Wednesday, July 31, 2019

People are editing Trump into historic scenes under the hashtag '#LostTrumpHistory' after he claimed he spent 'a lot of time' with first responders after 9/11

Mod: A big first step towards being wrong a lot would be believing that anything Trump says is actually true. Which, of course, many do.

People are editing Trump into historic scenes under the hashtag '#Lost TrumpHistory' after he claimed he spent 'a lot of time' with first responders after 9/11 (Business Insider link): People on Twitter are mocking President Donald Trump's unproven claim Monday inserting himself into the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Trump made the comment at a Rose Garden ceremony where he signed into law a bill granting permanent compensation to first responders who later fell ill because of their efforts.

"I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder," Trump told 9/11 first responders and others who had lost friends and colleagues in the attacks. "But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you."

Trump's claim drew criticism and incredulity. Though he was seen and photographed in lower Manhattan in the week after the attack, there is no evidence that he had a significant presence among first responders at ground zero.

On the day of the attack, he spoke with a WWOR-TV reporter by phone and falsely claimed that with the World Trade Center gone a building he owned nearby had just become the tallest in the area.

Many people on Twitter responded with humor, posting images on Twitter under the hashtag #Lost TrumpHistory that inserted Trump into events from history. Others pointed to Trump's long history of dubious claims about 9/11, including the debunked claim that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated when the Twin Towers collapsed.

It's not the first time in recent weeks that the president's take on history has been mocked.

On July 4, a speech he gave in Washington, DC, claimed that the 18th-century American army in the Revolutionary War "seized airports" from the British.

He later blamed the mistake on his teleprompter.

Mod: Apparently Donald Trump was just about everywhere, with the possible exception of the Viet Nam War. Though we might be hearing differently at some later date. There is more to be found at the link located at the top of this page.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

McConnell lashes out at media, Democrats over "Moscow Mitch" label

Mod: Time to dust off those antiquated US treason statutes, Moscow Mitch has been flushed out and he's running for dear life.

McConnell lashes out at media, Democrats over "Moscow Mitch" label (Axios link): Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Monday to angrily defend himself against allegations that he is doing the bidding of Russian President Vladimir Putin by blocking a series of election security bills proposed by Democrats.

"Last week I stopped Democrats from passing an election law bill through the Senate by unanimous consent, a bill that was so partisan that it only received one Republican vote over in the House. My Democratic friends asked for unanimous consent to pass a bill that everyone knows isn't unanimous and never will be unanimous. So I objected. ... Over the last several days I was called unpatriotic, un-American, and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I've singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin." 

The backdrop: In the 24 hours after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified about Russian interference in the 2016 election, McConnell and several other Republicans blocked election security bills from being passed by unanimous consent on the grounds that they were partisan, and that the GOP has already take steps to improve security for the upcoming election.

Democrats and many in the media responded by questioning whether McConnell's actions would effectively amount to an invitation for Russia to interfere again in 2020. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough dubbed McConnell "Moscow Mitch," while Washington Post columnist Dana Milibank wrote a scathing op-ed accusing him of being a "Russian asset." Milibank also noted that McConnell had blocked attempts to pass the following bills:

* A Democratic bill passed in the House that would "direct $600 million in election assistance to states and require backup paper ballots."

* "A bipartisan bill requiring Facebook, Google and other Internet companies to disclose purchasers of political ads, to identify foreign influence."

* "A bipartisan bill to ease cooperation between state election officials and federal intelligence agencies."

* "A bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on any entity that attacks a U.S. election."

* "A bipartisan bill with severe new sanctions on Russia for its cybercrimes."

The big picture: McConnell maintains that he takes seriously the threat of election interference, and that Republicans have already taken steps to strengthen security. But just last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that the Russians are "absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections," and that the U.S. has not done enough to deter the Kremlin from repeating what it did in 2016.

Two new Mitch billboards coming this week (Forward Kentucky link): Two new billboards targeting Mitch McConnell will be coming to Kentucky this week, according to their sponsors. Mad Dog PAC, the sponsor of the billboards, sent mock-ups of the billboards to Forward Kentucky. They also shared the locations. The “Moscow Mitch” board will be on the side of I-65 northbound, between the towns of Horse Cave and Munfordville. The one with Elaine Chao will be on the side of I-75 northbound, near mile marker 78 and the town of Berea.

