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  # 2285607 30-Jul-2019 11:07
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Rikkitic:

 

Is Trump spiralling completely out of control or is there something else going on here?

 

 

He's basically the same repulsive Trump that he always has been, but now he is becoming disinhibited as dementia sets in.

 

It can only get worse. ...  😕





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  # 2285609 30-Jul-2019 11:09
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I chuckled out loud at this one. 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2285635 30-Jul-2019 12:08
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Another worry is people who keep referring to themselves in the third person.


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  # 2285644 30-Jul-2019 12:20
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Sideface:

 

Rikkitic:

 

Is Trump spiralling completely out of control or is there something else going on here?

 

 

He's basically the same repulsive Trump that he always has been, but now he is becoming disinhibited as dementia sets in.

 

It can only get worse. ...  😕

 

 

So his plan is to stay President and be untouchable until such time as he is mentally incompetent to stand trial.


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  # 2285648 30-Jul-2019 12:25
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sir1963:

 

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Rikkitic:

 

Is Trump spiralling completely out of control or is there something else going on here?

 

 

He's basically the same repulsive Trump that he always has been, but now he is becoming disinhibited as dementia sets in.

 

It can only get worse. ...  😕

 

 

So his plan is to stay President and be untouchable until such time as he is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

 

 

Agreed - except that this is more likely the plan of Trump's handlers, rather than of Trump himself, who has very little insight into his own incompetence.





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  # 2285844 30-Jul-2019 16:50
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The New York Times - Republican Senators Are Cool to Trump’s Choice for Top Intelligence Post

 

Democrats and former officials also expressed concern that the pick, Representative John Ratcliffe, will politicize what is supposed to be a nonpartisan job.

 

July 29, 2019

 

 

WASHINGTON — Republicans hesitated on Monday to embrace President Trump’s choice for the director of national intelligence, and some privately expressed doubts about his potential confirmation, echoing concerns of experts and Democrats that he was too inexperienced and too partisan.

 

Mr. Trump’s pick, Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas, could face an uphill battle, Senate Republicans said in private conversations.

 

Several said they wanted to keep the intelligence post apolitical, and Mr. Ratcliffe will need to show he can move beyond the die-hard conservative persona that has made him a star in the House and on Fox News, but less well known among senators who will decide whether to confirm him. ...

 

The cool reception from members of the president’s own party reflected the split at hand:

 

For what is supposed to be perhaps the most nonpartisan job in Washington, Mr. Trump selected one of the capital’s fiercest political warriors. ...

 

Mr. Ratcliffe’s chief qualification is “his record of promoting Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories,” said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is on the Intelligence Committee.

 

Congressman Ratcliffe is the most partisan and least qualified individual ever nominated to serve as director of national intelligence,” Mr. Wyden said. ...

 

 

 

 

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The Washington Post - Some officials fear Trump will get the intelligence he wants, not the intelligence he needs, from DNI pick

 

July 29 at 7:06 PM

 


President Trump’s plan to nominate a political ally as director of national intelligence was seen by current and former officials as a move to subdue spy agencies that he has long regarded as disloyal, and silence one of the few pockets of occasional dissent in his administration.

 

Trump began attacking U.S. spy agencies almost from the moment he declared his candidacy, and since taking office he has routinely rejected analysts’ conclusions on issues including Russian election interference, the murder of a Saudi journalist and more.

 

Now, with the choice of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) to serve as the nation’s next spy chief - and Attorney General William P. Barr already entrenched at the Justice Department - Trump is poised to seize greater control over the two pillars of government that he perceives as most hostile to his presidency. ...

 

 

 





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  # 2286359 31-Jul-2019 11:50
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If it's an act, he is brilliant at it. I don't believe it is an act.

 

 





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Yeah but:

 


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  # 2286592 31-Jul-2019 15:04
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kingdragonfly: A classic Republican "troll in the shadows" move from your son-in-law.

If he has an opinion, share it. Unless he knows griefing is the limits of his abilities.  https://southpark.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_Internet_Trolls

 

Actually, he has very definite opinions on what America needs to do about Trump, but I can't share them here.





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PUTIN DENIES MITCH MCCONNELL IS RUSSIAN ASSET: “HE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ASSET TO ANY COUNTRY”

 


 


MOSCOW (The Borowitz Report)—Pushing back against charges that Senator Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday that McConnell “has never been an asset to any country.”

 

“You can scour the four corners of the globe, and you will not find a nation that would ever in a million years consider Mitch McConnell an asset,” Putin said.

 

The Russian President urged pundits who have called McConnell a Russian asset “to look up the word ‘asset’ in the dictionary.”

 

“You will find that ‘asset’ means a useful or valuable thing,” Putin said. “The only part of that definition that fits McConnell is ‘thing.’ ”

 

Pressing his case further, he said that it was debatable whether McConnell was even an asset to his home state of Kentucky. “Maybe compared to Rand Paul he is, but that’s setting the bar ludicrously low,” he said.

 

Concluding his remarks, Putin said that people who ask, “Who does Mitch McConnell work for?” are asking the wrong question. “The question should be ‘When has Mitch McConnell ever worked?’ ” he said.





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https://www.alternet.org/2019/07/donald-trumps-father-was-once-arrested-over-infested-maryland-apartment-buildings/

Donald Trump’s father was once arrested over infested Maryland apartment buildings

by Jen Hayden / Daily Kos

Donald Trump has continued attacking Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has represented the Baltimore area in Congress since 1996. Trump’s racist smears against the congressman and the district he represents appear to be related to the fact the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Cummings, approved subpoenas last week to investigate the use of personal emails, devices, and encrypted message-sharing apps for government business. Details on the House investigation from The New York Times:

The committee has obtained direct evidence that multiple high-level White House officials have been violating the Presidential Records Act by using personal email accounts, text messaging services and even encrypted applications for official business — and not preserving those records in compliance with federal law,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and the chairman of the committee. “What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications.


