Misadventures of a minority-elect President 69

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:

Trump – in all his idiocy – is doing his damnedest to be a war president, Trump flip flops on his first 100 days saying they don’t mean anything because he’s such a screw up, how he is destroying Conservative media, our blackmailer-in-chief demanding Democrats approve a budget that includes his Mexico wall, how Trump’s twitter tirade against Conservative Media backfired, our illegitimate, racist Attorney General is contemplating conducting a major assault on press freedoms, Trump associates fomenting terrorism in Indonesia, latest Trump directives reveal our moronic lackluster leader in all his fraudulent glory, why demanding answers on Trump, Russia and the election is not ‘McCarthyism,’ Trump’s bombings could result in major blowback, mental health professionals gathering at Yale to discuss their duty of warning the public of the danger posed by our minority-elect President and much more.

Washington threatens war against Iran article from The World Socialist Web Site. –
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/04/21/pers-a21.html

‘America First’ means more wars.

Is the Deep State Our Only Control Over Trump? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/two-cheers-deep-state

Afternoon Idiocy Watch article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/afternoon-idiocy-watch

Why Trumpian Conspiracy Theories and Anti-Semitism Are Intimately Connected article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/why-trumpian-conspiracy-theories-and-anti-semitism-are-intimately-connected

“Our modern political climate has helped bolster the oldest conspiracy theory of all.

Earlier this month, white nationalists found cause to rejoice. The culprit behind many of the bomb threats plaguing JCCs and Jewish schools around the country?—?a young American-Israeli man living in Ashkelon, in the south of Israel?—?was arrested. The teenager, apparently utilizing sophisticated identity-masking methods, was responsible for a yet-unknown but apparently large proportion of the bomb threats terrorizing toddlers, schoolchildren, and Jews at prayer, according to Israeli police.

For white nationalists like David Duke, the suspect’s religion was proof of a theory they had championed: that Jews, in a coordinated plot, had created the attacks to “get sympathy to push their ethnic agenda.” A popular meme, “Hey rabbi…watcha doin’?,” resurfaced: It depicts a hook-nosed Jewish stereotype spray-painting a swastika onto the wall of a synagogue. Reactions to the unlikely arrest further proved the durability, in a conspiratorial age, of the oldest conspiracy theory of all: anti-Semitism…”

Donald Trump Complains About Deadline He Set For Himself article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-100-days_us_58f9e5c4e4b018a9ce5a3713

It’s a little late for Trump to say the 100-day metric is ‘ridiculous’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/its-little-late-trump-say-the-100-day-metric-ridiculous

Senator Sycophant: Lindsey Graham Goes Full Donald article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/senator-sycophant-lindsey-graham-goes-full-donald

The Trump trade looks dead article from Business Insider. –
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-trump-trade-looks-dead-2017-4

How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/21/trump-conservative-media-breitbart-fox-news-wall-street-journal-215035

“Inside the new power dynamics roiling Fox, Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal.

Months before Donald Trump blew up American politics with his surprise win in November, he did the same thing to the conservative media. Through much of the campaign, two very different media moguls with colliding visions for the Republican Party vied for Trump’s soul: Roger Ailes, the longtime president and CEO of Fox News, and Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of the populist online tabloid Breitbart. Both were angling to be the media Svengali whispering in Trump’s ear.

At one point, it seemed they might have been allies: Bannon worked to insinuate himself at Fox, and Ailes’ network aired some of his populist documentaries. Then came the first Republican primary debate in August 2015, when Megyn Kelly, Fox’s feisty prime-time anchor, hammered the candidate from all sides. It was at that moment that Bannon says his relationship with Ailes began to sour. “The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,” Bannon said in an interview. He says he warned Ailes that Kelly would betray him. “I told him then, I said, ‘She’s the devil, and she will turn on you.’”…”

The White House ups the odds of a government shutdown by demanding Democrats fund Trump’s border wall article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/speedreads/693761/white-house-ups-odds-government-shutdown-by-demanding-democrats-fund-trumps-border-wall

How Trump’s Twitter Tantrum Against Conservatives Backfired article from U.S. News. –
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-04-03/how-trumps-twitter-tantrum-against-conservatives-backfired

The White House and Congress seem to be on completely different pages on their healthcare revival article from Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/white-house-congress-seem-completely-180423975.html

FOX LOST BILL O’REILLY, BUT IT STILL HAS DONALD TRUMP atricle from The New Yorker. –
http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/fox-lost-bill-oreilly-but-it-still-has-donald-trump

“There was a time, in the clouded days of January, 2016, before the Iowa caucuses, when Donald Trump was very angry at Fox News—or, rather, at a woman at Fox News, Megyn Kelly, who, he thought, had forgotten her place. Kelly had asked him, during the first Republican-primary debate, a few months earlier, about his demonstrable record of misogyny, and so he had refused to appear in an upcoming debate that the network was hosting, and of which Kelly would be a moderator. Trump talked about boycotting Fox altogether, but he was willing to go on Bill O’Reilly’s show, to be cajoled and flattered, and to deride Kelly. (“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly. I don’t think she’s very good at what she does. I think she’s highly overrated.”) At the time, there was more than one sexual-harassment suit pending that involved O’Reilly’s treatment of his female colleagues, and a custody case that O’Reilly lost several weeks later, after, according to press reports, one of his daughters told a court examiner that she had seen him choking her mother and dragging her down a flight of stairs. (O’Reilly denied the abuse, as he has other charges of wrongdoing.) But none of that seems to have given O’Reilly any inkling that he might, in this very public setting, want to be seen as standing up for a colleague. Instead, he tried to persuade Trump that he should do the debate, because it would give him another chance to insult Kelly in person.

