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#161

Ummmm…not cool.


#162

This video has just surfaced recently, and another obvious lie that T has never had anything to do with Russia. You wonder if the Russians are amping things up on him.

It gets a WTF for sure…


(Renee) #163

Wishful spinning…sheesh! the king has no clothes and everyone knows it!


#164

T getting ready for his physical tomorrow…With his pal, Dr. Ronny Jackson, he should be fine. (With those ‘genes…’ wow!)


#165

He passed and Dr Ronny Jackson was not his doc…osteopath Dr Sean Conley said he is good for 2 years. Forecasting is hard to do.


#166

Another one of Trump’s hollow boasts exposed. The sad thing is that his base will never pick up this part of the story, and knowing them, they will get it in their heads that Trump actually won a Nobel prize. :-1:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last autumn after receiving a request from the U.S. government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report follows Trump’s claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea.

The Japanese leader had given him “the most beautiful copy” of a five-page nomination letter, Trump said at a White House news conference.


#167

Trump is loud and clear on this point. He is pushing for state control of the press – just like in Russia, China, and North Korea. :zipper_mouth_face:

His tweet:

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!

This from a person who hurls insults on a near daily basis.

The Guardian’s reporting including some choice responses:

Donald Trump has savaged Saturday Night Live as a “total Republican hit job” while calling for “retribution” and an investigation of the show after another unflattering portrayal of the president by Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump with blonde wig, characteristic pout and exaggerated imitation of the president’s speech-making style, for the show’s cold open on Saturday. This time the sketch parodied the president’s press conference in which he announced a national emergency over his plans to build a border wall with Mexico.

“We need wall. We have a tremendous amount of drugs coming in through the southern border, or the ‘brown line’ as many people have asked me not to call it,” said Baldwin.

“You all see why I gotta fake this emergency, right? I have to because I want to. It’s really simple. We have a problem. Drugs are coming into this country through no wall.

“Wall works, wall makes safe. You don’t have to be smart to understand that – in fact it’s even easier to understand if you’re not that smart.”…

Trump’s talk of “retribution” drew criticism, with lawmakers and journalists suggesting the threats violated core democratic principles. The Democrat Congressman Ted Lieu tweeted: “One thing that makes America great is that people can laugh at you without retribution.”

Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, said that while such language had become commonplace “it’s worth remembering that no other president in decades publicly threatened ‘retribution’ against a television network because it satirized him”.

What’s next? Will the President demand censorship of political cartoons that feature unflattering caricatures of him?

Here’s the sketch in case you haven’t caught it yet. Hilarious and spot on.


#168

More unhinged twitter rantings…this time after Rep Adam Schiff, newly head of House Intelligence said collusion “in plain sight” today.

Trump Circulates Limbaugh Quote Calling for Mueller Investigators to ‘Be in Jail’

President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to apparently circulate a call for the jailing of those who investigate him, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “‘These guys, the investigators, ought to be in jail. What they have done, working with the Obama intelligence agencies, is simply unprecedented,’” Trump wrote, quoting conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh. “‘This is one of the greatest political hoaxes ever perpetrated on the people of this Country, and Mueller is a coverup.’” He later added, in his own words, that “The Mueller investigation is totally conflicted, illegal and rigged! Should never have been allowed to begin, except for the Collusion and many crimes committed by the Democrats. Witch Hunt!”

The president’s tweets came hours after House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday that there’s “evidence in plain sight” that Trump colluded with Russia.All of this is evidence of collusion, and you either have to look the other way to say it isn’t or you have to have a different word for it, because it is a corrupt dealing with a foreign adversary during a campaign,” Schiff told CNN’s Dana Bash.


What The Fuck Happened Over The Weekend?
(Renee) #169

I believe his exam included a colonoscopy, where intitially alarmed that there was something (polyp?, malignancy?) found but was later reported it was only Hannity…


#170

I’ve already lost too many brain cells exploring T’s personality, his impetuous nature and what drives him (His need for adulation #SeeNarcissism, Power and Money)

In case you need to see more, there’s an A & E Documentary 3 part series on The Trump Dynasty.

New York, NY—January 14, 2019– A&E Network will premiere the six-hour documentary series “Biography: The Trump Dynasty” drawing from first-hand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage that examine the life and heritage of the 45th President of the United States. As part of the network’s award-winning Biography series, the documentary spans three generations of the Trump family saga and offers an in-depth exploration of the influences that shaped Donald Trump’s personality, celebrity, and ambition in business and politics. Biography: The Trump Dynasty” premieres Monday, February 25 at 9PM ET/PT and airs over three consecutive nights.

“The Biography brand has always strived to document and explore the lives and stories of our nation’s modern presidential leaders in order to better understand our country’s past, present and future,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network. “‘Biography: The Trump Dynasty’ is a timely and compelling examination of the people, events, and experiences that have shaped our current president, and in turn, this unique moment in recent American history.”

