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:
Today’s misadventures of our minority-elect President begins with telling Israel – a Middle Eastern country – that he just got back from the Middle East after visiting Saudi Arabia, Trump’s budget – which amounts to his biggest fraud since Trump University – takes $1.7 billion from health and safety nets while adding $1.6 billion for a useless wall on the Mexican border, resistance to Trump and his fraudulent ilk is growing, how Trump’s idiocy revived his dying Russia scandal, why Trump’s brand of stupidity is so dangerous, our lackluster leader’s approval ratings at lowest level since taking office, congratulating a murderous dictator for killing thousands of drug dealers speaks volumes to the delusion of our Ignoramus-in-Chief, fraud from Trump’s past coming back to haunt him and much more.
The Israeli Ambassador’s Cringe Face Says It All After Trump’s Middle East Gaffe article from PopSugar. –
The national embarrassment we call a president really needs to try putting a little feeling into what he’s reading off a teleprompter too…
Trump’s budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall article from The Guardian. –
Our dimwitted dumb ass leader wants to slash $1.7 billion from ‘Social safety nets’ and spend it on building a useless wall.
Huge Increase in Anti-Trump Protest: 5 Signs Rsistance Is Growing Stronger article from AlterNet. –
Resistance is building and as it grows so too will the victories over our fraudulent wannabe dictator’s draconian agenda.
Donald Trump’s Budget Will Never Pass. It’s Still Frightening. article from Slate. –
Trying to eviscerate all courtesy of the minority that ‘elected’ him:
“It’s often said that presidential budgets are mere “wish lists”—documents that let administrations showcase their principles and spell out policy ideas that have very little hope of making it into law. The White House can only make suggestions about spending, after all. The actual hard work of setting the government’s funding levels is done by Congress, where members have their own ideas and concerns.
But “wish list” feels like the wrong way to frame the repugnant grab bag of spending cuts Donald Trump’s staffers are preparing to drop on Tuesday. For starters, there’s a good chance our president doesn’t really understand the contents of the proposal going out under his name—recall that this is the man who couldn’t even be bothered to learn what was in the House health care bill he lobbied for. Trump won’t even be in the country when the budget is released. While that may just be a timing coincidence, it also feels aptly symbolic of the president’s personal investment in the proposal. It seems highly unlikely he truly cares much about whether most of the budget’s contents pass.
You might instead think of Trump’s first full budget—as is traditional for new administrations, the White House released a partial “skinny budget” in March—as a permission slip. It is essentially a stack of papers telling Republicans that they are free to go wild butchering essential pieces of the safety net in order to fund extraordinary tax cuts for the wealthy and increased defense spending. Food stamps? In Trump’s proposal, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program gets $193 billion in cuts over 10 years, and would allow states to stiffen work requirements for the program. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, aka welfare as we now know it? Its already anemic funding gets slashed by $21 billion. The administration is already trying to spin this kind of hatchet work as “welfare reform”—but it’s mostly just a signal to conservatives that they can get their cleavers out, should they feel compelled. The same goes for the $800 billion in Medicaid cuts, which mirror the reductions in the House health care bill, and the reported reductions to Social Security Disability Insurance. (Update, May 23, 8:46 a.m. Actually, it appears the proposed Medicaid cuts go billions go beyond what’s in the ACHA, enough to cut the program by 47 percent over a decade.)
None of this is especially surprising. Trump’s budget director is Mick Mulvaney, a former Tea Party congressman from South Carolina who seems to largely have been given free rein to design this blueprint. With Mulvaney in charge, it was always going to be a bloodbath, full of the kinds of cuts to social spending Republicans have been advocating for years…”
COULD TRUMP’S PAST DERAIL THE ‘ULTIMATE DEAL’? article from Vanity Fair. –
Filing bankruptcy to avoid paying your debts and those that worked for you does not a ‘ultimate deal’ maker create.
Democrats Don’t Need Trump’s Voters To Retake The House article from FiveThirtyEight. –
Listening to – and not disenfranchising – voters is a very good place to start.
How Trump brought a dying Russia investigation back to life article from The Washington Examiner. –
Sometimes stupid does hurt.
Why Trump’s brand of stupidity is so dangerous article from The Week. –
Because eventually we may have to face an actual crisis:
“There are certain moments in politics that, when they occur, one immediately says, “Oh, we’re going to remember that one.” Often it’s not because what happened had profound practical importance in and of itself, but because it encapsulated some deeper truth about a politician, a series of events, or the times in which we live.
One such moment occurred Monday, as President Trump addressed reporters alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a moment that raised once again a profound question: How much of a problem is it that the president of the United States, the most powerful person on Earth, is a blithering idiot?
Here’s what happened. During a chaotic moment with many people speaking at once, a reporter asked a question about Trump’s passing on highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during an unusual Oval Office meeting, when in an apparent attempt to impress them, he boasted about how an ally of the United States had placed an operative deep within ISIS. The revelation set off a firestorm of criticism, but the original report was careful not to mention which U.S. ally it was.
