Wednesday, February 26, 2020

As New Evidence Emerges, Trump Suffers Devastating Op-Ed by Conservatives

Within forty-eight hours, Donald Trump will be the third president in history to have been impeached, and the entire matter sent to the Senate for trial. Under no set of circumstances, no matter how “loyal” one’s party, is this a good development for Trump, nor does it make him “strong,” in any sense. At the same time, the New York Times is publishing an Op-Ed by four prominent conservatives, George Conway, Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson and John Weaver, which calls out the entire Republican party for putting the nation in this position in the first place. The timing is exquisite in that over the last two days, we see more walls closing in on Trump’s few defenses. As I noted yesterday, Rudy is spouting his mouth off about having Ambassador Yovanovitch removed, and the Times is reporting this morning that Rudy says he briefed Trump on Yovanovitch, In an interview, Mr. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, described how he passed along to Mr. Trump “a couple of times” accounts about how the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, had frustrated efforts that could be politically helpful to Mr. Trump. They included investigations involving former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ukrainians who disseminated documents that damaged Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign. Rudy’s strategy must be the adoption of Trump’s theory that if one does something out in the open, then clearly it cannot be wrong or illegal. Rudy is bragging about helping to get an ambassador removed because she wouldn’t tolerate his efforts. In Rudy’s head, it must be a perfectly rational and legal thing to do. The irony is that at the same time Rudy was trying to get the “dirt” on Biden, he was also involved in setting up his own money-making op, and knew that Yovanovitch had to go if he was to succeed: Testimony in the impeachment proceedings as well as other information have shown that Mr. Giuliani’s claims about Ms. Yovanovitch were either unsubstantiated or were taken out of context. In the interview, he portrayed himself as personally involved in the effort to derail a career diplomat around the time he was considering business arrangements with some of the Ukrainians funneling information to him. So this is the evidentiary environment to which Trump awoke this morning. It is also the environment in which the four authors of the piece took all Republicans to task for putting up with sh*t like Rudy’s antics above. After all, look at what Rudy and Trump were willing to do to Ambassador Yovanovitch to get what they wanted. They destroyed her. And the authors took notice: “Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat,” they wrote. “Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack and slander those who have shed blood for our country, who have dedicated their lives and careers to its defense and its security, and whose job is to preserve the nation’s status as a beacon of hope.” Finally. I am heartened that someone has finally nailed Republicans for embodying what they have become. They are just plain “mean,” and being “ugly” or evil is not a virtue! It is only a virtue to those most craven Q-Anon voters who vote only to “own the […]

Merry Christmas Mr. President is Trending — Directed At Obama

Donald Trump is going to pop a vessel when he hears this. A trending hashtag this Christmas Day, 2019 is #MerryChristmasMrPresident — only it’s not directed at him. It’s meant to honor the man whose legacy he is sworn to undo, the anti-Trump, Barack Obama, the last real American president, before the huckster snake oil salesmen took occupancy of the Peoples’ House. Merry Christmas Mr. President. For you, I give a #Dimerick (A Donald Limerick) There once was an #IMPOTUS from QueensWho asked Ukraine to intervene A quid pro quo he soughtOh but he got caught Now he rage tweets from the latrine #MerryChristmasMrPresident — Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) December 25, 2019 #Dimerick equals Donald plus limerick. That’s good word play, putting us in mind of Dimwit Donnie and limerick, both. Let’s give it a whirl. We once had a prez named Barack, with character and brains like a rock, then he got replaced, by a real disgrace, and we pray to be rid of the dumb fuk. Here’s a tape showing the sham of the War on Christmas — which has as much tangible reality as Trump’s mythical wall. Merry Christmas Mr. President. ✌️🎄😊 (First time I’ve been able to use ‘President’ in a tweet in 3 years.) — WᴶEᴼBᴱB ✌🏼 (@thewebbix) December 25, 2019 The captcha test is interesting, is it not? Not to mention the fact that nobody in Obama’s administration got indicted, nor did any of his campaign people go to prison, nor does he have to distance himself from and disparage any former colleague as a “coffee boy.” Oh well. You know how the song lyric goes, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone, they take paradise and they put up a parking lot.”  

