Friday, March 03, 2017

Donald Trump blames the Democrats for the fact that everybody in his administration seems to be a Russian double agent. Update!

Let's all just take a moment to savor the fact that the new leader of the Republican party is referring to ANYTHING as a "witch hunt."

Oh yes, that is delightful isn't it?

And then let's keep in mind that just about every time that we learn something new from this so-called "witch hunt" that it eventually leads to a member of the Trump administration having to admit wrong doing and either resigning, getting fired, or recusing themselves.

Trump followed up this series of tweets with this one.
Geez, imagine that.

Personally I think that the Democrats would be more than happy to confirm some of Trump's cabinet picks if they can find one who does not have the Russian flag tattooed on their ass.

Update: Interesting to note that the Russian foreign minister used essentially Trump's exact words to describe the media pressure on Jeff Sessions right now.:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the pressure on Mr Sessions "strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism, which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilised country." 

Wow looky there, yet another amazing coincidence!

Update 2: Check out this pathetic attempt to obfuscate.
Senator Schumer is having none of it.
Okay at this point Trump is just starting to look ridiculous.


  1. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Trump's war on reality is truly baffling

  2. Anonymous8:32 AM

    Russian foreign minister uses exactly the same words as Donald Trump to describe US-Kremlin allegations

    'This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win,' President claims

  3. Anonymous8:33 AM

    Another Trump adviser has significantly changed his story about the GOP's dramatic shift on Ukraine

  4. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Donald Trump tax returns: Republicans join push for President's financial records to be reviewed

    'The tax return is the lowest ethical bar that you can have for a presidential nominee or a president,' senator says

    ...Defying decades of precedent, Trump has refused to release his tax returns while his tax affairs are under federal audit. Democrats and other critics contend that the documents could show whether his global business empire poses any conflicts of interest as the president moves his agenda forward on issues ranging from tax reform to foreign relations.

    In a letter dated Wednesday, seven Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee urged the panel's Republican chairman, Orrin Hatch, to request the documents from the US Treasury so that lawmakers can review them in a closed session and determine whether the returns can be released to the public.

    1. Leland8:52 AM

      Gee, I wonder how Humpty Trumpty will spin it if Hatch DOES request those tax papers. Hatch is a WELL known, staunch Repube and he carries a LOT more weight than Humpty ever DREAMED of!

      I'll bet Humpty will scream "UNFAIR" and "ILLEGAL" and anything else he can think of. Anybody want to bet he would try to sue for jeopardizing his fair hearing in the IRS?

      And, considering what he said about the courts when they blocked his immigration order, wouldn't there be a "YUGE" explosion of laughter from the Federal Courts if he did try!

    2. Providing returns should be required by law. Cannot file with the FEC to officially run without providing a minimum of ten years of returns. Period.

    3. Leland12:37 PM

      I agree Nefer. And maybe after this POS, we can get Congress to pass such legislation. I wouldn't hold my breath, however.

    4. Anonymous7:45 PM

      This might help:

      "Lawmakers in several deep-blue states want to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in those states, a sharp rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing refusal to make his tax records public.

      A pair of Maryland Democrats on Tuesday announced they would introduce a bill mandating the release of five years of tax returns, mirroring similar proposals in New York, Massachusetts, California and Maine."

      It may not happen on the federal level, but there's nothing the GOP can do if it's passed on the state level. There are enough voters in these states that a candidate cannot afford to have their name excluded.

  5. Anonymous8:37 AM

    Here’s the List of Lawmakers Calling for Sessions’ Resignation

  6. Anonymous8:39 AM

    Now an Obama appointee can name a special prosecutor to investigate Trump and Russia

  7. Anonymous8:45 AM

    It is so pathetic that the Dems have still not approved my full Cabinet.
    -Don the Con

    Then stop picking people who are not qualified

    Stop picking people who might be Putin puppets

    1. Anonymous9:25 AM

      Have they finished their paperwork yet?

    2. Leland12:42 PM

      @ 9:52

      Paperwork? They think they are above paperwork.

