Less than two hours after Donald Trump claimed that he was “not happy” with supporters who chanted “Send her back” during his scripted rant against Rep. Ilhan Omar on Wednesday night, the president praised the same baying mob.
“These are people that love our country,” Trump said, echoing his defense of the white supremacists in Charlottesville who chanted “Jews will not replace us” as “very fine people.”
via Trump Praises Supporters Who Want to Deport Ilhan Omar
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
Trump went on to expose how clueless he is (once again) about the meaning of First Amendment or the important role journalism plays in American democracy.
“See I don’t think the mainstream media is free-speech either because it’s so crooked, so dishonest,” Trump said to his audience of plagiarists and charlatans.
He continued, “We don’t want to stifle free speech but that’s no longer free speech. To me, free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad. To me, that’s very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it. But that’s not free speech.”
Trump makes believe that everything he says or does is good, and just and the greatest of all time in American history. If a journalist, reporter or analyst claims otherwise, they are making up lies about him and they should be imprisoned.
Putin and Kim Jong-un would be proud.
via Trump Only Approves Of Free Speech If It Praises Him | Crooks and Liars
It was supposed to be an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s members-only club in Palm Beach, Florida. But other than the two dozen or so women flown in to provide the entertainment, the only guests were Trump and Jeffrey Epstein
via Donald Trump, Jeffrey Epstein and 28 girls: The 1992 party that raised eyebrows
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
Trump Is Humiliating the Department of Justice and Tearing Its Credibility to Shreds
And in a blow to Pompeo’s ratings-conscious boss, just 12% of Arabs said they had a positive view of Donald Trump, far below Vladimir Putin at 28% and Turkish President Recip Tayyib Erdogan at 51%. In fact, Trump’s policies came in dead last in every one of the ten countries surveyed.
The poll involved more than 25,000 people and was carried out by BBC Arabic and the Arab Barometer research network.
via The U.S. Isn’t Winning Any Popularity Contests Among Arabs
AOC knows the archival power of social media. The current President does not.
Now you might argue Trump’s stream of consciousness approach disregards hypocrisy. Maybe. But the wider society (excluding the MAGA cultists) does not. They have the opportunity to look at the evidence and see his thousand-and-one backflips,
Conclusion: The Role of Independent Media
Governments’ reactions to critical coverage clearly shows that it hits a nerve. Whether Spud screams media bias, or Trump screeches ‘fake news’, this should encourage us. We should continue to speak truth to power. They know they are losing the war and so they screech louder. Forward, my friends. Let us show these dinosaur politicians the true power of the information age.
via Politicians and The Information Age – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Under these circumstances, there is no way Iran can make a bomb without everybody knowing it is trying. It would have to kick out the UN inspectors, build thousands more centrifuges under the gaze of US satellites, etc., etc.
So if what Trump wanted was no Iranian nuke, he had that when he was sworn into office in 2017. By breaching the treaty and refusing to reward Iran’s good behavior by ceasing sanctions, Trump put the US on a war footing with Iran.
He has stopped Iran from selling its oil, a form of blockade that probably amounts to an act of war. He is also stopping European concerns from investing in Iran.
It is frustrating that Trump is dancing on the brink of a war for a purpose that had already been attained. This is why it is bad to elect people to high office who have mental health problems.
via Trump Can’t Stay on Script About Iran to Save His Life
Ouch. That’s gotta hurt.
The Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board published their endorsement for president in 2020. It’s…wait for it… “Not Donald Trump.”
This, on the day that Mango Mussolini “officially” kicks off his 2020 re-election campaign, where? You guessed it. Orlando, Florida.
via Orlando Sentinel Endorses ‘Not Donald Trump’ 2020 | Crooks and Liars
When Trump said “there isn’t anything wrong with listening; if somebody called from a country, [Russia, China, Ukraine], [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” he was advertising more than his intention to collude in 2020. He was, effectively, confessing his impeachable malfeasances of 2016. It is beyond belief that Trump’s collusive sentiments are merely recent.
via This Week, Trump Confessed to (Past) Collusion | The Smirking Chimp
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 admits to his view of Life, and Elections all’s Fair so that’s why there is no Collusion or Obstruction. Unless you get caught and even then you plead NOT GUILTY (ODT)
President Donald Trump said that he would accept information from a foreign government on his opponents in the 2020 presidential election and suggested during his interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he also wouldn’t need to alert the FBI.
Trump’s remarks to ABC are alarming considering the special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Stephanopoulos reminded Trump that FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress during a hearing that the FBI would want to know if a foreign government was trying to influence a U.S. election.
However, Trump disagreed with Wray.
“The FBI director is wrong because, frankly, it doesn’t happen like that in life,” he said.
Trump Says He Would Accept Dirt On 2020 Opponent From Foreign Government | HuffPost Australia
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
Former foreign minister Alexander Downer has ridiculed the idea he was sent to spy on a junior Donald Trump campaign aide as part of an international conspiracy to kickstart the FBI’s Russia probe.
via Alexander Downer laughs off Donald Trump’s Russian probe conspiracy theory
Special counsel Robert Mueller has spoken publicly for the first time about his investigation into Russian election interference, using the occasion to emphasise he did not exonerate President Donald Trump of a crime.
via Robert Mueller breaks his silence on Russia probe in shock press conference
The latest national survey from the Emerson College polling group has the nation’s best-known democratic socialist, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, beating Trump by eight points. When Trump started his campaign against socialism in February, Emerson’s polling had Sanders leading the president only narrowly: 51-49. Three months into the campaign, Trump’s support has fallen to 46 percent, while the democratic socialist has risen to 54 percent.
via Socialism Is More Popular Than Donald Trump | The Nation
Real-estate developer Donald Trump in 1992 lived in a New York luxury apartment, travelled by limousine and had personal bodyguards. That year, he also reported a negative $US750 million ($1.08 billion) adjusted gross income to the IRS.
