Misadventures of a minority-elect President 148

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:

Today’s misadventures of our minority-elect President begins with Trump trying to deflect the investigation into his Russia scandal as it starts taking its toll on him, six months into America’s nightmare and our popular vote losing president is still in office, the fact that our national embarrassment questions pardoning himself and his other miscreants – including his family – speaks volumes as to how guilty they really are, our demented delinquent is now officially America’s least popular president in history, Trump’s Russia scandal keeps taking all kinds of twists and turns as he brings in more propagandists to try and keep up with all his lies and deceptions, our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator’s land of delusion is imploding at a rapid rate, the price we all pay for the stupidity of a few and much more.

The Russia Probe Is Headed Toward Places Trump Doesn’t Want It To Go article from Talking Points Memo. –
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trump-wont-like-where-special-counsel-probe-goes

Trying to derail his Russia scandal investigation isn’t going to bode well for our Loser-in-Chief.

Six months into America’s nightmare, how likely is Trump’s impeachment? article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/21/trump-sixth-month-mark-how-likely-is-impeachment

Six months of lies and deception and America’s worst-ever president is still in office.

Were Trump Jr., Manafort, and Kushner Hoping to Get Clinton’s Emails From Putin? article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/were-trump-jr-manafort-and-kushner-hoping-to-get-clintons-emails-from-putin/

More on the treasonous acts of Trump’s duplicitous offspring and their attempts to collude with Russia over Clinton and her emails.

Trump Reportedly Asked Legal Team About His Power to Pardon Aides, Family, Even Himself article from Slate. –
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/07/20/trump_reportedly_asked_lawyers_about_his_power_to_pardon_aides_family_himself.html

If our national embarrassment, his family and his illegitimate administration weren’t guilty of treason – and many other things – Trump wouldn’t be trying to see how far his power to pardon goes:

“Donald Trump’s legal team is, predictably, looking for ways to push back against the Mueller investigation into Trump World and undermine its credibility. It’s a strategy straight from the playbook of former President Clinton, who launched withering attacks on independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr during the 1990s, branding him partisan and biased in an attempt to turn public opinion against Starr’s aggressive broadening of what started as an investigation into land development deals that came to be known as Whitewater and ended with Monica Lewinsky and impeachment. But, along with pursuing perceived conflicts of interest on Mueller’s team as a means to knock the probe off course, according to the Washington Post, Trump himself has asked his legal team about his own power to pardon not just aides and family members, but also himself.

From the Post:

Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team is purely theoretical, according to two people familiar with the ongoing conversations. But if Trump pardoned himself in the face of the ongoing Mueller investigation, it would set off a legal and political firestorm, first around the question of whether a president can use the constitutional pardon power in that way.

The power to pardon is granted to the president in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, which gives the commander in chief the power to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” That means pardon authority extends to federal criminal prosecution but not to state level or impeachment inquiries. No president has sought to pardon himself, so no courts have reviewed it…”

Breitbart Editor: The Goal Is The ‘Full Destruction And Elimination Of The Entire Mainstream Media’ article from Right Wing Watch. –
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/breitbart-editor-the-goal-is-the-full-destruction-and-elimination-of-the-entire-mainstream-media/

Part of Trump’s dubious war on the media and truth involves rebuilding his Ministry of Propaganda to help fabricate Trump’s alternative reality.

Trump could place himself in even more legal jeopardy if he pardons his inner circle article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-could-place-himself-in-even-more-legal-jeopardy-if-he-pardons-his-inner-circle-687e6d0348c9

Pardoning himself and his offspring would protect them from prosecution for past acts but could also strip them of the Fifth Amendment right to refuse giving self-incriminating testimony and it won’t protect them from future criminal acts…

How Deranged Are Trump Supporters? New Poll Shows That It’s Worse Than You Ever Imagined article from The Daily Kos. –
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/19/1682182/-How-Deranged-Are-Trump-Supporters-New-Poll-Shows-That-It-s-Worse-Than-You-Ever-Imagined

Because stupid is as stupid does…

If No One in Trump’s Administration Did Anything Wrong With Russia, Why Is He Checking Into Pardons? article from The Independent Journal Review. –
http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/07/926618-no-one-trumps-administration-anything-wrong-russia-checking-pardons/

America’s worst-ever President’s actions are speaking volumes about his guilt:

“Lemme ask that again: If no one in President Donald Trump’s administration colluded with the Russians, why is he now looking into pardoning family members and others?

Yeah.

As reported by The Washington Post, the president has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself.

Trump lawyer John Dowd called the WaPo report “nonsense.” It’s “not true,” he said:

“The President’s lawyers are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the President.”…”

Donald Trump’s Latest Approval Ratings Could Jeopardize His Entire Presidency article from Newsweek on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-apos-latest-approval-144822746.html

Our demented delinquent is now officially the least popular president in American history…

Intel shows Sessions spoke about Trump campaign with Russia ambassador article from The New York Post. –
http://nypost.com/2017/07/21/intel-shows-sessions-spoke-about-trump-campaign-with-russian-ambassador/

Yet another reason Trump’s appointed Attorney General needs to be removed – he lies almost as much as Trump does.

