The Donald Chronicles, #42 – Mar. 28, 2017

I was gone from the world of politics for a week, running the Salt River in Arizona. What a pleasure!

Saguaro, Salt River

Quartzite Falls, Salt River

Hooded oriole, Salt River

And such good news upon our return – the defeat of Trump(non)care; investigations going forward on the Russian connection; Bernie about to introduce a Medicare For All bill. The electorate begins to come to its senses!

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The Donald Chronicles, #41 – Mar. 16, 2017

**Sen. Bernie Sanders on President Donald J. Trump: “The day is going to come when some tragedy is going to befall our country and the world, and people are not going to believe this President”.

Trump’s claims of being “wiretapped” by Obama remain completely unsupported, and various Congressmen are saying so.

Trump seems perfectly ready to take away Medicaid, despite his promises to the contrary.

Trump’s proposed budget calls for doing away with “Meals on Wheels”, for old folks, and plenty of other services for the poor, needy and elderly. He’s just such a complete prick!

So, I am ready for a break from Trump, and that break starts this coming Monday, when Kathy, I, my son Ethan and wife Flo, and others, launch a 7-day river trip through the Salt River Canyon Wilderness, in Arizona. Sandy beaches, green grass, saguaros, spring wildflowers, warm temps, whitewater, all kinds of birds, ocotillos … and no “devices”. We’ll be completely out of touch for 7 days.

I will resume posting sometime after our return, on the 26th (unless, of course, the world has gone up in smoke)

Salt River, AZ

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The Donald Chronicles, #40 – Mar. 14, 2017

 

*From The Hill

Trump official slams CBO score: It’s ‘just not believable’

The Trump administration on Monday slammed a new Congressional Budget Office estimate showing that millions of people would lose their health insurance under the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters at the White House.
The CBO report shows that 14 million would lose their insurance coverage by next year, with the number rising to 24 million in a decade.
Of the 14 million figure, Price said that “it’s virtually impossible to have that number occur.”
“It’s just not believable, is what we would suggest,” he added.

**Well, who’re you gonna believe? The “anti-health care” appointee or a non-partisan gov’t agency? I’ll go with the CBO. If Ryan’s bill passes, you can expect a major (I mean MAJOR) uproar from those Trump loyalists who lose their healthcare – unless, of course, their powers of rationalization exceed anything previously seen.**

 

So much for President Trump’s pledge of “insurance for everybody.” The Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that next year 14 million fewer Americans will have insurance if the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed and replaced on the terms the president is seeking. That tally would rise to 21 million in 2020 and 24 million in 2026. By then, the total number of uninsured Americans would reach 52 million. And for what? To give a gigantic tax cut to wealthy Americans.

According to the C.B.O. the loss of health care coverage under the Republican plan stems largely from gutting Medicaid for low-income Americans, even though Mr. Trump has said he would not cut Medicaid. Coverage would also be lost in part because insurance would become unaffordable for millions as subsidies are withdrawn, despite Mr. Trump’s claim that coverage would become “much less expensive and much better.”

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Tom Price speaking to reporters about the Congressional Budget Office report on Monday at the White House.CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times 

Older people would be hard hit. The Republican plan repeals the penalty for not buying insurance. One predictable result of this change is that premiums will rise as younger, healthier people refuse to buy insurance. To hold down the cost of average premiums, the proposal would allow insurers to charge five times more for older enrollees than younger ones, rather than three times, as permitted under Obamacare. The outcome would be reduced premiums for young adults, essentially paid for by charging substantially higher premiums for older people — and higher deductibles and other cost-sharing for everyone. At the same time, the plan provides a $600 billion tax cut over 10 years for wealthy Americans, because they would no longer be subject to the taxes that pay for the health care subsidies. When the tax cuts for the rich and the spending cuts to Medicaid are combined, they would result in deficit reduction of $337 billion by 2026. That’s a small fraction of the national debt in exchange for an enormous amount of human misery

