The Second Week
It is remarkable how much happened in the two weeks since the Madman was inaugurated. The second week was significantly worse than the first. People on the left keep trying to tell people to focus on the issues, but people should be more concerned about the moves Trump is making that mirror virtually every dictator who has risen in the past fifty years. He is waging war on facts, on the judiciary, on the media, on societal norms, and on innocent minorities.
I cannot stress enough how odd the past 15 months have been. While the Print Media gets it right most of the time, the rest of the frothing-at-the-mouth opinion media has been getting a remarkable amount of facts “wrong.” I am not absolving them of fault on getting some things wrong, but Trump is surrounded by media geniuses. I am absolutely convinced that he is having low level staffers leak fake stories to reporters so that when they report on it using anonymous sources, they can scream about fake news.
On Sunday, his EPA Transition head Myron Ebell said he expects Trump to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, it came out that an anti-gay Executive order might be in the works, and Sean Spicer started referring to the US as the Homeland. In Canada, a neo-Nazi shot up a mosque. In good news, the American Civil Liberties Union raised 25 million in one weekend – compared to 3 million in a year. There was also a raid in Yemen that resulted in the death of a Navy Seal.
On Monday, Sean Spicer gave a press briefing which he used to trash the media again and double down on all the bad things that happened over the weekend. What stuck out to me is his constant usage of the word “Homeland” to describe the United States. The Acting Attorney General declared Monday afternoon that she was ordering the Justice Department not to defend the Ban, By Monday night, the White House fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and issued an authoritarian and petty statement;
Statement on the Appointment of Dana Boente as Acting Attorney General
The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.
“I am honored to serve President Trump in this role until Senator Sessions is confirmed. I will defend and enforce the laws of our country to ensure that our people and our nation are protected,” said Dana Boente, Acting Attorney General.
By the end of the day, Maxine Waters Tweeted out that they were having a press conference regarding Trump and his ties to Russia at 9:30 AM on Tuesday. It turned out to be a bill calling for an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Trump nominated a Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday in a prime time event that he spent the day treating like a finale episode of the apprentice. Gorsuch has all the qualifications one would request out of a Justice for the Supreme Court, aside from his political views being rather extreme and Scalia-like. With it is infuriating watching the Republicans call the Democrats childlike for threatening to filibuster the nomination when they outright refused to meet on Merrick Garland. The Democrats are completely right to try and filibuster this, but it will fail. He’s too qualified to fail.
RUMOR MILL 1/30/17: There is an anti-gay Executive Order rumor being circulated that would take away LGBT protections everywhere. The Left freaked out about this and it was announced that no order would be signed now. It did not say that no such order existed, which you would expect out of a regime that included Pence. Later in the week, it was revealed that Jared Kushner and Ivanka had the executive order squashed.
On Wednesday, Michael Flynn gave a press briefing in which he called Iran out for violating United Nations resolutions, ignoring an inadequate Obama administration, and then officially put them on notice. This most likely had to do with the news that Iran was planning on ditching the dollar in the wake of the Muslim Ban. We invaded Iraq and bombed Libya when they made steps to do that. Listening to that press conference made me feel like it was 2002 and Bush was starting his push to war in Iraq. Another story came out saying that Trump threatened to send troops to Mexico if they didn’t do something about the bad people there. China seems threatened by Trump due to his trade war rhetoric. Trump also hung up on the Australian Prime minister over a disagreement regarding refugees.
Meanwhile, it seemed like following his mysteriously unrecorded call with Trump, Putin escalated the war with Ukraine. It is interesting that Trump remained silent on that while focusing on places like Iran and Mexico, while having aides look into Polish incursions into Belarus that never happened and are probably Russian disinformation.
It came out that there was a bill to completely abolish the EPA by the end of 2018 being drafted in the House, which was no surprise to me given his choice of Myron Ebell to head the EPA transition. Ebell is on record saying we could cut 65% of the staff of the EPA, that Trump should pull out of the Paris Climate agreement and he had Scott Pruitt nominated to head the EPA despite Pruitt suing the EPA 14 times. The House also decided that polluting streams with coal debris was ok again. House Republicans are also proposing a National right to work law. During a visit to celebrate Black History Month, he once again gave an embarrassing speech.
THE PRESIDENT: Nice to see you. And just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African Americans throughout our country — throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith in America.
I’ve gotten a real glimpse — during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places that I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people. And I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s going to be heading up HUD. It’s a big job, and it’s a job that’s not only housing, it’s mind and spirit, right, Ben? And you understand that. Nobody is going to be better than Ben.
Last month, we celebrated the life of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office, and it turned out that that was fake news. (Laughter.) It was fake news. The statue is cherished. It’s one of the favorite things in the — and we have some good ones. We have Lincoln and we have Jefferson and we have Dr. Martin Luther King, and we have — but they said the statue, the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King was taken out of the office. And it was never even touched. So I think it was a disgrace, but that’s the way the press is. Very unfortunate.
