Misadventures of a minority-elect President 18

In a move that surprises absolutely no one, our liar-in-chief took credit for Obama’s accomplishments during his speech to the U.S. Congress, which as usual was full on lies and contradictions, Trump did set one record for most Tweets during his address, though he’s still deflecting all responsibility for his actions, still having difficulty with truth and why he keeps getting away with it, ponderance of how many illegal acts it takes to rid ourselves of a corrupt Trump administration, despite his best efforts, reality continues dogging Trump, Trump’s voter suppression tactics could create blow back for the GOP, one speech does not erase Trump’s dystopian actions or his campaign of hate, GOP brown shirts in Congress vote to continue hiding Trump’s ties to Russia, false conclusions about immigration, more Russian ties in Trump’s cabinet, ‘Dreamer’ detained by ICE after imploring Trump to protect her, George Takei cleverly disembowels Trump’s speech on Twitter – bit by bit, Trump’s budget pushes austerity at home while going all in for the Military-Industrial Complex and more.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit he hasn’t earned article from Yahoo! News. –

No surprise that our liar-in-chief took credit for his predecessor’s accomplishments, despite planning to destroy them.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday night about corporate job expansion and military cost-savings that actually took root under his predecessor and gave a one-sided account of the costs and benefits to the economy from immigration — ignoring the upside.

A look at some of his claims in his prime-time speech to Congress:

TRUMP: “According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”

THE FACTS: That’s not exactly what that report says. It says immigrants “contribute to government finances by paying taxes and add expenditures by consuming public services…”

Reality continues to dog Trump during his first address to Congress article by Rachel Maddow from MSNBC. –

Fact-checkers had a field day with President Trump’s address to Congress article from the Week. –

Top 10 Did-He-Really-Just-Say-That Moments From President Donald Trump’s Address article from Elle. –

“Striking a much more optimistic (but no less factually inaccurate) tone than he did during his inaugural address, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to a joint congressional session on Tuesday. The 60-plus minute speech was delivered in primetime, because of course it was.

Trump opened by acknowledging Black History Month, though he didn’t take a minute to mention that his attorney general has routinely fought against voters’ rights. He moved on, denouncing vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, bomb threats phoned in to JCCs nationwide, and the shooting in Kansas City that killed an Indian engineer. He did not add that earlier this week he seemed to suggest that Jews, in fact, may have perpetrated those acts of violence in a “false flag” operation. And he still hasn’t commented on the terror attack at a mosque in Montreal, Canada, that cost six people their lives. Within the first five minutes of his speech this evening, fear not, he made sure to announce that he still very much believes in that tired, hateful old motto: “America First.”

ICYMI, here at the top 10 did-he-really-just-say-that moments from Trump’s first formal address…”

Trump’s speech outlines plans for class war at home and war abroad article from the World Socialist Web Site. –

“Speaking before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed the core pillars of his presidency: vastly expanding military spending, slashing taxes on corporations, scapegoating immigrants for the crisis of American capitalism, and promoting economic nationalist trade policies.

In contrast to his inaugural speech, Trump couched his extreme right-wing policies in the traditional conventions of American politics. The media, as if on cue, praised Trump’s speech for “reaching across the aisle” and taking a bipartisan approach…”

Democrats On Donald Trump’s Address To Congress: It Was ‘Surreal’ article from the Huffington Post. –

Chuck Schumer says Trump’s speeches are ‘not attached to his own reality’ article from CBS News. –

“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Wednesday that President Trump isn’t following through on the promises he made, which the president outlined in his first address to Congress Tuesday night.

“With Donald Trump, the speeches don’t mean very much because what he says in his campaign, at the inauguration, last night — aren’t attached to his own reality,” the New York Democrat said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

“His speeches are populist. They’re aimed at the working folks who supported him. But his governing and what he does is hard-right, favoring special interests over the working class,” he added…”

Donald Trump’s Congress speech was a heroic effort in contradiction and cliche article from the Guardian. –

Trump won’t accept responsibility for deadly SEAL raid he approved over dinner, blames Obama article from Think Progress. –

Still deflecting all responsibility for his actions.

One speech doesn’t erase Trump’s campaign of hate article from CNN. –

Truth vs. Trump article from Information Clearing House. –

“February 27, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – During the presidential campaign I often referred to Donald Trump as a congenital liar, but it is possible that in doing so I made a “category mistake.” By definition liars, even chronic ones, belong to a category of people who know that there is truth from which their lies deviate. I am not sure that accurately describes President Trump’s state of mind. Perhaps a more accurate way of describing Trump’s outlook is that it presents as a grandiose delusional disorder.

People with this sort of disorder seem not to be able to discern what is real from what they want to be real. Their beliefs do not have to be bizarre but can appear as persistent misrepresentations that are either false or gross exaggerations. One sort of delusional disorder is called “grandiose.” Here the person has “an over-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity.” Trump seems to fit this description.

