Sunday, June 30, 2019

Hopefully he'll stay there: 2020 Democratic candidates pan Trump's North Korea visit

Mod: Who except Donald Trump would see the value of a meaningless photo op with the scion of a family that has murdered hundreds of thousands of their own people?

2020 Democratic candidates pan Trump's North Korea visit (The Hill link): Democrats running for president on Sunday panned President Trump for stepping onto North Korean soil, then meeting with the nation's leader Kim Jong Un as ill-conceived and a waste of American bargaining power.

Trump made history on Sunday by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in North Korea. He and Kim then met for a surprise negotiation session that lasted about 50 minutes on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.

The president hailed the meeting as an important breakthrough that will improve future communication between the two countries, and asserted it was an achievement that former President Barack Obama had grasped at futilely.

Democrats immediately went on the attack Sunday morning, painting the meeting as an amateur move unlikely to produce any meaningful agreement on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile testing program. A spokesman for former Vice President Joe Biden, the democratic frontrunner, hit Trump for “coddling” dictators, citing his chummy meetings with Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Trump’s coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways that he’s diminishing us on the world stage and subverting our values as a nation,” said Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates.

Mod: Much more at the link.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Trump sucks up to Putin, embarrassing us again

Mod: Those who parrot Orange Benedict's claim that there was "no collusion" have it completely wrong. The truth is collusion never stopped, and continues to this day.

Trump sucks up to Putin, embarrassing us again (Washington Post link): Whenever he gets in a room with Russian President Vladimir Putin, something comes over President Trump, his long and bizarre fanboy admiration bubbling to the surface. It’s almost as though he wants to convince Putin that he’ll do whatever is necessary to please him, the interests of the United States notwithstanding.

Which we’re seeing again today. You have to watch the video to appreciate how Trump took the question of Russia’s potential efforts to “meddle” in the 2020 election, which actually means “Take steps to help Trump get reelected.”The little smile on his face as he says “Don’t meddle in the election,” as though the fact that he would say that is a joke the two are sharing, one they’ve laughed about before and will again, tells you all you need to know. So this is what we just witnessed: The president of the United States, joking with a murderous dictator about the fact that the dictator helped him get elected in 2016 and will almost certainly help him in his reelection campaign in 2020, and appearing to joke with the dictator about the fact that he has critical journalists killed.

What’s the right word to describe all this? Were we talking about a Democratic president, Trump would no doubt call it “treason,” a word of which he is rather fond. By one count he has made the treason accusation 24 times, tossing it at the FBI (for conducting a counterintelligence investigation of Russian efforts to help him become president), at The Washington Post and the New York Times (for writing stories that do not reflect well on his administration), and at Democrats (for not applauding enough at his State of the Union), among others.

I’d prefer not to use that word. But whatever one we’d choose, there is no doubt that the Oval Office is now occupied by a man who has contempt for not only the interests of the United States but also every principle that is supposed to make us what we are. If you can watch him yukking it up with Putin and not feel sick to your stomach, you might want to take a good hard look at your own commitment to American values.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Slam Trump Over Unauthorized Use of ‘Crazy Train’

Mod: You don't want to mess with Ozzy. He'll bite your head off.

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Slam Trump Over Unauthorized Use of ‘Crazy Train’ (Rolling Stone link): Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne denounced President Donald Trump’s unauthorized use of “Crazy Train” in a Twitter video the president posted mocking the 2020 Democratic primary candidates. The video, posted Thursday morning, opens with footage of the technical difficulties that marred Wednesday’s first Democratic primary debate and pairs it with the intro to Osbourne’s 1980 hit. Eventually, the video fades to black and reemerges with footage of Trump walking up to a podium.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, the Osbournes said, “Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train,’ we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzy’s music cannot be used for any means without approvals.”

The Osbournes also offered some alternative songs Trump could use, naming the smattering of musicians that have voiced their support for him. “In the meantime, we have a suggestion for Mr. Trump: perhaps he should reach out to some of his musician friends. Maybe Kayne West (‘Gold Digger’), Kid Rock (‘I Am the Bullgod’) or Ted Nugent (‘Stranglehold’) will allow use of their music.”

