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

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On Thursday night at his rally in Texas, Donald Trump finally admitted why he greenlit the Turkish military to cross the border into northern Syria to attack the Kurds: He wanted these two groups of Muslims to slaughter each other. As Trump declared to his adoring fans, without even a hint of humanity about the suffering this would cause to civilians, “Sometimes you have to let them fight like two kids. Then you pull them apart.” 

This follows Trump’s comments on Wednesday, when he did his best to callously dispel humanitarian concerns many have voiced for the Kurds.  First, Trump dismissively stated that the Kurds were “no angels.” He then did his best to dehumanize both sides in the battle, declaring that the Kurds and Turks have been fighting for “hundreds of years,” which he explained in essence is just who these people are. I’m not exaggerating, Trump stated that “warring” and killing is “unnatural for us, but its sorta natural for them.” 

Many were stunned by Trump’s comments, but not me. The why behind Trump’s comments is simple. He was simply updating the old concept of “Kill them all, let God sort it out” to “let the Muslims slaughter each other and let Allah sort it out....

 

 

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Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House committee that oversees federal buildings, threatened today to subpoena the General Services Administration if the agency does not hand over documents related to the Trump Hotel by next week.

DeFazio's committee, the House Transportation Committee, has been investigating the federal government's lease of the Old Post Office Building for the Trump International Hotel.

In a letter to GSA, DeFazio and Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction, say the agency has failed to provide certain financial documents and made false claims of attorney client and deliberative process privileges for legal records.

"If your agency does not produce all of these records by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to the committee, I will be forced to use the compulsory process and issue a subpoena soon after," the letter says.

DeFazio has argued that because the lease prohibits elected officials from benefiting, and President Donald Trump has not separated himself from his investments, he has breached the lease's terms and may be violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution.

GSA has already handed over more than 10,000 pages of documents, the committee said last month.

In a separate separate letter, DeFazio gave notice to committee ranking member Sam Graves (R-MO) that he may subpoena the GSA. Graves has called the investigation into the lease a "desperate attempt to attack the President and sideline the good work of our committee."

 

 

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In the weeks since Congress launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, current and former officials have come forward to testify against the president.

Their revelations show how Trump employed his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other cabinet officials to bend federal agencies to suit his needs.

Chief among those is the US State Department which, according to testimony from current and former officials, was used to circumvent career diplomats and carry out a shadow foreign-policy agenda with respect to Ukraine.

At least eight officials have testified or are scheduled to testify about the extent to which Trump and Giuliani gutted and politicized the State Department.

In the weeks since House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry into whether President Donald Trump used his public office for private gain, current and former officials have come out of the woodwork to testify against the president.

At times defying orders from the White House itself, these officials' revelations paint a stark portrait of a concerted effort from the highest levels of the Trump administration to leverage US foreign policy for the president's political benefit.

They also show how he employed his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and top cabinet officials to bend federal agencies to suit his needs. Chief among those is the US State Department which, according to testimony from current and former officials, was used as part of an effort to circumvent career diplomats and policy experts and carry out a shadow foreign-policy agenda with respect to Ukraine.

At least eight current and former officials have so far testified, or are planning to testify, about how the State Department was used as a vehicle for Trump and Giuliani's political goals:

Marie Yovanovitch, the US's former ambassador to Ukraine.

Fiona Hill, the former White House senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs.

Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Kurt Volker, the US's former special representative to Ukraine.

Gordon Sondland, the US's ambassador to the European Union.

Bill Taylor, the chargé d'affaires at the US's embassy in Ukraine.

George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Steve Linick, the State Department's inspector general.

 

 

What each of them said

 

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Women have been walking in space for decades, but there had never been a spacewalk involving more than one female astronaut at a time until this past week. On Oct. 18, NASA’s Christina Koch and Jessica Meir teamed up on an historic walk, performing maintenance work on the International Space Station.

