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Robert Reich: Is Trump A Traitor? – OpEd

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Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was a betrayal of the nation he has a sworn duty to protect.

Under Article III Section 3 of the Constitution, the crime of treason is defined as “giving aid and comfort” to enemies of the United States. Trump has betrayed the American people in 5 ways we already know of:

1. He ignores attacks on our democracy. According to American intelligence, there’s no doubt about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. And no doubt they’re continuing to attack, and planning further attacks, on our democratic institutions and even our energy infrastructure.

Yet Trump casts doubt about the conclusions of the intelligence community, blames past presidents, and turns a blind eye to safeguarding America from current and future attacks.

2. He publicly undermines U.S. intelligence officials – taking the side of Putin, a former KGB officer, when Putin claims Russia didn’t interfere in the election. And Trump accuses his own government officials of being part of a so-called “deep-state” conspiracy out to get him.

3. He attacks our closest allies, weakening America’s standing in the world and playing into Putin’s hands. During his trip to Europe, Trump insulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mocked British Prime Minister Theresa May, and was rebuked by the French President. His unreasonable demands on NATO – that members increase their military expenditures to 4 percent of their GDPs – have frayed our most important security alliance.

4. His campaign knowingly sought help from a Russian agent. In June, 2016, senior members of Trump’s campaign, including Don Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, met with a Russian lawyer who, before they met, had promised them damaging information on Clinton.

5. Then in July 2016 Trump publicly encouraged Russia to meddle in our election, asking Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email server and release the emails to the public. That same day Russian operatives initiated their cyberattack, and weeks later released the emails.

Never before has a President of the United States so brazenly sided with a ruthless dictator intent on destroying American democracy.

If this is not treason, what is it?


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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fifteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and"Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "The Common Good," which is available in bookstores now. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, "Inequality For All." He's co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism," which is streaming now.

One thought on “Robert Reich: Is Trump A Traitor? – OpEd

  • July 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm
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    As I recall, regurgitating can rid one’s self of poison. In a slightly different sense, it signifies the rehashing of old stuff; in this instance purposefully misconstrued out dated information. My boy, your imagination seems to fail you with the regurgitation of topics either passé or lost in time. My diagnosis is Alzheimer’s. Yes, Robbie, your intense Tropophobia has driven you to lose your contact with reality, an attribute I’ve suspected all along.
    Topic by topic, your presentation:
    1. He ignores attacks . . . where did this come from? He hasn’t ignored anything, he has indicated that such interference as may have occurred may not have been solely Russian; a stand which seems to ruffle the dummycraps.
    2. He publicly undermines . . . and with good reason! I note with interest the cameo appearance of Dan Coats at the Aspen Dummycrap event righteously defending his position and amazed to discover POTUS Trump had invited Putin to the White House. What the hell was Coats doing at that conference being interviewed by Andrea Mitchell the queen of ‘muck rakers.’ For one who is supposed to know everything, Coat’s amazement is amazing. Using your analytic technique, one could project: “Is Coats he be part of the deep state?’
    3. He attacks our . . . I intuit you were in the other room as POTUS Trump revealed Germany’s dependence on Russian gas, a rather stupid move on behalf of Merkel and worthy of Trump’s disdain. That NATO members begin to pull their own weight and not suck up US Dollars for their defense seems rather astute. The free ride is over
    4. His campaign knowingly . . . it’s called opposition research and if your guys didn’t do it, no wonder you lost. Reading anything nefarious into the pursuit of information on an adversary is an ignoble posture which, naturally, suits your requirement for smut.
    5. Then in July 2016 Trump publicly . . . Out on a limb with nothing to support you, you project evil intent on a facetious remark made on the campaign trail which had its basis on Hitlery Cliton’s destruction of classified materials from her private internet server; an infraction the ‘deep state’ has yet to prosecute.
    We won; Robbie Bobbie; you lost: either grow up or take another train.

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