Sharon Osbourne notably appeared on Season Nine of Trump’s NBC reality show The Apprentice, though she has leveled plenty of criticism at him over his political ambitions. In a 2016 appearance on Conan following the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton, Osbourne said she didn’t think Trump actually wanted to be president, while two years later she expressed her continued concerns in an interview with Larry King. “It’s kind of fearful,” she said. “I know a lot of my friends are fearful. We kind of wake up every day and go, ‘What’s gonna happen now?’ You don’t feel secure that everything will be smooth and people are in control of what they should be in control of and running it professionally.”

Along with Ozzy Osbourne, an array of other musicians have sparred with Trump after he used their music. During the 2016 election, Queen criticized the then-candidate for using “We Are the Champions,” while R.E.M., Neil Young, Everlast and Aerosmith also spoke out after Trump used their music without permission.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

New York Times Op-Ed: Is Trump A Rapist?

Mod: You can read the entire thing at the link, but for your immediate edification here is the gut wrenching part of this Charles M. Blow op-ed.

Is Trump A Rapist? (The New York Times link): Take for instance the latest sexual accusation against Trump: Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her in 1995 or 1996 in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. Carroll doesn’t call it rape, but rape is what she describes.

Carroll writes that Trump “pushed her against the wall, pushed his mouth against her lips, then pulled down her tights, unzipped his pants and forced his ‘fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me,’” as The New York Times reported it.

Don’t just keep reading. Don’t just think that you’ve heard this before. Don’t just think that this kind of “behavior” is baked into how people feel about Trump. Go back and read that last paragraph. Read it slowly. Place yourself — or your mother, or your wife, sister, daughter, cousin, girlfriend or friend — in that dressing room. Imagine the struggle. Imagine the violation. Imagine the anger.

And now remember that the alleged perpetrator is now the president. And, remember that Carroll is by no means alone; a chorus of other women have also accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

But, Carroll’s account stands out for its brutality and severity.

And yet, her account landed like one more body on the pile in a mass grave: reduced by the multitude of other accusations rather than amplified by them.

There was media coverage of Carroll’s accusation and social media discussion of it, but it never truly sufficiently sunk in and gathered the gravity it deserved. Then Dean Baquet, executive editor of The Times, even said this newspaper “underplayed” the article it published on the accusation.

And Trump, in his swelling depravity, responded to the allegations by telling The Hill: “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, O.K.?”

Well, sir, which type for you is rape-worthy?

Seth Meyers to President Trump: 'Hey, A--hole,' Your latest sexual assault denial is a confession  (Aol link): Seth Meyers had no time for a “Closer Look” on Tuesday. Instead, the Late Night host tersely addressed the latest sexual assault allegations leveled against President TrumpMeyers aimed his commentary directly at 45 in a segment called “Hey!” The desk piece was born from this week’s New York Magazine cover story, in which advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accuses Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. In the days since the interview was first published, Trump has vehemently denied the assault, telling The Hill that Carroll is “not my type” and “it never happened.”

“Hey, asshole, if someone asks you if you raped that woman, and you say, ‘No, she’s not my type,’ that’s not a defense. That’s a confession,” Meyers said. “It’s like if you asked Hannibal Lecter, ‘Did you eat that guy?’ and he said, ‘No, he looked a little bony.'”

“No one believes you when you deny this stuff, because you already admitted to it,” Meyers continued. “Remember, you were on a bus with Billy Bush, bragging about assaulting women like some sort of Port Authority pervert. Trump’s headshot shouldn’t be hanging at the White House; it should be hanging at every Greyhound bus station in the tri-state area.”

Later, Meyers pointed out that Carroll is at least the 22nd woman to come forward with allegations against POTUS. The sheer number, he said, makes it hard to believe that Carroll is being dishonest. “Who do you think is lying to us in this situation?” he asked. “All 22 women who have nothing to gain by lying, and are showing incredible courage in the face of these kinds of attacks, or the known liar who called climate change a Chinese hoax, said three million people voted illegally in the last election, and once told Eric Trump, ‘I enjoy spending time with you’?”