As might be expected, the two were congratulated over the phone by the president of the United States. But the president, awkwardly, mischaracterized their achievement.

“This is the first time for a woman outside of the space station,” Donald Trump said incorrectly, ignoring the work of Svetlana Savitskaya, a Russian astronaut who spacewalked in 1984, and the 14 women (including ones from NASA) who followed her.

Koch, in fact, participated in a spacewalk in March, when she was supposed to be accompanied by Anne McClain. McClain didn’t join, possibly—although not officially—because her ex-wife accused her of what appeared to be the first space cybercrime. NASA denied that the allegations forced the cancellation, saying it simply didn’t have two appropriately sized spacesuits for the women astronauts.

In any case, Koch didn’t correct the president’s error. Instead it was Meir who schooled the president over the phone when he tried to compliment the astronauts and again got the import of their work and the event wrong. “You are amazing people,” he said. “They’re conducting the first-ever female spacewalk to replace an exterior part of the space station. They’re doing some work, and they’re doing it in a very high altitude—an altitude that very few people will ever see.”

Meir gently deflected the compliment, telling Trump, “We don’t want to take too much credit because there have been many other female spacewalkers before. This is the first time that there’s been two women outside at the same time.”

But it was not the first time that a female astronaut had to school the president on space, a topic he claims to hold near and dear. As The Verge notes, in 2017, Trump asked NASA’s Peggy Whitson when she thought astronauts would be on Mars following the signing of a new bill outlining such a project. Having signed the legislation, Trump should have had some idea, but he did not. “Well I think as your bill directed, it’ll be approximately in the 2030s,” Whitson replied.

Arguably, it may be harder to figure out the timeline for Mars travel set out in legislation than it is to recall the simple fact that Trump got wrong on his recent space call. Certainly, the latest mistake is more egregious for its ignorance. The difference between an “all-female” spacewalk and a “female” spacewalk may seem small, but it’s actually a huge detail that reveals the depths of Trump’s indifference to history and his profound inability to grasp critically important details.

 

 

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31 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

Meir gently deflected the compliment, telling Trump, “We don’t want to take too much credit because there have been many other female spacewalkers before. This is the first time that there’s been two women outside at the same time.”

At which point the Very Stable Genius Predisent flipped her off on live television.

 

Clip from C-Span

(skip to 0:25 to see for yourself).

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I just noticed that and fixed it. Apparently there was a tracking link in there that expired rather quickly.

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3 hours ago, El Jeffo said:

At which point the Very Stable Genius Predisent flipped her off on live television.

 

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Still divine.

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President Trump has boasted he’s “getting a lot of praise” for his abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops out of northern Syria, abandoning the Kurds—America’s longstanding allies—to Turkey’s incursion. On the home front, the controversial move has been met with criticism on both sides of the political aisle, but the reaction in Moscow was far from mixed. As Trump uncorked chaos in the Middle East, champagne tops were likely popping at the Kremlin.

“Putin won the lottery! Russia’s unexpected triumph in the Middle East,” raved Mikhail Rostovsky in his article for the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. “Those who were convinced of Trump’s uselessness for Russia ought to think again...What Washington got out of this strange move is completely unclear. To the contrary, what Moscow gained from this is self-evident...Trump’s mistake in Syria is the unexpected ‘lottery win’ that further strengthened Moscow’s position in the Middle East and undermined America’s prestige as a rational political player and a reliable partner.”  

Maksim Yusin, the editor of international politics at the leading Russian business daily Kommersant, was amazed by the ongoing stream of inexplicable actions by the American president that benefit the Kremlin. “All of this benefits the Russian Federation,” Yusin marveled. “You know, I’ve been watching Trump’s behavior lately and get seditious thoughts: maybe he really is a Russian agent? He is laboring so hard to strengthen the international image of Russia in general—and Putin in particular...In this situation, Americans—to their chagrin and our enjoyment—are the only losers in this situation.”

