Misadventures of a minority-elect President 158

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:

We begin today’s misadventures of our popular vote losing president with our Twitter tyrant having yet another one of his famous meltdowns – this time over his lousy poll and more fake news (which is only fake when it reflects on him poorly), our fake president falsely cries about fake news while starting his own fake news network, the depths of Trump’s corruption include censoring information to suit his duplicitous political agendas and having corrupt cronies dictating U.S. foreign policy – both of which are potentially unlawful, supporters and the majority of the U.S. public aren’t the only ones turning against our demented delinquent, twice a day Trump’s staff reportedly prepares a ‘propaganda document’ full of his great accomplishments – headlines, tweets and hosts of other complimentary propaganda – to keep their delusional wannabe dictator happy, having a warmongering psychopath that wants to be a dictator in charge could prove costly to America, how America got to the place where a profoundly corrupt moron ended up in the White House and much more.

Trump fumes as presidency hits 200 days from The Hill. –

Trump’s popularity is plummeting and it’s driving him crazy as he engages in yet another Twitter meltdown.

The part of the job numbers Team Trump doesn’t want to talk about article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Not looking at the whole picture seems to be a big issue for our Loser-in-Chief and his incompetent administration…

Trump, who has repeatedly claimed he doesn’t watch CNN, angrily live-tweets CNN segment article from Think Progress. –

All from his private golf club where he says he’s ‘working hard’…

Fake News? Trump Launches ‘Real News’ Series article from NBC News. –

The irony of a fake president claiming fake news while starting his own fake news network:

“WASHINGTON — If you don’t like what they’re saying, change the conversation. Or, in the case of President Donald Trump’s campaign, produce your own news series.

In the fight against what Trump has decried as “fake news” about him and his administration, his team has launched their own version of events: Taking the president’s frequent laments about a lack of media focus on jobs, the stock market and the economy and turning it into a weekly video posted to Facebook focusing on just that.

“More great economic news on Friday,” former pro-Trump cable news commentator Kayleigh McEnany says, seated in front of a blue Trump-Pence themed wall to give “the real news.”

McEnany rose to political prominence during the 2016 election for her fiery exchanges in defense of Trump on CNN. She left the network this weekend, a source with knowledge of the situation told NBC News, asking to leave in order to pursue another opportunity…”

Trump hands US policy writing to shadow groups of business execs article from McClatchy News. –

Bypassing government employees by having corrupt, hand-picked business executives writing U.S. policies may be breaking the law.

Why on Earth Is Trump Attacking Nation’s Nursing Home Population? article from Common Dreams. –

A new proposal from America’s worst-ever president would make it easier for nursing homes to abuse their residents/patients with total impunity.

Polling suggests people are losing trust in Trump as his approval ratings decline article from AOL News. –

The majority never had any trust in Trump to begin with and have always viewed him negatively.

The Memo: Signs of trouble emerge in Trump’s base article from The Hill. –

Trump is only fooling himself with his claims that his base is stronger than ever:

“President Trump took to Twitter on Monday to boast about the strength of his base of support. But polling tells a different story.

Trump, who is at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, lambasted the media on Monday — his 200th day in office — insisting “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling).”

As evidence, he cited large crowds at rallies in states including Pennsylvania, Iowa and Ohio.

But polls indicate that his base is in fact showing signs of erosion…”

Emails Show USDA Staff Told to ‘Avoid’ Term ‘Climate Change’ Under Trump article from Common Dreams. –

America’s national embarrassment told staff to avoid mentioning climate change for fear of endangering his political agenda.

The conservatives turning against Donald Trump article from The Guardian. –

Our demented delinquent’s support base isn’t the only group turning against him and his dubious policies…

Trump Just Helped Prove How Fake His Twitter Following Is article from AlterNet. –

Like everything else he says and does, Trump’s Twitter following is a lie – a large percentage of his followers are bots.

Trump Is a Marked Man article from Slate. –

The growing list of challengers to run against Trump for president in 2020 shows how much of a failure he is:

“Since the end of World War II, just three presidents have faced primary challenges when running for re-election. In 1976, Gerald Ford (whose legitimacy was in question on account of never being elected to the office) was forced into a grueling contest with Ronald Reagan, who had just finished two terms as governor of California and had taken his place as the leader of the conservative movement within the Republican Party. Four years later, Jimmy Carter faced a similarly vigorous challenge from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who challenged the incumbent on leadership and ideological grounds. In 1992, George H.W. Bush found himself in a fight with Pat Buchanan, a Republican operative and commentator who ran on a platform of cultural conservatism.

All three presidents won their respective primaries. All three lost in their subsequent general elections. To the extent that there is a pattern, it is simple: Sitting presidents who have to defend themselves from a party rival are presidents who will probably lose their fight to stay in office. And the reason such presidents would even have rivals is because they are weak and exceptionally vulnerable. Ford had the specter of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal; Carter’s approval rating plunged to 29 percent by the end of 1979 amid crisis and stagnation; and Bush faced a slowing economy and a rebellion from right-wing conservatives who slammed him for betraying his pledge of “no new taxes.”

This is the key context for news that some prominent Republicans are quietly taking the kinds of steps that clear the way for presidential runs. Sens. Ben Sasse and Tom Cotton, notes the New York Times, have already made trips to Iowa. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is planning several forums on health care policy and may make a trip to New Hampshire. And Vice President Mike Pence has established a political action committee and packed his schedule with political events, speaking at a key GOP event in Iowa and meeting with major Republican donors.

