Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe Follow @OurVoicesEcho
Trump made 663 promises on the campaign trail and broke 80 of those promises in the first 100 days. Trump backed down on ALL of his ‘big’ campaign promises and made 1,600 false statements in the first 10 months of his presidency. On October 22, 2018 he traveled to Houston to hold a rally for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and said 83 untrue things in a single day, and for the month of October 2018 he said 1,104 things which were totally, partially untrue or entirely false which was more than double his next most prodigious month, September (2018). Trump has averaged 30 false or misleading claims a day in the last seven weeks and as of Nov. 2, 2018; Trump has been caught in 6,420 false and misleading claims and out and out lies in his 649th day of presidency.
A Special Prosecutor is looking into his finances and those of his friends and family. His best advisors have left his cabinet; the House and Senate are refusing to work with him. Trump hates the U.S. Constitution he swore an oath to uphold, protect and defend. The moment he took the Oath of Office and swore to uphold the Constitution he has been in direct and willful violation of the clauses by repeatedly disregarding the 1st, 7th, 9th, and 14th Amendment protections. Trump is in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause from which the Constitution bars federal officials from receiving payments from foreign officials, something Trump has been accused of breaching since before he even took office. He’s also in violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause prohibiting a sitting president from accepting compensation beyond that of his salary. Encouraged Law Enforcement to violate the Constitutional Rights of suspects under their control and has undermined the Federal Judiciary by making multiple comments criticizing judges, particularly over their halting of his multiple exclusionary executive orders; obstructing justice in his ousting of Comey while playing an increasing role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations as well as the unconstitutional and clear violation of the separation of church and state with his 2018 budget deal which sends taxpayer money to churches and other houses of worship.
Trump gave 62% tax cuts to the top 1% of income earners (wealthy and corporations) and dry thin gruel for working-class families. Repealed the health law’s individual mandates; is attempting to dismantle environmental protection by reversing at least 60 environmental rules propping up the dirty coal industry “drilling our way to prosperity” without regard for the consequences of killing wildlife, polluting our skies, water and farmlands, and has imposed a 30% tariff on solar panels virtually handicapping the solar industry causing the loss of 23,000 jobs, crippling the economics of renewable energy.
He has insulted just about everyone except wealthy White men. He’s spit on a hero, a 4 star family, Vets, Blacks, Mexicans, 1st Nation Indigenous Native Americans and our own citizens in PR. He as spit on our allies and the agreements we have. He has no tact or diplomacy. He has hypocritically played more golf than Obama did in 8 years spent more money than Obama did in 2 terms and has given our tax money to his family of grifters and billionaires. He has appointed family to high positions, met in person without any others available with an enemy not once but twice and one of them was in the Oval Office. He lies on a daily basis and has done everything he can to harm our government. He has placed his cronies in position of power over our education, health environmental and energy departments. None of them seem to be doing very good at their jobs and several have resigned over scandals. He claims a good economy but it really is about to fall due to his tariffs and tax cuts. The last Republican President gave us the Great Recession and 45 will do the same. He is on top of all things a Racist and self-admitted sexual predator and abuser. He has paid porn stars for sex, silence and openly admits he grabs women by the pussy, labeling them dogs. He opening calls for violence and uses Nazi dog whistle tactics to his rabid fans. He is a horrible human who cares for no one but himself. I assure you, were it be the rest of the US (us) or him he would chose himself.
Trump endeavors to undermine the credibility of the courts and intelligence agencies; the media has repeatedly exposed his double-dealing hypocrisy. He has used his office (and Twitter) to target individuals including international leaders. Unceasingly encourages a climate of division and prejudice by attacking the very idea of truth in a daily torrent of despicable lies, and his misogynic demeaning, bullying, intimidating, slut-shaming sexist slurs and derogatory pet names for women and other marginalized groups are thoroughly disgusting. Trumps acts solely out of spite, caprice, and political opportunism, lashing out at U.S. allies like Germany’s Angela Merkel and England’s Theresa May only to embrace authoritarian rulers like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Trump’s an intellectually shallow and mentally incompetent leader who lacks any kind of moral conscience; an unapologetic promoter of racial bigotry and misogyny; a personality with embarrassing emotional immaturity, consistently immoral, immorality, hateful divisiveness and alarming instability which threatens disorder in the nation; He’s a leader whose disrespect for the rule of law and our political system of checks and balances can best be described as narcissistic with a pervasive authoritarian paranoia disorder. Trump is a very dangerous threat to democracy and national security.
Trump came in promising to “drain the swamp,” however his lack of political experience has allowed the swamp to thrive. Lobbyists, special interest groups and even foreign nations have been able to find ways into the administration. Trump’s campaign promise to eliminate the federal deficit by wiping out the nearly $20 trillion worth of national debt, instead he signed a government funding bill into law increasing the federal deficit an additional $1.3 trillion.
Trump’s a “weaponized autist” who is clearly dysfunctional in every way. So far the only thing Trump’s been somewhat successful at accomplishing is “Making America HATE Again”. Trump is an embarrassing failure characterized by humiliating legislative defeats, unprecedented scandal, and a remarkable amount of loud-mouth ranting in support of White Supremacists.
~ Kristeen T. Hernandez
What is it about a flamboyant millionaire that appeals to poor White conservatives? Why do they believe a Trump presidency would amplify their voices? America’s historical relationship between the wealthiest class and the army of poor Whites who have loyally supported them was because the wealthy elite offered poor Whites the earliest version of the American Dream: if they worked hard enough, they could achieve prosperity, success, and upward social mobility, if not for themselves, then perhaps for future generations. However enslaved Blacks were an asset to the wealthy, but freed Blacks were portrayed as a danger to all. By creating this common enemy among rich and poor alike, the wealthy elite sent a clear message: fight with us and you’ll remain safe, but if poor and working class Whites who chant, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” believe they have little in common with these “enemies,” they are mistaken. We are all sides of the same coin, a coin which has been held in the pocket of the elite class since the first settlers arrived in the American colonies.
In his eyes, Trump is a self-made entrepreneur who refuses to acknowledge the millions of dollars of family, public, and private assistance which helped him realize his gilt mirrored glass, and pink marble American dream.
The Donald sells himself as a scrappy, self-made man whose vision, tenacity, and business savvy alone have made him one of the world’s most famous billionaires, but Trump is not self-made by any measure. A poster boy for generations of socioeconomic privilege, Trump joined the New York Military Academy at age thirteen, then studied at Fordham University before transferring to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During the Vietnam War, Trump was granted five draft deferments the first four for education, and the last for medical reasons. In 1968, he joined his father’s real estate business, then conservatively valued at $40 million. Donald took over The Trump Organization in 1974 and restyled the company in his image, with his special blend of ego, flamboyance, and rabid ambition. He steered clear of the steerage class and catered exclusively to the rich by buying or building luxury residential properties, office buildings, hotels, casinos, golf courses, and resorts. Capital from his father’s company wasn’t Trump’s only empire-building head start. He depended on both government and private assistance, too, including tax abatements, financial support from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), investors, and, during the company’s 1990 massive financial troubles, a bailout pact involving 70 banks.
By constantly emphasizing existential threat, Trump is creating a psychological condition making conservative brains respond positively rather than negatively to bigoted statements and divisive rhetoric.
Science has shown the conservative brain has an exaggerated fear response when faced with stimuli they perceive as threatening. A 2008 study in the journal Science found conservatives have a stronger physiological reaction to startling noises and graphic images compared to liberals. A brain-imaging study published in Current Biology revealed those who lean right politically tend to have a larger amygdala which is a structure that is electrically active during states of fear and anxiety. And a 2014 fMRI study found it’s possible to predict whether someone is a liberal or conservative simply by looking at their brain activity while they view threatening images. Specifically, the brains of self-identified conservatives generated more activity overall in response to the disturbing images.
These brain responses are automatic and not influenced by logic or reason. As long as Trump continues to portray Muslims and Hispanic immigrants as imminent threats, many conservative brains involuntarily light up like light bulbs being controlled by a switch. Fear keeps his followers energized and focused on safety. And when someone thinks they’ve found your protector, they become less concerned with offensive and divisive remarks.
SNAPPY COMBACKS BEGINNING
1. Trump has many serious flaws, including incorrigible dishonesty, rampant narcissism; contempt for women and a fashion sense that makes him think that ridiculous hairstyle of his is flattering. But nothing compares to his most prominent, crippling and incurable defect: He’s dimmer than a 5-watt bulb. He relies on a vocabulary the size of a second-grader’s; his tweets are studded with misspellings, random capitalizations and mystifying quotation marks. He flagrantly contradicts his tweets making himself look ridiculous. When he holds forth on policy issues, it’s excruciatingly apparent he has no idea what he’s talking about. Trump tries to conceal his intellectual deficiency by insisting how smart he is. “I went to an Ivy League college” “I’m a very intelligent person.” He has to make such affirmations because all the evidence indicates his cranium contains an airless void. Even the late William T. Kelley, who taught Trump at the University of Pennsylvania, said, “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had.”
2. “SO AND SO DEMOCRAT DID IT” …. “Well if you didn’t like it because someone else did it, why would it be acceptable now?
3. The “But Obama! But Hilary!” tactic is juvenile and a lame attempt to distract from discussing the current administrations corruption.
4. When anyone says something about Trump his supporters always start with “Well Obama”, you all sound like little kids, when one does something wrong and gets in trouble, then tried to bring up something the other did. Sheezzz, petty and childish.
5. How sad it must be believing scientists, scholars, historians, economists and journalists who have devoted their lives deceiving you. While a reality TV star with decades of fraud and exhaustively documented lying is your beacon of truth.
6. I cannot respect the person who holds the office if that person does not respect the office he holds.
7. One’s respect for Trump is proportional to the respect for the office Trump holds.
8. When Obama was president, Trump tweeted 1.9% economic growth meant “The economy is in deep trouble.” And yet 10-30-19 he’s tweeting “The Greatest Economy in American History!” Fed Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced the Fed’s third interest rate cut this year, guarding a slowing global economy due to repercussions from Trump’s trade war with China.
9. Trump delivering only a fraction of the 6% economic growth he promised. The gross domestic product grew by less than 2% i.e. 1.9% for the second quarter in a year. Trump’s growth rate in 2019 has averaged 2.33%, which is lower than Obama’s 2.37% average. Trump inherited a strong economy, the same way he’s obtained everything else in his life, and he’s squandering it.
10. I understand you’re a fundamentally unhappy person whose subtle indoctrination into a cult is explainable by virtue of your juvenile anxiety socially awkward confusion, and pathological inability to assimilate into normative human culture.
11. Trump is the return of the ugly face of fascism representing the universal corporate rule, the biggest threat to democracy and the idea of justice.
12. In 2000 Donald Trump told Fortune Magazine “It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it.” Do you honestly think he’s in the White House acting as a public servant?
13. Totally agree Trump 20/20. Twenty for treason. Twenty for ethics. Twenty for collusion. Twenty for lying to FBI. Twenty for money laundering. Yes, Trump 20/20/Twenty/Twenty/Twenty consecutively, with no chance of parole.
14. Trump 20/20 interview broadcast on site at the federal prison where Donald is incarcerated for treason and multiple other felonious acts against the U.S. and its citizens
15. Trump 2020 – Twenty for treason. Twenty for lying to FBI. Served consecutively, with no chance of parole.
16. Trump 2020 – 20 years for Obstruction and 20 years for Treason!
17. Republicans like to say “we’re respected in the world again”. It’s one of the many hallucinatory fantasies you adopted to belong to their deluded alternative universe. Over here in the real world, a survey of 37 nations confidence in the US. President fell dramatically from Obama 64% to Trump 22%.
18. You’re claiming Trump is just making jokes. Only the trouble is, humanity is NOT a joke. Humanity is NOT something we should make a mockery of, yet Trump does this to People of Color every day with his flippant, irresponsible schemes to deter actual human beings in dire need of care and refuge.
19. Trump promised to eliminate the deficit in 8 years. A new report, (Oct. 2019) shows he’s in under three years he’s increased it 68%.
20. 10-25-19 The Treasury Dept announced the budget deficit hit $984 billion in 2019, DOUBLING the deficit of 2015. Trump promised to eliminate the deficit in 8 years, instead he’s increased it 68% in under three years.
21. AVOIDANCE DEFLECTION… Your idealization involves creating an ideal impression of Trump by emphasizing what you’ve been deluded into believing are positive qualities while neglecting those which are negative. Idealization adjusted the way in which you perceive the world around you and led you to make judgements supporting your idealized concepts.
22. Have you received your trickle-down check yet?
23. Trump and his supporters certainly have never encountered the religious concept of grace. Why do Trump’s supporters tolerate his lies? Why do they blindly follow him even when what he says doesn’t mildly reflect reality? It’s because when confronted with contrary information, ideologically motivated supporters simply dig in further. Present them with a falsehood from their man and they ‘might’ acknowledge he was wrong or he lied but it doesn’t have much if any effect on their support for him because they can’t abandon Trump without indicting themselves. The more they’ve defended him the more stakes they have in his survival and fear their own naive unsophistication will be exposed…. (After their response: LOL further cementing my original response to you.)
24. Donald Trump, the avatar of contemporary racism.
25. Omarosa was working for the United States government, not a private entity under Trump’s control. Under those circumstances, an NDA would be unenforceable. All staff for all administrations, including Trump’s, are bound by the laws and rules prescribing the release of material under the rubric of national security. Courts have refused to restrict federal employees’ First Amendment rights about their time in government service. —- “I am going to expose the corruption that went on in the campaign and in the White House,” Omarosa said. “I’m going to continue to blow the whistle on all of this.” – But if Omarosa hadn’t been fired she would have kept quiet about Trump’s racism until she had a book to promote. Omarosa’s a racial sellout and a two-bit ego driven hustling opportunist fully complicit in Trump’s duplicity.
26. You elected a billionaire who is appointing other billionaires to fix the system that made them billionaires.
27. Tax cuts for rich people will not grow your wages.
28. The Treasury Department announced the federal government plans to borrow $329 billion in the current July-September quarter which is the highest third-quarter figure in eight years, as the government faces rising borrowing needs due to higher budget deficits. The projected borrowing is 74% higher than the $189 billion borrowed in the same quarter a year ago and would mark the largest July-September amount since 2010.
29. Did Trump really usher in the new wave of political trolling, or is he just an early-warning system, a canary, tweeting madly by flashing his orange plumage?
30. Voting for Donald Trump says more about you than it says about him. It was a character test, and you failed.
31. I thought with the election over the Year of the Political Troll had ended.
32. A documented study sharpens our understanding of the highly verbal parasites known as internet trolls. These micro-predators actively hunt for hosts in the manner of traditional predators. They’re quite similar to plasmodium falciparum, a single-celled microorganism protozoan. Mentally smaller these sycophants are characterized by extremely limited cerebral function as the capillaries carrying blood to their brain is blocked.
33. Something you obviously lack based on your comment.
34. Psalms 109:8-9 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
35. You’re more offended by my words than the actions of those oppressing you.
36. Please rise above your current level of sciolism
37. I tend to feel sorry for people who struggle with inadequate linguistic evolution
38. I see you’ve been schooled by the cult of ignorance, thoughtless commentary and anti-intellectualism.
39. Trump seldom means what he says; he’s just reaching for an applause line.
40. Everyone says they want to discover the *Truth*, right up until they realize the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. Discovering a Truth will turn your view of self and life upside-down. For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging to old ways, this will be extremely challenging.
41. If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values, because you don’t.
42. Evangelical Christians are in love with power, and they will sell their souls to get it or to keep it. The teachings of Jesus are used to gain or keep power, and are cast aside whenever they become inconvenient.
43. Trump is far beyond prayers! You should be praying for forgiveness for all of his vile acts and his immoral soul!
44. The Religious right isn’t religious or right!
45. Cease being a one-dimensional insufferable peon and evangelical crusader of sub-mediocrity
46. So of the thousands of religions which exist, the only one you were exposed to as a child is the “Only True Religion”? Wow what an amazing coincidence!
47. Religious fanaticism comes not from deep faith, but from a lack of it.
48. The only problem with people is a level of their unconsciousness. And it is not their fault that they were not given either consciousness or the willingness to raise it.
49. Judging by the old saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” you’re hitting 100 percent.
50. Here’s the thing: You have only to look around and allow yourself to truly see what’s going on in order to understand that millions of lives are at risk, including your own and your families.
51. How cozy is the rock you live under?
52. HILLARY… Funny how the “lock her up” crowd is suddenly so concerned with attorney-client privilege, due process etc.
53. The attorney-client privilege protects most communications between clients and their lawyers. But, according to the crime-fraud exception to the privilege, a client’s communication to his/her attorney isn’t privileged if they made it with the intention of committing or covering up a crime or fraud. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/the-crime-fraud-exception-the-attorney-client-privilege.html
54. Trump and his supporters whining about the client attorney confidentiality issue….
55. Department of Justice and code section 9-13.420, which is titled, “Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys” and states:
56. For purposes of this policy only, “subject” includes an attorney who is a “suspect, subject or target,” or an attorney who is related by blood or marriage to a suspect, or who is believed to be in possession of contraband or the fruits or instrumentalities of a crime. This policy also applies to searches of business organizations where such searches involve materials in the possession of individuals serving in the capacity of legal advisor to the organization. Search warrants for “documentary materials” held by an attorney who is a “disinterested third party” (that is, any attorney who is not a subject) are governed by 28 C.F.R. 59.4 and USAM 9-19.221 et seq. See also 42 U.S.C. Section 2000aa-11(a)(3).
57. If you’re this angry in the presidential victory, you must really need a hug.
58. I don’t have a problem with ignorance, only if you don’t utilize the resources readily available to you, such as the internet. Look up things in order to inform yourself, and if you still stand by whatever your “belief” is, then, at least sound intelligent when arguing for it.
59. Your comment marks a decidedly primitive stage of reflection.
60. That’s because you see what fits your narrative, what makes you feel comfortable.
61. It appears you’ve never been known to use any words which might send a reader to the dictionary.
62. I see you interpret “free speech” as name-calling and verbal abuse
63. You interpret expressing your “free speech” opinions publicly by name-calling and verbal abuse
64. There will always be haters; there will always be doubters; there will always be non-believers, and then there is you proving ignorance is bliss
65. Personally attacking a person due to an opinion isn’t exercising your right to freedom of speech, it’s expressing your inability to debate on an intelligent level.
66. Something you obviously lack based on your comment.
67. I’m glad to see you’re not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance
68. Aww, it’s so cute when you try to talk about things you don’t understand
69. Stop confusing truth with hate
70. You do realize being so easily offended is a form of narcissism, right?
71. You’re obviously a mindless malfunctioning philosopher who could use a sugar fix.
72. If you still believe what you’ve been taught is true without researching it; it’s proof your brainwashing was a success.
73. Mental slavery is the worst form of slavery. It gives you the illusion of freedom, makes you trust, love and defend your oppressor while making an enemy of those who are trying to free you and open your eyes.
74. Refusing to look at critical information just because it makes you feel uncomfortable or scared is willfully choosing to remain in a state of ignorance, and therefore to remain un-conscious.
75. Fooling somebody is easy; convincing them they have been fooled is much harder.
76. It’s easier to convince people through evidence and research, and yet so many refuse to read the documentation.
77. Conforming to society’s demands without question makes you dangerously ignorant.
78. I confess I’m ignorant as to why people who can read and are capable of learning are disinclined to reject information from reputable sources.
79. Lol… I see you’re proudly and willfully ignorant!
80. I don’t want you to think like me, I just want you to think.
81. It’s hard to grasp your train of thought with the continual run-on sentences and lack of pauses delineated without punctuation.
82. Which of the 450 White Right-Wing Extremists White Supremacist groups and 917 organized hate groups in the United States do you belong?
83. I’m sorry sweetie. In order for you to insult me I would first have to value your opinion. Nice try though
84. You’re always entitled to your incorrect opinion
85. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong
86. Try being informed instead of just being opinionated.
87. Has anyone ever told you how painfully mediocre you are?
88. I understand your derogatory remarks are just knee-jerk responses to feeling frustration.
89. Stop pretending stupid before I just accept you are.
90. Smart people read the body of work. Others regurgitate propaganda.
91. Your perception of what is true and good is very much influenced by the prism through which you’ve been taught to view the world.
92. I see you’ve been schooled by the cult of ignorance, thoughtless commentary and anti-intellectualism.
93. The well-placed insult is a key feature of a comic’s repertoire going back at least as far as Shakespeare – unfortunately yours falls in the category of a Comedy of Errors
94. If you wanted to insult me at least put some thought into it
95. Because the truth only hurts those who can’t think for themselves.
96. Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupid shit.
97. Trump is a man not confident in himself or his messages.
98. Trumps entire agenda has always been undoing any and EVERYTHING President Obama did.
99. It looks like you’re trying to defend Trump’s policies. Would you like me to turn on caps lock and disable spell check?
100. Overthrowing the nation begins by subduing the freeness of speech.
101. Trump’s government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition by increasingly repressive measures which are the source of terror to all citizens creating a country where everyone lives in fear.
102. Corporate tax rates were slashed PERMANENTLY from 35% to 21% BUT they’ve slapped an expiration date on the Middle-Class which have cuts for individuals which go away at the end of 2025. The double standard which gives handouts to corporations are etched in stone while relief for families goes away. So, you’d better save your little bit because after-tax income is going up 2% – 3.2%. because by 2027, more than 82% of the law’s benefits will go to the top 1% of earners in the country.
103. On the morning of his inauguration, Trump and his family attended a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The following Saturday at the National Cathedral. He attended the National Prayer Breakfast in early February. Trump went to Easter services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church in Florida. In nearly a year since his inauguration Trump has only been to church 4 times. There’s no public knowledge of any other church services he attended.
104. Please continue underestimating me so I can continue embarrassing you
105. What Christianity has done to Indigenous people on earth is one of the most-evil crimes ever committed.
106. Your Euro-Christian’s have killed our fathers and mothers, raped our sisters, stolen our land. You’ve killed and are continuing to kill almost all wildlife, then polluted our water looking for gold, shoved bibles down our throats and refused to consider us until June 2, 1924 when Congress granted us citizenship to OUR OWN LAND. Yet you claim to love nature despite what you’ve done to it.
107. You’ve been taught the standard world view, but understanding issues of colonization is important to thinking critically. If you don’t understand what colonization is, and where it came from, how can you decolonize your own mind?”
108. For those White people who want to take *their* country back, take a DNA test and a history lesson then buy a one-way ticket back to Europe!
109. So, when you became educated by the colonizer in the ways of the noble savage, did you ever once learn from the natives or just accept your approved education document from the oppressor?
110. Never forget, your government has the power it wields only because your ancestors supported criminal activity for personal comfort
111. LEGAL means “permitted by law”. Please explain and be specific, no conjecture, where saying Merry Christmas was ILLEGAL “forbidden by law, especially criminal law”
112. You believe your ancestors won the land by being the superior culture. 1st Nation Indigenous lived in balance with mother earth; father moon, brother coyote and sister bear. One of the best examples of how people got Native Americans all wrong is Cahokia, a massive Native American city located in modern day East St. Louis. In 1250, it was bigger than London, and featured a sophisticated society with an urban center, satellite villages and thatched-roof houses lining the central plazas. While the city was abandoned by the time White people got to it, the evidence they left behind suggests a complex economy with trade routes from the Great Lakes all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. Pilgrims couldn’t believe their luck when they found American forests just naturally contained “an ecological kaleidoscope of garden plots, blackberry rambles, pine barrens and spacious groves of chestnut, hickory and oak.”
113. If it wasn’t for slavery and genocide on People of Color, American’s would have never survived their own government for 525 years.
114. Trump’s a serial adulterer
115. So, you’re religions have murdered, raped, tortured, abused, coerced, pillaged, persecuted, sacrificed, harassed, rampaged, terrorized, swindled, exploited, endangered, threatened, corrupted, committed genocide and lied its way around the world to spread it’s messages, but I’m the one who’s going to hell for not believing in this bullshit???
116. Catering to the rich, taking healthcare away from the sick and elderly and screwing the poor are real Christian values lol
117. In the 8 years Obama was in office there was 7 protests, during trumps campaign and first year he has had over 20 ranging from a couple years of protesters to thousands
118. You are the victim of propaganda because people such as yourself are not intellectually competent enough to search for truth.
119. LEGAL means “permitted by law”. Please explain and be specific, no conjecture; when saying Merry Christmas was ILLEGAL “forbidden by law, especially criminal law” also please share the Code, Statute, Bill etc. so we too can reference it.
120. You’re equating Trump with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, ‘Hitler’ of the Middle East. Sounds about right, GOOD JOB!
121. Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal.
122. Per the Gallup Poll Barack Obama is ‘Most Admired Man’ for 10th year in a row and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman for the 22nd time, and for the 16th consecutive year.
123. Trump made 1,600 false statements in the first 10 months of his presidency.
124. A multitude of people despise Trump while others love him. When Hitler was in power many people loved him too. So how can you tell what kind of person you’re dealing with if Trump is supposed to be supremely good and the devil supremely bad?
125. Backing Roy Moore the republican pedophile of Alabama
126. The only decision the mentally challenged 45 is legitimately capable of making is how many Big Macs and KFC buckets to order.
127. Trump sees ‘both sides’ of White Supremacy but only one side of those he deems enemies
128. Trump’s an intellectually shallow and mentally incompetent leader who lacks any kind of moral conscience; an unapologetic promoter of racial bigotry and misogyny; a personality with embarrassing emotional immaturity, consistently incompetent, immorality, hateful divisiveness and alarming instability which threatens disorder in the nation; and a leader whose disrespect for the rule of law and our political system of checks and balances can best be described as narcissistic with a pervasive authoritarian paranoia disorder. Trump is a very dangerous threat to democracy and national security.
129. Your idolatrous support of Donald Trump and the Republican Party has shown itself unable and/or unwilling to hold Trump accountable and has, in fact, become a captured party by an aspiring autocrat who is telling the world he has the biggest nuclear button.
130. There is no room for religion in politics. Our forefathers were wise to separate church from state, too bad the GOP seems to think they can interject their moralistic BS on those of us who are NOT evangelicals.
131. White evangelical Christian’s have abandoned basic Christian values and have only themselves to blame for lack of empathy from the upcoming generation of voters. They are being used by extreme right wing groups for their own political purposes. Conservative Christian’s have become pawns in that old political adage “When all else fails give them religion”.
132. BOOK: “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff … You need to remember one basic thing about litigation; everything will come out during deposition, and discovery. Trump, his family, his businesses, his administration and campaign, etc. are all under the same legal obligations as the rest of us!
133. Trump tweeted “We want our flag respected and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!” LOL Trump didn’t sing all the words to the National Anthem during the game’s opening ceremony at the National Championship Game. And not only did he not sing all the words he fumbled the words he did sing, and didn’t even bother to pretend to mouthing the song, all the while standing there fidgeting and randomly tapping his chest out of time while weaving back and forth like a skid row drunk.
134. Newly elected Trump met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. During that meeting, one of the members mentioned to Trump welfare reform would be detrimental to her constituents— adding, “Not all of whom are Black.” Trump was incredulous. “Really? Then what are they?” Statistically speaking, they are White. Whites are the biggest beneficiaries when it comes to government safety-net programs like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, commonly referred to as welfare. White people without a college degree ages 18 to 64 are the largest class of adults lifted out of poverty by such programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The think tank’s 2017 report stated that 6.2 million working-age Whites were lifted above the poverty line in 2014 compared to 2.8 million Blacks and 2.4 million Hispanics. When it comes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP—the initiative formerly known as food stamps—the numbers look similar. Just over 40 percent of SNAP recipients are white. Another 25.7 percent are Black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American, according to a 2015 Department of Agriculture report.
135. Trump wrapped up his 1st year in office with the lowest average approval rating in US history at 39%, the lowest of any elected president in his first term. Obama ended his 1st year with an approval rating of 57%. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average was 49% standing 10 points higher than Trump’s.
136. “Right now, a number of state laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.” Your stable Genius 1-19-2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om4nRpstKYI
137. The criteria of a narcissistic personality disorder require a whole series of narcissistic behaviors and attitudes all of which Trump displays with magnificent extravagance. Trump is a symptom of disease, not the disease itself, he reflects a mirror image of the souls of his constituents and the image is not pretty. There’s a deplorable element to Trump’s support; it’s fueled by an underlying racism, misogyny, LGBT prejudice, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
138. Trump cares nothing for Christianity except it gives him cover for bashing Mexican’s and Muslims. Evangelicals have proven the morals and personal behaviors of Trump mean nothing to them so long as he supports the Evangelicals agenda.
139. You need to stop measuring the economy by how well the rich people are doing, especially since, as exhibited by your profile, you are clearly not one of them.