Though rumors swirled about the identity of the U.S. ally, with many pointing to Israel, government sources wouldn’t confirm it — until Trump hushed the assembled reporters and said, “Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name ‘Israel.’ Never mentioned it during that conversation.” Meanwhile, Netanyahu worked hard to keep a friendly smile on his face. “They were all saying I did,” Trump went on (meaning the journalists), “So you had another story wrong. Never mentioned the word Israel.” So in trying to tamp down the story that he revealed sensitive information to the Russians, Trump enthusiastically confirmed to the entire world that Israel was indeed the U.S. ally who had supplied the intelligence information. Nice work, Einstein…”
OOPS: Trump accidentally confirms source of classified intel he gave to Russians article from Think Progress. –
Our dimwitted minority-elect dumb ass in action again…
Trump wastes little time breaking his key promises in a cruel budget article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
He is hellbent on destroying the lives of the minority that helped ‘elect’ him.
Neurologists reviewed decades of Trump’s interviews. Here’s what they found article from The Week. –
Trump has gotten more ignorant with age.
Trump’s sabotage takes its toll on the health care system article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
By playing games Trump is destroying health care for millions of people:
“Late Friday, with much of the political world focused on dramatic developments in the Russia scandal, the White House said Donald Trump was considering a radical move in the health care debate. The Republican president, reports indicated, was prepared to scrap cost-sharing reductions, deliberately destabilizing insurance markets, and taking coverage from millions.
Trump had until yesterday to pull the trigger on this threat, but he apparently decided to take a different course. Instead of ending the cost-sharing reductions, the administration said it would delay a final decision by 90 days – which had the effect of leaving industry and its stakeholders in limbo while Republicans plot their next move.
In case this isn’t obvious, insurance companies hate arbitrary uncertainty. It’s in conflict with their business model. In fact, CNBC reported yesterday that the White House’s political games will end up costing American consumers quite a bit of money.
Delay, delay, delay means Obamacare customers will pay, and pay, and pay a lot more next year…”
Ivanka’s Maternity Leave Plan Is A Cruel Joke article from The Huffington Post on Yahoo! News. –
Rather apropos considering Ivanka’s previous miscreatics.
Boycott Trump article from Common Dreams. –
Anti-Trump activists exploring a new way to impact our impotent idiot in the White House and make him pay.
Trump’s standing in polls has dropped: How significant is the slide? article from The Los Angeles Times. –
Questions and answers about Trump’s approval ratings, which are currently at the lowest rate of his lackluster tenure.
Donald Trump’s Budget Betrays His Pledge Not To Cut Social Security article from The Huffington Post. –
Trump lied – as usual – and people are going to die:
“But cuts to Social Security disability do not count, according to Trump’s budget director.
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for next year would cut Social Security Disability Insurance, despite Trump’s vaunted campaign promise not to make any changes to Social Security.
A summary table indicates the Trump budget would cut disability insurance by $72 billion over 10 years, or about 4 percent of the program’s projected cost.
“It’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is,” Trump said during the presidential campaign, a promise he repeated several times…”
TRUMP CALLED RODRIGO DUTERTE TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS MURDEROUS DRUG WAR: ‘YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB’ article from The Intercept. –
Calling a murderous dictator to congratulate him for murdering 7,000 suspected drug dealers is business as usual in Trump’s land of delusion.
Is Donald Trump’s Casino Empire Linked to Money Laundering? article from AlterNet. –
These are crimes from our fraudulent Con Artist-in-Chief’s past that he needs to be held accountable for.
Republicans rally behind plan to phase out health care for poor people article from Think Progress. –
Trump’s GOP brown shirts in the Senate are preparing to destroy millions of Americans.
President Con Artist article from Slate. –
On Trump’s budget being his biggest fraud since Trump University:
“Donald Trump’s pitch for his Trump University promised a world of possibility to potential students. “At Trump University, we teach success. That’s what it’s all about. Success,” he tells his audience. “It’s going to happen to you.” In one advertisement promoting free seminars for the school, Trump guaranteed results. “In just 90 minutes, my hand-picked instructors will share my techniques, which took my entire career to develop. Then, just copy exactly what I’ve done and get rich,” he said.
Leaning on an image of wealth and expertise—drawn less from reality than from reality television—Trump promised an easy path to prosperity, and people believed him. At least 5,000 people bought into Trump University, paying as much as $35,000 each to participate in live seminars and mentorship programs. These students bought in expecting they would learn Trump’s real estate investment skills, and receive special financing and close mentoring that would help them recoup the cost of their training and then some.
Trump didn’t just fail to deliver; the entire thing was a scam. Far from “hand-picked,” his instructors had little knowledge of real estate. Many customers would later allege that they paid for services never received. Finally, he pushed his employees to target the elderly and uneducated, pushing vulnerable people to take on thousands of dollars in debt and exploiting their hope for a better life to line his pockets. Ultimately, the law caught Trump, forcing him to pay a $25 million settlement for this fraud.
Trump University was an exercise in cruelty and predation. It is also a useful episode for thinking about President Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal, released on Tuesday. Like all presidential budgets, this document isn’t a forecast. Congress still holds the power of the purse—and lawmakers have already declared it “dead on arrival.” Still, it’s a statement of purpose—a glimpse into the values of the administration and a guide to its vision of the good…”
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