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Mere Coincidences on the Campaign Trail

The other night, Stephen Colbert called out Trump for tweeting dog-whistles about the Orlando mass murders implying that Obama is a crypto-Muslim who refuses to label the attack on the Pulse nightclub “Muslim Extremism” or whatever he might want to call it. When asked to clarify his tweets, Trump simply repeated them and said “the American people will figure out what’s going on.”

Okay people, lets move on and figure out what’s going on with Obama and the Clintons. The day Colbert puzzled over Trump’s non-explanation also marked the first time the POTUS appeared on the same stage with HRC, at a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Coincidentally or not, Trump was also in North Carolina yesterday, but let’s leave that for another time. Obama acted like he’s always been Hillary’s greatest fan. Hillary’s the One, he said to swelling cheers and applause. She’ll penetrate the Matrix. Trust her.

Coincidentally or not, FBI director James Comey held a press conference a few hour prior to Hillary’s rally to say the Agency’s investigation of Clintons emails sent through her private mail server, concluded that while her practices were ill-advised and “extremely careless,” they did not rise to the level of criminality and there were no grounds for indicting her. All good for the Dems, because having a candidate who’s under investigation—much less indictment—gives the appearance that something’s going on.

Comey’s announcement went viral, naturally, but somehow did not seem to reach either Clinton or Obama, because the matter did not come up at their love fest in Durham. The fact that this shoe didn’t drop on her is a big deal for the Clinton campaign. One would think that she would have said something about vindicating her protestations of innocence now that the matter is no longer in legal limbo, but apparently she took the fifth on this matter, as did the POTUS.

Coincidentally or not, the FBI’s announcement comes a scant week after the other Clinton happened to run into US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and climbed aboard her plane to have a tête-a-tête to discuss, umm, the FBI’s investigation of his spouse. Unless he was just hitting on her. Or both.

Hillary has already said on multiple occasions that her use of private emails was a mistake that she has learned from and won’t repeat—essentially, I didn’t do anything wrong and I won’t do it again. Well, that’s all good, but as presumptive POTUS she won’t have to. She’ll have Bill at her side, and he has yet to say that he won’t use a private email server to discuss public business. And coincidentally or not, Loretta Lynch said that her chat with Bill was an error in judgment and she “certainly wouldn’t do it again,” not that she’ll ever have to now. How convenient.

Of course, Mr. Trump himself has made no secret of having influenced numerous politicians to get what he wanted, but who calls him Crooked Donald? As an American person and presumptive voter, apparently it is up to me to decide what’s going on here. So that Mr. Trump can know what to tweet, let me say that what’s going on are coincidental shams and deceptions deeply rooted in a corrupt political system, that’s all. Nothing to see here, folks, move along now.

 

Geoff Dutton is a reformed geek turned columnist, novelist, and publisher hailing from Boston who writes about whatever distortions of reality strike his fancy. Turkey Shoot, his novel interrogating the lives and times of members of a cell of terrorists in Europe, recently received an award for Courage in Fiction. You can find more of his writing here and at Progressive Pilgrim Review. He welcomes correspondence at geoff-at-perfidy-dot-press.

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