Optical Collusion

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By Bill Maher

Rudy Giuliani recently went on CNN's State of the Union and said there's "no evidence" of collusion with Russia. Okay, fine. What about Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E., where there's blatant evidence Trump participated in a treasonous quid-pro-quo?  

Per The New York Times, Don, Jr. and Stephen Miller met with George Nader, a longtime Saudi and United Arab Emirates emissary, after Trump won the GOP nomination. Nader said both governments wanted Trump in the White House and offered millions of dollars in assistance—which, of course is a crime, if the money was paid. It’s not clear whether these governments actually provided direct assistance (and the Trump camp denies it), but here’s what we do know: Once in office, Trump endorsed an economic and political blockade against Qatar. The decision surprised both parties—even Trump's own advisers—since Qatar hosts a U.S. base. Why would he do it?  Possibly because Qatar is considered a threat by, you guessed it, the Saudis and U.A.E. Isn't this more dangerous than colluding with Russia?  

We can hint Trump committed treason by cozying up to Putin, but with the Saudis it's blatant. Trump endangered the lives of 10,000 U.S. troops by vilifying a country that hosts their base. Shouldn't Democrats be calling this treason?  

Then, of course, there's the bigger picture: Trump didn't sell America to Russia. He sold it to the highest bidder. And Russia, the Saudis and UAE ended in a three-way tie. Trump's response: "You all win!" So yeah, Rudy's right – Trump's not colluding with Putin. He's colluding with everyone.