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Michael D. Kennedy, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

4 responses to “The conflicts and contradictions shaping Trump’s Legitimation Crisis”

  1. PinkHatLib

    Interesting post but odd that you find this relevant…
    “But wondering about how much Putin is tied to Trump’s election, how many of Trump’s advisors and families are implicated in Russian affairs, and how Russian interests are implicated in the rise of Trump and his policies today, is Trump’s greatest point of vulnerability. Of course to discover certain ties could border on, if not define, treason itself. ”

    So am I correct that you think G.W. Bush committed treason? There was no question at all about the numerous connections between the Saudis and the Bush family and yet no one mentioned emoluments or treason, only the “political bonanza” that fact presented for Democrats… sound familiar?

    http://prospect.org/article/bushs-saudi-connections
    “The links between the House of Bush and the House of Saud are deep, overlapping and notoriously opaque: the Saudi investment in the Carlyle Group, the private equity firm whose rainmakers include George Bush Senior; the Saudi bankrolling of Poppy’s presidential library; the lucrative contracts the Saudis doled out to Halliburton when Dick Cheney was at the company’s helm. The main law firm retained by the Saudis to defend them against the 9-11 families is Baker Botts — as in James Baker, the Bush family consigliere. And, of course, there’s oil, the black glue connecting all these dots.”

    And of course that the U.S. government routinely interferes with elections abroad is never brought into question. One example, although we could literally post examples all day…

    “State Dept. Funded Netanyahu Overthrow, Destroyed Evidence”
    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/state-dept-funded-netanyahu-overthrow-destroyed-evidence/2016/07/13/

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  2. Johnnie

    @ Michael: “But wondering about how much Putin is tied to Trump’s election, how many of Trump’s advisors and families are implicated in Russian affairs, and how Russian interests are implicated in the rise of Trump and his policies today, is Trump’s greatest point of vulnerability. Of course to discover certain ties could border on, if not define, treason itself. ”
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    More fake news. Michael, please tell us the source for this innuendo, and the above quote. Are you on any payroll other than Brown University?
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    “Days after The New York Times published a sensational report claiming multiple contacts between Trump’s associates and members of his campaign team and Russian officials – including Russian intelligence officials – Reince Priebus, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, has been touring the television studios to say that the US intelligence community has assured him – and given him the green light to say publicly – that this report was “totally wrong”.

    “This comes a few days after FBI Director James Comey briefed members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on this very question on Friday 17th February 2017. Since there have been no sensational links since that meeting, it is a virtual certainty that Comey told the Senators the same thing, and that the FBI’s investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged links to Russia have so far at least drawn a complete blank.”

    http://theduran.com/fbi-finds-no-contacts-trump-campaign-russia/

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  3. lesmclok

    Trump claims he made Obama reveal his long-form birth certificate. Can we not turn Trump’s own methods on Trump himself to finally have his taxes made available for us to examine? He says “the people” don’t care” about his taxes! Enough care to apply incessant pressure and put up a really big stink!
    Also –
    How could Russia have so cleanly hacked the DNC? If no thread can be teased out leading to Putin’s hand – or surreptitious nod – this avenue may be forever closed. Just because my gut tells me so, doesn’t make it so. But ohhhhh, does my gut tell me so!

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