Trump’s Ohio Rally Illustrates Once Again He’s Not A President, He’s A Cult Leader

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Mike Pompeo sounded like the wife of an out of control drunkard trying to clean up hubby’s mess the next day, when he unconvincingly tried to explain that he hadn’t really walked back his statements Tuesday about how “imminent” a threat Qassem Soleimani posed, and oh no, Donald Trump was right in Ohio, when he told the crowd that Soleimani was planning to blow up several embassies, jimmy pronto. Roll Call:

Pompeo told reporters U.S. officials acted on “specific information on an imminent threat,” and that the “threat stream included attacks on U.S. embassies. … Full stop.”

American officials did not know “exactly which minute,” but he claimed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was planning “broad, large-scale attacks” on American targets.

But in an interview with Fox News aired Thursday night, Pompeo said, “There was no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani. And we don’t know precisely when and we don”t know precisely where, but it was real.”

When pressed for his definition of the word “imminent,” Pompeo said, “This was going to happen.”

The sun is going to go dark at some point, too. It is going to happen. However, it would be ludicrous to call it “imminent.” Likewise, there is no credible intelligence to support an imminent threat to any embassy, this is just blowing smoke. Even Republican Mike Lee of Utah is bristling at Pompeo and other administration officials demanding that Trump’s ordering an assassination not be called into question, as “insulting,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Lee said that the intelligence briefing on Soleimani was the “worst” he’d ever seen.

Trump believes that he should be allowed to do whatever he wants, unilaterally and unfettered, and if you don’t believe that, just take a listen to his unhinged Thursday rally in Ohio. Trump insulted and delegitimized Democrats, saying Nancy Pelosi, “wasn’t playing with a full deck,” and calling Adam Schiff “you little pencil neck.” He went beyond the norms last night, even for him. Greg Sargent, Washington Post:

Mockery of the opposition is, of course, a constant in politics. But this is different. Trump regularly crosses over into a form of harsh belittling and abuse that is designed to delegitimize the opposition, that is, to tell his voters that the opposition has no legitimate institutional role in our politics at all.

This is sometimes accomplished via dehumanizing residents of parts of the country that don’t support him, such as when Trump exaggeratedly derides the districts of black lawmakers as “rodent-infested.”

Other times it appears deliberately scripted into Trump’s speeches. When Trump claimed that the Democratic impeachment shows hatred for “the American voter,” a phrase Trump probably wouldn’t improvise, he was flatly declaring that only his voters constitute the American electorate.

Now Trump is claiming that the House and the Republican-controlled Senate have zero legitimate claim to oversight when it comes to Trump’s warmaking.

“You should get permission from Congress,” Trump scoffed at his rally during a rant about Soleimani, mimicking congressional lawmakers’ demands. “You should tell us what you want to do.”

Trump has never had any concept of government, separation of powers, nothing. He has gone on record countless times citing Article II of the constitution, “Article II says I can do whatever I want.” Interesting construction of that clause, he’s the first president in history to come up with that interpretation of it. Trump made it clear in Ohio last night that he felt it beneath his contempt to get authorization from Congress for any future hostilities. He should be accorded the power of a king, plain and simple. And he was preaching this to his disciples, his base, so of course they roared with approval.

Every other American president in history has made the gesture of being the president for all the people, given lip service to the concept, at the very least. Not Donald Trump. He struts and talks about “my people” as if they were the only people. He continues to demonstrate not only contempt for the opposition party and their millions of constituents, but contempt for American institutions and government. He is the poster child for the angry American. His cult worshippers love it when he indulges in petty insults and abuse and flaunts his power and threatens to do even worse things in the future. He’s out of control and so are they. We have a real sickness in the land right now. Donald Trump and his followers are the ugly Americans. I’m afraid to think what the eventual kool-aid moment is going to look like.

 

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

I’ve been calling them kook-ade drinkers since he took office. Anyway you’re right about him thinking of himself as a king and can do no wrong. He’s better wake up and smell the cofefve because there’s a whole lot of “things” coming his way in the future. The deutche bank thing is going to make him really squirm. Not to mention the SDNY is still on the back burner still simmering away. The pressure is building

Nobsartist
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Nobsartist

And soon, he will be flushed down the toilet of history. A turd among turds….king of the turds!

J.M.
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J.M.

He has suffered not ONE single consequence after all the fires he has started. I’m not holding my breath for anything. It’s insane!

Dick PanicoL
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Dick PanicoL
True ,it’s like a Televangelists dream speaking ( more like screaming) , to a group of evangelicals, who “have never read “the Bible, But still believe ,because they like the fervor of the evangelicals movement , and their grandmother always sent money to them and bought all the CDs, and DVDs , and read the pamphlet’s about how GOD , can’t balance his check book , and needs your help ( in the form of your money ), so the Televangelists can live the life of “wealth and splendor “, —-JUST LIKE JESUS DID ! And much like the “share… Read more »
Jay
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Thank you for telling it in words eighth graders can understand. Which is where the government pinned the average reading ability. Straight talk is appreciated on our side, too. But, at eighth grade level if any Trump supporters read your article they may just be able to understand the words. If we talk over their heads not only do they not understand, they hate you for patronizing them…sooner or later we’re going to have to make friends with them again, and we’re going to have to make the first move. Otherwise they will hate us more and it will drive… Read more »
Ed Gould
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Ed Gould

He was probably mad at the Bed Bugs bites he had gotten ate Mar-a-Lago.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

It’s bad when people at a campaign rally get a better briefing than congress does. Trump just doesn’t get it. He ain’t no king. He has to go through congress if he wants to play with the cool army toys he got with being president.

Marilyn Scheffler
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Marilyn Scheffler

Obama didn’t “done” this!! If you are a trump supporter I would love to know your reasons for it.

never trump
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never trump

Obama never resorted to name calling like your cult leader and now you do. Keep drinking the trump aid you’re as wack as your leader.