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Saturday, 1 July 2017

The 45th president and history repeating itself

In 1885, the German Friedrich Trump emigrated to America at the age of 16. In 1902, he returned to Germany and tried to regain his German citizenship. He had lost this for missing his mandatory German military service, while being in USA. Despite his pleas to stay, he was informed that he would not be granted his German citizenship back and that he had eight weeks to leave the country or be deported (eg, CNN, DWGuardianSnopes).

Donald Trump's continued bashing of Germany (eg, German carsNATOtrade surplus) probably relates to his grandfather's banishing from Germany. Donald Trump has an easily bruised ego and he admired his grandfather Friedrich. He is taking revenge on Germany for the "unfair" treatment of his grandfather.

Joseph Raymond McCarthy (1908-1957) was a U.S. Senator from 1947 until his death in 1957. He became (in)famous for his American witch-hunt on anything that related to communism and/or Russia. The accusation of being a communist was enough to destroy someone's life in the 1950's. The TV series The Americans (8.3 in IMDb) is a reminder of that period.

The bipartisan U.S. Senate's Russia sanctions bill is a first step in the revival of a new period of McCarthyism. Wiki: "[This] bill would codify existing sanctions against Russia, impose new ones, and require the administration to get congressional approval in order to lift them." On 29 June 2017, the Russia sanctions bill was - again - approved by the Senate's 98-2 vote after an "unexpected roadblock in the House" (eg, the Hill).

Donald Trump claims there is a witch-hunt against him because RussiaGate is fake news. However, most of what Donald Trump says about himself - or others - is inaccurate, incomplete, and often just a plain lie. Narcissism and pathological lying are closely related. Trump's credibility is zero by now. The magnitude of RussiaGate is so immense that it's likely that a new McCarthy will emerge from RussiaGate and the lives of Trump supporters will be ruined.

The Republican GOP may not survive RussiaGate (eg, hacking, money laundering, treason). Based on Patribotics blog (Rep.) and Palmer Report (Dem.), several high-ranking GOP members are deeply involved in RussiaGate. The GOP might even be dismantled by the courts. It's doubtful whether the moderate and extreme wing would reunite in a new Republican party.

The US political landscape is likely to change following RussiaGate, and perhaps even drastically if/when the Republican GOP would be outlawed. In latter case, the Democratic party would not be able to maintain its unity and would likely split in moderates and Sanderistas.

I doubt Donald Trump and his family members will be jailed in USA. I expect that history will repeat and that the USA will revoke citizenship of the Trump family and ban them forever. Russia may offer them asylum similar to Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean and Kim Philby.

History Repeating (1997) by Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey 
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