Thursday, October 31, 2019

The NRCC Likes to Terrorize People




What you are looking at is a moving box that was sent to an unnamed Democratic Congressional office today after the impeachment vote. According to Matt Fuller, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent these boxes to Democratic members after the impeachment vote to symbolize how they will be voted out of office.



[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1536.0"]   Here’s what the labeling looked like on the packages that were delivered today. H/T Catie Edmondson.   Here’s what the labeling looked like on the packages that were delivered today. H/T Catie Edmondson. [/caption]


The problem is, no one really got that reference, so they called the Capitol Police out to investigate what appeared to be a possible act of domestic terrorism.

Let’s see, what was in the news about a year ago. Wasn’t there some crazy MAGA troll who sent bombs through the mail? Doesn’t that ring a bell here?

I mean, this whole thing seems to have gone down the goddamned rabbit hole:






The Florida man who authorities say mailed bombs to prominent critics of President Trump, leading to a five-day nationwide manhunt, pleaded guilty to 65 felonies Thursday before a federal judge in New York.

Cesar Sayoc, 57 years old, was arrested in Plantation, Fla., in October after manila envelopes containing bombs were sent to President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats. 

Nobody in the GOP has any common sense anymore. Or decency, either. Here’s what you can count on - both sides do it, fuck your feelings, what are you crying about snowflake, it’s their right to terrorize people, get over it, blah blah blah.

Steer Clear of Rudy Giuliani




Rudy Giuliani is being ripped apart in public, and it has nothing to do with his inability to remember his iPhone pass code or follow the law or anything like that.

Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, told House impeachment investigators that he was advised by then-White House official Fiona Hill to stay away from the parallel Ukraine policy being pursued by Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to a source familiar with his Thursday testimony.

Morrison also told lawmakers that he was concerned the July 25 call transcript between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would leak and could have negative ramifications, according to multiple sources. But he made clear he saw nothing wrong with the July call, saying he was "not concerned" that "anything illegal" was discussed, according to one source.

Morrison, who will soon be departing the White House, was involved with discussions after the call about how to handle the transcript, the sources said. Ultimately, the call transcript was filed in a highly classified system, a decision that's among the issues Democrats are seeking answers about in their impeachment investigation into Trump and Ukraine.

Morrison, whose testimony is ongoing behind closed doors, has so far corroborated testimony by Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, about interactions the two had regarding the President's efforts to press for investigations while US aid to Ukraine was held up. While he did deviate from Taylor on some details, Morrison testified that Sondland told him President would release the aid if the Ukrainian prosecutor general announced an investigation, according to sources.

So, this fellow Tim Morrison sounds like a helluva guy, doesn’t he? Just another mid-level bureaucrat being driven to an early retirement from government service because some Russians decided to hack the 2016 election. Hey, Rudy. These are the guys who are going to plant the steak knife in your back from here on out. They’re not going to jail for you, Mr. Mayor.

Today, Morrison made it clear that he’s going to discharge his legal responsibilities but he’s not going to be a hero. His head is in the sand as far as his assessment of the July 25th call between Trump and the new Ukrainian president. There is no weight behind his assertion that he was not concerned of illegalities. Clearly, other more knowledgeable people felt differently and acted on what they saw as an affront to the way this country should conduct foreign policy. I guess Morrison is vying for some future post in a Republican administration. Yeah, no.

This indicates to me that there are plenty of people within the Trump regime who are perfectly fine with breaking the law and savaging a domestic political appointment. The Democratic Party should be ready for this onslaught. They should be making plans to protect themselves from an unprecedented assault on our democracy. And they damned sure better be ready for people like Tim Morrison, who are serving in the United States government and are just fine with whatever it is Trump and his people are getting ready to do in order to hold onto power.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trump is Easily the Stupidest Man Alive




This is absolutely unbelievable. If it were presented as parody, no one would laugh because it is so over the top:

The decorated Army officer who testified to House investigators on Tuesday told lawmakers that a close associate of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes “misrepresented” himself to President Donald Trump in an effort to involve himself further in Ukraine policy, according to two people familiar with his closed-door deposition. 

