Stephen Colbert does find a wonderful way to weave political commentary and comedy together, but he was more somber than usual, when speaking on this topic. TONIGHT: "President Obama separated the children," Trump lied. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/jtyJGlHkMQ — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 10, 2019 Here’s what NPR says that happened. “The Obama administration did not do that, no. We did not separate children from their parents,” former Obama domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz told NPR in May 2018. “This is a new decision, a policy decision put in place by the attorney general,” which Muñoz said “puts us in league with the most brutal regimes in the world’s history.” It was then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions who instituted the “zero tolerance” policy at the Southern border in April 2018, which resulted in children being separated from their parents who were taken into custody for criminal prosecution. The family separation policy is Trump’s worst, in an administration of non stop gaffes and stupid policies. Here he is dramatically stopping his own child separation policy, and now he’s trying to gaslight people that he’s actually stopping an Obama policy here. My God. POLITICS Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations A federal judge allowed a lawsuit challenging the policy last June, and Trump issued an executive order ending it. Still, as NPR’s Domenico Montanaro wrote last year, the Trump administration has been unwilling to take the blame for the policy of family separations because of the political optics. They emphatically do not want the optics. But the facts are, Sessions implemented the separation in April, 2018, Trump ended it in June, 2018, and now he’s blaming Obama? Oh, Please. We live in very strange times with a congenital, serial-liar is in the Oval Office.
To say that Trump and his Republican cronies are acting in bad faith over the disclosure of Trump’s tax returns is putting it mildly. You may remember Mick Mulvaney’s preposterous comments over the weekend on Fox News Sunday: HEMMER: To be clear, you believe Democrats will never see the president’s tax returns? MULVANEY: Oh, no, never. Nor should they. Keep in mind, that that’s an issue that was already litigated during the election. Voters knew the president could have given his tax returns, they knew that he didn’t and they elected him anyway, which is, of course, what drives the Democrats crazy. It doesn’t need to be pointed out that if Obama had tried this, they would have impeached him immediately. This is yet another stellar example of It’s Okay If You’re A Republican. But think about the hubris of Mulvaney’s comments in light of previous administrations. Washington Post: And this isn’t about whether “Democrats” will see the president’s tax returns; it’s about whether the public will. But before we move on to the legal question, let’s consider the idea that this issue “was already litigated during the election.” Imagine if when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Bill Clinton had said, “The American people knew I was a philanderer when they elected me. This was all litigated in 1992, so we shouldn’t talk about it anymore.” Or if Richard Nixon had said, “The American people knew about Watergate when I ran for reelection. This was all litigated in 1972. It’s over; move on.” The idea that if the president won he gets a blanket immunity for anything that came up during the election is ludicrous. Meanwhile, the “I can’t release the returns because I’m being audited” excuse was always a lie. The IRS doesn’t forbid anyone from making their returns public if they’re being audited. Now, you know that if Trump’s tax returns were pristine, that he would have them displayed prominently on billboards all over the country, just like if the Mueller report “fully exonerated” him, it would be the New Republican Bible and Sean Hannity would be quoting from it chapter and verse every single night. Bob Mueller would be “beautiful Bob” or some such sobriquet, and Trump would be looking to put him on the ticket as his vice president in 2020, unless I miss my guess. None of that is happening. So, not only is the failure to disclose the tax returns a red flag, it is illegal as hell, and if Steve Mnuchin tries to block the release of Trump’s tax returns, he could be looking at a prison cell. I seriously doubt if Mnuchin is willing to go to those lengths to protect Donald Trump. He’s too comfortable with his nice pad in Bel Aire and his movie star wife to want to trade it in for an orange jumpsuit, and a cell mate named Rocko. Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers weighed in on Mnuchin’s plight: So for the secretary to seek to decide whether to pass on the president’s tax return to Congress would surely be inappropriate and probably illegal. I would surely not have done it. Rather, I would have indicated to the IRS commissioner that I expected the IRS to comply with the law as always. What would that mean? The relevant provisions date […]
