The Trump Presidency...

Just a (nice) thought.. If the Orange idiot had to put on an orange prison jumpsuit would he disappear completely ?
 
Everyone is remarking on how Trump appears to be emotionally melting down now that news organizations are widely covering Comey’s new book.

But once again, Trump appears to be making an actual argument underneath all the all-caps bluster that should not go unnoticed. He is suggesting that he retrospectively relishes having fired one of the nation’s chief law enforcement officials, at least in part because he did not prosecute his political opponent.

Trump’s efforts to cast Comey and law enforcement as soft on Clinton corruption, of course, are all about creating an alt-narrative to discredit Mueller’s investigation, which grew out of the one that Comey previously oversaw.

News reports that Mueller may be closing in on findings of obstruction of justice, and so Trump’s nonstop lies designed to delegitimize the probe are intensifying.

A new Post/ABC poll represents a major public vote of confidence in the investigation — and a major repudiation of Trump’s delegitimization of it as a mere “witch hunt.” It finds that 69 percent of Americans support Mueller’s efforts to investigate possible Russia-Trump campaign collusion, and 64 percent support Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s business activities, which, you may recall, Trump declared as a red line that Mueller mustn’t cross. It even finds that 58 percent support Mueller’s investigation of hush money paid to women who alleged affairs.

What about public attitudes toward Comey? Well, the poll finds that Americans see Comey as more believable than Trump by 48-32% and disapprove of Trump’s firing of Comey by 47-33%. Those numbers aren’t that high for Comey, but they are shockingly low for Trump.


The public is recoiling at Trump’s contempt for the rule of law

It’s tempting to see this polling as little more than a reflection of Trump’s deep unpopularity. But numbers this stark suggest something else may be going on: that the depth of Trump’s contempt for our institutions and the rule of law is becoming clear to the public, and Americans are recoiling at it.

This contempt is everywhere. You see it in Trump’s double standard toward due process, documented by Adam Serwer, in which he rages at the raiding of his lawyer’s office while cheering on law enforcement abuses directed at Muslims, immigrants and African Americans. You see it in his instinct toward firing Rosenstein for the express reason that he is conducting himself by the book, rather than politicizing law enforcement to Trump’s benefit. Trump views law enforcement as primarily an instrument for carrying out his political will. He has told us this in his own words again and again and again.

Trump’s rage-tweets about Comey confirm all of this. And the public repudiation of Trump comes after he and his allies have waged an extraordinary public campaign in the right-wing media and in Congress, both of which have been weaponized to create a fictional narrative designed to shield Trump from accountability, by casting the Russia investigation and the institutional processes undergirding it as hopelessly corrupted to their core. Yet the public is siding with the rule of law and our institutions, and against Trump. As the Trump-Comey feud comes to the fore, this is the larger narrative unfolding in the background.

* THE GOP AND ‘MOTIVATED GULLIBILITY’: Paul Krugman explains how House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) got away with his history of fiscal fraudulence and links that to a larger failing on the media’s part:

The answer, all too often, has involved what we might call motivated gullibility. Centrists who couldn’t find real examples of serious, honest conservatives lavished praise on politicians who played that role on TV. … the same bothsidesism that turned Ryan into a fiscal hero played a crucial role in the election of Donald Trump. … it wouldn’t have been close if much of the news media hadn’t engaged in an orgy of false equivalence.​
“Motivated gullibility” could apply well to many in our press corps who still refuse to reckon with what today’s GOP has become, Trump or no Trump.

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By Greg Sargent April 13 A Liberal Commentator

Opinion | As Trump rages at Comey, a new poll shows his lies are failing

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And a very thoughtful reply:

In a the absence of any real thinkers in the Republican Party, Big Media bought , hook, line and sinker, the utter myth that the Paul Ryan and the GOP would take care of the ordinary people. The role of selling Trump to Americans was filled by Paul Ryan. Now they seem to finally realize, as characterized in a Post cartoon: Ryan who sold out his country for an agenda. Even that's a little too kind. He sold out his country because he has the view that the GOP cares about people as individuals, not stats who are getting way too much money and help from government while doing nothing to help themselves. It is a kind of faceless hate of people who are not able to keep up with one of the most complex societies that have ever existed. Namely modern America.

In fact as the veil falls from our eyes about how money is made and used by the ONE percent, about how wealth is plundered from every conceivable source: the Governments, at all levels, white, blue and no collar workers, the theft of high interest credit card and payday loans, bank and insurance scams, and how even moderate reforms are being rolled back by the all powerful Republican majority and complicit White House. Now they wake up and can't be critical enough.

