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Trump's 'Wall Or Nothing' Strategy May Really Become 'Nothing'

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      Trump's 'Wall Or Nothing' Strategy

      May Really Become 'Nothing'

      Mounting concern he may want the shutdown

      to continue even more than he wants his wall



      By Ray Cunneff

      January 18, 2019


      At this pivotal, perhaps historic, moment in our nation's history, I believe we need to re-examine our assumptions and re-assess our priorities. Because both the legal and political calculus may have dramatically changed for President Donald Trump and we may need to adjust our thinking and our actions accordingly.

      There is mounting concern that, given the latest revelations of perfidy, corruption, and potentially treasonous behavior on the part of the president and his cronies, the shutdown impasse is no longer about a wall, or "barrier", or "steel slats" or even about border and/or national security. It's become about primal survival.

      Barbara Res, former Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization told CNN's Brianna Keilar earlier today that she's never seen him like this, sensing he's like "a cornered animal". She said, “Typically and historically, he always rolled with the punches. He used to say all press is good press. Now I don’t see that. I see him going into a corner, I see him scratching back like a cornered animal. I think he’s afraid.”

      Res speculated that Trump had never encountered a strong 'silk and steel' woman like House Speaker Nancy Peolsi pushing back at him and mocked Trump’s retaliatory cancellation of the Speaker’s military flight to visit our troops in Afghanistan and our NATO allies in Brussels.

      She said, “What’s kind of funny about it is he likes to hit back, where you shoot him with a water pistol and he’ll shoot you back with a Magnum or something.” She added with a laugh, “He likes to hit back ten times harder than he’s been hit or more, and he’s got nothing to hit her back with. This is silly. It looks ridiculous.”

      We know that nothing gets under the president's skin more than ridicule. We also have learned that Trump's obsession with building his medieval behemoth began as a mnemonic device cooked up by dirty-trickster Roger Stone to help keep him on his anti-immigration-message as the primary issue in his campaign. "Trump's wall" morphed from symbolic image to literal concrete when the message resonated powerfully with his roaring, adoring campaign crowds.

      But is the partial government shutdown about a wall anymore? Arguably, whether the shutdown began as an attempt at extortion and hostage-taking of 800,000 federal workers and the overall American economy in order to get a $5.7 billion down payment on his estimated $60 billion 'sea to shiny sea' wall, it has continued for 28 days and who knows how much longer to keep his rabid base and right-wing media pundits satiated.

      But Trump may also feel the continuing shutdown offers him a degree of both distraction and protection amid the stress of his mounting scandals and investigations into himself, his businesses, and his family.

      Today is the day the money runs out for the Mueller Grand Jury and they will have to either continue without compensation or be furloughed.

      This is also the time when the entire judicial system begins to slow and eventually grind to a halt.

      Although the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigations and those of the Southern District of New York appear somewhat insulated at this point, Trump appears to feel he has no incentive to end the shutdown, nor does he care what damage is being done.

      Trump acts only in self-interest. Empathy is not transactional. A "cornered animal" is at its most dangerous. And one of the hallmarks of Trump's psychopathology is vindictiveness.

      On the contrary, Trump may seize upon this moment as an opportunity to further consolidate dictatorial power and muster the darkest forces within his cadre of adherents and sycophants for a last stand, the final 'end times' battle between good and evil, between democracy and tyranny.

      And like all great villains in history and literature, Trump believes he has God and righteousness on his side. Therefore, he will recognize no limits to his vengeance.

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          Trump’s Supporters are beginning to notice that who they thought was the ‘greatest dealmaker’ in history is getting ‘crushed’

          Trump: Right now he’s trapped and alone

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          Those who have been involved in the resistance have been aware that “the art of the deal” is really “the art of the con;” but Trump supporters, with stars in their eyes, have been sure that he is a king in business, and would benefit them with his masterful “art of the deal." Recently, however, it looks like some of them are beginning to become aware that perhaps the Trump, the GOP, and their favorite entertainment channel, has been giving them erroneous information.

          As the New York Times reported in its massive exposé of the Trump family business going back to the 1960s, Trump was a millionaire before he was out of diapers — and his repeated failures in business were all because of his lack of business acumen. Researchers discovered that had voters known about this, it would have changed the minds of a meaningful percentage of those who voted for Trump.

