Misadventures of a minority-elect President 198

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 malevolent minority-elect president begin with his epitomizing Nixon with multiple issues of grand delusions as he tries to claim the ruse of a memo created by one of his biggest brown shirts in Congress vindicates him of any wrongdoing which has turned out to be nothing but more fake news from our fake president*, our moronic miscreant in the White House and his potentially treasonous enablers in Congress are facing growing backlash after releasing a memo that only reveals what was already known – Trump is obstructing justice and failing miserably at saving himself, Trump’s politicization of the ‘Justice’ Department has made it just as illegitimate as he is, Trump still desires to be a dictator but he’s too stupid for the majority that didn’t elect him to allow it to happen, study shows that Trump supporters are the biggest purveyors of false news – unsurprising since they’re also stupid enough to believe his lying ass, the dubious actions and claims of the GOP and Trump are making it more obvious that Trump is guilty as hell, Trump’s latest anti-Obama ‘bombshell’ is nothing but another fraudulent dud, our nefarious narcissist actually believes the stock market is rigged against him plus a lot more.

Trump Claims GOP Memo ‘Totally Vindicates’ Him. Um, No, It Does Not article from Common Dreams. –

In epitomizing Nixon, our dimwitted dip shit is delusional enough to actually believe a fabricated memo by one of his Treasonous GOP brown shirts – who potentially committed treason more than once now – clears him of any wrongdoing.

Memo Nightmare Grows For Republicans As Democrats Bust Trump For Running The Plot article from PoliticusUSA. –

As suspected two weeks ago when the #ReleaseTheMemo Conspiracy was fabricated – by the White House it appears – to try and end Mueller’s investigations into Trump’s endless corruption and Russia scandal was nothing but more fake news from our fake president*.

6 major criticisms of the Nunes memo article from The Week. –

The malevolent moron in the White House never thought epitomizing Nixon and releasing a fabricated memo he appears to have collaborated on would dig his hole a little deeper.

Why A President Should Never Be Above The Law article from Rantt. –

When a president believes his is above the law – as does our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator – the Rule of Law is the only thing that stops them:

“During the scandalous and confusing years of Watergate, a perplexing and unusual question rippled through the American justice system. Could a sitting president be indicted for a crime just like anyone else? A brief signed by then-Solicitor General Robert H. Bork said that sitting presidents are immune from prosecution. Decades later, a review from law professor Ronald Rotunda for Kenneth Star disagreed with this take. Since Nixon resigned before articles of impeachment could be drawn up, and Clinton was acquitted in the Senate, we never actually got a firm answer. With Trump, we just might, setting a firm precedent for the future, and we better hope the answer is yes.

Now, I’m no slick, big city lawyer, or any kind of lawyer for that matter. (I’m a computer scientist by education.) But I have lived in Ukraine, where courts packed with lackeys and toadies answered a similar question in the negative and know what happens afterward. At stake is the obvious question of what constitutes rule of law. If we have it, then no citizen of the country is allowed to get away with a crime, even temporarily, and everyone, from a petty thief caught pickpocketing old ladies, to the commander-in-chief, must answer for their misdeeds. If we don’t, your wealth and political connections determine whether you are even threatened with punishment.

You could argue that in America, that already happens. Minorities and the poor face more arrests, convictions, and longer jail terms than the wealthy majority. And while this is indeed true and disturbing, and as much as this topic needs to be discussed, it’s tangential to the main issue, the question of whether political office, not just skin color or bank account value, can be used as an honest to goodness, literal get-out-of-jail card even for high crimes and misdemeanors. Because if it does, then democracy will die overnight since a court system to which those in power are no longer accountable is the final step in every autocracy or dictatorship cementing their power over the long term, dismantling the very concept of separation of powers.

It gives criminals every incentive to barge their way into high office, then, to preserve their place, intimidate and silence the opposition. Imagine if Trump couldn’t be indicted for money laundering until he stepped down. He would unleash his followers on every opposing politician and pressure the DOJ to investigate and disqualify them. This is the same thing that happened to the popular Russian lawyer and investigative journalist Alexei Navalny when he tried to challenge Putin. He keeps getting attacked and jailed and has been slapped with a criminal conviction that bars him from running for any public office, despite the case against him being questionable, to put it mildly…”

Trump takes attacks on FBI, Justice Dept to alarming new level article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Our national embarrassment’s actions – coupled with his profound stupidity – are making him look exceedingly guilty of the crimes he could easily be indicted for.

Carl Bernstein: These Could Be The Darkest Days Since Joe McCarthy article from The Huffington Post. –

The moronic miscreant currently occupying the White House is probably surprised by the growing backlash to his completely idiotic release of a fabricated memo he appears to have helped create under the dubious guise of vindicating himself.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of faulty claims article from The Associated Press on Yahoo! News. –

Every day our Liar-in-Chief continues lying about virtually everything.

