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??**

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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