Misadventures of a minority-elect President 149

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:

Our Twitter tyrant begins today’s popular vote losing misadventures by declaring that he has full pardon power over himself and his criminal cabal – indicating that he’s guilty as hell, Trump’s growing war crimes in Iraq and Syria are creating a growing number of civilian deaths, our national embarrassment’s new trade and infrastructure deals are giveaways and capitulations to corrupt corporations and Wall Street, obstructing justice while trying to prevent investigations into his illegal activity is causing America’s worst-ever president’s popularity to plummet, more of the many ways our demented delinquent is the gift that keeps on giving, Trump’s irrepressible criminality, some insight into Sinclair Broadcasting – Trump’s soon-to-be addition to his Ministry of Propaganda, Trump’s pity party continues as his inevitable implosion continues playing out on the usual Sunday morning political theater shows and a lot more.

Trump, in angry TWitter spree, declares ‘the complete power to pardon’ article from Yahoo! News. –

Our Twitter tyrant indicates he has full pardon power over himself and his miscreantic administration in his ongoing Russia scandal – which indicates that he’s guilty as hell…

Trump is the most conflicted president in modern US history – and a new report highlights the dangers article from Business Insider. –

The fact that our Loser-in-Chief keeps shooting himself in the foot speaks volumes as to how profoundly corrupt and ignorant he really is.

Trump Wants to Take on Bob Mueller? Good Luck With That. article from Politico. –

Firing the head investigator – despite the fact that he can’t – and pardoning himself and his ilk will start a shit storm that will cost him dearly.


America’s worst-ever president’s actions – acting less presidential and breaking more rules – indicate that he is guilty and will soon be going down:

“For those who believed that the White House’s main problem was too many adults in the room, the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci is welcome news. Sean Spicer has resigned in protest, with little to show for his time other than sartorial upgrades. In brief, a role that normally goes to people with decades of experience in communications and government will go to a neophyte from Wall Street whose main qualification seems to be that he’s loyal to Donald Trump on cable TV and high-energy. As Scaramucci once told New York Magazine, “My middle name could be Shit-stirrer, except then my initials on my shirt would be A.S.S., and I can’t have that.” The phrase “death spiral” is starting to come to mind.

To be sure, you could argue that we’ve been here before. When Steve Bannon took over Trump’s campaign, conservative radio host Charlie Sykes compared it to entering a hospice phase with Trump wishing his campaign to die surrounded by loved ones. And we know how that turned out. So you could say that Trump is nothing but surprises. But Trump is also highly predictable. He promised repeatedly during the campaign that he could be presidential. But by early 2016 it was clear that he couldn’t, that no change would ever come. Chaos was going to be the norm. The question was always whether that chaos was controlled or not. More and more, “not” looks like the answer. Increasingly, Trump looks like Slim Pickens riding down with the missile, on the cusp of the final, sudden acceleration.

Trump appears to trust none of his staffers at this point, apart from close family, and that family gives dubious advice. Recall that son-in-law Jared Kushner was among those pressing for Trump to fire James Comey, while Bannon was among those counseling restraint. Following Kushner’s advice led Trump right into a prolonged date with Robert Mueller. This time, opposing the decision to hire Scaramucci were Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Bannon. Supporting it was, yes, Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and—according to reports—Hope Hicks.

If Trump insists on disregarding sound advice from his staffers in favor of dumb advice from family, his decisions will get worse, not that they were great to begin with, and more and more people will leave the White House only to be replaced by less competent hires. While the lure of the White House is huge and someone will always say yes to a job there, the quality of newcomers is going to plummet. People see how poorly Trump treats his hires. (This wasn’t so clear back when Trump was in the private sector, and employees had to sign onerous non-disclosure agreements.) When they displease him, he lets it be known in public. This week, he even told The New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions attorney general…”

A NEW DEAL FOR WALL STREET article from In These Times. –

Our national embarrassment’s plan for a new trade deal and his infrastructure plan are nothing but giveaways and capitulations to corrupt corporations and Wall Street.

Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria article from Counter Punch. –

Trump’s war crimes in Iraq and Syria are creating a growing number of innocent civilian deaths for which there has been no accountability.

The Crisis Is Upon Us article from Talking Points Memo. –

America’s worst-ever President is obstructing justice and trying to block investigations into his crimes.

Trump’s popularity nearing new lows article from The Raw Story. –

Trump’s popularity nearing new lows

Regardless of where you look, out illegitimate president’s popularity it plummeting:

“Things aren’t looking up for President Donald Trump.

There’s the growing investigation into his administration’s connections to Russia, the country the intelligence community assesses hacked the election to get the Republican billionaire elected. There’s the flailing attempt from the GOP, led by Trump, to gut Obamacare and replace it with a new health care system that the Congressional Budget Office has determined would leave tens of millions more Americans without coverage. There’s his press secretary resigning over the president’s latest hire and constant reports of infighting in the White House.

And the American people seem to be tired of the constant whirlwind of controversy that Trump has created. The latest polls of his approval rating have pretty much uniformly brought bad news for the president. Gallup pegged his approval at just 37 percent Friday, while 58 percent of Americans disapproved. That’s not quite the all-time low for Trump in the Gallup tracking poll—he sunk to just 35 percent in late March when the GOP’s first health care plan flopped before the House could even vote—but it’s getting close and earlier this month the president had briefly risen back to 40 percent.

