Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trump Lied About Calling Gold Star Families. Now The White House Is Rushing Out Condolences To Dead Soldier's Relatives To Cover His Ass

Immediately following Trump's off the rails impromptu press conference in which he pitted himself against past presidents, saying he had writes or calls soldiers’ families personally while “President Obama and other presidents ... didn’t make calls.” he took to Fox News for some damage control

Following the Rose Garden presser, on Oct 17th, Donald Trump claimed during a radio interview that he had called “every family of somebody who’s died" since he took office.

In the interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Trump exclaimed...

To the best of my knowledge I think I’ve called every family of somebody who’s died. It’s the hardest call to make... the hardest thing for me to do is to do that.

This was a self serving, self-agrandizing lie.

Since those statements and that interview Trump's administration has had to scramble to identify and find the contact information for families who lost a service member since January, according to an internal Defense Department email obtained by the news site Roll Call.

The email exchange between the White House and the Pentagon shows that senior White House aides knew Trump’s statement about having called all Gold Star families was a lie and they needed to rectify the untruth as soon as possible.

Several other news outlets have looked into Trump's claim and have similarly found that he has yet to reach out to a number of families.

During their research they also uncovered that multiple families of military service members killed in the line duty are now getting rush-delivered letters just days after Trump fallacious claim.

In one of the reports, published Wednesday, the Washington Post interviewed the families of 13 service members who were killed after Trump took office: Half of the families received phone calls from the president, the remainder had not heard from Trump.

In another the Associated Press reported it had reached out to the families of all 43 people who have died in military service since Trump took office. Of the 21 they contacted found that he had only made contact with about half of the families.

According to a report in The Atlantic at least three families said they just received express-shipped packages from the White House months after their loved one's deaths.

It is not clear how many of the families who have heard from the president received the calls this week.

The revelation that Trump either doesn't call the families for fallen soldiers or hands the job off to his vice president sends a clear message about the man.

If you can effortlessly lie, solely for the sake of  about consoling families who are going through the worst tragedy of their lives then there isn't anything off limits that you won't lie about... But I think deep down we knew that about Trump already.

As Fallen Soldier At The Center Of Trump Controversy Is Laid To Rest Donald Goes Golfing

Today mourners gathered at a Florida's Christ the Rock Community Church to say a final farewell to an Army sergeant LaDavid Johnson whose death has become ensnared in a spiraling political controversy.

After Sgt. Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers were killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger on Oct. 4th. Later it was revealed that Johnson’s body had been left behind for 48 hours after the attack and nearly a mile away from the scene of the attack.

It took twelve days for Donald Trump to even mention the four fallen soldiers and only did so because he was asked by a reporter at an impromptu press briefing. When he did he never directly addressed the mission or the deceased soldiers only the he believed, erroneously, that his predecessor President Obama never called the families of dead soldiers.

Trump then further aggravated the situation by mishandling a phone call made to Johnson’s widow in which he devastated the grieving woman by telling her that her husband...

"knew what he was signing up for"

Trump then decided to engaged in a squabble with longtime family friend Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) when she went public about Trump’s tragic phone call with Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia.

Trump then further poured salt into the open wound of the family when he denied Wilson’s account, calling her “wacky” and saying she “fabricated” his statement.

The family has since backed the congresswoman's statement saying that...

"Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband” 

From there the situation spiraled out of control as Trump had his Chief of Staff, retired General John Kelly, sent out to attack the congresswoman with unsubstantiated claims of grandstanding at a building dedication that have since been disproved.

As the heartbroken relatives followed a somber procession into the Church in Cooper City, Fla. on Saturday Donald Tump was nowhere to be found.

There were no condolences tweeted out over his favorite form of communication.

There was no mention of him through a White House spokesperson.

The reason for Donald Trump's complete lack of visibility and radio silence was due to the fact that he was golfing.

Given the freshness of the controversy and grief surrounding the situation perhaps this might be the one weekend Trump gave his golfing game a rest.

This outing will mark Trump's 74th day on a golf course since taking office.

Rep. Frederica Wilson was at the funeral.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

After General Kelly Lied About Congresswoman Trump Administration Says "Generals" Will Not Be Questioned!

By now we have all heard about the tone deaf call Trump made to a gold star widow in which he said that her son "knew what he was signing up for" as if that would ease her grief.

When Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), a longtime friend of the family who was in the room when the widow took the call on speakerphone, saw how the heartless caused widow to to curl into a fetal position and weep uncontrollably she called Trump out for his "disrespect" to the family.

After the story broke Trump, as usual, took to Twitter where he tried to cast Wilson as a liar and claimed he could prove it...

Unfortunately for Trump LaDavid Johnson’s mother backed the congresswoman up and said in an interview with the Washington Post...

President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.” 

Having been caught in a lie and having no proof Trump, now deep in damage control, decided to sent his chief of staff John Kelly out in front of the media to flack for him.

Kelly took to the podium in the White House press briefing room and proceeded to defend his boss the best he could.

Unfortunately that involved lying about congresswoman Wilson.

After Kelly spoke genuinely heartfelt and emotional word about one of his sons he had lost to the war in Afghanistan in 2010 he proceeded to berate Rep. Wilson as an "empty barrel". He then launched into a tirade about a 2015 speech she delivered at the dedication of an FBI field office in Miami, which was being named after two agents who had died on the job, in which he claimed she made the speech all about herself bragging about $20 million she had gotten for her constituency...

"And a congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the money, the $20 million, to build the building, and she sat down. And we were stunned, stunned that she’d done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned."

This was a bald faced lie.

In a stroke of bad luck for Kelly a video of the incident surfaced which thoroughly disproves his account and instead shows Rep. Wilson speaking about the deceased agent in glowing terms and not speaking about herself or the money for the building as she wasn’t even in Congress when the funds were allocated.

Here is that video...

At Friday's press briefings when a reporter brought up the fact that the video proved that what Kelly had said about the Congresswoman was a untruthful White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders snapped at the reporter telling him it would be “highly inappropriate” for them to question chief of staff John Kelly because he served in the military as a general...

If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that is up to you. If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that is something highly inappropriate.

That's some bullshit right there my friends.

The fact that Kelly was four-star Marine general, who is now retired, is irrelevant to whether journalists are allowed to question and criticize him. Our armed services do not run the country. We do not live under a military junta. This is America where the first amendment, freedom of speech and a free press allows anyone and everyone to question whomever they want...

Even if it shows Donald Trump and his administration out to be the liars they are.

Friday, October 20, 2017

TRUMP'S BENGHAZI! Why Trump Won't Talk About The Four Dead Soldiers Killed By ISIS

As many argue over Trump's ugly and callous behavior towards a gold star widow there are some who are wondering if his behavior isn't a premeditated distraction from the real issue: What were those soldiers doing in Niger, how were they killed and why did it take so long to get help to them?

These questions swirl as new reports surface that staffers at the National Security Council had drafted and delivered a statement of condolence for Donald Trump to read on October 5th, the day after the deadly ambush that took the lives of the four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month.

A statement he never delivered.

The draft statement reads as follows...

Melania and I are heartbroken at the news that three (?) U.S. service members were killed in Niger on October 4 while providing guidance and assistance to Nigerien security force counter-terror operations. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these brave American soldiers and patriots. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers. 
We are also praying for the two U.S. service members who were injured in the incident. We wish them a complete and swift recovery."The heroic Americans who lost their lives yesterday did so defending our freedom and fighting violent extremism in Niger. Our administration and our entire nation are deeply grateful for their sacrifice, for their service, and for their patriotism.

Heartfelt sentiments written for Trump but never delivered. Notice in the first sentence of the statement the reference to three deceased soldiers. They didn't even have the right number of troops that died that night!

So why the silence?

We know the White House officials had briefed Trump on the matter.

We know the statement was circulated among NSC officials as well as Defense Department officials

And yet two weeks later Trump still remained silent on the mission, the deaths and the "rescue" until a reporter forced his hand by asking him why he hadn't commented on the subject.

It was only after an impromptu Monday press conference where Trump was pressed about why he had not spoken publicly about the deaths where he ultimately deflected the question by serving up the false claim that President Obama and other past presidents had never or rarely called the families of U.S. troops who died.

No one asked about that and yet he felt a need to throw up this smoke screen.


After the ugly events of the last several days unfolded, including allegations that he spoke callously to the wife of one of the fallen U.S. troops, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, many outside observers began to dig into why Trump was and still is doing all he can to obfuscate from the Niger mission and the soldiers that lost their lives undertaking it.

A timeline was drawn up and it points to one very powerful theory.

