The Evidence Keeps Pointing at Trump is Putin’s Puppet…Further below is an article that came out over the weekend, which it’s hard to read it any other way than yes indeed, Trump is Putin’s puppet. But first, as we always focus on in part 2, we point out the destructive force that is the far-right echo chamber. All of a sudden in this Trump era, nothing matters more to the conservative mindset than their echo-tribal ideology. Their political viewpoints inside that bubble-world now trump their own values, morality, common sense, empathy towards others, ability to reason, belief in facts & perception of current realities. As long as the GOP base continues to exist inside theiralternative-facts universe, we as the American people could never agree around basic facts & viable ways to resolve our serious issues, to the point America will never be great again. The future of our country is directly tied in with stamping out the lies & radical agenda coming from the echo.
This article below dives into the deceptive influences of far-right talk radio, which the op-ed accurately assesses the overall number of listeners being brainwashed are far below the 40% of Trump supporters. That percentage of hardcore Trumpeters who’d still stand by Trump if he shot somebody on 5th Avenue is probably no higher than in the 20’s. So once the proof of criminality forces the House into taking action through impeachment, I believe perhaps more than 1/3 of the Trump base can be persuaded over to the sane side, prompting at least 20 of the 53 GOP senators we’ll need to do the right thing & vote to convict. There’s been tremendous reluctance for any GOP politician to buck Trump so far, but once the evidence is there, enough will listen to their conscience by getting on the right side of history. Posted here is the whole article from Trump-base-is-vastly-overestimated, so fully expect some of that Trump support will crumble when details of various investigations soon become known:
The repetition in media that the 40% base is keeping Republicans from challenging Trump feeds a serious misreading and overestimation of its depth and power. Republican politicians know that except for a rabid minority of core base the overall Republican base is very fluid depending to what comes out of Republican radio and Fox. A few on Fox have already challenged Trump. If Tom Steyer gave Limbaugh $1BIL to stop supporting and making excuses for Trump, Trump would be gone in weeks. The GOP and its think tanks have enjoyed talk radio supremacy for 30 years and unlike with Fox TV it allows them to coordinate locally. Republican politicians know how dependent they are on talk radio to attack their opponents and get them elected. This previous diary pointed out how Scott Walker’s emails from 2010 demonstrated that he and his staff regularly coordinated with Wisconsin talk radio host and frequent MSNBC guest Charlie Sykes, and others, to manage talk radio/media spin on particular events, like protests. The Walker emails showed he and his staff were paying attention to Wisconsin talk radio, as well as feeding it.
Republican politicians are more afraid of being attacked by Limbaugh and the core base of dittoheads that he controls than they are of the overall ‘40%’ that shows up in the polls. For instance, before a close vote in the senate comes up, or during hearings for a supreme court justice, the national talk radio gods and the Republican think tanks make sure the local talk show hosts are on the same topic. Before Republican politicians even have the chance to vote the ‘wrong’ way the dittoheads are calling the local talk shows make sure they have no choice. We know Republican talk radio uses paid callers, why not Kremlin callers? I just heard a local talker read an email from a ‘listener’ implying all government workers are lazy scammers and they should just suck it up. That reached 10s of thousands during the morning commute just before the traffic report came on. How many other stations around the country broadcast the same email? How many emails from anywhere in the world will 1500 radio Republican radio stations be broadcasting during a national emergency?
The majority of that base lives in that alternate reality and they’re either too busy, too lazy, or too stupid to fight it. They live in places where the only free easy source of politics while driving, working, or doing chores reinforces what the 10 percent shouts about around the water cooler, bar, and dinner table. That alternate reality is built on 30 years of unchallenged talk radio repetition. Those memes, such as Democrats want ‘illegal aliens’ streaming across the border because they’re voting for Democrats, dominate most rural counties in the USA and have been used to sell voter suppression legislation across the country. Americans living in big cities sometimes are unable to comprehend that. That includes most of the media, pundits, and political commentators. They’re analyzing this situation as if studying fish without water. The pollsters don’t even poll for Republican talk radio. How many people think Limbaugh tells the truth? How many who do, support Trump? Polling like that would encourage Republican politicians make better choices.
