Misadventures of a minority-elect President 143

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:

Donald Jr. making his daddy’s life a living hell while trying to spin his crimes as opposition research begins today’s misadventures of our illegitimate, popular vote losing president, having a serious mental deficit – and being profoundly corrupt – has created the need to create new scandals to serve as a distraction from his growing list of criminal activities, with support from GOP ‘lawmakers’ in Washington Trump and his ilk can get away with anything, our Liar-in-Chief’s collusion with corrupt corporations is worse than his collusion with Russia, the second version of Trump’s fraudulent healthcare tax giveaway worse than the original and a lot more.

Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting ‘Borders on Treason’: Ethics Lawyer article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trump-jr-treason-russia

Planning a meeting to dig up dirt on a political opponent with a foreign country is collusion and most likely treason, regardless of how you try to spin it…

Oversight Chair: ‘Drip, Drip, Drip’ Is Undermining Trump Admin’s Credibility article from Talking Points Memo. –
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/oversight-chair-should-have-known-about-trump-jr-emails-before-yesterday

Despite the fact that Trump and the miscreants that comprise his administration have had no credibility for quite some time…

‘Create a new scandal!’: Rachel Maddow unveils Trump’s go-to move to distract Americans next article from The Raw Story. –
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/create-a-new-scandal-maddow-unveils-trumps-go-to-move-to-distract-americans-next/

America’s worst-ever President has to create new scandals to try and distract from his own growing list of crimes and scandals.

INSIDE TRUMP’S WEST WING: FEAR, RECRIMINATIONS, AND NO MORE ‘CONSPIRACY BULLSHIT’ article from Vanity Fair. –
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/inside-trumps-west-wing-trump-jr-russia

Our national embarrassment’s growing scandals are making life hell in the White House:

“Returning from Europe last weekend, White House aides had hoped to spin Donald Trump’s divisive meeting with President Vladimir Putin as a turning point for an administration whose agenda has been overshadowed by allegations of campaign collusion with Russia. “Let’s talk about how to move forward,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had told the press on Friday, explaining that Trump had raised the issue of Russian election interference but was prepared to move on as partners in the war on terror and, improbably, on cybersecurity. “The question is what do we do now?” Instead, as the U.S. delegation flew back to Washington on Saturday, Trump’s inner circle reportedly found themselves huddled in the back of Air Force One, where they crafted a statement for Donald Trump Jr. to give The New York Times, explaining why he had met with Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya last June. According to people with knowledge of the discussion, the airborne group debated as to how transparent the statement should be, according to the Times’ Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker.

Not very, as it turned out.

The president signed off on a sparse statement that claimed the meeting was primarily focused on the issue of U.S.-Russian adoption—an explanation that quickly fell behind a fast-evolving story, as the Times followed up with a series of reports revealing that not only did Trump Jr. know that the point of the meeting was to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton, but that the promised dirt was said to come explicitly from the Russian government. Seeking to get ahead of the story, the president’s son on Tuesday released four pages of communications with Rob Goldstone, the intermediary who brokered the meeting with Veselnitskaya. In the e-mails, Goldstone says that the lawyer has negative information about Clinton that is part of the Russian government’s efforts to bolster Trump’s campaign. Trump Jr. responded with unfortunate enthusiasm: “I love it.”

Blindsided staffers are reportedly in panic mode after the latest revelation, which appears to substantiate some of the worst fears about the Trump campaign’s unsavory relationship with Russia. Many people within the White House had dismissed the Trump-Russia affair as “conspiracy bullshit,” one Trump adviser told Politico. Now, aides are “essentially helpless” to contain the fallout from a story that has its origins in the heady “anything goes” days of the campaign. Members of Trump’s inner circle are reportedly filled with paranoia and suspicion over the identities of the “three advisers to the White House” who were the sources for the blockbuster Times story…”

How Much More Absurdity Can You Handle? article from Esquire. –
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56258/donald-trump-jr-email/

The bad joke that the U.S. government has become under our profoundly corrupt Liar-in-Chief.

