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In 2018, journalist Jonathan Greenberg released audio recordings from 1984 in which Trump, posing as his own spokesman John Barron, made false assertions of his wealth to secure a higher ranking on the Forbes 400 list of wealthy Americans, including claiming he owned over 90 percent of his family’s business. He would often call news outlets and other sources calling himself John Barron to praise himself and spread disinformation about how great he was. Does this sound like a sane man to you?

A former budget director and deputy mayor of New York City during the 1980s, and a former publisher of Crain’s New York Business, said “I wouldn’t believe Donald Trump if his tongue were notarized.”

In 1997, Ben Berzin Jr., who had been tasked with recovering at least some of the $100 million his bank had lent Trump, said “During the time that I dealt with Mr. Trump, I was continually surprised by his mastery of situational ethics. He does not seem to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction.” It is important to note here about the money owed, this was not a one-time occurrence with Trump, and why American banks no longer are willing to loan him money or deal with him financially. It is why we need a look at his finances so we can see just who our President owes money to and may be influenced because of it!

Trump said “I have a view—a view in my apartment that was specifically aimed at the World Trade Center.” He added “and I watched those people jump and I watched the second plane hit … I saw the second plane hit the building and I said, ‘Wow that’s unbelievable.” At the time, Trump lived in Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, more than four miles away from where the World Trade Center towers once stood. I cannot imagine anyone not thinking how immoral this man is to make such statements, not the only lies he told about that day either!

The situation is getting worse, as described by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ashley Parker: “President Trump seems to be saying more and more things that aren’t true.” As a matter one fact check entity created a new category of falsehoods in December 2018, the “Bottomless Pinocchio”, for falsehoods repeated at least twenty times (so often “that there can be no question the politician is aware his or her facts are wrong”). Trump was the only politician who met the standard of the category, with 14 statements that immediately qualified!

As fact-checker Glenn Kessler noted in August, whereas Clinton lies as much as the average politician, President Donald Trump’s lying is “off the charts.” No prominent politician in memory bests Trump for spouting spectacular, egregious, easily disproved lies. The birther claim. The vote fraud claim. The attendance at the inauguration claim. And on and on and on. Every fact-checker—Kessler, Factcheck.org, Snopes.com, PolitiFact—finds a level of prevarication (lying) unequaled by any politician ever scrutinized. For instance, 70 percent of his campaign statements checked by PolitiFact were mostly false, totally false, or “pants on fire” false!

I could go on and on, his life is chock full of lies, immorality, and actual theft! I know I have already reached the limit of endurance here, so I will ask the question and leave it at that.

DO YOU GET IT NOW?

 

 

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From a comment made in the New Yorker by David Remnick April 12, 2020

From the start, the Trump administration has waged war on science and expertise, making a great nation peculiarly vulnerable to the foreseeable public-health calamity of the coronavirus.

The fact that the United States is experiencing tremendous losses—that it has far more COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world—relates to a number of collective risk factors and preëxisting conditions. The most notable one is to be found in the Oval Office!

Kayleigh McEnany, a loud promoter of birtherism and of Trump talking points during the 2016 campaign, cheerfully told the Fox Business audience, “We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, and isn’t that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful Presidency of President Obama?” Now McEnany is the President’s press secretary.

Instead of dealing with COVID-19 using all the scientists at his disposal, he points to his brain housing group and says that is all he needs to make decisions. He uses the press conference as a place to make political statements to bolster his bid for re-election! Trump has made it clear that he does not approve of efforts to make voting easier in November. Why should he? He takes a dim view of early voting, voting by mail, and same-day registration. Such reforms, he complains, would produce “levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

I (John Love) think we should all read that last statement again! I still cannot believe that Trump could be so ignorant of what the words he uttered meant, but I really shouldn’t be! Basically, he just said that without cheating, gerrymandering, and voter suppression, Republicans couldn’t get elected! Probably the only true thing Trump has ever said! And one last thought, Trump and budget cutters thought the federal government spent too much on public health. Year after year, they have slashed agencies whose mission was to protect the public from pandemics. You know, after the welfare check he wrote to the rich, Trump cannot afford to fund health initiatives, feed children, or take care of at-risk elderly!

