The 2020 presidential election will decide either the life or death of America. — John Gartner I have a list of things I fear — death by fire, a decline into dementia, Pop-Tarts — but I have never feared Donald Trump or his goose-stepping minions. I loathe and despise them, and I fear for the people whom their policies actively hurt (most all of us, really), but I don’t fear them. Neither should you. However, I do feel a deep apprehension for what Trump might do if and when he loses re-election in November. We all think, hope, pray and anticipate him getting his ass dragged around the block by Biden in November, but there’s a question: what will Trump do in the event he loses? Psychologist and psychotherapist John Gartner, a specialist in borderline personality disorders, has those same worries. And he feels Trump will go out swinging. Trump’s bagman Michael Cohen said in Congressional testimony in February 2019: Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. I’m not worried about him not leaving the White House, as some do. It doesn’t matter if he acknowledges the loss or not. If he loses in November, his presidency ends at noon on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, no matter what he and his idiot brownshirts say or do. I like to think that, given Trump’s penchant for belligerent, bullying behavior towards his “inferiors,” there will be plenty of Secret Service agents who are waiting for 12:01 pm on January 20 to put him on the ground and arrest him for trespassing. (Or just beat his flabby ass and throw him out of the front door. I’m good either way.) Former US Attorney Barbara McQuade agrees, writing for The Atlantic: “[T]he newly minted president would possess … presidential powers. If necessary, [Biden] could direct federal agents to forcibly remove Trump from the White House. Now a private citizen, Trump would no longer be immune from criminal prosecution, and could be arrested and charged with trespassing in the White House. While even former presidents enjoy Secret Service protection, agents presumably would not follow an illegal order to protect one from removal from office.” She doesn’t say anything about the Secret Service beating the brakes off him in the East Room, but I think privately she might get a chuckle out of the idea. Nor can he just cancel the election. If he does something insane to disrupt the election to the point where it cannot be held, then on 12:01 pm of January 20, 2021, Nancy Pelosi becomes president. Boy, would he hate that… What Gartner fears is the motivation for vengeance an infuriated Trump would feel in the days and weeks after the November election, should he lose it. You can forget about W’s being pried off keyboards. Trump is psychologically capable of far worse than that. Since Trump has taken office, he has performed not one action that was taken on behalf of the American people. Not one. He started by lying about the size of the crowd during his inauguration and attacking the media over its inauguration coverage, and in the last several days has recommended that Americans inject themselves with disinfectants to battle […]
Harriet Sinclair (AP) President Donald Trump and first lady Melania are eschewing the tradition of meeting the incoming first family – instead leaving Joe and Jill Biden to...
For all of you who thought it a bit bizarre that Melania didn’t move into the White House until June of 2017, here is a theory that fits the facts and considering the “character” of the principals involved in this story, it is perfectly plausible. A new book, “The Art Of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” drops June 16. It purports that the reason Melania delayed in coming to the White House after the election was because she was renegotiating the terms of her pre-nuptial agreement with Trump. And that she did so again last year in order to secure her services in helping Trump run for reelection. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, we’ve always known exactly what she is, now we know how much she costs — and costs us, too, I might add. The taxpayers dropped over a million bucks on extra security costs for Melania and Barron to be safe in Manhattan, while she dickered with Trump’s lawyers. Washington Post: Melania’s original prenup had not been incredibly generous, Jordan reports. But she has been married to Trump longer than both his ex-wives and had bargaining power: Her perceived calming effect on him was so great that Trump’s pals and at least one of Trump’s adult children exhorted her to come to the White House as soon as possible. She had him over the proverbial barrel. He had to cave, so that she would come to Washington and play First Lady. He had no choice. And here’s what I love. She is characterizing this episode as “taking care of Barron.” I’m actually starting to like Melania. She’s kind of a dumbed down Lady Macbeth. Fewer brains, but the instincts are the same. And one adjustment to the prenup wasn’t enough. Observers in the White House had noticed an uptick in her mood by mid-2018 that might account for her being so willing to fight for a second term. According to three people close to Trump, Jordan writes, Melania had finally renegotiated the prenup to her liking. She’d already been looking out for Barron’s future by making sure he had dual citizenship in Slovenia, which will position him to work in Europe for the Trump Organization when he comes of age. Now, she’d made sure he wasn’t shut out of the family business. Jordan writes: “She wanted proof in writing that when it came to financial opportunities and inheritance, Barron would be treated as more of an equal to Trump’s oldest three children.” She’s not wrong about the three older Trump kids being on board to screw a sibling. Just ask Tiffany. Isn’t it heartwarming that the Party of Family Values elected this particular standard bearer and his klan? I find it inspiring.
