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Trump Twitter Rampage – Tweets 25 times in one hour, trash talking the impeachment inquiry

Methinks thou dost protesteth over much.


Sep 28, 2019 10:00:39 PM
The Fake News doesn’t dare mention the corrupt Democrats! [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:56:41 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Ian Bremmer: “Biden does have a problem,” Hunter Biden was paid "clearly to be selling influence”… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:54:25 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Sen. Graham: “to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane”… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:54:17 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Matt Gaetz: bottom line is that there is no quid pro quo [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:54:10 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Bret Baier on Democrat speculation over Ukraine call: “none of those things are in this transcript”… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:53:56 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Fox correspondent John Roberts: no “quid pro quo” mentioned in Ukraine call transcript https://t.c… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:53:44 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Ratcliffe: “once again, their impeachment search party came up empty” [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:53:34 PM
RT @RNCResearch: FLASHBACK: In 1998, Pelosi blasts impeachment for “any and all grievances that anybody ever had" h… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:53:23 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Ukrainian President Zelensky: “I think you read everything… good phone call…nobody pushed me” http… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:53:14 PM
RT @RNCResearch: FNC’s Perino on Ukraine: “nobody was pushed, there was no pressure” [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:51:57 PM
RT @RNCResearch: DNI: Trump’s Ukraine call transparency is “unprecedented” [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:51:50 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Turner calls out Adam Schiff for just making up “fiction” conversation [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:51:38 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Turner: Dems’ impeachment push is an “assault on the electorate” [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:51:30 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Wenstrup slams Dems: “Americans have seen this movie too many times and they’re tired of it”… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:50:44 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Ed Henry: Maquire was “a very strong witness” for Trump, “pushed back very hard” on Dem narrative… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:35:09 PM
RT @realDonaldTrump: I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:21:16 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Stefanik throws shade at Schiff for his fake opening remarks [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:21:03 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Ratcliffe: Whistleblower’s account is all “second” and “third hand” information… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:20:34 PM
RT @RNCResearch: NH voter slams Dems on impeachment: “Should just get back to doing their job”… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:20:16 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Sen. Cruz knocks Dems for false narratives about Ukraine call [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:19:12 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Sen. Cruz: Congressional Dems “are angry about the 2016 election…angry at the voters”… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:18:32 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Rep. Nunes on Dems’ impeachment push: “This is the sequel” to the Russia hoax… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:18:06 PM
RT @RNCResearch: Sen. Scott slams Democrats on impeachment: “the evidence does not matter” to Democrats https://t.c… [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 09:00:25 PM
The only people that don’t like my conversation with the new Ukrainian President are those that heard Rep. Adam Schiff read a made up and totally fraudulent statement to the House and public, words that I did not say but that he fabricated (& admitted to this fabrication). Sick! [Twitter for iPhone]

Sep 28, 2019 08:53:28 PM
It is disgraceful what the Do Nothing Democrats are doing (the Impeachment Scam), but it is also disgraceful what they are NOT doing, namely, the USMCA vote, Prescription Drug Price Reduction, Gun Safety, Infrastructure, and much more! [Twitter for iPhone]



This is my favorite response to T’s posts and blather.

From Jon Lovett Pod Saves America



It’s not clear where Trump got the theory he advanced during his phone call, but he has been propagating versions of it throughout his presidency.

In a 2017 interview with the AP, for example, Trump asked a reporter why John Podesta and Hillary Clinton wouldn’t “allow the FBI to see the server? They brought in another company that I hear is Ukrainian-based.”

The reporter asked, “Crowdstrike?”

“That’s why I heard,” Trump replied. “I heard it’s owned by a very rich Ukrainian, that’s what I heard.”

Right-wing conspiracy theorists allege that the firm blamed Russia for the hack as part of a DNC-sponsored effort to cover up the murder of Seth Rich, who the cynical and the feverish hold responsible for sending internal DNC documents to Wikileaks. Elements of that theory have been promoted by the Russian government itself.

Elsewhere, far-right conservative media outpost Breitbart has boosted conspiracy theories around the firm. The website has portrayed Crowdstrike as a very circuitous arm of the Democratic Party. That has continued — on Saturday, Breitbart ran a story purporting to identify “common funding themes” between the whistleblower complaint and Crowdstrike.

Stone — a major proponent of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory — is now facing trial on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress as part of its investigation into Russian interference in 2016.

The GOP provocateur had moved to produce the Crowdstrike report for his trial. But, in a bizarre twist of fate, the judge in his case denied Stone’s motion minutes after the White House released the Trump-Zelensky phone call.


Tweet written by the ghosr writer on the Art of the Deal…he’d have a line in on this madness.


