Category: Donald Trump

The Supreme Court Just Announced Congress Can Access Trump’s Tax Returns – Mother Jones

He’s an expert in the Art of Delay not the Art of the Deal

The Supreme Court refused to hear Donald Trump’s plea to keep his tax returns out of Congress’ hands on Tuesday. This action finally ends the battle Trump began fighting in 2016, even before taking office when he became the first president in modern history to refuse to reveal what was on his tax returns.

Source: The Supreme Court Just Announced Congress Can Access Trump’s Tax Returns – Mother Jones

The experts have spoken — Trump is mentally Unfit

How many times does it need to be said? Mary Trump was Right about her uncle.

Donald Trump’s malignant narcissism has given medical experts great cause for concern. Digital editor Dan Jensen takes a look at a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of the former President.

Source: The experts have spoken — Trump is mentally Unfit

Contents Of Mar-a-Lago Docs Revealed, And It’s Worse Than We Thought | Crooks and Liars

Contents Of Mar-a-Lago Docs Revealed, And It's Worse Than We Thought

Trump Wants nothing revealed because there is nothing there for the public to see if it doesn’t earn him a dollar rouble or rial and coin or creepy crypto will do even sex

The contents of some of the classified documents recovered by the FBI during the search of Donald Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, have been revealed, and it isn’t very comforting. Unless, of course, you don’t love this country. Some of the docs included highly sensitive intelligence regarding Iran and China. If they were/have been shared with others, such information could expose intelligence-gathering methods that the U.S. wants to keep hidden from the world for obvious reasons.

Source: Contents Of Mar-a-Lago Docs Revealed, And It’s Worse Than We Thought | Crooks and Liars

TRUMPAnon: Is Trump’s Embrace of QAnon the ‘Last Act of a Desperate Man’? | The Smirking Chimp

Lets’ not forget that Scott Morrison’s “besties” were QAnon, and he modelled himself on Trump and a media ratings chase. While secrecy was his hidden weapon of choice. Denial of everything factual was fake news to such an extent that he became unbelievable.

Many liberal commentaries are viewing Trump’s recent active embrace of QAnon as the ploy of a man who is trying to increase his following and cling to relevance in the face of unfavorable polls (a one and a half year low of a 34 percent approval rating) and a barrage of legal threats. At the same time, no one should underestimate the potential for Trump-spawned QAnon violence. The Atlantic’s Kayyem finds a possible grain of hope: “I don’t know how the decay of our democracy ends. And I do not want to minimize the danger inherent in Trump’s adoption of QAnon. Yet his decision is encouraging in at least one way: By throwing in his lot with a bizarre cult, he is also inadvertently showing the limits of his appeal.”

Source: TRUMPAnon: Is Trump’s Embrace of QAnon the ‘Last Act of a Desperate Man’? | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Stole Secret Government Documents. The Big Question Is Why. – Mother Jones

We know what Donald Trump did: He absconded from the White House with classified and top secret documents that belonged to the US government; he mishandled these highly sensitive records in his Mar-a-Largo lair (see this photo); he resisted the efforts of the government to retrieve these records; he employed a legal team that falsely certified that all classified material had been returned; and his actions prompted the Justice Department to investigate whether he and his crew obstructed justice or violated other federal laws, including the Espionage Act.

The big question is why?

Trump Stole Secret Government Documents. The Big Question Is Why. – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s Truth Social media site faces financial peril

True to form what Trump touches turns to lead. If he’d taken his dad’s inheritance and banked it and sat on his ass and did nothing he’d have had $12.5B instead he has $ 2-3B soon to be less if he’s required to pay his unpaid taxes. The man is about as good a business man as the has been a President and now his investors in Truth Social are feeling it.

Washington: Former president Donald Trump’s Truth Social website is facing financial challenges as its traffic remains puny and the company that is scheduled to acquire it expresses fear that his legal troubles could lead to a decline in his popularity.

Donald Trump’s Truth Social media site faces financial peril

Search warrant reveals ‘top secret’ documents found at Trump’s home

His defence “ACCIDENT”. He didn’t pack the boxes or know he had them. Besides he doesn’t read. The best the FBI secretly planted the boxes an documents he’d “Declassified”.

