Misadventures of a minority-elect President 65

Chronicling the misadventures of our minority-elect President’s alternate reality, alternative facts and the miscreants that comprise his administration so you don’t have to:

More on what appears to have been a staged chemical weapons attack in Syria despite Trump’s duplicitous claims that it was done by the Syrian government, Trump’s popularity hits another new historic low as his ethics issues continue growing exponentially, blaming Trump’s profound failures on Steve Bannon, increasing his unethical, morally challenged cesspool of corruption known as his swamp, majority believe our Liar-in-Chief never keeps his promises, more on Trump’s War Crimes and campaign fraud, one of Trump’s chief propagandists admits that he’s a fake, 120,000 protesters turn out to demand Trump’s taxes, looking past the moronic bluster and profoundly corrupt idiocies of Trump and his illegitimate administration reveals his necessity for dubious secrecy, the convenience of Trump’s disappearing Russia scandal and much more.

MIT expert claims latest chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged article from The International Business Times on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mit-expert-claims-latest-chemical-100819428.html

It’s not just the golf: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago ethics mess gets worse article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/its-not-just-the-golf-trumps-mar-lago-ethics-mess-gets-worse

Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump, a near historic low article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/17/poll-majority-of-americans-disapprove-of-president-trump/22042115/

Trump Just Appointed a Chemical Industry Honcho to Protect Us From Chemicals article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/04/trump-just-put-chemical-industy-hack-charge-assessing-chemicals-epa

E.J. Dionne: Trump: Now it’s Bannon’s fault article from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. –
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/ej-dionne/e-j-dionne-trump-now-it-s-bannon-s-fault/article_1710fa25-762c-5342-810e-a8f6edc83bd3.html

“President Trump rose to power on a combination of meanness, incoherence and falsehoods. His strategy depended almost entirely on playing off the unpopularity and weaknesses of others.

Every aspect of his approach has blown up on him since he took office, but as is always the case with Trump, he will not take any personal responsibility for what’s going wrong. He must find a scapegoat. The latest object of his opprobrium would seem to be Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist.

But dumping Bannon would only underscore the extent to which Trump is a political weathervane, gyrating wildly with the political winds. He’s “populist” one day, conventionally conservative the next, and centrist the day after that. His implicit response is: Who cares? Let’s just get through another week…”

Donald Trump Is Making the United States an Anti-Corruption Laughingstock article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/trump-ethics-anti-corruption-foreign-corrupt-practices-act

Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-lobbyists-ethics-waivers_us_58f43e1fe4b0b9e9848cc6c4

Poll: Majority no longer thinks Trump keeps his promises article from CBS News. –
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-majority-no-longer-thinks-trump-keeps-his-promises/

The White House may have violated its own ethics rules with Trump’s executive-branch hires article from The Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/white-house-may-violated-own-155114224.html

“The Trump administration may be entangling itself in another ethical landmine.

In this case, the White House could have violated its own ethics rules with at least two hires, a New York Times and ProPublica investigation found.

One potential conflict involves Michael Catanzaro, who is the White House’s top energy adviser. Until last year, The Times and ProPublica found, Catanzaro was working as a lobbyist for the fossil-fuel industry and had clients like Devon Energy of Oklahoma and Talen Energy of Pennsylvania.

Those two companies were stalwart opponents of President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations, like the Clean Power Plan, which sought to promote the use of alternative energy sources. Trump signed an executive order undoing the plan in March. As the White House’s top energy adviser, Catanzaro will handle many of those same issues.

Another possible ethical dilemma involves Chad Wolf. The Times and ProPublica investigation found that Wolf, the chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration, spent the past several years lobbying the TSA to secure funding for a new screening device for carry-on luggage that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Wolf’s new role as the TSA’s chief of staff puts him in a prime position to make the decision he had previously spent years lobbying for…”

Trump casually smears 30 percent of Americans while live-tweeting Fox & Friends article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-smears-democrats-livetweets-fox-friends-4127cddb133c

Human Rights Attorneys: Trump’s Latest Bombing Unlawful, Dangerous Escalation article from The Center for Constitutional Rights. –
https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/press-releases/human-rights-attorneys-trump-s-latest-bombing-unlawful-dangerous

Trump is already using his 2020 reelection bid to line his own pockets article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-is-already-using-his-2020-reelection-bid-to-line-his-own-pockets-e52d5ed00b35

Both sides blame Trump in case about campaign-season violence article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/both-sides-blame-trump-case-about-campaign-season-violence

Trump claims he’s immune because he’s the President, but we’ll have to wait and see:

“One of the more alarming aspects of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was his tacit embrace of violence as a legitimate tool at his rallies. In ways without precedent in modern American politics, the Republican candidate often seemed a little too eager to encourage vicious behavior.

