Intercept Political Idiocy: "Unclear Whether Trump is Foreign Agent"

I thought the Russian collusion madness had long ago reached a peak. I was wrong.

Intercept writer James Risen asks "Is Donald Trump a traitor?"

I FIND IT hard to write about Donald Trump.

It is not that he is a complicated subject. Quite the opposite. It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious. He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an unbalanced narcissist. He is an unrelenting liar and a two-bit white identity demagogue. Lest anyone forget these things, he goes out of his way each day to remind us of them.

At the end of the day, he is certain to be left in the dustbin of history, alongside Father Coughlin and Gen. Edwin Walker. (Exactly – you don’t remember them, either.)

What more can I add?

Unfortunately, another word also describes him: president. The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States in modern history.

Which brings me to the only question about Donald Trump that I find really interesting: Is he a traitor?

Did he gain the presidency through collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin?

One year after Trump took office, it is still unclear whether the president of the United States is an agent of a foreign power. Just step back and think about that for a moment.

Most pundits in Washington now recoil at any suggestion that the Trump-Russia story is really about treason. They all want to say it’s about something else – what, they aren’t quite sure. They are afraid to use serious words. They are in the business of breaking down the Trump-Russia narrative into a long series of bite-sized, incremental stories in which the gravity of the overall case often gets lost. They seem to think that treason is too much of a conversation-stopper, that it interrupts the flow of cable television and Twitter. God forbid you might upset the right wing! (And the left wing, for that matter.)

But if a presidential candidate or his lieutenants secretly work with a foreign government that is a longtime adversary of the United States to manipulate and then win a presidential election, that is almost a textbook definition of treason.

Traitor? Foreign Agent? Treason?

It's easy to make a case that Trump is a liar and a narcissist. Traitor? Agent of a foreign power? Treason?

Risen is delusional. He needs a new career. He would fit right in with the Washington Post or CNN. Perhaps he can get together with Michael Moore and do a movie.

The again, I shouldn't suggest such things. The Washington Post and CNN need cleansing, not bigger political nut cases.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Stuki
Stuki

“The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States in modern history.”

And true to progressive form, this dimwit doesn’t have the logical aptitude to conclude from this, that the guy occupying the White House has too much power. Instead just wanting his own favorite Caudillo to have all that power instead.

ccichocki
ccichocki

If the liberal message is so off then why is it taking so long for republican Mueller to say no collusion? Seems like he’s just busting people...for no reason? I wonder.

Greggg
Greggg

I'd bet a wad that this is the cause of all the uproar: "President Trump has accelerated his diplomatic efforts to broker peace (undermine the military industrial complex) among quarreling Arab monarchies..." How dare he upset the status quo! https://www.axios.com/trump-arab-leaders-sensitive-talks-33073439-1f4c-4cc9-bdf4-1d8f745a693a.html

FelixMish
FelixMish

"secretly work with a foreign government that is a longtime adversary of the United States"

Does this mean he thinks the Soviet Union was an adversary of the US? I wonder what he thought in 1980.

wootendw
wootendw

"Risen is delusional."

I am afraid that most of the so-called 'American' people are delusional about Russia. It's simply mad hysteria. Here are some numbers from Google or Wikipedia:

Russia population 143 million
US population 325 million
NATO population 906 million
Russia GDP < 2 trillion (USD)
US GDP > 16 trillion (USD)
NATO GDP > 36 trillion (USD)

Russian losses in WWII ~20m (ejecting Germans from Soviet territory)
US losses in ALL wars ~1m

Clearly, Russia is not a threat to US (nor Europe) unless 'we' attack them - which means nukes. They do not have the resources to fight a long term war with NATO and they are not going risk war having lost 20m people in WWII - something incomprehensible to most Americans. The US mainland has never even been bombed from the air.

Moreover, Russia has done nothing that should offend US. They intervened in Syria against USG/KSA/UK-armed terrorists who caused the deaths of 100s of thousands of Syrians and also caused the European refugee crisis.