140. Republican Logic: Donald Trump is a true Christian in Spite of cheating on Wife #1, getting Wife #2 pregnant while still married to Wife #1, the cheating on Wife #2 with Wife #3 and cheating on Wife #3 with multiple Pornstars while Wife #3 is home with a newborn.
141. You can’t defend Trump on this topic so you’ll bring up Obama and Hilary because it’s the only way you know how to argue
142. While President Barack Obama managed to make it through eight years in the White House with little more than an outlandish sniff of an idea of being impeached for allegedly being born outside of the U.S., spearheaded primarily by Trump and good ole Sheriff Joe, President Donald Trump so far has been formally accused of an impeachable offense for every month of his presidency.
143. You put up with the over 2,000 and counting LIES Trump has created since he took office. What does that say about you? Ignorant or gullible…
144. Trump and his family relied on massive bailouts of his failing business enterprises from Russian oligarchs close to the Kremlin.
145. The richest 5% of households will receive 61% of the tax cuts under the House plan. The middle fifth of households would get 8% of the cuts, just one-sixth of the 48% share going to the top 1%. The bottom 60% of Americans would get just 14% of the cuts, less than a third of what the top 1% gets. Households earning between $20,000 and $40,000; meaning between 25% and 45% of middle-class Americans would ultimately pay more, not less.
146. Sounds like you and Trump suffer from the same malady – racism!
147. People from 111 different countries are crossing that border, why are you making it a “Mexican thing?”
148. The 14th amendment gives citizenship rights to people born in the US. It doesn’t address rights for immigration and to my knowledge neither does any other part of the constitution. Therefore, there is nothing legally prohibiting rights for immigrants. Immigrants at least have human rights, and those human rights extend in this country. Immigrants may not have citizenship automatically, but they still have rights.
149. People who belch “they’re taking our jobs” are inventing ways to allow themselves to feel justified for their racist ideals instead of exposing their intolerance, bigotry and prejudice. You’re not going to find any Blacks willing because they’d been there done that for 245 years, and the majority of White people are just too damn lazy to squat down in a field 10 hours a day, 7 days a week for less than minimum wage.
150. How much do you want to pay for produce or meat or dairy products?
151. Immigrants pay billions in taxes, contribute billions to the economy create thousands of jobs so they are a positive contribution to our society.
152. The racist ransom note xenophobic Trump is dangling over 800,000 young children, teenagers and adults is simultaneously replacing the guiding principles of humanity with poison. “I get what I want or else they suffer’. Isn’t that how it works – holding the lives of others in the balance; demands in exchange for protection is Blackmail, a criminal act involving unjustified threats to make a gain
153. The unemployment rate for Black’s is currently 6.8%, the lowest level recorded since the government started keeping track in January 1972. Trump’s also right about the Hispanic unemployment rate down a point over the last year; it was at 4.9% in December, down from 5.9% in December 2016. Which is close to a record low, however it’s also up 0.1% point from November. The big problem with his claim is those rates had been falling for long before Trump took office, and their declines don’t appear to have picked up speed. Therefore there’s nothing specific which Trump did to change this as both of these rates have been falling relatively steadily since 2010, early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House.
154. Between January and December 2017, the unemployment rate among Black’s fell 1% point. During the same period in 2016, it fell the same amount. In 2015, it fell 1.9% points. 2014, it fell 1.5% points. In 2013 it fell 1.8% points. Trump had nothing to do with the decline in the African-American jobless rates, or any other groups. He’s completely riding a trend he inherited.
155. Racism is so prevalent. A Black man becomes president and White Evangelical Christians spend 8 years calling him the literal reincarnation of the devil, meanwhile Trump is doing somersaults through moral scandals and these same White Evangelical Christians say “no one is perfect”
156. Fear is the currency Trump used to buy the votes of his base.
157. Unconstitutional and clear violation of the separation of church and state, Trump’s 2018 budget deal sends taxpayer money to churches and other houses of worship which is in violation of the First Amendment by allowing FEMA funds to be used to rebuild churches and other houses of worship damaged or destroyed by natural disasters: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/02/trump-signs-budget-deal-giving-taxpayer-money-churches/
158. Tax payers paid 6.6 million in 2017 alone for Trumps golf trips.
159. Trump made a solemn promise not to run $400 billion deficits. Instead he’ll run a $1 trillion deficit. Does that technically count as a “promise kept”?
160. In 2016 Trump said “We will balance the budget in 8 years without cutting Social Security and Medicare.” Feb. 12, 2018 Trump said “We’re going to raise the deficit by $7 trillion over the next decade and cut billions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare”. Medicare providers alone will absorb about $500 billion in cuts. The “King of Debt’s” new budget is speculated to accumulate deficits of $7.2 trillion over the coming decade.
161. Trump shamed himself by golfing just miles away from where one of the teenagers slain in the tragedy was being put to rest.
162. President’s Day 2-21-2018… A national organization of political scientists announced Trump had been ranked the worst president of all time in their survey of experts, which included Republicans.
163. Trump has refused to impose the latest round of congressional sanctions against Russia, while President Obama’s tough response to Russian interference caused Trump to praise Putin right after his then-transition adviser Michael Flynn spoke to the Russians about sanctions.
164. 2-2018 Trumps Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter FL sued in federal court Judge Kenneth Marra ordered the golf club to refund all the membership fees with interest, which amounted to $5.77 million.
165. After he was elected Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle a class action lawsuit against Trump University.
166. Trump has been sued more than 4,000 times.
167. Trump supporters need to stop going back to Hillary or Barrack and pointing fingers… they are not holding office now.
168. Trump Promise Tracker ~ We’re tracking the progress of 60 pledges he made during his campaign — and whether he achieved his goals. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-promise-tracker/?utm_term=.56d791c3e8444
169. Oct. 22, 2016 Trump issued what he called his “Contract with the American Voter.” This was a specific plan of action guiding his administration, starting from the first day, and listed 60 promises. https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/donald-trumps-contract-with-the-american-voter/2268//
170. A one-time $1,000 bonus for more than 125,000 Disneyland and Disneyworld employees in the aftermath of the Trump tax cuts not only made for good press, it also makes great leverage. Union members shot down a proposal providing a raise of 50 cents an hour or a 3% increase, whichever was higher. Disney offered the same proposal union members had already rejected only this time, they threatened to take away the one-time bonus. One-time bonuses are certainly less costly than pay hikes. Disney expects a windfall of $1.6 billion from the Republican tax cut which means the employee bonuses add up to just 8% of the funds it will reap. Only $5.6 billion has been devoted by S&P 500 companies to wage hikes, bonuses, and worker benefits. Under the new tax law companies may deduct bonuses from their taxable income as a cost of doing business; performance-related pay increases, however, are not deductible. Disney reported a quarterly net income of $4.42 billion, a 78% from a year earlier and a $9.3 billion in after-tax profit. Walmart and Comcast paired their bonus announcements with significant layoffs. AT&T announced 200,000 bonuses of $1,000 then laid off thousands of employees.
171. The Trump Organization ordered dozens of 12-inch replicas of the presidential seal to use as tee markers on Trump International golf courses. Federal law U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 33 › § 713 specifically states: Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Whoever, except as authorized under regulations promulgated by the President and published in the Federal Register, knowingly manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any likeness of the seals of the President or Vice President, or any substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the article for the official use of the Government of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
172. The Trump administration’s proposal to lease roughly 90% of U.S. waters to oil and gas development threatens more than 2.5 million jobs and roughly $180 billion in gross domestic product in coastal states.
173. Obama is a former government official who holds no office and won’t be running for anything.
174. President Trump is obsessed with Hilary and Obama
175. Trump’s deep insecurity comes through every time he opens his mouth. It’s why he’s always telling everyone how smart, knowledgeable and accomplished he is; something that people who are actually smart and knowledgeable and accomplished don’t do.
176. He feels a need to remind everyone that he won the election, usually embellishing the story by characterizing it as bigger and more emphatic a victory than it actually was. As his vanquished opponent, Clinton is a symbol of his potency and dominance.
177. The fact Hilary got millions more votes than he did is obviously an open wound and won’t stop hurting, so he keeps trying to convince everyone the vote was fraudulent and whatever he’s being accused of, she did it worse. All these months after the election, she’s still the yardstick he’s measuring himself against.
178. The holocaust didn’t happen because of the actions of just one man; it happened because of the people who condoned the ones who “were just doing their jobs”.
179. Democracy is built through societies sharing information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.
180. Trump is a vindictive, mean spirited, soulless, empty container in human form.
181. Understand, Trump disguises his own lies by re-branding the truth as fake; an informed adult would have been able to discern the difference by having invested a minimal amount of time in actual research and due diligence prior to commenting. Being able to recognize and evaluate vital information is a valuable tool when commenting on a public forum.
182. A New York state judge, Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled Summer Zervos who said Donald Trump sexually harassed her after she appeared on his former reality show “The Apprentice” can proceed with her defamation suit against him. The ruling could force Trump to submit to questioning by lawyers and lead to further public scrutiny of other claims of sexual misconduct made against the president. Zervos accused him of kissing her against her will at his New York office in 2007 and later groping her in a Beverly Hills hotel after she met with him about a possible job.
183. This appears to be standard procedure… March 9, 2012, Obama phoned Putin from Air Force One to extend his congratulations. Obama told Putin he looked forward to Putin’s May visit to Camp David for the G-8 summit and the two talked about how they could benefit economically from Russia’s joining the WTO. Nov. 7, 2012, the day after the US Presidential election, Putin congratulated Obama on winning “by a big margin” after a tough campaign saying he hoped Obama would visit Russia the following year.
184. Most of the terrible executive orders Trump passed have been reversals of Obama’s Executive Orders
185. Trump’s “Harvest Box” – They know exactly what they are doing, and it has nothing to do with proper nutrition, quite the opposite! Consumption of packaged and shelf-stable canned foods, nothing fresh; no fresh fruits or vegetables, foods high in sodium, fat and sugar. And we’ll see the rates of preventable disease, like Type 2 Diabetes and malnutrition skyrocket.
186. The White House says cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’ so they’re slashing funding for medical research, climate science, public housing, education, aid to the indigent, infrastructure, and many, many other things while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.
187. Trump and Republicans sold their $1.5 trillion tax cut as a boon for workers, but it’s becoming clear just two months after the bill passed the truly big winners will be corporations and their shareholders. 17 American oil and gas companies reported a combined total of $25 billion in direct one-time benefits from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Many of the companies will also receive millions of dollars in income tax refunds this year. The Tax Act then reduces all corporate annual tax bills by a minimum of 40% every year in perpetuity, while adding new benefits which function as government subsidies for the oil and gas industry. The companies’ activities in the United States are made less expensive, thereby encouraging a further expansion of oil and gas operations. Fourth Quarter Reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for 2017 by the 17 U.S. oil companies, looking at the largest companies in production, refining, and pipelines also clearly specified the impacts of the Tax Act in their results. Private companies, such as Koch Industries, which benefit from the legislation, aren’t included as they’re not required to make financial reports publicly available https://psmag.com/economics/tax-bill-oil-company-bonanza
188. Those who are disparaging Stormy for being a slut, just remember, Trump committed adultery while Melania was home alone with a brand new baby. Stormy wasn’t sneaking around, Trump was, and he had to pay for services rendered. Funny how you ignore that tidbit.
189. Stephen Hawking ~ “Trump is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator”
190. Trump personally phoned Roseanne Barr to congratulate her on the show’s ratings and yet bickers with Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Myeshia Johnson, forgetting the name of her husband, one of four US soldiers killed in Niger, West Africa in a condolence call and stating “he knew what he signed up for” and criticizing Khizr and Ghazala Khan the Gold Star parents of Captain Humayun Khan killed in Iraq defending America by verbally attacking and insulting Mrs. Khan…Trump is a detestable, repugnant, disgraceful piece of shit. (yeah I know it’s a run on sentence for all you Word Nazi’s)
191. March 30, 2018 As America wakes up to go to work, Trump starts his day already on vacation at Mar-a-Lago. In just over a year as president, Trump has spent 139 days at a Trump property, vacationing. Meanwhile, the average American worker receives 10 days of paid vacation per year. Trump’s campaign promise to voters: “There’s no time for vacations. We’re not going to be on vacation.” Reality: Trumps taken more vacations than any president in modern history.
192. Trump spent $27k in taxpayer money tracking media stories after Stormy Daniels sued him to get her confidentiality agreement invalidated, which opened to door to embarrassing allegations against Trump and a flurry of news reports. According to Federal Procurement documents, the payment was authorized March 7, 2018 by the Executive Office of the President. The money, $27,075 went to a company called TVEyes, which tracks stories on TV, radio and in print. It’s not the first time Trump’s Office has used the service, but it’s by far the most they’ve ever spent … the last being $9,504 in February of 2017, right around the time Trump’s then Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus, allegedly tried to interfere with the FBI’s Russia probe.
193. Since Trump took office, on a campaign promising to bring down drug prices, over 2500 prescription medications have increased by double digits. 40 have increased by triple plus digits. http://www.pharmacybenefitconsultants.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AWP-Comparison-20161231-to-20180301.pdff
194. Trump’s companies have been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980’s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing. Trump businesses renege on contracts, refuse to pay, or consistently attempt to change payment terms after work is complete as is alleged in dozens of court cases. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/
195. One man died and six firefighters were injured after a four-alarm fire broke out in an apartment at Trump Tower in New York City and yet all Trump bragged it was “well-built building.” He did not acknowledge the man’s death or the firefighters’ injuries. (the second fire in this building this year)
196. In 2017 Trump became the first president ever not to take part in the Correspondents Dinner and refuses to take part this year as well by repeatedly attacked the media, dubbing news outlets who report critically on his administration as “fake news”. Regan was the only president not to take part in the dinner in 1981, when he was recovering at Camp David from an assassination attempt, however he did give his address by telephone.
197. Trump came in promising to “drain the swamp,” however his lack of political experience has allowed the swamp to thrive. Lobbyists, special interest groups and even foreign nations have been able to find ways into the administration.
198. Trumps campaign promise was to eliminate the federal deficit by wiping out the nearly $20 trillion worth of national debt; instead he signed a government funding bill into law increasing the federal deficit an additional $1.3 trillion for domestic and military programs.
199. Trump pledged to eliminate the national debt “over a period of eight years.” But for the first time in US history the national debt surpassed $21 trillion. Congress passed, and Trump signed a suspension on the federal debt limit allowing the government to borrow an unlimited amount of money until March 1, 2019. The GOP-led Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill and a two-year spending deal which, together, are expected to drive the deficit and debt further upward. Under Obama the annual deficit was cut to under $500 billion a year.
200. Trump says struggling U.S. farmers will patriotically take the hit for his trade war. “But if we do a deal with China, if, during the course of a negotiation they want to hit the farmers because they think that hits me, I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I tell you, our farmers are great patriots. They understand that they’re doing this for the country. Trade wars are good and easily won. It’s not possible to have true gain without the pain. The battle is worth the victory, and we will win.”
201. Yep, Trump’s draining the swamp alright, 19 indictments, 5 guilty plea deals, 39 House Republicans retiring, running for another office, resigning outright and leaving Congress at the fastest pace in history.
202. There will be at least 58 vacated House seats up for grabs by the time the November 6 midterm elections roll around, and 39 of those are Republican seats.
203. Except for the 19 indictments, 5 guilty plea deals, the legal warrant to search Paul Manafort’s home, the legal warrant to seize Michael Cohen’s materials, and the cooperation of Flynn, Papadopoulos, and Gates, other than that, yeah. Total witch hunt! lol
204. “He wanted this individual removed from his job simply because he was black.” – former Trump casino executive Jack O’Donnell.
205. You’re still bitching and moaning about HILLARY’S EMAILS even though: Comey announced a review of the emails had turned up no evidence, no criminal charges were warranted and the investigation to this day remains closed, plus Comey used his personal email for FBI business, an action “inconsistent” with FBI policy.
206. You’re still bitching and moaning about HILLARY’S EMAILS, are you going to bitch and moan about Scott Pruitt using 4 ‘Secret’ Email Accounts?
207. Trump’s a “weaponized autist” who is clearly dysfunctional in every way.
208. Ahhh, “meme magic” the signal for “help I’m floundering”
209. Which of the three high-volume troll-distribution centers do you work for, and are you a “cross-poster” for all three boards or just have a pseudo-political agenda with one?
210. What’s the difference between using a slur to make a political point, and actually being a racist, anti-Semitic, ableist, or misogynistic?
211. No matter how many missiles Trump launches at Syria. None of them will hit Comey or Mueller.
212. When “Trump can do no wrong” people make their way to the comment section
213. As of April 16, 2018 Trump, has spent 101 days visiting his own golf clubs at a cost of $64,147,610
214. Tax Day is over—will you see any benefits from the Trump Tax next year? Spoiler alert: Probably not. America’s 5,000 richest families get an $83 million tax cut, and everyone else picks up the bill.
215. He acknowledged he stayed overnight during the infamous 2013 Moscow trip. “Of course I stayed there. I stayed there a very short period of time, but of course I stayed”. The trip matches the unconfirmed “dossier” of salacious, unconfirmed allegations, including the claim he hired prostitutes and asked them to urinate on a hotel bed Obama slept in for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. He went on to claim that Comey “lied” when the then-FBI director wrote in a memo Trump told him that he didn’t stay on the trip overnight.
216. Trump represents an extraordinary challenge to the norms of responsible governance through his alarming nepotism and incompetence.
217. Yes, Trump did donate his presidential salary of $100,000 to the Department of Education, but he still wants to cut $9.2 BILLION from its budget and $100,000 to Veterans, YET, lest we neglect to mention the $30 million military parade he wants to throw in honor of himself. Donating is part of the reporting when a president releases his tax returns to the public every year. The public learns how much the president earned from his salary and other sources, and what percentage he gave to charity. Trump has never done so, and gives a bogus reason for keeping his tax returns secret probably because he also retains his financial stake in the Trump Organization and, while he has handed operations over to his two adult sons he continues to profit from their worldwide business dealings.
218. Feb. 3, 2017 Trump’s personal doctor for more than 35 years, Harold Bornstein says bodyguard, lawyer ‘raided’ his office, took medical files. Bornstein said he felt “raped, frightened and sad” after White House aide Keith Schiller, Trump’s bodyguard and serving as director of Oval Office operations at the White House and lawyer Alan Garten showed up unannounced and took Trump’s files. The original and only copy of Trump’s charts, including lab reports under Trump’s name as well as under the pseudonyms his office used for Trump, were taken. Bornstein said he was not given a form authorizing the release of the records and signed by the president known as a HIPAA release, which is a violation of patient privacy law. State law requires a doctor maintain records for at least six years so a doctor handing over his original records runs the risk of violating New York state law,”
219. Trump’s refusal to divest himself of his hotels and golf courses, despite his promises to do so during the campaign has made it possible for Republican candidates and parties to put money directly into his pocket. The RNC and other Republican committees and candidates have spent nearly $2 million of their donors’ money so far at hotels and resorts that enrich Trump personally.
220. Whatever you think about the activities of Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, there’s no denying Trump and his cronies are engaged in a much more flagrant version of pay-to-play. We’re still waiting on Trump’s tax returns and those he meets with on the sly at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, are much more nefarious will eventually be revealed. Where did all those chanting “lock her up” go? It’s awfully quiet now Trump and his friends are making millions while he’s in office.
221. A Comprehensive List Of Everything Don Jr. Doesn’t Know About That Infamous Meeting https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/everything-donald-trump-jr-doesnt-know-about-meeting_us_5afc5fd4e4b0779345d52258
222. NFL teams being fined for players kneeling is how Fascism grabs a nation. Trump is practicing national capitalism, just like China and Germany by declaring a private industry to enforce his doctrine. Wake up, how many clues do you need?
223. Will the intellectually shallow and mentally incompetent leader who lacks any kind of moral conscience; an unapologetic promoter of racial bigotry and misogyny; a personality with embarrassing emotional immaturity, consistently dishonest, hateful divisiveness with alarming instability which threatens disorder in the nation now verbally abuse and attempt to intimidate ABC/Disney unless they reinstate Rosanne?
224. Mueller’s prosecutors have so far obtained guilty pleas from five individuals, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and indictments of 14 other people and three companies. That total includes 13 Russians, Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that was used to create and disseminate propaganda to help Trump win. A former business partner of Michael Cohen’s has agreed to cooperate in that probe and plead to New York state charges.
225. The president cannot pardon someone for a state offense. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives the president the “Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”
226. By refusing to divest from his businesses and foreign holdings, Trump is profiting off the presidency. Foreign governments are spending money at his properties to curry favor with his administration, while Trump Jr. delivers foreign policy speeches and meets with real estate brokers on the same trip to India.
227. The Trump administration called immigrant children future criminals on the same day Border Patrol was accused of sexually and physically abusing child detainees.
228. Trumps contradiction and moral flexibility is indicative of his mental instability.
229. Trumps ideologically is inconsistent; he applies different standards to different people.
230. Pence made a show of walking out of an NFL game because he would “not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.” Where was this concern for dignity and our soldiers when Trump declared John McCain was “not a war hero because he was captured.” Where is the concern for the military and their families when the Trump-Pence administration eliminated financial protections for military members targeted by predatory lenders?
231. Donald Trump Reports He’s Getting Rich as President https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/donald-trump-reports-hes-getting-rich-off-the-presidency/530718/?utm_source=fbia The president’s submission to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics claims tens of millions of dollars in income from his real-estate empire. 98 pages of financial disclosures offer a partial snapshot of Trump’s income and assets from January 2016 to April 2018, as well as indications he’s reaped at least a partial windfall since his most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission last year. The filings offer less detailed information about his precise financial situation than would be obtained from his tax returns.
232. You spent 8 years criticizing every move of Obama, but the minute Trump was sworn in you started telling everyone that “Christians should respect the president” and that being “divisive” is a sin.
233. You claimed Barack Obama’s election was the result of evil forces, but the minute Trump was sworn into office you started quoting verses about how “God picks a nation’s kings and queens.”
234. Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, improperly has used government resources at least 40 times during his tenure, costing taxpayers more than $150,000
235. You sound like a child, no wonder Trump loves the ignorant and poorly educated.
236. Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank. Marco Rubio’s Conservative Solutions PAC and his Florida First Project received $1.5 million through Blavatnik’s two holding companies. Other high dollar recipients of funding from Blavatnik were PACS representing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at $1.1 million, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at $800,000, Ohio Governor John Kasich at $250,000 and Arizona Senator John McCain at $200,000.
237. Trump lied again; there is no “Open Borders Bill.” There is, in fact, a bill Feinstein has written and every Democrat in the Senate has signed. It is not called the Open Borders Bill, because it’s not about opening the borders at all. It’s called the “Keep Families Together Act”; it was written in June, during the height of the family separation crisis at the US-Mexico border to stop the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting parents who crossed into the US illegally, separating parents from children and placing them in the Department of Health and Human Services.
238. Trump praised Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter during his campaign in May 2017, saying “any guy who can do a body slam … he’s my guy”
239. ATTACKING THE PRESS Trump told veteran journalist Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN9gGYiWajM
240. Per the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution adopted on July 9, 1868; the citizenship of persons born in the United States has been controlled by its Citizenship Clause, which states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
241. Trump incorrectly stated “we’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States.” However, there are thirty nine (39) countries, most in the Western Hemisphere, provide birthright citizenship: Antigua, Argentina, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chad , Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Grenada, Grenadines, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Mexico, Nevis, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru , Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tanzania, Trinidad, Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
242. But it’s okay because you’re using the “But Hillary, But Obama Card” widely used by Republicans when they need to deflect Trump’s lies or lack any actual intelligent argument.
243. Being informed is what makes us make better choices when it comes to politics when it comes to deciding what the future holds not only for the United States, but for the world at large.
244. Trump has often sought to link all immigrants, regardless of their legal status, to crime despite a significant body of research that has shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.
245. Truth is the natural enemy of the GOP.
246. IMPEACHMENT… Republicans have been trying to discount the whistleblower’s complaint about the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which is overwhelmingly supported by public evidence, by attacking the still-anonymous person out to get Trump. Within minutes, senior officials including national security adviser John Bolton were being pinged by subordinates about problems with what the president had said to his Zelensky, scrambling to obtain a rough transcript that was already being “locked down” on the highly classified computer network.
247. IMPEACHMENT …The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse the president of wrong doing. A sitting president is “constitutionally immune” from indictment and criminal prosecution. It concluded that criminal charges against a president would “violate the constitutional separation of powers” delineating the authority of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. government. The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. Although, a former president can be indicted for conduct that occurred while in office which means Trump can be removed from office and then prosecuted as long as the statute of limitations or the time prosecutors have to file charges after a crime has been uncovered, has not expired. Many federal crimes have a five-year statute of limitations which means if Trump is re-elected in 2020, he may be beyond the statute of limitations before he is out of office.
248. IMPEACHMENT ~ TAXES … …The subpoena wasn’t directed at the president, but rather his accounting firm, and unlike attorney-client privilege which preserves the confidentiality of communications between an attorney and his or her client secrets in the face of a legal demand to testify under oath, the accounting firm does not have Attorney-client privileges.
249. IMPEACHMENT ~ TAXES …After Years of Fighting It, Trump has been told by judges that he has to turn over his tax returns. A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court Appeals all ruled that Trump’s tax return isn’t protected just because he is the president and can still be investigated. Presidential immunity does not bar the enforcement of a state grand jury subpoena directing a third party to produce non-privileged material, even when the subject matter under investigation pertains to the President.
250. IMPEACHMENT ~ TAXES …Congress has a duty to conduct oversight of departments and officials, the duty involves evaluating the IRS policy to audit all presidents’ tax returns. The 1924 law gives the House Ways and Means Committee the power to request tax returns from the Treasury Department for review. Individual income tax returns of a President are subject to mandatory examination, and while there is no law requiring Trump to publicly release his tax returns, federal law of IRS Code section 6103(f) statute states the IRS “shall furnish” tax returns to the committee chair upon request, therefore requiring Trump’s tax returns to be given to Congress.
~~Trump has credibly been accused of engaging in criminal activity for decades. It’s undisputed he is still profiting from his businesses. There is substantial information in the public record suggesting he is for sale and many of his public policy decisions have been made for corrupt reasons. Trump’s tax returns provide information shedding light on his ulterior motives.
251. IMPEACHMENT ~ TAXES … The secretary of the Treasury (or his delegate) “shall furnish” the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee with any tax return or return information requested in writing. The Ways and Means Committee have an obligation to demand Trump’s tax returns as part of fulfilling its oversight duties.
252. 10-16-19 Trump made a speech in honor of Italian President Sergio Mattarella’s White House visit. ProPublica reported major inconsistencies between Trump’s tax documents and disclosures made to lenders. Two Trump associates, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, are both serving prison time for crimes that include falsifying tax & bank records.
253. Interesting how Trump supporters sound ignorant and totally ill-informed yet still manage such an amazing command of the English language.
254. Congress released Trump-Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Texts July 19 to Sept. 9 https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=6453863-Ukraine-Texts-100319
255. Trump campaign events create a “two-fer” benefiting the president. When he holds a fundraiser at one of his properties, not only do donors contribute to his campaign, his business collects funds from his campaign for space rental and catering, some of which ultimately ends up in his pocket. Charging your campaign for an event held at your place for events for your personal benefit is stealing in plain sight.
256. Mitch McConnell has vowed to block a bill allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, saving Americans $365 billion a year.
257. Since Donald Trump’s 2015 presidential campaign hate crimes against Latinxs in Los Angeles increased 69% by 2016. Nationally, hate crimes against Latinos increased roughly 18% in 2018. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes and groups nationally, reported in February hate groups had reached a record high in 2018 of 1,020 — “following three consecutive years of decline near the end of the Obama administration.”
258. It doesn’t matter who the whistleblower is, what matters is all the corroborating evidence, including but not limited to Trump admitting guilt.
259. The only reason the senate is still defending the indefensible despite the numerous impeachable offenses is because then they’d have to admit their own ineptitude and corruption.
260. In 2014 the Republicans had control of the House and the Senate. Hunter Biden received his appointment to the Burisma board in 2014. If the Republicans thought this was so egregious, such a display of nepotism, why didn’t they investigate it then? The Republicans had TOTAL control of the House and the Senate; it would have gone through like a hot knife through butter. I want someone to ask that question, #GymJordan was around, why wasn’t his panties in a bunch then?..”
261. How sad it must be – believing that scientists, scholars, historians, economists, and journalists have devoted their entire lives to deceiving you, while a reality tv star with decades of fraud and exhaustively documented lying is your only beacon of truth and honesty.
