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Column: This Trump-Russia Stuff Is Not Normal

The Trickle Down

The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine‘s weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula.  The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena. Let’s dig in and see what’s happening this week.

“I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” Felix Sater wrote in an email to Donald Trump’s lawyer. “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.”

Sater, a Russian immigrant with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, encouraged a Trump Tower deal in Moscow, Russia.

Another Russian connection, another day.  The links of the Trump campaign and administration with Russia is becoming commonplace.  It’s almost an annoyance to mention it again.  Quite frankly, I’m tired of reporting it.

We have emails showing a Russian immigrant blatantly said he could help elect Trump with his Russian connections in November 2015.  But, when asked is anyone in his campaign had a Russian connection in a press conference, Trump said, “Nobody that I know of. How many times do I have to answer this question? Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia.”

Is the ruse actually on the American people?

We’ve had many Trump administration and campaign staff connected to Russia: Trump’s son, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, Trump transition team member Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump campaign member Carter Page, and many more.

Reminder, Trump and his administration have denied a connection with Russia multiple times.

Yet, only 25% of people think Trump acted illegally; 37% unethically.  In the same Gallup poll, 35% believe he has done nothing wrong.  Is the ruse a long-drawn out plan of boring Americans until they ignore all things Russia?

The Trump team has put up the “collusion is normal” defense, but it’s not.  But, here’s why we need to keep talking about it:  IT’S NOT NORMAL.

Donald Trump’s administration, if not the president himself, is being investigated by Special Council Robert Mueller for a Russian connection.  Trump’s lawyers were looking into the President’s ability to pardon himself.  We know Trump will pardon regardless of popularity – thanks to Joe Arpaio.  Why wouldn’t he exercise his power of pardon on himself if it’s within his powers?

No matter how annoying the idea of another Trump-Russia connection is, we need to be aware.  We need to read the facts.  We need to hold powerful people accountable for their actions. Staying updated and educated needs to be our new normal.

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