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#311

T was going in to a word-fusion tumble and Fox shifted away.


#312

Kansas City is in Missouri. :smirk:


#313

Nothing a sharpie can’t fix…arrggggh


#314

No. Wait. Mr. President, that’s not your iPhone code, it’s the nuclear code. And that’s not your iPhone…


(David Bythewood) #315

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#316

We tracked the lobbyists as part of an update to Trump Town, our database of political appointees. We’ve added the names of 639 new staffers with the administration and the financial disclosures of 351 political appointees who have filled different positions over the past year, and we tracked the careers of 338 who departed government during the same period.

The full extent of the lobbying industry’s influence is hard to measure because federal agencies decline to share details of recusals granted to officials who disclose potential conflicts with their new government roles.

And thanks @Keaton_James for describing all the lobbying efforts from T’s former Cabinet members, now working directly for the industries they were to protect the US from.


(David Bythewood) #317

I came home and saw the video going around of Speaker Pelosi tearing up Trump’s speech and had to make my own… improvement.



#318

T’s declaration of victory over being acquitted today…full of himself.

Some comments…

On Romney


(David Bythewood) #319

Want to post a couple of things here.

First, a thread I put together on Trump’s long-held penchant for revenge, which he holds above even money and power. It’s full of articles and video links:


The second is a renewed look at a recent story that came out.

Some of you know I track Donnie’s penchant for trying to turn the U.S. into the world’s biggest protection racket.

Well, remember the story where Trump called top military brass “dopes and babies”? While that’s what people have focused on, read the full story, between the lines. Hell, read the overt message.

Trump called them this not just because he disagreed with them over how war should be run. He called them this because they told him the U.S. isn’t a protection racket, and he said it was.

Trump also suggested charging “rent” to South Korea for U.S. military forces positioned there and suggested that NATO countries owed America direct payments totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, a claim that left many in the room confused.

Trump called top military brass “dopes and babies” because:

What had they done to so offend Trump, who would normally fawn over such decorated veterans?

They were explaining things like the importance of the post-World War II international order as a security benefit for the US, and that it wasn’t the military’s job to act as the president’s collection agent to shake down NATO allies who the real-estate mogul Trump believed weren’t paying their “rent.”

In other words, once again, it all came down to money and how much he could strongarm from our allies.


(David Bythewood) #320

This Is What an Unleashed Trump Looks Like

The president is bestowing favor on his loyal defenders, and visiting revenge on those he feels have betrayed him.


#321

I can’t even, he’s talking about interfering with the Justice Department only one week after his acquittal by the Senate Republicans.


#322

#323

Incorrigible T…lies so widespread it takes up volumes of space.


#324

70% of T’s twitter followers are fake…bots


(David Bythewood) #325




#326

Par for the course…maybe just golfing is what he should be doing. #WishfulThinking

Trump was cheered as he told the crowd that their country “will always hold a very special place in our hearts,” and said of the PM: “Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough.” BBC News India kept a running total of the Indian words Trump managed to mispronounce, including Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking. He reportedly referred to the Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda as Swami Vivekamanan, and called the Vedas—ancient Hindu religious texts—“Vestas.” He also mangled the names of India’s biggest cricket stars. The BBC reports some in the crowd began leaving midway through Trump’s speech.

:woman_shrugging:


#327

Trump’s war on truth takes a dangerous turn as he attacks the media’s coronavirus coverage

This analysis is spot on. Trump’s utter lack of credibility disqualifies him from being an effective leader. As he bloviates from atop a mountain of lies, how can we have any faith whatsoever in what he is saying? We know his lies are all self-serving so why would we do what he asks us when we’re certain that it is for his benefit, not ours? From that moment in January 2017 when Trump dispatched Sean Spicer to berate the press for not backing up his false claims that his inauguration crowds were the biggest in history, I knew his Presidency would be a disaster.

Since the dawn of the Trump presidency, countless experts have warned that the president’s lack of credibility would imperil the country in the event of an emergency.

With the worsening coronavirus outbreak, those fears may be coming true.

President Trump’s political allies have made overly optimistic statements only to be contradicted by the government’s top scientists and doctors. For example, Trump claimed on Monday that the coronavirus was “very much under control in the USA.” A day later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the virus’ spread to the US was inevitable. He said the stock market is “starting to look very good” even as the Dow was nosediving amid coronavirus anxiety.

And the president has been blaming the media for this predicament, reverting to the same tactics that he has employed ever since taking office.

On Wednesday, in a widely-criticized tweet, he claimed that CNN and MSNBC “are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible.”

He misspelled coronavirus and the typo is still visible on his Twitter profile more than eight hours later.

But misspelling the name of the virus is the least of the government’s problems. President Trump has systematically undermined trust in the media and other institutions that play important roles in public health emergencies. He has explicitly said not to trust sources that he doesn’t personally approve.

He has engaged in what several columnists have called a “war on expertise.” Scientists have been among those adversely affected. Last December an investigation by The New York Times concluded that science is “under attack” by Trump appointees.

“Trump’s disdain for science and his cuts to science and public health programs have subverted preparedness for emergencies like the coronavirus,” said Michiko Kakutani, the famous literary critic and author of “The Death of Truth.”

Trump has also contradicted accurate information from government agencies, like the National Weather Service, as when he insisted that Alabama was threatened by a hurricane last year. The so-called Sharpiegate caused anger and consternation inside the federal agencies responsible for weather forecasting.

Now health agencies like the CDC are in the spotlight. High-minded warnings about breakdowns in trust and the death of truth have more impact when deaths from the coronavirus are being reported every day.

"When you learn you have a dangerous disease, you need to be able to trust your doctor. When entire populations face a dangerous public health crisis, they need to be able to trust their governments," Dr. Leana S. Wen, a visiting professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last month.

That’s a problem in this environment, where trust is in short supply. Multiple polls have shown that only one in three Americans believe he is honest and trustworthy.

The President’s lies have given the public ample reason to distrust what he says – and this has negatively affected perceptions of his administration as a whole.

“This president has lied about everything from trade deficits to Russian interference in US elections. He has disparaged experts at almost every opportunity,” said Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at Tuft University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and author of the forthcoming book “The Toddler in Chief.”

“At a time when people are looking to the federal government for reassurance,” Drezner said, “he will be hard-pressed to provide any.”

Ultimately, Kakutani said, Trump’s free-flowing falsehoods undermine the credibility of the government leaving the public unsure of who or what to trust.

"Truth and an informed public are essential to the functioning of a democracy – and essential, too, for a practical and reasoned response to an emergency," she said.


(David Bythewood) #328

I can top this.

I wish I couldn’t.

Tucker Carlson Blames ‘Diversity’ And ‘Wokeness’ For Coronavirus

The Fox News host turned to racism as the outbreak continued to spread.


(M A Croft) #329

Believe me, to mangle the names of those cricket stars was a big No! No! Cricket is next to a religion.


(David Bythewood) #330

I have heard from a few people that they have Indian co-workers who were laughing at him the next day.