With the death toll in this country soaring, Trump is focused on the same thing he is always focused on: himself.
Much of America’s suffering is directly attributable to one dreadful fact: that Donald Trump is president of the United States. While people lay dying and bodies are heaped into refrigerated trucks, he brags about his ratings. No where in American history has there been such an out of touch, elitist, arrogant, and completely incapable leader.
Until earlier this week, Donald Trump downplayed the disease’s danger and overstated the extent to which the United States had “control” over it, and Republicans overwhelmingly continue to say that the threat from the virus had been exaggerated.
Pence is not alone. He is behaving in a way that Republicans have come to regard as normal. They must engage in the increasingly farcical exercise of praise for Trump
Infighting, turf wars and a president more concerned with the stock market and media coverage than policy have defined the Trump White House. They have also defined how it has handled a pandemic
What is apparent is that the Republican controlled Senate’s handling of the impeachment trial is a hoax. McConnell has gone on record as saying that he is not impartial, will not allow witnesses, and has worked in coordination with Trump’s attorneys.
This travesty of justice would not occur anywhere else in America. The fact that it is happening in the halls of the Senate is very sobering.
We are witnessing the demise of democracy.
If hungry children are upsetting to you, then take comfort that Jen and Brad had a picture-perfect moment together backstage at the SAG Awards. Or read this article about how 12 million children in America don’t have enough food, and the Trump administration’s attack on programs that provide a lifeline to those in need.
Biden said Trump used a “haphazard” decision- making process and has failed to communicate the rationale to Congress or U.S. allies around the world, but instead offered “tweets, threats and tantrums” that prove the Republican president to be “dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.”
Now we have the President saying one thing, and his Defense Secretary and Secretary of State openly saying that they won’t follow those orders.
From tax cuts for the wealthy, to slashing food stamps for the poor, Trump is unabashedly robbing from the poor to give to the rich
“President Trump put himself before country,” Nadler said. “The integrity of our next election is at stake. Nothing could be more urgent.”
Ambassador says quid pro quo came at “express direction of the President”
“We can’t go 24 hours without news of another mass shooting somewhere in America. My kids and millions’ others hide in corners of their classroom or in their bathrooms preparing for a mass shooting at their school, and this body does nothing about it,”
The question is: What should Americans expect from their President?
“If this is not impeachable conduct, what is? Does the oath of office itself — requiring that our laws be faithfully executed, that our President defend our Constitution that balances the powers of its branches, still have meaning?”
Donald Trump, Jr outed the alleged whistle-blower in clear violation of federal law. Will he be held accountable? Probably not. But even Fox News understands the law and has instructed its hosts to not identify the individual in question. The question is, will such blatant violation of the law go unpunished?
Obstruction of Congress is all but certain to be introduced as an article of impeachment, just as it was five decades ago when the House impeached then-president Richard Nixon.
An impeachment inquiry is a deadly serious moment, and proceeding without any Republican backing will likely undermine the inquiry’s legitimacy in the public eye.
The government shells out cash to the Trump Organization for accommodations and space for security. Is this illegal?
Two associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested while trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets. Also, strange marijuana connection.
The last time the United States abandoned allies in the Middle East, military officials say, it helped lead to the Iraq War. Today, the stakes are even higher.
Time to pull back the curtain on those that exclaim, “I, in my great and unmatched wisdom…”
Trump is facing a daunting reelection campaign. He is trying to convince himself that an impeachment ordeal will whip up his supporters and help him win a second term.
Perhaps, it will have the opposite effect.
Regardless of your political affiliations, this is not a moment to cheer
More than 49,000 workers walked off their jobs. Trump says he’s on their side. Will blue collar workers buy this messaging a second time?
Trump Halts California’s Stricter Fuel Standards, Demonstrating Support for Big Business
The Constitution prohibits the president from personally financially benefiting from the office, but has any law been broken?
As a country, we can either have tax cuts for the wealthy, or for the poor and middle class. We can’t have both.
For more than three years, Sanders retold lies on behalf of a boss who considers it his presidential priority to lie as much as possible.
Lawmakers in president’s own party voice firm opposition to threat over Mexico
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. Unlike almost every other US President that tried to unify the nation, Trump sees his future is tied to further dividing the nation, and giving his supporters more reasons to love him and hate the opposition.
Going through an impeachment hearing, which is bound to fail in the Republican controlled Senate anyway, will give Trump one more big bullhorn to shout his message of hate and division, and may, in fact, help assure his re-election.
At a press conference at the White House for farmer relief, Trump attempted to defend his temperament by asking several members of his staff to vouch for his calmness in the meeting.
