Sunday, January 29, 2017

The New Republic: Trump and the Republicans Are on a Suicide Mission Together

Mod: Pretty good accounting of the week old Trump disaster from The New Republic.

Trump and the Republicans Are on a Suicide Mission Together - One of the things supposedly driving President Donald Trump to distraction, in what should be a celebratory first week in office, is that he isn’t getting a honeymoon period from the media and the general public. “Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements,” The Washington Post reported this week, “and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.”

Trump is still widely disliked, as he was even the day after he defeated Hillary Clinton; the fact that he’s so unpopular contributed to the weak turnout at his inauguration; on Friday, reporters noted (accurately) that far fewer people attended his swearing-in than attended Barack Obama’s first inauguration; on Saturday, they noted (again, accurately) that a massive anti-Trump protest on the first day of his presidency was also better attended than his inauguration.

Trump hasn’t been able to let it go. His preoccupation with popularity hasn’t motivated him to do popular things, but it has driven him to manic outbursts about imaginary voter fraud and media conspiracies. An apparently typical digression about fraud and the popular vote during a meeting with congressional leaders this week “was greeted with silence, and Mr. Trump was prodded to change the subject by Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, and Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas,” according to The New York Times.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are at pains to maintain a façade of unity. But behind these conspicuous morale-boosting exercises, Republicans are doing a poor job concealing their awareness of how terribly this fledgling government is going. What they haven’t done is anything meaningful to change the trajectory. They have signed up for a suicide mission with Trump, without a complete understanding of what the purpose of the mission is, whether it will succeed, or how severe the collateral damage will be.

At a glance, Trump is an odd star to hitch a wagon to. He’s extremely unpopular at a time when he should be about as popular as he’ll ever be. The latest national poll, from Quinnipiac University on Thursday, found that only 36 percent approve of the way Trump is handling his new job, while 44 percent disapprove (compared to 59 percent approval and 25 percent disapproval for Barack Obama).

Had Trump spent the first days of his presidency calming nerves and behaving graciously, he might be on the upswing, but instead, he did the opposite. Everywhere you look below the surface, Republicans show signs of discomfiture with Trump’s temperament and the rickety state of his government. Consider:

- Republicans are ducking and hiding from questions about Trump, and being evasive when they answer. “I’m just not concentrating on [Trump’s false voter fraud claims]. I’m looking at the policies he’s putting forward, and they look good to me,” said Senator Shelly Moore Capito.

- When confronted with the fact that Trump claimed to be working with him on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, incoming House and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wisecracked, “It’s true that he said that, yes.”

- Of Texas’ 38 members of Congress (most of whom are Republican), none would full-throatedly endorse Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.

- Senators like John McCain have criticized Trump’s promise to renegotiate NAFTA and to keep an open mind about torture.

- Palace-intrigue stories sourced in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico—all sourced to the White House—portraying Trump as a fragile, erratic, television-obsessed snowflake.

The pattern that emerges is clear: Members of the White House are concerned enough about Trump’s capacity to do the job that they’ll leak to prominent reporters, but they’re not concerned enough to muster the courage to tell Trump the truth, or to resign. Congressional Republicans are concerned enough about the things Trump is doing that they’ll signal independence from or displeasure with Trump, but not concerned enough to use real power to stop him, or to keep him honest.

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57 comments:

  1. God it is good that you have President Trump on your mind. Keep him there because he is working for you and will keeping working for you, no matter what is printed about him. It is great and so is the country Thank God you live here to voice what you do.

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    1. Trump is a creepy pervert. You blaspheme by claiming he speaks for God.

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    2. I can't thank God that I live here to voice what I do, because Bannon and Trump are in the process of ending free speech and free press.

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  2. Wake up Mr. Moderator, try to post views that differ from yours. This inability of yours to be fair shows how short sighted you really are. Face the facts, Mr. Trump is the President of the United States. Get away from fake news to cover your hated of him, just print your factual knowledge, or maybe your personal opinions rather than this mush.

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    1. You're a cliche.

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    2. 7:50 - If you don't like what I post here, please don't read my blog. I'm begging you. Go somewhere else.

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  3. The anti-Trump crown is hysterical. He's only been in office for a week. It might be a little tough to maintain the hysteria for 4 years and most likely 8. While Trump is getting things done and realigning the electorate in favor if Republicans it's going to be fun watching the progressive spend their time and money simply being hysterical.

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    1. What is an anti-Trump crown?

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  4. Fake America Hates Again.

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  5. Chief Standing RockJanuary 29, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    The fascist Trumpies are out early this morning. You might try giving this a spin on your record machine: from 1942 Spike Jones and his City Slickers, the hit tune Right In The Fuhrer's Face. I hope you make it your theme. Have a hugely bigly day.