          Americans have watched him blunder along during this past two years, racking up the Government’s debt, removing policies that were meant to keep Americans healthier, jumping from one poor decision to the next, lying to them at an exorbitant rate, and walking all over the emoluments clauses in the US Constitution.

          . . . his particular expertise has turned out to be completely useless for the presidency. (He may have put it to use collecting illegal emoluments from businessmen seeking favors, but that’s not actually in the job description.) Despite his incessant bragging about nonexistent accomplishments, so far we are seeing failure in the negotiating department of epic proportions.

          Even Trump’s immigration muse, Ann Coulter, said this week that it turns out his negotiating skill was “exaggerated.”
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          Image result for pictures of Ann Coulter and Trump.
          Now, with the public’s disapproval of his partial governmental shutdown, and his holding workers hostage in order to ’supposedly’ get money for his wall, the public cannot help but wonder if his recent behavior doesn't look more like a school yard bully trying to best those he has been unable to force into giving him their lunch money.

          Trump doesn’t seem to realize that demanding what he wants and then getting up and saying “bye-bye” when the other side doesn’t immediately agree isn’t actually negotiating. He’s shown more than once that his word is no good so nobody can trust him.
          He’s shown more than once that his word is no good so nobody can trust him. Last year he agreed to a complex and difficult immigration deal in which both sides were able to win some priorities. He not only backed out after having agreed, he did it in a rude and dismissive fashion. This year he signed off on a Republican continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown and then cowered in the face of right-wing media commentators like Coulter, reversing himself at the last minute. How do you make a deal with someone like this?
          It’s obvious that at this point, for Trump, it’s as much about beating Nancy Pelosi as it is building the wall. He is outmatched there,

          Now, with reports that Cohen has stated that Trump instructed him to lie to Congress, the American public wanting him to reopen the government as it is hurting not just Federal workers but the entire nation, it looks like his supporters may be having the stars jump from their eyes as Trump is more clearly showing them what he really is now - and has always been. Will Mitch McConnell finally do something about the Trump and his disasters?

          The New York Times reported this week that Trump has taken to whining to Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff, “We are getting crushed! Why can’t we get a deal?” It’s obvious he has no plan, no strategy and no idea how to get out of this mess.

          The Democrats can’t give in or this will be the only way he “negotiates” for the rest of his term. That would be a disaster. So, if he refuses to declare his bogus emergency and save face with Ann Coulter, it’s going to be up to Mitch McConnell to bring him the bad news. Ultimately McConnell can call a vote and override Trump’s veto if necessary to get the government open again. So far, McConnell’s been AWOL on the whole thing, but he may have to step up to get the Greatest Negotiator the World Has Ever Known out of his jam — just like Trump’s daddy always did.

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          Many believe it is way past time to impeach!

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          Portions of the post above have been taken from an article written by

          / https://www.alternet.org/2019/01/trumps-fans-are-s...

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          Netflix Beats Trump's Space Force Into Space

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              Space Force: Trump Wants A

              'space-based missile defense layer'

              Steve Carell & Netflix Beat Him To It

              President Donald Trump’s proposed space force may debut on Netflix before it actually makes it into space.

              By Ray Cunneff

              January 17, 2019

              As he unveiled a revamped missile defense plan at the Pentagon today, President Donald Trump said that the United States is prepared to make use of space as a potential battleground. "My upcoming budget will invest in a space-based missile defense layer," Trump announced, and it is "ultimately going to be a very, very big part of our defense – and, obviously, of our offense."

              The Trump White House directed the Pentagon to create a Space Command in December, which was proclaimed as a "significant step toward the administration's ultimate goal of establishing a department known as the Space Force that would become the first new branch of the Armed Services since the Air Force was created in 1947."

              With neither budget nor details, and in violation of international treaties barring the militarization of space, Trump again talked of developing a "space force" as a new branch of the military, saying that "we will recognize that space is a new war fighting domain with the space force leading the way."