Trump administration officials and congressional Republicans knew the C.B.O. report would be devastating, so last week they launched a pre-emptive attack on the agency, disparaging its professionalism and findings. Their insults were an impressive display of staying on message for an administration and party that has descended into infighting over the elements of the repeal plan. This might have been expected. Yet in the past President Trump himself has tweeted C.B.O. findings to attack President Obama on economic growth, tax cuts, employment and other issues. “We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on Monday. “It’s just not believable.” Well, whether Mr. Price wants to believe it or not, the numbers are the numbers. The C.B.O. has called it as it sees it, and the picture is clear: Trumpcare would throw millions of Americans off their health coverage. And no amount of spin or scorn for the C.B.O. can alter that reality.”

**As to the environment, there is the statement by Scott Pruitt, the newly-installed administrator of the EPA, that he doesn’t believe that green house gases are responsible for climate change. As has become more than painfully apparent in the last few days, we can kiss the EPA goodbye. At the very moment in time when vigorous action is demanded, we get a government that stands united in opposition to recognizing the threat of climate change.**

*But wait, it gets better:

“Spicer: Trump didn’t mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping

  • A week earlier Spicer said Trump’s tweet “speaks for itself”
  • But Monday, Spicer was open to providing an interpretation

(CNN)The White House on Monday walked back a key point of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 election. Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn’t referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping.

“I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election,” Spicer said. “The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”Wiretapping is a narrowly defined surveillance activity that involves tapping into “a telephone or telegram wire in order to get information,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Spicer also said that Trump was referring to the Obama administration broadly — and not accusing Obama of personal involvement — when he tweeted that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” and accused Obama of being a “bad” or “sick guy.”
Spicer’s comments came on the same day as the deadline for the Justice Department to provide evidence to the House Intelligence Committee to back up Trump’s claim. The White House has so far refused to provide any evidence, and numerous former officials have denied the existence of any warrant to wiretap Trump Tower.
A week earlier, Spicer said Trump’s tweet “speaks for itself” and declined to provide any further explanation. But Monday, Spicer was open to providing an interpretation for Trump’s tweet, saying the President told Spicer he was referring to means of surveillance beyond wiretapping in his tweets accusing Obama of doing just that.
But in each of the four tweets Trump fired off leveling the accusation, Trump referred specifically to phone tapping — and only used quotation marks in two of those.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory,” Trump said in his first tweet. “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president?” he asked in the next. Then, Trump tweeted that Obama “was tapping my phones in October” and had stooped low “to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process.”
But Spicer was not the only White House official to provide an alternative definition of the word “wiretap” despite Trump’s clear language. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also addressed the wiretapping claims in an interview Sunday with the Bergen County Record, suggesting that other covert surveillance methods used by the CIA — as revealed by Wikileaks last week — could have been used in Trump Tower by the Obama administration: “Do you know whether Trump Tower was wiretapped?” Bergen County Record columnist Mike Kelly asked Conway on Sunday.”What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said, before suggesting that surveillance could take place through phones, TVs or “microwaves that turn into cameras.” (emphasis added)”
 **It’s a challenge to keep up with all the shit that’s happening, day by day, all over the Trump kingdom. But I’ll call it quits for today with an item that I find particularly troubling, to wit:
US Border police have been confronting certain travelers – you guessed it, mainly Muslim-Americans – and demanding that they turn over (or forcibly removing) their smart phones (emphasis added). They also demand the phone password, and if that is not given, these people are detained while the phone is “cloned” (whatever that is). This is clearly a violation of the 4th amendment to the Constitution, which, to quote, guarantees: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things  …”
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The Donald Chronicles, #39 – Mar. 12, 2017

**This is the only piece I’m including in today’s post. It very coherently sums up the dangers this Presidency holds for our Democracy. The one item left un-mentioned is the racism that Trump has unleashed in this country**

From TheWashingtonPost

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“How President Trump has already hurt American democracy — in just 50 days

Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) is a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics and author of “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy.”

