Regardless of what happens from here on out, President Trump will have accomplished the invaluable public service of exposing the naked hypocrisy of The Establishment, comprised of your “name brand” Republican and Democrat politicians, mainstream media, and their backers in big business and academia.
This cohort stands in opposition to President Trump, owing to his pledge to put America First in all matters. This nationalist focus is at odds with the globalist view of the world which is the preference of The Establishment. Having failed to keep him out of the White House, The Establishment has gone all in to peddle the conspiracy that the Trump campaign – and even Trump himself – colluded with the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton, and win himself the presidency.
The latest leg of this Collusion Theory story has gathered steam on the back of President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week. Minutes after the announcement began to spread across the media, a copy of the letter which informed Comey of his dismissal was made public.
The following line stood out:
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.
It drew attention given it was a bit out of place in a termination letter. One could interpret that as Trump being Trump, firing a not so sly salvo in the ongoing information war, knowing that the letter would be read on every network at least once an hour over the next day or two. The sheer audacity of the man, to essentially shitpost under the White House letterhead, is something to behold, in a positive way.
Of course the cynical interpretation for the inclusion of that line was that for Trump to have had a Russia investigation on his mind in the first place, to the extent that he would want to assert to the public that it didn’t involve him, is evidence that Trump intended to tamper with that investigation. This was immediately seized upon by The Establishment and its Old Media mouthpiece. Senator Chuck Schumer made a statement wondering out loud whether Comey had ‘hit too close to home,’ calling for a Special Prosecutor to look into the Russia matter.
This cynical interpretation was further advanced a few days later, when Trump, in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, admitted that he had always intended to fire Comey. Trump further went on and cited Comey’s role in ‘this Russia thing’ as instrumental in his decision making. He also referred to a now infamous dinner the two men had on January 27, the accounts of which differ depending on who is asked.
Leaving aside the ‘why’ of Comey’s firing, the fact that he was fired at all prompted the hypocrisy and duplicitous nature of The Establishment to rise to the surface.
For a start, the May 9th firing of Comey came on the back of a multi-week Comey bashing campaign in the media and among DC politicians. He was personally blamed for having cost Hillary Clinton the election as a result of his handling of Clinton’s email scandal. Clinton herself decided to pipe up, declaring that if it weren’t for Comey’s late October shenanigans she would have been President, before declaring herself as part of The Resistance to Trump.
Comey was further excoriated after a May 3rd testimony in front of Congress in which he exaggerated the number of emails which were sent to now-disgraced Anthony Wiener’s laptop by his wife and Clinton confidant Huma Abedin. The FBI was forced to walk Comey’s testimony back a bit, leading to more remarks about Comey’s incompetence.
This recent burst of criticism for Comey was merely the culmination of several months’ worth of Comey bashing, ever since his fateful July 2016 presser in which he declared that a reasonable prosecutor would not bring charges against Clinton, despite not being in a position to comment on what the Department of Justice ultimately should or shouldn’t do. President Trump gleefully reminded The Establishment of its universal scorn for Comey via this video which he posted to Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2017
The reason Trump posted the video was that on the evening of May 9th, following Trump’s canning of Comey, Comey had been miraculously transformed into a martyr, a six foot eight pillar of Truth, from whom the sweet smell of Justice and Democracy had once emanated, now tainted by the ‘little whiff’ of Trump’s ‘fascism,’ according to Chris Matthews.
Then, there were the media reports of the specifics and little details behnd the scenes, which of course were riddled with anonymous sources and innuendo. As typical of the Old Media reporting on the Russian Conspiracy Theory, it was constructed to paint an unjust, nefarious, and even felonious explanation for the Comey firing.
Indeed, just this afternoon, a story emerged in the Washington Post alleging President Trump divulged highly sensitive, classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to the White House last week. The allegation, predictably, is being used to further the Russian collusion meme.
The report ignores that the President, by virtue of being the President has the right to declassify whatever he wants. It also ignores he fact that the Obama administration did similar information sharing with the Russians last year, which of course was reported very differently by that same Washington Post.
The report also has all the hallmarks of the Old Media smear campaign against the President, in an attempt to punish him for the sin of wanting to have better relations with the Russians. The sources for the report are the famous anonymous current and former government officials (aka Obama people) we’ve come to know and love. There were only a handful of people in the meeting, and one of whom, HR McMaster, has since released a statement declaring the WaPo article to be false.
That doesn’t mean the damage hasn’t been done. The media and Establishment politicians have worked tirelessly since the election to cultivate a Russian Collusion Conspiracy Theory, and their continued efforts have been successful in influencing the minds of the average observer. The meeting in question was only attended by a handful of individuals, and owing to the sensitive material discussed therein, key elements of the WaPo story cannot be officially commented on. The Conservative Treehouse breaks this down further:
The Washington Post states it:
“is withholding most plot details, including the name of the city, at the urging of officials who warned that revealing them would jeopardize important intelligence capabilities.”