              But while Trump's star wars plans remain largely imaginary, it was also announced yesterday that comic-actor Steve Carell will be starring in an upcoming Netflix series about the new Space Force that's being described as a "workplace comedy."

              According to Variety, Carell has re-teamed with his former "The Office" producer Greg Daniels for the new series, which was teased in a short "coming soon" video from Netflix released Wednesday.

              The promo announced: "The goal of the new branch is 'to defend satellites from attack' and 'perform other space-related tasks. ...Or something."

              It added: "This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out."

              Carell, it turns out, has some recent experience with such material...


              https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/space-force-netfl...


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              If And When Trump Is Found To Have Been Working For Russia, What Then?

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                  What if Trump Really is Working for Vladimir Putin?
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                  The Russia Probe has already found a number of American ‘players' who while aligned with Trump, have been indicted and found guilty of crimes associated with working surreptitiously with Russia during the Trump campaign, and who also have been found to have been involved in subsequent "Trump cover ups."

                  So what about Trump himself? According to recent reports, the FBI suspected that Trump was knowingly working for the Russians when he first fired James Comey. Since then, Trump’s former campaign manager and attorney, Michael Cohen, was found to have made payments in coordination with and at the direction of Trump, that establish Trump as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Cohen case.

                  So that raises questions of Trumps involvement. What if his lies about Russia (nobody in my campaign ever met with a Russian, there is no collusion, I have nothing to do with Russia) are a cover for his remark on Monday in New Orleans: “I never worked for Russia,” and the Mueller probe determines otherwise?

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                  https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-really-work...

                  With Trump having denied Russian contacts and then backtracked from them so many times, the logical question is, what if all this Russia stuff is true? What if the Russians made a deal with Trump to help him get elected? What if all those meetings actually were about “collusion?” What if Trump actually does have the connections he went into such detail to deny — “deals” and “dealings,” and “current pending deals” and “loans?”

                  What if Trump really is working for Vladimir Putin?

                  If he is, that would certainly answer why was he so solicitous of Putin during the campaign, why has he consistently refused to say even one critical thing about Putin, why has he has accepted Putin’s word over that of his own government that the Russians didn’t interfere in the presidential election, and why he stood next to Putin at Helsinki and virtually surrendered his nation to the interests of Russia.

                  But it leaves the question, what hold could Putin possibly have over him?

                  Former United States ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was on MSNBC on Monday night talking about Russia “giving money to Trump in 2008.” “That’s how Putin does business,” McFaul went on to explain. “He gives money to people for free, and then they collect.”

                  Related imageTrump, McFaul, and Putin

                  So if it’s money, that raises even more questions: How long has it been going on? How did it work? Why did it begin in the first place? Was Trump facing bankruptcy and Putin bailed him out, and now Trump owes him?

                  That’s what happened on a smaller scale with Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. He worked for Russian interests for at least a decade in the Ukraine and was lavishly paid for it. Court documents unsealed last summer show that when Manafort’s Russia-connected man Viktor Yanukovych was ousted, Manafort ran short on money, and Putin’s pal Oleg Deripaska loaned him $10 million. The affidavit also showed that it was Deripaska who backed Manafort’s political consulting work in Ukraine from the beginning, in 2005 and 2006.

                  As we now know, Deripaska went to Manafort to collect on his debt during the campaign, asking for “briefings” and eventually being given campaign polling data by the former campaign manager. Does this raise questions about why Trump is now moving to lift sanctions on companies controlled by Deripaska? You bet it does.

                  Three Really Big Questions

                  There are three big questions we don’t have answers for. First, what is Putin’s overall aim? It’s known that he believes the break up of the Soviet Union was “a major geopolitical disaster of the century,” as he told the Russian parliament in a kind of “state of the union” address in 2005. We know he has designs on Ukraine and has already annexed Crimea, which was Ukrainian territory. We know that like every Russian leader before him, he would like to see NATO weakened, if not broken up altogether, and he’d like to see the European Union come apart at the seams.

                  If Putin wants NATO weakened, the New York Times reported yesterday that Trump repeatedly told aides in 2018 that he would like the U.S. to withdraw from the 70-year Atlantic alliance. If he wants more influence in Syria, Trump gave it to him when he recently announced the pullout of American troops.

