Saturday, February 29, 2020

For the very first time ever, there are more registered independents in the United States than Republicans

Mod: The increasingly eccentric and out of touch Republican Party is rapidly growing old, and few young people are joining what is the party of the unhappy aging.

Independents outnumber registered Republicans for the first time ever (American Independent link): As the 2020 election fast approaches, registered Republicans make up the smallest portion of the electorate since party registration was created in the early 1990s, according to a report from the Washington Post. Pointing to data from Ballot Access News, the Washington Post reported that registered Democrats make up the largest portion of the electorate at 39.66%, followed by independents at 29.09%, and registered Republicans in last with 28.87%.

The news could be a troubling sign for Donald Trump and the Republicans seeking to ride his coattails to victory in November. For example in 2004, when now-former President George W. Bush ran for and won reelection, Republicans made up 32.79% of the electorate, according to the Washington Post.

In 2016, registered Democrats amounted to 40.6% of the electorate in the states that have party registration. That means in 2020, Democrats have seen a 0.94% drop.

However, Democrats have seen encouraging signs in registration across the country. In the battleground state of Florida, there are now more than 5.04 million registered Democrats — outnumbering the 4.79 million registered Republicans. It's the first time a party has ever surpassed 5 million registered voters in the state.

And New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley announced on Thursday that, "For the first time in 10 years, there are now more registered Democrats than Republicans in New Hampshire, and Democrats have the most registered members of a political party ever in our state. Before the primary, we set out with a goal to flip the voter registration edge Republicans have held in our state for a decade – and we did it! – thanks to all of the grassroots organizing and outreach by Granite Staters like you leading up to the primary," Buckley said in an email to supporters.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Even Fox News shows Trump trailing in 2020 amid market crash and fear over COVID-19

Mod: Things are not looking good for the orange guy with the big stupid mouth.

Even Fox News shows Trump trailing in 2020 amid market crash and fear over COVID-19 (Raw Story link): The expanding COVID-19 epidemic and stock market crashes are not the only bad news for President Donald Trump this week.

A new Fox News poll shows Trump trailing six different Democrats in head-to-head matchups.

The poll showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Trump’s lies and deception are catching up to all of us as the stock market posts ‘worst point drop ever on record’ (Raw Story link): In a muddled, dishonest, rambling news conference from the White House press briefing room, President Donald Trump for over an hour talked to reporters Wednesday evening about coronavirus in an attempt to stave off three days of market near-collapse. He lied. He twisted the truth. He displayed little grasp of basic facts. He didn’t let the experts run the show.

He instilled no confidence Wednesday night. In fact, the DOW futures dropped as Trump began speaking. The markets on Thursday rewarded his efforts with the DOW posting the largest single-day loss in history.


The Trump administration has known about coronavirus since at least December 1, 2019. It did nothing until January 29, when the White House posted a memo announcing President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force.

The task force did not even include the surgeon general, making it clear the White House had little interest in communicating to the American people any sense of competence or delivering even an iota of public education. Nearly an entire month went by. Trump and the First Family played in India, posing at the Taj Mahal, refusing to eat the specially prepared foods their hosts created just for them, and praising Prime Minister Modi as Muslims were being slayed just streets away from where the Trump family was staying.

Trump can't even spell coronavirus.
“The losses mark the worse week for U.S. stocks since the financial crash of 2008. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each also plunged by more than 4%,” reports ABC News, calling it the “worst week” since the 2008 global financial crisis.

This, as the First Family played, pretending to be on official business as the coronavirus outbreak exploded earlier this week.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pro-Trump Ad Running on Facebook in South Carolina Urges Republicans to Cross Over and Vote for Bernie

Mod: We saw something like this happen in Nevada, but apparently in South Carolina they're cranking up the "get out the useful GOP idiots" machine on Facebook to burnish the Bernie vote. The latest polling now shows Biden with an 18 point lead over Sanders in SC (link), so you can understand Trump's need to get some of his usual dirty tricks in.