On Sept. 25 Donald Trump put out his third revision of his Muslim ban. In it Trump blocks specific travelers from five of the original nations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen but this time Trump has added not only North Korea and Venezuela but also nation of Chad the list.

Experts in foreign policy were dumbfounded as to why the Republic of Chad was added as they are one of the US most fierce allies in fighting terrorism including Boko Haram, ISIS and other

The leaders of Chad apparently took offense at this slight and approximately September 29th began pulling their troops from the surrounding areas which had been aiding US troops in combating terrorist militias in that area of the world.

These areas included Libya, Algeria, Mali, Nigeria and it's neighbor to the west Niger.

As a result the terrorist groups moved into the vacated areas and began their attacks anew emboldened by the vacuum created by the Chadian militaries withdrawal

It was under a week later on October 4th when the the four US soldiers were ambushed by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist terrorist group based in northeastern Nigeria who is now considers themselves an arm of ISIS.

The mission and ensuing rescue mission attempts were a mess as well.

There was no air or drone support when the squad of 12 special forces solders were ambushed by approximately 50 to 75 militants.

This as the L.A. Times reports that “for months before the ambush” the military had been requesting the presence of drones, other surveillance aircraft, and additional military medical support to back up their operations in Niger.

After radioing for help only French military helicopters responded but could not intervene of open fire as they did not have the clearance to do so.

In the end it took over an hour for a group of private contractors to rescue the remaining living soldiers and in the attempt left behind none other than Army Sgt. La David Johnson, the husband of the grieving widow Trump spoke so horribly to, for two days!

It is still unknown if Sgt. Johnson was alive or dead when he was left behind.

You can see why Donald Trump doesn't want to talk about the subject and would rather have a very public feud with an African-American Democratic congresswoman instead. At least his base can get behind that.

In related news Sen. John McCain is demanding more information on the ambush in Niger that killed the four U.S. soldiers, saying the Trump administration is not being forthright.

Damn straight they're not.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Soulless Trump Tells Grieving Widow Of Soldier Killed By ISIS That "He Knew What He Was Signing Up For" (VIDEO)

Myeshia Johnson weeping over the coffin of her husband

It is hard to fault Donald Trump for offending the grieving widow of a fallen soldier killed in an ISIS ambush by making an inappropriate and insensitive remarks after not contacting them for two weeks.

The reason being is that Trump is a sociopath that does not possess empathy.

Therefore it is to be expected that when faced with a task that requires such traits when he inevidably fails.

You can't get mad at a dog for eating it's own shit... It's just what it does.

So when Trump told gold star widow, Myeshia Johnson, that her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, "Knew what he was signing up for" and therefore the she can't really be that upset collectively we shouldn't be all that surprised. 

He was just trying to imitate a person with actual human feelings.

Understandably Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a longtime friend of the family who was in the room and heard the conversation on speakerphone, did not feel this way.

So after bearing witness to Tump's thoughtless and even cruel words, which reportedly left the dead soldier's wife sobbing in a fetal position, she called him out on it via South Florida’s NBC affiliate...

Sarcastically he said: ‘But you know he must have known what he signed up for. How could you say that to a grieving widow? I couldn’t believe... and he said it more than once. I said this man has no feelings for anyone. This is a young woman with child who is grieved to her soul.

Here is Congresswoman Wilsons' statement as she made it...
After Rep. Wilson's statement Trump then claimed Watson, who has known the family for years, was not only lying but he had proof that in a tweet...

Later, during a press conference, when reporters asked Trump about Rep. Wilson accusation and his reply to it Trump called her a liar...

"Didn't say what that congresswoman said, I didn't say it at all. She knows it and she's now is not saying it. I did not say what she said and I'd like her to make the statement again because I did not say what she said. Had a very nice conversation with the woman with the wife who is sounded like a lovely woman and did not say what the congresswoman said and most people aren't too surprised to hear that."

Trump was then asked what the proof Trump threatened...

"Let her make her statement again and then you'll find out. Okay, her make her statement again and then you'll find out."

Here is the video...
So the congresswoman once again reiterated her claims via Twitter where she knew Trump would see it...

Wilson then stated that she had additional witnesses to the call besides the fallen soldiers wife saying that besides the widow and herself the fallen soldiers mother was in the room as well.

This was later confirmed when the mother of the soldier, Cowanda Jones-Johnson was interviewed and she stated that...

