As we have noted many times, Candidate Comrade Trump’s 2016 Goat Rodeo campaign seems to have had contact with every damn Russian in the United States in that Trump Tower meeting, and what with weirdo Carter Page, and…, and… except for Russian Spy (or whatevs) Mariia Butina.
Butina seems to have had contact with just about every prominent Wingnut and Wingnuttian organization in the country (Hi, NRA!) EXCEPT for Comrade Stupid’s campaign. Oh, sure, she asked a question of Comrade Stupid at a rally and got into a picture with Squiggy Trump at a gun thingie, but that’s not the same as infiltrating the campaign itself.
So imagine my surprise this morning to learn that Butina did make contact (hubba-hubba!) with the campaign!!1! Butina’s mark was J.D. Gordon, who served as Candidate Stupid’s director of national security. Gordon did such a good job in the Goat Rodeo that he became part of Comrade Stupid’s transition team, which as we all know was headed up by fetus-fondling Gawd-botherer and noted walking termite buffet Mike Pence!
Gordon and Butina exchanged emails in September and October 2016, just ahead of the presidential election, The Post reports. Gordon, 50, told the newspaper the whole Butina saga is “sensationalized click bait” in an attempt to “smear” Republicans she had contact with over the last several years.
Yeah, just a couple of emails, and then BOOM! Butina gets an invite to his birthday party and a hot date with an OLD to see STYX in concert (Jeebus, what indignities this woman endured for Mother Russia!) and whatever happened next… so a 50-year old so-called security expert saw nothing odd about a Russian woman 20+ years his junior being interested in him? Yeah, in Trumplandia, that seems exactly likely.
This is the EXACT scenario that we were warned about back when I had a security clearance.
“Is it irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to.” – Bacardi Lifetime Achievement Winner, Peggy Noonan, Wall St. Journal, April 2000.
Anyway, I have a funny feeling that we will soon learn that Butina traded up, you know, now that she had a foothold. If I were a journalist (and I’m clearly not), I would start calling everyone in the transition team, and just for giggles, people in Pence’s staff. You know one of them took the bait.