Ugly Corruption Winds Its Way Through Trump’s Justice Dept. article from Alternet. –

Trump has politicized the ‘Justice’ Department and made it as illegitimate as he is:

“The week started with the State of the Union Address and ended with the GOP-Nunes memo, which was enough excitement to keep everyone busy. In chaotic times, it’s easy to miss other stories about the unjust pursuits and other forms of corruption that have flown under the radar in politics—like how the Office for Access to Justice reportedly closed.

The Office for Access to Justice “quietly closed,” according to the New York Times

According to the New York Times, the Justice Department has shut its doors in an exploitive move since Jeff Sessions technically can’t close it without bringing it forth to Congress. Instead, the Justice Department has allegedly moved “resources elsewhere” by reducing the size of its staff. The division began in 2010 with former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and was meant to assist those who can’t afford access to counsel and legal assistance. The division’s staff worked with stakeholders in the state, local, and tribal justice systems to aide litigants who didn’t have the means for resources.

Ben Carson allegedly used his position for private gain, according to the Washington Post…”

Perhaps the best reaction to the SOTU I have read article from The Daily Kos. –

Revelations of the joke that was Trump’s disingenuous State of the Union speech and how to decipher the double speak he used.

Robert Reich: 20 of Trump’s Biggest Broken Promises article from Alternet. –

America’s worst-ever president’s entire administration is built on lies and broken promises that a minority of idiots is foolish enough to believe.

Three Reasons Why So Many People Still Support Trump article from BuzzFlash. –

You would think stupidity would be one of them, but it’s not, though it does play a major role in his supporters…

Robert Reich: Trump Is Following the Strategy of a Dictator article from Alternet. –

The problem with Trump’s desire to be a dictator is the fact that he is profoundly ignorant and the majority still can’t stand him:

“If Robert Mueller finds that Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, or even if Trump fires Mueller before he makes such a finding, Trump’s supporters will protect Trump from any political fallout.

Trump’s base will stand by him not because they believe Trump is on their side, but because they define themselves as being on his side.

Trump has intentionally cleaved America into two warring camps: pro-Trump and anti-Trump. And he has convinced the pro-Trumps that his enemy is their enemy.

Most Americans are not passionate conservatives or liberals, Republicans or Democrats. But they have become impassioned Trump supporters or Trump haters…”

Internal FBI documents show White House lied about Comey firing article from Think Progress. –

Yet more evidence to add to Trump’s obstruction of justice fire – they just keep coming.

Trump, in a panic over dud Nunes’ memo, says Adam Schiff ‘must be stopped’ article from The Daily Kos. –

Trump is freaking out because his little ass-kissing helper in Congress is more stupid than he is – and as usual Trump’s conspiracy theory is failing miserably.

Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name article from The Atlantic. –

No, calling it what it really is – a profoundly corrupt fucked up wet dream – is not one of the options…

In ‘Dictator Move,’ Trump Accuses Democrts of Treason for Not Applauding at SOTU article from Common Dreams. –

It’s comical that our big Orange dickless tator keeps accusing everyone else of crimes – such as committing Treason aided and abetted by his GOP brown shirts – he continuously perpetrates himself:

“President Donald Trump drew harsh criticism during a speech he gave at a factory near Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, in which he casually accused Democrats of “treason” for not expressing enthusiasm for his agenda during the State of the Union address last week.

Tweet from John Aravosis (@aravosis): “Trump’s son Don Jr was accused of actual treason by Steve Bannon in “Fire & Fury,” so @realDonaldTrump is trying to muddy the waters by calling Dems Un-American and treasonous for not applauding some line at the SOTU. That’s a dictator move.”

The president told his audience that during his speech before a joint session of Congress, he noticed many Democrats were not clapping “even on positive news.” He called the lack of applause “un-American,” before taking a cue from someone in the audience who apparently called out, “treason.”

Critics pointed out that his remarks carried racial implications as well as disturbing overtones of authoritarianism. The members of the Congressional Black Caucus notably did not applaud when Trump heralded his often-repeated point that “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.”…”

Trump To Plead the De Facto 5th article from Talking Points Memo. –

It is already well-established that Trump has repeatedly obstructed justice so digging his own grave a little deeper isn’t surprising.

Devin Nunes tells Fox News’ Sean Hannity he has ‘clear evidence of collusion’ with Russia – and the Clinton campaign article from The Raw Story. –

The growing desperation – and potentially treasonous actions – of Nunes and our lackluster lame duck president to take attention off his growing Russia scandal are becoming quite boring.

Watch Devin Nunes Collude With Trump Anmd Fox News On TV To Attack Adam Schiff article from PoliticusUSA. –

There is a LOT of collusion with the White House in trying to undermine the Russia scandal that will end up taking down our traitorous Orange illegitimate president*.

