Who is Donald Trump?

How I came to see Trump.

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My first exposure to Trump was probably in the late 80’s.  He was making a name for himself as a NY mover and shaker.  The pictures of him made him appear to be an urbane and cultured gentleman.

And then I heard him speak.

I’m not sure of the year.  I think it was during an interview with Barbara Walters. He didn’t make a very good impression.

He was going through a divorce from Ivanka, his first wife.  Gone was the urbane and cultured gentleman.  He sounded rude, arrogant, and ignorant.  He said something during that interview that made me understand his profound ignorance, stupidity, and arrogance. Barbara asked if there was no way he and Ivanka could work out their differences. (She was divorcing him because he had been seeing another woman.) He said something that has stuck with me throughout the years. It says more about him than any of the smoke and bluster he’s said through the years.

He said (paraphrasing here) he didn’t think he should have to work at it.

Yeah.

Chances are, if you are married or know anything about being married, you understand that it’s not all peaches and ice cream.  It takes work.  A lot of it.  Hard work, pain, sacrifice, and commitment.

Trump’s words made it clear he didn’t get any of that.  Throughout the years, he’s done nothing to change that impression.  He’s never given the impression of being thoughtful or intellectual.

And today anyone with any shred of an open mind can see him for the charlatan he is.  Google him and you’ll see the hundreds of times he’s screwed people out of their money.  You’ll see the hundreds of times he’s lied and been caught lying.  You’ll see him bragging about cheating on his wives.

This man is not worthy of public office.

Frankly, he’s not worthy of anyone’s attention.

There is a Nut Job in the White House. But it’s not Mr. Comey.

In which out idiot-in-chief embarrasses himself, the Russians, and all Americans with his middle-school mentality.

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According to the NY Times, “President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him.”

Trump dazzled the officials with his mastery of tact by (allegedly) saying “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,”.

Yeah.

He then went on to say “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” and “I’m not under investigation.”

Let that sink in a moment.

Let’s recap:

  • Trump calls the former F.B.I. head “crazy” and “a real nut job”
  • Trump tells the Russians he was under great pressure
  • Trump says firing Comey relieved that pressure
  • Trump says he’s no longer under investigation.

How does any of this make sense? There’s only one scenario where it might; Trump thinks the Russians are as stupid and clueless as he is.

Somehow he thinks that the Russians don’t read, only watch Fox news, and live in Trumpland where everything Trump says is true.

One can only imagine what the Russians thought.

I have no words.

 

Has Rosenstein Redeemed himself?

I hope so.

MuellerWe could all use just a bit of good news. And this can only be viewed as good news. In the wake of countless Trump toadies spinning the infinite threads of deceit in the vain attempt to make Trump look something like a human, it is so refreshing for someone like Rosenstein, who had seemed to be a prime member of the Trump Toady Team, to do something so remarkable.

According to the LA Times “The Justice Department on Wednesday named a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller III, to take over the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russian agents and associates of President Trump.” Sounds like good news to me.

Mr. Mueller is that rare individual who has the trust and admiration of insiders, outsiders, Democrats, and Republicans alike. He appears to be the man who can wade through the murky waters of Washington ethical muck and remain ethically and morally unscathed.  In other words, he’s the polar opposite of Trump.

He’s known as someone who can quickly and simply move forward to get to the truth of potential Russian involvement in the election and possible Trump campaign involvement.

This is a very good thing.

We could all use a little bit of good, honest action towards either dispersing the question of Russian influence or identifying it’s particulars.

One can only hope that further attempts to delay\obstruct\obfuscate the investigation by Trump, his toadies, or the silent Republicans will be minimal.

Forgive me if I’m not optimistic regarding that last idea.

A Pretty Fair Definition of Obstruction.

Obstruction: a thing that impedes or prevents passage or progress; an obstacle or blockage.

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Trump directly asked Mr. Comey to end the investigation on Flynn, according to an associate of Mr. Comeys.

That’s a pretty fair definition of obstruction. One would actually be hard pressed to state a better one.

Comey declined of course, and one can only imagine what must have been going through his mind; “Does Trump have any idea what he’s doing?”

Of course that’s the question every reasonably intelligent person has been asking for a long time. Trump has displayed none of the behaviors, principles, and attitudes that Americans expect in a President and many, if not all, of the actions of someone blindly attempting to claw their way out of a very deep hole, a hole they dug.

The House Oversight Committee has sent a letter to the F.B.I. asking for all information on any conversations between Mr. Comey and Trump. We can only hope such records exit.

As unreal and disgusting as Trump’s actions are, they aren’t really that surprising. Trump has made his ignorance, arrogance, untruthful nature, and stupidity apparent long before any vote was cast.  But the real kicker is the silence from the Republican party.

One would hope that some Republican would stand up and say “enough”.

But for the most part, there’s been silence.

 

Treason, Trump Style

In which Trump does something he’d most certainly condemn anyone else for, assuming he’d be able to comprehend their actions.

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According to several sources, Trump “revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador” which potentially “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. ”

Let that sink in for a moment. Our glorious president, in a feeble and pathetic attempt to impress actual global leaders, gave highly classified information in an offhand and casual manner as if he were talking about the size of his dick.

Yeah, that’s what happened.

One can only imagine the internal reaction of the Russian representatives to such an inappropriate and ill advised  disclosure. “Does this clown have any idea of what he’s doing?” comes to mind.

If either of these gentlemen, persons who apparently rose to their positions through hard work, sacrifice, and political savvy, rather than fear-mongering and outright lying, had leaked such Russian information, they’d almost certainly be looking forward to termination or lifetime-long vacations in a less than favorable Siberian gulag.