"President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband"

In a completely unsurprising move the White House has since revealed that there was no recording made of the phone call and therefor Trump has no actual "proof" with which to discredit Congresswoman Watson.. 

Trump's behavior goes beyond sociopathy and enters into the realm of sadism.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump Subpoenaed Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Over the weekend Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice",  filed a subpoena against Donald Trump.

Zervos' subpoena demands that Trump turn over...

"all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior."

The subpoena also specifically names at least 10 women and requests documentation associated with them "or any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately."

It was also reported court document names Trump's campaign organization and any applicable "directors, officers, partners, shareholders, managers, attorneys, employees, agents and representatives" as subjects.

During the 2016 presidential campaign Zervos alleged that Trump had tried to kiss and touch her inappropriately without her consent at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

Zervos leveled her accusation on Oct. 14, 2016 after the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced in which Trump claimed he could "grab women by the pussy" because he "was famous."

Unsurprisingly Trump has flatly denied the allegations, calling the accusations...

"Fake News" and “lies, lies, lies,

These outbursts are what allowed Zervos to file her defamation suit.

Trump's lawyer has since moved to have Zervos’ defamation lawsuit dismissed in July, claiming that Donald Trump cannot face a civil lawsuit while he is in office.

That motion to dismiss could decide the merit of this subpoena.

 Zervos' lawyer said Trump must reply to their filed opposition of his motion to dismiss by Oct 31 after which the court will schedule a hearing for argument.

Trump's Third Attempt At A Muslim Ban Is Blocked By A Federal Judge Just Hours Before It Goes Into Effect!

Alas Donald Trump's third attempt at his Muslim ban met the same fate Tuesday as the first two.

It was shot down by a federal judge.

The ban, which was set to go into effect in mere hours, was blocked nationwide by Judge Derrick Watson from Hawaii.

Judge Derrick Watson

According to the 40-page ruling Watson the ban was "simultaneously overbroad and underinclusive" because it targets entire countries rather than dangerous individuals, yet leaves out even potentially dangerous individuals from most countries.

Watson's brief went on to state that the ban...

"suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor. It lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States,'" and it "plainly discriminates based on nationality."

Trump's latest Muslim ban blocks specific travelers from five of the original nations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen but this time Trump has added Chad, North Korea and Venezuela while Iraq and Sudan were subtracted from the list.

The reasoning behind why some countries were added and some were left of was never fully explained by the Trump administration.

Tuesday's ruling by Judge Watson affected only the six majority-Muslim countries and does not include North Korea and Venezuela. But few people are affected by the ban in those countries

The White House called Watson's ruling "dangerously flawed" and a threat to national security has made it clear that the Justice Department will be appealing the decision.

Trump's earlier bans, from January and March, were struck down by several federal courts before the Supreme Court allowed part of the second ban to take effect in late June. That ban expired last month, to be replaced by an indefinite prohibition against some travelers from an expanded group of countries.

The latest travel ban also has been challenged in federal court in Maryland, where oral arguments were held Monday.

Trump's freeze on all Syrian refugee for 120-days will expire next week.

If you were keeping score U.S. District Judge James Robart blocked Trump's first attempt at a Muslim ban and the aforementioned Judge Watson struck down Trump's second ban in March.

Trump Exploits Gen. Kelly’s Son, Who Died In Afghanistan, As Cover For Not Calling The Families Of Four Soldiers Killed By ISIS

If plumbing the depths of depravity were a sport Donald Trump would hold records at every position.

Today Trump outdid himself when he used a dead soldier to defend himself from criticism about his handling of the death of four soldiers.

What mades the incident even more grotesque is that he used his Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly’s Dead Son, Lt. Robert M. Kelly, to do so.

This all began when, at an impromptu press conference on Monday, Trump was asked to respond to criticism that he had not addressed the fact that he hadn't spoken of or about the four American soldiers who were killed by ISIS in Niger over 13 day ago.

In response Trump falsely insinuated that President Obama did not call families who had children killed in action.

Trump was soundly rebuked for the lie as it was widely known that President Obama took great pains to show gold star families his grief, sympathy and the nation's gratefulness for their sacrifice.

Yet the very next day Trump again tried to defend his claim that President Barack Obama didn't call the loved ones of fallen soldiers, floated the idea Tuesday that reporters should ask his chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, whether or not Obama called him after his son died in Afghanistan in 2010 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

The comment came during an interview on Fox News Radio with Brian Kilmeade...


