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What Progressives Hopefully Learned From Russiagate

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The Robert Mueller hearing on Tuesday was widely regarded as a humiliating disaster, not just by critics of the establishment Russia narrative, but by mainstream Democratic pundits. We haven't seen a US official look so befuddled and disorganized during a congressional hearing since that time John McCain started babbling gibberish at James Comey, and he had a tumor eating his brain.

"A frail old man, unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions," tweeted liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore after the circus had ended. "I said it in 2017 and Mueller confirmed it today. All you pundits and moderates and lame Dems who told the public to put their faith in the esteemed Robert Mueller just STFU from now on."

"Much as I hate to say it, this morning's hearing was a disaster," tweeted virulent Russia-gater Laurence Tribe. "Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it. The effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president has been set back, not advanced."

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"On the optics, this was a disaster," summarized NBC's Chuck Todd.

As you'd expect, this widespread sentiment is shared by Trump himself, who told reporters -- after the hearing that "We had a very good day today."

A frail old man, unable to remember things, stumbling, refusing to answer basic questions...I said it in 2017 and Mueller confirmed it today All you pundits and moderates and lame Dems who told the public to put their faith in the esteemed Robert Mueller just STFU from now on.

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It is entirely possible that the Democrats and their allied media outlets handed Trump a re-election in 2020 with their nonstop fixation on a fact-free conspiracy theory that was doomed to failure, and many progressives have been pointing this out.

"This whole setup has done more damage to the Democrats' chances of winning back the White House than anything that Trump could ever have dreamed up," former MSNBC host Kristal Ball said after the hearing. "Think about all the time and the journalistic resources that could have been dedicated to stories that, I don't know, that a broad swath of people might actually care about? Healthcare, wages, the teachers' movement, whether we're going to war with Iran?"

"It's a self-soothing fantasy that makes people like Hillary Clinton and her allies feel better, but in reality all of this stood to help Trump, which is why from the very beginning I thought that this was such a disaster," journalist Aaron Mate' told CGTN America's The Heat -- regarding the Russia-gate conspiracy theory.

"It's great to see more leftists & liberals recognizing that channeling the anti-Trump Resistance into a stupid conspiracy theory was a massive mistake, but for next time: let's try harder to voice that when it's actually happening for 2+ years, not after it finally collapses," tweeted Mate', whose unparalleled reporting on the gaping plot holes in the Russia-gate narrative won him an Izzy Award earlier this year.

It's great to see more leftists & liberals recognizing that channeling the anti-Trump Resistance into a stupid conspiracy theory was a massive mistake, but for next time: let's try harder to voice that when it's actually happening for 2+ years, not after it finally collapses.

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Aaron Mate' (@aaronjmate) July 27, 2019

Mate' can reasonably be described as today's leading authority on the Russia-gate narrative and the arguments for and against it, and he is right not to only single out liberals in his criticism. It is true that there have been plenty of leftists and progressives who've continuously opposed Russia-gate right from the get go, at least in part for the reasons Mate' offers, but it is also true that it wasn't just liberals who got lost in the conspiratorial haze of Trump-Russia hysteria.

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Here's hoping that "progressives" redefine themselves as they truly are: Troglodytes.

With sincere apologies to Troglodytes.

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There's still hope that Trump's tax and bank records will be exposed. There's gotta be a magma chamber of criminality under the surface (the reason for Trump's obstruction) that House Democrats will try to uncover, if only to save face.

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I wouldn't like to see a puka (hole) puking out the opening. A friend of mine

in Alaska (Art Taurianen who headed the Dem Party in Kenai Peninsula)

built his retirement home on Big Island (Hawaii) right over a puka. We could

go down it for hundreds of feet on ropes hoping the magma didn't rise again.

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It is actually too late in the game to be worrying about his bank and tax returns. It is doubtful that any thing criminal will be exposed at this point. He has successfully kept those records off the table since he announced he was running for president. They are certain to remain off the table.


Yes, the Democrats are going to try to save face any way that they can. Going on a fishing expedition is not the best way to proceed. That will only serve reignite the "witch hunt" claims, which as the Muller report seemed to substantiate, is a good possibility.


I keep on reading that there is plenty of evidence that Trump is profiting daily from his hotels because he is the President. Trump is too smart/slick to allow himself to be caught up that way. If you want to catch Trump at anything, you are going to have to look at less obvious reasons and things.