I haven’t seen anywhere in media any acknowledgement that the Trump team studied talk radio in 2014 other than in the original article (thanks to the person who pointed that out to me). Trump operative Sam Nunberg said he “listened to 1000’s of hours of talk radio” and Stone, Cohen and Trump were getting his reports and analysis. Nunberg is a regular guest on MSNBC but I don’t think he’s ever been asked about that. That is where the ‘wall’ came from. That may have just been an attempt to connect with the base but it may also have been a way to coordinate Kremlin trolling. Sam Nunberg and Michael Cohen need to be asked under oath if that analysis was also going outside the campaign, such as to help Russians understand the Republican base better. What talkers was he asked to listen to? In what states? Did those states match up with Russian trolling? Did the content? They also need to be asked if they have any knowledge of the Trump campaign feeding talk radio gods like Gov Walker did and many other Republican politicians continue to do. From his 600 stations, many endorsed by university and pro sports teams, Limbaugh and the dittoheads who call into other shows set the tone on hundreds of other talk stations. Hannity follows the same line from 500 stations and Fox.
All the Russians needed to do was figure out how to develop a relationship with him, like that between Gov Scott Walker and Charlie Sykes, maybe with some freelance money thrown in. Or maybe even blackmail him, as seems to be the case with Republicans like senators McConnel and Graham. And if he took freelance money he’d be easy to blackmail. Talkers like Limbaugh and Hannity wouldn’t even have to know they were working for Putin. The soft base needs to find out and Republican politicians need to see it happen. The words ‘talk radio’ and ‘Limbaugh’ have probably been mentioned in mainstream media more in the last 2 weeks than in the last 30 years. It needs to continue. Michael Cohen and Sam Nunberg and Charlie Sykes need to be asked about Trump and talk radio and how the Russians may have been using it. Trump’s real base is small and extreme and amplified into a fearsome 40% by a few hundred professional liars hiding behind call screeners and dump buttons. Republican senators and congressmen, whether it enables or intimidates them, need to see it exposed for what it really is so 20 Republican senators can find their backbones and choose country over talk radio gods.
These Resistance Sites are a Great Idea!
But we must make good use of them! A wudimiss site sounds like a worthy objective as seen in the excerpts from the article below. We seek to do the same thing with ourThe VORACS site, The Voice Of Reason And Common Sense, which is why we please ask you share our site. By circulating rational political news it could start to penetrate with the Fox News crowd, hopefully challenging their entrenched & deranged beliefs that have been masterfully shaped through years of an ongoing bombardment of echo-propaganda.
So as this article Blackout-in-Foxland-a-fix posted below points out, if just 20% of Fox viewers’ views could be swayed from radical to rational, we could reduce their numbers & marginalize the side of the Trump base who are hardened & beyond hope. We might also begin the process of repairing polarizing hyperpartisanship so we can become more unified as a nation, working together for the common good in addressing our myriad of problems. Bottom line is, each of us can contribute to doing a tremendous amount of good as part of the Resistance movement, as reining in Trump by exposing the nihilistic nonsense from Fox fake news would spell good news for America:
First time for me, folks- but I have a fairly thick skin so critique away. A recent piece at AlterNet got me thinking. The piece, about UNC Professor Emeritus Robert Brent Toplin, was titled A historian explains Fox News’ nefarious role in misinforming Trump voters. It basically does an autopsy of Fox News’s coverage (or rather lack thereof) of the major stories of December 20th. After the AlterNet piece reviews the Mattis resignation, the Syria withdrawal announcement and Trump’s new hardline position tying government shutdown avoidance to $5B for his wall, it goes on-
Fox News television viewers got almost no sense of this mounting crisis when watching prime-time programing on the night of December 20. Shows hosted by Martha MacCallum, Tucker Carlson, Dan Bongino (sitting in for Sean Hannity) and Laura Ingraham directed viewers’ attention to other matters. The programs focused on a subject that had already received extensive coverage on Fox in previous months and years: undocumented immigrants. Hosts and guests warned repeatedly that dangerous foreigners threatened to overrun American society.