Link to video here

Mod: My question for today is asked in this meme. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Trump is reportedly furious that the stock market is plunging on coronavirus fears

Mod: He is furious not because of the disease and what it can do, but that it is making him look bad. Judging by the notable collapse of the stock market these last couple of days, I guess Wall Street doesn't believe Trump will be able to do anything about it. I wonder why.

Trump is reportedly furious that the stock market is plunging on coronavirus fears (CNBC link): President Donald Trump is reportedly furious that stocks are plunging, believing that health officials’ warnings have spooked investors, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night, citing two people familiar with the president’s thinking.

The president has reportedly cautioned aides against forecasting the impact of the virus over fears that stocks could fall further, The Washington Post said.

Stocks plunged on Tuesday, with losses accelerating after health officials warned that the coronavirus is “likely” to continue to spread throughout the United States, warning that the American public should “prepare for the expectation that this is going to be bad.”

“Ultimately we expect we will see community spread in the United States,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call.

The Dow and S&P 500 dropped more than 3% on Tuesday, for the indices worst 2-day drops since Feb. 2018 and Aug. 2015, respectively.

On Monday the president tweeted that the coronavirus is “very much under control in the USA” and that the stock market is “starting to look very good.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Foreign 'Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response'

Mod: Trump dismantled the entire pandemic response chain of command because it was something Obama had created. This is unfortunate timing.

Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response (Foreign Policy link): When Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the Wuhan coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern on Thursday, he praised China for taking “unprecedented” steps to control the deadly virus. “I have never seen for myself this kind of mobilization,” he noted. “China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response.”

Video link here
The epidemic control efforts unfolding today in China—including placing some 100 million citizens on lockdown, shutting down a national holiday, building enormous quarantine hospitals in days’ time, and ramping up 24-hour manufacturing of medical equipment—are indeed gargantuan. It’s impossible to watch them without wondering, “What would we do? How would my government respond if this virus spread across my country?”

For the United States, the answers are especially worrying because the government has intentionally rendered itself incapable. In 2018, the Trump administration fired the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure. In numerous phone calls and emails with key agencies across the U.S. government, the only consistent response I encountered was distressed confusion.

If the United States still has a clear chain of command for pandemic response, the White House urgently needs to clarify what it is if the United States still has a clear chain of command for pandemic response, the White House urgently needs to clarify what it is—not just for the public but for the government itself, which largely finds itself in the dark.

In the spring of 2018, the White House pushed Congress to cut funding for Obama-era disease security programs, proposing to eliminate $252 million in previously committed resources for rebuilding health systems in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Under fire from both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump dropped the proposal to eliminate Ebola funds a month later.

But other White House efforts included reducing $15 billion in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated.

Rush Limbaugh Claims The ‘Common Cold’ Coronavirus Is An Effort To ‘Get Trump’ (Huffington Post link): Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed on his show Monday that the potentially lethal coronavirus afflicting several countries is nothing more than a “common cold” blown out of proportion by the media to take down President Donald Trump ― even as he also asserted it was a “bioweapon” created by China in a laboratory.

“It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said at the start of his lengthy, misinformation-filled rant. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. ... I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”

Mod: Have another cigar, Rush.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’

A one day Berner.
Mod: We are now looking at an election where both major party candidates will have been assisted by Vladimir Putin. Anybody here care to dwell a bit on the immensity of such a catastrophe?

Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’ (Raw Story link): Conservative activist Chuck Muth said that he temporarily switched parties to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red Keep America Great hat, explained that he had crossed over to “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”

“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”

“It would be a dream election,” he added. “The nightmare would be if Sanders won, of course. But, look, if Bernie Sanders can beat Donald Trump, we’ve already lost it.”

Mod: Bernie sounds more and more like Donald everyday. It must be because they're working for the same guy.

Sanders Wants New NATO with Russia (Daily Beast link): Bernie Sanders wants a new NATO -- and he wants Russia to be part of it.