“This is such a pleasure,” grinned Olga Skabeeva, the host of Russia’s state television program 60 Minutes. “Russian soldiers have taken an American base under our complete control, without a fight!” Skabeeva’s co-host Evgeny Popov added: “Suddenly, we have defeated everyone.” Incredulously, Skabeeva pointed out: “This is an American base—and they just ran away! Trump ran away!”...

 

 

...and it just goes on and on and...

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He's gone from "Democrat Coup" to "lynching".

How fucking tone-deaf can this guy get?

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He's as tone deaf as jeremytwo who made the same reprehensible reference to lynching just a few days ago on the climate change thread. 

 

5 hours ago, El Jeffo said:

He's gone from "Democrat Coup" to "lynching".

How fucking tone-deaf can this guy get?

 

 

On 10/11/2019, 11:16:12, jeremytwo said:

Apparently methane is one of the worst causes of climate change. If so these guys need hanging from trees:

 

 

 

 

On 10/12/2019, 12:36:24, Lavender Rain said:

 

J2 reference here to lynching is offensive and reprehensible and just another indication he's a very sick person with a hole in his soul. He simply doesn't care how offensive the stuff he posts is becoming more outrageous and vile in his rhetoric. He knows how much pain the stained legacy of lynching of mostly blacks in the U.S. has inflicted and lynching was done as racial terror.

There is nothing amusing about this post and this sick individual should seek help. 

Lynching is an act of terror to spread fear among black people. It served the broad social purpose of maintaining white supremacy in economic, social, and political spheres.

 

Basically, what J2 saying with this post is these white guys should suffer the same horrible fate of 4085 black people.

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, El Jeffo said:

He's gone from "Democrat Coup" to "lynching".

How fucking tone-deaf can this guy get?

 

I think you are being too generous here. Seems more of an active call to arms to me  - old school style.

 

There is nothing about this statement that is acceptable. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, El Jeffo said:

He's gone from "Democrat Coup" to "lynching".

How fucking tone-deaf can this guy get?

 

Now Joe Biden is forced to explain why his use of the word lynching to describe the Clinton impeachment process more than 20 years ago was somehow different. 

 

CNN described the Benghazi hearings as a high rech lynching of Hillary Clinton. 

 

You're outraged as usual. 

 

Entertaining.   ? 

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This is a turkey shoot...

 

Bigoted Joe in action...

 

 

DJT -> Lynch -> Loretta Lynch -> Tarmac meeting with BC. Trolling at its finest.

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Trump's Ukraine quid pro quo confirmed by acting Ukraine ambassador.

 

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In a riveting 15-page written statement to Congress, Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv William Taylor provided a birds-eye view of the scandal that has spawned an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

 

Taylor described a growing sense of dismay since he agreed to take the post in Kyiv in May that the U.S.’s longtime bipartisan support for Ukraine was being undermined by Trump’s personal political considerations surrounding his re-election campaign.

 

In painstaking detail, reportedly gleaned from his extensive contemporaneous notes, Taylor recounted texts, phone calls, and meetings that laid bare the quid pro quo that President Trump has been vehemently denying.

 

Taylor testified that military aid to Ukraine and an in-person meeting between U.S. President Trump and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky were contingent on Zelensky publicly announcing two investigations: one into Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s board seat at a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma, and another into allegations of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 elections. Both cases rely on unsubstantiated allegations and have been boosted by right-wing fever swamps in the U.S.

 

The testimony is a torpedo in Trump’s hull, coming after weeks of damaging revelations against which the President’s Republican allies have struggled to defend the administration. Taylor’s potentially historic testimony documents in meticulous detail how President Trump — abetted by political appointees — withheld military aid to Ukraine in a bid to pressure it into manufacturing political information that would be helpful to him in the 2020 elections.

 

Now I'm entertained. How's that fizzle working out for you, Loretta? You pay Alex her money yet?

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