262. Federal agencies spend approximately $3.4 million per Trump golf visit to Mar-a-Lago.
263. LESSER OF TWO EVILS… That’s like saying “What’s your favorite sexually transmitted disease… mines the clap.”
264. PELOSI: Relax, she ripped up some paper, it’s not like she ripped off a kid’s cancer charity.
SNAPPY COMBACKS END
Trump is a Narcissistic-Paranoid-Sadistic-Psychopath which is a very dangerous form of mental illness, identical to that suffered by Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. Malignant narcissism is a combination of 4 traits, which include narcissism, paranoia, antisocial personality disorder (the psychology of a criminal – someone who routinely lies) and sadism. He is driven and derives intense pleasure from harming, humiliating, and degrading people.
Trump demonizes immigrants identical to how Hitler demonized Jews. Hitler not only demonized Jewish people but he made them “powerfully evil” by creating a narrative for his followers which implies “unless they are destroyed, we will be destroyed.” He has the same psychology as Hitler, Trump is someone who if given the chance, would enact that same destructive genocide agenda.
Malignant narcissistic leaders tend to commit constant purges against their own administration. Hitler did this, Mussolini did this, as did Stalin and Saddam Hussein, they’re paranoid about their own staff, they kept purging them, anyone with independence, are disposed of. Malignant narcissistic leaders want to be able to act out their worst impulses and anyone who constrains them becomes their ultimate enemy. Only yes men and opportunists who don’t defy the “great leader” are kept. We’ve seen Trump do this at a faster rate than any other president in American history.
A PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF TRUMP’S SUPPORT
Trump people put their practical concerns above their moral ones. To them, it doesn’t make a difference if he’s a vagina-grabber, or if his campaign team colluded with Russia to help him defeat his political opponent. Their distaste for the establishment and democrats is a symbolic middle finger directed at Washington.
The loyalty of Trump supporters is explained by America’s addiction to entertainment and reality TV. It doesn’t matter what Trump actually says because he’s so amusing to watch. With Trump, you’re always left wondering what outrageous thing he is going do or say next. He keeps us on the edge of our seat, and for that reason, some Trump supporters forgive anything he says. They’re happy as long as they are kept entertained.
Science has proven the conservative brain has an exaggerated fear response when faced with stimuli perceived as threatening. A 2008 study in the journal Science found conservatives have a stronger physiological reaction to startling noises and graphic images compared to liberals. A brain-imaging study published in Current Biology revealed, those who lean right politically tend to have a larger amygdala — an electrically active structure during states of fear and anxiety. And a 2014 fMRI study found it’s possible to predict whether someone is conservative simply by looking at their brain activity while they view threatening or disgusting images, such as mutilated bodies. Specifically, the brains of self-identified conservatives generated more activity overall in response to the disturbing images. Their brain responses are automatic, not influenced by logic or reason. As long as Trump continues to portray immigrants as imminent threats, conservative brains involuntarily light up like light bulbs being controlled by a switch. Fear keeps Trumps followers energized and focused on safety. They think they’ve found their protector so they’ve become less concerned with offensive and divisive remarks.
Trump’s conspiracy theories target the mentally vulnerable and those who predominantly support Trump and his crackpot allies like Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones suffering from psychological illnesses that involve paranoia and delusions, such as schizophrenia, or are at least vulnerable to them, like those with schizotypy personalities and their magical thinking have a tendency to make connections between things which are actually unrelated in reality.
Also there’s a direct link between national collective narcissism and support for Donald Trump. This correlation was discovered by researchers at the University of Warsaw, who surveyed over 400 Americans with a series of questionnaires about political and social beliefs. Where individual narcissism causes aggressiveness toward other individuals, collective narcissism involves negative attitudes and aggression toward ‘outsider’ groups who are perceived as threats.
Terror Management Theory predicts when people are reminded of their own mortality, which happens with Trump’s fear mongering, they more strongly defend those who share their worldviews and national or ethnic identity, acting out more aggressively towards those who do not.
By constantly emphasizing existential threat, Trump has created a psychological condition making their brains respond positively rather than negatively to bigoted statements and divisive rhetoric, so not only do death reminders increase nationalism, they influence voting habits in favor of more conservative presidential candidates.
The Dunning-Kruger effect explains that the problem isn’t just these people are misinformed; the facts are, they are completely unaware they’re misinformed, which creates a double burden. Understand, the knowledge and intelligence are required to be good at a task are often the same qualities needed to recognize they’re not good at that task, and if they lack such knowledge and intelligence, they remain ignorant they’re not good at the task. This includes political judgment. These people cannot be reached because they mistakenly believe they’re the ones who should be reaching others.
Trump exacerbates collective narcissism with his anti-immigrant, anti-elitist, and strongly nationalistic rhetoric. By referring to his supporters, overwhelmingly white, as being “true patriots” or “real Americans,” he promotes a brand of populism which is the epitome of “identity politics,” a term associated with the political left. Left-wing identity politics, as misguided as they may sometimes be, are generally aimed at achieving equality, while the right-wing brand is based on a belief that one nationality or race is superior or entitled to success and wealth for no other reason than identity.
Trump’s speeches appeal to those with Social dominance orientation by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups who have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups typically thought of as belonging to a lower status i.e. immigrants and minorities.
The Republican party, going as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” has historically used tactics appealing to bigotry by lacing speeches with “dog whistles” i.e. code words signaling prejudice toward minorities and designed to be heard by racists. While the dog whistles of the past were subtler, Trump’s signaling is sometimes shockingly direct. There’s no denying he routinely appeals to racist and bigoted supporters when he calls Muslims “dangerous” and Mexican as “rapists” and “murderers,” in a blanketed fashion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent study has shown support for Trump is correlated with a standard scale of modern racism.
An anguished question from a Trump supporter: “Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?”
“Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?”
The serious answer:
Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters. You saw a man who owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.” You saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.” You heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.” When he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, “Not an issue.” You saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn’t care, you chirped, “He sure knows me.” You heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, “That’s cool!” When you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. You heard him brag he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?” When the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, “That makes sense.” When you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!” You heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, “What a great guy!” You have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and White Supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!” You hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding they praise his electoral win, you said, “That’s the way I want my President to be.” You have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!” You’ve heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!” You heard him say it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you said, “That makes sense.” You have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!” When Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1,500 kids. Opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains they’re just “animals” – and you say, “well, ok then.” You witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. When Trump said “I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court” you made degrading remarks about a victim of sexual abuse”. You victim-blamers be aware, in all likelihood, at least one woman you know and love, maybe your wife, girlfriend, mom or sister silently decides she cannot trust you.
What you Trump supporters don’t get is, we think you’re stupid which may be wrong, but it’s also, charitable. Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are *less* flattering.
HERE’S WHAT WE REALLY THINK ABOUT TRUMP SUPPORTERS
They see a man who owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, they think “Fine.” They saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, they say, “Okay.” They heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, they say, “No problem.” When he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, they say, “Not an issue.” They saw him brag he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and they wouldn’t care, they chirp, “He sure knows me.” They hear him illustrate his own character by telling a cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, they say, “That’s cool!” When they saw him mock the disabled, they thought it was the funniest thing they ever saw. They heard him brag he doesn’t read books, they said, “Well, who has time?” When the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, they say, “That makes sense.” When you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and he would hire attorneys, they think, “Yes!” They hear him tell one rally to confiscate a man’s coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, they said, “What a great guy!” They have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and White Supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and they have said, “Thumbs up!” They hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding they praise his electoral win, they say, “That’s the way I want my President to be.” They have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and they have said, “What a genius!” You’ve heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and they say, “That’s smart!” They heard him say it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and they say, “That makes sense.” They have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and they say, “That’s statesmanship!” When Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1,500 kids. Opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas – he explains they’re just “animals” – and they say, “well, ok then.” They witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for themselves, the working American voter, and they still show up grinning and wearing their MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. When Trump said “I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court” they made degrading remarks about a victim of sexual abuse”. They as the victim-blamers, be aware, in all likelihood, at least one woman they know and love, maybe their wife, girlfriend, mom or sister silently decides she cannot trust them.
What the Trump supporters don’t get is, we think they’re stupid which may be wrong, but it’s also, charitable. Because if they’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are *less* flattering.
1. Tax cuts for rich people will not grow your wages.
2. Trumps campaign promise was to eliminate the federal deficit by wiping out the nearly $20 trillion worth of national debt; instead he signed a government funding bill into law increasing the federal deficit an additional $1.3 trillion for domestic and military programs.
3. Trump pledged to eliminate the national debt “over a period of eight years.” But for the first time in US history the national debt surpassed $21 trillion. Congress passed, and Trump signed a suspension on the federal debt limit allowing the government to borrow an unlimited amount of money until March 1, 2019. The GOP-led Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut bill and a two-year spending deal which, together, are expected to drive the deficit and debt further upward. Under Obama the annual deficit was cut to under $500 billion a year.
Tax cuts for rich people will not grow your wages.
Trump and Republicans sold their $1.5 trillion tax cut as a boon for workers, but it became clear just two months after the bill passed the truly big winners were corporations and their shareholders.
~~~17 American oil and gas companies reported a combined total of $25 billion in direct one-time benefits from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Many of the companies received millions of dollars in income tax refunds. The Tax Act then reduces all corporate annual tax bills by a minimum of 40% every year in perpetuity, while adding new benefits which function as government subsidies for the oil and gas industry. The companies’ activities in the United States are made less expensive, thereby encouraging a further expansion of oil and gas operations. Fourth Quarter Reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for 2017 by the 17 U.S. oil companies, looking at the largest companies in production, refining, and pipelines also clearly specified the impacts of the Tax Act in their results. Private companies, such as Koch Industries, which benefit from the legislation, aren’t included as they’re not required to make financial reports publicly available
~~~Corporate tax rates were slashed PERMANENTLY from 35% to 21% BUT they’ve slapped an expiration date on the Middle-Class which have cuts for individuals which go away at the end of 2025. The double standard which gives handouts to corporations are etched in stone while relief for families goes away. So, you’d better save your little bit because after-tax income is going up 2% – 3.2%. because by 2027, more than 82% of the law’s benefits will go to the top 1% of earners in the country.
Sure, jobs are plentiful, if you want to work slightly above the national minimum wage average of $7.25 per hour. A 40-hour week would gross $290 less taxes may net $250 weekly X’s 4.3 weeks per month = $1,075.00
Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in 50 cities across the country.
San Francisco, CA $3600
San Jose, CA $2536
NY, NY $2200
Washington, DC $2172
Boston, MA $2025
Los Angeles, CA $2014
Miami, FL $2000
Pittsburgh, PA $1850
Honolulu, HI $1795
Seattle, WA $1795
San Diego, CA $1760
Anaheim, CA $1606
Chicago, IL $1595
Denver, CO $1436
Minneapolis, MN $1435
Nashville, TN $1395
Atlanta, GA $1387
Houston, TX $1308
New Orleans, LA $1298
Philadelphia, PA $1295
Dallas, TX $1271
Charlotte, NC $1265
Baltimore, MD $1175
Tampa, FL $1100
Austin, TX $1100
Portland, OR $1095
Anchorage, AK $995
Sacramento, CA $995
Virginia Beach, VA $975
Phoenix, AZ $909
Jacksonville, FL $896
Las Vegas, NV $875
Newark, NJ $850
Memphis, TN $835
San Antonio, TX $830
Kansas City, MI $795
Colorado Springs, CO$750
Milwaukee, WI $750
Louisville, KY $750
Columbus, OH $750
Indianapolis, IN $732
Albuquerque, NM $715
St. Louis, Missouri $700
Oklahoma City, OK $650
El Paso, TX $600
Tucson, AZ $560
Detroit, MI $550
Cleveland, OH $525
Wichita, KS $470
White House claim:
Trump created 700,000 jobs
Obama created 195,000 jobs
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Trump created 708,000 jobs
Obama created 3 MILLION jobs
The low unemployment rate isn’t worth much of anything if the jobs barely pay. 53 million hardworking American adults, 18 to 64, or 44% of all workers struggle to eke out a living and support their families on very low wages barely earning enough to live on. Their median earnings are $10.22 per hour, which is about $18,000 per year. These low-wage occupations such as retail sales, cooks, food and beverage servers, janitors and housekeepers, personal care and service workers (such as child care workers and patient care assistants), various administrative positions, so on and so forth.
~~~Two-thirds (64%) of low-wage workers are in their prime working years of 25 to 54. More than half (57%) work full-time year-round, the
customary schedule for employment intended to provide financial security. About half (51%) are primary earners or contribute substantially
to family living expenses. Thirty-seven percent have children. Of this group, 23% live below the federal poverty line. Less than half (45%) of
low-wage workers ages 18 to 24 are in school or already have a college degree.
1) Barack Obama created 11.3 million jobs. Trump’s record of 1.1 million jobs in six months is less than the 1.2 million added during the same period under Obama. Pay increases after adjusting for inflation have been far slower under Trump than under President Obama who averaged real wage increases of 0.8%; Trump has averaged only 0.3%.
2) Sarah Sanders falsely claimed Trump created three times as many jobs for Black workers as Obama did during his entire time in office. “That’s 700,000 African-Americans that are working now that weren’t working when this president took place. When President Obama left, after eight years in office, he had only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans.”; two hours later Sanders backtracked and tweeted “I’m sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data confirms; 700,000 jobs held by black workers since Trump took office, it added about 3 million while Obama was in office.
The Treasury Dept announced the budget deficit hit $984 billion in 2019, DOUBLING the deficit of 2015. Trump promised to eliminate the deficit in 8 years, instead, he’s increased it 68% in under three years.
Sure, the Black unemployment rate recently reached its lowest level in decades, HOWEVER, the rate has been in steady decline for the last seven years. 11,246,000 jobs were created during the same months for Trump (February to July) as were created during the same months (February to July) under President Obama
Between January 2017 and December 2017, the unemployment rate among Black’s fell 1% point. During the same period in 2016, it fell the same amount. In 2015, it fell 1.9% points. In 2014, it fell 1.5% points. In 2013 it fell 1.8% points. Trump had nothing to do with the decline in the African-American jobless rates or any other group. He’s completely riding a trend he inherited.
When Trump took office in January 2017, the Black unemployment rate was 7.8%, the lowest it had been in nearly 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Under Trump, it dropped a full percentage point to 6.8% in December. That’s the lowest rate since the bureau began regularly breaking out unemployment rates by race in 1972. A similar drop of 1% was recorded during the same 11-month period in 2016. The drop was even more pronounced in each of the three years before and fell 1.9 percentage points in 2015, 1.5 percentage points in 2014 and 1.8 percentage points in 2013.
However, the gap between White and Black unemployment remains largely unchanged under Trump. While Black unemployment fell to 6.8% in December, the White unemployment rate that month was 3.7%. So the White rate is 46% lower than the Black rate, about the same as the gap in December 2016 and the pay gap remains proportionally the same
Additionally, the 863,000 women who joined the workforce in 2017 is the smallest increase since 2012 and below the historical norm for the past 54 years, dating back to 1964.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics figures focuses on those who are not employed but are looking for work, a number that DOES NOT INCLUDE THOSE WHO HAVE STOPPED SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. 1.6% of prime-age White men (25 to 54 years old) are institutionalized. If all those 590,000 people were recognized as unemployed, the unemployment rate for prime-age White men would increase about 5% to 6.4%.
For prime-age Black men, the unemployment rate would jump from 11% to 19% because of a far higher fraction of Black men — 7.7% or 580,000 people are institutionalized. This measures an increasing employment rate or a falling unemployment rate simply because, over this period, we’ve put more of the people who have trouble finding jobs in prison.”
Then there’s JOB QUALITY, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 1972. But basically, since the mid-1970s, we’ve had flat wage growth, and growth has been very, very slow for all folks. Of the top ten fastest-growing occupations, seven or eight falls below the median wage.
Additionally, inflation hit a 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American. Over the past year, prices have risen at their highest rate since 2012. The 2.9% inflation for the 12-month period ending in June is a sign of a growing economy, but it’s also a painful development for workers, whose tepid wage gains failed to keep pace with the rising prices. The cost of food, shelter, and gas has significantly risen in the past year. Gas skyrocketed more than 24%, rent jumped 3.6% and restaurant meals rose 2.8%. Prices have risen roughly at the same rate as wages, erasing any gains workers realized via bigger paychecks and US citizens have paid approximately $88 billion on Trump’s tariffs so far, with the average household paying $1,000 extra on higher-priced goods.
BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
In 2010, the national unemployment rate dropped from 9.9% to 3.5%. Yes, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 1972. But since the mid-1970s, we’ve had flat wage growth, and growth has been very, very slow. Of the top ten fastest-growing occupations, seven or eight falls below the median wage. Now let’s look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics figures which focuses on those who are not employed but are looking for work, a number that DOES NOT INCLUDE THOSE WHO HAVE STOPPED SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. 1.6% of prime-age White men (25 to 54 years old) are institutionalized. If all those 590,000 men were recognized as unemployed, the unemployment rate for prime-age White men would increase by about 5% to 6.4%. For prime-age Black men, the unemployment rate would jump from 11% to 19% because of a far higher fraction of Black men, 7.7% or 580,000 men are institutionalized. This measures an increasing employment rate or a falling unemployment rate simply because, over this period, we’ve put more of the people who have trouble finding jobs in prison.
During this time, inflation hit a 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American. Over the past year, prices have risen at their highest rate since 2012. The 2.9% inflation for the 12 months ending in June 2019 was a sign of a growing economy, but it’s also a painful development for workers, whose tepid wage gains failed to keep pace with the rising prices. 1 in 3 households, are classified as “financially fragile.” 1 in 5 adults is unable to pay the current month’s bills in full. The cost of food, shelter, and gas has significantly risen in the past year. Gas skyrocketed more than 24%, rent jumped 3.6%, Utilities have increased by 3.6% and restaurant meals rose 2.8%. Prices have risen roughly at the same rate as wages, erasing any gains workers realized via bigger paychecks and US citizens have paid approximately $88 billion since Jan. 2017, with the average household paying $1,000 extra on higher-priced goods. Families are being bled dry by landlords because the cost of rent has risen faster than renters’ incomes.
Health-care costs are exorbitant; doctors and hospital health-care costs have grown twice as fast as paychecks. People are paying twice as much for insurance and medical services as citizens in other countries. Premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses keep rising, eating away at families’ budgets, casting millions into debt, and consigning millions more to bankruptcy.
Between 2010 and 2016, family private-insurance premiums jumped 28%, while median household incomes rose less than 20%, meaning less take-home pay for workers. Deductibles also soared. From 2010 to 2016, the share of employees in health plans with a deductible jumped from 78% to 85%. The average annual deductible went from less than $2,000 to more than $3,000. 2 in 3 bankruptcies are related to medical issues. Nearly 140 million adults report “medical financial hardship” every year and in Coffeeville, Kansas, people are even being arrested and jailed for their inability to pay off outstanding medical debt.
In the space of a decade, food prices have risen by 14.5%. Fruit and vegetables just under 20%. Meat/poultry and fish 18%. Dairy 16%, bread and cereals 11%. Other food products such as confectionery, sauces, and spices 4.9%. May 2019 alone saw food prices go up by 3.8%, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts food will increase an additional 1.5% to 2.5%.
Families shouldn’t spend more than 7% of their income on child care, yet child-care costs can eat up 37% of a single parent’s household income. Even parents making the national median income ($87,757) will have to devote 10.6% of their money for child care. Daycare, nannies, and other direct-care services for kids has increased by 2,000% in the past four decades, and families commonly spend $15,000 to $26,000 a year to have someone watch just one child. Such care is grossly unaffordable for low-income parents in metro areas across the country, causing many people to drop out of the labor force. One in four American mothers returns to work within two weeks of giving birth. Child-care costs are roughly double the price of a year’s tuition to an in-state public university.
Colleges and university tuition and associated fees have risen twice as fast as wages. Student-loan debt is a trillion-dollar stone placed on young adults’ backs; to be more accurate, $1.4 trillion has risen to 6% equaling a 116% increase in the last decade, student-loan debt is a more sweeping financial burden than car loans or credit-card debt. More than half of students now take on loans of one kind or another to earn higher degrees, outstanding debts typically total upward to $25,000, requiring monthly payments of $200 to $300. And lest we forget, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is in contempt for violating a federal judge’s order to stop collecting on student loans owed by students of a defunct for-profit college which she refuses to abide by affecting 16,000 student borrowers.
A surprise heating-repair bill, parking ticket, court fee, or medical expense remains ruinous for many families, despite all the wealth this country has generated.
As of 10-25-19 the Treasury Dept announced the budget deficit hit $984 billion in 2019, DOUBLING the deficit of 2015. Trump promised to eliminate the deficit in 8 years, instead he’s increased it 68% in under three years. Trump has endorsed big spending increases and steered most Republicans to abandon the deficit obsession they held during the Obama administration. Trump has added over $2 trillion in new federal debt which is the second-most debt of any recent president. According to the Treasury data, the US added $2.07 trillion — $2,065,536,336,472.90 to be exact — in new debt between Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, and February 11, 2019 and another $2.8 billion through February 15, 2019. Trump will have accumulated $3.73 trillion in new debt by the end of the 2020 fiscal year, which, because of federal budget rules, actually runs until the end of September 2020. The US budget deficit ballooned to $779 billion this year, the highest since 2012, driven by Trump’s tax law and the massive budget deal(s).
FY 2019 – $1.314 trillion.
FY 2018 – $1.217 trillion.
FY 2017 – $672 billion.
BARACK OBAMA: added $8.588 trillion, 74% in 8 years.
THIS IS HOW MUCH EACH PRESIDENT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO OUR NATION’S $22 TRILLION IN U.S. DEBT.
RONALD REAGAN: added $1.86 trillion, 186% increase.
GEORGE W. BUSH: added $5.849 trillion, 54% increase.
BILL CLINTON: added $1.396 trillion, a 32% increase
JIMMY CARTER: added $299 billion, a 43% increase
GERALD FORD: added $224 billion, a 47% increase.
RICHARD NIXON: added $121 billion, a 34% increase.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON: added $42 billion, a 13% increase
JOHN F. KENNEDY: added $23 billion, an 8% increase
DWIGHT EISENHOWER: added $23 billion, a 9% increase
HARRY TRUMAN: added $7 billion, a 3% increase
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT: added $236 billion, 1,048% increase.
WOODROW WILSON: added $21 billion, 727% increase.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT… So, you want to play the ‘But But But Hilary! Game’ because the past possible crimes or inappropriateness of other politicians is more important than the current crimes Trump and his administration have been committing. In 1978, Congress passed the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which mandated all presidential and vice-presidential records created after January 20, 1981, be preserved and the public, NOT the president, owned the records. Let’s focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress. Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration between 2003 and 2009, when the Bush White House ‘LOST 22 MILLION’ emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in the U.S.’s recent history, when the Bush administration was drumming up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims the country possessed weapons of mass destruction, and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons. The Bush White House used a private email server, owned by the Republican National Committee and the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking those emails… Wanna keep playing?
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT… Trump’s crimes are still crimes regardless of anyone else’s crimes. All of this “but look at what “they” (Obama/Hilary) did” is a psychological defense mechanism of denial projecting responsibility and blame on “the other” while allowing the perpetrator to eliminate negative feelings about their choices by providing avoidance and self- gratification.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT… The “But Obama! But Hilary!” tactic is juvenile and a lame attempt to distract from discussing the current administrations corruption.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT ~ WHATABOUTISM (countering) … If whataboutism makes everything OK then Hillary is forgiven for everything because of what Trump’s also doing and you’re forgiving him, right.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT ~ WHATABOUTISM (countering) … If Ahhh, Whataboutism, the magic word, a Soviet propaganda tactic; mentioning it tends to kill off an unfolding discussion as effectively as a Nazi analogy used to do.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT ~ WHATABOUTISM (countering) … If Trying to score points is the essence of your Whataboutism is the trick to divert attention by injecting something completely unrelated to the discussion.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT ~ WHATABOUTISM (countering) … If I will happily consider that point, once you acknowledge (Trump’s offenses or _____).”
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT ~ WHATABOUTISM (countering) … If Ahhh, a true Trump Supporter, you’re charging this fact with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving it, which is markedly associated with Russian propaganda.
₰ ~ BUT BUT BUT… MYTH: OBAMA GAVE $150 BILLION IN CASH TO IRAN
Trump has repeated the claim “The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?” First of all, Obama didn’t give “150 billion in cash” to Iran. Secondly, $150 billion is a high-end estimate of the total freed up after some sanctions were lifted. Fact Check published April 24, 2018, found there was no such payment. The money Trump refers to represents Iranian assets held abroad which were frozen until a deal was reached in 2015 to curb Iran’s nuclear program and ease sanctions. Tehran was then allowed access to its funds. U.S. Treasury Department estimates put the number approximately at $50 billion in “usable liquid assets,” according to 2015 testimony by Adam Szubin, acting undersecretary of treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence.
₰ ~ Invoking Obama/Hilary red-herrings is extremely ignorant and blatantly paternalistic.
₰ ~ When he said “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that?”
₰ ~ Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, misled investigators multiple times about his role in a news media disclosure about Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 presidential election and authorized the release of information to “advance his personal interests”. McCabe authorized FBI officials to speak with a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, in violation of agency rules, and then misled FBI and Justice Department officials when later questioned about it. McCabe could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump. McCabe kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president and they have been provided to the special counsel’s office.
₰ ~ Funny how the “lock her up” crowd is suddenly so concerned with attorney-client privilege, due process etc.
₰ ~ Per the Gallup Poll Barack Obama is ‘Most Admired Man’ for 10th year in a row and Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman for the 22nd time, and for the 16th consecutive year.
₰ ~ Trump supporters need to stop going back to Hillary or Barrack and pointing fingers… they are not holding office now.
₰ ~ You’re still bitching and moaning about HILLARY’S EMAILS even though: Comey announced a review of the emails had turned up no evidence, no criminal charges were warranted and the investigation to this day remains closed, plus Comey used his personal email for FBI business, an action “inconsistent” with FBI policy.
₰ ~ You’re still bitching and moaning about HILLARY’S EMAILS, are you going to bitch and moan about Scott Pruitt using 4 ‘Secret’ Email Accounts?
₰ ~ Whatever you think about the activities of Hillary and the Clinton Foundation, there’s no denying Trump and his cronies are engaged in a much more flagrant version of pay-to-play. We’re still waiting on Trump’s tax returns and those he meets with on the sly at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, are much more nefarious will eventually be revealed. Where did all those chanting “lock her up” go? It’s awfully quiet now Trump and his friends are making millions while he’s in office.
₰ ~ But it’s okay because you’re using the “But Hillary, But Obama Card” widely used by Republicans when they need to deflect Trump’s lies or lack any actual intelligent argument.
₰ ~ He’s offended our friends and allies, treating the Mexican and Australian governments in much the same way he’s treated John McCain and Megyn Kelly and a disabled reporter and Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz and the Gold Star Khan Family and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and Rosie O’Donnell.
₰ ~ A high-ranking unnamed source, who spoke with the Dispatch on the condition of anonymity, has confirmed that President Trump has denied the request on grounds that California and the city of Sacramento in particular, have failed to enforce federal immigration laws and have threatened to succeed from the Union. The source is quoted as saying: “The President has no incentive in helping the state of California. The state harbors more illegal immigrants than any other state and has multiple sanctuary cities that violate federal laws. The state very publicly supported Hillary Clinton throughout the election and the President views the state as being responsible for his loss in the popular vote, something he has had trouble with accepting. They have also recently threatened to leave the Union through their #CalExit campaign, and the President sees this as an opportunity to let them deal with the consequences of their exit. There is a sickness within the liberals in this country that they are not willing to address. Until they understand what ails them can they hope to find the cure. This is a step in the right direction in finding the #CureForWellness. “
₰ ~ The U.S. Presidential election was rigged even before the first ballot was cast. Everybody knows Hillary Clinton is the establishment’s candidate of choice, backed by the Rothschilds and the New World Order. What is less well known is that Donald Trump is also a Rothschild creation and actor, playing a part in the great sham. 30 years ago, members of the Rothschild family saved Trump from bankruptcy and took him under their wing. They recognized his potential as a “man of use” and “colorful front man”. In the late 1980s, Donald Trump found himself in financial trouble as the real estate market in New York tanked. The three casinos in Atlantic City, like other Trump assets, were under threat from lenders. It was only with the assistance and assurance of Wilbur L. Ross Jr., senior managing director of Rothschild Inc. that Trump was allowed to keep the casinos and rebuild his threatened empire.
₰ ~ 10-30-17 ~ Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had been indicted for conspiracy and money laundering. The Papadopoulos guilty plea goes directly to the heart of the charge of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. It establishes conclusively that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian representatives, although it remains unclear exactly which Trump campaign officials were involved. Unlike the charges against Manafort, which are likely to be contested, the charges against Papadopoulos have been admitted and stand as proven facts. Papadopoulos was informed by Russian contacts that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” Papadopoulos discussed the Clinton dirt with his Russian contacts on multiple occasions, and attempted to set up meetings between his contacts and high-ranking officials of the Trump
₰ ~ Bill and Hillary Clinton were among the 350 guests when Melania married Donald at Mar-a-Lago.
