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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 160

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:

We begin today’s misadventures of our popular vote losing president with a look (which has since been deleted) at the financial flim-flammery of his finances – an investigation into his financial dealings would lead to more charges than his Russia scandal, our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator won’t condemn white supremacy because it plays such a large role in his support base, the growing White Supremacy pandemic in the Trump Era, Trump, whose popularity just hit another new low, is a moral failure who will never be presidential and much more.

‘Extraordinary flim-flammery’: Rachel Maddow connects the dots on ‘ugly audit’ of Trump finances article from The Raw Story. –
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/extraordinary-flim-flammery-rachel-maddow-connects-the-dots-on-ugly-audit-of-trump-finances/

Investigating our Loser-in-Chief’s business dealings and the money he’s making off the presidency would lead to more charges than his Russia scandal.

The Bubble President article from Slate. –
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/08/trump_is_the_bubble_president.html

Trump’s lives in a fantasy of triumph in his land of delusion but will never do or say anything to win the majority of voters.

Documents showing huge profits for Trump’s Washington hotel deleted article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/documents-showing-huge-profits-trump-145507453.html

Trying to cover up your crimes by deleting evidence of them isn’t going to work for America’a worst-ever president.

The Real Meaning of ‘On Many Sides’ article from Slate. –
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/08/in_his_speech_on_charlottesville_donald_trump_told_the_nation_exactly_what.html

Our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator won’t condemn White Supremacists because they play a large role in his support base:

“On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined forces at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally to “Unite the Right.” This congregation of white people who love the president of the United States and hate racial, ethnic, and religious minorities chanted “blood and soil” and extended their arms in stiff salutes. The rally culminated in the death of at least one person when the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, seemingly with the intent to maim and injure.

On Nov. 19, 1863, as the Union and Confederate armies waged a war to determine whether black people were property, President Abraham Lincoln stood up at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and articulated his vision of what the United States should be. He called for a promise that “these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

On Aug. 12, 2017, Donald Trump stood up at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and All Lives Matter’d a Nazi rally. “We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump said. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. On many sides.”

He then said those three words again—“On many sides”—as if to emphasize that this throwaway phrase was in fact the only bit of his short speech that he truly believed in. He did not talk about white supremacy, and he did not note the prevalence of racist chants. The troubles in Charlottesville, the president said, were everyone’s fault. Or, to put it another way, nobody in particular was more responsible than anyone else for what happened in Virginia this weekend. Not the president. Not the party that enabled him. Not even those who idolize Adolf Hitler…”

When winning isn’t possible article from The Week. –
http://theweek.com/articles/717568/when-winning-isnt-possible

Our national embarrassment is quite the sore loser…

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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’s minority-elect misadventures begin today with waiting to see if he will try and destroy Obamacare since many of his own supporters would be hurt the most if he does, our lame duck Loser-in-Chief’s weeks are about to get worse as his Russia scandal investigation unearths other potential financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 election, the majority of people see the incompetence and corruption of our reality TV president, resistance to Trump is growing – and working, Trump plans 17-day golf vacation after whining about his predecessor’s 10-day golf vacation, Trump is bragging about the stock market now but won’t be soon, the White House is quickly becoming a crime scene as Trump proves costly to the GOP, support for our moronic Liar-in-Chief is dwindling despite his lies about it being stronger than ever and much more.

If Trump knifes Obamacare, he’ll hurt his own supporters the most article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-knifes-obamacare-hell-hurt-supporters-185742474.html

Many of Trump’s supporters hate Obamacare – despite being covered by it – because of ignorantly not knowing they’ll suffer the most if anything happens to it…

Mueller Plunges Across Trump’s Red Line article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/mueller-grand-jury/535875/

Our lame duck Loser-in-Chief’s weeks are about to get a lot worse as the investigation into his Russia collusion is leading to financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 election,

Officials start to ignore the Incredible Shrinking President article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/officials-start-ignore-the-incredible-shrinking-president

As a sitting mentally unbalanced lame duck president, our national embarrassment is losing friends in high places.

