Monday, March 5, 2018

You Can Hear the Shark Closing in on Trump-- “duunnn dunnn, dun dun dunnnnnnn dun.”

Everyone remembers the theme from the movie, Jaws.  You know, that creeping sound of dread, suspense, and tension as the great white shark swam near?  “duunnn dunnn, dun dun dunnnnnnn dun.”  You knew somebody was going down, but you weren’t sure who.  That’s the sound that must echo in Trump’s head as Special Counselor Mueller draws closer and closer, picking off lesser actors, one by one.  That’s what is driving Trump crazy(er).  And, me too!

THE ANTICIPATION is killing me.  Now it appears Jared and his entire famdamly are going down at some point—his daddy (again), and his sister.  Influence peddling is illegal.  It involves bribery and corruption.  The Kushner family is desperate to find $1.8 billion to pay off a balloon payment due by the end of this year for the office building located at 666 Fifth Avenue, NYC.   Jared Kushner and his family are trafficking in influence all over the world to bundle enough money to pay off that loan.  Two financial institution executives met with Kushner in the White House last year and gave him a half billion-dollar loan.  Jared’s father met with Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi and asked for the money to save the property.  Al Emadi said, “No thanks.”  One month later, Qatar got in a squabble with their neighbors, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Jared led a diplomatic assault on Qatar which led to Qatar being blockaded which undermined Secretary of State Tillerson’s position.  In the future, start paying attention when you hear anything about the UAE.  “dun, dun dunnnnnnnn dun.”

I DON’T feel sorry for the Kushner family!   What do you expect when you invest in something named after the mark of the devil, 666?  I wouldn’t spend a penny on something named 666, not even if I had $1.8 billion.  This alone makes me doubt Kushner’s judgment.

TO REFRESH your memory of Jared Kushner’s role in the White House, he is in charge of Middle East peace, Government reform, the opioid crisis, criminal justice reform, liaison to Mexico, Liaison to China, and Liaison to the Muslim community.  The man has zero experience in government or diplomacy.  You can’t count begging foreign countries for millions of dollars for personal gain as relevant experience. And the man can’t even get a security clearance!  “dun, dun dunnnnnnnn dun.”

 I DON’T care what happens to Javanka, as Jared and Ivanka are called.  What I want to know is what motivates Donald Trump to safeguard anything Russia or Putin, to the detriment of the democracy of our country?  Only the great white prosecutor can tell us that, and I live for that day.  We all know Trump well enough by now to know that it is out-of-character for him not to insult anyone that is more powerful than him.  It has already been proven that Russia influenced our election, but that fact has been met with silence from the President.  Trump has refused to apply sanctions to Russia for the interference that was unanimously passed by Congress.  Trump hasn’t even assigned Putin a nickname.

REMEMBER WHEN North Korea’s Kim Jong-un said his red launch button was on his desk?  Then Trump tweeted, “My red button is larger than your red button.”  Last week, Putin made a big presentation about Russia’s nuclear missile might.  Putin bragged he had missiles that could not be stopped by anything the U. S. employed against them.  The Trump we have come to know, in any other circumstance, against any other world leader, would have gone on a twitter rant the likes of which we’ve never seen.  But he remained silent.

INSTEAD OF hitting back against Putin, Trump announced he was imposing tariffs on metal and aluminum, and thereby shocking his staff, his advisers, and all our trading allies.  Obviously shocking everyone but his longtime friend, Carl Icahn, who dumped $30 million in stock in a steel-dependent company just days before Trump’s surprise announcement.  I think that’s called “insider trading.”  Ask Martha Stewart.  “dun, dun dunnnnnnnn dun.”

TRUMP SAID a trade war was a war easy to win.  It seemed he HAD to strike out against someone and it seemed Putin was off limits.  Why?  It makes no sense!  But it does cause a reasonable, half- intelligent person to think that whatever Putin has on Trump is a) damning, or b) part of a larger purpose, or c) both of these things.

WHAT LARGER purpose?  Trump may have given us a clue this past weekend.  I have long written about Trump’s love of authoritarians, and while I was not surprised at the statement he made, it did scare me. When speaking at a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago about Chinese President Xi, Trump said, “He’s now president for life.  President for life.  And he’s great.  I think it’s great.  Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.”  What President who knows we have a Constitution would say such a thing? Trump, that’s who.  President for life wouldn’t be too hard to accomplish if you were in cahoots with another world power who had missiles we could not stop.  Just sayin’. 

MEANWHILE, hurry up Mr. Mueller!  “dun, dun dunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun.”

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