 

 

The following will be excerpts from an article penned by Mr. Peter Wehner, a lifelong Republican. He is a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center.

He writes, Trump is fundamentally unfit—intellectually, morally, temperamentally, and psychologically—for office. Mr. Trump has no desire to acquaint himself with most issues, let alone master them!

Mr. Trump’s virulent combination of ignorance, emotional instability, demagogy, solipsism, and vindictiveness would do more than result in a failed presidency; it could very well lead to national catastrophe. The prospect of Donald Trump as commander in chief should send a chill down the spine of every American.

He states that Trump could not have prevented the coronavirus from happening or entering the United States. That said, the president and his administration are responsible for grave, costly errors, most especially the epic manufacturing failures in diagnostic testing, the decision to test too few people, the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and problems in the supply chain.

We also know the World Health Organization had working tests that the United States refused, and researchers at a project in Seattle tried to conduct early tests for the coronavirus but were prevented from doing so by federal officials. (Doctors at the research project eventually decided to perform coronavirus tests without federal approval.)

The president reportedly ignored early warnings of the severity of the virus and grew angry at a CDC official who in February warned that an outbreak was inevitable. The Trump administration dismantled the National Security Council’s global-health office, whose purpose was to address global pandemics; we’re now paying the price for that. “We worked very well with that office,” Dr. Fauci told Congress. “It would be nice if the office was still there.” 

The president’s misinformation and mendacity about the coronavirus are head-snapping. He claimed that it was contained in America when it was actually spreading. He claimed that we had “shut it down” when we had not. He claimed that testing was available when it wasn’t. He claimed that the coronavirus will one day disappear “like a miracle”; it won’t. He claimed that a vaccine would be available in months; Fauci says it will not be available for a year or more.

This from me, the lies just keep on coming!

From the article, Trump falsely blamed the Obama administration for impeding coronavirus testing. He stated that the coronavirus first hit the United States later than it actually did. (He said that it was three weeks prior to the point at which he spoke; the actual figure was twice that.) The president claimed that the number of cases in Italy was getting “much better” when it was getting much worse. And in one of the more stunning statements an American president has ever made, Trump admitted that his preference was to keep a cruise ship off the California coast rather than allowing it to dock because he wanted to keep the number of reported cases of the coronavirus artificially low! Cooler heads prevailed, and over the president’s objections, the Grand Princess was allowed to dock at the Port of Oakland.

The following excerpt is one I have long agreed with and promoted in my blogs, on Facebook, Twitter, and anyone I could get to listen. Here is what Peter Wehner had to say;

Trump is such a habitual liar that he is incapable of being honest, even when being honest would serve his interests. He is so impulsive, shortsighted, and undisciplined that he is unable to plan or even think beyond the moment. He is such a divisive and polarizing figure that he long ago lost the ability to unite the nation under any circumstances and for any cause. And he is so narcissistic and unreflective that he is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes. The president’s disordered personality makes him ill-equipped to deal with a crisis as any president has ever been. With few exceptions, what Trump has said is not just useless; it is downright injurious.

Now for my personal closing for this blog.

From the first time I saw Trump in action, long before he became President of these United States, I saw him as an immoral con man. He was always suing someone or being sued, more than any professional entity ever in history! He mostly threatened to sue because he had not paid his debts, knew that a lengthy lawsuit would ruin the people he owed, so he was able to get them to agree to pennies on the dollar for their debt! He has done this time and time again. He has also been sued by the federal govt for refusing to sell or rent to people of color, with his Daddy once, and Donald himself twice! He has cheated on each wife! Usually with the next wife, and the current one (The First Lady) with a porn star while she was pregnant with their son! He has had black people removed from the floor of his casino while he and his wife were there, made remarks in public about how blacks could not help it, they just were not equipped to handle anything complicated. And this is the guy you voted for? This is the guy you think is your moral compass. This is the guy you think has been sent by God to save you? Well, my friends, you are just not thinking. And what your support says about you is not flattering, by any definition!