Trump Is FURIOUS, Makes Up For it By Feeling Sorry for Himself!

‘Sitting here, innocently trying to watch the NFL playoffs, joking with daughter, check Twitter feed, flash to daughter, both of us nearly fall off the chair in some nebulous mix of laughter, disgust, astonishment, “ashamed” of my nation and, and and oh hell … As hard as I work, & as successful as our Country has become with our Economy, our Military & everything else, it is ashame that the Democrats make us spend so much time & money on this ridiculous Impeachment Lite Hoax. I should be able to devote all of my time to the REAL USA! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2020 Poor man!! “As hard as I work,” … LMFAO. Okay, okay, we’ve stopped now … pffft, lol, do, please gone on. “As successful as our “C”ountry has become,” … we were doing just fine prior to you. The economy was going up faster than now, fewer bankrupt farmers, our friends were NATO and Democracies, medical insurance was cheaper, Iran was locked into a peace agreement and had the U.N. inspectors walking all over their nation, we were loved throughout the world, we had actual cabinet secretaries and they actually stayed, and things were just fine. Thanks, though. “It is ashame,” that you never went to school. **And if somehow Twitter works such that when he changes it, or his minder changes it to “a shame” in our column, please know that staring at it right now, one minute after-post, it is “ashame.” Yes, where were we, oh: “That the Democrats make us spend so much time and money,” to pass the USMCA, deal with both a possible war with Iran and check a possibly criminal president, all at the same time, which they are. “Ridiculous impeachment-lite hoax,” about which I am so angry that I will not let a single person testify because it is just too damned perfect and each bit of evidence that comes out only proves it was more perfect. “I should be able to devote all my time to the REAL USA,”  AND GOLF DAMN IT!!! As opposed to the FAKE USA like California and New York, except the part that I’m from, but not even there, really, since I’m moving, damn it!! What. A. Snowflake. Imagine a woman, any woman, Republican, Democrat, Wiccan, writing the same thing, and then roll your eyes and … go back to watching the football game. Anyone need anything? I’m up? While “up,” I saw this, and since it’s halftime, just wanted to show that we weren’t the only ones that noticed: .@realDonaldTrump: You’re incompetent. You’re ignorant. You’re incoherent. You’re dumb. You’re deranged. You’re delusional. You’re despised. You’re a criminal. You’ve been impeached. You will be removed, by the ballot box, if not the Senate. You will be prosecuted. #IMPOTUS — George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 4, 2020 **** Peace, y’all Jason      

Trump Presents Irish Cops w/Massive Bill, After They Guarded Him In June

One thing to be said about Donald Trump, he’s an equal opportunity grifter. Just get in his path, and if there’s a way he can fleece you, consider it done. Trump visited his Doonberg golf club when in Ireland last June. Dozens of Irish police were dispatched to guard him, and he has rewarded them for their service by presenting an enormous bill for food and coffee. When @realdonaldtrump made a side trip to his Irish golf club this summer, dozens of Irish cops were sent to protect him. Then Trump’s company charged the cops more than $100K for food and coffee. Here’s the bill: — David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) October 23, 2019 So, how many dozens of cops did they have? If they had 48 cops, then the cost for lunch and coffee would be over $2K per cop? My God, what did they have, mountains of lobster and caviar? I hope the Irish government sends back a bill to Trump for quadruple the amount for security services, and stiffs him on this bill, just to give him a taste of his own medicine. Can you imagine what G-7 would have cost the taxpayers if coffee and sandwiches for security guards cost this? The mind reels. And don’t forget, while this bill was being compiled, Donald Jr. and Eric were out on the town running up another one, at the local pubs, and stiffing the bar keep. No wonder this family is rich. We all could be if we operated this way.  