₰ ~ Kushner is reportedly under investigation by Mueller for a meeting in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign with representatives linked to the Kremlin who purportedly would disclose information harmful to Hillary Clinton. Mueller also questioned Kushner about his interactions concerning Russia with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Mueller is also examining meetings with international leaders Kushner had during the administration transition and afterward, while his family real estate business was seeking global investment.
₰ ~ The media was caught lying about a chemical attack in Syria in 2013. A female journalist was killed after she exposed the U.S. government ISIS on live TV. Hillary approved sending Sarin gas to ISIS to frame Assad in 2012 and Putin proved that ISIS funded by several nations. How much more proof you’re being lied to about Syria?
₰ ~ Karena Virginia on a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred: Trump groped her while she was leaving the US Open in 1998. She said that she was waiting for a car to take her home when Trump approached her with a group of a few other men. According to Virginia he said, “Hey look at this one!” and “Look at those legs.” Virginia alleged that he then grabbed her right arm with his right arm, then touched the inside of her right breast before reportedly asking, “Don’t you know who I am?” Virginia said that her shock soon turned to shame and that she changed the way she dressed as a result of the encounter, hoping to avoid unwanted male attention. She was 27 at the time. TRUMP’S RESPONSE: A Trump campaign spokesperson denied the accusation in a statement to The Washington Post: “Voters are tired of these circuslike antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”
₰ ~ Without mentioning Obama or Hillary please name one positive thing he’s done so far and how it’s helped the average person? You can even mention something he’s done prior to become POTUS. But don’t say he’s created jobs because he’s cheated as many people as he’s employed.
₰ ~ Trump Inauguration 160,000 – 250,000 people – 2.9 million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than voted for Trump
₰ ~ FEB. 16 “They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.)
₰ ~ Why is Donald Trump always seen with Melania? Because all his other wives support Hillary.
ABORTION… 22 REPUBLICANS ON RAPE
1. RICK SANTORUM (R-PA) ~ Rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.
2. CLAYTON WILLIAMS (R-TX) ~ Rape is kinda like the weather. If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.’
3. RICHARD MOURDOCK (R-IN) ~ Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, something that God intended to happen.
4. JODIE LAUBENBERG (R-TX) ~ In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out.
5. LAWRENCE LOCKMAN (R-ME) ~ If a woman has the right to abortion, why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to
6. force himself on a woman? At least the rapist pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t in most cases result in anyone’s death.
7. ROGER RIVARD (R-WI) ~ Some girls rape easy
8. ROGER RIVARD (R-WI) ~ “Consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry…All of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh yeah, I was part of the program.”
9. CHUCK WINDER (R-ID) ~ I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”
10. TODD AKIN (R-MO) ~ “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy. “If it’s a legitimate rape,” “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
11. HENRY ALDRIDGE (R-NC) ~ Women do not get pregnant when raped because “the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work” during an attack.
12. SHARRON ANGLE ~ (R-NV) ~ Rape is God’s plan.
13. KEN BUCK (R-CO) ~ Rape victim had “buyer’s remorse”
14. JAMES LEON HOLMES (R-AR) ~ “Concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”
15. PETE DEGRAAF (R-KS) ~ Women should plan ahead for situations such as rape because, after all, I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance; I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.
16. BILL DONAHUE (President of the Catholic League) It isn’t rape if the child isn’t penetrated.
17. JOHN KOSTER (R-WA) ~ “the rape thing” it’s not an excuse for abortion “it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s the consequence of this crime, how does that make it better? You know what I mean?”
18. ALLEN WEST (R-FL) ~ These Planned Parenthood women, the Pink Code women, and all of these women have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness…We are not going to have our men become subservient.
19. JOE WALSH (R-IL) ~ Understand though, that when we talk about exceptions, we talk about rape, incest, health of a woman, life of a woman. Life of the woman is not an exception.
20. MIKE HUCKABEE (R-AR) ~ On the positive of pregnancy after rape. “Singer Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of forcible rape”.
21. TRENT FRANKS (R-AZ) ~ “Before…my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject—because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”
22. STEVE KING (R-IA) ~ On never hearing about pregnancy from rape before. “I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to discussion about the subject matter”.
23. TOM SMITH (R-PA) ~ Comparing pregnancy from rape with having a baby out of wedlock. “Put yourself in the father’s situation. Yes, it is similar”.
24. BOB NONINI (R-ID) ~ “There should be no abortion and anyone who has an abortion should pay” saying he would support “the death penalty based on the case law.”
25. RON HOOD (R-OH) ~ introduced bill HB 565 “heartbeat bill”, prohibiting abortions even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman’s life allowing criminal charges to be brought against both doctors and pregnant women, punishable by life in prison or the death penalty.
NEARLY EVERY OUTRIGHT LIE TRUMP HAS TOLD PUBLICLY SINCE TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE… TRUMP TOLD PUBLIC LIES OR FALSEHOODS EVERY DAY FOR HIS FIRST 40 DAYS
1. JAN. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
2. JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.)
3. JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)
4. JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama’s 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.)
5. JAN. 25 “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)” (The report never mentioned voter fraud.)JAN. 25 “You had millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” (The real number is less than 1 million, according to the Urban Institute.)
6. JAN. 25 “So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that.” (There were no gun homicide victims in Chicago that day.)
7. JAN. 26 “We’ve taken in tens of thousands of people. We know nothing about them. They can say they vet them. They didn’t vet them. They have no papers. How can you vet somebody when you don’t know anything about them and you have no papers? How do you vet them? You can’t.” (Vetting lasts up to two years.)
8. JAN. 26 “I cut off hundreds of millions of dollars off one particular plane, hundreds of millions of dollars in a short period of time. It wasn’t like I spent, like, weeks, hours, less than hours, and many, many hundreds of millions of dollars. And the plane’s going to be better.” (Most of the cuts were already planned.)
9. JAN. 28 “The coverage about me in the @nytimes and the @washingtonpost has been so false and angry that the Times actually apologized to its dwindling subscribers and readers.” (It never apologized.)
10. JAN. 29 “The Cuban-Americans, I got 84 percent of that vote.” (There is no support for this.)
11. JAN. 30 “Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage.” (At least 746 people were detained and processed, and the Delta outage happened two days later.)
12. FEB. 3 “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” (There is no evidence of paid protesters.)
13. FEB. 4 “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!” (It never apologized.)
14. FEB. 5 “We had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.” (About 60,000 people were affected.)
15. FEB. 6 “I have already saved more than $700 million when I got involved in the negotiation on the F-35.” (Much of the price drop was projected before Trump took office.)
16. FEB. 6 “It’s gotten to a point where it is not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” (Terrorism has been reported on, often in detail.)
17. FEB. 6 “The failing @nytimes was forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win. Now they are worse!” (It didn’t apologize.)
18. FEB. 6 “And the previous administration allowed it to happen because we shouldn’t have been in Iraq, but we shouldn’t have gotten out the way we got out. It created a vacuum, ISIS was formed.” (The group’s origins date to 2004.)
19. FEB. 7 “And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.” (It was higher in the 1980s and ’90s.)
20. FEB. 7 “I saved more than $600 million. I got involved in negotiation on a fighter jet, the F-35.” (The Defense Department projected this price drop before Trump took office.)
21. FEB. 9 “Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!” (It was part of Cuomo’s first question.)
22. FEB. 9 Sen. Richard Blumenthal “now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?” (The Gorsuch comments were later corroborated.)
23. FEB. 10 “I don’t know about it. I haven’t seen it. What report is that?” (Trump knew about Flynn’s actions for weeks.)
24. FEB. 12 “Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!” (The media did cover it.)
25. FEB. 16 “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.)
26. FEB. 16 “That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports.” (Delta’s problems happened two days later.)
27. FEB. 16 “Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.” (The jobs are a result of its investment plans announced in October 2016.)
28. FEB. 16 “When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” (Not always. They have released classified information in the past.)
29. FEB. 16 “We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban. But we had a bad court. Got a bad decision.” (The rollout was chaotic.)
30. FEB. 16 “They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.)
31. FEB. 18 “And there was no way to vet those people. There was no documentation. There was no nothing.” (Refugees receive multiple background checks, taking up to two years.)
32. FEB. 18 “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” (Trump implied there was a terror attack in Sweden, but there was no such attack.)
33. FEB. 24 “By the way, you folks are in here — this place is packed, there are lines that go back six blocks.” (There was no evidence of long lines.)
34. FEB. 24 “ICE came and endorsed me.”(Only its union did.)
35. FEB. 24 “Obamacare covers very few people — and remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them — it was taken away from them.” (Obamacare increased coverage by a net of about 20 million.)
36. FEB. 27 “Since Obamacare went into effect, nearly half of the insurers are stopped and have stopped from participating in the Obamacare exchanges.” (Many fewer pulled out.)
37. FEB. 27 “On one plane, on a small order of one plane, I saved $725 million. And I would say I devoted about, if I added it up, all those calls, probably about an hour. So I think that might be my highest and best use.” (Much of the price cut was already projected.)
38. FEB. 28 “And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that.” (NATO countries agreed to meet defense spending requirements in 2014.)
39. FEB. 28 “The E.P.A.’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands.” (There’s no evidence that the Waters of the United States rule caused severe job losses.)
40. FEB. 28 “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials.” (They can’t lobby their former agency but can still become lobbyists.)
41. MARCH 3 “It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet.” (Paperwork for the last two candidates was still not submitted to the Senate.)
42. MARCH 4 “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” (There’s no evidence of a wiretap.)
43. MARCH 4 “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”(There’s no evidence of a wiretap.)
44. MARCH 7 “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!” (113 of them were released by President George W. Bush.)
45. MARCH 13 “I saved a lot of money on those jets, didn’t I? Did I do a good job? More than $725 million on them.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
46. MARCH 13 “First of all, it covers very few people.” (About 20 million people gained insurance under Obamacare.)
47. MARCH 15 “On the airplanes, I saved $725 million. Probably took me a half an hour if you added up all of the times.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.
48. )MARCH 17
49. “I was in Tennessee — I was just telling the folks — and half of the state has no insurance company, and the other half is going to lose the insurance company.” (There’s at least one insurer in every Tennessee county.)
50. MARCH 20 “With just one negotiation on one set of airplanes, I saved the taxpayers of our country over $700 million.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
51. MARCH 21 “To save taxpayer dollars, I’ve already begun negotiating better contracts for the federal government — saving over $700 million on just one set of airplanes of which there are many sets.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
52. MARCH 22 “I make the statement, everyone goes crazy. The next day they have a massive riot, and death, and problems.” (Riots in Sweden broke out two days later and there were no deaths.)
53. MARCH 22 “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.” (It has fought terrorism since the 1980s.)
54. MARCH 22 “Well, now, if you take a look at the votes, when I say that, I mean mostly they register wrong — in other words, for the votes, they register incorrectly and/or illegally. And they then vote. You have tremendous numbers of people.” (There’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud.)
55. MARCH 29 “Remember when the failing @nytimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!” (It didn’t apologize.)
56. MARCH 31 “We have a lot of plants going up now in Michigan that were never going to be there if I — if I didn’t win this election, those plants would never even think about going back. They were gone.” (These investments were already planned.)
57. APRIL 2 “And I was totally opposed to the war in the Middle East which I think finally has been proven, people tried very hard to say I wasn’t but you’ve seen that it is now improving.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
58. APRIL 2 “Now, my last tweet — you know, the one that you are talking about, perhaps — was the one about being, in quotes, wiretapped, meaning surveilled. Guess what, it is turning out to be true.” (There is still no evidence.)
59. APRIL 5 “You have many states coming up where they’re going to have no insurance company. O.K.? It’s already happened in Tennessee. It’s happening in Kentucky. Tennessee only has half coverage. Half the state is gone. They left.” (Every marketplace region in Tennessee had at least one insurer.)
60. APRIL 6 “If you look at the kind of cost-cutting we’ve been able to achieve with the military and at the same time ordering vast amounts of equipment — saved hundreds of millions of dollars on airplanes, and really billions, because if you take that out over a period of years it’s many billions of dollars — I think we’ve had a tremendous success.” (Much of the price cuts were already projected.)
61. APRIL 11 “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’t know Steve.” (He knew Steve Bannon since 2011.)
62. APRIL 12 “You can’t do it faster, because they’re obstructing. They’re obstructionists. So I have people — hundreds of people that we’re trying to get through. I mean you have — you see the backlog. We can’t get them through.” (At this point, he had not nominated anyone for hundreds of positions.)
63. APRIL 12 “The New York Times said the word wiretapped in the headline of the first edition. Then they took it out of there fast when they realized.” (There were separate headlines for print and web, but neither were altered.)
64. APRIL 12 “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO can do in the fight against terrorism. I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.” (NATO has been engaged in counterterrorism efforts since the 1980s.)
65. APRIL 12 “Mosul was supposed to last for a week and now they’ve been fighting it for many months and so many more people died.” (The campaign was expected to take months.)
66. APRIL 16 “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” (There’s no evidence of paid protesters.)
67. APRIL 18 “The fake media goes, ‘Donald Trump changed his stance on China.’ I haven’t changed my stance.” (He did.)
68. APRIL 21 “On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It’s actually a little bit more than that, but it’s $725 million.” (Much of the price cuts were already projected.)
69. APRIL 21 “When WikiLeaks came out … never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it.” (He criticized it as early as 2010.)
70. APRIL 27 “I want to help our miners while the Democrats are blocking their healthcare.” (The bill to extend health benefits for certain coal miners was introduced by a Democrat and was co-sponsored by mostly Democrats.)
71. APRIL 28 “The trade deficit with Mexico is close to $70 billion, even with Canada it’s $17 billion trade deficit with Canada.” (The U.S. had an $8.1 billion trade surplus, not deficit, with Canada in 2016.)
72. APRIL 28 “She’s running against someone who’s going to raise your taxes to the sky, destroy your health care, and he’s for open borders — lots of crime.” (Those are not Jon Ossoff’s positions.)
73. APRIL 28 “The F-35 fighter jet program — it was way over budget. I’ve saved $725 million plus, just by getting involved in the negotiation.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.)
74. APRIL 29 “They’re incompetent, dishonest people who after an election had to apologize because they covered it, us, me, but all of us, they covered it so badly that they felt they were forced to apologize because their predictions were so bad.” (The Times did not apologize.)
75. APRIL 29 “As you know, I’ve been a big critic of China, and I’ve been talking about currency manipulation for a long time. But I have to tell you that during the election, number one, they stopped.” (China stopped years ago.)
76. APRIL 29 “I’ve already saved more than $725 million on a simple order of F-35 planes. I got involved in the negotiation.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.)
77. APRIL 29 “We’re also getting NATO countries to finally step up and contribute their fair share. They’ve begun to increase their contributions by billions of dollars, but we are not going to be satisfied until everyone pays what they owe.” (The deal was struck in 2014.)
78. APRIL 29 “When they talk about currency manipulation, and I did say I would call China, if they were, a currency manipulator, early in my tenure. And then I get there. Number one, they — as soon as I got elected, they stopped.” (China stopped in 2014.)
79. APRIL 29 “I was negotiating to reduce the price of the big fighter jet contract, the F-35, which was totally out of control. I will save billions and billions and billions of dollars.” (Most of the cuts were planned before Trump.)
80. APRIL 29 “I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it.” (There’s still no evidence Trump’s phones were tapped.)
81. MAY 1 “Well, we are protecting pre-existing conditions. And it’ll be every good — bit as good on pre-existing conditions as Obamacare.” (The bill weakens protections for people with pre-existing conditions.)
82. MAY 1 “The F-35 fighter jet — I saved — I got involved in the negotiation. It’s 2,500 jets. I negotiated for 90 planes, lot 10. I got $725 million off the price.” (Much of the price cuts were planned before Trump.)
83. MAY 1 “First of all, since I started running, they haven’t increased their — you know, they have not manipulated their currency. I think that was out of respect to me and the campaign.” (China stopped years ago.)
84. MAY 2 “I love buying those planes at a reduced price. I have been really — I have cut billions — I have to tell you this, and they can check, right, Martha? I have cut billions and billions of dollars off plane contracts sitting here.” (Much of the cost cuts were planned before Trump.)
85. MAY 4 “Number two, they’re actually not a currency [manipulator]. You know, since I’ve been talking about currency manipulation with respect to them and other countries, they stopped.” (China stopped years ago.)
86. MAY 4 “We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world.” (We’re not.)
87. MAY 4 “Nobody cares about my tax return except for the reporters.” (Polls show most Americans do care.)MAY 8 “You know we’ve gotten billions of dollars more in NATO than we’re getting. All because of me.” (The deal was struck in 2014.)
88. MAY 8 “But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.” (Colbert’s “Late Show” debut had nearly two million more viewers.)
89. MAY 8 “Director Clapper reiterated what everybody, including the fake media already knows — there is ‘no evidence’ of collusion w/ Russia and Trump.” (Clapper only said he wasn’t aware of an investigation.)
90. MAY 12 “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” (The F.B.I. was investigating before the election.)
91. MAY 12 “When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?” (Clapper said he wouldn’t have been told of an investigation into collusion.)
92. MAY 13 “I’m cutting the price of airplanes with Lockheed.” (The cost cuts were planned before he became president.)
93. MAY 26 “Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.” (He’s referencing an arms deal that’s not enacted and other apparent deals that weren’t announced on the trip.)
94. JUNE 1 “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So, we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020.” (The agreement doesn’t allow or disallow building coal plants.)
95. JUNE 1 “I’ve just returned from a trip overseas where we concluded nearly $350 billion of military and economic development for the United States, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.” (Trump’s figures are inflated and premature.)
96. JUNE 4 “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” (The mayor was specifically talking about the enlarged police presence on the streets.)
97. JUNE 5 “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.” (Trump signed this version of the travel ban, not the Justice Department.)
98. JUNE 21 “They all say it’s ‘nonbinding.’ Like hell it’s nonbinding.” (The Paris climate agreement is nonbinding — and Trump said so in his speech announcing the withdrawal.)
99. JUNE 21 “Right now, we are one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.” (We’re not.)
60 ENVIRONMENTAL RULES ON THE WAY OUT UNDER TRUMP
1. Revoked Obama-era flood standards for federal infrastructure projects
2. Rejected a proposed ban on a potentially harmful pesticide
3. Lifted a freeze on new coal leases on public lands
4. Canceled a requirement for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions
5. Revoked a rule that prevented coal companies from dumping mining debris into local streams
6. Approved the Keystone XL pipeline
7. Approved the Dakota Access pipeline
8. Prohibited funding third-party projects through federal lawsuit settlements, which could include environmental programs
9. Repealed a ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans
10. Proposed the use of seismic air guns for gas and oil exploration in the Atlantic
11. Revoked a 2016 order protecting the northern Bering Sea region in Alaska
12. Repealed an Obama-era rule regulating royalties for oil, gas and coal
13. Withdrew guidance for federal agencies to include greenhouse gas emissions in environmental reviews
14. Relaxed the environmental review process for federal infrastructure projects
15. Announced intent to stop payments to the Green Climate Fund
16. Dropped proposed restrictions on mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska
17. Removed a number of species from the endangered list
18. Overturned a ban on the hunting of predators in Alaskan wildlife refuges
19. Withdrew proposed limits on endangered marine mammals caught by fishing nets on the West Coast
20. Stopped discouraging the sale of plastic water bottles in national parks
21. Rescinded an Obama-era order to consider climate change in managing natural resources in national parks
22. Revoked directive for federal agencies to mitigate the environmental impacts of projects they approve
23. Directed agencies to stop using an Obama-era calculation of the “social cost of carbon”
24. Revoked an update to the Bureau of Land Management’s public land use planning process
25. Removed copper filter cake, an electronics manufacturing byproduct, from the “hazardous waste” list
26. Reversed a proposed rule that mines prove they can pay for cleanup
27. Withdrew a proposed rule reducing pollutants at sewage treatment plants
28. Overturned ban on use of lead ammunition on federal lands
29. Amended fishing regulations for a number of species
30. Proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan
31. Announced intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement
32. Proposed rescinding a rule that protected tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act
33. Reopened a review of fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks
34. Recommended shrinking or modifying 10 national monuments
35. Reviewing 12 marine protected areas
36. Reviewing limits on toxic discharge from power plants into public waterways
37. Reviewing rules regulating coal ash waste from power plants
38. Reviewing emissions standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants
39. Reviewing emissions rules for power plant start-ups, shutdowns and malfunctions
40. Announced plans to review greater sage grouse habitat protections
41. Announced plans to rescind water pollution regulations for fracking on federal and Indian lands
42. Ordered review of regulations on oil and gas drilling in national parks where mineral rights are privately owned
43. Reviewing new safety regulations on offshore drilling
44. Ordered a review of a rule regulating offshore oil and gas exploration by floating vessels in the Arctic
45. Proposed ending a restriction on exploratory drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
46. Ordered a review of federal regulations on hunting methods in Alaska
47. Proposed repeal of a requirement for reporting emissions on federal highways
48. Proposed a repeal of emissions standards for trailers and glider kits
49. Suspended rule limiting methane emissions on public lands
50. Announced plans to review permitting programs for air-polluting plants
51. Reopened outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing plans
52. Overturned a ban on using parts of migratory birds in handicrafts made in Alaska
53. Announced a review of coal dust limits in mines.
54. Reviewing a rule limiting methane emissions at new oil and gas drilling sites
55. Put on hold rules aimed at cutting methane emissions from landfills
56. Delayed a lawsuit over a rule regulating airborne mercury emissions from power plants
57. Delayed a rule aiming to improve safety at facilities that use hazardous chemicals
58. Continuing review of proposed groundwater protections for certain
59. Delayed compliance dates for federal building efficiency standards
60. Withdrew a rule that would help consumers buy more fuel-efficient tires
PEOPLE IN KEY POSITIONS WHO HAVE BEEN FIRED, FORCED TO RESIGN or QUIT
1. Andrew McCabe – Deputy Director FBI
2. Angella Reid – Chief Usher
3. Anthony Scaramucci – Communications Director
4. Bill Shine – Deputy chief of staff for communications
5. Brenda Fitzgerald – Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
6. Brock Long – Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency
7. Carl Higbie – Chief of external affairs for Corporation for National and Community Service
8. Dan Coats – Director of national intelligence
9. David Shulkin – Veterans Affairs Secretary
10. David Sorensen – White House speechwriter
11. Deputy chief of staff – Deputy chief of staff
12. Dina Powell – Deputy National Security Adviser
13. Donald F. McGahn II – White House counsel
14. Gary D. Cohn – Director of White House National Economic Council
15. George Sifakis – Director of White House Office of Public Liaison
16. Gordon Sondland – US Ambassador
17. Heather Wilson – Air Force secretary
18. Hope Hicks – Communications Director (the 4th to vacate that specific role in a little more than a year)
19. James Comey – FBI Director
20. James Schwab – Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman
21. Jason Greenblatt – Special envoy for Middle East peace
22. Jeff Sessions – Attorney General
23. Jim Mattis – Secretary of Defense
24. John Dowd – Trump’s lead attorney
25. John F. Keyy – White House chief of staff
26. John McEntee – President Trump’s personal aide
27. John McEntee – Trump’s Personal Assistant
28. John R. Bolton – National security adviser
29. Jon Lerner – National Security Aide
30. Josh Raffel – Deputy Communications Director
31. K. T. McFarland – Deputy national security adviser
32. Katie Walsh – White House deputy chief of staff
33. Keith Schiller – Director of Oval Office operations
34. Kevin K. McAleenan – Acting secretary for Homeland Security
35. Kirstjen Nielsen – Homeland security secretary
36. Linda E. McMahon – Administrator of Small Business Administration
37. Lt, General H.R. McMaster – National Security Advisor
38. Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman – Director for European Affairs
39. Maj. Gen. Ricky Waddell – Deputy national security adviser
40. Michael Flynn – National Security Adviser
41. Michael Short – Senior Assistant Press Secretary
42. Michale Anton – National Security Council spokesman
43. Mike Dubke – Communications Director
44. Nadia Schadlow – Deputy national security adviser for strategy
45. Nadia Schadlow – Deputy national security adviser for strategy
46. Nick Ayers – Chief of staff to vice president
47. Nikki Haley – Ambassador to the United Nations
48. Omarosa Manigault Newman – Director of Communications, Office of Public Liaison
49. Patrick M. Shanahan – Acting secretary of defense
50. Preet Bharara – US Attorney
51. R. Alexander Acosta – Labor secretary
52. Rachel L. Brand – Associate attorney general
53. Raj Shah – Principal deputy press secretary
54. Randolph D. Alles – Director of Secret Service
55. Rex Tillerson ~ Secretary of State
56. Richard V. Spencer – Navy Secretary
57. Rick Dearborn – White House deputy chief of staff
58. Rick Perry – Energy secretary
59. Rob Porter – Staff Secretary
60. Roberta Jacobson – U.S. ambassador to Mexico
61. Rod J. Rosenstein – Deputy attorney general
62. Ryan Zinke – Secretary of Interior
63. Sally Yates – Acting Attorney General
64. Sam Nunberg – Policy Advisor
65. Sarah Huckabee Sanders – White House press secretary
66. Scott Pruitt – E.P.A. administrator
67. Sean Spicer – White House Press Secretary and Communications Director
68. Sebastian Gorka – Advisor Deputy Assistant
69. Steve Bannon – Chief Strategist
70. Tom Bossert – Homeland Security Adviser
71. Tom Price – Health and Human Services Secretary
72. Ty Cobb – White House Lawyer
73. Walter Shaub – The Director Office of Government Ethics
74. Yevgeny Vindman (Lt. Vindman’s twin brother) – National Security Council attorney
PRESIDENTIAL ADMIN. FIRED, OR RESIGNED UNDER EARLIER PRESIDENTS FOR THEIR ENTIRE TERM(S)
Ronald Reagan 28
George W Bush – 27
Bill Clinton – 24.
Harry Truman 23.
Barack Obama (8 years) – 20
Richard Nixon -20
Theodore Roosevelt (16 years) – 20
Ulysses S Grant – 18
Franklin D Roosevelt 17
Grover Cleveland (8 years) – 16
John Tyler – 15.
Andrew Jackson – 14
Lyndon Johnson – 14
James Madison and Gerald Ford – 12
EXAMPLES OF DONALD TRUMP BEING RACIST, $$$, RELIGION AND SCREWING PEOPLE, FACTS
Apparently Trumps mom didn’t teach him not to say disparaging things about people, especially women, like:
a) Grabbing women “by the pussy.”
b) Calling Mika Brzezinski dumb, crazy, and criticized her appearance or saying Carly Fiorina shouldn’t be president because of her face.
c) Tweeting sexual assault in the military is simply what happens when men and women work together “What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?” and “women are inherently manipulative”.
d) What about when Trump referred to women as “pieces of ass”
e) Or said “women with small busts are not attractive”.
f) Or how about the time he told a female lawyer she was “disgusting” for pumping breast milk.
g) Telling Rosie O’Donnell, she’s “a very unattractive person, both inside and out. “Rosie’s a person who’s very lucky to have her girlfriend. And she better be careful or I’ll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend, why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?
h) He threw the same insult at Arianna Huffington “unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”
i) Or what he said about pregnant Kim Kardashian “”Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely” “She’s got nothing else to offer”
j) When he said “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that?”
k) Slut-shaming Angelina Jolie “She’s been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby”
l) His remark about Megyn Kelly having “blood coming out of her wherever.”
m) His remarks about female reporters, and their articles “It doesn’t really matter what (they) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass”
n) How about in 1997 when he said he’d have ‘nailed’ Princess Diana?
o) Trump referred to Afghanistan as a terrorist haven and said 15,000 Haitians who had immigrated to the U.S. “all have AIDS.” Forty-thousand Nigerians who had entered the country would never “go back to their huts”
p) AND MAYBE, JUST MAYBE THE MOST DISGUSTING COMMENT OF ALL “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father… If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps, I would be dating her.
1. 7-20-17~ TRUMP “Insurance is, you’re 20 years old, you just graduated from college, and you start paying $15 a month for the rest of your life and by the time you’re 70, and you really need it, you’re still paying the same amount and that’s really insurance. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan.” Trump was confusing health insurance with the life insurance from TV ads; he thinks health insurance works like a 401k or a 50 year fixed-rate mortgage when your equity doesn’t vest until you’re old. When you’re 20, you pay $15/month. When you’re 21, you pay $12/yr. or that anyone is paying $12/month for it?
