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👑 Portrait of a President



The pundits are calling this pandemic T’s Katrina…the hurricane where GW was held responsible for the entirely too weak response to it’ devistation.

But as the world now faces a pandemic, it has never been more essential to recall that norm-setting performance and to admit what has been demonstrated on a daily basis about the public official who carries ultimate responsibility for the public safety of American citizens: Donald Trump is incapable of truth, heedless of science, and hostage to the demands of his insatiable ego.


A rant/thread from Preet Bharara tonight, previous prosecutor in nyc. A ‘greatist hits’ perhaps.

And some commentary


(David Bythewood) #344

I still love this, more than ever. This song so needs an update for a new generation of Trumps.

(David Bythewood) #345

The sheer amount of gaslighting and cronyism in this statement from Trump’s Surgeon General is stunning, and gives one zero confidence that he capable of handling an epidemic.


This one should be real…

(David Bythewood) #347

That one definitely 100% is, which is more than I can say about Trump himself.


Trump sends signed chart showing stock market gains to supporters

One word: Disgusting.

President Donald Trump on Friday sent a note to supporters that included a chart showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average dramatically rising roughly at the time he began a news conference declaring a national emergency over coronavirus. The President signed the chart.

The note, which was also sent to some members of Congress, included screenshots of television coverage of the stock market closing much higher than Thursday.

"The President would like to share the attached image with you, and passes along the following message: ‘From opening of press conference, biggest day in stock market history!’ " read the note, a copy of which was obtained by CNN from a source with familiar with it.

The message did not mention the overall coronavirus crisis, the number of people who have died or are sick, nor the fact that he had just declared a national emergency. More than 2,200 people had been diagnosed with coronavirus as of late Friday night and 49 have died.

During the news conference, Trump declared a national emergency that would free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus. The announcement was part of a raft of new measures Trump hopes can bring the roiling health crisis under control after a week of market seesaws and major disruptions to everyday life.

Trump began speaking at 3:29 p.m., about a half hour before the markets closed.

In boasting about the stock market, the President was cherry-picking a single day’s rally amid a period of major selloffs and a 20% decline that was the fastest in history.

Friday was the best day for stocks since 2008, but the S&P 500 ended the week with sharp losses and fell into a bear market on Thursday.

The day’s rally also came the day after the worst day for stocks since the 1987 crash.

Mr. Trump - People are suffering and dying for God’s sake – and this is what you distribute? Have you not one ounce of shame?

(David Bythewood) #349

I keep telling everybody: being around Donald Trump is hazardous to your health.

Avoid him like the… well. You know.

Trump defiant on testing and handshakes even as third Mar-a-Lago case emerges


But he continues to be a sick guy who deserves none of our attention. :exploding_head:

(M A Croft) #351

The problem with that announcement is the lack of credibility this current Administration now has. The American public has been lied to on a daily basis.
Not just by POTUS, but by his many officials who will say almost anything for fear of loosing their position.

(David Bythewood) #352

One more reason we can’t let Trump have a second term:

Russia’s Highest Court Opens Way for Putin to Rule Until 2036

The ruling, slammed by Kremlin critics as a sham, approves constitutional changes to free the Russian president from term limits.

(Matt Kiser) #353

From Day 1152

(David Bythewood) #354

Trump doesn’t play by any known rules. His propagandizing and lies shouldn’t be treated with the same respect as real facts, or even normal political views.

Today we are switching our coverage of Donald Trump to an emergency setting

Even this far into his term, it is still a bit of a shock to be reminded that the single most potent force for misinforming the American public is the current president of the United States. For three years this has been a massive — and unsolved — problem for the country and its political leadership.

But now it is life and death. On everything that involves the coronavirus Donald Trump’s public statements have been unreliable. And that is why today we announce that we are shifting our coverage of the President to an emergency setting.

This means we are exiting from the normal system for covering presidents— which Trump himself exited long ago by using the microphone we have handed him to spread thousands of false claims, even as he undermines trust in the presidency and the press. True: he is not obliged to answer our questions. But neither are we obligated to assist him in misinforming the American people about the spread of the virus, and what is actually being done by his government.

We take this action knowing we will be criticized for it by the President’s defenders, by some in journalism, and perhaps by some of you. And while it would be nice to have company as we change course, we anticipate that others in the news media will stick with the traditional approach to covering presidents.

This we cannot in good conscience do.

Switching to emergency mode means our coverage will look different and work in a different way, as we try to prevent the President from misinforming you through us. Here are the major changes:

  • We will not cover live any speech, rally, or press conference involving the president. The risk of passing along bad information is too great. Instead, we will attend carefully to what he says. If we can independently verify any important news he announces we will bring that to you— after the verification step.