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Two Republican senators say rape allegation against Trump should be investigated while many in GOP stay mum

Mod: Most in the GOP have had a lot of practice denying these sorts of things. After all, there have been so many. Here are two that did not.

Two Republican senators say rape allegation against Trump should be investigated while many in GOP stay mum (CNN link): Two Republican senators said Tuesday the rape allegation made against President Donald Trump by writer E. Jean Carroll should be explored to determine the veracity of the allegation against the President -- even as many Senate Republicans sidestepped questions over the matter and defended Trump.

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa said both Trump and Carroll should be questioned about the alleged assault.

"I think anybody that makes an accusation like that, they should come forward," Ernst said when asked if Carroll should be believed. "But obviously there has to be some additional information. They need to interview her. They need to visit with him."

Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said there needs to be an "evaluation" but that he didn't know what entity should conduct it, "whether it's Congress or whether it's another setting, I'm not sure."

"It's a very serious allegation," Romney said. "I hope that it is fully evaluated. The President said it didn't happen and I certainly hope that's the case."

Mod: CNN has compiled a detailed list of the many women who have also accused Trump of sexual assault.

These women have accused Trump of sexual harassment (CNN link)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Trump appears to name the wrong Iranian leader when announcing sanctions on Iran

Mod: To call Trump a blundering ass would be too obvious. But yeah, he is a blundering ass, so let's go with it.

Trump appears to name the wrong Iranian leader when announcing sanctions on Iran (USA Today link): Today, President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and others within his inner circle. However, when announcing the sanctions, Trump referred to the wrong ayatollah.

"Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I’m about to sign will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s Office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support. The assets of Ayatollah Khomeini and his office will not be spared from the sanctions," Trump said at the signing of an executive order to impose the sanctions.

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was Iran's Supreme Leader from 1979 to 1989. He died in 1989 and was succeeded by the current Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. The Supreme Leader is the most powerful political and religious position within the Iranian government.

Mod: Would $50 be enough to get you cheering for the orange guy?

Donald Trump Campaign Offered Actors $50 to Cheer for Him at Presidential Announcement (The Hollywood Reporter link): Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.

New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump's event.

"We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement," reads the June 12 email, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "We understand this is not a traditional 'background job,' but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought."

The pay was listed as $50 for less than three hours of work. According to the email, Extra Mile was reaching out to potential extras in partnership with Gotham Government Relations and Communications, a New York-Based political consulting group that has worked with Trump in the past. Gotham GR had no comment.

Questions as to whether the Trump campaign had hired extras were first raised Wednesday by anti-Trump activist Angelo Carusone, who came across an Instagram photo showing a man he recognized as a background actor posing at the Trump event. Carusone screengrabbed the photo of the actor, Domenico Del Giacco, and published it in a blog post.

The photo shows Del Giacco with a woman, identified in the now-deleted Instagram post as actress Courtney Klotz. (Del Giacco has since deleted his entire Instagram account.)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Trump Thanks Himself For Stock Market Rally, Tags Fake Russian Twitter Account

Mod: Trump's old habits die hard, I guess. But then, when you're borrowing trillions to keep the mess afloat, almost anything is possible.

Trump Thanks Himself For Stock Market Rally, Tags Fake Russian Twitter Account (Huffington Post link): President Donald Trump thanked himself Saturday in a tweet in the wake of a stock market rally — then tagged a fake Russian Twitter account. “Stock Market is on track to have the best June in over 50 years! Thank you Mr. President!” Trump tweeted, adding the tag: @WallStreetJour.

That might look like the Twitter link for The Wall Street Journal — but the real one for the newspaper is @WSJ. The one Trump tagged is a Russian account (with tweets in Russian) made to appear to be the American newspaper.

It’s also apparently defunct. It issued the last of its 66 tweets in 2013, Bloomberg reported. Twitter critics had a few things to say about Trump patting himself on the back — and the Russian goof-up:

"Remember the time the President of the United States tagged a Russian troll account for the Wall Street Journal? Oh yeah, that was just 2 minutes ago."

"Do we need to send Mr. President to a orthopedic? He may have dislocated his shoulder patting himself on the back."