Today this tweet popped up. Dear Cabinet Officials: Today’s #coronavirus briefing went from bad to worse. Deeply troubling. Some people are saying it may be time to invoke the #25thAmendment. Thoughts? — Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) April 18, 2020 So, why should we give a damn? This is probably the millionth time someone with sense has called for Trump’s ouster via the 25th Amendment. And Pence, who is the only one who can trigger it, will never, ever do it. Why is this important? For the simple reason that Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, one of the main players in the House impeachment proceedings, and a House Democrat close to both Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. He’s a rising star in Democratic politics, and a powerful voice in the black and progressive Democratic communities. And, most importantly, because Jeffries, a member of the House leadership, would have never issued such a damning tweet if Pelosi and the House Leadership weren’t behind it. I almost titled this “House Leadership Calls for 25th Amendment Invocation,” but that would be going further than Jeffries went. But not a lot further. In short: Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership are calling for the White House to consider kicking Trump’s ass to the curb via the 25th Amendment. So what in Bog’s name did the stupid son of a bitch say this time? Well, I didn’t watch it. I don’t watch any of his stunt “briefings.” The media pays people hazard pay to stick their heads in that rhetorical sewage pipe every day and extract…something…out of it. Here’s what I’ve gleaned from today’s Two-Minute Hate: I challenge you to try and make sense of this Trump rant pic.twitter.com/4umIOeHle2 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 18, 2020 I tried. I really did try to listen to all 39 seconds of it. I felt a blood vessel over my eye start to throb about ten seconds in, and I ceased-and-desisted. He told a blizzard of lies. Nothing new here. CNN has a breakdown of Trump’s daily breakdown. Apparently he tried to claim that having less casualties to COVID-19 than we suffered during World War I is a good thing. Or something. Trump left the poduim at 6:16. (No one reported if he left a trail of diarrhea leakage behind him as he stalked off the stage.) Jeffries posted his tweet 33 minutes later. I have no idea what specifically prompted Jeffries to issue his call to consider a 25th Amendment remedy for Trump today. Maybe Pelosi just had as much of his vitrolic spew as she could handle. Maybe Jeffries just threw his hands up and said “Fuck it, let’s light this candle.” Whatever it was, I guarantee he ran it by Pelosi before posting it. Twitter is a truly ephemeral flavor of social media. 99% plus of all tweets sink without a trace within minutes. This one may well sink right along with the rest of them. But I think it may not. It is a shot fired across the White House’s bow by the House Democrats. For the first time that I’m aware of, a senior member of the House Democratic leadership publicly suggested that the 25th Amendment — the removal of the sitting president because he is mentally unfit for the job — […]
It’s been rumored for some time that when Donald Trump isn’t busy salting the governmental earth, so that the Biden administration is hamstrung, to say the very least, he will be indulging in a pardon festival, proving that the presidential pardoning ability is a weapon in the hands of a *resident who is a child, […]
When Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends Donald Trump, she often sounds like the denial-afflicted mother of a repeat offender juvenile delinquent boy, who keeps bemoaning that it was the other kids who egged Johnny on, he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. Monday, Sanders gave her second press conference all month, and of course […]
Bill Barr’s peer group is not thrilled with him at all. Over 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials signed a letter asking Barr to step down as Attorney General in the wake of his intervention in the Roger Stone sentencing matter. And that number is expected to grow. New York Times: Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group, gathered the signatures from Justice Department alumni and said it would collect more. In May, Protect Democracy gathered signatures for a letter that said the Mueller report presented enough evidence to charge Mr. Trump with obstruction of justice were that an option. At the close of his investigation, the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III declined to indicate whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed justice, citing a decades-old department opinion that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. That letter was also critical of Mr. Barr. Even as the lawyers condemned Mr. Barr on Sunday, they said they welcomed his rebuke of Mr. Trump and his assertions that law enforcement must be independent of politics. But Mr. Barr’s “actions in doing the president’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words,” they said. This is a good move and an even better one came the other day from the New York City Bar Association that said that it had formally reported Barr’s behavior to the Justice Department’s inspector general. Strikingly, the lawyers called upon current department employees to be on the lookout for future abuses and to be willing to bring oversight to the department. “Be prepared to report future abuses to the inspector general, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress,” they wrote, and “to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office.” This is part of a pattern which we’ve already seen before with the likes of Marie Yovanovich, Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman. The career professionals are stepping up to the plate to protect the government, because the officials who are handling the levers of power are so corrupt that they cannot be trusted to do what’s legal or right.