Video highlight thread for reference. It’s :banana::banana::banana:.
Click tweet to see full thread. :point_down:


Wait a second…quit abusing power


Very probing article on how the Dems can anticipate an attack from T. They liken his bullying to a wrecking ball…you know it is coming.

But Biden’s Democratic rivals know that while it’s the former VP who has Trump’s attention today, there’s no telling who it might be tomorrow: the president has such a long history of making unfounded charges about opponents that any of the other Democratic presidential candidates could be the next to be tarred with a conspiracy theory.

Every single candidate in this race is going to have their time in the barrel, that is the way that Trump and his allies work,” said Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist who ran the Hillary Clinton campaign’s rapid response team. “His ability and willingness to manipulate the levers of power to his personal and political benefit is a huge concern going into the 2020 election.”



What the rest of the world now thinks of us (what a difference from three years ago):

I never thought I’d live to see the day that America became a laughing stock. :clown_face:


US President Donald Trump is so paranoid about leakers in the White House that he has repeatedly suggested that all staff members should undergo a lie-detector test, Politico reported Tuesday.

Four former administration staffers told the publication that Trump had often raised the possibility of making staff members and aides take a polygraph test after news stories with leaked information about his presidency appeared.


Ashley Parker seems to really get who T is…the schoolyard bully, the impish child and his main strength is his attack back at you once you’ve made a negative comment about him. It stands to reason, T will deflect all incoming subpoenas, align his attackers to call out these ‘traitors,’ the same attack that was made on him.

We know he’s a jerk…but this is part of his strategy. Wear the enemy down with attacks.

After House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the Oval Office occupant countered with a creative offer of his own: Impeach me? No, impeach you!

And so it was that Trump suggested, in a series of tweets, that perhaps the two California Democrats leading the effort against him — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam B. Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — should be impeached instead.

“Must all be immediately Impeached!” wrote Trump, who, in a separate missive, also debuted an “#IMPEACH­­MITT­ROMNEY” hashtag, after Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) criticized him for calling on both Ukraine and China to investigate a political rival.

Left unsaid was the pesky fact for the president that lawmakers cannot, in fact, be impeached. But the schoolyard taunt offered another window into Trump’s “I’m rubber, you’re glue” approach to the impeachment inquiry now consuming his administration.

Though the White House has yet to launch an official war room to fight the Democratic investigation, it is putting forth something of a one-man platoon in the form of the president himself — in the role of playground bully, wielding his shamelessness like a weaponized rubber kickball, ready to pummel into the mud anyone who dares to level a charge against him.

The tactic epitomizes Trump’s “I know you are but what am I?” presidency, a long-held strategy in which Trump turns an accusation back forcefully on his accuser, regardless of how outlandish or fallacious the countercharge may be.

“Trump’s approach to turning his opponents’ attacks back on them is part branding, part trolling and part relentless, disciplined messaging,” said Cliff Sims, a former White House aide and author of “Team of Vipers,” about his time working in the Trump administration. “It’s proven to be extraordinarily effective. But it’s not even replicable because no one else is audacious enough to pull it off.”


What a buffoon.

Women have been walking in space for decades, but there had never been a spacewalk involving more than one female astronaut at a time until this past week. On Oct. 18, NASA’s Christina Koch and Jessica Meir teamed up on an historic walk, performing maintenance work on the International Space Station.

As might be expected, the two were congratulated over the phone by the president of the United States. But the president, awkwardly, mischaracterized their achievement.

“This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,” Donald Trump said incorrectly, ignoring the work of Svetlana Savitskaya, a Russian astronaut who spacewalked in 1984, and the 14 women (including ones from NASA) who followed her.

He later inspired the nation with this gem:

“They’re doing some work, and they’re doing it in a very high altitude — an altitude that very few people will ever see.”

Ah, the eloquence, the great and unmatched wisdom of our fearless leader…



Guy Snodgrass is former chief speechwriter for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He is the author of Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon With Secretary Mattis, from which this article is adapted.

Long before real planning for it began, and long before the first news stories about it, those of us in the top levels of the Pentagon heard President Donald Trump demand the military parade he would eventually get. The bizarre request was one of the first signs I had of the enormous rift between my boss at the time, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and the president.


This reads more like a novel than a non-fiction account. If I hadn’t followed Trump for years now, it would be hard to believe this was real – it will definitely be a scene in at least one of the Trump presidency postmortem bio-pics. Totally bonkers. Favorite parts:

Mattis, for whom I was working as chief speechwriter, had hoped the briefing would educate Trump on the United States’ longstanding commitment to the rest of the world. That is not at all what happened.

Instead, the president burst out in the middle of the meeting.

“I just returned from France,” he said. “Did you see President Macron’s handshake?” he asked no one in particular. “He wouldn’t let go. He just kept holding on. I spent two hours at Bastille Day. Very impressive.”