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, told lawmakers that after attending Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May as part of a delegation led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Vindman had been looking forward to debriefing Trump and giving a positive account of Zelensky’s vision for Ukraine’s future. 

“The U.S. government policy community’s view is that the election of Zelenskyy and the promise of reforms to eliminate corruption will lock in Ukraine’s Western-leaning trajectory, and allow Ukraine to realize its dream of a vibrant democracy and economic prosperity,” Vindman said in his opening statement. 

But he was instructed “at the last second” not to attend the debriefing, Vindman told lawmakers, because Trump’s advisers worried it might confuse the president: Trump believed at the time that Kashyap Patel, a longtime Nunes staffer who joined the White House in February and had no discernible Ukraine experience or expertise, was actually the NSC’s top Ukraine expert instead of Vindman. 

Vindman testified that he was told this directly by his boss at the time, NSC senior director for European and Russian affairs Fiona Hill. 

Hill told Vindman that she and national security adviser John Bolton thought it best to exclude Vindman from the debriefing to avoid “an uncomfortable situation,” he said.

The shorter version of this is, “Trump is so goddamned stupid, they can’t have more than one person brief him on a subject because he gets confused.”

If this guy Patel was the fucking janitor, American foreign policy would actually be in better hands because then he would at least have a functioning skill and some real world experience.

Holy mother of God.

Jared Kushner is a Hero in His Own Mind




You have to admire the balls on this fucking guy:

Just when you were wondering whatever happened to Jared Kushner, the White House adviser who got his job because his father-in-law is President, he popped up on an Israeli TV station on Monday to jab at the Democrat who may be on the ballot opposing President Donald Trump in 2020. He said he's been busy cleaning up "the messes" that former Vice President Joe Biden was supposedly responsible for creating related to the Middle East and criminal justice.

Kushner's simplistic take sheds little light on the two issues he named, but illumination was not the point. No soundbite could ever help anyone understand the problems he pointed to. Instead, Kushner was obviously trying to distract us from the worsening impeachment crisis that has enveloped the administration, and to impress the Oval Office occupant.

Oh, there were lots of “messes” to clean up, I’m sure. As in, there were numerous American policy initiatives that were well underway and were subject to ongoing policy processes that Trump and his band of vandals dismantled and destroyed the minute they took control of the Federal government.

Kushner is so entirely out of his depth that it is impossible to overstate just what a travesty it is that he is involved in American foreign policy. The decision to hand him anything resembling a portfolio is a farce in and of itself. He is an incompetent dilettante and will be jailed like all the rest of them when the law catches up to Trump world. The term “lightweight” is simply not severe enough to accurately describe this wretched little man. Oh, and then there’s his wife, holder of numerous Chinese patents.

What a reliably awful family they make.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Everyone Must be Destroyed to Save Trump




There are no perfect witnesses, nor are there any saints walking among us. There are no pure, innocent people out there. And there damned sure aren’t any flawless bureaucrats to be found in any government anywhere.

But, honestly. The people who have lined up to accuse Trump of trying to shake down the government of Ukraine in order to get some dirt on Joe Biden are pretty damned good people:

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff objected to a line of questioning from Republicans, which Democrats contended was an effort to out the whistleblower during today's closed deposition, according to five sources from both parties.

The moment happened at today's hearing with White House official Alexander Vindman.

Republicans pushed back, arguing they were simply asking questions about who Vindman might have spoken with — and it was not an effort to out the whistleblower.

The back-and-forth led to a heated exchange between Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell and GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources. Other members joined in.

I wouldn’t say that all of them are blameless for what went on, and I wish more of them had stepped up in 2017 and 2018, but I think we can put that down to the fact that, at least then, there were people around Trump that were able to hold back some of his more lawless and reckless moves. Those people are long gone, and they are too wary of the power of the conservative media to send flying monkeys and howling jackals into their living rooms.

