Democrats Must Proclaim Trump Presidency Illegitimate

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As seen on Crooks & Liars on 3/23/17: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/03/democrats-must-proclaim-trump-presidency

Now that Comey has finally come clean and admitted that Trump was and still is under FBI investigation for colluding with Russia during the election, it’s time for Democrats to start obstructing. There’s no reason to debate or even vote. Anything and everything coming from this administration is spurious at best and downright treasonous at worst.

Playing by their rules:

Democrats would only be following Republican rules should they do so. Trump, Cruz, Rubio…they all sang the chorus of how Hillary could not run for president if she was under FBI investigation for her private email server fiasco. She would be illegitimate they said. They would obstruct her in every way possible claiming the moral high ground. Chaffetz even claimed to have two years worth of investigations should she win. That alone is cause enough for Chaffetz to be investigated himself; there either is a crime or there isn’t. You don’t get to choose to investigate should someone from the other side of the aisle win.

Then there’s the whole Supreme Court nominee threat. Republicans actually threatened to never allow a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominee even reach the senate floor. Without even mentioning a nominee’s name, Republicans declared that SCOTUS could function with eight members. Ted Cruz stated there was no law dictating that there had to be nine members.

I don’t like playing their game. I don’t believe in tit for tat, and I firmly believe the obstruction of Obama’s appointee, Merrick Garland, was unconscionable. That being said, this is not the same.

Trump investigation is not the same as Clinton’s:

Hillary Clinton was cleared by Director Comey before the election. Regardless of Chaffetz’ and Gowdy’s desires to hold endless hearings, she was cleared. Trump and his campaign are being investigated for colluding with Russia. To be polite, Russia is considered an adversary to the U.S. We know for a fact that Russia hacked the DNC and RNC. Apparently, now they’ve even hacked the CIA, if we are to believe WikiLeaks. We also know for a fact that many members of his campaign had and continue to have Russian ties, and we know that the FBI, CIA and NSA are investigating these crimes.

This means that anything coming from Trump and his administration are illegitimate until cleared. It’s not as if he became president and then colluded with them. His campaign did so in order to gain the upper hand and win the presidency. To be clear, the investigation is considering whether or not the Russian government assisted the Trump campaign in winning the presidency. That is treason! Should this be true, we cannot simply get rid of Trump and let Pence take over. The entire election would be invalid.

What to do:

Therefore, until this investigation is concluded, Democrats must not work with Republicans on any bills, referendums, nominees…on anything.

If the Trump campaign is guilty, how do we know that his cabinet appointees are not colluding with Russia? Rex Tillerson and Michael Flynn come immediately to mind when considering this. How do we know that Trump is not signing executive orders that were actually written with the Russian government’s wishes in mind? After all, Trump is not even aware of what they say or do. The executive order placing Steve Bannon as head of national security is a great example of this. Trump is currently dismantling our systems of government. Does this not sound like an objective that would benefit the Russians? How do we know that any bills being brought forward by the Republican Party members are not influenced by Russian interests? Paul Ryan did say that Trump helped them write their Trumpcare bill. They keep saying that Trump’s Russian collusion is fine by them, and that they are more interested in investigating the media and who leaked the Russian ties than who actually committed the treason.

How do we know if Trump’s SCOTUS nominee is not a pro-Russian nominee? We don’t! 

This is why Democrats must do everything they can to stop this administration. They need to filibuster Gorsuch; no negotiations. I realize the Republicans will likely just change the rules and kill filibustering. This will leave the Democrats fighting future battles that would only require a simple majority vote, but Republicans will do that no matter what Democrats use the filibuster for. If they are saving it for Trumpcare, that is a mistake. The SCOTUS seat will have the most enduring affect on our democracy. Healthcare will not.

No Democrat should vote for any nominee or legislation until this investigation is complete. There can be no middle ground, no wiggle room in this. At each and every vote, Democrats must go on record as a “No because this administration is under investigation for colluding with Russia.” 

“When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.” – Donald Trump

trump-1822121_640Will Congress look into this shit storm Trump has created? Will he will be investigated for his ties to Vladimir Putin? Will an investigation be conducted as to his knowledge of the Russian hacking? Will Congress demand to know if Russia’s goal was to influence the American vote for Trump?

If he’s a man of his word, then the answer is no. Perhaps he thinks he’s a man with impunity. Why else would someone make such a brazen comment?

But there are many other investigations of the Orange Menace required. His conflicts of interest concerning his foreign business associations need to be investigated. There is more than enough reason to believe that the very second he takes the oath, he will be in direct violation of the Emoluments Clause. Additionally, his finances need to be investigated because of his “yuge” debts to foreign banks. Is he appointing so many Goldman Sachs’ executives because he carries almost a billion dollars of debt with them? I don’t know, but that’s what some people are saying. I’m not saying that, but people are saying that.

If his quote above is true, then we have a lot more than Russians to worry about. If “they” will really “do whatever the hell” he wants, then there is no possible way America’s elected officials, both parties of both congressional houses, will ever investigate his ties to Russia. Why? Because he gave. Or even if they do, will his “giving” cause them to be biased towards him? Some are saying yes.

