Misadventures of a minority-elect President 93

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:

Unconfirmed reports that a ‘sealed indictment’ has been issued against our Liar-in-Chief, Trump’s profound ignorance is going to cost him dearly, attempts to explain Trump’s worsening idiocy as a mental illness, Trump’s moronic minions keep feeding him a daily diet of phony news, Trump doesn’t want to talk about his Comey tapes, why allowing Trump to appoint a new FBI Director is a stupid idea, some of the games going on in Trump’s White House could have deadly consequences, Trump loses Muslim Ban 2.0, laws limit who the president can and cannot fire – despite Trump’s miscreantic administration’s claims, tossing another conflict of interest into his Russia scandal and much more.

Has a ‘sealed indictment’ been issued against President Trump? article from The Raw Story. –
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/has-a-sealed-indictment-been-issued-against-president-trump/

If it’s true, our illegitimate, minority-elect President is going to have a serious melt down.

Senate Intel Dem: Comey Firing Indicates Trump Admin Is ‘Afraid’ Of Russia Probe article from Talking Points Memo. –
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mark-warner-comey-firing-indicates-trump-afraid-of-russia-probe

The more excited he gets the more ignorant his actions become.

‘It’s inevitable’: GOP senators warn Trump he’ll be breaking the law if he doesn’t turn over Oval Office tapes article from The Raw Story. –
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/its-inevitable-gop-senators-warn-trump-hell-be-breaking-the-law-if-he-doesnt-turn-over-oval-office-tapes/

Our dimwitted dumbass Liar-in-Chief is going to make it too easy to take him down.

Taming or Tiptoeing Around Trump article from Consortium News. –
https://consortiumnews.com/2017/05/14/taming-or-tiptoeing-around-trump/

Trump’s childish emotional aptitude coupled with his lack of knowledge on too many issues is making the U.S. look sad:

“The Trump presidency presents a unique challenge to other governments. Never before in modern times has a major power, much less the world’s paramount power, been led by so erratic and unbalanced an individual. His total lack of experience, knowledge and interest in anything beyond narcissistic self-promotion compounds the problem of figuring out how to deal with him. Understandably – friend, foe and neutral find themselves equally perplexed.

As they grope for a strategic response, we are beginning to see the vague outlines of three types of approaches. The first is predicated on the proposition that Trump’s mind is vacant – it’s terra incognita to be explored, so let’s try to colonize it. This in effect is the approach taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammed bin-Salman (MBS), the Saudi Crown Prince and power behind the throne in Riyadh. Each hurried to Washington, elbowing his way to the head of the queue with the intention of imprinting on Trump’s brain their preferred cognitive map of the world – most especially the Middle East.

The principal features that they worked at etching on his grey matter were these: Israel/Saudi Arabia is your trustworthy ally who is the key to bringing order to the region in a way that will protect the United States. Israel/Saudi Arabia had proven itself trustworthy and dedicated over the decades. We are anchors of stability in an unruly Middle East.

That is why we were offended by the shabby treatment we received from Barack Obama. No gratitude or understanding of our vulnerable position. We are under threat from an aggressive Iran above all. Those diabolical mullahs have mounted campaigns against America as well as us on every front: Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Libya They are surrounding us. Yet, Obama coddled the mullahs. He let them off the hook with that weak nuclear deal and his repeated appeals for dialogue. That’s outright appeasement…”

GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/gop-wins-reversing-obama-era-120137105.html

The GOP’s dubious ‘win’ on reversing common sense rules will have far reaching implications on everyday Americans.

Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers. article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/05/california-farm-workers-just-got-poisoned-nasty-pesticide-greenlghted-trump

The miscreant our moronic Liar-in-Chief appointed to run the EPA is poisoning farm workers by allowing deadly chemicals to be used.

The Video That Suggests Trump Is Suffering from Alzheimer’s article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/video-suggests-trump-suffering-alzheimers

The case for trying to attribute years of profound corruption and ignorance to a deadly mental illness.

How Trump gets his fake news article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/donald-trump-fake-news-238379

It appears that minions in his cabinet are feeding our illegitimate, minority-elect President a daily diet of false facts – which won’t bode well for our Ignoramus-in-Chief:

“The president rarely surfs the web on his own, but his staff have made a habit of slipping news stories on to his desk—including the occasional internet hoax.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Trump.

Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming, according to four White House officials familiar with the matter.

Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it…”

Trump’s Madness Invites Mutiny article from The New York Times. –
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/opinion/trumps-madness-invites-mutiny.html

Trump acting like a guilty man – for apparently obvious reasons – is causing issues within his deviant administration.

Trump no longer wants to talk about secret White House recordings article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-no-longer-wants-talk-about-secret-white-house-recordings

The perfect example of why Trump should think before he tweets…

America’s worst voter suppression law dies in the Supreme Court article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/north-carolina-voter-law-dead-6dc027569681

Once in a while Democracy actually wins.

