In the 1992 film, Sneakers, the most chilling scene is as our hero, Robert Redford, slowly assembles tiles from a Scrabble game to spell out the phrase “TOO MANY SECRETS”. As it turns out this group of intrepid security experts have discovered a computer program able to hack any computer system. The scene ends with Redford lamenting, “No more secrets”, a more prophetic social commentary than any Orwellian future. In the Trump era, the future is now. Continue reading “Truth in the Trump era…and why the president hates it”
Trump may not be a genius, but he knows enough to surround himself with people he trusts, if not necessarily trustworthy people. Of late, we’ve heard whispers of Bannon being consulted along with John Kelly and Stephen Miller. Trump is not working alone.
We see this evidenced in some carefully worded tweets, and of course in the recent hiring and subsequent publicity tour of New York City’s ex-mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani was chosen for three reasons:
1. Giuliani has established “street cred” having been New Yorker’s Mayor during 911.
2. Giuliani was formerly a U.S. prosecutor waging war against organized crime.
3. Giuliani, at 74 years of age, looks harmless, can be affable, and can spin webs of conspiracy and distraction with the same dexterity and wanton abandon as Peter Parker dangling upside down from Trump Tower. Continue reading “OPINION | Giuliani Becomes Trump’s Crime Fighter for Truth, as Relative as That May Be”
The latest poll indicates that President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating has improved over the last few months. Why? Booming economy aside, as much as I hate to say it, Trump makes politics fun, at least for his voters.
Trump is a salesperson who handily exploits the innate behaviour of human beings—the propensity towards laziness. We have Siri’s voice helping us with our math, our directions, our memory, and we now have Trump doing likewise.
Trump inoculates himself and others from the truth by simplifying complex issues, changing the narrative, and of late, simply lies outright, knowing often people will believe things that are repeated loudly and strenuously enough. In other words people are too lazy to “not” believe his rants or his tweets. Trump is his own downloadable voting app. His administration manufactures and disseminates self-interest conspiracy theories waging a counter-truth campaign against mainstream news, and Trump’s base loves it. Trump who has positioned himself as the champion of the everyday person, is lauded by his fans anytime he challenges the norms regardless of outcome. He brands issues and assigns flamboyant names like “Fake News” “Witch Hunt” “Spygate” repeating them until they become part of the everyday parlance, in his attempt to dismantle any credibility of the ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia et al. The latest news, as reflected in the polls suggest the strategy is working.
The blood in the hallways of Santa Fe High School is no doubt as crimson as the reality of the present administration. This is not hyperbole, but fact. America is beyond arms reach, arguably ideologically isolated from ally countries by Trump’s leadership. Trump the candidate had promised to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, a promise he unceremoniously fulfilled earlier this month, in doing so destabilized the area and ejected the United States from being considered a fair broker in any negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.
While on the campaign trail Trump also promised to increase veterans’ health care. A promise largely unfulfilled. And what about his presidential promise of the war against opioids? It’s been almost seven months since he declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency with no measurable action or gains, instead Mr. Trump prefers to declare war against the media that reports his blunders, the U.S. Post Office, and the world in general. Top of his list remains the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to indict those connected to Trump. Some already pleading guilty. Continue reading “Opinion | The Drowning Man”
The Washington Post has tracked Trump’s lies, now in the thousands. It is evident Trump knew about the payments to Stormy Daniels, and this is how we know.
Over the last week, Mr. Trump’s new attorney, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has engaged in a “storm” of interviews in regard to the Stormy Daniels matter. He has now publicly admitted that Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney, was in charge of handling matters such as Stormy Daniels and whoever else came calling.
Cohen’s indictment seems inevitable, suggesting that he would rather “make a deal” with authorities than do prison time. What does Mueller want that only Cohen may be able to provide? The answer is obvious—Trump and the location of where the proverbial bodies are hidden.
Last month while speaking with reporters on Air Force One, Trump denied any knowledge of payments to Stormy Daniels, providing an emphatic, unequivocal denial. But the president’s denial is logistically impossible if one asks the obvious question—how did Cohen know whom to pay?
Presumably, if Ms. Daniels had approached Trump, Trump must have then directed Mr. Cohen to strike a deal.
In the alternative, if Mr. Trump had confided in Mr. Cohen explaining there was a list of persons whom Trump wanted to “keep quiet”, then Mr. Trump would need to first identify these people for the purposes of Cohen securing their silence.
Either way, it appears Trump was needed in order to steer Daniels and Cohen in each other’s direction. No other explanation makes sense. Ironic that Trump should become the matchmaker in what many believe is his own demise.
Only one question remains. In light of the at least thirteen women who have come forth with allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Trump, why pay “hush” money to Ms. Daniels? That becomes the $130,000 question that no interviewer has asked.
k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.