Man who chose Sarah Palin as his running mate:
MCCAIN calls the Trump-Putin press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate."
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) July 16, 2018
CNN’s lead anchor:
Longtime CNN host Anderson Cooper: You just watched "one of the most disgraceful" performances by a sitting U.S. president during a press conference with Russia that I have ever seen. pic.twitter.com/yYGNLTnP7P
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) July 16, 2018
A both sides aficianado:
The president tries to pull a “both sides” on the Putin v US intel and ends up essentially confessing to the world that he believes Putin more the the United States of America and its agencies.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) July 16, 2018
Director of the National Counter-terrorism Center for GWB and Homeland Security Adviser and CIA Director for President Obama:
[NARRATOR VOICE: They don’t exist!]
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
VICE and Esquire political analyst and Hillary Clinton critic:
Everyone is numb and in shock. We can’t believe what we just witnessed, but for me it’s this simple: The President of the United States openly colluded with Putin to undermine our democracy.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 16, 2018
Even the liberal Neil Cavuto on Fox News:
Neil Cavuto of Fox Business calls Trump's press conference "disgusting", "That sets us back a lot." pic.twitter.com/R2ZIjyFyPR
— Axios (@axios) July 16, 2018
And my husband and me:
— Betty Cracker (@bettycrackerfl) July 16, 2018
My post title is flippant and meant to invoke the terrible fact that everything Trump does is assessed by the useless Beltway press in the shallow terms of “optics.” Well, we’re about to see how an off-off-off Broadway production of TREASON plays. So far, the reviews ain’t good.
Will Bunch had an interesting idea:
Here's what I'm thinking: 1) Immediate nationwide boycott of 10 largest House GOP donor firms and 10 largest Trump donor firms unless/until impeachment 2) Organize a nationwide general strike in fall if there's no movement. The only way to reach them is through their wallets
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) July 16, 2018
Do we have the collective consensus and national will for something like that? I want to believe it, but I don’t, not unless today’s open collusion with a hostile foreign autocrat is followed swiftly by something like a trade war-induced recession.
Americans are a complacent bunch. But if today’s events don’t shake people to their core, I don’t know what will. Baby jails caused widespread revulsion — and forced a rapid walk-back on that policy. But this? I don’t know.
Anyhoo, I’ve believed Trump was a compromised, traitorous scumbag for ages, and I’ll admit I’m rattled. I feel just about as sick as I felt on election night. It’s not just what Trump said — it’s where and when and to whom he said it.
All it would take are two or three Republicans in the senate to effectively paralyze this catastrophic presidency. They don’t have the guts. Do we?