Misadventures of a minority-elect President 102

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:

Democrats flip 2 – so far – Congressional seats courtesy of our illegitimate, minority-elect President’s dubious tenure, the need for a closer look at Trump’s foreign entanglements, why Trump will never recover from his Russia scandal, committing more fraud with his hotels while in the White House, wondering how long Trump’s GOP brown shirts will continue protecting him, Trump’s base is shrinking, the sham that is the Trump Cabal and more.

Democrats Just Flipped Seats In 2 Districts That Voted For Donald Trump article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democrats-win-two-elections_us_59250144e4b0ec129d3082d0

And so the Trump toll begins…

Donald Trump’s panoply of abuses demand more than a special counsel article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/23/donald-trump-abuse-of-power-special-prosecutor

Time for a much closer look at our dimwitted dumb ass president’s foreign entanglements and his growing conflicts of interest.

Why Trump Will Never Recover from His Russia Scandal article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/why-trump-will-never-recover-his-russia-scandal

The combination of profound corruption and ignorance won’t bode well for our national embarrassment of a President.

Donald Trump is trying to stick to the script – but he’s about to really mess up in the Middle East article from The Independent. –
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-riyadh-israel-palestine-sunni-shia-a7749921.html

There seems to be little if anything our impotent leader can do well:

“There he was talking of the ‘ultimate deal’ between Israel and the Palestinians – as if peace was just a commodity to be bought or sold

In Riyadh, Trump couldn’t mention where most of the the 9/11 hijackers came from or whose Sunni cult-faith was the inspiration for Isis – nor which country chopped off heads with Isis-like relish. (Answer: Saudi Arabia). And when he arrived in Israel on Monday, Trump was faced with a new censorship protocol: don’t mention who was occupying whose property in the West Bank or which country was outrageously and continuously stealing land – legally owned by Arabs – for Jews and Jews only. (Answer: Israel).

So bingo, in the biggest Middle East alliance ever created in history, the Saudis and the other Sunni Arab dictators and America’s crackpot President and Israel’s cynical Prime Minister have all agreed on the identity of the devil country they can all curse with one voice, inspirer of “world terror”, instigator of Middle East instability, the greatest threat to world peace: Shia Iran.

So within a few minutes of landing at Tel Aviv airport – part of whose runways actually lies on land legally owned by Palestinian Arabs 60 years ago – the Trump speechwriters (for Trump surely cannot write this stuff) were churning out once more their hatred of Iran, of Iran’s “terror”, of Iran’s plots, of Iran’s continuing desire to make a nuclear bomb. And all this when Iran has just re-elected a sane president who actually signed the nuclear agreement two years ago that substantially reduced Iran’s strategic threat to Israel, the Arabs and America…”

How Trump killed political mudslinging article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/24/trump-montana-mudslinging-special-election-238749

2 Democratic wins in special elections reveal that American’s aren’t paying attention to the fraudulent political ads enabled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious ‘Citizens United’ decision which allows idiots like Trump to ‘win’ elections…

Trump’s crisis of legitimacy article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/opinion/mark-mellman/334856-trumps-crisis-of-legitimacy

Our insecurely idiotic Liar-in-Chief will never be considered legitimate by the majority that didn’t vote for him – and it’s taking its toll.

This photo sums up how the Pope really feels about meeting Donald Trump article from The International Business Times on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/photo-sums-pope-really-feels-121409004.html

LOL. He feels like the vast majority of the world feels about our lackluster leader…

Trump failing to track foreign cash at his hotels article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/24/trump-failing-to-track-foreign-cash-at-his-hotels/22107640/

How conveniently our Con Artist-in-Chief continues enabling self-service fraud while in office:

“Just before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate all profits earned from foreign governments back to the U.S. Treasury.

But MSNBC has learned the Trump Organization is not tracking all possible payments it receives from foreign governments, according to new admissions by Trump representatives. By failing to track foreign payments it receives, the company will be hard-pressed to meet Trump’s pledge to donate foreign profits and could even increase its legal exposure.

The Trump Organization does not “attempt to identify individual travelers who have not specifically identified themselves as being a representative of a foreign government entity,” according to a new company pamphlet. The policy suggests that it is up to foreign governments, not Trump hotels, to determine whether they self-report their business.

That policy matches what several sources told MSNBC — Trump Organization employees are not soliciting information about whether reservations or business is from a foreign government…”

Trump’s atrocious judgment article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/articles/700797/trumps-atrocious-judgment

Trump’s atrocious judgment – coupled with his profoundly corrupt ignorance – will play a major role in his downfall.

Trump’s ‘welfare reform’ will destroy the program article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-budget-welfare-cuts-d3af59f8251a

Trump’s budget – like virtually everything he does and stands for – is a massive fraud.

Joe Lieberman atop FBI would be a First Amendment disaster article from The Columbia Journalism Review. –
https://www.cjr.org/analysis/joe-lieberman-fbi-first-amendment.php

Trump is hellbent on making his whole criminal cabal illegitimate.

At what point does the Russia scandal become too hot for the GOP? article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/what-point-does-the-russia-scandal-become-too-hot-the-gop

It all depends on how long the GOP wants to continue acting as Trump’s brown shirts:

“The investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is ongoing, but what we already know is rather breathtaking.

A foreign adversary attacked our election and helped elect its favored candidate. The president’s claims that no one from his team was in contact with Russia during its attack have been discredited. The president fired the director of the FBI because of his dissatisfaction with the ongoing investigation. Before the firing, the president reportedly urged the FBI director to go easy on his disgraced former national security advisor, who remains at the center of the controversy, and who’s already pleaded the Fifth.

