Digby's Hullabaloo blog has a nice two-part piece by Tom Sullivan about money-laundering as a factor in Donny Stinkfinger's problem with the Russians. Part One and Part Two make this a relatively understandable issue for me. Stinkfinger is so deeply flawed, it's a hassle to list all of his defects. He's lazy, ignorant, incompetent, deluded, narcissistic, corrupt, and a sociopath for starters, and pretty soon we'll officially add traitor to the list. As TPM points out, he actually believes he's the CEO of the United States, and every member of Congress is a subordinate who reports to him. But, to put it as plainly as possible, he's way out of his league. He should've stuck with reality TV game shows. The only thing that Stinkfinger has actually accomplished in his first six months as so-called precedent (sic) is damaging the entire perception of American greatness in this country and around the world. If most Trump voters think the Russia scandal is fake news, the idea of American superiority becomes highly questionable.
When oily GOP hucksters like Rafael (Ted) Cruz crawl out of their holes to make appearances on TV news shows, they're aiming every remark directly at the fucking morons who vote for them. GOP voters will believe anything a grifter says, as long as he uses a few big words and makes it sound like it might be true. Added 12:35 AM 12 July: The TV news shows are lining up GOP hacks to repeat the scripted lines about Donnie Two Scoops and his rotten spawn working with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. The only goal is keeping ignorant yahoos from even trying to think these things through.