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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19901  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 8:46 pm

For those who can't bear to watch it, he're a summary of some of the craziest parts:

The 9 Wildest Answers in Trump’s Interview With Jonathan Swan
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/trump-interview-jonathan-swan-axios-charts-john-lewis-coronavirus.html
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19902  Postby Thommo » Aug 04, 2020 8:50 pm

Seabass wrote:For those who can't bear to watch it, he're a summary of some of the craziest parts:

The 9 Wildest Answers in Trump’s Interview With Jonathan Swan
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/trump-interview-jonathan-swan-axios-charts-john-lewis-coronavirus.html


That'd be me. Ideal.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19903  Postby Svartalf » Aug 04, 2020 8:52 pm

well, of course he brags, he has tiny hands so he needs big crowds...
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19904  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 8:58 pm

Another:

The 7 Craziest Things Donald Trump Said in the Axios Interview Everyone’s Talking About
https://www.vogue.com/article/the-seven-craziest-things-donald-trump-said-in-his-axios-interview-jonathan-swan


Unfortunately, neither of these mentions when Trump complained that there wasn't even a covid-19 test when he took office as if Obama were to blame for lack of testing, and Swan had to point out that the virus didn't exist at the time.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19905  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 9:03 pm

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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19906  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 9:23 pm

NineBerry wrote:Intellect of a five year old



It's insane. I know it's painful, but if people only watch one Trump interview, it should be this one because it is fucking bananas.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19907  Postby Tortured_Genius » Aug 04, 2020 10:01 pm

I watched as much as I could, and Jonathan Swan was good (even, or perhaps because, he looked like he wanted to slap Trump at times). But what I'd really want to see is Trump interviewed by Jeremy Paxman.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19908  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 10:26 pm

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/august-3-2020
As for the upcoming election, there is something obvious in front of us:

No one is pretending that Trump is going to win the popular vote. He’s not even trying to. He’s doubling down on the culture wars that excite his base in the hopes of getting them to turn out in strong numbers, most recently by sending federal law enforcement officers into cities led by Democrats in order to create images of what looks like rioting, to enable him to set himself up as defending “law and order.”

At the same time, he and his supporters in the Republican Party are working to guarantee an undercount of votes for his opponent by attacking mail-in voting, shutting down polling places, kicking people off voter rolls, undercutting the United States Postal Service, and even, perhaps, by permitting a wave of evictions that will make it significantly harder for displaced people to vote.

It is notable that, as a country, we are not talking about policies or winning majorities. We are talking about how Trump can win by gaming the Electoral College, or by cheating.

In the past few days, polls have shown that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is running strong against Trump in the Rust Belt swing states that Trump needs to win. A new poll yesterday shows Biden at 50% and Trump at 41% in Pennsylvania, whose 20 electoral votes Trump picked up in 2016 and that he sure would like to have again this time, although there are routes for him to win without them.

Also yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story about a crisis in mail delivery. “Neighborhoods across the Philadelphia region are experiencing significant delays in receiving their mail, with some residents going upwards of three weeks without packages and letters, leaving them without medication, paychecks, and bills,” it began. The recent overhaul of USPS procedures has led to the pileup of undelivered mail across the country.

The new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, a Trump loyalist, claims his new regulations are to promote efficiency, but the sudden slowdown of mail delivery just as people begin to receive and return their ballots raises concerns that it is a deliberate attempt to skew the vote. On “Fox News Sunday,” yesterday, host Chris Wallace asked senior Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller “Isn’t the postmaster general increasing the chances that the Postal Service will be overwhelmed… coming up to the election?” Miller replied that any problems would not be DeJoy’s fault, but rather the fault of Democrats who are changing the rules around mail-in voting.

The Trump campaign is also alarmingly unwilling to rule out accepting foreign help to pull out a win. According to former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping for help swinging agricultural states back to the Trump camp with large purchases of U.S. agricultural products, an ask that he apparently got with the Chinese trade deal of January 15.

