TL;DR version: Russia won the 2016 election, Trump is not going to be impeached, Rudy Giuliani is an idiot.
Here’s the thing I don’t like about Rudy Giuliani: He says stupid shit and expects us to agree with him. Sometimes it’s not even the stupid shit he says, it’s the way he says it, like he’s sooooo smart and we’re sooooo stupid and if we’d just sit back and smile, we’d realize he’s sooooo smart and then everything will be all right.
What Rudy fails to grasp in this situation – and in case you’re just coming out from under your rock, I’m talking about his discussion with CNN’s Jake Tapper about the Mueller Report that went something like this, and I’m paraphrasing a bit:
There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians… Any candidate in the world would take information… Who says it’s even illegal to get dirt on political enemies from foreign powers? I probably wouldn’t have done it, and I would have advised against it, but it ain’t illegal. Next question.
I’d like to take a moment to remind you that Rudy is Donald Trump’s lawyer, and of course Donald is the president of the USA.
OK let’s look at what’s in the Mueller Report real quick. Mueller determined that Russian hackers, in some kind of officially sanctioned action, broke into Hillary Clinton’s email server(s) and extracted thousands of emails. Most were boring shit like who was donating money and which staffer was tasked with picking up Hillary’s dry cleaning, but some of them had juicy stuff in them – discussions about political rivals, campaign plans, etc. Stuff any political opponent would cut off his remaining testicle to get ahold of.
Said Russians, working on behalf of said Russian government, then provided these emails to various third parties, including Wikileaks and, apparently, the Trump campaign.
You can tell Rudy either was never a criminal attorney or if he was, he sucked at that job. It’s black-letter law that accepting the proceeds of a crime makes you guilty of receiving stolen property, itself a felony almost anywhere in the country.
There is no magic place in the world where hacking somebody’s email server isn’t a crime, so possessing email data retrieved in a hack is an actual, tangible crime. Possessing it AND lying about possessing it compounds that, and then trying to cover up that you possessed it and lied about it is some logarithmic pile-on shitheap felonization of the political process.
Let’s step back a second though and say … ok, it’s not a crime to possess something stolen from somebody else. We’ll just snap our fingers, but instead of wiping out half the life in the universe, we’ll make possessing stolen property not a crime anywhere in the world.
It’s still heavily, dearly and absolutely fucking immoral.
Compound that by KNOWING the stolen data came from an avowed enemy of the American people and you have a massive moral failure on the part of the Trump campaign.
Rudy is therefore wrong. There may be nothing illegal about taking dirt on Hillary dug up by Russian hackers at the behest of the Russian government, but it certainly, surely and absolutely is WRONG to do so. We all know this. You know we all know this. Apparently the only person who doesn’t know this is Rudy Giuliani, a fucking New York lawyer.
People – well, Democrats – are now saying they’re going to impeach Donald. No, they’re not. They may start impeachment proceedings – that is the prerogative of the House of Representatives – but a “super majority” (i.e. 2/3rds) of BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS have to vote to convict in an impeachment proceeding, and we all know the Senate, filled as it is with boot-licking Republicans, is never going to support impeachment proceedings against Donald. It’s just not going to happen. The Democrats calling for impeachment are delusional, and the ones on the sidelines not telling them to shut the fuck up are just as bad as the Republicans who will vote against impeachment just because their party says they have to.
Donald Trump is not going to be impeached. Get over it. Move on.
The thing most people are glossing over here is the actual outcome of the 2016 presidential election. You probably think Donald won and Hillary lost. In actuality, Russia won and the citizens of the United States lost.
Russia is our enemy, of that there should be no equivocation. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in sowing discord, chaos, disharmony, hatred and divisiveness deeply into our society and they are reaping the rewards.
This has nothing to do with Donald’s suitability for office. Whether he’s good at the job or not is immaterial. The fact is Russia wanted him in office because they knew he would be more disruptive to the US than anything they could have actively done themselves. Russia basically gained four years of unfettered access to the globe with little possibility of repercussions. Then they’ll enjoy at least another 10 to 20 years of heightened influence as the US tries (and I’ll bet largely fails) to rebuild its reputation around the world.
I think deep down we know it, too, and because we hate losers so much, we’re now stuck in a downward spiral of self-loathing. No empire lasts forever, and it truly sucks when you come to the realization that you live in one that’s dying.