      Personally, I feel that it should be a legal requirement to fill out and return any and all background paperwork required LONG before their time for consideration and anyone who suggests the person should be interviewed for the position up for grabs without it - like many repubes today - should be censured.

      Make it a crime to even interview the person and this crap will stop.

  8. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Trump has picked horrid people for his cabinet?

    The Republicans forget how their party obstructed President Obama every chance they got throughout his two-year term.

    May Democrats make the process hard and long for our current potus that does not represent me or the majority of Americans.

    He's such an evil, nasty individual! We could not have a 'worse' person in the office of potus! He so needs to be impeached!!!

  9. Anonymous9:09 AM

    re: the Russian/Trump "witch hunt" shared talking point--

    To quote Malcolm Nance, coincidences take a lot of planning.

    And if you don't know who Malcolm Nance is, you need to spend some quality time with the Google.

  10. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Yada Yada Yada, the problem with blaming everyone else ALL the time is people stop listening. Only works with trump supporters, who by the way, are still waiting for all those jobs.

    The ruskies are probable mad that the spotlight is on their "spy" efforts.

    How long will it take before putin's puppets in the trump's administration to start dropping dead?

    1. Yes, that is the sad part. Staying away from high rise parking garages, swimming pools or hot tubs, car chases or dangerous garage doors, small planes and drones. We usually don't see food poisoning but maybe a fall down stairs...or a nasty suicide. Then there is always a step in front of train, transit car, etc. Best to just fess up and get ahead of the crowd.

    2. Anonymous10:33 AM

      Plutonium and helicopter that misses it mark and lands in the ocean.

  11. Anonymous9:40 AM

    Republicans need to be addressed by their proper titles:

    Comrade McConnell, Comrade Ryan, Comrade Pence, Comrade Sessions, etc.

    1. Anonymous10:57 AM

      I have just been waiting for my retired-military rabid-Obama-hating trump-supporting neighbor who complained that his ex-wife adopted a daughter from Russia and he had been taught to hate/fight the Russkis, to just give me one opening so I can call him "Comrade"😂It will be sweet✌️

    2. Anonymous12:23 PM

      Didn't Putin stop all adoptions from Russia? My sister set up the guidelines for the adoptions from Russia years ago for the U.S. due to the selling and abuse of kids coming out of the orphanages. Is he selling their organs now since no adoptions are allowed?

  12. slipstream9:54 AM

    If a couple months asking questions about contacts with Russian agents resembles a witch hunt, what would you call multiple investigations over multiple years about Benghazi?

    1. SallyinMI10:11 AM

      Oh they were just doing their patriotic duty for the widow of Chris Stevens. I mean, we all saw the report that Obama was on vacation and Hillary was in Libya lighting the fire that killed him. Where is the anger that Trump was not even near the Situation Room following the chaos HE signed off on, and where is the outrage that Jarod was SMILING while that poor woman was being used by Trump at the speech?

    2. Anonymous11:02 AM

      I noticed his smile too! Total bullshit by the Trump klan as usual! They are detestable!!!

    3. Anonymous12:09 PM

      I still have my doubts "that poor woman" was really being used by trump.

      She seemed to really have the act going, looking up to heaven etc. and hasn't made any statement that she was mortified when he made the "breaking the record for applause" statement by trump.

      Let's see if she cashes in a book deal.

  13. Anonymous10:06 AM

    We should all keep in mind that, whenever a crisis is closing in on Trump, he blames President Obama/Democrats in general/Hillary Clinton for the mess he created for himself. All by himself. No help from Democrats. All by his little lonesome, pathetic self.

  14. Anonymous10:09 AM

    It was a "witch hunt" aka BITCH HUNT for HRC-PERIOD!
    That is what IT has been for the last 40+ years.

    Then and Now.

