Misadventures of a minority-elect President 7

Trump’s lies are finally catching up with him, more on the growing resistance to our minority-elect President, a month of flailing deception from the Trump cabal, reality of Trump stressing people out, delusional dipshittery, more on the other rabid alt-right whack job Stephen Miller, Trump’s endless self-pity, dishonest assertions and scapegoating, corrupt Congress critters avoiding their constituents, Trumps depravity, racism, simplemindedness, ecocide and corruption, Trump’s bottom-feeding percentile presidency and more.

Resisting Trump: The Great American Awakening article from Common Dreams. –

“Old wounds break open. Deep, encrusted wrongs are suddenly visible. The streets flow with anger and solidarity. The past and the future meet.

The news is All Trump, All the Time, but what’s really happening is only minimally about Donald Trump, even though his outrageous actions and bizarre alliances are the trigger.

“As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective,” Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman wrote recently, describing Trump as “our imperial vulture come home to roost.”

The context in which most Trumpnews is delivered is miniscule: more or less beginning and ending with the man himself — his campaign, his businesses, his appointees, his ego, his endless scandals (“what did he know and when did he know it?”) — which maintains the news at the level of entertainment, and surrounds it with the fantasy context of a United States that used to be an open, fair and peace-loving democracy, respectful of all humanity. In other words, Trump is the problem, and if he goes away, we can get back to what we used to be…”

One Month of Trump article from Common Dreams. –

“29 days into the Trump regime it’s worse than expected. Here’s what we’ve learned.

1. Trump’s not an executive. On November 8th, undecided voters opted for Trump because they were impressed by his business credentials; many commented, “He knows how to get things done.”

Trump’s (probably) a billionaire so it would seem that “he knows how to get things done” but, if he does, he hasn’t applied this skill to his job as America’s CEO. Everything about his first 28 days suggests that Trump is in over his head in his new job. For example, after an (initial) week full of executive orders, Trump now appears to have no overall plan for domestic or foreign policy. As another example, Trump’s White House is understaffed and Trump doesn’t seem to be good recruiter.

2. His thought pattern is chaotic. It’s hard to view Trump dispassionately but his impromptu speeches and press conferences are cringe-worthy. On Tuesday (February 14th) during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Trump was asked about rising anti-semitism. He responded by boasting about his election victory and then said the Trump administration is “going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on.”

3. He doesn’t appear to read briefing papers. The New York Times reported that for national security briefings, Trump wants “a single page, with lots of graphics and maps.”

It’s hard to imagine that Trump is as dumb as he has appeared the last few days but, to say the least, he’s not an intellectual and is not informed on most major issues…”

John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview article from the Washington Post. –

“John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.

During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn’t mention Trump’s name once, but he didn’t have to…”

Reality of President Trump Is Stressing Out Americans… Big League article from Common Dreams. –

“Americans have been taking to the streets in record numbers since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, but amid that uptick in resistance something else has been rising within the U.S. electorate: personal anxiety and stress caused by the nation’s new political reality.

According to a new survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 66 percent of respondents report feeling increasingly stressed out by the current political climate and prospects for the nation’s future.

The APA findings—contained in their Stress In America: Coping With Change (pdf) report—reveal that 57 percent of those surveyed said that politics have become either a “very” or “somewhat” significant source of anxiety in their lives. Meanwhile, 49 percent of those questioned said the outcome of the 2016 election, in which Trump was elected president and the Republican Party kept control of both the House and Senate, has become a specific source of new stress…”

‘Morning Joe’ Reveals the Secret Panic of GOP Lawmakers After Trump’s Unhinged Press Conference article from AlterNet. –

“MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski weighed in on Trump’s alternative press conference early Friday. Horrified by the president’s narcissism and deceit, the “Morning Joe” hosts also revealed why Trump’s “fake news” battle has just begun.

“That would have been a really funny hour or so of television if he weren’t president of the United States,” Scarborough remarked. “It was one of the most chaotic, rambling press conferences anybody has ever seen.”

“I do get good ratings, you have to admit that,” President Trump said from the podium, offering his own brand of “fake news” with easily debunkable claims.

While broadcast media helped Trump get elected, Trump’s disdain for the media only stems from the media finally catching up with his lies. Although it’s too little, too late…”

21 Facts That Explain Exactly Who Stephen Miller Is article from AlterNet. –

“Even among the right-wing ideologues doing the actual presidenting in this administration, Stephen Miller stands out for the copious amounts of Kool-Aid he mainlines. Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as “fiercely loyal” to the president, “a true believer in every sense of the word.” Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban. At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law. It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd. According to those who know Miller’s history, that’s not so far off the mark.

