Misadventures of a minority-elect President 91

Chronicling the misadventures of our minority-elect President’s alternate reality, alternative facts and the miscreants that comprise his administration so you don’t have to:

Repeated dipshittery has led to a very bad week for our illegitimate, minority-elect President, more on the special commission Trump crafted to begin rigging more elections while enabling more voter suppression, Clapper eviscerates Trump’s lies about there being no collusion with Russia to sway the 2016 election, stopping Trump’s tinpot dictatorship, Trump’s actions making him look like he’s guilty of several things, GOP brown shirts freaking out over consequences of a Trump presidency in midterms, Trump’s attorneys reveal they’re just as stupid as he is, prepare for more meltdowns from our lackluster leader over his growing list of investigations and probes, earning his well-deserved title of Liar-in-Chief, Trump’s serious aversion to truth, Dutch TV documentary reveals Trump’s past includes illegal racketeering on top of all his other fraudulent endeavors and much more.

Tracking Trump: president threatens Comey, the ‘fake media’ and Democrats article from The Guardian. –

Mucho dipshittery has led to a very busy week that will not bode well for our illegitimate, minority-elect President.

James Clapper destroys Trump’s favorite talking point about the Russia investigation article from Think Progress. –

Clapper destroys our unpopular leader’s lies about there being no collusion between Trump and Russia.

Trump’s voter fraud commission is a shameless white power grab article from The Guardian. –

Given there were only 4 documented cases of attempted voter fraud – the majority of which were in Trump’s favor – in the 2016 elections, it’s obvious that Trump is attempting to begin early voter rigging and suppression for 2018.

After James Comey’s Firing, Who Will Stop Trump’s Tinpot Dictatorship? article from The Intercept. –

Questions about who will stop our wannabe dickless tator’s attempted subversion of his crimes:

““YOU’RE FIRED!” That’s what Donald Trump would bark from his boardroom chair at the end of each episode of “The Apprentice.” For years, millions of Americans would smile, laugh, and even cheer in front of their television sets as the property tycoon performed his signature move.

There is little to laugh about this week. The firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump will be remembered as a dark and depressing day in the downward spiral of American democracy. It’s difficult to disagree with the scathing assessment of CNN’s senior legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, who described the sacking as a “grotesque” abuse of power. “This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies,” he told host Wolf Blitzer in a clip that has since, deservedly, gone viral. “They fire the people who are in charge of the investigation.” Toobin continued: “This is something that is not within the American political tradition. … This is not normal, this is not politics as usual.”

There is indeed nothing “normal” about removing the head of the FBI from his post less than four months into a new presidency — and an FBI boss who has been credited with delivering that president his election victory, against the odds. You have to go all the way back to 1993 to find the last — and only other — time a president (William J. Clinton) decided to dismiss his FBI chief (William S. Sessions). And the latter, unlike Comey, was accused of a long list of bizarre ethics violations including, as the Washington Post reported at the time, “charging the government for personal travel,” diverting FBI aircraft to pick up his wife, Alice Sessions, in other cities, and deploying FBI cars “to take her to get her nails done.”

Nor is there anything “normal” about an American president sending his long-standing head of private security, and former bodyguard, to hand-deliver a letter of termination to his FBI chief. There are tinpot dictators in Africa who would have avoided doing that simply in order to avoid giving the wrong impression. Tinpot Trump, however, didn’t care. (His brutish security chief, Keith Schiller, lest we forget, spent the presidential campaign smacking Latino protesters and manhandling Latino reporters on behalf of his boss.)…”

Trump at Liberty University bashes ‘critics’ in first commencement address article from AOL News. –

Staying true to form with the usual gibberish at his first commencement address. Trump keeps conveniently omitting the fact that the critics – the majority – far outnumber his delusional supporters and that he has no mandate when he gives his self-serving pep talks at his ‘speeches.’

White House Staff React in Real-Time as Trump Tweets: ‘Jesus’ article from The Daily Beast. –

Keeping up with the delusional sociopathic shenanigans of your boss who changes his dimwitted mind constantly while tweeting his ignorance to the world is pretty much an impossible task.

President Trump is behaving a lot like someone who colluded with Russia article from The Los Angeles Times. –

Emulating Nixon and believing yourself to be above the law – especially when you have no mandate – is making our Liar-in-Chief look so sad…

Trump meltdown sets off GOP alarms over 2018 article from Politico. –

Spineless GOP brown shirts freaking out over how to handle a Trump’s profoundly unstable White House:

“CORONADO, Calif. — With the White House in meltdown mode, top Republican Party officials and operatives gathered at a posh oceanside resort here and contemplated a 2018 midterm election that will test them in unimaginable ways.

At the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting, strategists expressed alarm about a pair of upcoming special House elections and what they might portend for the battle for the lower chamber next year. One high-profile potential candidate outlined how he would distinguish himself from the embattled president.

And, as often happens with a party in peril, fingers were already being pointed over next year’s races.

The private talks over the three-day meeting pulled back the curtain on a Republican Party leadership grappling with a profoundly unstable White House. While some attendees shrugged off the firestorm surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey and put a positive spin on the latest Trump controversy, others conceded they were struggling to adapt to a political moment without precedent…”

Trump’s $100 Million ‘Exceptions’ in Russian Income article from The Atlantic. –

Trump’s attorneys send letter which says Trump has no income or loans in Russia – ‘with a few exceptions’ … 100 million is far more than a few.

Treasury’s Financial Crimes Unit To Share Trump Team Records For Russia Probe article from Talking Points Memo. –

Prepare for more meltdowns over our lackluster leader’s growing conflicts and probes.

