Category: Donald Trump

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

Wall Street Wins — Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus | The Smirking Chimp

In other words, actions offering greater protection to the majority of the population would restart the economy in a truly sustainable fashion, while bringing back both jobs and confidence. But that, in turn, would involve a bold and courageous political response providing genuine and proportionate stimulus for people. Unfortunately, given Washington’s 1% tilt and Donald Trump’s CEO empathy, that is at present inconceivable.

via Wall Street Wins — Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus | The Smirking Chimp

Republicans, Foreign Policy Experts Condemn Trump’s Decision To Abandon Kurds | HuffPost

HOW CAN AUSTRALIA OR ANY OTHER NATION TRUST AMERICA WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHIVE. AUSTRALIA YOUR BEING CONNED TRUMP WON’T DO ANTHINGTO HELP IF YOUR CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE IT’S THE LEAST TRUSTED COUNTRY IN THE WORD TODAY. (ODT)

Trump appeared to address some of the concerns over his decision to withdraw support in northern Syria, tweeting Monday that he would “totally destroy” Turkey’s economy if its leaders did anything he considers to be “off limits.”

“The U.S. has done far more than anyone could have ever expected,” he wrote. “It is now time for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory. THE USA IS GREAT!”

via Republicans, Foreign Policy Experts Condemn Trump’s Decision To Abandon Kurds | HuffPost

Donald Trump’s bid to claim presidential immunity to avoid releasing tax returns rejected by US Federal Judge – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump sits on a yellow couch in the Oval Office with a pensive expression on his face, looking to the right.

The District Attorney has subpoenaed Mr Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns
The Trump Organisation is being investigated for payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with the President
Mr Trump’s lawyers say, as president, he is immune from any criminal probe

via Donald Trump’s bid to claim presidential immunity to avoid releasing tax returns rejected by US Federal Judge – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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

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