January 30, 2018
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
Russiagate: A Summary of the Attempt to Overthrow the President, the Connivance of the GOP, and Trump’s Immigration Gambit
Several friends have inquired why I have not commented recently, that is, within the past couple of weeks, on the “Russians Did It!” canard and the Mueller investigation, and all the recent details that have seeped out of the grimy hothouses of the Deep State into public view. There is a reason for that: as those of you who’ve been reading my columns know, I spent an inordinate amount of time during 2017 on that topic, long before Fox or even Rush Limbaugh really got into the deep weeds of the matter. I still have dozens of stories and files on the subject, but by far, many of the facts and views that I wrote about have now become rather current. New details are now not just confined to obscure, fearless web sites and intrepid reporters.
About this topic, in summary, here is what we do know:
We do know now that we’ve been witnessing a very real, attempted coup d’etat, an attempted revolutionary putsch against the American presidency unheard of in American history.
We do know that not just under Obama, but also under Republican presidents as well (G. W. Bush), our intelligence agencies, most notably the FBI, but also the CIA and the NSA, had become in their highest levels completely politicized and weaponized cabals of the New World Order, and now dedicated to destroying the president and his agenda.
We do know that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, working hand-and-glove with Obama and his underlings, attempted to, first, compromise and undermine the 2016 Trump campaign, using surveillance (acquired via a fake “Steele Dossier,” paid for by the Clinton campaign via the firm FusionGPS), submitted to a FISA secret court judge; and then, using the same fake material, continuing the operation after Trump’s election to engineer the creation of an Office of Special Counsel, with virtually unlimited powers, to investigate the non-existent “Russian collusion” between Trump and the Russians (and now the possibility of obstruction of justice).
We do know that almost immediately after the Clinton defeat the leaders of her campaign, working with operatives in the FBI and Obama administration, decided to employ the “Steele Dossier” (with its fake data) as one aspect of a multifaceted effort to “get” the new president, hopefully force his impeachment, or at the very least, impair his ability to govern, thus enabling the Washington DC establishment Deep State to continue on its merry way of ruling and dispensing goodies to its chosen ones (and damning those who would oppose it).
We do know that the investigation, the whole Robert Mueller operation, is based on a fraud, on fraudulent and largely made up “data,” created by that rogue British intel agent, who was on the DNC payroll.
We do know that much of the GOP establishment have gone along with this charade, especially embraced by such culture traitor Republican Deep State denizens as Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Jeff Flake.
And on a more general level:
We do know that the Washington DC establishment Republican Party is just as mired and enmeshed in the Deep State fetid detritus as the Democrats, but perhaps more insidiously as it makes pretense to be our defender and champion. Yet its leaders act as brazen enablers of nearly every piece of Progressivist legislation, from Obamacare to same sex marriage to pushing for new wars in every country, every desert oasis or jungle in the world (of course, with thousands of dead Americans as the result). And its so-called “ideological brain trust”—those Neocon pundits and scribblers at The Weekly Standard and National Review who churn out piles of putrid screed that reads like leftover Leftist sloganeering from a few years back—only compound the disaster in their attempts to give such views intellectual respectability.
We do know that these GOP establishmentarians and some of the Neocons (the ones still not resolutely “#NeverTrump) have attempted to surround President Trump and fill his administration with their serpent-like advisors and office holders, and that, to a degree, they have had some success. Indeed, it was inevitable after November 2016, given the dearth of real America First candidates then ready for the Washington bureaucracy…and given the admitted naivete’ of the president, himself, regarding the various and deeply-defining philosophical varieties on what is called “the political Right.”
Where does that leave us?
Despite some serious failings and bad decisions (e.g., Syria) and the naming of some administration officials who do their damnedest to undo the America First agenda, I continue to believe that the president’s instincts, his intuition, may be his saving grace.