The GOP game plan is as such - if someone makes a move against Trump, then that person must be destroyed. It’s not so much as a game plan as it is a desperate tactic, and it will continue to fall apart in the weeks ahead. The Republicans would rather trade their credibility, already in minuscule supply, for a chance to hold onto power for a few more years. They know that there is a demographic tsunami of voters that are ready to throw all of them out of office, even the heavily Gerrymandered ones. Their plan includes voter suppression, racism, violence, and toadying, so good luck with that.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Unpopular President Treated Like Pariah at the Old Ball Game




Joe Scarborough failed to note that Trump is exceeding unpopular and universally disliked in his predictable plea for civility. Our moneyed elites who work in the “professional” media are concerned that they will soon be tormented and eaten by rabid mobs, I guess. Their walled compounds are staffed with people who have questionable motives and poor decision making skills. I don’t know when the end will be, but perhaps Mr. Scarborough and his trusted blonde companion know how things are going to shake out. They probably have a place in the Bahamas all picked out when the balloon goes up.

He also failed to note that the crowd at the Washington Nationals game was primarily made up of people who, individually, had more than $800 in disposable income to spend on a World Series ticket. That translates to a really interesting breakdown of the demographic of people who hate Trump. I hope they have a bug-out plan ready as well.

First, these are not poor people.

Second, they are actually pretty wealthy and many probably benefited from the Trump tax cut.
Third, they can say whatever the hell they like because there is still a First Amendment in this country, whereby each person in the stadium can actually catcall the head of state and not face immediate repercussions for their actions.

This actually spells electoral disaster for Trump. A good number of the people who booed him were from Northern Virginia, a state that he has to win if he wants to be re-elected. These folks weren’t having it. Something about locking up babies en masse does that to an enlightened society.
I would say that there were more than a few suburban voters, and if they came from far and wide because their personal wealth allowed them to get tickets, then what does that say about Trump’s support as a Republican? If rich people hate him that much, I’d say that it means he’s in trouble.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Trump Has Ties to the Russian Mob




Unpopular scumbag is found to have deep ties to the Russian mob, and went so far as to have Russian mobsters working on his legal team to defend him from…wait for it…an investigation into his ties to Russian mobsters.

You can’t put too fine of a spin on this. As we learn more and more about Rudy Giuliani’s use of Lev Parnas to help with Trump’s defense as it relates to the Mueller Report, it should start to dawn on every Republican who wants to have a future in politics that they need to cut their losses.

A year or so of a President Pence would mitigate a lot of the damage, given the short attention span of the American people. Pence could never get elected himself, nor could he mount much of a defense against his association with Trump, but it would go a long way’s towards normalizing the two-party system to dump Trump now as opposed to waiting to see what a tornado-driven shit-storm the actual 2020 election will be if Trump is the GOP nominee.

This thing could be done quietly over Christmas. Oh, it’s January, and Trump is gone? He wrote himself and his associations a flurry of Christmas Day pardons and then a semi-truck backed up to the White House and took his belongings to Florida? Well, okay then.

Not that I believe that would actually happen. It will take three hundred men in body armor to remove Trump from the White House in January 2021. A Democrat will have to wait until the residence is cleaned out and restored to livable conditions. New toilets and all that, you know. But still.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Remember When They Would Deny This Even Happened?




There was a time when Trump and the people working for him would deny that this sort of thing even happened. There were always denials, and they have turned out to be complete and utter lies.
1. July 26, 2016: "I mean, I have nothing to do with Russia. I don't have any jobs in Russia. I'm all over the world but we're not involved in Russia," Trump tells CBS4.
2. July 26, 2016: "For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia," Trump tweets.
3. Oct. 6, 2016: During the second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton says Russia is trying to help elect Trump, "maybe because he wants to do business in Moscow." Trump calls this assessment "so ridiculous," adding, "I know nothing about Russia ... I don't deal there."
4. Oct. 24, 2016: "I have nothing to do with Russia folks, I'll give you a written statement," Trump says at a campaign rally.
5. Jan. 11, 2017: Trump tells reporters that he has "no deals that could happen in Russia because we've stayed away," adding that he could "make deals in Russia very easily" but "I just don't want to because I think that would be a conflict."
6. Jan. 11, 2017: "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!," Trump tweets.
7. Feb. 7, 2017: Trump tweets, "I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy."
8. May 11, 2017: Trump tells NBC News that he has "nothing to do with Russia," other than the fact that he "sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago" and hosted the Miss Universe pageant there once.
Each and every one of those denials was delivered over two years after Trump had his picture taken with Lev Parnas in 2014. These denials were used to deflect criticism from Trump and his campaign for the presidency. They were used to throw investigators and reporters off of his trail in the early months of his “administration.”

