Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

We could let a little time go by

Nov 7th, 2017 10:01 am | By

Trump, today, at a press conference in South Korea:

Reporter: You’ve talked about wanting to put extreme vetting on people trying to come into the United States, but I wonder if you would consider extreme vetting for people trying to buy a gun.

Trump: Well…you know you’re bringing up a situation that probably shouldn’t be discussed too much right now, we could let a little time go by, but it’s ok if you feel that that’s an appropriate question.

Trump a week ago, immediately after a perp in a truck killed eight people and injured more in lower Manhattan:

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At the highest level

Nov 6th, 2017 2:23 pm | By

Trump says it’s not a guns situation. Nope nope nope. Not at all. It’s a bats in the belfry situation. It’s a MenTal HeAlth SituAtion. That’s what it is. The guy was cray cray. Nothing to do with guns at all. Could just as well have been a poisoned amuse-bouche. Could have been flung rocks. Could have been a rabid dog smuggled in under his coat. It just happened to be a semi-automatic rifle. Totally random.

Asked at a press conference in Tokyo what policies he might support in response to the shooting, Mr Trump said preliminary reports suggested the gunman was “a very deranged individual, [with] a lot of problems.”

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Unscheduled stop

Nov 5th, 2017 1:05 pm | By

The sleaze rolls on.

Trump stopped in Hawaii on his way to Japan.

But on his way back to the airport, Trump made another stop — this time at the Trump Hotel in Waikiki.

According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump wanted to greet the employees and thank them for their hard work in making the Trump Hotel a “tremendously successful project.”

Oh did he. Is that what he wanted to do. But the trouble is, he’s the chief executive, and he’s supposed to be doing that job, not promoting his own business on our time and our money, and not using his public service job to make more money go into his bank account.

This

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He looked just like Steve McQueen

Nov 5th, 2017 9:59 am | By

Trump gave a talk to American troops in Japan this morning, wearing a bomber jacket. Sure, Bone Spurs, that’s all it takes to look Military. His words at many points did not match his actions.

“No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve,” Mr. Trump said, having shed his suit jacket for a leather bomber jacket as he addressed hundreds of fatigues-clad women and men. “You are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent.”

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He needs norm-glasses

Nov 3rd, 2017 9:09 am | By

The Post goes into contortions to say it politely:

President Trump on Friday pressured the Department of Justice — and specifically the FBI — to investigate Hillary Clinton, ticking through a slew of issues involving the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and her party, and urging law enforcement to “do what is right and proper.”

Trump’s advocacy for criminal probe of his political opponent marked a significant breach of the traditional boundaries within the executive branch designed to prevent investigations from being politicized.

In other words Trump’s rant was completely deranged and trampled all over the norms that prevent total breakdown and internecine war and corruption.

In his Thursday radio interview, Trump said, “You know, the saddest thing is, because

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Trump says Trump is the only one that matters

Nov 3rd, 2017 8:29 am | By

Narcissism plus total incompetence plus grotesque overconfidence=what could go wrong?

President Trump says: “I’m the only one that matters” in setting U.S. foreign policy, thus downplaying the importance of high-level jobs such as the assistant secretary of state, which is currently vacant.

“Let me tell you, the one that matters is me,” Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News on Thursday night. “I’m the only one that matters, because when it comes to it, that’s what the policy is going to be. You’ve seen that, you’ve seen it strongly.”

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Breakdown

Nov 3rd, 2017 8:08 am | By

He’s lost it.

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How to gett tuffer

Nov 2nd, 2017 12:17 pm | By

Legal types on Twitter are pointing out that Trump damaged the government’s ability to prosecute Saipov by barfing out his stupid murderous thoughts on Twitter. The Times explains.

A day after an immigrant from Uzbekistan was arrested on suspicion of plowing a pickup truck along a crowded bicycle path in Manhattan, killing eight people, Mr. Trump denounced the American criminal justice system as “a joke” and “a laughingstock,” adding that he was open to sending “this animal” instead to the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Shortly before midnight, the president took it a step further, posting a message on Twitter declaring that the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, should be executed. “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked

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In blatant disregard of his oath

Nov 2nd, 2017 9:03 am | By

Jennifer Rubin (a conservative) on Trump’s attack on the US justice system:

When Trump pops off about the defects of our justice system with no understanding of what he is saying, he underscores his unfitness and undermines one of the great jewels of American democracy, the court system. For Trump to slander the courts as a “joke” gives aid and comfort to our enemies (both terrorists and thug-ocracies such as Russia). It is a regrettable but natural continuation of his indefensible slurs about “so-called judges.” Unfortunately, Republicans have been too cowardly to take him on, even rhetorically on this point. Nevertheless, one cannot ignore his unwillingness to defend the Constitution, of which courts are a part, in blatant disregard

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Due process: it takes too long

Nov 1st, 2017 3:24 pm | By

The Guardian on the White House press briefing today:

15:20

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is holding a press briefing. She denies that the president was going the “political route” by attacking Chuck Schumer on Twitter this morning.

“The president’s not blamed senator Schumer. He doesn’t believe that the senator is responsible for the attack,” says Huckabee Sanders.

5:22

Huckabee Sanders is asked about the president’s willingness to “send him to Gitmo.”

She basically makes clear that that was something the president just said but there’s no thinking behind it:

He supports or would support that but he wasn’t necessarily advocating for it.

‘I believe we would consider this person to be an enemy combatant, yes,” Huckabee Sanders said.