  • We plan to suspend normal relations with the Trump White House. That means we won’t be attending briefings. (We can watch them on TV.) We won’t gather around him as he departs in his helicopter. We won’t join in any off-the-record “background” sessions with Administration officials. We won’t enter into agreements of any kind with the Trump team, which includes those nameless “senior advisers” who mysteriously show up in news stories.

  • We have always tried to quote public officials accurately, including President Trump. In emergency mode we add a further check. In addition to, “does this fairly represent what he said?” we will ask: is what he said something we should be amplifying? If it is simply meant to demonize a group of people, rewrite a history that now embarrasses the President, or extend his hate campaign against journalists who are doing their job, we may decide not to amplify it, even though it happened. An old tenet of White House reporting states that what the president says makes news— automatically, as it were. Today we are disabling that autoplay system and replacing it with a manual one.

  • In general, we will be shifting the focus of our coverage from what President Trump is saying to what his government is doing . We will be de-emphasizing the entire White House beat and adding people who can penetrate the bureaucracy from the rim, rather than the center of the distortion machine.

  • Experience has taught us that there will occassionally be times when the President makes a demonstrably false claim, or floats a poisonous lie, and it is too consequential to ignore. We feel we have to tell you about it, even at the risk of amplifying his deceptions. In those special cases, we will adopt a newswriting formula that has been called the “truth sandwich.” It is a more careful way of reporting newsworthy falsehoods. First you state what is true. Then you report the false statement. Then you repeat what is true. Like so:

In January and February, President Trump minimized the danger of the coronavirus. “We have it totally under control,” he said on Jan. 22. But two days ago he tried to erase that fact and escape accountability for his prior statements. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” he said. If we judge by his public statements this is an outright lie. On Feb. 27, at a White House meeting he said: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

Refusing to go with live coverage. Suspending normal relations with his White House. Always asking: is this something we should amplify? A focus on what he’s doing, not on what he’s saying. The truth sandwich when we feel we have to highlight his false claims. This is what you can expect now that our coverage has been switched to an emergency setting.

One more thing. Because we don’t know that we have done this right, and because your confidence in us describes the limits of what we can achieve as journalists, we will be hiring immediately a public editor who is empowered to field complaints, decide if something went wrong, find out how it happened, and report back.

Early in President Trump’s term, Marty Baron, the editor of the Washington Post, spoke these memorable words about the President’s “enemy of the people” rhetoric: “We’re not at war, we’re at work,” said Baron. This was a smart warning not to get caught up in bringing down a president.

Today we are recognizing that our journalism must shift, not to a “war” but to an emergency footing. (Donald Trump, meanwhile, is calling himself a “wartime president.”) We feel we cannot keep telling wild and “newsy” stories about the unreliable narrator who somehow became president. Not with millions of lives at stake. We have to exit from that system to keep faith with you, and with the reason we became journalists in the first place.


We know all of this about T - but the jig is up. We won’t be needing your ‘services’ any more Mr. President. It has been a half-baked response effort since the late start beginning and which you said was worth a ‘10.’

Get him off the national stage…he is beyond dangerous.

Used to Meeting Challenges With Bluster and Force, Trump Confronts a Crisis Unlike Any Before - The New York Times

Mr. Trump is no stranger to crisis. He has spent a lifetime grappling with bankruptcy, fending off creditors, evading tax collectors, defending lawsuits, deflecting regulators, spinning reporters and dueling with estranged wives, usually coming out ahead, at least as he defines it. But these were crises of his own creation involving human adversaries he knew how to confront. Nothing in his background in business, entertainment or multiple marriages prepared him for the coronavirus pandemic now threatening America’s health and wealth.

Mr. Trump’s performance on the national stage in recent weeks has put on display the traits that Democrats and some Republicans consider so jarring — the profound need for personal praise, the propensity to blame others, the lack of human empathy, the penchant for rewriting history, the disregard for expertise, the distortion of facts, the impatience with scrutiny or criticism. For years, skeptics expressed concern about how he would handle a genuine crisis threatening the nation, and now they know.


We’re about two and half weeks away from the projected peak of the pandemic in the US and the President is tweeting about his ratings? :thinking:


Kismet…posted similarly too.



He’s such a monster. It’s unreal.

split this topic #359

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(David Bythewood) #360

FFS. He is claiming this while saying we should therefore be friend with Russia, but by that logic we’ve been enemies with Russia FAR longer and more recently than Germany!

Trump suggests US should treat Germany as an enemy because of World War II