5 April 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: Your meeting with the president
You’ll be surprised not to have heard from me for the past few days. I have been away in Iowa, visiting my son.
Now that I’m back, I read yesterday about your 45-minute face-to-face with the president (sorry, still can’t capitalize that title.) In the context of which, I did a bit of googling and was surprised—should I say “surprised”?—to learn that Politico had recently dubbed you “Putin’s favorite congressman.” Shame on me for not being better informed, but I had no idea that you had such a cosy view of the Russian president. The Politico piece ran through a list of subjects on which your views seem aligned; and described your visit to Moscow and your efforts to “avoid demonizing Russia.” No wonder, then, that you find common ground with Donald Trump.
I read, too, as I worked through several articles, that you have been scoffing at the notion of a Russia connection between Trump’s campaign and his administration and that Putin-dominated state. You are surely not in denial of Putin’s interference in our recent election, with his hand heavily on the scales in favor of Trump. Are you, a US congressman, willing to turn a blind eye to what is no more nor less than a hostile attack on our democracy from a foreign nation? As quoted in the Orange County Register, you call it a “brouhaha over nothing that the Democrats are trying to distract everyone’s attention with.” A brouhaha over nothing? Really? Is that any way to describe a virulent attempt to undermine our democracy? Also, to the point, are you willing to overlook the well-documented murderous tyranny of Russia’s leader?
It seems from the OC Register report that you also discussed Trump’s border wall, and suggested a system of visa sales that might be used to fund its construction. On my return from Iowa I did note your response to my letter about immigration. I plan to read it more carefully and perhaps post it on my new blog, “The Rohrabacher Letters”—a successor to “The Bush Diaries” which I posted over several years in the 2000s.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.