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5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump on Down

5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump on Down

1. Trump displayed one of the sicker parts of his mentality.... “Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place,” he tweeted, “The Republican National Committee had strong defense!”

2. Kellyanne Conway has a bizarre misunderstanding of her own style.... In a contentious interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo this week, Kellyanne Conway did all the dodging, bobbing and weaving she could muster to avoid answering the direct question Cuomo had posed about hacking. The topic was Trump’s false assertion that no one brought up the hacking story until after the election.

3. Mitch McConnell turns out to have hilarious sense of humor.... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to have a case of amnesia that unfolds over a longer time frame than the nine minutes that passed between Trump’s contradictory tweets. McConnell’s response to Schumer’s laying down of the gauntlet was: “Apparently there’s yet a new standard now, which is to not confirm a Supreme Court candidate at all. I think that’s something the American people simply will not tolerate.”

5. Newt Gingrich crawls out from under a rock to say something stupid.... In a shocking development (not), Trump fanboy Newt Gingrich blamed President Obama for the fact that four black Chicagoans committed a horrific crime.






10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week

10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week

Every post-election week with Donald Trump feels like an eternity. The details change but the story stays the same: Trump whines, lies and pleads for attention, scrambling facts, fiction and conspiracy into a fatiguing, but now familiar blend. Last week followed the same formula, with Trump pretending not to know what he knows and to be an expert in everything he doesn’t know, all while waging petty wars using time that could be spent boning up on policy. He ended the week with an intelligence briefing (we’ve sunk so low, PEOTUS doing his job qualifies as news), but it did little to markedly shift the tone. And in that tone is the message, "We are so screwed."

So we don’t forget, here’s a look back at just 10 of Trump’s most recent lies and fails....

1. Calling for an investigation of NBC instead of the Russian hacks....
2. Making personal calls instead of doing his friggin’ job....
3. Accepting Julian Assange’s word over 17 intelligence agencies....
4. Admitting he duped his no-nothing voter base on the border wall, then lying again....
5. Lying about having a hand in every job-saving deal....
6. But refusing to take credit for job losses....
7. Calling Democratic senator Chuck Shumer a 'clown,' then saying we need to unite 9 minutes later...
8. Throwing Obama’s political ambassadors and their families out on short notice....
9. Scheduling a news conference to distract from his appointee hearings....
10. Still publicly smarting about being dissed by all the cool-kid pop stars for his little inauguration thing.


10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week

Source: Alternet

Every post-election week with Donald Trump feels like an eternity. The details change but the story stays the same: Trump whines, lies and pleads for attention, scrambling facts, fiction and conspiracy into a fatiguing, but now familiar blend. Last week followed the same formula, with Trump pretending not to know what he knows and to be an expert in everything he doesn’t know, all while waging petty wars using time that could be spent boning up on policy. He ended the week with an intelligence briefing (we’ve sunk so low, PEOTUS doing his job qualifies as news), but it did little to markedly shift the tone. And in that tone is the message, "We are so screwed."

So we don’t forget, here’s a look back at just 10 of Trump’s most recent lies and fails....

1. Calling for an investigation of NBC instead of the Russian hacks....
2. Making personal calls instead of doing his friggin’ job....
3. Accepting Julian Assange’s word over 17 intelligence agencies....
4. Admitting he duped his no-nothing voter base on the border wall, then lying again....
5. Lying about having a hand in every job-saving deal....
6. But refusing to take credit for job losses....
7. Calling Democratic senator Chuck Shumer a 'clown,' then saying we need to unite 9 minutes later...
8. Throwing Obama’s political ambassadors and their families out on short notice....
9. Scheduling a news conference to distract from his appointee hearings....
10. Still publicly smarting about being dissed by all the cool-kid pop stars for his little inauguration thing.



Read more: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/10-trump-fails-and-lies-just-week



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Trump Backtracks, Says Taxpayers, Not Mexico, Will Pay For His Wall

Source: Alternet

After more than a year of half-baked promises to stick the bill for his “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with the Mexican government, members of Trump’s transition team have admitted that the centerpiece of the president-elect’s campaign was built on an obvious, impossible lie.

Citing a “senior House GOP source,” CNN reports that “Trump's transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April.” Experts have put the price tag for the wall anywhere from several to $14 billion, according to Politico, a figure that leaves out necessary costs from “maintenance to border patrol agents to purchasing private property from Texas landowners.” By tapping Congress for funds, Trump’s team has finally come clean about that fact that American tax dollars will be poured into a wasteful, unnecessary and inefficient project likely to worsen relations with our neighbors to the south.

