Misadventures of a minority-elect President 107

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:

Our illegitimate, minority-elect President’s son-in-law – and senior adviser – is becoming a massive headache as calls of treason start resonating through Washington, how Trump is torturing Capitol Hill, the joke that is our national embarrassment’s presidency and its death spiral, a lot of the miscreants associated with Trump have ties to Russia, the irony of Trump paying lip service to U.S. Veterans after his previous history of slandering them, Trump’s crash course on how not to win at diplomacy, when all else fails to deflect blame for your malfeasance create a conspiracy theory and hope they buy it, Trump has a thing for dictators and despots and more.

Jared Kushner’s Growing Stench of Treason article from Foreign Policy Magazine on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/jared-kushner-growing-stench-treason-181529649.html

Setting up back channels to a frenemy to avoid public consumption is one thing, but intent to avoid monitoring by U.S. intelligence agencies is another, especially when you’re not even in government yet.

How Trump Is Torturing Capitol Hill article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/trumps-washington-congress/528426/

The GOP – and their brown shirts that are protecting and enabling our dimwitted dumb ass – are getting frustrated at the inability to accomplish their dubious agendas.

‘A malaise is setting in’: Some DC Republicans resigned to ‘long slow death’ of Trump’s presidency article from The Raw Story. –
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/a-malaise-is-setting-in-some-dc-republicans-resigned-to-long-slow-death-of-trumps-presidency/

On the joke that is our national embarrassment’s presidency and it’s spiraling decline.

Trump: Totalitarian or Authoritarian? article from TruthOut. –
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40743-trump-totalitarian-or-authoritarian

On what our wannabe dictator’s illegitimate regime is:

“Much has been written about whether Donald Trump is a despot authoritarian, fascist or merely a bumbling clown. As we approach this question of what Trump “is,” it’s important for us to realize that — regardless of our assessments of his level of intelligence, or his adolescent mentality, or his bizarre mannerisms — he is in the most powerful seat in the world. Trump is dangerous and he needs to be taken seriously.

Kathleen Jones is a political theorist whose publications and teaching about modern political theory and Hannah Arendt span nearly four decades. Her most recent book is a philosophical memoir, Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt, about her 30-year relationship with the work of the well-loved political thinker.

In understanding Trump, Jones says, we need to look at the gaps — and potential gaps — between his claims and the truth. She points to Trump’s boasts of business acumen and accomplishments, alongside his refusal to release his tax returns, as well as his documented history of bankruptcies, which resulted in some of his business interests’ restructuring.

Given that his claims to be a wildly wealthy and successful businessman are what generated much of his support among his base, it is important to address the fact that these claims are dubious…”

President Trump acted like a ‘drunk tourist’ during first foreign trip: report article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/29/donald-trump-acted-like-a-drunk-tourist-during-first-foreign-t/22115242/

The problem is he wasn’t acting… he was just being himself.

Hold The Phone. Trump Tweets He Now Wants More Money For Health Care article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tweets-healthcare-money_us_592bb55fe4b053f2d2ad4c00

Trump has absolutely no idea what’s in his dubious ‘health care’ bill.

Inside Trump’s war on regulations article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/trump-war-on-regulations/

On how Trump is doing his damnedest to eviscerate protections for everyone, especially the minority that voted for him.

Ex-CIA Director Slams Jared Kushner’s ‘Hubris’ And ‘Ignorance’ article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kushner-hubris-ignorance_us_592b58f1e4b0df57cbfc71dc

More on how Jared Kushner is just as corrupt and ignorant as his father-in-law:

“Kushner’s reported actions suggest “we are in a really dark place as a society,” Michael Hayden said.

Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said the reported plan by chief White House adviser Jared Kushner to arrange secret communications with the Russians during President Donald Trump’s transition was “off the map” and like nothing he has seen in his lifetime.

Hayden wants to chalk up the stunning plan to “naivete” rather than evil intentions — but that’s not reassuring, he said in an interview on CNN.