Right there you see the same “officials” who are leaking the story to the Washington Post are telling the Washington Post not to publish details of a classified intelligence report they are leaking.
This is NOT the White House or on-the-record sources telling the Washington Post not to publish the details, this is “the intelligence leaker” telling the Post not to publish the details. Notice how the Post tries to conflate that reality.
This statement from the Washington Post itself, a self-admission, indicates that current or former “U.S. officials” have leaked classified information to the Post and told them to retract part of the report being leaked and cited.
Ironically this is the exact same classified intelligence information they claim Trump put the nation at risk by revealing (which he didn’t).
See how that works?
Thus the media gets to put its version out there and it can go relatively unchallenged in the Old Media echo chamber, which still has a wide reach. The administration can deny, but it becomes a matter of he said, she said.
Combating the well-established Russia Collusion media behemoth with a simple ‘we didn’t do it’ from McMaster is always going to look weak. But the administration is hamstrung in this instance. And the media knows it. Such insidious tactics underscore the snake-like composition of The Establishment roadblock in the President’s way.
As usual, it has fallen to New Media entities to set the record straight. With respect to the aftermath of the Comey firing, The Daily Wire noted that multiple pieces of the Comey firing puzzle disseminated by the Old Media were erroneous at best, outright lies at worst. I will list some of those claims here, and you can read the DW article for the details if need be.
- Trump fired Comey as he was asking for more funds for the Russia Conspiracy Theory (False – Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe refutes that claim in Senate Testimony)
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to quit over being cited by Trump as the reason for the decision (False)
- Comey’s firing lowered morale at the FBI, prior to that the rank and file were thrilled, despite Trump saying otherwise (False – PBS admits that morale had ‘taken a beating’ months prior to Comey’s firing. Furthermore, we know that Comey’s October 2016 shenanigans may have been forced by an open mutiny in the FBI)
- Trump is interfering with the FBI investigation into the Russia Conspiracy Theory (False – in McCabe’s testimony he also specifically stated that the “firing of Mr. Comey had not affected the Justice Department’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.”
- Trump lied about Comey telling him that he was not under investigation (Bottom line is that Comey had told the Senate as much, with even Dianne Fienstein admitting there is 0 evidence to support the Russian Conspiracy Theory to boot)
- This is reminiscent of Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre (False – as the DW article points out, by this juncture of the investigation, Nixon administration officials were already in jail, and more were on the brink. The wolves were closing in. There is zero evidence of any wrongdoing by anyone related to the Trump campaign/administration. Trump is not even under investigation, let alone charged with anything)
That many of these threads had been debunked just hours after they were advanced by the Old media was of little concern to that festering lot. Their main aim was to advance the narrative that the Comey firing was indicative of a Nixon-esque, Watergate style cover up.
Of course this presupposes that there is a ‘something’ to cover up. And it is exactly this presupposition that the Old Media is attempting to buttress through the narrative that something shady is going on. The Russian collusion conspiracy to date has no tangible evidence supporting it, a fact that Establishment politicians who would love to ruin Trump, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, has been forced to admit.
Devoid of any evidence of collusion conspiracies, a success in selling the Comey firing as a cover up would legitimize the Collusion Conspiracy in a roundabout manner. It is essentially fake news layered on top of more fake news, a true feat for the Old Media in the age of Trump.
Appointing a special prosecutor to look into the matter would do little more than provide an opportunity to erect yet another layer of fake news onto the saga. Even nominal Trump supporters have warmed to the idea of the special prosecutor, citing the fact that the situation is now so muddy that we could do with an impartial voice to clear the air.
Even though these supporters understand there is nothing to the Russian Conspiracy, they believe that investigating it via special prosecutor would do the President a favor as it would prove the nothingness once and for all. It’s a noble sentiment, but unrealistic. I have no doubt the special prosecutor would find something – not evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, mind – but some tangible legal indiscretion.
Any wrongdoing from a Trump associate, from outstanding parking tickets up to a discrepancy in testimony which could be deemed perjury would hand the impetus to the anti-Trump faction. The wrongdoing found by the special prosecutor, while not the Russian collusion theory that is alleged, would be promoted by the media to attribute to Trump this ‘rationale’ for Comey’s firing, thereby attaining grounds to ‘confirm’ the coverup angle, and in turn ‘confirming’ the idea that there was something concrete to cover up in the first place. The whole would-be scheme is comparable to organized crime establishing legitimate business lines through which the streams of illegitimate money can flow after the fact.
