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Posted: October 4, 2019 in News and politics, Uncategorized
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Two top U.S. officials in Ukraine drafted a statement for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in August to conduct investigations for President Donald Trump into his political opponents. (N.Y. Times)

Kurt Volker drafted the statement, then the U.S.’s special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, and a central figure in the Ukraine controversy was aware of the statement, as was a top aide to Zelensky.

Volker resigned from his position last week after his name was mentioned in an explosive whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election. (Business Insider)
The whistleblower complaint alleges that the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was fired because Rudy Giuliani claimed she was hostile to President Trump and his goal of investigating Joe Biden. But the report had to connect some dots. Now there is evidence. It comes from, of all people, Giuliani himself. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Giuliani admits he reminded the president of complaints that she had displayed anti-Trump bias! She did not want to push Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden and his son Hunter.” (Intelligencer)

I post this as my investigations corroborate these statements based on CNN, PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, Times, Politico, Pravda, Trud, Argumenti, even Fox News, and friends overseas, Australia, Russia, Israel. Of course, if you believe Trump, all news sources are evil, lying, and worthless enemies of Democracy. He has even been including Fox lately! I think that all news is biased, but some are more truthful than others. Fox is not one of them. They are Trump state T.V., although they do have a couple of truth sayers in their midst. Pravda is another state-run news agency, but to derive the truth, I also have to read the lies!

Offered by John Love.

 

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During the planning for the inauguration, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter, and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee. A planner emailed Ivanka, and others at the company to “express my concern” that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen, “when this is audited.”

The Trumps raised money for the inauguration and then funneled those funds through the Trump Organization and back into their own pockets. Ivanka Trump was both a Trump executive and also in charge of the organizing committee. She overcharged for space at the Trump Hotel in violation of tax laws and then pocketed the profits!

It also looks like donors gave money in exchange for favors from the Trump administration! The inauguration committee is currently under investigation.
Then there is Daddy
• The presidency is benefiting Trump’s business in several ways. Government officials stay in Trump hotels at inflated prices while some foreign government officials take steps to gain favor by giving Trump breaks on his properties in their countries!

Eric Trump has been giving his father quarterly updates on the financial health of his businesses, despite promises that the President would have no involvement. Those businesses have also done deals with foreign governments, despite the President’s pledge that they wouldn’t.

Trump spent nearly 40 million in taxpayer money to travel to his own properties, where he outlandishly gouged the Secret Service for food, lodging, and even golf cart rentals to follow him around!

Scott Pruitt, A former Trump appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency, regularly dined with donors and lobbyists from industries his department was regulating. He also used public money to pay for a soundproof booth in his office, no one ever has done, and chartered private and military overseas flights!

Ryan Zinke, a former Trump-appointed secretary of the interior, chartered a $12,000 flight from Las Vegas to Montana at taxpayers’ expense. He also failed to disclose an investment in a Montana gun company, booked a $12,000 flight on an oil executive’s plane, spent almost $40,000 on a wildfire fund to pay for flights and paid $6,000 for a helicopter trip to visit Vice President Mike Pence!

Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, tried to use a government plane to fly him to Europe for his honeymoon. He may also have availed himself of a taxpayer-funded military aircraft to view the solar eclipse in August, though he says the trip had a different purpose.

Tom Price, the former secretary of health and human services appointed by Trump, spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private planes. Trump hired Price despite Price’s history of using his position in Congress to receive sweetheart stock deals.

Trump has not spent much time in Trump Tower as President so far, but the government has spent $130,000 per month to lease space in the building for a military office that supports the White House. As far as I can find, it has not been used for anything!

Jared Kushner has reportedly used his closeness with Trump to secure foreign investment in Kushner’s family-owned business, in exchange for granting visas.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, used his position to a Russian oligarch as part of a long-running money-laundering and tax-evasion scheme, according to charges brought against him by Robert Mueller.

Michael Flynn lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government, but Trump selected him as national security adviser anyway before later firing him!

Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser, promoted Ivanka’s fashion line on television. A clear violation of her job! Not a big deal, but all part of the list of things that no other administration would be able to get away with!
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz donated or solicited more than $50,000 on behalf of a Manhattan district attorney who later dropped a case against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser to her father, owns a stake in a Trump-branded luxury hotel in Washington valued at between $5 million and $25 million.

K.T. McFarland, Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, violated federal law by using over $13,000 in campaign funds to boost her work as a media figure.

Rebeckah Adcock, a top Department of Agriculture deregulation official, met with pesticide lobbyists from her former employer and discussed issues related to her previous lobbying.

A charity led by Eric Trump paid over $145,000 to properties owned by his father during the election.

Brenda Fitzgerald, Trump’s former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, purchased shares in food, drug, and tobacco! This after taking charge of an agency that aims to reduce smoking. She resigned.

Despite ethics rules, Ben Carson, the HUD secretary let his son help organize an agency event and invite individuals with whom he had potential business dealings. Then Ben proceeded to spend almost $32,000 on dining furniture for his government office!

Trump has refused to release his tax returns.

Crews flying to the Mideast are now flying a new routinely! What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland. Previously all flights to the Mideast refueled at military bases which are much cheaper on fuel than public airports! The choice of the hotel so struck one crew member that he texted someone close to him and told him about the stay, sending a photo and noting that the crew’s per diem allowance wasn’t enough to cover food and drinks at the ritzy resort!

Pence stayed at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, which is on the western coast of Ireland. He traveled by Air Force One, or whatever it is called when a vice president is aboard, to Dublin on the other side of the country. He should have stayed locally, which was the original plan!

Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least 22 women since 1980. Even his ex-wife Ivana said he raped her. She later changed her statement after a settlement agreement!

We are all familiar with the tape of him bragging about what he could do to women because he was rich and famous! I cannot repeat what he said, but the f and p words were used!

And of course, the call to the President of the Ukraine! When you start putting it all together, it tells the story of a dishonest, immoral man, who cares only for himself! It reveals a man that has no respect for law enforcement, woman, people of color, or anyone who does not worship the ground he walks on!

 

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Republicans point to video games, Trump blames fake news but does admit that white supremacy is to blame! Trump does not admit, however, that he stokes the fires of said white supremacy! News media, just because it disagrees with Trump is not fake news! But is responsible in one sense, they cover his rallies and hate speech giving him a world platform to spread his hate, fear, and blame game! So in that way, they contribute to the incitement of those who are ready to hate into actions that cause death and destruction! I played a lot of video games, and yes I played shooting games that included combat. I also played cowboys and Indians as a kid because the movies at the time screwed with history and I did not know any better! But I have never entertained a desire to do another harm! In adulthood, I became an avid supporter of Native American rights and programs to help improve their lives! That is because unlike some politicians, I became educated by reading and studying about what is really going in the world, you know actual history! Columbus did not discover America, never even saw it. His main gift to his Queen upon his return was, in his opinion, a native population that could easily be enslaved and stripped of any wealth! And no, Africans did not migrate to America, they were stacked asshole to bellybutton in the hold of a ship and brought here to be sold like cattle to the highest bidder. One last rant, we are all one race, we all came out of Africa at one point or another in our past, and climate and the local environment caused us to adapt and is responsible for our differences in appearance. But we all have common ancestors, there is no superior race, only inferior thinkers. We have one of those inferior thinkers in the current White House, backed by some of the most backward-thinking people in our history! Do you get it now!

There is a lot more to Gallagher than just this case! He was the subject of an investigation for the shooting of a young girl in Afghanistan in 2010! He also allegedly tried to run over a Navy police officer with his car in 2014 after being detained at a traffic stop. By 2015, Gallagher had acquired a reputation as someone more interested in fighting terrorists and less interested in compliance with rules!

Another accusation was that Gallagher’s sniper work during his 2017 deployment became indiscriminate, reckless, and bloodthirsty. He fired his rifle far more frequently than other snipers who also did not consider him to be a competent sniper! He also took “random shots” into buildings. Other snipers said they witnessed Gallagher killing an unarmed older man and a young girl walking with other girls. Gallagher allegedly boasted about the large number of people he had killed, claiming he averaged three kills a day over 80 days, including four women. Gallagher also was reportedly known for indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire with no known enemy force in the region.