We take it for granted now that Trump has seedy and illegal ties with people from Russia, or from that part of the world, or from a vast underbelly of criminal contacts that has links to Russia and its kleptocracy. I guess we now have our own kleptocratic government, and it never seems to register with the American people.

Trump is a straight up dirty criminal gangster. He’s got his head buried in the Russia mafia’s ass. Hello, Trump has business ties with Russia that are being used to manipulate and control his behavior.

Is this thing on?

Hello?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Trump is Committing Tax Fraud in Plain Sight




I guess he’s going to pardon himself for this, too:

Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.

For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

Lenders like to see a rising occupancy level as a sign of what they call “leasing momentum.” Sure enough, the company told a lender that 40 Wall Street had been 58.9% leased on Dec. 31, 2012, and then rose to 95% a few years later. The company told tax officials the building was 81% rented as of Jan. 5, 2013.

A dozen real estate professionals told ProPublica they saw no clear explanation for multiple inconsistencies in the documents. The discrepancies are “versions of fraud,” said Nancy Wallace, a professor of finance and real estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. “This kind of stuff is not OK.”

New York City’s property tax forms state that the person signing them “affirms the truth of the statements made” and that “false filings are subject to all applicable civil and criminal penalties.”

The punishments for lying to tax officials, or to lenders, can be significant, ranging from fines to criminal fraud charges. Two former Trump associates, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, are serving prison time for offenses that include falsifying tax and bank records, some of them related to real estate.

I really hope that the State of New York is serious about going after Trump and his family. After Trump writes out pardons for everyone and leaves office, the only recourse that Americans will have is to watch New York prosecute Trump and try to stop all of the fraud that he’s been committing in plain sight. Trump will, of course, send a legion of incompetent attorneys into that fight, and they’ll spend years throwing sand in all of the gears.

The end game here is obvious. Trump is going to steal everything he can, foul every process and effort to hold him accountable, and leave nothing for his children to fight over. I would be shocked if his “wife” ever receives a dime.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Another Failed Bureaucrat Spills the Beans




Yet another State Department employee went before several House committees yesterday and unloaded on the Trump regime:

Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser, raised concerns about Rudy Giuliani's role in US foreign policy toward Ukraine, telling lawmakers on Monday that she saw "wrongdoing" in the American foreign policy and tried to report it to officials including the National Security Council's attorney, according to multiple sources.

"She saw wrongdoing related to the Ukraine policy and reported it," one source said.

The same source told CNN that Hill testified that former national security adviser John Bolton referred to Giuliani -- Trump's personal attorney -- as a "hand grenade" who was "going to blow everybody up," as first reported by The New York Times.

Hill additionally told lawmakers about what she described as a rogue operation carried out by US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, which Bolton characterized as being like a "drug deal," that source said.

The entire Ukraine affair is a fiasco of epic proportions. It has snared dozens of officials in criminal wrongdoing. It failed to achieve even the most basic goals of a massive criminal operation—no one can keep quite about it, everyone knows they broke the law, and if we had an operating Justice Department right now, there would already be a Special Prosecutor lining people up for indictments, FBI interviews, and plea agreements.

At one point, Hill was described as being fully on board with what Trump wanted to do, which was fool the American people into thinking he wasn’t an asset of Vladimir Putin:

In that sense, she’s almost certainly not part of the “resistance” described in a recent op-ed in the New York Times by a senior member of the Trump administration, who praised the president’s national security team for countering Trump’s worst instincts, including his “preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia.” Hill was proposed by some, including CNN’s Chris Cillizza, as the author of the op-ed. But at least one person who knows her says that’s impossible. Little in her career suggests the kind of sly political maneuvering the Times op-ed represented.

