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COVID-19: Trump’s Easter Parade Death March

March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Trump's Easter Parade Death March

While Americans shelter at home to slow the spread of a deadly virus and the number of US infected and dead grows, all President Donald Trump can see is plunging numbers on Wall Street. Public health officials advise months of social distancing and the closure of all non-essential businesses, but Mr. Trump wants the lockdown to end by Easter.

“We’re opening up this incredible country. Because we have to do that. I would love to have it open by Easter,” Trump told a Fox News virtual town hall. “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’d love to make it an important day for this. I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter.”

“Easter’s a very special day for me,” he told (you guessed it) Fox News. “Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?”

Maybe the White House Easter Egg Roll can be replaced by a Toilet Paper Roll Roll.

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Doctors: Trump’s separation of families is torture

March 3, 2020

Doctors: Trump's separation of families is torture

“The trauma Donald Trump’s administration caused to young children and parents separated at the US-Mexico border constitutes torture, according to evaluations of 26 children and adults by the group Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

The not-for-profit group’s report provides the first in-depth look at the psychological impact of family separation, which the US government continued despite warnings from the nation’s top medical bodies.”

Legal experts have argued family separation constituted torture, but this is the first time a medical group has reached the determination.”

— “Trump’s separation of families constitutes torture, doctors find,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

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Shocking Sexual Assault at CPAC 2020

March 2, 2020

Serial adulterer and habitual flag molester Donald Trump forcibly assaulted Old Glory in full view of the entire 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference at a Maryland casino-hotel on Saturday. He unconvincingly murmured “I love you, baby” into to the flag’s field of stars. This is a clear violation of the U.S. Flag Code and common decency but, once again, the GOP failed to call SVU.

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Trump Coronavirus Response: Tax Cuts

March 2, 2020

Trump Coronavirus Response: Tax Cuts

President Donald Trump has been laser-focused on the deadly Coronavirus epidemic, especially one frightening symptom, the biggest stock market dive since the 2008 financial crisis. This is big trouble for Mr. Trump, who has been taking credit for rising stock prices for the past three years. After putting public health expert Mike Pence in charge of the nation’s Coronavirus response, Mr. Trump prescribed his no-fail remedy for Wall Street’s ills: tax cuts. They’ll even pay for themselves! Too bad they won’t treat disease or pay for America’s health care.

More:

“Trump officials discuss tax cuts, other emergency measures in hopes of tackling coronavirus fallout,” Jeff Stein and Ashley Parker,” Washington Post

“Coronavirus Shows the Problem With Trump’s Stock Market Boasting,” Neil Irwin, New York Times

“The coronavirus gores Trump’s bull market,” Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post

“Trump tries to shift blame as virus outbreak rattles markets,” Jonathan Lemire and Josh Boak, Associated Press

“Only Doctors Can Save the Markets From the Coronavirus,” Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times

Update:

“Dow plunges despite Fed’s emergency rate cut to stem coronavirus panic,” Rachel Siegel and Thomas Heath, Washington Post

Related:

“Stock markets are headed for a 40 percent plunge, says economist who predicted financial crisis,” Summer Meza, The Week

“Global stock markets have lost $6 trillion in value in six days,” Maggie Fitzgerald, CNBC

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Trump Boosts His Business Interests In India

February 24, 2020

Trump Boosts His Business Interests In India
President Donald Trump, real estate promoter and U.S. President, is visiting the land of the Trump Organization’s largest foreign business interests, India. Fellow authoritarian ruler Prime Minister Narendra Modi will show Mr. Trump what a real mass rally looks like, and probably explain how to deprive Muslim residents of their citizenship. There will also be some arms deals and trade talks. President Trump will be returning to the U.S. in 48 hours since there are no Trump golf courses in India for him to cheat play on this weekend.

Update:

President Trump, First Lady Melania, White House Lifestyle Consultant Ivanka, and Secretary of Everything Jared all visited India’s most famous Muslim tomb, freshly cleaned for their enjoyment and photo-ops. PM Modi’s advisors scared off the neighborhood monkeys. Mr. Trump, a longtime admirer of India’s Islamic Mughal heritage, named his money-laundering  twice-bankrupt Atlantic City casino the Trump Taj Mahal.