Russia's 'annexation' of Crimea - with the support of 93% of Crimeans - was a purely defensive move after Hillary's assistant, Victoria Nuland, arranged the overthrow of Ukraine's elected president using paid demonstrators and snipers - yes those snipers were hired by the USG side.

Russia also intervened in S. Ossetia, in 2008, when Georgian president Mikhail Saashkivili, a friend of Senator McCain and a certifiable nutcase, launched an attack in violation of an internationally recognized cease fire while Putin, PM at the time, was in Beijing for the Olympics.

Yet there is all this hysteria. It is far worse than with Saddam Hussein, who was vilified for years after Iraq I. And the established order - MIC, CIA, State Dept - keeps fueling it. A substantial number of 'Americans' believe Putin is trying to re-establish the Soviet Union - or worse. The end result of this mass hysteria will be war and it will certainly be nuclear. I am serioulsy thinking of leaving the country although I might just settle for Oregon where the people are even crazier but where there are no nuclear targets and winds from the Pacific will prevent fallout drift.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

Does anyone believe this idiot "finds it hard to write about Trump"? Then again, it's hard to top all the idiocies that have been written. He did. Congrats.

JanNL
JanNL
wootendw
wootendw said: "Risen is delusional." I am afraid that most of the so-called 'American' people are delusional about Russia. It's simply mad hysteria. Here are some numbers from Google or Wikipedia: Russia population 143 million US population 325 million NATO population 906 million Russia GDP < 2 trillion (USD) US GDP > 16 trillion (USD) NATO GDP > 36 trillion (USD) Russian losses in WWII ~20m (ejecting Germans from Soviet territory) US losses in ALL wars ~1m Clearly, Russia is not a threat to US (nor Europe) unless 'we' attack them - which means nukes. They do not have the resources to fight a long term war with NATO and they are not going risk war having lost 20m people in WWII - something incomprehensible to most Americans. The US mainland has never even been bombed from the air. Moreover, Russia has done nothing that should offend US. They intervened in Syria against USG/KSA/UK-armed terrorists who caused the deaths of 100s of thousands of Syrians and also caused the European refugee crisis. Russia's 'annexation' of Crimea - with the support of 93% of Crimeans - was a purely defensive move after Hillary's assistant, Victoria Nuland, arranged the overthrow of Ukraine's elected president using paid demonstrators and snipers - yes those snipers were hired by the USG side. Russia also intervened in S. Ossetia, in 2008, when Georgian president Mikhail Saashkivili, a friend of Senator McCain and a certifiable nutcase, launched an attack in violation of an internationally recognized cease fire while Putin, PM at the time, was in Beijing for the Olympics. Yet there is all this hysteria. It is far worse than with Saddam Hussein, who was vilified for years after Iraq I. And the established order - MIC, CIA, State Dept - keeps fueling it. A substantial number of 'Americans' believe Putin is trying to re-establish the Soviet Union - or worse. The end result of this mass hysteria will be war and it will certainly be nuclear. I am serioulsy thinking of leaving the country although I might just settle for Oregon where the people are even crazier but where there are no nuclear targets and winds from the Pacific will prevent fallout drift.

Nice summary of reality. Groupthink is everywhere.

