Misadventures of a minority-elect President 10

Trump’s supporters say they were bullied into supporting him and can’t understand why liberals are shunning them, Not my president protests abound, Trump perniciously compares himself to Lincoln and costs much more to protect than his predecessor did, White House cooking the books, the creeping Stalinism of Donald Trump, Trump’s unbroken streak of falsehoods now stands at 33 days, reality of a Trump presidency stressing people out, quietly enabling more rampant Wall Street fraud and more.

Donald Trump’s supporters have trouble understanding why liberals are shunning them article from Salon. –

“Trump supporters say they were bullied into supporting a very disliked president.

President Donald Trump’s approval ratings may have reached historic lows in record time, but even as 40 percent of the country wants him impeached, supporters of Trump seem mystified by the fierceness of the opposition he faces — even as individuals on the fence often admit to feeling turned off by that same hostility.

“They’re stonewalling everything that he’s doing because they’re just being babies about it,” Patricia Melani, a 56-year-old New Jersey transplant who attended Trump’s campaign rally in Florida on Saturday, told The Washington Post. “All the loudmouths? They need to let it go. Let it go. Shut their mouths and let the man do what he’s got to do. We all shut our mouths when Obama got in the second time around, okay? So that’s what really needs to be done…”

Anti-Trump ‘Not My President’s Day’ protests draw thousands across the US article from the World Socialist Web Site. –

Trump compares himself to Lincoln. But Lincoln warned us about demagogues like him article from Think Progress. –

“On Saturday, President Donald Trump compared himself to “Abraham Lincoln and many of our greatest presidents.” On his inauguration, Trump chose to be sworn in on the so-called “Lincoln bible”?—?the same one Honest Abe was sworn in on?—?because he was “inspired by Lincoln’s words,” Quartz reported.

On Presidents’ Day, though, it’s worth remembering that Trump is the anti-Lincoln (and anti-Washington). Indeed, he is not just the demagogue Founding Fathers like Alexander Hamilton warned us about. He is exactly the demagogue Lincoln himself warned us about.

At Gettysburg in 1863, Abraham Lincoln famously asked whether a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal … can long endure.”

But Lincoln’s concern about the fate of the Republic?—?and the danger of a demagogue just like Trump?—?dates much earlier. Way back in 1838, a 28-year-old Lincoln gave a talk to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois on “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions.” Although it’s one of his earliest published speeches, its prescience and timeliness make it a must read today…”

Trump’s first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year article from Think Progress. –

“Meanwhile, his budget proposal cuts programs for poor people…”

The Trump White House is already cooking the books article from the Washington Post. –

“Almost exactly a year ago, I suggested a rule of thumb for evaluating candidates’ economic agendas: The more growth a politician promises, the worse his or her economic plan probably is.

Why? Because it suggests they had to make extra-rosy assumptions to get their math to work.

Supercharged growth implies higher tax revenue, as well as lower spending on means-tested programs such as Medicaid and unemployment insurance. As a result, astronomical economic growth is often used to paper over the astronomically large deficits that would result under more realistic assumptions.

As President Trump assembles his fiscal agenda, that rule of thumb is coming in handy once again…”

Fake News and the Founding Fathers article from the Daily Beast. –

“This administration’s attacks on the press are directed at anyone who dares to disagree or try to hold them accountable. Nothing could be further from the example George Washington set…”


Getting Rid Of Trump ‘Easy’: Neither Impeachment Nor 25th Amendment Required article from the Huffington Post. –

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s view at odds with events of the week article from Yahoo! News. –

If/When Trump Goes Down, What Are the Takeaways For Us All? article from AlterNet. –


“And how Republicans in Washington have allowed themselves to become his apparatchiks…”

A Country Run From A Country Club article from Information Clearing House. –

“February 20, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Say what you like about Donald Trump but he’s already done things people said were impossible, like made Twitter worse. Looking back, the Harambe situation is the closest working model we have for a Trump presidency. Last week he gave the sort of press conference that in a movie would bring a weary superhero out of retirement. His answers were filled with pointless digressions and absurd sentence construction, like he was desperately trying to avoid the buzzer on some unfathomable new Radio 4 panel game. And yet I wonder if Trump isn’t playing to his base quite effectively: grievance is a key part of his appeal, and chaos may well just look like him butting heads with Washington insiders. His approval rating among Republicans was 84%, before he started what will no doubt be a series of rallies. Even Trump isn’t stupid enough to think he’s still fighting an election, so the assumption has to be that he’s trying to enthuse his base to create pressure for his agenda on Republicans in Congress.