Yet Hill and her peers have managed to craft a Russia policy that is, by any measure — sanctions, expulsions, military buildup — tougher than that of the Obama administration. Trump has not always championed this approach, but he apparently hasn’t hindered Hill and her colleagues on the National Security Council or in the State Department from doing their work. He has, in effect, sanctioned a Russia policy that is entirely at odds with his own pronouncements.

One person who knows Hill well and worked with her on the NSC says Hill is not a Russia “hawk,” a term that suggests a desire for war, but “a realist,” one who “doesn’t want to be duped by the Russians,” the former official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order not to jeopardize past or present professional affiliations. Hill, whom the NSC declined to make available for an interview, is also unlikely to be rattled by Trump’s tweets, or by the baroque shows of disloyalty that regularly emanate from the White House. “Her job is not to keep up with the craziness of D.C.,” the former official said. That may be why Hill has kept her job, even as many around her have lost theirs.

Everything in this article has turned out to be complete and utter self-serving inside-the-beltway bullshit, served with a dash of naïveté. The exposure of Hill as a wiling participant in one of the most ham-fisted and incompetent mob shakedowns ever attempted is just another day in America. Think of what we don’t know yet! It is probably monstrous and involves Trump doing monstrous things while the staff hides behind the drapes.

She should have resigned years ago. She should not have accepted the position working for Trump. Why are people so quick to make heroes out of people who stood by and watched all of this happen? The fact that she is spilling her guts now is all well and good, but the reason why we're here today is because of a systematic failure on the part of the elites in 2017 to stop the Trump administration from happening in the first place. If the GOP had said, after the first 90 days, "that's enough of that," we'd be in a far better place.

I’m not interested in rehabilitating these people. Anyone who went to work for Trump should be shunned. They are not heroes for testifying before Congress. They are witnesses to a debacle that they helped enable.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Pardons, Pardons, Pardons




If a criminally insane president pardons himself and everyone around him, what can be done about it?

Hell if I know.

One thing that’s missing in the ongoing debate over ‘how crazy is Trump?’ is the fact that he has a slew of half-wit employees who are capable of cutting and pasting Word documents in order to make official looking pardons that can be handed out like candy. I would imagine that those pardons are going to start landing soon because that’s really the only way to distract from what’s been happening.

Is it right? Of course not. Would a Democrat ever be allowed to do that? No, never. And how likely is it to happen? I’d say pretty likely.

It’s the most despicable administration in American history, by a country mile. In terms of lawbreaking, ethics violations, and outright acts of evil, you’re now living through the worst period of American history, save for the Civil War. Actual people being shot and dying on the battlefield of disease and untreated wounds is technically worse than what we have going on right now. At least, back then, we had a president.

You could make the case, through comparisons to previous administrations, that Trump doesn’t even bother performing or fulfilling the functions of a president, let alone upholding the oath of office that he took. If you take an oath of office, then fail to actually execute what you’ve promised to do, isn’t that the same as resigning your office? I mean, what the hell?

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Law Means Nothing Thanks to Republicans




We live in an era of shattered norms and the law means nothing:

The White House refused Tuesday to turn over internal documents regarding Ukraine being sought by House Democrats as the Trump administration dug in against their impeachment inquiry.

In a defiant letter that echoed the president's recent impeachment messaging — accusing Democrats of violating the Constitution and civil liberties and attempting to overturn the results of the 2016 election — the White House said it would not comply with the request from House Democrats because they were conducting an invalid investigation.

"Never before in our history has the House of Representatives — under the control of either political party — taken the American people down the dangerous path you seem determined to pursue," White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote.

The move was the latest demonstration of a White House strategy of almost-universal resistance taking shape in its efforts to stymie the Democratic investigation into whether President Donald Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine to investigate 2020 rival Joe Biden.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has been spearheading much of the inquiry, blasted the administration later Tuesday.

