Trump and Putin- A Tale of Collusion and Treason

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col·lu·sion

kəˈlo͞oZHən/

noun

secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others.

By now, you have probably shared in the collective outrage following Trump's meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. We can add that to the laundry list of things that Trump has done or said that should disqualify him from being President of the United States.

Much to Trump's detriment, the Mueller investigation has resulted in dozens of indictments, arrests, and guilty pleas. At this point, it is almost certain and undeniable that Trump and Russia colluded to win the 2016 election indirectly or directly. As the investigation continues, Trump's own legal counsel anticipates Trump being squarely in the special prosecutors cross-hairs at some point.

A day after the FBI charged 12 Russians with hostile acts against the US relating to hacking DNC and Hillary Clinton email servers, Trump and Putin met in Helsinki. Following their meeting, they held a joint press conference where both heads of states were pressed on Russian meddling in the US presidential election. Breaking with the US intelligence community, Trump would not say that Russia was responsible for hacking the Clinton and DNC email servers though he was asked.

As more details emerged about the indictments, it turns out that Russian hacking attempts began the same day Trump urged them to, saying, "Russia, if you're listening I hope you can find the 30,000 emails that are missing..."

A presidential candidate urging a hostile foreign power to hack another political party or presidential candidate and them actually doing so is, in my opinion,  one of the most glaring forms of collusion done in plain sight. Further, a President siding with a hostile foreign power is treason and casts doubt on the men and women of our intelligence community and damages the very fibers of our country.

It is a slap in the face to the men and women in our military services who keep our country safe from threats both domestic and abroad. These are the people that are responsible for the capture and delivery of swift justice to Osama Bin Laden, who was the mastermind of the 9/11 tragedy that Americans who lived through those events vowed never to forget. They undertake countless other acts that we may never know about to keep us all safe and they should be respected for the consummate and non-partisan professionals they are.

To add insult to injury, the spineless Republicans in Congress went to Twitter to express their outrage, but when it came to taking action against Trump, none of them voted in favor of a resolution denouncing Trump siding with Putin over US Intelligence Agencies. Their outrage is convenient, not patriotic or substantial. If they wanted to do something, anything to prevent Trump from harming our country in word or deed, they could. In comparison, Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced impeachment for less.

So why won't the GOP act to stop Trump? It's simple, its a game of smoke and mirrors. The GOP leaders in the House and Senate rely on Trump's distractions to detract from the harmful legislation they are hoping to pass while their days in power are numbered. But when will enough be enough? When will Congress do what they took an oath to do?

While giving in to cynicism is tempting, we cannot lose hope and let up in our resistance. Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old this week. He is the best example of persistence in pursuit of justice for his country. Though imprisoned for 27 years, he would not be deterred in his quests to unify his country and end apartheid in South Africa. We cannot be shaken in our resolve to resist this sham of a presidency.

The fact of the matter is, by definition of the word alone, Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential. Even if he can't spell the word, he is complicit in the act. The indictments of his campaign staff are his to bear as well. We deserve better.