Michael Wolff's book on Trump does a masterful job in exposing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump White House. It documents an open secret of incompetence, pettiness, and the gross unfitness of the buffoon that sixty three million Americans, with the help of the Electoral College, put in office. But there is another issue which to this point has not been widely discussed in the media: the complicity of the Republican Party.
The New York Times, Paul Krugman touched on it recently in his oped stating:
More specifically, Trump’s very awfulness means that if he falls, the whole party will fall with him. Republicans could conceivably distance themselves from a president who turned out to be a bad manager, or even one who turned out to have engaged in small-time corruption. But when the corruption is big time, and it’s combined with obstruction of justice and collaboration with Putin, nobody will notice which Republicans were a bit less involved, a bit less obsequious, than others. If Trump sinks, he’ll create a vortex that sucks down everyone involved.
And so we now have the Republican party as a whole fully complicit in Trump’s crimes – because that’s what they are, whether or not he and those around him are ever brought to justice. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/faust-on-the-potomac.html)
The Republican Party's complicity involves not only covering up Trump's crimes and attacking Mueller's investigation but also its receipt of millions from the Russian oligarchs who wanted Trump to win.
In an article published last year by Ruth May, a contributor to the Dallas News, she details how those millions were distributed: (Archives)
Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik's campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.
In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik's political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.
May also details how McConnell accepted millions through various PACs after he became aware of Russians attempt to interfere in our elections in 2016:
Two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement in October 2016 that the Russian government had directed the effort to interfere in our electoral process, McConnell's PAC accepted a $1 million donation from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings. The PAC took another $1 million from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings on March 30, 2017, just 10 days after former FBI Director James Comey publicly testified before the House Intelligence Committee about Russia's interference in the election.
So while Wolff describes the dysfunction of the White House, the bigger story involves not only a president who is a criminal and a traitor but an entire political party that has sold itself not only to America's oligarchs but also is complicit in betraying their own country for power. They are all traitors!!!
Comments to think about.