Donald Trump currently has over $600 million in debts, compared to about $170 million in liquid assets. After his ability to borrow money from American banks was severely curtailed by his four bankruptcies, he had to go overseas. He borrowed a fair amount from the Germans, but also a great deal from Russians, which means rich oligarchs aligned with Vladimir Putin. If these Russians call in his debts, his entire empire will crumble away to nothing, in a fifth disastrous bankruptcy.
Suddenly, Julian Assange has released thousands of e-mails that are being reported as damaging to Democrats. Remember that Assange lives in Russia, where he could be ejected at any moment, to face long prison terms in other countries, so Assange is under threat, and no one could want to be under threat from Putin.
There is virtually no question that these e-mails were stolen by Russian state security agents, who hacked into Democratic servers. They have now been delivered to Trump, via Assange, for him to use in his campaign, which he is thrilled to do.
In return, the absurdly self-named "greatest negotiator on earth" has now stated and today restated that he is willing to walk away from the United States' most sacred treaty commitment, to protect the other members of NATO if they are attacked. Trump states that, unless European members of NATO pay the United States unspecified amounts of money, we will not come to their defense. Of course, President Trump could make the amount so great that no nation could pay it, and then blame them for our treachery. This is nothing but extortion, and under the worst possible circumstances.
Trump has improvidently fallen into debt and then, like the victim of a loan shark in some film noir movie, is being forced to do the criminal's bidding. To be blunt, he is a traitor, enslaved by a hostile foreign dictator.
And this is who the Republicans want as their President.
Let me repeat this: I am not throwing around the word "traitor" the way Republicans do every day at Obama, Hillary and anyone else they are mad at. I am saying this entirely seriously: This is a man who is prepared to destroy the rule of law and betray this country and its allies, and allow Russia to seize untold territory in Europe, undoubtedly precipitating the greatest war since World War II, in order to save himself from financial humiliation. He is a traitor. And this must form the basis for the campaign against him. Half truths will not do any more- we must state the whole truth, and stick to it.
Donald J. Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
Well, it's a couple of days later, and I think we can drop any pretext about what Trump is up to. In a press conference today, Trump called on the Russians to hack into State Department files to release more e-mails which he alleges to exist. That is, he has called on a hostile foreign government to commit espionage against the United States. At this point, this act of treachery seems to be one hundred percent fine with Republicans across the country. Trump is an open traitor at this point, and the self-styled patriots who support him are hardly any better. Can our country have really gone this far off the rails that this is acceptable to one of our main political parties?
And let me reiterate what is at stake here. This is not some minor ideological dispute. Trump is openly promising not to intervene if the Russians invade Europe, starting a massive war. He is just fine with that. And not one single Republican leader that I know of has really repudiated him.
The country has had plenty of bad Presidential candidates over the years, and some of them have sadly been elected (remember that last Bush guy,) but never have we been faced with the prospect of a traitorous, power mad and openly insane person with a real chance to get into the White House. This country has never really faced a crisis like this. Can the Republicans and the mainstream press sweep this under the rug? We'll wait and see.