  15. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Everyone is missing something important about the exchange with Franken. Please note:

    The actual question to Sessions is "if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"
    Sessions says four things that have nothing to do with the question.
    1. I'm not aware of those activities.
    2. I've been called a surrogate a time or two in that campaign.
    3. I did not have communications with the Russians.
    4. I'm unable to comment on it.
    Please notice that he was asked what he would do as AG if the communication happened with the Russians. He wasn't asked if he was quilty, but his answer is a complete denial of complicity without addressing the question of how he, as AG, would handle it. In other words, Franken was asking if he would prosecute the Trump team or was he too closely associated and loyal to the Trump team. Very curious indeed.

    1. Anonymous10:37 AM

      Yes, and he also said he would recuse himself from any investigations into matters that took place DURING the campaign.

      That leaves all the stuff after wide open for him to meddle in.

    2. Anonymous12:12 PM

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      His first response when they found out he had met with the ambassador was:

      “I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”

      If he doesn’t know what the allegation is about, how can he know it is false?

    3. Anonymous12:16 PM

      Thank you!!!! Every time I heard that questioning yesterday it drove me crazy how no one on TV was saying that he never even answered the question about what he'd do.

      The only critical thing I was hearing was about how Franken was not a lawyer and let things go and moved on to his next question instead of pushing. Well, someone else on that panel could have taken up where Franken had left off. And fortunately he DID ask what he did.

    4. He never answered the question.

      He misdirected with all that obfuscation to cover the fact he never answered the question.

      Betsy DeVos did the same thing.

  16. Anonymous10:16 AM

    ‘This scandal could bring down the administration’: Fox military analyst slams Trump’s Russia stonewalling

    One of Fox News’s top military analysts now says President Donald Trump must release his taxes to prove that the Russian government has no financial leverage over him.

    Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, the hawkish Fox analyst who infamously called former President Barack Obama a “p*ssy” on air in 2015, warned Fox viewers on Friday that Trump needed to get over his “lunatic” idea of a strategic alliance with Russia, which he suggested was brought about by the president’s past admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “He can’t get over his adulation of Vladimir Putin,” said Peters, who also said that Obama wouldn’t challenge Russia due to “sheer cowardice.” “He just will not challenge Russia on anything.”

    Peters said that Trump needed to prove that he was not compromised by Russian intelligence agencies by releasing his tax returns to prove that he doesn’t have any significant investments in the country.

    “Look, this scandal — and it is a scandal — could bring down the administration, if the administration doesn’t get ahead of it,” he said. “They cannot keep allowing the slow drip-drip of blood.”

  17. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Poor don, all the fake news is really getting to him. Exploiting the poor military wife did not do the trick. Oh well a costly weekend at the bugged florida pink house should do it. Rigging elections and attempting to drive people as crazy as he has not worked out. In fact it has failed miserably and BACKFIRED like a stinky giant egg fart from the asshole in charge. Some people and their kids just don't get it. Don the con is one. Where is the easter bunny to explain this to us?

  18. Anonymous10:19 AM

    OT?"There were 963 Americans killed by the police in 2016"

  19. Didn't I say they'd blame the Democrats. No matter what or how, they'd still blame the Democrats.

    It's GOP standard operating procedures. If it's bad, it's the Democrat's fault. If it's good, they take the credit. Even if they obstructed whatever it was, they'll still take the credit if it's successful or popular. They have no morals, no ethics and no limits when it comes to LIES, LYING AND THE LIARS THAT LIE.

  20. Anonymous10:39 AM

    Another pathetic attempt by little donnie backfires – bigly sad!
    Trump Cites Photo Of Schumer, Putin Eating Donuts In Calling For Probe

    President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted an old photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N) with Russian President Vladimir Putin, writing there should be an investigation into Schumer "and his ties to Russia and Putin."

    "We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin," the tweet reads. "A total hypocrite!"

    The photo captures a scene from a 2003 meeting between Schumer and Putin to mark the occasion of New York's first Lukoil gas station opening. The two are shown eating Krispy Kreme donuts, according to the AP photo caption.

    The photo has been circulated on conservative news sites over the last few days, after Schumer called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign following revelations that Sessions met twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States before the election.

    The photo of Schumer and Putin was leading the conservative aggregator Drudge Report at the time of Trump's tweet

    Schumer responded in a quote tweet, saying that he's happy to talk about his conversation with Putin.

    Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team? …
    1:24 PM - 3 Mar 2017

  21. Anonymous11:18 AM

    State GOP Wants Victims of Gun Violence To Prove They Did Not Deserve To Be Shot

    A Florida Republican believes the prosecutor should have to prove why the victim of a stand-your-ground shooting didn’t deserve to be shot.

    1. How does he plan to get the dead to testify?

  22. Anonymous11:20 AM

    As His Presidency Slowly Crumbles, Trump Pretends that Russia Helped Democrats Get Elected

    After a particularly harsh day of constant Russia Trump bombs being dropped on Thursday, President Trump decided that we should investigate Senator Chuck Schumer, even though the Russians didn't help Democrats win/steal the 2016 election.

    ...So that’s a lot of Trump insiders who have ties to Russia: Flynn, Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., Stone, Kushner, Ross, Tillerson, Page, and Manafort.

    See, the problem here is it’s not one rogue adviser. It’s all of the close advisers. And all along, Trump has first lied about the meetings and then claimed he had no knowledge even when it’s documented that his White House was told about the Flynn meetings. And then while lying about those meetings, they somehow neglected to mention that OH, BY THE WAY, that Russian Ambassador came to our house too and my son-in-law met with him.

    The drip drip of admissions come only after the carefully planned drip drip of intelligence community drops.

    Republicans, including Trump, are incorrectly blaming “Democrats” and Obama for “pushing” the Russia information, which suggests that Republicans think only Democrats care about this country’s sovereignty and national security. This is patently untrue, as many in the intelligence community and military community are not Democrats and yet are exceptionally concerned, one might say panicked at times, over the Trump Russia connections.

    So to counter that, Republicans are desperately hawking the narrative that Democrats have a Russia problem. They tried to get “Democrat Party Ties to Russia” trending on Twitter Friday (complete with the grammar error tell, so crafty).

    This narrative is of course irrelevant, because the issue isn’t having contact with Russians, the issue is having contact with Russians that was and is being lied about and covered up, that took place during an election in which the Russians were known to be helping the Trump campaign win.

  23. Anonymous11:21 AM


  24. Anonymous11:21 AM

    ....waiting for 'only dead fish go with the flow' speech any day now.

  25. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Trump’s Secrets Surfacing After Revelation Russian Ambassador Was Sneaked Into Trump Tower

    ...“Not sure.” The Trump White House is just “not sure” why cameras didn’t capture the top Russian spy going into the previously undisclosed secret meeting at Trump Tower with Michael Flynn, who resigned due to his secret contacts with Russia (it didn’t occur to the White House to mention this meeting then?), and Trump’s son-in-law and close personal adviser Jared Kushner.

    Meanwhile, Vice President Pence ignored shouted questions from poolers Friday, including, according to the report sent to PoliticusUSA, “When did you find out Mr. Sessions talked to the Russians?”

    Donald Trump’s secrets are being slowly and ever so painfully leaked to the media. So the conflict between what they deny and then what comes out is becoming a regular pattern. Trump White House denies something; intel is dropped proving it’s a lie. Trump White House moves the goal posts, Trump throws public fit on Twitter; intel is dropped again.

    Rachel Maddow’s Show is growing faster than Fox News regarding both younger viewers and total viewership. Fox News still has more viewers overall than MSNBC because they are in more US homes, but the growth that Maddow is putting up is impressive. Maddow is growing nearly twice as fast as Fox News with younger viewers.

    Maddow is benefiting from the energy of Democrats and left. The majority of the country doesn’t support President Trump, and his election has moved through the left like a lightning bolt. Those who may have become complacent during Obama’s presidency are once again awake. People are looking for answers, and Rachel Maddow is the only person on cable news who connects the dots to tell viewers what is really going on.

    1. Leland12:59 PM

      I sincerely hope she has incredibly good protection! She is EVERYTHING Humpty Trumpty hates. She is smart. She is dogged. She is straightforward. She is lesbian. She is a powerful woman. She CHALLENGES him to answer things.