Today, March 10, is President Trump’s 50th day in office. Since his inauguration on Jan. 20, Trump has governed in a way that poses a unique threat to the integrity of American democracy. Democracy is bigger than partisanship. Therefore, this is not a critique of Trump’s policy proposals. Rather, it’s a sober assessment of American democracy at a pivotal moment — and a call for Americans of all political stripes to press all politicians to agree, at minimum, on preserving the bedrock principles that make the United States a democracy. The call is urgent. In just 50 days, Trump’s presidency has already threatened American democracy in six fundamental ways: (emphasis added)

1. Trump has attacked the integrity of voting, the foundation of all democratic systems. Without any evidence, Trump has repeatedly claimed that millions of people voted illegally in 2016. This claim is not true. Every serious study that has assessed voter fraud, including studies conducted by Republican presidents, has concluded that the scale of the problem is negligible. Nonetheless, on his sixth day in office, Trump called for a major investigation into voter fraud — now largely forgotten by many Americans. Unfortunately, his assertion has not been forgotten by a large swath of Trump’s base. Tens of millions likely now believe Trump’s claim — which will certainly prove an important “alternative fact” when, in the future, attempts are inevitably made to make it harder for certain Americans to vote.

2. After attacking the integrity of his own election, Trump has also undermined the credibility of his own office. Democracy will not function if Americans cannot be sure that the president’s claims are at least grounded in evidence-based reality. And yet, in just 50 days, Trump has made at least 194 false or misleading claims — an average of about four daily. (March 1 was the only day without one, so far.) Recently, Trump’s early morning tweet-storm alleging that former president Barack Obama personally ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower has not been backed up by a shred of evidence. Key Republican senators and representatives have expressed their bafflement at the accusation. Yet there have been no consequences for the president baselessly accusing his predecessor of criminal action. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) went so far as to chide reporters for asking questions about the wiretap claim, saying, “I think a lot of the things he says, I think you guys sometimes take literally.” How can democracy function when people can’t take the president literally?

3. Trump’s administration has repeatedly flouted ethics guidelines without consequence. When Trump failed to discipline Kellyanne Conway for brazenly giving a “commercial” for Ivanka Trump’s jewelry and clothing line, the Office of Government Ethics had to send an extraordinary letter reminding Trump that ethics rules apply to the executive branch. Trump has also failed to meaningfully separate himself from his business interests. Most recently, Trump received 38 lucrative trademarks from China, not just a likely violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause but also a benefit that will call into question whether Trump’s foreign policy will pursue what is best for the American people or what is best for his profits. That conflict of interest is precisely why democracies set ethics guidelines — and why it threatens democracy to violate them.

4. Trump has attacked the independent judiciary. When U.S. District Judge James Robart defied Trump’s travel ban, Trump called him a “so-called judge” and insinuated that he would lay blame for a terrorist attack squarely at the feet of the judiciary. Presidents routinely object to individual court decisions, but it threatens democracy to go one step further and demonize any judge that dares cross the president. After all, the judiciary is charged with upholding the law and the Constitution — not blindly affirming the president’s worldview.

5. Crucially, Trump has accelerated a long-term trend, prodding tens of millions of Americans to further lose faith in basic institutions of American government. Any experts in federal agencies are now the “deep state.” Trump’s team has begun suggesting that the nonpartisan, independent Congressional Budget Office — a trusted authority for Democrats and Republicans since 1974 — is simply a group of hacks. There is virtually no authority trusted by both Democrats and Republicans anymore. Instead, the opposing sides are all too inclined to view government as captured by evil partisans rather than disagreeing patriots. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) made this view explicit, recently calling for a “purge” of leftists from government in an astonishingly totalitarian tweet. Public trust is part of the lifeblood of democracy, and it is draining faster than ever.