Did Trump Really End the CIA’s Secret War in Syria? article from CounterPunch. –
https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/03/did-trump-really-end-the-cias-secret-war-in-syria/

No. Trump’s Syrian War Crimes are still continuing despite the lie that he ordered them to stop funding and training terrorists:

“Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad,” read a July 19 New York Times headline. Citing The Washington Post as its source, the article noted that the official termination of the “secret” U.S. program “was never publicly announced, just as the beginnings of the program four years ago were officially a secret, authorized by President Barack Obama through a ‘finding’ that permitted the C.I.A. to conduct a deniable program.”

“Mr. Trump’s decisions,” said The Times, “amounted to an acknowledgment that no escalation of the program, which began in 2013 in concert with the C.I.A.’s counterparts in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan, was likely to yield a different result.”

The CIA and its “counterparts” were intervening in Syria even before 2013, if not congruent with the brief Arab Spring mobilizations of 2011, when poor peasants, democratically minded youth, and others protested against the Bashar Assad government’s neo-liberal and repressive policies. The New York Times revealed on June 21, 2012, that the CIA had been ferrying arms, recruiting, and training anti-Assad groups based in Turkey.

The U.S. was simultaneously the major power behind the Syrian National Council (SNC), which it established to be the new Syrian “government in waiting.” The SNC consisted of an exile-based 270-member leadership core that was overseen by the U.S. State Department and funded by most of the Gulf State monarchies. Within a year the SNC exploded as it became clear that it was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, whose on-the-ground forces in Syria regularly collaborated with the al-Qaeda offshoot, the Nusra Front, and related jihadist groups…”

Three Trump Speeches and the Death of a Nation article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/03/three-trump-speeches-and-death-nation

Turning the presidency into a reality TV show while your actions and words are destroying the country that ‘elected’ you isn’t working out well for Trump.

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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:

We begin today’s misadventures of our popular vote losing president with lessons in loyalty – or in his case the lack thereof, in Trump’s land of delusion, he has convinced himself that he’s almost as good as Abraham Lincoln, our demented delinquent’s obsession with his illegitimate presidency is making us all less safe, backlash from Trump’s Boy Scout pep rally speech begins, our Twitter tyrant steps us his ignorant tirades against his political enemies, Trump’s efforts to distract from his growing scandals are failing miserably, how Trump keeps using Twitter – which refuses to stop him despite the obvious violations of their policies – to bully enemies and try to distract from his growing list of crimes and scandals and much more.

Lessons in Loyalty From John McCain and That Other Guy article from Roll Call. –
http://www.rollcall.com/news/opinion/john-mccain-donald-trump-loyalty

Loyalty only works one way for Trump as he has none for anyone else.

Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’ article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-u-s-military-wont-allow-transgender-people-serve-capacity-133152235.html

6 months in and our Loser-in-Chief is already discriminating big time against transgender people and the LGBT Community.

Trump is a coward. At least it limits the damage he does article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/26/donald-trump-coward-limit-damage-jeff-sessions

Trump doesn’t have the balls to fire the Attorney General he appointed so he has to play games to try and humiliate him instead.

As Trump Prepares to Fire Mueller, the Rule of Law Has Never Been Weaker in Washington article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/trump-signals-intent-fire-special-prosecutor-congress-signals-surrender

As our popular vote losing president threatens to fire Mueller and plays games with Sessions it has become blatantly obvious that the Rule of Law in non-existent in Washington’s Culture of Corruption:

“As President Trump drops increasingly broad hints that he believes he is above the law, Congress and the public face an impending crisis that will test whether the Republican Party is more loyal to Trump or to the rule of law. The crisis is all but certain, and the outcome is very much in doubt.

In talking up his “complete power” of pardon, humiliating Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and denigrating special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Trump has made clear that he doesn’t believe any investigation of his campaign’s contacts with the Russian government is legitimate. “A special counsel should never have been appointed in this case,” Trump told the New York Times.

With investigators closing in on his friends and family, time is not on Trump’s side. But the weakness of the rule of law is.