Time to see behind the curtain, America. Donald Trump is about to start a war… just in time for the election.
Donald Trump’s national security adviser wants a war… any war will do.
The Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organization or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it.
The new wave of anti-abortion laws suggests that a post-Roe America won’t look like the country did before 1973, when the court case was decided. It will probably be much worse.
After two years surrounded by loyalists and sycophants, Trump had got his first taste of what life will be like with Pelosi in control of one half of Congress.
Hope is never a willful ignorance to the hardships and cruelties that so many suffer or the enormous challenges that we face in mounting progress in this imperfect world…. It’s a belief in goodness and human ingenuity and, maybe most of all, our ability to connect with each other and see each other in ourselves, and that if we summon our best selves, then maybe we can inspire others to do the same.
The Koch brothers will focus their immense influence on gubernatorial and congressional races.
New York attorney general says charity functioned “as little more than a checkbook to serve Trump’s business and political interests.”
The fact that China is now or will soon be the world’s biggest economy matters a lot. And people will feel it throughout this once great nation.
It remains to be seen if Trump supporters, who seemingly vote against their own interests, will continue to support the man in the next round of elections.
On Veteran’s Day weekend, Trump skipped a tribute to America’s war dead because of a light rain. This by a president who had avoided military service in Vietnam, claiming to suffer from “bone spurs.”
Think the national debt doesn’t matter? Consider this: The nation will soon be paying more in interest payments than on Medicaid and Defense.
“Trump tweet today blaming the state was an insult and so uninformed… His comments are reckless and insulting to the fire fighters and people being affected.”
Democrats will take the House, a change in Washington that will mean more gridlock for President Trump’s agenda, and congressional investigations into the president, his businesses, and Cabinet members.
Birthright citizenship is enshrined by the 14th amendment to the constitution. But Trump said that he would move to sign an executive order to end that right.
Many of the voting restrictions are part of a broader Republican strategy to tighten access to the ballot.
it’s important to understand that a Republican victory would change America: The end of Robert Mueller’s investigation. The loss of health insurance for several million people. New laws that make it harder to vote. More tax cuts for the rich. More damage to the environment. And a Republican Party molded even more in the image of President Trump.
The president signed a memo directing agencies to review and revise or rescind environmental standards that conservatives argue are keeping water from flowing to farmers in the Central Valley.
Why are Americans sleeping when facts are thrown at their feet that show that their president is a crook?
Under the Trump administration, our nation has lost its moral compass and has relinquished its position as the leader of the free world. Here is just one of the latest, sad examples.
Senate Democrats are expressing concern over reports that the FBI did not interview many primary witnesses, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.
Buoyed in part by a strong stock market and generous tax cuts courtesy Donald Trump and the Republicans, the 400 wealthiest Americans delivered a record-breaking year.
Trump took on dozens or hundreds of small partners in an arrangement called a “condo-hotel.” That meant legally subdividing his hotels, so that each room could be sold as a separate piece of property. Now those investors say Trump made money and they are left holding the proverbial empty bag.
“The president said he is not in favor of statehood for the people of Puerto Rico based on a personal feud with a local mayor. This is an insensitive, disrespectful comment to over 3 million Americans who live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico”
When the President of the United States attacks the credibility of a private citizen on Twitter, it is disturbing. And tweeting that a 15-year-old girl, as Ford was at the time of the alleged attack, would immediately have gone to the authorities about the crime, is willfully ignorant.
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump tweeted in August. Now he is trying to break the companies apart.
Mr. Trump’s advisers are repeatedly stunned by the president’s lack of interest in and knowledge of major issues. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that Mr. Trump’s understanding is like a “fifth or sixth grader.”
Why did the White House pressure the Senate to kill a bill that would bolster the nation’s defenses against election interference?
“Truth is truth,” Todd said.
“No, no, it isn’t truth,” Giuliani replied. “Truth isn’t truth.”
Reporters Without Borders moved the United States down four notches in its World Press Freedom Index between 2016 and 2018, mainly because of Trump’s open hostility toward the people who cover him. But far from undermining freedom of the press, the president’s fulminations have proven its durability.
Former fixer pleads guilty to fraud and campaign finance charges and says hush money payments to women were directed by Trump
Manafort was found guilty of five counts of tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. In total, the guilty counts could carry a lengthy prison sentence for Manafort, who is 69 years old.
Trump’s action will result in the release of more soot and smog-forming chemicals that will kill up to 1,400 Americans a year by 2030, EPA documents show. It will also cause an extra 40,000 cases of worsening asthma and 60,000 lost school days by 2030.
