The Donald Chronicles, #13 – Feb. 6, 2017


Again, a grab-bag of god-awful:

1. We can thank you-know-who for this, along with a recent wave of threats to Jewish places of worship. The passengers in this NYC subway car then removed the anti-semitic graffiti. Thank you New Yorkers!

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NYC subway

2. Immigration/Refugee ban: It was a wild weekend (and I don’t mean the Super Bowl), with most attention focused on the Federal court stay of the immigrant/refugee ban. A State of Washington federal judge issued the stay, saying that the ban was not based on any factual (vs. fictional) evidence. Trump’s Twitter response was to call him a “so-called” judge:

This is from CNN reporter Dean Obeidallah:

“Donald Trump’s most bone-chilling tweet

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump may have unleashed his most bone-chilling tweet — at least to those who believe the United States should not become a Trump-led dictatorship. And I don’t make that comment simply to be provocative or without giving it a great deal of thought. Our democracy is far more fragile than some might grasp and Trump is engaging in a concerted effort to undermine the workings of it.

Here is Trump’s truly jaw-dropping tweet from Saturday morning: “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”
Why is this so concerning? It’s OK to argue about whether the judge should or shouldn’t have issued this order. But Trump is apparently attempting to delegitimize our federal judiciary by calling Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush-appointed judge, a “so-called” judge while arguing that his decision is “ridiculous.”
Let’s be blunt, because the stakes demand it: An independent federal judiciary is our last, best hope at preventing Trump from violating the US Constitution and illegally grabbing power. And Trump has to understand that, hence his attempt to undermine it.
The President truly appears to be leading a master class in transforming the United States into a dictatorship. Trump — and it’s fair to assume it is by design — has sought to undermine anyone or anything that tries to counter him.”

3. Bowling Green Massacre and other lies: In an interview, Kellyanne Conway made reference to a massacre that occurred in Bowling Green, KY, saying that it wasn’t reported. It, in fact, never happened. And last week, Sean Spicer stated that Iran had attacked a US warship. That was false, as well. And let’s not forget “alternative facts”. Here’s what Dan Rather has to say about the lying that is coming out of the White House: “What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.” Dan Rather

4. Russia/US moral equivalency: When confronted, in an interview about how he regards Putin, with the statement that Putin is a “killer”, Trump’s response was that so are we. While such honesty may be welcomed by the Left, it was in the service of proposing that the US is no better than Russia – and, it would appear, that he (Trump) is not so uncomfortable about killing, here or in Russia.

5. Dodd-Frank: The administration has begun to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act, which has protected consumers from corporate/Wall Street malfeasance.

6. FBI investigation: “Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shook up Super Bowl Sunday by demanding a full FBI probe into what the Russians have on President Trump during an interview on Meet The Press.” (PoliticusUSA)

 

 

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