Misadventures of a minority-elect President 103

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:

White House tries to make Trump look good on his first dumbed-down foreign trip – despite the obvious, more evidence that there are still a lot of stupid people in this country, making friends – or a fool out of himself, depending on how you look at it – at NATO, Federal Appeals Court upholds the block on Trump’s Muslim ban, Trump can’t be trusted to keep any secrets – for obvious reasons, Trump’s Syrian war crimes piling up as his administrations illegally kills record number of civilians, Trump’s idiotic delinquent actions as he implodes over what is now a criminal investigation are going to be his downfall and more.

White House Middle East Victory Lap Draws Skepticism article from Roll Call. –
http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/white-house-middle-east-victory-lap-draws-skepticism

Because bragging about Trump’s first majorly dumbed-down Middle Eastern trip makes our impotent leader feel important.

Is this real life? Or is this a cabaret of the Von Trump family on tour? article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/25/is-this-real-life-or-is-this-a-cabaret-of-the-von-trump-family-on-tour

More on the joke that is our national embarrassment’s first foreign trip.

Montana Candidate Gianforte Cited for Misdemeanor Assault article from Roll Call. –
http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/greg-gianforte-allegedly-assault-guardian-reporter

Another moronic GOP candidate with perfect qualifications to aid and abet the Trump cabal.

Why – and How – Is Trump’s Base Still Loyal to a Guy Who Is a Proven Disaster? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/why-and-how-trumps-base-still-loyal-guy-who-proven-disaster

Trump’s minions reveal yet more evidence that there are a lot of stupid people in this country:

“Trump supporters haven’t been swayed by empathy or appeals to logic.

After all the lies, contradictions, hypocrisy, flip-flops, gaffes, unforced errors, self-pity, insults, provocations, threats, bullying, betrayals, disappointments, scapegoating, exploitation, nepotism, and corruption, why is Donald Trump still beloved by 35 percent of the country?

The most popular theory in the mainstream media is that Trumpists think Trump will bring jobs back. The hypothesis here is that their support for Trump derives entirely from economic anxiety over globalization, loss of manufacturing, the supposed failures of Obamacare, wage stagnation, income inequality, trade deficits, and soaring national debt. But economic angst does not really explain Trumpists’ unwavering devotion to Trump, whose cabinet appointments, executive orders and legislative proposals generally do not help or even pretend to help them.

Nor is the economic angst theory borne out by the evidence. As policy analyst Sean McElwee and Prof. Jason McDaniel recently wrote in The Nation, an analysis of “the comprehensive American National Election Studies pre- and post-election survey of over 4,000 respondents … [yielded] little evidence to suggest individual economic distress benefited Trump” in the 2016 election. And even though all the economic data indicate both that the unemployment rate is consistently below 5 percent and that immigrants help to improve the economy, Trumpists are determined to believe just the opposite…”

Russia looms over Trump’s meetings with European leaders article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/25/trump-nato-russia-europe-238797

It seems Trump allegiance – and potential collusion – with Russia is pissing much of the world off.

Six months later, the ‘Trump trade’ is over article from Quartz. –
https://qz.com/986803/the-trump-trade-is-over/

The U.S. dollar is suffering courtesy of our dimwitted dumb ass president.

Well, Trump Sure Looks Like He’s Making Friends At The NATO Summit article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-nato-friends_us_5926f82fe4b061d8f81fde86

Whoever labeled him as our National Embarrassment was spot on…

Mulvaney: We must lower the debt for unborn children by taking food from existing children article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/mick-mulvaney-trump-budget-unborn-grandchildren-food-stamps-cuts-39c0513ba97

Ah, the rampant ignorance in Trump’s land of delusion:

“The OMB director conjures abstractions to justify Trump’s draconian budget.

During a hearing about the $3.6 trillion in cuts to domestic programs included in President Trump’s proposed budget, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made a case that the fiscal interests of the unborn should take precedence over the lives of present-day Americans?—?or at least those who rely on food stamps to eat or public schools to educate their children.

During a hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) grilled Mulvaney about the budget’s 25 percent cut to food assistance for the poorest Americans.

