Trump Voters Are Suckers

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Do you remember the Trump rally where he promised he would take unilateral action to save Chinese jobs and reverse the fortunes of a massive, failing government-owned Chinese tech company?

I could have sworn that rally was held again and again on CNN, MSNBC, and all of the other networks where Trump got free air time:

[...] on Sunday Trump tweeted that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping "are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost." Trump said the Commerce Department was told to "get it done!" 

Hours later he tweeted that the U.S. and China were working well together on trade, but it would be hard to work out a deal beneficial to both sides because "past negotiations have been so one sided in favor of China, for so many years." He added, "But be cool, it will all work out!"

It turns out, Trump never promised American workers he would bend over and take it up the ass from the Chinese so he could save their jobs. Do you know what? American voters in the dirt-poor Red states don't have $500 million dollars to pour into Trump's Indonesian real estate scheme, but the Chinese do. Guess what, suckers? You should have brought cash to this party.

It turns out that this was all just another case where a known and proven serial liar told the American people one thing and has now gone and done something that works completely against the economic self-interests of the people who voted for him.

And they love him for it! Well, I'm sure they'll love him for it eventually, right?

Just seven months before the 2018 midterm elections, Trump’s faceoff with China over trade has exposed an unexpected political vulnerability in what was supposed to be the Republican Party’s strongest region: rural America.

The clash with China poses a direct threat to the economies in both red and blue states, from California’s central valley to eastern Washington through Minnesota’s plains and across Missouri and Indiana and into Ohio.

They are regions in which the GOP’s quest to retain its House and Senate majorities this fall is tied directly to Republican voters’ views about their pocketbooks and Trump’s job performance. The signs of fear and frustration about both are easy to find.

In southwestern Minnesota, soybean farmer Bill Gordon says the volatility in the markets makes it harder for farmers like him to market their crop and lock in profitability. The state is the country’s fourth-largest exporting state, and the state’s top farm export market is China.

A Trump voter, Gordon said right now he’s disappointed, not angry, over what’s happening. But the trade tensions could affect his vote in the open race for the region’s congressional seat, where the farm vote is significant.

“I vote for the people who represent rural America,” he said. “It’s not a party line.”

Oh, fuck that shit. That guy is going to vote for Trump in 2020 and he's going to vote Republican until they put up a candidate who promises to help people of color have a better life. The only thing these voters care about is if Trump keeps sticking it to liberals and maintains his policy of white supremacy through nepotism and incompetence. They don't care if their livelihoods fall apart before their very eyes because of Trump's pride and stupidity. They want their white supremacy, and they want it now. As long as Trump keeps giving it to them, they're going to vote for Republicans. Oh, hell yes, son. Hell yes.

Want to beat these assholes? You gotta vote. And you gotta get your neighbors to vote. Your dopey kid who is barely 18? Get that kid to the polls. Drive some elderly folks there, too. And hold on to your ass because it's going to be a close one.

A wise ex-president said "don't boo, vote."

Kakistocracy

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The Trump regime is the worst of the worst, hands down:

Former Vice President Joe Biden ripped into President Donald Trump's administration on Friday and said it "hit rock bottom" after reports that White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration," Biden said in a statement. "It happened yesterday." 

Sadler's reported remarks came during a discussion at the White House on Thursday on McCain's opposition to Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel. Sadler reportedly said of McCain, "He's dying anyway," so his opinion "doesn't matter." McCain spoke out against Haspel after her confirmation hearing earlier this week, saying her responses on her involvement in the George W. Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program left him concerned. 

In his statement on Friday, Biden said McCain is a "general hero" and that he deserves "so much better." 

"Given this White House's trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it," Biden said.

It is going to take a monumental effort to drive Trump from power. He will use every weapon at his disposal--including starting a war--to hold on to the presidency. He will throw more sand in the gears and stop the courts from functioning. But what is really troubling is that there are so many Americans who are okay with all of this. They like it when the president presides over a fiasco. They love the debacle that has been unfolding since day one. They are enthralled by the train wreck. 

What happens when decent people are back in charge of the government? What happens when we are not horrified on a daily basis like we are now?

We have a horrible government full of the absolute worst of the worst--people who, in any other era of American politics would see their resumes end up straight in the wastebasket. This is the dumpster fire of presidencies, one that has failed so badly, no one currently serving Trump should ever be allowed to serve in a future administration in any capacity whatsoever.

Trump Knew About Eric Schneiderman All Along

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The abrupt resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was shocking in and of itself. What's less shocking is that this was a political hit job on someone who has been investigating the President:

Back in 2013, Donald Trump was exploring a presidential run. His Trump University was in the crosshairs of New York’s crusading attorney general. Around the same time, Trump and his personal lawyer got an interesting piece of information: Eric Schneiderman, the AG, was accused of sexually abusing two women.

After five years under wraps, those abuse allegations surfaced Friday in the Manhattan court where federal prosecutors and lawyers have been battling over documents related to Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

In a letter to the judge, attorney Peter J. Gleason asserted Trump and Cohen knew about the old abuse allegations. He argued that information about the women might be found in files the FBI seized last month from Cohen and should be kept under seal to protect the women’s privacy. Later Friday, the judge said Gleason must submit a formal memo in support of his letter or pull it.

The revelations come just days after allegations of abuse by four women forced Schneiderman’s abrupt resignation. They raise concerns about how Trump may have used such information, if true, about the top prosecutor in his home state, and whether a jeering tweet from Trump’s account five years ago was a oblique reference to the allegations.

Is this not the most corrupt era in modern American politics? Schneiderman is gone because Trump needed a break from the bad news he was getting last week.

Schneiderman was toast the minute Jane Mayer was onto allegations against him. I suspect that Trump was waiting for a chance to use this sordid information to obstruct justice at some future date. The fact that it comes out now and isn't entirely under Trump's purview means that this is one less body Trump can throw under a bus when the indictments begin to fly.

It will take a monumental effort to drive Trump from power, and people seem to think it will be as easy as dropping some paperwork down at the Federal court house. Nope. It's going to take a massive effort to strip the power of the presidency from Trump.

Schneiderman was a firewall against the power of the pardon; if Trump had granted pardons for Federal crimes to everyone around him, the theory was that Schneiderman could move against the Trump financial empire with the power of the State of New York behind him. And, to be fair, whoever is Attorney General can still do that. But this was a sickening, sordid affair all the way around. No, Schneiderman does not deserve his job back. But, as we've seen with Al Franken, they are going to fight tooth and nail for everything, and beating the Trump regime is going to require an unprecedented level of effort.