Robin Banks
Robin Banks
wootendw
wootendw said: "Risen is delusional." I am afraid that most of the so-called 'American' people are delusional about Russia. It's simply mad hysteria. Here are some numbers from Google or Wikipedia: Russia population 143 million US population 325 million NATO population 906 million Russia GDP < 2 trillion (USD) US GDP > 16 trillion (USD) NATO GDP > 36 trillion (USD) Russian losses in WWII ~20m (ejecting Germans from Soviet territory) US losses in ALL wars ~1m Clearly, Russia is not a threat to US (nor Europe) unless 'we' attack them - which means nukes. They do not have the resources to fight a long term war with NATO and they are not going risk war having lost 20m people in WWII - something incomprehensible to most Americans. The US mainland has never even been bombed from the air. Moreover, Russia has done nothing that should offend US. They intervened in Syria against USG/KSA/UK-armed terrorists who caused the deaths of 100s of thousands of Syrians and also caused the European refugee crisis. Russia's 'annexation' of Crimea - with the support of 93% of Crimeans - was a purely defensive move after Hillary's assistant, Victoria Nuland, arranged the overthrow of Ukraine's elected president using paid demonstrators and snipers - yes those snipers were hired by the USG side. Russia also intervened in S. Ossetia, in 2008, when Georgian president Mikhail Saashkivili, a friend of Senator McCain and a certifiable nutcase, launched an attack in violation of an internationally recognized cease fire while Putin, PM at the time, was in Beijing for the Olympics. Yet there is all this hysteria. It is far worse than with Saddam Hussein, who was vilified for years after Iraq I. And the established order - MIC, CIA, State Dept - keeps fueling it. A substantial number of 'Americans' believe Putin is trying to re-establish the Soviet Union - or worse. The end result of this mass hysteria will be war and it will certainly be nuclear. I am serioulsy thinking of leaving the country although I might just settle for Oregon where the people are even crazier but where there are no nuclear targets and winds from the Pacific will prevent fallout drift.

US debt to GDP 103% and rising, Russia's 11% debt to GDP and no foreign debt. Russia gold reserves of over 1800 tonnes, US reserves could be any number between bugger all an 8000 tonnes. I'd go nearer to bugger all. Russia leading light in the SCO with the likes of China, India, Pakistan, Iran etc. US still has the UK and EU in its pocket but for how much longer?

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

It sounds like locker room talk to me, but I’m just an everyday deplorable who needs the Intercept to think for me.

wootendw
wootendw

@[Robin Banks] Russia's gold reserve to GDP ratio is higher than the US now and its gold reserve to population ratio will exceed the US in a few years if they keep buying. But diplomacy is where Russia is really 'winning'. Because it has been conducting continuous warfare against other nations, the US is becoming a pariah nation. Putin can talk with the leader of any country - Israel, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, etc. Trump's moving of the US Embassy to Jerusalem is causing its Muslim allies (and other allies) to question their relationship with US. Frankly, I am okay with this as I am tired of entangling alliances and I'd like to put 'our' foreign policy 'experts' out of a job.

RonJ
RonJ

Russia Russia Russia. I am not fooled by the anti Trump propaganda campaign. The real collusion story is that of those who colluded against Trump, attempting to prevent him from becoming President, then attempting to prevent him from doing his job as President. Trump is the object of a viscous smear campaign.

RonJ
RonJ

"He is an unrelenting liar and a two-bit white identity demagogue." Risen is lying.

RonJ
RonJ

Trump helped fund a medical mission to Haiti, whose purpose was to help restore eye sight to some 200 Haitians.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Risen is willfully ignorant of Bill and Hillary Clinton's involvement in selling ownership of a US nuclear mining operation to Russians.

Ambrose_Bierce
Ambrose_Bierce

It's a rhetorical question, Mish can't say anything, there are too many Russian trollbots hanging around, and they are what puts your blog on the top of the trending list. To sum up the unfortunate position Russia is in. They lost the Cold War, but they kept their nuclear weapons. This makes Putin a third world dictator with Nukes, and that flags him for regime change. To that end Dick Cheney put missiles in the old Soviet satellite states and aims them at Moscow. Obama promised to negotiate with Putin, but it was too good a deal (for US strategic planners). Trump may be figuring out the same thing. His brand of Russian gangster politics interfaces nicely with Putin, he could be the next President of Russia. They do have a Democracy after all. Some voters take the view that we should seek BETTER relations with Russia, and there is nothing wrong with that, we gave WTO to a much larger communist country and the economic synergies have been fantastic while capitalism in Russia never got off the ground. Wall Street tries every few years. It only becomes treason when you hide it, if everything was revealed in the first instance, (like tax returns) there would be no reason to question his loyalty.