Jerry Nadler and Donald Trump don’t like each other, and that’s been the status quo since the 80’s, when Trump wanted the government to subsidize real estate projects in New York that Nadler considered harmful. Now, they clash again, in 2019, because Nadler wants the Mueller report released, and he wants records from 81 people in Trump’s orbit. Nadler recently was on Face the Nation, and here’s what he said about William Barr. “Remember [Barr] is a biased person. He is someone who is an agent of the administration, is an appointee, a political appointee of the president whose interests he may very well be protecting here.” Nadler has reason to feel this way. Don’t forget Barr’s 18 page memo in which he reached the conclusion that Trump had committed no obstruction of justice and then went on to say that Robert Mueller’s inquiry was “fatally misconceived”. Trump responded to Nadler’s efforts at transparency, regarding the Mueller report, in typical Trump style. He recently called Nadler by a sophomoric nickname, “Fat Jerry,” referencing the fact that Nadler had weight reduction surgery years ago. Trump calling anybody fat is truly an example of denial taken to the myopic level. Trump can’t stand Nadler because Nadler has his number, has had for decades. Washington Post: “Jerry was on him from Day One,” said Linda Rosenthal, a former Nadler aide who later won his state Assembly seat. “He keenly understood that this was a man who would try to get the government to pay for all his mostly bollixed attempts at development . . . His casinos failed. He lost money on deals. He left the banks on the hook for his bad financial plans. . . . He was just such a braggart and such an insincere person, but Jerry saw through that.” Trump never forgave Nadler, and privately he has simmered about the chairman and his investigation, calling him an irritant who has long been out to get him and recounting their New York run-ins to aides. He was alarmed by the chairman’s early March demands to 81 of Trump’s close associates and business partners for a range of documents, including material on Russia’s election interference and the president’s finances. Trump has told White House aides to block the requests as much as possible, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss strategy. So, Nadler wants to know the truth and he wants to see all the documentation, both on Mueller’s report and on Trump’s finances. The heat is on, both from Nadler and from Adam Schiff and many other Democrats. Trump can toss out all the derisive nicknames he wants to, Nadler is going to hold his feet to the fire. Watch.
Alec Baldwin just shared this little ditty on Twitter. If I ran for President, would you vote for me? I won’t ask you for any $. And I promise I will win. Beating Trump would be so easy. So easy. So easy. — HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 8, 2019 It wasn’t easy for Hillary and she was the most qualified candidate ever, so go figure. Only if your VP was Pete Buttigieg or Kamala Harris and you resigned first week in. — PopRag (@PopRag) April 8, 2019 The rest of the Twitter thread was not too encouraging, you’ve just read the best of it. Eric Swalwell just announced he’s throwing his hat in the ring. You’ll see that on the Stephen Colbert show tonight. Can we just get down to earth, put one foot on the ground, and fix our broken government? Or, is 2020 going to become another bizarre election, where the worlds of politics and show business combine, to everybody’s detriment? God, I hope not.
You may recall Donald Trump on the campaign trail talking about government and about how he “alone could fix it.” Yep, he’s the only one. Let’s take a look at the record, shall we, of just what Trump hath wrought. New Civil Rights Movement: With Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. This is staggering. This is simply stunning, and yet this is the new normal in the Crazytown that is the Trump administration. While Trump obsesses on throwing red meat to his base, which is largely what the Nielsen termination was about, and tweets, the government is not staffed and it’s not being run. We are almost three years in to this administration, and a lot of the broad brush strokes of governance have yet to be done. Not convinced America is in crisis yet? Think about this. At the Dept. of Defense, 25% of key positions as of April 1 remain unfilled, according to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. At the State Dept., that number jumps to 39%. Homeland Security: 44%. Granted, some percentage of those are nominated and awaiting Senate confirmation, but if Democrats are holding them up, there’s reason to believe it’s the quality of the nominee that’s the problem, given Trump’s record. As The Post notes, there are currently 140 key positions requiring Senate confirmation for which the Trump administration has never nominated anyone. Trump simply is not up to the task of doing the job he was elected to do. This has been apparent since square one. When Trump was elected and went to the White House for briefings, even he said that he “didn’t realize the job was so big.” Trump is an ego running riot. He knows he can’t do the job, he doesn’t even like the job, but his ego won’t allow him to do what any decent man would do, which is to admit error and step aside. It’s debatable whether he would even step aside and not seek re-election. Don’t hold your breath for that one. Trump wants to keep the facade of leadership going. He wants the rallies, the screams of the supporters. That’s his drug. The fact that he can’t give them anything in return is inconsequential. The bottom line is that America is more vulnerable than she has ever been and God forbid we are attacked, it could be truly catastrophic. We have to win in 2020. America can’t take much more of this neglect. Government is an engine, and like any fine tooled machine, it must be maintained, it must be serviced. What we have going on now, is government set out to pasture, like a junker, to mold and rot. We don’t need another four years of this, we’re going to be lucky to get into the White House and fix what’s already been damaged. And that will take years. Trump and his cabal of crooks […]
