Smoking gun.

We have it – the smoking gun.

It’s worth it to read the entire article, but this is the most important bit:

““Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting,” Mr. Goldstone wrote in the email. “The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

He added, “What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?””

 Trump Jr then replies with the news headline email reply, “I love it.”

 

That’s it. We have completely undeniable evidence that Donald Trump colluded with a foreign power in order to affect the outcome of our election. That is treason, an offense punishable by life in prison. A lot of people are celebrating that we can finally impeach and prosecute the treasonous snake in the White House, but the sad reality is even with undeniable proof of Russian collusion, nothing of consequence will happen.

I guarantee nothing of consequence will happen. Donald Trump will serve his four years in office and possibly more. We already saw the Republican party cross their moral event horizon last year. We already saw definitive proof that nearly every congressional republican has sold their soul to the party collective when the infamous “billy bush tape” was leaked during the last stages of the presidential campaign.

Let’s go back to October of 2016. The Cubs most recent world series victory still predated the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Donald Trump had evolved from hilarious joke candidate to a 3 or 4 percent polling miss away from the presidency. On October 7th of 2016, the Washington Post released a tape of future president Donald Trump bragging to TV Host Billy Bush about what can be generously described as his objectification of a woman at a furniture store. The most famous and enduring line from this small tirade was grab her by the pussy.”

The GOP was outraged. It’s actually surprising to type that sentence now. It’s amazing that at one point the GOP nearly universally decried his statements. There are a plethora of quotes decrying Trump’s sexist remarks, including many republican congressmen demanding Trump steps down and allows Mike Pence to be the GOP candidate. I want to focus on a few in particular.

“Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified, I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.” That was Paul Ryan, policy mastermind and most publicly visible leader of the Republican party.

“I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.” That was Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz’s statement formally withdrawing his presidential endorsement.

“”No woman should ever be victimized by this kind of inappropriate behavior. He alone bears the burden of his conduct and alone should suffer the consequences” That was Arizona Senator and 2008 presidential nominee John McCain.

These three men in no uncertain terms declared Trump a sexual criminal and unfit for office.

Paul Ryan, for all his posturing about respecting women, maintained his endorsement of Trump. His statement and subsequent campaign event invitation withdrawal was one last pitiful attempt to control Trump before becoming his obedient lap dog in the name of tax breaks for the rich.

Jason Chaffetz later clarified his statement saying that he would still vote for Trump, but that his vote for Trump was not an endorsement. Essentially, he wanted Trump to be president but also maintain a false moral high ground. It was one of the most pathetic and transparent attempts I’ve ever seen of a politician saying one thing and doing another. He won his congressional election with 74% of the vote. He’s the chairman House Oversight of Government Reform committee. He has repeatedly attacked those who bring up Trump’s conflict of interests and even gone so far as to threaten the independent Office of Government Ethics with investigation for having the audacity to investigate Trump.

John McCain was praised as recently as 2 election cycles as a “maverick” unafraid to break from party line. During the 2008 presidential campaign, when a woman at one of his campaign events called Obama a “Kenyan Muslim,” McCain event defended Obama as a “good Christian man that wants what’s best for this country that I just happen to fundamentally disagree with.” McCain would also go on to re-endorse Trump and be his most vehement defender during the Comey hearing. He infamously redirected every line of questioning in a hearing about Comey’s investigation into trump about Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

All three of these men were morally disgusted with Trump’s behavior and comments. All three of these men are now among Trump’s greatest enablers. Paul Ryan in particular had the power to put the nail in the coffin of Trump’s political career, but he didn’t.

So the question we should be asking ourselves isn’t when will Trump be impeached? We already know the answer. Nothing short of, or perhaps even including, indisputable video evidence of Trump murdering a bus of orphans will make the Republican party, now the only institution with the power to impeach trump as outlined by our constitution, willing to abandon him.

The question we need to be asking ourselves is at what point does it become necessary for the sake of our own country to march on the streets and take our government back, preferably by protest or god-forbid by force.

 

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