Nixon had Watergate – Trump has Putingate

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Over the weekend, Donald Trump was questioned on ABC’s This Week about the Russian invasion of the Crimean Peninsula in light of his pro-Russia attitude and his recent implication that he would abandon NATO allies in the event of war.

After initially saying that Vladimir Putin “is not going into Ukraine,”—host George Stephanopoulos had to remind him that he’s already there—Trump backpedaled and suggested that he had heard that Crimea wants to be a part of Russia; so the US should just accept the Russian invasion.

If you’re wondering where he got that bit of information, it might have come from his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who worked for pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine for ten years before going to work for pro-Russia Donald Trump.

Of course, this continues to fuel speculation of an unhealthy relationship with Putin, a man actively trying to rebuild the Soviet Union. And that speculation is further fueled by Trump’s unwillingness to release his tax returns due to the likelihood that they will expose his many Russian entanglements.

Now we have another bit of news from the weekend, provided by The Guardian.

Besides documenting the strong likelihood that Russia is behind recent computer-hacking activity of the Democrats, The Guardian revealed the following information:

  • Trump strong-armed the GOP party platform committee into removing a call to arm Ukraine to fight Russia.
  • Paul Manafort’s numerous connections to Russia include members of organized crime.
  • Donald Trump’s ties to Russia date back to 1987.
  • In 2013, Trump failed in an attempt for a face-to-face meeting with Putin to discuss real estate investments.
  • Trump received a $14 million payday from a Russian billionaire when he took the Miss Universe Pageant to Russia.

Other news sources have already reported on how Trump’s debt load grew from $350 million to over $630 million in the last year alone as his liquid assets declined. When added to previous financial difficulties, this resulted in Trump being black balled by US banks. So how did he find money to pay his debts? The so-called successful businessman has financed his multiple post-bankruptcy enterprises with boatloads of money from Russian oligarchs.

Recently, comparisons have been drawn between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon to describe the campaign style of the New York liberal. But I think it’s a good comparison for another reason.

As evidence piled up against Richard Nixon about his political scandal, he denied any wrongdoing as he tried to cover up something he said didn’t exist. We know that as Watergate.

As evidence piles up against Donald Trump about his political scandal, he also denies any wrongdoing as he tries to cover up something he says doesn’t exist. We call that Putin-gate.


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