As Russia scandal touches his son, Trump privately rages article from The AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-scandal-touches-son-trump-062650087.html

Prepare for more Twitter tantrums and fomenting rage as his son’s scandal envelopes the White House from our demented delusionist…

Dan Rather Puts Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting into Historical Perspective (It’s Bad) article from Esquire. –
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a56274/dan-rather-donald-trump-jr-russia/

The growing criminal case against Donald Trump Jr. will probably end up bringing down daddy’s treasonous tenure…

Meet the Trump regretters, who wish they could change their vote article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/meet-trump-regretters-wish-change-vote-145438043.html

The list of Trump supporters that regret it will grow:

“Tom Dawe of Kent, Ohio voted for Donald Trump last year for a familiar reason: He didn’t feel he could vote for Hillary Clinton. But now that he has seen Trump in action, Dawe, 61, feels he made a mistake.

Trump has endorsed a Senate healthcare plan that, if enacted, would cut back Medicaid benefits for Dawe’s wife, Catherine. And Dawe, the retired manager of print operations for a container company, feels that instead of strengthening America’s standing around the world, Trump’s leadership style has weakened it. “If I knew what I know now, I wouldn’t have voted for him, because I think he’s a quack,” Dawe says. “His talk about how everybody was going to prosper—I fell for it.”

Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained low but steady at around 40% during his embattled presidency. But new research by Yahoo Finance has identified a key subset of Trump voters who are turned off by his actions as president, including some who would change their votes if they could. In a Yahoo Finance online survey conducted in late June, 12.6% of Trump voters said they were dissatisfied with his performance as president, and 11.1% said they wouldn’t vote for him again. That’s a much larger portion than Trump’s margin of victory in key states that put him over the top last November, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin—which Trump won by less than 2% of the vote. The poll results suggest Trump has lost the voters who provided his margin of victory in 2016—and would be needed again were he to run for reelection in 2020.

The Yahoo Finance survey included 25,271 people who said they voted for Trump for president. About 83% of them said they were satisfied with Trump’s performance so far, and 73% said they felt they’d be helped by policies Trump has backed as president. So Trump’s so-called base remains more or less intact. But a meaningful minority of Trump voters said they’d be hurt by his healthcare policy, along with a rollback of environmental regulations, changes to trade agreements, tax cuts perceived to help the wealthy more than the middle class, and other Trump priorities. (See the full survey results.)…”

The worst spin about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/worst-spin-about-donald-trump-jrs-emails-eb32c813b754

Growing desperation calls for desperate measures as the White House tries defending Jr.’s treasonous actions…

The Trump Jr. emails are a turning point in the Russia scandal article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/articles/711245/trump-jr-emails-are-turning-point-russia-scandal

Jr. makes Trump’s legitimacy crisis even worse.

Trump’s FBI Pick Has a Troubling History on Digital Liberties article from Truthout. –
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41232-trump-s-fbi-pick-has-a-troubling-history-on-digital-liberties

Once again our demented delinquent is trying to sabotage government by appointing miscreants to do his bidding…

What Donald Trump knew and when he knew it article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/what-donald-trump-knew-and-when-he-knew-it

Trump has lied from day one of being ‘elected’ and it’s going to come back and bite him in the ass:

“This week’s Russia scandal revelations are a different kettle of fish: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering campaign help from the Russian government, and Team Trump was eager to receive it. The details, including incriminating emails, have led much of the political world to start updating their timelines, noting other developments around the time of the Trump Tower chat.

But of all the attempts to connect various dots, this one, highlighted by the Huffington Post, stood out for me.

Donald Trump promised a “major speech” attacking campaign rival Hillary Clinton last June, just hours after his son, Donald Trump Jr., set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer he was told had compromising information on the Democratic candidate.

In a speech on June 7, 2016, first flagged by Washington Post reporter Philip Bump, then-candidate Trump promised vaguely to discuss “all the things that have taken place with the Clintons.”

“I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons,” Trump said at the time. “I think you’re going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.”…”

The facts about Trump’s faulty attack on media’s sources article from CNN. –
http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/12/media/donald-trump-anonymous-sources/index.html

Trump can’t even tell the truth about how much TV he watches…

Trump v. everyone article from Axios. –
https://www.axios.com/trump-v-everyone-2457859131.html

Life in our dimwitted dip shit’s land of delusion.

