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Trump told Xi he would keep shtum about Hong Kong

Oct 3rd, 2019 4:47 pm | By

Trump is generous though. He doesn’t share his views on Biden with Ukraine only – no indeed! China gets to hear his opinions on the subject too.

When Donald Trump suggested today, at a press conference, that China should investigate Joe Biden he said he’d never actually pushed Chinese leader Xi Jinping to investigate his political rivals.

Now CNN reports that Trump discussed Biden and Elizabeth Warren with Xi during a whole call. He also reportedly told Xi he’d keep quiet about the protests in Hong Kong, so long as trade talks between China and the US progressed:

During a phone call with Xi on June 18, Trump raised Biden’s political prospects as well as those of Sen. Elizabeth

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An expert in everything

Oct 3rd, 2019 11:40 am | By

More on Trump’s narcissism (it’s a long piece):

[F]rom the perspective of the public at large, the debate over whether Trump meets the clinical diagnostic criteria for NPD—or whether psychiatrists can and should answer that question without directly examining him—is beside the point. The goal of a diagnosis is to help a clinician guide treatment. The question facing the public is very different: Does the president of the United States exhibit a consistent pattern of behavior that suggests he is incapable of properly discharging the duties of his office?

Even Trump’s own allies recognize the degree of his narcissism. When he launched racist attacks on four congresswomen of color, Senator Lindsey Graham explained, “That’s just the way he is.

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Behavior like this is unusual

Oct 3rd, 2019 10:22 am | By

George Conway takes an extended look at the question of Trump’s disordered behavior.

As Bob Woodward recounts at length in his book Fear, members of Trump’s criminal-defense team fought both Trump and Mueller tooth and nail to keep Trump from being interviewed by the Office of Special Counsel. A practice testimonial session ended with Trump spouting wild, baseless assertions in a rage. Woodward quotes Trump’s outside counsel John Dowd as saying that Trump “just made something up” in response to one question. “That’s his nature.” Woodward also recounts Dowd’s thinking when he argued to Trump that the president was “not really capable” of answering Mueller’s questions face to face. Dowd had “to dress it up as much as
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If we can keep it

Oct 3rd, 2019 9:57 am | By

Is he thinking (or more likely being told) that if he does it openly then it’s not a crime?

Historian Kevin Kruse:

This is apparently going to be the play — repeat the impeachable offense out in the open and pretend that it’s a totally normal thing to do.

Legal eagles on Twitter are pointing out that it’s still a crime. Hillary Clinton for one:

Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count.

Laurence Tribe for another:

Nixon: “ If the president does it, it’s not illegal.”

Trump: “If this stable genius does it in broad daylight, it couldn’t be impeachable.”

Q: How dumb does he think we are?

A: Dumb

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Descent continues

Oct 3rd, 2019 9:14 am | By
Descent continues

What’s new? Trump on the lawn telling reporters he did tell Ukraine to “investigate” Bidens.

Trump admits he asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, and asks China to do the same. Like Nixon telling America “I ordered the break in.”

The Guardian reports:

Donald Trump, speaking outside the White House, said Ukraine should investigate his rival Joe Biden – exactly the thing Trump is under threat of impeachment for – and added that China should also start a probe.

“If they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens,” Trump said when asked what he wanted Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to do.

“I would say President Zelenskiy, if it was me, I

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It was perfect, perfect

Oct 2nd, 2019 2:07 pm | By

After the car crash sit down with President Niinistö there was a car crash press conference with President Niinistö.

It starts at about 1:15.

It’s a replay of the sitdown.

That’s one of the creepiest things about watching and listening to Trump – the repetition. The endless, endless, demented repetition. He has his talking points and he repeats them on Twitter and at sit downs and at press conferences and at press sprays and doubtless every couple of minutes everywhere else. The call was perfect, perfect. Lindsey Graham said “I never knew you were that nice.” It was perfect, perfect, not a thing wrong with it. He called Ukraine to get permission to share the transcript; he didn’t want to … Read the rest



Stable genius

Oct 2nd, 2019 12:02 pm | By

Doug Mills of the NY Times:

@realDonaldTrump responds to reporters question about Ukraine during a meeting in the Oval Office.

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25

Oct 2nd, 2019 11:26 am | By

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Teetering

Oct 2nd, 2019 10:56 am | By

Trump just did an Oval Office sit down with the president of Finland, which he used to have a terrifying public freakout.

Go to 45 minutes to watch him do it.

Is it true that “he couldn’t carry his jockstrap” is a saying? Trump says it is, and that it applies to Adam Schiff with respect to Mike Pompeo.

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There are no words

Oct 1st, 2019 5:27 pm | By

One more item before I run screaming into the night –

President Donald Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs in order to slow them down after they crossed the southern border during a March meeting in which he called for a shut down of the entire US-Mexico border, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Citing interviews with more than a dozen White House and administration officials directly involved, the Times — in an excerpt from the book “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration” — reported that Trump had moved on from the idea by the end of what the Times described as a “frenzied week of presidential rages.” But he had also pivoted to removing staff who had

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Hear the whistle blow

Oct 1st, 2019 4:49 pm | By

Trump rant-lying again.

As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the….

…People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!

He will start a civil war if he can. This is an effort in that direction.