This is truly one of Trump’s more obtuse maneuvers. Kristen Nielsen was like a lap dog to Trump. She went along with his fabrication of an emergency at the southern border, likening it to a “Force 5 Hurricane.” Be that as it may, he bounced her early Sunday evening after an Oval Office meeting and then tweeted about it, so it’s official now. Nielsen, who took over the department from John Kelly, lasted sixteen months. Another firing in Crazytown. Daily Beast: The general focus of the department has changed drastically under Nielsen’s leadership, too, officials said. Over the past year, most of the department’s high-level briefings and meetings have centered around threats by foreign actors, particularly those from South America. At the same time, the department has drawn back from looking at threats posed by people living in the U.S. who have the potential to carry out mass casualty attacks, the officials said. Even after the shootings in Pittsburgh and California, the department continued to focus more of its attention on the border security and the caravan, DHS staffers told The Daily Beast. The top of the press packet compiled and distributed on November 9, 2018, the day after the shooting in Thousand Oaks, reads: “Administration Moves To Require Asylum Seekers To Go To Designated Ports Of Entry.” Under that section, the briefing quotes and bolds a Breitbart headline: “Fewer than 10 percent of Central American Migrants Arriving At Border Have Legitimate Asylum Claim.” Out of about 19 pages of quoted media text, 1.5 focuses on the California shooting, 3.5 on border security and immigration and six on the Mueller investigation, Whitaker and the White House response. The rest of the pages touch on news about cyber security, terrorism investigations and other DHS-related topics. This is on top of Trump recently pulling the nomination of Ron Vitello, was was going to be the new head of ICE. That decision was made because Vitello is not tough enough for the likes of Stephen Miller — however that translates. CNN: President Donald Trump is pulling the nomination of Ron Vitiello to lead US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying he wants to go in a “tougher direction” — a move that came at the urging of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller. “we’re going in a little different direction. ron’s a good man but we’re going in a tougher direction. we want to go in a tougher direction,” trump told reporters friday at the white house. MILLER DIRECTLY LOBBIED TRUMP TO PULL THE NOMINATION, TWO WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS TOLD cnn. miller went to the president and told him that vitello, who has led the agency in an acting capacity since last summer, was not fully in favor of closing the southern border, as trump has threatened to do in recent days. One can only speculate what “tougher” translates as, but with Stephen Miller in charge, look for some brown shirt wearing, goose stepping fascist to take control. You don’t need a degree in political science to figure out that Stephen Miller is running immigration in the Trump administration, and to say that that doesn’t bode well for human rights is an understatement. It’s blatantly clear that immigration is Trump’s signature issue. That makes sense. The people coming across the border are the most vulnerable and marginized […]
Lara Trump, wife of Eric, is a typical Trump, insofar as she doesn’t let the facts get in the way of a good, self-serving fantasy. She announced this week that Donald Trump is doing “historic fundraising,” and plans to raise $1Billion to stay in the White House. This will be interesting to see, since Democrats raised far more money than Republicans in the last two elections. Obama raised $731Mil to Romney’s $474Mil in 2012, and Hillary Clinton raised $623Mil compared to Trump’s $335. But now, all that is going to change, Lara Trump tells us, and Trump will triple what he raised in 2016, even with all his bad press and sinking polls. Despite those gloomy indicators, Lara Trump said Friday, “We like to set very high expectations for ourselves.” Current expectations are a billion dollars in campaign donations and a slam dunk re-election. Newsweek: On Friday, Lara Trump told Fox News she is not concerned with the current field of Democratic candidates, saying they are all trying to “out-Bernie” one another by embracing ideas such as “socialism.” Speaking to Fox & Friends Sunday, Trump said they are not concerned over former Vice President Joe Biden’s potential run and she said the Democratic Party establishment should be “very worried” should an Independent candidate such as Howard Schultz run in 2020. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told the Associated Press Friday there have been more than 1.1 million new donors since Election Day, with 100,000 alone in January. She claimed there have been at least seven days with seven-figure, small-dollar intakes since January 1. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale first predicted the campaign will spend $1 billion in 2020 last week. On Friday, Lara Trump told Fox News she believes Trump will win re-election “very easily.” Lara Trump was the one who said that federal workers should bite the bullet during the government shutdown and “feel a little pain” because the “wall is so much bigger than them.” Right.