The case was difficult due to the Navy’s slow response to the reports of misconduct. No investigation began for nearly a year after the reports had been filed and by then much of the physical evidence was not recoverable. The prosecution’s case relied on eyewitness testimony, which the defense sought to discredit as merely that of malcontents who disliked Gallagher’s leadership style. The defense also said that Gallagher’s text messages only reflected dark comedy in a stressful situation and that his more outrageous boasts were impossible (such as killing twenty people a day).

A charge of obstruction of justice was brought against Gallagher for alleged witness intimidation. According to the claim, Gallagher threatened to kill fellow SEALs if they reported his actions. The Navy cited his text messages as attempting to undermine the investigation! This resulted in confinement with heavy restrictions on his ability to communicate, later lifted by Trump with no regard for why he was so restricted!

So I am a former two-tour Vietnam vet, a Marine Sgt. and proud of my service. So I am not a basher of the Navy or Marines. But I am going to point out what I think is going on here. As I stated, it took almost a year for the Navy to start investigating. That alone says something. The other problem as I have already pointed out is that he had all kinds of indicators that command should have picked up on but did not! Reread paragraph two! So if he had been found guilty, there would have been questions! Why people who were responsible for him did not know or react to his attitude and the many horrible infractions that were coming up on a regular basis! I hate to believe the following, but I do! The medic who finally came forward and confessed to the killing of the combatant, I believe, was pressured by his superiors to do so and guaranteed immunity if he did! This was done so that questions about why command did not react to multiple reports and charges that would asked if found guilty! So this man was only convicted for posing with a dead man when he had ten charges filed against him. Even two drug charges! According to the original Navy prosecutor, “Chief Gallagher decided to act like the monster the terrorists accuse us of being. He handed ISIS propaganda manna from heaven. His actions are everything ISIS says we are.”

The Navy is thinking about charging the medic with perjury who claims he actually killed this combatant! However, for reasons I just gave, I doubt that will happen, the chain of command up the line will not support this! Trump thinks that this man should have never been prosecuted regardless of his guilt. He was just killing the enemy, and he does not see that honor and integrity were destroyed here! Just the man’s tweets and emails alone prove his guilt by his own admission!

Now Trump wants any medals given to Navy prosecutors, in this case, to be stripped from them! These Navy officers do not get to select who they prosecute. They receive orders then they follow them based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice! So Trump is, as per usual, wrong-minded here! If he understood how all this works as the Commander in Chief, he would never make such a request. But of course, he knows more than anyone in the Navy, the Pentagon, more than all the Generals and Admirals, according to his own words anyway!

Never Trump Patriots are ahead of the Always Trump Loyalists by more than 21-million registered voters.

via Donald Trump’s Basket of Deplorable Loyalists verses the Never Trump Patriots — Lloyd Lofthouse

People have enough trouble without some a-hole politicians making it way worse by constantly trying to convince you to be scared of immigrants, religions, people of color, law enforcement, just to name a few. Only in Trumps America has this become so prevalent! It has always been there to some extent, but now, anything to distract you from the Trump bus that is losing its wheels and about to careen off of Immoral Bridge into Liars Creek in really deep, deep, water!

There is a new movie out comparing Democrats to Nazis and Trump to Lincoln. First off, the term Honest Abe comes to mind, I dare you to use that as a comparison! History, what is that? Sorry, but I am always harping that if you do not know our past history and how it affects our current history, then you cannot know the facts. As you pointed out, what determined the Republicans and Democrats has flipped and are almost complete opposites in ideology now from what was. History, history, history, you must know it! Not knowing history is what allows holocaust deniers to exist! It is also the reason people who claim the bible dates the Universe have no clue that there are ancient writings dated older than 6000 years. Cave drawings that are 40 thousand years old and the light from most distant stars (science) originated between 10 to 15 billion years ago! So no, the earth is not flat, and no it is not 6,000 years old as dated by the Bible! And no this movie is not accurate by any fact of history, it is a racist view of history, and totally only in the minds of people who do not know their history, or who are just immoral lying sons of (beaches)!

