Presidential Salute

Trump’s Shocking Statements Supporting Charlottesville Nazi Thugs

Trump Redesigns American Flag

Presidential Salute
Torch Light Parade
Ashley Feinberg / Wired

August 15, 2017 – Creating an equivalence between a group with swastikas, lit torches, and semi-automatic weapons struck many observers as patently absurd, especially given that one of those alleged white supremacists was charged with plowing into a crowd of protesters with his car, killing one and injuring 19 others. But a closer examination of Trump’s talking points shows that nearly every one has a direct link back to either someone the president follows on Twitter, or a Fox News segment since Saturday.

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Draining The Swamp

Trump’s manic, fantastical and utterly disastrous week

Governing
Buncha Flags Not Gonna Help, Fella
By KYLE ANDREW BROWN

CNN’s Chris Cillizza describes Trump’s manic, fantastical and utterly disastrous week this way: “This is the nature of time in the Donald Trump presidency.”

“There are so many storylines every single day that it’s impossible to keep up with them even for a 24-hour news cycle. Some of this is, of course, strategy on the part of the President — if you throw 1,000 balls in the air, any one person can only hope to focus on a few in hopes of catching them.”

“But, ascribing strategy to every ball Trump throws may be giving him and his White House too much credit. The truth is that this is a President who creates chaos in and around him. He acts, and then watches the wildness that ensues. The plan, seemingly, is that there is no plan.”

“He’s the man knocking down the first domino in a massive chain that spiders in a thousand different directions. Or, maybe even more apt: He’s smashing the ice on a thinly frozen pond and watching as the cracks spread out around him — endangering both himself and anyone else unlucky enough to be sharing the ice with him.”

Washington
July 31, 2017

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Law Enforcement

Trump encouraged police violence during criminal arrests

Stump Speeches
Trump Policing Standards
By KYLE ANDREW BROWN

Trump’s speech to Long Island, New York police encouraged violence and roughing up: “Don’t be nice when you make arrests” Trump said.

“When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump said, miming the physical motion of an officer shielding a suspect’s head when being placed in a squad car following an arrest.

“Like, don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody — don’t hit their head,” Trump continued. “I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”

Trump said that unlike in the past, he has their back – dusting off his stump speech attacks during Election 2016 campaign on President Barack Obama – no friend of law enforcement he would say to roaring crowds at his rallies.

On Friday, Suffolk County, Long Island police cheered and applauded Trump when he said they should rough up suspects during an arrest. Especially when placing them in transport.

It was in November 2016 that the Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for beating a thief who stole pornography and sex toys from the chief’s SUV.

The police chief punched the shackled prisoner and shook his head violently at the police precinct. The Suffolk County police chief threatened the prisoner saying he would receive a “hot shot” –  slang for a fatal dose of heroin.

Just the day before Trump’s speech one of Suffolk County own police officers was arrested by  the FBI. Officer Christopher McCoy was charged of “depriving an arrestee of the right to bodily integrity,” for allegedly forcing a woman detained at the police precinct to perform lewd acts.

After Trump’s speech Suffolk County police said they knew Trump had their back again – “not like that last one,” referring to Barack Obama.

“That was great,” they told Newsday reporter Mark Chiusano. “That was awesome. Trump “inspired confidence,”

Healthcare

GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill Fails In Dramatic Late Night Senate Vote

Healthcare
Obamacare Survives

The Senate dealt a devastating setback to the Republican seven year efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare. On a vote of 49 YEA – 51 NO the GOP’s “skinny repeal” bill was defeated. Republican Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins joined with Democrats to oppose the measure.

Washington Post

July 28, 2017 – The latest effort to redraw the ACA failed after Sen. John McCain’s decision to side with two other Republicans against President Trump and GOP leaders. The Arizona Republican, diagnosed with brain cancer last week, returned to Washington on Tuesday and delivered a stirring address calling for a bipartisan approach to overhauling the ACA, while criticizing the process that produced the current legislation.

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Trump’s hardball tactics backfire as ‘skinny repeal’ goes down

James Hohmann / Washington Post

President Trump’s attacks on Republican senators are finally catching up with him, and Lisa Murkowski will not be bullied. There is nothing Trump can do any more that will get to McCain. Battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, the maverick was willing to vote “no” on the “skinny repeal” amendment so that other GOP colleagues who were also opposed to the measure could vote “yes” to save face with the conservative base. To this day, Trump has never apologized for saying that the former fighter pilot was not a war hero because he got captured in Vietnam. It gets less attention, but the president also besmirched the Arizona senator’s character by repeatedly accusing him of not taking care of other veterans. McCain has never forgotten.

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Morning Joe
West Wing
Russia Investigation

Anthony Scaramucci admits anonymous source was Trump

Anthony Scaramucci on CNN State of the Union

Russia Investigation
Secret Sources
Adam Peck / Think Progress

July 23, 2017 – Anthony Scaramucci has been on the job for less than 72 hours, and on Sunday he made his first appearance on the news talk shows as White House communications director. It did not go well.

On CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper pressed Scaramucci about Donald Trump’s continued insistence that the ever-growing Russia scandal was “fake news.” After questioning whether Trump was planning to sign a bipartisan bill imposing fresh sanctions against Russia for meddling in the November presidential election, Scaramucci instead sought to again cast doubt on the legitimacy of the U.S. intelligence community, and initially used an anonymous source to do it.

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Kellyanne Conway: Anthony Scaramucci has been an incredible asset to Trump

July 21, 2017 – Senior counselor to president provides insight on potential communications shakeup on ‘Fox & Friends’





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