Methinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much, Donald

By Oletta Branstiter

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

This is the latest in President Trump’s twitter storm about his discovery that a FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act) court ruling authorized electronic eavesdropping on Trump campaign officials to discover details of communications with Russian entities.  

During the campaign, Trump couldn’t even get his own story straight about how well he was acquainted with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The story changed with the context, adapting to favorable or unfavorable ramifications.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) told MSBNC he believes the FBI is in possession of transcripts which might detail communication between top Trump campaign members and Russian officials. The transcripts, which Coons said he hasn’t seen, could reveal if the Kremlin and Trump’s team colluded to influence the 2016 election. (ibid.)

The U.S. government had to present compelling evidence to secure such permission. In his outrage, President Trump treats this like a personal affront instead of realizing that, by pointing it out, he invites closer scrutiny.

These are the actions of a petulant child who is oblivious to the consequences of tattling. It’s like when your son runs through the front door, yelling, “Mom! Billy sneaked into Mr. Parker’s garage and accidentally broke his old record player!”

Mom: “What were you doing in Mr. Parker’s garage?”

Oops.

The word in Trump’s tweet that caught my eye was “sacred”. I guess an election is only sacred when someone else is making it more difficult for him to win. It probably didn’t seem very sacred to Carly Fiorina when candidate Trump disparaged her looks, or Senator Rubio when Trump called him “Little Marco”, or Ted Cruz when The Donald renamed him “Lyin’ Ted” and then slandered his father and wife. It didn’t seem sacred when it was revealed that he enjoys treating women like sex objects to be assaulted, or when he slaughtered bible and Constitutional references in desperate attempts to appear qualified for office.

Donald Trump did more to desecrate the 2016 election than anyone else in recent history. His propensity for egotistical redirection and psychological projection makes it increasingly difficult to believe that there are no fires of true guilt behind the growing smoke signals of incrimination.

Even at this early stage of Trump’s first term in office, the smoke is already becoming dangerously thick and noxious. I recommend that Vice President Pence keep a fire extinguisher close at hand to minimize the damage.

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