Here are the mock-ups:



Mod: Nice.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

It is ALL about Princess Ivanka. Trump reveals the mad motivation behind his flood of racist Cummings tweets

Mod: The ugly race-based assault on Congressman Elijah Cummings and the City of Baltimore might seem incomprehensible to those who don't know the actual story behind Donald's current bizarre insanity. It involves a Cummings headed House oversight committee currently investigating a kind of corruption now endemic amongst certain Trump high officials. A list that includes his beloved Princess Ivanka.

House Dems authorize subpoenas for senior White House aides' official communications (Politico link): The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for senior White House officials’ communications via private email accounts and messaging applications, a significant escalation in a years-long, bipartisan effort to learn more about potential violations of federal record-keeping laws. Thursday’s vote by the Democrat-led panel came after the White House refused to turn over the messages voluntarily earlier this month — including senior adviser Jared Kushner’s WhatsApp communications with foreign officials, senior adviser Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email account to conduct official business, and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s use of a personal mobile device for White House business.

Democrats have raised concerns that those practices violate the Presidential Records Act.

“It makes clear that White House records belong to the public — not the president,” Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. “The committee has already received evidence of multiple senior officials using their personal accounts to conduct official business.”

On a party-line vote, the committee authorized Cummings to subpoena all communications sent or received since President Donald Trump took office that were not forwarded to official email accounts within 20 days, as required by law.

Cummings can also subpoena information about whether those messages contained classified information. The committee began investigating White House officials’ email practices in 2017 when Republicans controlled the House. When Democrats assumed power this year, Cummings accelerated the probe, seeking documents and testimony related to potential violations of the Presidential Records Act.


House Dems vote to subpoena Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner for personal emails, texts (Fox News link): The House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for personal emails and texts used for official business by top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the panel's chairman, said the committee has obtained "direct evidence" that the president's daughter, Kushner and other top aides were using personal accounts for official business in violation of federal law and White House policy.

"What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications," Cummings said, adding that the White House has refused to produce a single piece of paper this year in response to the investigation.

Last year, The Washington Post reported that Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account to White House aides, Cabinet members and her assistant. The newspaper said many of those communications, during the early months of the administration, violated federal public records rules.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Trump Tries to Think Up Crime by Obama, Comes Up With ‘Wrote Book’

Mod: Donald Trump has always been uncomfortable with the book thing. He even eventually made an enemy out of the guy who wrote his so-called "autobiography." But is writing a book an actual crime in America

Trump Tries to Think Up Crime by Obama, Comes Up With ‘Wrote Book’ (New York Magazine link): President Trump expressed irritation that House Democrats are challenging his unprecedented refusal to disclose his tax returns and even more unprecedented insistence on using his office for private gain. When Republicans controlled the House, he told reporters, they never investigated President Obama:

"We want to find out what happened with the last Democrat president. Let’s look into Obama the way they looked at me from day one. They’ve looked into everything that we’ve done. They could look into the book deal that President Obama made. Let’s subpoena all of his records … Frankly, the Republicans were gentlemen, and women. When we had the majority in the House, they didn’t do subpoenas all day long."

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Like many criminals, Trump believes that everybody is a crook and views demands that he follow the law as mere hypocrisy. Here he pivots immediately from his rage that he is being asked to comply with basic ethical norms — in this same interview Trump threatened to raise tariffs on French wine, a move that would benefit Trump’s own winery — to insinuations that President Obama probably committed financial crimes, too.

Trump’s claim that Republicans never investigated Obama is especially bizarre. Congress held eight separate investigations on Benghazi alone. The redundancy was deemed necessary because conservatives simply refused to accept findings that no scandal had taken place. Trump, reaching for evidence that Obama probably did something just as unethical as Trump did, comes up with … Obama’s book. You can almost see the wheels turning in Trump’s brain as he tries to summon some damning piece of evidence about his predecessor.

He wrote a book! Is that allowed? Sure, Trump claimed to have written books, but those were all ghostwritten. He doesn’t even read books, let alone write them. “Writing books” has to be some kind of scam, right?