This week, we learned Trump also reportedly urged the director of national intelligence and the director the National Security Administration to publicly comment on the ongoing federal investigation, while White House officials “sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly” with the then-FBI director in order to “encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn.” Yesterday, the former director of the CIA pointed to “contacts and interactions” between Russia and the Trump campaign that he found alarming, despite Trump’s assurances that no such communications occurred.

To borrow a cliché, we’ve worked our way through the smoke and arrived at some fire. Standing above the flame is a sitting president who seems eager to boast, “Look at this yuge fire I set. Isn’t it tremendous?”…”

U.S. House Democrats seek info from Deutsche Bank on Trump accounts article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/house-democrats-seek-deutsche-bank-trump-accounts-145752700–sector.html

Checking Trump’s financials for anything connecting him to Russia.

Iran Just Proved Trump Wrong article from Foreign Policy. –
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/24/iran-just-proved-trump-wrong/

Most of what you hear about Iran – as well as Russia and Syria – from our Corporate Media and our so-called President is fake news and lies.

We — or Him? article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/24/we-or-him

On the growing anti-Trump movement.

TRUMP’S DAMNING RESPONSES TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION article from The New Yorker. –
http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/trumps-damning-responses-to-the-russia-investigation

Trump trying to cover something up in his ongoing Russia scandal is the gift that keeps on giving:

“In September, 1972, about ten weeks after the Watergate break-in, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward huddled in the vending-machine room at the Washington Post’s old headquarters, on Fifteenth Street. Most days, the two reporters met there before presenting their latest scoops to the top editors. This was a particularly nerve-racking meeting. They had confirmed that John Mitchell, Richard Nixon’s former Attorney General and the manager of his reëlection campaign, had controlled a secret fund that paid for the break-in.

Bernstein told me that he felt a chill, unlike anything he has felt since. He put a dime in a machine for some coffee and turned to Woodward. “Oh, my God,” he said, “the President is going to be impeached.”

Woodward agreed, and they decided that they would never use the “I-word,” as they called it, because they didn’t want anyone to think they had a political agenda. “It wasn’t our job how the information was acted upon,” Bernstein said. They left the coffee-room anecdote out of “All the President’s Men,” which was published in June, 1974, in the middle of the House impeachment hearings.

That July, the Supreme Court forced Nixon to release the “smoking gun” tape, which revealed that Nixon had instructed H. R. Haldeman, his chief of staff, to tell the C.I.A. to block the F.B.I. probe of Watergate. This was clear obstruction of justice, and it triggered key Republicans on Capitol Hill to break with Nixon. In August, all but certain to be impeached and removed from office, he resigned…”

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe article from The Chicago Tribune. –
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-fbi-russia-clinton-probe-20170524-story.html

More revelations from the Hillary email shenanigans that are credited with helping Trump ‘win’ the election.

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: When Trump gets back from his fantasy article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/24/1665178/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-When-Trump-gets-back-from-his-fantasy-vacation

Reality is going to burst some bubbles in Trump’s land of delusion when he returns from his joke of a foreign trip.

Thousands protest Trump in Belgium article from Politico EU. –
http://www.politico.eu/article/trump-brussels-protes-thousands-belgium-europe/

He really is proving to be a National embarrassment for the U.S…

Donald Trump’s Base Is Shrinking article from FiveThirtyEight. –
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trumps-base-is-shrinking/

Which doesn’t say much for the rest of his minions:

“A widely held tenet of the current conventional wisdom is that while President Trump might not be popular overall, he has a high floor on his support. Trump’s sizable and enthusiastic base — perhaps 35 to 40 percent of the country — won’t abandon him any time soon, the theory goes, and they don’t necessarily care about some of the controversies that the “mainstream media” treats as game-changing developments.

It’s an entirely reasonable theory. We live in a highly partisan epoch, and voters are usually loyal to politicians from their party. Trump endured a lot of turbulence in the general election but stuck it out to win the Electoral College. The media doesn’t always guess right about which stories will resonate with voters.

But the theory isn’t supported by the evidence. To the contrary, Trump’s base seems to be eroding. There’s been a considerable decline in the number of Americans who strongly approve of Trump, from a peak of around 30 percent in February to just 21 or 22 percent of the electorate now. (The decline in Trump’s strong approval ratings is larger than the overall decline in his approval ratings, in fact.) Far from having unconditional love from his base, Trump has already lost almost a third of his strong support. And voters who strongly disapprove of Trump outnumber those who strongly approve of him by about a 2-to-1 ratio, which could presage an “enthusiasm gap” that works against Trump at the midterms. The data suggests, in particular, that the GOP’s initial attempt (and failure) in March to pass its unpopular health care bill may have cost Trump with his core supporters.

These estimates come from the collection of polls we use for FiveThirtyEight’s approval ratings tracker. Many approval-rating polls give respondents four options: strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove and strongly disapprove. Ordinarily, we only estimate Trump’s overall approval and disapproval. But we went back and collected this more detailed data for all polls for which it was available, and then we reran our approval ratings program to output numbers for all four approval categories instead of the usual two.1 Here are Trump’s strongly approve and somewhat approve ratings from shortly after the start of his term2 through this Tuesday:…”

Trump’s Budget: The Math Is Phony but the Cruelty Isn’t article from The New York Times. –
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/opinion/trumps-budget-the-math-is-phony-but-the-cruelty-isnt.html

More on the dangerous disaster that is Trump’s immoral budget.

Poll: Americans don’t think Trump is draining the swamp article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/24/poll-trump-drain-the-swamp-238774

Au contraire: Trump is actually super-sizing it.

The Trump team’s five major shams article from The Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/05/24/the-trump-teams-five-major-shams/

The sham that is the Trump Cabal: Pay attention to the depths of corruption we’ve seen from our profoundly corrupt Trump team and do something about it.

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