“Mr. Mulvaney, at least 20 percent of people eligible for SNAP don’t even receive SNAP because of stigma and other reasons,” she said. “So there are more people who need SNAP benefits… And you have a 13 percent cut in the Department of Education. The most vulnerable kids who need?—?”…”

Federal appeals court upholds nationwide block on Trump’s travel ban article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/25/federal-appeals-court-upholds-block-trumps-travel-ban/22109636/

No surprise there…

Trump’s Attack on Social Spending Escalates Long-term Massive Robbery of American Work article from Counter Punch. –
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/25/trumps-attack-on-social-spending-escalates-long-term-massive-robbery-of-american-work/

Still trying to screw the American public for his corporate masters.

Donald Trump Simply Can’t Be Trusted: His Brag About Nuclear Subs Is Only the Latest Example article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trump-simply-cant-be-trusted-his-brag-about-nuclear-subs-only-latest

What did you expect from a delusional, pathologically lying, self-centered, narcissist sociopath who only cares about himself and his ego-driven power trips?

US-Led Air Strikes Killed Record Number of Civilians in Syria article from Counter Punch. –
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/25/us-led-air-strikes-killed-record-number-of-civilians-in-syria/

Here’s news you won’t hear from America’s corporate media about the crimes being committed in Syria by our War Criminal-in-Chief:

“Air strikes carried out by the US and its coalition partners in Syria have killed the highest number of civilians on record since the bombing campaign began, a war monitor has said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group mostly advocating anti-government forces in the war in Syria, said on Tuesday that the US-led coalition killed a total of 225 civilians between April 23 and May 23, the highest 30-day toll since the campaign began in 2014.

“The past month of operations is the highest civilian toll since the coalition began bombing Syria,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP news agency. “There has been a very big escalation.”

A U.S. military spokesman was quick to characterize those casualties as being accidents, otherwise, the result of U.S.-allied bombings but deferring all blame from the U.S.-led alliance…”

Trump Reportedly Called Germans ‘Very Bad,’ Vowed To Stop German Car Sales In The U.S. article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-germans-very-bad_us_5927503be4b06f60805323dc

Making lots of friends on his dumbed-down foreign trip…

Trump’s loose lips drive allies to reassess U.S. access to intel article from McClatchy News. –
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article152670864.html?

Our Liar-in-Chief just can’t seem to learn when to keep his big mouth shut.

The Death Rattle Of The Trump Presidency Has Begun article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-death-rattle-of-the-trump-presidency-has-begun_us_592498d6e4b0dfb1ca3a0f1b

Now that Trump’s scandals are reaching criminal level, his idiocy will be in overdrive as the twitter tantrums and other juvenile behaviors culminate in his implosion.

‘Getting Trump’ with the New McCarthyism article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/25/getting-trump-new-mccarthyism

Nothing serves as more of a distraction than overblown political theater:

“Many Democrats and progressives are embracing a New McCarthyism in their drive to negate last November’s election and remove President Trump from office, but are there dangers to this approach?

Yes, I get it. A lot of people want to remove Donald Trump from the presidency for a lot of understandable reasons: his breathtaking incompetence, his relentless narcissism, his destructive policies, etc. But he was elected under the U.S. constitutional system. He may have lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly three million ballots but he did prevail in the Electoral College.

And, unlike George W. Bush, who also lost the popular vote, Trump didn’t have to steal Florida – and thus the White House – by enlisting Republican justices on the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the vote count prematurely. We now know that if all the ballots considered legal under Florida law had been counted Al Gore would have won regardless of which standard of “chad” was used. But Trump didn’t have to resort to such bald-faced cheating.

And, yes, of course, there were many other problems with the election, such as Republican efforts to suppress African-American and other minority votes. But it’s not as if the U.S. electoral process has ever been the gold standard of democracy that some Americans like to believe. The system has now – and always has had – serious shortcomings, but it also has enabled the diverse United States to function for more than two centuries without major political violence, with the exception of the Civil War when the process broke down over the South’s insistence on slavery…”

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