Perhaps sensing the book thing was not enough, Trump proceeded to blame Obama for ruining the temperature-control system in the West Wing:


And yet Trump is the one being investigated while Obama walks the streets a free man.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Alt Boo Hoo: $250 million Nick Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post dismissed by federal judge

Mod: Somebody left this comment on Democratic Underground: "Nick Sandmann's $250,000,000 lawsuit against the Washington Post has been dismissed by a federal judge. Sandmann was the smart ass kid in the MAGA cap from Covington Catholic that was mugging it up facing the Native American protestor. Tough luck cupcake." Yup. Another radical red hat right wing fake controversy has now gone down in flames. Go fetch a Kleenex and please, clean up your mess on the way out.

$250 million Nick Sandmann lawsuit against Washington Post dismissed by federal judge (WLWT5 link): A $250 million lawsuit -- filed by the lawyers for the family of Nick Sandmann against The Washington Post -- has been dismissed by a federal judge. Judge William Bertelsman issued the ruling Friday.

"The Court accepts Sandmann's statement that, when he was standing motionless in the confrontation with Phillips, his intent was to calm the situation and not to impede or block anyone," the judge wrote. "However, Phillips did not see it that way. He concluded that he was being 'blocked' and not allowed to 'retreat.' He passed the conclusions on to The Post. They may have been erroneous, but, as discussed above, they are opinion protected by the First Amendment," Bertelsman wrote. "And The Post is not liable for publishing these opinions,"

Guess not.
Sandmann, 16, is the Covington Catholic High School junior at the center of a controversy after his face was depicted across social media, along with Native American protester Nathan Phillips.

Attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry filed the lawsuit on behalf of Sandmann and his family. It was the first in a series of lawsuits filed against several media outlets.

The lawsuit claims that the Post "wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red 'Make America Great Again' souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C."

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Trump Stands Next to Photoshopped Presidential Seal That Reads '45 is a Puppet' in Spanish



Mod: It looks like someone within the roiling crazy chaos that is the inept Trump media operation finally got it right. Of course, he was fired immediately afterwards.

Trump Stands Next to Photoshopped Presidential Seal That Reads '45 is a Puppet' in Spanish (Gizmodo link): President Donald Trump spoke to an adoring crowd of young Republican activists in Washington D.C. on Tuesday at an event hosted by Turning Point USA. But if you take a close look at the presidential seal that appeared behind the president, you’ll notice something peculiar. That’s not actually the presidential seal—it’s been photoshopped.

The image that was projected behind President Trump on July 23 has a number of alterations, including a two-headed eagle that’s carrying golf clubs in one talon and cash in another. The writing above the eagle is supposed to read “E Pluribus Unum,” which is Latin for “out of many, one.” But the photoshopped creation that appeared behind Trump reads “45 es un titere,” which is Spanish for “45 is a puppet.”

Trump, the 45th president, has long been accused of being a puppet of the Russian government and famously said, “no puppet, no puppet, you’re the puppet” during a presidential debate in 2016 with Hillary Clinton. The Trump campaign repeatedly welcomed help from the Russian government in the lead up to the 2016 election and the president was even trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to the Mueller Report.

The alterations to the presidential seal were first revealed by the Washington Post, which notes that the two-headed eagle bears a striking resemblance to Russia’s coat of arms.

Judging by photos from the event, the image was pixelated enough that some of the details from the image, like the Soviet hammer and sickle on the flag, could not be clearly distinguished by the crowd. It’s unclear who first created the photoshopped image, but it appears on free image sites like Free PNG Library and other Clip Art hosting pages. Someone is even selling the doctored logo on t-shirts and iPhone cases at the print-on-demand service Inktale. The user who sells those items, OneTermDonnie, also sells bumper stickers that read “Chump” made to look like the Trump logo.

Moulton mocks RNC for sending improperly folded American flag (The Hill link): 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) on Thursday knocked the Republican National Committee (RNC) for sending him an American flag folded improperly.

Moulton, an Iraq War veteran, tweeted a photo Thursday showing a letter addressed to him and sent by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, alongside a folded American flag. “In recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that the proper respect and handling for the United States flag is an issue for the Democratic Party,” McDaniel’s letter reads. “The American flag is a powerful symbol of freedom and independence that many have died to protect. It deserves to be treated as such.”