No so Trump.

If anyone else, federal, state employee or US citizen had made such an  irresponsible disclosure to anyone outside the small rank of those who have access to classified information, they’d be looking at long prison time.

But not our president, or as I like to think of him, our Idiot Laureate.

How does this make any sense?

I sincerely want to know how anyone can look at this type of behavior and think “Yeah, that’s ok with me.  That’s how my president should conduct is affairs.”

I simply don’t understand how Republicans in Congress and the Senate can stand by, smiling their blank, dead-eyed smiles, while this fool consistently makes them all look like individuals so mentally-challenged that their loftiest dreams involve them only riding on the short bus, not even comprehending the pinnacle of driving it.

I’m not kidding here. If you voted for Trump and if you have watched everything he’s done up to now and still think “Yeah, that’s my president.” Please, please, please tell me why? I promise, no judging, no questioning, no anything other than “Thanks very much for the input.”

I just want to understand.

New threats from our Liar in chief. UPDATED! UPDATE TO THE UPDATE!

More Trump stupidity

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This is Trump threatening Mr. Comey with obviously contradictory documentary evidence if\when Mr. Comey “leaks” to the press any information that’s obviously going to be nothing but a bunch of “fake news”\total fabrications to the “Enemy of the people” lying bunch of liberal media fake news purveyors. I think I have that right.  It’s hard to decipher Trump’s mindless blathering.

This tweet actually provides a fascinating look inside Trump’s thinking. He’s made several statements to the effect that Mr. Comey told him on three separate occasions that the FBI was not investigating Mr. Trump. I’ll let it slide that practically everyone who knows Mr. Comey and\or is familiar with how the FBI generally works has said it’s highly unlikely\practically impossible that Mr. Comey would make any comment to anyone outside the FBI on an ongoing investigation. I’ll take Trump at his word (don’t get used to that) that Mr. Comey did in fact say that.

The insight from this tweet is that Trump thinks everyone thinks and behaves just like he does. That is to say he thinks everyone lies most of the time. And in all fairness, maybe everyone he knows does. He values loyalty above everything, even above honesty. Trump seems to put zero value in honesty at all. He’s made zero effort to be honest or even consistent with his frequent fabrications.

I don’t understand Trump. I’m happy to say I’ve never met anyone who is as uninterested in objective truth as he appears to be. But what’s even harder to understand is just how much bull shit his supporters appear to be willing to lap up.

Why? I’d really like to know why. I understand if someone voted for Trump because he spoke to their needs. But how can anyone look at his actions as president and not see him for the liar he is?  I really don’t know how anyone could.  Please explain.

I’m waiting.

MORE INFO: So now it becomes clearer on why Trump tweeted this.  It seems that various news outlets had stories with info from the “very good dinner” in January that (according to Trump) Mr. Comey requested.  These sources (more than one) said that their records show that Trump requested the dinner and that Mr. Comey was reluctant to accept the invitation.  He did as he felt he couldn’t really refuse.  Mr. Comey said after the dinner that Trump had flat out asked for his loyalty. He didn’t ask him to do a good job, to be honest, or to be fair,  He just wanted his loyalty. Mr. Comey said he couldn’t promise to be loyal but he could promise to be honest. Trump wasn’t too happy about this. And no, at no time did he tell Trump he wasn’t under investigation. Please note, the sources for this information do NOT include Mr. Comey.  Unlike Trump, he is reluctant to say anything about the dinner to the press.

Trump see the stories and immediately thinks that Mr. Comey is trying to point out Trump’s pathetic lies. So he threatens him.  The incredible irony here is that if there are “tapes” of the dinner, they would simply show Trump to be the liar that he is.  He will never release the “tapes” but will continue to refer to them as proof, just as he has with the non-existent “proof” that President Obama tapped his phones.

Think how funny this would be if the liar in question wasn’t the POTUS.

Again, I welcome any insight as to how anyone can watch this circus and continue to think Trump is anything but a pathetic, needy, liar.

Please enlighten me.

EVEN MORE INFORMATION!; Sources provide more detail about the dinner and to Mr. Comey’s reaction to Trumps threat. They say Trump specifically asked for “an oath of loyalty” from Mr. Comey. They also say that Mr. Comey has specifically said he’s not at all worried about the existence of any “tapes” of the dinner or the conversation. They say he said he’s completely comfortable with anything the “tapes” might contain.

And this goes right along with why Trump thought the existence of such “tapes” would frighten Mr. Comey. In Trump’s mind, the existence of any documentary information of any of his conversations is terrifying as he never tells the same story twice.  He’s been quoted as saying this is because he’s  “too busy to be accurate.” These are  his very words.

I’m still waiting for a Trump supporter to enlighten me how any of his actions make any sense at all.  I’m willing to listen.

I’m angry. Here’s why you should be.

This is the post excerpt.

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You may think this image is completely unfair.  It’s not, at least not completely.

Here’s why:

  • Trump has consistently held that the only real truth is what he says or supports. Everything else is a lie or “fake news”
  • Trump has consistently promoted the idea that the only fair and reasonable opinions are those that agree with him.  All others are unfair and unreasonable.
  • Trump has consistently accused all news media that does not fall in line with what he says to be fake news.  He’d called them “The Enemy of the People”.
  • Trump has lied time and time again with zero or little concern for backing up his claims.  He fully expects everyone to take him at his word and is antagonistic towards anyone who questions his word.
  • Trump is putting crony after crony into powerful government positions with little or no regard for competence or experience.
  • Trump has made no effort to be transparent in his efforts to stack the executive branch with people will aid him and his family politically and financially.

The big question isn’t why I’m angry.  It’s why you’re not.