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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Canaries in the "Trump coal mine"

In my experience, the political transition of Donald Trump to Washington DC is a saga of stomach turning power grabs. Surely, it will backfire, but not before people wake up to the "canaries in the political Trumpzi coal mine".
When Donald Trump appealed to coal miners who believed his pledge about "making American great again" and the intent to save their jobs, its likely they were not remembering the old "canary" test once used to detect noxious gases inside their dangerous work zones. Well, now Donald Trump may have his own human versions of "canaries". Namely, Newt Gingrich, Rudolf Giuliani and even General Barry McCaffrey.

For those who might need a metaphor refresh:

The idea of placing a canary or other warm blooded animals in a mine to detect carbon monoxide was first proposed by John Scott Haldane, in 1913 or later. Well into the 20th century, coal miners brought canaries into coal mines as an early-warning signal for toxic gases, primarily carbon monoxide. Often, this metaphor is used to establish the symbol of an "early warning" symptom.
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So, here're the "canaries" who we know about:  Newt Gingrich says he "doesn't want" to be Secretary of State in the Trump administration, even after months of being one of the few surrogates willing to go out on a limb for the Trump regime.  Rudolph Giuliani now says he "withdrew his name" from being considered for a cabinet position in the Trumpzi administration even though he was reported to be an "insider".  General Barry McCaffrey once said he would support Donald Trump's decision to appoint a former colleage to be National Security Advisor, but has recently changed his mind. These are the "canary people" who we know about. Obviously, there are others.

DailyKos reports by Jen Hayden
Gen. Barry McCaffrey withdraws support of Trump national security advisor, calls for investigation

General Barry McCaffrey tells NBC News that he was initially supportive of Donald Trump’s decision to name Lt. General Michael Flynn as his national security advisor.  Nevertheless, a closer look at Flynn’s social media use shows that he sent out at least 16 different fake (propaganda) news stories via social media and General McCaffrey pulled no punches, bluntly calling the tweets and stories “demented.”

The Trump transition team is also rightly getting criticism for allowing Lt. General Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn, to not only take part in the transition team, but to seek out security clearance for him when his own social media has shown him to be prolifically disseminating utterly false and outrageous politically motivated news. (You can watch a smarmy Mike Pence evade Jake Tapper's pointed questions about Flynn, Jr.'s security clearance six different times by clicking here.) (As far as I'm concerned, everything Mike Pence says when interviewed is "smarmy"- ever since the Vice Presidential debate, he has perfected the art of "Christian lying".)

One of those fake stories prompted a man to walk into a pizza place and fire his high-powered gun to personally “investigate” the child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton that Flynn was tweeting about to his followers. Which, of course, wasn’t happening.

General Barry McCaffrey went on to say that “we need to aggressively examine what was going on” with Lt. General Michael Flynn and his son. Hear, hear!

In short, Lt. General Flynn’s outrageous peddling of fake news and/or propaganda should be disqualifying. Period. End story.
Philip Mudd called Trump’s security transition a “clown show”:
Mudd, a counter-terrorism analyst for CNN, denounced retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for leading calls to imprison Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign and for past incendiary remarks about Muslims. The former CIA and FBI official also contrasted the Trump transition with that of former GOP presidents.

“We have a history of remarkable servants in the Oval Office and in the Situation Room under Republican presidents,” Mudd told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." “We transition now to a national security adviser in a political realm who argues that an opponent on the stump should be locked up in prison and who argues that a billion-plus Muslims should be grouped together."

Americans still have time to heed the warning signs we are witnessing in the Trump transition.  We have been duly forewarned to stay away from Donald Trump because his erratic behavior and weird appointments are creating a dangerous nation.

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