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Republicans Are Now Openly Organizing Against Trump – This Is Unprecedented

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With the FBI raid on Trump’s attorney’s office, Trump is raging, brooding, and “bitching and moaning” inside the White House, and allies of his are again floating the idea of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We all know Democrats are working their tails off to keep this from happening, and some Republicans in Congress have made noises about protecting Mueller as well. However, now it seems that there are Republicans who have just flat-out had it with Trump and his whole attitude toward being investigated.

They’re fed up to the point that they’re organizing against him, and by “organizing,” we mean that they’ve started an actual 501(4)(c) organization intended to stop any attempts to fire Mueller. It’s called Republicans for the Rule of Law, with people like Bill Kristol as one of the founding directors. For those who don’t know, Bill Kristol is very conservative on a lot of issues, but he also can’t stand Trump any more than anyone else with brains bigger than amoebas.

Of course, we can argue till the end of time that they’re still Republicans and they still support some incredibly vile things, and are complicit in, or responsible for, some of the worst atrocities going on here in the U.S. We can say we should just write them off, but the problem is this: Republicans still control all of Washington and a majority of states, and if we are to hold Trump accountable for anything, we need these Republicans to stand with us.

Right now the website is little more than dire warnings about firing Mueller from prominent Republicans such as Lindsey Graham. It also has a sort of petition on which voters can add their names to the growing list of anti-Trump Republicans. Their statement is simple, saying:

“Mr. President: Firing Robert Mueller would gravely damage the Presidency, the GOP and the country.

Please don’t do it.”

They’ve put out a video ad, too, praising Mueller and talking up his credentials, and urging people to call their representatives to ask them to protect Mueller.

Trump is already running scared. If he fires Mueller, Republicans for the Rule of Law will make sure he’s left with nothing but a bunch of impotent sycophants for allies.


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Former Trump campaign manager dumped by speaking agent after mocking immigrant with Down Syndrome

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Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, the same one who violently grabbed a female reporter (and lied about it) during the 2016 campaign, is still taking heat for his crass, deplorable comments on Fox News this week during a discussion about the humanitarian crisis created by the Trump administration in recent months. In case you missed it, former Hillary Clinton staffer Zac Petkanas brought up the case of a missing 10-year-old girl immigrant girl who had been separated from her mother at the border, even though her father is a legal U.S. resident. Lewandowski butted in to make a “womp womp” sad trombone sound. You can see that moment in the video below. Lewandowski has repeatedly refused to apologize, but he did try to create some revisionist history to say he was mocking Petkanas, not the disabled child.

Needless to say, outrage quickly ensued and today the consequences are rolling. A speaker’s bureau that lines up paid speaking gigs unceremoniously dumped him. From CNN:

Leading Authorities, Inc., one of Washington DC’s top speakers bureaus, severed ties with Lewandowski on Wednesday, a source familiar with the matter said. His name no longer appears on the bureau’s website.

Speakers bureaus like LAI handle speaking gigs for notable political and media personalities, which can be a lucrative business. Speakers can net five- or even six-figure checks for one engagement.

Instead of immediately barring him as a guest, Fox News helpfully had him on the very next day to sell his revisionist history because the deplorable shit was hitting the fan. It’s more evidence Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people of very low moral character—the lowest. It’s even more outrageous when you consider that only last month, Lewandowski was reported to be talking with Donald Trump so regularly that he was being considered for the chief of staff role in the (inevitable) event John Kelly jumps off the S.S. Trumptanic.

Fox News isn’t alone in standing by Lewandowski. Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government hasn’t yet dropped him as a fellow. And just last month, he was hired by T-Mobile for “consulting” on their merger.

From Politico:

Lewandowski is advising T-Mobile through Turnberry Solutions, a lobbying firm started last year by two fellow veterans of President Donald Trump’s campaign, which Lewandowski managed before being fired.

T-Mobile hired Turnberry last year, but Lewandowski has denied any connection to the firm in the past. “I have nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions,” he told POLITICO in September.

But T-Mobile said on Friday that Lewandowski was advising the firm on the proposed merger as part of its work with Turnberry.

Nothing shady about that! Nooooo, sir. If you are a T-Mobile or a Sprint customer, maybe you should get a hold of them and let them know you don’t appreciate them working with Lewandowski? Let’s hope more companies begin to back away.

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U.S. Finally Hitting a “Wall” In Dictator-Led Humanitarian Crises

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U.S. Finally Hitting a “Wall” In Dictator-Led Humanitarian Crises

 

Mr TGT / Flickr mexican children are beautiful...
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So, my brother chose to not cast his lot with “Writing” as a career, explaining why he’s in Europe vacationing, and I’m here discussing well …

My brother emails me to tell me of the BBC story he just watched, and the sick feeling in his stomach about his country, and what the world must think. The story dealt with the fact that Trump just signed off on his reversal of the “We’ll take your kid away!” policy, and did so without a plan for putting the thousands of kids back with their parents. The story was brutal in its assessment.

Why should it not be? There is literally no plan to implement this reversal (because we’re still “zero tolerance” and have very few places to put families who stay together now.) We have no plan to get kids and parents re-united, no plan on what to do if the kids are reunited with parents, and we have no hope of this president putting together a plan. In short, this crises, politically and as a humanitarian crises, is just beginning. It is also beginning to crumple Trump.