"Borrowing another $ Trillion this year to prop up the economy is not sustainable."

"Soooo... after posting the worst year in A DECADE, you wanna take credit for a good MONTH? After helping to manipulate the fluctuations with your insane tweets? Whatever you say, Spanky."

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Chicken Dance: The Donald Trump Iranian Attack Flip Flop Inquiry Continues

Mod: Trump's claim that he canceled the military assault on Iran because he feared it would result in "150 Deaths" is raising questions. This is the guy who puts children in cages and allegedly rapes women in department stores. So what does he care about anything involving human beings?

Two Fox News hosts question Trump's comments about Iran: 'This just doesn't add up' (CNN link): Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Shep Smith challenged President Donald Trump's comments about when and why he decided to call off a strike against Iran.

Trump said Friday that the military was "cocked and loaded" to fire on Iran in retaliation for shooting down a US drone earlier this week. But he reversed course "10 minutes before the strike" when he learned 150 people could die in the attack, the president said in a series of tweets.

Smith said Fox News' reporting found that Trump would have been given a casualty estimate at a briefing hours before that. "Something's wrong there," Smith said about the president's comments.

Fox News Hosts Doubt Trump's Iran Strike Story: 'Doesn't Make Sense' (Huffington Post link): Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Shep Smith on Friday poked holes in President Donald Trump’s explanation for calling off an airstrike on Iran on Thursday night.

Trump claimed on Twitter Friday morning that he’d aborted the mission, purportedly in retaliation for Iran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. spy drone, just 10 minutes before it was due to take place after suddenly learning that 150 people could die in the raid. “Something’s wrong there,” Smith said of Trump’s version of events.

Wallace agreed. “I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up,” he noted.

Mod: The flip flop.

Trump claims media got it wrong on Iran strike: 'I never called the strike' back (The Hill link): President Trump criticized the media on Saturday for reporting that he  halted plans for a military strike on Iran, tweeting that he had merely ordered the strike to not go forward "at this time."

In a tweet Saturday evening, the president appeared to indicate that a military strike on Iran could be possible in the coming days unless tensions between the two countries eased. "I never called the strike against IranBACK,” as people are incorrectly reporting, I just stopped it from going forward at this time!" Trump tweeted.

Mod: Here's the real reason. Trump had already received his orders.

Putin warned US before drone was shot down not to attack Iran (New York Post link): Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned President Trump not to use military force against Iran despite the Islamic Republic’s recent provocations — in comments apparently made before the US charged that Iran had shot down a military drone with a surface-to-air missile. During a marathon, four-hour call-in show, Putin warned the US that an attack on Iran would have enormous consequences, adding it would trigger an escalation of hostilities across the region.

“It would be a catastrophe for the region as a minimum,” said the Russian strongman, an ally of the Iranian regime.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fox News: Longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accuses Trump of sexual assault in 1990s

Mod: Dirty Don seems to get accused of this kind of thing a lot. Even Fox News seems to know it.

Longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accuses Trump of sexual assault in 1990s (Fox News link): A longtime advice columnist has accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her in a New York City dressing room two decades ago, saying the episode ended only after “a colossal struggle” with the then-businessman. New York magazine on Friday published the allegations by columnist E. Jean Carroll, as part of an excerpt from her forthcoming book in which she accuses Trump, and multiple other men, of improper sexual behavior.

She alleged the Trump incident occurred at the department store Bergdorf Goodman in either the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996. Carroll is known for her "Ask E. Jean" column, which runs in Elle magazine.

Trump on Friday released a lengthy statement vehemently denying the allegations: "I’ve never met this person in my life. She is trying to sell a new book — that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section."

In the excerpt, Carroll, who had a daily advice show at the time, said Trump recognized her and asked for her help choosing a gift. She said they eventually made their way into the lingerie section, and then a dressing room. “The moment the dressing-room door is closed, he lunges at me, pushes me against the wall, hitting my head quite badly and puts his mouth against my lips,” Carroll wrote. In explicit detail, Carroll wrote that Trump held her against a wall and pulled down her tights.

