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January 11, 2019

DDT: Week 103 – While the Media Focused on the Horrific Shutdown ….

Filed under: Donald Trump — trp2011 @ 9:52 PM

The big news today is that the FBI opened an investigation into Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) after he fired former FBI Director James Comey and bragged about it to the Russians, calling Comey “a real nut job.” The FBI was concerned that DDT was a threat to national security while working against the U.S. on behalf of the Russians and that the firing was an obstruction to justice. While Comey openly pursued Hillary Clinton’s emails, he was suspicious of DDT’s ties to Russia.

DDT claims “no collusion,” but the White House has just hired 17 new lawyers to protect DDT from Robert Mueller’s investigation through executive privilege.

Michael Cohen, DDT’s former fixer, will testify on February 7 about all things DDT.

A sloppy lawyer allowed the public to discover information about Paul Manafort’s sharing poling data during DDT’s campaign with Russian Konstantin Kilimnik, but DDT says he hasn’t heard anything about it.

Ed Burke, another DDT associate who worked for the Trump Organization, has been charged with attempted extortion. DDT has no involvement in the criminal complaint—unless Burke flips on DDT.

Dictator Donald Trump (DDT claims that he likes an “acting” government—no confirmed people for the chief of staff (acting Mick Mulvaney), DOJ (acting Matt Whitaker), Interior (acting David Bernhardt), Defense Secretary (Patrick Shanahan), EPA (Andrew Wheeler), and Medicaid (Chris Traylor).  Many more acting appointments are just dropping the term “acting” from their titles. DDT claims to like the “flexibility,” but Jon Kyle and Ret. Gen. Jack Keane already turned him down for Defense. Six of 24 Cabinet positions have only acting personnel, and over one-third of vacancies requiring Senate approval are vacant. The next Cabinet disappearance may be Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was annoyed with the Democrats questioning him at a hearing about his decision to remove sanctions on Oleg Deripaska’s companies, but Democrats were even more irritated with his wasting time through his refusal to answer questions. Even Republicans in Congress, that can pass a law to thwart Mnuchin’s plans, have a history of sanctioning Russians. Deripaska is a former business associate of Paul Manafort.

DOJ AG nominee Bill Barr, headed for committee hearings this coming week, refused to meet with several Democratic senators by claiming the shutdown restricted his time until they went public. Democrats were told that they could meet with Barr after the rushed hearings. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met with Barr and assured everyone that he wouldn’t stop Robert Mueller’s investigation. New Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Graham wouldn’t release Barr’s public financial disclosure report and ethics agreement. Barr has been questioned about his sending DDT a memo opposing Mueller’s investigation and his position that the president is above the law. He was AG for George H.W. Bush in 1992 when H.W. pardoned everyone in the Iran-Contra scandal to get H.W. out of legal difficulties. Graham doesn’t even pretend to be “fair and balanced”: he tweeted, “The confirmation of conservative judges will be one of my top priorities as Chairman.” Imagine the outrage if a Democrat said his goal was to confirm liberal judges.

State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo is spreading U.S. policy throughout the Middle East. He praised Saudi Arabia with no mention of their torturing and dismembering U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, promoted alliances with autocrats, and promised that the Kurds will be protected from Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan attacks on them while the U.S. withdraws which it may not do. Missing from all Pompeo’s speeches was any reference to human rights.

DDT supporters in Johnson County (Indiana) are losing faith in their leader because of toxic chemicals underground from an old industrial site are contaminating their homes. Children are falling ill with cancer, including brain tumors, lymphocytic leukemia, and a rare bone cancer. DDT stopped President Obama’s attempts to ban the use of these chemicals as a stain remover and degreaser, leaving 178,000 workers exposed. Farmers, traditionally DDT supporters, are also becoming disillusioned after losing farm loans and disaster relief from the shutdown. Farmers can’t buy seed, chemicals and diesel without this assistance, and they’re resorting to getting food from food pantries. On Monday, DDT is scheduled to speak at the American Farm Bureau’s annual convention.

