After President Donald Trump brazenly told ABC News that he would welcome interference in the 2020 Election by a foreign government, GOP strategist Rick Wilson wrote a scathing takedown accusing Trump of treason and blasted his team for enabling it.
During an interview on Wednesday, Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he would listen to any foreign operative who had dirt to offer him on a political opponent.
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“I think you might want to listen,” Trump said. “There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country—Norway—we have information on your opponent. Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”
And he even suggested he wouldn’t call the FBI.
“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right. . . . Oh, let’s call the FBI. The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressmen, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”
No, congressmen do not do this, but Trump just gave Republicans the green light to do it. And as the 2016 Election demonstrated, the FBI does have enough manpower to investigate foreign interference. It’s their job to take that kind of threat seriously.
Clearly, Trump just solicited help from foreign governments on national television just like when he asked the Russians to help him during the 2016 Election.
This is treason and House Democrats should not tolerate it.
Rick Wilson certainly isn’t, which is why he wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast condemning Trump and his whole team as traitors.
“Trump proved Wednesday exactly what we’ve known about him for quite some time—he combines treachery, stupidity, and villainy in equal measure,” Wilson wrote. “After his disgusting performance in the Oval Office on Wednesday, I’d call Trump a political whore for foreign powers, but that would give whores a bad name. This is nothing new. Let’s not forget, Trump requested this kind of help in 2016. It wasn’t a joke. It wasn’t ‘Trump being Trump.’ It was Trump on live television soliciting Russian intelligence service help in defeating Hillary.”
Wilson then ripped Republicans because they won’t do a “goddamned thing” about it.
“A few Republicans in the Senate will—ever so briefly—furrow their brows. Some will issue anodyne comments that if you squint and look really closely could be vaguely suggestive of something in the general vicinity of an elliptical criticism of Trump’s invitation to foreign governments to fuck us,” he continued. “In the House, the Clown Caucus will run around with their dicks out, as per normal, and bleat about Jim Comey or Chris Steele or Bruce Ohr or Peter Strzok or whatever imaginary Deep State conspiracy they’re trying to froth into existence today. They’ll race to Fox shows like Bonfire of the Hannity to bellow about witch hunts and reap millions from the boob donors on their email lists.”
And just when you thought Wilson couldn’t wreck Trump any further, he does.
“Trump’s ichor, his slimy amorality, his reek of greed and treason is an insult to the work, legacy, and memory of the men of both political parties who put America before their own egos, their own political fortunes,” he concluded. “On Wednesday, Trump confirmed for the world that the oath of office is like every other oath he’s ever sworn, every wedding vow and promise he’s made, and every contract he’s ever signed. Trump views it—and us—as purely contingent, solely about his personal (and now) political benefit. It holds up only so long as he’s getting laid or getting paid.”
Again, House Democrats must start an impeachment inquiry. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is only helping Republicans enable Trump’s treason by refusing to do so. There’s already more than enough evidence to impeach in the Mueller report and Trump’s latest outreach to foreign governments to meddle with our election on his behalf makes it clear he thinks he can collude again and get away with it. It’s time for Democrats to take a stand. And if it’s their last stand, so be it. At least they will go down on the right side of history. And that’s a hell of a lot better than going down because they didn’t have the spine to stand up to a petty tyrant.
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