“The next moment, still wearing correct business attire, shirt, tie, suit jacket, overcoat, he opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me,” she said. “It turns into a colossal struggle.” Eventually, Carroll claimed, she was able to break away. “I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room,” she said. “The whole episode lasts no more than three minutes.”

Mod: There's more at the link.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Did Putin veto American attacks? Trump abruptly calls off military strikes against Iran after approving them

Mod: There are quite a few theories going around today about why Donald Trump canceled his military assault on Iran at the very last possible minute yesterday. You might think differently, but my suspicion is Putin called and told his most highly placed American agent to don't do it.

New York Times: Trump abruptly calls off military strikes against Iran after approving them (CNN link): President Donald Trump abruptly called off military strikes against Iran on Thursday night after previously approving the strikes in retaliation for Iran shooting down a US military drone, The New York Times reports.

The operation was already underway in its initial stages -- ships were in position and planes were in the air -- but no missiles had been fired when the order came to stand down, a senior administration official told the Times. The strike had been scheduled for just before dawn on Friday in Iran to minimize the risk to civilians and the Iranian military, and military officials received word shortly after then that the strike was off, at least temporarily. The United States remains locked in a standoff with Iran, with US military or diplomatic responses having the potential to provoke further escalation from Tehran.

Iran's downing of a US drone earlier Thursday has left the President caught between Republicans demanding a response and congressional Democrats warning that Trump -- and the Iran policy hardliners on his national security staff, who welcome the confrontation -- could lose control of the situation and lead the US into war. Military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike as late as 7 p.m. on Thursday after intense debate among Trump's top national security officials and congressional leaders at the White House, multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations told the Times.

Trump initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries, and the Times reports it was not clear whether Trump simply changed his mind or whether his administration pulled back because of strategy or logistics. It was also not clear whether the attacks may still occur.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Infowars' Alex Jones sent Sandy Hook victims files with child sex abuse images, say lawyers

Mod: Alex Jones of InfoWar fame has run into some legal difficulties as of late. All of which is a far cry from not so long ago when he was considered an important source of topical information for the current president.

Infowars' Alex Jones sent Sandy Hook victims files with child sex abuse images, say lawyers (The Guardian link): Lawyers for relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting allege that far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sent them documents relating to the court battle they are fighting that included electronic files containing images of child sexual abuse, as the latest twist in the defamation case against the Infowars website host.

Jones denied the allegations during his web show last Friday and accused one of the lawyers involved of framing him.

Alex Jones interviewing Donald Trump.
Lawyers say the imagery was among documents they had requested from Jones as part of the discovery process of the lawsuit. The families of eight victims of the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and an FBI agent who responded to the massacre, are suing Jones, Infowars and others for promoting a theory that the shooting was a hoax. Jones, of Austin, Texas, has since said he believes the shooting occurred. A court hearing on the documents is scheduled for Tuesday.

Jones, who lives in Travis County, Texas, has used his media platform to call the mass shooting at an elementary school that killed 26 people a hoax and suggested a political cover up took place by leftwing forces seeking to take advantage of the shooting to support their causes, such as gun control.

In 2013, he called the massacre “staged” and continued to stoke his conspiracy theory for years.

Infowars host Alex Jones accused of threatening Sandy Hook lawyers after child porn is found in his electronic files, court document says (CNBC link): Electronic material that Infowars host Alex Jones turned over to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims who are suing him contained images of child pornography, according to a court filing Monday.

The filing also accuses Jones of threatening Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the families, and his law firm, during an online broadcast of “The Alex Jones Show” on Friday in which he angrily claimed that unnamed people were “trying to set me up with child porn.”

“I’ll get your ass,” Jones said, before offering a $1 million bounty for information that led to the apprehension and conviction of whoever sent him emails containing child porn.

Alex Jones Faces Court Action After Threatening Sandy Hook Lawyer (Daily Beast link): A Connecticut judge could impose penalties on InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Tuesday, after Jones aired a show where he punched a picture of an attorney representing Sandy Hook families and called the lawyer a “pimp.” 

