By Duncan Smith
There is a “Washington political establishment,” despite repeated, heated, vehement denials from its members that such a thing exists.
And while many Americans always assumed that was the case, it was proven beyond any reasonable doubt during President Donald Trump’s tenure.
Trump was the consummate outsider — a billionaire businessman who wasn’t ‘owned’ by anyone because he had his own money and who never ran for political office in his life, winning the highest elected office in the world on his first try.
Boy, did that piss off The Establishment, which worked feverishly over the next four years to oust him.
Repeated leaks of information. Fake news narratives. Two impeachments. A special counsel investigation. One lie after another…after another. The assault The Establishment launched against Trump was unprecedented.
But Trump weathered them all until The Establishment literally stole his reelection and installed a governing cabal with an elderly dementia sufferer as the titular head.
That said, The Political Establishment is bipartisan, just so you know, as evidenced by new information regarding a non-profit linked to George H. W. Bush and a Chinese propaganda organ.
A nonprofit affiliated with the late former President George H.W. Bush agreed to accept $5 million from a policy group at the center of China’s U.S. influence efforts, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: As tensions escalate between the U.S. and China, leaders with the George H.W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations have sounded off for closer ties — and while criticizing Beijing in some cases, have toed China’s line on some major geopolitical issues.
“Axios obtained a written agreement that spells out the details of a $5 million grant from the China-United States Exchange Foundation to the Bush China Foundation, established in 2017 with the former president’s blessing,” the outlet continued.
“We are proud of our partnership with CUSEF and deeply appreciative of CUSEF’s generous support,” Bush China Foundation spokesperson Leslie Reagan confirmed to Axios, before claiming — ridiculously — that the CUSEF has ‘no influence’ on Bush center policy (right; the $5 million was just pure generosity).
“(T)he Bush China Foundation has staked out a very strong independent posture on virtually all of the major issues in the U.S.-China relationship; in the process, we have frequently leveled sharp criticism of Chinese policies and actions when we believe that has been merited,” she said.
Wait — isn’t the Chinese entity just a megaphone for Beijing’s commies, like all other Chinese entities, none of which can exist without the express consent of the regime?
“Knowing CUSEF as we do, we do not buy into that narrative,” she said. “CUSEF has never sought to influence our editorial positions or encroach on our editorial independence.”
What a load of you-know-what.
America has a protected political class, The Establishment, and it is bipartisan and distinctly self-interested.
If our founders were alive today, they’d be leading a revolution.