A pause.

I want a ‘Victory Day.’ Just like Veterans Day. The Fourth of July is too hot,” he said, apparently out of nowhere. “I want vehicles and tanks on Main Street. On Pennsylvania Avenue, from the Capitol to the White House. We need spirit! We should blow everybody away with this parade. The French had an amazing parade on Bastille Day with tanks and everything. Why can’t we do that?”

A “Victory Day”? Victory over what? I’ve often thought that one of the primary reasons that Trump turned on Mattis had nothing to do with foreign policy, but was really all about Mattis’s opposition to Trump’s self-aggrandizing military parade. This inside look at the meeting where Trump first proposed it, reinforces that belief (that’s just IMO).

The fact that Trump wanted this parade shows, first, that he wants to be an authoritarian ruler or probably even a dictator – dictators have the best military parades. Second, it shows he has no idea who we are as a country.

Another favorite passage:

Pence and Kushner sat stone-faced, not uttering a single word throughout the entire meeting. Maybe they were the smart ones. Over time Mattis began to shut down, sitting back in his chair with a distant, defeated look on his face. He had cared so much about this meeting, had poured his heart and soul into it, and had believed firmly in his ability to bring Trump around to his way of thinking. None of his attempts were working. From my vantage point, Mattis was playing a game of chess against a president fixated on “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”


For the remainder of the meeting, Trump veered from topic to topic—Syria, Mexico, a recent Washington Post story he didn’t like—like a squirrel caught in traffic, dashing one way and then another.

The issues were complicated, yet all of the president’s answers were simplistic and ad hoc. He was shooting from the hip on issues of global importance.

With that, the meeting ended.

(Matt Kiser) pinned #275


Most recent AP/NORC poll numbers, prior to the killing of al-Bahgdadi

61 % Sixty-one percent of Americans think Trump does not have much respect for the country’s democratic institutions;

46 % Forty-six percent of Americans say Trump makes them feel angry, while 40% say he makes them feel overwhelmed

48% Forty-eight percent of adults say Trump’s actions as president have been good at strengthening the economy, 30% disagree


Assessing Trump’s Performance

An AP-NORC Poll conducted in October 2019 assesses Americans’ views of Trump. There continues to be large partisan differences in the public’s evaluation of the president.

Overall, 42% of Americans say they approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove in the latest AP-NORC survey. These assessments are holding steady compared to the last AP-NORC survey conducted in September when 40% approved and 59% disapproved.

While Republicans remain overwhelmingly supportive of the president’s job performance, they are slightly less positive about his honesty, his discipline, and his respect for the country’s democratic institutions and traditions.

Sixty-one percent of Americans think Trump does not have much respect for the country’s democratic institutions; 38% think he does have some respect. Although Republicans are more likely than Democrats to think Trump respects democratic institutions, still 26% say he has little or no respect.

Americans have mixed opinions when asked to assess Trump’s personal qualities. A majority see Trump as someone who stands up for what he believes in. Fewer describe Trump as a strong leader, and someone who is honest or disciplined. Again, Republicans are more likely to have a more favorable view of Trump’s qualities than Democrats, but they are not enormously positive about his honesty or discipline.

Forty-six percent of Americans say Trump makes them feel angry, while 40% say he makes them feel overwhelmed. Fewer feel proud (32%) or excited (28%). Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say President Trump makes them feel angry or overwhelmed. While in the minority, sizeable numbers of Republicans say Trump does not make them feel proud or excited.

Fifty-four percent of Americans approve Trump’s handling of the economy compared to 44% who disapprove. Fewer approve of Trump’s handling of health care, trade negotiations with other countries, and foreign policy. Republicans are more likely to approve of the way Trump is handling the issues.

Forty-eight percent of adults say Trump’s actions as president have been good at strengthening the economy, 30% disagree. Twenty-one percent say they have been neither good nor bad.Fewer credit Trump with improving the U.S standing in the world: 39% have a positive view compared to 46% who disagree and 13% who report his actions haven’t had a good nor bad impact. When it comes to the reduction of corruption in the government, 32% view Trump’s actions positively and 45% see them negatively. Thirty-seven percent think Trump’s presidency has been good for the fight against terrorism compared to 42% who say it’s been bad.

Since Trump took office, 42% of Americans say they pay more attention to politics, and 43% say they pay about the same attention as they did before. Fifteen percent say they have less interest in politics. This is true across party lines.



Read this review of what T’s actions have to do with our Democracy…written by Tom Nichols, @RadioFreeTom
Professor, author on Russia, war, nukes, and “The Death of Expertise.” Noted curmudgeon. Cat guy. Ex-GOP and Never Trumper “human scum.” Views solely my own.

(David Bythewood) #279

The article in question:


Tis true…the Democrat won in KY.