The pace of the various investigations is picking up. Mueller has assembled a high-powered staff. The House and Senate intelligence committees both grilled Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner this week. The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, has now joined the hunt, issuing a subpoena for Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager. If Trump doesn’t act soon, more revelations—or indictments—could further limit his options to act…”

Trump Insists He’s ‘Presidential,’ Ranks Himself Right Behind Lincoln (VIDEO) article from Talking Points Memo. –
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/trump-youngstown-rally-lincoln-presidential

Our illegitimate president is trying to convince himself he’s great despite the obvious failures of his first 6 months in office…

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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:

We begin today’s misadventures of our minority-elect President with Trump making history as the only president not to reach 50 percent approval rating during his first 6 months, Trump’s other Russia scandal is being overlooked, the Trump celebration from the stock market is coming to an end, working for our psychopathic demented delinquent is exhausting, our Twitter Tyrant’s rants against Clinton and his other enemies don’t work and actually make him look even more stupid, forcing through a vote on his fraudulent healthcare tax giveaway will cost Trump, our popular vote losing president’s creation of a fraudulent ‘voter integrity’ commission will never justify his lie about winning the popular vote and much more.

Poll: Trump is the only president not to reach 50 percent approval during first 6 months article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/07/23/poll-trump-is-the-only-president-not-to-reach-50-percent-approv/23044194/

Trump’s approval rating has been consistently low since he was ‘elected,’ holding at 36 to 40 percent depending on which poll you go by.

Trump Is Obsessed With His Twitter Following – Too Bad Most of His Followers Are Fake article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/trump-trauma/trump-obsessed-his-twitter-following-too-bad-most-those-followers-are-fake

It’s easy to claim you have millions of followers when most of them are bots – not people – designed to spread your lies and propaganda.

Trump pressures troops for political help in lobbying Congress article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-presses-troops-political-help-lobbying-congress

America’s worst-ever President is still unable to act like a Commander-in-Chief…

What President Trump Actually Accomplished in His First 6 Months article from New York Magazine. –
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/what-trump-actually-accomplished-in-his-first-6-months.html

Despite Trump’s lies he hasn’t accomplished a lot – aside from being the most unpopular president in history:

“The first six months of the Trump administration have been marked by a massive revitalization of the U.S. manufacturing sector, an end to the lawlessness of the Obama years, and a new respect for America on the world stage, thanks to the president’s soaring, Reaganesque rhetoric — at least, that’s what this video released by the White House would have you believe:

In reality, President Trump is historically unpopular, and despite having a Republican-controlled Congress, he hasn’t passed any major legislation. Many measures Trump promised to enact on day one — including overhauling the tax code, building a wall on the southern border, and repealing and replacing Obamacare — have been delayed, curtailed, or possibly killed by disagreements within the GOP.

But amid all the chaos of President Trump’s first six months in office, he has managed to enact some measures that have a concrete effect on Americans’ lives. Here’s how Trump has changed America in the first eighth (or sixteenth) of his presidency:

Put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court
Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deserves the credit for stealing President Obama’s final Supreme Court appointment, technically it was Trump who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia with an equally conservative 49-year-old justice. As FiveThirtyEight notes, in his first few months on the job, Justice Gorsuch has proven to be just what conservatives were hoping for:…”

Donald Trump boasts he ‘has the complete power to pardon’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/donald-trump-boasts-he-has-the-complete-power-pardon

Trump boasts about a lot of things so the point is actually moot…

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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 Twitter tyrant begins today’s popular vote losing misadventures by declaring that he has full pardon power over himself and his criminal cabal – indicating that he’s guilty as hell, Trump’s growing war crimes in Iraq and Syria are creating a growing number of civilian deaths, our national embarrassment’s new trade and infrastructure deals are giveaways and capitulations to corrupt corporations and Wall Street, obstructing justice while trying to prevent investigations into his illegal activity is causing America’s worst-ever president’s popularity to plummet, more of the many ways our demented delinquent is the gift that keeps on giving, Trump’s irrepressible criminality, some insight into Sinclair Broadcasting – Trump’s soon-to-be addition to his Ministry of Propaganda, Trump’s pity party continues as his inevitable implosion continues playing out on the usual Sunday morning political theater shows and a lot more.

Trump, in angry TWitter spree, declares ‘the complete power to pardon’ article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-angry-twitter-spree-declares-complete-power-pardon-144011489.html

Our Twitter tyrant indicates he has full pardon power over himself and his miscreantic administration in his ongoing Russia scandal – which indicates that he’s guilty as hell…

Trump is the most conflicted president in modern US history – and a new report highlights the dangers article from Business Insider. –
http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-conflicts-risks-to-poor-2017-7

The fact that our Loser-in-Chief keeps shooting himself in the foot speaks volumes as to how profoundly corrupt and ignorant he really is.

