Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

The meeting didn’t go well

Apr 7th, 2019 4:31 pm | By

Kirsten Nielsen has quit (“resigned”). Jake Tapper was watching.

He’s frustrated with the laws, and … Read the rest



Mulvaney to the laws: No

Apr 7th, 2019 10:59 am | By

They just openly tell us the law can’t touch them.

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday that Democrats will never get their hands on President Trump’s tax returns, adding that the request is “a political stunt” that the IRS will not comply with.

How is it a stunt? There is a massive amount of evidence-based reporting on Trump’s many cheats and crimes over the decades, and there is precedent that presidential candidates are transparent about their tax returns so that we the voters and citizens can have confidence that they’re not corrupt or thieves or both. Also there is a legal basis for the request that the IRS hand over Trump’s returns, … Read the rest



Eight goats in a pen

Apr 7th, 2019 10:29 am | By

More on Trump and golf and what it says about Trump, from the guy who wrote the book.

More than to any wife, more than to any party, more than to any opinion, President Donald Trump has remained fiercely loyal to golf. But I’ve played golf my entire life. Years ago, I even played with Trump once. Whatever sport he’s playing, it isn’t golf.

He cheats. He lies. He kicks. And not just his ball — yours, too. He props up a 2.8 handicap that’s faker than WrestleMania 35. He wins tournaments he never even played in. He wins tournaments that weren’t even held.

And it’s not just the cheating. It’s the way he plays the game—with

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“These aren’t people. These are animals.”

Apr 5th, 2019 4:38 pm | By

As we saw before, Trump visited “the border” today, where he took credit for a section of wall that was actually started by Obama. But he wasn’t finished.

President Donald Trump at a Border Patrol station in Calexico, California, on Friday railed against what is commonly known as the “Flores decision” — a landmark federal immigration case — calling it a “disaster for our country” and publicly calling out “Judge Flores” for making the bad decision. The problem with that sentiment: The Flores in that case’s title was not a judge, but a teenage girl named Jenny Lisette Flores.

“Some very bad court decisions. The Flores decision is a disaster. I have to tell you, Judge Flores, whoever you

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Theft not limited to material objects

Apr 5th, 2019 10:22 am | By

Taking credit for other people’s work? Don’s your man for that.

When President Donald Trump visits this border city Friday, he plans to tour a recently installed section of border fence. It’s the first replacement project completed under his presidency, and a plaque welded to the bollards marked the occasion.

The plaque, installed more than six months ago when the work was completed, refers to the 2.25-mile-long barrier as the “the first section of President Trump’s border wall.”

Border officials in Calexico have noted that the project had been planned for years before Trump took office.

It’s a section of border fence; it’s not part of “his” border wall. Donnie Tw0-scoops didn’t invent the border.

A fence had existed

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Rrrrrrr, Rrrrrrrr

Apr 4th, 2019 4:37 pm | By

Windmills, I tell you, windmills.

Trump, National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner, Tuesday. He informed the enthralled audience that windmills give ya cancer. The noise from them. He imitated the noise for them.

But on Tuesday night during his most recent round of attacks against windmills, Trump cited what appeared to be a brand-new reason people should avoid the turbines.

“They say the noise causes cancer,” he told the crowd at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner, punctuating his impassioned rhetoric with hand gestures and an exaggerated imitation of the sound of windmill blades rotating.

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Teapot Dome legislation

Apr 4th, 2019 9:50 am | By

Throwdown:

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, using a little-known provision in the federal tax code, formally requested on Wednesday that the I.R.S. hand over six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax returns, starting what is likely to be a momentous fight with his administration.

Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts, hand-delivered a two-page letter laying out the request to Charles P. Rettig, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, ending months of speculation about when he would do so and almost certainly prompting a legal challenge from the Trump administration.

Reporters asked Trump about it during the few minutes he spent in the office and he said he’d love to but he’s being audited … Read the rest



We had an incredible thing

Apr 3rd, 2019 5:01 pm | By

Again. People continue to notice that Donald Trump’s brain appears to be crumbling to bits.

President Donald Trump’s recent confusion with words and facts, including about his own father, could be signs of pre-dementia and deteriorating cognitive skills, mental health experts warn.

“The ‘Tim Apple’ episode a few weeks ago, his calling Venezuela a company, and then yesterday, confusing his grandfather’s birthplace with his father’s, mispronouncing ‘oranges’ for ‘origins,’ and stating out of the blue, ‘I’m very normal,’” recited Bandy Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University who has been waving red flags about Trump’s mental state for years. “There is no question he needs an examination.”

“I think he’s suffering from pre-dementia. And it’s only getting

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Born in a very wonderful place

Apr 3rd, 2019 10:29 am | By

Boy, Trump really can’t get the whole “where you born” thing right. He can’t even remember where his own father was born. I don’t mean the room or the town or even the state, I mean the country.

Donald Trump has wrongly claimed his father was born in Germany, again, during a press conference with the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump made the claim while criticizing Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, whose country, the president said, “was not paying their fair share” toward the military alliance.