dkd … how much are they gonna charge if the report looks like this? pic.twitter.com/Vt0TKTrEWj — George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 7, 2019 As a loyal subscriber who’s also a litigator, I must say I would pay extra to see “Democracy Dies in Redactions” on the masthead for a day. — George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 7, 2019 This is the real Mueller report battle. Previously, we thought that just allowing Mueller to finish the report was the battle, and once we got it, all would be well. And, in fact, once we have it, all may be will. It’s the actual possession of it, unredacted, that we need. What’s the old expression, “possession is 9/10 of the law?” Exactly.
Well, this didn’t take long. A few short weeks ago, for a few brief moments, Robert Mueller was deemed by Trump to be an “honorable man.” Now, he’s back to heading up a team of Trump haters and angry democrats. Looks like Bob Mueller’s team of 13 Trump Haters & Angry Democrats are illegally leaking information to the press while the Fake News Media make up their own stories with or without sources – sources no longer matter to our corrupt & dishonest Mainstream Media, they are a Joke! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2019 In other words, the investigation led by a lifelong Republican whose conclusions Trump has claimed fully exonerate him…is attacking him, and to do so, they are leaking to the press, but instead of using the actual Mueller sources, the press is making up sources that don't exist — Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 7, 2019 One thing that Trump doesn’t understand at all, is that the words “anonymous source” doesn’t mean that the source is unknown to the media outlet. It merely means that the source chooses to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the subject being discussed. Media outlets know their sources, that situation is as old as the hills and twice as dusty. But Trump seems to have “anonymous” in this context confused with people who call the cops anonymously to report a crime. What he does not know about how the world works would fill the Encyclopedia Galactica. And of course, the question is begged: What’s the problem? If Trump is fully exonerated as claimed, then that will surely be revealed, will it not, when the report is finally disseminated? Of course you know the answer to that. If the Mueller report did, in fact, fully exonerate Trump, it would be published in full right now, no redactions, and Sean Hannity would be quoting from it every day. It would be the new Republican Bible. Trump’s scared to death. He knows what he did and he knows where this is going, despite William Barr’s whitewash. Oh, well, the exoneration fantasy was nice while it lasted, right? Barr will do his damnedest to keep as much secret for as long as possible, but it won’t last forever. All that Barr is accomplishing by protecting Trump is the ruination of his own reputation.
Donald Trump doesn’t do well in polls these days and the E-ratings generated by The New York Times are just more grist for the mill. Stephen Colbert did a riff on his show the other night on Trump’s E-ratings. Colbert said, “an E-Score measures awareness and appeal of individuals in the public eye. It’s all got to sting for him because Donald Trump is obsessed with being liked. That’s why so many people can’t stand him,” cracked Colbert. Trump is polling at 39% negative appeal versus 13% positive appeal. Ouch. “The Democrats in Congress have demanded his tax returns, his financial records, and the full Mueller report,” said Colbert. “To embarrass him next they are going to ask him what his children’s birthday’s are. Then Colbert got into has nasalized Neanderthal voice, which is a perfect imitation of Donald Trump, “I plead the 5th…4th of July, that’s something isn’t it?” 2:10 TONIGHT: The numbers don't lie and the numbers say Trump is highly unlikeable. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/1mUF0Szxu1 — The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 5, 2019 Poor Donald. More cold hard facts. All brought to you by the media, the enemy of the people.