Like many others, I was appalled that he would offer as part of a compromise, “a pathway to citizenship” to the “Dreamers.” This, at first glance, appeared to be a reneging on a—if not the—fundamental cornerstone of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. As such it was and is completely unacceptable. Yet, I am also cognizant that in presenting his proposal, the president (with the assistance of his hardcore anti-illegal immigration advisor Stephen Miller) may have calculated that while his proposal seemed to give the Dems everything they ever wanted about the Dreamers, it also contained provisions (i.e., real money for a border wall, limits on chain migration, increased ICE funding, cutting legal immigration, an end to the visa lottery system) that the Congressional Democrats (as well as GOPers like Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake, and John McCain—if he is still alive!) could not accept, for abject fear of their looney Leftist base, who will accept nothing less than complete open borders and eventual population replacement as fundamental elements of their cultural Marxist program to transform and remake America.
As such, measuring consistent polling, the president would have placed the Democrats in an untenable position, politically, and gained the proverbial “high ground.” And that deal, once it fell apart for lack of support, would bring us back to square one: the president could then say: “Well, look, I tried, I gave you what you wanted, and only asked that you accept items that most American citizens also want. You rejected it, so now…the fact that the Dreamers no longer have legal status, that is your problem.”
This may well read too much into White House strategy, and I admit that this view is precariously perched atop a slender thread of hope. Yet, the president’s promises from 2016 are consistent and quite clear. And we know he is “the master of the deal.” I am not happy with what I see; I continue to be nervous about such a high stakes poker game. But I am also willing to see this round a bit further.
Tonight we’ll see and hear the State of the Union address, and perhaps more information will come forth, more clarity.
In the meantime, I share the view of my friend Peter Brimelow, whose essay on this topic from his excellent VDare.com web site is a superb analysis. We must be vigilant, yes. But like my ancestor who served in the North Carolina legislature in 1861, I am not prepared to support secession until Abe Lincoln calls for troops to suppress my brothers in South Carolina. Then, with conviction and certitude, I, too, will go to war….
Here is Peter’s excellent essay:
Contemplating Charlottesville: Why I Still Think (OK, Hope) That Trump’s DACA Dalliance Will Self-Destruct
It is a that the American Left That’s a major reason the was routed—it tuned out, despite Main Stream Media mewling and pervasive , that Americans really didn’t want their government paralyzed in order to Amnesty a bunch of undocumented Democrats. But the most dramatic recent example: the extraordinary success of purportedly an expose of the Trump White House after it trustingly (and inexplicably) granted him access. With blatant calculation, Wolff tells the Left, and America’s entire Ruling Class, exactly what it wants to hear about Trump—that he’s a moron, buffoon, ignoramus, etc. ! (Similarly, my old friend has ensured that he and his social-climbing wife will continue to be invited to Georgetown dinner parties, despite being, by , in his just-released , Trump’s 2016 triumph as an “ fluke.”)
Still, although Wolff’s slick novelistic style deliberately makes it hard to say where fact ends and fiction begins, I do think his account of Trump’s reaction to the of the Charlottesville Unite The Right rally “rings true” (as the saying goes). And it’s one reason I continue to be that Trump’s latest DACA dalliance could end well.
But first, a couple of caveats.
· Wolff professes to be shocked! SHOCKED! by Trump’s hyperactive management style—not reading memos, emotional reactions to personalities, over-influenced by the last person he spoke to, etc. etc.
My reaction: I’m sure this is persuasive to readers who (unlike Wolff) have not worked closely with men at the apex of their professions. But it’s actually very common. It’s how they tend to respond to stress, impossible multitasking demands, intense time pressure, clashing aggressive subordinates, incessant deadlines etc. etc.
In fact, Wolff’s description of Trump in action reminds me very much of with a specimen from a very different American——subculture: Precisely because Orrin could not be relied upon/ did not have time to read memos, aides had to spend a great of time trying to lobby him on the hoof while he galloped down the echoing Senate Office Building corridors—and then , Senators have an to the ! —on his way to a vote. (It’s a weird system).