Americans have had a Slick Willy and now they have a Teflon Don.



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The intense hatred that the Democrats have of and for Trump virtually ensures that he is going to be impervious to any new or even recycled attacks leveled against him. Of course, that is all by design, courtesy of the Great Manipulator. The left responds to any statement by Trump by either attacking Trump or a member of his family. Basically, Trump is controlling all conversations and drags everyone else into the conversation. The Left needs to learn to keep quiet and not be so reactionary. One important thing to remember at this point in the game is that any effort to impeach Trump is going to work in his favor this soon after the Russia Gate fiasco. It can/will drive Democrats away from the polls and increase the number of Republicans going to the polls. Every time that Trump makes an outrageous statement, which the Left invariably tries to label it as racist, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, or such other liberal buzz word, he is manipulating the Democrats. It is real simple: the Left doesn't have to respond to every thing Trump says or does. It is his policies that are the keys to the election - not how he implements those policies.

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Of course, the Democrats could simply develop an actual, issue-based platform that competes with the Republicans for votes. Maybe abandoning the identity politics game and the full-on war support wouldn't hurt either.

Nah, they wouldn't dream of any of that.

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I agree it is his strategy and it has worked. Reminds me o judo, use your opponent's momentum against him. The blind rage of the Democrats makes me wonder if someone nominally on their side is actually fanning the flames deliberately.

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Saying that trump is not involved with Russian Oligarchs and Putin (who is one), is like saying that John Gotti was not a mobster involved with the Mafia. He wasn't called The Teflon Don for nothing.

How many tries did it take before Gotti was finally prosecuted and found guilty due to his obstruction and jury tampering? Just because trump hasn't been proven guilty, yet, doesn't mean he won't be.

trump is using by Gotti's playbook with more legal protections than Gotti could have only dreamed of.

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I totally respect your links, posts, and comments. As you know.

So I humbly ask, "Is Putin blowing it out his ass?" click here

Eagerly awaiting your typically well grounded thoughts...

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Thanks, Daniel.

I can't speak to what Putin hopes to gain by owning trump, all I can say, with 99% certainty, is that he does. Why were Russians involved with his campaign at all? He's already said that he'd accept help from Russia and other foreign powers to win in 2020. He sees nothing wrong with that. Why won't he release his tax returns? What investments in Russia, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere does he have that he is being blackmailed with? I truly believe that Mueller found evidence of conspiracy but Barr, trump's wartime Consigliere, wouldn't let him include it in the report.

Again, everyone knew that John Gotti was a murdering mobster. He didn't have to be convicted in a court of law for us to know that.

The same goes with trump.

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I believe strongly that you are off base with the Trump and Putin connection. Trump of course did say he would welcome any assistance that could come from Putin, but that statement was more of Trump talking out of his ass than anything concrete or actual proof of any collision. Bare in mind that Mueller found no evidence of collusion. The investments that Trump may have in Russia are not indicative of any collision. You can speculate until the cows come home, but until you can offer any concrete evidence, it is only speculation which is basically baseless. It is something that only an ardent Trump hater might find some merit in.


I fear that you are only furthering conspiracy theories that are not relying on any facts.



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He is not talking out of his ass when he makes these statements, but that is exactly how he gets away with his criminality in plain sight, by people like you who refuse to believe him and your own eyes and ears.

You can speculate that trump is not a traitor and a criminal all you want, but I believe when he makes these statements they are the only times he is being honest. His statements ARE facts and should be accepted as such.

He must sit back and laugh his ass off every single day about how easy it is being a criminal and traitor when you're POTUS.

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Once again, you need to offer concrete evidence, and not pure speculation. I hear what he says, but what I'm hearing is a lot of "trash talk" specifically designed to get liberals stirred up and getting them to make baseless claims and comments. You seem to be playing into his "game" quite well.


I am fully aware of his faults and how disasterous he can be. Somehow he knows when to stop and change course and incredibly, get things accomplished. How he has accomplished what he has with North Korea is just a single example. Of course you will probably discount all of that, given your intense hatred or dislike of Trump.



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How he has accomplished what he has with North Korea...

Yeah, as NK fires missiles into the Sea of Japan almost on a daily basis.

Kim is playing conald chump like a Stradivarius.

You are correct about one thing, I do hate your criminal, traitorous Fuhrer.

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Therefore, it is more than likely that we won't see anything worthwhile from your side. Thanks for your honesty.

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