The FBI recovered documents labeled “top secret” from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to court papers released after a federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorised the unprecedented search this week.

A property receipt unsealed by the court on Friday shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the former president’s estate during a search on Monday.

The property receipt is a document prepared by federal agents to specify what was taken during a search.

Search warrant reveals ‘top secret’ documents found at Trump’s home

Search warrant reveals ‘top secret’ documents found at Trump’s home

‘Lock and Load’: Trump-Loving Extremists React to FBI Search of Mar-a-Lago

America’s gone to the dogs and DJ Trump has taken them there? Fake New has been his weapon of choice against truth and or even the search for it. Murdoch’s fox News his primary hired gun for hire who thrives on a divided America doubling his profit in 21/22. Does anyone for a moment think he’d turn against his cash cow?

“None of this demonstrating in the snow shit,” one commenter wrote in a MAGA forum. “Summertime was made for killing fields.”

‘Lock and Load’: Trump-Loving Extremists React to FBI Search of Mar-a-Lago

Here Are 4 Bombshells from the Report of an FBI Investigation into Classified Material Found at Mar-a-Lago | The Smirking Chimp

Julian Assange didn’t “steal” any documents.

In January, the U.S. National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of White House records from former President Donald Trump’s home at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida. Now, according to the New York Times, the FBI is getting ready to investigate the “handling of classified material” found at Mar-a-Lago. Here are four important details reported by Times journalists Luke Broadwater and Adam Goldman on April 7.

Source: Here Are 4 Bombshells from the Report of an FBI Investigation into Classified Material Found at Mar-a-Lago | The Smirking Chimp

Putin May Be Accused Of War Crimes In Ukraine, But Trump’s Still Asking For His Help | HuffPost Latest News

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, June 28, 2019.

Hitler was around politically for quite some time before being written off in a bunker. That seems to be a problem that democracies they simply don’t have the laws to deal with would be fascists. Trump is currently opening the door for Putin and promising him a “deal” and there isn’t anything America can do. If Trump wins in 2024 he will abandon NATO.

Even on the day Putin sent his armies into Ukraine last month, Trump called him a “genius” and “very savvy” for having invaded. Since then, as images and stories of Putin’s slaughter have emerged, Trump has criticized the invasion, but still has not been critical of Putin personally. After losing the 2020 election by 7 million votes nationally and 306-232 in the Electoral College, Trump became the first U.S. president in more than two centuries of elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. His incitement of the 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, a last-ditch attempt to remain in office, killed five people, including one police officer. That day’s violence also injured another 140 officers and led to four police suicides. Nevertheless, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and is speaking about running for the presidency again in 2024.

Source: Putin May Be Accused Of War Crimes In Ukraine, But Trump’s Still Asking For His Help | HuffPost Latest News

Trump heads to Georgia in high-stakes bid to shape Republican primaries | Donald Trump | The Guardian

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Testing the Waters for himself not the state?

“He will not be a help to Trump-endorsed candidates when he comes on Saturday,” the conservative commentator Martha Zoller told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. “He will be negative and backward looking – and that’s not what voters want.” Some Republican pollsters said that while Trump’s endorsement was coveted, he had diluted his influence by reaching far down the ballot or supporting late-entry candidates with little public recognition or campaign apparatus.

Source: Trump heads to Georgia in high-stakes bid to shape Republican primaries | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump Can’t Stop Whining About His Failing Social Media App Truth Social

Similar Web’s estimates show a sharp spike of around 2 million daily visits to the site when it first debuted, before traffic dipped to an average of approximately 300,000 visits each day, putting the site on par with Gettr. Meanwhile, the far-right Gab has averaged around 650,000 daily average visits in the same time period.

Source: Donald Trump Can’t Stop Whining About His Failing Social Media App Truth Social

Trump Organization’s accountants cut ties, calling years of filings unreliable | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Mazars said the accounts it had prepared from 30 June 2011 to 30 June 2020 could ‘no longer be relied upon’.

Donald Trump’s longtime accountancy firm cut ties with his business last week, saying that nearly a decade’s worth of Trump’s filings should “no longer be relied upon”.

The move comes amid ongoing criminal and civil investigations into whether Trump illegally inflated the value of his assets.

Donald Trump New York attorney general alleges Trump firm misled banks and tax officials

In a letter to the Trump Organization dated 9 February, William Kelly, US general counsel of the accountancy firm Mazars, said Trump’s financial statements for the period 30 June 2011 to 30 June 2020 “should no longer be replied upon and you should inform any recipients thereof who are currently relying upon one or more of those documents that those documents should not be relied upon”.

Mazars added it would no longer “provide any new work product to the Trump Organization”.

Source: Trump Organization’s accountants cut ties, calling years of filings unreliable | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump’s Having an Awful Week — and It’s Only Wednesday | The Smirking Chimp

These latest revelations do show us just how different these days are than 48 years ago when it was revealed that Richard Nixon had tried to get the CIA to block the FBI’s investigation into Watergate. That was known as the “smoking gun” in that case and it made dozens of Republicans and conservative Democrats turn against him. He resigned days later. What Trump did was worse. He tried to use the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (and for all we know the CIA and the Department of Education too) to overturn a legal election that he lost. And his party shrugs. Worse than that he is the front runner for the nomination in the next presidential election. If, for some reason, he is actually held to account for any of this — or anything at all — it won’t be because the Republican Party lifted a finger to make it happen.

Source: Donald Trump’s Having an Awful Week — and It’s Only Wednesday | The Smirking Chimp

Trump pardon promise for Capitol rioters ‘stuff of dictators’ – Nixon aide | Donald Trump | The Guardian

 Donald speaks to a crowd a rally at the Montgomery county fairgrounds on Saturday, in Conroe, Texas.

Trump is doing what America and American governments have done since WW2 dictate the the human shape of the world. He demanding to be America’s first Dictator and has called for an army be it national or private to anoint him as such.

America tried tell Vietnam, Nicaragua, Afghanistan who should govern them and lost but by and large were successful in El Salvador , Honduras, Panama, Chile throughout the Americas along with so many other countries around the world. All in open defiance of any UN resolutions about interference. They have defended Israel and other client states for doing the same. It was just business but war became peace and any fight for a peoples Democracy war and the American mainstream media were onside. Now a Despot, the mirror image of what they wanted, and allowed in so many other countries, has been provided with the same opportunity that successive American governments offered others and Murdoch and other corporate media giants are helping.

John Dean, 83, was White House counsel from 1970 to 1973 before being disbarred and detained as a result of the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Dean responded to Trump on Twitter. “This is beyond being a demagogue to the stuff of dictators,” he wrote. “He is defying the rule of law. Failure to confront a tyrant only encourages bad behaviour. If thinking Americans don’t understand what Trump is doing and what the criminal justice system must do we are all in big trouble!”

Source: Trump pardon promise for Capitol rioters ‘stuff of dictators’ – Nixon aide | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren’t they being held accountable? | Salon.com

Donald Trump (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston is not giving up on exposing how Donald Trump and his family fleeced America while he was in the White House. To that end, the bestselling author is back with a meticulously researched new book, “The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family.”

Source: Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren’t they being held accountable? | Salon.com

Former Guy’s CDC Director: Trump Muzzled CDC On COVID Response In 2020 | Crooks and Liars

Former Guy's CDC Director: Trump Muzzled CDC On COVID Response In 2020

Donald Trump’s former CDC director verified the House Oversight Committee’s report that said Trump, his administration and officials made “deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes.”

Source: Former Guy’s CDC Director: Trump Muzzled CDC On COVID Response In 2020 | Crooks and Liars

Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home | Crooks and Liars

Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home

Psychotic narcissistic baby Trump is threatening to try to keep his supporters home if Republicans across the country don’t uncover enough voter fraud to prove he won the 2020 election.

Source: Former President Threatens To Have His Republican Voters Stay Home | Crooks and Liars

Trump plans to sue to keep White House records on Capitol attack secret | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump addresses a rally in Washington on 6 January, shortly before his supporters launched an attack on the Capitol to try to prevent certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

Donald Trump is preparing to sue to block the release of White House records from his administration to the House select committee scrutinizing the 6 January attack on the Capitol by claiming executive privilege, potentially touching off an extended legal battle over disclosure. The former president also expects top aides – former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, strategist Steve Bannon and defense department aide Kash Patel – to defy select committee subpoenas for records and testimony. Trump’s moves to try to resist the select committee, informed by a source familiar with his planning, are likely to lead to constitutional clashes in court that would test the power of Congress’s oversight authority over the executive branch.

Source: Trump plans to sue to keep White House records on Capitol attack secret | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Trump, Texas, and the MAGA Drive for Power | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump dispensed with even the pretense of paying tribute to workers on Labor Day. Instead his three word Labor Day Statement, blasted out to his supporters everywhere via the right-wing media machine, was blunt about his political priorities: “Fix 2020 First.”

Source: Trump, Texas, and the MAGA Drive for Power | The Smirking Chimp

“What did Fox know?”: Trump calls out Fox News during interview with rival conservative network | Salon.com

Former US President Donald Trump (ANDY JACOBSOHN/AFP via Getty Images)

When Archie Bunker came to town

Donald Trump aired his personal grievances and spun election conspiracy theories during a one-on-one interview with the friendly One America News Network.

Source: “What did Fox know?”: Trump calls out Fox News during interview with rival conservative network | Salon.com

Donald Trump just accidentally told the truth about his disinformation strategy – CNNPolitics

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if you listen to him long enough — no easy chore — Donald Trump will tell you all his secrets. Witness this line from his July 3 speech in Sarasota, Florida: “If you say it enough and keep saying it, they’ll start to believe you.”

Source: Donald Trump just accidentally told the truth about his disinformation strategy – CNNPolitics

‘Possible crime-a-thon’: Experts weigh in on bombshell that Trump Org may be criminally charged next week – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism

‘Possible crime-a-thon’: Experts weigh in on bombshell that Trump Org may be criminally charged next week

Experts in the legal and journalism world are weighing in on the bombshell news that the Trump Organization “will be criminally charged” and “will have faced criminal charges” by this time next week, according to an on-air report from MSNBC’s Tom Winter reports. The New York Times published a similar report stating charges could come “as soon as next week.”

Source: ‘Possible crime-a-thon’: Experts weigh in on bombshell that Trump Org may be criminally charged next week – Raw Story – Celebrating 17 Years of Independent Journalism

Don McGahn Is Finally Testifying About Trump’s Obstruction. In Other Words, the Cover-up Worked. – Mother Jones

Remember Don McGahn? On Friday, Donald Trump’s ex-White House counsel will testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the former president’s efforts to obstruct the Russia investigation, an appearance so overdue that its main message will be an ironic reminder. The cover-up McGahn is supposed to shed light on was a smashing success.

Source: Don McGahn Is Finally Testifying About Trump’s Obstruction. In Other Words, the Cover-up Worked. – Mother Jones

Trump regime’s amazing list of crimes keeps getting longer — but we can’t afford to look away | Salon.com

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Email Sometimes people refuse to ask a question when they know the answer will be painful. Instead, they convince themselves that not asking the question will make the underlying reality change. Donald Trump and his regime committed many criminal, evil and otherwise despicable acts in plain sight. Those include, with no attempt to be comprehensive:

Source: Trump regime’s amazing list of crimes keeps getting longer — but we can’t afford to look away | Salon.com

Trump lashes out after reports of a grand jury leak | Salon.com

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Hasn’t his lawyers told him to just “shut the fuck up”. He has blocked his taxes from being revealed for years and expects special treatment.

“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” Trump said in a statement. “Our Country is broken, our elections are rigged, corrupt, and stolen, our prosecutors are politicized, and I will just have to keep on fighting like I have been for the last five years!”

Source: Trump lashes out after reports of a grand jury leak | Salon.com

Legal scholar Jennifer Taub on Trump as a symptom of America’s massive inequality | Salon.com

https://mediaproxy.salon.com/width/1200/https://media.salon.com/2021/04/rich-man-money-pocket-suit-bribe-0405211.jpgFor example, when people are not paying what is legally required of them it means that someone else is not getting help recovering from their drug addictions, so instead they turn to crime. It means that the roads and bridges are not safe. It means that kids do not have access to preschool. Because the rich are not paying the taxes they owe and otherwise hiding income, it means that they are a de facto criminal class. The 1 percent are literally becoming wealthier and more powerful from criminal behavior. They use their influence to change the laws so that they pay fewer taxes, and this includes underfunding the IRS.

Source: Legal scholar Jennifer Taub on Trump as a symptom of America’s massive inequality | Salon.com

Trump’s niece blasts his ‘chutzpah’ towards her inheritance lawsuit

Trump’s niece blasts his ‘chutzpah’ towards her inheritance lawsuit
Mary Trump, right, has sued Donald Trump, left, and other family members in a Manhattan court.

Donald Trump’s niece has accused him of trying to dodge accountability for defrauding her out of a multimillion-dollar inheritance by claiming she took too long to sue. Lawyers for Mary L. Trump made the accusation on Friday (Saturday AEDT) in a New York state court in Manhattan, where the 55-year-old psychologist is suing the former president, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and his late brother Robert’s estate. “The offensiveness of defendants’ past conduct – stealing tens of millions of dollars from their own niece – is perhaps surpassed only by the chutzpah of their current arguments for dismissal,” the lawyers wrote.

Trump’s niece blasts his ‘chutzpah’ towards her inheritance lawsuit

Donald Trump’s Pardons Were So ‘Poorly Worded’ That His Allies May Still Be Prosecuted, Legal Experts Say

President Donald Trump turns to reporters as he exits the White House to walk toward Marine One on the South Lawn.
Guess you get what you don’t want to pay for

Former President Donald Trump issued more than 100 pardons before leaving the White House, most of them to personal friends and political allies, including controversial figures such as Paul Manafort and Gen. Michael Flynn. According to a Saturday report from Business Insider, some legal experts believe that Trump’s pardons were so “poorly worded” that the individuals he pardoned may still be open to prosecution.

Donald Trump’s Pardons Were So ‘Poorly Worded’ That His Allies May Still Be Prosecuted, Legal Experts Say

One in three Los Angeles residents has been infected with Covid, scientists say | Los Angeles | The Guardian

An ambulance arrives at the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian medical center in Los Angeles on 5 January.

Trump’s legacy is the Nation’s dead and he will go down in history for Standing Back and Standing By and watching (ODT)

County has seen 898% increase in cases since surge began in November, with 1,125% increase in deaths, official says

One in three Los Angeles residents has been infected with Covid, scientists say | Los Angeles | The Guardian

The Next Trump | Washington Monthly

The Next Trump | Washington Monthly
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As former President Obama said to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, “I’m not surprised that somebody like Trump could get traction in our political life. He’s a symptom as much as an accelerant. But if we were going to have a right-wing populist in this country, I would have expected somebody a little more appealing.” The next Trump could be more appealing, and therefore more dangerous.

The Next Trump | Washington Monthly

Trump’s Legal Troubles In New York State Dramatically Escalate | Crooks and Liars

Trump's Legal Troubles In New York State Dramatically Escalate

The Washington Post is reporting that Cy Vance, the Manhattan D.A., has retained forensic accounting specialists, FTI Consulting, to assist with their criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s business operations, specifically in relation his shady real estate deals.

Thus far, Donald Trump has avoided providing tax records or DNA in various cases under the excuse that he is “too busy being President”, but that excuse goes away on January 20, 2021 when he returns to being a regular citizen. He will have no job and no excuse for why he can’t show up for hearings or produce documents. And just a reminder, even if he pardons himself, it will only apply to FEDERAL crimes. Not state. So nothing he does can protect him from Cy Vance (Manhattan D.A.) or Letitia James (New York State A.G). And they are both coming for him.

Trump’s Legal Troubles In New York State Dramatically Escalate | Crooks and Liars

Neighbours launch legal action to stop Donald Trump living at Mar-a-Lago

But after Donald Trump’s divisive term as US President, some of their old neighbours won’t be rolling out the red carpet when they return. In Palm Beach, Florida, a group of locals has gone so far as initiating legal action to stop Mr Trump from moving back to his private club, Mar-a-Lago. The move is bound to incite a furious reaction.

