It was my sincerest hope to have my first blog post of 2018 be something inspirational.
I was going to write about all of the things one should write about heading into a new year. Goals were going to be a big part of it. So were some thoughts on how the media, including yours truly, can do better in 2018. I was even going to show off my Catholic side and include inspirational words from Pope Francis, and maybe even our parish priest, to help really ring in the new year in the proper way.
The Lord works in mysterious ways, however. All of the above is about 47% written in a Google Docs account, ready to be finalized at some point (hopefully) soon. Then, along comes Steve Bannon.
Bannon, Baby! We hardly knew you!
Steve Bannon shocked the political world today (including, I'm assuming, the president, who was very, very shocked), after it was revealed that he called the actions of Trump campaign members "treasonous," while also saying that much of the Russian investigation will come down to "money laundering."
The comments came as part of an interview Bannon gave to Michael Wolff for his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
The Guardian has a write up about the Bannon interview. The money quote:
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
The question, of course: where does all of this lead for the president?
My first thought is that for Donald Trump and his White House, this is going to put them all in a very bad spot. Every Democrat & liberal in America seems to think that something illegal took place. Now, take a good chunk of Trump supporters who will follow Bannon down this rabbit hole, and that leaves a president on an island all to himself. Even if Bannon back-tracks, Democrats and liberals and anti-Trumpers will forever use these comments against the White House.
My second thought is to worry about what happens next. A cornered Donald Trump will want to react with a distraction. Unfortunately, in a world that is already very tense as Trump and Kim Jong Un hurl nuclear threats against each other, thoughts of how the president could distract us can lead to very dark places.
My third thought is that perhaps this leads nowhere. It's one opinion from a self-serving politician. Washington is full of self-serving politicians from all political stripes. The investigation, as a whole, is something that just had to play out. It will play out regardless of what Steve Bannon said today.
There was another quote in the article that I thought was worth mentioning. Bannon, talking about how Clinton dirt could have been properly (if that word applies here) funneled down, talked about having lawyers take the meeting, and then pass that information down to Breitbart, "or maybe some other more legitimate publication.”
A "more legitimate" publication than Breitbart? A publication he heads? If even Bannon knows that publication isn't legitimate, what does that say about him? What does it say about Donald Trump? What does it say about how they feel about all the Breitbart readers and Trump supporters they are supposed to be looking out for?
And now one former Trump backer, Bannon, comes out and all but says what happened between the Trump team and Russia was treasonous.
At the end of the day, it seems like everyone in the Trump / Bannon show has been playing everyone all along.
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