This activity wouldn’t be so remarkable if we were later in Trump’s presidency and it was clear the president was either uninterested in a second term or so marred by scandal and controversy the party was reluctant to re-nominate him. In that case, it would be political malpractice if the vice president weren’t making preparations for an eventual run. But this isn’t the second or third year of the Trump administration—it’s the first 200 days. And because of that fact, this activity is extraordinary. Imagine if in the summer of 2009, Joe Biden were making campaign stops, or Evan Bayh were speaking to Democratic activists in South Carolina while Mark Warner feted Democratic donors in Los Angeles? In that world, we could say without question that Barack Obama was a historically weak president on the path to defeat…”

Trump retweets Fox News report based on leak of classified intelligence article from Think Progress. –

Tweeting a leaked report while alleging to be cracking down on leaks is making Trump look even more foolish…

Trump is too dumb to fail article from USA Today. –

Being of unsound mind, profoundly ignorant and corrupt is the reason our dimwitted dip shit has to cause distractions from his scandals and failure…

More proof that Trump’s administration plans to purge voters article from Think Progress. –

Between the ‘Justice’ Department and Trump’s fraudulent ‘voter integrity’ commission, the GOP is planning on trying to make sure the GOP wins elections.

Keith Olbermann Cleverly Uses Fox Host’s Own Words to Make the Case for Trump’s Impeachment article from AlterNet. –

Having a country run by a president subject to ongoing criminal investigations is unacceptable:

“On Monday’s episode of “The Resistance,” host Keith Olbermann did something strange — he read a monologue written entirely by a Fox News host.

“I did not write what follows, but it is perfect, so I will read it as it was written,” Olbermann began, promising backstory later.

“We cannot have a country run by a president subject to ongoing criminal investigations, potential indictments and never-ending hearings,” he began. “We cannot have a president under that level of scrutiny that inevitably leads to even more questions and more investigations. And irrespective of what happens to him, whether he’s indicted or even guilty, it doesn’t matter. His guilt is a moot point. He cannot take the Oval Office.”

After finishing the monologue and pausing, Olbermann turned off his Fox News character and explained that what he’d just read was presented on Fox News on November 5, 2016 by host Jeanine Pirro, a well-known Trump supporter…”

Trump Reportedly Gets a ‘Propaganda Document’ About How Great He Is Every Single Day article from Splinter. –

No shocker there – the lol’s never end with the gift that keeps on giving living in the White House…

Don’t Let the White House’s Dysfunction Distract You From the Bad Things Trump Is Doing article from The Nation. –

Trump’s distractions serve a purpose in quietly fulfilling his duplicitous agendas while his actions continue destroying mankind.

Trump has taken us to the brink of nuclear war. Can he be stopped? article from The Guardian. –

Having a warmongering psychopath who wants to be a dictator in charge could prove costly to America.

How America Lost Its Mind article from The Atlantic. –

Minority-elect President Trump being in office is the result of America being untethered from reality:

“When did america become untethered from reality?

I first noticed our national lurch toward fantasy in 2004, after President George W. Bush’s political mastermind, Karl Rove, came up with the remarkable phrase reality-based community. People in “the reality-based community,” he told a reporter, “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality … That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” A year later, The Colbert Report went on the air. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Stephen Colbert, playing his right-wing-populist commentator character, performed a feature called “The Word.” His first selection: truthiness. “Now, I’m sure some of the ‘word police,’ the ‘wordinistas’ over at Webster’s, are gonna say, ‘Hey, that’s not a word!’ Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They’re elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn’t true. Or what did or didn’t happen. Who’s Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was finished in 1914? If I wanna say it happened in 1941, that’s my right. I don’t trust books—they’re all fact, no heart … Face it, folks, we are a divided nation … divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart … Because that’s where the truth comes from, ladies and gentlemen—the gut.”

(italicize the first two words in sentence below…..)
Whoa, yes, I thought: exactly. America had changed since I was young, when truthiness and reality-based community wouldn’t have made any sense as jokes. For all the fun, and all the many salutary effects of the 1960s—the main decade of my childhood—I saw that those years had also been the big-bang moment for truthiness. And if the ’60s amounted to a national nervous breakdown, we are probably mistaken to consider ourselves over it.

Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories. What’s problematic is going overboard—letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts. The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams, sometimes epic fantasies—every American one of God’s chosen people building a custom-made utopia, all of us free to reinvent ourselves by imagination and will. In America nowadays, those more exciting parts of the Enlightenment idea have swamped the sober, rational, empirical parts. Little by little for centuries, then more and more and faster and faster during the past half century, we Americans have given ourselves over to all kinds of magical thinking, anything-goes relativism, and belief in fanciful explanation—small and large fantasies that console or thrill or terrify us. And most of us haven’t realized how far-reaching our strange new normal has become…”

Trump Is (Not) on Vacation, But the Nightmare Continues article from Common Dreams. –

Regardless of whether or not our popular vote losing president is on vacation, there is never a dull moment.

Secrecy and Suspicion Surround Trump’s Deregulation Teams article from AlterNet. –

The rising conflicts of interest produced by the secrecy and suspicion surrounding Trump’s deregulation team are astounding…

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