Like he said, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

How much do you think it would take? How about $245,500 to current Senators and Representatives to both parties? Not enough you say. Fine. How about an additional $891,100 to their PACS? More? Would another $367,603 to parties make you uneasy? It should.

Will $1,504,203 be enough to buy Trump the presidency? We shall see. That’s the exact amount he and his children gave to current senators and republicans of both parties. This does NOT include any money given to PACS that are not required to report donor names, aka dark money. And his does NOT include money Trump gave to state and local politicians and PACS. If I were to include that, Trump’s total in political donations would be $4,248,931.73.

Let’s hope our leaders will do the right thing and not do whatever the hell Trump wants them to do.

Elected Leaders:

  1. Corey Booker (D-NJ) Senator – $20,400
  2. Alan David Brat (R-VA) Representative – $2,600
  3. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Senator – $2,000
  4. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) Representative – $3,000
  5. John Cornyn ( R-TX) Senator – $6,100
  6. Charlie Crist (D-FL) Representative – $6,900
  7. Steve Daines (R-MT) Senator – $1,000
  8. Ron Desantis (R-FL) Representative – $1,000
  9. Dan Donovan (R-NY) Representative – $11,400
  10. Richard Durbin (D-IL) Senator – $1,000
  11. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Senator – $9,950
  12. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) Representative – $1,000
  13. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Representative – $2,000
  14. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Senator – $17,800
  15. Charles Grassley (R-IA) Senator – $5,200
  16. Frank Guinta (R-NH) Representative – $1,000
  17. Andrew Harris (R-MD) Representative – $1,000
  18. Dean Heller (R-NV) Senator – $4,500
  19. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Representative – $1,000
  20. Peter King (R-NY) Representative – $6,600
  21. Steve King (R-IA) Representative – $4,000
  22. Raul Labrador (R-ID) Representative – $1,000
  23. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) Representative – $7,250
  24. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Representative $5,500
  25. John McCain (R-AZ) Senator – $31,000
  26. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Senator -$10,400
  27. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Senator – $3,000
  28. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Representative – $1,000
  29. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Senator – $2,000
  30. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) Representative – $10,400
  31. Elanor Norton (D-D.C.) Delegate – $7,700
  32. David Perdue (R-GA) Senator – $2,000
  33. Charles Rangel (D-NY) Representative – $16,100
  34. Mike Rounds (R-SD) Senator – $2,000
  35. David Rouzer (R-NC) Representative – $1,000
  36. Edward Royce (R-CA) Representative – $2,500
  37. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) Representative – $1,000
  38. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Senator – $14,700
  39. Tim Scott (R-SC) Senator – $4,500
  40. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Senator – $2,000
  41. Bill Schuster (R-PA) Representative – $2,000
  42. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) Senator – $2,000
  43. Thom Tillis (R-NC) Senator – $2,000
  44. David Trott (R-MI) Representative – $1,000
  45. Ann Wagner (R-MO) Representative – $1,000
  46. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) Representative – $2,000

PACS:

  1. American Crossroads PAC – $50,000
  2. Americans for Republican Majority PAC – $1,000
  3. Building Our Bases PAC – $500
  4. Committee for Leadership and Progress PAC – $5,000
  5. Congressional Leadership Fund PAC – $100,000
  6. CORPAC – $1,000
  7. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – $67,550
  8. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – $77,000
  9. Florida Victory Fund – $2,000
  10. Freedom & Free Enterprise PAC – $1,000
  11. Grassroots Victory Fund – $500
  12. HUCK PAC – $2,500
  13. Hudson Valley Victory Fund – $500
  14. Jobs, Freedom, & Security PAC – $5,000
  15. John Bolton Super PAC – $5,000
  16. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership PAC – $60,000
  17. National Leadership PAC – $18,000
  18. National Republican Congressional Committee – $75,400
  19. National Republican Senatorial Committee – $197,600
  20. New Jersey First – $5,000
  21. New Jersey Senate 2006 – $1,000
  22. New York Republican Federal Campaign Committee – $10,000
  23. New York Salute 1998 PAC – $10,000
  24. Reform PAC – $1,000
  25. Republican National Committee – $161,050
  26. Searchlight Leadership Fund – $1,000
  27. Solutions America PAC – $6,500
  28. Straight Talk America PAC – $6,500
  29. Sunshine PAC – $500
  30. The Commonwealth PAC – $5,000
  31. USA Super PAC – $5,000
  32. Victory Fund – $1,000

Political Parties:

  1. Arkansas Republican Party – $25,000
  2. California Republican Party – $25,000
  3. Nevada Republican Party – $12,500
  4. Nevada Republican Central Committee – $12,500
  5. New Jersey Democratic Party – $2,103
  6. North Carolina Republican Party – $500
  7. Republican Party of Florida – $261,000
  8. Republican Party of Iowa – $9,000
  9. Republican Party of New Mexico – $5,000
  10. South Carolina Republican Party – $15,000

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