In addition to the publisher of the racist website, several longtime associates of the president also attended the private party at Kudlow’s home.
The FBI seized recordings President Donald Trump’s attorney made of his conversations with a lawyer representing two women who had alleged affairs with Trump.
The recordings could prove valuable to the government’s criminal investigation of Michael Cohen.
The largest US automaker said that overly broad tariffs could lead to a smaller GM, a reduced presence at home and abroad for this iconic American company, and risk less – not more – US jobs.
Trump sounded like a jilted lover when he tweeted: “I’ve done so much for you, and then this… We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!”
It’s not totally clear what the president meant when he said he’s done “so much for” Harley-Davidson.
In his Fox News interview Sunday, Trump dismissed the idea that Harley’s decision had something to do with his tariffs.
Because of Trump’s inconsistent track record in business, which included multiple bankruptcy filings and frequent lawsuits, most other major banks would not lend to him. Deutsche Bank loaned Trump millions under the direction of Justice Kennedy’s son.
There is little doubt that the Trump Administration will nominate — and force through — another extremely conservative justice like Neil Gorsuch. And that’s not just bad news for the LGBTQ community. It will most likely set back women’s rights, voting rights, and every marginalized group in this nation who relies upon the Supreme Court to live up to those four words etched into the building’s western pediment: “Equal Justice Under Law.”
A racist Trump commentator recently pardoned by Trump repeatedly tweeted #burnthejews and #bringbackslavery
A number of companies have already reported that the trade war has already forced them to hike prices.
When you think about “the best and the brightest,” the people you want to govern America, Trump, along with his cast of incompetent misfits on his cabinet, don’t even come close. They represent the worst of the worst, and are causing America to be flushed into the basement of history.
Prosecutors issued a subpoena to the National Enquirer’s publisher for records pertaining to a $150,000 payment made to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who has said she had an affair with Donald Trump.
Whether Trump is ignorant of the truth that it was his administration that created this policy of separating children from their families, or if he is just a very adept liar, is unclear.
Markets dropped across the world after Trump threatened to impose $200bn more in levies on Chinese goods.
Trump said: “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. So important.”
The Trump administration had been signaling its intention to leave the council for some months, but the announcement came while the US itself is under intense criticism for its own human rights, because of the administration’s policy of forcibly separating young children from their parents when apprehended on the Mexican border.
The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded. The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now.
Photographer John Moore, whose viral image of a weeping two-year-old girl at the US border has become the potent symbol of the outrage over Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy.
The White House is talking up Trump’s accomplishments – but as usual, many of the president’s claims are misleading or wrong.
The first daughter claims to be a mother first while the president screams nonsense about gangs and rips children from their parents.
This is a violent escalation that was foretold, the result of a deliberate upturning of international conventions. It is the US presidency striking a match and throwing it into the tinderbox of Jerusalem.
At least 52 people have been killed and 2,400 wounded, but President Donald Trump hailed the occasion in a video message.
People are now committed more to their political tribes than the truth… the only thing more dangerous than dishonest politicians who have no respect for the law is a chorus of enablers who defend their every lie.
AT&T confirmed it paid Cohen’s company Essential Consultants $200,000 for “insights into understanding the new administration” beginning in early 2017, when Trump was inaugurated.
Revelations of potentially illegal influence peddling exposed.
During his presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to authorize waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse.”
By withdrawing from the JCPOA, Trump hastens the possibility of three disparate but similarly cataclysmic events: an Iranian war, an Iranian bomb, or the implosion of the Iranian regime.
Actually, this is not a joke. It just seems like one.
Eighteen House Republicans have nominated Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel peace prize.
A mining industry spokesman said uranium mining does not pose any threat to either the environment or visitor experience. However, it is well known and documented that uranium mining renders the land and water poisoned and unapproachable for thousands of years.
The disclosure contradicts Trump’s own firm statement, made on Air Force One last month, that he had no knowledge of his private lawyer Michael Cohen having paid Daniels the $130,000 sum.
The incident took place two days after Bornstein, who had been Trump’s New York doctor for more than 35 years, revealed that he had prescribed Propecia, a drug to combat hair loss in men.
The problem with smart people, particularly smart progressives, is that their mix of intelligence and sensibility requires them to believe that tribalism isn’t to be managed or harnessed but, rather, overcome.
Haspel’s ascent is a perfect example what is wrong with the Trump administration: Instead of facing a criminal investigation and sanctions for her alleged role in overseeing torture, she has been showered with accolades.