Those “high-level White House officials” include Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and that’s what is likely sending Trump into a tizzy. Less than 48 hours after the committee approved the subpoenas, Donald Trump was parroting Fox News when he called Baltimore “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.” The Republican Super PAC operating as a cable news network had just done a segment comparing conditions at border detention facilities to Rep. Cummings’ district.

It’s more than a little ironic that Donald Trump attacked Baltimore for impoverished conditions. Some of Donald Trump’s wealth (and the wealth of son-in-law Jared Kushner, too) came from owning and operating squalid housing in Maryland. In fact, the Maryland properties owned by the Trump Organization were so bad that Donald Trump’s own father was arrested in 1976 when he flew there to meet with local officials.

When the notoriously frugal Fred Trump failed to pay for repairs by that July, his housing license was revoked, preventing him from signing new leases. The blow to his pocketbook spurred him to action: Trump agreed to fly to Maryland to meet with local officials on Sept. 29, 1976.

Instead, he was arrested.

[Law enforcement from the county of] Prince George’s was cracking down on dilapidated housing complexes [in Baltimore], but arresting an owner was unusual.

“We probably haven’t issued four arrest warrants in the past five years,” Joseph T. Healey, the county’s housing inspector supervisor, told The Post for an article about the arrest.


Fred Trump and the Trump Organization essentially stopped making repairs after white flight occurred to the suburbs and the complex became filled largely with black tenants. What does it say about the conditions of that property that Fred Trump was arrested? And by then, Donald Trump was the president of the Trump Organization. He would have been well aware of the situation in Maryland. Only three years before Fred Trump’s arrest in Maryland, the Department of Justice sued the Trumps for discrimination.

“Major Landlord Accused of Antiblack Bias in City,” the headline stated. The Department of Justice had brought suit in federal court in Brooklyn against Mr. Trump and his father, Fred C. Trump, charging them with violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 in the operation of 39 buildings.

“The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,’ ” The Times reported. “It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.”

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https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-kushner-trump-housing-20190729-iip3g7f4ajfdpeqyv4ebcoqase-story.html

Baltimore County Executive notes ‘irony’ in Trump’s criticism, calling out code violations at Kushner properties

By Wilborn P Nobles III, Balitmore Sun

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Trump unleashed several insults on Twitter Saturday against Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whom he called a “brutal bully,” and his 7th Congressional District, which includes much of Baltimore but also reaches into Baltimore and Howard counties. Trump, a Republican, specifically mentioned crime, rats and trash.

But Olszewski noted that the county once had to threaten the Kushner firm to get it to address code violations and other issues at its Baltimore County properties. The Kushner Cos., and its affiliates, own nearly 9,000 rental properties in Maryland, more than 7,200 in Baltimore County alone.

“We had to both threaten significant fines as well as withholding federal payments to ensure there was compliance,” Olszewski said of county efforts in 2017, under his predecessor, Democrat Kevin Kamenetz. “There’s a certain irony in hearing the president attacking a city and region when his own son-in-law was directly involved and his company was directly involved in creating the conditions where that quality of life was threatened.”
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There were nine properties where the county charged significant fines, in addition to actually withholding rental assistance payments, Olszewski said.

“You’re talking about a company that was using local taxpayer dollars to help subsidize these apartments," he said, “and they were frankly in conditions that as a father I wouldn’t want to raise my daughter or my family in.”

Baltimore County spokesman T.J. Smith told the Sun the county received 164 complaints resulting in 56 “correction notices and citations” and a possible $13,200 in fines. Most of those citations were corrected, Smith said, so the county levied $2,000 in fines. Smith said the violations were all related to livability issues such as mold, insect infestations, mice, rats, window or door leaks, and inadequate air conditioning or heat.

Kushner-owned properties also include hundreds of units eligible for publicly-funded housing vouchers. Smith said 699 of those units passed annual inspections in 2017, while 200 units failed.
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GOVERNMENT HOUSING STRUCTURE INFESTED WITH CRIMINALS AND RATS

 

 

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A government-subsidized housing structure has fallen into a dangerous state and has become thoroughly infested with criminals and rats, a leading congressman warned on Saturday.

 

The building has become “the territory of vicious gangsters who roam freely and consider themselves above the law,” Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat of Maryland, said.

 

The congressman added that notorious gang members took over the housing facility in early 2017 and have “spread terror and despair” there ever since.

 

“People are scared to be there,” Cummings said. “Hundreds have fled.”

 

He said that the horrific conditions within the housing complex are one of the nation’s worst-kept secrets. “Many of the people who have fled over the past two years have written books about it,” he said. “But the criminals continue to run wild.”

 

The congressman said that he was speaking out for the benefit of the residents in his Baltimore, Maryland, district. “I am alarmed that the nation’s worst breeding ground for crime is less than fifty miles from Baltimore,” he said.

 

 





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All of this (see above) is well and good, but does any of this kind of information, including the many other examples here and elsewhere of Trump's lies and duplicity, ever make it into the propaganda bubble that Trump supporters live in? Preaching to the converted can be satisfying, but how do you get real information to the genuinely ignorant, and how do you make them listen? I'm not talking about changing their minds on anything, but just making them aware that the information exists. I truly believe at least some of these people would start to wonder about Trump's claims if they were exposed to the many repeated instances of his blatant deceptions. Maybe not after just one or two, but dozens or hundreds would certainly have an impact. Some people may truly be stupid, or evil, but most are prepared to give fair consideration to unfamiliar ideas if they are made aware of them. 

 

 





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