As Lee Harvey Oswald pushed his way through a line of police and reporters in the hallways of the Dallas police station a few hours after his arrest for the November 22, 1963 murder of President John F Kennedy, he said something. resonates today in relation to another president.
“I’m just a fool,” the small, battered and bruised accused assassin shouted above.
Oswald never had to explain what his cryptic message meant as he was soon to die, shot by a local nightclub owner while he was being paraded in front of the press as an unclean feat in a underground parking.
Is that a curious way of declaring him innocent? Is he suggesting that the police need a “fallen guy” and he is, convenient, isn’t he? Or did Oswald say that while actually participating in a plot to assassinate Kennedy, he was the sacrificial “charm” that would allow other, more powerful accomplices, to escape justice?
For what it’s worth, I believe Oswald shot Kennedy and he did it alone.
Yet Republican and Democratic presidents know that to protect the commander-in-chief from deadly political peril, a White House is armed with loyalists – ready, willing, and able to serve. “the better” – is ideal.
No one can match Donald Trump’s ability to create an assembly line of stickers that has allowed him to get him out of a quandary before, during, and after his presidency.
Listen, I hate Vladimir Putin’s bestie, but you’d have to be amazed at “Don” Trump’s facility to convince high-powered people to swear allegiance to him at the risk of losing their jobs, fame, and freedom. .
They include lawyers, accountants, wives, families, salespeople, incredible television executives, cable news personalities, newspaper editors and reporters, politicians and violent insurgents, all prepared to do his sinister bid – regardless of the legal consequences.
In Trump’s “patsy” calculation, gender, age, income, education, even politics are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is unquestionable loyalty to Donald J Trump.
Michael Cohen, who used to deliver to Trump’s door and confessed to being sentenced to three years in prison for a series of crimesMost notably, a discreet payment was made during the 2016 presidential campaign to prevent two women from talking publicly about having sex with the married candidate.
In August, Allen Weisselberg, the Trump organization’s veteran moneymaker, pleaded guilty to 15 counts from petty theft to tax fraud while acting as the quiet chief financial officer of the family’s byzantine business.
The latest to join that accolades is Christina Bobb – whether she’s ready to admit it or not. The 39-year-old maritime-decorated lawyer turned her staunch conservative credentials lawyer into a gig as a political commentator on a puzzling television outfit – One America News (OAN) – treats Trump more like a savior than a ship on land.
While there, she also lied to him about an election he lost. So he hired her to join his “team” as the Department of Justice (DOJ) was probing why the 45th president hoard top secret documents at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.
More experienced attorneys politely denied Trump when he asked for their help to stop the DOJ siege. They may find that serving this president often means being hardened, smeared, or jailed.
So why does Bobb say “Yes, yes, sir” to Trump, when a library of burned-out memoirs of old people exists, describing his history of woeful disloyalty and excluding his “believers”? “really for a while?
I suspect that, like those who were used to and deceived before her, Bobb’s life was unremarkable. Trump is the anonymous path.
After leaving the Marines, she is said to have worked as a “junior attorney” for a law firm in California, working on patent infringement cases.
In 2014, she ran as an independent for a House seat in a safe Democratic district of San Diego. She finished last. By 2019, she had become an employee of the vast bureaucracy of Washington, DC. Her glamorous title: executive secretary. Her promotion prospects: zero.
No one aspired to be someone, Bobb began his “reporting” career at OAN, when shortly thereafter, impressive Trump representatives called.
I believe, the intoxicating combination of position and side-by-side with someone close to power has fostered the illusion of pacifists that Trump is subdued for any other reason than that the hoax. latest can be used for him. Bobb may have discovered Trump’s cynical way of doing things a little late to avoid possible jail time.
At the urging of another Trump attorney, Bobb signed a statement last spring emphasizing that all of the president’s men and women who make up his “legal team” conducted a “diligent search” of Mar-a-Lago and found only a handful of people sensitive material that the DOJ wanted returned. Based on The New York Times, neither Trump nor any other member of that “legal team” were prepared to sign the document.
Bobb added the following warning before the sworn statement was delivered to a senior DOJ official on June 3, 2021: “The above statements are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.”
As it turns out, the sworn statement is neither “true”, nor is it “true”. It is wrong.
On August 8, 2022, the FBI raided Trump’s lewd Florida Xanadu fax and unearthed hundreds more hidden files.
Looks like Bobb was playing. That’s what happens to pacifiers who want to get close to the tanned face of an old, accomplished grinder they want to add to Mount Rushmore.
Now, Bobb is at the center of federal prosecutors investigating whether “her actions constituted obstruction of justice or whether she committed another crime.”
Of course, every president has had his gifts. Richard Nixon relied on them to help him survive Watergate as long as he did. But, in the end, he ran away from them. Nixon understood that he had two choices: resign or be impeached by both houses of Congress. He quit his job.
Unlike Nixon, Trump will never give up as long as he can keep patting and convincing a bunch of volunteers to take his demise.
So while Bobb faced the heat of the DOJ, “Don” Trump continued to skate – figuratively speaking. He might as well skate back to the White House – with a little help from his friends.
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