In a motion filed Monday in Connecticut, attorneys for the Sandy Hook families asked the court to review Friday’s episode of InfoWars. In that show, Jones raged at attorney Chris Mattei, who’s representing Sandy Hook families suing Jones for saying the 2012 elementary school massacre never happened. 

While sitting next to his own attorney, Norm Pattis, Jones accused Mattei without evidence of planting child porn on InfoWars’s servers. 

“Total war!” Jones said. “You want it, you got it! I’m not into kids like your Democratic Party! So get ready!”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

White supremacists and conspiracy theorists are out in full force at Trump's campaign rally

Mod: C'mon. It would hardly be a Trump rally without them. 

White supremacists and conspiracy theorists are out in full force at Trump's campaign rally ( link): President Trump's 2020 reelection bid is attracting a questionable crowd.

Trump is holding a Tuesday night rally in Orlando that officially launches his 2020 campaign, and hours before it began, thousands of supporters were already out waiting in the rain. Those supporters notably included swaths of white supremacists and believers in the often-destructive QAnon conspiracy, who marched in groups to wait for Trump's arrival.

In the hours before the rally, Trump backers in "Q" merchandise were everywhere. QAnon believers think Trump is discretely overthrowing entrenched government forces, Democrats, and Hollywood elites, and that there's an anonymous high-level government agent who goes by "Q" constantly updating followers on his progress.

Groups of white supremacists calling themselves "Proud Boys" also donned matching polos and marched toward anti-Trump protesters outside the rally, flashing "okay" hand gestures that reportedly represent a "W" and a "P" to make "white power." Orlando police stopped them from getting too close to the protesters.

And as The New York Times' Maggie Haberman spotted, one person waiting outside the Trump rally combined both those ideologies into one sign.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinel's editorial board issued a very timely opinion ahead of the campaign launch, saying they haven't decided on a certain 2020 candidate to endorse, but that it certainly won't be Trump.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

50% Favor Impeachment /Removal: Donald Trump Slams Fox News Poll, Disputes ’30 Hours’ Title Of ABC Special

Mod: Even Fox News can't get away with reporting poll results that impugn the popularity of the royal boil.

Donald Trump Slams Fox News Poll, Disputes ’30 Hours’ Title Of ABC Special (Deadline link): President Donald Trump took on the “fake news” again today. While that in itself hardly qualifies for a headline, this part of his tweet du jour (or du hour) does: It targets Fox News. “Something weird going on at Fox,” the leader of the free world appeared to notice today.

He was talking about a new poll from Fox News that found 50% of Americans favor his impeachment or removal from office. More context on that and the second part of Trump’s double-duty tweet below, but read it first:

The poll that elicited Trump’s friendly fire was released Sunday and reported today on Fox & Friends (one of said “friends” being the president, of course). It showed that 50% of respondents believe that POTUS should be impeached or removed from office. The president obviously was not amused.

The tweet in question also took aim at another news outlet, ABC News, for the title of its widely seen and cited George Stephanopoulos sit-down with Trump. That special, which is titled 30 Hours – Donald Trump and aired on ABC’s 20/20 — showed, among many other things, the former Clinton press secretary asking about Trump’s leaked internal polling that shows him trailing Dem challengers in 15 of 17 swing states. The president immediately denied that, saying on camera, “Those polls don’t exist.” But word also spread today that Trump has cut ties with some of his pollsters — apparently over the leaks and not the results. Make your own inferences.

Meanwhile, It’s worth noting that perhaps even Fox News didn’t know what to make of its poll that so riled Trump. Mediaite noted today that that FNC misrepresented its own findings — twice. First, Fox & Friends showed a graphic that noted 50% of pollees replied “No” to whether Trump should be “impeached or removed from office.” One problem: The actual question was, “Do you think President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, or not?” The answer to that query was 43% saying “yes,” 7% saying “impeachment only” and 6% saying “don’t know”

You read that correctly. Reminder that being “impeached” and “removed from office” are entirely different, so taking into account the 6% “don’t know” crowd, that would leave just 42% saying the president not be impeach not removed.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Kill the Messenger: Trump fires his pollsters after campaign leaks show him losing in 11 battleground states

Mod: Big baby Orange Caligula can't take bad news, so it's off with the heads of those who deliver it. Chop!

