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Donald J. Trump is being played for a fool. 

And he has no idea. He is so in the dark about it that he thinks that he can commit treason, deny people their constitutional rights, invite conflicts of interest, break nepotism laws and tweet about it with complete impunity. Even as he is being positioned to undergo numerous investigations, he assumes that he is so above the law that he is comfortable making public statements on Twitter such as:
If Trump was a rogue candidate, completely untethered by political ties or economic pressures, this brazenly overconfident criminal conduct could be interpreted as arrogant ramblings or an ignorant attempt to flaunt his authority in front of the Democrats. Trump, though, is not a rogue candidate. He is not politically disentangled, nor is he economically isolated. 

Donald Trump is a puppet of a larger alt-right network that has been altering the federal government through presidential candidates, national campaigns and federal agendas since the Nixon Administration. 
This far-right network began their criminal careers during Watergate, honed their talents during the Reagan Revolution, developed a defensive strategy during the Clinton and Obama eras and launched a full-scale war for the White House upon the election of the nation’s first black president.

They have spent billions of dollars funding candidates, orchestrating campaigns, altering voting legislation and implementing numerous illegal strategies in efforts to take control of the Capitol. It is highly unlikely that they would allow their candidate to completely self-destruct before even stepping foot in the White House.

Unless that was their plan all along.

While Trump served as a popular candidate that was able to win votes, he is less than an ideal puppet through which to implement a full political agenda. Trump’s handlers may have needed him to win the election, they don’t need him to keep the White House. And if Trump took the fall, they would be able to win the election, keep the White House and completely escape criminal culpability for their actions.

A Trump impeachment may just be what the grand strategists of the alt-right are looking for.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the network set someone from the Trump Train up to take a fall. An obvious example is their handling of Chris Christie.

After ending his own run for office in 2016, Chris Christie became one of Trump’s earliest and most outspoken supporters. He joined Team Trump as an early supporter, before he won the Republican National Convention, and was frequently criticized for his support the candidate. Nonetheless, Christie placed all of his bets on landing a position in the Trump administration. And he lost everything.

Trump promised Christie a position as the head of his presidential transition team as early as May. He offered Christie the position of Vice President in July. Just days later, at the command of then strategist Paul Manafort, Christie was thrown off the Trump Train and immediately replaced by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Pence was likely the choice of the larger network for Vice President all along, but the question remains - would they allow Trump to string Christie, offer him his dream political future on a silver platter and then pull the rug out from under him completely?

Jared Kushner.

It has been widely speculated that Christie was dropped because of a long-standing feud between himself and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner’s father Charles is a wealthy, prominent New Jersey real estate developer and the founder of Kushner Companies.

In 2005, the elder Kushner was sentenced to 2 years in prison for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions. This sentence was the result of charges filed against him by then US Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Chris Christie. Chris Christie would go on to become the Governor of New Jersey. Charles Kushner would go on to serve 14 months in prison.

While Chris Christie’s public support was valuable during the early part of the 2016 presidential election, his services were not needed after Trump won the nomination from the Republican National Convention. Chris Christie was never needed for the presidential transition or as Trump’s running mate. The network behind Trump used Christie and then let him take one of the hardest falls of his political career.

As his political career was dismantled and defamed by Team Trump, Mike Pence readily assumed his role as head of the transition team and Vice Presidential candidate. And now Mike Pence is positioned once again to take the place of one of the alt-right network’s fall guys.

This time the patsy is Donald J. Trump.

So, who are the people behind the 2016 Takeover of the White House?

At the core of this strategic network are alumni from the Nixon Era and the Reagan Revolution. These political players can boast participation in Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, Russia’s advancement into the Ukraine, and the WedTech scandal. Their goal was to completely takeover the federal government. Now that the GOP has achieved that goal, they no longer need Candidate Trump.

Guided by the strategic posture promoted by Watergate alumni, Trump’s personal long term friend and close political advisor Roger Stone, “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack,” they joined together to design and implement a plan to take the Capitol that included interstate voter purging, national voter suppression, localized voter intimidation, county specific misinformation, social media attacks, FBI interference and Russian influence.

It all started in 1972 when a billionaire by the name of Richard Mellon Scaife entered the national political playing field. That year Scaife, who has been referred to as the Funding Father of the Right, contributed close to $1,000,000 to the Nixon campaign. Already comfortable with bending the law to his advantage, he set up 300 dummy organizations to funnel his money into the Nixon campaign without having to pay the federal gift tax. Arguably comfortable with breaking the law, he also contributed $45,000 to a secret fund tied to Watergate.

Scaife himself was not a strategist, but provided funding to the people and organizations necessary to bring alt-right ideology to the forefront of GOP politics. In the 1980s, Richard Scaife played a powerful role in helping Reagan “initiate a new Republican era” and was a key provider of support for Reagan’s interferences in Central America – including the covert war in Nicaragua. In addition to funding the Reagan Revolution and the far-right coup in Nicaragua, Scaife also began contributing heavily to conservative think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.

