Posts Tagged ‘ Trump ’

Trump distracted from Kavanaugh battle by pesky meddling UN

Sep 26th, 2018 11:53 am | By

Trump thinks Kavanaugh is doing a bad job of defending himself so he’s taking over.

President Donald Trump has grown increasingly dissatisfied with the way Brett Kavanaugh has defended himself in wake of sexual assault allegations that have threatened to derail his Supreme Court nomination, multiple sources tell CNN.

It has led the President to believe that he must personally take charge of defending his embattled nominee ahead of Thursday’s critical appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump made the decision to hold a news conference on the eve of the hearing, making it the fourth he has held as president.

Trump is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, but is being kept up

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The crowd laughed

Sep 25th, 2018 10:17 am | By

Trump did his talk at the UN today. He came across as…barely conscious. Drugged or exhausted or strokey.

He started with his usual boast, and the UN people laughed.

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Toly plickal

Sep 24th, 2018 2:05 pm | By

Trump says oh gee it’s all so political.

On Monday in New York, President Donald Trump dismissed the second allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “totally political.”

Meaning what, exactly? That the nomination of Kavanaugh wasn’t political? They can’t be serious. How about Mitch McConnell’s boast about looking Obama in the eyes and saying, with a macho stab of the finger, “you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy”? That wasn’t political?

The Supreme Court is political. I know it’s supposed to be above that, but it’s not and never has been.

White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with CBS on Monday morning that the allegations against Kavanuagh are “starting to

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Inviting his cheering audience to relive the night

Sep 22nd, 2018 8:13 am | By

Unconscious humor in Times report on Trump’s rally in Missouri last night purportedly to boost the Republican candidate for senator:

Thousands of supporters waved cardboard signs and wore hats bearing Mr. Trump’s election slogans — “Make America Great Again,” “Keep America Great” and “Drain the Swamp” — while two large placards bracketing a giant American flag declared “Promises Made” and “Promises Kept,” the argument the president has been making about his first two years in office.

Signs in support of Mr. Hawley were few and far between, and the digital banner around the arena directed people to send a text to Mr. Trump’s campaign, not Mr. Hawley’s, to sign up as supporters.

The president spoke at length about how his

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Having fun yet?

Sep 20th, 2018 5:46 am | By

Trump pretended to do the empathy thing in North Carolina yesterday. It went about as well as it usually does.

Trump visited North Carolina on Wednesday, as the death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37. During a morning briefing on the damage, Trump asked a state official, “How is Lake Norman doing?”

When the official said it was doing fine, Trump replied, “I love that area. I can’t tell you why, but I love that area.” (It’s probably because there is a Trump National Golf Club in the area.)

That “I can’t tell you why” is not a dreamy expression of ineffable negative capability je ne sais quoi mystery, but a moronically coy allusion to … Read the rest

He guesses he studies history

Sep 19th, 2018 8:37 am | By

Trump’s project for this morning: trash Jeff Sessions some more. Sessions richly deserves trashing, but not for the reasons Trump is doing it.

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV, in which he also said the former senator from Alabama came off as “mixed up and confused” when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2017.

Not as mixed up and confused as Trump comes off every time he opens his mouth.

Trump doubled down on his criticism of Sessions as he left the White House on Wednesday morning for North Carolina to survey hurricane damage.

“I’m disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons, and you understand

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And it certainly is not good

Sep 18th, 2018 5:15 pm | By

“One of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water.”

“There’s been a loss of life and” – sticking flap-hands out to the side – “MAY GOD BE WITH THEM. AND THEIR FAMILIES.” When he remembers a formula his voice gets louder, because he’s not diverting energy to thinking of Correct Words To Say.

“It’s a tough one…tough to understand…but this has been a difficult period of time for a lot of people – FEMA!” – the hands shoot up into the air – “the job you’ve done, the military…uh, the Coast Guard – what you’ve done in saving so many lives has been…really something special.”

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His beautiful young daughters

Sep 18th, 2018 12:47 pm | By

Trump thinks it’s a terrible terrible sad thing…for Kavanaugh.

“I feel so badly for him that he’s going through this,” Trump said at a White House press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “This is not a man that deserves this.”

Well of course President You Can Grab Them by the Pussy thinks that.

Trump on Tuesday chose to focus on the wrong he felt had been done to Kavanaugh, however. “I feel terribly for him, for his wife who is an incredible lovely woman and his beautiful young daughters,” said the president.

They’re hot, see. His wife is hot, and his daughters are hot. Obviously they wouldn’t matter if they weren’t, but they are, so Trump feels “terribly” … Read the rest

Protecting the boss

Sep 18th, 2018 12:10 pm | By

Greg Sargent at the Post:

President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are running a systematic campaign of harassment and disruption directed at legitimate law enforcement activity being conducted on behalf of the American people — with the active goal of protecting Trump and his cronies from accountability and denying the public the full truth about a hostile foreign power’s effort to corrupt our democracy.