Trump fires his pollsters after campaign leaks show him losing in 11 battleground states (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump is reportedly cutting ties with some of his pollsters after leaks from his campaign showed him losing in some battleground states. NBC reported on Sunday that the firings came after someone leaked polls that indicated Trump is losing to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 11 battleground states.

“A separate person close to the Trump re-election team told NBC News Saturday that the campaign will be cutting ties with some of its pollsters in response to the information leaks, although the person did not elaborate as to which pollsters would be let go,” the report said.

Trump campaign fires multiple pollsters after unflattering numbers leak (CNN link): President Donald Trump's campaign fired several pollsters after internal polling numbers that showed the President lagging behind Democratic presidential candidates in key states were made public, according to multiple sources.

CNN and other outlets first reported the numbers -- which showed Trump trailing Joe Biden in states like Michigan and Wisconsin -- weeks ago, but a purge of the polling team was proposed after Trump grew angry about coverage of the numbers in recent days. Campaign officials were frustrated after the detailed numbers of four of the 17 states polled leaked to outlets like ABC last week.

Michael Baselice, the president and CEO of Baselice & Associates Inc., is one of the pollsters the Trump campaign has let go, a Republican familiar with the matter told CNN. Baselice, who is based in Austin, Texas, joined the Trump campaign near the end of the 2016 election cycle and had been close to Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, the person said. Adam Geller, who was also a pollster for the Trump campaign in 2016, was another who was let go, according to another Republican familiar with the situation. The campaign also cut ties with Brett Lloyd, president and CEO of The Polling Company, the former firm of White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, a source familiar with the matter said.

Baselice and Geller are expected to begin working instead with America First, the pro-Trump super PAC, the source said. Lloyd is not expected to continue working with any Trump-affiliated entities.

A person familiar with the purge said the firings were less about the accuracy of the polling and more about mollifying the President.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Jim Bakker: Vote Trump, or face Armageddon - If Trump Loses in 2020, God May End the World

Mod: Then again, this could be a process that has already begun. Something that would explain the continued existence of Jim Bakker.

Jim Bakker: If Trump Loses 2020, God May End the World (Business Standard News link): Former televangelist Jim Bakker is warning that if President Donald Trump loses the 2020 election it may lead to the end of the world.

Trump is a godly president who is trying to move America in the right direction with the anti-abortion legislation,” said Bakker on his YouTube show. “But if we elect a godless liberal, who favors killing babies and promoting gay marriage, God might just give up on America and start the Apocalypse.”

Bakker is best known for a sex and financial scandal involving his ministry in the 1980s. Bakker went to jail and has now reinvented him as an End Times preacher, who sells survivalist gear. He recently hosted a guest who claimed global warming was caused by “sin.”

But his views about Trump are in line with fellow fundies. According to preacher Franklin Graham, Trump’s 2016 election was an act of God.

“I think God was behind the last election,” said Graham in an interview with the Western Journal. However, America’s intelligence agencies and the Mueller report both state that Trump won because of massive interference from Russia.

Pence Visits Conversion Therapist For Routine Gay-Preventative Checkup (The Onion link): Sitting in the waiting area while ignoring the screams he heard emanating from the exam room, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly visited his conversion therapist Thursday for a routine gay-preventative checkup. “I feel completely heterosexual right now, but I still like to visit the doctor every six months or so to just to be safe,” said Pence, noting that he didn’t enjoy receiving electric shocks on his genitals while staring at photos of naked men, but it was worth it to ensure he didn’t come down with a case of full-blown gayness later on.

“Maybe I’m a hypochondriac when it comes to contracting homosexuality, but I’m a busy guy and I’d rather have a spiritual intervention early on than risk missing work to recover from being attracted to men.

Plus, now that it’s June it seems like everyone is gay so I need to be extra careful. I’m so lucky my insurance covers yearly gay-prevention appointments.” At press time, Pence was preparing to be lobotomized in an effort to fully immunize himself from dangerous homosexual thoughts.