      I could go on, but you all see where I am going. She is a threat to him and his. Does anybody seriously think this POS is above assassination? Especially when he is being pushed so hard?

      I sure don't.

    2. I'm sure his friend Vlad would be glad to give Trump pointers and a little encouragement.

  26. Anonymous11:40 AM

    So schumers office sent out the 14yr old photo of a visit by putin to ny. And don seems to think it should clear his espionage and treason. Fake news was just the beginning of corruption complaints of trumps nasty dirty cabinet of deplorable unqualified stooges. Don? We the people are just not into you. Why? because you did not win. You sinned instead. You lied about everything. You sound like a broken garbage disposal, Your friends and family are a large runway of flying cockroaches with lipstick and we the people want to fire you today.

    1. Anonymous12:55 PM

      Schumer's office didn't put out the 14 yr old photo.

      Trump put it out as "PROOF" the democrats are in collusion with the russians :)

      He just sent out another with Pelosi in a meeting, more "Proof"

    2. Anonymous1:58 PM

      I think Pence is involved up to his eyeballs. Flynn was the sacrificial lamb of the moment . Charge every one of them right down to his creepy kids.

    3. The old "all the other kids are doing it" excuse.

      Mom ain't buying it.

  27. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Confirmed: Jeff Sessions first introduced Russian operative Carter Page to Donald Trump

    Trump campaign is denying it, but we’ve found confirmation

    And yet another piece of the Trump-Russia conspiracy now comes together. We previously reported on the strong evidence that pro-Russia operative Carter Page was first brought to the Donald Trump campaign by Jeff Sessions or his Senate office. We’ve since been searching for confirmation of this. Now our research team has uncovered that confirmation.

    It turns out the proof was hiding in plain sight all along, but obscure enough that no one has gone back and connected these dots until now. Nearly a year ago, a local CBS News affiliate in Alabama ran an online story titled “Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions arranges meeting between Donald Trump, influential Republicans.” The story went on to state that “The team of foreign policy advisers, led by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, consists of counter-terrorism expert Walid Phares, energy consultant George Papadopoulos, former Defense Department inspector general Joe Schmitz, managing partner of Global Energy Capital Carter Page and former Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg.”

    And so now we have confirmation that it was Jeff Sessions who first introduced Carter Page to Donald Trump in a meeting which Sessions long ago arranged, thanks to that CBS WHNT 19 local report. This matters much more now that both Page and Sessions are both admitting to have held multiple meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, including a meeting they jointly attended with Kislyak (alongside suddenly relevant former Trump adviser J.D. Gordon) during the Republican National Convention – after they had both previously lied about doing so.

  28. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Trump Administration Considering Separating Women, Children At U.S.-Mexico Border

    Children would be put into protective custody while their parents were held.

    1. Will the women be sent to the "showers"?

  29. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Trump Administration Repeatedly Denied There Was Any Contact With Russia During Campaign

    It wasn’t just one person. Or two. There’s a growing list of people who had such communications.

    President Donald Trump’s administration has now conceded that some of its top officials did indeed have contact with Russia during the campaign. Michael Flynn lost his job as national security adviser over the admission last month, and on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his power diminished when he promised to recuse himself from investigations into Russia’s interference in U.S. elections.

    But it’s not just Flynn and Sessions. On Thursday, officials admitted there were three other people who communicated with Russia during the campaign as well.

    Two Trump campaign aides, Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Cleveland during the GOP convention last summer. In December, Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, joined Flynn for a meeting with Kislyak.

    The Trump administration has maintained that there was nothing improper about these meetings and that they were not, for example, talking about how Russia could help Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have said they believe Russia interfered to do precisely that, although they have not yet revealed any evidence directly linking the Trump campaign to such efforts.

    But on at least three occasions, the Trump administration ― including the president himself ― had said no one from the campaign had any contact with Russian officials last year.

  30. Anonymous11:56 AM

  31. Anonymous11:57 AM

    In the giddy celebration of the first 45 days a most deserved trip to mars-lard-go is necessary. So much to do. So much to plan. The wardrobe the food the entertainment. The photo shoot golfing. Heck with budget, healthcare, infrastructure, ethics, can wait.

