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Is Trump Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

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If President Trump has a superpower, it’s saying things that get under the skin of the Left and Never Trumpers. It’s a struggle for many to discern whether his statements are calculated actions conceived in the mind of a genius or just standard system wiring for Donald J. Trump. It is conceivable that he says these things like a body digests food—without any extra requirement of thought. Either way, it doesn’t matter. It’s the result that counts. What he says drives his enemies nuts, and he does it with reckless abandon. Personally, I like Donald Trump because he makes the right people crazy.

Once again, President Trump is making the Left apoplectic after his most recent remarks concerning whether or not he would accept dirt on a political adversary from a foreign source. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump was asked, “Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?”

He replied, “I think maybe you do both. I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, ‘we have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

KABOOM! Heads exploded everywhere. The outrage emergency team at CNN kicked into high gear. Lights and sirens went off in studios nationwide and experts on speed dial were immediately summoned. “Good Lord, did you hear what he just said?” they shrieked. Headline writers went to work with the fervor of reporters on election night. Democratic leaders rushed to their favorite political news broadcasters to bemoan President Trump’s comments and cite them as further reasoning to remove him from office by impeachment.

At its surface, it might be safe to assume that most Americans don’t like the idea of a political campaign engaging in intelligence gathering compacts with foreign governments. Trump didn’t say that he’d organize high ranking officials within agencies like the State Department, FBI, and CIA to spy on an opponent’s campaign using phony foreign intelligence paid for by his own campaign. That wasn’t the question. The question was if his future campaign would accept dirt on an opponent from a foreign source. He didn’t say he would pursue it, but rather listen to it and make a determination as to where to take the information.

“It’s not an interference, they have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong,” Trump said.

Do you see what happened here? Do you see what he did? In his transparent, open and honest reply, the President of the United States simply stated that he would take the information. He said, “There’s nothing wrong with listening.” He wasn’t talking about the CIA or FBI listening in on conversations between campaign staffers. He’s not suggesting foreign agents pay an opponent’s campaign staffer $10,000 cash while traveling overseas in order to bring him under surveillance by the FBI. He didn’t use his power to put his political opponents’ former advisor in solitary confinement until they produced evidence against his political rival. That would be much different. That scenario would seem almost criminal. The question was about foreign governments providing information to the President of the United States about a political opponent. To that he suggested he would listen and report it to the FBI if he thought anything was wrong. (He even said that part twice.) 

By his simple, straightforward and transparent response, he brought to light everything his opponents did to him before and after the last election with some major differences. What they did to him went light years beyond a foreign entity providing dirt as was suggested during the ABC interview. They utilized a foreign intelligence source to create a false narrative which was then used by American intelligence and investigative agencies to potentially thwart an election and undermine a presidency. In one simple but awkward interview, Trump laid bare the complete hypocrisy of the media and Democrats.

Crazy or crazy like a fox?

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