A confederacy of dunces: How the Trump campaign got criminally stupid

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:10:01 AM. The truth is emerging about Trump's 2016 campaign: A collection of dim-bulb grifters who were no match for Russia's sharks circling the water. That doesn't mean it wasn't criminal.
There’s one thing about this whole Trump-Russia scandal and the apparent collusion in the president’s 2016 election that seems a little — off. There’s little doubt that the contacts between Team Trump and Team Putin were real and worthy of the full-blown scrutiny that they’re now getting from Congress, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and the media. And for political geeks like me who were raised in the 1970s, the comparisons to Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal are just too rich, especially that both involved break-ins of the Democratic National Committee, even if one was a “third-rate burglary” while the other hinged on high-tech computer hacking. Yet based on what we know so far, it’s hard to imagine classic Hollywood movies about the Trump-Russia affair emerging in the mode of Watergate’s All the President’s Men or lesser flicks like Dick. Something critical is missing from the plot — at least on this side of the Atlantic. A criminal mastermind. Let’s be honest: Based on what we’ve learned so far, there are remote, battered villages in Puerto Rico that have higher wattage than the “brain trust” that gathered in Trump Tower to elect the 45th president. Consider Monday’s bombshell revelation in the scandal: Twitter email contacts at the height of last fall’s campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and the Julian Assange-led website Wikileaks, the platform that published many of the documents stolen from the DNC and a top Hillary Clinton  aide that investigators are fairly...Read more
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