After almost 100 years of support for lynching, the Senate unanimously passed a bill declaring it a hate crime. Now the Liberty Counsel, lawyers trying to make the United States a Christian theocracy, opposes the anti-lynching bill recently passed after 100 years of attempts because it would make lynching of LGBTQ people illegal. The organization is lobbying to keep the bill from passing the House.

Six months after the tents started going up at Tornillo (TX), a small town of under 2,000, the government has torn them down, and the last of 6,200 migrant children separated from their parents have been sent to other ICE-operated facilities. The building cost ran into the hundreds of millions, and the cost of incarceration was $775 per night for each child classified as “unaccompanied alien children” after ICE took them from their parents. Almost $500,000 was taken from medical research and other HHS programs for 2018 unbudgeted expenditures. Some of the children have been sent to the Homestead facility where staff are not required to go through FBI fingerprint checks because Florida state law prevents outside companies from accessing that background database.

Kevin Dinnin, the CEO of the contractor that ran the tents, said the government closed down the facility because he refused to detain more youths. He said that children came but never left.

Coal plants closed at the highest rate in history during DDT’s first full year in the Oval Office after he ridiculed Clinton for not protecting coal jobs. Huge companies such as Duke Energy are switching to renewable energy. Scottish Power completely left fossil fuels and said that they are using “the cheapest forms of energy.”

When the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from ExxonMobil, the company was forced to give documents about its knowledge of climate change to Massachusetts AG’s climate change investigation. Exxon faces far more lawsuits through the United States about its lying and dangers to the nation. In desperation, the corporation claimed that it doesn’t sell gasoline because service stations are franchises but may face the same problems in eight other states that have laws similar to those in Massachusetts.

A GoFundMe that collected $20 million to “Build the Wall” must return all of it because it didn’t meet its $1 billion goal unless donors are willing to redirect its money to a non-profit called “We Build the Wall, Inc.”

Stock markets ended the year with the biggest annual decline since George W. Bush’s recession in 2008: Dow Jones down 5.6 percent; S&P 500 down 6.2 percent; and Nasdaq down 4 percent. Problems arose from the government shutdown, Brexit, the China slowdown, DDT’s tariffs, increased interest rates, criticism of the Fed, and general uncertainty from market volatility. FAANG stocks—Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet—suffered drastic drops in the past three months ending in the worst Christmas Eve market drop in history. Markets perked up this year with DDT’s promise that he’ll solve the Chinese tariff issue and the Fed’s promise that it won’t raise interest rates as often, but today, the Dow eased downward.

DDT has become increasing vicious after the Democrats won’t give him his wall. Some of his comments to the press yesterday before he left for his photo op on the Mexico border that he claims was pointless:

“I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Crying Chuck and Nancy. I think that China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party.” [Basically, he’s failing with both.]

“The Democrats, which I’ve been saying all along, they don’t give a damn about crime. They don’t care about gang members coming in and stabbing people and cutting people up. They’ve been taken over by a group of young people, who frankly, in some cases, I’ve been watching, I actually think they’re crazy. They have been taken over by a group of people that don’t care about gangs, they don’t care about human trafficking and drugs—they don’t care about anything.”

“Look, you can [in the media] all play cute, and I’d say 80 percent of you are possibly in cooperation with the opposition party I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous.” He described NBC as “maybe the most dishonest reporters of all time.”

“We have to get a win or I’ll have to go national security. We could compromise, or I will declare a national emergency.”

The man who campaigned on the slogan that “I alone can fix it” said, “The buck stops with everybody.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)  hasn’t responded to questions about DDT’s tweets to withhold federal disaster relief money from the thousands of Northern California families looking to rebuild after devastating “forrest [sic]” wildfires in McCarthy’s home state. He did, however, defend DDT’s position.

Much has been written about Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, but Republicans are getting anxious about the GOP primaries if a high profile Republican decides to run. And there are a few of them out there, helped by the shutdown.

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