So Donald Jr. met with an attorney who wanted to pass along information about Hillary Clinton that was obtained by Russia’s hack of the DNC. He has already issued a statement loaded with bullshit about this meeting, but my favorite line was this one: “My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.” Junior is already falling on his sword for his father! But why?
Am I the only one who thinks that their family might operate like a cult modeled on the Mafia? Donald seems to be the nexus of their lives, even though they are in their 30s. I’m trying to rembember how other adult children of presidents behaved, but I don’t think any of them has been so openly devoted to their father in the last 50 years. Sasha and Malia were small children so they weren’t getting interviewed or defending Obama on television. Bush’s daughters came of age during his administration and didn’t actually live in the White House. They did not jump into discussions about their father’s administration, but then I suppose their father never hired them. They continue to maintain a low profile. Chelsea was in middle and high school. Did Reagan’s grown children do this? And did y’all notice that his youngest child’s name is the surname of a pseudonym he used when pretending to be his own publicist over 20 years ago? John Barron!
Donald’s first three kids are permanently stuck in his orbit. Which makes me wonder, who will break first when facing down Robert Mueller? My bet is on Jared Kushner, the most prominent non-Trump who has regular contact with the patriarch. Even though Jared has been dragged deep into Donald’s Russian web, I doubt he will be able to withhold information in the investigation. Recall that he knows what federal prison is like since his own Daddy went there courtesy of prosecution by Chris Christie. Even though he married Trump’s prized daughter, I have to wonder if he would fall on his sword for the old man. If we all get through this, I suppose this ludicrous situation will make an amazing mini-series 20 years from now.
Until then, I guess I can only hope that this family is so thoroughly intertwined that they all will go down together for Stupid Watergate. Except Tiffany.