Misadventures of a minority-elect President 171

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 popular vote losing president begin with his latest delusional diatribe during his United Nations speech while yet again revealing the depths of his ignorance in its full glory on a public stage, the chump in the White House is immorally using RNC funds to pay his legal expenses for his growing Russia scandal, yet more revelations that Trump is not now nor will he ever be presidential as his dystopian dipshittery pushes us closer to another illegal war, Trump’s conflicts of interest keep growing plus a lot more.

Trump’s ‘Mein Kampf’ tirade at the United Nations article from The World Socialist Web Site. –

Insight into our national embarrassment’s speech at the United Nations and his usual delusional rhetoric threatening to commit more war crimes.

Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush’s worst mistake? article from The Guardian. –

As with America’s other worst-ever president that he actually makes look good, Trump is fabricating lies to justify another illegal U.S. war, this time with Iran and Syra.

President* Trump Is Doing North Korea’s Propaganda Work for Them article from Esquire. –

More on the long, ignorant and insulting tirade delivered by Trump during his U.N. speech.

Small donors are not paying Trump’s legal bills. It’s worse. article from Think Progress. –

Despite it being immoral, it is not illegal – though it probably should be – for Trump to use RNC funds to pay for the legal fees to keep him and his ilk out of prison:

“Donald Trump is using funds from both the Republican National Committee (RNC) and his re-election campaign to cover his legal fees connected to the Russia investigation. The RNC is also footing the legal bill for Trump’s son, Don Jr., who is also caught up in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

According to a Tuesday report by Reuters, President Donald Trump would be the first president in modern campaign finance history to use these funds to cover the costs of a criminal probe. Reuters notes this is legal because the Federal Election Commission allows for use of private campaign funds to pay for legal costs incurred “as a candidate or elected official.”

Trump, who has claimed to have a net worth of $10 billion dollars, used RNC funds to pay his personal lawyer John Dowd $100,000 and an additional $131,250 to pay Jay Sekulow, another attorney representing Trump who frequently appears on TV. On top of those payments, the RNC also paid nearly $200,000 for Trump Jr.’s lawyers.

While the president’s reelection campaign fund solicits money from small donors, the RNC is not using these funds for Trump’s legal bills. Rather, the money is being paid through a separate RNC legal defense fund. This fund attracts almost exclusively large donors and can accept up to $101,700 per year from each individual or corporate PAC…”

The new TrumpCare bill is the worst one yet article from The Week. –

The political and policy issues contained in the current fraudulent version of the GOP’s Trumpcare bill are disastrous.

One of Trump World’s worst habits: burying inconvenient facts article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Our dimwitted dip shit is covering up a report revealing that immigrants brought billions of dollars to America’s economy because he lied about it.

How Trump Has Normalized the Unspeakable article from The Nation. –

Our imbecilic Liar–in-Chief has only normalized the unspeakable because America’s pusillanimous media has enabled it…

After the Storms: Defeating Trumpism, Rebuilding America article from Common Dreams. –

How our present crisis began long before Donald Trump and what to do about it:

“A political system haunted by racial violence and terror. An economy delivering great wealth for the few amid stagnation and indebtedness for the many. A rising millennial generation with deteriorating prospects increasingly willing to put their bodies on the line for something better. A climate catastrophe already beginning to unfold on the flooded streets of our largest cities. With the profoundly troubling events in Charlottesville—and before that in Ferguson, Berkeley, Baltimore, and elsewhere—the ghosts of America’s past have come crowding in. And the ghosts of our future made landfall with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Like all such ghosts, these demand a response. We must now produce one that is both deeply moral and capable of getting at the heart of our difficulties. We must overcome the nightmares of fear, hatred, and isolation that have seized our politics with a strategy that can deliver solutions commensurate with the scale of the problems we face.

Three challenges stand out against a backdrop of crisis and malaise. The first is the need to confront squarely, and on an ongoing basis, America’s deep history of racism that has led to armed white supremacists marching openly in the streets and a Neo-Nazi sympathizer sitting in the White House. The second is the imperative to get off the defensive and, coming together, put forward a much more powerful, transformative alternative to Trumpism—real, practicable solutions to the deep economic and ecological problems we are facing as a nation, building from the bottom up, as all serious movements must. The third calls for a political strategy capable of uniting a broad coalition around a shared agenda for building power, mobilizing the potential mass movement for fundamental transformation that is in the making if we develop the tools and alliances to bring about lasting change.

Our first commitment, as Cornel West has urged, has to be moral and political. We must mount an all-out attack on racism, racist leadership, and the so-called “alt-right”—including those who currently lead the country. America is not the only nation in the world in which the populist right has captured state power. Hungary and Poland each have right-wing authoritarian governments. Narendra Modi, India’s Hindu nationalist prime minister, once incited a massacre, while Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu have each presided over one. But the presidency of the United States is unique in the extraordinary political, economic, and military resources it commands. It’s time to face up to the fact that racism has been central not incidental to this power, with deep roots extending all the way back to the origins of the nation.

The United States was founded on white supremacy. Our early economic development rested on the theft of Native land, expropriation of African labor, and expansion into Mexican territory. By 1860, Yale historian David W. Blight reminds us, slaves were still worth more than the entire productive capacity of the country taken together. This history—encompassing Jim Crow, systematic discrimination in local, state, and federal programs, and a continuing racialized regime of mass incarceration—is deeply interwoven in our social fabric. The University of Virginia Rotunda, at which white nationalists, their faces twisted with hate, held their infamous torch-lit rally, was erected and maintained by slaves. The City Council’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee—proximate cause of the far right’s invasion of Charlottesville—was accompanied by a $4 million reparations plan for the city’s historically marginalized black neighborhoods. Even as we mobilize to defend minority communities under assault from Trumpism, we must now massively expand our efforts to repair the terrible legacy of harm we as a nation have inflicted upon them…”

Trump’s Presidency Is The Worst of Our Collective History and His Life Story article from PoliticusUSA. –

On the disaster that is our racist, misogynistic, narcissistic president and his failed presidency.

Trump caught giving plum government jobs to unqualified campaign cronies article from The Raw Story. –

On his quest to make America worse again, our demented delinquent is filling cushy government jobs with crooked, unqualified cronies, including one that committed voter fraud by voting more than once.

Where is ‘Nambia’? President Trump ‘invents’ African country article from The BBC News. –

Our Loser-in-Chief invented an African country, in part to create more lies about his fraudulent healthcare bill being shoved through Congress.

Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, the Swamp article from The Atlantic. –

Unsurprising to no one paying attention, America’s worst-ever president lied when he campaigned on ‘draining the swamp’:

“There is no campaign promise that Donald Trump has failed to honor more flagrantly than his oft repeated pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. He has violated the letter of his promise and trampled all over its spirit. His supporters ought to be furious. But few perceive the scale of his betrayal or its brazenness.

Are they skeptics of the Russia investigation?

Forget the Russia investigation. Even if no wrongdoing is proved on that matter, the Trump Administration’s behavior would still be epically swampy. A list of examples is clarifying:

Corey Lewandowski, who worked as Trump’s campaign manager, moved to Washington, D.C., and started a Beltway lobbying firm, where he accepted lots of money from special interests that were trying to influence Trump. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported, “Established K Street firms were grabbing any Trump people they could find: Jim Murphy, Trump’s former political director, joined the lobbying giant BakerHostetler, while another firm, Fidelis Government Relations, struck up a partnership with Bill Smith, Mike Pence’s former chief of staff. All told, close to 20 ex-aides of Trump, friends, and hangers-on had made their way into Washington’s influence business.”…”

A Trump Nominee’s Illegal Vote Exposes the Voter-Fraud Charade article from The Atlantic on Yahoo! News. –

Blowing Trump’s dubious claims of voter fraud wide open, proving yet again – surprise, surprise – that Trump lied…

Presidential Bomb Threats at the UN article from CounterPunch. –

More on our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator’s diatribe during his so-called speech at the United Nations.

Unilateral Rocket Man article from Slate. –

Turns out Trump’s threat to destroy North Korea could get him in Constitutional trouble since by law he has to consult Congress first.

Trump Is Misrepresenting What’s In The Health Care Bill He Wants To Pass article from The Huffington Post. –

Trump is once again lying about what is in the current fraudulent version of his healthcare bill:

“President Donald Trump, trying to drum up support for Senate Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, defended the legislation by claiming it contains a provision it does not.

In a tweet on Wednesday evening, Trump ? hailing the legislation as “a great bill” ? affirmed that he would not sign it “if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions.”

It doesn’t.

As HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn explains, the bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), leaves most decisions on health insurance to states, as it converts federal money to state grants. States could dismantle key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as the requirement that people with preexisting conditions are not denied coverage. Without that requirement, insurers could charge higher insurance premiums based on patients’ medical status…”


Yet more revelations of why Trump is not now nor will he ever be presidential…

Trump Is Sinking Fast As Robert Mueller Is Now Going After Air Force One Phone Records article from PoliticusUSA. –

Trump will fall faster for obstructing justice than he will because of his Russia scandal as he keeps digging himself a deeper hole he’ll never climb out of.

A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy article from Common Dreams. –

The dystopian dipshittery of our lackluster lame duck leader could result in another illegal war which could prove disastrous.

The Madness of Donald Trump article from Rolling Stone. –

An in depth look at the mentally unbalanced moron currently occupying the White House:

“Evening, August 22nd, 2017, a convention center in Phoenix. It’s Donald Trump’s true coming-out party as an insane person. It looks like the same old Trump up there on the stage: same boxy blue suit, same obligatory flag pin and tangerine combover, same too-long reddish power tie swinging below his belt line like a locker-room abomination. Earlier this year there were efforts to make Trump stop wearing his suit jackets open – designer Joseph Abboud said buttoning up was a “very visible way of showing he knows how serious the job is” – but Donald Trump doesn’t take advice, not even the gently benign kind.

That makeover was undone just as quickly as it was done, leaving the Donald with the same old tie-on-bulging-duodenum look from the campaign. He even sounds the same now, kicking off the event with a go-to favorite: “What a crowd!” he shouts. (A week from now, he will shout, “What a crowd, what a turnout!” from atop a truck in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the occasion of a deadly hurricane.) But the embattled president who takes the stage tonight is a different man from the barnstorming revolutionary who ripped through the American political process a year ago. That Donald Trump enjoyed himself, to an obscene degree. Watching Trump lean over a podium on the road to the presidency was like watching a stud boar hump a hole in the wall.

He said monstrous things and lied with stunning disinhibition, and when the civilized world recoiled in horror, he seemed to take sadistic pleasure in every minute – win or lose, the run was pure glory for him, a Sherman’s March of taboo politics and testosterone fury that would leave a mark on America forever.

There was one more thing. Candidate Trump may have been crazy, but it was craziness that on some level was working. Even at his lowest and most irrational moments – like his lunatic assault on the family of fallen soldier Humayun Khan, in which he raved to the grieving Gold Star parents about how it was he, Trump, who had “made a lot of sacrifices” – you could argue, if you squinted really hard, that it was strategy, a kick to the base…”

Documents Show First Government Payments to Trump’s Business article from Truthout. –

Trump’s immoral conflicts of interest keep coming and there will undoubtedly be many more before all is said and done.

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