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  6. Trump declares war on everybody and hands nuclear weapons to Mad Dog Mattis:

    During a visit to the Pentagon on Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive action calling for stepped up violence in Syria and a vast expansion of the US military, including its nuclear arsenal, to prepare for war with “near-peer competitors”—a reference to nuclear-armed China and Russia—and “regional challengers,” such as Iran.

    “I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States,” Trump said during the signing of the document, entitled “Rebuilding the US Armed Forces.”

    During the visit, his first to the Pentagon, Trump signed a second order, “Protecting the US from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” that freezes visa and immigration applications from predominantly Muslim countries. The order threatens to block refugees from finding sanctuary, workers from taking jobs, students from attending school, and the unification of families.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/01/28/pent-j28.html

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  7. If Trump wants to start a war, it’s hard to imagine a better first move than this one. All decisions on national security will now be made by political operatives, while career professionals in the intelligence and military communities have been deliberately excluded from the process. Every single member of the NSC PC is now political; there are no career professionals left.

    https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/29/1626645/-Trump-removes-DNI-and-Chairman-of-Joint-Chiefs-from-National-Security-Council-And-adds-Bannon

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  8. Are you kidding me, rebuild the military! The United States military is more powerful that Russia and China combined. Just in war planes alone the US has 13,444 China has 3,547 and Russia has 2,942. The U.S. spends more on its military than the next seven or eight nations combined depending on how one measures it. With nearly 20 ships that could be designated aircraft carriers and around 800 overseas military bases in 70 countries, the Pentagon's global military dominance is virtually unchallenged. When you hear our president say he wants to build the military up you have to wonder what is really going on. Would he start the draft again? Calling up your daughters and sons to fight his war is not to far out.

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  9. Source of that information came from http://www.globalfirepower.com/aircraft-total.asp that is just one of many sources to check. Or, pick from here, https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=strongest+military+in+the+world&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-004

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  10. I just can't stop smiling. I voted for President Trump. He's no snowflake, don't attempt to "take" ownership of that word that describes the mamby pamby progressives.
    White House leakages need to be flushed along with Congressional whimsical wimps. I voted for change and I am very happy with what I am witnessing, I had become so exhausted with America being used as a doormat and a piss pot.
    The dramatic lobotomy loonies should use this time to "read" and listen to what is going on, not react to fake news.

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    1. President Snowflake. So fitting--I like it!

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    2. I can't wait until Trump deports you.

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    3. 10:17 voted for change. Has the nurse brought his diaper yet?

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    4. 10:17 the kind of smug stench that seeps from hell

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  11. The most important news out of Washington D.C. today. The movie Dory will be shown in the theatre room.
    A phone call with the Saudis this morning.
    This is a hughly bigly day.

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  12. Building a wall is so old world. We have modern ways to secure the border. We need to spend that money on better water, health care, jobs for everyone.

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  13. Senators Unite! Chuck Schumer has taken visual effect lessons from John Boehner while delivering a speech today. It brought me to tears.

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  14. President Trump has signed nineteen Executive Orders as of today, quite extraordinary.

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    1. So he managed to sign his name 19 times in one week? Big deal. Even smirking chimp W managed with great concentration to scratch out his name with a pen.

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    2. It isn't the signing, it is what he signed. And some of those Executive Orders are a disgrace to America. Trump is Bannon's towel boy.

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  15. Wow! After watching millions of women march last weekend against a demented p***y grabbing narcissistic misogynist who ogles 10 year old girls, comments on the body of his own daughter, and strolls into the dressing rooms at teenage beauty pageants, not to mention cheats on wives and has children with three different women, 7:53 managed to use the term "hysteria" 3 times in four sentences. Tell us 7:53 (and 7:35 & 7:50), do Trump's documented salacious behaviors constitute your own Republican values?

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  16. Your right, building the wall is so old world. The blue prints and law have been on the back burner for years.
    Finally we have a President that is supporting laws that were passed generations ago. The added bonus to the American people is that this President has a construction background, so the guarantee of having it built correctly and under budget is a given.

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  17. 9:35am. You sound as if you have been nipping at the liquor bottle earlier today. The United States has never started a war, unless you are an "older citizen" from the Civil War era, I am not clear on where you have gotten your information. Again fake news. As for career professionals they usually get gigs teaching in collages and universities, that explains why the educational systems are slanted to the left.

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  18. 10:17 obviously knows nothing of how the world political system works, and neither does Trump. This lack of knowledge is going to get the U S into a lot of trouble and cost a lot of money. Nothing like upsetting world leaders and acting like you are the world power that we are. There is a fine line between negotiating and war, we need to be careful.

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  19. Trump is fake news. A joke played on a lot of the American population.

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  20. Since you have written a double negative poster 12:35 pm. "...and acting like you are the world power that we are...", you agree that the US of A and President Donald J. Trump DO understand how the world of politics operate. Clarity works best when communicating. Thanks.

