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Trump: He Just Can't Get Out Of His Own Way

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      Trump: He Just Can't

      Get Out Of His Own Way

      Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

      By Ray Cunneff

      August 17, 2017

      Only a couple of hours after the van attack in Barcelona, Spain that killed 13 and injured 50, Donald Trump issued an almost appropriately presidential Twitter response:

      Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

      The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona,

      Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help.

      Be tough & strong, we love you!

      His nearly immediate condemnation of the Barcelona assault as a “terror” attack stood in stark contrast to how he reacted to Saturday's vehicle attack at a white supremacist, neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that killed 32 year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.

      In that case, although there have been numerous examples of Trump jumping to conclusions before the facts were in, he claimed it took him two days to issue an ambiguous condemnation of the violence because he wanted to make to make sure he got all the facts right, then claimed "both sides" were responsible for the violence.

      In the almost universal outcry that followed, Trump's handlers apparently convinced him to repair the damage on Monday with a robotic reading of a carefully scripted statement condemning the neo-Nazis, KKK and white supremacists, looking unhappy and utterly insincere throughout.

      Then on Tuesday, at a press conference that was supposed to be about infrastructure, Trump completely undid Monday's damage control by doubling down, returning to his earlier "two sides" false equivalency between the violent hate groups and a figment of far right imagination he called the "alt-left", something that doesn't exist in any organized way.

      The various groups that took part in Saturday’s “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville against plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, cheered the president's remarks, some going so far as to say they were glad the woman died and to threaten that there would likely be more deaths before they got what they wanted. And the president seemed alternately indifferent or oblivious to the firestorm he'd created on both sides of the aisle.

      Donald Trump just can't help himself, repeatedly stepping on his message and agenda, regurgitating often ludicrous conspiracy theories, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. And he did it again today.

      Not long after issuing his seemingly presidential Barcelona tweet, he tweeted again 45 minutes later, repeating a thoroughly debunked anecdote that he cited several times during his campaign, saying people should “study what General Pershing” did to terrorists when he caught them.

      Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

      Study what General Pershing of the United States

      did to terrorists when caught. There was no more

      Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!

      The reference is to a story about U. S. Army General John “Black Jack” Pershing that Trump told during his 2016 campaign. He claimed that in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, during the Moro Rebellion, Pershing “took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood” and shot and killed 49 Muslim rebels. (For Muslims, ingesting pork is a sin, and pig's blood is considered unholy.)

      To the 50th rebel Pershing supposedly said, "You go back to your people and tell them what happened" And Trump said, "For 35 years, there wasn’t a problem”.

      But the story is not true. Historians can find no record of this incident. Snopes, a myth-busting site, came to the same conclusion: "We haven't yet found any references to this alleged incident in Pershing biographies, nor does it match the way Pershing is generally recorded as having dealt with the Moros in 1911".

      Conservative commentator Bill Kristol tweeted:

      Bill Kristol@BillKristol

      Trump should visit Section 34 of Arlington

      National Cemetery to personally apologize before

      the gravestone of Gen. Pershing.


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      Trump's 'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Predicts He's About To Resign

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          I have felt for some time now that Trump realizes that being POTUS is harmful for him and he would have been better off by remaining a private citizen, where he could have gotten away with whatever he was doing with Russia. Money laundering or whatever it was/is.

          I really don't believe Trump ever wanted to be president or that he actually believed the majority of Americans would be stupid enough to vote for him. He misunderestimated the ignorance of American voters, in part. In defense of American voters though, three million more of us voted for Hillary Clinton than for this certified racist. And THAT poses a whole nother problem. If a national candidate receives three million more votes than her opponent, and yet loses the election, THAT is a sign of a SERIOUSLY FLAWED SYSTEM.

          As for the GOP trying to promote the notion that racism is not the base of their party, they have been CLEARLY EXPOSED. Donald Trump is ONE person. He did not nominate himself as the standard bearer of the GOP, and IF he actually received more electoral votes in the actual election, as opposed to the Electoral College, Trump didn't do that by himself. IGNORANT PEOPLE HAD TO ACTUALLY VOTE FOR HIM.

