Misadventures of a minority-elect President 110

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:

Trump gleefully unaware of the national embarrassment that he is, more on Trump’s minions realizing they’ve been conned, paranoia playing a major role in Trump’s land of delusion as he flails to deflect attention from his Russia scandal, Trump pulls out of the Paris Climate agreement – with fact-free speech, the threat posed to the U.S. by Trump-loving, racist far-right terrorists, fueling his Russia scandal with yet more ignorance and more.

Forget Trump’s bluster. The world is walking all over him. article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/forget-trumps-bluster-world-walking-090001198.html

The only one who can’t see he’s a national embarrassment is Trump.

Could Donald Trump’s Base Finally Be Turning on the President? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/could-donald-trumps-base-finally-be-turning-president

Some of Trump’s minions are finally starting to realize they’ve been snookered by our Con Artist-in-Chief.

First on CNN: Sources: Congress investigating another possible Sessions-Kislyak meeting article from CNN. –
http://us.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/congress-investigating-jeff-sessions-russian-ambassador-meeting/index.html

It appears our racist, joke of an attorney general has a lot to fear in Trump’s ongoing Russia scandal…

Opinion: If Trump Wanted ‘Fast and Easy,’ He’s in the Wrong Job article from Roll Call. –
http://www.rollcall.com/news/opinion/donald-trump-senate-fast-easy

It’s easier to hide your malfeasance in the private sector than it is as a minority-elect President:

“In all of the hundreds, if not thousands, of volumes written about the United States Senate, I’d be willing to bet that “fast and easy” has never been used to describe the chamber or what it should be — until Tuesday, when President Donald Trump tweeted that the Senate should “switch to 51 votes immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy….”

Putting aside the fact that Democrats never did abandon the legislative filibuster, it’s hard to think of a term that applies less to the Senate and the role it is designed to play than “fast and easy,” especially because the Founding Fathers created the Senate for the sole purpose of making sure that writing the laws for a large, diverse country would be the exact opposite of “fast and easy.”

Not a monarchy

Unlike monarchies, where the whims of kings dictated a country’s course, or pure democracies, which the Founders worried would be subject to the passions of mobs and politics, James Madison explained that the Senate’s role was “first to protect the people against their rulers [and] secondly to protect the people against the transient impressions into which they themselves might be led.” Fast and easy was never part of the plan for the Senate.

And it’s never been a part of the credo of the United States. Nowhere in the Gettysburg Address did Abraham Lincoln include “fast and easy” in his call to protect the fundamental notion that all men are created equal…”

Trump: ‘Big story’ is unmasking, surveillance during Obama administration article from The Hill. –
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335880-trump-big-story-is-unmasking-surveillance-during-obama-administration

Paranoia plays a large role in Trump’s land of delusion…

Funny How Trump Was Cool With Ted Nugent Joking About Killing The President article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-ted-nugent-donald-trump_us_592f1ec9e4b09ec37c31577e

Oh the duplicitous irony of our lackluster leader: Do as I say not as I do…

Trump White House grants waivers of ethics rules article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/trump-white-house-waivers-ethics-239011

Primarily because most of the miscreants in the White House – including our illegitimate, minority-elect President – are unethical.

Activists from authoritarian countries have some advice for Americans on preserving democracy article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/new-book-offers-advice-for-resisting-trump-da0e698b72a5

Information for successfully resisting the Trump administration:

“A new book collects the writings of pro-democracy agitators from countries like Turkey, Russia, and Chile, who offer advice on the best ways to prevent President Donald Trump from weakening U.S. democratic institutions.

Co-edited by David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the essays and articles in the book, Rules for Resistance: Advice from Around the Globe for the Agency of Trump, emphasize the importance of citizens staying mobilized. Prominent contributors to the book include Chilean-American poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman, South African press freedom activist Nic Dawes, Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, Hungarian human rights activist Miklós Haraszti, and Turkish political scientist N. Turkuler Isiksel.

