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About That Press Conference - It Was A Disaster, Believe Me

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/16/17 22:46

by Dave Mindeman

This is no longer about partisanship. No longer about party. No longer about principle. No longer about who's right or who is wrong.

This is about surviving Donald Trump.

I watched his press conference today and, sorry, that was the most embarrassing thing I have ever witnessed. Forget the policy. Forget the attempts at political points. Forget all of it.

That was a 747, nose down plane crash.

During that presser, Donald said that you people (the press) will all say tomorrow that Donald was ranting and raving.

Well, I would call what I witnessed the very definition of ranting and raving. It was textbook ranting and raving. To say it was ranting and raving would be good reporting.

To you Republicans....really? You really think that was a Presidential performance. Seriously? I mean it. It was awful. It was pathetic. It was...oh hell, I need more adjectives. This was just not good for the image and future of the United States.

I used to think that we'd have to tolerate Trump because if he was gone, it would just mean President Pence. And since that would probably be just as bad policy wise, might as well deal with Trump.

I no longer think that. I now prefer President Pence - because I value order and not chaos. Policy difference, not policy danger.

Donald Trump is not capable of being President of the United States. He is not capable of being normal. As he would say, it's a disaster, believe me.

Some serious leadership is needed here - and yet the Republican silence tells us that they never really were a country first type of Party. They are only looking to extract whatever they can underneath the cover of a madman.

It is beyond any level of logic I can come up with. We are in big trouble.
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Careening Toward A Constitutional Crisis

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/16/17 00:22

by Dave Mindeman

The NY Times has just released a report that is very disturbing.

President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies.

That billionaire is Trump ally, Stephen Freiberg - co-founder of Cerebus Capital Management. No official announcement yet, but Freiberg has been mentioned for a top administration position.

Freiberg has no experience in the intelligence community. But he has very close ties with Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.

This is chilling.

In fact, it smacks of McCarthyism. Trump is trying to minimize the information coming out of the various intelligence agencies as illegal politicized leaks. It is assumed that Freiberg would conduct his review as a means of ferreting out the people passing out the leaked information.

Freiberg would operate out of the White House and probably report only to Trump. He could say anything. He could accuse anyone.

It is part of this ongoing effort to discredit inside information sources. Trump is working on minimizing the press. He is questioning the motives of protesters. And now, he is going to attempt to discredit the people who could release damaging information about what he has done and plans to do.

If anyone is questioning the idea that Trump is moving into an authoritarian transition in this country, that question is being answered.

We do not have an NIH director yet. Former Senator Dan Coats has been nominated for the job, but has not been confirmed. Mr. Coats smells a rat:

Mr. Coats is especially angry at what he sees as a move by Mr. Bannon and Mr. Kushner to sideline him before he is even confirmed, according to current and former officials. He believes the review would impinge on a central part of his role as the director of national intelligence and fears that if Mr. Feinberg were working at the White House, he could quickly become a dominant voice on intelligence matters.

We are careening into a Constitutional crisis.....and Congressional Republicans are sitting on the hands.

We are in big trouble.
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