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President-Elect Trumpschenko

January 9, 2017 - 7:00am

First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya.

For years, Donald Trump was unrelenting in his insistence that Obama prove beyond existing proof that he was born in Hawaii and not in the African country of his biological father. That Obama said he is a Christian wasn't enough to persuade Trump's followers, who apparently know a Christian when they see one.     

Further, there is no logical basis for assuming that a young boy briefly raised in a given country -- say, Indonesia -- necessarily would adopt the dominant religion of that country. He might, however, observe that though people worship in different ways, we're all essentially the same. Never mind the cruel and absurd assumption that being a Muslim means that one is, ipso facto, a "bad person."

Respecting others despite differences is, generally speaking, the hallmark of an enlightened soul, as well as a desirable disposition in a leader. Yet, those who sided with Trump interpreted Obama's gentle touch toward the world's 1.6 billion Muslims as evidence of a hidden agenda to advance Islam in America -- notwithstanding Obama's rather robust drone operations, which eliminated quite a few bad actors who happened to be, or said they were, Muslims.

Noteworthy is that these same Obama doubters weren't bestirred to suspicion when then-President George W. Bush visited a mosque immediately after 9/11. Nor, thus far, have they expressed any concern about Trump's cavalier denial of Russia's cyberattack on the U.S.

Given this history and recent evidence, isn't it about time Trump be declared a Russian spy?

No, I don't really think he's a spy because, unlike the man himself, I'm not given to crazy ideas. But what's with this double standard? Under similar circumstances, how long do you think it would have taken for Obama to be called a traitor for defending a country that tried to thwart our democratic electoral process?

Seconds.

How surreal to realize that the man who soon will become president was long committed to a rumor soaked in paranoia and propagated by conspiracy theorists whose pursuit of truth stops at the point where facts and willful ignorance collide.

How perfectly terrifying.

And now? What is so obviously a conspiracy of Russian leadership, hackers and spies, Trump dismisses as lousy intelligence. And he "knows" this how? Why would he do such a thing? Is it that he's so thin-skinned he can't tolerate anyone thinking that he might have benefited from the cyberattack? Or is it that he knew about it in advance and doesn't want to be found out? This is how conspiracy theories get started. Then again, sometimes a conspiracy is just a conspiracy -- and a fool is just a fool.    

Consider what we know: Our best intelligence indicates that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Trump, who has long expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin (once a KGB agent, always a KGB agent), has his doubts. 

Obviously, he wants to preserve the narrative that he won fair and square. And, clearly, claims of Russian interference would muss his ego. But is that it? Ego and narrative? 

Consider further: Trump would rather make common cause with our fiercest geopolitical adversary (hat tip Mitt Romney) than take the word of our best people. Moreover, he has said he won't receive daily security briefings and plans to drastically reduce our security agencies.

Pray tell, whose side is this man on? When was the last time you had to ask that question about a president-elect?

On Friday, Trump met with real American spies and others who attempted to explain things to him, leaving open the question: Can Trump learn? From his statement following the meeting, it doesn't seem so.

On Thursday, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the agency is "now even more resolute," and that Trump is damaging American intelligence (not to be confused with the absence thereof, to wit, Trump). To top things off, former CIA Director James Woolsey quit Trump's transition team Thursday in protest against being bypassed.

In sum, when the president-elect persists in a state of denial, siding with the enemy against his own country's best interests, one is forced to consider that Trump himself poses a threat to national security.

In Russia, they'd just call it treason.

     

Kathleen Parker's email address is kathleenparker@washpost.com.

(c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group

Comments

Including Ms. Parker, did anyone think of using a real fact followed up with a source document? All the above discussion does is restate worn out arguments and innuendos that continue the war of words and divisiveness. Please start 2017 by dealing with reality instead of creating a world of ire-reality that leads to another National Election like we just went through, God forbid.

Kathleen, first, it was NOT Trump who started the movement that Obama was not born in America. Secondly, Trump has NEVER said that he does not believe Obama is a Christian, you need to get your facts straight. That idea was supported, but NEVER by Tump. Thirdly, Obama was ADOPTED in Indonesia by a Muslim, who stated on his school records that Obama's religion was Muslim. . . . gee, do you think that is where the rumor started? I have never read a more ignorant article, and never read one with as many out and out lies as yours. In your ignorance and bias, you are a disgrace to the word, "journalist".

In 2011, Trump told Fox News "He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one, but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim . . . "

Walker - I have never read a more ignorant comment, and never read one with as many out and out lies as yours. In your ignorance and bias you are a disgrace to the word, "human".

I don't think Obama is a Muslim but I do think he's a sympathizer. Case in point - Iran deal and turning his back on Israel at the UN. So because the DNC was hacked... we should resume the cold war over it? You can bet your bottom dollar we're trying to hack the Russians, and it's already been proven we eavesdrop on our friends. Now, if the Russians actually tampered with the voting machines - That would be a different story all together, but there was no evidence of that... nor was anything released proven to be false. I'd also like to point out that sometimes intelligence is wrong...Remember Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction? No, I'm not upset with the Russians at all - if they did in fact hack the DNC - ( Julian Assange claims the emails didn't come from the Russians) I hope whoever did the hacking - hacks the RNC as well. We've been lied to long enough!

U.S. Bombs Dropped in 2016 (All Weapons Platforms) Syria 12,192 Iraq 12,095 Afghanistan 1,337 Libya 496 Yemen 34 Somalia 14 Pakistan 3

It is a little early yet, but as an independent, the Donald has me very concerned... Hopefully, he will get "smarter" once in office...classic.

Horse crap article. An eight grader level puff article. Parker has zero facts. Russia has been hacking for decades. So what? All Russia did, if anything, was expose Hillary & the DNC's corruption and lies. Hillary has been the only one allowing easy access to top secret data the entire world. Thanks for a biased and ignorant article Kathleen Pelosi Parker.

Trump's father was not a russian. Trump never said is the people turn against russia he will side with russia. Trump is not imported millions of american hater russians into our hometowns across america. I don't doubt the Russians were phishing but so what? This activity is so far below what our cyber spying activity does it's laughable. What boggles my mind is that McCain is fixated on the Russians while he expects everyone to ignore our meddling in the Israelis election, that we tapped and listened in on all our allies cell phones and so u know we tapped the Russians. We attacked the Iranians Nuc program with cyber and blew up about a 1000 of their centrifuges. And we're supposed to be upset the phished the Dems. Get oughta here. Trump Train 2016 :)

What? An intelligent article in this rag? (of course, the morons pop their heads out immediately.

....and, sure enough, there's YOUR head!

No, Hilary did not start any such movement - stop with the lies already! I am so sick of how easy it has become to blame everything in the world on Hilary. Probably just because she is a woman. Take responsibility for the nonsense perpetuated by your own candidate. He has plenty to answer for all by his lonesome. Yes, Trump may not be officially a Russian spy, but he has become one of their greatest stooges. Trump has a treasonous soul whether or not he has committed an official act.

About treason... Your heroine Hillary raffled off 20% of our uranium supply for a $150 million dollar "donation" to the money laundering Clinton Foundation. Trump treason? Guffa!!!!!

Oh, and the raffle was to Russia for all that uranium. Anybody says Trump is a spy is purely ignorant. Hillary must be purely KGB then.

Trump did not start the Birther movement.. Hillary did.. Get your facts straight.

The Gospel according to Donald Trump?

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