"One of the questions was about writing the Green Beret soldiers and it ends up being a bigger story. Can I ask you what you thought about... what you thought about when you brought up past presidents and what they’ve done, do you want to clarify anything there?"


"Well there’s nothing to clarify. Because if you look at my whole – this is again fake news CNN, I mean they’re just a bunch of fakers, so they ask me that question, and for the most part, to the best of my knowledge, I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make and I said it very loud and clear yesterday, the hardest thing for me to do is do that.Now, as far as other representatives, I don’t know, I mean you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? You could ask other people, I don’t know what Obama’s policy was, I write letters, and I also call."

After the interview, which was also widely panned for it's ugly divisiveness, Trump doubled down when he had the White House release an official press release stating that President Obama hadn't’t called General John Kelly after his son was killed.

Plumb those depths Donny!

First of all as 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly was married and protocol would have dictated that President Obama would have called his wife not his father.

Aside from that, what Trump's self serving release fails to mention is, the White House visitor records show that Gen. Kelly attended a breakfast President Obama hosted for Gold Star families after his son died at which Kelly and his family sat at First Lady Michelle Obama’s table.

That's what a real commander-in chief does.

Gen. Kelly, who is a notoriously private man, has tried to keep his son's death private as evidenced in a 2011 Washington Post profile of Kelly that reported that the general asked a Marine Corps officer not to mention his son's death when he was introduced at a St. Louis event only days after his son was killed.

Trump's Net Worth Drops $600 Million As He Falls 92 Spots From Last Year's Forbes Richest Person List

No wonder Donny's pushing tax cuts for the rich!

The Forbes list of 400 richest Americans shows that the "so called" billionaire Donald Trump's fortune fell by $600 million to $3.1 billion.

As a result he dropped to #248 on the list, after coming in at #156 last year.

Forbes attributed Trump's precipitous drop in wealth to...

"a tough New York real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign."

Then there is the $25 million payoff he doled out to settle with the Trump University real estate seminars defrauded students.

These, by the way, are the exact same excuses given for the loss of wealth Trump experienced in last years list.

Sadly for Trump the magazine reports that overall the richest Americans are richer than they were a year ago.

But what do you expect from a guy who went bankrupt running a casino?

Bill Gates tops the list for the 24th straight year with a net worth estimated at $89 billion. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, worth $81.5 billion, held on to the No. 2 spot he first claimed in 2016. Warren Buffett, remains No. 3 with a fortune worth $78 billion.

Interestingly Trump fared better in Forbes' ranking than he did on Bloomberg's worldwide billionaires list, which puts his net worth at $2.86 billion. That's incidentally is not enough to make him on of the 500 richest people in the world.

Trump has in the past bragged that his "empire" was worth $11 billion... In his estimation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

After 12 Days Of Silence Trump Is Finally Called Out For Ignoring 4 Soldiers Killed By ISIS... His Response Is Sickening (VIDEO)

After an especially rocky week Donald Trump decided to do an impromptu press conference with Senator Mitch McConnell on Monday to, as they say, "regain the narrative".

It was predictably off the rails, full of self congratulations and blame for everyone else who he perceived had wronged or failed him in some way or another.

But it was when a reporter decided to ask him why he hadn't knowledge the four dead special forces soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush almost two week ago that the presser turned ugly and grotesque.

When the reporter inquired as to why he hadn't addressed the deceased soldiers, the deadliest U.S. combat operation of his term thus far, Trump immediately remarked on how rough it had been for him and then tried to convince reporters that President Obama didn't contact the families of fallen soldiers.

It went exactly like this.

CNN White House Correspondent Sara Murray asked Trump...

"Mr President why haven’t we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger? And what do you have to say about that?"

Trump responded with this pile of garbage...

"Uh, I’ve written them personal letters. Uh, they’ve been sent, or they’re going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend (It's been 12 days!). I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families. Because I have done that, traditionally. Uh, I felt very, very badly about that. I always feel badly. It’s the toughest, the toughest calls I have to make are the calls where, uh, this happens, soldiers are killed. It’s a very difficult thing. Now, it gets to a point where, you know, you make four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough day. For me, that’s by far the toughest. So, the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of ’em didn’t make calls, a lot of ’em didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. Uh, they have made the ultimate sacrifice. So, generally, I would say that I like to call. I’m going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass, I’m going to be calling them. I have, as you know, since I’ve been president, I have. But in addition, I actually wrote letters individually to the, uh, soldiers we’re talking about, and they’re going to be going out either today or tomorrow.

