Category: Trumpland

Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires | The Smirking Chimp

History of America’s failed control of Latin American States has been told over and over again only to make fools of somany American leaders and can anyone make Trump look a bigger fool than he already is? (ODT)

The brazenness of the indictments in attempting to cast Venezuela as a narco-state, the lack of foresight regarding possible repercussions, the attempted sabotage of dialogue and the mixed messaging are all signals that the Trump administration is desperate to ensure its regime change policy shows results. The victims of this policy are the Venezuelan people, who would be much better off with a policy of de-escalation, dialogue and a removal of the deadly sanctions.

via Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires | The Smirking Chimp

Workers Are Warriors in the Fight Against the Coronavirus | The Nation

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Has anyone seen Trump or his family on the front line? Boris Johnson was and he has the virus to show for it. He’s Your President America!!! (ODT)

via Workers Are Warriors in the Fight Against the Coronavirus | The Nation

Can Trump’s daily disinformation show be saved? Yes — turn it into a vector for the truth | Salon.com

He’s so predictable

Another advantage is that the briefings have become so predictable, with Trump endlessly repeating the same falsehoods and self-puffery. Indeed, CNN’s wonderful Daniel Dale recently broke them down into their fairly consistent constituent parts, each of which can be anticipated and prepared for:

Inaccurate progress reports
False, dubious or questionable medical claims
False pronouncements that this was all unforeseen
Media-bashing
Vague economic cheerleading
An empathy shortage
Self-promotion, complaints of victimhood
Trump being Trump

via Can Trump’s daily disinformation show be saved? Yes — turn it into a vector for the truth | Salon.com

Trumped: pandemic to cost America $5 trillion … or more – Michael West

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Donald Trump’s biographer and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston investigates the US stimulus plan and finds, unless a lot more is done, the country faces depression.

We ran the numbers and if Congress and Donald Trump act as cheapskates, it will be devastating — a recession rivalling the 30s. 

The $1 trillion coronavirus relief package Congress passed won’t come close to making up for the damage caused by COVID-19 and the Trump administration’s lethal dawdling.

We need the government to act or we could fall into a depression rivalling the 1930s.

via Trumped: pandemic to cost America $5 trillion … or more – Michael West

Trump rages on Twitter after he’s busted saying New York must ‘treat us well’ to get pandemic help – Raw Story

He’s Your President America- Quid Pro Quo Threat

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the news media for accurately reporting his remarks about New York officials being nice to him as a prerequisite for getting help with the coronavirus pandemic.

During a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, Trump attacked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who earlier in the day sharply criticized the federal government’s response to the pandemic.

“It’s a two-way street,” Trump said of helping out New York during the crisis. “They have to treat us well, too.”

via Trump rages on Twitter after he’s busted saying New York must ‘treat us well’ to get pandemic help – Raw Story

Martial Law in the US Coming? – Stephen Lendman

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The Trump regime will likely take full advantage of spreading COVID-19 outbreaks for hardened police state rule — instead of prioritizing public health and economic justice actions for ordinary Americans.

It’s not unseeable that Trump could call a National Emergency and cancel the election. (ODT)

via Martial Law in the US Coming? – Stephen Lendman

What the Coronavirus Says about Us | The Smirking Chimp

No it’s what Trump has said to Americans the virus doesn’t differentiate (ODT)

In his most recent punt, Trump told governors not to wait for federal assistance when it comes to acquiring necessary ventilators, but “try getting it yourselves.”

Get it yourselves. That kind of message is grimly appropriate in a country without national health care. With a message like that coming from the top, it’s no wonder that Americans are stocking up on rice and toilet paper, like people around the world — but more pointedly, guns and body armor as well. If it’s “all for one and one for all” in other countries, in Trump’s America, it’s “all against all.”

This is what happens when you run on a platform devoted to the “deconstruction of the administrative state,” as Steve Bannon put it so colorfully. First you get deconstruction when Trump takes office. Then you get destruction, when Trump’s minions go to work.

