Between the Lines

Checkmating Middle America

America’s descent into banana republicanism continues apace, and on two fronts.  To begin with, we learn that President Trump’s much-disdained assertion that Trump Tower was being wiretapped during the election campaign turns out to be absolutely true.  On September 19, CNN reported that Paul Manafort, who lived in Trump Tower and was Trump’s campaign manager in the early stages of the campaign, was wiretapped—that’s the word CNN uses—a full two years before the election, and also after Trump’s victory.  Trump’s tweet of March 4, 2017, reads: “Terrible!  Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

Oh, how the media laughed at that Trump tweet: He’s paranoid!  He’s deluded!  Is he crazy?  They aren’t laughing anymore.  Instead, they’re spinning wildly, trying to justify and minimize what “sources told CNN” in mid-September .

These types of things are supposed to happen only in, say, Bolivia, or even Russia.  That it happened here, in the republic of the Founding Fathers, is not even causing a ripple.  After a year of leaks from the “intelligence community” designed to undermine the Trump presidency—when entire transcripts of his private conversations with foreign leaders...

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