 

 

 

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Trump is a pathological prevaricator! One reason he cannot help but lie, even though he may be aware he has previously espoused the opposite view, is his mental illness! He cannot ever be wrong in his own mind. He can never be anything but the smartest, most brilliant mind on the planet. His mental facility will allow for no other conclusions, so in his diseased mind, whatever he is saying currently has to be the truth because he cannot perceive that he has ever made an incorrect decision or ever been in error, ever! Find me one instance where he has taken credit for a misstep or admitted he was wrong about something, in his entire life! This makes him dangerous because he will bomb people, let more people die in a pandemic, let potentates murder, rather than admit he is not perfect! Then when the whole world is calling him out, all of a sudden he claims he has always known it was a pandemic, in this latest example, and claims he was the first to say so, while his opinions and stated views were just the opposite only days ago! He has a mental disease, he should not be anywhere near the power centers of our country. I cannot believe that everyone cannot see this!

Posted: January 4, 2020 in News and politics
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ARE WE AT WAR?

 

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Do you think if Trump had stayed in the Iran nuclear deal, extended an olive branch instead of his middle finger, this would be happening now! Yes, Iran is dangerous, but we made them even more so, and we gave them the ammunition to cause even more hatred. All the other signatories to the Iran deal stayed on board and tried to mitigate what Trump had done, but the nail was already in the coffin! If we had stayed the course instead of automatically reversing everything a black President ever did, we would have had an Iran more interested in appeasing us and making diplomatic inroads. Now they more full of hatred and animosity, which puts all of us in danger! And if you try and tell me that everyone in the European Union and others was all wrong, and Trump was the lone mastermind here, then you are part of the damn problem!

No one trusts Trump. Not our allies, and especially not our foes. Members of NATO are forging alliances without U.S. involvement. They are patiently waiting for someone of intelligence to become President. Our foes, well they do not trust Trump to honor any deals he might make. In spite of Trump’s penchant for lying, the United States has close partners, especially in Europe, that might still be willing to believe U.S. accusations toward Iran if presented with compelling evidence. Instead, the Trump administration did just the opposite. Within hours following the Sept. 14 attack, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Iran the perpetrator on Twitter, before briefing Congress or consulting with partners. In all fairness it probably was Iran, or Iran backed militants, but the point is the Trump administration did not consult with its international partners or coordinate any kind of intelligence seeking before making such an announcement!

My point, you ask? Trump is a poor statesman, a bully, he wants to appear strong, he cannot see beyond his own ambitions, his own preconceived notions! He has gotten rid of any intelligent people around him who would not bow down and give him automatic allegiance. Instead, he has surrounded himself with people who are less qualified, who are willing to lie for him, and this is dangerous. Trump wants a war, anything to distract from impeachment, and to make him look good to his base who like the bully in him. It will eventually get a whole lot of American’s killed, I am afraid!

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News on Sunday: “If you pause for one moment and you read this IG (inspector general) report, here’s the FBI; they broke into President Trump — at the time candidate Trump’s — campaign, spied on him, and then they covered it up. It is a modern-day Watergate.” He added, “They broke into his campaign by bringing people into it. They have been trying to cover it up for the whole time.”

Now here is the problem! He is lying, not mistaken, flat out lying. Here is why. Justice Department Inspector General found no evidence the FBI “broke into” the Trump campaign while investigating the campaign’s relationship with Russia. The investigation found zero evidence that any member of the FBI investigation ever even suggested inserting informants into the Trump campaign! The FBI did not try to recruit members of the Trump campaign as CHSs (confidential human sources), did not send CHSs to collect information in Trump campaign headquarters or Trump campaign spaces, and did not ask CHSs to join the Trump campaign or otherwise attend campaign-related events as part of the investigation. This information is right out of the very report Kevin McCarthy said he got his facts! So he can read, I assume, so he intentionally lied! It seems like Trump’s contempt for the truth has somehow infected the GOP! This report is available to the public, so you do not have to take my word for anything! It says exactly what I just said it does!

McCarthy said this on Fox News, who made no effort to inform you of what information was actually in the report, which they knew, but made no attempt to inform you! This is why I warn against them. They do not report the news; they are just like those magazines at the check out counter at the grocery store! They are only interested in how to sensationalize so their audience will return for more!  McCarthy repeated the lies that Trump told about this subject, a man who never bothers with facts!