Dating back to junior high school, Miller has been the unwavering right-winger now before us. Though the internet, and some of his family members, were quick to compare him to Joseph Goebbels, this reporter saw a resemblance to Roy Cohn—a Trump mentor—down to the sartorial details. Miller wears retro skinny suits, only recently ditched a chain-smoking habit and has the kind of cockiness that reads as unexamined, unsympathetic self-hatred. His barked orders and put-on baritone are all part of the package, and can strike an observer as funny. At least until you remember this guy is trying to turn the country into an all-white gated community…”

5 Scary Ways Trump Mirrors Some of the Worst Leaders in History article from AlterNet. –

Those include: Depravity, Racism, Simplemindedness, Ecocide and Corruption.

Trump Will Hold a Reelection Rally, Four Years Early article from AlterNet. –

Instead of focusing on the actual issues of his illegitimate administration and America Trump needs to feel the adoration of the moronic miscreants that supported him and hear their cheers.

GOP Strategist Steve Schmidt: Trump’s Constant Lies and ‘Endless Self-Pity’ Are Unlike Any Other American President article from AlterNet. –

“Trump has taken up a “mantle of victimhood” in press conferences.

Steve Schmidt, campaign director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, had some choice words for Pres. Donald Trump after the president’s wild and unhinged press conference on Thursday.

On Thursday night, Schmidt appeared on The Eleventh Hour with Brian Williams to call out Trump’s habit of cloaking himself in “the mantle of victimhood” and his constant lying.

During Thursday’s presser, Schmidt tweeted, “NO American President has EVER comported themselves like this. Endless self pity , Dishonest assertions and scapegoating…”

Republicans take evasive maneuvers to avoid feisty town halls article from Yahoo! News. –

Make your corrupt Congress critter listen to your grievances and hold them accountable.

Bill Maher Just Made A Very Serious Point About The Trump Administration ‘Circus’ article from the Huffington Post. –

“While you’re watching the clown screw the pony, they’re breaking into your car…”

Why I Hate President Trump article from the Huffington Post. –

“For the record, I don’t hate Donald Trump the person. I hate Donald Trump the president.

I wish I didn’t. But I do. Here’s why:

He’s a pathological liar, according to Republican Ted Cruz.

He’s a fake, a fraud, and a con-man, according to Republican Mitt Romney.

He convinced 81 percent of white evangelical Christian voters to throw Jesus under the bus to vote for a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy.”

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.

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.

He disrespects duly-appointed, Senate-confirmed federal magistrates: “so-called judges…”

It’s costing a fortune to protect the Trump family article from Yahoo! News. –

What a waste of U.S. taxpayer money.

A historian says Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest in history article from Business Insider. –

Things could easily go from bad to worse.

“Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed.

Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job “between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841,” who died pneumonia and the “199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881,” who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin “after terrible suffering and medical malpractice.”

Even if his time in office is “dragged out,” Feinman predicted that Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850.

The 20th-century American history professor, who recently published a book about the unfortunate fates of US leaders, added that he thought the “Pence Presidency” was inevitable. He was referring to Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, who would take over if Trump was to leave the leadership…”

Is Trump the Worst President Ever? article from Counter Punch. –

From what we’ve seen so far, yes.

“Although Donald Trump has only been in office for a few weeks, it is hard to go anywhere and not hear that he is the worst ever American president. Neither Richard Nixon nor Warren Harding, or even the thirty days of William Henry Harrison’s pneumonia, are believed to rank in his bottom-feeding percentile. But if Donald is that bad, it may go down as his greatest achievement.

I grant you that Trump has the potential to be great on the worst-ever scale. It is no small accomplishment that his national security adviser did not last three weeks on the job and was run out of town for pillow talking with the Soviets. (I was reminded of the last scene in No Way Out, when Kevin Costner starts speaking Russian.)

Domestically, Trump has a lot to offer with his denigration of women, minorities, immigrants, and Muslims. That said, his racist attitude only puts him in a league with Woodrow Wilson (fond of the n-word) and Teddy Roosevelt (who liked to brag that his government had hired fewer Negroes than did William McKinley). Further out on the spectrum are the twelve slave-owning American presidents (from Washington to Grant), who will be tough to bring down.

As someone ethically challenged, Trump brings a lot to the table. He’s worked Atlantic City casinos and fondled Miss Universe contestants. Both avenues show promise. And before assuming office, Trump put his labyrinthine business interests (including, presumably, dividend checks from sheikdoms) into a revokable trust and staffed it with his inflatable-doll sons…”

Trump, Turmoil and Resistance article from Counter Punch. –

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