  32. Anonymous11:58 AM

    What time will the easter bunny speak today?

  33. Anonymous12:02 PM

    The origin of the Schumer-Putin photo, in which both men appear to be blithely enjoying one another’s company, is not controversial. On the invitation of President George W. Bush, Putin visited Camp David to discuss, among other topics, the Russian military cooperation in the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a press release dated Sept. 27, 2003, the two presidents also talked about strengthening commercial and economic relations and cooperation “in the battle against HIV/AIDS.”

    Putin also came to New York City a few days before where he visited a West Side Manhattan gas station, which is where the photo of Schumer and Putin was snapped. Lukoil, Russia’s largest oil company, bought up 1,300 Getty gas stations in 2000, and the New York station was the first Lukoil station to open in the U.S.

    1. Anonymous12:59 PM

      Oh I get it now, it's all George W.'s fault that trump is working with the russians :)

  34. Anonymous12:02 PM


  35. Anonymous12:07 PM

    Trump enters the danger zone: "the smoke IS the fire"

  36. Anonymous12:13 PM

    OK FYI True or not..

    1. Good for him. I'm sure Trump is making his position on the show extremely uncomfortable. Not just the twitter rants and public digs. I'm sure as an executive producer he is calling show execs and bashing Schwarzenegger.

      Trump should be thankful that all Arnold said was "baggage" and didn't elaborate. Probably has a non-disclosure.

  37. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak is back in the limelight, bringing a second Trump official into a delicate situation.

    First there was retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who lied about his phone conversations with Kislyak, and ultimately resigned from his position as National Security Advisor. Second was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who claimed he hadn't met with any Russians, then admitted he'd twice met with Kislyak.

    That's not all of Kislyak's meetings with Trumpworld. He's also met with Jared Kushner, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (who falsely tweeted that she had never met with him) as well as two other Trump campaign members during the RNC.

    So who is this man who has gotten so many U.S. officials in trouble?

  38. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Al-Qaeda likes Steve Bannon so much, they put him on the cover of their official newspaper

  39. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Crossing the U.S. border this March? Read these tips first

  40. Anonymous12:24 PM

    Trump desperately tries to move the Russia scandal’s goalposts

  41. Anonymous12:26 PM

    The web of deceit.

  42. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Our President’s Emotional Bait and Switch

    After the terror, the smile. It suddenly beams, and the voice calms. You feel the warmth again and are momentarily overcome with gratitude and relief. Suddenly, all the man’s malice and rage and narcissism disappear and the world turns suddenly normal. And you thrill to that normality. It’s what you’ve craved for so long, and been denied for so long. You forgive. You hope. You wonder if all the fear and dread you felt only a few moments ago were just in your imagination.

    Any victim of an abusive spouse knows this dynamic. And now America is getting used to it. The Donald Trump who put on his grown-up voice last Tuesday night, and fit into a reassuringly familiar ritual of civic democracy, was the very same Donald Trump who had spent much of his first month in office in a series of unprecedented dyspeptic fits against the media, NATO allies, illegal aliens, Meryl Streep … well, you know the list by now. For the first time in public, he spoke in his “indoor voice.” He occasionally smiled, even as he can’t quite rid himself of the Mussolini back-step whenever he earns his craved applause. He used a teleprompter. And of course the media swooned. Who wouldn’t at this point? It’s somewhat unfair to lambaste them for their instant acknowledgment of the speech’s success. It was a success — an emotional blast of pseudo-normality for a serial abuser of liberal democratic norms.

    It was an irresistible moment when the foreboding and fear suddenly became sunlit uplands in a near parody of political happy talk: “Dying industries will come roaring back to life. Heroic veterans will get the care they so desperately need. … Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, airports, and railways gleaming across our beautiful land.”

    “Beautiful.” He loves that word. You always know when Trump is putting on the charm — because he randomly attaches it to anything. And it’s all a complete fantasy, of course — a campaign speech without the snarl or chants, a rapture with absolutely no explanation of how this new beautiful world will be paid for, or legislated. But it works because it’s such a dramatic switch, and for a moment, even Jake Tapper’s amygdala seemed flooded with relief.