In a lengthy speech to a jam-packed house at Georgetown University this afternoon, the senator and presidential candidate called for the creation of a new multi-nation organization to fight global extremism.

“We must create a new organization like NATO to confront the security threats of the 21st century -- an organization that emphasizes cooperation and collaboration to defeat the rise of violent extremism and, importantly, to address the root causes underlying these brutal acts,” he said in the speech. “We must work with our NATO partners, we must work to expand the coalition with Russia and we must work with members of the Arab League.”

No matter who wins ...
NATO and Russia have a complicated relationship, as you might imagine, and Russia was strongly opposed when Albania and Croatia joined the alliance in 2009. So suggesting that NATO member states team up in a similar alliance with Russia is, to put it mildly, outside the mainstream. Sanders’ spokeswoman didn’t give additional details on how the alliance would work and whether member nations would commit to defending each other.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

My candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States is Adam Schiff

Mod: It will take a deadlocked convention and a draft to do it, but these things have happened in our nation's past. Adam Schiff would mop the deck with the loathsome Benedict Orange. The Dems have some swell people running now, no doubt. But none are answering the call in a way that befits these dark and troubled times. Adam Schiff is the brightest and most inspiring patriot out there these days, and in a time of national emergency he is the one guy who can save America from the corrupt party of treason and its foreign masters. Draft Adam Schiff 2020. These times demand it.

Link to video here.
‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration (Raw Story link): Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a ‘Meet the Press” clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: “Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again.”

Trump White House put coronavirus-infected Americans on a plane full of healthy people — over CDC objections

Mod: Criminal incompetence? Sure. Except this time they could have killed Americans. Lots of them.

Trump White House put coronavirus-infected Americans plane full of healthy people — over CDC objections (Raw Story link): The Trump State Department overrode the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and put American citizens infected with the coronavirus on a plane full of healthy people, despite the risk that they could spread the infection.

The Washington Post reports that the CDC wanted to keep 14 coronavirus-infected Americans in Japan instead of flying them home because they could infect healthy people.

However, the State Department believed it could bring the infected Americans home by quarantining them on the plane with a plastic-aligned enclosure.

White House fears coronavirus could shape Trump's 2020 fortunes (Politico link):The Trump administration is bracing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the United States that could sicken thousands — straining the government's public health response and threatening an economic slowdown in the heat of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. That stark realization has taken hold in high-level White House meetings, during which some administration officials have voiced concerns the coronavirus is already spreading undetected within U.S. borders, two officials told POLITICO.

Though Trump in public has downplayed the virus, privately he has voiced his own anxieties, rebuking public health leaders over last week's decision to fly home 14 Americans who tested positive for the virus while aboard a cruise ship off Japan, said three individuals with knowledge of the situation. Trump was worried that transporting the Americans to the United States without adequate precautions could create new risks, the individuals said.

“The biggest current threat to the president’s reelection is this thing getting out of control and creating a health and economic impact,” said Chris Meekins, a Raymond James financial analyst and former Trump administration HHS emergency-preparedness official.

Mod: Miracles can happen, but only if you learn to believe.

Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election (Variety link): Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice. “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said. After endorsing Mitt Romney and famously delivering a speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention to an empty chair that represented Barack Obama, Eastwood never officially backed Trump. In a 2016 interview, he expressed displeasure with Trump and Hillary Clinton, saying there’s “much funny business on both sides of the aisle.”

He praised Trump at the time because he was “onto something” and “secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up.”

“We’re really in a p—y generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist,” he said.

Now, he’s changed his tune a bit on Trump.

While he approves of “certain things” the president has done, he wishes that he would act “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names. I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level,” he said.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bernie Sanders Knew For A Month That Russia Was Helping His Campaign, But Said Nothing

Mod: Sorry Berners, but I just don't trust the guy. Never did. IMHO recent events show there are more than enough good reasons for that. Just so you know, what I am really hoping for is a deadlocked Democratic convention, and as a compromise to all they draft Adam Schiff for President. He is the guy Trump and Putin fear the most.