6. Finally, Trump has attacked a cornerstone of every democracy: the free press. He has called legitimate media organizations “fake news” no fewer than 22 times on Twitter in the first 50 days — and many more times in speeches. Worse, Trump called the press the “enemy of the American People,” language that echoes Mao and Stalin rather than Ronald Reagan or John F. Kennedy.

Trump only views the press as a legitimate player in American democracy insofar as it is willing to affirm his narrative. To Trump, negative polls are fake. Unfortunately, his attacks are working. A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that 81 percent of Republicans agree that the media is “the enemy of the American people.” Eighty-six percent of Republicans trust Trump to tell the truth rather than the media (up from 78 percent just two weeks earlier). Throughout history, the blurring of the line between fact and fiction has been a critical precursor to the breakdown of democracy and the creeping advance of authoritarianism. Whether these six attacks are a deliberate long-term strategy to erode American democracy, or simply a political ploy to poison the electorate’s view against any anyone that is willing to defy the president, remains to be seen. Certainly, Trump is not fully to blame; he is capitalizing on long-term divisions and a long-term erosion of American institutions. But he has accelerated those trends. The Constitution and checks and balances are not magical guardians. Documents don’t save democracy — people do. American democratic institutions are only as strong as those who fight for them in times of duress. This is one of those times, and this is just the beginning. It will be a long fight. To win it, Democrats and Republicans must set aside policy divides and unite in the defense of democracy.”

** Can we possibly convince those of our fellow citizens who still back this guy to re-think? Can we hope that investigations will be able to find incriminating evidence against Trump? Can we hope that the courts will be able to de-rail much of his policy?**

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Bighorn Sheep, Rio Grande del Norte NM, 3-11-17

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The Donald Chronicles, #38 – Mar. 10, 2017

*From DeadState

“Joe Kennedy III calls out Paul Ryan: What version of ‘mercy’ did you get from the bible?

In a direct shot at House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) attacked the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare. In a direct shot at House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Rep Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) attacked the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare.In a press conference this Tuesday, Ryan raised eyebrows when he said the GOP’s effort was “an act of mercy,” predictably attracting the ire of progressives and Democrat lawmakers.

In his comments this Wednesday during a House Energy Committee hearing, Kennedy essentially called into question Ryan’s Catholic faith.“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different scripture,” Kennedy said.“The one that I read calls on us to feed the hungry, clothes the naked, shelter the homeless, and give comfort to the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but how we care for the least among us. …”“There is no ‘mercy’ in a system that makes healthcare a luxury,” he continued. “There is no ‘mercy’ in a country that turns its back on those most in need of protection — the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering.”

*From Boing Boing

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*”Rachel Maddow’s Dogged Reporting May Take Trump Down

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We’ve long been confident that Rachel Maddow would be among the journalists standing up to Donald Trump and his deplorable administration. She’s continuing to come through — Wednesday night she did an excellent job of assembling and presenting the evidence on his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia in the election, in one of several segments she’s done on Trump and Russia. On her MSNBC show, Maddow noted that the one thing Trump campaign officials seemed to care about when the Republican platform was being drafted last summer was making sure it did not call for the U.S. to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine to fight Russia’s invasion. “It was weird at the time, and yes, there was a lot else going on in presidential politics … but even then, as the Russia-Trump questions continued to percolate and ultimately got more acute over time, ultimately Trump the candidate did have to answer for what his campaign did regarding the platform.” Trump claimed he was not involved in it, as did his then-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as shown in clips Maddow played. “Now that bizarre nonexplanation, those denials, have fallen apart,” she said, as now former Trump campaign official J.D. Gordon has acknowledged making the push to soften the language on Russia, at the behest of Trump himself.