                  The second question is, what will happen if Trump stops giving Putin what he wants? What will they do to him?

                  Which immediately raises the third question: If Trump is actually working for Russia because Putin in effect owns him, how can he extricate himself? Better still, can he extricate himself? People who cross Vladimir Putin tend not to live long and healthy lives. Could Donald Trump be afraid not just for his fortune, but for the well-being of himself and his family if Putin turns on him?


                  When you start looking for the answers to questions like these, Trump’s lies about Russia appear in an entirely different light. Maybe all those lesser lies – nobody in my campaign ever met with a Russian, there is no collusion, I have nothing to do with Russia – have been in service of the biggest lie of them all, the lie we heard him utter on Monday afternoon on his way to address the farmers in New Orleans. “I never worked for Russia.”

                  Maybe this is what he’s been afraid of all along. After asking us to believe all those other lies he’s had to backtrack on, now he needs us to believe the big one to survive. Maybe he’s fighting hard to stay in office not because he wants to be president so badly, but because he’s afraid of what Vladimir Putin will do to him if he’s ousted. Given Putin’s track record, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes. Would you?

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                  The entire story, written by , can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

                  https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-really-work...


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                  As DespoticDonnie Loses His Grip, #TheResistance Challenges The GOP Senate

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                      If we are not vigilant, the RightWing Press would have us hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. (A paraphrasing of Malcolm X).

                      Let us be clear:

                      Every single person alive today residing within our borders has been intentionally placed in a precarious position by those elected to represent us. The federal workers forced to return to their labors, promised to be made whole by a man who has spent his entire life paying pennies on the dollar to erase his debts, are being subjected to nothing less than indentured servitude.

                      Every Republican member of the US Senate is complicit in this act of capricious callousness, in the vain hope that all will be forgotten in the due course of time.

                      Keep in mind, Senators in the majority, every single person who comes to harm, succumbs to their illness, loses their home, fails to be able to provide food for their families or educate themselves or their children is as blood on your hands.


                      The sin of arrogance from your leaders McConnell and Trump is rending asunder the fabric of the nation as you stand by, intimidated by the fear of losing an election while your constituents suffer.

                      You are complicit in threatening the nation.

                      #TheResistanceGOP is growing and we will not forget your antipathy towards the nation you are sworn to serve.

                      Chairman Geoffrey S. Jade Barrett #SANE60 #Indivisible
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                      Theresa May Survives No-confidence Vote Amid Brexit Turmoil

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                          BULLETIN:

                          British P.M. Theresa May

                          Survives 'No Confidence' Vote

                          May’s Conservative government won with 325 votes versus 306.



                          A day earlier, members of the House of Commons ignored the Prime Minister's final pleas to support her plan and rejected it by 432 votes to 202, a margin of defeat greater than the previous record set in 1924, leaving the P. M. facing a deep political crisis with no clear way forward.

                          https://globalnews.ca/news/4852161/theresa-may-bre...

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                          Trump Mocked By Burger King, Strahan Invites Clemson For Lobster

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                              Donald Trump Mocked By Burger King

                              Michael Strahan Invites Clemson For Lobster

                              A mountain of "hamberders" with nothing in sight to drink?

                              George Conway, the husband of White House media adviser Kellyanne Conway, tweeted Wednesday that Donald Trump has become a “laughingstock” who no one can take seriously after the president was mocked even by Burger King for his Clemson fast food debacle, even mis-spelling "hamburgers".

                              Think of how much of a laughingstock a president has to become
                              to have *Burger King* make fun of him. Sad.
                              due to a large order placed yesterday, we're all out of
                              hamburders. just serving hamburgers today.


                              See point 1–a historian’s apt observation. A president can’t function
                              if he isn’t taken seriously. And this one isn’t, and shouldn’t be.

                              One bewildered Clemson player, upon seeing the president proudly display "your favorite" foods, was caught on a hot mic saying, "I thought this was a joke".

                              https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-strah...


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                              Nancy Drops The Hammer: NO SOTU For YOU, Trump-Boy

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                                  Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address — or deliver it in writing — as long as the government remains shut down.

                                  "Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th," Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.

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