They call it “transparency” – which is idiotic, because “transparency” about ongoing investigations is not a thing. Sargent says this move will probably blow up in Trump’s face. I sure hope so.

Beyond this, the release is a remarkably brazen abuse of power. As national security expert David Kris notes, Trump

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Foreigners fleeing violence and persecution: stay out

Sep 17th, 2018 4:21 pm | By

Because there’s not enough news today (by the way, Trump just slapped more tariffs on China), the Nazi president has slashed the number of refugees he will allow into the country.

President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the United States next year at 30,000, his administration announced on Monday, further cutting an already drastically scaled-back program that offers protection to foreigners fleeing violence and persecution.

Thirty thousand. It’s a small town. It’s a big university…but not even all that big: the University of Washington here in Seattle has an enrollment of 46 thousand.

The number represents the lowest ceiling a president has placed on the refugee program since its creation in

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The perp raids the prosecution’s evidence

Sep 17th, 2018 4:00 pm | By

Trump ups his obstruction of justice game:

President Trump on Monday ordered the Justice Department to declassify significant materials from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, including portions of a secret court order to surveil one of his former campaign advisers and the text messages of several former high-level FBI officials, including former FBI director James B. Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe.

The White House said in a statement the move came at the request of “a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency.” Conservative lawmakers critical of the Russia probe had been agitating for the materials to be made public.

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Yes we can imagine

Sep 15th, 2018 12:16 pm | By

I know this one! I can explain!

I don’t mean I know the “57 states” slip of the tongue, I never heard of it; I mean I know why it wasn’t headline news while the idiotic things Trump says do get covered.

It’s because Obama is not a bumbling brain-rotted malevolent ignorant fool, so his misspeaking on one occasion isn’t worth reporting because it’s not a pattern. One verbal fumble doesn’t mean anything, it’s just random.

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He was having fun, they were having fun

Sep 15th, 2018 11:38 am | By

As the hurricane continues to dump rain on flooded North Carolina, Trump’s thoughts turned to

Trump, of course.

As Hurricane Florence continued its destructive path in North and South Carolina on Friday, President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.

That is definitely the most urgent concern here.

Trump has particularly been irritated by video footage of him throwing rolls of paper towels to a crowd of relief workers on the island, according to a Washington Post report published Thursday. Trump had characterized his gestures as good-natured, but the footage prompted accusations that Trump lacks empathy.

“They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very

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The Bad Man’s comments

Sep 13th, 2018 11:14 am | By

Trump’s self-obsessed lie about the death toll of Hurricane Maria is not going over all that well.

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An incredible, unsung success

Sep 12th, 2018 10:18 am | By

NPR does a fact check on that claim.

During an Oval Office briefing on preparations for Hurricane Florence, a reporter asked President Trump if there were lessons to be learned from the widely criticized FEMA response to Hurricane Maria last year in Puerto Rico. Trump’s response? In short: nothing to see here.

“The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did, working

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We’ll let you know

Sep 11th, 2018 11:51 am | By

Trump either is or is not going to drop in on Ireland in November.

The White House has not yet made a final decision on whether US President Donald Trump will make a stop in Ireland in November, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said.

The comments came after it was reported Mr Trump’s planned visit to Ireland in November had been put off.

The Government on Tuesday evening confirmed that the visit of President Trump has been “postponed” for what it called “scheduling reasons”.

The Irish Times understands that the proposed details of the trip had been changing constantly since the White House first announced President Trump’s intention to visit last month.

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We da winnahs

Sep 11th, 2018 10:47 am | By

The usual dignity and empathy and respect.

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Unless it’s a volume of collected tweets…

Sep 10th, 2018 3:22 pm | By

Trump says he’s going to “write” a “book.” Uh huh, and I’m going to fly the 6 o’clock plane to Heathrow.

That would be laughable even if he did know how to write, because he’s a narcissist who can’t stop bragging, so any book he “wrote” on the subject would be a pack of lies and tedious as well.

During his business career,

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See this fist?

Sep 10th, 2018 11:13 am | By

The Guardian report was posted before Bolton gave his speech; the Times reports the speech given.

The Trump administration threatened the International Criminal Court with sanctions if it pursued an investigation of American troops in Afghanistan, opening a harsh new attack on an old nemesis of many on the political right.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said in a speech on Monday in Washington.

“We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States,” Mr. Bolton said. “We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and, we will

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Because we are Perfect

Sep 10th, 2018 10:51 am | By

Oh great, John Bolton is going to trash the ICC. That’s a good look.

John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, will threaten the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions when he makes an excoriating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.

According to drafts of his speech, Bolton will push for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He is also expected to announce on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate

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