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Trump Attacks McCain For Not Thanking Him For First-Class Funeral

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No, this is not satire. It’s just another example of the mad ramblings of an addled brain.

At a speech today in Lima, Ohio, Trump told a crowd of workers that McCain never even bothered to thank him for giving him the kind of funeral he wanted. Oh that ingrate!

“I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve… I don’t care about this, I didn’t get ‘thank you’, that’s OK.”

Perhaps the ghost of McCain should pay Trump a visit tonight, and every night for the rest of his natural days, thanking him for the great send off!

For the record, Trump didn’t “approve” anything, as McCain’s funeral was not the responsibility of the president.

In order to lie in state at the Capitol — which McCain did, becoming the 31st person and 13th senator ever to do so, The New York Times reported— congressional approval is required.

“These occasions are either authorized by a congressional resolution or approved by the congressional leadership, when permission is granted by survivors,” the Architect of the Capitol’s website reads.

About the only thing Trump did  “approve” was for the use of a military jet to fly McCain’s body from Arizona to Washington D.C.

You were so right, Ted, Trump’s just an unadulterated,  “pathological liar.”

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Are We Headed Towards A Second Civil War?

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Nancy Pelosi is against impeachment, saying, “Impeachment is so divisive to the country … I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.”

Donald Trump recently said, in an interview with Brietbart, opponents of his administration are in deep trouble if they continue to oppose him. “I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

A few Trump supporters, such as Jim Bakker, Roger Stone and James Wood, have actually said there will be a second civil war in the United State of America if Trump is impeached!

In a very interesting and thought-provoking article in the DailyKos, a writer discounts the threat of a second civil war … arguing the first one never ended!

Socialjusticeamerican writes:

“I know that the Civil War OFFICIALLY ended in 1865, when Robert E Lee surrendered, however, that was mostly just a paperwork thing, for the official record.  We didn’t disarm the Southerners that killed American troops.  We didn’t have trials to convict, imprison and execute Southern troops that attacked American cities and killed citizens.  We didn’t treat them like an enemy army that had just been defeated.  We just let them all go back home, keep their weapons and we even allowed enemy soldiers to vote in our national elections.

And while the South CLAIMED to have surrendered, the surrender was a lie.  They never had any intention of laying down their arms.”

Julie Novkov, chairwoman of the political science department at the State University of New York at Albany, has said Trump’s supporters, whom she calls “overt racists” smoldering with “white racial resentment,” will “provoke violence” when he leaves office no matter the circumstances.

“I believe,” said Novkov, “that Trumpers — the core supporters Trump has bound to himself through his consistent and persistent messaging — will not accept as legitimate any means through which he departs from the presidency.”

And then you have a person who knows Trump very well, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, testify before Congress, “I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power. And this is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

If all this talk of violence sounds farfetched, consider this – Trump’s endless barrage of lies, his admiration for foreign dictators, his off-hand jokes about being “president for life” (Xi Xinping “was able to do that,” he told admirers. “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.”), and his constant harping on a “deep state” plot against him.

Oh, did I mention a June 2018 report from the Small Arms Survey estimates American civilians own 393 million guns, both legally and otherwise, out of a worldwide total of 857 million firearms?

The prospect of things getting really ugly is real … no matter how Trump leaves office. These are indeed scary times.

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After New Zealand Mosque Massacre, Trump Offers “Best Wishes”

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Proving once again he is incapable of doing what’s appropriate under the circumstances, Donald Trump offered up the following tweet to grieving New Zealanders left to cope with the deadliest mass shooting in their country’s history:

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

Warmest sympathy?

Even a copywriter for Hallmark would have been able to tell Trump you offer your deepest sympathy or sincere sympathy.

Best wishes?

This is what you offer someone who’s just gotten engaged or moved into a new home!

Yet after defending white-nationalist protestors in Charlottesville last year, saying, “You also had some very fine people on both sides,” did you seriously expect anything else?

Trump is boxed in. He can’t even fake sincere regret.  He knows he has to tread lightly so as not to offend his bigoted, xenophobic, islamophobic supporters.

Here is a tweet offered by a real President:

“Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.”

I am sure Donald Trump absolves himself of any responsibly for this latest, deadly hate crime even though the suspected shooter praised Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

Let’s face it. Donald Trump is not only the biggest threat to our national security, but to that of every other country on this planet.

Nancy, you need to rethink your, “I’m not for impeachment.” Unless that is just one clever political ploy!

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AOC Tweet: “Justice Isn’t Blind. It’s Bought”

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The phrase “Equal Justice Under The Law” is engraved in the facade above the entrance to the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

As any student of the law will tell you, this phrase is not so much a promise but an aspirational goal … at best … or just plain hogwash meant to hoodwink the average Joe. The truth is there are, and have always been, two systems of justice in this country … one for the haves, and one for the have-nots. There is “justice” for the well-to-do and “justice” for everyone else.

Yesterday, once again, the ugly truth was put on full display. Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manger and career criminal, was handed such a light sentence by Judge T.S. Ellis that nearly everyone following the Manafort saga was shocked.

While sentencing guidelines called for Manafort to be given a prison term anywhere from 19 to 24 years, Judge Ellis ordered Manafort to serve only 47 months in the can. The judge, who seemed to show a bias against the prosecution from the get go, even had the audacity to comment Manafort has lived “an otherwise blameless life!”