But the Media has the same behavior as Trump. They are like fish biting on the bait that is cast by the tweet of the minute, the bird attracted by shiny objects. A public too lazy to read beyong 144 characters helps this along. And years of Republican anti education, anti science, anti everything that helps a successful society. False equivalency happens every hour of every minute on PBS, NBC,CBS, CNN, and outright lies on FOX and Sinclair.

The media is fearful of losing those precious moments of exposure to the Administration, while they are being played and redirected. Now it's missiles not malfeasance in office. The terrible FBI not the crooks who it chases. What do we pay you for big Media? You are the last line of defense. Act like it.
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There is a lot of hyperbole being thrown around because of this book.


I have to say the thing which does appear to be most resonant, is Comey's comparison of Trump and his crew to La Cosa Nostra.

It should not go unnoticed that the President's personal lawyer has been subject to no-knock warrants last week.

Trump lawyer under criminal investigation

The protestations of attorney-client privilege were so badly presented last week that a federal judge summonsed Mr Cohen to court to assist with the basic questions that the legal team could not answer.

Now, this is apparently unrelated to any allegation of collusion.

I do personally wonder if the whole reason why Trump ran for president was to protect his (criminal) empire during his last years. He has a few years to frustrate law enforcement enquiries into whatever he has been doing for the past 30 years, which does not seem to stand up to even casual scrutiny.

I believe Mr Cohen is due in court again in New York City later on today - which could be most entertaining. Except for Mr Trump I suppose.
 
Donald Chump and Comrade Colonel Czar Vlad the First are of a similar nature - both are narcistic, blowhard bullies. Chump treast Americky like it his company, so attempts to run it like he is the CEO.

Czar Vlad the First is similar in nature, he is basically an insecure person, so uses the the trappings of State, just like the old Czarist Regime, but he really looks uncomfortable with this pomp and ceremony in my view. As he wasnt born into it like the Czar Nicholas was. Czar Vlad of the Old KGB doesn't control all the disparate elements within the Kremlin, especially all the competing Intelligence agencies like the FSB (Old KGB) the GRU and others. Even during the Soviet Era under Stalin and afterwards, these different agencies were little feifdoms in their own right, and were competing against each other and were grassing each other up to Joe Stalin when he was he Boss..

Chump has been deeemed a 'loose cannon' from day one of his Presidency. He announces 'stuff' via 'Twitter', so does this show his attention span is problematic? Is he 'Loosing his marbles?' Or, does he employ someone to Twitter" his twatter for him whilst he sleeps, farts, eats, or attempts to get a 'leg over' with his Doris for conjugar rights, or watches repeat after repeat of the TV series the "West Wing?"

Between Donald Chump, Czar Vlad the First and Little Dear Leader, the Phat Phuc-Un - all are generally out of the same mould; all are 'loose cannons' and need to be given a good seeing too with 'rotating pineapples up the erse'; and some kind person who will deal with each one in time by some 'adoring personages who will do the dirty deed and put the bubble in and dish the drity. Or squeeze the 'Political Pluke' and cover everything with the 'brown stuff' as i flies every which way.
 
There is a lot of hyperbole being thrown around because of this book.


I have to say the thing which does appear to be most resonant, is Comey's comparison of Trump and his crew to La Cosa Nostra.

It should not go unnoticed that the President's personal lawyer has been subject to no-knock warrants last week.

Trump lawyer under criminal investigation

The protestations of attorney-client privilege were so badly presented last week that a federal judge summonsed Mr Cohen to court to assist with the basic questions that the legal team could not answer.

Now, this is apparently unrelated to any allegation of collusion.

I do personally wonder if the whole reason why Trump ran for president was to protect his (criminal) empire during his last years. He has a few years to frustrate law enforcement enquiries into whatever he has been doing for the past 30 years, which does not seem to stand up to even casual scrutiny.

I believe Mr Cohen is due in court again in New York City later on today - which could be most entertaining. Except for Mr Trump I suppose.
You might think that having the power to issue Presidential Pardons was a factor in his thinking, but that would be pure speculation.
Although for someone so upset about leaks, pardoning a creep like Scooter Libby who did time for leaking a CIA officers identity is perhaps a bit hypocritical.

Edit-a certain James P Comey was the deputy AG who sank Libby.
Surely Trump wouldn't be so petty and spiteful as to pardon a criminal just to get back at Comey?
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Although for someone so upset about leaks, pardoning a creep like Scooter Libby who did time for leaking a CIA officers identity is perhaps a bit hypocritical.
Mr Libby's conviction in 2007 was on four counts -
  1. Obstruction of Justice,
  2. Two counts of perjury,
  3. Making False statements.
I wonder why President Trump would wish to pardon someone with those convictions.......?