Lock them all up! Trump’s desperate new strategy: Investigate everybody article from Salon. –

The whole world is against our paranoid president according to our paranoid president:

“Apparently the stock market felt left out of the Trump roller coaster ride so it decided to go a little bit crazy on Monday: The Dow Jones average dropped by 1,500 points before climbing back just a bit to settle at a loss of 1,100 for the day. Whee! We have had many such days that were more significant in terms of percentage, but it was the largest single-day point drop in history.

What made it even more dramatic than usual was the fact that President Trump, who has repeatedly taken credit for the market’s steady rise, was giving a televised speech on his glorious economic success while the stock ticker in the corner of the screen told a dire tale. There are myriad factors behind the plunge but one possible contributor is that tax-cut euphoria is wearing off and investors are realizing the freak show in Washington might just be a little bit destabilizing.

The Nunes Memo and all the congressional shenanigans may be a nice distraction for the president but there is a little matter of another possible government shutdown this week and a budget that doesn’t seem likely to come together, largely because the GOP leadership doesn’t want anyone to see the new debt projections. In other words the mess is getting messier.

In the midst of all this excitement, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release the Democratic rebuttal to the Nunes Memo — if Trump approves the release, that is. Cable news pundits all seem to believe that part is a slam dunk because the White House has said it wants transparency. I have to wonder if they’ve been watching the same Trump administration as I’ve been watching. I think it’s entirely possible that Trump will refuse to release it, if only for the chance to demand the arrest of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., if it were to leak. Don’t think he wouldn’t do that:…”

The Truth About the Trump Economy: The Wealth Is Not Trickling Down article from Truthout. –

Still trying to justify his fraudulent tax reform scam as the cost of living increases but wages don’t.

Trump Supporters Are the Single Biggest Purveyors of ‘Fake News’: Study article from Alternet. –

Obviously, since Trump supporters are stupid enough to support him, they’re stupid enough to purvey false news…

Alt-Right Killers A.K.A. Trump’s Good People Are Responsible for Over 100 Deaths and Injuries article from PoliticusUSA. –

Neo-Nazi’s and fascists enabled by our racist Orange Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator are becoming very problematic.

Trump’s Dangerous High-Wire Act article from Counterpunch. –

The irony of our bullshit artist – a fake president crying about fake news he constantly spews, a traitor calling those that don’t support him a traitor, etc. – never ends:

“It’s one thing for President Trump to go around recklessly calling anyone he disagrees with (or who has ever criticized him) a “liar” or “traitor” or “crook” or “loser.” Apparently, this behavior is what an insecure and bullying former real estate man-child regards as a projection of presidential leadership. On the other hand, one can argue that it was this cringe-worthy adolescent behavior that got him elected in the first place.

But Trump’s latest iteration of the classic “smear job” has the potential to not only come back and bite him on the rear end, it has the potential to irrevocably cripple his presidency. When he unwisely (what else is new?) and precipitously launched a public attack on the vaunted FBI, he made what could be a fatal error.

While Trump adheres to no ideology (prior to and during his campaign, he made dozens of outrageous and contradictory assertions, including criticizing the Citizens United decision, suggesting higher taxes for the wealthy, donating money to Hillary Clinton’s senatorial race, and asking why there “can’t be Medicare for all?”), he is still, nominally, a Republican. As squirrelly as this man has shown himself to be, he was nonetheless elected as a Republican.

And being a Republican still means something to the Party faithful. Even in this period of goofy recalibration, being a Republican still represents a belief system. Among other things—going all the way back to the Turbulent Sixties, with its riots, bombings, street theater, and scary black people—it means that a Republican president is automatically going to be regarded as the titular and spiritual leader of the Law and Order Party…”

Jim Hightower: Our ‘Populist’ President is Nothing But a Naked Plutocrat article from Alternet. –

Trump has proven repeatedly that he is profoundly corrupt and owned by Wall Street and does nothing but their bidding.

Fox News’ latest ‘bombshell’ on Obama and the FBI is a total fraud article from Think Progress. –

Listening to and tweeting fake news from his Ministry of Propaganda at Fox fake news is not doing our idiotic leader any favors.

Americans believe President Trump is trying to derail Russia probe: Poll article from The Washington Examiner. –

Duhhh. He’s only made it blatantly obvious since his illegitimate election.

Did Trey Gowdy Just Give Away The Game on The Nunes Memo? article from Vanity Fair. –

Democrats are outplaying Republicans on the farce that is a bull shit memo created to try and save Trump’s insanely corrupt ass:

“Later this week, when he finally finishes reading it, Donald Trump is expected to release House Democrats’ “pretty lengthy” 10-page response to the Nunes memo, opening a second act in a bit of political theater that has consumed Washington. The Democratic rebuttal is unlikely to penetrate the conservative-media ecosystem where Devin Nunes’s allegations of F.B.I. bias are being treated like the Pentagon Papers. Still, at least one Republican is in a state of agitation over the document. Not because it will invalidate the Nunes memo, which was declared a dud as soon as it was made public, but because Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, appears to be outplaying Nunes at his own game.