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The worst political adviser in the White House in modern history

Nov 1st, 2017 12:24 pm | By

Trump thinks it’s all so unfair.

Trump, meanwhile, has reacted to the deteriorating situation by lashing out on Twitter and venting in private to friends. He’s frustrated that the investigation seems to have no end in sight. “Trump wants to be critical of Mueller,” one person who’s been briefed on Trump’s thinking says. “He thinks it’s unfair criticism. Clinton hasn’t gotten anything like this. And what about Tony Podesta? Trump is like, When is that going to end?” According to two sources, Trump has complained to advisers about his legal team for letting the Mueller probe progress this far. Speaking to Steve Bannon on Tuesday, Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his role in decisions, specifically the firings

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“What we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock.”

Nov 1st, 2017 11:56 am | By

Trump seized the opportunity to fling more mud in the direction of the US system of laws.

President Trump said on Wednesday that he would consider sending the suspect arrested after the terrorist attack in New York to the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and called on Congress to cancel a longstanding immigration program that he blamed for allowing the man into the country.

Or hey, why not put the suspect on a ship and tell the crew to throw him overboard in the middle of the Pacific?

The president’s comments came at the beginning of a cabinet meeting a day after an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a pickup truck along a crowded bicycle path in Manhattan, killing eight

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There is no such filter

Nov 1st, 2017 9:27 am | By

Trump’s fun game for today is pretending that Saipov’s slaughter and maiming yesterday are the fault of Chuck Schumer because IMMIGRATION.

As details emerged about the incident, prominent right-wing commentators and news outlets seized on an ABC7 story reporting that alleged attacker Sayfullo Saipov had come to the United States from Uzbekistan under a State Department program known as the Diversity Visa Lottery.

That story is unconfirmed, but Trump appeared off base in his criticism of Schumer. The program originated in part in a bill introduced by the New York Democrat in 1990; but Schumer was also among a group of lawmakers who later sought to drop the visa protocols assailed by Trump.

Still, Schumer was singled out as the

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Planning a coup

Oct 31st, 2017 8:58 am | By

Greg Sargent at the Post says Trump and his enforcers are attempting to put together another “Saturday Night massacre,” i.e. another case of a criminal president firing the people who are investigating his crimes.

Let’s be clear on what’s happening in our politics right now. President Trump and his media allies are currently creating a vast, multi-tentacled, largely-fictional alternate media reality that casts large swaths of our government as irredeemably corrupt — with the explicitly declared purpose of laying the rationale for Trump to pardon his close associates or close down the Russia probe, should he deem either necessary.

We often hear that Trump and his allies are trying to “distract” from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s intensifying investigation.

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Innocent by reason of all caps

Oct 30th, 2017 8:07 am | By

Half an hour ago.

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Trump boils over

Oct 29th, 2017 12:23 pm | By

Don’t do it to me, do it to her, to her, TO HER.

President Trump’s frustration at the investigations into his campaign’s ties with Russia boiled over on Sunday, as he sought to shift the focus to a litany of accusations against his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, a day before the special counsel inquiry will reportedly produce the first indictment in the case.

Great plan, except for the fact that Clinton does not hold any elected office or other official post, so she’s not in a position to toss the whole country into the fire the way Donald Noimpulsecontrol Trump is.

In a series of midmorning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said Republicans were now pushing back against the

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Do something

Oct 29th, 2017 9:24 am | By

Now Trump is inciting violence.

On Sunday morning, President Trump expressed frustration that his campaign is under investigation over possible ties to Russia’s plot to influence the 2016 election but that his former opponent Hillary Clinton is not facing the same level of scrutiny.

In four tweets sent over 24 minutes, Trump wrote: “Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?), the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more. Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia, ‘collusion,’ which doesn’t exist. The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but

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Meet Mr Horror

Oct 28th, 2017 11:24 am | By

Oh gawd.

President Donald Trump had a Halloween event with reporters’ children in the Oval Office on Friday, expressing shock that the press “produced such beautiful children.”

“I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children,” Trump said. “How the media did this, I don’t know.”

He pointed to members of the press and asked the kids, dressed up in Halloween costumes, if they knew who the reporters were.

“They’re the friendly media,” Trump said. “That’s the press.”

He looked over at one of the kids to his left.

“Are you crying for me sweetheart?” he asked.

He added “these are beautiful, wonderful children,” asking if they are “going to grow up to be like your parents?”

He expressed

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There might be some coal under there

Oct 27th, 2017 4:01 pm | By

Demon Trump is going ahead with giving part of Bears Ears National Monument to industry to develop.

U.S. President Donald Trump will shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Friday, a change that will open the areas to drilling and mining but which Democrats, environmental groups and Native Americans are vowing to fight.

The two Utah sites, Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are among several that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended reducing in size in order to make way for more industrial activity on the land they occupy.

Former President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears as a national monument during his final days in office.

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A deadly singularity

Oct 26th, 2017 8:50 am | By

Charles Blow points out that the Republicans are caught in a rage spiral.

Flake wasn’t only excoriating Trump, he was also excoriating his fellow elected officials, particularly Republicans, and the Republican Party, which finds itself caught in a perpetual rage spiral, in which no one but extremists are pure enough. The circle of inclusion is being drawn smaller and tighter around an electorally deadly singularity: White people who espouse Christianity, accept patriarchy and misogyny, and turn a blind eye to (or sometimes openly encourage) white supremacy.

They also hate fags and furriners.

I’m growing increasingly angry with Republican lawmakers expressing grave concerns about Trump in private and on background, but biting their tongues in public.

It is no coincidence

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