McConnell Makes Big Mistake, Wraps Present Under Dem Tree

No question, McConnell went on Fox News with the idea that he’d hitch himself to the Trump Train like a caboose, following right along. If McConnell could convince the clones who watch Fox that he was only going wherever Trump took him, McConnell would garner that much more support in Kentucky and the checks would need be hauled in by a separate train, stuffed with money from the sweetest of sugar daddy plums dancing in his head. And so into the studio McConnell went. He and Trump were one, not all that unlike those marriages that Kentucky hates to license. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman of the WaPo think that might have been a very bad idea, one that’ll snap back at our snapping turtle: “If Democrats play their procedural cards right, they can pressure Republicans to allow for a much fairer and more open trial that could actually produce new revelations — and if they refuse, extract a political price for it,” “By telling Sean Hannity that the process of Trump’s trial will be set up ‘in coordination with Trump’s legal team,’ McConnell told the world he wants to rig the process to produce maximal benefit for Trump,” Hmmm, you’re not convincing me yet. Republicans control this process through and through, not sure what “political price” you’re talking about. But, okay, I am listening. “But McConnell might not actually be able to do this, if he doesn’t have 51 GOP votes for it — which could be the case, if vulnerable GOP senators don’t want to go along with it. And that allows Democrats to make a public case for a much fairer and more open process — and to try to force those vulnerable GOP senators to take a stand on whether they, too, want a fair and open process.” Oh, wait, you guys are referring to something well behind us at Zoom. Our readers heard of this possibility weeks ago, right in this column. We knew of the procedural importance that could be brought about by just a few defectors voting on those very same procedures. Except Sargent and Waldman are not talking about the possible anonymous ballots that we discussed (though they absolutely should be). They are talking about motions for the production of documents, administrative procedure (anonymous votes?) and which witnesses might be called. The theory goes that some vulnerable senators from blue”ish” states such as Colorado, Maine, and Iowa, might be forced to eat McConnell’s words, that McConnell rigged this shitshow from the beginning, and their voters will be reminded of that fact, over and over and over. Not only will these blue”ish” state voters hear about these Republicans’ ultimate vote to aquit, the voters will hear that these senators supported a rigged trial. These senators are so in Trump’s pocket (like McConnell) that the will of the people, and the crimes Trump committed, were washed away entirely. I am a consultant to a Senate campaign right now. We spend a lot of time finding damaging words to hang above our opponent’s head while running commercials with ominous music. Picture McConnell’s words on the screen: “I consult with the White House on everything …” and a very unflattering picture of McConnell and Trump becoming “one” (ew, won’t be hard), all in a commercial run against a Susan […] / YouTube Top 10 Most Ridiculous Donald Trump...

At White House event, Trump suggests he served in the military. Narrator: He didn’t

Yesterday at a White House Hanukkah party, Donald Trump appeared to suggest he had served in the military. Donald Trump — rather famously — did not serve in the military. He was stateside soaking his...

HA! Chris Wallace Says In Response To Trump Attack, ‘One Of Us Has Daddy...

Donald Trump just tweeted at Chris Wallace today. Maybe he’s hoping that Wallace will go the way of Shepard Smith. Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019 Raw Story: It isn’t the first Time Trump has gone after the younger Wallace. In a 2015 debate where Trump attacked former Fox News host Megyn Kelly for “blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump also attacked Chris Wallace for not being as great as his father. “The great Mike Wallace was a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He was a tough cookie and he was great. And the son is only a tiny action of Mike, believe me.” If Trump’s comment ever stung him, Wallace is over it. “One of us has daddy issues, and it isn’t me,” he says. Trump does have Daddy issues. Right now, all he can talk about is how terrible Joe Biden and his son are. Trump claims to know all kinds of celebrities, because he’s such a hot shot himself. Does he not know that the well-adjusted sons of famous and successful fathers, the Michael Douglases and Rob Reiners of the world, are not comparing themselves to Dad, they’re being their own men? And because their fathers raised them to have confidence and forge their own path, they’re able to realize their own potential and not spend their lives enthralled to their fathers’ image and feeling inadequate — like Donald Trump? Trump’s neuroses and lack of self-awareness are getting so pronounced that even those of us who took a couple of psych classes in college can see his issues as clear as day. Pity he can’t. And just for the record, there’s no indication Mike Wallace was ever friends with Trump. He interviewed him once on “60 Minutes.” Mike Wallace interviewed thousands of people on that show, including an old landlord of mine who went to prison for Medicare fraud. Seriously. His name was Paul Zander. I guarantee you, Zander didn’t consider Mike Wallace a friend, au contraire. Wallace and his film crew showed up on the sidewalk outside Zander’s medical prosethetics shop in Westwood, while Zander, who was out on a huge bail bond, while awaiting adjudication of his case, stared out the shop window in disbelief. Things were bad enough when his two buddies from Iran, who managed to flee the country before the feds descended, left him holding the bag, I believe under the doctrine of joint and several liability, but don’t quote me. And then Mike Wallace showed up. It was not a good time. Walllace put people on the hot seat. Trump is actually lucky that Wallace deigned to waste a ten minute interview on him, he usually fried much bigger and more interesting fish. CBS News: “There are a lot of things to do,” Mr. Trump said. “You know, a fertile imagination and a fertile mind, Mike, it’s really amazing what can be thought of.” “Politics?” Wallace interjected. “No, not politics,” Mr. Trump said. “You said you could do a better […]