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression article from The Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/american-democracy-is-now-under-siege-by-both-cyber-espionage-and-gop-voter-suppression/

The tangled web the GOP weaves…

How to Know Who Will Let Trump Get Away With Anything article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/trump-collusion-jr-get-away/533457/

The support Donald Trump Jr. is getting from ‘lawmakers’ in Washington for potentially committing treason is quite revealing:

“We now know, in part, how the Trump-Russia scandal ends. As McKay Coppins and Rosie Gray pointed out on Tuesday, the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. enthusiastically requested dirt on Hillary Clinton despite knowing it was coming from the Russian government has radically changed the argument being deployed by Trump’s defenders. Until this week, it was: “There is no collusion with the Russian government.” Now it is: “Collusion with a foreign government is fine. Everyone does it. Let’s talk about the Clinton campaign’s collusion with the government of Ukraine?”

Trump’s defenders didn’t have to take this line. They could have argued that what Trump’s underlings did was terrible but that he knew nothing about it. (This defense saved Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra crisis—Trump’s attorneys have said he was unaware of the meeting but did not condemn Trump Jr. for taking it.) They could have argued that the meeting Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort held with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya would have been terrible had it led to meaningful cooperation between Moscow and the Trump campaign but that it did not.

Either defense would have given Trump defenders like Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich space to turn on Trump later on. If the Trump Jr. meeting was a “nothingburger” because President Trump didn’t know about it, then a future revelation that Trump did know about Russia collusion might force his defenders to admit he did something wrong. If the Trump Jr. meeting was a “nothingburger” because it didn’t lead anywhere, then a future revelation that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in a more substantive, sustained way would be hard to dismiss.

Instead, by arguing that collusion with a foreign government is fine, Hannity and Gingrich have given themselves license to defend almost anything that now comes out. McClatchy reported on Wednesday that congressional and justice department investigators are looking into whether the Trump campaign helped direct Russia’s fake news attacks against Hillary Clinton. Hannity and Gingrich now have their answer: Collusion is fine. The fact that Rob Goldstone, in his email to Donald Jr., said the meeting with Veselnitskaya was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” and that he suggested “I can also send this info to your father via Rhona [his secretary]” suggests that President Trump may well have known his campaign was colluding with Russia. But Trump’s defenders now have a justification for that too…”

7 Reasons Why a Cornered Trump Is a Real Threat to Our Country and Constitution article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/seven-habits-feverishly-dysfunctional-despot

Cornering our profoundly corrupt Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator could be dangerous.

Trump: I’ve ‘done more in five months than practically any president in history’ article from CNBC. –
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/trump-ive-done-more-in-five-months-than-practically-any-president-in-history.html

Only in his land of delusion could our psychopathic president actually believe he’s one of the greatest presidents in history…

The White House’s exceedingly dishonest attack on the Congressional Budget Office article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-exceedingly-dishonest-attack-congressional-budget-office-13ec1814be3d

When he’s not busy responding to one of his many scandals, our Liar-in-Chief produces propaganda to try and make the one office that tells the truth about his fraudulent healthcare tax giveaway look bad, to no avail.

Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia – It’s With Corporations article from Counter Punch. –
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/13/trumps-worst-collusion-isnt-with-russia-its-with-corporations/

Despite his many lies about fighting for the people, Trump has sold himself out to corporations:

“I’ve always been a little skeptical that there’d be a smoking gun about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The latest news about Donald Trump, Jr., however, is tantalizingly close.

The short version of the story, revealed by emails the New York Times obtained, is that the president’s eldest son was offered “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary” and “would be very useful to your father.”

More to the point, the younger Trump was explicitly told this was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Donald, Jr.’s reply? “I love it.”

Trump Jr. didn’t just host that meeting at Trump Tower. He also brought along campaign manager Paul Manafort and top Trump confidante (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner…”

Trump World audaciously claims to be ‘as transparent as possible’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-world-audaciously-claims-be-transparent-possible

Trump and his GOP brown shirts don’t know what the word ‘transparent’ means.

Trump’s survival strategy article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/articles/711578/trumps-survival-strategy

Lying about your criminal actions being noble or scrupulously ethical while trying to convince the trash that voted for you there was no wrong doing isn’t a good way to deal with an imploding presidency…

Trump’s Lawyers Are Reportedly Irate He Keeps Ignoring Their Advice article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-lawyers-are-reportedly-irate-he-keeps-ignoring-their-advice

Our Twitter tyrant – the gift that keeps on giving – refuses to listen to his lawyers and stop tweeting.