One exceptionally able Hatch aide spent a great deal of time lobbying to get an assistant simply because she knew , one permitting the Senator to leave though the anteroom and another directly into the corridor—and both had to be covered if you wanted to grab him.
Once, probably to persuade him to become President by opposing Affirmative Action, I went out to his McMansion in McLean VA and drove him into to Capitol Hill. It obviously didn’t work, but I remember him saying, as we passed though “This is where all live.” When I admitted I lived there, there was a short silence, after which he said: “We have to get you married.”
As I say, America has subcultures.
I did subsequently marry, and was a little sorry (foolishly, see above) that he did not think to wow my Canadian in-laws by sending congratulations. But he did later tell me (sincerely): “Your wife in a beautiful woman.”
· Wolff repeatedly claims that Trump’s associates view him as “moron”—something Leftists are eager about all their opponents
Of course, this requires us to accept that
1. Trump’s career in the nightmare world of New York real estate
were all, in David Frum’s words, a “fluke.”
VDARE.com had to do with the August 12 Unite The Right rally in defense of the —we were not invited and we did not (for no particular reason) publicize it—but nevertheless we still lost our facility and were Quite obviously, this was a very similar to the hysteria in , although this time directed against the rather than that year’s in particular.
Wolff’s account of this is characteristically dishonest:
[a]lmost no one paid attention to the announcement by the Trump supporter and American neo-Nazi Richard Spencer that he was organizing a protest at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. “Unite the Right,” the theme of the rally called for Saturday, August 12, was explicitly designed to link Trump’s politics with white nationalism.
In fact, Spencer, who has certainly never acknowledged that he is a neo-Nazi, had by then over his and was clearly continuing his campaign to build an independent movement.
Wolff does admit that
Opposing the demonstrators was a hardened, militant left called to the barricades. You could hardly have better set an end-times scene, no matter the limited numbers of protesters. Much of the morning involved a series of charges and countercharges—a rocks-and-bottles combat, with a seemingly hands-off police force standing by.
This is not, in fact, the worst description of Charlottesville I’ve seen— David Frum emotes [Chapter 5 of ] that it was “Nazis and white supremacists on the rampage”—but it does evade the fact that a demonstration that a was suppressed by , , civilian and Democrats. Subsequently, of course, the independent has confirmed what VDARE.com : that Charlottesville police were .
The Orwellian Two-Minute Hate that followed Charlottesville was extraordinary even to veterans of American Moral Panics. It represented the most extraordinary inversion of reality by Fake News since the MSM/ Ruling Class convinced of Americans that Iraq had anything to do with 9/11— a deception, come to think of it, in which . A Joint Resolution of Congress condemned——“White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups” for “violence and domestic terrorist attack,” , even before the Heaphy Report had confirmed Leftist violence or, for that matter, the actual trial of alleged car murderer James Alex Fields, who might well turn out to be .
Significantly, however, President Trump defied this Resolution in a small way. He signed it, but attached a “,” a tool that Presidents have increasingly used to place an interpretation on legislation that might influence its implementation. Trump’s statement that Americans “oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all its forms,” but did not condemn a specific group, obstinately sticking with his much-denounced contention that there was blame on both sides [by Gregory Korte, September 15, 2017]
Why did Trump take this extraordinarily contrarian step—in the teeth of overwhelming Establishment opinion, outside and inside the White House? (Right, John Kelly’s visible cringing at the press conference became a .) It wasn’t the much-maligned Trump was at his Bedminster golf club when Charlottesville blew and Bannon, apparently a symptom of his weakening status, had not been invited. Wolff writes:
The main event in Bedminster that day was the ceremonial signing of an act extending the funding of a program that let veterans obtain medical care outside VA hospitals. The signing was held in a big ballroom at the Clubhouse two hours after Alex Field’s attack.
During the signing, Trump took a moment to condemn the “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides” in Charlottesville. Almost immediately, the president came under attack for the distinction he had appeared to refuse to draw between avowed racists and the other side. As Richard Spencer had correctly understood, [Emphases added].