          The Electoral College was put in place because the people who designed the government did not trust that the average person would have the intellectual capacity to protect the integrity of the democracy. So they designed what they thought would be a fail-safe. They obviously did not foresee that the Electoral College would also be comprised of ignorant people.

          The president, the executive branch of the government, is ONE person. Congress, the legislative branch of the government, is FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIVE people. The Supreme Court, the judicial branch of the government, is NINE people. The three branches of the federal government are CO-EQUAL branches of the government, designed to provide checks and balances to prevent what our federal government has become.

          Additionally, there are currently over 300 MILLION PEOPLE who are citizens of the United States of America. The foundation of the design of our REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY was SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEOPLE. When Ben Franklin said the Continental Congress had given the PEOPLE a republic, if we could keep it, his sentiment reflected that the utmost power of the democracy REST IN THE PEOPLE. Keeping the democracy REQUIRES diligence on the part of THE PEOPLE.

          Donald Trump's base and the base of the GOP is a MINORITY of the citizens of The United States. Most Americans, regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender, or any category ARE NOT racists, bigots and misogynists. However, we have given the minority of the people, that current 79% of Republicans who would support Trump if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue, THE DEPORABLES, control of our entire government.

          So, since congressional republicans have a serious lack of integrity and choose to ignore their responsibility to support and protect the Constitution of The United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, those of you who have supported the racist party, the GOP, MUST abandon that party en masse and return our democracy to sane patriotic people who are dedicated to protecting our democracy.


          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tony-schwartz-trump-resign_us_59952d91e4b06ef724d64fd6?section=us_politics

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          The "Party Of Lincoln" STINKIN' With Too Few Calling Out Trump By Name

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              This will be short and sharp.

              Those GOP who have spoken about the events yesterday in Trump Tower New York Lobby have mostly done this in generalities condemning the concept of racism, naziism, ult-rightism. They have not zeroed in on the President. This includes the Leaders of the GOP Houses of Congress.

              This is what is typical.

              Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House,

              “We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”

              Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate

              The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-Nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are now planning a rally in Lexington. Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America. We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-Nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.

              NOT A WORD FROM EITHER RYAN OR MCCONNELL ABOUT TRUMP.

              Most GOP have JUST remained silent.

              Not all. Marco Rubio, John Kasich are the loudest GOP voices of those currently in office to date who have called Trump out.

              The two Bush presidents have done the same, by name. Romney has joined them.

              AND WHERE ARE THE REST? ESPECIALLY THE OFFICE HOLDERS? Is this what they want?

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              Never Forget Those Who Fought Against Evil

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                  Never forget that Donald Trump is a nazi sympathizer..

                  These men were not. They were more American than those who claim supremacy from skin pigment....



                  The world is in the debt of Cpl William E. Thomas and First Class Joseph Jackson.


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                  Millions Like, Many More Retweet Obama's Charlottesville Response

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                      August 16, 2017; 1:02 PM CST

                      UPDATE: The Tweet is now NUMBER ONE....having surpassed the previous first place holder last night.



                      Obama’s Beautiful

                      Charlottesville Tweet

                      Is Second Most Liked Ever

                      The first of the bunch, in which Obama is smiling at children of different ethnicities, has received more than 2.5 million likes. That makes it the second most liked tweet in history, according to the AP.

                      A tweet by Ariana Grande following the deadly bombing in May at the end of her concert in Manchester, England, holds the top spot with 2.7 million likes.

                      Read on....

                      "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."
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                      Federal Prosecutors Pursue Information On Trump Opponents — CNN

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                          The federal government has become fearful because 45 and his administration are and support White Supremacy (Racism) and they're trying to use it as their dominant platform. It's time to do more than just resist, the American people need to support organizations that are willing to fight the government in court.

                          Federal prosecutors pursue information on Trump opponents - CNN

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