Donald Trump has put Republicans on thin ice over Russia.
When ice cracks — and you’re standing on it — it makes an unmistakable sound. You don’t only hear it, you feel it.
That’s the noise we heard this week when Spicer threw Paul Manafort under the bus at a White House press briefing — ice splintering beneath the feet of the entire Trump Administration.
Manafort was President Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist for much 0f 2016. The White House spokesman acted as if he had barely heard of him. Manafort “played a very limited role” in Trump world Spicer dismissively said.
The distancing spoke volumes. It told White House reporters, and anyone else listening, that the administration thinks Manafort may be going down. The president’s former chief strategist has been up to his eyeballs for months in FBI inquiries over his financial dealings with Putin’s network of thugs and their Ukrainian puppet, Yanukovych, whose political career Manafort long advised.
Yanukovych is a real charmer. After promising Ukrainians he’d align the country with the European Union, he cut a secret deal with Putin to make Ukraine a Russian satellite state again. People took to the streets before he fled to Russia. He is wanted by Ukraine for treason. (Check out “Winter on Fire” on Netflix.) Spicer’s dismissals of Manafort — they’ve continued all week — belie the incredible narrative this administration is expecting the American people to swallow: Russian hacking and leaks of Clinton campaign materials; startling Trump campaign personnel connections to Russia and Ukraine; Trump’s pro-Putin statements; an adviser’s admitted communications with the Russian state-sponsored hacker of anti-Clinton material, as well as with the WikiLeaks founder who released it; unannounced rewriting of the Republican platform to hedge U.S. support for Ukrainian resistance to Russian territorial encroachment; withdrawn boasts about Trump Organization business in and with Russia; refusal to release taxes; #trump#treason#traitor#notmypresident#ivankatrump#impeachtrump#lockhimup#maga#trump2016#trumpcare#gop#republicans#dumptrump#trumptrain#liarinchief#whitetrashparty#paulryan