Category: Donald Trump

Behind Trump’s racism, mainstream media can’t help but see a plausible political strategy

Calling Trump’s Racist outbursts just “Political Strategy: In doing so, the press is assisting in Trump’s attempts to rebrand his open bigotry as strategy and giving cover to a Republican Party that allows it. 

The fact however is Trump took on a line minutes after doing what he does every day and that’s watch FOX. Hardly a planned strategic political event. Just a kneejerk reaction of a real Klansman.

via Behind Trump’s racism, mainstream media can’t help but see a plausible political strategy

Are We Underestimating Trump Yet Again?

Are We Underestimating Trump Yet Again?

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found Trump at an 44% approval rating—his highest since his tenure began. This is likely because people feel optimistic about the state of the economy—possibly because Trump constantly claims in the face of counterevidence that the U.S. has never had a stronger economy. Despite the fact that 65% of respondents do not consider Trump “presidential,” some predict that this poll indicates a clear path to reelection victory for the president.

via Are We Underestimating Trump Yet Again?

Boris Johnson hints he’d dump UK ambassador, as Trump escalates row

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Send in the Clowns. What unites Boris and the Don? They are both belong and were created by Murdoch.How would Sir Kim Darroch UK Ambassador describe them? Candidly as his job requires but only one as Ambassador to the USA because hasn’t been employed to give his opinion on Boris. However we can guess what that would be. Sacked or not he will go down in history with a proud legacy. Who hacked the emails and leaked them? (ODT)

“His comments are entirely unsurprising from a historical perspective,” Calder Walton, a British lawyer and a fellow at Harvard University, wrote in an email. “Ambassadors rely on being able to give frank [often undiplomatic] opinions about their resident countries.”

In many instances, sending these unfavourable messages back home is one of the most important aspects of the job.

Extreme examples of this were the foreign ambassadors stationed in Berlin during the reign of Adolf Hitler. Though the rise of the Nazi leader was often met with carefully considered language in public, in private ambassadors would offer scathing assessments of the man.

Andre Francois-Poncet, the French ambassador to Germany, repeatedly offered warnings to Paris throughout his time in Berlin from 1931 to 1938. At first he was dismissive, writing in 1933 that “if intelligence consists essentially of a critical spirit, then Hitler is not intelligent”. (Adam Taylor The Age)

The UK’s likely next prime minister, Boris Johnson, has hinted that his country’s ambassador in Washington could be replaced after a diplomatic row with US President Donald Trump worsened on Tuesday.

Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to launch a broadside at Sir Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US who has been embarrassed by the leak of a mass of diplomatic cables in which he was scathing of the “clumsy and inept” President and his divided administration. {Nick Miller The Age}

via Boris Johnson hints he’d dump UK ambassador, as Trump escalates row

Trump May Have Revealed The Real Reason For Census Citizenship Question | HuffPost Australia

Another OOPS it’s effen Teleprompter again!! (ODT)

Republican consultant Thomas Hofeller, who ghostwrote portions of what would later become the Justice Department’s formal request to add the citizenship question to the census, wrote that adding the question would pave the way for redistricting that would increase the political power of “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites,” according to documents revealed in federal court in May.

Trump’s comment on Friday that the question is needed for “districting” appears to give weight to that argument.

Trump May Have Revealed The Real Reason For Census Citizenship Question | HuffPost Australia

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Trump Is Humiliating the Department of Justice and Tearing Its Credibility to Shreds

Donald Trump blames teleprompter for airport gaffe during Fourth of July speech – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump admits to being the most intelligent too. The Teleprompter went haywire (ODT)

US President Donald Trump has blamed wet weather and a teleprompter fault for his reference to 18th century airports in his Independence Day speech.

Mr Trump told rain-soaked crowds that American troops fighting the British “took over the airports” during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.

Observers were quick to point out that airports did not exist at the time, as the aeroplane was yet to be invented.

US President Donald Trump has blamed wet weather and a teleprompter fault for his reference to 18th century airports in his Independence Day speech.

Mr Trump told rain-soaked crowds that American troops fighting the British “took over the airports” during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century.