Again, there is NO evidence for the now foundational layer of the collusion conspiracy – that is there is no evidence that Trump or his associates colluded with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 Presidential Election. Neither President Trump, nor any of his top aides are under investigation. To date, the names who have been publicly reported as being under some sort of official scrutiny in regards to this matter – Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Flynn – have all stated publicly their willingness to testify before the government in an open setting. That an Establishment government which would love nothing more than to nail Trump to the wall has not leapt into action in setting up such hearings is quite telling.
With the exception of Flynn, they have each done multiple television interviews on the Russian conspiracy theory, seemingly with no lawyers present, answering each and every question freely. Interestingly, these television appearances have not been noteworthy.
Given that these figures are the only tangible thread hanging from the Trump sweater, one would think that an Old Media which has all the interest in the world to tug on that thread, potentially televising the ‘smoking gun’ Trump-ending interview heard round the world, would be falling over themselves hyping up any questionable statement which was made. Yet nothing in the interviews that the men had given was particularly interesting or newsworthy, which says everything.
Furthermore, while the aforementioned Trump allies are willing to talk fully and openly, one Susan Rice is unwilling to do so. Rice, the former National Security Advisor, was pinned as the ultimate source of the leaking of Mike Flynn’s name to the press, which to date is the only publicly known criminal act committed during this entire Russian conspiracy saga. The bottom line is that Trump’s allies are not acting like the guilty would act in these situations. Rather, it is his opponents who are acting like they have something to hide.
All of this makes the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing that much more intriguing. Comey was reportedly caught off guard completely by the firing, and found out as he was talking to FBI personnel – by noticing the news of his firing being announced on TV screens in the background. He was pulled aside later and informed that it wasn’t a prank, and that he really had been fired.
Comey was in LA at the time, about as far away as he possibly could have been from his Washington DC office. There were little to no leaks, with insiders only finding out minutes before the deed was done. The whole thing was seemingly done tactically with a military precision, emblematic of the war between Trump and The Establishment in general. Trump not only fired Comey, but gave him no notice with which he could have used to ‘get his ducks in a row,’ which in the context of Trump’s presidency would mean making sure that the bodies remained buried and that the closet with all the skeletons remained sealed shut.
CNN's Jeff Zeleny reporting that Comey's office is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. You can't make this stuff up
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) May 12, 2017
(Tweet: CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reporting that Comey’s office is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. You can’t make this stuff up)
Make no mistake, James Comey is an entrenched member of The Swamp that Trump promised to drain upon being elected president. Whatever Trump’s reason for getting rid of him, the bottom line is that he was an implement for The Establishment in its war with Trump via his maintenance of the Russian Collusion conspiracy in an official capacity. After his dismissal, he could have continued on in his obsequiousness to Establishment ends by giving official credence to the ‘cover up’ narrative in later testimony, in the press, or elsewhere. Sally Yates is doing a sterling job of this, with her testimony to Congress, and will undoubtedly continue this during her scheduled CNN exclusive appearance tomorrow night.
Trump changed that potential plan of action for Comey with a simple tweet, in another fascinating display of Presidential politics in the Social Media age.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
(Tweet: James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!)
That bomb of a tweet neutered any designs Comey may have had of causing trouble. By not so subtly reminding him that all of their private conversations had been recorded, most likely by Comey’s FBI, coming out with intentionally inflammatory accounts of what happened between the two men would do nothing but come back to bite him hard.
I’m principally referring to a dinner the two men had on January 27th, a few days after the inauguration. The account of this dinner differs, and you can read a lengthy account of how that night fits into the entirety of the Russian collusion saga here. The important thing is that Trump’s loud Twitter proclamation suggests that he holds the winning hand in all of this. He wouldn’t be so brazen and more importantly so public otherwise.
His actions indicate the reality of the war between he and The Establishment, Deep State, et cetera. The Establishment has nothing on Trump, which is why he truly is the most dangerous politician of modern times, at least to them. There is no leverage that Deep State acolytes like Comey can use to shift Trump, which makes him uncontrollable.
This is why the media has resorted to the strategy of taking leaked information from the Obama/Bush career professionals still in the government, adopting the most cynical interpretation possible, and weaving it into a narrative that Trump is incompetent, corrupt, or is somehow threatening National Security, of course, as defined by The Establishment. The Washington Post hit piece from earlier today is a perfect example.
Trump’s playbook had seemingly been to play nice, understanding the enormous power he has as an individual who can’t really be controlled. The ‘threatening’ tweet towards Comey could easily be interpreted as Trump trying to help Comey out. He is essentially saying ‘don’t fight me; you don’t have a leg to stand on, just bow out gracefully.’ If Comey still doesn’t relent, Trump can then bury him with no remorse.