The Big Trumpers Still Don’t Get The Trouble They’re In article from Talking Points Memo. –
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-big-trumpers-still-dont-get-the-trouble-theyre-in

Our illegitimate president and his administration all think this is one big joke:

“One issue I’ve touched on here and there in my posts on the Russia probe is my abiding sense that especially the younger generation of Trumpers: Kushner, Don Jr., et al. just don’t seem to grasp the magnitude of the trouble they’re in, or at least the magnitude of their legal exposure. I can’t point to any one piece of evidence. It’s more like every piece of evidence. The signs I’m going on are a mix of public evidence, things we see unfolding in the newspapers, and my own reporting. They just don’t act like people who get what they’re dealing with and are acting accordingly.

The abiding sense I get is not simply that they don’t know the magnitude of the legal threat but that they don’t understand the nature of the threat either. Again and again they seem to think the legal vulnerability can be trumped by good news cycles or getting the press to focus on some other individual. They don’t seem to get that a big, sprawling federal investigation like this, untethered from the political chain of command and led by one of the top law enforcement professionals of his generation, trundles onward with a perfect indifference to whether you win the morning or kill it in 10 or a 100 different news cycles. Those things just don’t matter. And yet my sense at least is that Jared Kushner thinks he is helping himself by knifing his brother-in-law – as though if Don Jr is at the center of a media firestorm for a few days, Mueller will just forget about him.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about. This is from Mike Allen’s morning Axios email.

The view in Kushner’s orbit is that the brutal new revelations are more P.R. problems than legal problems. And if he makes progress with his Middle East peace efforts, perceptions would be very different…”

Sources: Trump lawyers knew of Russia emails back in June article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/sources-trump-lawyers-knew-russia-emails-back-june-000320831.html

The lies about Russia just keep coming from Trump’s lips…

It Looks Like Donald Trump Made Up A Friend article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-friend-jim-paris_us_59676a90e4b0a8d46d1263ad

Apropos considering that Trump likes making up A LOT of things…

Did Jared Kushner Help Russia Hack the Election With Fake News? Trump Son-in-Law’s Digital Operation Under Investigation article from Newsweek on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/did-jared-kushner-help-russia-131410241.html

The fact that Kushner’s digital media company is being investigated for potential collusion with Russia and spreading propaganda to help his fraudulent Father-in-Law ‘win’ the White House shouldn’t surprise anyone and tells you all you need to know about the character of our illegitimate President and his cabal.

The ‘What About Ukraine?’ Defense of Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/russia-trump-ukraine-clinton/533394/

Twisting the truth and fabricating fairy tales to blame everyone else hasn’t worked so far and it won’t work now:

“Before welcoming Donald Trump Jr. onto his show on Tuesday, Sean Hannity boiled down his defense of the president’s son to one word: Ukraine. In obsessing over whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election—and most recently whether it was ethical and legal for Trump Jr. to meet with a Russian lawyer in the hope of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Kremlin—Democrats and journalists “have completely ignored an example of actual election interference,” the Fox News host fumed.

A Democratic National Committee “operative and Ukrainian government officials tried to aid and assist Hillary Clinton and damage Donald Trump,” Hannity said, and the fact that nobody is talking about it demonstrates that the media is hysterical about Russia, hypocritical in its outrage, and hopelessly in the tank for the Democrats. The Ukraine rebuttal has been ricocheting across right-wing media in recent days, advanced by Trump aides such as Sebastian Gorka and Sarah Sanders and commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Kayleigh McEnany.

Despite this week’s revelations, there’s still “not a syllable, there’s not a vowel, there’s not a consonant of evidence” that Trump colluded with the Russians to boost his candidacy, Limbaugh declared on his radio show. And yet the Democrats’ collusion with the Ukrainians is written out in complete sentences for all to see: “We know for a fact that Ukraine did try to help Hillary sabotage Trump,” Limbaugh said.

So what precisely do we know about the Ukraine scandal that nobody’s heard of? How does it compare to the Russia case and what lessons does the comparison offer for where benign foreign involvement in elections ends and malignant foreign interference begins?…”

‘Total Garbage'” Senate GOP’s New Trumpcare Bill Even Worst Than Original article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/13/total-garbage-senate-gops-new-trumpcare-bill-even-worse-original

GOP brown shirts still trying to pass Trump’s piece of shit fraudulent healthcare tax giveaway.

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