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November 15, 2020

DDT: Week 199 – Still Going Downhill

Dictator Donald Trump’s (DDT) failing litigation is one example of his incompetence. The court case charging voter fraud but promising to bring evidence of it later was sad, as was the case Donald Trump v. USA, filed Thursday evening in the wrong court. Time after time, lawyers in different courts had to confess they had no evidence of election fraud. Marc Caputo points out many more problems.

In search of the promised fraud “evidence,” members of the new DDT-supporting “Voters Integrity Fund” are calling thousands of people and asking them if they voted in their search for fraud. With over 100 paid operators, the organization is run by federal employees and former DDT campaign staffers. The team’s director said the federal employees are “on leave.” A Christian crowdfunding site has donated over $550,000 thus far.

The DDT campaign accused two dead Georgians of voting, but the voters are truly alive. Agnes Blalock voted legally with her married name, Mrs James E. Blalock, Jr. Her husband died in 2006. DDT’s name list had no titles such as Mr. or Mrs. Although Linda Kesler died in 2003, another Linda Kesler, very much alive, cast a ballot in her own name.

DDT has caused a disaster by putting his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of litigation. Under the leadership of David Bossie, Citizens United president, DDT’s lawyers had decided to chip away with any excuse they could find. Bossie has COVID-19, and Giuliani proceeds with “full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes.” He makes flagrant allegations of voter fraud on the Fox network and orders lawsuits to be filed without the campaign’s legal team consent. Meanwhile, DDT is ignoring the Georgia senate race which could give Democrats control of the entire Congress.

On DDT’s way to his Virginia golf course, he drove by a few thousand supporters for the “Million MAGA March.” The crowd was peaceful until they physically attacked about 300 counter-protesters. The fights grew uglier after dark, and DDT took the opportunity to attack those he calls “Anti SCUM.”

DDT’s press secretary Kayleigh (“I’ll never lie to the media”) McEnany exploded the crowd’s number by about 200 when she falsely tweeted, “More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on the swamp in support.” She did get DDT’s “swamp” correct.

Acting DHS director Chad Wolf refused DDT’s demand to fire election cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs, a DDT appointment, for claiming the election was “secure.” Other DDT complaints are Krebs’ friendship with Miles Taylor, who openly criticized DDT, and his employment of Matt Masterson, a President Obama appointee. DDT has been pushing the Senate to confirm Wolf as DHS directo, but he may now change his mind. Krebs’ second-in-command was terminated last week.

A federal judge has also ruled Wolf was illegally the acting DHS Secretary and overturned his refusal to protect DACA recipients. Wolf’s ruling applies to over a million people, including more recent applicants and DACA recipients applying for two-year renewals. Citing the Government Accountability Office, the judge called Wolf’s appointment an “invalid order of successors.”  

Former ambassador Susan Rice has an explanation for DDT’s refusal to allow President-elect Joe Biden access to highly classified information in national security, the pandemic, and the economy:

“There are virtually no policies put in place by the current administration to address any of these concerns in any meaningful, substantive way.”

She continued by saying Biden’s team will “be appalled at the degree of inaction and wholesale lack of any efforts whatsoever to address these challenges [and] find instead a network of utter incompetence and indifference to planning, strategy or policy, staggering in its depth.” Rice added:

“[Biden’s team] will find security threats and intel festering, ignored, or shunted aside in favor of groveling to Trump’s every chimerical whim. They will find communications from our overseas allies to have shriveled into nothingness, and our intelligence services put at risk, if not wholly ignored. They will find corruption, graft, kickbacks  and politicization to have completely replaced national security policy.

“They will find only token measures performed with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all of those measures redounding to the Trump family’s personal coffers and the interests of those still employed within the highest level of the administration. They will find no coherent policies, plans, or measures in place to address the economic calamity facing tens of millions of Americans, and they will find our national security apparatus on the cusp of disaster, with only half-baked plans geared less to satisfy the interests and safety of American citizens than to fulfill the wishlists of foreign adversaries…

“The Trump people [are] very busy right now, deleting or destroying as much information as they can. They’re trying to stave off the horror they know will ensue when Biden’s team gains access and finds out what really has—and hasn’t—been going on.”

People may find out if Rice is right in just 67 days.

During her confirmation for Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett almost always used claims of impartiality in her refusal to answer questions. In his keynote speech to his highly conservative Federalist Society, the group putting over half the justices onto the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito did not suffer from Barrett’s claims of ethics. Alito, a white male heterosexual, explained the so-called persecutions by liberals and his own court and demonstrated how he will rule from the high court’s bench.

