Okay, nothing surprises me with this guy anymore. If you told me Mark Burnett was sitting on Apprentice outtakes of Donald Trump devouring live guinea pigs whole on-set like a pelican swallowing alewives, I’d be like, “Oh, of course he is. Not surprising at all.”
Nevertheless, this is still beyond the pale.
Donald Trump is apparently holding up aid to Ukraine because he wants the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to interfere in the 2020 election by investigating Joe Biden.
Mr. Zelensky has so far failed to win the backing of President Trump. Not only has Mr. Trump refused to grant the Ukrainian leader a White House visit, but also he has suspended the delivery of $250 million in U.S. military aid to a country still fighting Russian aggression in its eastern provinces.
Some suspect Mr. Trump is once again catering to Mr. Putin, who is dedicated to undermining Ukrainian democracy and independence. But we’re reliably told that the president has a second and more venal agenda: He is attempting to force Mr. Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Mr. Trump is not just soliciting Ukraine’s help with his presidential campaign; he is using U.S. military aid the country desperately needs in an attempt to extort it.
Of course, it doesn’t matter that the entire case against Biden — involving Biden’s calls for Ukraine, while Biden was VP, to dismiss its top prosecutor — is bogus. Trump would be satisfied with muddying the waters and creating the mere appearance of wrongdoing. Kind of a preemptive Comey letter, if you will.
The White House claims Mr. Trump suspended Ukraine’s military aid in order for it be reviewed. But, as CNN reported, the Pentagon has already completed the study and recommended that the hold be lifted. Yet Mr. Trump has not yet acted. If his recalcitrance has a rationale, other than seeking to compel a foreign government to aid his reelection, the president has yet to reveal it.
Trump has never had any motivation for anything beyond propping up his own ego and lining his own pockets. Occam’s razor, folks.
Of course he’s up to no good. Is there any other reasonable theory?
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