More:

“India is home to the most Trump ventures outside North America. Here’s what you need to know.” Niha Masih and Joanna Slater, Washington Post

“Trump visits a big foreign market — for the U.S. and for Trump Org,” Anita Kumar, Politico

Updates:

“Deadly clashes erupt in Delhi as Trump visits India,” Rebecca Falconer, Axios

“New Delhi Streets Turn Into Battleground During Trump’s Visit,” Jeffrey Gettleman, Suhasini Raj and Sameer Yasir, New York Times

“13 killed in violent clashes in Delhi amid Trump’s visit,” Debarshi Dasgupta, Straits Times

“In India, Trump hails no trade deal as a win,” Anita Kumar, Politico

“What Exactly Is Ivanka Trump Doing in India?” Michelle Ruiz, Vogue

“‘Up to India’: Trump evades questions about Muslim-excluding citizenship law,” Anita Kumar, Politico

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Blagojevich Jailbreak!

February 19, 2020

Blagojevich Jailbreak!

President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of one-time Celebrity Apprentice contestant and disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Chicago Democrat who tried to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat after the 2004 election. Mr. Blagojevich was also convicted of shaking down a childrens’ hospital to try to get a $50,000 contribution from the hospital CEO, and extorting a $100,000 bribe from a racetrack owner. He was convicted of the schemes on the evidence of his phone calls, so the president can surely relate.

“Blago,” a devoted Elvis fan, had been scheduled to do the Jailhouse Rock until May 2024.

More:

“Who Is Rod Blagojevich? And Why Did President Trump Commute His Sentence?” Monica Davey and Mitch Smith, New York Times

“The Rod Blagojevich scandal and Trump’s commutation of his sentence, explained,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

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2020 State of the Union: Re-Runs of 1950s TV Westerns

February 6, 2020

2020 State of the Union: Re-Runs of 1950s TV Westerns

U.S. President and reality TV personality Donald J. Trump performed his State of the Union address on Tuesday. He called it “The Great American Comeback,” and it all seemed to come back to re-runs of 1950s television Westerns. Mr. Trump outlined midcentury America’s whitest historical myths, and his reference points were all TV shows he saw as a toddler, Wyatt Earp (ABC TV, 1955 to 1961), Davy Crockett (ABC TV, 1954 to1955), and, with a nod at inclusion, Annie Oakley (syndicated from 1954 to 1957). He glorified How the West Was Won (MGM 1962 and MGM Televison, 1976 to 1979), seemingly reducing the genocide of Native Americans to some kind of divinely-ordained case of eminent domain. A reference to the Alamo (Disney 1955) overlooked the fact that Crockett and his comrades were illegal aliens in 1836, and some of them enslaved other human beings.

When Americans say “God Save the Republic,” we’re not not talking about the Republic Pictures Western fantasy films of Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. So Happy Trails, pardner. Only 270 days left before the presidential election. Saddle up.

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Donald Trump Joins Javanka at Davos 2020

January 21, 2020

Donald Trump Joins Javanka at Davos 2020

World leaders and the billionaires who own them are now gathered in Davos Switzerland at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Even though the Davos golf season ended in October, US President Donald Trump has joined White House Lifestyle guru Ivanka Trump, her husband Secretary of Everthing Jared Kushner, and foreclosure king and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the high-powered global economics meeting. We expect the president to use the globalist event to address “America First” political supporters back home, contest his impeachment trial at a safe distance, and check out the specifics of the Swiss-US extradition treaty.

Mr. Trump’s attendence at Davos is expected to cost U.S taxpayers $3.4 million in addition to security costs, salaries, and the $2.2 million needed to fly Air Force One round-trip between the US and Zurich and the Marine One helicopter from Zurich to Davos and back.

More:

“Trump sets off for Davos just as Senate impeachment trial heats up,” Jeremy Diamond, CNN

“Trump in Davos: Talking up economy, brushing off impeachment,” Darlene Superville, Associated Press

“Trump Focuses on Economy at Davos, Seeking a Counter to Impeachment,” Annie Karni and David Gelles, New York Times

“Trump is on trial for abuse of power – the Davos elites should be in the dock too,” The Guardian

“Trump, in Davos to Talk Trade, Lashes Out at Enemies Back Home,” Annie Karni, New York Times

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Trump: Over 15,000 Lies in 3 Years

December 17, 2019

Trump: Over 15,000 Lies in 3 Years

“As of Dec. 10, his 1,055th day in office, Trump had made 15,413 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. “

More:

“President Trump has made 15,413 false or misleading claims over 1,055 days,” Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly, Washington Post

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A 2-minute Trump rally

November 13, 2019

Q. Trump rallies: Nuremberg or Orwell?

A. Yes.

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