Misadventures of a minority-elect President 317

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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 malignant minority-elect president* with his going on Fox faux news – his Ministry of Propaganda outlet – and admitting that he did indeed commit an impeachable offense, White House emails reveal that there was an attempted cover up after Donnie committed Treason – meaning his claims of everything being ‘perfect’ and ‘doing nothing wrong’ are just more examples of his always lying to cover his corrupt ass, why it may be necessary to continue impeaching Donnie – since the equally treasonous GOP Senate will most likely continue trying to acquit him regardless of the fact that he’s guilty as hell of multiple crimes, why Congress needs to hold impeachment inquiries on all the crimes the Don has committed – not just Ukraine, Donald’s desperation at tossing Giuliani under the bus by claiming that he never worked in Ukraine for him – a flat out lie – is quite revealing and so much more.

Trump Self Destructs On Fox And Admits Impeachable Offenses article from PoliticusUSA.

Donnie just doesn’t know when to shut up and the more he speaks and tweets, the deeper the hole he digs himself – and it’s going to come back to haunt him:

Trump just gave away the game on his bribery scheme in a live interview to baffled Fox News hosts article from The Raw Story.

More on the Donald admitting his guilt to his Ministry of Propaganda with his delusional phone in to Fox faux news while digging himself a hole that he’ll never be able to slither out of:

Congress Has No Other Option Than to Impeach and Remove the President From Office article from Common Dreams.

There is no doubt that the Don has committed a myriad of impeachable crimes, now it just remains to be seen whether or not the Senate will prove they’re just as guilty as he is or not.

Fiona Hill’s Testimony Was Devastating for Trump article from The Nation.

Dr. Fiona Hill provided a lot of damage to the Don and totally eviscerated any shred of doubt as to his guilt:

“Former White House adviser Fiona Hill was far and away the most impressive of the witnesses in the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump. This is a reflection more of how she presented her case than of the particular story she told. There are only minor inconsistencies among the witnesses: All the accounts confirm that Donald Trump and his inner circle used the threat of withholding foreign aid to compel the Ukrainian government to open up investigations that would implicate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

But the witnesses varied greatly in how they carried themselves. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was jittery and flustered, understandably so since he was a career military man giving evidence against the commander in chief. EU ambassador Gordon Sondland had the air of a wealthy dilettante trying to fast-talk his way out of a mess. A few of the other witnesses came across as colorless functionaries.

Hill stood out from the pack. She was poised, confident, brisk in her remarks, unflustered by browbeating from Republican representatives, and in utter command of her facts and arguments. Her testimony clarified the reality that the Trump administration had a two-track Ukraine policy: an official policy executed by foreign policy professionals and a nakedly political policy sneakily pushed along by Gordon Sondland and others.

About Sondland, Hill noted, “He was being involved in a domestic political errand, and we were being involved in national security foreign policy. And those two things had just diverged.” That divergence between the “domestic political errand” and official policy cuts to the heart of the scandal…”

Trump essentially admitted on live TV to doing the thing he’s accused of in the impeachment inquiry article from Business Insider.

The endless depths of stupidity emitted by our illegitimate president* are astounding and the fact that he can’t keep his mouth shut while ranting to his Ministry of Propaganda is going to hurt him.

Bill Moyers: Nixon ‘never admitted his crimes’ — while ‘Trump announced his in public’ article from The Raw Story.

More on the utter stupidity of the Donald going on Fox faux news and admitting he committed those crimes while showing exactly how unfit he really is:

WH Emails Show There Was A Cover-Up Of Ukraine Aid Being Withheld article from Crooks and Liars.

Despite his lies about the ‘perfect’ calls and ‘doing nothing wrong,’ delving into White House emails reveals a frantic attempt to cover up Trump’s lies afterwards – meaning he did indeed commit Treason as accused:

A Complete Analysis Of Trump’s 148th Unpresidented Week As POTUS article from Rantt.

The continuing saga of an illegitimate president’s* failed presidency, which worsens with each passing week:

“In the public impeachment hearings, we saw foreign service officials put America’s interests over their personal interests. Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, put their loyalty to Trump above their loyalty to country, even if it meant wittingly pushing Russian propaganda.

In a marathon of hearings from Tuesday-Thursday, multiple witnesses, under oath and threat of perjury, revealed even more details about President Trump’s effort to extort Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf. By Thursday, it was very clear that a White House meeting and military aid was withheld from Ukraine in an effort to pressure them into investigating the Bidens and the 2016 election. And more than that, we learned that “everyone was on the loop.”

On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman offered up a moment of hope with his aspirational vision of America. When asked by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) why he felt he could tell his father that he shouldn’t worry about him speaking out against the President, Vindman replied: “Congressman, because this is America. This is the country I’ve served and defended. That all of my brothers have served. And here, right matters.”

Vindman’s testimony highlighted a key meeting where he saw Ambassador Gordon Sondland discuss the “quid pro quo” in a July 10 meeting with Ukrainian officials. Special Advisor to Vice President Pence Jennifer Williams, former US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, and former NSC official Tim Morrison also testified on Tuesday, providing additional damning testimony…”

Trump’s Crime Against America article from The Atlantic.

How Trump is abusing the power of his office to stay in power while routinely committing crimes with total impunity.

There’s a Philosophy Behind Trump’s Lies article from The Nation.

Trump lies pathologically because he believes that if he repeats it often enough it will become truth, and because his despotic delusions of grandeur include playing by an authoritarian play book – when in reality the only ones that believe are the minority of moronic minions that are as stupid as he is.

Rick Perry Calls Donald Trump The Chosen One Sent By God To Rule Over Us article from The Huffington Post.

Delusions play a major role in Trump’s fantasy land and it appears that many of his followers are a cult:

If Trump is acquitted, it will be necessary to impeach him again … and again article from The Daily Kos.

There are a multitude of crimes Donnie has committed that are impeachable, regardless of the fact that the equally treasonous GOP Senate will probably acquit him, so it could be necessary to continue impeaching him until the next election:

“It should not come as a surprise to anyone, at this point, that not one Republican Senator is likely to vote for conviction after Donald Trump is impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Despite incessant media chatter insisting that certain so-called “moderate” Republican Senators, such as Colorado’s Cory Gardner and Maine’s Susan Collins, or Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, may feel pressure from constituents to convict a criminally compromised president, the political equation would suggest that this is simply wishful thinking.

Both House and Senate Republicans know that Trump is guilty of the crimes he will be charged with when the House’s articles of impeachment are finalized. In fact, they knew this before the hearings even began. But, in an act of preemptive solidarity with Trump, every Republican in the House voted, in monolithic cadence, to oppose the Impeachment inquiry.

That means, with one or two exceptions (and corresponding announced retirements), House Republicans will also vote in lockstep against impeachment when the final vote is taken. There is no reason to expect any Republican in the Senate to act any differently, because their motivation is the same. Their reasoning comes down to a simple political calculus…”

Political scientist: The chaos of Trump’s reign could be a prelude to an ‘era of reform’ — and we’re already seeing the signs article from Alternet.

The damage inflicted on this country by our popular vote losing, illegitimate president* could actually be doing some good as the majority that didn’t elect Trump are getting sick and tired of his corrupt, ignorant ass to the point of starting to do something about it.

On Ukraine, Team Trump turned to ‘retroactive narrative construction’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

Because the Don is so ignorant and can’t pay attention to anything for longer than a nanosecond – and does entirely too many things based on a delusional whim.

What will the legaacy of the Trump administration be? article from The Daily Kos.

Trump and his ilk will go down in history as the most profoundly corrupt and idiotic administration – fueled by a myriad of baseless Conspiracy Theories – to ever occupy the White House:

The End of the Rule of Law: The 12 Impeachable Offenses Committed By Trump article from Common Dreams.

Why Congress needs to take its time and hold impeachment inquiries for all the crimes he has committed – and there have been several:

“Bruce Fein, a former senior official in the Department of Justice and a constitutional scholar, has identified 12 impeachable offenses committed by Donald Trump. But, as he notes, many of these constitutional violations are not unique to the Trump administration. They have been normalized by Democratic and Republican administrations. These long-standing violations are, for this reason, ignored by Democratic Party leaders seeking to impeach the president. They have chosen to focus exclusively on Trump’s attempt to get the Ukrainian president to open an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in exchange for $400 million in U.S. military aid and a visit by the Ukrainian leader to the White House. Ignoring these institutionalized violations during the impeachment inquiry, Fein fears, would legitimate them and lead to the death of democracy.

In a letter on Friday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also signed by Ralph Nader and Louis Fisher, Fein warns that Trump is “shattering our entire constitutional order.” He lists as the president’s most serious constitutional violations the “defiance of congressional subpoenas and oversight; spending billions of dollars on a southern border wall not appropriated for that purpose; continuing or expanding presidential wars not declared by Congress; exercising line-item veto power; flouting the Emoluments Clause; and, playing prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner to kill any person on the planet based on secret, unsubstantiated information.” But he also notes that many of these violations are not unique to Trump and were also carried out by Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

“Many of the Democrats in the past have been complicit in these violations,” Fein said when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “They have unclean hands. They have acquiesced in illegal surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden. The most serious constitutional violations are the ones that are institutional usurpations. These usurpations [by both parties] have permanently weakened, if not eviscerated, the power of the legislature versus the executive.”

“We have a Congress whose members, by and large, do not want the responsibilities the Constitution entrusts them with,” Fein continued. “They like to give away everything to the president and then clamor if something goes bad. The most worrisome constitutional violations are, unfortunately, ones many members of Congress rejoice in. It enables them to escape making hard choices that might compromise their ability to win reelection. But you can’t rely on a past dereliction to justify its perpetuation indefinitely.”…”

Democrats Looking At Impeaching Trump For Obstruction Of Justice, Abuse of Power, and Extortion article from PoliticusUSA.

That’s a great start, but again, there a multitude of crimes committed by Trump that are impeachable and Democrats need to address them all:

While focus is on Ukraine, here’s the evidence committees have compiled to bolster Trump impeachment case article from USA Today.

As previously mentioned, Donnie has committed so many crimes and abused his office repeatedly, so stopping at his Ukraine scandal would be foolish.

It’s not about Ukraine article from The Week.

On why impeaching the impotent Orange imbecile in the White House is about saving America – and Trump has done so much more than abusing his powers.

Evidence knocks down Trump claims on China, tariffs (again) article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

Donald’s delusions over his failed tariff war – as with all his delusions – are flawed and failed, just like his entire business life and presidency:

“Late last week, Donald Trump called into Fox News for a rambling, 53-minute interview in which the president made an astonishing number of ridiculous claims. Among them, however, was a familiar refrain.

“We’re taking in hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs [from China],” Trump said. “We never took in 10 cents. We are not paying like, you know, you – they fed the line, you know, the media fed the line about us paying.”

All of this, of course, was wrong. In reality, for example, we’re not taking in hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs from China. What’s more, we have taken in more than “10 cents” from Beijing in years past.

As for blaming “the media” for telling the public that American consumers are actually paying for the White House’s tariffs on Beijing, journalists aren’t the only ones telling people the truth. Liberty Street Economics published this report yesterday, answering a straightforward question: “Who Pays the Tax on Imports from China?”…”

Trump sets bus-toss record as he declares that he didn’t ask Giuliani to do anything in Ukraine article from The Daily Kos.

The Don is famous for lying about everything and throwing everyone under the bus when he gets caught, but trying to say that Giuliani wasn’t working for him in Ukraine – when Giuliani has confirmed repeatedly that he was – takes the cake and eviscerates any last ounce of credibility the Don may have had:

Trump’s ‘No Quid Pro Quo’ Statements Are Clear Evidence of His Ukraine Motives article from Slate.

In yet another case of his cover-up being worse than his crimes, Trump has been lying all along in a desperate attempt to deflect blame for his treasonous actions – and as usual, is failing miserably…

New documents show Trump kept 2 sets of books for his biggest property in Manhattan, pointing to potential financial fraud article from Business Insider.

The Donald’s entire business career is built on massive fraud, so there is no question that he just got busted again for fraud – that’s one of the few things he excels at.

Donald ‘Talk To Rudy’ Trump Never Met The Guy article from Crooks and Liars.

More on Trump’s lies about Giuliani not working in Ukraine for him – and how it appears that he may be ready to toss Giuliani under the bus in another desperate attempt to save his profoundly corrupt and ignorant ass:

“Donald Trump held an interview with Bill O’Reilly in which they chatted about all the women they sexually harrassed over the years.

KIDDING. They talked about how Rudy Guiliani has lots of clients and wasn’t in Ukraine on behalf of Donald Trump.

And of course, that’s a lie. Morning Joe picks up the story:…”

World War T: How Fox News gave Trump a ‘war on Thanksgiving’ article from Media Matters.

Delusions play a MAJOR role in Trumpland and his Ministry of Propaganda fuels it, and they just keep coming:

More Than Two Years after Trump claimed ‘Obama had my wires tapped’ a soon-to-be released DOJ report will debunk his lie article from The Raw Story.

Yet another of Donald’s bull shit Conspiracy Theories bites the dust as his lie about being wiretapped by his predecessor is pure fantasy that the DOJ will put to rest.

Watergate shows unwavering devotion to Trump will not end well for ‘all the president’s men’ article from Alternet.

Things are not going to end well for Donnie or his enablers, despite the fact that the equally treasonous GOP Senate will probably let him off the hook, but many of the co-conspirators in his administration are already serving time and they will all eventually realize that they are not above the law and karma is a mother you-know-what…

God’s gift to America? article from The Week.

The religious extremists backing Trump – while exemplifying the reasons religion doesn’t belong in politics to begin with – trying to claim he’s the chosen one are almost as corrupt and stupid as he is:

“On Sunday, outgoing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry told Fox News viewers about a recent conversation he’d had with Donald Trump in which he told the president he was “the chosen one” placed by God in the White House. Perry made sure to add that he had given Trump a “one pager” on the imperfect Old Testament kings who God had appointed to carry out his plans. “Don’t get confused here, sir,” Perry claims he said to the president. “This is not a reflection that you’re perfect, but that God’s using you.”

As liberals predictably freaked out over Perry’s words, other Trump backers quickly confirmed that, yes, Trump has been selected by God for the presidency, and Fox put replays of the discussion in heavy rotation. In an interview for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Nikki Haley also weighed in. “I think God sometimes places people for lessons and sometimes places people for change,” she told CBN’s David Brody.

On the one hand, the comments from Perry and others aren’t that surprising. Invoking God’s ordination has become boilerplate language for how many white evangelicals talk about the presidency. As the religious right activist Gary Bauer explained back during George W. Bush’s administration, “Evangelicals believe that no leader rises without God allowing that leader to rise.” In his Fox News interview, Perry contended that God’s divine appointments to the White House are bipartisan. “You know, Barack Obama doesn’t get to be the president of the United States without being ordained by God,” he said.

On the other hand, what’s happening now is far more than a generic theological statement about God’s sovereignty over American politics. As with everything related to Trump, the religious rationalization of his presidency is hyperbolic and overblown. And it’s operating on overdrive, repeated constantly since Trump’s 2016 victory…”

By focusing on impeachment polling, Trump picks the wrong fight article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

The delusions Trump keeps pulling out of his ass are quite entertaining – and his ignorant rantings while his failed presidency crumbles around him are beginning to make him look ever more foolish and desperate…

Trump won’t lose his job – but the impeachment inquiry is still essential article from The Guardian.

Despite the GOP controlled Senate probably not impeaching Donnie’s corrupt and ignorant ass, the House holding him accountable is needed to reign in his power – and to make sure he can’t be pardoned for all the crimes he has committed.

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