This is coming out now, she said, in light of a Politico report that the FBI is investigating Russian citizen Konstantin Kilimnik, who has said he met with Manafort and played a role in getting the platform changed. “You can feel the pillars sort of start to sway here a little bit, right?” Maddow said, adding, “Every day in the last few days we’ve had a new piece of this fall into place.” She went on to note the reemergence of British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, author of a dossier containing many damaging claims about Trump’s relationship with Russia, including that Russian officials would work to help him win the election in return for removing Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue. The information in the dossier remains uncorroborated as a whole, but every day supporting details are checking out, she said. Just today, California Rep. Maxine Waters claimed the salacious sex allegations about Trump in the dossier are, in fact, true (Waters then walked back her explosive statement). “We’re learning more every day about what bullpuckey of the Trump campaign denials were on some of this stuff,” she added. Maddow also made a strong case that the Russian push for Trump’s election was partly due to a desire to dismantle the U.S. State Department, long a thorn in the side of Putin. Since former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a friend of Putin’s, was confirmed to lead the State Department, the diplomatic agency has been weakened through massive layoffs and budget cuts.

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**Thank God for Rachel Maddow, who not only continues to connect the dots; she’s also extremely entertaining as well**

 

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The Donald Chronicles, #37 – Mar. 7, 2017

*New travel ban is out! 

From  Andy Borowitz:

“The only travel ban I support would be one preventing Trump from leaving his prison cell.”

 

*From The Hill

“Ben Carson calls slaves “immigrants” who came to America with dreams of “prosperity and happiness” for their family.”

 

**Well … there are no words for this**

* From Democratic Underground, via Occupy Democrats

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Occupy Democrats

 

*From ShareBlue

 “Morning Joe team reverses course, joins majority of Americans in fearing Trump presidency

The Morning Joe team has enjoyed special access to Donald Trump and often served as cheerleaders on his behalf. Now they, too, are “scared” by Trump’s presidency.

Even prior to the election, the majority of Americans feared a Donald Trump presidency. And since he has taken office, his approval ratings have remained at historically low levels, averaging 42 percent and, at times, even dipping below 40 percent (average for elected presidents in their first quarter is 63 percent). And now, even Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have finally caught up with the majority of Americans. After a weekend of alarming behavior by Trump, including raging at staff and tweeting false allegations of felony behavior against former President Obama, Scarborough and Brzezinski expressed actual fear about Trump’s presidency. The pair previously served as advisors to Trump and generally gave him favorable coverage throughout the campaign and transition in return for special access and scoops

BRZEZINSKI: Final thoughts this morning?

SCARBOROUGH: Well, I think you said it best when you said we are all scared. Obviously, this is, I think we reached a new low this weekend.

BRZEZINSKI: Yeah.

SCARBOROUGH: What about you?

BRZEZINSKI: Um, I had hope and an open mind, and I have lost hope completely and my mind is closed. This presidency is fake and failed. Mark Halperin, your thoughts? Can’t really make it stronger than that.

HALPERIN: It’s going to be fascinating to see what Director Comey and the Justice Department do today. He’s thrown down the gauntlet and said this needs to be publicly denounced as false. And, if the Justice Department doesn’t comply, the ball’s going to be back in his court.

BRZEZINSKI: Mike Barnicle?

BARNICLE: As an American citizen, I want an explanation from the President of the United States why and how he could accuse a former president of committing a felony.

BRZEZINSKI: Joanna, you want to join in?

COLES: I’m not sure why we are surprised? There were warning signs along the way.

BRZEZINSKI: I had hope. I’m not surprised.

COLES: It’s very hard for somebody who is 70 to change their mind or change their ways.

“We are all scared.” Indeed, we are.

And now that the Morning Joe team has caught up to the same reality in which the majority of Americans are living, perhaps they will start speaking out on the need for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s corruption and ties to Russia and the other steps necessary to decide to remove Trump from office before he wreaks much more destruction.

