I used to work with drug addicts. It is fair to say that most addicts are at least liars and usually master manipulators. I will concede that they are usually so blatant that seeing the lies and manipulations are not all that difficult but, for them to have descended so far into their addiction that I got involved, meant that many others had been deceived and, of course, many had been complicit simply because it was easier to go along with the lie than to face it head on.
An addict is enabled to some extent or else their world would blow up much sooner than it would otherwise. Trump has his money, his family and the GOP enabling him.
And it is in that vein that I am writing today. I keep hearing Trump reiterate time and time again that “There was no collusion!” (with his campaign and the Russians). That repetition of innocence rang a bell. I think he doth protest too much!
That Shakesperian line can mean more than one thing but one main meaning is that the liar is clinging to a shred of truth in the denial process and, by focusing on that one shred, hopes to deflect from the bigger lie. My guess: Trump is telling the truth – there was no collusion in the strictest sense. HE (probably) DID NOT collude with RUSSIANS.
But that leaves so much still possible. The Russians have so much dirt on Trump that he did NOT collude (in the strictest sense). He OBEYED instead of colluded? Or, the Russians did what they did and did it for him but he didn’t have a direct hand in any of it. Or, he purposefully set up a plan a long time ago and did not ever get involved again…not in years (to Trump time would excuse his involvement). In other words, Trump is lying about the overall intention of the accusation of collusion but telling the truth about one minor aspect of it.
That’s the way drug addicts would manipulate their dupes, enablers and marks. They would tell one specific truth so that the larger lie was either believed or not looked into.
I don’t know why it took so long for me to connect the dots and maybe I am wrong. But by Trump focusing on the word collusion, he is unconsciously admitting to the bigger crime – just not the collusion part.
It goes without saying that he is using his own specific definition of collusion.
“The Russians likely have a lot of dirt on Trump.” Or so says some ex National Security guy. In other words, they can blackmail him. If that is true (and a lot suggests that it is) then collusion is not the issue. Blackmail and influence is the issue. Treason is the issue. Collaboration. Partnership. Cahoots.
But maybe not collusion.
“There was no collusion!” When a manipulator focuses on one hard aspect of the allegations against them, they are really saying, “You will find me innocent of this one thing. So please stop looking or else you will find the other dozen things I am really guilty of.”
Personally, I am convinced that Trump is guilty of money-laundering at the very least. And, by default, income tax evasion. Dirty dealings. Probably some kinky perversions, too, but meh…… the real crime against the American people will be for him having been so stupid, greedy and mean, despicable in so many ways and a liar of MAGA proportions, having been so dirty for so long that he is not only susceptible to blackmail he didn’t even have to collude with the Russians at all – because they don’t listen to him. They just give him orders.
He will go to Hell mewling, “But I didn’t collude.”