“You have, in this debate format, the upper hand,” O’Reilly told Trump. “You have sixty seconds right off the top to tell any of the moderators, ‘You’re a pinhead, your question is unfair, and here’s why, and here’s what I want to say.’ ” Again and again, he told Trump how “strong” he would look when he put the moderators down; how strong Trump was, in general; and that Americans deserved the chance to witness Trump’s strength. The closest O’Reilly came to defending Kelly was when he said that the general substance of her question hadn’t been entirely out of bounds, though he would have asked it a very different way. Otherwise, he responded to the trashing of his colleague with a reminder to Trump that the two of them had a social bond—“I bought you so many vanilla milkshakes”—that should be factored into Trump’s decision to do something that might harm Fox. O’Reilly concluded by praising Trump for being there and for just being Trump: “I don’t know any politician under these circumstances that would have come on in here and done what you did tonight. I just don’t know any.” Spending fifteen minutes with your core audience is not exactly bravery, but Trump had no problem taking the compliment.

“And, by the way, this is much tougher than the debate,” Trump said. “Bill, this is much tougher being with you, because frankly, you’re smarter. This is much tougher than doing the debate with Megyn Kelly, believe me.” “Well, that’s why you should do it and have fun tomorrow night,” O’Reilly replied. It could all have served as a set piece illustrating the dismissiveness with which women fear that they will be treated, made much worse by imagining what O’Reilly and Trump might have said to each other once when the camera was not recording them…”

Sessions won’t rule out prosecuting media outlets besides WikiLeaks article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/sessions-wikileaks-priority-assange-crackdown-press-freedoms-7f332489db2b

Our illegitimate, racist Attorney General is contemplating conducting a major assault on press freedoms.

Excess Trump inauguration cash pairs with donor access video from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/excess-trump-inauguration-cash-pairs-with-donor-access-926017091769

What did our fraudulent leader do with all that money and who gets his full attention to do their bidding?

Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates & ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/shocking-expose-reveals-trump-associates-isis-linked-vigilantes-are-attempting

Trump had undisclosed meeting with former Colombian presidents article from GMA on Yahoo! News. –
https://gma.yahoo.com/trump-had-undisclosed-meeting-former-colombian-presidents-180207992–abc-news-topstories.html

Trump issues directives that could roll back post-crisis reforms article from CNBC. –
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/21/trump-taking-action-against-regulations-put-into-place-after-the-financial-crisis.html

Our moronic, lackluster leader is having a field day enabling more fraud to crash the economy:

“President Donald Trump signed three directives Friday aimed at unwinding regulations put into place after the financial crisis.

The moves target two key areas — “living wills” that banks must formulate to show how they would be broken up if they are in danger of failure, and the designation of what institutions will come get more intense federal scrutiny under the financial reforms.

Trump called the regulations, under the Dodd-Frank legislation, “damaging … that failed to hold Wall Street firms accountable.”

During a ceremony at the Treasury building, he also signed a measure that authorized a look into “reducing the tax burden” of Americans…”

It’s Not ‘McCarthyism’ to Demand Answers on Trump, Russia, and the Election article from The Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/its-not-mccarthyism-to-demand-answers-on-trump-russia-and-the-election/

Trump’s Bombings May Elicit the ‘Mother of All Blowback’ article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/21/trumps-bombings-may-elicit-mother-all-blowback

Top U.S. officials to testify in Trump-Russia probe reboot article from Reuters. –
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-congress-idUSKBN17N23C

Trump Isn’t A Do-Nothing President article from Five Thirty Eight. –
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-isnt-a-do-nothing-president/

He’s been dubiously doing a lot of undoing through immoral – albeit highly likely illegal – Executive Orders.

In Latest Populist Betrayal, Trump Executive Order Unchains Wall Street Greed article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/21/latest-populist-betrayal-trump-executive-order-unchains-wall-street-greed

Looks like we’re beginning to see what all of Trump’s inaugural fundraising dollars were for:

“Orders signed Friday are ‘nothing more than special favors for the same Wall Street banks that crashed our economy in 2008 and put millions of Americans out of work’

In yet another Wall Street giveaway, President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon took executive action to chip away at Dodd-Frank financial regulations and roll back rules aimed at reducing corporate tax avoidance.

Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for watchdog group Public Citizen, described the orders signed Friday at the Treasury Department as “nothing more than special favors for the same Wall Street banks that crashed our economy in 2008 and put millions of Americans out of work.”

According to ABC News, Trump signed “two presidential memoranda on the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which former President [Barack] Obama signed in response to the 2007-2008 financial crisis.” They order two six-month reviews of what the Los Angeles Times called “pillars” of Dodd-Frank: the Orderly Liquidation Authority and the Financial Stability Oversight Council…”

Yale to hold psych conference on Trump’s mental health article from CT Post. –
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Yale-to-hold-psych-conference-on-Trump-s-mental-11084757.php

Mental health professionals are gathering at Yale to discuss their duty of warning the public of the danger posed by our minority-elect President.

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo article from Truth Dig. –
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/donald_trumps_modern-day_gestapo_20170420

100 Days of Trump – bans, bombs, and chocolate cake article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/21/1654956/-100-Days-of-Trump-bans-bombs-and-chocolate-cake

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