“Hey, @GOP thank you for mailing me the flag and a copy of the flag code,” Moulton tweeted. “Next time, show some respect and fold it properly.



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Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Only Mueller Hearing Conclusion Possible is that Trump Committed Multiple Felonies

Mod: As was clearly spelled out yesterday, the current President of the United States is a felon. Once he leaves office he will be subject to arrest, trial, conviction, and many long years in jail. Your vote in 2020 could help to speed that process.

Rep. Ted Lieu: Only Mueller Hearing Conclusion is that Trump Committed Multiple Felonies (MediaITE link): Rep. Ted Lieu said that that the American public can only reach one conclusion after hearing Robert Mueller‘s testimony in front of Congress on Wednesday.

That conclusion, he said, is that Trumpwas not exonerated” and committed “multiple felonies.”

Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on the same day as Mueller’s hearing wrapped up, Cooper started off by asking the Congressman about Mueller performance.

“Did it surprise you and do you think it muted what Democrats hoped the impact of this would be?” Cooper asked. Lieu responded by noting Mueller “answered yes and true to a number of devastating facts.”

He then said this: “If the American people are watching this, the only conclusion they can conclude is that the Russians systematically and sweepingly interfered in our 2016 elections, the Trump campaign embraced that interference, and then the president committed multiple acts of obstruction of justice to stop the investigation into that interference.”

The congressman further reasoned that the American people could likely only conclude that their president was not exonerated and committed multiple felonies.

In the End, In the Most Understated Way Possible, Robert Mueller Conveyed His Disdain for Donald Trump (Slate link): For two years, special counsel Robert Mueller hovered silently over the United States’ political system. His office’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia almost never issued statements, and no one on his staff seems to have leaked information about its ongoing work to the press. His report, when finally filed and released, was carefully—some would say maddeningly—written so as to neither condemn nor exonerate the president. When he appeared in public to discuss it, he spoke briefly from prepared notes and largely reiterated what was in the report.

The same pattern held throughout most of his testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. If a question was put to him that required him to do anything but confirm information in the report, he demurred: “I cannot get into that,” “Those are areas I’m not going to discuss,” “I don’t feel comfortable speculating on that,” and so forth.

Taking his final questions of the day, though, from Intel chairman and California Rep. Adam Schiff, Mueller briefly became non-noncommittal. Schiff and the other Democrats on the committee had spent two-plus hours enumerating the various ways in which the Trump campaign, while it may have stopped short of joining an illegal conspiracy, had nonetheless welcomed, celebrated, and encouraged the crimes that Russian intelligence operatives committed against his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Schiff asked Mueller, essentially, what he thought about all that—and Mueller, however monosyllabically, told him.

SCHIFF: I’d like to see if we can broaden the aperture at the end of the hearing. From your testimony today, I gather that you believe that knowingly accepting foreign assistance during a presidential campaign is an unethical thing to do.

MUELLER: And a crime.

SCHIFF: And a crime.

MUELLER: And a crime in given circumstances.

SCHIFF: And to the degree that it undermines our democracy and institutions, we can agree that it’s also unpatriotic.

MUELLER: True.

SCHIFF: And wrong.

MUELLER: True.

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It was only a quick back-and-forth, and in the strict sense Schiff’s questions were hypothetical. But it followed another exchange in which Mueller, after being shown a slide of Trump’s enthusiastic comments about WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic emails, responded that to call the president’s remarks about the stolen material “problematic” would be “an understatement”; it also took place just after Mueller told Florida Rep. Val Demings that it would be “generally” fair to say that the president’s written answers to investigators’ questions were not entirely truthful or complete.

If you cared to hear it, the message was there: After two years, Schiff was able to get Mueller to be as direct as he’s ever going to be about judging the way that Donald Trump and the people close to him conducted themselves in 2016—and we learned that the words that Mueller thinks it’s fair to use to describe that conduct are ones like unethical, criminal, unpatriotic, and simply wrong.

True, indeed.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

If the Mueller Report Exonerates Trump As Bill Barr Has So Famously Said ...



... why are the Republicans so worked up about Mueller testifying before Congress today?

Right?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The entire Mueller Report in less than 280 characters

Mod: It isn't all that complicated, you know. Strip away all the loud dishonest braying from Trump and those other clowns, and there it is. Boiled down to its completely unmistakable essence.

