Misadventures of a minority-elect President 182

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 illegitimate minority-elect bigot president with his continuing fight over his inept handling of notifying military families of their loss – particularly when the family isn’t White, the GOP and their brown shirt leadership are aiding and abetting Trump’s crimes, more revelations on the scam that is Trump’s fraudulent tax reform plan, GOP still trying to cover up our dimwitted dip shit’s crimes by focusing on Hillary Clinton, our Liar-in-Chief caught in another lie as emails reveal he lied about contacting gold star families, despite the infinite revelations of his profound stupidity our demented delusionist falsely claims he’s smart and has a great memory, how Trump’s intentional sabotage of Obamacare will affect us all, when you can’t prove your innocence simply provide yet another distraction plus much more.

The motivation behind Trump’s behavior is obvious. The media just doesn’t want to confront it. article from Think Progress. –

Despite being proven repeatedly wrong, our Bigot-in-Chief is still fighting with the colored widow of a gold-star family.

Top House Democrat Drops A Truth Bomb: Republicans Are Aiding And Abetting Trump Crimes article from PoliticusUSA. –

Ya think!?! The GOP and their brown shirts collusion with our lackluster lame duck president has been obvious from day one…

Her Husband Made It the Perfect Day for Melania Trump to Speak Out Against Bullying article from The Daily Beast. –

Oh the irony: Melania Trump speaks out about bullying as her husband continues his bigotted battle against the widow of a fallen soldier…

Why the Dealmaker in Chief can’t negotiate any agreements article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Aside from the fact that he’s a pathological liar who can’t be trusted:

“Donald Trump has long boasted that he has a unique skill that others lack. “Deals are my art form,” the Republican bragged. “Other people paint beautifully or write poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”

As we’ve discussed before, the evidence to back up these boasts has always been elusive – no one has ever been able to prove that Trump actually excels in negotiations or deal-making – but he kept talking about his expertise as a guy who knew, perhaps better than anyone in the world, how to seal a deal. Trump’s books were ghost-written, but he’s ostensibly the author of The Art of the Deal.

And yet, nine months into his presidency, Trump hasn’t negotiated any meaningful deals with anyone. The Washington Post had a good piece yesterday highlighting one of the hindrances to the president’s goals as a negotiator.

President Trump campaigned as one of the world’s greatest dealmakers, but after nine months of struggling to broker agreements, lawmakers in both parties increasingly consider him an untrustworthy, chronically inconsistent and easily distracted negotiator…”

Trump’s War Against His Own Voters article from CounterPunch. –

All of us will pay a price for the malfeasance of America’s worst-ever president courtesy of the minority of minions that ‘elected’ him.

Trump’s tax cuts and the ugly truth about the stock market article from The Week. –

Further revelations on the scam that is Trump’s tax reform plan and the lies his GOP brown shirts are peddling about it.

The Crack-Up: Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering article from Truthout. –

How our national embarrassment is purposely trying to disunite the country he allegedly serves.

Trump Should Focus on Two Things article from Slate. –

Instead of creating distractions from his failure as president, Trump should concentrate his misguided direction on other things:

“Over the past few days, Donald Trump has devoted a dismayingly large amount of time to a spirited back-and-forth with Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson about whether he did or didn’t insult the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. He’s also continued his feud with NFL players who’ve chosen to kneel during the national anthem, he’s given shoutouts to a number of Fox News personalities, and he’s taken the time to insult various eminences from his ever-growing rogues’ gallery, including James Comey and Hillary Clinton, neither of whom pose any immediate challenge to his presidency. And in whatever time he has left over after dealing with these feuds, resentments, and fixations, he’s spoken about the need for a major tax overhaul, which is by all accounts his chief legislative priority.

While the president may think he’s got this governing thing under control, I’d still like to make a humble suggestion. Until Republicans in Congress pass a tax bill, Trump needs to relate every single one of his public utterances to advancing one of two causes: Make American Business Great Again and Tax Relief for Working Families. Given that this is a good idea, Trump will almost certainly not pursue it. But he should. Repeating these mantras ad infinitum—Making American Business Great Again and Tax Relief for Working Families, Making American Business Great Again and Tax Relief for Working Families—until they become an object of ridicule on the late-night talk shows, and until politicians of every stripe start offering their own clever variations on the same themes, would change how he’s perceived and lend greater clarity to the work being done by his entire administration. With time, when we think of Trump, we’d think of MABGA and TRWF.

