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Friday, April 13, 2018

Crazed, Ceaseless Attacks

In the mildly hysterical tones of the truly deranged, a talking head at CNN (or was it MSNBC or ABC?) reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a $150,000 transfer of money between a billionaire Russian oligarch and the Trump campaign. The implication by the talking head—it's the smoking gun that would "prove" collusion between Trump and the Russians. The subtext—impeachment is right around the corner.

Chuck Ross comments on this:
The donation [actually it was an honorarium for a speech Trump delivered before he was the GOP candidate for president], from steel magnate Victor Pinchuk, pales in comparison to contributions he gave to the charity established by Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The billionaire has contributed $13 million to the Clinton Foundation since 2006 and had access to Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state.
Since Mueller is supposedly gravely concerned about Russian interference in American politics, you'd think he might pursue a "donation" to the Clintons that was 86 times (!!) larger than the one offered Trump before he was president. Oh, BTW, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State when the $13M donation was made. By nah, that's not anything that Mueller might be interested in, because—Hillary. Apparently, Mueller in his current job and as head of the FBI seems to protect Dems in general and Hillary in particular..

Ross provides some background:
In June 2012, the billionaire attended a dinner at the Clintons’ residence. And through Schoen, Pinchuk lobbied the State Department in 2011 and 2013.

Documents filed with the Justice Department show Schoen and Pinchuk met on several occasions in 2012 with Melanne Verveer, a close Clinton associate who then served as an ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.

Bill Clinton attended Pinchuk’s annual Yalta conference, The New York Times reported on Feb. 13, 2014. Pinchuk also attended the former president’s 65th birthday party in Los Angeles.

The FBI reportedly investigated the Clinton Foundation over its foreign donations. The status of that investigation is unclear.
Gosh ... if the same standards are applied, it was the Clinton's who colluded with the Russians, in the Pinchuk case and a number of others. There is hard evidence to support each case, but the FBI and the trained hamsters in the media seem oddly disinterested.

Anyhow, back to Trump. John Hinderaker writes:
I’ve been wondering whether a backlash would develop against the Democrats’ crazed, ceaseless attacks on President Trump. No one has ever seen anything like it: the ridiculous smears, the nightly barrage of television “comedy,” over-the-top attacks by former government officials like John Brennan and James Comey, endless investigations into nothing in particular, calls for impeachment (grounds? who needs grounds?), absurd accusations of “treason,” and so on. It is unprecedented in American history, and maybe voters are starting to think the Democrats have gone too far.

No doubt the Democrats’ constant attacks, amplified every day by the press, have an effect. But at a minimum, diminishing returns seem to have set in. Today’s Rasmussen survey, the only daily presidential approval poll now functioning and the only one, to my knowledge, that currently surveys likely voters, finds President Trump with 50% approval and 49% disapproval. His approval numbers this far in 2018 are essentially identical to President Obama’s ratings at the same point in his administration, notwithstanding Obama’s fawning press coverage.
It would be deliciously ironic if the non-stop, deranged hysteria directed at Trump from the Dems and their trained hamsters in the media is actually helping him. But regardless, their "crazed, ceaseless attacks" tell us a lot more about the Dems and the media that they tell us about Trump.