Another poll from the American Research Group put Trump’s approval at a new low of 35 percent. That’s down from 37 percent approval in the group’s June poll and 39 percent in both May and April. Even Trump’s favorite poll, Rasmussen Reports—which is often criticized for being right-leaning—found the president’s approval rating had tied his all-time-low in a survey this week…”

Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes article from The New York Times. –

Regardless of his delusional beliefs, the President is not above the law…

The media’s toxic obsession with political stupidity article from The Week. –

Media – as difficult as it is with our profoundly inept minority-elect President, the gift that keeps on giving – needs to pay attention to other important issues too, especially when it involves our dimwitted dip shit’s dubious agenda and his irrepressible criminality…

A Despot in Disguise: One Man’s Mission to Rip Up Democracy article from Truthout. –

On the corruption and illegality that is our ‘elected’ president and the right-wing demagoguery he has enabled.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Our Disastrous President article from AlterNet. –

The importance of explaining Trump’s kinship to the perfect argument for birth control to be prepared for his delusional dipshittery:

“In her new book, How Do I Explain This to My Kids: Parenting in the Age of Trump, child psychologist Dr. Ava Siegler brings together stories by authors and writers, including novelist Mira Jacob, Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, scholar Robin D.G. Kelley and New York Times blogger Nicole Chung, about the conversations they are having with their children in the current political climate. In this Q&A, Karin Kamp gets advice on how to thoughtfully explain Donald Trump’s words, behavior and policy ideas to young people, as well as how to raise them to be engaged citizens.

Karin Kamp: Why did you decide to write this book after Trump’s election?

Ava Siegler: I had written a previous book, titled What Should I Tell the Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Real Problems in the Real World and when Trump was elected to the presidency, I thought: What problem could be more real than the ascendency of Donald Trump to this office?

KK: In general, there’s a lot of mudslinging and meanness going on in politics right now that kids might see online in the form of nasty memes, video clips and language. How should parents handle this?…”

Fox’s Eric Bolling says he talked to Trump about Russia before going on ABC to call reporting on it ‘fake news.’ article from Media Matters. –

Allowing a Fox faux newscaster on ABC Sunday morning political theater to push our Liar-in-Chief’s lies and propaganda about ‘fake news’ isn’t helping Trump or giving ABC any credibility.

Trump: My son’s Russian collusion doesn’t matter because Hillary Clinton broke debate rules article from Think Progress. –

Someone needs to pull our Ignoramus-in-Chief’s head out of his ass long enough to teach him what ‘illegal’ means…

Trump lawyer: Supreme Court will decide on presidential self-pardon article from Politico. –

When all else fails turn to a corrupt crony you appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court to see if he’ll help keep your corrupt ass out of jail…

A short history of the right-wing politics of Sinclair Broadcasting article from Media Matters. –

Some insight into what will eventually be Trump’s latest addition to his Ministry of Propaganda:

“Sinclair Broadcast Group, the country’s largest operator of local television stations, is in the process of buying Tribune Media. Sinclair and its affiliates have a history of airing conservative-leaning reporting and commentary, and its executives have donated to Republicans and Republican causes. The company also has ties to President Donald Trump and his administration, covered him very favorably during his presidential campaign, and hired one of his former aides as an analyst.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Intends To Buy Tribune Media For Nearly $4 Billion. On May 8, CNN reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group, “America’s biggest owner of local TV stations,” has “agreed to buy Tribune Media for $43.50 per share, valuing the deal at $3.9 billion.” CNN also noted that Tribune “operates dozens of TV stations across the country,” and has “a cable channel, WGN America; a 32% stake in the CareerBuilder web site; and a 31% stake in the Food Network.” [CNN.com, 5/8/17]

Sinclair Executive Lashed Out At Criticism Of His Company’s Conservative Bias. A Sinclair executive lashed out at criticism of Sinclair in an internal memo, according to Politico. As reported by Politico, the memo claims the criticism came from “‘biased’ news organizations that have ‘an agenda to destroy our reputation.’” From the July 18 article:

An executive at local broadcast TV giant Sinclair defended the company and lashed out against what he called “biased” news organizations that have “an agenda to destroy our reputation” in an internal memo obtained by POLITICO…”

Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’ article from Yahoo! News. –

Believe me Mr. President, they already are.

New WH Comms Director Tries To Cast Doubt On Russia Probe, Cites… Trump article from Talking Points Memo. –

Citing lies and falsehoods from America’s biggest liar who currently occupies the White House doesn’t do much to bolster your claims and absolutely nothing to give you any sense of credibility…

The Lying Will Now Be Smoother and More Telegenic article from Esquire. –

On Trump’s replacement of Sean Spicer with his new propagandist who still won’t provide any semblance of truth or fact.

‘Impotent clown’: Internet mocks Trump for Twitter meltdown on Russia sanctions article from The Raw Story. –

Trump’s most recent pity party on the usual Sunday morning political theater shows as his inevitable implosion continues:

“President Donald Trump appeared to be searching for someone to blame for legislative failures during a Sunday afternoon Twitterstorm.

“As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!” Trump tweeted after his 42nd-day playing golf in just six months.

“It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” he continued, appearing to attack the Republicans unwilling to vote for the 2015 Obamacare repeal.

After the failure of the GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to pass an old 2015 law that the Senate was willing to pass that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Former President Barack Obama vetoed the bill and the Senate did not have the votes necessary to override…”

It’s slowly dawning on Republicans that Trump just might be the worst president ever article from The Daily Kos. –

Ya think?

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