I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things. Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice — Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.
I am proud to honor this heritage, and we’ll be honoring it more and more. The folks at the table in almost all cases have been great friends and supporters. And Darrell — I met Darrell when he was defending me on television. (Laughter.) And the people that were on the other side of the argument didn’t have a chance, right? And Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community. (Laughter.) He’s all by himself — seven people and Paris. So I’ll take Paris over the seven. (Laughter.) But I don’t watch CNN so I don’t get to see you as much as I want to. (Laughter.) I don’t like watching fake news.
PARTICIPANT: None of us watch it either anymore.
THE PRESIDENT: But Fox has treated me very nice — wherever Fox is, thank you.
We’re going to need better schools, and we need them soon. We need more jobs, we need better wages — a lot better wages. We’re going to work very hard on the inner city. Ben is going to be doing that big league. It’s one of his big things that we’re going to be looking at.
We need safer communities, and we’re going to do that with law enforcement. We’re going to make it safe. We’re going to make it much better than it is right now. Right now it’s terrible, and I saw you talking about it the other night, Paris, on something else that was really — you did a fantastic job the other night on a very unrelated show. I’m ready to do my part — it’s the only time I can see him. I’m ready to do my part, and I will say this: We’re going to work together.
This is a great group. This is a group that’s been so special to me. You really helped me a lot. If you remember, I wasn’t going to do well with the African American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other things, we ended up getting — I won’t go into details, but we ended up getting substantially more than other candidates who had run in the past years. And now, we’re going to take that to new levels.
I want to thank my television star over here. (Laughter.) Omarosa is actually a very nice person. Nobody knows that, but — (laughter) — I don’t want to destroy her reputation. She is a very good person and she’s been helpful right from the beginning of the campaign. And I appreciate it. I really do. Very special.
On Thursday, Homeland Security Announced that were renaming its program “Combating Extremism” to “Countering Islamic Extremism” and would no longer target anybody but radical Islamic groups. This was quite the interesting development because of the Trump supporting Neo-Nazi shot up a mosque a few days early. Trump also tweeted a lot of threatening tweets about Iran. Thursday night, Alt-right Breitbart editor Milo tried to speak at Berkeley but angry protests turned into a small riot and he cancelled his appearance. A Michigan GOP official tweeted about shooting protestors in response to the incident, because public decency is dead. At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump used the occasion to bash Arnold Schwarzenegger and criticize him for the apprentice ratings while asking people to pray for them. It appears that the rumor of people never giving Trump bad ratings news about his shoes was real.
Friday, Donald Trump ignored a terrorist attack in Canada in which six people died, because it was a white Trump Supporter shooting up a mosque but felt the need to tweet about a guy charging the Louvre with a machete with no casualties. The House Voted on Friday to get rid of a regulation that stated mentally ill low functioning people could not own guns. We also announced sanctions against Iran on Friday which really pissed them off and caused them to ban our presences at the World Cup in Tehran. The march to war is real. Trump rolled back some financial regulations that seemingly only benefit businesses at the expense of people because he said his friends were negatively impacted. Kelly Anne Conway invented an alternate fact of a massacre that never happened, and used her mistake to bash the media instead of actually apologize like a real human being.
Friday night, a Federal Judge named James Robart issued a ruling to stop the Muslim Ban from occurring In True Trump fashion, he tweeted 5 times in response calling the judges qualifications into question and whining about how it wasn’t far because a “so-called judge,” dared to question him. Authoritarians frequently trash judiciaries when they take office to consolidate power. Trumps barely qualified choice for Secretary of the Army decided to pull out of contention for the role when it became clear he couldn’t divest from his companies like Donald Trump supposedly did (he didn’t).
CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT: RUSSIA
During the summer of 2016, a former British spy put together a dossier of supposed Trump activities. One of the items in it is that Putin would give Trump 19.5% of the profits relating to its sale of Rosneft, a Russian owned oil and gas company, in exchange for lifting the sanctions. It came out in December that Russia was selling 19.5% of Rosneft was being sold to unknown buyers. The day before Trump was inaugurated, Russia arrested and charged one of the people accused of working with Trump with treason. Another person named on the dossier was found dead.
Hours after Putin tied former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was confirmed to be Secretary of State, Congress voted to remove the rule for oil and gas companies to reveal what foreign governments they sent money to.
Also, Wikileaks released files on the anti-Putin presidential candidate in France on the same day that polls showed Le-Pen the pro-Putin far right nationalist ahead by a few points. Then it came out that the Trump team mysteriously shut off the legally required recording equipment while talking to Putin. There are just way too many dots here to have a game of connect the dots not result in Putin being behind the Trump election.
The problem with the Trump regime is that they’re just brutal and rude to everybody. They act as though they want to put all the opposition down, like most despots do. Week 3 is starting with the Bill O’Reilly – Trump Super bowl interview. One can only imagine the deplorable things he is going to say.