Saturday, April 13, 2019

141 Times: Why Is Trump Suddenly Playing Dumb About Julian Assange? “I know nothing about WikiLeaks”

Mod: For the next few months the world is going to be talking about all the military secrets Assange leaked, with the help of the Russians; while Trump twists himself into a pretzel trying to convince his fruit loops base that he never said anything about Assange or Wikileaks. Good luck with that, Donny!

Ignoring his record, Trump pretends to know 'nothing' about WikiLeaks (MSNBC.com link): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken into custody today in London, where he was wanted for skipping bail in 2012. He'll likely face criminal charges in the United States, and the Justice Department has already charged Assange with computer hacking crimes.

And while this will obviously be a major international story in the coming months, it's worth pausing to appreciate just how amazing Donald Trump's response to the developments was this afternoon.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he knows "nothing about WikiLeaks" hours after the arrest of the organization's founder, Julian Assange, and two-and-a-half years after he frequently cited its information dumps about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks," Trump told reporters at the White House, where he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "It's not my thing." That the American president was able to say this with a straight face was unsettling -- because he does know WikiLeaks, and throughout his 2016 campaign, it was very much his thing.

In fact, Trump mentioned WikiLeaks more than 100 times in just the final month of the 2016 campaign, according to Factbase. Many of those times, he expressed admiration for its work. "This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable," he said once. "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks," he said another time. Yet another time: "Oh, we love WikiLeaks. Boy, they have really -- WikiLeaks! They have revealed a lot."

There's a reason Trump's denial today was literally unbelievable. This was, however, very much in line with the president's style. As regular readers know, whenever anyone in Trump’s orbit runs into trouble, the White House turns to the first page in its playbook: pretend the president doesn’t know the people or entities he obviously knows.

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When Paul Manafort was indicted, for example, Trump’s former campaign chairman became some random staffer “who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.” When White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign in disgrace, Team Trump decided he was “a former Obama administration official” who did some “volunteer” work for the president. Carter Page was described as someone Trump “does not know.” George Papadopoulos was dismissed as a “coffee boy.” Trump World even tried to downplay its association with Cambridge Analytica, the Trump campaign’s favorite data firm.

Roger Stone, naturally, became little more than "somebody who’s been a consultant" for dozens of Republicans.

It's a foolish and unpersuasive game, but it's clearly one of Trump's favorites. The Republican's opinions on nearly everything are guided by their utility to him personally.

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31 comments:

  1. Back to the 'hot air balloon' festival (djt) holds every single day and night if it suits him, much like all dictators of the world fly around in their over blown heads. Lies are the truth and the truth is a lie? Who writes (djt) comedy scripts anyway?

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    1. Only 13% of Americans think Attorney General William Barr's summary accurately described the Mueller Report
      https://amp.businessinsider.com/final-mueller-report-worse-for-trump-poll-2019-4

      Exonerated my ass.

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  2. Another loud-mouthed HACK, wants a bite at the apple of sorts since one liar needs someone else to watch their back while the first one keep the lies going much like arsonists do?
    https://nypost.com/2019/04/13/roger-stone-wants-full-copy-of-mueller-report-for-his-criminal-case/

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  3. Because he thinks people have short memories.

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    1. The buffoon has suffered his own legendary memory loss again.

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  4. Trump is like a drug addict. You are his friend until you don't get him high anymore. Then he kicks you to the curb.

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  5. He’s afraid Julian is gonna talk. Karma is a Bitch.

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    1. Everything he does is because it's convenient. Morals? Ethics? I don't think he knows how to spell them.

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    2. Hasn't he done this to everyone that has been caught?

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  6. Mike Pence's invitation to an evangelical college has sparked an uproar on campus

    Taylor University, a private evangelical Christian college in rural Indiana, has selected Vice President Mike Pence as its featured commencement speaker this May, and many from the Taylor community are deeply upset and alarmed. For those on the outside, the news that a largely white evangelical Christian school in Pence’s home state of Indiana would invite him as its graduation speaker seems hardly surprising, considering that for decades white evangelical Christians have constituted the largest religious bloc in the Republican Party, according to the Washington Post. But as Taylor alumni, faculty and students have told Salon — some of whom asked not to be named — the invitation has been met with substantial dissent and backlash.

    “I was taken aback, I felt blindsided,” a tenured associate professor who has taught at Taylor for nearly a decade told Salon. “I immediately became angry and cynical, thinking that our dear seniors were being sold out, that the administration was hedging its bets that they could turn graduation into a political statement and, furthermore, a revenue stream — that this move would please people with deep pockets with whom the administration would like to partner — and that that outcome was more desirable to them than whatever the faculty and student body wanted.”

    “I’m not surprised that President Haines has decided to publicly align the university with the Trump/Pence administration, but I am disheartened at this very clear institutional endorsement of that agenda,” Taylor alumna Liz Boltz Ranfeld (and one-time Salon contributor) told Salon. “Taylor was not a progressive or liberal environment when I was a student there, and yet the faculty modeled a lot of traits and values that should be non-partisan: hospitality, generosity, collaboration, compromise, humility, and curiosity. . . We were encouraged to voice dissent when we opposed actions taken by the Bush administration, and we were also encouraged to reject nationalism. Clearly that kind of discourse is no longer valued by the current TU administration.”