The main point of the piece is that many Fox viewers were not at fault for sticking with the Orange One because their news station is not reporting on important news events. I was encouraged by this. I thought: Great! What if I built a web site called wudimiss.com, and assembled a wiki-like team to update it daily with the important news stories missed by Fox that day (paragraph from them plus links), and then to be impartial and have a prayer of attracting conservatives, do the same for the progressive cable outlets. Then the Foxies would have one-stop-shopping for filling in their informational holes! As a side benefit, we progressives would be able to keep up-to-date with shoplifting immigrants or whatever. Big dent in the echo chamber, no?
No, actually. I recalled a conversation with a Trump-loving friend of ours:
Me: So how’s life with Fox?
Friend: We’ve left Fox for the local station.
Me: Oh? A Sinclair station?
Friend: Yeah, I think so.
Me: Were there two reasons- named Shep Smith and Chris Wallace?
Friend: Uh- how did you know?
So at least a couple of Fox viewers, and probably many, many more, like the blindfold, and in fact if it’s not working well enough, they get a better one. Out, damn spotlight on truth! This would sort of invalidate Prof Toplin’s point. So much for wudimiss.com. But hold on. There must be some slice of Fox viewers – maybe 20%?- more like Toplin was suggesting- the innocent victims of the near-exclusive Fox focus on sanctuary cities… maybe someone else in the household controls the remote. Wouldn’t expanding their news horizons be a worthwhile effort? Suppose luring them to something like wudimiss.com, were it available, made a difference for all 20% in November, ‘16 (just suppose).
In Michigan, where Trump won by 11,000 votes, those 20% Fox flippers would have amounted to around 17,000 votes (yes, my math could be screwed up- I’ll post it if there’s any interest). State to HRC (says right here). So what say you all about this? I’ve thought up a bunch of hopelessly complex ideas about how to address political polarization, but maybe something simple like wudimiss could move the needle. One obvious challenge would be that of how to market the site into the Fox bubble and attract the right visitors- could there be a cash reward somehow for those who dig up the most missing Fox News pieces in a given month, supplied ultimately by ad revenue?
This guy is petitioning for the prize of being the biggest idiot on television. That’s quite an honor, since Fox fake news is willing to put so many blithering idiots on the air:
The Real Crisis
Trump says the southern border is in crisis, trying to sell his wall idea since polling is blaming him for the government shutdown. But as this article posted from thomas-friedman-say-without_us explains, the fearmongering he uses to hype his border crisis is nothing like the crisis we now have going on inside the White House:
Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman didn’t hold back on his scathing criticism of Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a “disturbed” president who lies so often that “no one trusts this man.” “If we face a crisis with a president who no one believes who’s surrounded by a C-team in a dysfunctional White House, then God save us,” Friedman told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Trump has told “one too many lies,” Friedman said. “I don’t know whether it’s lie number 6,000 or 7,000 — The Washington Post has been keeping tab — but … we’re in a moment now where people simply don’t believe a word out of his mouth. When he can stand up and say, ‘I never said Mexico would pay for the wall,’ we’re through the looking glass.” The “core” problem is that “we have a president without shame who is backed by a party without spine that is supported by a network called Fox News without integrity,” Friedman said. “Fasten your seatbelt.” Friedman called Trump a president with “formal authority but no moral authority.” The most frightening thing, Friedman noted, is that the Republican Party will do nothing to stand up to him. ”We have a disturbed man as president – that’s very clear,” Friedman said. “We have a party that is not ready to stand up to it. What worries me is now we’re threatening our institutions.” The “biggest crisis right now is in the Oval Office,” Friedman said.
Dem House the Lifeboats for the Titantic
The recent midterm was the most important election in our lifetime for saving our democracy. Otherwise a Trump Congress could have emboldened his relentless crusade to also gain control over the courts, media & intelligence community, greasing the skids on the slippery slope from democracy to fascism. A renowned presidential historian likens our current president to the Titantic heading for the iceberg, as the prez is exactly the type of autocratic personality our founding fathers were worried about: jon-meacham_us.