Never Waste A Good Crisis, FBI Edition article from Just Security. –
https://www.justsecurity.org/40958/waste-good-crisis-fbi-edition/

Allowing Trump to appoint the next FBI Director who will allegedly investigate him could prove entertaining:

“President Trump’s decision to summarily dismiss now-former FBI Director James Comey has sparked grave concerns in many quarters. The move has been described as a profoundly dangerous example of the President’s authoritarian instincts. It has led to warnings of a potential constitutional crisis, speculation whether the president is guilty of obstruction of justice, and skepticism that the President’s proffered reasons for the termination actually underlie his decision. Perhaps most importantly in the short-term, the move has raised serious questions about the integrity of the Bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 election, leading to renewed calls from both sides of the aisle for a special prosecutor.

While the furor over Tuesday’s events is entirely appropriate, there is another way to describe the situation: an opportunity. Dismissal of one FBI Director means that confirmation hearings for a new Director are on the horizon. And while some legislators have advocated holding up the confirmation process until a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation is appointed, focusing any hearings solely on that issue would be letting a perfectly good crisis go to waste. To be sure, turning the confirmation hearings into a referendum on the need for a special prosecutor transforms a potentially complex set of questions about the functions of government bureaucracy into an easily digestible political issue around which both legislators and the public can rally.

It would be a mistake, however, for lawmakers to focus on the Russia question to the exclusion of others. The question of Trump’s associates’ ties to Russia must be answered and appropriate action must be taken if evidence of impropriety surfaces. But there are myriad systemic, persistent concerns about the FBI’s operations, having nothing to do with President Trump or with Russia, that civil libertarians have been trying to place on the legislative agenda for years. Confirmation hearings for a new Director provide a unique chance to draw both the Senate and the public’s attention to these issues.

But Jim Comey’s confirmation hearings were just four short years ago, you may say. Why wasn’t that the opportunity to address these concerns? Unfortunately, Comey’s hearings failed to spark a meaningful conversation on these issues. Instead, Comey’s reputation as an independent, non-partisan straight-shooter willing to speak truth to power that came from his refusal to renew President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program made questioning his civil liberties bona fides taboo. President Trump is unlikely to find a nominee with similar credentials, if such a person even exists. Assuming the next Director completes his 10-year term (perhaps a foolish assumption given the week’s events), the upcoming confirmation hearings present an opportunity that will not come again soon. Legislators should make the most of it…”

Trump’s staff reportedly feeding him internet hoaxes on climate article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/deputy-national-security-adviser-feeds-trump-fake-news-on-climate-ab73171badd8

The games being played in the White House could have deadly consequences.

Three months in, chaos grips Donald Trump’s White House article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/three-months-chaos-grips-donald-trumps-white-house

More on the games being played in Trump’s White House by the idiots he surrounds himself with.

In travel ban case, U.S. judges focus on discrimination, Trump’s powers article from Reuters. –
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKCN18B0RB

Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 lost another court case.

A president cannot ‘hire and fire whoever he wants’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/president-cannot-hire-and-fire-whoever-he-wants

“With the White House gripped by scandal, the various Sunday shows were eager to have members of Donald Trump’s team on the air to address a variety of questions. That didn’t happen.

On Fox News, Chris Wallace told viewers yesterday he extended an invitation to the White House, which said it’d offer guests to discuss the president’s foreign travel, but not Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. When the host balked, the White House “put those officials on other shows,” Wallace said.

And one of those guests was Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who had a line at the ready when ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos brought up the president’s scandals and Comey’s firing.

“What I can tell you is the president is the CEO of the country. He can hire and fire whoever he wants. That’s his right. Whether you agree with it or not, it’s the truth…. [W]e have to remember, [Trump] can hire and fire anybody else that he wants to do.”…”

The globalist, moderate wing of the White House doesn’t stand a chance article from Business Insider. –
http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-economist-journalist-interview-2017-5

A glimpse into how one reporter felt after conducting an incoherent, lie-filled interview with our childish ‘leader.’

9th Ciruit presses Trump admin on legality of travel ban article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/politics/9th-circuit-travel-ban-hearing-round-two/

Prepare for another entertaining twitter tirade from our lackluster leader.

Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information to the Russians last week that the US hasn’t even ‘shared with our own allies’ article from Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-reportedly-revealed-highly-classified-214117729.html

It takes real talent to be this ignorant without even trying…

White House Defends Jeff Sessions Leading FBI Director Search, Despite Recusal Promise article from Politico. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-recusal-fbi_us_5919f985e4b07d5f6ba51047

Nothing like one more self-serving conflict of interest that will cost this country dearly:

“The attorney general was also reportedly involved in coming up with the reasons to fire James Comey.

WASHINGTON ? The White House said it is perfectly comfortable with Attorney General Jeff Sessions leading the search for the next FBI director, even though Sessions promised to recuse himself from all matters that may involve the 2016 presidential election.

“I think this is a process that’s running completely as it should, as being headed by the deputy attorney general and the attorney general,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday. “As you’ve noted in the past, the FBI director reports to the deputy attorney general. They continue to move through a series of highly qualified candidates.”

In March, Sessions issued a statement promising, “I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.”…”

OBAMA’S DEPORTATION POLICY WAS EVEN WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT article from The Intercept. –
https://theintercept.com/2017/05/15/obamas-deportation-policy-was-even-worse-than-we-thought/

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