Misadventures of a minority-elect President 34

A little insight into Trump’s delusion over fraudulent wiretap claims – which apparently runs extremely deep, pondering whether or not Trump is trying to fail, Trump has perfected the role of Propagandist-in-Chief, Trump’s hardcore alt-right wingnut adviser Bannon’s dangerous domination of National Security, Trump’s stealthy attack on oversight he doesn’t want you to know about, Trump’s dystopian budget, even without his budget passing Trump is bankrupting Americans, Trump’s orgy of unnecessary cruelty, Trump’s defense of his wiretap conspiracy theory goes horribly awry, Trump screws over people in default on student loans, White House apologizes to Britain for Trump’s bogus wiretap bluster, reports of an actual Nazi as one of Trump’s top advisers, Trump’s new era of Militarism and mendacity and more.

Trump suggests little-notice interview between Fox News host and Paul Ryan helped fuel his explosive wiretap claims article from the Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –

Trump vs. House, Senate, His Attorney General, and FBI Director on Obama’s ‘Wiretap’ article from the Daily Beast. –

Bannon’s Dangerous Domination of National Security article from AlterNet. –

GCHQ dismisses ‘utterly ridiculous’ claim it helped wiretap Trump article from the Guardian. –

“British intelligence officials have denied an allegation that the UK helped former president Barack Obama “wiretap” Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

The claim was repeated by the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Thursday and dismissed as “utterly ridiculous” by a GCHQ spokesperson.

The spokesperson added in a statement: “Recent allegations made by media commentator judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored…”

Is Trump Trying to Fail? article from Mother Jones. –

The Management of Unleashed Insanity article from Common Dreams. –

“Trump perfects the role of Propagandist-in-Chief.

Richard Nixon lied about wars and cover-ups, but otherwise his evasions and spins were in the mainstream of American political discourse. He was not in the regular practice of calling black white. By the end of his second term, Ronald Reagan was so mentally impaired as to make it unclear what he knew and when.

But the present situation, a regime that systematically assaults truth, is unprecedented.

One critical mass of citizens, Trump’s true believers, live in a mental universe composed of falsehoods poured steadily into their eyes and ears by a kept propaganda system, a system of untruth which they either affirm or, one way or the other, make their peace with. A second critical mass, the systematic resisters and doubters, is troubled beyond measure, but they are, for the moment, after years of default, powerless. Trump’s gamble is that the ardor of the true believers can be weaponized into an assault on the doubters, knocking them back on their heels, shaking their faith in their own judgments; and that the rest of the population — the independent, the agnostic, the confused, the overwhelmed — can be neutralized, reduced to occasional whimpers or paralyzed by fear…”

Trump’s campaign insults complicate Merkel’s visit article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –

The sneaky way the Trump administration is chilling government oversight article from Think Progress. –

Trump’s Budget Vision Would Transform America Into War-Obsessed, Survival-of-the-Fittest Dystopia article from AlterNet. –

“What would America be like if he got everything he wants?

(President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would give the Pentagon $56 billion and cut the same amount from mostly domestic programs. Below, we consider what America would be like if Trump got everything that he wants.)

Imagine what it would be like to wake up in Donald Trump’s America, if the federal budget proposed Thursday by his White House were fully enacted.

Whether you lived in cities or small towns, the new primary business of the federal government is preparing for war. The factories and businesses that make weapons and related technologies are humming. Nuclear weapons labs are busy again and even Nevada’s Yucca Mountain is being revived as a nuclear waste site. There’s renewed activity on military bases and surrounding areas, all due to one of the largest jumps in Pentagon spending in American history…”

An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty article from Common Dreams. –

Trump to spend 7th consecutive weekend at Trump-branded property, at enormous cost to taxpayers article from Think Progress. –

How Donald Trump Shot The Gun Industry In The Gut article from the Federalist. –

Trump Sends Hate Group to Represent US at UN Women’s Rights Conference article from Common Dreams. –

“The members of the president’s delegation to the United Nations’ annual summit on women are opposed to the U.N. as a whole and the fundamental rights of women in particular”

Since President Donald Trump’s November election, hate incidents nationwide have increased—and now he’s chosen a leader from one group that has itself espoused violence to represent the U.S. on the international stage.

Earlier this week, the State Department announced that representatives from infamous anti-LGBTQ hate group the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and from the far-right Heritage Foundation will represent the U.S. at a United Nations conference on women’s rights later this month:…”

Trump’s defense of his wiretap conspiracy theory goes horribly awry article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans article from the Washington Post. –

US makes formal apology to Britain after White House accuses GCHQ of wiretapping Trump Tower article from the Telegraph. –

“The US has made a formal apology to Britain after the White House accused GCHQ of helping Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump.

Sean Spicer, Mr Trump’s press secretary, repeated a claim on Thursday evening – initially made by an analyst on Fox News – that GCHQ was used by Mr Obama to spy on Trump Tower in the lead-up to last November’s election.

The comments prompted a furious response from GCHQ, which in a break from normal practice issued a public statement: “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored…”

Report: Senior Trump adviser took a ‘lifelong loyalty oath’ to Hungarian Nazi-allied organization article from the Daily Kos. –

Trump’s New Era of Militarism and Mendacity article from Counter Punch. –

Trump’s Mexico border wall forges ahead as US government moves to seize citizens’ land article from the International Business Times on Yahoo! News. –

‘Why are you scared of diversity in the news?’: German reporter confronts Trump with pointed question on media article from AOL News. –

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