Ex-social worker, progressive and writer. I've been following politics since "Tricky Dick" announced his secret plan to end the Vietnam War.
Trump didn’t make a fool out of himself over the horror of the Las Vegas massacre, but he is so far in the pockets of the NRA and didn’t want to alienate his gun-toting base of morons, that he didn’t agree to looking at gun control legislation. Being called a dotard by an enemy of ours is troubling for the U.S.—as is Trump being called a moron by his Secretary of State. Also having a respected politician of his own party stating that Trump’s cabinet is saving us from Trump’s chaos is symptomatic of Trump’s incompetence. What is the purported leader of the free world scaring us all about “calm before the storm” doing?
Trump’s personal nightmare is becoming real, as Mueller is investigating the White House and the IRS is investigating taxes. The Trump crew has lied so frequently that hypocrisy is lost on his supporters. But if it wasn’t Trump’s daughter’s and Kuschner’s email, it would have cost Trump some of his 32% base. This leads you to the logical conclusion that Trump is hated by many and is therefore a failure who will surely be impeached.
Trump’s Abysmal Response to the Puerto Rican Tragedy
The article “Puerto Rico: Trump paper towel-throwing 'abominable” states:
“The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, has described Donald Trump's visit to the hurricane-hit island as 'insulting' and called him a 'miscommunicator-in-chief.'"
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described his televised meeting with officials as a 'PR, 17-minute meeting.'
The sight of him throwing paper towels to people in the crowd was 'terrible and abominable,' she added.”
Just how bad are things in Puerto Rica? Sadly, we won’t know if we have to depend on the Trump administration. The article “Trump’s administration deleted data on Puerto Rico’s crisis from FEMA’s website” states:
“The Trump administration has removed statistics from a federal website that revealed how dire the crisis in Puerto Rico remains in the wake of Hurricane Maria, according to a new report.
As Jenna Johnson reports for the Washington Post, sometime between Wednesday and Thursday morning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency removed information that showed only half of Puerto Ricans have access to water and only 5 percent of the island has electricity. The website was set up to document the federal response to the hurricane.
On Friday, House Democrats criticized Trump’s administration for the removal of the information. 'In response to the complete devastation in Puerto Rico, we have seen President Trump focus more on his public perception than on actually providing life-saving food, water, electricity, and medical aid to the Puerto Rican people whose lives are on the line,' Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), chair of the Hispanic Caucus, said in an email to Vox. 'I am outraged by the lack of transparency.'
President Trump has praised his administration’s 'amazing' response to the hurricane, tweeting that the White House is doing 'a GREAT job.' But as Vox's Alexia Fernández Campbell has reported, the Trump administration has been slow to respond at virtually every step:
'To say the White House has been slow to respond to the massive humanitarian crisis happening in Puerto Rico right now is an understatement.
A week after the Category 4 storm devastated the island, more than half of its residents still have no drinking water or cellphone service, and nearly all private homes and businesses have no power. Meanwhile, President Trump has authorized only the minimal response to help the US territory through [FEMA].'"
Trump Avoids Discussing Gun Control Legislation
The article “Trump avoids gun control talk as he visits Las Vegas after shooting” states:
“President Donald Trump met with victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas Wednesday, three days after the attack that killed 58 and injured hundreds.
Trump declined to discuss gun control measures, even as a bill was introduced in Washington, D.C., to outlaw the kind of equipment used by the shooter to accelerate his firing capabilities.
Asked by a reporter at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas if the United States has a 'gun violence problem,' the president dismissed the question.
'We're not going to talk about that today,' said Trump. 'We won't talk about that.'"
Trump Is a Dotard and That Is Dangerous to Us and the World
The article “North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump” states:
“North Korea has long cultivated an image of defiant belligerence, punctuating its propaganda and diplomacy with colorful threats, insults and bluster. But by addressing President Trump in a personal statement on Friday, the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has pushed his government’s brinkmanship to a new, potentially more perilous level.
In a statement written in the first person, published on the front pages of state newspapers and read on national television, Mr. Kim called Mr. Trump a 'mentally deranged U.S. dotard' who had 'denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world.'"
Trump Is a Moron
The article “Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron'” states:
“Discord between President Donald Trump and his chief diplomat is at an all-time high, spilling into public view in recent days and peaking with a NBC News report Wednesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a 'moron' in a Pentagon meeting.
Trump was aware before Wednesday's report that Tillerson had referred to him as a 'moro'" at the Pentagon this summer, a source familiar with the conversation told CNN, but it's unclear whether Trump discussed the remark with Tillerson. Trump was not present at the Pentagon meeting. A White House source also confirmed to CNN that Trump knew about the insult prior to Wednesday.
During a hastily arranged statement Wednesday morning, Tillerson insisted he enjoys a close relationship with Trump and called him 'smart.' But he would not directly deny that he'd called Trump a 'moron.'”
The article “Bob Corker just told the world what he really thinks of Donald Trump” states:
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“Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker suggested Wednesday that Gens. John Kelly and James Mattis, as well as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the 'people that help separate our country from chaos,' a stinging criticism of President Donald Trump from a man once considered an ally in Washington.
