President Donald Trump may have overstated his victimhood status when he spoke before graduating service members at the United States Coast Guard Academy: “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” However, the freshly elected Republican president makes a strong case that he is the subject of an unprecedented media “witch hunt.”
With reports emerging daily which allege a sinister connection between the Trump administration and the Russian government, the very authenticity of America’s democracy is called into question. Citizens rightly wonder if their president is beholden to shadowy sponsors at the Kremlin.
From accusations of a concerted effort between the Trump campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin to influence the election by gradually leaking compromising information about Hillary Clinton to the latest report of a White House cover-up of these conspiracies via the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the mainstream media is hemorrhaging stories which point the finger at a scandalous administration that is ultimately deserving of impeachment.
But are these fears resulting from objective evidence, reliable sources, and credible intelligence? Or is this a partisan campaign meant to unseat the POTUS in America’s first ever bloodless coup?
For many Americans and certainly the liberal establishment, the election of a man whom they perceive to be a xenophobic elitist or the antithesis of every progressive value they hold dear is simply unacceptable. Russiagate serves as a means to an end that will see Trump forever returned to his palatial towers in New York City.
10. Plausible Deniability
Former acting CIA director Michael Morell, who has significant connections in the Democratic Party and once called Trump “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” has since downplayed his accusations, admitting that “there is smoke, but there is no fire—at all.”
The “smoke” Morell refers to is indications that members of the Trump campaign met with Russian statesmen prior to Election Day without disclosing these encounters. However, the “fire” which is so fundamentally lacking from ongoing investigations is any link that directly ties Trump to any inappropriate meetings with Moscow.
The distinction is everything as far as impeachment is concerned. Trump’s plausible deniability is the difference between a Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair. The former scandal resulted in President Richard Nixon’s humiliating resignation. Conversely, President Ronald Reagan was able to depart the White House with his reputation intact and an approval rating that never fell below 46 percent, in large part because he was able to deny any direct knowledge of the scandal unfolding within his administration.
9. Hard Line On Russia
When it was announced that Rex Tillerson would be appointed to one of the most powerful positions in Washington as Secretary of State, mainstream media had their suspicions confirmed: Trump was colluding with Russia, in this instance by appointing a former oil executive with intimate ties to Putin to a key cabinet post. However, journalists are failing to take an objective look at how the private lives of Trump and his closest advisers contradict their documented policy decisions, which often stand in opposition to Russian interests.
Trump has been surprisingly defiant, quickly abandoning notions of a new era in US-Russia relations when such an arrangement did not benefit American interests. Trump’s cabinet appointees reflect this independence, with Defense Secretary James Mattis admitting that the White House has no intentions of cooperating militarily with Russia in Syria and Tillerson demanding that Russia abstain from fighting in Ukraine before an end to sanctions are discussed.
Trump’s own hostility toward Russia surpasses even that of the Obama administration. After the US targeted a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed numerous noncombatants, Putin was furious and Kremlin spokesmen admitted that the missile strike significantly damaged US-Russia relations.