As we wait for the Mueller findings to come out, the Dem House can also hold Trump accountable through investigations featuring public hearings. Such public testimonies have a way of penetrating the public psyche, even among those with warped thought patterns from repeated exposure to the echo. And there are so many signs of illegalities going beyond collusion with the Russians that should be explored, as various probes can hold this administration accountable for routinely abusing their power & defiling the Constitution. See some of the things we might expect in the House revealed here from the article lessons-from-watergate-how-democrats-can-finally-turn-donald-trumps-own-voters-against-president:
House Democrats can finally rein in Donald Trump through their many planned investigations if the hearings are televised. Televised hearings could erode Trump’s base to the point where Republicans no longer need it to get elected. That’s what happened to Richard Nixon when 85 percent of U.S. households watched the Watergate hearings. Variety called them “the hottest daytime soap opera.” Nixon had a 68 percent Gallup Poll approval rating when he started his second term in 1973. Then, on May 18, the Senate began nationally televised Watergate hearings. By July 27,1974, when the House Judiciary Committee passed its first article of impeachment charging obstruction of justice, Nixon’s approval ratings had dropped to 24 percent, and fully 57 precent believed he should be removed from office.
“Trumpgate” hearings should be even more impactful because Trump’s transgressions make Nixon look like he didn’t return a library book on time. Trumpers are sure to tune in. In fact, ratings data suggest they already are. As of October 30, Fox News, the most Trump-supportive news channel, had 2,829,000 prime time daily viewers to MSNBC’s 1,575,000 and CNN’s 931,000. Since then, MSNBC’s viewership has eked past Fox at the 9pm hour, with Rachel Maddow at 2,260,000 and Sean Hannity at 2,098,000. Televised hearings would force-feed Trump supporters facts they don’t get from Trump-touting news outlets they follow. In 2016 Trump did better in counties with the lowest news subscription rates. This allowed Trump to exploit local TV and radio stations where Sinclair Broadcasting aired Trump interviews without commentary or fact checks; his bluster and rhetoric went un-challenged. His tweets reach more than 35 million followers, far exceeding the number of subscribers to all print and digital US news outlets. Pro-Trump media allowed the president to become the most trusted source of news for his base — televised hearings are necessary to counter the doctrine they’ve been listening to.
A good start would be House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s plan to reopen the Russian meddling investigation that was shut down by Republican Chairman Devin Nunes and to expose that investigation as a charade designed to protect Trump. Schiff’s probe could possibly link EU and US regulators’ punishment of Deutsche Bank for laundering billions from Moscow to the $75 million Trump borrowed from DB after he defaulted on a $330 million loan. Author Craig Unger could provide backup for writing that Trump has used his properties to launder perhaps billions for the Russians. And there’s no telling what Trump tax returns could reveal.
Other hearings could also explore Trump’s suspected money laundering. His golf courses in Ireland and Scotland have shown consistent losses, yet received hundreds of millions of dollars from unknown sources. House committees could require Donald Trump Jr. to identify the Russian sources he said “make up a … disproportionate cross-section of … our assets,” and the sources of the money he referred to when he said “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” (Steve Bannon once predicted, “They’re going to crack Don junior like an egg on national TV.”) They could ask Eric Trump what he meant by, “We don’t rely on American banks; we have all the funding we need out of Russia.” He later denied that he said it — but will he continue to deny it under oath? Trump supporters tuning in will watch testimony on whether Trump tailored foreign policy for his own financial gain. They’ll hear how China awarded Ivanka Trump seven trademarks when Trump decided to save Chinese telecom network supplier ZTE against Congressional Republicans strong objections. Days later China announced it would lend $500 million to an Indonesian resort featuring Trump-branded properties.
Jared Kushner should testify as to why, after Qatar refused his father’s request for a loan for troubled 666 Fifth Avenue, Jared backed a trade blockade of Qatar and Trump called Qatar a “funder of terror.” A few months later, a fund in which Qatar is a large investor loaned $184 million to refinance another distressed Trump office building. Two months after that, Trump praised Qatar’s fight against terrorism and called for a quick resolution of the blockade. Viewers will wonder whether Trump’s refusal to punish Saudi Arabia or its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was influenced by Trump’s admitted receipt of hundreds of millions of dollars from Saudi sources. These conflicts of interest and his stakes in over 500 businesses in foreign countries will be seen as reason for him to compromise foreign policy for his own financial gain. Televised hearings should resonate enough with Trump’s base to overwhelm any appeal of his policies and counter the effectiveness of his bluster. His supporters would finally have a fact-based forum in which they can ask themselves if they really want this man to be our president.
