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Did you miss us, Truthseekers? 

Last week was another doozy of a news dump from Trumpworld.  We saw the rise and fall of “The Mooch” and the refusal of his own military generals to enforce his attack on transgendered troops.  You would think his latest golf vacation would give us a break from the nonstop madness, but even out of the White House (aka “the dump”) the mean tangerine keeps making headlines.  Today it was a a tweet about “undisclosed” sources with confidential information about N. Korea’s cruise missiles.  Geezus, he really likes to poke the bear, doesn’t he?  And for a guy who hates anonymous sources and top secret leaks, he sure knows how to toss them around. 

Asked about the report Tuesday morning on Fox, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said she could not comment. “I can’t talk about anything that’s classified, and if it’s in the newspaper, that’s a shame,” Haley said. “It’s incredibly dangerous when things go out to the press like that.”  Damn, Nikki, your boss doesn’t make it easy for you.  What a tool.  How long before Gen. Kelly resigns?

Can you imagine Trump in the middle of a missile crisis?  Think he could manage it like Commander in Chief Kennedy did?  We’d be lucky if he’d be as effective as PBS Kids’ Commander Salamander.  Trump and Kim Jong Crazy are equally mentally unstable so the potential clash of the psychos could be devastating.  No need to worry about a border wall when Chicago is reduced to a glowing mass of molten rubble.  Trump will be fine, hidden under some mountain in Montana.  He will live to golf another day…..how about your grandkids?  Will they keep “winning” as Trump likes to tout?

Speaking of mass destruction, Trump hasn’t tweeted a syllable about the bombing of the mosque in Minnesota, just in case you were wondering about his concern for American citizens.  Hell, it might be a fake bombing, right?  Like the fake Sandy Hook tragedy and the fake Oklahoma City bombing.  That’s what that freak and deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka seems to suggest.  Think Progress has the details:

The White House will not officially comment on the bombing of a Minnesota mosque because it may be a hate crime faked by a liberal, according to Trump national security adviser Sebastian Gorka.

An as-of-yet unidentified individual threw a makeshift bomb through the window of a mosque in Minnesota Saturday, and Gorka was asked on MSNBC Monday if the White House will comment. Gorka said that the White House will “absolutely” comment once there is a finalized investigation into the incident.

“There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false,” Gorka said. “You have to check them and find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes by right wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to be prop propagated by the left. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”  But Trump has, in the past, commented on attacks without full information, including a recent June attack in the Philippines, which may have been a robbery gone wrong. He has not been so fast to cry terrorism after the Minnesota bombing, despite the fact that Minnesota’s governor called the attack terrorism.

But as the MSNBC host pointed out, authorities can and should still condemn attacks, even if the perpetrator is in question.

“You don’t have to make a statement about who did it but you can make a statement denouncing how terrible it is to attack a building of worship,” the host said.

“That’s fine and I’m sure the president will do that,” Gorka responded.

But three days have passed and the president still hasn’t done that.

And Trump certainly has had time to. Since he left on his “working vacation,” Trump has often been on Twitter, tweeting, as the MSNBC host noted, but mostly about “fake news,” his approval ratings and Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-CT) military record.  “I’m not going to give social media advice to a man who won the election in large part thanks to his understanding of social media and to destroy the fake news industrial complex about who will win the last election,” Gorka said. “Hold your horses and count to ten and the president will do what he deems fit.”

Hold your ass and pound sand, Gorka.  Admit it – the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim according to Trump.  The fake terrorists did him a favor, gave his ICE forces a few less brown people to harass, detain, and deport.  Hate crimes are just fine and dandy to to Tinyhands.  He campaigned on them, why is anybody surprised when they occur?  The war on immigrants, women, and minorities is the one campaign promise The Don can deliver. 

 

This article has 10 comments

  1. Doctor Who(Jay G)

    Mike, your show has become really bad as of late. It’s quickly becoming like MSNBC. Totally irrelevant. All Trump and nothing else. While the Democrats are so utterly incompetent that they’ll most likely muck things up again in 2018 and 2020. Perhaps you should focus on them a bit? I don’t know if you’re living under a rock or what but they’re doing plenty to ensure that the losing continues. Please go on “Youtube” and check out Jimmy Dore, Secular Talk with Kyle Kulinski, and the Humanist Report with Mike Figueredo. The information you get from them will improve your own program. Remember, you should be more angry at the corporate Democrats. As they are enabling Trump and the GOP. They are helping the Republicans to stay in power. All they have to do to crush the GOP is to stop taking corporate/wealthy donor money and run on the “People’s Platform”. Not that “lame” deal that no one with a brain is buying.

  2. TakeTheCannoli2

    Ever since Newt Gingrich’s Contract on America, I looked upon August as the one month my government can’t do too much harm to me. Congress would be in recess, while my neoliberal or neocon President was on vacation.
    That’s all changed now. Now I have to wonder if my fascist President is going to start a nuclear war while sipping pina coladas.

  3. Joni Ellsworth

    I have been an avid fan and loyal podcast subscriber since 2009. I supported the Kickstarter campaign. Recently, I emailed Kathy with comments and suggestions for the show. The only response I got was an apparent reference to me by Mike on his Monday show filled with hate and ridicule. I will do him the honor of stating for him what he actually wanted to say: “That person who complained about the breaks on my show is a whiney, no-talent, worthless piece of shit, who could not begin to put together a two-hour show five nights a week, has absolutely no right to criticize me, and should just shut her fucking mouth up and go away”.  Of course, there has been the predicted pile-on by a few commenters here telling me about what a shithead I am for daring to complain. I guess authoritarianism and blind adulation are contagious in the age of a Trump.