2. Trump is invested in $50k in Energy Transfer Partners stock and has an additional $100k – $250k invested in Phillips 66 Oil Co. which owns 25% of Energy Transfer Partners. Therefore he is directly invested in DAPL which a blatant conflict of interest for him to make any decisions of the Dakota Access Pipeline because he is personally invested. The majority of oil to be pumped from DAPL is for foreign export. Energy Transfer Partners have been quoted as saying “We are just the FedEx, we are just distributing it to the Illinois hub which will then distribute it to Texas and then to other markets across the globe.” AND Energy Transfer Partners donated $100k to Trumps campaign.
3. He attacked Muslim Gold Star parents Ghazala and Khizr Khan of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died while serving in the Iraq War
4. He claimed Federal Kjudge Gonzalo Curiel was biased because “he’s a Mexican”
5. The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to Black people. Workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.
6. He refused to condemn the White Supremacists who are campaigning for him. Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience last week that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”
7. He questions whether President Obama was born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president.
8. He treats racial groups as monolith. Every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the, as in “the Hispanics,” “the Muslims” and “the Blacks.”
9. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”
10. He trashed Native Americans… Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation “Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation”
11. He encouraged the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five. Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.
12. He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester at a November campaign rally in Alabama, Trump supporters physically attacked an African-American protester after the man began chanting “Black lives matter.” Video of the incident shows the assailants kicking the man after he has already fallen to the ground. The following day, Trump implied that the attackers were justified. “Maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up,” he mused. “It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
13. He stereotyped Jews and shared an anti-Semitic meme created by white supremacists featuring a photo of her over a backdrop of $100 bills with a six-pointed Jewish Star of David next to her face…. At a Jewish rally Trump said “You’re not going to support me, because I don’t want your money,” he said. “You want to control your own politician.”
14. He treats African-American supporters as tokens to dispel the idea he is racist. At a campaign appearance in California in June, Trump boasted that he had a black supporter in the crowd, saying “look at my African American over here.”
15. Trump has endorsed using torture, banning individuals based on their religion and curtailing the freedom of the press
16. Federal conflict-of-interest law does not apply to the president, but most White House occupants in the last few decades have voluntarily placed their assets in a blind trust to avoid any suggestion of impropriety. Typically, a blind trust involves turning over assets to an independent financial manager with no prior relationship to the owner. In addition, a blind trust derives its name from the idea that the owner would no longer know what assets are sold or bought. For instance, someone with extensive stock holdings would have no way of knowing which companies’ shares he or she still owned in a blind trust.
17. TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM IN CRISIS AMID MULTIPLE FIRINGS
18. Donald Trump’s transition team is reportedly in crisis following the firing of former Michigan Congress member Mike Rogers, who had been handling the team’s national security affairs. Lobbyist Matthew Freedman was also fired from the team. This comes after another shake-up last week, when Trump fired New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as head of the transition team and replaced him with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Sources told The New York Times that the firings have been orchestrated by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose father, Charles Kushner, was sent to prison by Christie, when Christie was a New Jersey’s top prosecutor. The New York Times is also reporting world leaders are struggling to reach Donald Trump and are simply calling Trump Tower in efforts to reach him. The Times reports that two of the first two calls Trump took following Tuesday’s election were with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
19. The holocaust didn’t happen because of the actions of just one man; it happened because of the people who condoned the ones who “were just doing their jobs”.
20. Trump’s Cabinet: Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon. Islamophobe, Racist, Anti-Semite. This isn’t a cabinet. It’s a KKKabinet. ~ George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 18, 2016
21. Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but his hotel and casino businesses have been declared bankrupt six times between 1991 and 2009. In 2011 saying, “I do play with the bankruptcy laws – they’re very good for me” as a tool for trimming debt. Trump said, “I’ve used the laws of this country to pare debt … We’ll have the company. We’ll throw it into a chapter. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal. You know, it’s like on The Apprentice. It’s not personal. It’s just business.”
22. 2006, Trump bought the Menie Estate in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, creating a golf resort in an area designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Despite Trump’s promises of 6,000 jobs, in 2016, by his own admission, the golf course created only 200 jobs.
23. In 1973, he and his father drew wide attention when the Justice Department contended his Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio systematically discriminated against African Americans wishing to rent apartments.
24. Trumps is pro-life and generally opposes abortion with some exceptions: rape, incest, and circumstances endangering the health of the mother, and said he is committed to appointing justices who would try to overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade.
25. He favors capital punishment, as well as the use of waterboarding, which is a form of torture.
26. The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to black people
27. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.
28. Trump disparaged his Black casino employees as “lazy”
29. Trump rule was for casino bosses to order all Black people off the floor and put them in the back.
30. Trumps white supremacist fan club includes the Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site; Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which aims to promote the “heritage, identity, and future of European people”; Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine; Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group; and Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace.
31. In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park. “They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes,” Trump wrote, referring to the Central Park attackers and other violent criminals. “I want to hate these murderers and I always will.” The men’s convictions were overturned in 2002, after they’d already spent years in prison, when DNA evidence showed they did not commit the crime. Today, their case is considered a cautionary tale about a politicized criminal justice process.
32. Hiring freeze; exceptions are for military, national security and public safety jobs. Although current employees will not be laid off, the administration hopes it will trim the federal workforce through attrition.
33. What made it possible for Trump to ban travelers from certain countries was Obama signing the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in 2015
34. 2-4-17 ~ Donald Trump Ordered To Pay $5.77 Million To Golf Club Members He Stiffed. Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter violated contracts that members had signed with the previous owner and were assumed by Trump when he bought the club in 2012. The average payment is expected be about $87,000 for each of the 65 members involved in the case. The members were awarded $4.8 million, plus $925,000 in interest.
35. Daughter Invanka’s clothing line is being illegally pedaled like a QVC product from the White House:
36. § 2635.702 Use of public office for private gain.
An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.
37. Before taking the oath of office as president of the United States, Donald Trump swept aside concerns about conflicts of interest arising from his family business with a clear assertion: “The president can’t have a conflict of interest.” It only took three weeks into the real estate magnate’s presidency for this statement to be proven false. Trump hasn’t yet realized he can’t run the country like he runs a business, there are federal regulations he has to adhere to, he doesn’t have the supreme power he did in the business world. Trump’s attitude has trickled down to members of his staff, which are his family and friends, who now treat his personal business interests as though they were the interests of the American people. Members of the president’s staff appear to believe it is their jobs, as paid representatives of the president, to defend his personal and his family’s private business interests rather than the interests of US citizens. There appears to be no conception in the White House the family business is separate from the business of government.
38. The inner workings of the White House where they say the tension has been intensified by the president’s propensity for knee-jerk micromanaging when faced with disappointment, and jockeying among aides to avoid blame or claim credit when possible. interviews paint a picture of a powder-keg of a workplace where job duties are unclear, morale among some is low, factionalism is rampant and exhaustion is running high. Two visitors to the White House last week said they were struck by how tired the staff looks.
39. The family name, which was formerly spelled Drumpf, was changed to Trump during the Thirty Years’ War 1618 and 1648.
40. He’s a pathological liar, according to Republican Ted Cruz.
41. He’s a fake, a fraud, and a con-man, according to Republican Mitt Romney.
42. Trump convinced 81% of White Evangelical Christian voters to throw Jesus under the bus and vote for a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy.”
43. He fired the acting Attorney General in a Monday Night Massacre because she determined that the president’s executive order on immigration was constitutionally indefensible.
44. He’s created an environment in which a southern white man can shut down a northeastern white woman while she’s reading from the floor of the Senate the cautionary words of a heroic southern black woman about a southern white man, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who was deemed too racist to be a federal judge in 1986.
45. He disrespects duly-appointed, Senate-confirmed federal magistrates: “so-called judges.”
46. He’s offended our friends and allies, treating the Mexican and Australian governments in much the same way he’s treated John McCain and Megyn Kelly and a disabled reporter and Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz and the Gold Star Khan Family and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio and Rosie O’Donnell.
47. He hasn’t, as far as we know, paid federal income taxes in years, bragging that it’s smart on his part — meaning it’s dumb on our part to do so, thereby undermining citizen investment in shared governance. Nor has he released federal tax returns, as other presidential candidates have for the last 40 years.
48. His wife in New York City, his weekly trips to Mar-a-Lago, and his gallivanting children are costing us a fortune.
49. He’s sloppy with national security. Proof: Michael Flynn.
50. He’s given us a Secretary of Education who was born into and married into a billionaire family, has never attended a public school or taught in a public school, never taken out a student loan or applied for a Pell Grant, or even much supported our public schools.
51. He nominated a labor secretary (now withdrawn) who took advantage of an undocumented worker, pays his fast-food employees a shitty wage, and wants to replace humans with robots because they don’t take vacation days.
52. He’s put together an administration of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy.
53. He’s not kept his campaign promise to release documents and even hold a press conference to prove that the third Mrs. Trump never worked in the US illegally. (We know she lied about having a college degree and — knowingly or not — plagiarized part of Michelle Obama’s DNC speech.)
54. He said he’d negotiate lower drug prices from pharmaceutical companies. Now he says he won’t — but will give big pharma tax breaks and lift certain regulations on their industry.
55. He turned the nomination of a Supreme Court justice into the finale of a prime-time reality-show.
56. He knows little about the history of the United States, about our constitutional system, or about our institutions of government.
57. He has left millions of Americans who acquired health insurance via the ACA worried sick that this great benefit will be stripped from them.
58. His closest advisers have added to the chaos of the first weeks of the new administration: Kellyanne Conway and her universe of “alternative facts” — like the Bowling Green Massacre; Steve Bannon, who wants to play war with our military; Stephen Miller, who yells at the American people that the president’s views “will not be questioned!”; and Sean Spicer, period.
59. He uses Twitter to harangue and berate and demean individuals and journalists and companies that question his infallibility.
60. He’s rattled and incoherent, unfit and unqualified and unstable.
61. He uses fear and anxiety to bring out the worst impulses that lurk just beneath the surface to pimp for votes and deepen the crevasse between his America and the rest of us.
62. He has not drained the swamp, as he promised. It’s deeper. It’s wider. It’s even more dangerous.
63. Conservative Republicans would have crucified our former philosopher-president, Barack Obama, for behavior that even resembled that of our schoolyard bully president, Donald Trump. Where is their outrage now? President Turmp is not making America great again. He’s making America ugly again. But Republicans, who created this president in their laboratory of anger and resentment, will use President Trump as long as he’ll sign his John Hancock to their legislation.
64. Trump signed legislation 2-22-17 putting the brakes on regulation blocking coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. “In eliminating this rule, I am continuing to keep my promise to the American people to get rid of wasteful regulations that do absolutely nothing but slow down the economy.” Trumps allowing the continued, even encouraging pollution of our water by these companies. I’m fixing his sentence for him “In eliminating this rule, I am continuing, even promoting and encouraging the coal mining companies to get rid of waste by polluting the nations waterways to pad the pockets of the companies I’m invested in.” Trump’s dismantling of environmental protections like these could have a devastating impact on the drinking water sources of millions of Americans.
65. Trump’s election as president has not only made racism acceptable, it has made it popular.
66. Trump loves this country but not the people
67. Former President Barack Obama ordered ten times more drone strikes than the previous president, and estimates late in Obama’s presidency showed 49 out of 50 victims were civilians. In 2015, it was reported up to 90% of drone casualties were not the intended targets. Trump has markedly increased U.S. drone strikes since taking office. Over 26,000 bombs Obama dropped in 2016, summarized the increase: “During President Obama’s two terms in office, he approved 542 such targeted strikes in 2,920 days—one every 5.4 days. From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days—one every 1.25 days.” That’s an increase of 432 percent.
68. Flint MI still doesn’t have clean water but security at Trump Tower is costing US taxpayers $400,000.00 a day.
69. Is this what Trump has been distracting us from? Over 2,000 new bills have been introduced to Congress; here are the 8 most important ones.
70. White House Claims Killing Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’ – slashes the entirety of that program’s $3 billion budget, which allocates grants to metropolitan areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people for various community programs. One of those programs is Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to shut-ins, brought to their homes by volunteers. With Meals on Wheels losing its federal grants. For reference, $3 billion divided by 137 million tax returns filed in 2015 amounts to an average of $21.80 per taxpayer to make sure elderly shut-ins get meals delivered to them.
H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency effective 12-31-2018
H.R.610 – To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools effective December 31, 2018.
H.R.899 – To terminate the Department of Education effective December 31, 2018 – No grants budgets or staff
H.J.Res.69 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska” – No concern with declining animal populations
H.R.354 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017 – No federal money
H.R.3785 – Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act – Weakens labor unions leading to lower employment and loss of jobs
H.R.83 – Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 – punishing all sanctuary cities (welcomes refugees and illegal immigrants) stripping all federal funding
3-27-17 ~ H.J.Res.44 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations establishing procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. (Trump just signed HJ Resolution 44 into law only minutes ago. This places the Bureau of Land Management control over federal lands into the hands of states. States will now have greater control over decision and planning processes for logging, mining, mineral extraction, and commercial use on federal lands. This law also greatly reduces the amount of time it takes to decide how to use federal lands. This law will have a nasty impact on Native People, their lands, and sovereignty. This will lead to more rapes, sexual trafficking, and missing and murdered Native Women. It will lead to greater drug trafficking on our lands. It will lead to greater pollution and health disparities and deaths. This bill threatens outdoor recreation on 245 million acres of public lands.
71. Presidential Memorandum 7: To Advance the Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
What It Will Do: The Dakota Access pipeline is supposed to cut across the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and was met by massive resistance. Eventually, the Army Corps of Engineers decided not to grant an easement to the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, blocking the pipeline. The corps then launched an environmental review, leading to the consideration of alternate routes. Trump’s new order instructs the corps to complete its review and approve a route for the pipeline as quickly as the law permits. In other words, the fight is back on. Who It Will Affect: The corps will have to decide how to follow these instructions, but the Standing Rock Sioux were already gearing up to block the pipeline again. Lawsuits, protests, and confrontations are likely to result. (Even if the pipeline gets built, it likely will have a negligible impact on job creation, energy security, and gas costs. Standing Rock residents are concerned it will pollute the water they rely on.)
72. A high ranking unnamed source, who spoke with the Dispatch on the condition of anonymity, has confirmed that President Trump has denied the request on grounds that California and the city of Sacramento in particular, have failed to enforce federal immigration laws and have threatened to succeed from the Union. The source is quoted as saying: “The President has no incentive in helping the state of California. The state harbors more illegal immigrants than any other state and has multiple sanctuary cities that violate federal laws. The state very publicly supported Hillary Clinton throughout the election and the President views the state as being responsible for his loss in the popular vote, something he has had trouble with accepting. They have also recently threatened to leave the Union through their #CalExit campaign, and the President sees this as an opportunity to let them deal with the consequences of their exit. There is a sickness within the liberals in this country that they are not willing to address. Until they understand what ails them can they hope to find the cure. This is a step in the right direction in finding the #CureForWellness. “
73. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego concluded a lengthy and contentious lawsuit and approved a $25 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit claiming fraud against President Donald Trump and his Trump University real estate seminars. Trump University students, paid as much as $35,000 for the seminars, claimed they were lured by false promises they would learn Trump’s investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.
74. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appointed by President Trump is allowing Dow and the chemical industry to copiously spray our food crops, fruits and vegetables with a proven neurotoxic pesticide #Chlorpyrifos developed and used by the NAZI’s as a nerve gas for warfare during WW2 and which has been linked to severe and irreversible brain damage in children and autism. So how can President Donald J. Trump condemn the chemical attack against innocent women, children and babies in Syria while allowing the daily mass poisoning of pregnant women, fetuses, children and babies with a proven neurotoxic nerve gas copiously sprayed on food crops, fruits and vegetables in the US linked to severe and irreversible brain damage in children and autism?????
75. The three Mar-a-Lago getaways, combined with the hundreds of thousands of public dollars spent on Secret Service protection during two international trips Trump’s adult sons have taken to promote their father’s business have cost taxpayers approximately $11.3 million over the first months of Trump’s presidency. President Obama, by contrast, spent an average of $12.1 million on travel each year totaling $96.8 MILLION in travel expenses in his 8 years as president. Additionally the cost of security for Melania and son Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice. The National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country. So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.
76. 3-28-17 ~ Congresswoman Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) “presidential visits to Palm Beach County have cost $1.7 million in overtime pay and other expenses so far this year. A nearby airport shut down during presidential visits has lost $30,000 every weekend Trump was in town and it missed out on a $440,000 helicopter contract.” “An upcoming visit by Chinese dignitaries is expected to cost the area’s taxpayers an additional $280,000 just to cover the sheriff and fire departments related to the trip.”
77. Taypayers are spending: $1 million per day to protect Trump Tower. 3 million per trip tp Mar-a-Lago. $206,337 per hour to operate Air Force One. A family of four on welfare is eligible to receive approximately $900 per month in assistance. Trump is by far the biggest welfare whore recipient in the United States.
78. Trump is on track to spend more during his first year of office than all eight years of the Obama administration combined. Each trip to Mar-a-Lago costs approximately $3.7 million in security costs alone. And that’s not including the more than $34,000 spent on golf cart rentals the Secret Service orders. In New York City, trips to Trump Tower have already racked up more than $20 million in taxpayer dollars. If that wasn’t troubling enough, the federal government officially promoted Mar-a-Lago when the State Department posted an article crooning over the mansion.
79. Re-election fundraising is already going gangbusters, and so is the income his own businesses are reaping from the contributions. The president’s 2020 campaign has already spent close to $500,000 on Trump’s businesses, from golf resorts to Trump Tower rent. In the single month of May last year, Trump’s campaign spent more than $1 million on catering, rents and utilities at more than a half-dozen Trump-owned companies and properties. The campaign spent $350,000 alone to Trump’s TAG Air for the use of private jets and helicopters. An additional $59,000 was spent on stays at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, and $14,000 went for food and rent to the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.
80. The Federal Government Officially Promoted Mar-A-Lago. Tax dollars pushed Trump’s personal real estate. Chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lambasted the State Department on Twitter, arguing that it was illegal for the government to essentially advertise the president’s personal property. Former government ethics officials and independent anti-corruption experts have roundly criticized President Trump’s failure to divest his substantial business assets or place them in a blind trust.
81. The 50 Craziest Things Trump Has Done As President. Here are Donald J. Trump’s 50 most insane acts since his inauguration.
82. What Donald Trump means by Make America Great Again is life was sweet for those in the 19th century while Blacks gave Whites 400 years of free labor.
83. Fortune magazine hired an analytics company to comb through Trump’s Twitter history, they found he has retweeted at least 75 users who follow three or more of the top 50 influencers in the “White Genocide Movement”.
84. It seems the fact of a Black President insulted Trump personally.
85. You can’t deny part of what motivates Trump in attacking Obama’s legacy is a personal grudge. We can all think of lots of examples of Trump acting out of personal grudges against lots of people. It is part of his pettiness as a human being.
86. To accept that whiteness brought us Donald Trump is to accept whiteness as an existential danger to the country and the world.
87. This presidency is the result of the same people who made Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty successful
88. “The president of the United States loves to drape himself in the symbols of patriotism, but fails to respect the ideals at the core of our Constitution and national identity. Trump may love the flag, but he doesn’t love anything it’s supposed to stand for. He actively encouraged a hostile foreign power to infiltrate our electoral process. He wants to suppress millions of Americans’ right to vote because they didn’t vote for him. He routinely undermines freedom of religion with his rabid Islamophobia, attacks the free press with disturbing regularity, and is now attacking the rights of the people to peacefully protest.”
89. I’ve decided I hate trump supporters more than the man himself, why can you not accept that you have voted in a corrupt slimeball who’s going to run the country into the ground? He’s proving he cannot be trusted more and more everyday can you not just accept you made a poor decision.
90. Milk may do the body good but at least 60% of the body is composed of water and every living cell in the body needs water to function. A healthy average individual can typically go without water 3-4 days possibly up to a week, is a generous estimate; considerably shorter in difficult conditions. An individual can go approximately 3 weeks without food; however animals, fruits and vegetables need water to grow.
91. Trump’s executive order on DAPL not only violates the law, but it violates tribal treaties.
92. Killing people with environmental waste is not the way to make America great
93. There were 220 ‘Significant’ Pipeline Spills in 2016, more than 176,000 gallons of oil spilled in western North Dakota in Dec. 2016 alone. There are 2.5 million miles of pipe, 55% of the U.S. network i.e. 135,000 miles are more than 45 years old. Based on data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the number of significant pipeline incidents grew 26.8 % from 2006 to 2015. A significant incident is defined as one that results in serious injury or fatality, costs more than $50,000, releases more than five barrels of volatile fluids such as gasoline or 50 barrels of other liquids, or results in a fire or explosion. In 2015, there were 326 such incidents—almost one per day. Of 466 incidents studied only 22 percent, or 105, were detected by advanced detection systems, ALL others were found in different ways, with the public finding 99 of the leaks. Since 2010, over 3,330 incidents of crude oil and liquefied natural gas leaks or ruptures have occurred on U.S. pipelines. These incidents have killed 80 people, injured 389 more, and cost $2.8 billion in damages…. AND on Wed. Jan. 25, 2017 a 12-inch underground initially spotted in a farm field in north-central Worth County, Iowa Pipeline leaked nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel, so don’t attempt to tell me how safe pipeline are…. Creating a second Flint Michigan and killing people with environmental waste is not the way to make America great…. Every time the earth is drilled, she cries a little tear…
94. Map Displays Five Years of Oil Pipeline Spills
95. America’s Dangerous Pipelines
96. Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster. A barrier would sever animal populations living in the fragile desert ecosystems of the US-Mexico border from food resources, mates, and important migration routes. Such a disruption would deal an irreparable blow to countless species, including extraordinarily rare ones like the Sonoran jaguar and Mexican gray wolf. Plus I’m sure Trump would want his logo embossed on the wall about every hundred feet or so. When most people hear the words “undocumented immigrants” they think Mexicans right? But did you know there’s a lot Americans living illegally in Mexico? Yeah, I didn’t think so. In 2015 the number of Americans living illegally in Mexico has increased 37.8%. According to a study by the National Institute of Geography and Statistics, approximately 739,168 US Citizens and, according to the National Institute of Immigration, of those only 65,302 were legal residents. While Trump’s administration and campaign have been loaded with hateful words and racist slurs concerning “immigrants stealing our jobs,” they failed to even mention the reverse statistics. And just like Emperor Qin Shi Huang who had the the Great Wall of China built, no one will remember Trumps name.
97. ACLU blocks Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban. A federal judge granted an emergency stay to allow detainees with valid visas to remain in the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union went to court following President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from Muslim countries.
98. Donald Trump already liable to be impeached… The U.S. Constitution prohibits federal office holders from receiving payments from foreign leaders or foreign governments. “U.S. Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, which provides: “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” President Trump has chosen to continue owning businesses that receive government subsidies and tax breaks in violation of this provision.
99. Since 1980, Mr. Trump and his businesses have “reaped at least $885 million in tax breaks, grants and other subsidies for luxury apartments, hotels and office buildings in New York.”As President, federal and state subsidies and tax breaks violate the Domestic Emoluments Clause.
100. Trump Organization has licensing deals with two Trump Towers in Istanbul, and has received up to $10 million from developers since 2014
101. Trump Tower Century City (Manila, Philippines) is Century Properties. (Trump is not the developer; he has a brand licensing contract.) The head of Century Properties is Jose Antonio, who was just named special envoy to the United States by the president of the Philippines. Payments from a company owned by a foreign government official are foreign emoluments.
102. China’s state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the largest tenant in Trump Tower. It is also a major lender to Trump. Both its regular rent payments, and its ongoing extension of credit, are foreign emoluments.
103. What made it possible for Trump to ban travelers from certain countries was Obama signing the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in 2015
104. 3-5-17_- Trump Introduced Bills
HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education, kill special ed guarantees, free lunch program, etc
HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
HR 808 Sanctions against Iran.
106. Sound familiar? Our second president John Adams had big shoes to fill. George Washington was popular and beloved across the country, making it even harder for the way less charming Adams. His political tone deafness did him in from the very beginning. As vice president under George Washington, he made a bad impression by suggesting the president should be referred to as “His highness, the President of the United States of America, and Protector of the Rights of the Same.” The people and government considered him an egotistical monarchist, and it only got worse when he became president. John Adams is one of the few presidents to only serve one term. His administration created some of the least popular legislation of all time. They passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made criticizing the government illegal. Needless to say, a whole country of people who had just left what they considered to be the clutches of a tyrannical ruler were pissed off by this.
107. Trump is a small man with a fetish for the symbols of democracy and a bottomless hostility for the actual practice of it. He is the greatest example of the law of unintended consequences this side of the Darwin Awards.
108. Here’s the thing — if you’re going to try to condescend us for using the term “fascist” to describe Trump, make sure you’re not totally f*cking uninformed. Since this lady so nicely provided the dictionary definition for us, let’s get the facts straight: We have a lifelong white supremacist President who spends entire weeks dedicated to promoting forced displays of patriotism; who lies more than any U.S. public servant in modern history; who attacks women and people of color with greater ferocity than neo-Nazis; who has eroded all of our government institutions to the point where there are only incompetent “acting heads” of many of the largest agencies; who is bent on militarizing the police to further segregate the white world from the black colonies; who has a whole team dedicated to voter suppression of dissidents; who threatens anyone who questions his authority even within his own party; who constantly berates and undermines the credibility of the free press to eliminate accountability; who destroys scientific data and hide statistics that don’t support his political agenda; who fetishizes military leaders and spending over providing basic services for his constituents; who admires the Russian and Turkish fascist leaders more than any benevolent world leader; who literally has a fascist-sympathizing political philosophy named after him called Trumpism; And yet, WE are the ones being unreasonable by calling his regime “fascist?” Shut the f*ck up and take a whole stadium of seats.
109. Trump gave a lengthy interview to Mike Huckabee, where he slammed San Juan’s mayor and praised the Las Vegas gunman’s intelligence.
110. Michael Symonette was behind Trump in Phoenix and has been seen at other rallies. In the 1990’s Symonette who calls himself ‘Michael the Black Man’ was a member of the anti-white Nation of Yahweh cult, he and 15 others were charged with conspiring to murder two people but was found not guilty. During the trial, his brother claimed Symonette helped beat a man who later died and stuck a stick in another man’s eye. After the trial, Symonette reinvented himself as an anti-gay preacher. He’s supported Rick Santorum as well as Trump and runs a conspiracy site. He claims Bill Clinton and John McCain are secret USA-controlling Cherokees and Oprah Winfrey is the devil.
111. Trump using his executive platform to coerce private citizens of a specific race into forced displays of patriotism is fascist
112. Trump had been sued in federal courts 134 times over topics ranging from sanctuary cities to transgender soldiers.
113. Joe Biden (10-16-17) ~ “Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate. We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants—all who are seen as “the other”—won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”
114. The U.S. Presidential election was rigged even before the first ballot was cast. Everybody knows Hillary Clinton is the establishment’s candidate of choice, backed by the Rothschilds and the New World Order. What is less well known is that Donald Trump is also a Rothschild creation and actor, playing a part in the great sham. 30 years ago members of the Rothschild family saved Trump from bankruptcy and took him under their wing. They recognized his potential as a “man of use” and “colorful front man”. In the late 1980s, Donald Trump found himself in financial trouble as the real estate market in New York tanked. The three casinos in Atlantic City, like other Trump assets, were under threat from lenders. It was only with the assistance and assurance of Wilbur L. Ross Jr., senior managing director of Rothschild Inc. that Trump was allowed to keep the casinos and rebuild his threatened empire.“
115. The father of a slain U.S. Army corporal says President Donald Trump offered him $25,000 over the phone earlier this year while calling to offer his condolences and then never followed through. 22-year-old son, Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, was gunned down by an Afghan police officer on June 10, he had a 15-minute phone call with the president. Baldridge said he told Trump of “his struggle with the manner in which his son was killed.
116. Trump Supporters: “He didn’t say that, but if he did he didn’t mean it. And if he did, you didn’t understand it. And if you did, it’s not a big deal because, others have said worse”
117. Oct. 2017 ~ FEDERAL JUDGE REINSTSATE OBAMA-ERA RULES, TELLS TRUMP TO SIT DOWN
The move is seen as a major blow to Trump’s powers and the oil and gas industry as a whole, which will now have to ‘scramble’ to make sure they are in compliance. The court also said the Trump administration acted unlawfully when implementing the order. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Trump’s Interior Department ‘misused a provision of the Administrative Procedure Act when it stalled key provisions of a rule aimed at reducing methane venting and flaring on public and tribal lands.’ http://news.groopspeak.com/federal-judge-reinstates-obama-era-rules-tells-trump-to-sit-down/
118. Oct. 2017 ~ 3.5 million more people are without health insurance since Trump was elected. 12.3% of Americans are currently without insurance, an increase of 0.6 percentage points from the second quarter and up 1.4 percentage points from its historic low a year ago when President Donald Trump was elected. According to Gallup, this is the highest the uninsured rate has been since the fourth quarter of 2014. While the increase seems small in terms of percentages, the raw number of people is still tremendous. “However, the 1.4-point increase in the percentage of adults without health insurance since the end of last year represents nearly 3.5 million Americans who have entered the ranks of the uninsured.