That Story Further Exposing the Evidence Trump is Putin’s Puppet
A big story from WaPo broke over the weekend which is new news not found in our last message post. There are zero notes from any of the five face-to-face meetings Trump has personally had with Putin during the past couple years. Trump went to great lengths to conceal the contents of what was said in those discussions, going against all protocol by confiscating the notes & demanding interpreters keep silent about the dialogue. As Americans, we need to know what is Trump hiding & to what extent has he been compromised by Putin? Also, are his decisions & any concessions made in the best interests of Russia over America? That headline article is seen inside trump-has-concealed-details-of-his-face-to-face-encounters-with-putin-from-senior-officials-in-administration, which here are some excerpts:
President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said. Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson. The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.
As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is thought to be in the final stages of an investigation that has focused largely on whether Trump or his associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. The new details about Trump’s continued secrecy underscore the extent to which little is known about his communications with Putin since becoming president.
Former U.S. officials said that Trump’s behavior is at odds with the known practices of previous presidents, who have relied on senior aides to witness meetings and take comprehensive notes then shared with other officials and departments. Trump’s secrecy surrounding Putin “is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous,” said Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state now at the Brookings Institution, who participated in more than a dozen meetings between President Bill Clinton and then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. “It handicaps the U.S. government — the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve [the president] — and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump.”
The meeting in Hamburg happened several months after The Washington Post and other news organizations revealed details about what Trump had told senior Russian officials during a meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office. Trump disclosed classified information about a terrorism plot, called former FBI director James B. Comey a “nut job” and said that firing Comey had removed “great pressure” on his relationship with Russia. Senior Democratic lawmakers describe the cloak of secrecy surrounding Trump’s meetings with Putin as unprecedented and disturbing. Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview that his panel will form an investigative subcommittee whose targets will include seeking State Department records of Trump’s encounters with Putin, including a closed-door meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki last summer. “It’s been several months since Helsinki and we still don’t know what went on in that meeting,” Engel said. “It’s appalling. It just makes you want to scratch your head.”
The concerns have been compounded by actions and positions Trump has taken as president that are seen as favorable to the Kremlin. He has dismissed Russia’s election interference as a “hoax,” suggested that Russia was entitled to annex Crimea, repeatedly attacked NATO allies, resisted efforts to impose sanctions on Moscow, and begun to pull U.S. forces out of Syria — a move that critics see as effectively ceding ground to Russia. At the same time, Trump’s decision to fire Comey and other attempts to contain the ongoing Russia investigation led the bureau in May 2017 to launch a counterintelligence investigation into whether he was seeking to help Russia and if so, why, a step first reported by the New York Times. It is not clear whether Trump has taken notes from interpreters on other occasions, but several officials said they were never able to get a reliable readout of the president’s two-hour meeting in Helsinki. Unlike in Hamburg, Trump allowed no Cabinet officials or any aides to be in the room for that conversation.