If you find it convincing that President Trump has been "gaslighting" his way to power, it seems a fair conclusion that he pardons one such person with similar convictions as a message to those who might rack up such convictions in the near future.
 
Melania Says Comey’s Book Not as Mean as the One She Is Writing

By Andy Borowitz
11:41 A.M.


Photograph by Laurie Dieffembacq / AFP / Getty

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Melania Trump said on Monday that she did not understand the controversy swirling around James Comey’s new memoir, because the book she is writing is “so much meaner.”

Speaking to reporters at the White House, she said that she had obtained an advance copy of Comey’s book because she “couldn’t wait to read it,” but said that she found its tone and contents disappointingly mild.


“It felt like he was pulling his punches,” she said. “No one will say that when they read my book.”
She said that, as a fellow-author, she had sympathy for Comey.


“Clearly, he was trying very hard to be nasty, and he deserves credit for effort,” she said. “But I will show him how it is done.”

When reporters expressed surprise at the news that Trump was writing a book, she replied, “I am alone much of the time. That is ideal for a writer. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I must get back to my desk.”

  • Andy Borowitz is the New York Times best-selling author of “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes theBorowitz Report, a satirical column on the news, for newyorker.com.

Melania Dumps on the Donald
 
Polls don’t keep rising to the same percentage over and over.
Analysis | Five things to keep in mind whenever Trump tweets about polling

The Fake News covers the Dumps polling statistics:


As we said, Trump has tweeted three times about polls this month — all three polls from Rasmussen.

These are the three polls. Notice anything?



Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump



Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling. Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration.
7:08 AM - Apr 3, 2018
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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump



Just hit 50% in the Rasmussen Poll, much higher than President Obama at same point. With all of the phony stories and Fake News, it’s hard to believe! Thank you America, we are doing Great Things.
10:44 AM - Apr 15, 2018
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He’d “just hit” 50 percent on April 3, was “still rising” to 51 percent on the 4th — and “just hit” 50 percent again on the 14th. What’s implied there is that at some point the polls had gone back down. After all, if you just hit 50 percent, went up to 51 percent and then hit 50 percent again, the second time hitting 50 percent seems like it’s headed in the other direction.

Trump is cherry-picking when he looks only at that Rasmussen poll. If we cherry-pick a poll that’s closer to our hearts — a new poll from The Washington Post and our partners at ABC News — Trump’s approval rating is 40 percent. In mid-April 2010, Obama was at 54 percent in our poll.
 

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Wondering why Hannity has been ranting on Fox about the FBI Raid on Cohen?

Well a judge ordered name release reveals him to be one of Cohen's clients. :eek: :mrgreen::1:
 
Well we can forgive the man, I will turn a blind eye if he can get some more coal fired plants built.
I am sure Canada will love the extra acid rain...
 
Come on Jonesy, you KNOW, coal fired is NOT the way to go !!
 
What a remarkable legal pleading.

Judge rejects Trump and Cohen's bid to view seized papers before prosecutors

I have had loads of material taken under power of a properly authorised search warrant. However, I should be allowed to review all the material and tell the investigators what is not permissible for them to see.

Having taken into account a rather curious history of claiming "executive privilege"*, not saying anything because at an unspecified point in the future someone may wish to claim "executive privilege"** or that material is subject to "legal privillege"***

* Asserted on behalf of President Trump.
** Asseserted by the Attorney General
*** Asserted by Trump Jnr in regards a conversation on Air Farce One about that little meeting with Russians that was about adoption but then wasn't...

I mean, it's almost as if there is something to hide?
 

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What a remarkable legal pleading.

Judge rejects Trump and Cohen's bid to view seized papers before prosecutors

I have had loads of material taken under power of a properly authorised search warrant. However, I should be allowed to review all the material and tell the investigators what is not permissible for them to see.

Having taken into account a rather curious history of claiming "executive privilege"*, not saying anything because at an unspecified point in the future someone may wish to claim "executive privilege"** or that material is subject to "legal privillege"***

* Asserted on behalf of President Trump.
** Asseserted by the Attorney General
*** Asserted by Trump Jnr in regards a conversation on Air Farce One about that little meeting with Russians that was about adoption but then wasn't...

I mean, it's almost as if there is something to hide?
You couldn't make it up, could you?
 

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