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Too many Buzzfeed distractions & Covington diversions. This is the sort of chaos Putin loves.

To refocus, let’s talk about the Trump/Russia big picture.

1/ We already know that the Trump campaign coordinated with both Moscow & the Russian mob to sabotage the 2016 election. This has been obvious to me for two years. My book #DirtyRubles is a short summary of what went down.

2/ However, Trump/Russia is not just about Trump, on the US side, and not just about Russia, on the hostile states side.

As @ZevShalev points out:

I’d add the modifier “criminal” before “conspiracy.”
3/ First off, Russia did not just put all their roulette chips on Trump. His was just the number that came up.

There were chips on Jill Stein. On Bernie Sanders. On Rand Paul:

And so on. (Right now, looks like bets are being placed on Tulsi Gabbard).
4/ The Russians also compromised prominent politicians.

Via their spy Alexander Torshin, handler of Maria Butina, Moscow infiltrated the NRA, and through the NRA, the GOP itself.

Butina was fucking EVERYWHERE.
5/ Here’s who attended NRA convention in Louisville in May, 2016: Trump pere et fils, Rand Paul, Jeff Sessions, Maria Butina, Alexander Torshin, Trey Gowdy, “Sheriff” Clarke. Paul Ryan spoke via satellite.

Junior had a private sit-down w/Torshin.

(h/t @jimhigdon)
6/ Again: a front organization for Russian money laundering has a convention in a state with two compromised Senators & a compromised governor, at which their head spook meets privately with the son of their chosen presidential candidate, who the org formally endorsed at event.
7/ Any politician who took money from that Torshin/NRA source is guilty.

But the Russians have far, far worse kompromat on a lot of these people. Remember, they stole the RNC emails, too, but never released them. Ashley Madison was hacked. And so on.
8/ The point is, it’s not just Trump and his grifter family who are guilty.

Devin Nunes didn’t freak out in the Uber and set about obstructing the House investigation to protect Trump. He did that to protect himself.
9/ This week, I learned the Mitch McConnell maybe got thrown out of the army for sodomy, but managed to get the details squelched.

God knows WHAT the Russians have on him, but it’s clear they have SOMETHING. Because Mitch is a full-blown traitor.
10/ So: Russians have dirt on Trump AND much of the GOP. This is why Congressional Republicans won’t act. They’re not choosing party over country. They’re choosing saving their own asses over saving the country. They are poltroonish collaborators.
11/ And it’s not just Russia. The Saudis are somehow involved. The Qataris are somehow involved. The corrupt Netanyahu regime in Israel is somehow involved. And of course the Russian mob, which is more SPECTRE than Goodfellas.

For all of these parties, it’s about the money.
12/ This is not about politics. It's not about R vs D. The GOP was massively infiltrated, but doubtless there are plenty of Democrats also implicated.

This is about democracy versus tyranny. You are either for Trump, or for the Republic. You can’t be for both.
13/ The shutdown is not about the wall (although his Russian benefactors who will supply the steel would love a border made of steel slats). It’s about disruption. It’s about chaos. It’s about weakening the country.

This is by design:
14/ Who wasn’t triggered (I hate that word, but it applies) by the Covington High story—the event itself, & the grotesque way it was covered in the MSM? No matter. That MAGA Norman Bates twerp is not important.
15/ What’s important is keeping focus on Trump, on his crimes, on what HE stands to gain from the shutdown. Because, as I'm not the first to point out, he has zero incentive to open the government. Like, none.
The bad news is that a Russian mob asset is running—or deliberately running to the ground—our country.

The good news is, we’re on to him, and he will soon be exposed, removed, & imprisoned for his seditious crimes.

Les jeux son faits, motherfuckers.

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