Kinuachdrach
Kinuachdrach

Lefties always accuse other people of doing what they themselves are doing. Bill Clinton selling missile guidance secrets to the Chinese in exchange for illegal campaign contributions? Hillary Rodman Clinton selling uranium to the Russians for illegal campaign contributions? Barry giving cash and an OK to develop nuclear weapons to Iran in exchange for ... nothing? The adulterous couple in the FBI seeking to overturn the presidential election? Yes, there is lots of treason out there.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

Answer: Mueller is taking so long because he knows his assignment is to find something on The Donald and he does not want to admit he failed. He has had to produce some irrelevant charges to make it look like he is doing something.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

As I read Comrade Risen's description of The Donald, it occurred to me that all the negatives he listed would actually apply very well to Obama. Especially "racist, liar and narcissist". Plus Obama always has seemed like the real Manchurian Candidate, groomed and put there by the embedded communist revolutionary Bill Ayers.

Blacklisted
Blacklisted

Sane people understand these types of rants are nonsense. However, since time is running out for the establishment, people should expect the insanity and propaganda to intensify, especially against this anti-establishment President, who must build a wall between Socialism and tyranny before it's too late.

The govt debt bubble (Socialism) is close to popping. As the sovereign debt crisis spreads from the periphery to the core, the ability for govts to fund their largess will increasingly require more taxes, fees, asset forfeitures, bail-ins, and wars to be imposed on the people. Will it take banks confiscating deposits, and govt confiscating retirement accounts for the average Joe to realize we are on the path to tyranny?

Regardless, sane people should be prepared, because we also know that career politicians never proactively reform. The last defense between an insane mass murderer and law enforcement, that has limited response time or is incompetent, is a gun. Similary, our Founders understood that the only thing between freedom and a tyrannical govt is an armed citizenry. Banning guns insures the only people with guns are govt and criminals, who have always bought them on the black market.

If the establishment and their useful idiots have a sliver of sanity they need to realize they can impeach or assasinate Trump, renig on pensions, impose bail-ins, make up polls, and ban sane comments on social media, but they will never take the guns from Patriots. The establishment knows the 2nd Ammendment was not about protecting the right to hunt, which was ubiquitous at its writing. The fact they are trying to make this point is further proof the propaganda machine is alive and well.

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JonSellers
JonSellers

I am old enough to remember when the American people would have found it completely unacceptable for a news organization to write this garbage about a sitting president. I didn't vote for Obama or Trump, but I am disgusted with the way Americans put up with the garbage that has been written about them.

SweetKenny
SweetKenny

Hey Mish here’s a newer video of Jordan Peterson talking about a gotcha interview with Vice and the legacy media. I think it speaks to the Intercepts article https://youtu.be/LvCLNVZ-2sk

Guinny_Ire
Guinny_Ire

Have we considered that the Press may be colluding with the Russians in their coverage on Trump? Do we know that Risen is not receiving compensation by govt agencies, domestic or foreign, for writing an article like this along with past work? It's not that Trump is suspect, it's everyone is suspect now. Welcome to the new McCarthyism.

mch
mch

Libertarian slant is enlightening - especially for purposes of trying to understand current world (e.g. antithesis of the fed's dogma etc.). In this same way Mish, I'm really amazed that you don't let the facts speak for themselves in regards to Trump (1) in excess of 3500 lawsuits (2) Trump university -- garbage and exploitative (3) "good folks on both sides" in relation to charlottesville -- these were nazi's -- do you really support mass murder (4) indictments -- manafort/flynn (5) Arm the teachers ? (6) His whole family is working in the white house -- There is just too much smoke -- I'm a trader and a libertarian -- but this guy is an absolute crook/dbag under any type of analysis. As I recall you were all over Hillary weaknesses (I'm no fan) --

MorrisWR
MorrisWR

To mch, have you not read all of the Mish articles about Trump that are negative? I believe he is “all over” Trump as well. Whether anyone agrees with Mish’s views, he seems to at least be fair about listing his negatives.