The Senate’s Trump/Russia investigation is getting serious article from Vox. –

One can only hope…

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim Russia story ‘made-up’ by Democrats article from PolitiFact. –

Another prime example of why Trump is known as our illegitimate, minority-elect Liar-in-Chief:

“In his interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, President Donald Trump dismissed the very idea that there was any tie between his presidential bid and the Russians.

“This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” Trump said May 11. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”

Made-up? By Democrats?

With multiple investigations under way, we don’t know whether there was collusion between members of the Trump team and Russian interference in the election.

But that isn’t the question. The question is whether Democrats plucked the idea out of thin air.

A few highlights from the past year say otherwise…”

Trump can’t stop saying things that aren’t true article from The Washington Post. –

No need to state the obvious…

FBI news overshadows Trump’s disturbing interview performance article from The Chicago Tribune. –

There is always a reason for creating chaos when it’s needed to cover up your more disturbing malfeasance and chicanery.

Trump’s Embrace of the Bubble article from The Atlantic. –

When reality isn’t slapping him repeatedly in the face, life is good in Trump’s land of delusion.

The Tangled Story Behind Trump’s False Claims Of Voter Fraud article from FiveThirtyEight. –

A look into the delusional dipshittery Trump justifies his fraudulent claims of voter fraud on after losing the popular vote by large numbers:

“Three-thousand Wisconsinites were chanting Donald Trump’s name. It was Oct. 17, 2016, just after the candidate’s now-infamous “locker-room” chat with Billy Bush became public knowledge. But the crowd was unfazed. They were happy. And they were rowdy, cheering for Trump, cheering for the USA, cheering for Hillary Clinton to see the inside of a jail cell. The extended applause lines meant it took Trump a good 20 minutes to get through the basics — thanks for having me, you are wonderful, my opponent is bad — and on to a rhetorical point that was quickly becoming a signature of his campaign: If we lose in November, Trump told the supporters in Green Bay, it’ll be because the election is rigged by millions of fraudulent voters — many of them illegal immigrants.

That night wasn’t the first time Trump had made this accusation, but now he had statistics to support it. His campaign had recently begun to send the same data to reporters, as well. In both cases, one of the chief pieces of evidence was a peer-reviewed research paper published in 2014 by political scientists at Virginia’s Old Dominion University. The research showed that 14 percent of noncitizens were registered to vote, Trump told the crowd in Green Bay, enough of a margin to give the Democrats control of the Senate. Enough, he claimed, to have given North Carolina to Barack Obama in 2008.

“You don’t read about this, right? Your politicians don’t tell you about this when they tell you how legitimate all of those elections are. They don’t want to tell you about this,” Trump said. The crowd cried out in shock and anger.

But that’s not what the research showed. The 14 percent figure quoted by Trump was actually the upper end of the paper’s confidence interval — there’s a 97.5 percent chance that the true percentage of noncitizens registered to vote is lower than that. And, just as he got the data wrong, Trump also failed to tell his audience the full story behind the study…”

Trump is dangerous. But he’s not Nixon – yet article from Vox. –

Not yet, but well on his way.

Donald Trump’s Financial Ties to Russian Oligarchs and Mobsters Detailed In Explosive New Documentary from the Netherlands article from AlterNet. –

Dutch TV tackles what American TV would never dare, revealing that we can add illegal racketeering to Trump’s fraudulent past endeavors.

Denying Russia ties, Trump’s lawyers point to secret tax returns article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Connect the dots and follow the money.

Corporations Are Showering D.C. with Huge Amounts of Lobbying Dough, $840 Million in the First 3 Months of 2017 article from AlterNet. –

Trump lied about banning lobbyists and now he’s sneaking a lot of them in the back doors of the White House and Federal agencies:

“The cost of buying Congress and the White House has gone way up in the first three months of Republican rule.

Companies spent nearly $840 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2017–the highest amount in five years, according to calculations by the Center for Responsive Politics based on data from the Senate Office of Public Records. The number of registered lobbyists dropped by 10.3% in the first quarter, compared to the same period in 2016 to 9,175 on record. But let’s stay with the money for a moment.

Leading the pack was Big Pharma and the health products sector (a combined sector), which poured just shy of $80 million into lobbying efforts in the first quarter, an increase of $10 million or 14% over the same period last year. Next in line was the insurance sector, which spent $40.2 million, showing an increase of 3.6%–no doubt in an effort to sway any changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The oil and gas sector pumped $36 million into lobbying for an 11% increase over first quarter 2016, looking to make gains in drilling efforts and lighten regulations. Chevron, in particular, increased its lobbying efforts by a whopping 77% to $3.3 million, compared to last year…”

Deplorability Now article from Counter Punch. –

Some feared the list of deplorables would grow once Trump took office. It hasn’t.

Trump’s Deep Ties To Russian Mob article and videos from Information Clearing House. –

Trump’s ties to the Russian mob have been around for years. You just don’t hear much about it in the U.S. media.

Krugman: Yes, Republicans Are Perfectly Willing To Betray This Country. article from The Daily Kos. –

More on our spineless GOP leadership acting as Trump’s brown shirts.

Donald Trump’s Legal Team Won a ‘Russia Law Firm of The Year’ Award article from Fortune. –

OMFG. LOL. This is just too funny…

“Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the law firm advising President-elect Donald Trump on handling his business conflicts, won the Russia Law Firm of the Year award in 2016.

The law firm announced the award in a press release last May, noting it was recognized in the Chambers & Partners’ 2016 Chambers Europe guide. According to Morgan Lewis’ website, the firm’s Moscow office staffs more than 40 lawyers who are well known in the Russian market and “have deep familiarity with the local legislation, practices and key players.”

Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that he had no ties to Russia and repeated the sentiment during a press conference later in the day…”

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