It will mean nothing to the uninformed. Every news source, both domestic and foreign has reported on the coverups, the convictions of Manifort, the guilty admissions by his lawyer, Cohen, and pages of indictments of other players by Mueller. Well, all but Fox, who did an interview with Trump who blamed, of course, everyone but himself and attacked Sessions as ineffectual and a man who could not take charge of the Justice Dept.! Probably the first truthful thing he has ever said, but for all the wrong reasons. Fox, of course, asked no hard questions of any kind of Trump, just played their role as his lobbying mouthpiece!

Cohen pleads guilty and names Trump as a co-conspirator! Manifort is found guilty, and both within the same hour a few days ago! I am sure Trump will just call everyone involved low IQ witch hunters, but the wheels are starting to fall off the bus!

You read about the media, top law enforcement, and other top leaders being attacked by a dictator or tyrant in some third world country all too often! Used to, but now, you can read all about such things happening right here in the good ole USA!

We can spend billions to create a space force that actually already exists. Air Force, NASA, they already have space as part and parcel of what they do. Plus there is already a clandestine agency that produces military satellite systems and weapons! So, in my opinion, create a health care system for all and quit having parades and inventing Space Forces because an animated guy called Buzz Lightyear came to you in a dream! Besides, as I heard another gentleman remark, Trump will probably develop space spurs to protect himself from any personal involvement! I heard they were painful, in an imaginary sort of way!

Temporary tax breaks and subsidies are not done out of any compassion on Trump’s part! This is a common Trump spin. He gave a tax break to the middle class just before an election, but made it temporary, he was just electioneering! This aid to farmers is the same thing. He does not care about them he just wants them to shut up, and he could care less about the debt he is ringing up as long as it is putting money in his pockets. Every decision he makes has one thing at its core, how does it affect the Trump brand and pocketbook. The only other decisions he makes {trade wars for example] are based on his inability not to bully and preen on a world stage!

The Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of large donors to the Internal Revenue Service, a move that will allow some political groups to shield their sources of funding from government scrutiny. The change, which has long been sought by conservatives and Republicans in Congress, it will affect a wide range of nonprofit organizations, including Americans for Prosperity funded by both Koch brothers!

Then House Republicans on Thursday approved a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference.

And this was just after the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats raised the alarm on growing cyber attack threats against the United States, saying the situation is at a “critical point” and coming out forcefully against Russia.

“The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point,” Coats said, addressing the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, on Friday.

“Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack,” yet Republicans do not want to fund voting and election security despite these warnings. I wonder why?

DO YOU GET IT NOW?

President Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence advisor’s warning days ago that “the lights are blinking red” about cyber attacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president’s flat “no” came in response to a reporter’s question about Russian threats during a White House meeting with the Cabinet. He looked right at the reporter as he said no and added: “We are doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia.”

Two hours later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was only saying “no” to answering any questions, a contention denied by the reporter and others in the room!

This is just another example of the President lying to cover his many mistakes when he is not scripted and another example that he does not read or pay attention to intelligence briefings! Then, as usual, Sara Huckabee Sanders lying again to cover for him. Even if you only watch Fox and people like Hannity, just watch your President. He lies every day and he does not do it well.

Even Fox News’ Shephard Smith criticized the White House after press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to reframe comments from President Donald Trump claiming Russia wasn’t trying to interfere in our current election cycle.

“Well, there you have it: backing up and trying again,” an unimpressed Smith said as Sanders left the podium.

Do you get it now?

 

I normally do not participate in Trump trashing just for entertainment’s sake but I cannot get this thought out of my head. Londoner’s did not have to inflate the Trump blimp. They just spread it out, put a mirror in front of it and it just expanded with hot air on its own!