After one protester at a Trump rally was punched by one of the candidate’s supporters, for example, Trump declared, “Maybe he deserved to get roughed up.” On other occasions, Trump promised to “pay for the legal fees” for supporters who “knock the hell” out of protesters.

And as we recently discussed, three protesters were physically assaulted at a Trump event in Kentucky in 2016, and they later filed suit, alleging the president bears some responsibility for encouraging the confrontation and insisting that inciting violence is not protected speech under the First Amendment…”

Sanders and Perez to Launch Nationwide ‘Come Together & Fight Back’ Tour article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/17/sanders-and-perez-launch-nationwide-come-together-fight-back-tour

Alex Jones’ Defense in Upcoming Custody Battle Is That He’s a Fake article from Fusion. –
http://fusion.net/alex-jones-defense-in-upcoming-custody-battle-is-that-1794370575

Alex Jones – one of Trump’s most relied upon propagandists – is admitting that he’s a total fake.

120,000 Americans Demanded Trump’s Taxes This Weekend, Organizers Say article from The Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/120000-americans-demanded-trumps-taxes-this-weekend-organizers-say/

What is our minority-elect President hiding?

The Waters of Trump’s Washington Are Dark and Deep article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/17/waters-trumps-washington-are-dark-and-deep

When you look past the moronic bluster and profoundly corrupt idiocies of Trump and his illegitimate administration, his need for dubious secrecy becomes more evident:

“Behind the ostentatious displays of power, the White House tries to keep secret all that’s destructive to the nation and democracy.

Years ago, I worked for a wealthy television executive in Washington, DC, who had a posh Georgetown townhouse with a courtyard.

In the center of his courtyard was a small fountain, and he became obsessed with getting hold of a certain dye for it that the National Park Service used in fountains and pools at various historic sites around the capital.

The dye turned the water an opaque black, so murky you couldn’t see to the bottom. The park service claimed it was more aesthetically pleasing.

I think you can see this blunt instrument of a metaphor coming: the waters of Washington intentionally made shadowy and dark, secrets hidden. That’s what is happening right now. The Trump White House and its congressional allies are doing their best to obscure the truth, darkening the waters as black as they can to hide what’s really going on.

On Friday, the White House announced that it would no longer make public the logs of who visits the White House. The Obama administration had a policy, with a few exceptions, of keeping such records open and available. But Donald Trump and his gang don’t want you to know with whom they’re doing business…”

For Donald Trump, the election is hardly ‘over’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/donald-trump-the-election-hardly-over

Trump’s fundraising reveals that for him the election is never over.

The Real Madman article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/17/real-madman

Donald Trump’s Easter tweets article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/16/1653539/-Donald-Trump-s-Easter-tweets

A Critique of ‘False and Misleading’ White House Claims About Syria’s Use of Lethal Gas article from Truthdig. –
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/critique_white_house_fabrications_syrias_alleged_use_of_lethal_gas_20170414

The myriad of issues with the Trump cabal’s Syrian gas attack fairy tale continue unraveling:

“This is my third report assessing the White House intelligence Report (WHR) of April 11. My first report was titled “A Quick Turnaround Assessment of the White House Intelligence Report Issued on April 11, 2017 About the Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria,” and my second report was an addendum to the first report.

This report provides unambiguous evidence that the White House Intelligence Report contains false and misleading claims that could not possibly have been accepted in any professional review by impartial intelligence experts. The WHR was produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.

The evidence presented herein is from two selected videos that are part of a larger cache of videos that are available on YouTube. These videos were uploaded to YouTube by the SMART News Agency between April 5 and April 7. Analysis of the videos shows that all the scenes taken at the site the WHR claims was the location of a sarin release indicate significant tampering with the site. Since these videos were available roughly one week before the WHR was issued April 11, this indicates that the office of the WHR made no attempt to utilize the professional intelligence community to obtain accurate data in support of the findings in the report.

The video evidence shows workers at the site roughly 30 hours after the alleged attack who were wearing clothing with the logo “Idlib Health Directorate.” These individuals were photographed putting dead birds from a birdcage into plastic bags. The implication of these actions was that the birds had died after being placed in the alleged sarin crater. However, the video also shows the same workers inside and around the same crater with no protection of any kind against sarin poisoning…”

Those Condemning Syria Have Themselves Recently Used Chemical Weapons article from Washington’s Blog. –
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/04/condemning-syria-recently-used-chemical-weapons.html

The Problem is Washington, Not North Korea article from Information Clearing House. –
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46884.htm

Robert Reich: Is Trump’s Foreign Policy for America Just About $$ for His Businesses? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/robert-reich-trumps-foreign-policy-america-just-about-his-bottom-line

What Russia-gate Has Wrought article from Information Clearing House. –
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46876.htm

Trump commits war crimes in Syria and the Russia scandal disappears.

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