He and another member of the alt-right network behind Trump, Robert Mercer, became cornerstone funders of the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute. The Heritage Foundation has gained notoriety publishing eugenically rooted research that claims Hispanics are genetically inferior to Whites and that poverty is a myth. Many of their members now serve on the Trump Transition Team. The Manhattan Institute routinely argues against the welfare system and for increased incarceration. They are responsible for the “broken windows” theory of law enforcement adopted by Nixon’s former legal intern Rudy Giuliani, as well as the false narrative that the black community has declared a War on Cops. This race-based lie was promoted by the Trump campaign with assistance from their law enforcement mouthpiece, Sheriff David A. Clarke.

It is through these and other like-minded organizations and individuals that the alt-right\alt-white movement assert its white nationalist political agendas. This revolution included the weakening of minority voting rights, mass polling closures, complete ignorance of the Americans with Disabilities Act, voter id restrictions, proof of citizenship restrictions, the distribution of false voting information, intimidation through poll watchers and the implementation of the Interstate Crosscheck System.

At the same time Scaife was collaborating with Mercer to fund the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute, he was also networking with Charles Koch and David Koch to fund the American Enterprise Institute. The American Enterprise Institute recently gained notoriety for their Project on Fair Representation. Collaborating with another alumnus of Watergate - Bert Rein – Richard Scaife, the Koch Brothers, the American Enterprise Institute and Ed Blum would go on to attack the Voting Right Act of 1965 in court. This was necessary to implement theInterstate Crosscheck System and other voter suppression strategies without seeking approval from the Federal Government.

Rein was a member of the Key Issues Committee during Nixon campaign and served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State under his administration. While he escaped prison for his connections to the Watergate Scandal, he would adopt the strategic ideology that pushing the boundaries of criminal federal behavior was acceptable so long as no one pushed back.

Preparing to gut the VRA in order to make alterations to race based state voting policies nationwide, Rein and Blum successfully rendered a Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act completely unenforceable in the case of Shelby County vs. Holder. In doing so they opened the door for numerous states to change their voting policies in ways that intentionally purged and suppressed millions of minority votes in time for the 2014 and 2016 elections.

As a result of the efforts to deprive minorities of their right to vote, 1.1 million voters were purged through the Interstate Crosscheck System, 868 polling places were reportedly closed, and nearly half of the counties that closed polling places would have been prevented from doing so if Section 5 the Voting Rights Act had not been neutralized. Over 75% of polling places were inaccessible to voters with disabilities, 31 states adopted voter id restrictions, and a number of states attempted to enforce proof of citizenship requirements. False information about voting – including ads suggesting Democratic voters could submit their votes through text – were publicized. Conservative poll watching groups appeared in multiple states and the president himself made a public call for his supporters to employ voter intimidation tactics stating at a rally:

 “You've got to go out, and you've got to get your friends, and you've got to get everybody you know, and you gotta watch the polling booths, because I hear too many stories about Pennsylvania, certain areas.”

Those involved in the efforts to purge, suppress and intimidate minority voters should be investigated for violations of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 18 USC 241, and 18 USC 242; however, the network does not now, nor has it ever, shown much respect for federal legislation. It has shown even less regard for legislation designed to protect Civil Rights.

When asked about the Shelby County decision and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Bert Rein replied, “Were those changes sufficiently impactful to really influence the outcome? I don’t know the answer. Some people would say sure because it dissuaded some Hispanic and other voters who would have voted. But maybe some illegals would also have voted and that’s not good…I’d love to take credit for it and then Donald Trump could write me a nice letter.”

While Scaife lived to see the gutting of the VRA, he would not live to see Trump take the White House. Providing support for Trump’s potential run for president as early as 2012, Scaife was an early supporter of Trump, but he passed away in 2014 before he would see his candidate of choice succeed. His legacy and funding channels, though, continue to operate through the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Carthage Foundation, the Allhegeny Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.

The connections between Watergate and Trump don’t stop with Rein and Scaife. One of Trump’s closest advisers and long term friend, Roger Stone, also began his career pushing the boundaries of federal legality during the Nixon administration. In 1972, he began his career in federal politics working for the Committee to Re-Elect the President. Labeled the Dirty Trickster, Stone has a long history of playing dirty and reveling in the mud. According to the New York Post,

“He was just nineteen when he played a bit part in the Watergate scandals. He adopted the pseudonym Jason Rainier and made contributions in the name of the Young Socialist Alliance to the campaign of Pete McCloskey, who was challenging Nixon for the Republican nomination in 1972. Stone then sent a receipt to the Manchester Union Leader, to “prove” that Nixon’s adversary was a left-wing stooge. Stone hired another Republican operative, who was given the pseudonym Sedan Chair II, to infiltrate the McGovern campaign. Stone’s Watergate high jinks were revealed during congressional hearings in 1973, and the news cost Stone his job on the staff of Senator Robert Dole. Stone revels in his Watergate pedigree, noting almost apologetically that he was never accused of breaking any law. ‘The Democrats were weak, we were strong,’ he told me.”