He does pronounce “Angela” correctly though. I was wondering about that the other day, so it’s good to know. Mind you, he makes a show of it – pausing first and then … Read the rest



He sometimes sent them official-looking documents

Mar 28th, 2019 10:35 am | By

David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell at the Post have the deets on how Trump faked his net worth to scam people. (I believe that’s a crime, by the way – the scamming, not the reporting.)

When Donald Trump wanted to make a good impression — on a lender, a business partner, or a journalist — he sometimes sent them official-looking documents called “Statements of Financial Condition.”

These documents sometimes ran up to 20 pages. They were full of numbers, laying out Trump’s properties, debts and multibillion-dollar net worth.

But, for someone trying to get a true picture of Trump’s net worth, the documents were deeply flawed. Some simply omitted properties that carried big debts. Some assets were overvalued. And some

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Speak up for all the things

Mar 28th, 2019 10:08 am | By

Another item Trump posted a bit later:

Nunes. Devin Nunes. Great hero. Future great hero, to be hailed as. Why? Because “he spoke up for good and just, and all of the things you have to speak up for.”

Almost makes you wish you’d known the fellow.… Read the rest



Bully, attack, defame, pander, provoke

Mar 28th, 2019 9:40 am | By

Not to forget keeping track of Trump.

Commentary:

The primary source:

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Very, very evil things, very bad things

Mar 25th, 2019 10:53 am | By

Trump is making threats now. Of course he is.

President Donald Trump says his enemies who did “evil” and “treasonous things” will be under scrutiny after he was absolved of colluding with Russia.

Speaking in the Oval Office, he said no other president should have to be investigated over “a false narrative”.

Mr Trump was hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House on Monday when a reporter asked him about the outcome of the Mueller report.

“There’s a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, very bad things,” Mr Trump said, “I would say treasonous things, against our country.”

“And hopefully people that have done such harm to our

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While not determinative

Mar 25th, 2019 10:36 am | By

Aaron Blake at the Post asks, in guarded language, if the fix is in.

A big question hanging over William P. Barr’s nomination to be attorney general this year was whether, once he got the job, he would do President Trump’s bidding. Barr had made statements critical of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, and he even wrote a long memo rejecting the need for the obstruction of justice portion of Mueller’s inquiry. Trump also repeatedly made clear his desire for a loyalist to oversee the investigation.

On Sunday, Barr made a big decision in Trump’s favor. And he did so in a way legal experts say is very questionable.

In his summary, Barr wrote that Mueller … Read the rest



You think he should just take that sitting down?

Mar 20th, 2019 12:39 pm | By

Now that’s funny – Kellyanne Conway is defending Trump’s insults aimed at George Conway.

Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s attacks on her husband George Conway saying he’s “a counterpuncher” and asserting that the president is free to respond when he’s accused of having a mental illness.

“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway, a senior Trump aide, told POLITICO in a brief telephone interview. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional, accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”

Oh no, definitely not, he should definitely get on Twitter and call him Mister Wife’s Name and a loser and … Read the rest



Alexander Pope, eat your heart out

Mar 20th, 2019 12:11 pm | By

New level achieved:

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A ravenous appetite for risk

Mar 19th, 2019 8:18 am | By

The NY Times dropped a big article on Deutsche Bank and Trump late yesterday, which Everyone Is Talking About.

Before Trump stole the presidency he and DB had a mutually beneficial relationship. It’s obvious how he benefited; how they did, not so much.

Mr. Trump used loans from Deutsche Bank to finance skyscrapers and other high-end properties, and repeatedly cited his relationship with the bank to deflect political attacks on his business acumen. Deutsche Bank used Mr. Trump’s projects to build its investment-banking business, reaped fees from the assets he put in its custody[,] and leveraged his celebrity to lure clients.

I’m not sure what it means to “build” an investment-banking business via bad loans to a cheat, but maybe … Read the rest



The deniability really isn’t all that plausible

Mar 17th, 2019 9:59 am | By

Aaron Blake on Trump’s semi-veiled threats:

Trump’s public comments are often more strategic than his critics give him credit for. He will routinely suggest something without technically saying, “This is what I want.” And he will generally lather himself in plausible deniability. “It would be very bad” and “I hope they stay that way” allow him to say he doesn’t actually want this thing he’s hinting at to happen.

Not really. It’s so obvious that he’s lying that it’s probably worse for him to say it than not to say it. Nobody is dumb enough to think he means it when he says “I hope they stay that way.” He means it only in the sense that he … Read the rest



The losers all want what you have

Mar 17th, 2019 8:04 am | By

Oof, the crazy level has taken a big jump today.

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A favorable omen?

Mar 16th, 2019 6:09 pm | By

Good lord. Trump has tweeted or retweeted (usually himself) 26 times today. So far.

Bill Kristol sees it as a favorable portent.

I gotta say, though, what’s with the bad-mannered rubes in the huge hats?

I know, we’re supposed to think “Texas Rangers – hooray – manly men – saving us from … Read the rest