  4. TakeTheCannoli2

    An amazing article at Huffington Post describes how different parts of the Executive Branch are now routinely ignoring Trump’s orders:

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is openly contradicting Trump’s blustering threats to North Korea.
    The Navy ignored Trump’s demand that aircraft carriers go back to using steam to launch planes off their decks. Trump thinks high-tech electromagnetic catapults are too complicated.
    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused a recent Trump order to open a new investigation of Hillary Clinton.
    Vice President Mike Pence, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Defense Secretary James Mattis assure NATO that the U.S. will honor treaty obligations that Trump is “ambivalent” about.
    The Pentagon ignored Trump’s tweets about discharging transgender people from the military.

    “Norm Ornstein, with the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, said experts in the various agencies are left with no choice when presented with unreasonable demands. ‘We’ve never had a president like this. We’ve never had a president with no knowledge base. Who’s not interested in developing a knowledge base. With no impulse control,’ Ornstein said.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-agency-directives-ignored_us_598b7888e4b0d793738c6a35?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    1. Denny NNWofLA

      ‘Resist Trump’ is alive and growing. We cannot wait until 2020 for this seventy-one year old man-child’s removal from office. We (the wold) may not have that much time if this overly-inflated chicken (inside the White House) remains in power. That would be akin to receiving a cancer diagnosis and waiting more than three years before seeking treatment. We should not have had to endure any of this anyway. On with the investigations and off with their heads. Let ’em roll right out the door!

      1. TakeTheCannoli2

        We may not have to wait till 2020. That HuffPost article had me reaching for my dog-eared copy of the Constitution. It’s worth a review here.
        Ratified in 1967, the 25th Amendment provides that all it takes is the Vice-President PLUS a majority of his Cabinet (or the majority of some other set of offices defined by Congress) to transmit a written declaration to Senate and House leaders that the President “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his [or her] office.”
        At that point, the Vice-President immediately becomes Acting President. After that, two-thirds of both chambers of Congress would have to vote to support that declaration. If the vote in both chambers fails, the President resumes his or her duties. If it passes, the Acting President assumes the presidency.
        In our present circumstances, it comes down to Pence plus eight out of 15 Cabinet Secretaries to send the written declaration to Congress. That serves the same purpose of impeachment, except impeachment is initiated by a simple majority of the House, and finalized by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. Removal of a president via the 25th amendment requires a two-thirds majority of both chambers (67 Senators plus 291 House members).
        So what’s holding up Congress? I believe it’s Trump’s loyal base, whom Republicans fear to alienate. Trump knows his political survival depends upon keeping his rabid base rabid and feral as ever. That’s why you see him continually on the campaign trail, waving his electoral college map. But once his approval ratings among the rabid fall below a certain point, his family’s con game will be over.

        1. Denny NNWofLA

          This entire fraudulent regime has to go; every goddamn one of them. Never should have been there in the first place. The monsters must be returned to the swamp (imprisoned) for their crimes against our country.

          Also, if I heard Mike correctly, I too would be OK with the military taking charge to keep order until new free and verifiable elections are held. Otherwise we are just changing the driver in this reckless carload of crooks.

          At this point, my biggest concern is Trump using the North Korean situation as a distraction from his dirty dealings and getting us into a nuclear catastrophe. Anytime an armed conflict arises we rally around our leader, for better or, more likely, worse. This would be the worst ever. And the last.

          1. TakeTheCannoli2

            Did you notice in that HuffPost article where it talked about Nixon’s final days?

            “…Richard Nixon would routinely order his top White House aides to carry out bizarre and sometimes illegal orders, including at one point the bombing of the Brookings Institution to create a diversion allowing the theft of damaging documents. The aides, including some who history painted as villains following the Watergate investigation, protected the country by ignoring those orders, Ornstein said.

            ‘It’s not the first time we’ve seen crazy orders given by a president angry that things didn’t work the way the president wanted them to,’ Ornstein said.

            Brinkley, the presidential historian, said Nixon’s top aides and Cabinet members actually took things a step further in his final year, as the Watergate probe and impeachment drew closer. Worried about his mental stability and his alcohol consumption, they essentially set up a system that required sign-off by the chief of staff and the defense secretary for the authorization of military strikes, he said.

            ‘It was sort of extralegal,’ Brinkley said, but operated on the premise that the United States was too important to let Nixon destroy it. ‘The whole issue became containing Nixon.’
            Our survival may depend upon the military’s unwillingness to follow Trump’s order of a preemptive nuclear strike. During the Cold War, a glitch in the Soviet early warning system led to an order to launch nuclear missiles. Only the basic decency of the Soviet crew that made them question the order saved us from destruction.

  5. TakeTheCannoli2

    Correction:

    ‘It was sort of extralegal,’ Brinkley said, but operated on the premise that the United States was too important to let Nixon destroy it. ‘The whole issue became containing Nixon.’” [Note end quote to entire excerpt I copied & pasted. The final paragraph in my post is mine.]
    Perhaps Mueller’s predawn raid on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s home will help bring down both Trump and Pence. Mueller’s investigation is gaining steam. It appears Mueller is zeroing in on a specific piece of evidence related to a specific crime. He chose not use a grand jury subpoena, which would have given Manafort time to obstruct evidence.
    http://www.newsweek.com/four-good-reasons-mueller-mounted-pre-dawn-raid-manafort-649150

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