Other Articles Offering Signs Trump is Putin’s Puppet
Our president’s meetings with the Russian dictator were done with unprecedented secrecy. Another headline tonight was Trump many times in 2018 threatened to pull out of NATO. Then the news today the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted against the Prime Minister’s version of the Brexit deal, which threatens to bring down Theresa May’s government & destabilize all of Europe. Our prez has helped play into the chaos which plays right into Putin’s hands. Also in the news the Senate is trying to buck the administration by preserving the sanctions against the business interests of a Russian oligarch tied to Putin. Trump never got the direct sanctions lifted against Russia that Putin sought, so this other move could have served as a consolation prize to Putin. All these news reports provide more evidence of what we’ve suspected all along, that Trump is Putin’s puppet. Below after my brief comments, there’s more articles listed you could search for, which include more about those reports from over the weekend Trump was adamant about hiding his talks with Putin:
Trump reeeeeeally did not want the contents of their discussions to become known: slate/trump-reportedly-went-to-extraordinary-lengths-to-hide-details-of-putin-talks-from-his-own-officials
Against all protocol, no notes & talks kept totally secret: slate/trump-putin-meeting-no-note-taker
If he was aiding & abetting Russia, no wonder he’s on edge: vanityfair/donald-trump-cracks-after-weekend-from-hell
Yes he is a clear & present danger: mediaite/former-doj-counterintel-chief-trump-is-a-clear-and-present-danger-to-the-national-security-of-the-united-states
He never gives us a logical explanation: theatlantic/trump-russia-putin-burden
Such secrecy between autocrats is very dangerous: washingtonpost/trumps-alarming-failure-to-engage-in-basic-counterintelligence-hygiene-with-putin
Piling on the troubles of his own making: thehill/the-memo-trumps-troubles-pile-higher
Lots more to come out, you can bet on it: salon/after-a-weekend-of-explosive-revelations-how-much-more-is-trump-hiding
GOP & echo-pundits keep bending over backwards to protect their corrupt leader, perhaps even to the point of covering up criminality, while the conspiracies they keep trotting out there are always proven to be lies: salon/how-republicans-are-enabling-donald-trumps-desperate-cover-up
With this president chipping away at the rule of law & Constitution so gradually, too many people are missing it: slate/salami-tactics-trump-norms-democracy
Last year he often sought to pull out of NATO: vox/trump-pull-out-of-nato-nyt-mattis
Yes, Trump is Putin’s puppet, but the Senate seeks to keep the sanctions in place: cnn/sanctions-senate-republicans-trump
An investigative journalist who got to the bottom of the Watergate scandal, told CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday he has inside sources telling him a component of the Mueller report will zero in on Trump helping Putin destabilize America, whether he did it knowingly or not: bernstein-trump-has-helped-putin-destabilize-the-us. But the prez must now be keenly aware of the damage he’s done, based on him going out of his way to hide the dialogue in his in-person meetings with Putin, plus he’s lying about all things Russia at every turn. Trump is Putin’s puppet & he knows it! See that fascinating interview from a video inside tv/carl-bernstein-mueller-draft-report-shows-how-trump-helped-putin-destabilize-the-united-states. House Dem committee chairs are mulling over subpoenaing the interpreters &/or their notes from those Trump-Putin pow-wows: house-democrats-analyze-subpoenaing-trumps-interpreters-in-putin-meetings.
TV Show Geared to Morons
It’s incredible anyone could buy this trash. Trump dished out his mind-numbing propaganda over the weekend on fake TV Judge Jeanine’s show, starting off with their false alarm on the southern border. Then they jumped into spinning those two recent bombshell newspaper reports, the NYT exposing the FBI had previously started a counterintelligence probe over suspicions our president was working on behalf of the Russians, & the WaPo story Trump was concealing the contents of his Putin meetings. No matter how much our probably-illegitimate president & phony judge tried to slough it off, the facts remain both stories raise the stunning prospect Trump is Putin’s puppet & has been compromised. In the excerpts taken from trump-putin-fox-news-and-a-test-of-presidential-power, we also see determination from House committees they’ll get to the bottom of things now with the Dems in charge:
The president of the United States phoned into Fox News on Saturday night for a non-interview interview about the non-emergency emergency along the southern border. About eight minutes into the 22-minute bit of stagecraft, the Fox host, Jeanine Pirro, changed topics and asked President Donald Trump about a New York Times article from the night before that revealed new details about federal probes into his possible links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Times disclosed that after Trump fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, who was analyzing Russian efforts to sabotage the 2016 presidential campaign, the FBI was so alarmed it began examining whether Trump himself had been “working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” Pirro and Trump chatted about another piece of hard-won reporting the Washington Post published Saturday morning. The Post disclosed that Trump had “gone to extraordinary lengths” to bury details of conversations he had with Putin, including “on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials.” The net effect of Trump’s maneuvers, the Post noted, is that there now isn’t a detailed record — even in the federal government’s classified files — of his personal conversations with Putin at five locations over the past two years.