Before we turn to why Trump ought to focus on these causes in particular, consider all the good that zeroing in on two causes would do for him. Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump did an able job of branding his opponents (Little Marco, Crooked Hillary, etc.) and of associating himself with large, nebulous themes, such as draining the swamp. As president, he’s had far less luck conjuring up this meme magic in part, one suspects, because of the sheer volume of inputs he’s receiving. I dare say Trump seems overwhelmed. Given that he’s spent decades running what is essentially a family business, this makes perfect sense. The executive branch is far more complex than the Trump Organization, and serving at the head of it is a lot less fun. Focusing on two causes won’t change that in any fundamental way. But it could give him a greater sense of control. As long as he’s talking about causes he’s hand-selected, he can feel like he’s on offense. And why two exactly? Given that Trump habitually sets off dozens of mini-controversies, two simple messages would come as sweet relief to his beleaguered White House, which badly wants its unpredictable captain to be just a tiny bit more predictable.

Why MABGA and TRWF? There’s a lot going on in the world. North Korea is on the move. Iraq is on the verge of yet another civil war. The climate is changing. As a political matter, however, Making American Business Great Again and Tax Relief for Working Families are the right way to go. Taken together, they’re a perfect fit for the Republican coalition as it is currently constituted…”

Republicans Launch Cover-Up Of Trump Russia Crimes With New Investigation Of Hillary Clinton article from PoliticusUSA. –

Trump’s GOP brown shirts are bound and determined to keep covering up their dimwitted dip shit’s crimes.

Jeff Flake’s Speech And The White House Response Was The Trump Presidency In A Nutshell article from The Huffington Post. –

In Trump’s land of delusion, political might is always right, regardless of how wrong it truly is.

Niger Ambush Could Become a Scandal Trump Can’t Evade article from Alternet. –

Trump’s supreme idiocy and incompetence cost 4 soldiers their lives.

The Big WaPo Story & Why Everyone Needs to Thank Marc Elias article from Talking Points Memo. –

Digging into the Steele dossier regarding Trump’s malfeasance and why it’s important:

“I was offline for a few hours early this evening and returned to the media stream to find a new story reporting that the Steele Dossier and Fusion GPS’s research into Donald Trump and Russia was originally funded by a GOP campaign funder and then later funded by Democrats. In other words, we now know what we knew literally a year ago. Or to put it differently, Democrats agreed to fund continued research into Russia possibly owning Donald Trump after Republicans decided they didn’t care anymore.

Is this hyperbole? Not really. This is exactly what happened. And this has been known, widely reported, since before election day.

Look back at almost countless articles on the so-called Steele Dossier and you’ll find the same basic account. The project began as an opposition research project funded by Republicans during the GOP primaries when, of course, there were Republicans with an interest in finding damaging information about Donald Trump. After Trump sealed the GOP nomination, Republicans had no desire or interest in funding this research. So Democrats agreed to start footing the bill.

Here’s the key passage from tonight’s story from The Washington Post (emphasis added) …”

The Big Question: How Should We Treat Trump Voters? article from Alternet. –

Like the trash they are since they’re responsible for the carnage we’re all experiencing courtesy of our minority-elect president, though many of them were foolish enough to believe the lies they were told.

Email Exchange Proves Trump Was Lying About Contacting Gold Star Families article from Paste Magazine. –

No surpise there since all our Liar-in-Chief ever does is lie then try to blame everyone else.

As GOP Senators Bail, Republicans Are Learning What A Trump Party Looks Like article from The Huffington Post. –

Gone are the days of the Grand Old Party as it has been replaced by our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator and his ilk – which won’t bode well for the GOP.

Are Trump’s Generals in Over Their Heads? article from Politico. –

Protecting an imbecile like our impotent man-boy can be challenging – especially when it comes to ruining their credibility and reputation:

“For many of America’s senior military officers, retired Gen. John Allen’s speech endorsing Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention back in July 2016 was a kind of tipping point. Allen’s rousing address, coupled with one given by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for Donald Trump at the Republican convention, spread waves of discomfort through the U.S. officer corps, many of whose members thought Allen and Flynn had gone too far. “The military is not a political prize,” former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote in a high-profile critique two days after Allen’s appearance. “Politicians should take the advice of military leaders but keep them off the stage.”

The appearances by Allen and Flynn, and Dempsey’s letter, set off an under-the-radar debate about the proper role of retired military officers in American political life that has been deepened by President Donald Trump’s appointment of several former and current high-ranking officers to key policy positions in his administration. Far from being “off the stage,” the president has put the military front and center in his administration: retired Marine Gen. James Mattis heads up the Pentagon, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is the White House chief of staff and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster (who is still in uniform) is Trump’s national security adviser, having replaced Flynn.

Richard Kohn, a respected expert on civilian-military relations at the University of North Carolina, points out that Trump’s critics have welcomed the appointments because Mattis, Kelly and McMaster are viewed as “the adults in the room” who can “can keep Trump on the right policy track, can kind of fence him in.” But, he warns, there’s a problem with that view. “We’re putting all three of them in an impossible squeeze,” he says. “By tradition and experience they are supposed to be subordinate, to follow orders, yet here we are hoping that they can somehow manipulate the president—to keep him from saying and doing things that he shouldn’t. Is that really what we want the military to do? It sets a bad precedent and it’s dangerous.”

There’s one key constituency who agrees with that last thought: Former top military leaders, many of whom are deeply conflicted over the political role their colleagues are playing…”

Conservative nails why Trump fears the Russia dossier – and why it’s ‘ultimately irrelevant’ who paid for it article from The Raw Story. –

It doesn’t matter who paid for it – what matters is whether or not what’s in the Russia dossier is true.

Trump Brags About Having ‘One Of The Great Memories Of All Time’ article from The Huffington Post. –

Funny how forgetful he gets when he’s under oath… our demented delusionist also claims he’s smart and has an Ivy League Education, despite repeatedly showing how profoundly stupid he is…

Though ‘One of Great Memories of All Time,’ Trump Can’t Think of Anything ‘Uncivil’ He Might Ever Have Done article from Common Dreams. –

More on the demented delusions of the profoundly ignorant, incorrigibly inept imbecile we call president and how he’s never wrong or at fault for any of his duplicitous actions.

Thanks To Trump Your Health Insurance Premiums Are Going Up By 34% Next Year article from PoliticusUSA. –

Trump’s intentional sabotage of Obamacare is going to affect us all:

“If you or your employer gets your health insurance on the exchange, thanks to Donald Trump, your premiums are going to go up by 34% in 2018.

The AP reported:

The analysis of newly released government data by the consulting firm Avalere Health found that the Trump administration’s actions are contributing to the price hikes, adding instability to the underlying problems of the health law’s marketplaces.

The 34 percent average increase is for silver plans in states using HealthCare.gov. Premiums also are going up by double digits for plans with different levels of coverage, including bronze (18 percent), gold (16 percent), and platinum (24 percent)…”

Republicans Edit Out Their Financing Of Trump Dossier article from Crooks and Liars. –

While the GOP brown shirts in Congress try to switch blame for some of Trump’s Russia woes, they conveniently neglect to mention that the GOP originally started paying for information in Trump’s Russia dossier…

It’s Good to Be a Bank in the Trump Era article from Slate. –

Trump and the miscreants he calls his administration just made it easier for Banks to rip off consumers with total impunity, opening the door for yet another GOP-caused financial melt down.

Trump tries to avoid responsibility for soldiers’s deaths in Niger article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

As with the rest of his massive fuck ups and failures, Trump is blaming everyone else to avoid responsibility for his duplicitous actions.

The GOP’s head fake on taxes article from The Week. –

More on the fraudulent scam that is Trump’s tax reform plan:

“President Trump — a New York plutocrat if there ever was one — fancies himself a populist defender of the common working American. This self-created image, of course, is in direct contrast with the tax reform plan Trump is cooking up with congressional Republicans. This incongruity seems to be making the party nervous — and they’re trying to disguise their real intentions.

A key part of the plan is a cut in the top individual income tax rate, from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. Slashing the income tax rate for the wealthiest Americans is broadly unpopular. So, as Axios reported on Sunday, Republicans are considering leaving the 39.6 percent rate in place for incomes of $1 million or more. Sounds good, right? Soak the rich!

But don’t be fooled. This wouldn’t be a substantive concession by the GOP to the realities of inequality and populist anger. It would be a mere fig leaf.

The individual income tax works like so: There are seven tax brackets, each with a cutoff point at a particular income level. The higher brackets pay a higher tax rate. The first bracket, from $0 to $9,325, pays 10 percent. The next bracket, from $9,325 to $37,950, pays 15 percent, and so on up to the seventh bracket, which pays 39.6 percent on everything above $418,400. (If you’re filing jointly as a married couple, the cutoff points are higher.)…”

In the Era of Trump, Illusions Are Not Reserved for Halloween article from The Nation. –

While highly entertaining, the truth about our illegitimate president* and life in his alternate reality is proving destructive to America and the rest of the world.

The Republicans Have Developed a Theory of Alt-Collusion to Defend Trump From Mueller article from New York Magazine. –

Republicans still haven’t figured out how to protect their illicit Imbecile-in-Chief so they have to create yet another distraction.

10 Revelations Confirming Trump’s Awfulness from Those Who Resigned from His Administration article from Alternet. –

Inside information on the horrors of working for a delusional, incompetent, narcissistic liar and the consequences it brings.

A Democrat called for Trump’s impeachment in a TV ad, and the president took the bait article from Salon News. –

Once in a while in Trump’s land of delusion the truth hurts:

“Sometimes President Donald Trump just takes the bait far too easily.

On Friday morning, progressive activist and hedge fund manager aired an ad calling for Trump’s impeachment. The ad aired during “Fox & Friends,” one of Trump’s favorite television programs.

This did not go over well with the president.

“Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!” Trump tweeted…”

How to Deprogram Truth-Denying Trump Voters article from Alternet. –

A breakdown of the delusions and fallacies of those incapable of thinking for themselves and how to fix it.

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