Trump Wants to Take on Bob Mueller? Good Luck With That. article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/21/donald-trump-bob-mueller-215403

Firing the head investigator – despite the fact that he can’t – and pardoning himself and his ilk will start a shit storm that will cost him dearly.

HAS TRUMP FINALLY ENTERED THE DEATH SPIRAL? article from Vanity Fair. –
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/has-donald-trump-finally-entered-the-death-spiral

America’s worst-ever president’s actions – acting less presidential and breaking more rules – indicate that he is guilty and will soon be going down:

“For those who believed that the White House’s main problem was too many adults in the room, the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci is welcome news. Sean Spicer has resigned in protest, with little to show for his time other than sartorial upgrades. In brief, a role that normally goes to people with decades of experience in communications and government will go to a neophyte from Wall Street whose main qualification seems to be that he’s loyal to Donald Trump on cable TV and high-energy. As Scaramucci once told New York Magazine, “My middle name could be Shit-stirrer, except then my initials on my shirt would be A.S.S., and I can’t have that.” The phrase “death spiral” is starting to come to mind.

To be sure, you could argue that we’ve been here before. When Steve Bannon took over Trump’s campaign, conservative radio host Charlie Sykes compared it to entering a hospice phase with Trump wishing his campaign to die surrounded by loved ones. And we know how that turned out. So you could say that Trump is nothing but surprises. But Trump is also highly predictable. He promised repeatedly during the campaign that he could be presidential. But by early 2016 it was clear that he couldn’t, that no change would ever come. Chaos was going to be the norm. The question was always whether that chaos was controlled or not. More and more, “not” looks like the answer. Increasingly, Trump looks like Slim Pickens riding down with the missile, on the cusp of the final, sudden acceleration.

Trump appears to trust none of his staffers at this point, apart from close family, and that family gives dubious advice. Recall that son-in-law Jared Kushner was among those pressing for Trump to fire James Comey, while Bannon was among those counseling restraint. Following Kushner’s advice led Trump right into a prolonged date with Robert Mueller. This time, opposing the decision to hire Scaramucci were Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Bannon. Supporting it was, yes, Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and—according to reports—Hope Hicks.

If Trump insists on disregarding sound advice from his staffers in favor of dumb advice from family, his decisions will get worse, not that they were great to begin with, and more and more people will leave the White House only to be replaced by less competent hires. While the lure of the White House is huge and someone will always say yes to a job there, the quality of newcomers is going to plummet. People see how poorly Trump treats his hires. (This wasn’t so clear back when Trump was in the private sector, and employees had to sign onerous non-disclosure agreements.) When they displease him, he lets it be known in public. This week, he even told The New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions attorney general…”

A NEW DEAL FOR WALL STREET article from In These Times. –
http://inthesetimes.com/features/trump_infrastructure_plan_wall_street_privatization.html

Our national embarrassment’s plan for a new trade deal and his infrastructure plan are nothing but giveaways and capitulations to corrupt corporations and Wall Street.

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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.

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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:

We begin today’s misadventures of our minority-elect President with him whining about the possibility of his finances being looked at in his growing Russia scandal, mounting evidence that Trump and his duplicitous cabal have been colluding with Russia for quite some time, abdicating his presidential duties, America’s worst-ever president reveals yet again in another interview why he has no business being in the White House and is incapable of being presidential, our delusional delinquent is quickly creating more quagmires to drown himself in, results of millions of people standing up to the corruption that is today’s politics and our illegitimate president who continues making America worse again, the irony of Trump’s ‘Made in America’ Week as his second White House requests more foreign workers and lots more.

Trump: It Would Be ‘Violation’ If Mueller Looked At My Finances For Russia Probe article from Talking Points Memo. –
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-mueller-violation-finances-russia-probe

One has to seriously wonder if Trump is actually that stupid or if he gets his misinformation from close advisers…

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/

Trump’s campaign promoted a conspiracy theory suggesting Russia had info on Clinton before meeting with them.

Trump supporters still fixate on Clinton as mood darkens article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/20/donald-trump-support-base-hillary-clinton-hatred-pennsylvania

The endless amounts of stupidity shared by Trump and the hardcore minions that support him are astounding…

Childish Rants or Putin-Style Propaganda? article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/trump-rants-propaganda/

Our Loser-in-Chief is taking a page out of a Russian Propaganda handbook on deflecting and trying to flip the discussion to an opponent – making it appear even more that he and the miscreants he calls an administration have been working together with Russia for quite some time:

“President Donald Trump does not directly answer questions about his campaign’s or administration’s interactions with Russian officials. He deflects, pointing at his opponents. (That is, when he’s not outright denying the connections even exist.)

“Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful!” the president tweeted as his son came under fire for meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign with the explicit hope of obtaining negative information about the Democratic candidate. The president also complained on Twitter, “Why is that Hillary Clintons [sic] family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?”

It may sound like a defensive child’s playground cry—“Look at what she did!”—but it also echoes a traditional Russian propaganda strategy called “whataboutism,” a diversionary tactic that sidesteps criticism by arguing “What about them?” or “See what my opponent did!”

The technique was widely used by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in battles with the United States for moral superiority in areas of human rights, says Dmitry Dubrovsky, a Russian scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. For example, when the Soviet Union was criticized for actions like the imprisonment of dissidents, officials’ response would be along the lines of, “What about apartheid?” The whataboutism strategy has made a comeback and evolved in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The Kremlin is no longer arguing about who’s morally superior, Dubrovsky says; now it’s arguing that the morals underlying democratic ideals don’t exist at all…”

TRUMP’S CLUELESS ABDICATION OF PRESIDENTIAL RESPONSIBILITY article from The New Yorker. –
https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/trumps-clueless-abdication-of-presidential-responsibility

In threatening to take healthcare from 32 million, our national embarrassment is ignoring his duty as president to protect the citizenry.

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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:

The many ways our illegitimate, minority-elect president is dismantling the U.S. after six months in office begins today’s misadventures, his fraudulent ‘voter integrity’ commission dubiously tries to justify our popular vote losing liar’s claims that he won the popular vote, Trump and his team’s actions meet the definition of betrayal of country – which is treason, Trump’s ‘accomplishments’ during his first illicit 6 months after being ‘elected,’ Trump’s endless corruption and ignorance is coming back to bite him, our Liar-in-Chief’s Ministry of Propaganda is shifting the lies into overdrive and much more.

Six ways Trump is ‘dismantling’ the US after six months in office article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/19/six-ways-trump-is-dismantling-america-after-six-months-in-white-house

Putting a fraudulent Con Artist in charge of the U.S. was a big mistake.

Kris Kobach pushes debunked theory on illegal votes: ‘We may never know’ who won article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/kris-kobach-pushes-debunked-theory-illegal-votes-may-never-know-won-202735919.html

Our popular vote losing president’s fraudulent voter integrity commission dubiously tries downplaying the fact that Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 11 million votes by trying to claim we may never know the truth – fact is we already do.

A Typology of Undisclosed Trump-Russia Meetings article from The Atlantic. –
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/07/undisclosed-trump-russia-meetings/534123/

Tracking Trump and his cabal’s Russia meetings – many of which were revealed after his Russia scandal investigations began.

The Making of the Tabloid Presidency article from The New York Book Review. –
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/08/17/steve-bannon-donald-trump-tabloid-presidency/

Understanding Trumpism and how it came about:

“Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the bond between him and his base remains strong, largely unaffected for now by the mounting scandals, talk of impeachment, and Trump’s stalled agenda. There have been five special elections to fill vacant House seats—in Georgia, Montana, Kansas, California, and South Carolina—and the Republicans have won four of them. In Georgia, the most closely watched race, the Democrats poured in $30 million for their candidate. But the Republicans nearly matched that figure, and their narrow victory in June was perceived as a win for Trump—and Trumpism, however ill-defined it may be.

Joshua Green’s new book, Devil’s Bargain, argues that Trumpism is best understood through his partnership with Stephen K. Bannon, now the president’s chief political strategist. Green, formerly a correspondent at The Atlantic and now at Bloomberg Businessweek, has been writing about conservatives since the George W. Bush years. It is a testament to his adroit intertwining of Bannon’s story with Trump’s that we’re not certain which of the two figures has sold the bigger part of himself to the other. In the broader sense, they are coauthors of our moment’s tabloid conservatism.