White House Aides: Trump Friendless, Loneliest He’s Ever Been

File this one under water runs downhill, dogs love their humans and hamburger, Nicole’s giggle is the cutest and smartest, and that bears are Catholic. It would seem that Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, is a lonely man, getting lonelier, according to people who would know. HuffPost runs a great chronology of stories, starting from near the beginning of the Trump presidency, running through November, each one describing an isolated and lonely man getting increasingly severe. It makes sense. Trump used to be semi-rich and people would gather round him in the hopes of scooping up some dribble of cash left fallen to the floor. Most presidents are popular because they can offer power within government positions, or people liked to be seen as an “insider.” Trump’s trouble is that absolutely no one wants a position within his government, as it is a dead weight on future career prospects. Plus working for Trump means taking blame for everything wrong and having the few successes all claimed by Trump himself. Then there are the ferocious attorneys’ fees inevitably incurred by anyone who spends much time close to him. Positions within government are anything but sought. Plus, very few non-evangelicals want to be seen as an “insider” in the Trump administration. Trump may like evangelical support, but cannot relate to their priorities. In terms of actual “friends”? Who wants to be friends with someone who only cares about himself, has no empathy, and generally finds a way to use you somehow? Jesus Christ on the amicus brief, half his friends are in front of judges for sentencing. Regardless, it isn’t healthy for anyone to be that lonely, which could easily account for some of Trump’s increasing erratic nature, and some of the tremendous judgmental errors (even by his standards) made of late. The most recent report, as stated, dated in November, paints a distinctly dark picture: Trump refuses to attend meetings or go out for Chinese food. He engaged in the “unseemly” act (an associate’s word) of tweeting something cruel about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, proof that he is “devolving unmistakably into a different sort of man.” … … “A person close to Trump told me that the president feels isolated and has complained that he has no one in whom he can confide. ‘These heavy issues are weighing on him. He has nobody around him. There’s nobody,’ this person said.” “‘He just has no life,’ the person close to Trump recently told me.” Turns out those stories your parents used to tell you about money not buying happiness (though no one doubts, it does buy convenience), are true. Moreover, power misused for self-aggradizement, as opposed to truly helping other people, is empty power. Trump remains unhappy, and lonely. So much so it is obvious. Happy people do not regularly schedule “rallies” in arenas for the primary purpose of hearing people cheer him like a demi-god (or god, depending to whom you speak). As I recall, Obama loved spending time with his girls at Camp David, which sounds like a happy man to me. Hell, even George W. Bush, he of horrible choices in war and policy, still seemed self-fulfilled. He didn’t require large crowds, eschewed them – actually, preferring to spend time with his family at his ranch – which, […]

Trump Having Unplanned Medical Tests Today, Is This Preparation for an Out?