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Tiny favor, Scott

Sep 30th, 2019 2:47 pm | By

The headlines are piling up this afternoon (or evening or morning where you are).

Subpoena for Giuliani:

The Democratic chairmen of three House committees announced they have subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer.

The former New York mayor has reportedly played a key role in trying to convince Ukraine to launch an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, a claim that Giuliani himself has confirmed in television appearances.

When pressed last week by CNN’s Chris Cuomo whether he urged Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, Giuliani eventually said, “Of course I did.”

And Cuomo’s eyes bugged out of his head.

Adam Schiff of the intelligence committee, Eliot Engel of the foreign affairs committee and Elijah Cummings of the

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The thumbs fly over the keys

Sep 30th, 2019 6:43 am | By

Trump raving on.

Twelve hours ago:

“State Department has stepped up Hillary Clinton Email probe.” @foxandfriends You mean the 33,000 Emails that she has deleted and acid washed so they can never be found, even though she said that all 33,000 pertained only to her daughter’s wedding, and her Yoga!

“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats can’t put down the Impeachment match. They know they couldn’t beat him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, and they’re increasingly aware of the fact that they won’t win against him in 2020, and Impeachment is the only tool they have to get……..rid of Donald J. Trump – And the Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy this nation in the process. I

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Under federal protection

Sep 29th, 2019 5:45 pm | By

So, the whistleblower is under federal protection. I hope it’s the independent of Trump kind of federal, and not the other kind.

The intelligence whistleblower whose complaint on the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine triggered an impeachment inquiry into the president is under federal protection because they fear for their safety, “60 Minutes” first reported.

Why it matters: The letter from the whistleblower’s lawyer that the CBS News program first obtained outlining [outlines?] their concerns that the whistleblower may be identified. The lawyer specifically cites President Trump’s demand to know who gave the whistleblower the information and states that a $50,000 “bounty” relating to information identifying them has been issued by “certain individuals.”

The big picture: Trump 

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If Democrats really wanted to understand the president

Sep 29th, 2019 12:45 pm | By

One Gregg Opelka in the Wall Street Journal:

If Democrats really wanted to understand the President, they would read Shakespeare’s King Lear. All the ageing monarch wants is to be loved and appreciated by his three daughters. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is / To have a thankless child,” he laments about his eldest, Goneril.

Trump is Lear, and the country is the king’s daughters. What wounded the king more than anything was filial ingratitude.

Er…no. That’s not Shakespeare’s play. “All the aging monarch wants” is everything – to quit being a king but to go right on getting all the perks and all the groveling, to get everyone to declare infinite love for him, to be … Read the rest



Off the books

Sep 29th, 2019 11:19 am | By

Oh did he now.

Business Insider:

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that top US officials confirmed President Donald Trump was working with more than one personal lawyer “off the books” to pressure Ukranian officials for damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Wallace reported that in addition to his known personal lawyer, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has publicly admitted to his involvement in the matter, Trump has been working with the controversial legal team and married couple Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, who run a firm in Washington, D.C., to communicate with Ukraine.

And not to communicate with Ukraine about the weather or football or the wheat crop, either.

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Trump says Hunter Biden is a multi-billionaire

Sep 27th, 2019 6:41 am | By

And now with video (and with more of the content, too).

At one point he says “that’s on top of hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars” that Hunter Biden is supposed to have “walked away with” from Ukraine. Then he claims (or insinuates) that Hunter Biden went to China on Air Force 2 and China gave him $1.5 billion.

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Liddle’

Sep 27th, 2019 5:59 am | By

Genius at work. Trump a couple of hours ago:

To show you how dishonest the LameStream Media is, I used the word Liddle’, not Liddle, in discribing Corrupt Congressman Liddle’ Adam Schiff. Low ratings @CNN purposely took the hyphen out and said I spelled the word little wrong. A small but never ending situation with CNN!

President of the United States, everyone: doesn’t know what a hyphen is, doesn’t know what an apostrophe is, adds an apostrophe to an adjectival epithet for no known reason, announces for all the world to see that he doesn’t know what a hyphen is and doesn’t know what an apostrophe is and is basically only semi-literate.

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Perfect

Sep 25th, 2019 3:57 pm | By

Further illustration (not that any is needed) of how completely he doesn’t get it. He’s all at sea. He has no idea what he’s supposed to be doing or how he’s supposed to be behaving. He might as well have been kidnapped and taken to Mongolia.

Perfect, perfect, perfect.

It’s not a high school test. It’s not a bathing suit competition, it’s not a piano recital, it’s not gymnastics. It’s not about how “nice” he was or whether he stumbled over his words or not. None of what he says is relevant, it’s just wild off-topic babbling.

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Trump appeared baffled

Sep 25th, 2019 3:02 pm | By

Trump gave a deranged press conference just now.

Trump is recounting the meetings he has had this week as part of his UN visit and touting his administration’s foreign-policy achievements.

According to a PBS NewsHour reporter, the press conference could go on for a while.

Trump is reiterating his claim that he did not pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden“No push, no pressure, no nothing,” Trump said.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy made the same claim earlier today during his meeting with Trump in New York.

But the White House memo on Trump’s call with Zelenskiy showed that the president asked for “a favor” from Ukraine after the country’s leader mentioned military aid. Trump went on to suggest that 

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