Roger Stone also has close personal ties to Wikileak’s Julian Assange. It has been reported that, “Stone claims his American source, whom he declined to identify, has met with Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, in London and is a “mutual friend” of Stone and Assange. The WikiLeaks source, Stone said, is not tied in any way to the Trump campaign but has served as a back channel for Stone, who is an outside adviser to the Republican presidential candidate, allowing the adviser to tweet and comment very broadly prior to some key WikiLeaks disclosures. He also reported that it is a high level British diplomat by the name of Craig Murray that served as the middle man between the DNC hacker and Julian Assange.

Nixon Alumni Richard Mellon Scaife, Bert Rein, Richard Wiley and Roger Stone would continue to their efforts to push the alt-right agenda through the White House after the end of the Nixon Era and succeeded with their candidate, a former television personality much like Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan was very active during the Civil Rights movement. During this era, Reagan made a political name for himself working against civil rights reformers under Barry Goldwater. He began his presidential campaign at the Nashoba County Fair, the site of the murder of three Civil Rights activists that were portrayed in the film Mississippi Burning, with a speech about states’ rights. He argued that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was “humiliating to the south” and tried to weaken it. He opposed the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. He argued in the name of individual rights that, “if an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so.” He opposed sanctions on South Africa during the movement against apartheid. He advocated for the disbanding of the Department of Education and tried to eliminate tax penalties or schools practicing discrimination. His administration claimed that AIDS was “nature’s revenge on gay men.” punishment on gay men and rejected attempts to provide federal funding for research and education. He defunded mental health services resulting in the homelessness of people in need of critical mental health services. He created and exploited the stereotypes of the welfare queens, the drunken homeless person, and the homeless by choice outsider for political gains, saying that “people who are sleeping on the grates…the homeless…are homeless, you might say, by choice.” He cut funding for food stamps and removed 2.6 million children from the free lunch program. He launched the multibillion dollar War on Drugs which has done nothing to end the importation of illegal drugs into urban communities, but it did result in the mass incarceration of poor people of color. He vetoed the Civil Rights Restoration Act, cut funding for federal spending on education in half, and gutted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His attack on Civil Rights and Equality also included increasing protections and removing legal consequences and punishments for law enforcement officers that deprive rights from citizens under the color of law.

This is the GOP’s celebrated Reagan Revolution.

It was during the Reagan Revolution that Stone formed a strong relationship with another alt-right all-star, Paul Manafort. Manafort is a notoriously unscrupulous strategist that designs high level campaigns at the national and international levels. In the US, he has worked on the Ford, Reagan and Bush campaigns. Internationally, he has been linked to the campaigns of Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Jonas Savimbi of the Angolan rebel group UNITA. He’s admitted to writing the strategy for the Karachi Affair and served as an advisor on the campaign of pro-Russian Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich.

And in 1980 they teamed up with Charlie Black, another Reagan alum that worked on all three of his campaigns as well as the Bush, McCain, and Romney campaigns. Together they formed Black, Manafort and Stone. Black, Manafort and Stone (now Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly) is a lobbying firm that was instrumental in orchestrating the success of the Reagan campaign and played a strong role in ensuring the victory of the Trump campaign. Manafort is also tied to Scaife, Mercer, Rein as a result of his work through the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. These organizations worked closely with him to support Savimbi.

Paul Manafort met Donald Trump through his partnership at Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly – where Trump was a client. Stone left the campaign in August of 2016, just days before admitting on video that he was in communication with Julian Assange about Wikileaks and was aware of the October surprise aimed at the Clinton campaign. Manafort, who is also under close scrutiny for his ties with Russia, left a short time later. The two remain close, though, as Manafort has had an apartment in Trump Tower for a number of years.

Stone, Manafort and Rein would join with a few more alt-right all-stars before the Reagan Era came to a close. Specifically, it was during this time that they formed relationships with Trump Team members Ed Meese, Jeff Sessions, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich. And during the Clinton and Obama Eras, they would pick up the Conways, Steve Bossie, Corey Lewandowski, Stephen Bannon and a number of talented news and social media tacticians. But it would be the Scaife Family, Robert Mercer, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, David Koch, Charles Koch and Bert Rein that served as the center of gravity for the illegal operations and tactics used to ensure the alt-right candidate would win the Presidency.

The core strategists intentionally weakened voting rights, passed laws designed to suppress the minority vote, implemented an interstate minority voter purge system in over half of the states in the nation, engaged in intentional voter misinformation tactics, promoted voter intimidation, publicly invited interference by the Russian government, served to connect DNC hackers to Julian Assange and Wikileaks and arguably broke countless federal laws in order to secure themselves the White House by illegally altering the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.

The dangers of Russian interference with national electoral systems cannot be disregarded. Neither, though, can the criminal deprivation of voting rights that prevented millions of minority voters from voting. Until both are addressed, the alt-right will be able to continue to use these tactics to alter every foreseeable election in the United States to their advantage.

The investigations related to all of these crimes should include the alt-right network behind Trump. The network that is setting up the Patsy Elect to take the fall for them. 

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