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We’re In The End Stages Of The Trump Presidency

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We’re In The End Stages Of The Trump Presidency

 

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Donald Trump used to bluster loudly on twitter and elsewhere that Mueller better not go into his personal finances, that that was “the red line” that could not be crossed — or else. All of that changed last Monday with the FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office. Cohen was Trump’s consigliere and dealmaker throughout the Trump Organization’s period of global partnership expansion. Cohen knows where all the skeletons are in the closet and he’s got a lot of them recorded on tape.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti told Anderson Cooper recently that Cohen was “radioactive. I’m going to repeat that. He’s totally radioactive and anybody who’s had any contact with him for the past thirty years, there’s a high likelihood that the FBI now has your records and we know who had the most contact with him: Donald Trump.” New Yorker reporter Adam Davidson predicts that a turning point has been reached and that We are now in the end stages of the Trump presidency:

This is the week we know, with increasing certainty, that we are entering the last phase of the Trump Presidency. This doesn’t feel like a prophecy; it feels like a simple statement of the apparent truth. I know dozens of reporters and other investigators who have studied Donald Trump and his business and political ties. Some have been skeptical of the idea that President Trump himself knowingly colluded with Russian officials. It seems not at all Trumpian to participate in a complex plan with a long-term, uncertain payoff. Collusion is an imprecise word, but it does seem close to certain that his son Donald, Jr., and several people who worked for him colluded with people close to the Kremlin; it is up to prosecutors and then the courts to figure out if this was illegal or merely deceitful. We may have a hard time finding out what President Trump himself knew and approved.

However, I am unaware of anybody who has taken a serious look at Trump’s business who doesn’t believe that there is a high likelihood of rampant criminality. In Azerbaijan, he did business with a likely money launderer for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In the Republic of Georgia, he partnered with a group that was being investigated for a possible role in the largest known bank-fraud and money-laundering case in history. In Indonesia, his development partner is “knee-deep in dirty politics”; there are criminal investigations of his deals in Brazil; the F.B.I. is reportedly looking into his daughter Ivanka’s role in the Trump hotel in Vancouver, for which she worked with a Malaysian family that has admitted to financial fraud. Back home, Donald, Jr., and Ivanka were investigated for financial crimes associated with the Trump hotel in SoHo—an investigation that was halted suspiciously. His Taj Mahal casino received what was then the largest fine in history for money-laundering violations. […]

The narrative that will become widely understood is that Donald Trump did not sit atop a global empire. He was not an intuitive genius and tough guy who created billions of dollars of wealth through fearlessness. He had a small, sad operation, mostly run by his two oldest children and Michael Cohen, a lousy lawyer who barely keeps up the pretenses of lawyering and who now faces an avalanche of charges, from taxicab-backed bank fraud to money laundering and campaign-finance violations.

In his book James Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty.” He describes Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference. Further, it’s been said that “Trump demands attention but shuns scrutiny. He needs to be a brand because he’s terrified of being a person.”

The masks are about to come off and the portrait of Dorian Trump is about to come out of the closet for all the world to see. No wonder he’s terrified. He knows who and what he really is and very soon the world will know.


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GOP Campaign Arm Scrambles To Pull Support From Yet Another Nazi

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GOP Campaign Arm Scrambles To Pull Support From Yet Another Nazi

The Republican Party is racist. They all like to say, “oh, but we aren’t ALL like that!” but they continue to support racist candidates, racist policies, and racist rhetoric. Oh, and let’s not forget that they continue to support the racist squatting in the White House. To that end, it should come as no surprise that the National Republican Congressional Committee – the campaign arm responsible for electing Republican candidates – has been forced to pull support for yet another candidate, this time in New Jersey.

Meet Seth Grossman. He is a man who once held public office in Atlantic County. He also has some rather asinine racist views. This is a man who once said that “the whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap, and un-American,” and used his Facebook feed to link to a white nationalist article that says that black people “are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.” Media Matters has Grossman quoted as saying the following:

“My experience has taught me that we live in a nation in which a jury is more likely to convict a black defendant who has committed a crime against a white. Even the dullest of blacks know this. There would be a lot more black-on-white crime if this were not the case.

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.”

To that end, once Grossman’s attitudes were exposed, the NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers was forced to say the following:

“Bigotry has no place in society — let alone the U.S. House of RepresentativesThe NRCC withdraws our support of Seth Grossman and calls on him to reconsider his candidacy.”

Ah, Stivers can say what he likes, but the cards are all on the table, and the verdict is in. The Republican Party is the party of white supremacy and Nazism. Further, this Grossman guy is not some fringe candidate who doesn’t have a prayer of winning. He won his primary with three opponents, with these kinds of statements out there. He also garnered support from the Republican Party. Further, he is running to replace retiring GOP Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo. In short, the only reason the GOP is withdrawing support for Grossman is because they now have no choice. Even former Jeb Bush adviser Tim Miller says so:

So, there might be a literal, avowed Nazi sitting in Congress soon – and it’s all the GOP’s fault. If you don’t want to be associated with Nazism, stop supporting the GOP.