I spent an entire column detailing how Sondland could end Trump’s presidency in the coming week. Rudy Giuliani is set to be arrested at any time, and god only knows what Rudy could testify to. Roger Stone was convicted and may be tripping over himself to talk, just to get his sentence reduced, despite the fact that he’s already burned himself as a convicted perjurer. The Supreme Court may or may not decide to hear the case regarding Trump’s tax returns and the state of New York. The SCOTUS may decide this week that it won’t review the case, at which point Trump’s tax returns will be in the Manhattan DA’s hands by the end of the week. The SCOTUS’s decision about whether to take the case involving the Deutsche Bank records is also about to get to the SCOTUS. As we noted, the three ambassadors changed everything about the tone regarding impeachment this week. The tide has turned discerningly against Trump. It is within this environment that Trump took an unannounced trip to the doctor today at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC, purportedly in “anticipation of a long campaign year” and “taking advantage of a rare weekend off,” he went in for a medical review, and we now know that review involved some tests. Some will tell us that “all is normal.” Except this appointment, coming unannounced, is not at all normal. Per MSN: The appointment wasn’t on his weekend public schedule that was released Friday night, and his last physical was in February. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old Trump was “anticipating a very busy 2020’’ and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend’’ in Washington to begin “portions of his routine’’ checkup. She was not more specific about the testing. Is it possible that Trump is laying the groundwork for an “out”? “He is too ill to continue as president.” I am not the only one questioning how a non-emergency doctor’s appointment could become so necessary, so quickly, not the least because there is literally a physician on call at the White House at all times, and a small clinic within the facility. To go out of that environment means that “something” else is going on. Very interesting. — Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 16, 2019 Probably not. And yet, it is always good to have options, no? Trump is Trump. He is not going to throw his hands up, yell “Ya got me!” and put his hands behind his head. He will lie, cheat, steal, whatever it takes to retain whatever power, money, sympathy, and any other redeeming quality he thinks he can retain, by whatever means necessary. Including playing “sick” and handing the reigns over to Pence, who then pardons Trump and his family “so he can work on his health.” Keep an eye on it. UPDATE: Reviewing Twitter, there is a great deal of irresponsible speculation about drug abuse, which is one hell of an allegation to throw around without any proof (one can admit one is speculating, as we often do, but not make a direct accusation). There is this update by the press secretary, Bagdad Bob: From Stephanie Grisham: “After a quick exam and labs, the President is headed back downtown.The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, […]
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Kushner to the Rescue: Trump Taps Jared to Lead Impeachment Defense

Lest you worried that Trump would understand the seriousness of the charges against him, and invest in the swampiest of the experienced swamp-monster attorneys in DC, fear not. Trump got a public defender. Jared. From Rawstory: As reported by CNN on Friday, the president is relying on Kushner and chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to come up with a plan aimed at beating back investigations launched by House Democrats into the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political opponents… Kushner has been the mastermind behind some of Trump’s biggest mistakes as president, most notably the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, which led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and the conviction of multiple Trump associates for a wide array of offenses. If someone attempted to impeach me for the presidential crime of the century, I would be lining up the absolute best attorneys in NYC and DC, with a minimum of thirty years experience each, people who have tackled serious issues before, and won. Thankfully, it is Trump that is accused of abusing the powers of his office, not me. I get abused by my office. The internet is having a great time with the inspired choice: This is unfortunate news for the world. Now, who's going to solve the Middle East peace problem? — Jeff Dannenberg (@jecrda) October 4, 2019 😂😂😂😂😂 Kushner and Mulvaney to head impeachment defense. To my knowledge, Kushner does not have a law degree. TRUMP IS SCREWED! — Sherrie Kaw (@89wunderlust) October 4, 2019 To my knowledge, Jared’s tuition at Harvard (for undergrad) was well over a million dollars, that was the amount his father had to give the university to get his son admitted. F’ing moron. And, to remind everyone here of the stakes, and the need to keep an eye on “Kush” because he’s been known to “do whatever it takes:” Trump has tapped son in law Jared Kushner to lead his impeachment defense. While Jared is a repulsive and inept creature, we should not be overconfident. He has friends with bone saws who carve up journalists. — Jim David (@ComicJimDavid) October 4, 2019 Still, it could be much worse. Trump could have tapped someone who might have formed a plan, based upon experience, legal principles, and intelligence. Instead, he went to Jared. **** Peace, y’all Jason, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom  

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