Of course, some Republicans will buy “if I am arrested tonight, I will not see my kids”  but even most Republicans seem uneasy about this whole “let’s be as mean as possible, we’ll even go after the kids!” approach. And, they don’t know how deep it goes. In fact, we may not know how deep the trouble goes. Here’s the thing, having just made up the “separation policy,” the INS wasn’t all that great at implementing it, and no one gave much thought as to how they were going to eventually re-unite a parent with a 5 year old who don’t speak much English. Even when translated, apparently no one thought about the trouble any child would have with answering, “Give us your parents’ full names, hometown, former place of employment and current legal address.” Moreover, the geniuses implementing the non-plan will have trouble asking parents “What is your child’s full name and where was he/she sent and where are they now?” because in all too many cases, they never documented who was sent where with no plan to get them back together. This is just the beginning.

Now, let your political self imagine 3, 4 months ahead, and the crises that we know has many Repub voters already feeling uncomfortable  imagine the coming wave when it hits home that it may be years and years before some of these kids are reunited, if ever. “Trump has proved remarkably impervious to elite and media criticism, but even he couldn’t withstand this,” said Rich Lowry, editor of National Review.

I have been wrong on so many predictions with respect to Trump that I probably ought to know better than to make another, but I feel safer in saying that “this” – intentionally orphaning kids, and then being unable to fix it, will be the “thing,” that turns the 25%-40% of Trump voters into getting his approval ratings right back down in the low 30s, where he ought to be, not 42 like now. We know Trump pays more attention to “ratings” than doing the job, and the panic will cycle. In fact, the panic has already started.

My main man of letters (now that Hitchinson passed), Charlie Pierce has picked up on the shift in the breeze, too.

In recent days, as the backlash has built against the crime spree against humanity that his administration has unleashed at our southern border, he’s gone so manic and so utterly truthless that Ashley Parker of The Washington Post felt moved to make it plain.

Ouch, that’s bad, gone on.

On Wednesday, he gave an unhinged diatribe to a largely friendly audience at the National Federation of Independent Businesses at the end of which he hugged a flag.

He hugged a what? Is that even legal?

Gutsy is as gutsy does. The president* is gleefully indulging in inhumane practices that would shame a cockroach.. His idea of a “compromise” is a bill that keeps families together in detention camps and funds his stupid boondoggle of a wall. He’s going out of his way to snipe at political opponents who already are dead. He is a fool and a coward, and he’s sounding like he’s half-mad.

Now, you see why Charlie gets paid a lot, to write, while I simply get paid. Regardless, the panic is setting-in and it will reverberate with huge political implications and worse, unforgivable, heart wrenching, humanitarian ones. We have what are called “vulnerable child detention centers” now, did you know that? Rachel Maddow couldn’t even read it off the monitor it sickened her. MSNB just reported that the Trump administration is asking the military to find spots to put 20,000 families. Though it is better than separation, I’m sure both parties will have trouble with that deal. And were that not  enough, the  “deal maker” is being exposed as someone who can’t even put together a deal that even semi-addresses the crises, and I’m not talking among everyone, I mean with just the House Republicans according to Politicotoday.

I do believe that this will prove to be the undoing of 87%-Republican-approval rating trump, and the beginning of the Trump turn. There’s a reason that politicians famously once had to kiss a lot of babies. You don’t mess with kids, anyone’s kids.

Ironically, it is not like all of a sudden asylum-seekers just showed-up. We used to have a system to deal with it, and it worked remarkably well. The system involved allowing the person(s) a temporary VISA to apply for refugee status. They could stay at a detention center or be sponsored. They would get a hearing, and if they qualified for protection, they got a green card, a path to citizenship; In other words, we made them Americans, and our nation has benefitted for hundreds of years from the program. Because “asylum seekers” are not “drug dealers,” or “rapists,” they are often literally the best ones, tired of war, and oppression, having the gumption and dream to make it in a place that promised freedom.

***My never-to-be-damned -enough laptop went on an unannounced summer vacation and spent some time at the computer repair spa, so I’ve been gone for a few days. Which means it has been 3 days since I offered friendship and fun to all twitter followers, @MiciakZomm.


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OMG!! Check out Melania’s wardrobe choice for visiting a detention centre!

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OMG!! Check out Melania’s wardrobe choice for visiting a detention centre!

 

Digital Spy / Flickr Melania Trump completely disconnects from reality...
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So on a positive note, Melania Trump made her way to a children’s border detention in Texas today to meet with some of the children being held indefinitely by the U.S. Border Patrol as part of the Child Separation Policy imposed by her husband.  On the other side of that potentially good news, according to the Daily Mail, is her choice of wardrobe heading out to this visit.  Her “Zara green hooded military spring jacket” read “I don’t really care, do you?” on the back.

Needless to say, this is sparking widespread discussion.  Was it a thoughtless wardrobe pick, as Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, claims?  She said in a statement, “Today’s visit w the children in Texas impacted @flotus greatly. If media would spend their time & energy on her actions & efforts to help kids – rather than speculate & focus on her wardrobe – we could get so much accomplished on behalf of children.”

So, thanks for coming out but also thanks for not really giving a shit?  As she so blatantly advertised…

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