Nunes, after weeks of buildup, learned the hard way that the hype cycle turns parabolic if you can’t deliver the goods. Schiff, on the other hand, seems to be laying the groundwork to keep the mystery surrounding his counter-argument alive—and to undermine the Republican claim that Memo-gate is all about transparency. “To say, ‘we don’t want the country to see this’ is untenable. What I’m more concerned about,” Schiff told CNN on Tuesday, “is that they make political redactions. That is, not redactions to protect sources or methods, which we’ve asked the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. to do, but redactions to remove information they think is unfavorable to the president.”

Redacting parts of the Democratic rebuttal, of course, would play right into Schiff’s hands—an outcome Rep. Trey Gowdy suspects Schiff is setting up on purpose. “I think the Democrats are politically smart enough to put things in the memo that require either the [F.B.I.] or the Department of Justice to say it needs to be redacted,” Gowdy, who cut his teeth running the Benghazi and Clinton e-mail hearings, told Fox News on Tuesday night. “Unfortunately, we are in an environment where you would include material that you know has to be redacted and you know responsible people are going to redact it just so that question will be asked.”

Gowdy isn’t wrong to argue that Schiff and his fellow Democrats have a political agenda. At its core, Memo-gate is little more than a media spectacle overlaying a political debate about classified information that Americans—and indeed, most lawmakers—don’t have access to. Releasing the actual FISA application to surveil Trump associate Carter Page would instantly clear up the extent to which the F.B.I. relied on the Steele dossier, as well as any other evidence the bureau had that Page was acting as an agent of the Russian government. The primary argument against full transparency—again, the putative reason for the Republican campaign against the F.B.I.—is that it would reveal classified sources and methods. The FISA process itself is closely guarded. But it is also likely to reveal that the bureau had good reason to surveil Page. Any time a FISA warrant is renewed, law enforcement officials have to prove that their surveillance yielded actionable intelligence. The Page warrant was renewed three times. So, while the Democratic rebuttal to Nunes would also function as a partisan document, it is likely that any sensitive information redacted by Trump would be inculpatory…”

President Trump, if You’re Innocent, Why Act So Guilty? article from The New York Times. –

Because our nefarious narcissist is nowhere near innocent, obviously.

Criminal Justice One Year Into the Trump Administration article from The Brennan Law Center. –

When a treasonous president is claiming treason for those that oppose him and the GOP and “Justice” department are trying to exonerate him, there is no such thing as Justice…

New anti-Obama ‘bombshell’ becomes latest Republican dud article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Once again Trump’s GOP brown shirts failed to save his corrupt Orange ass…

Will Trump Make It Through Year Two? article from Counterpunch. –

Not if we’re lucky he won’t:

“On January 20th, Donald Trump began his second year as president and on the 30th he delivered his first State of the Union address. It was a depressing, painful first year on nearly every front, whether domestically or internationally, politically or socially or personally. One can only worry about what will play out during year two.

Americans, however, can be grateful for one accomplishment of the “make-America-great-again” president – he did not declare war against a minor, peripheral nation-state somewhere on the globe, like North Korea, Yemen or Honduras. Nearly two decades ago, in an act of great distraction, Bush & company played a similar gambit in Afghanistan and Iraq – and now, 16 years later, everyone knows where those policies led. Trump and his aggressive military leadership may well mark year two with a comparable fool’s action.

The release by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee of a report by Devin Nunes (R-CA) alleging that the FBI and DOJ engaged in surveillance abuses with regard to the Russia investigation quickly put Trump’s speech in the dustbin of history. While Hillary Clinton lost the election on her own, it’s been pretty well determined that the Russian government (through its intelligence services and proxies) sought to influence the outcome of 2016 election. Amidst all the daily prattle, it remains yet to be determined what role Trump played – if any – in “Russia-gate.”

Much of the nightly clatter on CNN and MSNBC, on NBC, CBS and PBS, let alone in the print and online information media like the New York Times, Washington Post and NPR, consists of a never-ending stream of eyes-on news reports and speculations by carefully chosen puffers. The daily drama about this story has been engaging, an enjoyable distraction. It’s been a gambler’s holiday; Newsweek reports the odds are 4-7 that Trump will be impeached before Inauguration Day 2021. But the unanswered question remains: So what?…”

Trumped-Up Treason article from BuzzFlash. –

The ignorance of a treasonous president* claiming others committed treason by not supporting or clapping for him is comical.

Trump now claims the stock market is rigged against him article from Think Progress. –

It’s time for a serious mental exam to be conducted on Trump… especially since nothing is ever his fault.

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