Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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1 hour ago, AlexTr said:

I guess Keleth missed where the Democratic House didn't acquiesce to the border wall money that Trump could have had out of his GOP held legislature the previous two years.

Nope but I did see where they passed the bill for more money for detention centres.

 

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6 hours ago, hooperski said:
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God-willing / jihadi-failing I am going to be alive to see Trump in the White House Boris in Number 10 Netanyahu building Israel Bolsanaro, Salvini, Orban, Kaczyński, & the Right Minded bringing strength in depth What a time to be alive The fightback by proud nations is on

Bolsanaro a populist leader of Brazil is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, abortion, and immigration

Salvini, the deputy prime minister of Italy, called for Roma people to be expelled from the country

Orban, the authoritarian prime minister of Hungary, restricted free speech and said white Europeans are being replaced by migrants from Africa and the Middle East

Kaczynski, a polish minister, called LGBT people a ‘threat’ to Poland.

 

Trump is amplifying Katie Hopkins, a vile bigot. She called refugees & migrants “cockroaches” who were “feral humans” that were “spreading like the norovirus.” And he’s endorsing authoritarian populists, including Bolsonaro, who has advocated for torture & state-sponsored murder.

Yes, hoops, and this  Bolsanaro is a vile creature.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/11/brazil-political-exiles-bolsonaro

This is truly reminiscent of the time I lived in Brazil at the time of the military dictatorship. A climate of fear.

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46 minutes ago, hooperski said:

No matter how bad the lip-reading gets, it's still better than the noises that come out of Trump's word hole.

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"The White House revolving door: Who's gone?"

 

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Donald Trump's administration has had a very high turnover - with senior officials quitting, being fired or getting eased out at a record pace.... (BBC)

 

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"Trump: The Art of the Deal"

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"China imports from US plunge 31% in June amid tariff war"

 

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BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade with the United States plunged last month as a tariff war battered exporters on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

 

And there’s no letup in sight: Tensions between the world’s two biggest economies continue to simmer even though President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, called a ceasefire two weeks ago.

Data out Friday showed that the hostilities are taking a toll.

 

Chinese imports of U.S. goods fell 31.4% from a year earlier to $9.4 billion, while exports to the American market declined 7.8% to $39.3 billion, according to Chinese customs data. China’s trade surplus with the United States widened by 3% to $29.9 billion.

 

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 A U.K. newspaper published more leaked memos from Britain's ambassador in Washington on Sunday, despite a police warning that doing so might be a crime.

In one 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. ambassador Kim Darroch says President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran as an act of "diplomatic vandalism" to spite his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The memo was written after then-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Washington in a failed attempt to persuade the U.S. not to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement.

"The outcome illustrated the paradox of this White House: you got exceptional access, seeing everyone short of the president; but on the substance, the administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal," Darroch wrote....

 

 

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Ilhan Omar has been a US citizen longer than Melania Knauss Trump. Ilhan Omar never violated her visas. Ilhan Omar has done years of real community service. Let's get rid of the real leaches.

After Trump Accuses Four Democratic Congresswomen of Hating U.S., They Fire Back

 

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President Trump, under fire for comments that even members of his own party called racist, amplified his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color on Monday, saying that they hated America and that one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress sympathized with Al Qaeda.

 

In an extraordinary back and forth from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Mr. Trump appeared to revel in the viciousness of his brawl with the four progressive women who have become the young faces of the Democratic Party. He goaded them into a response from Capitol Hill in which they denounced the president’s rhetoric and his policies, charging that he was pressing the agenda of white nationalists from the White House.

 

“He’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color,” said Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota and the target of Mr. Trump’s most outrageous charges. “This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms, or it is happening on national TV, and now it’s reached the White House garden.”

 

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Sam Challis to LCD Views

Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response.

A few things spring to mind.

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

'My God… what… have… I… created?

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

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Stephen Colbert returned from two weeks off the air to take on President Donald Trump’s latest racist rant on Twitter. 

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Trump over the weekend attacked Democratic lawmakers, specifically women of color, telling them to “go back” to their own countries.   

“If that strikes you as a little racist, you do not know the meaning of the word ‘little,’” Colbert said.

Trump also claimed the progressive lawmakers shouldn’t tell Americans “how our government is to be run.” 

Colbert shot back: “What does he mean they’re telling us how our government is to be run? They’re in Congress. They are our government.” ...

 

 

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