Neighbours launch legal action to stop Donald Trump living at Mar-a-Lago

Trump Is Going out the Way He Came In: A Loser, a Liar and a Cheat | The Smirking Chimp

We’ve got more deaths from this virus than the number of soldiers killed in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The president of the United States we just voted out of office is sitting around watching Fox News, filing phony lawsuits, firing people he thinks are “disloyal,” and running a new scam on his way out the door to line his pockets with dollars from his adoring base. Donald Trump is living up to every expectation we ever had about him. He’s going out exactly the way he came in: lying, cheating and stealing.

Trump Is Going out the Way He Came In: A Loser, a Liar and a Cheat | The Smirking Chimp

The Race to Demolish Environmental Protections

Trump visits Skyway Villa Mobile Home Park during his visit of the Camp Fire in Paradise.

As wildfires destroy millions of acres in California, Oregon, and Washington, and an unprecedented series of hurricanes cause historic flooding in the South, leaving parts of the region uninhabitable, the Trump administration has been racing to reverse rules designed to prevent exactly these kinds of climate disasters.

The Race to Demolish Environmental Protections

Consider, If You Will, Donald Trump’s Hair: 200,000 Are Dead — but It’s Perfect | The Smirking Chimp

An elaborate confection of ego and insecurity and hormonal loss and want and need — you almost have to conclude it’s the thing he really cares about.

Consider, If You Will, Donald Trump’s Hair: 200,000 Are Dead — but It’s Perfect | The Smirking Chimp

New Report Explains Why Trump Is Facing ‘Not Just Defeat but Humiliation’ in November | The Smirking Chimp

Republicans that have spoken with Trump in recent days describe him as depressed and “down in the dumps.” “People around him think his heart’s not in it,” a Republican close to the White House said. Torn between the imperative to win suburban voters and his instincts to play to his base, Trump has complained to people that he’s in a political box with no obvious way out. According to the Republican, Trump called Tucker Carlson late last week and said, “what do I do? What do I do?”

Source: New Report Explains Why Trump Is Facing ‘Not Just Defeat but Humiliation’ in November | The Smirking Chimp

Trump Has a Half Billion in Loans Coming Due. They May Be His Biggest Conflict of Interest Yet. – Mother Jones

Trump’s biggest creditor is Deutsche Bank, which in the late 1990s took a gamble on the real estate developer whose history of corporate bankruptcies made him untouchable by most other lenders. Although Trump and the Frankfurt-based bank pulled off several profitable deals, eventually Deutsche’s commercial lending division learned the hard way one reason why other banks considered him persona non grata: If pushed by his creditors on payments, Trump shoves back. In 2008, after he defaulted on a loan for his Chicago hotel and condo development, he filed a multibillion-­dollar suit accusing Deutsche Bank and others of contributing to the recent financial meltdown, which he blamed for his inability to repay the loan.

via Trump Has a Half Billion in Loans Coming Due. They May Be His Biggest Conflict of Interest Yet. – Mother Jones

Behind Trump’s Strategic Pivot, by Pat Buchanan – The Unz Review

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A majority of Americans are today wary of unlocking the economy and opening up the nation. Yet, each week, more and more people are demanding that it be done. And each week, more and more governors, reflecting the views of their constituents, are moving up the dates for partial reopenings.

By midsummer, the country will have caught up with Trump. That is the idea that animates the pivot.

Behind Trump’s Strategic Pivot, by Pat Buchanan – The Unz Review

Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

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The level of Trump’s mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then too there were stories of secret laboratories developing biological weapons. Though Trump is purging US intelligence chiefs and replacing them with Trump loyalists, even they could not stomach his latest conspiracy theory. “The intelligence also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified,” said a statement from the office of the director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell.

The purpose of Trump’s lies is not to convince by rational argument but to dominate the news agenda by outrageous allegations. This simple PR trick has previously worked well for him, but scapegoating China may not be enough to divert attention away from the price Americans have paid for his calamitous mishandling of the pandemic. The casualty figures tell their own grim story: in China there have been 84,373 cases of the illness and 4,643 deaths while in the US there have been just over 1.1 million cases and 64,460 deaths. Trump loyalists will claim that the Chinese are lying, but then they must also explain away the lower loss of life in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

via Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review