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One scandal does not annul the other

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in response to reader comment: Your comments baffle me

Submitted by Fabio (Qatar), Aug 7, 2016 at 09:10

I don't think you are baffled. I think you are making a confusion on purpose. For other people who are reading this, let me recap:

1) It was *I* who started this topic, with the post "Russia-Trump connection". It was submitted on July 26, when the connections between Trump's top aides and Russia, the convenient DNC leaks by a Russian accomplice (Assange) and DT's baffling pro-Russia comments were beginning to form an intriguing "connect the dots" puzzle that had not been, in my opinion, investigated enough. The point of my post was that this subject MUST be investigated by everyone and all the connections must come to light.

2) The post had no reference to Hillary's emailgate, for a very simple reason: it has been on the news "ad nauseum" for several months, and the scandal was the subject of enormous scrutiny, including an FBI investigation. In other words, it got - and it is STILL getting - the attention something so serious deserves. Trump's connections, on the other hand, had been subjected to comparatively little scrutiny (at least until July 26. This is August 6, and in the past 10 days a lot more was published).

3) YOU ANSWERED me with a post called "Irrationality springs eternal", which drew attention to Hillary's emails scandal and strongly implied that my initial attention to the Trump-Russia connection was motivated by Trump's July 27 comments (which would be impossible, because though my post was published on the 29, it was submitted on the 26). You accused me of going along with the "Dems attempting to confuse people from looking at all of the lies and crimes of Hillary, by his confusion and/or lies.", referring to the political use (by Obama and the pro-Dem media) of Trump's July 27 comments (which I called "babbling").

4) I say that Trump was "babbling" because he treated the topic in his usual careless and clueless way of expressing himself - hence the ease with which the comments were mischaracterized as "invitation to hack the US". But the fact is that Hillary's lies and mishandling of classified material are already getting (deserved) extensive coverage, by people who articulate themselves better and are much more informed than Trump. On July 31 the Washington Post gave Hillary 4 Pinocchios for saying the FBI had validated with her public statements. And that's MSM, not talk radio!

For people who (like me) are worried about BOTH Hillary's shenanigans and Trump's shady foreign connections, and do not want to cover up one of the issues by insisting attention is given only to the other, I suggest the articles by John R. Schindler in The Observer and in the XX Committee blog. One of the 2 figures is going to be the next President, and both raise serious issues for the US national security, with which the country (and the World) will have to grapple for the next 4 years.

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