"The White House says there is nothing wrong with pressuring a foreign government to intervene in a US election," he wrote in a tweet. "They say: they will not cooperate with an impeachment inquiry unless it’s on their terms. They mean: the President is above the law. The Constitution says otherwise."

When one political party in this country won’t respect precedent or the law, then you don’t have a republic anymore. You don’t have democracy, you don’t have a legal system, and the rule of law is whatever someone in power says it is.

I applaud the Democrats because they are trying to hold up the shattered remnants of our democracy and continue moving forward. The Republicans have abandoned their responsibilities under the Constitution and are pretending that they never said all the things they have said and done. You could put all of them on a permanent loop, and go back to the Clinton era and the Obama era, and play their public pronouncements over and over again and it wouldn’t matter.

They are happy to see the whole goddamned country burned to the ground in order to keep a madman from tweeting something mean about them.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

China Should Start an Investigation Into the Bidens




This is insane:

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he wants both Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. He said he hasn't yet asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to look into the Bidens, but he will start "thinking about it."

So, the United States government has been completely destabilized by a Republican President who is being enabled by a terrified handful of Republican senators. There is no GOP presence in the House anymore—they have been utterly destroyed by their own fecklessness and incompetence. The “Texit” of GOP House members has reached six, and will increase exponentially as other state delegations realize that they’re going to be creamed in next year’s election.

It’s horrific to hear anyone speak the way Trump does about his political opponents. You can’t imagine a similar discourse in any other context because one has never existed. It’s all batshit crazy right now, and if you wrote a novel that mirrored how we are living our lives right now, someone would throw it at your head and put you out on the stoop.

I mean, you can see the obstruction of justice sausage being made in real time right in front of your eyes. There is no need for an investigation. There’s no need for anyone to start building a case file, other than a simple folder on a desktop marked TRUMP OBSTRUCTION TWEETS N VIDEOS. Jeez, Republicans. So glad you went out on that limb this past week and defended the hell out of Trump right before he sawed the damned thing off on ya.

Vice President Joe Biden, and each and every former President and Vice President, should universally condemn Trump and his remarks. This is no time for the Obamas, Bushes, Clintons, Carters, or Al Gore to remain silent in the face of the destruction of our political norms. And, yes, we need to hear from Vice President Walter Mondale and from Dan Quayle and his wife on this, too. There are more living ex-Vice Presidents than Presidents, and they should all speak with one voice at this point in our history. Their denunciation of Trump should be swift and complete. And, no, you won’t hear from Dick Cheney when it comes to standing up for decency or the American way.

If you’re not condemning Trump at this point, nobody should plan on showing you any respect ever again.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

You're Making Me Look Like An Idiot





So, there was a #TrumpMeltdown today and that’s probably not even going to be the biggest story of the day because we are on an hourly news cycle now. This evening, there will likely be something as awful as you can imagine that will be shotgunned into the waiting gullet of this terrorized nation.
Donald Trump reportedly told aides and cabinet members they were making him look like an “idiot” in an expletive-laden rant over his failure to clamp down on the nation’s southern border. 
In a March Oval Office meeting in which he called for entry to the US from Mexico to be completely shut down, the president is said to have berated officials including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, aide Stephen Miller and former homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
“You are making me look like an idiot,” he said, according to an excerpt of a new book featured in The New York Times, which said the statement also included an expletive.
Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D Shear, also claims that Mr Trump considered a range of increasingly bizarre border policies – including fortifying the wall with a moat filled with snakes or alligators.
The week ended with the firing of Ms Nielsen after the 45th President said he wanted a cement wall on the Mexican border, despite contracts having already been secured for a steel barrier.
Trump is unhinged and he’s going to burn down the United States government around him in order to prove to these staffers that he’s not the problem, you’re the problem. It’s all well and good that they’re continuing their noble tradition of trying to curry favor with the Beltway media complex by leaking juicy secrets, but, at the end of the day, none of these people should be allowed near the halls of power again. We need a thorough removal of marginally capable politicians, and we need to establish some standards for conduct in office.
President Obama was as capable, thoughtful, competent and as professional as any president we have ever had, probably the finest ever. If you can’t meet the Obama standard, you can’t be president.