The federal lawsuit alleges that Trump campaign officials conspired with Russia to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton
Today, the USA is held hostage by the ultra rich, and they have conspired to use every available mechanism to enrich themselves.
Before Trump, this pattern of personal of self-enrichment was a characteristic of third-world autocrats rather than the president of the United States.
Donald Trump declared an “attack on our country in a true sense” was under way after FBI agents conducted a raid on the office of his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on Monday.
Sinclair is the biggest owner of local TV in the US, and may soon reach 72% of American households if a proposed $4bn takeover of a rival is approved by federal regulators. It is accused by critics of having a conservative bias, which it denies.
In outburst of tweets on the Christian religion’s holiest holiday, Trump dashes any lingering hope of a deal to protect undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children. Then he went to church.
The Chinese response could end up hurting American business owners, ranchers and farmers, many of whom are from regions that voted for Mr Trump in 2016.
The company allegedly illegally obtained confidential information from Facebook, sent prostitutes to opposition and secretly taped encounters, and tried to bribe opponents.
Kudlow delivered an amazing series of bum steers as the years rolled by. And now, as if in recognition of his dreadful lifetime achievements, he is to be appointed director of the National Economic Council.
“The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness,” Trump said in remarks he echoed on Monday. However, most experts agree that criminal penalties and “toughness” is not a way to solve drug problems. Recall the Nixon and Reagan administration’s War on Drugs, which were utter failures.
About 16% of Harley’s sales are to Europe, and the company has warned that in addition to the effects of metal import tariffs in driving up manufacturing costs, “a punitive, retaliatory tariff on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in any market would have a significant impact on our sales, our dealers, their suppliers and our customers”.
In another example of what happens when Cabinet Level positions are filled with people that want to destroy the very departments they head, Ben Carson has moved to eliminate anti-discrimination protections.
Ronald Reagan knew about tariffs: “I have been around long enough to remember when we did that once before in this century… We lived through a nightmare,” Reagan, who came of age during the Great Depression, said in 1984.
Nepotism and corruption are the handmaidens of the Trump presidency.
The pattern is clear: if a foreign country wants Donald Trump to grace it with his presence and favors, best to ante up with loans to his son-in-law first.
President Trump has announced a 25% tariff on imported steel, sending shock waves through markets.
The move could spark a trade war with major implications for steelmakers and the economy.
Here’s a look at the numbers behind the global steel industry:
Trump’s golf habit has drawn incredible scrutiny in his first year in office, with watchdog groups raising questions about whether his endorsement of his own properties violates federal law.
Donald Trump has escalated the threat of a trade war with Europe, warning that the US will slap a tax on cars made on the continent if the European Union (EU) retaliates against tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.
In an interview, Daniels described the first time she met Trump—at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament—he invited her to his hotel room and they had sex.
Nearly 100 historians and biographers rated 43 US presidents on 10 qualities of presidential leadership: public persuasion, crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, international relations, administrative skills, relations with Congress, vision, pursued equal justice for all, and performance within the context of his times.
Trump has a history of shifting his positions in response to events or advice. Before he entered the political fray in earnest, he expressed support for a ban on assault weapons and “a slightly longer waiting period” to purchase a gun.
But during his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump ran as an unabashedly pro-gun candidate, warning the NRA: “The only way to save our second amendment is to vote for a person that you all know named Donald Trump.”
The charge sheet provides powerful new evidence of a Russian plot to elect Donald Trump.
Instead of “draining the swamp,” President Trump put some of the least qualified people into positions of power throughout his government. One shining example of incompetent leadership is Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Amid the anguished cries for action rising up from Florida, a national tone was set by Donald Trump that was largely devoid of a sense of urgency.
It’s at times like these that a normal president would step up to take action to protect its citizens. But we don’t have one of those right now.
Trump’s vision for the budget adds to the deficit while cutting domestic programs such as food stamps, housing, and Meals on Wheels, which benefit people in need.
Is this the America we want?
The Trump administration is attempting to speed up or even sweep away various environmental reviews in its plan to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure.
Environmentalists have warned that Trump’s agenda will place extra pressure on endangered species and risk exacerbating hazards, such as flooding, by failing to factor climate change.
Peter Thiel is a billionaire serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and the most prominent supporter of President Trump in Silicon Valley. And some say, the most dangerous conservative in America.
The trade deficit with China hit a record high in 2017, defying President Trump’s repeated promises to shrink a number that he regards as a test of whether other nations are treating the United States fairly.