Observers were quick to point out that airports did not exist at the time, as the aeroplane was yet to be invented.

via Donald Trump blames teleprompter for airport gaffe during Fourth of July speech – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump and Hitler: A Juxtaposition | The Smirking Chimp

Like Trump, Hitler liked long speeches. His July 28, 1922 speech was approximately 6,140 words in length and would have taken over an hour for Hitler to deliver. Trump’s speech at his June 26 rally in Orlando lasted more than an hour.

It is a sad day for our country when comparisons between the leader of Nazi Germany, and the president of the United States, are apt. It is an even sadder day when no one seems to notice.

via Trump and Hitler: A Juxtaposition | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’, after Tehran calls White House actions ‘mentally retarded’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Taking the words out of Kim Jong Un’s playbook. (ODT)

US President Donald Trump threatened to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American”, in a new war of words with Tehran after it condemned the latest US sanctions and called White House actions “mentally retarded”.

via Donald Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’, after Tehran calls White House actions ‘mentally retarded’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Let’s Shut Down the Authoritarian Machine | The Smirking Chimp

The American Coup threat or reality? (ODT)

Trump’s ominous tweet about how his supporters might “demand” that he stay in office for more than two terms is the latest proof that his authoritarian ideology has little regard for the law. The tweet also reflects Trump’s strong desire to use threats of violence, if necessary, to reshape the political landscape and mode of governance.

via Let’s Shut Down the Authoritarian Machine | The Smirking Chimp

Trump’s extreme rhetoric at his rally was ripped from Fox News

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Murdoch now is the Puppet Master

During his 60th rally as president, Donald Trump said, “Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice, and rage. They want to destroy you, and they want to destroy our country as we know it.” This rhetoric directly mirrors what Fox News personalities regularly say.

via Trump’s extreme rhetoric at his rally was ripped from Fox News

Donald Trump, Iran, and the Gulf of Tonkin Redux

Trump administration appear intent on war against Iran. This week on Intercepted: As the U.S. accuses Iran of attacking civilian ships while offering scant evidence, grave historical parallels are emerging with the Gulf of Tonkin incidents in 1964 that were manipulated to justify Lyndon Johnson’s dramatic escalation of the war in Vietnam. California Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna is preparing legislation aimed at stopping an attack on Iran, and he says he would not put it past national security adviser John Bolton to manipulate evidence. Journalist Negar Mortazavi of The Independent analyzes what war with Iran would look like and exposes the State Department’s funding of propaganda operations against Iran. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talks about the parallels with the build up to the Iraq invasion of 2003 and shares stories from her early life as a journalist.

via Donald Trump, Iran, and the Gulf of Tonkin Redux

Can Donald Trump Hold Off an Economic Crash Until the Election? | The Smirking Chimp

We’re there again. In some very real ways, in fact, we never got out of it.

Over the past five years, if there had not been a multitrillion-dollar increase in government, corporate, and individual borrowing, the U.S. economy would have contracted, rather than grown.

All of our national economy’s growth has been on borrowed money for all of Trump’s presidency: there’s quite literally no “there” there.

This is not how a healthy economy is supposed to work; instead, Trump is maintaining and inflating an economic Potemkin village, a pretend economy made out of cardboard, chicken wire and bubble gum that will collapse in the face of the first stiff economic wind.

If Trump and his collaborators can hold back the winds until November of next year, the GOP has a chance in the elections.

via Can Donald Trump Hold Off an Economic Crash Until the Election? | The Smirking Chimp

Donald Trump could be in re-election trouble, the polls say. Here’s why you shouldn’t believe them – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Trump Instructs Staff To Lie About Poll Numbers, Really! | Crooks and Liars

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Just Lie like I do says Trump

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over President Trump 51 – 42 percent;
California Sen. Kamala Harris ahead of Trump 49 – 41 percent;
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tops Trump 49 – 42 percent;
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg edges Trump 47 – 42 percent;
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker by a nose over Trump 47 – 42 percent.

Trump Instructs Staff To Lie About Poll Numbers, Really! | Crooks and Liars

Trump faces critics over Mexico deal called ‘hostage-taking’ by ex-WTO chief | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump in Washington DC on 7 June.

