Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Takeaway

Jim Jordan accused Chairman Elijah Cummings of being in a conspiracy with Michael Cohen and others to smear Donald Trump.

Mark Meadows took offense at being called a racist, despite being a "birther" back in the day.

And Donald Trump thinks Michael Cohen exonerated him on the charge of coordinating with Russia to win the election in 2012.

What the media are repeating, even today, are the words from Michael Cohen's opening statement:  that Trump is a liar, a cheat, and a racist.  Richard Nixon famously tried to deflect responsibility for Watergate with the non-sequitur "I am not a crook."  It was a non-sequitur because Nixon wasn't accused of being a crook, but of being corrupt and abusing the power of his office in ways meant to benefit Nixon, not the nation.  Trump, apparently, doesn't mind being called a racist, a conman, and a liar, or the multiple charges in Cohen's testimony that Trump is using his office to enrich Trump, not in service of the nation.

Just don't say he used Russian help to win the election.

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