Originally Posted by phillybeffandswiss View Post
All I think now is the fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” At this point, you could give me a legit tape of Trump, in Russia, hacking the election and I’d call it and you “Fake News.”
Saying you wouldn't even believe a legit tape doesn't paint yourself in a good light. At the end of Aesop's Boy Who Cried Wolf, there was really a wolf who ate all the village's sheep. The story's main moral is to fault the boy for lying earlier, but one adult in the village should have checked out the situation anyway. A secondary lesson from that fable is that we can't assume that a known liar is always lying 100% of the time. Do you think Trump lies sometimes to the American people and does it mean that everything he says is a lie?
It is Trump's plan to make his fans jump to the conclusion that everything negative reported about him must be 'Fake News'. He said "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening" which is classic gaslighting.
Mueller found a few wolves/witches. Putin paid a whole building of people in St Petersburg to create trolling posts on US politics, is that fake news? A report from the Senate Intelligence committee concluded all 50 states election systems were targeted by Russian attempted hacking in 2016, do you think that is fake news? Trump's campaign manager Manafort did give Kliminick (Russian with connections to Russian military intelligence) private polling data, and offered or gave Oleg Derapaska (close oligargh to Putin) private briefings on the campaign. Trump was trying to make a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow at the same time he was campaigning for president and telling us 'I have nothing to do with Russia'. There was evidence documented for all of those things I've said in this paragraph, do you not believe this evidence?
We all witnessed with our own eyes and ears on TV Trump saying "Russia if you're listening, if you could find Hillary's emails..." inviting them to hack, and later that same day Russia started hacking the DNC and Hillary's compaign manager Podesta, so not taken as a joke by Russia. And we all saw the Trump Jr "I love it" email and Trump's Stephanopoulos TV interview where he said he would still accept foreign help next time. Trump has done nothing about foreign election interference and evidently welcomes it if it helps him. Is this OK with you?
Anyway back to the whistleblower situation, the Intelligence Community Inspector General who says this is a serious and urgent matter is likely not a Democrat (a.k.a. a 'boy calling wolf') since he was appointed by the Trump administration. I don't think we know about whether the original whistleblower is D vs R, but regardless shouldn't the info be given to the Gang of Eight (who have top security clearance) for them to evaluate the complaint and look at the evidence?