The Mueller Report in less than 280 characters (Democratic Underground link)

The Mueller Report:
1) A hostile foreign power intervened aggressively to rig our 2016 elections to help Trump.

2) During the campaign, Trump welcomed & encouraged it.

3) As president, Trump obstructed justice, abused his power, slandered, fired & lied to block the investigations.

Mod: Did you get all that? Take as much time as you need.

With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes (New York Times link): There are just three simple yes-or-no questions Congress should ask Robert Mueller:

Mr. Mueller, the president said your report found, in his words, “no collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration.”

First, did your report find there was no collusion?


Second, did your report find there was no obstruction?


Third, did your report give the president complete and total exoneration?


That’s it. That’s the ballgame. It makes no difference if there are 20 questioners or two when Mr. Mueller appears before two House committees on Wednesday.

All of this speculation about whether Mr. Mueller will go beyond the four corners of his report is largely a waste of time, with one asterisk. The report itself is deeply damning to Mr. Trump, elevating him to the rare president who has been credibly documented as committing federal crimes while sitting in office.

‘Trump will be glued to the screen with an IV drip and a catheter’ when Mueller testifies: GOP strategist (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump will be glued to his television during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, Republican strategist Rick Wilson predicted on Monday. On Wednesday, Mueller is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee in the morning and then the House Intelligence Committee in the afternoon.

“This is also a moment where the preeminence of television in our political lives is going to come to the fore,” Wilson said. “And Donald Trump knows this.”

“That little nervous moment this morning, where ‘I might watch a little’ — no, Donald Trump will be glued to the screen with an IV drip and a catheter,” Wilson predicted.

“He will not move during this testimony. This guy will not budge. He will watch every millisecond of it. He’s expecting his show Republican allies to do the show trialing thing and creaming and the hair-tearing and the rending of garments because they need to keep the Fox audience distracted,” he explained.

Trump Is Already In A Hole As 53% Of Americans Refuse To Vote For Him In 2020 (PoliticusUSA link): Donald Trump is already in a world of trouble heading into 2020 as a majority of the American people say that they will “definitely vote against” him in next year’s general election.

According to a new NPR/PBS/Marist poll, just 44 percent of the country said they approve of Trump’s job performance. But the number that should concern the president is 53 – the percentage of voters who say they refuse to cast their ballot for Trump next year.

That number is slightly higher among independent voters with 54 percent of the key voting bloc saying they won’t be voting for Trump in 2020. Overall, just 42 percent of independents believe the president is doing a good job.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

America Love It or Leave It: Donald Trump and the GOP Hate America

Mod: Using his own arguments, Trump has now earned himself a one way ticket to North Korea.

Donald Trump and the GOP hate America (Daily Kos link): I’m officially sick to death of hearing from Donald Trump and the Republican Party that this or that Democrat or liberal or leftist (yes, wow, those are three different things!) “hates America.” Of course, the requirements for them to unleash the “you hate America” screams are simple: oppose Donald Trump and/or talk about how America can do better in terms of social or economic justice.

But you know who really hates America?

Donald Trump hates America.

Donald Trump — who all of a sudden is Mr. Love It Or Leave It — literally ran on the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”: a direct statement that America (in his opinion) was not, at the time he was running for president, great. Now, Trump goes around saying he loves America. It’s great now, apparently! But words are wind, and actions speak louder. If Donald Trump truly loves America, then why is it that everything he says and does serves to diminish everything that makes America great?

If you love America, Donald, why are you poisoning its waterways? It’s the American people who drink the water that you’re allowing irresponsible companies to dump literal actual poisons into.

If you love America, Donald, why are you letting its citizens get ripped off by scam artists with no repercussions?

If you love America, Donald, why are you destroying our national forests?

If you love America, Donald, why are you gutting the USDA, which protects the American people from eating bad food that can make us sick or even kill us?

If you love America, why did you stand there in Helsinki and make treasonous statements beside the man who attacked our democracy? If you love America, why did you accept and encourage the Russian government’s meddling in our election? If you love America, why do you deny that this happened when the people whose jobs it is to protect America are telling you that it did?

And perhaps most salient of all, if you love America so much, why do you hate so many of its people, including many of its most inspiring success stories?