According to CNN, House Republicans and members of Trump’s team plan to use a 2006 bill signed by President George W. Bush which granted permission for construction of a barrier along the border. Though that dormant legislation currently lacks necessary funding to fulfill Trump’s xenophobic vision, a cash infusion by Congress -- provided by tax-paying American workers -- would underwrite construction.

“There’s already in existing law the authorization for hundreds of miles of build out on the southern border...so, one important step in the right direction will be funding the existing law and beginning the building out of hundreds of miles of wall, or fence, on the southern border,“ Luke Messer, a House Republican from Indiana, told Politico. “If tied to the rest of government funding, it’s much harder for the Democrats to stop, and by the way, I think it’s much harder for Democrats to vote against it if what you’re doing is authorizing funding for an existing law.”

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-backtracks-says-taxpayers-not-mexico-will-pay-his-wall



Maybe Trump is thinking that the 30% tariff he's threatening to slap on American manufacturers for building their products in Mexico will be used to pay for The Wall.

If so, it's still not Mexico paying for it. It's American consumers.

What's the difference between Dylann Roof and Donald Trump?

Dylann passed a court ordered psychiatric exam.

Ford CEO: Main reason for canceling Mexico plant was market demand, not Trump

As usual, the attention hog tries to claim something he doesn't deserve...

Ford CEO: Main reason for canceling Mexico plant was market demand, not Trump

CEO Mark Fields told CNBC on Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump wasn't the main factor when Ford decided to cancel its plans for a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico.

In an interview on CNBC's "Halftime Report," Fields said the decision not move forward with its San Luis Potosi, Mexico, plant was due to market demand.

"The bottom line is we're not seeing the volume and the demand that we expected for that plant. And, therefore, we're looking at our capacity and saying, 'You know what, we can build that in an existing facility and use capacity that we already have,'" he said.

"Over the last couple of years we've seen small cars markedly decline. Every year we're looking at our capacity. We're looking at our forecast for demand. It became very clear that we didn't need this plant."

Get Ready for Trumps Vindictive Side: Golf Course Tiff With Biographer Is Just the Start

It just keeps getting better and better...

Get Ready for Trump’s Vindictive Side: Golf Course Tiff With Biographer Is Just the Start

The Donald Trump few Americans know emerged briefly a few days ago, a Trump distinctly at odds with the façade created for the 2016 presidential campaign, which hid the nature of Trump’s character and much of his unsavory conduct. Now that façade may develop cracks since he no longer needs to woo voters, freeing Trump to act as many around him know him to be, but cannot talk about because they signed lifetime confidentiality agreements.
One of those who is free to talk is Harry Hurt III, who like me is a Trump biographer. Hurt got a harsh taste of Trump in victory on Dec. 30 at the Trump golf course near Mar-A-Lago in Florida.

“You are among the few people that understand how fucked up this guy is,” Hurt told me as he recounted the meeting. “He is a complete fucking psycho, but most people don’t know that.”

Indeed, most journalists have failed to convey the depths of Trump’s erratic personality, just as they have failed to report on his long, deep, and profitable entanglements with many violent felons, mob associates, and most significantly, a major cocaine trafficker who supplied Trump with his helicopters and whose criminal case was handled in very unusual ways.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir member resigns rather than sing for Trump

Mormon Tabernacle Choir member resigns rather than sing for Trump

A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned over its plan to sing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and more than 22,000 people have signed a petition opposing the choir's participation. Jan Chamberlin resigned after five years with the choir, which originates from Utah, over the Jan. 20 ceremony, saying it "will appear that (the) Choir is endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man."

With three weeks to go before Trump is sworn in, teen classical singer Jackie Evancho is the only celebrity to have unequivocally embraced her role in an inauguration ceremony marked by soul-searching by larger invited groups, and fan backlash. The 1960s pop group, The Beach Boys, is considering an invitation to perform but has yet to make a final decision, a spokesman for the band said on Friday.

"I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the face again," Chamberlin wrote in a resignation letter that she posted on Facebook on Thursday.


Some might argue the Mormon Church was founded on its own variety of tyranny, but that would be a subject for a different discussion.

Who can win in 2020?

It may be helpful to look at other successful candidates over the past 80 or so years.

2008: Barack Obama: A relatively fresh face, with little negative baggage, and able to inspire with both rhetoric and his relative youth, vision, and charisma. Being the man to break the racial divide didn't hurt, either. His opponent in 2008 was old, establishment, and relatively uninspiring.

2000: George Bush: Perceived as a Washington outsider, youthful, with a country type of charm that belied his silver spoon Ivy League upbringing. The loser was Al Gore, who has a wooden style and was percieved as being the ultimate Washington insider (he grew up in a Washington hotel room, after all).