America’s Grifter in Chief. How to make it appear you have won when you’ve gained nothing. (ODT)

He did not cite examples of reporting that had angered him, but in the afternoon the Times cited “officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations” when it said Mexico agreed the steps contained in the deal “months earlier” in meetings with former homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Trump, who spent the day at his golf course in Virginia, did not immediately respond to a report which also said it was unclear if he “believed that the agreement truly represented new and broader concessions, or whether the president understood the limits of the deal but accepted it as a face-saving way to escape from the political and economic consequences of imposing tariffs on Mexico”.

via Trump faces critics over Mexico deal called ‘hostage-taking’ by ex-WTO chief | US news | The Guardian

Trump Companies Accused of Tax Evasion in Panama

Trump Companies Accused of Tax Evasion in Panama

The owners of a 70-story Panama City hotel tower formerly managed by President Donald Trump’s companies are accusing them of stiffing the Panamanian government.

In a legal filing Monday in an ongoing lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, private equity manager Orestes Fintiklis and the company he leads, Ithaca Capital Partners, claimed that two Trump companies failed to pay Panamanian taxes equal to 12.5% of the management fees they drew from the hotel.

The Trump entities were allegedly supposed to withhold those fees in advance and pay them to the government regardless of whether the property was profitable or not. Instead, the Trump companies simply kept the money, the suit claims, “thus intentionally evading taxes.” That and other financial irregularities exposed Fintiklis and the companies he represents “to millions of dollars in liability,” according to the suit, which also claims Trump companies sought to cover up their actions. The filing does not say whether a tax penalty has been levied by Panamanian authorities.

via Trump Companies Accused of Tax Evasion in Panama

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un to meet for first time since failed Trump talks — here’s what we know – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, left, waves and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, smiles.

via Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un to meet for first time since failed Trump talks — here’s what we know – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump Sours On Mueller Report After Initial Upbeat View | HuffPost

” I’m lovable demands Trump but can’t name a single person that has publicly stood up and said so. It’s never been heard said. His staff don’t obey him in order to save him so whose the real President, it’s obviously not Donald . Oh! Kim Jong Un is his rocket boy mate but even he’s off to see Putin because he’s sick of  Donald” ODT”

The President insisted the deeply unflattering picture painted of him in the report is “total bullshit.”

Former White House Counsel McGahn Says His Portrayal in the Mueller Report Is “Accurately Described”

 

Trump Sours On Mueller Report After Initial Upbeat View | HuffPost

 

Former White House Counsel McGahn Says His Portrayal in the Mueller Report Is “Accurately Described”

Trump Rage-Tweets About Mueller Report: ‘Total Bullsh*t’ – (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars

Trump Rage-Tweets About Mueller Report: 'Total Bullsh*t' - (UPDATED)

Since when is assisting Aiding and Abetting not a crime? “This morning Republicans were on CNN, Mark Meadows making the bizarre argument that just telling someone to commit a crime isn’t in and of itself criminal.”. It’s what they want Julian Assange extradited for (ODT)

Trump Rage-Tweets About Mueller Report: ‘Total Bullsh*t’ – (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars

After Mueller: A Majority of Americans believes Trump is Guilty of Obstruction, wants him Impeached

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Since they saw Trump fire Comey after pressuring him to assure the president of his loyalty to the man rather than to the law of the land, it is understandable that fully 58% believe Trump is guilty of obstruction of the investigation into his alleged Russia ties.

Moreover, asked “If Trump did not personally have inappropriate contacts with Russia but did obstruct the Justice Department investigation, should Congress take steps to remove him from office, or shouldn’t it?” — fully 53 percent favor impeachment.

via After Mueller: A Majority of Americans believes Trump is Guilty of Obstruction, wants him Impeached

Republicans to replace Obamacare with a health plan cooked up in the White House

US President Donald Trump has celebrated special counsel Robert Mueller's finding that his campaign didn't collude with Russia.