Trump is the primary “expense” that drains his companies dry to the state of Easter eggs “hollow” and all debt and then they simply implode. There is nothing new particularly when banks aren’t regulated. He gets loans from banks too scared to declare their over risk and first valuing assets and packaging not on collateral security of the company but on a dream. He doesn’t do the financing himself but happily pays a premium for any broker or banker that will secure the loan on a 0% asset.
Get the money spend it as wages and expenses on himself then devalue back to the real asset assett value and bankruptcy or reveal the banking folly. Every banker shyster and broker will help avoid the worst if the commissions are high enough and more commissions. All he needed to hand his request to Wall St and they’d jump. They after all they created the art and caused the GFC and sent nations to the wall like Greece. Mind you, you the paid rating and credit agencies handsomly to assist in the scam but that wasn’t Trump’s problem. Effectively Trump was always the face of a scam, a Ponzi scheme, a chain letter a business that shared profits with the top end of town. There was never anything new to be seen just bigger. All a little bit legal but a top down scam that the nation bailed out.
Alan Bond said it if your looking for a small loan the banks own you. When that loan is too big you own the banks because they can’t reveal it. The difference Bond went to jail aan Trump became President. (ODT)
‘Other people’s money’: Trump’s lifestyle while his businesses bled billions confuses tax experts
“They didn’t say it looked like it, they said he committed tax fraud,” Johnston reminded viewers.
via David Cay Johnston: ‘Long-Running Evidence’ Trump Committed Tax Fraud | Crooks and Liars
What seems to be missing is blaggart Trump not only said he’d raise the 10% tariffs already in place but he’d add 25% on $ 200 bill goods more. This seems as much a backdown than anything else. But it is an action nevertheless he says is good for the economy. He also says it’s not a cost to Americans because the Chinese have to pay it?? The man certainly said the same about the wall didn’t he??. Americans don’t have to pay?? (ODT)
Donald Trump’s top trade advisors have accused China of reneging on promises made during recent negotiations and confirmed that the US will increase tariffs on US$200 billion ($286 billion) worth of goods this week.
When the US President tweeted about the tariff hike on Sunday, local time, many investors and analysts hoped it was a short-term negotiating tactic designed to extract a better deal from China.
via ‘An erosion of commitments’: Trade talks in trouble as US accuses China of backtracking
Donald Trump’s improbable rise to power and his attempt to stay in power is driven by ceaseless attacks on black and brown people, on immigrants, on Muslims, on his steadfast refusal to condemn in no uncertain terms Nazis as evil, as did Vice President Pence after Poway. Trump offers condolences and notes the cops got their man.
But from the President of the United States, there is no clear condemnation of murderous bigots who become terrorists and their hateful ideology unless they are Jihadist killers. There is also no attempt to control the purchase, spread, use, manufacture of assault weapons, or the ability to sue the gun makers.
via J’accuse Donald J.Trump | The Smirking Chimp
These are US allies… no Customers (ODT)
Washington’s Gulf Institute director Ali Al-Ahmed called the killings “the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom’s history.”
Kushner Talks of ‘Accountability’ for Crown Prince Just as Saudis Offer ‘Egregious Display of Brutality’ With Mass Beheadings
The footnotes documenting “insanity” (ODT)
Some of the report’s most derogatory scenes were attributed not only to the recollections of McGahn and other witnesses, but also to the contemporaneous notes kept by several senior administration officials – the kind of paper trail that Trump has long sought to avoid leaving.
Trump seethes after Mueller paints damning portrait with notes from White House aides
The report says that in June 2017, Mr Trump called Don McGahn – then a White House lawyer – to try to get Mr Mueller removed over alleged “conflicts of interest
Mr McGahn told the special counsel he resigned after feeling “trapped because he did not plan to follow the President’s directive” and would not have known what to say to Mr Trump had he called again.
The report also reveals:
- Mr Trump reportedly used an expletive when the investigation was announced, adding: “Oh my god. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency”
- Mr Mueller examined 10 actions by the president in regards to obstruction of justice, which he said largely “took place in public view”
- The report says that potential obstruction of justice by the president only failed because members of his administration, including former FBI Director James Comey, refused to “carry out orders”
- Investigators viewed the president’s written responses to their questions as “inadequate” but chose not to pursue a potentially lengthy legal battle to interview him
- Mr Trump dictated a misleading response as to what the June 2016 meeting between Russian intermediaries and Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower was about – this had earlier been denied by Mr Trump’s lawyer and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders
- The special counsel considered charging the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, and son-in-law Jared Kushner but did not think they could meet the Department of Justice’s burden of proof that they wilfully broke the law
Mueller report: Trump ‘tried to get special counsel fired’ – BBC News
Trump complains about China and the theft of IP. Trump steals music to boost his campaigns without permission. (ODT)
Trump will leave a legacy of selfishness and dishonesty | Joseph Stiglitz | Business | The Guardian
Cheating at golf is nothing new for Trump. In a 2015 Washington Post story, Reilly told Ben Terris about an afternoon when Trump wrote down scores he didn’t actually achieve on his scorecard, conceded putts to himself by raking the ball into the hole with his putter rather than striking it properly (‘He rakes like my gardener!’), and even called a gimme — something a player might claim for a two-foot putt — on what should have been a chip shot,” Terris wrote.
via Trump Cheats at Golf and Just About Everything Else ‘Like a Mafia Accountant’ | The Smirking Chimp