Trump told us on New Years Eve that he “knew things that other people don’t know” about the hacking, and that the information would be revealed “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
He repeated, “… I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure…”
When asked what he knew that others didn’t know, Mr. Trump said, again, “You’ll find out Tuesday or Wednesday.”
Today is Thursday, and the only thing Trump has provided on the subject has been a reiteration of statements by Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks dude, and a message suggesting Trump doesn’t know what is on his transition calendar.
Assange said that neither Russia nor a state player was the source of the emails he leaked. However, Assange has also said in the past that he doesn’t always know the source of his information, and that, on principle, he doesn’t ask nor investigate the source. Given this, it’s unlikely that Assange knew from whom the emails came. It’s more likely that he (like Trump) has been cast as a puppet of Russia and Putin, and was trying to distance himself from that accusation.
It seems strange that Trump has apparently sided with WikiLeaks, after in 2010, calling it “disgraceful,” and suggesting it should face the “death penalty or something.”
And let us not forget that the emails were also leaked on an internet site, DCLeaks.com and on a separate blog.
What about the “transition calendar” incident? Trump tweeted on Tuesday and Wednesday, without any evidence being cited, that an upcoming intelligence briefing on hacking had been delayed until Friday, adding, “Perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange.” According to several US intelligence officials, the briefing had always been scheduled on Friday.
VP-elect Pence tried to spin Trump’s remarks by saying, “The president-elect has expressed his very sincere and healthy American skepticism… about intelligence conclusions.” Healthy American skepticism? More like ignorance, confusion, and some sort of rationalization.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer tried to spin the tweet about a delayed meeting by conflating it with a national intelligence briefing. I didn’t buy that, either.
Where, Mr. Trump, are these amazing things we were promised? Did you forget? Are you lying, again? Do you think our attention spans are so short we will be diverted by your latest diatribes? Are you so insecure in your election and the office that you are about to assume that you are putting your own insecurities above the security of the United States?
Trump’s behavior seems just another example of his un-presidential lack of gravitas, inability to make decisions, and tendency to fly off-the-handle.
Fly off the handle: The origin of this Americanism refers to the way a loose axe-head would fly from its handle. In the past, I’ve compared Trump to a loose cannon. Loose axe-head, loose-cannon; both bode ill for this nation.
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There's an old saying, "Eat a live frog first thing every morning and nothing worse will happen the rest of the day."
I'm eating that frog by watching the third debate between Trump and Clinton on YouTube while I write this.
They have just moved to abortion and Trump is waffling and propagandizing on Roe v Wade while Clinton is being specific and strong. I think she has won this point.
Now Trump is denying that Russia has conducted cyber attacks on the US (seventeen US intelligence agencies have said Russia is doing so).
The live frog is kicking. They've moved on to nuclear weapons, and it looks as if every pretense of civility has disappeared.
One of my correspondents suggests that Millennials are not educated about the election. They may not be educated, but they’re not the only ones. A couple of elections ago, a big deal was made about the large number of people who got their news only from John Stewart’s “Daily Show.” That concern is trivial compared to the large number of people today who get their news from Twitter and other “social media.” The mis-information machine is a monster that grows as it feeds on itself. Despite claims otherwise, there are no gatekeepers on the internet.
How can one find the truth? It will take more than a lantern to illuminate an honest man.
I follow both Breitbart and Huffington Post (covering the far, far right and the far, far left). I also read, daily, online news sources including AP, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, UK Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, Drudge Report, UPI, and Politico as well as a random selection of other sources. Occasionally, I’ll watch one of the late-night comedians. And I still don’t know what is true. I can only hope that I have surrounded it.
Whether or not we know the truth, you and I must make a decision. It’s too late to change anyone’s mind, and what was said at this last debate likely won’t make any difference.
I voted on Monday, the first day the polls were open for early voting. There was a large turnout while I was there. My sister and her husband went Tuesday afternoon, and said there was only a trickle of people. I’m looking forward to seeing how the contest turns out.
There are only twenty days remaining before the November 8 election will be over. I hope the results will put to rest the bitter, derisive and divisive debates both formal and informal, on the stage, in rallies, in the so-called social media, and in advertisements. Please vote.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.