Misadventures of a minority-elect President 13

Trump’s myths about illegal immigration, White House Chief of Staff asks FBI to dispute Trump Russia report, Trump’s psychological issues, the Christian Right’s giddiness over Trump and the miscreants in his cabinet, rising legal questions on Trump’s military operation to remove undocumented immigrants, the WWE gets involved in Trump’s delusional dipshittery, White House defers ‘states’ rights’ on Transgender rights but not marijuana, still using Twitter to spew his vitriolic rants – this time with the FBI, House Republicans – Trump’s brown shirts – trying to cover up Trump’s ties to Russia and conflicts of interest, Trump scolds press for using ‘anonymous sources’ after using anonymous sources, still repeating the same falsehoods as usual, the price taxpayers will pay for Trump’s deportation debacle, Trump selected cabinet nominees to destroy the agencies they lead, Trump’s authoritarian presidency and anti-democratic tendencies, Trump’s past reveals he is an anti-Semite regardless of his lies that he’s not, another week has passed in Trump’s America and more.

5 Trump myths about illegal immigration article from Yahoo! News. –

“The deportation force is being mustered.

President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promise to round up and deport undocumented immigrants more aggressively than prior presidents. He recently told business leaders at the White House that a “military operation” is underway to roust people who are in the country illegally, and John Kelly, the Director of Homeland Security, recently outlined plans to hire 15,000 new immigration agents to help with the work. That will take time—and require Congressional funding—but the Trump administration already seems to be ramping up enforcement of existing immigration laws.

Trump has blamed undocumented immigrants for taking American jobs, committing violent crimes and milking US taxpayers. There are certainly anecdotal examples of each, but Trump also applies his usual hyperbole to the issue, while overlooking the important role undocumented workers play in the US economy. They account for about 4.5% of the American workforce and are crucial workers in industries such as agriculture, construction and hospitality. If Trump intends to kick an estimated 11 million undocumented people out of the country, it could upend many businesses and harm the economy more than it helps…”

House Republicans are putting the kibosh on attempts to force disclosure on Russian ties, conflicts of interest article from Salon. –

Donald Trump’s brown shirts in action:

“Congressmen such as House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and other Republicans may have been denounced by their own constituents for failing to hold President Donald Trump accountable, but that isn’t stopping House Republicans from squashing a bill to do just that.

A Democratic resolution planned for next week that would have compelled Trump to disclose his potential conflicts of interest and ties to Russia is going to be sent to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday, according to a number of House sources who spoke to Politico. Because the committee is controlled by the Republican Party, it is likely that they will kill the resolution.

The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, would require Attorney General Jeff Sessions to provide “any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication” pertaining to “criminal or counterintelligence investigations…”

White House chief of staff reached out to FBI to dispute Trump Russia report article from Yahoo! News. –

A Psychological Portrait of President Trump article from Information Clearing House. –

“Last October, before he was elected President of the U.S., I, among others, put forward the hypothesis that Mr. Donald Trump was a narcissist. Trump fulfills practically all the criteria included in the classification of narcissism established by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in many countries all over the world.

Grandiosity; fantasies of power and personal attractiveness; self-perception of being unique; needing constant admiration form others; sense of entitlement; exploitation of others for personal gain; intensely envious of others and pompous and arrogant demeanor are the symptoms included in this syndrome. His behavior at the time, which became even more evident since becoming President, only confirmed this hypothesis.

More recently, however, John D. Garner, a practicing psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, went a step further and stated that Trump has “malignant narcissism” which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and which is incurable. “We have seen enough public behavior by Donald Trump now that we can make this diagnosis indisputably,” says Garner…”

Why the Christian Right Is Rejoicing Under Trump’s Presidency article from AlterNet. –

“In early 2016, few evangelical leaders were on Team Trump, as they had Ted Cruz and other conservative Christians to choose from in a crowded Republican presidential field. After Donald Trump embarrassed his GOP competition and became the party’s nominee, prominent evangelicals began changing their tune. Some, including a number of outspoken anti-LGBT activists, worked with the Trump campaign on a large evangelical advisory board. After Trump won the presidency with 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, most far-right Christian leaders who hadn’t endorsed him came around. Many were gleeful, and some even pronounced that God had stepped in and handed Trump the job.

That excitement has grown since the election as Trump prepared for and took office, nominating several ultra-conservative Christians for key posts and promptly following through on several of his campaign promises tailored to evangelical voters. Trump had already picked far-right evangelical Mike Pence for vice president. Then he nominated Betsy DeVos, who was raised in a Calvinist community in Michigan, for secretary of education and Seventh-Day Adventist Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development secretary, and appointed several other conservative Christians to additional top positions in the administration.

Ronnie Floyd, an Arkansas megachurch pastor and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Washington Post that the Trump administration was full of “followers of Christ,” not just DeVos but Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price, EPA head Scott Pruitt, Energy nominee Rick Perry, Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue and Attorney General Jeff Sessions…”

Trump: Removal of undocumented immigrants is ‘military operation’ article from the Huffington Post. –

Is Trump illegally using the military to remove undocumented immigrants?

“President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration’s efforts to remove undocumented immigrants is a “military operation.”

“You see what’s happening at the border, all of the sudden for the first time, we’re getting gang members out, we’re getting drug lords out, we’re getting really bad dudes out of this country,” Trump said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs. “And at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before, and they’re the bad ones, and it’s a military operation because that has been allowed to come into our country. And you see gang violence that you’ve read about like never before, all of the things, much of that is people that are here illegally. And they’re rough and they’re tough but they’re not tough like our people.”