Trump’s base are people who believe that the U.S is a country run by elites enabled by mainstream media propaganda. Which, awkwardly, it is. Distorted media has been around for as long as Rupert Murdoch. By the look of him that would include telling Moses the commandments would go down much better if he took the third tablet and carved a pair of tits on it. I do feel for Rupert. Not least the arthritic tadpoles that shuffle around in his scrotum, clutching their tiny hearts every time they hear Jerry’s voice, muffled by his adult nappy. Trump isn’t inventing public disillusionment with the news media, just as he hasn’t invented their dissatisfaction with the fruits of globalisation. He has co-opted these grievances, and followed the pattern of his whole life by bringing a lot of disparate stuff under the Trump brand…”

Heads Up, Republicans Want Wall St. Investment Advisers to Lie and Pick Your Pocket article from AlterNet. –

“While the headlines are dominated by White House leaks and personnel scandals, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have been quietly helping the financial industry siphon off your retirement savings.

First, the administration announced that it was reviewing a rule scheduled to take effect in April requiring financial advisers to work in their clients’ best interests. Yes, you read that correctly. Some people presenting themselves as financial advisers can now legally steer you to rip-off investments, a glaring problem the Obama administration addressed in a commonsense rule six long years in the making.

The rule, backed by the Consumer Federation of America, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vanguard founder John Bogle, and others, applies to brokers, plan consultants, and others advising participants in 401(k)-style plans and IRAs who don’t already adhere to a fiduciary standard. Among other things, it prohibits financial professionals from pretending to offer disinterested retirement advice while working on commission and from steering retirement savers to higher-cost investments when similar but lower-cost options are available. Importantly, the rule protects job-leavers from being lured into rolling over their pensions and 401(k)s into higher-cost IRAs, at a time in their life when many people are vulnerable to bad advice…”

Donald Trump’s unbroken streak of falsehoods now stands at 33 days article from the San Jose Mercury News. –

“Donald Trump has been president for all or part of 33 days. He has averaged four falsehoods or misleading statements a day(!) in that time. There hasn’t been a single day of Trump’s presidency in which he has said nothing false or misleading.

That data, which comes from a terrific new project from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker that seeks to document Trump’s statements in the first 100 days of his presidency, is stunning.

On Trump’s first day in office, he made seven (or more!) misleading claims. That was one of four days in which he has made seven-plus false or misleading claims; that’s roughly 12 percent of all the days he has spent in the White House. In fact, there are more days (18) when Trump has made four or more misleading/false claims than days (15) when he has made one or two…”

Psychologists Say Stress Caused by Trump Administration Poses Threat to Public Health article from AlterNet. –

Americans are finally waking up to the reality of a Donald Trump presidency and it’s stressing them out.

Republicans slowly waking to realization that tables have turned on Obamacare’s popularity article from the Daily Kos. –

RESIST DAY #33: What You Can Do Today article from Common Dreams. –

WATCH: Robert Reich Reveals the 4 Dangerous Syndromes of Coping with Trump article from AlterNet. –

“With Donald Trump as president, some of you may be tempted to succumb to one of the following 4 syndromes. Please don’t.

1. Normalizer Syndrome. You want to believe Trump is just another president—more conservative than most, but one who will make rational decisions. You’re under a grave delusion. Trump and his ultra-conservative cabinet pose a clear and present danger to America and the world.

2. Outrage Numbness Syndrome. You are no longer outraged by what Trump says or does because you’ve gone numb. You can’t conceive that someone like this is our president so you’ve shut down emotionally. Maybe you’ve even stopped reading the news. Please get back in touch and re-engage with what’s happening.

3. Cynical Syndrome. You’ve become so cynical about the whole system—the Democrats who gave up on the working class, the Republicans who suppressed votes around the country, the media that gave Trump free air time, the establishment that rigged the system—that you say the hell with it. Let Trump do his worst. Well, you need to wake up. It can get a lot worse.

4. Helpless Syndrome. You aren’t in denial. You know that nothing about this is normal and you desperately want to do something to prevent what’s about to occur. But you don’t know what to do. You feel utterly helpless, powerless and immobilized…”

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