Asked directly by a reporter whether he was referring to Trump in using the word 'chaos,' Corker, who announced last month he would retire in 2018, responded: '(Mattis, Kelly and Tillerson) work very well together to make sure the policies we put forth around the world are sound and coherent. There are other people within the administration that don't. I hope they stay because they're valuable to the national security of our nation.'
Stop for a second and re-read that last paragraph. The sitting Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee is suggesting that if Tillerson was removed from office (or quit), the national security of the country would potentially be in danger. And he's refusing to knock down -- and thereby affirming -- the idea that Trump is an agent of chaos who pushes policies that are not always 'sound' or 'coherent.'”
Trump’s “Calm Before the Storm"
The article “‘What storm, Mr. President?’ Trump puts world on edge with cryptic cliffhanger” states:
“'You guys know what this represents?' Trump said gesturing to the commanders surrounding him as he made looping motions with his right index finger.
He dramatically paused and then said: 'Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.'
It felt like the opening scene of an action movie — the president, stiffly rotating from side to side, surveying the country’s military leaders and providing an ominous hint that something would soon unfold. He wouldn’t say what, but it seemed clear that it wouldn’t be anything good. Maybe something involving North Korea or the Islamic State terrorist organization or Iran or who knows what else.
Or maybe not — maybe this was just the showman president grabbing the day’s narrative and providing viewers with a reason to keep tuning in, even if there was no plan for an actual storm. Media pundits spent much of the day Friday trying to guess what he meant.
'I think this is a president who is living in a constant reality TV show,' said Timothy O’Brien, a journalist who wrote 'TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald' in 2005. 'He loves the notion of ‘Tune in next week for the next exciting installation of "The White House," an ongoing reality show and national psychodrama.'"
Trump’s Personal Nightmare Is Becoming Real
The article “Mueller requested phone records about Air Force One statement” states:
“Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought phone records concerning the statement written aboard Air Force One defending a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower last year that was set up by Donald Trump Jr., according to two people familiar with the investigation.
Mueller has also asked the White House for documents and emails connected to a May 3 press briefing where Sean Spicer said the president had confidence in James Comey as FBI director, these people said. The request seeks to determine what White House officials – particularly Spicer – knew about the president’s plans to fire Comey in the days before it happened, according to one of the people familiar with it."
The article ”Exclusive: IRS shares information with special counsel in Russia probe” states:
“The IRS is now sharing information with special counsel Robert Mueller about key Trump campaign officials, after the two entities clashed this summer over both the scope of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and a raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's home, people briefed on the matter tell CNN.
Part of the concern centered on the far-reaching and broad requests from Mueller's team. In the case of Manafort, Mueller's investigators are reaching back 11 years as they investigate possible tax and financial crimes, according to search warrant documents. Mueller is bound by a written order issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May which allows the special counsel to investigate 'any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.' . . .
The new information about the depth of IRS involvement renews questions surrounding the controversial issue of President Donald Trump's tax returns, which he refused to release during the campaign despite decades of precedent by presidential candidates."
Hopefully the IRS will be giving Mueller Trump’s taxes.
Just how closely did Manafort collude with the Russians? The article “Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign” states:
“Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.”
“Three Americans with significant Russian business connections contributed almost $2 million to political funds controlled by Donald Trump, ABC News has learned.
The timing of contributions coming from US citizens with ties to Russia is now being questioned by investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a Republican campaign aide interviewed by Mueller’s team.”
The article “Trump campaign adviser was wiretapped under secret court orders: CNN” states:
“U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday.
The New York Times, citing two people close to the case, also reported that prosecutors told Manafort they planned to indict him. Federal agents had raided Manafort’s Virginia house in July”
Trump’s Daughter’s and Son-in-Law’s Email
The article “Top House Dem Demands Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Explain Email Switcheroo” states:
“The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday sent letters to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner demanding that they preserve government-related messages they sent using private email addresses and explain why they reportedly transferred the emails to Trump Organization servers after the committee told them not to relocate the records.
;If these reports are accurate, they raise serious questions about your actions,' Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote to Trump and Kushner.
USA Today reported Tuesday that Trump and Kushner, President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, moved their personal email accounts to Trump Organization computers after news of Kushner’s use of a personal email account became public. Ivanka Trump and Kushner work as advisers in the White House.
The couple’s use of nongovernmental emails has drawn comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.”
Trump spent his campaign yelling “Lock her up." Since justice has to be applied equally, then we should lock up Trump, his daughter, and his son-in-law.
Trump’s Record Low Approval
The article “Trump approval hits record-low 32 percent in AP poll” states:
“President Trump's approval rating has sunk to a new low in a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey.
Thirty-two percent of Americans polled said they approved of Trump's handling of his job nine months into his presidency, while 67 percent of those polled said they disapproved.”
Everyone Hates Trump
Trump knows that other Republican politicians hate him as much as Corker does. Trump knows that Mueller is closing in on him. Trump knows that the polls show that his base is finally understanding that they supported a loser. Trump knows that Republican politicians are looking at Trump’s polls and are beginning to think that if Mueller gets the goods on Trump they will support his impeachment.
With his “calm before the storm” remark, everyone is worried if Trump is planning a “Wag the Dog” scenario. He could attack North Korea or hope that by decertifying the Iran deal that he could start a war there. Trump’s “Wag the Dog” hope would be that his base would rally behind him because of a war. If they do, then Republican politicians would not support impeachment.
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