A friend of mine actually asked the question, when has Trump ever lied? I don’t know where you have to live on the planet to not know Trump is a liar, but ok, let’s just take the Helsinki conference with Putin as the latest example! Trump refused to answer questions about whether he believes his own agencies about Putin and Russia in reference to their hacking into our elections. Let’s just forget that France, Germany, England, and others have also said they have definitive evidence that they were also hacked by Russian operatives. Trump deflected by talking about missing servers. No servers are missing or were any denied access by the FBI. The DNC provided a complete copy of their server and the Pakistani Trump is talking about never worked for the DNC! He was thoroughly investigated and exonerated by the FBI as having done nothing against the law! So this is Trump doing what he always does, telling lies to cover lies or truths he does not want to admit to! Politifact covers a lot of this, if you are interested in the truth, or think I am lying to you!

We separate children from parents, a 1-year-old child is put before a judge in the United States with no representation for the first time EVER! Now, in order to protect profits from swamp creatures, we threaten our United Nations partners who want to promote breastfeeding instead of purchasing formula. This is the America we live in! How can you want to protect an unborn child yet actively terrorize them and harm their health for profit after they are born! Do you get it now?

About a year and a half ago Trudeau made a statement that they would take the banned refugees we are turning away. Maybe that’s why Trump decided Canada was a national security risk! Cannot have all those murky non-white rapists, thieves, gang members, and potential terrorists all congregating just north of our border getting ready to murk the hell out of us!

You do not have to be from one political spectrum or the other to see how impossible it will be to build a wall! If you follow the areas where the river just bends like a snake, or is down in a gorge, the only way, since Mexico is never going to give their land away to us, is for us to grant millions of acres of land to Mexico to even make the wall feasible, all land now belonging to American ranchers and farmers! The very difficult terrain and other obstacles of transport, etc, will cause the wall to be the most expensive edifice in the world! And at the ocean end of the wall, hell, just learn to surf! Joking, but no more absurd than building a wall when the infrastructure in the country is falling apart. Plus Trump will soon be calling for a wall on the Canadian border so they do not come across buying shoes and wearing them back across the border, a very real and dangerous act by Canadians, according to Trump!

The Trump administration is bringing back the Red Scare, or McCarthyism as it was commonly called! Any non-profit that questions Trumps handling of environmental issues is the current target. They are trying to label them agents of a communist government in this instance because they operate internationally as almost all do. The old law about registering foreign agents to identify communists and Nazis after WWII is still on the books from the McCarthy era, and they are dragging it back up into the spotlight!

Do you get it now?

Trump cannot be very intelligent, or his mental illness is so pervasive that he cannot help himself. He lies, even when the truth would actually be more beneficial to him. But lying is so natural to him he cannot force himself not to do it. He loves power. He wants it for himself and admires people who have absolute power! If you pay attention, he always heaps praise on himself, makes outlandish claims that could not possibly be true! You know what really chaps my hide? The GOP backs up his lies, no matter how outrageous, or just refuse to engage in any conversation about it! There are some exceptions of course, but they are few in number. History will record this as one of the blackest moments in U.S. history. Hopefully, it will not record it as the defining moment of our eventual destruction!

Trump has always been a crook, anybody with any sense or the ability to read should have any doubt about it. I don’t mean current investigations. Use of Trump’s charity to funnel money, buy personal items, and to pay off lawsuits is well known. His claim of donating to veteran charities was actually a transfer from his charity to pay off a lawsuit against Mar-a Lago. The donation was made as part of an agreement with the person who sued as it was what he wanted to be done with the money he was awarded. But Trump never paid a dime! Read the charges, there are a few. But as I was saying, this is how he has always done business. That charity was set up as a slush fund for his many lawsuits and personal use.

Do you get it now?

Trump lies all the time, and doesn’t even do it well! He lies so much that even I tend to just ignore it, kind of like swatting at flies down at the cow pens, after a while it is just automatic. But when he lies about veterans, I really get upset. So he had thousands of requests from parents who have to be 100 or more to have sons in the Korean War.

When do you start to get it?