119. Trump’s Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is worth $266m and thinks middle-class families make $100,000 annually.
“A typical family that has two children and earns $100,000 per year can expect annual tax savings of about $1,000. If we allow a family to keep another $1,000 of their income, what does that mean? They can renovate their kitchen, they can buy a new car, they can take a family vacation, they can increase their lifestyle.”
The US Census Bureau reports that the median household income was $59,039 in 2016. The average American kitchen remodel costs $21,800 and according to Kelly Blue Book, the average new car goes for nearly $35,000, and per Edmonds the average cost of a used car is about $19,000.
120. 10-30-17 ~ Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had been indicted for conspiracy and money laundering. The Papadopoulos guilty plea goes directly to the heart of the charge of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. It establishes conclusively that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian representatives, although it remains unclear exactly which Trump campaign officials were involved. Unlike the charges against Manafort, which are likely to be contested, the charges against Papadopoulos have been admitted and stand as proven facts. Papadopoulos was informed by Russian contacts that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” Papadopoulos discussed the Clinton dirt with his Russian contacts on multiple occasions, and attempted to set up meetings between his contacts and high-ranking officials of the Trump campaign.
121. 10-30-17 ~ Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was indicted on 12 counts Monday, including conspiracy against the United States, in connection with lobbying work for Ukraine uncovered by the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work,” the indictment says. “In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”
122. What Trump’s lawyer is claiming is the framers of the constitution intended the President of the United States to be an imperial monarchy with an infallible emperor and therefore above the law.
123. The Trump Organization ordered dozens of 12-inch replicas of the presidential seal to use as tee markers on Trump International golf courses. Federal law U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 33 › § 713 specifically states:
a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the
b) Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Whoever, except as authorized under regulations promulgated by the President and published in the Federal Register, knowingly manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any likeness of the seals of the President or Vice President, or any substantial part thereof, except for manufacture or sale of the article for the official use of the Government of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund:
Trumps golf trips have cost tax payers at least $31.65 million in 2017. At this rate, Trump’s golf trips will cost nearly $237 million over his first term. Protecting Trump Tower has cost New York City $24 Million and will cost another $4.5 million per year for the New York City Fire Department to continue protecting the building.
Over the course of 18 years, Trump’s companies went into reorganization six times – five times in New Jersey, where he had his casino holdings, and once in New York:
1. Trump Taj Mahal Associates, Atlantic City casino ~ 1991
2. Trump Castle Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City casino ~ 1992
3. Trump Plaza Associates, Atlantic City casino ~ 1992
4. Plaza Operating Partners, Manhattan hotel ~ 1992
5. Trump Casino Holdings, Atlantic City casinos ~ 2004
6. Trump Entertainment Resorts, Atlantic City casinos ~ 2009
Trump took offense at the idea he went bankrupt, always pointing out he never filed personally and he used the bankruptcy laws to get richer. He’s had a string of failures. And not just big investors, we’re talking about bond holders, not big banks…people who invested their retirements. So, you can call it a legal tool that he’s using, but lots of people have been hurt along the way. No major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years.
1. Bankruptcy 6 times
2. Trump University Failed
3. Trump Airlines Failed
4. 4 Trump Hotels, Spa’s and Casinos 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009 $30 Million Fail
5. Trump Steaks Failed
6. GoTrump.com Failed
7. Trump Vodka Failed
8. Trump Mortgage Failed
9. Trump the Game Failed
10. Trump Magazine Failed
11. Trump Ice Failed
12. New Jersey Generals Football Team Failed
13. Tour de Trump Failed
14. Trump on the Ocean Resorts Failed
15. Trump Network Failed
16. Trumped! Radio Network Failed
17. Trump New Media Failed
18. Trump Puerto Rico golf course Failed
19. Hotel at Grand Central Station in the first decade cost taxpayers $60 million.
Yet he’s so smart. How much money have American Taxpayers and Corporate Investors paid to bail him out? How many people have been financially impacted by loss of jobs because of Trump’s bankruptcies? And some people think he’s a genius lol
6-14-18 ~ After a two-year investigation the Trump Foundation is being sued by New York Attorney General for sweeping violations of campaign finance laws. In a 41-page complaint detailing a myriad of alleged wrongdoings, including the improper use of charity funds “to influence his election for president”, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign. Trump improperly used these monies to settle legal claims against his various businesses, even spending $10,000 on a portrait of himself which was hung at one of his golf clubs. The lawsuit, which seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations, was an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting president. The attorney general also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action, adding to Trump’s extensive legal challenges. Dec. 2018 ~ Trump ordered to pay $2 million by a New York court for misusing his charitable foundation.
Trump’s DC Hotel Tagged With $5 Million in Unpaid Worker Liens
The release of the audio recording below capturing the candidate bragging about grabbing women’s genitals inspired numerous women to step forward with allegations Trump had groped or kissed them against their will.
DONALD TRUMP AND BILLY BUSH AUDIO ABOUT WOMEN!
Trump: “I moved on her actually. You know she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her. She was married.”
Unidentified man: “That’s huge news there.”
Trump: “No, no. Nancy. No this was— And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’ I took her out furniture– I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Bush: “Sheesh, your girl’s hot as shit, in the purple.”
Trump: “Whoa! Whoa!”
Bush: “Yes. Yes, the Donald has” (unintelligible)
Unidentified man: “Wait, wait you’ve got to look at me when you get out and be like … will you give me the thumbs up? You’ve got to put the thumbs up.”
Trump: “Alright, you and I will walk down.”
Trump: “Maybe it’s a different one.”
Bush: “It better not be the publicist. No, it’s her. It’s her.”
Trump: “Yeah, that’s her, with the gold. I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. I just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Unidentified man: “Whatever you want.”
Trump: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Unidentified man: “Yeah, those legs, all I can see is the legs.”
Trump: “Oh, it looks good.”
Unidentified man: “Come on, shorty.”
Trump: “Oh, nice legs, huh?”
Bush: “Oof, get out of the way, honey. Oh, that’s good legs. Go ahead.”
Trump: “It’s always good if you don’t fall out of the bus. Like Ford. Gerald Ford, remember?”
Bush: “Down below. Pull the handle.”
Trump: “Hello. How are you? Hi.”
Arianne Zucker: “Hi, Mr. Trump. How are you? Pleasure to meet you.”
Trump: “Terrific, terrific. You know Billy Bush?”
Bush: “Hello, nice to see you. How are you doing, Arianne?”
Zucker: “I’m doing very well, thank you. (To Trump) Are you ready to be a soap star?”
Trump: “We’re ready, let’s go. Make me a soap star.
Stephanie Clifford a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels had an affair with Trump in 2006, the year after he married Melania and a few months after the birth of their son, Barron. Daniels was reportedly paid $130,000 just before the 2016 election to sign a nondisclosure agreement and keep silent. As of Feb. 16, 2018 Stormy says she’s ready to spill the beans about the extramarital sexual encounter with the president now that Michael Cohen, the Trump’s personal attorney, has acknowledged he paid her $130,000 to not discuss the allegations publicly. To make the payment, Mr. Cohen created a Delaware limited liability company called Essential Consultants
2016 former Trump business partner Jill Harth accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen released a statement suggesting Jill Harth, “would acknowledge” the story was false. Ms. Harth said the statement was made without her permission, and she stands by her claims.
Aug. 2016 Former Playboy model Karen McDougal claimed to have had a consensual affair with Trump in the mid-2000s, early in his marriage to Melania Trump. Ms. McDougal attempted to tell her story to media, however Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen prevented her from going public. Ms. McDougal signed a confidential agreement on Aug. 5, 2016
At least two women got money and, in Ms. McDougal’s case, a promise of favorable attention in American Media publications, which include The National Enquirer, Star, Us Weekly and Radar. Trump, of course, benefited the most: avoiding more scrutiny as he struggled to dismiss multiple allegations of groping and unwanted advances that arose during his presidential campaign.
MELANIA TRUMP 1ST LADY OF THE WHITE HOUSE
Melania Trump 1st Lady of the White House
After Melania’s visa expired she stayed in the US illegally, then married Donald for citizenship. Melania’s parents, Amalija and Viktor Knavs, neither of whom are employed, live in the United States because of “chain migration” so why does the White House refuse to answer if Melania’s parents Viktor and Amalija Knavs are illegally living in the U.S. considering the president’s high-profile demand to limit immigration?
Melania Trump’s father, Papa Knavs was an active Communist Party partisan back in the day. This was under the reign of dictator Josip Broz Tito. As a result, Melania wasn’t formally baptized and didn’t participate in communion during her childhood, since Communists banned organized religion. Viktor Knauss’s relationship to the Communist party allowed him to get a job and provide for his family,
The cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice. The National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country. So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.
The First Family has so much class… Melania’s naked shoots. Hawking her ‘Melania™ Timepieces and Jewelry’ on the White House website. Plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech. Caught lying about having a half-brother. Peddling on-sale campaign merchandise during Hurricane Harvey disaster events. Melania father, Papa Knauss was an active Communist Party partisan under the reign of dictator Josip Broz Tito, his relationship to the Communist party allowed him to get a job. Melania wasn’t formally baptized and didn’t participate in communion during her childhood either. Melania is an immigrant, the 1st First Lady to be born in a communist nation yet she stands behind her orange headed misogynic buffoon husband in his anti-immigration stances, the man who hates military veterans, degrades women, steals from the poor, makes jokes about People of Color and lest we forget just about everything vomiting from his mouth are lies, and his favorite nation is discrimination.
Melania Trump was paid more than $20,000 for 10 low-level modeling jobs in the U.S. seven weeks before she obtained a work visa in October 1996, therefore, it’s unlikely Melania who appeared mostly in catalogs and ads, qualified for the elite EB-1 program reserved for applicants with ‘an extraordinary ability’. Melania was an undocumented immigrant which means she stayed without proper documentation committing visa fraud. She obtained her visa July 2006 four (4) months AFTER her son Barron William Trump was born on March 20, 2006, rendering him an ‘Anchor Baby’. There is a 10-year ban for re-entry to the US if the parent was EVER in the country for more than a year illegally. Additionally, Melania’s unemployed parents, Viktor Knavs, an active Communist Party partisan, and her mother Amalija live in the United States because of “chain migration. Throw them all out.
There are no current laws which specifically disallow pregnant undocumented immigrants from entering the United States and having their baby. Notwithstanding, if the parents misrepresent their intentions for traveling to the United States, they may be cited and found guilty for serious violations such as fraudulent intent in an immigration application.
The way the law reads. Although the U.S. citizen must be 21 before he or she can petition for the admission of a parent, the same person (born in the U.S. to one or two illegal alien parents) can, at the age of 18, seek admission for an overseas spouse or for his or her foreign-born children.
1) is involved in a formal removal procedure, and
2) has had a “continuous physical presence” in the U.S. for 10 or more years, and
3) has not been convicted of certain criminal offenses, and
4) whose removal would result in “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” to a citizen relative, including a child.
Table 15 of the Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Statistical Yearbook suggests this kind of relief was granted 11,383 times during FY 2009.
According to the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868 to ensure citizenship for the newly emancipated African Americans, “all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” The phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” was intended to exclude from automatic citizenship American-born persons whose allegiance to the United States was incomplete. For example, Native Americans were excluded from American citizenship because of their tribal jurisdiction. Also not subject to American jurisdiction were foreign visitors, ambassadors, consuls, and their babies born here. In the case of illegal aliens, their native country has a claim of allegiance on the child. Therefore, some Constitutional scholars argue the completeness of the allegiance to the United States is impaired and logically precludes automatic citizenship.
Objections to birth tourism fall apart when you look at them more closely. In fact, this is an exchange in which the mother and her baby are giving the United States a lot, especially compared with what they’re getting in return. Simply by virtue of being born here, these new US citizens will be required to pay US taxes for their entire income-earning lives. That’s true even if they leave immediately after birth and never come back. The United States has an exceptionally aggressive policy on taxing its citizens: If you’re an US Citizen, you have to pay US taxes, even if you live and work outside the United States.
Having a US citizen child doesn’t protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation. As a 2011 investigation documented, thousands of US citizen children have been forced into foster care or even adoption because their parents were placed in removal proceedings. Our immigration system often considers it more important to deport unauthorized immigrants than to protect the interests of their US citizen children. It tears families apart, and separates US citizens from the parents who love and care for them as well as putting additional financial burdens on U.S. taxpayers for foster adoption services.
Having an “anchor baby” won’t do much to help a legal or illegal immigrant mom become a U.S. citizen. Citizen children cannot sponsor their parents for citizenship until they turn 21 and if the parents were ever illegal, they would have to return home for 10 years before applying to come in, therefore having a baby to secure citizenship for its parents is an extremely long-term, and uncertain, process. Most of the benefits of citizenship accrue over the much longer term. The child will be able to work here legally once he or she is old enough. When they’re ready for college, they’ll qualify for in-state tuition at most public colleges, however, its deferred gratification at best.
You’re under the assumption “Anchor Baby” and “Birthright Citizenship” are antithetical. A child who has at least one parent, including an adoptive parent, who is a U.S. citizen by birth or through naturalization and is a lawful permanent resident with said child residing in the United States and in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.
IVANKA TRUMP’s DAUGHTER
a) 3-16-18 ~ South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet with Ivanka Trump-Kushner during her visit to the U.S. Why is an unpaid adviser, the daughter of the president, a woman with her own financial interests in the South Korean region meeting with the foreign minister? This is nepotism at its worst. This isn’t a royal family, and Ivanka Trump has no business negotiating on behalf of the United States.
b) “Porn star Stormy Daniels told a magazine six years ago that she had an affair with Donald Trump starting right after his wife Melania gave birth to their son, Barron…He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter,” Daniels said.
c) When asked what he and his daughter both consider their favorite things, Trump answered, “I was going to say sex, but I can relate to [golf]
d) “Ivanka posing for Playboy would be really disappointing… not really. But it would depend on what was inside the magazine…I don’t think Ivanka would [do a nude shoot] inside the magazine, Although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
e) “You know who’s one of the great beauties of the world, according to everybody? And I helped create her. Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body.”
f) “She’s actually always been very voluptuous… she’s tall, she’s almost 6 feet tall… she’s a real beauty.”
g) “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….”
h) “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
i) “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?”
JARED KUSHNER IVANKA’S HUSBAND
a) Jared Kushner has mounting debts, both to himself and his family. He refuses to answer the very simple question from Congress “Did you talk to any foreign nationals 666 Fifth Avenue the family owned property which is heavily in debt.”What we have here is a person who is subject to blackmail risk; is he doing his job with these massive conflicts of interest which anybody who wasn’t the son-in-law of the president, would have been fired long ago. May 2017, his family real estate company received a roughly $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel’s largest financial institutions. Feb. 2018 Kushner lost his interim top secret security clearance.
b) Jared Kushner’s multiple omissions on required financial disclosure forms for his security clearance and frequent revisions to his financial forms to provide information incorrect or missing have caused delays which have held up his security clearance. His application and did not include 100 contacts with foreigners which he later had to go back and include them although he did not include the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian lawyer and Russian translator. He was forced to add an additional 77 previously undisclosed assets, business interests and more than $10 million in holdings.
c) Kushner is reportedly under investigation by Mueller for a meeting in Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign with representatives linked to the Kremlin who purportedly would disclose information harmful to Hillary Clinton. Mueller also questioned Kushner about his interactions concerning Russia with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Mueller is also examining meetings with international leaders Kushner had during the administration transition and afterward, while his family real estate business was seeking global investment
d) The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, are investigating the Kushner Company’s participation in the EB-5 visa program which provides green cards to well-heeled foreigners who invest a minimum of $500,000 in certain businesses. At least two Kushner real estate projects in New Jersey have benefited from the program.
e) Jared Kushner’s father Charles Kushner is an American real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985. He plead guilty to 18 counts and was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering, fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Commission for contributing to Democratic political campaigns in the names of his partnerships when he lacked authorization to do so. The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther’s husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister. Kushner was sentenced to two years in Federal prison in Montgomery Alabama before being sent to a halfway house in Newark, New Jersey, to complete his sentence. As a result of his convictions, Kushner was disbarred, prohibited from practicing law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
f) Released court documents during the transition, Kushner instructed Michael Flynn to try to get the Russian ambassador to block a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements.
g) Jared followed his father-in-law’s lead by doing the bare minimum to disentangle himself from his business interests. He stepped down from his official role at Kushner Companies, but he kept most of his interest in it and his real estate holdings. He did sell some real estate assets, but just to a family trust controlled by his mother. Since then, there have been a seemingly endless array of reports about conflicts and questionable activity from either Jared or Kushner Companies, which is privately held and has opaque finances.
h) The Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, are investigating the Kushner Company’s participation in the EB-5 visa program which provides green cards to well-heeled foreigners who invest a minimum of $500,000 in certain businesses. At least two Kushner real estate projects in New Jersey have benefited from the program.
i) Jared Kushner’s father Charles Kushner is an American real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985. He plead guilty to 18 counts and was convicted of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering, fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Commission for contributing to Democratic political campaigns in the names of his partnerships when he lacked authorization to do so. Following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Chris Christie negotiated a plea agreement with Kushner, under which he pleaded guilty to 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther’s husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister. Kushner was sentenced to two years in Federal prison in Montgomery Alabama before being sent to a halfway house in Newark, New Jersey, to complete his sentence. As a result of his convictions, Kushner was disbarred, prohibited from practicing law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
j) Slumlord Jared Kushner bought 3 buildings in New York and then filed at least 80 false documents with the city claiming it had no rent-regulated tenants, when, in fact, tax records showed the company inherited as many as 94 rent-regulated units. Kushner did this so he could raise rents, push tenants out and re-sell the buildings for millions of dollars of profit.
k) Donald Trump is “frustrated with Mr. Kushner, whom he now views as a liability” and “another problem to deal with,” and has suggested both he and Ivanka move back to New York.
l) Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year. The White House senior adviser attempted to sway a United Nations Security Council vote against an anti-settlement resolution passed just before Donald Trump took office, which condemned the structure of West Bank settlements. The failure to disclose his role in the foundation at a time when he was being tasked with serving as the president’s Middle East peace envoy follows a pattern of egregious omissions barring any other official from continuing to serve in the West Wing. Kushner demanded future national security adviser Michael Flynn “get on the phone to every member of the Security Council and tell them to delay the vote” on the West Bank settlement resolution. The move may have violated the 200-years-old law called the Logan Act, which bars “unauthorized citizens” from negotiating with “foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.”
m) Jared Kushner’s sister Nicole Meyer was caught making a pitch of the EB-5 visa program to more than 100 Chinese investors gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Beijing, China by the Kushner family to attract $150 million in financing for their Jersey City housing development, known as ‘One Journal Square’.
1. Licensed the Trump name for a fee to a golf course from 2008 until 2015, declared bankruptcy then walked away with more than $600,000 in revenue from the management and licensing deal. Eric Trump said after the bankruptcy filing: “We made many millions of dollars on it but never invested a dime.”
2. Tells a family who showed him their damaged home to “have a good time”, before heading to a community centre distributing aid, where he tossed rolls of toilet paper into the crowd. Or watching people bussed in from shelters having lost their homes leap for toilet paper.
3. Aside from the sloppy optics from Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico, recovery efforts have been hampered by a laundry list of mishandlings at multiple levels, including FEMA’s slow distribution of goods and supplies which were stalled at ports at a crucial time of recovery, the Trump administration’s initial refusal to wave the Jones Act to free up cheaper accessibility of vessels to haul at recovery time, and a frail power grid beyond repair.
4. Trump only toured a wealthy San Juan suburb known for its amenity-driven gated communities which was largely spared when Hurricane Maria hit two weeks ago where high-speed winds had blown out some -second-story windows and knocked over a few trees — but where life seemed to be returning to normal, thanks to assistance from the government. If the president had traveled a little deeper into the island, to the communities that sustained some of the heaviest damage, he would have witnessed a very different Puerto Rico. In Caguas nearly 1 in 10 residents were severely affected by the storm’s destruction. More than 1,200 homes were flattened or suffered major damage. At least one person at a shelter died of diabetes complications after not having access to medical care, and two people killed themselves.
5. A House Committee approved $10 BILLION for Trumps Border Wall but not for Puerto Rico. Not for Healthcare. Not For Veterans. Not for the Disabled.
6. will see their taxes increase at 12.5 percent on intellectual property.
7. Puerto Ricans in the mainland who voted for Trump are now sobering up to the reality that they and their families were never part of Trump’s dream of a great America.
8. Trump is right, we should impeach the president of Puerto Rico; Trump IS the president of Puerto Rico
9. Donald Trump’s promised a government for White America, and he’s fulfilling it. His indifference to isn’t a mistake or an error: It’s fulfilling a promise. And even if the island has many people who identify as white, its association with the Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas marks it and its people as “other” in the eyes of the president. They are, in other words, precisely the kinds of people Trump said he would neglect, and here he is now, neglecting them.”
10. Does he think of what he’s going to say BEFORE he opens his mouth??? The “real catastrophe” occurs EVERYTIME he opens his mouth and EVERYTIME he Tweets!!!
11. In 2012 Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., were close to being charged with felony fraud but the Manhattan DA started receiving huge checks from Trump Attorney Marc Kasowitz who twice donated $25,000 to Vance’s reelection campaign. Vance made the case go away. This account is based on interviews with 20 sources familiar with the investigation, court records, public documents and emails.
12. Trump takes 2 weeks to visit Puerto Rico, a disaster zone where 3.5 million AMERICAN Citizens live. He arrives joking and smiling, makes fun of the situation, insults the people, shows no empathy, downplays the severity and compares it to other disasters, lies about how’s he’s helped then throws paper towels at people like he was playing fletch with a dog.
13. Trump was baffled and disgusted by water purification in Puerto Rico. The church is also distributing water purification kits, and a member explained the process to the president. “Wait,” Trump said, “you put it in dirty water?” “And then you can drink it after 10 to 12 hours,” she explained. “Would you do it? Would you drink it?” he asked. “Sure,” she said. “Really?” Trump said, a disgusted look coming across his face. “Really,” she said. “Is this your company or something?” Trump asked the woman, seeming suspicious of the aggressive pitch. “No,” she said, “I’m part of the church.” “This is an interesting thing,” Trump said as he started to hand out the kits. “Try that.”
14. Half of still has no power and a thousand people died largely because of insufficient storm response.
15. Half of Puerto Rico still has no power and a thousand people died largely because of insufficient storm response.
16. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and the island has been within U.S. borders when we took possession October 18, 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens required to pay US federal taxes. In 2016 despite Puerto Rico’s devastation, Puerto Rican citizens paid $3.6 billion into the US Treasury. Whether you like it or not the US is obligated to give as much help as they did to Texas and Florida. FEMA is required to treat Puerto Rico like any other state including but not limited to public assistance grants as well as short-term emergency help and long-term *rebuilding costs*. Disaster relief isn’t based on a state’s financial health or grid maintenance and the federal government doesn’t operate business transactions with each state, giving the best services to the states that pay the most taxes. That’s not how the government works.
17. March 2, 1917, the Jones–Shafroth Act was signed, collectively making Puerto Ricans United States citizens without rescinding their Puerto Rican citizenship and as U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can freely travel and move to the U.S. mainland without a passport or a visa. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer indicated they’d consider a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico “natural-born” and eligible to run for president.
Week 42: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.
Stories less covered continue to detail bigotry towards, and stripping away rights and protections of, marginalized communities and women. Another continuing theme is the dismantling of government programs and initiatives, alongside instituting authoritarian measures.
WAPO reported before Trump pardoned Apraio, he had asked Sessions to have the Justice Dept drop their case.
1. Ten days before Hurricane Harvey, Trump revoked Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, an Obama-era set of regulations designed to make federally funded infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding.
2. On Sunday morning, as Houston was flooding, Trump promoted a book by Sheriff David Clarke on Twitter: “great book by a great guy, highly recommended!
3. Former OGE director Shaub noted it is a government ethics violation to use public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise.
4. Clarke, who has been the subject of repeated allegations of mistreating inmates in his jails, abruptly resigned as Sheriff on Thursday. Speculation grew that he would be taking a position in the Trump regime.
5. When asked by Chris Wallace about Charlottesville, Tillerson said, “I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values,” — and when asked on Trump’s response, “The President speaks for himself.”
6. A video emerged on Facebook of Mattis telling troops, “You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”
7. On Tuesday, again going against Trump, Mattis announced transgender troops will be allowed to remain in the military pending the results of a study by experts.
8. On Wednesday, shortly after Trump tweeted on N. Korea: “Talking is not the answer!” — Mattis contradicted Trump’s statement and told reporters, “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”
9. Buzzfeed reported ICE left 50 immigrant women and children stranded at a bus station in San Antonio as Hurricane Harvey approached.
10. On Monday, Trump reversed an Obama-era policy, allowing police to receive surplus military gear.
11. Buried in a bill that Trump signed into law is a provision which allows police warrantless searches in parts of VA, MD and DC. Amidst the chaos, there was almost no media coverage.
12. In Salt Lake City, a nurse was forcibly arrested after she followed hospital protocol and refused to let the police draw blood from an unconscious patient who was not a suspect and faced no charges.
13. Televangelist Jim Bakker said Christians would start a civil war if Trump is impeached. Roger Stone expressed a similar sentiment in Week 41.
14. A group of evangelical leaders in Tennessee released the “Nashville Statement,” which denounced gay marriage and condemned acceptance of “homosexual immorality or transgenderism.”
15. Reuters reported that Confederate flag sales have boomed since Charlottesville. One company said their orders quadrupled.
16. A federal judge in San Antonio temporarily blocked a Texas ban on sanctuary cities from going into effect on Friday.
17. Trump’s HHS cut the advertising budget for Obamacare by 90%. Lowering enrollment is a way to compromise the ACA.
18. The ACLU said it is deeply concerned about reports of abuse and retaliation by ICE of their clients who are participating in a class action suit to stop the immediate deportation of any Iraqi nationals.
19. A decorated marine, George Ybarra, who served in the Persian Gulf War was transferred to an immigration center in AZ. Although a federal judge ruled Ybarra is a citizen, ICE continues to work to deport him to Mexico.
20. The Trump regime said women’s right will not be part of their demands in negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
21. Mnuchin said the Treasury Dept may scrap plans finalized under Obama to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson.
22. The Trump WH removed a list of 250+ schools under investigation by the Obama administration for violating Title 9 by mishandling campus sexual assault, signaling an end of enforcement and accountability.
23. Trump ended an Obama-era rule which required companies to collect pay data for workers of different genders, races and ethnic groups.
24. The Trump regime’s Transportation Dept abandoned an Obama-era plan of local-hiring for public workers. The program was meant to help offset longstanding racial and gender imbalances in the construction industry.
25. Sessions’s DOJ will retry the woman who prosecutors say disrupted Session’s Senate confirmation hearing by laughing.
26. USA Today reported anti-protester bills are gaining traction in Republican controlled statehouses. So far, twenty states have proposed bills with restrictions on right to assemble and protest, and six have approved bills.
27. The Interior Dept’s watchdog group dropped its investigation of the threat by Zinke to Murkowski over her vote to repeal Obamacare, after the two senators from Alaska declined to be interviewed.
28. The GSA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is undertaking a formal review of how the agency has handled the Trump hotel DC lease.
29. Trump’s Election Integrity Comm apologized after being chastised by a district judge their failure to disclose documents publicly as required.
30. In addition to his position as vice chair of Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, Kobach will become a regular columnist at Breitbart.
31. On Monday, in a press conference with Finnish President Niinistö, Trump defended his decision to pardon Arpaio. When asked the timing, Trump said, “In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally.”
32. Trump confused two Finnish women journalists with dirty-blond hair of being the same person, saying “Again. You’re going to give her — the same one?” Niinistö responded, “No, they are not the same lady,”
33. Trump also falsely claimed Finland is buying Boeing fighter jets. Niinistö pushed back in a tweet Monday, calling this “ankka,” which translates to a falsehood or fake news.
34. On Tuesday, Trump visited Austin. He did not tour areas heavily hit by Hurricane Harvey or meet with any victims. By Tuesday, Harvey had dumped more rain than any storm in history in parts of Texas.
35. Trump praised FEMA administrator Brock Long, saying he “has really become very famous on television over the last couple of days.”
36. Trump acknowledged the crowd, “What a crowd, what a turnout!” — but failed to mention or acknowledge the 15 casualties, tens of thousands of displaced, or irreversible damage caused by Harvey.
