Peter Lucas: With Friends Like These, Trump Needs More Time with Enemies
If Donald Trump did not have creeps, deadbeats and dirt bags as buddies, he would have been friendless in New York.
It seems that everyone around him before he became president is either in prison or is soon going there, including Michael Cohen, his desperate former lawyer and personal fixer.
Maybe with Cohen behind bars, Trump can concentrate on being president.
This guy is so bad that he should have long ago been named chairman of Trump’s New York Creep Committee (NYCC).
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Trump and Russian collusion for two years, may not have come up with anything, but it has not stopped him from sending Trump guys away as collateral damage.
A special counsel is like a vacuum cleaner; it may not find what you are looking for, but everything gets scooped up, including dirt you did not know was there.
Also heading to jail, or having already been there, are George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign “foreign policy advisor,” who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and who served a 14-day sentence;
Paul Manafort, Trump’s one-time campaign chairman, who was convicted of financial crimes and is so deep in prison that, without a presidential pardon, he will die there;
Rick Gates, a Trump campaign aide and a Manafort junior partner who was indicted on similar charges to Manafort but agreed to a plea deal;
Roger Stone, a Trump advisor who was indicted in January for lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his dealings with WikiLeaks and emails;
And, of course, Cohen, who made it a habit of secretly recording more than 100 clients, including Trump, without their knowledge. Cohen faces three years in prison for tax and bank fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.
But nothing had anything to do with Russian collusion, which Democrats vainly hoped would help bring Trump down. Since they were wrong, they, through the House committees they now control, are investigating all other aspects of Trump’s pre-presidential life.
Cohen, who lied so smoothly before Congress the first time he testified, was so impressive that he came back for a repeat, command performance last week.
And he performed the way the Democrats prepped him to act, calling Trump, the man who employed him for 10 years “a racist,” “a con man,” and “a cheat.”
If Trump was so bad why did Cohen work for him for so long? And why did Cohen seek a job at the White House after Trump was elected, only to be turned down?
When Cohen appeared before the bozos of the House Oversight Committee last week, he allegedly lied about the job, as well as falsely testifying that he did not defraud any banks. Two Republicans on that committee, Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, filed a complaint with Attorney General William Barr over that.
Here are several takeaways from the Democrats’ extended attacks on Trump.
One is that Trump supporters, who make up at least half the people in the country, do not care what Trump did in his private life. They voted for him knowing he was a playboy, a womanizer, a blowhard television personality, a braggart, a showman and a flashy, controversial businessman who surrounded himself with New York hustlers.
They voted for him because, after eight years of the whining Barack Obama, Trump came up with a positive, patriotic and winning message. He was proud of his country, not ashamed of it, like the feckless Obama was.
And they will vote for him again in 2020 because he is delivering on his campaign promises, from creating a booming economy to making the country strong and safe.
Another takeaway is the Democrats hate Trump so much that they have gone from obstructionists to saboteurs.
Never has Congress sought to sabotage a president while he was abroad negotiating a nuclear arms treaty with a country that we are still technically at war with.
But that is what the Democrats and Rep. Elijah Cummings, head of the House Oversight Committee, did when they held their hate Trump rally, billed as a hearing. They did it on the same day that Trump was in Hanoi negotiating with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
They sought to embarrass -- and weaken -- the president while he was working to stop the North Koreans from ever dropping a nuclear bomb on the United States. And Trump’s the bad guy? Talk about creeps.
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