Trump says the property is worth $50 million – until he gets the tax bill – then suddenly says it’s only worth about $15m. Who should we believe? Trump or The Donald?
In some sense, President Trump is just doing what Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan did before him, aided by Republicans in Congress. Both swore to balance the budget or to bring down the debt. Instead, both signed legislation that increased deficits, primarily through tax cuts and increased military spending.
It was a sad nice night for the truth. But that’s what we have learned to expect from a president who lies virtually every time he speaks.
A new Pentagon study contains findings that run contrary to White House views on global warming.
Top Republicans say they do not remember President Donald Trump making “Shithole Countries” comment. Who is lying?
Donald Trump’s current approval rating in Gallup’s weekly poll is just 38 percent, with 57 percent saying they disapprove. What is surprising about this isn’t that he has the lowest approval ratings of any president in recent history, but that 38% of Americans still approve of the man that has been called “The worst president ever.”
While most voters said Trump is not level-headed, honest or even fit to serve as president, some still approve of him. And that’s the problem.
Today, even those whose job it is to sit in bunkers and await a signal to launch nuclear weapons— are tested three times per month on their ability to execute protocols. They are required to score at least 90 percent. Testing is not required for their commander in chief to be able to execute a protocol, much less his ability to demonstrate the high-level thinking that would set this process in motion.
Former Trump campaign manager asks federal court in Washington to set aside charges as criminal trial approaches.
My indelible impression of talking to them (White House Staff) and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.
A growing list of powerful men have faced serious consequences for sexual misconduct allegations, but the most powerful one of all has faced none. Instead, Donald Trump’s official position, as his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders recently clarified in a White House press briefing, is that the 20 women accusing him of assault and harassment are lying. Trump has also suggested some were not attractive enough for him to want to sexually assault.
America’s strangest presidency ever has been a radical departure – in tone if not in substance – not least over race, the media and the environment. So what’s in store for 2018?
Bigger than Watergate? Or a transparent sham? Whatever else it may be, the story of Donald Trump and Russia comes down to this: a sitting president or his campaign is suspected of having coordinated with a foreign country behind the scenes of the election that put him in office.
This has been quite a year for America and the world. By most yardsticks, our nation seems to be going backwards: We have a billionaire president that shows no hesitation to making claims that are patently false. We have deepened the gap between rich and poor, made healthcare and college education further out of reach, eliminated environmental protections, and gave hefty tax breaks to the ultra wealthy. Here is a bit of this turbulent year in photos.
A singer and potential congressional candidate says she has filed a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, for hitting her twice on her buttocks at a Washington gathering in November.
The president’s volatile temper and thin skin have prompted many improbable exchanges this year, including questions about neo-Nazis, slavery and morons
Just when you think things are as ridiculous as they can be, another directive comes from the worst president ever, and surprises even those of us who thought we’ve seen it all. This one is a directive to the CDC.
“The US is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not provide rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation.”
“I did try and fuck her… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest US wilderness, is being transferred to the hands of the fossil fuel industry.
U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, in a move that could turn dangerous for President Donald Trump.
Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, and in doing so, took off their masks and revealed to the world their true nature: that they only care about corporations and the wealthy, and that despite their repeated campaign promises to help the middle class and the poor, they never had any intentions of fulfilling those empty words that stir so many citizens to cast a vote against their own interests.
When the crowd chanted “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton, Michael Flynn smiled. “You’re damn right,” he told last year’s Republican national convention. “You’re exactly right. There’s nothing wrong with that! And you know why we’re saying that? We’re saying that because if I – a guy who knows this business – if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today.”
“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.” –Donald J. Trump, August, 2016
The specific dissonance of Trumpism—advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel, policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are racially motivated—provides the emotional core of its appeal. It is the most recent manifestation of a contradiction as old as the United States, a society founded by slaveholders on the principle that all men are created equal.
Unfortunately, most Trump supporters will not understand that the president’s use of the name of the Native American’s name was done so in a racist and disparaging manner. This article will do little do convince anyone that doesn’t already see this fact. And for that, we are sad for America and the future we face.
Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least fifteen women since the 1980s.
Who were the worst American presidents? While it takes a rare combination of qualities such as strength of character, high principles, veracity, good judgment, and political skills to be considered the best of presidents, it takes a combination of persistent lying; failure to exercise good judgment; scandals; policies that weaken the country and hurt the economy; favoritism and cronyism; tax policy that enriches the elite while harming others; attacks on public institutions such as education, the arts, the environment, and a free and open media; and a general dereliction of duties, to be considered among the worst. The presidents listed below all shared some or more of those traits.