37. Trump wore a USA hat during the visit with a 45 on the side. This merchandise is for sale on Trump’s website for $40.
38. Ari Fleischer, press secretary for W. Bush, said of the visit, there was “something missing” and that was “empathy for the people who suffer.”
39. As Hurricane Harvey continued to devastate, AP reported the Republicans are considering cutting $1bn from disaster accounts to help finance Trump’s wall.
40. NYT reported on voting irregularities in the 2016 election: voters being told they were ineligible to vote, or turned away from polls, or sent to other polling place in several blue counties in swing states.
41. Little digital forensic investigation has been done to examine the impact in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russia.
42. Academic and private election security experts warn future elections, including next year’s midterms, could be subject to hacking since nothing has been done to improve or build an effective defense.
43. Moyers & Company reported pro-Russian bots have been taking up right-wing causes after Charlottesville. A case study was done their impact on the narrative around Berkeley.
44. Bloomberg reported on the growing sophistication of pro-Russian bots, which are already taking a role in sowing seeds of discord in the US, and taking on Trump critics like McCain.
45. Experts say the Russian bots never left after the 2016 election, and are sharpening their attacks for upcoming elections in 2018 and 2020. The bots are learning to mimic human behavior.
46. WAPO reported during his run for president, in late 2015 to early 2016, Trump was seeking a deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow. Michael Cohentook the lead for Trump. The deal was never publicly disclosed.
47. Felix Sater urged Trump to come to Moscow, and said he could get Putin to say, “great things” about Trump. In late 2015, Trump started to publicly praise Putin. Shortly after, Putin offered praise of Trump in return.
48. Sater said, at Trump’s request, he traveled to Russia with Ivanka and Donald Jr. A lawyer for the Trump Organization said they happened to be there at the same time.
49. NYT reported on emails between Cohen and Sater which were turned over Monday to the House Intel Comm. Sater emailed Cohen, “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.”
50. Sater said he lined up financing for Trump for the Trump Tower in Moscow through VTB Bank, a bank under US sanctions for its involvement in Russia’s efforts to undermine democracy in Ukraine.
51. VTB is also majority-owned by the Russian government, as are other banks in The Weekly Lists including VEB, Alfa Bank and Sberbank — all of which have ties to Trump and his aides.
52. In an email, Sater bragged about his Russia connections, saying, “I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin’s private chair at his desk.”
53. Ivanka told WAPO she did not recall sitting in Putin’s chair. She also said she was not involved with Cohen’s discussion on the project, except to recommend architects.
54. ABC reported in October 2015, four months into his presidential campaign, Trump signed a letter of intent for Trump Tower Moscow.
55. Rachel Maddow noted the day Trump signed the term sheet was the same day as the third Republican primary debate. Trump seemed off and had a poor performance that night.
56. WAPO reported in mid-January 2016, Cohen emailed Putin lieutenant Dmitry Peskov to ask for his assistance with the stalled Moscow project and to arrange “meetings with the appropriate individuals.”
57. The email is the first known direct outreach by a senior Trump aide to a senior member of Putin’s government. Cohen told Congressional investigators that he did not receive a response.
58. Peskov confirmed Wednesday that he received Cohen’s email asking for his help in getting the stalled Trump Tower Moscow project moving again, but said he did not respond or share it with Putin.
59. In Week 15, Sater and Cohen were involved in a back-channel plan to get US sanctions against Russia lifted. In Week 17, Alex Orono, a Russian working with them on this plan, died suddenly.
60. Sater has cooperated with US authorities in the past, signing a plea deal with Andrew Weissmann, who is now part of Mueller’s special counsel.
61. Swalwell, a Democrat on the House Intel Comm said the panel may call Trump to testify on the Trump Tower Moscow deal to clear up past conflicting statement.
62. Trump has publicly said of Sater, if he was sitting in the same room, “I really wouldn’t know what he looked like.” It is believed Sater was conducting business for Trump through 2016.
63. NYT reported on an eight page letter from Cohen’s attorney to the House Intel Comm giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the Steele dossier and “vehemently” denying Russian collusion.
64. CNN reported the “WV” referenced in Week 41 was Rick Clay of West Virginia, who tried through Trump aide Dearborn to make contact with Russians, allegedly to discuss their “shared Christian values.”
65. NBC reported Mueller’s team is investigating Trump’s role in crafting Donald Jr.’s response to the June 9 meeting, and whether Trump knew about the meeting and tried to conceal its purposes.
66. FT reported Akhmetshin gave testimony under oath for several hours on August 11, another sign Mueller is looking closely at the June 9 meeting.
67. Guardian reported after news that the Senate Judiciary Comm would interview Donald Jr. on the June 9 meeting, Trump called the committee chair Grassley to offer Iowa federal support for the ethanol industry.
68. Grassley tweeted about Trump’s phone call offering support. Also of note from Week 41, the Senate Judiciary Branch will shortly vote on whether to make the Fusion GPS testimony on the Steele dossier public.
69. CNN reported Mueller’s special counsel has issued subpoenas for Manafort’s former attorney, Melissa Laurenza of Akin Gump, and to his current spokesperson, Jason Maloni.
70. POLITICO reported Mueller is teaming up with NYAG Schneiderman on its investigation into Manafort and his financial transactions. The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks.
71. Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s team has pressured Manafort by approaching his family and former business partners. Several people and firms who have worked with Manafort have been subpoenaed.
72. Trump has privately discussed his pardon powers with aides. State and federal investigators believe potential of a pardon has influenced Manafort’s decision on cooperating. Trump cannot pardon state crimes.
73. WSJ reported on Manafort’s close relationship with Russian oligarch Deripaska. The two worked together from 2004–2015 in counties with Russian political interests including Ukraine, Georgia and Montenegro.
74. As per Week 28, Deripaska has offered to give testimony to Congressional investigators in exchange for immunity. That offer is still being rejected, for not wanting to interfere with Mueller’s probe.
75. NBC reported Manafort turned over notes taken during the June 9 meeting to Congressional investigators and Mueller. The words “donor” and “RNC” appear in close proximity. It is illegal for foreigners to donate to American elections.
76. Daily Beast reported Mueller enlisted help from the IRS’s Criminal Investigations unit, an elite investigative entity that focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering.
77. One of Mueller’s top deputies, Andy Weissmann, has worked with the CI unit extensively. The CI unit would have access to Trump’s tax returns.
78. Bloomberg detailed the massive debt Kushner has outstanding against his family’s real estate investment in 666 Fifth Avenue. To pay off looming debt, the family has sold off properties and forgone new deals.
79. Kushner Cos. bought the building near a market high and has tried to get China and sovereign funds to buy the property or refinance part of the debt. These efforts may be influencing US foreign policy as per Week 35.
80. Speculation is Kushner’s outreach to VEB and Kislyak could have been related to real estate financing.
81. WSJ reported lawyers for Trump have met with Mueller and submitted memos arguing Trump didn’t obstruct justice by firing Comey. They also claim Comey is not a reliable witness. Experts say this is highly unusual.
82. Axios reported Russian diplomats continue to die unexpectedly. Russia’s ambassador to Sudan was the seventh diplomat to die since November.
83. Rep DeSantis floated an amendment to end the Mueller probe and stop Mueller from looking into activities prior to June 2015. DeSantis is a Trump loyalist and is considering running for governor of Florida in 2018.
84. WAPO reported on Trump’s WH during a “summer of crisis,” citing Trump’s “dark mood.” Trump is fighting with Kelly, Tillerson and Cohn, and friends say, “He’s turning on people that are very close to him.”
85. WAPO reported Kelly refused to join Trump on stage in Phoenix after Trump prompted, “Where’s General Kelly? Get him out here. He’s great.”
86. WAPO also reported Trump continues to call friends and outside advisers, including Bannon, from his personal phone when Kelly isn’t around.
87. POLITICO reported on the shrinking West Wing, citing three factors: 1) Kelly’s careful review process, 2) five open-ended Russia investigations making it hard to hire, and 3) Trump’s dark mood over the summer.
88. Eight of the 28 members of the Nat’l Infrastructure Advisory Council resigned. In a letter, the cyber-security experts said Trump “threatened the security of the homeland,” citing Charlottesville and withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
89. Trump lashed out at, then fired longtime aide George Gigicos because of the small crowd size at this Phoenix rally last week.
90. Responding to criticism about unfilled key roles in the executive branch, Trump tweeted to @foxandfriends: “We are not looking to fill all of those positions. Don’t need many of them — reduce size of government.”
91. ProPublica reported while Trump continues to leave key executive branch positions which require Senate confirmation unfilled, he has quietly installed more than 1k political staffers.
92. Many of these hires are regulating industries they used to work in. Most names are kept secret. These employees working in the shadows face must less scrutiny, and answer to no one but the WH.
93. The RNC chief of staff, Sara Armstrong resigned. Armstrong is the sixth RNC staffer to leave in the past month.
94. FP reported two top State Dept officials resigned in what was called “Black Friday.” One State Dept official said “Dissatisfaction is a big factor” for why diplomats continues to take early retirement or new jobs.
95. Longtime Trump aide Keith Schiller, best known for hand delivering the letter to Comey about his firing, is leaving the WH.
96. Indictments were issued for 15 security guards of Turkey’s Erdogan, who in Week 31 had attacked protested outside the Turkish embassy in DC.
97. The UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein slammed Trump’s attacks on the media, warning Trump’s rhetoric could provoke violence: “ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one.”
98. Zeid also raised concern about Trump’s “worrying remarks” about women, Mexicans and Muslims, and issue like immigration.
99. NBC reported on a focus group in Pittsburgh, where voters including those who voted for Trump expressed “abject disappointment” in his tone and leadership. Also noted was Trump’s lack of empathy.
100. A Pew Research poll found just 16% of Americans like the way Trump conducts himself. The poll also noted a deterioration in Republican support: a third agree with Trump on only a few or no issues.
101. At Gallup daily tracker, Trump matched his biggest net disapproval of -27 (approve 34, disapprove 61), with the trend continuing lower.
102. A Fox News poll found voter satisfaction with the direction of the country declined to just 35%, and 56% think Trump is tearing the country apart.
103. On Friday, NYT reported Mueller has obtained an early draft of a letter giving Trump’s reasons for firing Comey.
104. WSJ reported an excerpt from the draft. Paraphrasing, Trump wanted to convey: “You’ve told me three times I’m not under investigation but you won’t tell the world, and it’s hampering the country.”
105. POLITICO reported the decision to fire Comey was made in Bedminster, where Trump huddled with Kushner and Miller. McGahn, Priebus and Bannon warned Trump against it, saying it would trigger a firestorm.
106. NYT reported Trump was supposed to golf that weekend, but it rained, so instead he stewed inside about Comey and the Russia investigation. Trump ordered Miller to draft the letter.
107. After returning from Bedminster Monday, May 8, Trump handed copies of the letter to senior officials including McGahn and Pence in the Oval office. McGahn was alarmed and tried to stop the letter.
108. On May 8, Rosenstein got a copy of the letter, and agreed to write a separate memo. May 9, the letter was replaced with a simpler rationale for firing Comey: his handling of the Clinton email investigation.
109. In an op-ed, McCain blasted Trump, saying Congress doesn’t answer to him despite his recent attacks, “We must, where we can, cooperate with him. But we are not his subordinates.”
110. On Thursday, Sanders said Trump promised to donate $1mm of his “personal money” to Hurricane Harvey victims. On Friday, when pressed on where the money was coming from, Sanders said she wasn’t sure.
111. At a signing ceremony in the Oval office Friday, religious leaders took turns praising and thanking Trump for his response to Hurricane Harvey.
112. NYT reported on Kelly’s unhappiness serving under Trump, telling an associate it was “by far the hardest job he had ever had.” Trump likes to surround himself with former military men from “central casting.”
113. Trump berated Kelly after the Phoenix campaign rally. Kelly told WH staff members “he had never been spoken to like that during 35 years of serving his country,” and he would not let it happen again.
114. Kelly has not been able to get Trump to stop binge-watching Fox News, Trump’s primary source of information. Trump does not have web browser on his phone, despite his frequent retweets of story links.
115. In a radio interview, Eric Trump said the negative media coverage was impacting his father: “It important to keep in context. Otherwise, quite frankly, you’d probably end up killing yourself out of depression.”
116. On Friday, a day after Trump ordered Russia to close three US outposts, a fire was reported at the DC diplomatic annex, and smoke was coming out of the chimney at the consulate in San Francisco on a 100 degree day.
117. Social Security and Medicare are paid for with a separate tax. They add NOTHING to the Nation debt/ Social Security has a 2.5 trillion SURPLUS. Congress has borrowed trillions from Social Security to pay for government spending. So when the GOP says we need to cut Social Security in order to balance the budget, they’re lying.
118. Estimated cost of Trumps military parade is $10 to $30 million
119. The aannualized growth of Federal spending ~ Regan 8.7 – Regan 4.9 – Bush Sr. 5.4 – Clinton 3.2 – Clinton 3.9 – Bush Jr. 7.3 – Bush Jr. 8.1 – Obama 1.4
120. Stephanie Clifford a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels had an affair with Trump in 2006, the year after he married Melania and a few months after the birth of their son, Barron. Daniels was reportedly paid $130,000 just before the 2016 election to sign a nondisclosure agreement and keep silent.
121. 1-24-17 ~ Trump signs an executive order to move forward construction of Dakota Access and Keystone XL pi
pelines. Shares of Energy Transfer Partners were up about 4 percent, while TransCanada’s stock rose more than 3.5 percent after Trump signed the orders. Trump also vowed to cancel Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Lessen environmental impact studies and guidelines. Expediting of environmental reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects
122. 1-24-17 ~ Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
President Trump just signed a number of executive orders to move ahead on DAPL
123. NoDAPL Trump said “this will create 28,000 construction jobs”. 2,800 TEMPORARY jobs and ONLY 60-80 permanent jobs as opposed to 18 million people who will be DIRECTLY AFFECTED for the rest of their lives as will their children and all future generations WHEN not IF these pipelines burst. More than 176,000 gallons of oil spilled in western North Dakota in Dec. 2016 alone, but I guess it doesn’t matter to Trump… Poison our water sources and eventually we can all just drink the oil right?
124. Actually America will be Losing 250,000 Trucker Jobs, 225,000 Tank Filler Jobs, 50,000 Truck washing Jobs. Truckers will be Happy for this!?! Maybe they will Learn Construction and fill those 28,000 Positions. But what will the other Hungry Truckers do while on Their Permanent Vacation ? Trump just Sold all you Truckers Out !!! Also Trump has Sold all Train Engineers Out as well!!!
10 TRUMP QUOTES
1. Why these cockamamie people love him:
2. “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes”
3. “Laziness is a trait in Blacks”
4. “Who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”
5. Supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “I will say that people who are following me are very passionate,” “They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”
6. “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
7. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
8. “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
9. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
10. “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
11. “I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits.” – Donald Trump on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
12. Supported “traditional marriage “but considers the nationwide legality of same-sex marriage a “settled” issue. – Then changed his mind.
SPECIAL COUNCIL – MUELLER
1. Word is it would be “suicide” for the president to fire Mueller.
2. Mueller’s investigation seeks to determine whether Trump and/or his associates bartered America’s interests in exchange for legal or financial help from Russia; and whether Trump abused the power of his office to suppress the truth. But its ultimate purpose is to preserve American democracy by protecting the rule of law.
3. Trump’s defenders deploy a grab bag of contrivances that share three defining characteristics: They are legally threadbare; intellectually shabby; and, in a constitutional democracy, morally bankrupt. Their overarching purpose is to
4. him sabotage our laws and Constitution.
5. “collusion” does not appear in the federal criminal code. But “conspiracy” does. One federal statute outlaws a conspiracy to defraud the United States “for the purpose of impairing, obstructing or defeating [its] lawful functions…” Another covers conspiracies to commit any federal crime ― even if that crime was never committed.
6. Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser and ally of President Donald Trump, said in a statement he had a relationship with a Playboy Playmate and offered to help her financially after she told him she was pregnant. Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, arranged for the Playmate to be paid $1.6 million in a deal prohibiting her from disclosing the relationship.
7. Andrew McCabe, the fired FBI deputy director, misled investigators multiple times about his role in a news media disclosure about Hillary Clinton just days before the 2016 presidential election and authorized the release of information to “advance his personal interests”. McCabe authorized FBI officials to speak with a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, in violation of agency rules, and then misled FBI and Justice Department officials when later questioned about it. McCabe could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump. McCabe kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president and they have been provided to the special counsel’s office.
8. The same Trump Supporters who insisted on dragging out the pointless Benghazi investigation for 5 years are now complaining Mueller’s 8 month investigation into the possibility that Trump committed treason by colluding with Russian during the 2016 elections is going on too long. Right-Wing hypocrisy.
9. Mueller has made 22 indictments against Trump associates and gotten 3 guilty pleas. Over 100 Charges, 22 People and 3 Companies
10. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a stark warning to Trump “Mueller, a Republican, has uncovered a deep and detailed pattern of Russian interference in our elections that led to indictments and guilty pleas. It also led to the Trump admin itself leveling sanctions against Russian individuals, proof that it’s not a so-called ‘witch-hunt.’”
25 MOST DAMAGING ITEMS FROM MUELLER’S REPORT
- “The investigation also identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
- White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to the special counsel’s investigators that she lied from the podium.
- Trump ordered his White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller in 2017, but McGahn refused deciding he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre.” McGahn considered resigning, but was urged not to do so by former chief strategist Steve Bannon and then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.. Later, Trump attempted to walk back the story.
- Trump made a heretofore unknown attempt to get his former Attorney General to shut down the investigation. Almost immediately after issuing his directive to McGahn, Trump issued an order to adviser Corey Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of the Russia investigation “to prospective election-interference only.” Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn, Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, refused to obey the order. Dearborn was “uncomfortable with the task and did not follow through.
- Trump considered installing Rachel Brand, then the Department of Justice’s number three official, to spearhead the Russia probe. “The president asked Staff Secretary Rob Porter what he thought of Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand. Porter recalled that the president asked him if Brand was good, tough and ‘on the team. Trump directed Porter to ask Brand about the position. Porter did not do so because he was “uncomfortable with the task,” according to the report. “In asking him to reach out to Brand, Porter understood the president to want to find someone to end the Russia investigation or fire the special counsel, although the president never said so explicitly.”
- In early 2018, the press reported Trump had ordered McGahn to fire Mueller. Trump attempted to get White House officials “to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the Special Counsel removed.” McGahn refused, telling officials these reports were “accurate.” Trump then met McGahn in the Oval Office “and again pressured him to deny the reports.” Trump also asked McGahn during this meeting why McGahn had “told the Special Counsel about the President’s effort to remove the Special Counsel and why McGahn took notes of his conversations with the President.” McGahn again refused to comply “and perceived the President to be testing his mettle.”
- Trump’s response to learning that Mueller had been appointed by then-Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Russian interference appears at odds with his repeated denunciations of the investigation as a “witch hunt.” The report incorporates notes written by Jody Hunt, the chief of staff of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Oh my God. This is the terrible,” Trump said. “This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.” He later added: “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.” Trump then reprimanded Sessions, demanding: “How could you let this happen, Jeff?”
- Security contractor and former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, financed efforts to obtain Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Barbara Ledeen, an associate of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, spearheaded the effort after Trump ordered Flynn to obtain Clinton’s deleted emails from her private server. Ledeen claimed to have received “a trove of emails” that belonged to Clinton. She then reached out to Prince, who “provided funding to hire a tech advisor to ascertain the authenticity of the emails.” Prince’s analysis determined the emails were not authentic, and recounted these efforts to the special counsel’s investigators.
- In July 2016, Trump, then a presidential candidate, invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, asking the Kremlin to find “the 30,000 emails that are missing” from the personal server she used during her tenure as Secretary of State. “I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said at a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” According to the report, Trump “asked individuals affiliated with his campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails … repeatedly.” Flynn, who would eventually become Trump’s first national security adviser, “subsequently contacted multiple people in an effort to obtain the emails.” Among these individuals was Smith, who committed suicide on May 14, 2017. Smith, the report notes, “created a company, raised tens of thousands of dollars, and recruited security experts and business associates.” Additionally, Smith “made claims to others involved in the effort (and those from whom he sought funding) that he was in contact with hackers with ‘ties and affiliations to Russia’ who had access to the emails.” Smith’s effort was unsuccessful and “associates and security experts who worked with Smith on the initiative did not believe that Smith was in contact with Russian hackers and were aware of no such connection.” The report “did not establish that Smith was in contact with Russian hackers.”
- “Evidence concerning the President’s conduct towards Manafort indicates that the President intended to encourage Manafort to not cooperate with the government,” the report stated. “Before Manafort was convicted, the President repeatedly stated that Manafort had been treated unfairly. One day after Manafort was convicted on eight felony charges and potentially faced a lengthy prison term, the President said that Manafort was “a brave man” for refusing to “break” and that “flipping” “almost ought to be outlawed.’ ”
- Mueller says Trump’s power means his public comments could be considered obstruction. “While it may be more difficult to establish that public-facing acts were motivated by a corrupt intent, the President’s power to influence actions, persons, and the events is enhanced by his unique ability to attract attention through use of mass communications,” the report observes. “And no principle of law excludes public acts from the scope of obstruction statutes. If the likely effect of the acts is to intimidate witnesses or alter their testimony, the justice system’s integrity is equally threatened.” The report goes on to note that although “the series of events we investigated involved discrete acts,” such as President Trump’s statement ordering former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, his termination of Comey and his efforts to remove Mueller altogether, “it is important to view the President’s patter of conduct as a whole. That pattern sheds light on the nature of the President’s acts and the inferences that can be drawn about his intent.”
- “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report said. “[James] Comey did not end the investigation of [Michael] Flynn, which ultimately resulted in Flynn’s prosecution and conviction for lying to the FBI. [Don] McGahn did not tell the Acting Attorney General that the special counsel must be removed, but was instead prepared to resign over the President’s order. [Corey] Lewandowski and Dearborn did not deliver the President’s message to [Jeff] Sessions that he should confine the Russia investigation to future election meddling only. And McGahn refused to recede from his recollections about events surrounding the President’s direction to have the special counsel removed, despite the President’s multiple demands that he do so. Consistent with that pattern, the evidence we obtained would not support potential obstruction charges against the President’s aides and associates beyond those already filed,” the report added.
- The report notes that the IRA targeted “leaders of public opinion,” namely “various members and surrogates of the Trump campaign. In total, Trump Campaign affiliates promoted dozens of tweets, posts, and other political content created by the IRA.” These materials were shared by President Trump, Eric Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale, and Michael Flynn and “included allegations of voter fraud, as well as allegations that Secretary Clinton had mishandled classified information.” Trump shared news of an event in Miami the Russians had organized in August 2016, by tweeting, “THANK YOU for your support Miami!… TOGETHER, WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Afterward, “Matt Skiber,” an “IRA-controlled persona” sent a message to an American Tea Party activist saying, “Mr. Trump posted about our event in Miami! This is great!”
- Mueller’s office sought to interview Trump for more than a year, but he refused to do so voluntarily. “Beginning in December 2017, this Office sought for more than a year to interview the President on topics relevant to both Russian-election interference and bstruction-of-justice.” All attempts by the special counsel’s investigators to interview President Trump were rebuffed despite the special counsel office “had carefully considered the constitutional and other arguments raised by counsel… and they d[id] not provide us with reason to forego seeking an interview.” The report continues that investigators stated that “it is in the interest of the Presidency and the public for an interview to take place.” Investigators offered “numerous accommodations to aid the President’s preparation and avoid surprise.”
- Investigators examined about 10 episodes for possible obstruction and makes it explicitly clear that the investigation did not exonerate the president. “The evidence we obtained about the president’s actions and intent, presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment. At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” the report states. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
- The Constitution does not categorically and permanently immunize a president for obstructing justice,” according to the report, signaling that Congress has the power to act upon reviewing the report’s contents. The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president’s corrupt exercise of the powers of the office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law,” the report continues, in direct opposite to the Trump camp’s argument that Congress lacks the authority to intervene.
- Sections about the Trump campaign’s communications with Wikileaks are heavily redacted. Of particular consternation is information related to the Trump campaign’s correspondence with Wikileaks, which Attorney General Barr says must be kept secret because it relates to an ongoing criminal matter, likely the case surrounding Republican operative Roger Stone, President Trump’s former adviser, who is charged with lying about these communications. But did the Trump campaign communicate with Wikileaks? According to Barr, a case for criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks cannot be made because WikiLeaks’ publication of the emails was not a criminal act so long as it did not help Russia to obtain them.
- Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed back against Trump’s efforts to get him to walk back his recusal from all matters involving the Russia investigation. Despite this, Trump “urged” McGahn to contact Sessions “to tell him not to recuse himself.” “McGahn understood the President to be concerned that a recusal would make Sessions look guilty for omitting details in his confirmation hearing; leave the President unprotected from an investigation that could hobble the presidency and derail his policy objectives; and detract from favorable press coverage of a Presidential Address to Congress the President had delivered earlier in the week,” the report says. McGahn “continued trying on behalf of the President to avert Sessions’ recusal,” but was ultimately unsuccessful, much to Trump’s chagrin.
- According to the report, Putin’s “preference was for candidate Trump to win,” but Russians “appeared not to have preexisting contacts” with Trump’s campaign before the election “and struggled to connect with senior officials around the president-elect.” Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was skeptical on election night when she received a call from a foreigner claiming to be making a “Putin call.” After a Russian embassy official followed up with an email from his personal Gmail account, Hicks forwarded the email to Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, worrying that the team might “get duped but don’t want to blow off Putin!”
- Mueller’s report notes that he only brought charges on “some” of the lies perpetrated by “several” individuals connected to the Trump campaign who lied to his office and to Congress about their contacts with Russians. “Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference,” Mueller noted. Among the individuals not charged for lying: former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Trump campaign adviser George Papadapolous, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and two individuals, one who is providing information to a grand jury and the other who is the subject of an ongoing investigation, whose details are redacted. “In some instances, that decision was due to evidentiary hurdles to proving falsity. In others, the Office determined that the witness ultimately provided truthful information and that considerations of culpability, deterrence, and resource-preservation weighed against prosecution,” the report says about individuals who were interviewed by the special counsel’s office but who were ultimately not prosecuted. “Given these identified gaps, the office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on (or cast in a new light) the events described in the report,” Mueller wrote about those individuals who refused to speak or lied outright.
- Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations,” the report states. “These incidents were often carried out through on-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels.”
- Mueller found evidence of potential wire fraud and Federal Employees’ Compensation Act violations.
- “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything,” Trump said, according to notes taken by Sessions’ chief of staff Jody Hunt. “This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.”
- The special counsel repeatedly sought to interview Trump. Ultimately, Trump ended up submitting written answers to some of Mueller’s questions in November 2018 ― which the report called “inadequate.” The president reportedly only answered questions related to Russia’s interference in the election, and not about whether he tried to obstruct the investigation into his campaign’s potential links with Russian meddling. Essentially, after the president “would not be interviewed voluntarily,” per the report, the special counsel’s office “weighed the costs” of a potentially long legal battle to obtain an interview with Trump versus the value of completing the investigation sooner. Mueller’s team ultimately decided it had gathered enough information from other sources for its investigation.
- Yes, es, Donald Trump did try to cover up the real reason for that Trump Tower meeting. Donald Trump Jr. eventually ended up tweeting out screenshots of emails setting up the now-infamous June 2016 meeting between himself, senior Trump campaign officials and a Kremlin-linked lawyer said to be offering information that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Before that, though, his father had attempted to cover up the true reason for the meeting, held at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Trump never wanted his son’s correspondence to become public. In the summer of 2017, the president repeatedly told Hope Hicks, then serving as a communications adviser, that he did not even want to speak about the emails, which she believed would be inevitably leaked. Trump did not believe her. Later, however, the president ended up “edit[ing] a press statement for Trump Jr. by deleting a line that acknowledged that the meeting was with ‘an individual who [Trump Jr.] was told might have information helpful to the campaign’” ― instead, he stated only that the meeting was about adoption. Michael Cohen, at the time still serving as Trump’s personal lawyer, repeatedly denied that the president had helped craft the story given to reporters.
In Robert Mueller’s unprecedented testimony July 24, 2019 he told Congress Pres. Trump was not exonerated, Russian interference was not a hoax, and Trump could be charged with a crime after he leaves office.