This also demonstrates that he is willing to use the power he has in unapologetic fashion when cornered. It does not augur well for The Swamp. The Trump/Comey tweet situation to me seems like a microcosm of Trump’s entire presidency thus far as it relates to The Swamp. It seems that Trump is willing to let some of the sins of the past be bygones as long as The Swamp steps aside, allowing his America First Agenda to move forward unencumbered. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the narcissistic, power-seeking nature of Establishment figures knows that such deference to the Trump Agenda will never happen. Thus, Trump will have to fight.
Given Trump’s willingness to do just that, combined with his ownership of the winning hand, the future does look bleak for these Establishment types. Owing to their narcissism, they would rather take the whole shebang down with them rather than admit defeat. And this is what will happen. The only thing The Establishment and its Old Media mouthpiece can do is to construct conspiratorial narratives in the face of such a beat down in order to influence the public against Trump, with the hopes that the public can be manipulated to come to their rescue at the ballot box. The resulting, but necessary turmoil in government that will come with a true Swamp-draining will be an ally in that regard. It will be up to the public to have the intellect to understand that the short term chaos will result in longer term stability.
It reminds me of a funny bit near the beginning of the recent Netflix documentary about Roger Stone. In it, Stone describes being a young kid during the 1960 election, specifically a mock election which was held among the students. Prior to that mock election, Stone had informed his classmates that Richard Nixon had pledged to add an extra day of school to the week, making students come in on Saturday. JFK ended up winning the mock election unanimously.
Stone points to the experience as teaching him a lesson about the value of misinformation. The same thing is happening today with respect to the Russia collusion conspiracy. The Establishment and the Old Media are playing the part of Stone, attempting to poison the minds of the ‘studious’ American Public against Trump by intimating that he is some sort of Russian agent personally installed as President by Vladimir Putin.
One can only hope that the American public does not complete the analogy in accepting this narrative, thus revealing its collective intellectual capacity to be on par with 7 year olds. To this point, consider the following, rather delicious clip from Stephen Colbert’s show last week.
The show in question was recorded a few minutes after the Comey news broke, at roughly 6pm, when his show is taped. Colbert relays the news to his audience, which erupts in cheers and applause. Colbert is momentarily taken aback; when he recovers he dismissively remarks that there must be a lot of Trump fans in the audience.
The reality is that there probably weren’t many Trump fans in Colbert’s audience, as fans of the two men do not overlap, particularly given Colbert has been one of the more prominent examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome ever since the election.
What happened was that Colbert’s audience, representative of the standard indoctrinated American, was still operating under the old ‘Comey is Bad’ software. Recall the news media and prominent politicians had been roasting Comey for the last few days and weeks prior to his firing as mentioned earlier. The cheers were for the perceived comeuppance of the James Comey who had wrought such misery.
The 10-15 minutes between Comey’s firing and Colbert letting them know about it was not enough time for these average Americans to have downloaded and installed the ‘Comey is Good Now, So Trump Firing Him is Bad’ software update into their programmed cranium. This is why Colbert was startled for a second, and thus rationalized the cheers as the room being full of Trump supporters.
But he shouldn’t have been worried, as the indoctrinated Americans had not received the update to how they should think, precisely because guys like him hadn’t had the chance to tell them yet. This is what Colbert proceeded to do as the video went on, and as the crowd began to ‘get it,’ the cheers became boos.
Our intelligence was further insulted yesterday by CNN and CBS. James Clapper was on with Jake Tapper and the two of them proceeded to speak in somber tones about how the Comey firing was a threat to democracy.
Clapper invoked the founding fathers and their deliberate distribution of powers across three branches of government in making his argument, relying on the ignorance of the viewing audience, in not understanding that the FBI is a body within the same executive branch that Trump currently heads, rendering the firing of Comey to techncally being little more than a boss firing a subordinate.
Then, CBS decided to eulogize Comey on 60 Minutes by replaying a 2014 interview it did with him. The underlying theme of the interview was that Comey was a moral and upstanding man. The evidence for this was largely his defiance of George W. Bush and his focus on things like promoting diversity in the FBI, both things that score one Morality Points on the leftist scorecard.
Of course, the purpose for replaying that interview was to not so subtly establish to the public what a great man we had in the FBI, to thus not so subtly establish what a monster Trump is for firing him.
As I stated at the beginning of this piece, this is the naked hypocrisy of The Establishment which Donald Trump, both as a candidate and now as President has illuminated for the public to see. Not even Blinding Agents such as Colbert can keep the public misinformed forever, despite the influence they wield.