Finally, when all the competent people have been escorted out of government, you get uh-oh. In this sense, the coronavirus is nothing new. Americans have been living in the uh-oh stage ever since November 8, 2016.

via What the Coronavirus Says about Us | The Smirking Chimp

Online gun retailer advertises on social media platform favored by white nationalists | Media Matters for America

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Trump preparing for the 2020 election (ODT)

via Online gun retailer advertises on social media platform favored by white nationalists | Media Matters for America

‘Literally Weaponizing Coronavirus’: Despite One of World’s Worst Outbreaks of Deadly Virus, US Hits Iran With ‘Brutal’ New Sanctions | Common Dreams News

via ‘Literally Weaponizing Coronavirus’: Despite One of World’s Worst Outbreaks of Deadly Virus, US Hits Iran With ‘Brutal’ New Sanctions | Common Dreams News

Narcissist Trump Gives Himself A Perfect 10 For COVID-19 Response As Markets Crash To All-Time Lows. | Crooks and Liars

Narcissist Trump Gives Himself A Perfect 10 For COVID-19 Response As Markets Crash To All-Time Lows.

Trump has created a liar’s paradise and on that score alone is an historic winner (ODT)

And Obama did really well with the outbreak as Factcheck writers, “While that death toll may sound high, it’s over an entire year and, in fact, ended up being far lower than was initially expected. The strain of influenza also turned out to have a case fatality rate of just 0.02% — well below even many typical seasonal influenzas.”

This imbecile keeps flailing away with inaccurate talking points and improvised puffery that does nothing absolutely nothing because confusion and chaos is the way he likes things. He thought he could fluff the markets like he did on Friday and instead the opposite happened.

via Narcissist Trump Gives Himself A Perfect 10 For COVID-19 Response As Markets Crash To All-Time Lows. | Crooks and Liars

More American Blunders in the Middle East: U.S. Envoys Embrace Terrorists Yet Again, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

So, Trump bleats incessantly about how he wants to withdraw the U.S. from the senseless wars that it has been drawn into but at the same time his State Department sends two Zionist hardliners to Syria on a semi-secret mission to support a policy of regime change in Damascus while also providing aid that will inevitably fall into the pockets of an al-Qaeda linked terrorist group. And ammunition will also be forthcoming for the invading Turks to shoot Syrians, Russians and Iranians. If anyone is seriously interested in what is wrong with U.S. foreign policy, the activity of Craft and Jeffrey might serve as a decent case study on how not to do it. Unless, of course, the actual objective is to screw things up and involve the United States in quarrels that it could easily avoid.

via More American Blunders in the Middle East: U.S. Envoys Embrace Terrorists Yet Again, by Philip Giraldi – The Unz Review

At ‘Shock Doctrine Press Conference,’ Trump Bails Out Oil Industry, Not US Families, as Coronavirus Crisis Intensifies | Common Dreams News

Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. (Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP)

via At ‘Shock Doctrine Press Conference,’ Trump Bails Out Oil Industry, Not US Families, as Coronavirus Crisis Intensifies | Common Dreams News

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The Fed’s latest Welfare Payout to the crooked Wall Street Banks, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

On Thursday, the Federal Reserve announced its biggest market intervention to date, a massive $1.5 trillion injection into the short-term funding markets (“repo”) aimed at preventing grossly-inflated stock valuations from resetting at lower prices. There should be no misunderstanding about the Fed’s real intention or whether its meddling will work. When financial assets are purchased in bulk, prices rise, that is the immutable law of the market. Stocks and bonds do not differentiate between day-traders and Central Bankers. What matters is the amount of money and what securities are purchased. What we know from 3 iterations of Quantitative Easing (QE) is that, when the Fed buys financial assets (USTs or MBS) stock prices climb higher. Friday’s trading will undoubtedly produce the same result.

via The Fed’s latest Welfare Payout to the crooked Wall Street Banks, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

Trump Responds To Spiraling U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak By Unveiling Europe Travel Ban | HuffPost Australia