Isiksel, in her essay, writes “it can happen here” as she and her compatriots in Turkey have “watched an illiberal populist leader commandeer every lever of power.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has succeeded in his power grab by “dismantling constitutional safeguards and intimidating society into submission,” she explains.

In the book’s introduction, Cole quotes the warning of renowned federal judge Learned Hand, who wrote: “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.”…”

The Good Americans article from Counter Punch. –
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/01/the-good-americans/

On Trump’s Russia scandal and the damage it has done to his presidency.

Trump’s Midnight Dump of Ethics Waivers Should End ‘Drain the Swamp Illusion’ article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/01/trumps-midnight-dump-ethics-waivers-should-end-drain-swamp-illusion

Not that he ever had any intention of draining it to begin with…

Trump isn’t so good for business after all article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-isnt-good-business-192705558.html

Pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement was foolish, which given our lackluster leader’s impotence, isn’t surprising…

‘Destructive Fossil Fuel Puppet’ Trump Ditches Climate Deal with Fact-Free Speech article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/01/destructive-fossil-fuel-puppet-trump-ditches-climate-deal-fact-free-speech

Unsurprisingly, our dimwitted dip shit President has no idea what he’s talking about:

“Generations from now, Americans will look back at Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement as one of the most ignorant and dangerous actions ever taken by any President”

President Donald Trump took what critics are saying is “one of the most ignorant and dangerous actions ever taken by any President” Thursday afternoon and pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

“An abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace,” was how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) described the move, announced from the White House Rose Garden.

With scant mention of the word “climate,” Trump framed the decision as one being made in the interest of the “forgotten men and women” of America, who he has vowed to protect against the “exploitation” of foreign nations, putting “America first.” Long-debunked fossil fuel industry talking points about lost jobs and economic “suffering” peppered the speech that was said to be “literally wrong about every single thing.”…”

Jared Kushner Built Luxury Condos Using Real Estate Grants Earmarked for Poor Communities: Report article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/jared-kushner-built-luxury-condos-using-real-estate-grants-earmarked-poor

He really does fit into the Trump family well…

Muslims in Portland have raised over $500,000 for the families of the heroes who defended love article from The Daily Kos. –
https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/31/1667643/-Muslims-in-Portland-have-raised-over-500-000-for-the-families-of-the-heroes-who-defended-love

Proof for our wannabe dictator that not all foreigners are evil or ‘out to get us.’

The Numbers Don’t Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All article from The Intercept. –
https://theintercept.com/2017/05/31/the-numbers-dont-lie-white-far-right-terrorists-pose-a-clear-danger-to-us-all/

On the dangers of ignoring the threat to society posed by Trump-loving, racist far-right terrorists in the U.S.

Why Is Donald Trump Reopening Russian Compounds Obama Closed as Punishment for Hacking? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/why-donald-trump-reopening-russian-compounds-obama-closed-punishment-hacking

Fueling his Russia scandal with more profound ignorance:

“An intelligence official calls the decision a “really bad idea.”

President Donald Trump is seriously considering returning U.S.-based compounds that were taken away from Russians by President Barack Obama as punishment for Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Trump administration was initially going to link returning the compounds to having Russia permit renewal of construction on a new American consulate in St. Petersburg, according to a report by The Washington Post. This construction was suspended after America imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014 for its invasion of Ukraine. But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is no longer insisting on the resumption of construction as a prerequisite for returning the compounds.

The two Russian compounds in question are located in New York and Maryland. In a statement on Wednesday, Putin aide Yury Ushakov described America’s decision to seize them as “expropriation” of Russian property and argued that his nation reserved the right to reciprocate “if these steps are not somehow adjusted by the U.S. side.” If the Russians are allowed to reenter the compound, the Trump administration may restrict their activities, with one possible step being to revoke the properties’ previous diplomatic immunity…”

Could the Russia Investigation Reveal Trump’s Tax Returns? article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/31/could-the-russia-investigation-reveal-trumps-tax-returns-215212

And so the ongoing Trump tax return saga continues but don’t hold your breath.

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