There is no reasonable explanation for the simple facts we see
other than that Russia has some kind of hold over President Trump.
I know that sounds wild and I have a very hard time sometimes
quite believing it myself. But it’s so overwhelmingly obvious that
we need to get real with ourselves and recognize what is
happening. I don’t know what the specific details are. I don’t
know whether Russia has some compromising information on the
President, whether they have enticed him with personal enrichment.
I truly don’t know. But none of the standard explanations —
truculence, trolling, anger over questioning the legitimacy of his
election — none of them remotely add up as an explanation. In the
future, when we know more details, we will have a difficult time
explaining how any serious people continued to think there could
be an innocent explanation.
I don’t think it’s the infamous pee tape because even if real, the pee tape might not sink Trump. I think it’s money — that Trump’s entire company, and therefore his personal wealth, is held afloat entirely by Russian money and Putin could pull the plug on it with a snap of his fingers. But whatever it is, it seems clear there’s something they’ve got on him.