From the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s to the origins of a New York real-estate empire, the documentary provides an all-encompassing view of the Trump family that has rarely been seen. The series delves into Donald Trump’s childhood in Queens, his risky move into the world of Manhattan real estate and the creation of a landmark residential skyscraper on Fifth Avenue, his notoriety as a best-selling author and reality television star, and the lead up to his 2016 presidential campaign.

https://www.aetv.com/news/ae-network-to-premiere-documentary-series-biography-the-trump-dynasty-exploring-the-familys-rise-to-power-on-feb-25


#171

The President can give anyone top secret security clearance, so why did he lie? Why does he lie at all?

President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said.

Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.

The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A. — and how Mr. McGahn had recommended that he not be given a top-secret clearance.

The disclosure of the memos contradicts statements made by the president, who told The New York Times in January in an Oval Office interview that he had no role in his son-in-law receiving his clearance.


#172

Confounding…this power play, and not kosher move on T’s part.

But the clearance had been held up in part over questions from the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. about his foreign and business contacts, including those related to Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the events.

Must be that Jared’s (and T’s) success depends on giving away the store…
and perhaps T lied so as not to admit to something publicly that Kelly, McGahn, FBI, CIA had said no to. Unreal.


#173

Here he is…in one speech and with one mission to be polarizing, and he’s coming up with 10 different personalities. Read this WaPo piece

He lambasted and lampooned his rivals. He exaggerated and ballyhooed his record. He riddled his remarks with contradictions, shoddy statistics and falsehoods. And he embroidered it all with a fake Southern accent, curse words and bouts of extravagant pantomime.

For two hours and five minutes last weekend, President Trump dazzled his supporters and appalled his critics with a mind-spinning, free-associating performance that neatly encapsulated his singular standing as a polarizing cultural figure.

Even for a politician who never seems to stop talking, the tour-de-force performance at the Conservative Political Action Conference — the longest speech of Trump’s presidency — stands apart as a road map to understanding the 45th president’s id. It also offers a preview of the cacophonous 2020 campaign to come.

The Entertainer
I’m in love, and you’re in love. We’re all in love together.

The Fighter
Every day, my presidency will defend American families.

The Victim
I spent my New Year’s all by myself.

The Bully
Robert Mueller never received a vote.

The Expert
Not like $200 million. That’s a lot. This is 200 with a B:billion. Two hundred billion.

The Auditor
Think of this: We spent $7 trillion in the Middle East and we can’t land with the lights on. Twenty years later.

The Braggart
What we’ve done together has never been done in the history — maybe of beyond our country, maybe in the history of the world.

The Fabulist
We had a rally at the airport where 55,000 people showed up to the airport.

The Rebel
But I care. And people care. People care.

The Pundit
Those red hats — and white ones. The key isn’t the color. The key is what it says.


(Renee) #174

I thought it was well done. Part three was really revealing of actions he has taken in the past that are in question today such as claiming a net worth in Forbes that was actually his fathers. He has a crediblity gap (in many areas) but he really needs to explain how he went from a $4B dollar bankrupt state in the mid 90s and then viola - buy golf courses with cash in 2006…Cash? really? Maybe this will be the what finally turns his bas against him if what was shown in books and this documentary are further revealed through Congressional investigations that hopefully include more on his adult childrens misdeeds as well.


#175

President Trump has just a 6 percent win rate defending his administration’s polices in court, two thirds of these cases violate to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and in at least 12 cases lost due to the Presidents own erroneous twitter comments that undermine his policies. The average “win rate” for such cases is usually 70 percent.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-real-reason-president-trump-is-constantly-losing-in-court/2019/03/19/f5ffb056-33a8-11e9-af5b-b51b7ff322e9_story.html?utm_term=.5f7c47772453

“What they have consistently been doing is short-circuiting the process,” said Georgetown Law School’s William W. Buzbee, an expert on administrative law who has studied Trump’s record. In the regulatory cases, Buzbee said, “they don’t even come close” to explaining their actions, “making it very easy for the courts to reject them because they’re not doing their homework.”

Two-thirds of the cases accuse the Trump administration of violating the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), a nearly 73-year-old law that forms the primary bulwark against arbitrary rule. The normal “win rate” for the government in such cases is about 70 percent, according to analysts and studies. But as of mid-January, a database maintained by the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law shows Trump’s win rate at about 6 percent.

(…)

Contributing to the losing record has been Trump himself. His reported comments about “shithole countries,” for example, helped convince U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen in San Francisco that the administration’s decision to end “temporary protected status” for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Central America, Haiti and Sudan was motivated by racial and ethnic bias.

At least a dozen decisions have involved Trump’s tweets or comments.


#176

Trump lie #eight thousand and something:


The truth:

And here’s a more legible version of the letter as posted by the WaPo.


#177

Another Surprise…NOT!

NEWS

Trump is the world’s worst cheat at golf, players and celebs say

By Gavin Newsham

March 30, 2019 | 8:40am

Donald Trump plays at his International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 2012.Getty Images

Sixteen of the last 19 US presidents have played golf — and now, in Donald John Trump, the nation can finally boast the very best of them all.

Well, that’s what he’d like you to believe.

