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      "You'd think, that after almost half a century, we could at least expect an improved quality of criminals."

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      Most of us were brought up with the idea that the job of a United states President was so complicated, so difficult, and so completely challenging that few could do it. Then along comes Trump!

      Now, many of those those who professionally associated with Trump before, during, and after his campaign to take the Oval Office, have been indicted; the history of the man's activities has disgusted the world, and it looks like it won't be long before his many unethical behaviors hits a crisis point.

      While we wait to see who is next, and which criminal Trump will pardon, one of my favorite writers, Gail Collins, with good humor and an opinion few will challenge, gives us her take on the kind of criminal we now have in the highest position in our land.

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      Watergate was way easier than this.

      Really, Richard Nixon might have been attempting to undermine the nation’s legal system, but at least he wasn’t negotiating to build, say, a hotel in Hanoi at the same time.

      You’d think that after almost half a century we could at least expect an improved quality of criminals. But it does appear that Donald Trump is surrounded by minions who would have been totally incapable of pulling off a small-bore burglary without creating a constitutional crisis.

      So many plea bargains and indictments, so little time. How do you keep track of all this stuff? (Let’s follow the president’s lead and pretend that everything happening in the world is all about you.) What do you do at holiday parties when somebody asks you what you think about the Trump scandal-rama? No fair just rolling your eyes and muttering something about the merlot.

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      Maybe you could boil things down. Just challenge everyone to name their favorite Trump investigation indictee.

      … So far.**

      There are plenty to choose from. Nearly three dozen if you count all the Russians we’re never going to see. And old favorites like national-security-adviser-for-a-minute turned convicted felon Michael Flynn. This would give everybody a chance to recall Flynn leading the “Lock her up!” chants at the Republican convention.

      Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s bedraggled-beagle face has been everywhere. We knew he was funneling money to pay off Stormy Daniels and other assorted Trump squeezes. But now we’ve learned that he was also negotiating with the Russians about an allegedly terminated Moscow hotel deal during the presidential primaries.

      You can say a lot of bad things about Cohen, but you cannot accuse him of lack of energy.

      This week, after the world learned Cohen was baring his soul to the Mueller investigators, Trump said his old fixer was “a weak person and not a very smart person.” Which caused a reporter to ask, reasonably enough, why he had such a loser on his payroll for 12 years. The president vaguely explained it was because Cohen “did me a favor.”

      Possible holiday dinner-table discussion: What do you think the favor was?

      A) Introduced Trump to Roy Cohn

      B) Bought a whole bunch of Trump apartments at a price nobody else would pay

      C) Wrote “The Art of the Deal”

      The answer appears to be real estate. Although mentioning Roy Cohn gives us the opportunity to point out that the president recently accused special counsel Robert Mueller of conducting a “Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt.” It was a tiny bit ironic given the fact that the lawyer for said witch hunts was Cohn, Trump’s great pal and mentor.

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      This whole saga is getting so incredibly … dense. All the Mueller indictments, all the people trying to trade information for a shorter sentence. Meanwhile Paul Manafort was double-flipping, giving Trump’s lawyers a secret briefing on what was going on while he was spilling the beans.

      Manafort was supposed to be one of Trump’s cannier associates. As well as a former lobbyist for bloodthirsty dictators who had an addiction to the sort of lifestyle that included an $18,500 python skin jacket. Truly, you should always beware of flunkies wearing python skin.

      The answer appears to be real estate. Although mentioning Roy Cohn gives us the opportunity to point out that the president recently accused special counsel Robert Mueller of conducting a “Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt.” It was a tiny bit ironic given the fact that the lawyer for said witch hunts was Cohn, Trump’s great pal and mentor.

      This whole saga is getting so incredibly … dense. All the Mueller indictments, all the people trying to trade information for a shorter sentence. Meanwhile Paul Manafort was double-flipping, giving Trump’s lawyers a secret briefing on what was going on while he was spilling the beans.

      Manafort was supposed to be one of Trump’s cannier associates. As well as a former lobbyist for bloodthirsty dictators who had an addiction to the sort of lifestyle that included an $18,500 python skin jacket. Truly, you should always beware of flunkies wearing python skin.

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      The president has some history of preferring a golf cart ride to a walk with world leaders during important international meetings. Happily, he managed to start his visit to Argentina this week on two feet. (He did toss away his translation earpiece during a meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, claiming he could understand Macri better in Spanish. Can I see a show of hands on how many people will swallow that one?)

      Plans for a one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin were shelved — a development that the White House said had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Cohen’s revelations about negotiating for that Moscow hotel deal during the presidential primaries. Or the new story that suggested Cohen planned to sweeten the deal by offering Putin a $50 million penthouse.

      It was all allegedly about Russia’s treatment of Ukrainian ships and sailors. And if you believe that one, I’ve got a Moscow hotel I can sell you.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/opinion/donald-...

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      (Gail Collins is an Op-Ed columnist, a former member of the editorial board and was the first woman to serve as Times editorial page editor, from 2001 to 2007.)

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      List of Mueller indictments so far

      **https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/20/...


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          opie
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          Words related to Trump


          badman madman

          false scandal

          liar on fire

          orange bully

          roused deceit

          spiteful trust

          foe fired

          middle finger

          bigot chanter

          foes-friends friends-foes

          chauvinistic Oligarchy

          disorderly disruptive

          no-pass to free-press



          All of this is related to stuff he has done so far add your own if you know any. All of this I found on the vox page then used words to describe it.



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              Ghostolini
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              I can think of a lot of things to call the the crook we know as Donald Trump - - Some would get me a red flag lol.

              Thanks much for the S/S Ghostolini

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