    For a moment. A little less than 24 hours, to be precise. We can all now thank Jeff Sessions for bringing us back, bumpily, to the far more sinister reality.

    And he lied, of course. And I don’t mean in the speech itself. He lied directly to the faces of the media muckety-mucks that afternoon, telling them that he was going to embrace some kind of immigration reform. For a few hours, much of the press duly reported this — until they heard the speech itself, which did no such thing. The lie, we were told, was a “misdirection,” in order to get some favorable coverage from the media that afternoon. But think about that for a minute. This wasn’t a trial balloon, delivered by some anonymous sources to see the impact of a potential policy. This wasn’t even a defensible fib, for national-security reasons. It was an outright lie from the president himself in order to delegitimize the press. If the New York Times or the evening news reports something completely untrue — indeed refuted just a few hours later — what happens to their credibility? Bannon is not kidding when he describes the free press as the opposition. For shameless demagogues, it always is. And this creepily authoritarian administration will happily lie to its face...

  43. Anonymous12:30 PM

    The question that remains, of course, is the motive.

    Why on Earth would any campaign for president be in constant, secret touch with the intelligence agents of a hostile foreign power?

    ...But there’s one explanation that chills me even more than a foreign power’s potential blackmail over an American president. And it is that Trump and Putin are natural allies in their fight against the postwar, U.S.-led international order that has kept the peace for 70 years. Putin and Trump, after all, share a Bannonite foreign policy: a robust defense of nationalism; a view that NATO is obsolete; support for far-right parties throughout Europe; and the goal of smashing the European Union so that Russia can once again extend its tentacles into Eastern Europe, and the U.S. can play one European power off another. I have no idea if Putin has kompromat on the president, but Trump’s actions need no such motivation. Trump and Putin want to form a pincer movement to destroy what we have known for a long time as the West....

    1. Anonymous3:40 PM

      I think the NY Magazine if giving Trump too much credit for thinking things through. He's never known anything about foreign policy and cares even less about it. He wants to be a dictator in the Putin-esque style. Pretty soon he'll start giving himself ribbons and medals too.

    2. Anonymous5:49 PM

      Trump is only in this to make money !!! He want to be a billionaire like putin.

  44. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Trump’s Many Shades of Contempt

    This is a column about contempt. Let’s start with the utter contempt that President Trump has shown for the State Department since taking office six weeks ago. Some 70,000 American patriots across the globe, dedicated to the American idea as a force for good in the world, have been cast adrift.

  45. Anonymous12:38 PM

    The Schumer pic is about when a Russian oil company opened its first station here 14 years ago. Lukoil has subsidiaries. Involved in those is a man named Simon Grigorievich Kukes. This guy is now both a Russian and Amer. citizen. He donated $149,000 to what was called the Trump Victory fund in 2016. He also donated $2700 to Trump directly. That's nothing, but that $149,000 isn't. Oh, he also bought a Trump Parc condo in 2000 that was over a million bucks then. I'm not sure what his other Trump ties are. But everywhere you look, Trump is tied to these Russian oil guys. For him to mock Schumer for a very public event, and one that no one was told not to photograph to keep shady/secret, is a joke.

    1. Anonymous5:52 PM

      Oops, another russian with ties to trump.

      maybe we also need to check for trump "friends" in the photo he posted of pelosi

  46. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Brace yourself, people. Senator Charles Schumer once had a donut and coffee with Vladimir Putin during an official 2003 state visit to a Russian gas station chain that opened in New York. Sure, Schumer wasn’t running for President and this was a public meeting. He also did not perjure himself like Attorney General Jeff Sessions — but according to Donald Trump, the lies he and his administration have told the American people and the crimes they have committed right in front of us mean nothing because Schumer was once photographed doing his job when Vladimir Putin happened to be a part of it.

  47. Anonymous1:27 PM

    When the Russian government is publicly commenting on the internal goings-on of the US government you know something is seriously wrong.


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