His praise focused on the Department of Homeland Security head John Kelly, whose department oversees the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — best known as “ICE…”

‘I was the best golfer of all the rich people’: In meeting with manufacturing CEOs, Trump insists GE’s Jeff Immelt tell the story of the time Trump hit a hole in one article from Yahoo! News. –

Which highlights Trump’s serious narcissistic issues….

‘No anonymous sources,’ Trump scolds _ after WH uses them article from Yahoo! News. –

Reporters from New York Times and CNN blocked from attending a White House press briefing article from Yahoo! News. –

Bannon Admits Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Were Selected To Destroy Their Agencies article from the Daily Kos. –

“At CPAC today Stephen Bannon, the Chief Advisor and intellectual heft behind the Twittering infant that sits in the Oval Office, provided a little glimpse of the future he has planned for all of us.

In the clearest explanation for why nearly all of Trump’s cabinet choices are known mostly for despising and attacking the very Federal agencies they’ve been designated to lead, Bannon explained—in very clear language–that they weren’t appointed to lead these agencies, but to destroy them:

Atop Trump’s agenda, Bannon said, was the “deconstruction of the administrative state” — meaning a system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president and his advisers believe stymie economic growth and infringe upon one’s sovereignty.

“If you look at these Cabinet nominees, they were selected for a reason, and that is deconstruction,” Bannon said. He posited that Trump’s announcement withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history…”

WWE: Donald Trump is Not Your Friend article from Paste Magazine. –

“Dear McMahon Family,

It’s fine that you’re Republicans. Well, not “fine,” but it’s far from the biggest issue with this picture. The left-leaning faction of your audience made peace with your politics and their kooky consequences—like failed senate campaigns and the implicitly pro-war sentimentality of all those Tribute To The Troops video montages—forever ago.

The problem with this picture is it tells us you think Donald Trump is your friend. Maybe we shouldn’t judge you too quickly for that. Obviously, he’s nice to you. He’s made himself available to pose in Christmas card photos and nominate you for fancy cabinet positions. As a second-generation businessman who expanded his brand globally via pure, uncut showmanship, on paper, he’s a guy with whom your patriarch can easily relate. And, holy crackers, what if you can parlay this relationship into Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at Wrestlemania with special guest referee—The President of the United States?

But setting aside Trump’s evident loathing for the free press, checks and balances, science, sexual consent, the disabled, races other than the white one, countries other than Russia, decency, accountability, shame, self-awareness, and reality, what we must address right this very second is Donald Trump is not your friend…”

White House Defers to “States’ Rights” on Transgender Protections — But Not on Legalizing Marijuana article from the Intercept. –

Trump’s never-ending hypocrisy on full display…

“WHITE HOUSE PRESS Secretary Sean Spicer cited “states’ rights” on Tuesday in defending the Trump administration’s decision to end the Obama administration’s federal protections for transgender students.

“The president has maintained for a long time that this is a states’ rights issue and not one for the federal government,” he said. “All you have to do is look at what the president’s view has been for a long time that this is not something that the federal government should be involved in. This is a states’ rights issue.”

But on Thursday, asked about federal marijuana enforcement, it was like the states had no rights at all. Arkansas-based reporter Roby Brock asked Spicer about the administration’s posture towards Arkansas’s new medical marijuana law.

Spicer suggested that the Trump administration would respect state laws related to medical marijuana — but not offer the same respect for recreational marijuana…”

Donald Trump Takes To Twitter To Hurl More Insults At FBI As White House Leaks Continue article from Yahoo! News. –

Donald Trump’s Conflicts of Interests: A Crib Sheet article from the Atlantic. –

CNN Leaks: Conservative Activist James O’Keefe Publishes Alleged Newsroom Footage article from Yahoo! News. –

Fraudulent filmster James O’Keefe (who manipulated alleged ACORN footage) is trying to save Trump’s ass. See link below for info on how he manipulates info to suit whatever fraudulent agenda he is pursuing…

Trump says Clinton and Obama paid people to cause violence at his rallies article from PolitiFact. –

Fact-checking President Trump’s CPAC speech article from the Washington Post. –

Still repeating the same falsehoods as usual.

Trump’s deportation plan could cost taxpayers half a trillion dollars article from Yahoo! News/CNBC. –

Experts on authoritarianism say Trump’s presidency ‘has gotten scarier’ article from Think Progress. –

“A month of executive experience has not moderated the president’s anti-democratic tendencies.

Donald Trump’s presidency began with a flurry of executive orders, many of which left experts on authoritarianism deeply concerned. A little more than one month into the administration, their concerns have only grown.

Trump’s relationship with the truth is deeply troubling.

Sheri Berman, a political scientist at Barnard College: I think Trump has gotten scarier in the sense he has become more divisive and more ensconced in his bubble and less willing to entertain alternative viewpoints or criticism.

This is a problem when you get to high positions of power, it’s very easy to surround yourself with aye-sayers. It’s very, very problematic when the president already has a proclivity for [seeking answers that fit his prior assumptions]. That is something extremely dangerous. Obama was not open to certain criticism, and that happens at the top of any totem pole, but it’s important to hear different sources of information and to accept and process criticism; but with a personality like Trump’s it is easier and easier to avoid and campaign…”

This week in Trump’s Ameria: Hitting the 2020 campaign trail article from Think Progress. –

Is Trump An Anti-Semite? You Bet He Is article from the Huffington Post. –

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