But the law allows no one, including the president, to try to upend the justice system or disrupt governmental proceedings in the service of their own interests. In that context, it really isn’t about thinking of it as someone just doing their job when a senior law enforcement official gets canned, or just speaking their mind when they seek to influence witnesses by lashing out or praising them on Twitter (especially if national security and the rule of law are at stake). There isn’t settled agreement about the boundaries of presidential immunity and executive privilege, so we may end up seeing some of this adjudicated and settled by the Supreme Court depending on how events unfold. In the interim, the House of Representatives is likely to fill the void. U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Saturday that it was “unprecedented” that the FBI felt it needed to investigate a sitting president’s “possible cooptation by a hostile foreign government.” He said that his committee will “take steps to better understand both the President’s actions and the FBI’s response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump’s increasingly unhinged attacks.” U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, also said on Saturday that he wants to know more about Trump’s meetings with Putin. He said his committee plans to hold hearings on the “mysteries swirling” around the Trump-Putin relationship. “Every time Trump meets with Putin, the country is told nothing,” he said. “The Foreign Affairs Committee will seek to get to the bottom of it.”
The Prez has provided Lots to Look at
There is such an overwhelming amount of potentially illegal activities in so many different areas that should justifiably be investigated, a new House committee needs to be set up just to help out with it all. The pattern of corruption & shady activities we keep seeing from Trump world is so off the charts, as these various committees dig in & witnesses are called, we may well find Trump was operating an elaborate criminal enterprise. These excerpts were pulled from trumps-scandal-plagued-administration-gets-a-congressional-committee-all-to-itself:
There are scandal-plagued presidencies and then there is the Trump administration, with a record of alleged corruption and malfeasance so long that it simply would not do to have administration officials appearing before congressional panels just every now and again. A Democratic lawmaker said that the rot is so deep in the current administration that he plans to create a subcommittee dedicated entirely to investigating Trump and his government. The New Yorker reports that Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) who has just taken over the chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said this week that his first act as chairman will be to create a new subcommittee devoted to investigating the president. “We just thought, if we’re going to do something relevant in this era where Congress is going to reassert itself, where there are so many questionable activities of this Administration vis-à-vis foreign policy, that it made sense to have this,” Engel told The New Yorker. Engel has represented the Bronx and parts of Westchester County in Congress since the late 1980.
Although there is no shortage of domestic scandals, Trump has given Engel plenty to work with. From the lawmaker’s new perch as the chairman of the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee, the issues under scrutiny will include the president’s numerous international crises, entanglements, and his “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants diplomacy.” Engel also told The New Yorker that he would look at “the business interests of the president,” and the abrupt resignation last month of Defense Secretary James Mattis. Another area of inquiry is Trump’s financial dealings with places such as Russia and the Middle East, and how they have “affected what he’s done in foreign policy.” “It’s incumbent upon us to look” at the Trump family’s pursuit of business deals with Middle Eastern figures who are also central to president’s foreign policy priorities, Engel said. But the congressman said topping his agenda is the mystery that has captivated Washington for months: what did Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump agree to during their private, tete-a-tete in Helsinki last summer. “It’s been many months since Helsinki, and we still don’t know what Putin and Trump talked about,” Engel said.
What’s Wrong With Him? (part 1)
Hearing him speak & reading his tweets, he might in fact be crazy! Really, everything he says & writes prove his grasp of reality & even his sanity are in question. This shocking post comes from https://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP/?p=40238:
The rapidly declining mental state of Donald Trump has been the subject of untold numbers of articles and analyses, including by professionals who view the President as a malignant narcissist who is a danger to the nation and the world. But there is no better indicator of the hazards Trump’s psychoses represent than his own frenzied ravings on Twitter. When Trump gets a full head of steam, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the tsunami of lunacy that he unleashes. It’s pointless even to try. Take for example his outburst on Saturday morning. He was triggered by a report in the New York Times (which isn’t failing, it’s enjoying record success) that disclosed the existence of an FBI investigation into whether Trump was/is an asset of the Russian government.
There is abundant evidence to support that contention. Including his open infatuation with Vladimir Putin; his attacks on the media; his maligning of our allies in NATO and the European Union; his opposition to sanctions on Russia; his rejection of American intelligence in favor of information from Putin and the Kremlin; his refusal to accept that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election; his firing of FBI Director James Comey and others; his chumminess with Russian operatives in the White House; his threats aimed at his own cabinet for pursuing legitimate investigations into Russian espionage against the U.S.; and so much more.
