From Las Vegas Review Journal:
Have you heard the latest nursery rhyme? It goes like this: Hillary and Obama went up the hill. They both came down in handcuffs.
Don’t laugh. It’s not a joke.
The noose tightened last week upon the entire FBI leadership over the scandal to destroy candidate Donald Trump and then President Donald Trump. But it’s no longer just the FBI leadership facing prison time for conspiracy and obstruction of justice. It’s no longer just Hillary and her pals at the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton Foundation facing prison time.
The real question now: What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?
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Trump has repeatedly denied being a racist — but his track record doesn’t back up those assertions all that much.
If you ask President Donald Trump whether he’s racist, he has a standard response: He claims that no, in fact, he’s “the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered.”
But Trump’s record tells a very different story.
On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly made explicitly racist and otherwise bigoted remarks — from calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists to proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the US to suggesting that a judge should recuse himself from a case solely because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.
The trend has continued into his presidency. From stereotyping a black reporter to pandering to white supremacists after they held a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump hasn’t stopped with the racist acts even after his election.
In fact, the very first time that Trump appeared in the pages of the New York Times, back in the 1970s, was when the US Department of Justice sued him for racial discrimination. Since then, he has repeatedly appeared in newspaper pages across the world as he inspired more similar controversies.
The latest came in remarks surfaced by the Washington Post. Talking about immigration from Haiti and African countries, Trump reportedly asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He suggested that America should allow more people from countries like Norway instead. The implication is very clear: The people coming from predominantly black countries are bad, while the people coming from predominantly white countries are good.
This long history is important. It would be one thing if Trump simply misspoke one or two times. But when you take all of Trump’s actions and comments together, a clear pattern emerges — one that suggests that bigotry is not just political opportunism on Trump’s part but a real element of Trump’s personality, character, and career.
Here’s a breakdown of Trump’s history
Donald Trump says highly inappropriate things in front of witnesses, gets in trouble for saying them, then turns around and flatly denies having said them. It has happened time and time again. When will he ever learn?
Here’s the latest reported example:
Donald Trump denied on Friday that he used the phrase “shithole countries” to describe Central American and African nations during talks with US lawmakers the day before. But one of the senators present contradicted Trump and called the remarks he had heard “hate-filled, vile and racist”.
Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat who was in the meeting, contradicted him to local Chicago press on Friday morning. He said Trump “in the course of his comments said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist”.
Durbin said: “He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly.”
Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent James A. Gagliano writes:
Does anyone truly believe that Trump is attacking the 35,000-plus FBI employees? When the POTUS tweets that the FBI is “in tatters” or that its reputation is the “worst in history,” is he aiming his ire and disappointment at the rank and file?
One word: No.
So, please, don’t conflate what clearly appears to be the president’s social media animus aimed at certain compromised senior level FBI executives with the FBI as an entity.
I am no fan of Trump, and I should be one of the “aggrieved.” And I’m not.
The president, along with innumerable others, are fairly alarmed at what may be occurring on the seventh floor executive suites within FBI headquarters. Yesterday, I even listened to former colleagues of mine, retired FBI Assistant Directors Tom Fuentes on CNN, and Chris Swecker on FOX, make the exact same points. Changes need to be made at FBI headquarters. And it has zero to do with how cases are investigated in the field.
So we have joined a chorus of retired FBI voices and press-restricted onboard employees that have squarely placed the blame for the FBI’s diminished reputation on questionable senior leader decisions. The FBI has long pledged fealty to simply following the evidence, investigating potential federal crimes, bereft of fear or favor.
But here we are.
The“Trump vs. FBI” conflagration has resulted in a sharp increase of donations to the FBI Agents Association — some 2,000 this month, totaling over $140,000. This largesse will aid charity causes that include providing for the children of slain FBI Agents. Yet, in an agency that eschews accusations of its politicization, the Association could almost ironically be viewed as “fundraising” off this “war.”
But, let’s carefully clarify the “combatants” in this current melee. And let’s be fair.
So we’re all clear: Donald Trump is not attacking the FBI, even as he attacks the FBI.
Columnist Richard Cohen writes that “the children of tomorrow will ask today’s politician why they either lied for Donald Trump or failed to denounce him. The politicians will say that they needed to get re-elected or were hoping that some obscure bill they had been pushing for years would become law. But the kids would say, ‘What about America’s moral standing? What about the obligation to be truthful and to unite the nation? What about what’s on all those memorials in Washington?'”
“Donald Trump’s approval ratings are in the tank as most Americans say a landmark tax cut will mostly benefit the wealthy.”