“To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,’” writes Rick Reilly in the new book “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump” (Hachette Book Group), out Tuesday. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”

Reilly, a former Sports Illustrated columnist who has played with Trump in the past, spoke to dozens of players — both amateur and professional — to recount some of the president’s worst cons on the course, starting with his declared handicap of 2.8.

In layman’s terms, the lower the handicap, the better the player. Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major golf titles and generally considered the greatest golfer in the history of the game, has a handicap of 3.4.

Nicklaus’ handicap is listed on the same Golf Handicap and Information Network website used by Trump, where players post their scores.

President Trump with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.Twitter

“If Trump is a 2.8,” writes Reilly, “Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter.”

Shortly after he became president, Trump played with Tiger Woods, the current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and the veteran PGA Tour pro Brad Faxon. Given the quality and profile of his companions, you might have thought Trump would have been on his best behavior. Not so.

On one hole, Trump dunked a shot into the lake, but as his opponents weren’t looking he simply dropped another ball — and then hit that into the water, too.

“So he drives up and drops where he should’ve dropped the first time and hits it on the green,” recalls Faxon.

The actor Samuel L. Jackson has also witnessed the underhanded methods Trump employs, according to Reilly.

We clearly saw him hook a ball into a lake at Trump National [Bedminster, New Jersey],” he says, “and his caddy told him he found it!”


(M A Croft) #178

Are we surprised?
As the saying goes - “Different strokes for different folks.”
And some strokes are just not worth counting.
If you can overvalue a property by several hundred percent when applying for a loan, you sure as hell can undercount a few miss hits on the golf course.
/sarc


#179

T will always do the counter punch first…that’s in his DNA…always hit out. Obviously, this preoccupation has left us without a focused leader.

Lots of wo/man hours spent on writing about his idiocy. WTF

During a Republican retreat at Camp David last year, President Trump seemed particularly enthralled as Gary Cohn, then his chief economic adviser, delivered a briefing on infrastructure. The president impressed the assembled lawmakers with his apparent interest in the presentation, nodding along and scribbling furious notes.

But Trump’s notes “had nothing to do with infrastructure,” journalists Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer write in their new book, “The Hill to Die On.”

Instead, Trump had scrawled “Sloppy Steve” atop his index card, followed by “copious notes” criticizing Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist whom he had fired several months earlier.

“As Cohn had detailed his plans to rebuild America’s roads, the president was writing down how he wanted to trash Steve Bannon the next time someone asked him about it,” the authors write, in one of buzzy scenes that pepper the book.


(M A Croft) #180

I’m viewing the tragic ongoing shock and awe from a safe distance, but still it pains. I wonder, sometimes, just how you all there must bear it.
I’m going to refer to this article in Vox which describes two of the most recent out bursts from your president.

President Donald Trump made two remarkably authoritarian comments on Friday, first urging Congress to “get rid of judges” — specifically, immigration judges — and later demeaning the entire media as the “ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

But in a sign of how normalized the behavior of this president has become, neither remark amounted to much more than a blip on the news radar.

Trump made his comment about immigration judges during a question-and-answer session with reporters before departing the White House for a photo opportunity along the southern border in California.

“Congress has to act,” Trump said. “They have to get rid of catch and release, chain migration, visa lottery, they have to get rid of the whole asylum system because it doesn’t work, and frankly, we should get rid of judges. You can’t have a court case every time somebody steps foot on our ground.”
Trump’s comments marked the second time this week he has urged Congress “to get rid of judges” — a proposal that, thankfully, for those of us who value checks and balances, has little chance of gaining traction now that Democrats control the House.

The president, however, is not even trying to hide the fact he’d like to have the power to summarily deport migrants and asylum seekers, and has already demonstrated a willingness to try and seize emergency powers toward that end.

Later, while Air Force One was on its way to California, Trump posted a tweet in which he characterized the entire “press” as “truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”…

…The president says a lot of ugly stuff, and much of it can safely be tuned out. Still, Trump’s comments on Friday highlight how unprecedented the current state of affairs is for our country. The president aspires to being an authoritarian ruler and isn’t really trying to hide it.

Regardless of whether you take Trump’s comments literally or merely seriously, they are disturbing. Judges are a vital part of the rule of law, and the free press is important in any democracy. Those values were mostly taken for granted in this country, but should not be any longer.

my bold

But as depressing and alarming as these two utterances are, they merely represent the tip of a veritable mountain of hateful speech.

When complaining about the Flores legal settlement that governs treatment of migrant children and families, he blamed “Judge Flores, whoever you may be”. But the settlement is actually named after Jenny Flores, a 15-year-old girl from El Salvador whose 1985 detention by [US immigration] enforcement (then known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service) was the subject of a class-action lawsuit. Flores was being held in a facility with adult men and women, and was regularly strip-searched. Human rights attorneys sued on her and other minors’ behalf.

His ignorance and complete lack of empathy make this sort of statement horrific in the extreme.

If he really wanted to ease the current pressure of migrants seeking asylum, then he should be looking at helping to address, in a humanitarian way, the causes that lead people to leave their homeland, and their loved ones, in search of safety elsewhere. His current response, of cutting aid programmes, will merely exacerbate the problem he rails about.