In his Christmas message, Trump called for a Christ-like “respect”. This from a man who has set the record for the number of insulting nicknames he has called his political foes, including “Sleazebag” for FBI Director James Comey, “Shifty” Rep. Adam Schiff, “Low IQ” Rep. Maxine Waters, “Crooked Hillary”, “Little Rocket Man”, “Lyin’” Sen. Ted Cruz, “Dumbo” Randolph Alles, “Fat Jerry” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, “Head Clown” Rep. Chuck Schumer, “Mr. MagooJeff Sessions, and “Dummy” Rep. Beto O’Rourke — to name just a few. Is this the government representation you deserve?

Well, if grade school name-calling does not bother you, or you have not actually read the actual report McCarthy is using as his reference to see for yourself that he and Trump told you lies about what it says, then I guess you do deserve what you get!

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Trump made 99 false claims over the last two weeks! He is now averaging 63 false claims per week, 1,450 total false claims since July 8! I did not look all these up myself; I got figures from more than one fact-checking entity: Duke University, Snopes, PolitiFact, and FactCheck. Org, to name a few!

A few examples of the lies I am referencing. At Trump’s December 10 campaign rally in Pennsylvania, he alleged that either Strzok or Page had obtained a restraining order against the other. These are the two FBI agents who texted inappropriately about Trump. So he had ammunition against them, but not satisfied, he made up the restraining order because he likes to lie to try and hurt people as much as he can! There was no rhyme or reason for it other than that!

There was a recent Maryland case during which a man allegedly strangled and raped a woman who was trying to enter her apartment! Trump, not satisfied with the facts of the story, said, “She was raped and killed, strangled to death.” The victim was not killed; she survived! Now think if you were a relative or friend and you were watching this rally, you would think she must have had complications and died!

Last year he was reading out a text about an accurate claim that the MS-13 gang on Long Island, New York had called for the murder of a police officer, then decided to turn it into a false claim that MS-13 did murder the police officer!

Trump claimed that there has been fighting over the Turkey-Syria border for 2,000 years, and he did not want to be involved in patrolling it for another 2000 years! Modern-day Turkey and Syria were both part of the Ottoman Empire and was only dissolved after World War I, and the border between them is less than 100 years old. The border where we had been involved between Syria and Turkey was only established in 1923, so 96 years! Of course, Trump does not know where most countries are, or any world history whatsoever!

Trump claimed that he got NATO to increase the spending by $400 billion! He did not. They are trying to reach 2% of their GDP but agreed to this after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, and they are trying to achieve that by 2024! Had nothing to do with Trump, he was still a TV show host at the time! Just another whopper told by him to try and make himself look like a bigshot!

I could go on for page after page after page, I mean there are almost 1500 lies from which to choose. Then we could go after all the immoral things he has done and lied about also! But let’s end this with this thought. These are not mistakes; these are outright lies that Trump knows are lies. His accusers of sexual assault have been numbered at 26 so far! So let’s suppose some of them are looking for fame or money, although most have not asked for anything other than he is held responsible! But if even one is accurate, that is one too many! And one is not the damn number, you and I both know that!

So a lot of my friends, since I hail from Idaho in my teen years until I joined the Marine Corps, are conservative and say that I am wrong about Trump. How can I be? Anyone who watches him with any common sense and a rational mind can fact check him themselves. Now they might not come up with 1500 prevarications, but the ones I listed above are easily fact-checked, so feel free. You find I am wrong, well, by all means, let me know. But have your facts at the ready, do not come to me quoting an opinion by someone. Look at history, look at what Trump said, because I listed things I knew you could look up, and they will be just as I said they were! I will be looking forward to hearing from you!

You want to silence me; it is straightforward. Hold Trump accountable! I am not talking about the fact that he was impeached. The trial in the senate will be a rubber stamp in Trump’s favor, and so I was never was in favor of it because that was always a foregone conclusion! It will only muddy up the 2020 election! I am talking about when he degrades women by name-calling or describing them as fat, ugly, or things I will not discuss here! When he just plain lies and degrades anyone who does not worship the ground he walks on! Demand he shows us tax returns and his grades. If he is honest and the genius he claims to be, why not prove it? These are the things I want you to do, hold the man to a fair, honest, and moral standard; if you do, I will gladly fade away!