“Right now, I’m going with naivete, and that’s not particularly comforting for me,” he said. “What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or an appropriate idea?”…”

All those times President Trump insulted U.S. veterans and military service article from The New York Daily News. –
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/times-trump-insulted-u-s-veterans-military-service-article-1.3204210

The irony of being our Commander-in-Chief and having to pay lip service after his previous history of slandering our military…

Does Vlaidimir Putin Really Own Donald Trump? It’s More Likely than You Think article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/does-vladimir-putin-really-own-donald-trump-its-more-likely-you-think

The ties to Russia from a lot of his appointees and staff is causing damage for our Liar-in-Chief, and not making him look good – or innocent.

How White House Counsel Donald McGahn may have seriously harmed the Trump administration article from The New York Daily News. –
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/white-house-counsel-mcgahn-harmed-trump-admin-article-1.3204729

The perils and pitfalls of dipshittery in our impotent leader’s administration.

President Trump Turned International Diplomacy Into A Fistfight – And Lost article from The Daily Beast. –
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/28/president-trump-turned-international-diplomacy-into-a-fistfightand-lost

More on Trump’s lesson on how not to win at Diplomacy:

“During his inaugural international trip as the leader of the free world, President Donald Trump learned the problem with first impressions—you only get to make one.

After indulging the royals of Saudi Arabia with assurances that he was “not here to lecture”—in exchange for gold chains and glowing orbs—Trump took a much harder stance toward major Western democracies, distancing his administration politically and, in some cases, personally from some of America’s oldest and closest allies. The concept of diplomacy as a pursuit of mutually beneficial terms for both parties stood in stark relief against Trump’s worldview, which divvies up the world into two groups: winners and losers.

In a meeting with European Union leaders on Wednesday, Trump reportedly dubbed the Germans “bad, very bad” and decried current U.S. military commitments to Europe as “unfair to the people and taxpayers of the United States.” During a ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels meant to dedicate a memorial to the alliance’s strength in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Trump scolded NATO member nations for “not paying what they should be paying.”

Rather than speak to leaders from the 28 nations of which NATO is comprised, Trump instead, it appeared, spoke to his base. Trump declined to recommit the United States to upholding Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, which stipulates that an attack against one member nation is considered an attack against all. The omission—later downplayed by White House press secretary Sean Spicer—underscores threats Trump made as a candidate to treat Article 5 as conditional, based on whether a country was spending enough on defense…”

How Trump exposes a dangerous problem at the heart of American government article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/articles/694631/how-trump-exposes-dangerous-problem-heart-american-government

On how our wannabe dictator doesn’t have the powers he thinks he does.

Snubs and slights are part of the job in Trump’s White House article from The Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/snubs-and-slights-are-part-of-the-job-in-trumps-white-house/2017/05/29/f5c9d5c0-417a-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

Working for a Sociopath can be hazardous to your career.

Event at Trump hotel raises ethics concerns article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/05/29/trump-turkey-conflict-of-interest-alesci-pkg-lead.cnn

Mixing business with pleasure – still – raises more ethics concerns for our Obstructionist-in-Chief.

White House officials ‘convinced they may be victims of deep state conspiracy’ article from The Independent on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-officials-apos-convinced-213833997.html

When all else fails to deflect blame for your own malfeasance, concoct a conspiracy theory and hope they buy it:

“Donald Trump has called the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history”.

But according to some in the White House, it’s something even worse: a conspiracy.

Top White House aides – including Mr Trump’s trusted adviser Steve Bannon – are increasingly worried that the so-called “deep state” is conspiring to bring the presidency down, sources tell Politico.

In the weeks after Mr Trump dismissed former FBI Director James Comey, the White House was hit with a series of damaging leaks, from Mr Trump alleged disclosure of highly classified intelligence to Russian officials, to his son-in-law’s reported attempt to set up back-channel communications with Russia…”

Donald Trump’s awkward overseas moments came with democratically elected leaders article from McClatchy News. –
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article153222754.html

Trump was treating despots with more respect and better than democratically elected allied leaders.

Portland mayor wants ‘Trump free speech’ rally cancelled after attack article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/homenews/news/335564-portland-mayor-calls-for-free-speech-rally-cancelation-after-attack

On the mayor being afraid of more violence incited by the ignorance of some of Trump’s supporters.

President of United States Waits Nearly Three Days to Condemn Racist Portland Murders article from Slate. –
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/05/29/donald_trump_tweeted_21_times_while_not_condemning_white_supremacist_portland.html

Possibly because he was too busy ranting about his Russia scandal and trying to create more fake news in his alternate corner of reality…

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