I have acquaintances who claim they do not like Trump personally but they think he has done great things for America. This man is alienating us from the rest of the world. He has only passed one piece of major legislation, the tax bill. He has pulled out of trade agreements with all of our neighbors, called our closest and best ally a liar, imagine the absurdity of that statement coming from him! If you think to allow mines to dump into rivers, factories to continue to pollute at even higher levels, asbestos ignored as a health threat is good for America, or the planet, you are deluded. Sure, his swamp creatures will make more money, but they will not pass any of that on to you, and when you get sick from asbestos, air pollution, or your water catches on fire, they will tell you to buy water from them and just die peaceably snowflake! You have been told current conditions are all Trump when most of them, practically all of them, are not. Trump and Fox saying so does not a fact make! Even the Congressional Budget figures, controlled by Republicans mind you, will prove that out if you really are interested in facts!

This is an excerpt of what a friend of mine from Australia said about Trump, and I quote “He seems to have a very restricted vocabulary and a dangerously short attention span. He all too clearly sees no reason why he should attempt to fit himself into the international diplomatic conventions because he believes himself to be more important, and more powerful than anyone else, and thus under no obligation to modify his behavior!”

Since George Washington presidents have, for the most part, voluntarily accepted restraints on their ability to pardon. Starting in 1789, government lawyers have been designated to review pardon applications. And since 1865, presidents have typically relied on a review by the Justice Department before granting clemency. Trump has bypassed these restraints, plus his pardons seemed to be aimed at people who supported him, or who were prosecuted by people he does not like. It also seems like a not so subtle way, to me anyway, to notify people who may be indicted in the Russia investigations that he will pardon them. He has a deep-seated fear of the Russia investigations, and this makes me go, hmmmm!

So now immigrants are animals, according to Trump. Can you guess who called a group of people animals prior to and during WWII? Trump is racist. His father was arrested in at least one KKK march, not protesting the KKK mind you! Both he and his father have been sued by the govt for refusing to rent to people of color, Donald more than once! Trump himself in public has said blacks are naturally lazy, they cannot help it. There are many more very public examples out there of Trump’s bigotry in his own words. All in the public record. These people are not animals, they are fleeing persecution and violence in most cases. You will actually find that immigrants, illegal or not, are the lowest crime statistic. I am not including drug cartel operatives, etc., that is a separate problem from mothers, fathers, and children looking for a place that does not get them beaten, robbed, raped, or killed. Yes, immigration is a problem, but our President wants to dehumanize them and use hate and scare tactics in his approach to the problem. This is not Presidential, hell, it isn’t even an acceptable approach by any decent human being!

And the band plays on!

 

 

John Love

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Did you watch Trump’s speech today, where he told you not to believe what you see and hear, only believe his alternate facts! What a load! I mean there was no truth in anything he said, not one damn word!

The following are excerpts from an article by Cody Fenwick a writer for AlterNet. “Since President Donald Trump’s legacy in office is filled with broken promises and dismal failures, he and his defenders are working to create an alternative reality for his supporters to believe in where administration policy is a resounding success! It’s all working out. Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening. It was a startling admission: Trump doesn’t want people to believe the very things they’re seeing!  Why would he say such a thing? Tariffs, of course, are just a form of taxes. So after Republicans ballooned future deficits by slashing the corporate tax rate at the end of last year, Trump is now unilaterally imposing taxes that will hurt American consumers and workers.

This is bad policy and even worse politically. So Trump has to tell his fans not to believe what they see or read. He has often employed this tactic, by denying obvious facts and labeling the media “fake news” even when the reports reveal facts that are undeniable. With his rate of dishonesty increasing, it’s Trump who his supporters should doubt, not the basic facts about the world.

But with his Helsinki summit and unmitigated disaster, the Mueller probe zeroing in on his allies, his tax cuts failing to benefit the American people, the immigration family separation crisis ongoing, and health insurance prices rising, Trump’s policy efforts give him nothing to brag about. Denying the noses on his supporters’ faces is the only thing left to do.”

The only question left is: Who’s buying it? Do you get it now?