The Fox-Newsification of the White House article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/the-fox-newsification-of-the-white-house/534519/

Our popular vote losing President is bringing in a new propaganda team to try and double down on his war against media and the truth…

The Law Won’t Stop Donald Trump article from The Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-impeachment-presidential-power-russia_us_5967dc92e4b0d6341fe7a783

Our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator is acting as though he’s above the law:

“WASHINGTON – Democrats who hope that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election could bring an end to Donald Trump’s presidency may want to consult a constitutional scholar.

Congress could always impeach the president. But short of that, Trump’s job offers him sweeping protections from the types of accountability that normally apply to regular citizens.

Examples abound. Does Trump have massive conflicts of interests? Well, the president is exempt from conflict-of-interest laws. Do officials think Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, shouldn’t be given permanent security clearance? Well, Trump has the power to grant him clearance anyhow. Does someone want to sue Trump for his actions before he became president? Well, his lawyers say they can’t (a questionable claim). Did Trump violate the law? Well, the sitting president is immune from prosecution.

And – perhaps most crucially as former FBI director Mueller investigates Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a foreign national to discuss dirt on Hillary Clinton ? could someone close to Trump get indicted? Well, Trump can use the power of a presidential pardon to force prosecutors to let it go…”

Trump’s Environmental Protection Pick Is BP’s Former Lawyer — and May Preside Over Cases Involving BP article from Truthout. –
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41355-next-top-doj-environment-official-may-oversee-cases-involving-old-client-bp

Yet another reason corrupt minority-elect President’s shouldn’t be able to appoint corrupt miscreants to key positions.

Donald Trump’s Report Card: A Paralyzed, Scandal-Plagued Presidency That’s Only Getting Worse article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trumps-report-card-paralyzed-scandal-plagued-presidency-thats-only-getting

It is hard to believe it’s only been six months…

Nixon’s Justice Department warned that the president can’t pardon himself article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/nixons-justice-department-warned-that-the-president-can-t-pardon-himself-f70228c8b9ef

The comparison’s of Trump to Nixon are going to become quite entertaining as Trump’s crimes and scandals continue growing.

Alone on Trump Island article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/articles/713181/alone-trump-island

All is not well in Trump’s land of delusion:

“President Trump must be feeling awfully lonely.

Six months into his presidency, his approval rating is at an all-time low, even according to the most right-leaning of pollsters, which isn’t a big deal unless you’re the kind of person who’s fanatically devoted to tracking your own poll numbers and trumpeting them on Twitter with minimal self-awareness. The Democratic Party, which Trump pledged to work with on issues like trade and infrastructure, has never been more united, arguably even under President Obama, than in opposition to his administration. Vast swathes of the media regard the president as a bigot and a likely traitor whose every utterance should be interpreted according to a kind of hermeneutic of suspicion. (It must be said that Trump has brought much of this upon himself through incompetence, inaction, unkept promises, and cartoonish lies.)

Trump cannot rouse his own party in Congress to pass a bill replacing the Affordable Care Act or funding infrastructure projects or enacting tax reform. He does not have a close working relationship with either House Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Members of the party’s hard right wing think he is a squish (and not just the ones whose fathers he accused of helping to assassinate JFK), while moderates like Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have rarely had a kind word for him (often with good reason).

And it’s not just Congress. Trump apparently cannot get Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to declare China a “currency manipulator,” an action that was one of the hallmarks of his campaign. He cannot even convince Jeff Sessions, his hand-picked attorney general and the first Republican in Washington to have endorsed him, to hocus-pocus away the inconvenient investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election…”

Study: How Breitbart Media’s Disinformation Created the Paranoid, Fact-Averse Nation That Elected Trump article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/investigations/breitbarts-disinformation-dominated-right-wing-media-2016-creating-dark-paranoid-fact

The bulk of hardcore Trump supporters – people unable to think for themselves – have always been misinformed by Breitbart ‘media.’

An unpersuasive defense of Trump’s health care ignorance article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/unpersuasive-defense-trumps-health-care-ignorance

Given the depths of Trumps ignorance on everything else it’s unsurprising that it holds true for health care too…

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/speedreads/713578/white-house-press-secretary-sean-spicer-resigns

Spicey finally got driven over the edge in Trump’s insane asylum we call The White House.

Trump Supporters Are Desperately Trying to Convince Themselves Hillary Would Have Been Worse article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/trump-supporters-are-desperately-trying-convince-themselves-hillary-would-have-been-worse

Unfortunately, this time the stupidity of a minority that was fooled by Trump’s lies has hurt us all:

“Wayne Bisher, a lifelong Democrat, says he looks forward to voting for a Democrat for president again someday.

But when the 68-year-old heard Donald Trump’s message on the campaign trail last year, promising to protect American manufacturing and control immigration, there was no doubt whom he would vote for.

He took early retirement from his job at a pharmaceuticals plant 14 years ago, when cheap Chinese vitamin C flooded the American market, so Trump’s populist “America First” message resonated strongly with him.

And there was another major factor: Hillary Clinton…”

Why Republicans Won’t Dump Trump Anytime Soon article from Counter Punch. –
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/21/why-republicans-wont-dump-trump-anytime-soon/

Despite half of Americans wanting our dimwitted dip shit gone from day one – close to two-thirds of Americans want him gone after six months – his GOP brown shirts in our Congress would rather go down in flames than give up their corrupt, absolute power…

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