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Bombshell Report Reveals Just How Predatory Trump Really Is; It’s Creepy As Hell

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Bombshell Report Reveals Just How Predatory Trump Really Is; It’s Creepy As Hell

Donald Trump has openly bragged on tape about creeping on women and young girls. He told radio host Howard Stern how he would walk into the dressing rooms of teenage beauty pageant contestants, and bragged of sexually assaulting women on the infamous Access Hollywood tape. As if that weren’t bad enough, a new BBC report reveals Trump’s behavior, with eyewitness accounts, and debacherous parties featuring teenage girls, lots of drugs and booze, and of course a select few older men, including Donald Trump.

Just as Trump heads to a combative NATO summit in Brussels, in which he is sure to continue humiliating Americans on the world stage, BBC Panaroma has been doing a bit of digging on The Donald. According to their reporting, in the 1980s and 1990s, Trump was horrific sexual predator in the New York party scene. Here is the tweet advertising the program, which is aptly called Trump: Is the President a Sex Pest? :

According a woman named Barbara Pilling who was at a party when she was 17 where Trump was in attendance, he was positively creepy. When she told Trump how old she was at the time, he allegedly responded:

“Oh, great. So you’re not too old and not too young. That’s just great.”

Pilling went on to say of the encounter:

“I felt I was in the presence of a shark.”

Another young model from the 1990s named Heather Braden says that she had the misfortune of encountering Trump at a Miami party where there were a bunch of young models and just a few old ass men, one of whom was Trump. She said of the situation:

“I felt like a piece of meat in a market. I could have been auctioned off in some sort of a sex slave ring.”

A man who traveled in similar party circles as Trump during that time said he witnessed this behavior many time, with men far older preying on vulnerable young girls, some as young as 14. Trump was particularly memorable:

“This guy was like a predator in action. The next day or days after we would hear about it, he would brag about it to his friends and it would get around that he scored. Maybe one or two girls at a time, which is what he loved to do.”

Of course, Trump and the White House will continue to lie and ignore this despicable and arguably criminal behavior. Alas, in the GOP’s cult-like world, Trump can do no wrong. And they will put all of their hypocrisy on display to boot, as they stack the courts with so-called “family values” types and continue moralizing on the lives of their fellow Americans, all while excusing Trump’s obvious immorality.

‘Tis the Republican way.

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They Can’t Stand Trump On The Other Side Of The Pond Either, MPs Want To Cancel His Visit With Queen

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They Can’t Stand Trump On The Other Side Of The Pond Either, MPs Want To Cancel His Visit With Queen

 

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Trump has approached the visit to the UK in the manner of a frat boy who, invited to a party, gets drunk and pees in the coat closet. So far it’s been a complete farce with Melania looking more like a character out of a a road show of Beauty and The Beast than a dignified representative of America. This is Prince Charles’ take:

Now despite the fact that literally the rest of the world is aghast at how Trump has used a benevolent diplomatic visit to politically stab the British Prime Minster in the back, Trump himself is oblivious to what he has wrought and he thinks that everything is just fine. He thinks he’s the most popular Republican president in the entire history of the party, in point of fact. The Hill:

The president also said of his four-day visit to the U.K. that “many people are delighted.”

“I get thousands of notifications from people in the U.K. that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want,” he said.

Trump even mentioned a poll claiming that he was the “most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln.”

“I beat our Honest Abe,” Trump added. “But the people of the UK, and I’ll bet if you had an honest poll,  I’d be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the U.K.”

It is unclear what poll Trump meant.

His love is unrequited, at least in Parliament. They want to cut this charade short. The Guardian:

Stella Creasy, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow, condemned what she saw as “Trump’s demonisation of immigration and UK” and wrote: “Time to stop holding his hand and instead start holding the door open for him.”

“Trump is a racist and disrespects our nation. Why does he get to meet our Queen? And those Tories saying we should respect him simply because he is elected president – by that logic shouldn’t he respect our prime minister and London’s mayor?” tweeted [Anna Turley] the MP for Redcar.

Rupa Huq, the Labour MP for Central Ealing and Acton, said: “A dash of Islamophobia lobbed at Sadiq Khan who he blames for terrorism. Awful stuff.”

In 2017 the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, vetoed the idea of Trump speaking inside the chamber, saying Trump was unfit to address MPs, because of parliament’s opposition to to racism and to sexism.

Because the man has no honor in himself he cannot recognize that quality in others. It is regrettable that Theresa May extended the hand of friendship and diplomacy and that it has backfired on her. His interview in the Sun is unprecedented in its insult to a foreign leader by a US president.  He depicts May as a “bossy schoolteacher” who can’t negotiate, and of course he told her how to handle Brexit but the little lady wouldn’t listen to him.

Britain survived the Blitz, they will get through this, too. During that time, Edward R. Murrow sonorously intoned, “This is London.” This is London today and these people aren’t in the streets to tell Trump how much they love him. Reputation is acquired by drops but lost in a torrent and this administration has dried it up altogether.

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