You hate America, Donald. You hate everything that makes America what it is. You hate our diversity. You hate our freedom of the press. You hate our freedom of speech. If they cost businesses a single dollar, you hate the regulations that keep us alive and healthy. You love nothing but yourself… and perhaps Ivanka.

Mitch McConnell hates America.

Of all the people who hate America, I’m convinced that Mitch McConnell hates it the most.

If Mitch McConnell loved America, he wouldn’t have sided with our enemies for the sake of partisan politics when he was told that our election — the very foundation of our democracy — was under attack. If Mitch McConnell loved America, he wouldn’t have abused the rules of the Senate to prevent the government from working normally under President Obama.

If Mitch McConnell loved America, he wouldn’t have violated his duty to the Constitution by refusing to even allow the Senate to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court… and then openly admitting that he did it because of partisan politics.

If Mitch McConnell loved America, he wouldn’t welcome Donald Trump’s attacks on four duly elected American women who want nothing but to help our nation succeed now and in the future. And he wouldn’t irresponsibly throw the word “socialism” around when discussing their proposals to save America — and humanity — from catastrophe.

You hate America, Mitch. You have intentionally been derelict in your constitutional duties, directly assaulting the very core of America, for no reason but to gain more power.

The Republican Party hates America.

When Trump was on the campaign trail in 2016, where were the Republicans telling Trump, “If you don’t like it, leave”? Oh, right, that statement only applies to Democrats and people of color.

At every opportunity, the Republican Party has, as a coordinated and unified force, supported the dismantling of our institutions, the evisceration of our democracy, and the destruction of our very future.

It’s the Republican Party that has gotten in bed with fossil fuel interests to cast doubt on the facts of the climate crisis even though those fossil fuel companies themselves knew this crisis was in the works more than 40 years ago. They could have stopped it, but they didn’t. For money. And the Republicans have been only too happy to take their money, leaving the American people exposed to more and more dangerous fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes… the list goes on.

It’s the Republican Party that has made gerrymandering — that is, the corruption of democracy and the systematic disenfranchisement of voters for the purposes of partisan gain — a cornerstone of its electoral strategy. It’s the Republican Party that intentionally purges minorities from the voter rolls to win elections. It’s the Republican Party that manipulated the elections and recounts in Florida and Ohio to deliver wins for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.

Donald Trump hates America. Mitch McConnell hates America. The Republican Party hates America. It’s time for them to start hearing it.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Despite Trump’s Racist Rally, Some Christians Are Just Upset He Said “Goddamn”

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Mod: The child rape allegations, bigotry and treason are pretty bad and all, but apparently there are even worse things.

Despite Trump’s Racist Rally, Some Christians Are Just Upset He Said “Goddamn” (Patheos link): While much of the political conversation this week has centered around Donald Trump‘s open bigotry and racism against four Democratic congresswomen of color, it was something else he said that got the attention of a lot of conservative Christians. Trump, twice, said the word “Goddamn.”

In one instance, he recalled a business person he knew who usually hated him. But Trump allegedly told the guy, “You are going to support me because you are a rich guy, and if you don’t support me, you are going to be so Goddamn poor.” For some people, that was the bridge too far.

West Virginia State Sen. Paul Hardesty, a self-described “conservative Democrat” and 2016 “Trump supporter,” sent a letter to Trump calling him out on the language:

"… I am, however, appalled by the fact that you chose to use the Lord’s name in vain on two separate occasions, when you went off the prompter during your speech. There is NO place in society — anywhere, anyplace and at anytime — where that type of language should be used or handled. Your comments were not presidential. I know in my heart that you are better than that."

Imagine how deluded you have to be to think Trump is 'better than that.' He’s not. This is who he is. He doesn’t get any better. Hardesty said nothing about the “Send them back” chants.

It wasn’t just him. Plenty of Christians on Twitter pointed out how offended they were by the cursing… but not, apparently, by the idea that Trump’s critics should go back to where they came from… even though they are American citizens and patriots through and through.

These evangelicals are very clear about their priorities. They don’t give a damn about kids in cages, racist attacks against congresswomen, incompetence and scandal at all levels of this administration, or the constant stream of lies from the White House.

But taking the Lord’s name in vain? MY GOODNESS! THINK OF THE KIDS!

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