Last week, a Brazilian newspaper reported that U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman lobbied for lower ethanol tariffs by emphasizing “the importance for the Bolsonaro government of maintaining Donald Trump as U.S. President.” According to a letter written by the chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel (D-NY) and chair of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade Albio Sires (D-NY) to Chapman, demanding an explanation by 5:00 on August 4, the article went on: “Iowa is the largest ethanol producer in the United States…and could be a key player in Trump’s election. Hence the importance – according to Chapman – for the Bolsonaro government to do the U.S. a favor.” The report has been independently confirmed by another Brazilian newspaper.

We know Trump pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into Hunter Biden and the company that had hired him, Burisma, before he would release congressionally appropriated money to help our ally resist Russian incursions. And we know that Ukrainians linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin are currently feeding information to Republicans involved with the Senate’s own new investigation of Hunter Biden.

Last summer, Trump said he would take help from Russia or other countries if they produced information he could use against his opponents. On “Fox News Sunday,” Jason Miller refused to say that the campaign would not accept foreign help in this election. Host Chris Wallace pressed him on the issue three times, and Miller simply called the question “silly.”

“Can you flatly state that the Trump campaign and the administration will not accept foreign assistance this time?” Wallace asked. “Chris, I said that’s an absolutely silly question. We’re going to go and win this election fair and square,” Miller answered.

In 2019, Ellen L. Weintraub, former chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) officially stated: “Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.” She continued, “This is not a novel concept. Electoral intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginnings of our nation.”

The FEC does not currently have enough members on it to have a quorum, leaving it unable to conduct business.

The concern that a sitting president is angling not to win reelection by appealing to a majority, but rather by using the apparatus of his high office to cheat, is unprecedented, and we must not normalize it.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19909  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 10:52 pm

Blue State Genocide: Is Acting President Jared Kushner Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

AT LONG LAST, Ted Lieu has an answer.

For the last four years, the Congressman from California has gamely asked some variation of this question, with nary a peep from the White House:
Today is #NewYearsDay. That means we all need to ask again: Why does Jared Kushner still have a security clearance?

Now we know the reason: Jared Kushner is the Acting President of the United States, and one can’t be Acting President of the United States without access to those sweet, sweet intelligence reports. For the last three-plus years, this pasty, Ken Doll motherfucker has exploited that ill-gained security clearance, and his hold over his idiot father-in-law, with two objectives in mind:
1. Make as much money as possible
2. Avoid indictment

That’s it. Every move he’s made since he joined the campaign in the fall of 2015 has been to further one or both of those two objectives. Nothing else matters to this guy. Literally, nothing. Boy Plunder doesn’t care if his buddy MBS uses US intelligence to purge the royal family, or US arms to exterminate some Yemenis. He doesn’t care if Saudi hit squads take a bone-saw to journalists. He doesn’t care about the shit stirred up by needlessly moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He doesn’t care about the opioid crisis. And he sure as hell doesn’t care about the 157,000 Americans who have died of the novel coronavirus, a number growing exponentially because he personally mismanaged the pandemic response.

As Katherine Eban revealed in last week’s damning Vanity Fair piece, Jared Kushner, tasked by Trump in March to figure out a plan for the federal pandemic response, formed a team of “Morgan Stanley bankers liaising with billionaires,” a group that included his college roommate, to tackle the problem. None of them had a background in public health. By some miracle, the team managed to devise a workable plan that called for aggressive, widespread, centralized testing—only to have it go “poof into thin air” in April, as one participant told Eban. This is how come:

President Trump had been downplaying concerns about the virus and spreading misinformation about it—efforts that were soon amplified by Republican elected officials and right-wing media figures. Worried about the stock market and his reelection prospects, Trump also feared that more testing would only lead to higher case counts and more bad publicity. Meanwhile, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, was reportedly sharing models with senior staff that optimistically—and erroneously, it would turn out—predicted the virus would soon fade away.

Against that background, the prospect of launching a large-scale national plan was losing favor, said one public health expert in frequent contact with the White House’s official coronavirus task force.

Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.

That logic may have swayed Kushner. “It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision maker as to what [plan] was going to come out,” the expert said.


In other words, Jared Kushner deliberately exacerbated a global pandemic by kibboshing the national testing plan his own buddies had come up with, apparently hoping for a blue state genocide that, in his twisted calculus, would help Trump win re-election—and thus fulfill the “avoid prison” objective (plus also the “make money” objective, what with all the side deals with his cronies that we’re slowly finding out about). To be clear: we don’t know the inner workings of Kushner’s dim mind, and can’t say for certain what motivated him to stand down. But why else would he kill the proposal he himself commissioned, if not to serve his own interests?

In early April, it should be noted, when the Jared Roommate Plan was scuttled, two of the hardest-hit states were New York and New Jersey—the two states Kushner’d lived in all of his life until moving to the District in 2017. In his view, those Empire and Garden State residents are disposable, expendable. That population not only includes me and most of my extended family—it includes most of Jared’s extended family and many of his friends as well.

That’s what a stand-up guy Kushner is. He’s perfectly willing to let friends and family die to get what he wants. He is the living embodiment of the “banality of evil.”

continued: https://gregolear.substack.com/p/blue-state-genocide-is-acting-president
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19910  Postby Seabass » Aug 04, 2020 11:05 pm

yosemite -> yo semites :facepalm:



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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19911  Postby The_Piper » Aug 05, 2020 1:56 am

Hey yo, semites. Check out Ivanka's sequoias! :shifty:
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19912  Postby Alan C » Aug 05, 2020 3:34 am

So I did see parts of that interview, I thought that without seeing the video one might ask "Who's interviewing some confused grandpa?"
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19913  Postby The_Piper » Aug 05, 2020 6:38 am

I wound up listening to it while doing chores. Something's wrong with grandpa alright. He was supposed to have the best words. His words are feeble.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19914  Postby Matt_B » Aug 05, 2020 7:47 am

Yeah, I just get the impression that a smarter Trump would have taken the earlier opportunity to flunk that dementia test.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19915  Postby Cito di Pense » Aug 05, 2020 7:57 am

Matt_B wrote:Yeah, I just get the impression that a smarter Trump would have taken the earlier opportunity to flunk that dementia test.


Maybe the scary thing is how many Americans sympathize with (or even identify with) demented grandpa. If you go far enough left, you will find that demented people have been systematically disenfranchised in many ways (despite still being permitted the vote). You're not really disenfranchised until you've been institutionalized and drugged to keep you docile.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19916  Postby Tortured_Genius » Aug 05, 2020 9:56 am

Back to that Axios interview: Every lie Trump told
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19917  Postby aban57 » Aug 05, 2020 11:01 pm

Now that remake is definitely better than the original...
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19918  Postby Cito di Pense » Aug 08, 2020 7:14 pm

Chilling early-days document -- the doom to come:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/31/co ... -response/

Look at the date on this article. You already know the details, and the outcome.

More John Bolton in the news:

In May 2018, Trump ordered the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down, calling for reassignment of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer and dissolution of his team inside the agency. The month before, then-White House National Security Advisor John Bolton pressured Ziemer’s DHS counterpart, Tom Bossert, to resign along with his team. Neither the NSC nor DHS epidemic teams have been replaced.
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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19919  Postby theropod_V_2.0 » Aug 08, 2020 10:40 pm

Fake news. Nothing to see here. Move along. That death count higher than WW2? It is what it is.

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Re: President Trump Watch.

#19920  Postby Macdoc » Aug 08, 2020 11:38 pm

With less than three months until the election, he is overwhelmed by a flood of liberal super PAC spending that his party has failed to match. Since this spring, outside groups supporting Joe Biden have outspent their pro-Trump counterparts nearly 3-to-1, an influx that’s helped to erase the president’s longstanding financial advantage.

and he's not helping his cause apparently
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/0 ... ource=digg

This seems clearly not an elect Biden campaign ....rather a dump Trump election...fine by me :coffee:
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