Republicans have no intention of crafting a new health-care plan, fearing the potential political damage that such a proposal could cause in 2020, numerous GOP lawmakers, legislative staffers and administration aides told The Washington Post.Senate Republicans, who were caught off guard by Trump’s rapid shift to focus on health care last week, have said the White House would need to make the first move by putting forward its own proposal. But administration officials said nothing firm is in the works.

via Republicans to replace Obamacare with a health plan cooked up in the White House

Naked Truth: The Grifter-in-Chief will Leave us Bankrupt and Holding the Bag

Donald Trump wasn’t actually a successful businessman at all, not in the normal sense anyway. He was an economic magician (or, in classic American terms, a con man) who regularly ground business after business — a set of casinos (at a time when other casinos were thriving), hotels, an airline, and a series of other endeavors ranging from Trump Steaks to Trump Vodka to Trump University — into the dust of bankruptcy or failure. What made him such a magician was that, in case after case, his greatest “business” skill proved to be jumping ship, dollars in hand, leaving those who trusted him, had faith in him, believed in him holding the bag.

via Naked Truth: The Grifter-in-Chief will Leave us Bankrupt and Holding the Bag

Trump’s scandals: An unprecedented president | Trump | Al Jazeera

Trump's scandals: An unprecedented president

And while Trump’s “salad of scandals” offers the full range of muck on mistresses, lies, election campaigns and foreign plots, only time will tell whether Mueller produces hard evidence and if voters or legislators care enough to act on it, he added.

via Trump’s scandals: An unprecedented president | Trump | Al Jazeera

President Trump delivers highly regrettable speech

Donald Trump has once again assured us that he is incapable of rational thoughts through a speech he gave at a conference on Saturday.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES gave a rambling and incoherent two-hour speech in which he raved like a lunatic and told crazy, self-serving lies from start to finish. If that no longer qualifies as alarming, we’re in serious trouble.

via President Trump delivers highly regrettable speech

Trump complains he will never get Nobel Prize

The calibre of this POTUS is Self-Focus (ODT)

“They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, ‘Oh, what did I get it for?'” Trump grumbled on Friday.

“With me, I probably will never get it.”

The White House declined further comment on Trump’s claim that Abe had nominated him, and a spokesman for the Japanese embassy said he had no information about such a letter.

via Trump complains he will never get Nobel Prize

#ExecutiveTime Takes Off on Twitter After 3 Months of Trump’s Daily Schedules Leaked

“Wow and this whole time I thought he was diligently looking through policy proposals and carefully deciding a course for the country.”

Somebody inside the Trump White House leaked three month’s worth of the president’s daily schedule, which Axios published on Sunday afternoon, and the internet quickly took up the cause by ridiculing the nation’s chief executive for the amount of time he reportedly spends holed up in his private residence each day watching television, reading newspapers, sending bizarre tweets, and making phone calls.

Termed “Executive Time” by his former chief of staff John Kelley, the #ExecutiveTime hashtag was given new life on Sunday.

via #ExecutiveTime Takes Off on Twitter After 3 Months of Trump’s Daily Schedules Leaked

‘Quid pro quo’: US, Russia to abandon nuclear arms treaty

Trump has military presance in 164 countries and has abandoned all major Treaties doe that sound like sabre rattling? (ODT)

Following in the footsteps of the United States, Russia will abandon a centrepiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump accused Moscow of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with “impunity” by deploying banned missiles.

Trump said in a statement that the US will “move forward” with developing its own military response options to Russia’s deployment of banned cruise missiles that could target Western Europe.

Moscow has strongly denied any breaches and accused Washington of making false accusations in order to justify its pullout.

via ‘Quid pro quo’: US, Russia to abandon nuclear arms treaty

There Can Be No Doubt Trump Colluded With Roger Stone On Wikileaks | Crooks and Liars

In an 85 minute interview with the NY Times, Donald Trump denied having anything to do with Wikileaks or Roger Stone’s actions surrounding their release of hacked Democratic emails.

He also has a bridge to sell you and for an extra few dollars, Chris Christie will autograph any section you want.

Mueller’s indictments of Stone spell out interactions with the Trump campaign and Wikileaks pretty clearly and Donald’s relationship with Roger Stone goes much longer and deeper than Michael Cohen’s ever did.

via There Can Be No Doubt Trump Colluded With Roger Stone On Wikileaks | Crooks and Liars

US government shutdown means workers can’t pay their mortgages as others work without pay – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Donald Trump is practised at walking away from his financial obligations and leaving workers unpaid he did it 4 times before when he went bankrupt. He’s gone from shit business man to shit POTUS and stayed right on course. (ODT)

As the US Government shutdown edges towards being the longest in history, the impact it has been having on American families is becoming more overwhelming.