However, to hear Trump tell it, it’s all a paranoid conspiracy against the greatest president of all time who who is being attacked for his awesomeness and purity of heart. After reading the article in the Times (or having excerpts read to him), Trump mounted his Twitter machine and disgorged a steady stream of manic gibberish, almost all of which he has previously unfurled in numerous episodes of derangement.
This (his tweets) sounds more like a mental patient who has been hospitalized after running through the streets naked shouting at random cars and store mannequins, than a president. He is consumed with paranoia and a devout belief in his superiority and goodness. And his perceived enemies are unambiguously evil, omnipresent, and determined to destroy him. That isn’t the profile of a world leader. It’s the diagnosis for a psychopath. And for the sake of the nation – and the planet – Trump needs to be removed from office and placed in a facility where he can either get medial attention, and be punished for his obvious crimes.
What’s Wrong With Him? (part 2)
WaPo fact checkers have verified 7000 lies coming from the prez since becoming president two years ago. Certainly, that is not normal, but to the degree he lies repeatedly without shame, there seems to be something else happening here. Truthfully, we cannot rule out some sort of mental illness going on here. Seriously! From inside clinical-sociopath-business-reporter-reveals-trumps-mental-illness-helps-lie-people, the opening here comes from a reporter who’s known Trump for decades, while clicking on that link you can also read some of his tweets. The prez is not well:
Longtime reporter Kurt Eichenwald explained over the weekend how President Donald Trump has leveraged a “mental illness” to help him lie to people over the years. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Eichenwald recalled interacting with Trump while he was a business reporter in 1987. Trump has a pattern of lying to reporters anonymously to get favorable media coverage, Eichenwald said. “I have known Donald Trump since 1987,” Eichenwald wrote. “Like everyone else who knows him well, before he became a politician, I know he is liar, a narcissist, and eventually I knew he was mentally ill. At that time, he professed to be a democrat. This had nothing to do with politics.” Eichenwald remembered pitching an editor a story after Trump lied about a stock trade. “The editor did not even look up from his computer and said the words I remember to this day: ‘Dog [bites] man. Donald Trump lies,’” Eichenwald said. “In other words, everyone in the financial world KNEW Trump was a pathological liar, in 1987. Proving it was like proving the sun rose in the morning.” Read all of Eichenwald’s tweets below to learn how Trump’s alleged mental illness was a benefit to him when lying to media outlets.
Disunited Banana Republic of America?
Here we see that Trumpeters also have issues: trump-voters-selfish-love-identify. It takes one to know one. But as his tweetstorms go bonkers & he bullies/insults anyone that sets him off, we try to come to grips with the fact the leader of our nation who’s the rightful leader of the free world & once regarded as the bastion of democracy, is now met with a combination of derision, laughter & terror from our allies. He’s running our country like a banana republic, found inside this article from naval-war-college-professor-compares-trumps-twitter-meltdown-banana-republic-dictator-desperately-clinging-power:
As Donald Trump manically tweeted attacks on the FBI, the New York Times, the “Amazon Washington Post” and continuing reports of “chaos’ in the White House on Saturday morning, a professor at the Naval War College said the president is increasing sounding like a banana republic dictator under siege in his presidential palace. With Trump cranking out multiple tweetstorms attacking the press and federal law enforcement, following a bombshell report in the New York Times that the FBI opened a secret investigation looking into whether he is a Kremlin agent, military expert Tom Nichols sat back and marveled at the meltdown. Responding to Trump tweeting, “Lyin’ James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter S and his lover, agent Lisa Page, & more, all disgraced and/or fired and caught in the act. These are just some of the losers that tried to do a number on your President. Part of the Witch Hunt. Remember the “insurance policy?” This is it!” Nichols said it had a certain ring to it. “This is the kind of speech you give in Spanish in the early 1950s into a tinny microphone with the crackle and static of a fading kerosene generator and the sound of shouting and gunfire in the background approaching the presidential palace,” he tweeted.
What a Stunningly True Prophecy!
This clip from a TV show has some character named Trump coming to town claiming the world’s about to end & only he can save them. He tells the townspeople their only hope is to build a wall. Amazingly, that show was from 1958!: