Donald Trump

Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC

Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC:

“I didn’t want to be depressed. I don’t want to feel that he’s not doing what he said, so I just choose to not listen.”

This is the saddest thing I’ve read in a while.

It’s sadder when you consider that after Trump, she’ll tune into right wing alt facts about how awesome Trump was doing until the liberals in the deep state and media made up all this stuff about him and Russia because they hate American.

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House:

These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history.“

Both of these statements are false.

The CIA didn’t say Saddam had WMD. That was the Bush 43 White house.

And his EC victory was the weakest since Bush 43 in 2000. It wasn’t a landslide.

How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump

How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump:

Journalists need to understand what Trump is doing and refuse to play by his rules. He is going to use the respect and deference typically accorded to the presidency as an instrument for spreading more lies. Reporters must refuse to treat him like a normal president and refuse to bestow any unearned legitimacy on his administration.

Trump’s proxies need to be asked over and over again to provide evidence. When they are unable, they need to be asked why they are unable to defend the president’s assertion and if they believe what the president said. You can not play he said she said here.

Kellyanne Conway Gets Flustered Refusing To Answer Whether Trump's Voter Fraud Tweet Was True

Kellyanne Conway Gets Flustered Refusing To Answer Whether Trump's Voter Fraud Tweet Was True:

George replied, “There is no evidence that there were millions of illegal votes, zero.”

Conway continued to whine about the media and legal recounts that are being conducted and cried, “Why can’t you allow this President-elect to form his government the way that President Obama and Secretary Clinton had suggested they would like him to do?”

wow.

NYTimes: Trump Backers Go to Court to Block Vote Recounts in 3 States

NYTimes: Trump Backers Go to Court to Block Vote Recounts in 3 States:

Trump Backers Go to Court to Block Vote Recounts in 3 States

“In an election already tainted by suspicion, previously expressed by Donald Trump himself,” she said, “verifying the vote is a common-sense procedure that would put all concerns around voter disenfranchisement to rest. Trump’s desperate attempts to silence voter demands for recounts raise a simple question: why is Donald Trump afraid of these recounts?”

An ethical double standard for Trump — and the GOP?

An ethical double standard for Trump — and the GOP?:

“If Hillary Clinton wins this election and they don’t shut down the Clinton Foundation and come clean with all of its past activities, then there’s no telling the kind of corruption that you might see out of the Clinton White House,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt.

Presumably Cotton will take the lead in advising Donald Trump to “shut down” his business activities and “come clean” on what came before. Surely Cotton wants to be consistent.

TheMoneyIllusion » Trump favors teasier money

TheMoneyIllusion » Trump favors teasier money:

So what are Trump’s views? Very simple. For elderly savers, Trump favors higher interest rates. For big developers, he favors low rates. For consumers, he wants a strong dollar. For exporters, he wants a weaker dollar. Each group will get what they want, but not all in the same universe. You see, Trump’s monetary views are best described as a wave function, which will collapse to a single outcome on January 20th. Trump is the first post-modern candidate, the first to understand that truth is what the voters let you get aways with, and that the multiverse offers the possibility of achieving seemingly irreconcilable aims.

Trump Threatens to Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policy - The New York Times

In a post on Twitter, he said he would “terminate” the pact President Obama made if Cuba is unwilling to make “a better deal for the Cuban people.”

(via Trump Threatens to Roll Back Obama’s Cuba Policy - The New York Times)

I’m going to guess that the “better deal for the Cuban people” he speaks of involves building a Trump Plaza Havana.

And this is happening while everyone talks about his newest dumb tweet.

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story

Americans keep looking away from the election’s most alarming story:

U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government actively interfered in our elections. Russian state propaganda gave little doubt that this was done to support Republican nominee Trump, who repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin and excused the Russian president’s foreign aggression and domestic repression. Most significantly, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed that the Russian government directed the illegal hacking of private email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and prominent individuals. The emails were then released by WikiLeaks, which has benefited financially from a Russian state propaganda arm, used Russian operatives for security and made clear an intent to harm the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

This is so much worse than any of the Clinton email or Clinton Foundation stories. It should be investigated.

Stop Being Trump’s Twitter Fool - POLITICO Magazine

Haven’t any of these people raised children? Don’t they know about bait and switch? Have none of them been paying attention to Trump’s Twitter strategy for the past 17 months? For anybody who has read a half-dozen of Trump’s tweets, the pattern is obvious. He compiles these tweets precisely in order to elicit strident protest. It doesn’t matter to Trump that the cast of Hamilton was polite and respectful to Pence. It doesn’t matter that being rude to officeholders is an inalienable right—hell, a responsibility!—of all Americans. To Trump’s followers the content of any one of his rebukes matters less than whom it’s directed at—New York liberals and their fellow travelers in this instance. He could have tweeted something equally belligerent about the “unfair” treatment his daughter Ivanka is receiving in the press for having attended his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and he would have earned the same satisfying comeback from his foes.

(via Stop Being Trump’s Twitter Fool - POLITICO Magazine)

Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement

Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement:

On planet Trump, the fact that Trump is always in court on fraud charges and then agrees to a settlement where the party can not talk about the case somehow proves that the system is out to get Trump.

That Clinton is constantly accused but never charged and everything is in the public record proves that we need a special prosecutors.

'I'm in a room full of liars': Trump reams execs and anchors from 'the dishonest media' at 'candid' meeting at Trump Tower that turned into a 'f****ng firing squad'

'I'm in a room full of liars': Trump reams execs and anchors from 'the dishonest media' at 'candid' meeting at Trump Tower that turned into a 'f****ng firing squad' :

Special snowflake in chief is demanding the press hold him to “participation trophy” standards so his feelings can be spared.

Donald Trump will wield the biggest media operation in the history of the U.S. presidency

Donald Trump will wield the biggest media operation in the history of the U.S. presidency:

“ The Ford situation provides the first look at what news about the Trump administration will be like once the president-elect is sworn in come January. On one side, there’s the traditional media, already plenty maligned after an exhausting election. On the other, there’s the collection of media entities that have formed around Trump. Let’s call it the Trump News Network (TNN for short).

TNN provides a way for Trump to leapfrog the traditional press entirely. Particularly for supporters of Trump, TNN will serve as their primary news source, unchecked by the much-loathed mainstream media. For the rest, it’ll be a well-oiled propaganda machine capable of muddying the waters of even straightforward news. ”

Guess which candidate's foundation was caught in an illegal campaign funding scheme?

Guess which candidate's foundation was caught in an illegal campaign funding scheme?:

“recently he’s found out that Trump’s charitable foundation made an illegal campaign contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (this reporting is based, in turn, in part on work done by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington). Then when they found out they had broken the law, they kinda sorta corrected the error but didn’t actually follow their legal obligation to get the money back.

It’s all at least a little suspicious”

High crimes and misdemeanors as of day one.

Trump can now loot millions of dollars from the Secret Service with no disclosure

Trump can now loot millions of dollars from the Secret Service with no disclosure:

> by asking for Secret Service protection for family members who fly on his plane, Donald Trump can directly funnel taxpayer money into his own pocket.

> Justin Bachman at Bloomberg has the story:

> For any of the Trump or Pence clans assigned a protective detail due to safety risks— and the rancor of the 2016 vote could well produce many — Secret Service travel on a Trump-owned plane means the agency would need to reimburse the aircraft’s owner. In this case, the president.

Trump poised to violate Constitution his first day in office, George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer says

Trump poised to violate Constitution his first day in office, George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer says:

“the incoming president, in other words, is actively soliciting business from agents of foreign governments. Many of these agents, in turn, said that they will accept the president-elect’s offer to do business because they want to win favor with the new leader of the United States.

In an exclusive exchange with ThinkProgress, Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush, says that Trump’s efforts to do business with these diplomats is at odds with a provision of the Constitution intended to prevent foreign states from effectively buying influence with federal officials.”

…so the tea party will now call on Trump to follow the Constitution, right?

Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement

Donald Trump Agrees to Pay $25 Million in Trump University Settlement:

On planet Trump, the fact that Trump is always in court on fraud charges and then agrees to a settlement where the party can not talk about the case somehow proves that the system is out to get Trump.

That Clinton is constantly accused but never charged and everything is in the public record proves that we need a special prosecutors.

Donald Trump Meeting Suggests He Is Keeping Up His Business Ties - The New York Times

The meeting, with Indian executives linked to an apartment tower bearing Mr. Trump’s name, raises questions about how he will separate his business dealings from his politics.

(via Donald Trump Meeting Suggests He Is Keeping Up His Business Ties - The New York Times)

He isn’t. Or he won’t unless congress forces him. He will use the office for financial gain for himself and his children.

The Right Way to Resist Trump - The New York Times

The Right Way to Resist Trump - The New York Times:

The Italian experience provides a blueprint for how to defeat Mr. Trump. Only two men in Italy have won an electoral competition against Mr. Berlusconi: Romano Prodi and the current prime minister, Matteo Renzi (albeit only in a 2014 European election). Both of them treated Mr. Berlusconi as an ordinary opponent. They focused on the issues, not on his character. In different ways, both of them are seen as outsiders, not as members of what in Italy is defined as the political caste.

The one thing authoritarians want you to do is to accept that their conduct is normal, even when it...

“The one thing authoritarians want you to do is to accept that their conduct is normal, even when it is not. They do not want you to yearn for a freer, less oppressive and less corrupt time, and they do not want you to think it odd when, say, a government agency is purged or a bunch of protesters are arrested and vanish into the prisons without ever seeing trial. They want you to think it is normal when the President is openly selling your interests out to a foreign power, or when he is using the levers of government to materially enrich and empower his family. The presumption of normality during abnormal times is one of the most powerful weapons the authoritarian has, and that is why it is so important to recognize how profoundly abnormal Donald J. Trump will be as president.”

- This Is Not Normal | Joshua Foust

It is not normal for a president-elect to have 75 pending lawsuits against him, ranging from...

“It is not normal for a president-elect to have 75 pending lawsuits against him, ranging from business fraud to illegal hiring practices. It is not normal for his lawyers to demand those lawsuits be delayed until after his inauguration for not discernable reason other than to retreat behind the immunity of the office.”

- This Is Not Normal | Joshua Foust

Placing your children in charge of your business empire, then placing them on your transition team, ...

“Placing your children in charge of your business empire, then placing them on your transition team, then seeking top secret security clearances for them, is not normal. The conflicts of interest that this represents are almost too many to count, but at a basic level: you do not give someone with a financial interest to work against U.S. policy access to sensitive information — at all, ever.”

- This Is Not Normal | Joshua Foust

Donald Trump's companies destroyed or hid documents in defiance of court orders

Donald Trump's companies destroyed or hid documents in defiance of court orders:

Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump.

Whatever is actually in Trump’s tax returns is worse than what the New York Times says

Whatever is actually in Trump’s tax returns is worse than what the New York Times says:

Trump could have released his tax returns and proven them wrong. Trump could have shown their speculation to be mere speculation, and used it as a cudgel to discredit their reporting on his campaign. The Times was far, far out on a limb.

But the Times bet correctly. Trump still isn’t releasing his returns. And here’s what that means: whatever is in his returns is worse than what the New York Times is telling the world is in his returns. The Trump campaign has decided it prefers the picture the Times is painting — a picture where Trump didn’t pay taxes for 18 years — to the picture Trump’s real records would paint.

It’s the cover up, not the crime.

The press thought Trump’s first 30 minutes were his best. They were his worst.

The press thought Trump’s first 30 minutes were his best. They were his worst.:

NAFTA was enacted in January 1994 — a few years before one of the strongest economies in American history. It would be foolish to credit NAFTA with the ’90s economic boom, but it is yet more foolish to pretend NAFTA devastated the American economy given the fact that unemployment fell from 6.6 percent in January 1994 to 4.0 percent in January 2000.

There is little to no data to support NAFTA as harming workers yet this is taken as a fact.

The US excels as capital goods production. NAFTA changed nothing there.

Milania's Speech

I don’t care one bit about the speech but the actions of the Trump campaign after the speech are fascinating. They started by stating that Milania wrote the speech. They denied the initial plagiarism charge. They claimed that other speeches had used similar sentences before. And they ended it by blaming a speechwriter.

What’s fascinating is the incongruity of the claims. Milania wrote the speech, but is was someone else fault. Also, there was no plagiarism that was someone else fault.

And they don’t care. They are immune to cognitive dissonance.

In Renovation of Golf Club, Donald Trump Also Dressed Up History

In Renovation of Golf Club, Donald Trump Also Dressed Up History:

Between the 14th hole and the 15th tee of one of the club’s two courses, Mr. Trump installed a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, to which he affixed a plaque purportedly designating “The River of Blood.”

“Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot,” the inscription reads. “The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ”

The inscription, beneath his family crest and above Mr. Trump’s full name, concludes: “It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!”

Like many of Mr. Trump’s claims, the inscription was evidently not fact-checked.

“No. Uh-uh. No way. Nothing like that ever happened there,” said Richard Gillespie, the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, a historical preservation and education group devoted to an 1,800-square-mile section of the Northern Virginia Piedmont, including the Lowes Island site.

“The only thing that was remotely close to that,” Mr. Gillespie said, was 11 miles up the river at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861, a rout of Union forces in which several hundred were killed. “The River of Blood?” he added. “Nope, not there.

The Surge Of Trump-Fueled Anti-Semitism Is Hitting Jewish Reporters Who Cover Him

The Surge Of Trump-Fueled Anti-Semitism Is Hitting Jewish Reporters Who Cover Him:

Ask a Marxist if they consider Bernie a real socialist and you’ll hear a big resounding no. Bernie ain’t one of us, he doesn’t speak for us. Ask an actual Islamist if they think Obama is in favor of Sharia law and you’ll get the same. Ask a white nationalist if they think Trump is the one they’ve been waiting for and you’ll get a yes. Possibly a fuck yeah!

That’s the reality here.

Urban poor are parasites who need personal responsibility, Trump fans are victims of economic forces.

Journalists found that in the counties where Trump is most dominant, there are large numbers of white high school dropouts, and unemployed people no longer looking for work. An alliance with the incoherent personality cult of Donald Trump’s candidacy correlates strongly with failure to obtain a high school diploma, and withdrawal from the labor force. The counties also have a consistent history of voting for segregationists, and have an above average percentage of its residents living in mobile homes. Many conservatives, and even some kindhearted liberals, might object to the conclusions one can draw from the data as stereotyping, but the empirical evidence leaves little choice. Donald Trump’s supporters confirm the stereotype against them.

(via Who are these idiot Donald Trump supporters? Trump loves the poorly educated — and they love him right back - Salon.com)

Worth a read.

President Obama’s brutal assessment of the rise of Donald Trump

What is happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening inside their party for more than a decade. I mean, the reason that many of their voters are responding is because this is what’s been fed through the messages they’ve been sending for a long time — that you just make flat assertions that don’t comport with the facts. That you just deny the evidence of science. That compromise is a betrayal. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, or we just disagree, we want to take a different approach, but the other side is destroying the country, or treasonous. I mean, that’s — look it up. That’s what they’ve been saying.

(via President Obama’s brutal assessment of the rise of Donald Trump - The Washington Post)

Trump isn’t bringing them into the party. They were the party. They knew Trump because they were birthers. They knew Trump because he was a Fox talking head. They aren’t conservative because the party hasn’t been about conservatism for a long while. The party is about Fox News outrage, anger about political correctness and obsession with imaginary enemies.

Breitbart spokesman quits over Trump incident

Breitbart spokesman quits over Trump incident:

“My own personal observation is that there is a cycle of behavior that is escalating and it’s happening exclusively at Donald Trump events,” he said in the statement. “It is wrong, disgusting and indicative of an ugliness that is contaminating the public and political discourse in our country. Life is too short to invest your time in things you don’t believe and aren’t passionate about. That is why I made the decision to resign from representing Breitbart.“

The People Donald Trump Allegedly Ripped Off Through Trump University Look a Lot Like Trump Voters

The People Donald Trump Allegedly Ripped Off Through Trump University Look a Lot Like Trump Voters:

A quick look at the people suing Trump reveals, well, people who might otherwise have been inclined to be Trump voters. They’re people like Tarla Makaeff, a former model and would-be fashion entrepreneur—and currently a yoga instructor—who filed suit against Trump in 2010. She’s now, according to Yahoo, asking to be removed as a named plaintiff in the class-action case, claiming Trump is threatening to financially ruin her.

Worth a read.

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter:

In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.

That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.

Worth a read.

Trump Proves That Liberals Have Been Right All Along

Trump Proves That Liberals Have Been Right All Along:

the view that Republicans allowed the conservative grassroots to turn their party into a political action committee for white ressentiment has evolved over the years from an argument into a creed. Since at least 2012, liberals have been warning (at times mockingly, but never disingenuously) that by indulging and at times fanning the hostilities and procedural extremism of this part of their coalition, Republicans were letting expediency get the better of them.

Alex Jones Believes in Donald Trump's 'Epic, George Washington-Level' Campaign

Alex Jones Believes in Donald Trump's 'Epic, George Washington-Level' Campaign:

But by far the best moment came when Jones tried to invite Trump into Jones’s shadowy world of “top generals, former Special Ops guys, former CIA, all top men” to explain how the country is being bored from within by “globalists who want a one-world government, using socialism at the grassroots.”

Alex Jones, unintentional comedy genius.

Paul Krugman:Trump Is Right on Economics

all indications are that Mr. Bush’s attacks on Mr. Trump are falling flat, because the Republican base doesn’t actually share the Republican establishment’s economic delusions.

(via Trump Is Right on Economics - The New York Times)

When Trump came out for raising income taxes on the rich, like him for saving social security and for increased spending on domestic infrastructure I was sure that he was going to lose his Tea Party base. But he didn’t. Krugman’s explanation actually makes some sense.