Bernie Sanders Knew For A Month That Russia Was Helping His Campaign, But Said Nothing (PoliticusUSA link): Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has known for a month that Russia was trying to help his presidential campaign, but didn’t speak out until it went public.

The Washington Post reported:

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

This is not in the same universe as Trump openly conspiring with and covering for Russian election interference, but Sen. Sanders could have mitigated a lot of damage that he may suffer if he would have sounded the alarm as soon as he was briefed on this threat.

Not saying anything lends the appearance that Sen. Sanders was going to keep his mouth shut and accept the Russian interference if it got him the nomination.

The Russians are trying to pick the Democratic nominee to give Trump the easiest path possible to reelection.

Also: Russia Is Said to Be Interfering to Aid Sanders in Democratic Primaries (New York Times link)

Lawmakers Are Warned That Russia Is Meddling to Re-elect Trump (The New York Times link): Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, the president berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump was particularly irritated that Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the leader of the impeachment proceedings, was at the briefing.

In a tweet on Thursday evening, Mr. Schiff said that it appeared that Mr. Trump was “again jeopardizing our efforts to stop foreign meddling” with his objections to the briefing.

Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Schiff would “weaponize” the intelligence about Russia’s support for him, according to a person familiar with the briefing. And he was angry that he was not told right away about the briefing, the person said.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Red Hats Celebrate - Trump Wins 2020 Putin Endorsement For Re-election

Mod: I guess they can cancel the GOP convention now, Benedict Orange has already got it. The big guy has spoken, and what more does anyone really need?

Russia Backs Trump's Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support (The New York Times link): Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, the president berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.

During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that he had been tough on Russia and strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans.

Though intelligence officials have previously told lawmakers that Russia’s interference campaign was continuing, last week’s briefing did contain what appeared to be new information, including that Russia intended to interfere with the 2020 Democratic primaries as well as the general election.

The intelligence official who delivered the briefing, Shelby Pierson, is an aide to Mr. Maguire who has a reputation of delivering intelligence in somewhat blunt terms. The president announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Mr. Maguire with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and long an aggressively vocal Trump supporter.

Trump Claims He Has Secret Polls Showing Him Beating All The Democrats (PoliticusUSA link): After a new round of polls showed him losing to all of the top Democratic candidates, Trump claimed to have polls showing him winning against everyone.

The White House has been known to produce some biased and slanted polls to appease Trump. It is a longstanding rule of political campaigning that if a campaign has good news, they don’t keep it hidden. If Trump had real polls showing him beating every single top tier Democrat, those polls would be blasted all over Fox News and Trump’s Twitter account.

It is important to note that the polls were not wrong in 2016. Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote and beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes. The idea that polls can’t be trusted plays into Trump’s hands because when people stop believing reliable data, it opens the door for lies to take hold.

Tweets about imaginary polls can’t obscure the reality that Trump is not in a great position heading into the fall campaign.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims

Mod: It looks like Julian Assange does not intend to go down quietly. And Trump? Covering for Putin as always.

Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims (Daily Beast link): A lawyer for Julian Assange has claimed in court that President Donald Trump offered to pardon Assange if the WikiLeaks founder agreed to help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Assange’s lawyers said on Wednesday that former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after emails that damaged Hillary Clinton in the presidential race had been published. WikiLeaks posted the stolen DNC emails after they were hacked by Russian operatives.

The claim that Rohrabacher acted as an emissary for the White House came during a pre-extradition hearing in London.

Assange has argued that he should not be extradited to the U.S. because the American case against him is politically motivated. He spent almost seven years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in Central London claiming that he would be jailed in the U.S. if he wasn’t granted asylum. He was kicked out of the embassy last year.

His lawyers told the court that Trump’s alleged offer to pardon Assange proved that this was no ordinary criminal investigation.

Edward Fitzgerald, who was representing Assange in court, said he had evidence that a quid pro quo was put to Assange by Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman.

