“There’s a smell of treason in the air,” presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told the Washington Post. “Imagine if J. Edgar Hoover or any other FBI director would have testified against a sitting president? It would have been a mind-
Brinkley was a guest on MSNBC when he was asked about his comments and his use of the word ‘treason.’
He said that that was exactly what the President is being investigated for. If it turned out that people in the Trump campaign, even including Trump himself, were colluding with Russia in order to win the election, that would constitute treason. Here’s how that exchange went:
MSNBC: I want to start with what we were just talking about and that is the Russia investigation. You told The Washington Post last week that “there is a smell of treason in the air when it comes to this investigation.” Why did you say that and has anything changed about your view in the last week?
DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, HISTORIAN: Well, you know, a lot of people are afraid to use the ‘t-word,’ treason, but in the end that’s what people are investigating. People talk about collusion with Russia — we’re talking about whether people that worked in the Trump campaign who meddled in American elections. Free and fair elections are the heart and soul of our democracy and the very fact that on the day that I said that, FBI Director Comey is saying that the president of the United States is under federal criminal investigation.
It was stunning news. It remains stunning news. And we don’t want to try to act like that is the new normal. If there is every any evidence that any American citizens are working to undermine the U.S. government or undermine our electoral system, it’s a serious cause. What that is is you are not working against [sic] America and you are working for somebody who is an adversary of ours like Russia. That’s treason.
If what the Democrats and the media allege about Trump’s supposed connections to Russia is true, that may constitute treason. The problem is that the narrative was completely made up, and Trump’s political enemies have run wild with it.
They’ve concocted their theory – actually, it would more accurately be described as a hypothesis – and now they’re desperately searching for anything as ‘evidence’ to stuff inside their preconceived storyline.
Ironically, the Washington Post inadvertently pointed out some truth:
Here’s the thing: Conspiracy theorists see everything as connected. If you doubt them, well of course you do because you’re in on it. That’s not the standard that we can have for the president of the United States. Proof is required.
That was in the context of Trump’s tweet about his ‘wires’ being ‘tapped’ by the previous administration.
The thing is, it can also be applied to the many conspiracy theories put forth by the Democrats and the media to undermine Trump’s presidency. They see everything as ‘connected.’ And they dismiss anything that calls into question their narrative.
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