Misadventures of a minority-elect President 30

Trump’s popularity sinks lower after baseless wiretap claims and TrumpCare, terrorizing immigrants with his raids, more people realizing Trump is a pathological liar working to undermine US democracy, the Trump Dystopian Nightmare on the horizon, Trump’s draconian budget dead before arrival, Ivanka Trump is the exception to her father’s ‘buy American’ rule, Trump’s staff has to clean up his tweetstorm fallacies, Trump and the GOP’s war on their voters, growing protests against TrumpCare and Trump, one question somebody needs to ask Trump, beware the ides of Trump, White House walking back on Trump’s pernicious claims of President Obama wiretapping the minority-elect President, questions as to why Trump is trash-talking our democracy, Democrats retool communications to battle Trump, Trump’s growing conflicts of interest, someone was foolish enough to give Kellyanne Conway a microphone again to defend Trump’s fraudulent wiretap claims – along with more tidbits from two of his other stooges, Trump’s thirst for more Middle Eastern bloodshed grows and more.

Poll: Trump’s approval rating dives following wiretap claims and Trumpcare article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/13/poll-trumps-approval-rating-dives-wiretap-claim-and-trumpcare/21880423/

Trump’s season of fear: inside the devastation left by immigration raids article from the Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/13/undocumented-immigration-raids-ice-impact

Donald Trump is a pathological liar working to undermine US democracy, says Bernie Sanders article from the Independent on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-pathological-liar-working-161428786.html

“Bernie Sanders has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, who he described as a “pathological liar” with authoritarian ambitions.

Speaking to The Guardian, Mr Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said he believed Mr Trump’s lies were an attempt on the President’s part to “undermine the foundations of American democracy.”

The Vermont senator pointed to Mr Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about mass voter fraud in US elections and his dismissal of District Judge James L Robart as a “so-called judge”, after he temporarily blocked the President’s ban on travellers from Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

The President has also recently accused Barack Obama of wire-tapping Trump Tower, without producing any evidence to substantiate this claim…”

Fired U.S. Attorney Alleges That He Has Something on Trump – Throws One Last Barb on His Way Out from the Independent Journal Review. –
http://ijr.com/2017/03/823174-fired-u-s-attorney-alleges-something-trump-throws-one-last-barb-way/

The Trump Dystopian Nightmare: Nuclear War, Climate Change and a Clash of Civilization Are All on the Horizon article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/visions/trump-dystopian-nightmare-nuclear-war-climate-change-and-clash-civilizations-are-all-horizon

Explaining Trump: How the White House cleans up after a tweetstorm article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/explaining-trump-how-the-white-house-cleans-up-after-a-tweet-storm-160207828.html

TRUMP’S BUDGET PROPOSAL IS ‘DEAD BEFORE ARRIVAL’ article from Newsweek. –
http://www.newsweek.com/trump-budget-proposal-dead-arrival-566437

Invanka Trump Is Exception to Dad’s ‘Buy American’ Rule article from AFP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/style/ivanka-trump-exception-dads-buy-american-rule-032823047.html

“Beijing (AFP) – In his January inauguration speech, US President Donald Trump made a seemingly straightforward pledge: “We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.”

His daughter is the exception: even as he spoke, at least eight shipments of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, bags and clothes — more than 59 tons — were steaming towards American ports from China, according to US Customs bills of lading examined by AFP.

Trump uses his presidential pulpit to censure manufacturers — both domestic and foreign — for using overseas labor to make goods for American consumers, but the Ivanka-branded orders have kept rolling in.

More than two tons of ladies’ polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets and 25 tons of made-in-China footwear were among at least 82 such shipments that passed US Customs — almost one per business day — from Trump’s November 8 election win through February 26, records showed…”

Republicans declare ‘war on their own voters’ with health care plan article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republicans-declare-war-their-own-voters-health-care-plan

24 Million People Stand To Lose Insurance Under GOP Obamacare ‘Replacement’ article from the Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/24-million-more-uninsured-under-gop-obamacare-replacement_us_58c6ebb2e4b0598c6698b098

This weekend saw massive town hall protests against Trumpcare and Trump article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/town-hall-protests-over-trumpcare-issa-hunter-8bbf943623de#.g50l3ya7s

Sean Spicer says you can trust Trump ‘if he’s not joking’ article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sean-spicer-says-trust-trump-at-his-word-unless-hes-joking-202227972.html

For some reason I doubt it…

Why Hasn’t Anyone Asked Donald Trump This one Question? article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/12/1640118/-Why-Hasn-t-Anyone-Asked-Donald-Trump-This-One-Question

“This awful, awful Florida woman, Lucy Richards, just took a plea deal for making repeated death threats against Lenny Pozner, whose six-year old son was brutally slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thankfully, she will be sentenced at the end of this month. What is both infuriating and chilling is how the article ended:

Others linked to the Sandy Hook massacre have reported harassment by conspiracy theorists who argue it was staged to erode support for Second Amendment gun rights.