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    1. I'm not 12:35, but there is no double negative in what he posted. <--- Perhaps you believe this contains a double negative since it contains a "not" and a "no." Or maybe you think it's a quadruple negative: 1 x "not" + 1 x "no" + 2 x "negative" = quadruple negative!

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    2. Post away fool I believe most readers here are done responding to you,as am I........

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    3. Trump is a transparent ass and believes whatever it is the last person he spoke with told him.

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  21. President Snowflake panders to his flurries, who cry wah, wah, wah because they, despite growing up with all the educational and other benefits the U.S. has to offer, can't compete with marginally educated people from third world countries who, like most immigrants, will work harder than the flurries can even imagine working.

    C'mon lazy flurries, man up and get an education and skills and support your families. Stop blaming others when it's you who won't stop whining and licking your imaginary wounds. Your whiner snowflake-in-chief, who, like you, cries about all unfairness he imagines he experiences every day, cares only about himself and doesn't give a darn about you. You may be kindred in spirit with him, but unless you're educated, skilled, and work hard, he would fire you in a second. Man up babies.

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  22. 11:42.....and to what extent was the US credibly threatened by Iraq to justify a full scale invasion resulting in great loss of life, hundreds of billions, maybe trillions of dollars spent, destabilization of the region to the point of no return, if we didn't bake this *hit pie then tell me who did.........."the US has never started a war", give me a break.

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    1. Saddam Hussein.

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    2. You're being silly 2:48. Don't you remember how Saddam planned to park Iraq's imaginary refueling tankers in strategic, undetectable locations over the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean so that Iraq's non-existent heavy bombers and mythical fighter jets could, again without detection, fly all the way to the U.S. and bomb our cities and then return back, once again undetected, to Iraq to plan and execute an unrelenting series of similar attacks until we capitulate. Surely, you haven't forgotten that threat 2:48.?

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    3. There was none. It was a false flag attack. The result was further destabilization of the Middle East, the creation of Isys, and the loss of countless innocents, including Americans

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    4. 4,486 American servicemen died in Iraq. What made that worth it?

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  23. Money making venture at Los Angeles Airport, bring in the illegal food carts! Protesters have said they refuse to leave.
    It will be a few months before the curfew is relaxed and a extreme vetting process is in place.

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  24. Mr. Moderator, thank you for you unbiased posting of responses.

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    1. I was hoping you'd eventually say something that made sense.

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  25. Cost of affordable care act: $1.7 billion
    Cost of war in Afghanistan and Iraq: $4.4 trillion+
    Forget pensions, forget Michelle security, and funding for the arts, forget labor unions, the national debt is driven by republican wars

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  26. It makes sense that a non politician is President. MAGA

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    1. America was great. Now it has fallen into the hands of lunatics and reactionary degenerates.

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    2. I doubt your dentist or doctor have experience in their fields either.

      Fool

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    3. Reactionary Conservatives, right on!
      Whose Michelle security? She must be on the Sierra Madre City Council if she doesn't support the arts.
      I've always known America is great, you must have ment to say Michelle Obama when she said "for the first time in my life, I am proud to be an American ". Sounds like you both drank the same koolaid.

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    4. Did someone cut off the oxygen to your brain?

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    5. 'Michelle' was actually a typo, the multi trillion in republican war debt was not... you ready to have a grown up debate or daydream about soft drinks?

      Because you know it's true...
      that's why you can't debate
      Coward

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  27. Haha muslim-ban protestors turn out in greater numbers than trumps inauguration.

    What a worldwide loser

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  28. I would not call people of Muslim faith world wide losers; not nice man, not nice.

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    1. I'm only calling trump a loser
      because he's not nice

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    2. 7:52 is being fibbish and is misrepresenting somebody's comment.

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  29. I hadn't known that the National Security Council, to which Trump just elevated Steve Bannon, is the body that approves assassinations. Trump also removed from full-time NSC duty the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence. The implications are unclear, but as the following suggests, they're potentially dire. Why is Trump replacing senior professionals with an inexperienced fringe cowboy? From a DC source:

    What is unfolding inside Washington right now is, for all intents and purposes, a step-by-step coup e'tat against constitutional government. Steve Bannon has played, and will continue to play, the leading role in this usurpation -- his positions effectively shield him from any government oversight or accountability. That Bannon has largely succeeded in shielding from public view his neo-Nazi associations and contempt for the American constitution should be cause for still greater alarm. What much we do know is gravely worrisome in itself.

    This post concerns Donald Trump's elevation of Bannon to leading roles within the National Security Council. To review: the National Security Council (NSC) comprises important high-level government officials including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director of National Intelligence. Its main job is to use this broad expertise to advise the President on national security matters and assist in carrying out security directives.

    Yesterday, the President removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the NSC. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.

    This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

    Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military adviser in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.

    What You Can Do:

    - Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.

    - Spread the word about this news to your networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now.

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