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we’re not even near peak unhingery with Trump

We are simply at the moment where the accumulated stories of disrespect all get to be compared with the opposing candidate and his party. https://twitter.com/StevenBeschloss/status/1302134501443694593 The...

Report: Trump refused to honor American war dead, calling them ‘losers’

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John Kelly Pushes Back on Trump’s Mattis Lies

One thing about Donald Trump, he is nothing if not predictable. It was known by one and all Wednesday that when Trump read The Atlantic piece on former defense secretary James Mattis, wherein Mattis called Trump a “threat to the constitution” that widdle baby Donnie would go WAAAAAA!!!! and throw an epic fit. And of course, he did. …His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom “brought home the bacon”. I didn’t like his “leadership” style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020 This is beyond vintage Trump, this is epic Trump. This pair of tweets will go down in history. Trump, the Big Man “gave” General Mattis “a new life and battles to win.” I don’t think God Almighty has got this big an ego. And the part that puts me on the floor is that Trump doesn’t like somebody else’s “leadership style?” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 7 billion people don’t like Trump’s leadership style. He’s an international embarrassment. He’s probably being laughed at by people on other planets, as our TV broadcasts reach out into space. Any sentient being anywhere who sees an image of Donald Trump is going to laugh and stare, “this is a leader?” In all events, John Kelly showed up to fact check and push back. Washington Post: “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said in an interview. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused. The president tweeted a very positive tweet about Jim until he started to see on Fox News their interpretation of his letter. Then he got nasty. Jim Mattis is a honorable man.” Trump was too freaking stupid to understand what Mattis’ letter of resignation meant until Sean Hannity translated it for him, as you may recall. Now, back to Trump’s classic tweets, another noteworthy thing is that every single fact he cites is a lie. Sometimes he actually gets the date or the place right but here there’s nothing. If we remove the lies, here's what this tweet would look like: — John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) June 4, 2020 1) You didn't fire Mattis 2) Obama didn't fire Mattis 3) You're lying about his "Mad Dog" nickname 4) You had to delete this and try again after you screwed up a two-letter word 5) Gen. Mattis served his country honorably 6) You're a draft dodger 7) You're going to prison — Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) June 4, 2020   Trump has been lying so often and for so long now, I don’t think he even knows when it’s happening. Or, it may be simpler than that. The truth may not be in him. He may be that far gone. In all events, we don’t need a mental patient in the White House. Let’s get him out and let Melania and his kids get him a nice facility somewhere — unless of course the legal prosecutions after he’s out of office provide him with government housing of a different sort from what he has now. No matter, just as long as he’s out of our […]

Eight Counter-messages for Combating Trump Fatigue and Keeping Hopeful and Active

These days are a slog but there are plenty of reasons for hope.  Here are eight things that worry many of us and eight counter-messages...

Trump Lashes Out At John Kelly ‘He Just Can’t Keep His Mouth Shut’ After Kelly Unloads on Him