All last year, I kept waiting for somebody to ask Donald Trump this question during the debates or numerous interviews, because it was obvious. No one ever did.

After Trump’s insane Twitter rant about his latest bizarre conspiracy theory about Obama wiretapping him, I wondered again why no one had ever asked him. Why has no one, and I mean NO ONE, ever asked Donald Trump:

Do you believe the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax?…”

‘Ides of Trump’ Action Aims to Send More Mail Than White House Can Ignore article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/13/ides-trump-action-aims-send-more-mail-white-house-can-ignore

Spicer walks back Trump’s wiretapping claims article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/03/13/sean-spicer-wiretap-claims-investigation-sot.cnn

ROBERT REICH: WHY IS TRUMP TRASH-TALKING OUR DEMOCRACY? article from Newsweek. –
http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-why-trump-trash-talking-our-democracy-567151

Pelosi retools communications shop to battle Trump article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/pelosi-communications-trump-235985

Senator asks ethics office to assess Trump’s foreign deals article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/senator-asks-ethics-office-assess-trumps-foreign-deals-171811393–politics.html

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey asked a government ethics office Monday to assess whether President Donald Trump’s business dealings make his administration vulnerable to conflicts of interest.

“President Trump has exposed his administration to possible conflicts of interest on an unprecedented scale,” the Pennsylvania lawmaker says in a letter to the Office of Government Ethics.

Casey asked whether any of Trump’s foreign business deals could violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits U.S. officeholders from accepting gifts from foreign countries.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment…”

IS DONALD TRUMP ACTUALLY DONATING HIS PRESIDENTIAL SALARY? article from Vanity Fair. –
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/donald-trump-salary-donation

Since he won’t show anyone the paperwork that says he is, it’s highly unlikely.

Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump Wiretap Claim By Citing ‘Microwaves That Turn Into Cameras’ araticle from the Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conway-trump-wiretap_us_58c68568e4b054a0ea6bb166

Ah the never-ending adventures of dumb and dumber in Trump’s land of delusion.

Paul Krugman Explains Why You Should Be Deeply Unnerved by Sean Spicer’s Jobs Report ‘Joke’ article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/paul-krugman-explains-why-you-should-be-deeply-unnerved-sean-spicers-jobs-report

Steve Bannon Thinks You’re Stupid article from Paste Magazine. –
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/steve-bannon-thinks-youre-stupid.html

“I work with a guy who emails Steve Bannon. He’s an Archie Bunker type: conservative, a pre-internet troll, so I thought he was joking. Nope. He emails Steve Bannon. They’re sort of friends. I don’t know how they met, but I believe my colleague was trying to get his nemesis, who worked for the government for a long time, fired. I don’t really know if he convinced Bannon, but I do know the nemesis was canned and my friend took great joy in this: He got Steve Bannon to do his bidding.

A dark and deferential tone permeates almost everything we read or hear about Bannon. Many of us whisper, “He’s an avowed Leninist. He reads impenetrable books. He wants to dismantle the state. He governs by chaos, and Trump is his blundering vector of havoc.” Worst of all, though: “He’s dangerous.” We gotta understand, folks, that this is exactly the story Bannon likes to tell himself about himself. It’s a myth.

Sure, the man holds some dangerous beliefs. But, guys, come on: they’re insane. The only truly dangerous thing about Steve Bannon is his credibility. He’s nothing unless we buy what he’s selling.

We need to expose that myth: Where we need to resist normalizing Trump, we need to normalize Bannon. He craves The Big Ideological Battle, but he’s vulnerable to fine print. The more we iconize this sub-Reddit gasbag in our headlines and our self-indulgent long-form profiles, the more power Trump—and we—will give to a blogger who wants to start a global holy war. The truth is that Steve Bannon is just a fairly smart conspiracy theorist who snaked his way into tremendous political power and is slowly but surely realizing he doesn’t quite know what to do with it…”

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March article from Information Clearing House. –
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46647.htm

Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump article from Reuters on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-lawyers-move-fast-join-fight-against-trump-131229659.html

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