  • The bakery’s denial of a wedding cake to a gay couple is no problem because they were “given a free cake by another bakery.”
  • People “who cling to old beliefs” about discriminating against LGBTQ people “risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers and schools.”
  • He wants to “prevent [free speech] from becoming a second-tier constitutional right,” but didn’t explain how discriminating against LGBTQ people in employment and public accommodations is equivalent to “free speech.”
  • Limiting the Supreme Court’s ideological conservative control is equivalent to autocratic intimidation.
  • Public health attempts to stop COVID-19 are “previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty,” the fault of “early 20th century progressives and the New Dealers of the 1930s” who prized “lawmaking by executive fiat rather than legislation” and eventually became too deferential to “experts,” which led to policy-making becoming more “scientific.”
  • A suggestion about the court needing to be “restructured” is like a tank going to a courthouse in an authoritarian regime.

Alito’s speech could have been an audition to moonlight on the Fox network. Slate’s legal writer Mark Joseph Stern wrote:

“That was easily the most political speech I’ve ever seen delivered by a Supreme Court justice. Wow. Same-sex marriage, guns, abortion, contraception, persecution of the Federalist Society … he really squeezed it all in there. Yikes.”

The Pfizer CEO sold stock in his company last week for almost $5.6 million the day after the announcement of the possible vaccine increased the stock price by 16 percent. Although the sale was supposedly pro forma, it raised questions.

DDT wants to sell $23 billion of military goods, including 50 F-35 stealth fighters and armed drones, to the United Arab Emirates before the end of his term, but Democratic congressional lawmakers, who must approve the sale, are not pleased about the rush. It would avoid the Pentagon’s normal review process, the State Department, and Congress.

Ever vengeful, DDT may be looking at owning a new digital media empire to wreck Fox because it doesn’t give him adequate “loyalty.” Axios reported that DDT will probably not start a new cable channel because it “would be expensive and time-consuming.” He could use his extensive database to collect viewers and use “Stop the Steal” rallies to attack Fox. Mike Allen wrote DDT wants his company “to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network.”

In addition, DDT wants to charge $5.99 for watchers, another way to make up for his losses. LA Times media writer Stephen Battaglio believes DDT has little chance of creating successful competition to Fox because “consumers have shifted away from pay TV subscriptions.” Other personalities such as Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have not been a big media force. DDT couldn’t even get Fox watchers to move to One America News network during the past four years.

As DDT contemplates a 2024 presidential run, Scotland is considering an investigation in 66 days for money laundering connected to his Scottish golf resorts after DDT loses his immunity from prosecution in the U.S. He has invested more than $200 million in his two courses while feuding with the neighbors and losing huge amounts of money. The UK government could use its new Unexplained Wealth Order for investigating cases if publicly available information doesn’t match financial situations of “politically exposed persons” suspected of money laundering. The Parliament’s interest was aroused because “the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating the Trump Organization’s inflation of assets, and potential bank and insurance fraud,” according to a reporter.  

“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’—it is a disgusting failure,” newly elected Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said about the DOJ conclusion that former U.S. AG Alex Acosta’s 2008 plea deal with DDT’s former friend Jeffrey Epstein simply showed “poor judgment.” Because of the deal, Epstein could not be prosecuted for federal sex charges. In August 2019, he died in his cell after being arrested on federal sex trafficking charges. The investigation led to Acosta leaving his position as Secretary of Labor and now keeping a low profile.

Although U.S. COVID-19 cases usually shrink with less weekend reporting, 157,253 cases were still reported in the past 24 hours with 1,260 deaths.

2 Comments »

  1. Since the election, every time I hear some new horror tRump has committed or seen a rehash of what he did over the last four years, the only thing running through my head, like a demented hamster on a wheel, is almost SEVENTY-THREE MILLION Americans voted for him this time around. That’s tern million MORE votes than he got in 2016.

    How could that many more people vote for this dumpster fire who is so clearly incompetent through his own words and actions? I truly fear for anything good in the future to come of this. It bodes ill for America.

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    Comment by gkparker — November 15, 2020 @ 3:38 AM | Reply

    • If you find an answer, let me know. I see it as a confluence of ignorance promoted by conservative media, racism, evangelical Christians, a tribal cult, a political stockholm syndrome, the constant GOP voter, fixed brain patterns, and more–when I get some more reading done. They are all coming from single-issue positions. And I’ll write about it when I do some more reading. Thank you for your comment.

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      Comment by trp2011 — November 15, 2020 @ 11:19 PM | Reply


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