Misadventures of a minority-elect President 87

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:

The Sally Yates hearing was not good news for our illegitimate minority-elect President, implausible deniability garners 5 Pinocchio’s for Trump’s Russian Scandal denial, more on the growing delusions and ignorance of Trump supporters, GOP deleting their health care promises, more fall out from Trump’s Russia scandal hearing coming, Trump’s breathtaking ignorance becoming more evident with each passing day, a new Nixonian plot twist in Trump’s Russia scandal as Trump fires Comey – at his illegitimate AG’s recommendation – which appears to have been in the works for a while, wondering what Trump is hiding by firing Comey, the one actual Nazi in Trump’s White House lies to a conference of the Jerusalem Post about being under attack because he’s Pro-Israel, new study clarifies how GOP voter suppression gave the state of Wisconsin to Trump and lots more.

Why the Sally Yates Hearing Was Very Bad News for the Trump White House article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/sally-yates-clapper-russia-trump-hearing-michael-flynn

Trump’s Russia Scandal is about to bite him in the ass.

Trump: Russia collusion story ‘a total hoax’ article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332458-trump-russia-collusion-story-a-total-hoax

Trump Derangement Syndrome: Rated 5 Pinocchio’s for his latest fairy tale from the land of delusion.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: Something is preventing Trump from reaching ‘obvious conclusions’ article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/09/sen-sheldon-whitehouse-something-preventing-trump-from-reaching-obvious-conclusions/22077402/

Perhaps it’s his profound ignorance and corruption?

Trump Voters Are Willing to Be Conned as Long as He Deports Immigrants and Bombs the World article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-voters-are-willing-be-conned-long-he-deports-immigrants-and-bombs-world

More on the growing delusions and ignorance of Trump supporters:

“They’re able to overlook an astonishing amount of corruption.

If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United States was once the impresario of a student-swindling Trump University, the founder of a Trump Foundation designed for tax evasion and illegal self-dealing, and the chief executive of a Trump Organization that has long relied on various techniques of grifting, from rip-offs of workers and contractors to serial bankruptcies.

And if you know all that, then you cannot be surprised by the way that he and his family have conducted themselves during the first 100 days of his presidency, which is also the way they will behave until they leave or are removed from the White House. They have misused the office of the president to enrich themselves in ways that none of Trump’s predecessors, not even the most venal, could have imagined doing.

Nor can you be surprised that this grasping figure and his appointed cronies, notably Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have floated a tax “reform” that will enrich the very wealthiest Americans by trillions of dollars, while decimating necessary government functions and depriving millions of working-class and low-income families of health care…”

The many paths from Trump to Russia article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/politics/trump-russia-connections/

That’s quite a trail of breadcrumbs Trump and his miscreants have to Russia.

Yates testimony creates a new headache for Trump’s White House article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/yates-testimony-creates-new-headache-trumps-white-house

Obama: ‘You get the politicians you deserve’ article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-get-politicians-deserve-135736065.html

He’s right – at least when people who don’t care don’t show up to vote – aside from all the GOP gerrymandering and disenfranchisement.

Republicans start literally deleting their health care promises article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republicans-start-literally-deleting-their-health-care-promises

Trump and the GOP conveniently forget that once you post something online it’s there forever in one way, shape or form.

“House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) declared with glee the other day that last week’s vote on the GOP health care plan is an example of “us keeping our promises.” That’s only partially true.

The good news for Ryan is that he and his fellow Republicans did promise to pass a regressive health care bill, and now they’ve done that exactly that. Whether you believe that’s a positive development is based in part on whether you might ever need an affordable visit to a doctor.

But when it comes to keeping promises, the Speaker and his GOP brethren have found themselves in an awkward spot. Ryan, Donald Trump, and other prominent Republican officials made all kinds of specific guarantees tied to their health care legislation, and they proceeded to break many of those commitments without explanation last week.

Indeed, in the Speaker’s case, some of those promises were put in writing. Remember this online Q&A published on the House Republican leadership’s website?…”

The racist, discredited argument Trump’s DOJ just made in a federal court article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/racist-discredited-argument-trumps-doj-e1bfdbe03c09

Leave it to our racist, illegitimate Trump-appointed Attorney General to argue an immoral, unethical Muslim Ban…

U.S. Republican Senator Graham to examine Trump’s business deals – CNN article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/09/u-s-republican-senator-graham-to-examine-trumps-business-deals/22077897/

Courtesy of an issue raised at a Senate hearing over Trump’s Russia scandal.

15 Other Warnings President Obama Gave Donald Trump At Their November Meeting article from Extra News Feed. –
https://extranewsfeed.com/15-other-warnings-president-obama-gave-donald-trump-at-their-november-meeting-20f1b4a2819e

WHY DID THE WHITE HOUSE IGNORE SALLY YATES’S WARNING ABOUT MICHAEL FLYNN? article from The New Yorker. –
http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/why-did-the-white-house-ignore-sally-yatess-warning-about-michael-flynn

“Many of the Republican senators at the hearing seemed eager to discuss almost anything except Yates’s testimony about the warnings that she delivered to the White House in late January concerning the potential vulnerability to Russian blackmail of Michael Flynn, who was then serving as Donald Trump’s national-security adviser.

Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, asked the two witnesses whether they had ever served as anonymous sources for stories about Trump and his associates, or asked others to act as sources. (Yates and Clapper both said that they hadn’t.) John Cornyn, of Texas, insisted that questions about “unmasking” U.S. citizens caught up in surveillance of foreign targets were “casting suspicion” on the U.S. intelligence community. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, said that the “bottom line” was that he wanted to know who informed the Washington Post that, on December 29th of last year, Flynn had spoken about U.S. sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s Ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. But the prize for obfuscaton went to Ted Cruz, also of Texas, who brought up Hillary Clinton’s e-mails—yes, them.

None of this should detract from the key issues that the hearing raised: How was Flynn able to keep his job for eighteen days after Yates relayed her warning to Donald McGahn, the White House counsel? Was there an attempted coverup? And will the Republicans ever get serious about inquiring into Trump’s ties to Russia?…”

Donald Trump’s Breathtaking Ignorance Is Becoming More Evident with Each Passing Day article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trumps-breathtaking-ignorance-becoming-more-evident-each-passing-day

Obviously…

White House slams Sally Yates as ‘a political opponent’ article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-slams-sally-yates-political-opponent-204429273.html

Actually our Ignoramus-in-Chief thinks everyone – which is the majority that didn’t vote for him – opposing him is a political opponent.

The stunning White House coordination around Comey’s firing suggests something deeper was at work article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/9/1660574/-The-stunning-White-House-coordination-around-Comey-s-firing-suggests-something-deeper-was-at-work

8 Senators on Comey Firing: Democrats Are Determined to Find What Turmp’s Hiding, While Not All Republicans Run to Trump’s Defense article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/8-senators-comey-firing

“Everyone knows this isn’t about Hillary’s emails.

President Trump’s firing Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey for his obvious mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is only hardening attitudes in the U.S. Senate, where the Democrats—and even some Republicans—aren’t falling for that explanation and want to keep probing his campaign’s ties with Russia.

Few in Washington seem to be taking the Justice Department’s explanation at face value, that the new Deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, made the case for it, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed, and President Trump rubber-stamped it, according to letters released Tuesday by the White House. With Trump, there’s a pattern of firing people who get in his way or are no longer useful. That was true of top campaign staffers and with the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who, on the surface was fired in January after not inplementing his immigration enforcement orders, but on Monday told the Senate how she warned Trump’s advisors that his national security director had been lying about contacts with Russia and could be black-maiiled.

While it is unclear whether an independent counsel or a special prosecutor will be empowered in coming days, the comments by a range of senators suggest the firing by Trump and Sessions is not going to vanish quietly into the night…”

Timing of FBI Director James Comey’s firing raises the question: Why now? article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/timing-fbi-director-james-comeys-firing-raises-question-now-234236581.html

Jeff Sessions, who lied to Congress about Russian meetings, recommended Trump fire Comey article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/9/1660569/-Jeff-Sessions-who-lied-to-Congress-about-Russian-meetings-recommended-Trump-fire-Comey

Trump Adviser Gorka Tells Jewish Crowd He’s Under Attack Because He’s Pro-Israel article from The Observer. –
http://observer.com/2017/05/donald-trump-sebastian-gorka-nazi-vitezi-rend-jerusalem-post-israel-bds/

Oh the irony: The one actual Nazi in the White House lied to a Jerusalem Post conference about being under attack because he’s Pro-Israel.

Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748) article from The Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/wisconsins-voter-id-law-suppressed-200000-votes-trump-won-by-23000/

“A new study shows how voter-ID laws decreased turnout among African-American and Democratic voters.

Prior to the 2016 election, Eddie Lee Holloway Jr., a 58-year-old African-American man, moved from Illinois to Wisconsin, which implemented a strict voter-ID law for the first time in 2016. He brought his expired Illinois photo ID, birth certificate, and Social Security card to get a photo ID for voting in Wisconsin, but the DMV in Milwaukee rejected his application because the name on his birth certificate read “Eddie Junior Holloway,” the result of a clerical error when it was issued. Holloway ended up making seven trips to different public agencies in two states and spent over $200 in an attempt to correct his birth certificate, but he was never able to obtain a voter ID in Wisconsin. Before the election, his lawyer for the ACLU told me Holloway was so disgusted he left Wisconsin for Illinois.

Holloway’s story was sadly familiar in 2016. According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters. Wisconsin’s voter-ID law reduced turnout by 200,000 votes, according to the new analysis. Donald Trump won the state by only 22,748 votes.

The study compared turnout in states that adopted strict voter-ID laws between 2012 and 2016, like Wisconsin, to states that did not…”

The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/09/american-way-war-budget-breaker

So much wasted money for nothing courtesy of a fraudulent Global War on Terror that Trump wants to expand.

Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre: Firing of Comey Reeks of Cover-Up article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-tuesday-night-massacre-firing-comey-reeks-cover

Trump’s First 100 Days Were So Wild, A Law School Built A Class Around Them article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-100-days-law-school_us_5911cfcbe4b05e1ca201da54

As long as Trump’s Brown Shirts in Congress aiding and abetting him, the Rule of Law will never apply.

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