Trump has had many biographers, but it was Green who did the first in-depth reporting on Bannon, in a long Bloomberg profile in October 2015, ten months before Bannon formally joined the Trump campaign and rescued it from what looked like certain defeat. Previously, Bannon had been an informal adviser while making Breitbart News, the website he had run since 2012, Trump’s main propaganda auxiliary, surpassing Fox News, which had been divided over Trump and roiled by a sexual harassment scandal involving the network’s late founder and CEO, Roger Ailes. Green describes a conversation in which Ailes, still clinging to his job, tells Bannon he can survive. He just has to plead his case directly to Rupert Murdoch, who is away on his boat and can’t be reached. Bannon sees the obvious, telling Ailes, “If somebody called him about a merger, he’d take the fucking call…. You’re done.” A patois of coarseness is heard everywhere in this book, but especially from its two principals. Bannon was able to manage Trump the candidate when other, more seasoned operatives could not because Bannon is Trump’s unlikely spiritual twin, his bookish doppelgänger, unkempt in cargo shorts…”

Why Not Call It Treason? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/why-not-call-it-treason

The actions of our national embarrassment and the miscreants that comprise his administration meet the legal definition of betrayal of country.

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 144

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 popular vote losing Troll-in-Chief begins this segment of his misadventures by releasing the personal information of thousands who wrote in to oppose his fraudulent voter fraud commission’s recent illegal request for their information from every state, Trump’s playbook of how to distract from his growing list of crimes and scandals – Tweet, deny, dismiss – published, our demented delinquent has been lying about his Russia ties this whole time as his Russia scandal continues expanding rapidly, America’s worst-ever President has another massive conflict of interest scandal brewing, our Loser-in-Chief’s Ministry of Propaganda is losing the war on defending Trump Jr.’s illegal actions as our Liar-in-Chief’s popularity hits new lows, our impotent leader still lying about his fraudulent healthcare tax giveaway bill, the importance of recognizing trauma caused by Trump, dealing with it and fighting back, our War Criminal-in-Chief is on a role, our Hitler-aspiring wannabe dictator trying to mainstream ‘collusion is normal’ defense to justify his treason and much more.

In High Trolling Style, White House Releases Personal Info Of Its Privacy Critics article from Forbes. –
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/07/16/in-high-trolling-style-the-white-house-released-the-personal-info-of-its-privacy-critics/#47ef061699d3

It appears illegally requesting voter information from every state wasn’t enough for our Troll-in-Chief’s fraudulent ‘voter integrity’ commission since they went with publishing the names and other personal information of those who wrote in opposing their fraudulent scam.

Team Trump’s Sad! Playbook: Tweet. Deny. Dismiss. article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/team-trumps-sad-playbook-tweet-deny-dismiss/

Learning how to recognize Trump’s distractions for what they are and dealing with them accordingly goes a long way towards holding him accountable for his actions and his lies.

President Trump contradicts son, indicates he knew about meeting with Russian lawyer article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-contradicts-himself-on-russian-lawyer-meeting-a73c7d9420b1

Our Liar-in-Chief – who has been untruthful from day one- is now admitting that his son lied about daddy not knowing about his meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Donald Trump Jr. paid attorney with funds form his father’s re-election campaign: report article from Salon. –
http://www.salon.com/2017/07/15/donald-trump-jr-paid-attorney-with-funds-from-his-fathers-re-election-campaign-report/

Apparently trying to collude with Russia wasn’t enough for our dimwitted dip shit’s son:

“If you’ve donated to President Donald Trump’s campaign to re-elect, there’s a chance those funds have been used to pay for the first family’s legal defense team. Federal Election Commission records show that the president’s re-election campaign made a $50,000 payment last month to the attorney representing Donald Trump Jr., Reuters reported Saturday.

The payment came almost two weeks before Trump Jr. revealed that he met with a Russian lawyer in order to discuss damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

The payment, dated June 27, was made to the Law Offices of Alan Futerfas, according to Reuters, and was disclosed in the most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission. “Legal consulting” was the purported reasoning for the payment.

Futerfas was announced as Trump Jr.’s lawyer earlier this week after The New York Times first reported the shady encounter between Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Four other individuals reportedly attended the meeting…”

Donald Trump’s Ties to Russian Gangsters Stretch Back More Than 30 Years article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trumps-deep-ties-dirty-russian-money-stretch-back-more-30-yearsdonald

Our national embarrassment has a long sordid history of dealing with Russian gangsters so dealing with Putin and others wouldn’t be surprising.

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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.

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