John Kelly has made it clear that he’s opposed to Donald Trump. A few weeks ago in Florida Kelly went on record saying that John Bolton was a man of great integrity and principle and that he trusted Bolton to tell the truth. Now, in a recent article in The Atlantic, Kelly has characterized Alexander Vindman as “blameless” and  said he was right in not following “an illegal order.” These words apparently had the effect of pushing Donald Trump further into the crazy zone. ….which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020 It’s no wonder that this drove Trump nuts, because he wants the Army to discipline Vindman further and here Kelly is saying that Vindman’s conduct was flawless. The Atlantic: “He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly told the audience at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.” “Through the Obama administration up until that phone call, the policy of the U.S. was militarily to support Ukraine in their defensive fight against … the Russians,” Kelly said. “And so, when the president said that continued support would be based on X, that essentially changed. And that’s what that guy [Vindman] was most interested in.” When Vindman heard the president tell Zelensky he wanted to see the Biden family investigated, that was tantamount to hearing “an illegal order,” Kelly said. “We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.’” If you don’t think them’s fightin’ words, try these, with respect to Kim Jong Un: “He will never give his nuclear weapons up,” Kelly said. “Again, President Trump tried—that’s one way to put it. But it didn’t work. I’m an optimist most of the time, but I’m also a realist, and I never did think Kim would do anything other than play us for a while, and he did that fairly effectively.” And then Kelly went after Trump’s mentor and idol, Vladimir Putin: At times Wednesday, Kelly sounded like the anti-Trump. He said he did not believe the press is “the enemy of the people,” for example. And he sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Trump has steadfastly courted. Kelly described Putin as someone who is “not necessarily a rational actor.” Putin sits atop “a society in collapse,” yet is intent on restoring “the glory days of the Soviet Union,” he said. And then it got even worse: Kelly said most migrants are merely looking for jobs. “In fact, they’re overwhelmingly good people … They’re not all rapists and they’re not all murderers. And it’s wrong to characterize them that way. I disagreed with the president a number of times.” If there’s one must-read article of the day, it’s this Atlantic piece. It’s obviously got Trump foaming at the mouth. It appears that John Kelly is trying to stitch back together the […]

John Kelly Calls His Old Nemesis John Bolton ‘A Man Of Integrity and Great Character’ Encourages Witnesses

One more new arrival on the call-witnesses bandwagon is Donald Trump’s second chief of staff, John Kelly, who lasted for 18 months, which is the record so far for a Trump CoS. Mick Mulvaney has only been there for 12 — and he’s only an “acting” CoS — and Reince Priebus lasted six. Kelly spoke Monday at a town hall lecture series in Florida, where he, incredibly — seeing as how the two didn’t get along — spoke in glowing terms of former colleague John Bolton. Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton,” said retired Gen. John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff for 18 months. “Every single time I was with him … he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said of Bolton, who has become a figure of intense interest in the impeachment inquiry. Asked about the passages in Bolton’s book — which has yet to be released — that appear to reinforce the impeachment allegations, Kelly said Monday evening that “John’s an honest guy. He’s a man of integrity and great character, so we’ll see what happens.” Now what is intriguing about this, is that Kelly and Bolton weren’t exactly known as best buds when they worked together. As a matter of fact, a shouting match between them made headlines in October, 2018. According to Politico, the two had “a heated shouting match outside the Oval Office over a recent surge in southern border crossings….The fight reached a fever pitch when Bolton criticized Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, arguing that Nielsen, who earlier served as Kelly’s deputy at the White House, hasn’t done enough to manage the rapid increase in migrants, two of the administration officials said. That comment infuriated Kelly, a retired Marine general who remains a close ally of Nielsen’s.” Just a few days later, an altercation between Corey Lewandowski and John Kelly was reported by the New York Times. It had taken place in February, 2018 and purportedly Kelly grabbed Lewandowski by the collar and the Secret Service broke up the near brawl. In any event, Lewandowski went out the West Wing revolving door, and speculation was rampant as to whether Kelly or Bolton would go next, after their profanity-laced encounter. The answer was both. Be that as it may, Kelly is singing Bolton’s praises now and he’s all in favor of impeachment witnesses. Maybe it’s his way of sticking it to Trump, finally? “I mean half of Americans think this process is purely political and shouldn’t be happening but since it is happening the majority of Americans would like to hear the whole story,” Kelly said. “So I think if there are people that could contribute to this, either innocence or guilt … I think they should be heard,” Kelly said, adding: “I think some of the conversations seem to me to be very inappropriate but I wasn’t there. But there are people that were there that ought to be heard from.” If I had to bet money, I’d bet Kelly is thanking his lucky stars that he wasn’t there and that he’s not in the White House now. Kelly said it was “a horrible place to work” and there’s every reason to believe that the situation has only deteriorated since he made that remark. If Kelly had […]

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