, because an American president was not.”(Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.))
"Trump’s betrayal may not meet the technical definition of “treason,” but it certainly carries the stench of “treachery,” and that is grounds for impeachment.”(Ron Fein, legal director of Free Speech for People, as published in The Washington Post)
"There is no question that there is something here that intimidates the president of the United States. This president basically coddled Mr. Putin and it was clear that he was intimidated by that situation. Whether the Russians have something on this president or not, no one really knows, but the way he behaves, there is a clear signal that the Russians have something on him.”(Leon Panetta, CIA chief under President Obama and who oversaw operations to take down Osama Bin Laden)
Trump talks tough behind the insulation of juvenile, one-way Twitter posts, but he has proven that he is nothing more than an incompetent coward when it comes to representing America on the stage with respected world leaders who were rightfully elected and who have earned their positions.
Melissa McCarthy, from the movie, The Heat:
They’re about this big.…[holds up her fingers to show a tiny size]….but a lot tinier.
They’re like a pea, or like a….ball bearing, or like, if you’ve ever seen a mouse ball, about half that size.
Incredibly tiny, they’re like really, really tiny little girl balls, if little girls had balls.”
I love the poorly educated.