Fitzgerald said a statement produced by Assange’s personal lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, included a description of “Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr. Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange... said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.”

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Blagojevich: President Trump just pardoned a guy who attempted to sell a US Senate seat

Mod: Perhaps I shouldn't have been that surprised. And who knows, maybe he'll give him Bill Barr's job.

Revenge of the swamp creatures: Left and right, Trump pardons corruption (New York Daily News link): In a likely warmup for his coming pardon of Roger Stone, a president who howls about law and order while flagrantly flouting both has just wiped away former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik’s federal corruption conviction and freed former Illinois governor and epically unethical “Celebrity Apprentice” castmember Rod Blagojevich from federal lockup.

Recall Bernie Kerik’s crimes: He hid $250,000 worth of renovations to a Bronx apartment gifted to him by a city business-seeking company with alleged mob ties. He lied to federal officials during the vetting process for the top homeland security job under George W. Bush.

After serving three years, Kerik’s long since left prison; Trump’s pardon gives him not one additional day of freedom. But if the pardon’s unconditional, that wipes away $103,322.05 of the $187,931 restitution owed federal taxpayers.

Meanwhile, it pleases ex-boss Rudy Giuliani. And lays the groundwork for Trump to ably claim he opposes politically motivated punishment no matter who gets hurt, if and when he bails out Stone, Paul Manafort and others.

Which brings us to the commutation of the sentence of Blagojevich, on the south side of a 14-year sentence for using his power to appoint Barack Obama’s replacement to the U.S. Senate to strongarm campaign cash. And trying to get the head of a children’s hospital to deliver $25,000 in campaign contributions in exchange for a hike in state health-care reimbursements. And withholding approval of legislation to help the horseracing industry until the owner of a racetrack could pony up a $10,000 donation.

We grant: 14 years is a hell of a lot of time in federal lockup. But Blagojevich’s crimes affirmed the very worst of what voters think politicians are capable of.

That is, until Donald Trump came along.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Princess Hijabi: ‘How would Ivanka’s mysteriously defined job be any different if she were a real princess?’

Mod: Just what America needs now. A princess wearing a hijab, flying around the world on our dime, and saying who knows what to assorted dictators and sultans. For what possible purpose?

‘How is Ivanka’s mysteriously defined job different if she were a princess?’: Americans blast ‘Princess Trump’ (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump’s family has been criticized for trying to become known as American royals. The president’s eldest daughter, who works for the White House in a non-descript job for no salary, but travels the world representing the United States.

Such was the case over the weekend where Ivanka appeared at a female entrepreneurship conference in Dubai. She was photographed and filmed at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi fully covered and wearing a hijab, as is the country’s requirement for women.

But photos and videos of her excursion drew questions from some online wondering what she was supposed to be doing. Responses were swift, particularly when it came to the fact that she was wearing a hijab, something for which Republicans have blasted Democratic women for wearing the headscarf.

Mod: Much more at the link.

With One Tweet, Obama Takes Credit For The Economy Back From Trump (PoliticusUSA link): Former President Barack Obama reminded everyone who is really responsible for the current economy with a single tweet marking the anniversary of the Recovery Act.

Trump’s biggest contribution to economic policy was a massive tax cut for the wealthy and corporations that he promised would generate 6% growth, jobs, and pay for itself. None of these things have happened. Growth has slowed, the tax cut has blown a trillion-dollar hole in the deficit, and the wave of good-paying jobs never came. The Trump tax cut had no positive impact on jobs.

Trump’s first three years of job growth are worse than Obama’s, as the economy is slowing under the current president.

The credit for the growth that has been achieved belongs to Barack Obama. Trump hasn’t created the greatest economy in history. He has ridden Obama’s coattails and sabotaged growth with a massive tax cut for the wealthy and corporations that are so toxic that even Republicans won’t campaign on it.

The economy was primed for takeoff when Obama left office, but under Trump, the middle class and poor are being left behind as prosperity is a gated community for the rich only.