Here are a few of Trump’s misrepresentations and exaggerations that appear to underpin his alternate reality…”

Record 3 million tweets send on Trump’s speech to Congress article from Yahoo! News. –

Trump’s ‘Dark Brilliance’ : Why He Keeps Getting Away With Lies article from Information Clearing House. –

Is It Watergate Yet? article from AlterNet. –

One does have to wonder how many more illegal acts it will take to rid ourselves of Trump’s corrupt administration.

Trump’s Newest Cabinet Pick Wilbur Ross Has Financial Ties to Putin and Russian Oligarchs article from AlterNet. –

Trump’s voter suppression team may have just shot itself in the foot article from Think Progress. –

“On Monday, the Justice Department made its first major shift away from the role as a defender of voting rights that it played under President Obama?—?and toward the role as a defender of voter suppression that it is likely to play under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a motion filed in a federal trial court, DOJ asked to withdraw an allegation it made against a Texas voter suppression law almost four years ago.

As a legal matter, this motion shouldn’t matter very much. The case is also being litigated by private parties who will continue a full-fledged assault on Texas’ law, so all of the allegations against Texas are likely to move forward.

As a practical matter, however, this motion could matter a great deal?—?and it could potentially backfire against the team of Republicans currently running the Justice Department. The fact that the Justice Department switched positions in a major lawsuit attacking a common form of voter suppression immediately after a change in administration only highlights what’s actually going on here. The law isn’t any different today than it was when Obama was president, but the party that currently controls the White House stands to benefit from Texas’ brand of voter suppression…”

House Republicans just voted to keep hiding government information about Trump and Russia article from Think Progress. –

Republican brown shirts in the U.S. House of Representatives decided to keep hiding Trump’s ties to Russia.

Media Ban! Making Sense of the War Between Trump and the Press article from Counter Punch. –

“On Friday, February 24th, the Trump administration issued a “gaggle” against reporters from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and Politico, prohibiting them from gaining access to the White House press briefing. The ban was quickly followed by a boycott of the press meeting by Time magazine and the Associated Press. To their credit, these two outlets did what White House reporters should have already done – stop attending press conferences dominated by obvious fabrications, distortions, and propaganda. If MSNBC’s Morning Joe can divorce itself from the lies of Kellyanne Conway, certainly the New York Times can too, right? But losing access is the ultimate kiss of death in corporate journalism. The core of this system is based on maintaining access to high-level officials, so being blacklisted from press briefings is a devastating blow to establishment reporters.

The loss of access could be interpreted as the best thing to ever happen to papers like the New York Times. Instead of amplifying every absurd utterance out of the mouth of a carnivalesque tabloid president, they could be focusing instead on hard-hitting investigative journalism that would benefit the public. But in a media system where official sources are king, it’s unlikely the editors of major news outfits will see things this way. Predictably, they have expressed anger at being cut out of the loop of the Washington political power structure…”

Trump draws a fake conclusion from a study that actually finds immigration is good for the economy article from Think Progress. –

The Fourth Estate vs. the Trump Regime article from Counter Punch. –

“The press is the enemy.”

-Richard M. Nixon

“The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”

-Donald Trump

President Trump is the billionaire businessman president who many wanted to see running the country. Those who allow free market principles to rule will maximize profit to shareholders while politicians and their bureaucrats command us to follow their lead, asking of us that we pay via our taxes for that leadership.

This is probably a good representation of a national state of affairs as it appears to many, an appearance etched in heavily since Reagan’s push to put the cart of economics in front of the horse of politics. When the market does well, we all thrive, a matter of faith clearly shattered before and after the 2007 Great Recession…”

‘Keep Showing Up’: After Trump’s Address, Sanders Urges Continued Resistance article from Common Dreams. –

“In response to president’s first speech to Congress, senator calls out things he failed to mention—from climate change to voting rights..”

Donald Trump Goes All In for the Military-Industrial Complex article from VA online News. –

ICE detains ‘Dreamer’ after she urged Trump to protect her article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –

“JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A young woman in the process of renewing her permission as a “Dreamer” to remain in the United States legally was arrested Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after speaking at a press conference where she urged President Donald Trump to protect people like her. Now two Democratic senators want answers.

Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents who pulled over a friend’s car on a nearby freeway after she left a coalition of clergy members, civil rights lawyers and other advocates for immigrants at Jackson City Hall, according to one of her lawyers, Nathan Elmore.

“A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams,” she said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Barack Obama began and which Trump has suggested he’ll continue…”

George Takei cleverly tore through Trump’s address to Congress using the power of tweets article from Yahoo! News. –

Media Figures Tout Trump’s ‘Presidential’ Shift, But His Divisive Policies Remain The Same article from the Huffington Post. –

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