The Government has been shut down since December 22 and President Donald Trump has warned it could drag on for months or even years if he doesn’t get funding for a border wall.

via US government shutdown means workers can’t pay their mortgages as others work without pay – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This Republican-friendly poll shows nothing nice for Donald Trump as his shutdown enters week three | Salon.com

Trump is in real trouble if Rasmussen is showing he is. Rasmussen is the most conservative pro GOP pollester in the USA. (ODT)

In the wake of the partial government shutdown, which is now lurching into a third week, Republican President Donald Trump’s approval rating stands at 45 percent — his lowest score since Sept. 12 — and 53 percent disapprove, according to Rasmussen Reports, whose polls traditionally favor the GOP.

Additionally, a recent Gallup poll revealed that the share of Americans wanting to emigrate from the U.S. jumped to 16 percent throughout Trump’s time in the Oval Office. The results are striking considering the partial government shutdown is being fought over a border wall to keep people out of the U.S.

via This Republican-friendly poll shows nothing nice for Donald Trump as his shutdown enters week three | Salon.com

The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower Moscow

All during the 2016 election campaign (ODT)

The revelation that representatives of the Trump Organization planned to forge direct financial links with the leader of a hostile nation at the height of the campaign raises fresh questions about President Trump’s relationship with the Kremlin. The plan never went anywhere because the tower deal ultimately fizzled, and it is not clear whether Trump knew of the intention to give away the penthouse. But Cohen said in court documents that he regularly briefed Trump and his family on the Moscow negotiations.

via The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower Moscow

Shattering Europe? The Debris of Trump’s Paris Fiasco

Clocks get more things right each day than Donald Trump (ODT)

It’s telling that Trump favors the most anti-democratic European governments and movements, the ones that peddle bigotry, while choosing to pick fights with the leaders of Britain, Germany, and now France. It’s no less revealing that other European far-right figures find him so appealing. None of this, however, should be surprising. The narratives of Europe’s right and the president’s rhetoric overlap, as do the policies they favor.

via Shattering Europe? The Debris of Trump’s Paris Fiasco

Trump Largely Alone As World Leaders Take Aim At Nationalism | HuffPost

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), Moroccan King Mohammed VI (3rd L) and his son Crown Prince Hassan Moulay (2nd L),

At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a “nationalist” stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.

 

Trump Largely Alone As World Leaders Take Aim At Nationalism | HuffPost

French President Macron Condemns Nationalism In Front Of Trump

Trump claims ‘big victory’ despite losing control of the House

It’s a Game and it’s withour rules despite 5 bankruptcies and a life of liars poker ” The film “Oh Lucky Man” Sell Sell Sell (ODT)

George W. Bush saw a “thumpin’.” Barack Obama saw a “shellacking.” Donald Trump sees a “Big Victory.” Never one to admit defeat, even in the face of a major setback, President Trump wasted little time on Wednesday morning trying to frame his party’s election losses as a win even though Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives.

But even as he claimed victory, he quickly went on the offence against the newly elected Democratic House, threatening to retaliate if the opposition uses its new subpoena power to investigate him for corruption and obstruction of justice in an early foreshadowing of the bitter partisan warfare that could dominate the next two years.

via Trump claims ‘big victory’ despite losing control of the House

At UN speech Trump suffers fate he always feared: public humiliation

The embarrassing exchange came when Trump boasted that his administration had accomplished more over two years than “almost any administration” in US history, eliciting audible guffaws in the cavernous chamber hall.

The President appeared startled. “Didn’t expect that reaction,” he said, “but that’s OK.”

Members of the audience chuckled again – perhaps this time in sympathy.
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via At UN speech Trump suffers fate he always feared: public humiliation

DonaldTrump lifts the ban on importing elephant head hunt trophies

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#DonaldTrump lifts the ban on importing #elephant head hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is a devastating blow to the protection of elephants. 🐘 😢 Share this post to show your disgust with #Trump’s decision to lift this ban! — with Nick Sirotich and Donald Trump.