1992: Another "outsider" in the person of former Arkansas governor Bill Clinton. He seemed to have it all: no DC baggage, but chief executive experience as a governor. He had an easy going good old boy charm that must have played very well to those who later would have voted for Trump. His opponent, GHW Bush, was perceived as establishment, weak, and uninspiring. Few could imagine sitting in the back yard downing a few beers with "na gonna do it"...

1988: George H. W. Bush: Exception that may prove the rule, a basically Good Man who was basically riding on Saint Ronald Reagan's coattails. His opponent, Michael Dukakis, looked puny and silly when caught donning a padded helmet several sizes too big and popping up (just barely) above the turret in an Army tank for a photo op.

1980: Ronald Reagan was the ultimate DC outsider. Plus he had loads of charisma and was a great communicator, with an instinct for what lines would move the lowest common denominators. He was facing an incumbent who appeared to be at loose ends and utterly humiliated by a two bit bunch of religious fanatics in Tehran. Carter was also supremely uninspiring to the point being downright depressing, as he appeared on TV in a sweater and urged Americans to turn down their thermostats. Reagan portrayed a much more palatable father figure, who didn't even mention denying his subjects their creature comforts.

1976: After the national "nightmare" of Watergate and the Nixon debacle, the nation was ready for a real outsider (Carter got no closer to DC than a submarine) who also was perhaps the most religious and morally upright person ever to run for the American presidency. Gerald Ford more or less sealed is own loss to Carter, when he pardoned the nearly universally reviled Richard Nixon.

1968: Although really not a DC outsider by any stretch of the imagination, Nixon somehow managed to grab that title from the very experienced and much mocked Hubert Humphrey. Nixon had spent his eight years in the wilderness, and his crafty evil genius managed to break the solid Democratic South with dog whistling and an astonishingly squeaky clean image (remember the Nixon Girls?) that took four years to be stripped away to reveal the stinking sewage of his personal plumbing outfit.

1960: This time Nixon represented the Establishment, while a youthful and extremely charismatic Jack Kennedy ran circles around him in terms of personal appeal. Which, to a nation tired of the boring Eisenhower years, acted like a tonic with amphetamines secretly added. If one looks at JFK's speeches of the day, he didn't actually propose anything substantial. Just a lot of palaver about "vigor", but the nation ate it up, and was willing to overlook questionable ballot box stuffing in the process so they could move on to the Camelot fantasy.

1952: Another establishment politician, Adlai Stevenson, failed to move voters by now weary of 20 years of liberal New Deal policies and propaganda. Had Truman decided to run again, he might have won, but he wisely decided in favor of his own domestic harmony instead. Dwight Eisenhower was able to parlay his appeal as perhaps the greatest war hero of WWII into eight years of somnolent non-rule. He had little charisma, but what he had was more than what Stevenson brought. Ike was also perceived as an outsider and a non-politician, although as head of the Allied effort in Europe he had to play politics every day.

1948: Like Bush in 1988, Truman rode on FDR's coattails and his plain speaking googly eyed look was more reassuring to voters than Dewey's hard boiled and sneaky image.

1932: FDR, another DC outsider. He'd been New York governor and also a Navy under secretary, but could afford to hang back until the time was ripe for his entrance. Oozing charisma and an uncanny ability to speak to the common man and woman from a position of wealth and social privilege, FDR seemed to be able to parlay the strength he needed in his very private battle against crippling polio into a message of strength and forbearance for the millions of Americans thrown out of work and put into desperate straits by the Great Depression. He brought hope to millions when his opposition seemed try to blame them for negative economic events beyond their individual control.

So who will the magic candidate be in 2020? It's always harder to defeat an incumbent, but chances are Trump's mismanagement will erase that advantage, as it did for Hoover, Carter, and Bush41. By 2020 Trump will no longer be able to lay claim to the outsider status, although he'll certainly try. He will eventually have to own his four years of chaos and dismay, and the time will be right for a young charismatic Democrat who will be far more credible than Trump when it comes to speaking up for the common American. Who will it be? Too soon to say, but a number of names have already been mentioned on DU. Take your pick. Just don't rely on an old warrior next time.

It's one of the oldest cons...

Small wonder Trump likes it.

His own history is, of course, of a man who was born into wealth. Trump personally believes this makes him superior to just about everyone else, and no doubt he believes poor people are poor by their own fault; even though his own riches initially had little to do with his own worth as a human.

Let us not forget Trump's downfall in the early 1990's, when his profligate spending and poor business decisions nearly made him bankrupt.

The hypocrisy of someone who claims to be a Christian pastor while equating wealth with God's love is stunning:

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

- Mark 10:25
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