No. Justice in American is not blind. That statue of a blindfolded Lady Justice we are all so used to seeing is a fraud. What we’re not told is that the blindfold is actually see-through.

Although Manafort escaped with a small penalty in the first case he was sentenced, another sentencing day awaits him next week in front of a less forgiving judge who could add another 10 years to his jail time.

Let’s hope for some better “justice” handed down by Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Have no doubt … the leniency granted to Manafort only highlights the inequities in our criminal justice system, which has led to excessively harsh — and often biased — sentencing that favors wealthier, white defendants.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in her tweet, has only stated what we already knew. The United States has the best ”justice” money can buy.

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Stop Calling Trump Supporters “His Base”

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He lies but they don’t care.

He speaks nonsense yet they applaud.

He threatens their own safety but they’re oblivious.

He picks their pockets yet they’re unfazed.

Of course I am talking about Trump’s base. That very group of sycophants who would still support him even if he shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue.

But listen up. We need to stop using the world “base” when describing Trump supporters. It is too mild a word; too benign. We need to start calling Trump followers what they are, cult members.

Would we call followers of Jim Jones, David Koresh or Warren Jeffs their base? Of course not!

Here are some of the things we associate with cult members, which apply in spades to Trump loyalists:

The leader is the ultimate authority

The group suppresses skepticism

The group delegitimizes former members

The group is paranoid about the outside world

The leader is above the law

The group is elitist

We all know that trying to use logic or reason when talking with a cult member is useless. The only “facts” that exist are the ones put forth by the leader.

The sad truth is that if and when Trump is removed from office, he will still have his brainwashed army. If Trump calls his minions to arms, will they obey?

During his testimony before Congress, former Trump lawyer and loyalist, Michael Cohen, said he feared there would never be a “peaceful transition of power.”

What a scary thought!

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Why Donald Trump Should Release His College Grades

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As part of his testimony to Congress the other day, Michael Cohen revealed that, at the direction of Donald Trump, he threatened to sue any school or college that released his boss’s academic records.

The Daily Nooze has been able to confirm that at least one outside academician, Dean Vernon Wormer, has seen Trump’s college transcript. In a succinct, blunt assessment, Wormer has divulged Trump’s GPA “stinks!”

Perhaps Trump is being overly sensitive about revealing is below average marks. Some advisors are recommending Trump make public his college grades, as that will most likely further ingratiate him with his mostly unschooled base.

After all, Trump has said, “I love the poorly educated.”. And they, sure as heck, love one of their own!

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Could Another Rat Bring Down Another Don?

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Yesterday, Michael “The Fixer” Cohen, testified against his former boss, Donald Trump, much like Sammy “The Bull” Gravano sang against his boss, John “The Don” Gotti.

If you’re a fan of the rule of law, Cohen’s testimony will help bring down Trump and send him to a 6×8 semi-furnished “penthouse” much like the one Gotti occupied until the end of his days.

Lady Justice loves rats.

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Is Trump’s Day Of Reckoning Finally Here?

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Word is out that the nearly two-year Trump-Russia investigation has come to an end and a report by special counsel Robert Mueller may soon be submitted to the newly installed Attorney General, William Barr, as early as next week.

Just when, or even if, Barr will share the report with Congress remains to be seen.

As reported by CNN, “Under the special counsel regulations, Mueller must submit a ‘confidential’ report to the attorney general at the conclusion of his work, but the rules don’t require it to be shared with Congress, or by extension, the public. And, as Barr has made clear, the Justice Department generally guards against publicizing ‘derogatory’ information about uncharged individuals.”

But could the much-awaited report, no matter what, still lead to Trump’s impeachment by the House?

Reality check. Even if Mueller’s report is damaging to Trump, with Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader, it’s hard to see Republican senators voting to convict Trump after House Democrats start an impeachment proceeding.

But do not fret. With many other ongoing investigations into Trumpworld, most notably by the Southern District of New York, Trump will never be not out of the woods.

As Neal Katyal writes in an opinion piece in today’s New York Times:

The overlapping investigations by different entities, housed in different branches of government, spanning geography and even different governments (such as the New York attorney general’s investigation into the Trump Foundation), make it difficult for anyone, even Attorney General Barr, to end the inquiries.

While Mueller’s report may not be “the end,” it most certainly will be remembered as the beginning of “the end.”

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Top European Diplomats Fret Over Current Relationship With U.S.

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Having sent his surrogate to this year’s Munich Security Conference, Mike Pence got a chilly reception from the attendees. And why not? Donald Trump has made it clear he cares more about our longstanding enemies than our longtime allies.

The New York Times recently quoted a senior German diplomatic official, who chose to remain anonymous, to show how bad U.S. relations have become with what once were our closest allies:

“No one any longer believes that Trump cares about the views or interests of the allies. It’s broken.”

Helping to get Trump into the White House cost the Kremlin a pretty ruble but look at the return on investment! A United States president that has given Putin what he’s wanted most…. a weakening of the NATO alliance; a pact that has kept Europe safe from the Soviet Union, and now a hostile and ambitious Russia, for decades.

No, Putin has gotten more than he could have ever imagined … even in his wildest, wettest dream.

Will Trump actually pull the United State out of NATO as he has threatened to do? What was once an absurd question doesn’t seen so crazy anymore.

Let’s hope our European allies can hang on long enough until we have a new, sensible, non-compromised president in the White House.

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