5 Red Flashing Signals of the Great Trump Crash

Let me do just that, while exploring five key economic sallies of the Trump White House since he took office and the bleakness and chaos that may lie ahead as the damage to the economy and our financial future comes into greater focus.

via 5 Red Flashing Signals of the Great Trump Crash

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What if Adolf Hitler had come to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934 with a request for security personnel of the Geheime Staatspolizei sent over to the DC Germany embassy to interrogate Edgar Mowrer, the Chicago Daily News reporter who was kicked out of Germany in 1933 for reporting critically on the National Socialists. Would FDR have lifted his cigarette holder high and taken a slow toke, and said, “Let me think about it, Wolfie”? I am not saying Putin is Hitler, but remember in 1934 the US and Germany were not at war and he was just another European leader who had not yet committed his major monstrosities.

The bizarre episode is causing outrage in Washington, D.C., where there are a lot of officials who have served overseas and who would be in trouble if their enemies over there felt as though the White House no longer had their back. Clearly, simply making the request and publicizing it is Putin’s way of pressuring his critics in the US, like Mike McFaul and Bill Browder. It is like when goons from organized crime visit you and leave behind a bullet on your coffee table.

The episode is also to my knowledge unprecedented. I tried to think of historical analogies.

via Benedict Trump

Let’s drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president | Opinion | The Guardian

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Nato is both a rip-off and very strong. Theresa May’s Brexit plan is both pathetic and terrific. Trump’s interview with the Sun was both fake news and generally fine. Trump has all the consistency of Katy Perry’s Hot N Cold, except when it comes to two things: immigrants and Vladimir Putin.

Immigration is where Trump’s journey begins and ends: the message running all the way through this stick of rock. Trump told the Sun that immigration in Europe was “a shame”. Why such concern? “I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way.”

But just in case anyone had any doubts, Trump took his explicit nativism several steps into more sinister territory on Friday while standing next to the British prime minister. When asked about his “fabric of Europe” comments, Trump began by talking about terrorism, before explaining his thinking.

“I just think it’s changing the culture. I think it’s a very negative thing for Europe. I think it’s very negative,” he said, as if we didn’t hear him the first time with the foghorn. “And I know it’s politically not necessarily correct to say that. But I’ll say it and I’ll say it loud. And I think they better watch themselves because you are changing the culture.”

Let’s drop the euphemisms: Donald Trump is a racist president | Opinion | The Guardian

Global Survey Reveals Six in Ten People Think World More Dangerous Place Since Trump Took Power

Among the key findings:

Respondents are most likely to say that issues related to violent conflict require urgent response, namely usage of weapons of mass destruction (64%) and politically motivated violence and conflict leading to war (61%);
Seven adults in ten (69%) think that a new supranational organisation needs to be created to respond to global risks, similar to 2017 (71%). Issues relating to conflict and war are seen as most warranting the creation of a new organisation – 30% for weapons of mass destruction and 20% for politically motivated violence – both issues traditionally considered to be the remit of the UN. 16% of respondents think that a new supranational organisation is needed to fight climate change, with 23% in Sweden agreeing; and
74% of respondents agree that politicians are not doing enough to combat climate change, with two in five (42%) strongly agreeing. Respondents in India (84%) and South Africa (82%) are most likely to say that they are not doing enough, and respondents in Australia and the US are the least likely (both 68%

via Global Survey Reveals Six in Ten People Think World More Dangerous Place Since Trump Took Power

Why Donald Trump is wrong about Germany’s crime rate | The Independent

What did Donald Trump claim?

In an early morning (US time) tweet on Monday, the president said:

“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition.

“Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!
1)What do the crime figures say?

2)The latest official crime figures we have from Germany show that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017. As a percentage of the population, this means crime is now at its lowest level for 30 years.
3)What about crime by foreigners?

Crime by foreigners specifically is also down significantly – and even more sharply. The figure of crimes by non-German nationals fell by 23 per cent since last year, from 950,000 to just over 700,000.

via Why Donald Trump is wrong about Germany’s crime rate | The Independent

Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian

A rally in Los Angeles last week against Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies.

Jeff Sessions, reached for a biblical verse to defend his department’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the Mexican border, suggesting that God supports the government.

Sarah Sanders, I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is repeated throughout the Bible.”

use of religion to justify its laws is another step in an alarming direction . The government is not only unaccountable: it is doing God’s will. There should be no focus on the brutality of law, only on obedience to the sovereign. Sessions, the grand mufti, had pronounced his fatwa.

Source: Trump is creating his American caliphate, and democracy has no defence | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian