What does it mean when a former federal prosecutor say the DOJ should stop playing Trump's reindeer games?
By Hal Brown
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I didn't understand what was meant by the reference e to reindeer games in this quote the title and text from former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner who said enough is enough and the DOJ needs to indict him in the Katie Phang show in the above article:
"Donald Trump is now exposing himself as somebody who is willing to take property that he stole and leverage it to his own benefit for other information that he wants, that he has no right to, from the federal government," he elaborated. "I analogize it to a situation where your neighbor stole your TV, and then said if you want to back give me $500. Well in concrete terms, that's what Donald Trump was doing with these stolen documents."
"I do wish that the Department of Justice would stop playing Donald Trump's reindeer games, stop playing on Donald Trump's playing field because civil litigation is Donald Trump's playing field and it's where he can best weaponize the delay that is inherent in the civil litigation process and you know how the DOJ can put an end to all of that? Indict him in federal district court in Washington D.C." he insisted.
"Reindeer Games" is the name of an American action crime thriller starring from 2000 American action crime thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer in his final feature directorial outing before his 2002 death. It stars Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, and Dennis Farina.
The use of the term "reindeer games" puzzled me so I did some research. Here's the plot of the movie which takes place around Christmas.
I decided to look up the meaning and it then became clear why Kirschner used it.
|Reindeer games is a colloquial expression generally used for the bullying activities of a clique or for festivities around the Christmas season.|
Here's an excerpt from the article about the term.
Of course what Trump and his "clique" are doing is doing what Trump does all the time as a classic bully. He's a malignant narcissist whose stock in trade is being a bully.
Malignant narcissism is a psychological syndrome comprising an extreme mix of narcissism, antisocial behavior, aggression, and sadism. Grandiose, and always ready to raise hostility levels, the malignant narcissist undermines families and organizations in which they are involved, and dehumanizes the people with whom they associate Wikipedia
Perhaps I am out of it when it comes to understanding some colloquial expressions, but I think many viewers of the Katie Phang show or readers of RAWSTORY won't know exactly what was meant by the reindeer games reference although in context it sounds like it is just a term referring to another nasty Trumpian manipulation.
Below, as I find stories,
Republicans are salivating about the prospect of winning one or both houses of Congress so they can open committee investigations into Hunter Biden. However, waste of time as this would be, ultimately whether he's prosecuted or not is a decision that rests with the DOJ.The decision about this is, as the headline above shows, is anything but simple. If the the. U.S. attorney who will make this decision follows the rules and usual procedure, it will be difficult to claim the fix was in. Here's why:
As things stand now just about all the posts he puts on Truth Social make the news so it may not mean much to him to be able to put the same messages on Twitter. Twitter has a major drawback for him. This is that his tweets generate many critical and sarcastic replies, some with snarky illustrations, with a few of the most biting or nasty being republished on various websites.
Here's a related article which is from The Miami Herald:
Michael Cohen, a tale of redemption, addresses the fate of Donald Trump
I was talking to a friend on the phone when Michael Cohen was on MSNBC. I said that he was a tale of redemption that I really believed in, or wanted to. I am generally cynical abut such things. I think of the inmates who find Jesus in prison to impress the parole board. With Cohen I think he is probably or mostly sincere even though taking the stance he has keeps him in the public eye and will help him sell books.
I'll maintain some skepticism which is why is say he's probably or mostly sincere. I still can't help liking the guy.
Below is an interview with him:
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