34 Indictments/Charges (Individuals) (and counting)
3 Indictments/Charges (Companies)
5 GUILTY pleas (and counting)
4 CONVICTIONS (and counting)
Indicted: Roger Stone
Indicted: Paul Manafort
Indicted: Rick Gates
Indicted: George Papadopoulos
Indicted: Michael Flynn
Indicted: Michael Cohen
Indicted: Richard Pinedo
Indicted: Alex van der Zwaan
Indicted: Konstantin Kilimnik
Indicted: 12 Russian GRU officers
Indicted: Yevgeny Prigozhin
Indicted: Mikhail Burchik
Indicted: Aleksandra Krylova
Indicted: Anna Bogacheva
Indicted: Sergey Polozov
Indicted: Maria Bovda
Indicted: Dzheykhun Aslanov
Indicted: Vadim Podkopaev
Indicted: Irina Kaverzina
Indicted: Gleb Vasilchenko
Indicted: Internet Research Agency
Indicted: Concord Management
Guilty Plea: Michael Flynn
Guilty Plea: Michael Cohen
Guilty Plea: George Papadopolous
Guilty Plea: Richard Pinedo
Guilty Plea: Alex van der Zwaan
Guilty Plea: Rick Gates
Over 191 Criminal Charges (and counting):
Conspiracy against the USA (2 counts)
Conspiracy to launder money (2 counts)
Bank fraud (8 counts)
Bank fraud conspiracy (10 counts)
Subscribing to false tax returns (10 counts)
Making false statements (6 counts)
Failure to file reports of foreign bank accounts (14 counts)
Unregistered agent of a foreign principal (2 counts)
False FARA statements (2 counts)
Subscribing to false tax returns (10 counts)
GUILTY, PLEAS, IMMUNITY, INDICTED
1. Michael Flynn ~ pleaded guilty
2. Paul Manafort ~ guilty 8 counts, more indictments pending
3. Richard Gates ~ pleaded guilty
4. George Papadopoulos ~ pleaded guilty
5. Alex van der Zwaan ~ pleaded guilty
6. Richard Pinedo ~ pleaded guilty
7. Michael Cohen ~ cooperated with federal prosecutors for immunity
8. David Pecker ~ cooperated with federal prosecutors for immunity
9. Allen Weisselberg ~ cooperated with federal prosecutors for immunity
10. Thirteen (13) Russian nationals ~ indicted interfering in the 2016 election
11. Twelve (12) Russian intelligence officers ~ indicted hacking Democratic National Committee
12. Washington state lawmaker Rep. Matt Shea is under FBI scrutiny for writing a how-to guide on killing non-believers in a ‘holy war’ and establishing a theocracy.
13. A jury convicted Roger Stone of all seven counts he was charged with, including obstructing an official proceeding, witness tampering and giving numerous false statements to lawmakers. Stone is the sixth Trump associate convicted since the beginning of the Trump’s presidency, is closely with the Proud Boys far-right extremist gang.
Assisting in preparation of false tax documents (5 counts)
Conspiracy to defraud the United States (13 counts)
Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud (2 counts)
Aggravated identity theft (24 counts
1. Federal agents armed with search warrants have seized emails, tax records and business documents from Trump’s personal attorney and Deputy National Finance Chairperson of the RNC Michael Cohen. The raid on Cohen’s law office, Squire, Patton and Boggs just happen to be lawyers for Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm which combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process AND the main lobbyists for Russia’s oil company. Cohen’s home and hotel room by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office and was based, in part, on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller as Cohen has been under heavy public scrutiny for his payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen is also being investigated specifically for bank fraud and possible campaign finance violations. Incidentally, the RNC has conveniently taken Cohen’s name off of all their sites.
2. If they decided they had enough evidence to engage in a search warrant, then the likelihood Michael Cohen is going to be charged is high.
3. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, personally signed off on the warrant.
4. The crime-fraud exception can render the privilege moot when communications between an attorney and client are themselves used to further a crime
5. Michael Cohen had a proclivity to make tapes of private conversations. New York is a one-party consent state, meaning Cohen could legally record any phone conversation without the other person’s knowledge. If the seized digital recordings exist they are admissible in court and could prove extremely valuable to prosecutors. Attorney-client protections do not apply to conversations which further a crime or act of fraud,
6. Cohen inherited part of his taxi business from his in-laws, the Shustermans and Cohen’s business dealings and ties to Eastern Europe, the medallions were managed by a Ukrainian cab entrepreneur named Simon Garber, who had been a client of Cohen’s and has a lengthy police record. Cohen family’s partnership with Garber fell apart amid a legal dispute in 2012. Cohen and his wife owe more than $55,000 in unpaid taxes connected to their taxi medallions/business. Evgeny “The Taxi King” Freidman, a close friend and business partner has managed at least 34 taxi medallions for Cohen and his wife, Laura, for more than 16 years. Freidman was arrested for a litany of legal issues including tax fraud and first-degree grand larceny charges allegedly cheating the New York out of $5 million in unpaid taxes. The Russian-born taxi baron is just one of Cohen’s many business connections to the former Soviet Union who boasts a long rap sheet; Cohen also joined up with Felix Sater, a convicted felon and former business partner of Trump’s, to deliver a Ukraine “peace plan” to the Trump administration early in 2018. https://www.yahoo.com/news/yellow-cabs-apartment-houses-fbi-taking-broad-look-michael-cohens-business-152635688.html
7. Cohen’s work behind the scenes of the Trump campaign attracted the FBI’s interest by trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, reportedly the brainchild of Felix Sater. Cohen confirmed he reached out to the Kremlin as the Trump Organization pursued the Moscow project as well as paying porn star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels $130,000 who claimed Trump had an affair with her. The Federal Election Commission alleges the transaction constituted an undeclared campaign contribution to Trump, which would be a violation of campaign finance laws.
8. Cohen’s been under criminal investigation for months, according to court documents prosecutors released on April 13, 2018 in the FBI seized recordings between Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels’. The maximum amount an individual can contribute to a campaign is $2,700 ― obviously, far less than $130,000. If prosecutors are able to build a compelling case against Cohen and possibly Trump around these payments which are campaign finance violations so it’s plausible that the president could find himself facing criminal charges
9. Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer names Sean Hannity after a federal judge overruled his effort to withhold the client’s identity. The then-unnamed client had told Cohen not to disclose his name because he didn’t want connection with an FBI seizure of Cohen’s files.
10. Trump’s new lawyer, Joanna Hendon, wrote “the president should get the first chance to review Cohen’s files to decide which ones related to Trump are exempt from disclosure to prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege.” Prosecutors filed a brief in response to the president’s claim he should get first crack at reviewing Cohen’s files. It says “the president’s proposal would set a dangerous precedent.”
11. Trump’s new lawyer, Joanna Hendon, wrote “the president should get the first chance to review Cohen’s files to decide which ones related to Trump are exempt from disclosure to prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege.” Prosecutors filed a brief in response to the president’s claim he should get first crack at reviewing Cohen’s files. It says “the president’s proposal would set a dangerous precedent.”
12. Although Hannity has spent months defending Cohen on his nightly program, his failure to divulge such information to his viewers or to his bosses has not jeopardized his standing with the network. It does make clearer, however, the extent of Fox News’ corruption as a propaganda mill for the Trump presidency and its dishonesty as a news organization. Corruption was evident in both Hannity’s actions and Fox’s defense of itself, as the network said it was “unaware” and “surprised” to learn of the Hannity-Cohen connection. It’s a shocking admission for what is supposed to be a news outlet. It’s also fully in keeping with an organization that is more devoted to stoking conservative indignation than to carrying out truthful investigations and having a history of turning a blind eye to inconvenient truths.
13. When asked where the $130,000 sent to Daniels’ attorney came from, he repied “the funds were taken from my home equity line and transferred internally to my LLC account in the same bank.”
14. Cohen also confirmed that he used his Trump Organization email account to communicate details of a payment transfer to Stephanie Clifford “Stormey Daniels”. Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, provided an email in which Cohen confirmed the transfer to Daniels’ former attorney, Keith Davidson. In the email, both Cohen’s personal email account and trumporg.com email account were used. The deposit was confirmed to Cohen by a First Republic Bank employee. Cohen’s use of his business email to conduct this transaction could be an indication that he was acting in an official capacity as a legal counsel to Trump when he transferred the money to Clifford.
15. Trump’s 2017 financial disclosures listed an account at First Republic Bank, valued between $15,001 and $50,000. Cohen also regularly used that same email account to negotiate with Clifford before she signed a nondisclosure agreement. Cohen admitted he wired Clifford $130,000 of his own money right before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about the alleged affair.
2. No proof Assad has done this. You don’t bomb the shit out of a country with no proof. He’s unhinged and obviously terrified about his attorney’s office being raided. He’s lashing out. The thing is he can start WWIII with his toddler tantrums.
3. Trump is always complaining the military talks to much about what they are going to do. Then he goes and posts it all on Twitter? Not only that, the gas attack was in Syria and instead of focusing on and responding to them he is focusing on a pissing match with Russia. A response is one thing. Antagonizing the world on Twitter is just immature and irresponsible.
4. He did it with Kim Jong Un when he called him Rocket Man. I’m convinced that Trump literally doesn’t give a crap. He can’t think farther ahead than what he wants for dinner.
5. He is on Russia’s side. He is warning them and will tell them exactly where and when the response will take place, just like he did last time. That way they can evacuate the base and only leave their non-functioning equipment behind.
6. Trump does his military “planning” via Tweets. Other presidents did it privately with their generals, and got advice BEFORE mouthing off.
7. Appears as though Putin has told Trump he won’t rig any more elections for him if he strikes Syria.
8. Trump is just waiting to get the coordinates for the missiles from his pal Putin. That way no serious damage will be done, and trump can make believe he’s a tough guy.
9. He’s giving time to Putin and Syria to hide and protect everything of value before he send missiles to empty places where none of the equipment will suffer. It’s all just a lot of smoke to make sure Putin doesn’t reveal what he is holding over Trump’s head.
10. Trump has decided, instead of offering shelter or refuge, the best way to help Syrian refugees is by bombing the shit out of their country.
11. Name one personal advantage Putin would get from declaring war on the US.
12. The media was caught lying about a chemical attack in Syria in 2013. A female journalist was killed after she exposed the U.S. government ISIS on live TV. Hillary approved sending Sarin gas to ISIS to frame Assad in 2012 and Putin proved that ISIS funded by several nations. How much more proof you’re being lied to about Syria?
13. Letter signed by 88 Republican and Democratic members of Congress. “No direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers clearly delineated in the Constitution”
14. All the countries that signed up to bomb Syria should also sign up to TAKE IN the refugees THEIR bombs create.
15. REASON’S WHY THE US HATES SYRIA
a) Syria’s Central Bank is state-owned and controlled
b) Has no IMF Debt (International Monetary Fund)
c) Has oil and gas reserves
d) Dropped US dollar
e) Banned GMO seeds
f) Is one of the last secular Muslim Nation in the Middle East
g) Population is well informed about the Petrodollar Empire in the Middle East
h) Dick Chaney has financial interests in an oil company attempting to run a pipeline through Syria.
16. When we invade a nation we ARE NOT defending our nation WE are killing people who ARE DEFENDING THEIR NATION.
17. Estimated cost to fix Flint water crisis $54 million, no money; waste $200 million in one night dropping bombs on Syria, no problem.
18. Don’t forget to respect the flag of the country that finds it easier to bomb countries 6,000 miles away than to help its own citizens 1,000 miles away from the mainland.
19. Every time you watch one of those tomahawk missiles launch, remember, $1.45 million taxpayer dollars. It’s like you’re watching highways, textbooks, teachers’ salaries and medical care fly across the ocean and explode.
20. Let’s be absolutely clear, this is illegal under international law. There has been no internal investigation, This is a crime of aggression violating the charters of the United Nations.
21. Trump won’t let Syrian Refugees enter the US, but claims he’s protecting them by dropping bombs on their neighborhoods.
22. Interesting Syria didn’t bomb the US for poisoning children in Flint or brutalize Indigenous 1st Nation Indigenous at Standing Rock.
23. Oct. 9, 2012 ~ Donald J. Trump Tweeted “Now that Obama’s poll numbrs are in a tailspin – watch for him to launch a strike in Libia or Iran. He is desperate.
24. Aug. 23, 2013 ~ Donald J. Trump Tweeted “What will we get fro bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval”
25. Sept. 5, 2015 ~ Donald J. Trump Tweeted “AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
26. April 12, 2018 ~ At the White House dinner, Trump declared the problems in Syria were caused “because Obama did not enforce his red lines”
27. Attacking a foreign nation who has not attacked or threatened America is globalist interventionism. This is not ‘America First’ this is genocide.
28. 2,000 U.S. troops inside Syria
29. Only 11, repeat ELEVEN, Syrian refugees were admitted to the US last year.
30. 112 tomahawk missiles were laughed in Syria at a cost of $224,000,000 11% of Puerto is without power Flint has lead in its water. There are 40,000 homeless vets in poverty.
31. While the U.S. brags it attacked a chemical weapons facility in Syria, witnesses claim it actually destroyed a cancer research center.
32. 8,657 children under the age of SIX have been exposed to chemical poisoning in Flint MI, NOT Syria
1. Rachel Crooks, one of the 21 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
BRIDGET SULLIVAN former Miss Universe contestant. 2000, Trump came backstage to wish all of the contestants good luck. “He walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. “We were all naked.”
TRUMP’S RESPONSE: Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks told BuzzFeed that some of the stories mentioned in BuzzFeed’s report “are totally false” and pointed to the fact that Trump has tweeted, “Nobody has more respect for women than Donald Trump!”
2. NINNI LAAKSONE July 2006 appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” “Trump stood right next to me and suddenly he squeezed my butt” Laaksonen also says that at a party she attended during that time, she was told by another guest that Trump liked her “because [she] looked like Melania when she was younger.”
TRUMP’S RESPONSE: Trump did not dispute this allegation specifically, but has denied the broader accusations that he walked into pageant changing rooms unannounced.
3. JESSICA DRAKE an adult film actor and director, said in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Trump grabbed her, kissed her without her consent and offered her $10,000 to have sex with him at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament. She said that she met Trump at a booth for her employer at the time, Wicked Pictures, where Trump flirted with her and asked for her number. According to Drake, later that night he invited her to his penthouse suite. She said she brought along two other women because she “didn’t feel right going alone.” During the press conference, Drake said that Trump “grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking for permission.” Drake said he was wearing pajamas and there was a body guard present. Later that night, Drake said a man called her on Trump’s behalf to ask her to dinner, but she declined. According to Drake, Trump then called her directly and, after she declined again, asked: “What do you want? How much?” Drake said in the press conference that she declined once more, then received a call from a man on behalf of Trump offering her $10,000 and the use of his private jet to “accept his invitation.”
4. TRUMP’S RESPONSE: The campaign issued a statement calling Drake’s allegations “false and ridiculous. The picture is one of thousands taken out of respect for people asking to have their picture taken with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her,” the campaign said, calling Drake’s announcement “just another example of the Clinton campaign trying to rig the election.” Also, during a policy speech on Saturday morning in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump threatened to sue all the women who have accused the candidate of sexual assault.
5. Karena Virginia on a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Trump groped her while she was leaving the US Open in 1998. She said that she was waiting for a car to take her home when Trump approached her with a group of a few other men. According to Virginia he said, “Hey look at this one!” and “Look at those legs.” Virginia alleged that he then grabbed her right arm with his right arm, then touched the inside of her right breast before reportedly asking, “Don’t you know who I am?” Virginia said that her shock soon turned to shame and that she changed the way she dressed as a result of the encounter, hoping to avoid unwanted male attention. She was 27 at the time.
TRUMP’S RESPONSE: A Trump campaign spokesperson denied the accusation in a statement to The Washington Post: “Voters are tired of these circuslike antics and reject these fictional stories and the clear efforts to benefit Hillary Clinton.”
6. CATHY HELLER The first and only time she interacted with Trump, “he grabbed her, went for a kiss, and grew angry with her as she twisted away.” This was all while Heller was having Mother’s Day brunch at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband, in-laws and children. Trump said, “Oh, come on” when she protested and held her still while he kissed her on the side of the mouth before walking away. A relative who was seated at the table that day confirmed Trump was “very forceful” and got “in her face.”
Basically what the Presidents Memorandum on Dakota Access (not an Executive Order) does is tell the Army to do three things :
1) to review and approve the construction and operation of DAPL;
2) consider whether to withdraw the intent to do an EIS and
3) consider prior reviews as meeting the National Environmental Policy Act.
It does NOT grant immediate approval. The question is how fast the Army will act and whether the Tribe acts to block this with a temporary restraining order.
Here is the whole memo for your reading enjoyment.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2017
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
SUBJECT: Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Section 1. Policy. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) under development by Dakota Access, LLC, represents a substantial, multi-billion-dollar private investment in our Nation’s energy infrastructure. This approximately 1,100-mile pipeline is designed to carry approximately 500,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to oil markets in the United States. At this time, the DAPL is more than 90 percent complete across its entire route. Only a limited portion remains to be constructed. I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest.
Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America, I hereby direct as follows:
Sec. 2. Directives. (a) Pipeline Approval Review. The Secretary of the Army shall instruct the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), including the Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, to take all actions necessary and appropriate to: (i) review and approve in an expedited manner, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, and with such conditions as are necessary or appropriate, requests for approvals to construct and operate the
DAPL, including easements or rights-of-way to cross Federal areas under section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act, as amended, 30 U.S.C. 185; permits or approvals under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1344; permits or approvals under section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, 33 U.S.C. 408; and such other Federal approvals as may be necessary; (ii) consider, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, whether to rescind or modify the memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works dated December 4, 2016 (Proposed Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing at Lake Oahe, North Dakota), and whether to withdraw the Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in Connection with Dakota Access, LLC’s Request for an Easement to Cross Lake Oahe, North Dakota, dated January 18, 2017, and published at 82 Fed. Reg. 5543;
(iii) consider, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, prior reviews and determinations, including the Environmental Assessment issued in July of 2016
January 24, 2017
for the DAPL, as satisfying all applicable requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., and any other provision of law that requires executive agency consultation or review (including the consultation or review required under section 7(a) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1536(a));
(iv) review and grant, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, requests for waivers of notice periods arising from or related to USACE real estate policies and regulations; and (v) issue, to the extent permitted by law and as warranted, any approved easements or rights-of-way immediately after notice is provided to the Congress pursuant to section 28(w) of the Mineral Leasing Act,
as amended, 30 U.S.C. 185(w).
(b) Publication. The Secretary of the Army shall promptly provide a copy of this memorandum to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Governors of each State located along the Dakota Access Pipeline route. The Secretary of the Army is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.
(c) Private Property. Nothing in this memorandum alters any Federal, State, or local process or condition in effect on
the date of this memorandum that is necessary to secure access from an owner of private property to construct the pipeline and
facilities described herein. Land or an interest in land for the pipeline and facilities described herein may only be acquired consistently with the Constitution and applicable State laws.
Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its
officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
1-20-17 ~ Dan Rather… And so it begins.
Of the nearly 20 inaugurations I can remember, there has never been one that felt like today. Not even close. Never mind the question of the small size of the crowds, or the boycott by dozens of lawmakers, or even the protest marches slated for tomorrow across the country. Those are plays upon the stage. What is truly unprecedented in my mind is the sheer magnitude of quickening heartbeats in millions of Americans, a majority of our country if the polls are to be believed, that face today buffeted within and without by the simmering ache of dread.
1. I have never seen my country on an inauguration day so divided, so anxious, so fearful, so uncertain of its course.
2.I have never seen a transition so divisive with cabinet picks so encumbered by serious questions of qualifications and ethics.
3.I have never seen the specter of a foreign foe cast such a dark shadow over the workings of our democracy.
4.I have never seen an incoming president so preoccupied with responding to the understandable vagaries of dissent and seemingly unwilling to contend with the full weight and responsibilities of the most powerful job in the world.
5.I have never seen such a tangled web of conflicting interests.
Despite the pageantry of unity on display at the Capitol today, there is a piercing sense that we are entering a chapter in our nation’s evolving story unlike one ever yet written. To be sure, there are millions of Donald Trump supporters who are euphoric with their candidate’s rise. Other Trump voters have expressed reservations, having preferred his bluster to his rival’s perceived shortcomings in the last election, but admitting more and more that they are not sure what kind of man they bestowed the keys to the presidency. The rest of America – the majority of voters – would not be – and indeed is not – hesitant in sharing its conclusions on the character and fitness of Donald Trump for the office he now holds.
The hope one hears from even some of Donald Trump’s critics is that this moment might change him. Perhaps, as he stood there on a grey, drab, January day, reciting the solemn oath of office demanded by our Constitution, as he looked out across what Charles Dickens once called the “city of magnificent intentions”, he would somehow grasp the importance of what he was undertaking. Perhaps he would understand that he must be the president of all the United States, in action as well as in word. Perhaps, but there has already been so much past that is prologue.
There is usually much fanfare around inaugural addresses. They are also usually forgotten – with some notable exceptions. I think today will be remembered, not so much for the rhetoric or the turns of phrase but for the man who delivered them and the era they usher us forth.
Mr. Trump’s delivery was staccato and there was very little eye contact as he seemed to be reading carefully from a teleprompter. His words and tone were angry and defiant. He is still in campaign mode and nary a whiff of a unifying spirit. There was little or nothing of uplift – the rhetoric of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, or Reagan. We heard a cavalcade of slogans and one liners, of huge promises to “bring back” an America – whatever that really means to many who look at our history and see progress in our current society.
The speech started with a message of an establishment in Washington earning riches on the back of struggling families across the country. It was an odd note, considering the background of many of his cabinet picks. President Trump painted a very dark picture of the current state of our nation, beset by gangs and drugs and violence, regardless of what the data shows. His words swelled with his economic populism and the nationalism of “America first.” The applause was sparse, and I imagine many more being turned off, even sickened, rather than inspired by what our new President had to say. President Obama looked on with an opaque poker face. One could only imagine what he was thinking.
It bears remembering that one never can predict the arc of a presidency. It is an office that is far too often shaped by circumstance well beyond its occupant’s control. Those challenges, wherever and however they may rise, now will fall on the desk of President Trump. We can only see what will happen. We hope, for the security and sanctity of our Republic, that Mr. Trump will respond to the challenges with circumspection and wisdom. Today’s rhetoric was not reassuring.
Our democracy demands debate and dissent – fierce, sustained, and unflinching when necessary. I sense that tide is rising amongst an opposition eager to toss aside passivity for action. We are already seeing a more emboldened Democratic party than I have witnessed in ages. It is being fueled by a fervent energy bubbling from the grassroots up, rather than the top down.
These are the swirling currents about our ship of state. We now have a new and untested captain. His power is immense, but it is not bestowed from a divinity on high. It is derived, as the saying goes, from the consent of the governed. That means President Trump now works for us – all of us. And if he forgets that, it will be our duty to remind him.
MAGA (Make America Great Again)
“When was ‘again?” In 1823 when the Supreme Court said “The Indian Nations do not have title to their lands because they weren’t Christians. That the first Christian Nations to discover an area of heathen lands has the absolute title.” Maybe when the US government wanted to destroy the identity of Indians by ripping over 100,000 children from their homes and families and putting them in boarding schools to be “civilized” by beating the native out of them with leather belts, whips and sticks? Or Los Angeles 1850 when the sheriff rounded up inebriated Indians (who were paid with alcohol instead of money) on a Sunday night, sequestering them in a horse corral until Monday morning then auctioning off their services for $3 a week, selling them fifty-two times a year as long as they lived. In 1865 when slavery was abolished after 245 years but segregation continued until the 1960’s? Or was it June 2, 1924 when Congress granted citizenship to Native Americans born in the U.S. Yet even after the Indian Citizenship Act still weren’t allowed to vote until 1957 because the right to vote was governed by White People Law? Or the 1930’s migrant farm workers and their families traveling from farm to farm picking crops for starvation wages, facing dangerous and poor working conditions, basic necessities, i.e. adequate drinking water, forced to work without access to toilet or hand-washing facilities. Or maybe it was in 1935 when 1st Nation Indigenous Native American’s could be fined and sent to prison for practicing certain traditional religious beliefs or in 1978 when natives were not imprisoned any longer for ceremonies and religious practices, but this didn’t go into effect until 1983? Was it back when People of Color were drinking from separate water fountains? Was it when People of Color couldn’t eat in most restaurants? Before People of Color had some equality? Or how about the 1942 Executive Order 9066 ordering Japanese to relocation camps? Was it in 1968 when discrimination was made illegal and the Voting Rights Act put an end to Natives being restricted from voting? Or maybe it was in 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education which was supposed to mark the end of “separate but equal” in schools and a swarm of angry men openly threatened to use guns if necessary to prevent implementation of the court order, or when Blacks were only offered an education through the eighth grade. Or in 1969 after years of unequal schooling, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed to fight for equal education for 1st Nation Indigenous Native Americans? Or the hundreds of Black men tricked into volunteering as human guinea pigs in the Tuskegee Syphilis Study? How about when Redlining and segregation was the norm? Or all the public lynching’s taking place until 1981?
Broken treaties, slavery, segregation, bigotry, racism… Again I’m going to ask you “When was again?” ~ Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez
1. Mark Cuban ~ Trump is like the guy who’ll say anything to get laid. Only this time he’s trying to fuck the country
2. What is Donald Trump telling all his supporters? Orange Is The New Black.
3. Trump: “Foreign Policy?, if you mess with the United States, there will be hell toupee.”
4. How is Donald Trump going to shut down the Department of Education? By renaming it Trump University.
5. What did Donald Trump say to the birthday boy? “Let me see your birth certificate”.
6. If minorities have the race card and women have the gender card, what do rednecks have? The Trump Card
7. Have you seen the new HGTV show about the Whitehouse makeover? It’s called “Trump It or Dump It”.
8. What is Donald Trump “really” trying to do? Make America Hate Again.
9. Why shouldn’t Donald Trump rag on illegal immigrants? Because an undocumented worker has been living on his head for the past 2 decades!
10. El Chapo only escaped from prison to have a “talk” with Trump.
11. If you’re Black you literally have to be a brain surgeon to get a Trump cabinet post.
12. What does Melania see in Donald Trump? “Ten billion dollars and high cholesterol!”
13. Why is Donald Trump always seen with Melania? Because all his other wives support Hillary.
14. What did Donald Trump do before criticizing illegals? He made sure his pools were clean and his lawns were mowed.
15. How does Donald Trump plan on deporting 12 million illegal immigrants? Juan by Juan.
16. What do you call a movie about Donald Trump, Bernie Madoff, and Kenneth Lay? The League of Extraordinary Con Men.
17. What does Donald Trump say when he can’t find his Viagra? “The erection is rigged!”
18. Why doesn’t Melania Trump want to be the first lady? Because she would have to move into a smaller house.
19. What did the Donald tell an illegal immigrant who was trying to put out a fire at Trump Tower? No way Hose A.
20. Why does Donald Trump prefer E.T. to illegal immigrants? Because E.T. eventually went home!
21. What do Donald Trump and a baby have in common? They both whine alot!
22. El Chapo has offered $100 million dollars for Trumps body, dead or alive. I guess that finally answers the question about how much Donald Trump is actually worth.
23. What do you see when you look into Trump’s eyes? Answer: The back of his head.
24. How is Donald Trump going to create middle class jobs? By paying them to cheer for him during campaign events.
25. Why are Muslims worried about Trumps immigration plans? Once you deport Juan you deport Jamal.
26. What’s Donald Trump’s favorite nation? Discrimination.
27. How do you know you’re reading one of Donald Trumps books? It starts on Chapter 11.
28. Why didn’t Republicans attend Trumps inauguration? Because the weatherman told them there was a 70 percent chance of a golden shower.
YOU ELECTED A BILLIONAIRE WHO IS APPOINTING OTHER BILLIONAIRES TO FIX THE SYSTEM THAT MADE THEM BILLIONAIRES.
“It fascinates me how a fat childlike man, failed hotel owner and unsuccessful TV personality; ineffectual policy maker lacking leadership skills with a reputation of being a spoiled brat with no law or military experience became leader of the USA. Trump is an amusing conundrum at best; I’m still trying to figure out how money could “trump” the sanity and intelligence of the beautiful wives he managed to buy! US politics are mysterious, puzzling, and downright comical and the whole world is laughing at the orange headed misogynist demagogue douche bag buffoon’s insane and bizarre absurdities, Trump’s a symptom of a fundamental problem with the US democratic system. He is a narcissistic fraud of a man free of morals, a danger to everyone who doesn’t even possess the requisite intellect nor understand the significance of the office he holds, including but not limited to the US Constitution or the tasks associated with the office. Trump doesn’t read, he has a limited vocabulary, seldom if ever bothers to peruse important files or intelligence reports and knows little if anything about the issues he himself identified as priorities. His decisions are capricious and delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees, he’s the National Nightmare. The only difference I can discern between Trump and Hitler is the mustache has been traded for a toupee.”
~ Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez
Researcher/Chronological Archivist/Writer; and member in good standing with the Constitution First Amendment Press Association
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