Of course you saw this coming. After all, we do have a Republican administration, which – by definition – means war in the oil soaked Middle East, eventually. Silly that we once relied upon Trump’s one semi-redeeming value; his stated isolationist stance on wars in areas that certainly do not threaten American lives. With all the death and destruction from the week before last (remember Gilroy?), the White House made a critical move that largely went under the radar. Huffington post picked it up a week late, surely leaked by a few brave but terrified folks on the inside. President Trump’s administration sanctioned Iranian Foreign Minister Jovad Sharif last week – a highly unusual move that essential blacklists the country’s top diplomat when the U.S. and Iran have come exceedingly close to open military conflict. As a means of furthering U.S. interests, experts deem the move nonsensical. No shit? Great idea, we may well be close to shooting at a nation, so why bother speaking to the one person their government designated to talk to our government? Nonsense, indeed. Well, unless your goal is to ensure those shots get fired. It appears some harbor that goal. God help us. The administration surely won’t. One cannot help but think that one of the Trump whisperers in the White House has won out over the non-blood-thirsty folks, often referred to as “doves,” or pheasants, or ducks, any bird that does not dive at your head as a meal plan. The ultimate goal became apparent the moment the U.S. pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the agreement that everyone outside the current administration agreed was working. Experts with unprecedented access to Iran’s facilities found nothing. The results satisfied every other nation on the U.N. Security Council. To be fair, no other nation on the Security Council has to deal with bloodthirsty Republicans rising every eight years. It is rare to sanction a foreign minister. We have not done it to Syria or North Korea. Both countries represent a far greater threat to actual American lives, but neither sits atop the world’s second largest oil reserves. Let’s face it, Iran’s biggest sin is its unwillingness to simply give us the oil. Being Islamic doesn’t help, either. Even more worrisome. The “hardliners” in the administration include Sec. of State Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. In other words, the two most powerful voices regarding foreign policy. I doubt that Ben Carson’s, or the Surgeon General’s carry much weight. I have no idea what their position might be on the matter, in part because it couldn’t matter in the least. Not scared enough? I can help more. If Trump feels vulnerable going into 2020, and there is nothing we want more, he is far more likely to believe that a war will boost his chances. History sure teaches such, something Pompeo and Bolton have obviously pointed out already. We have a Republican administration. We can count on the sun continuing to rise in the east, and war initiating in the Middle East – never the Far East, they have little oil. Lives will be lost over oil, and gross amounts of public treasury money spent. More than last time. Iran actually has a real military, and a larger, better educated population than […]
I cannot tell a lie. Melania chopped down the cherry trees and made the Rose Garden all white — make of that what you will. Melania promised “a significant renewal” of the Rose Garden in July. Today that “renewal” was unveiled. You see what you think of it. This is John Kennedy Jr. in 1963.In front of […]
The White House and Trump are clearly outraged over what poor Brett Kavanaugh had to endure before becoming the newest right-leaning corporate justice on...