**I and lots of others I talk to are scared, as well. Trump MUST be removed from power as soon as possible. It’s reasonable to suppose that his removal will result from investigations into the Russia connection that reveal serious wrong-doing, right up to and including treason. But … my abiding worry is that he will attempt a complete take-over – a coup – so as to eliminate the power of the courts to rein him in. The courts are now all that stands between us and a Trump dictatorship (unless, of course, the military decides to intervene).**

 

*The last word goes to Bernie:

“What should we do if the president is a liar?

We face a very serious political problem in this country, and that problem is manifested in a post written yesterday by Amber Phillips of The Washington Post. In her piece, Phillips criticizes me for lowering the state of our political discourse, because I accused the president of being a “liar.”
What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar? Does ignoring this reality benefit the American people? Do we make a bad situation worse by disrespecting the president of the United States? Or do we have an obligation to say that he is a liar to protect America’s standing in the world and people’s trust in our institutions?
I happen to strongly believe in civil political discourse. The vast majority of people in Congress who hold views different than mine are not liars. It is critical we have strong, fact-based debates on the important issues facing our country and that we respect people who come to different conclusions. In a democracy people will always have honestly held different points of view.
But how does one respond to a president who has complete disregard for reality and who makes assertions heard by billions of people around the world that have no basis in fact?
In her post, Phillips reprints five tweets that I sent out yesterday as examples of “the sorry state of political discourse right now.”
One of my great concerns is that there undoubtedly will be major crises facing the United States and the global community during Trump’s tenure as president. If Trump lies over and over again what kind of credibility will he, or the United States, have when we need to bring countries around the world together to respond to those crises? How many people in our country and other countries will think that Trump is just lying one more time?
Trump said three to five million people voted illegally in the last election. This is a preposterous and dangerous allegation which intentionally opens the floodgates for an increase in voter suppression efforts. Amber Phillips herself previously wrote, “There is just no evidence of voter fraud. Why launch an investigation into something that nearly everyone in U.S. politics — save one notable exception — doesn’t believe warrants an investigation?”
Trump claimed that his victory “was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.” Anyone with access to Google could see that this is factually incorrect. George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all had bigger electoral margins of victory than Trump.
And then there are the trivial lies. Trump stated “it looked like a million and a half people” at his inauguration. Who cares? But none of the people who are trained to estimate crowd size believe that one and a half million people attended his inauguration.
More importantly, Trump helped lead a baseless and dangerous attack against the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency by suggesting over and over again that Obama was not born in the United States and therefore not eligible to become president. This was not a disagreement with Obama over policy. It was a deliberate and dishonest effort to appeal to racist sentiment in this country and deny the right of our first African-American president to serve.
Lastly, my tweet which states that the United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the world if Trump continues to shamelessly lie is self-evident. We are the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. If we have a president who is not taken seriously by people throughout the world because of his continuous lies, our international standing will clearly suffer.
I find it interesting that Ms. Phillips did not take issue with my facts. Her complaint appears to be that it is improper for a United States senator to state the obvious. And that is that we have a president who either lies intentionally or, even more frighteningly, does not know the difference between lies and truth.
What do you think?
It is easy to know how we respond to a president with whom we disagree on many, many issues. I disagree with Trump’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act. I disagree with Trump’s plan to give huge tax breaks to billionaires. I disagree with Trump’s appointment of an anti-environmental EPA administrator. I disagree with Trump’s appointments of major Wall Street executives to key economic positions and his plans to loosen regulations on Wall Street designed to protect consumers. And on and on and on! These strong policy disagreements are a normal part of the political process. He has his views. I have mine.
But how do we deal with a president who makes statements that reverberate around our country and the world that are not based on fact or evidence? What is the appropriate way to respond to that? And if the media and political leaders fail to call lies what they are, are they then guilty of misleading the public?
What are your views on this extremely important issue? I look forward to your comments.
**Yes, what indeed do we do? This level of blatantly obvious lying is a phenomenon new to American politics. For sure, he has to be called on it. But what else can we do about it??**

 

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