    The news was announced by the university on Thursday morning and shortly afterwards an online petition started by alumni called for Taylor to rescind the invitation.

    https://www.alternet.org/2019/04/mike-pences-invitation-to-an-evangelical-college-has-sparked-an-uproar-on-campus/?utm_source=push_notifications

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  7. Mississippi Judge Carlton Reeves likens Trump attack on judiciary to KKK, Citizens Council

    Mississippi federal Judge Carlton Reeves in a speech in Virginia assailed the Trump administration for lack of diversity in judicial appointments and likened President Trump's attacks on the judiciary to tactics used by the Ku Klux Klan and segregationists in the Jim Crow era.

    Reeves, who has ruled on some of the state’s biggest legal cases, spoke Thursday at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he accepted this year's Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law award from his alma mater.

    . . . BuzzFeed News reports Reeves, an African American, quoted President Donald Trump's tweets and public comments about judges and the courts (the written version obtained by BuzzFeed includes footnotes making clear Reeves is referring to Trump tweets) and blasted the lack of diversity among Trump's judicial nominees.

    "When politicians attack courts as 'dangerous,' 'political,' and guilty of 'egregious overreach,' you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely 'using the courts,' you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City," Reeves said, quoting Trump.

    https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/12/mississippi-judge-carlton-reeves-trump-judiciary-attacks-like-kkk/3448438002/

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  8. Putin is cashing in on is investment in Trump.

    RUSSIA: WORLD NO LONGER TRUSTS U.S. TO LEAD, IT'S TIME OTHERS STEP IN TO STOP 'BLACKMAIL AND PRESSURE'
    https://www.newsweek.com/russia-world-no-longer-trusts-us-1394848

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  9. Trust me, it ain't you.

    Here's who's winning under Trump's tax law
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/13/politics/tax-reform-winners-and-losers/index.html

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  10. Trump's WikiLeaks Amnesia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7gF357NR8o

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    1. In Trump world the truth is only for those who deserve it. You don’t.

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  11. Press does not follow up. How true. Trump "loves chaos" and the MSM is numb or worse. Happened during the Iraq invasion as well. Attacking the wrong country based on lies and the subsequent murders and torture? Yeah, OK maybe...(page turn). 2008 economic meltdown? Same thing. Blamed the borrowers, not the criminals on Wall Street. Face it, those in power are rarely prosecuted in the U.S. and the media has ADHD. New shiny object over here; forget previous story. Needs to change; badly. I applaud those who try.

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  12. Conspiracy. Being charged with computer fraud is very different from espionage that Chelsea Manning is guilty of; the Democrats had Manning on their political ticket and we "all" paid for heshe's sex change.
    Journalism stops when the leaking of classified information is put out into the public. Debate on this is real, not who says what.

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  13. If Julian Assange wants my support he will need to produce hacked copies of the Mueller Report and T-Rump’s tax returns. That would be a mighty blow for freedom.

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  14. Trump knew about WikiLeaks until he didn’t.

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    1. He was for it before he was against it.

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  15. When ever the documents need to be leaked to the FREE PRESS is when it deals with taking down DICTATORS. So how are those apples? To make America free again not run by a bunch of knuckle heads who goose step and Hitler salute a lot, God bless America and flush (djt) and his supporters out of America maybe a Communist country would take them instead!

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  16. Maybe YOU11;45a are the communist; check yourself!

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    1. Communism can be great. Corrupt government ruins it

      Just like capitalism

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  17. that is 1,134 times less than this blog lied about Russian Collusion

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    1. Plenty of collusion foo’. Maybe not enough to convict a purported president but certainly enough to convict anyone else of conspiracy against the US. So why don’t you contact the Russians and help them to subvert the US like his campaign did and we’ll see what happens to you tough guy.

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    2. Whatever you say, Comrade.

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    3. 1:20 is a collaborator. Lock him up.

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    4. Skipping merrily down the garden path to uncle Alzheimers house.

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  19. Trump's Followers/Base/Cult all suffer from TDS! - TDS/Trump Derangement Syndrome:
    And because of the Cognitive Dissonance that is part of it, they blame it on the Democrats/Liberals & say it is the D/L's that suffer from it!
    Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their love of Donald Trump, to the point they will abandon all logic and reason.
    Symptoms for this condition can be very diverse, ranging from racist or xenophobic outbursts to a complete disconnection from reality. TDS can also often result in the sufferer exhibiting violent, homicidal, or even genocidal desires, particularly against residents from foreign countries.
    Sufferers have also been known to wish direct self-harm on themselves (such as increased tariffs, a desire for tax cuts heavily favoring corporations and the 1%, infringement of first amendment rights, and even the destruction of NATO.), provided that action was initiated by Donald Trump.
    Paranoia is also a common symptom of TDS. Sufferers have been known to believe that they are in some way being persecuted when their Trump related beliefs are questioned, and in some cases believe they are about to be a victim of an immigrant or POC related crime. The paranoia does however not seem to be bad enough to make TDS sufferers attempt to actually becoming informed and/or think for themselves.
    It is also known that statements and printed articles containing FACTS can exacerbate the condition.
    Unfortunately for the sufferers, it is believed that the problem is incurable.

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  20. It serves a republican to deny knowledge. The world is all about themselves. In any conversation with a republican - the talk is all about them and they never ask about you.

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