Misadventures of a minority-elect President 9

Trump’s approval ratings still sitting at historic low, more on the alt-right wing miscreants in Trump’s cabal, rising hatred and misogyny on the raise courtesy of the Trump campaign, Trump saw Sweden terror attack on FOX’s fake news, the consequences of chaos, pure fantasy Trumponomics, and more.

Poll: Trump’s approval rating after first month is historically low article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/20/poll-trumps-approval-rating-after-first-month-is-historically/21717225/

“A month into Donald Trump’s presidency and his job approval rating keeps breaking records — but probably not in the way the administration would prefer.

According to a Gallup poll over the weekend, Trump’s 40 percent job approval is 21 points below the historic average for elected presidents around mid-February (61 percent). That’s also 11 points below the lowest mid-February numbers for any other president in Gallup’s history.

While across the board Trump’s numbers are historically low, approval ratings have become hotly debated under the new administration. Discrepancies have been popping up across varying polling organizations as some paint a rosier picture than others…”

Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign article from the World Socialist Web Site. –
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/20/trum-f20.html

“The Trump White House is under increasing pressure from the anti-Russian campaign instigated by the intelligence agencies and spearheaded by the bulk of the corporate-controlled media, the Democratic Party and a section of the Republicans. Over the past several days, the first official action has been carried out by a congressional committee investigating claims of Russian involvement in the 2016 election campaign.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent letters to more than a dozen government agencies, organizations and individuals asking them to preserve all materials that may be relevant to the committee’s investigation. The letters were authorized by committee Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina, a Republican, and the ranking Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia.

The letters were sent after a two-hour classified briefing by FBI Director James Comey on the alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. Senators left the hearing without divulging anything of what took place, but hours later, the request was dispatched for the preservation of documents on alleged Russian interference in the campaign and “related issues.”

The “related issues” reportedly include the allegations of “constant contact” during the campaign between Trump advisers and aides and Russian intelligence agents, first made in the New York Times last week and later in a broadcast by CNN. Neither report presented any actual evidence, citing only the claims of unnamed intelligence officials, who said they had monitored phone calls or reviewed telephone transcripts…”

Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Championed Big Tobacco’s Alarming Lies article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-miller-tobacco-truther-lies

Trump’s amazing and dangerous world of alternative facts – and alternative truth article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/2/19/1634381/-Trump-s-amazing-and-dangerous-world-of-alternative-facts-and-alternative-truth

“Here’s what CNN reporter Zachary Wollf recently said when describing why it’s hard to cover Donald Trump: “What does it mean when he says words?”

Clearly, Trump doesn’t mean what he’s actually saying. Facts are optional. They are fungible. \For example his signature building, Trump Tower in Manhattan, is advertised as being 68 stories tall, but in reality is only 58 stories high. Select floors are missing in order for them to claim the 45th floor is really the 53rd floor—and get a much higher rate of return than he normally would when leasing office space or condos. This is just a perfect example of Trump’s reality warping field in effect. Things aren’t what they truly are: they are what Trump claims they are. This may be one of the key sources of Trump’s ability to succeed against all reasonable odds.

It’s also why his efforts are ultimately doomed to failure…”

On President’s Day, Mass Crowds Say of Donald Trump: ‘Not My President’ article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/20/presidents-day-mass-crowds-say-donald-trump-not-my-president

“While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people…”

Robert Reich: Why Trumponomics Will Fail Spectacularly article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-why-trumponomics-will-fail-spectacularly

Because, like much of Trump’s presidency, it’s pure fantasy.

Trump points to imagined violence at brazenly dishonest rally article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-points-imagined-violence-brazenly-dishonest-rally

A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates article from the New York Times. –
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/politics/donald-trump-ukraine-russia.html

Trump and company going to overthrow the Obama administration’s illegal government in Ukraine?

Out of Darkness, Light: Will the Trumpian Nightmare Lead to a Real ‘Political Revolution’ After All? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/visions/out-darkness-light-will-trumpian-nightmare-lead-real-political-revolution-after-all

“Last November, the Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek turned a lot of heads when he announced shortly before the 2016 presidential election that if he were American, he would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton — not because he thought Trump was the lesser evil, but precisely because he was the greater evil.

The Slovenian intellectual’s hope was that the election of a vulgar, right-wing extremist like Trump would “be a kind of big awakening” that would trigger “new political processes” in America. In other words, with a reactionary demagogue as transparently abhorrent and dangerous as Trump in the White House, a popular movement on the left would emerge to challenge not only Trump’s reactionary populism, but the neoliberal status quo that had long prevailed in Washington. Clinton, argued Žižek, stood for an “absolute inertia” that would stifle a populist movement on the left, and while there was great danger in a Trump presidency, there was also great danger in electing Clinton — especially in the long run…”

Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, on the Rise article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/violence-against-woman-rise

So What Happened Last Night In Sweden? Donald Trump Saw It On Fox News – Update from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/happened-last-night-sweden-twitter-182804931.html

“Updated 2:07 pm Sunday, with Trump response President Donald Trump has explained his Sweden comment: He saw it on Fox. “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden,” he’s just tweeted.

The president’s tweet came just minutes after CNN reported that White House deputy press secretary Sarah H. Sanders said Trump “was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general and not referring to a specific incident.” Sanders also said Trump “may have seen” the Fox News report, CNN said.

The barbs arrived on cue…”

Trump-Russia scandal: Like Watergate and Iran-Contra – only worse article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/19/1634055/-Trump-Russia-scandal-Like-Watergate-and-Iran-Contra-only-worse

The Real Enemy of the People Is a President Who Opposes the Free Press article from the Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/the-real-enemy-of-the-people-is-a-president-who-opposes-the-free-press/

“No president who takes seriously an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution would say what Trump is saying…”

Michael Moore’s ‘Resistance Calendar’ Tracks Trump Protests article from Newsmax. –
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/resistance-calendar-protests-Michael-Moore/2017/02/20/id/774607/

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The consequences of Chaos article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/2/20/1635499/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-The-consequences-of-Chaos

The For-Profit Presidency, Month One article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/02/20/profit-presidency-month-one

“One month into the Trump administration, and it’s clear that there has been a wholesale corporate takeover of the government

A day-by-day review of the administration’s first month shows that virtually every day there has been a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests and/or another development in Donald Trump’s get-rich-quick-scheme known as the American presidency.

America has never seen anything like this, and it’s only the first month…”

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