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Scholar, author, and expert on authoritarian governments Sarah Kendzior explains everything in one breath:

I don’t buy this theory at all that Trump thought he wasn’t going to win or he didn’t want to win. First off, this is Trump and you have to imagine that in his head he’s content to lose to a woman and lose to a Clinton. Second of all, his relationship with Russia goes back 30 years, as do his political ambitions. He nearly ran for president in 1988. He ran in 1996, he ran in 2000, he ran in 2012 and he ran again in 2016. That’s not a political neophyte. That’s somebody who’s had long-term political ambitions. We also know that Trump has had ties to Russian officials and to organized crime for about 30 years and that he’s been the source of various crackdowns on those crimes. For example, there’s an investigation into the Taj Mahal casino by the U.S. Treasury in 2015. Trump may have been in trouble. A great way to get out of trouble is if you’re the President of the United States and you can pack the courts, you can purge agencies, you can rewrite the laws so you can be immune from prosecution, as well as filling your own autocratic objectives and partnering with autocrats around the world which is what he’s done. This is a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as government.

Follow the money, because Trump keeps losing it and needs new sources of it to continue his life style. You cannot call anyone with a half dozen bankruptcies a successful businessman. For Putin Trump is a полезный идиот, a useful idiot.


1 Badtux { 01.21.19 at 2:27 am }

I think he’s gone past being a useful idiot to being a full-blown collaborator. Thus why I call him Agent Orange of the FSB.

2 Bryan { 01.21.19 at 12:37 pm }

I would agree if I thought that he actually understood the effect of his actions, but I don’t think he understands anything beyond how much money he thinks he would make if he got the Trump Tower – Moscow deal. He, of course, doesn’t know that it would most probably become another Trump SoHo or 666 Fifth Avenue disaster.

3 hipparchia { 01.21.19 at 4:57 pm }

This is a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as government.

this is what I’ve been telling people, so thank you for the link to what a real expert on the issue says. I’m going to save that one.

4 Bryan { 01.21.19 at 5:59 pm }

Sarah K. says these things total deadpan. Listening to her is outrageously funny in a macabre sort of way.