Hiding the most important fact. Lack of Testing Equipment!! Yes Now Coronavirus is Real and not as trivial as Trump made out.(ODT)

Trump Responds To Spiraling U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak By Unveiling Europe Travel Ban
The president said nothing about the lack of available testing across the country. The coronavirus has already killed dozens in the U.S. and infected at least 1,200.

via Trump Responds To Spiraling U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak By Unveiling Europe Travel Ban | HuffPost Australia

Trump Cancels Travel To Nevada And Colorado This Week Amid Coronavirus Spread | HuffPost Australia

The decision came shortly before Trump addressed the nation about the rapidly spiraling coronavirus, which has resulted in the infection of more than 1,200 people so far within the United States. The president said he was banning noncitizens from traveling to the U.S. from Europe for 30 days in an attempt to stave off more infections, but he failed to speak about the availability of testing across the country amid reports that not enough kits are available and that some hospitals are running out of supplies.

via Trump Cancels Travel To Nevada And Colorado This Week Amid Coronavirus Spread | HuffPost Australia

‘Unconscionable’: Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill as Experts Declare Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic | Common Dreams News

via ‘Unconscionable’: Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill as Experts Declare Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic | Common Dreams News

Heckuva Job, Pencie! A US ruled for and by the Rich leaves Workers at Risk for Coronavirus

How right is Bernie Sanders?(ODT)

There is good reason to believe the medical infrastructure for acute care has been as neglected as our roads and bridges in the current neoliberal order A survey of California hospitals conducted by the National Nurses Union revealed: “ Only 27 percent report that there is a plan in place to isolate a patient with a possible novel coronavirus infection. 47 percent report they don’t know if there is a plan.

There are policy responses far short of a social revolution that would address these strains. Paid sick leave more work at home four day workweek, universal healthcare, and job guarantees would be a good start. These are portrayed as radical, but they are essential to the health of the body politic and the air that we all breathe.

via Heckuva Job, Pencie! A US ruled for and by the Rich leaves Workers at Risk for Coronavirus

Millions of uninsured Americans like me are a coronavirus timebomb | Carl Gibson | Opinion | The Guardian

In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, signs point toward the emergency department at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. The university announced on Wednesday that it has agreed to buy produce from farms established within 100 miles of the city by the nonprofit Conservation Fund. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Bernie, not Trump wants to ensure all Americans are safe (ODT)

Millions of uninsured Americans like me are a coronavirus timebomb | Carl Gibson | Opinion | The Guardian

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says Fox News’ and Trump’s obsessions with her have led to white supremacist threats | Media Matters for America

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In Trump’s and Murdoch’s crosshairs AOC defies death (ODT)

via Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says Fox News’ and Trump’s obsessions with her have led to white supremacist threats | Media Matters for America

What the Hell is Wrong With Us? Are We Really This Stupid? | The Smirking Chimp

Ok, so it’s Monday. The stock market is in free fall, perhaps temporarily, perhaps not. What with Trump’s tariff games in play, that scary virus from China seems to be one of the few things getting into this country from that country. (Though Ivanka’s line of clothes is exempt from those tariffs.) Meanwhile, it looks like the polar regions , north and south, might soon become Margaritavilles.

But the good news is that most of the polls are positive about Bernie Sanders, my personal choice, winning the Democratic Party nomination to lead the fight against Trump in the fall. Most of the polls also show Bernie beating that rotten bastard, too. It’s also clear that he’d be a most formidable debate opponent against Trump.

via What the Hell is Wrong With Us? Are We Really This Stupid? | The Smirking Chimp

UK is the ‘51st state’? Uproar as Britain’s secret deal to buy nuclear warheads from US without Parliament’s consent is revealed — RT UK News

UK is the ‘51st state’? Uproar as Britain’s secret deal to buy nuclear warheads from US without Parliament’s consent is revealed

Trump is America’s Military weapons salesman while China sells them, consumer, goods that Americans really need (ODT)

via UK is the ‘51st state’? Uproar as Britain’s secret deal to buy nuclear warheads from US without Parliament’s consent is revealed — RT UK News