(I must say that I don’t think Spencer cared one way or the other about Trump, who had already denounced after . But of course Spencer knew that his value to the Main Stream Media was that they could use him to smear Trump).
Trump then did call Bannon:
…Trump sought help making his case: “Where does this all end? Are they going to take down the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, Mount Vernon?” Bannon—still not receiving his summons to Bedminster—urged this to be the line: the president should condemn violence and misfits and also defend history (even with Trump’s weak grasp of it). Stressing the literal issue of monuments would bedevil the left and comfort the right.
Note that Trump already knew his stand: was simply advising him to move the debate into areas where he knew Trump had overwhelming public support.
“In contrast, Jared and Ivanka wanted Trump to issue a forceful censure of hate groups and racial politics Bannon sensibly said that that this would backfire: .” (This is exactly what I in the when I was interviewed by Scott Calvert.  )
As [Trump] got back on Marine One to head to Andrews Air Force Base and on to JFK and then into Manhattan and Trump Tower, his mood was dark and I-told-you-so. Privately, he kept trying to rationalize why someone would be a member of the KKK—that is, they might not actually believe what the KKK believed, and the KKK probably does not believe what it used to believe, and, anyway, who really knows what the KKK believes now? In fact, he said, his own father was accused of being involved with the KKK—not true. (In fact, yes, true.)
Putting aside the smear (as far as I know , and anyway this would have been the basically non-violent ), what this shows is a Trump far more judicious and intellectually curious than the fundamentally hysterical MSM/ Ruling Class. And of course, he was right: for example, Unite The Right contained peaceful Southern heritage groups like the .
The next day, Tuesday, August 15, the White House had a news conference scheduled at Trump Tower. Bannon urged Kelly to cancel it. It was a nothing conference anyway. Its premise was about infrastructure—about undoing an environmental regulation that could help get projects started faster—but it was really just another effort to show that Trump was working and not just on a holiday. So why bother? What’s more, Bannon told Kelly, he could see the signs: the arrow on the Trump pressure cooker was climbing, and before long he’d blow.
The news conference went ahead anyway. Standing at the lectern in the lobby of Trump Tower, the president stayed on script for mere minutes. Defensive and self-justifying, he staked out a contrition-is-bunk, the-fault-lies-everywhere-else position and then dug in deep. He went on without an evident ability to adjust his emotions to political circumstance or, really, even to make an effort to save himself. It was yet one more example, among his many now, of the comic-absurd, movielike politician who just says whatever is on his mind. Unmediated. Crazylike.
As far as I’m concerned that was a horrible, horrible day…. I think there’s blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it, you don’t have any doubt about it. If you reported it accurately, you would see.”
Steve Bannon, still waiting in his temporary office in the EOB, thought, .
Wolff regards this as proof that Trump is “without an evident ability to adjust his emotions to political circumstance” because he is a conventional Leftist bigot who will not look at the facts. Trump, in contrast, had actually seen the “Alt Left…charging with clubs in their hands” when his campaign rallies in and Chicago were and . (The photo at right was taken at Charlottesville.) He knew first-hand the “political circumstance” that there is a in the U.S. And in fact opinion polls found his stand was popular, although it caused an elite opinion meltdown.
Of course, Trump’s reaction was not perfect. What he should have done is denounce for abrogating Unite The Rights’s First Amendment rights and cause the Justice Department to bring charges of Civil Rights violations. This would, at a stroke, have revolutionized the debate.
Nevertheless, Trump’s raw instincts were remarkable. Clearly, he had absolutely no support in the White House, let alone in the political class, and certainly not on cable television upon which he is allegedly dependent. Somehow, he found the insight and strength to defy them.
Which brings me Trump’s latest DACA dalliance. For some reason, he has long apparently felt the need to appear to propitiate elite opinion that the DACAns should be allowed to keep the fruits of their parent’s crimes—unlike the children of burglars. And of course his current offer to the Democrats is appalling.
But Trump has on immigration. He’s always (See , , ). The instincts that erupted in must still be seething below the surface.