Here that is...

It's like a child explaining to his teacher that he had done his homework but didn't actually have it on him... but "believe me" he did it!

Later in the press conference, a reporter pressed Trump on his claims about Obama not calling the parents of soldiers who had died while he was President.

Knowing he had been caught in a lie Trump started backtracking...

I don’t know if he did. I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t. President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes. Maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. Some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like the combination. When I can, I like the combination of a call and also a letter.


Funny fact. Before he was elected one of Trump's fun hobbies was circulating conspiracy theories about Obama supposedly failing to personally reach out to the families of fallen troops.

In August 2012, he tweeted an accusation that Obama didn’t actually sign some condolence letters himself because he was “too busy playing golf”...

What is so nauseating about this is that Trump WAS actually too busy playing golf when the bodies of Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons; and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25 were retuned home.

In fact, during the twelve days he observed complete radio silence about the four dead servicemen, Trump went golfing five times, actively defended his war on kneeling football players by claiming “I have plenty of time on my hands.”, attacked "Liddle'"Bob Corker on Twitter and bragged about how he’s defeating ISIS at the Value Voters Summit.

Trump is a grotesquery.

Here are a few pictures of President Obama comforting the families of soldiers that died while he was the commander-in-chief...

The President and First Lady console Paul and Janet, parents of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti
The President and First Lady walk through Arlington National Cemetery after greeting family members of fallen service members on Veteran's Day 2012
President Obama speaks to a mourner whose shirt is emblazoned in the memory of fallen soldier Staff Sgt. Brett Petriken in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery
President Obama greets visitors during a walk through section 60, the burial sites of the war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan
President Obama comforts families of fallen soldiers during Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery 2013

President Obama salutes with Maj. Gen. Daniel Wright as service members carry a coffin containing the remains of Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trump Played Golf As Four American Soldiers’ Bodies Returned Home From Fatal ISIS Ambush

Eleven days after the murder of four American soldiers at the hands of ISIS in Niger, South Africa Donald Trump has yet to even mention the incident let alone the names of the soldiers he claims he has such respect for.

Trump couldn't even muster a single solitary tweet for the fallen special forces members in the week and a half since a deadly ambush took their lives.

And as the bodies of Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Washington state, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Ohio, Sgt. La David Johnson of Florida and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Georgia returned home in flag draped coffins Trump was still too busy golfing with Sen. Lindsey Graham to say a word publicly about them.

Trump had plenty of time to tweet about “fake news” and to call the media "disgusting”, brag about the stock market, lash out at late night talk show hosts, attack the NFL anthem kneelers and "Liddle'" Bob Corker.

But nothing for four American soldiers murdered by terrorists overseas.

This as he addressed the “Values Voters Summit” Friday, insisting that his administration had...

made great strides against ISIS, tremendous strides.

Yet even at that venue the four dead soldiers still didn't merit a mention.

Anyone remember the four Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi?

Trump surly does as he tweeted sixty-six times about that attack.

He even used one of the dead men's mother to attack Hillary Clinton over Benghazi during the 2016 presidential campaign and went so far as to have her speak at the Republican National Convention.

So why the radio silence over Niger?

Perhaps Trump's silence has something to do with the new information that's come to light which describes details of the chaos and confusion which led to the 12 man team being left on the ground for nearly an hour before help could get to the remote area of southwestern Niger where they were operating.

Perhaps it's because in the end no American helicopters came to their rescue as they had to rely on the French military to rescue the remaining troops.

Perhaps it was the fact that it took an additional 48 hour to find the body of one of the fallen soldiers that was left behind in the confusion.

One thing you can be sure that if this incited had occurred under Preside Obama's watch Trump and the Republicans would be calling for his head.

The silence is deafening.

Military officials claim the incident is under investigation but it remains to be seen if Trump will ever mention the failings that led to the deadliest combat incident since beginning his term.

Larry Flynt Offers $10 Million For The "Smoking Gun" That Leads To Trump's Impeachment CALL: 1-800-251-2714

Larry Flynt, the adult media tycoon and publisher of "Hustler" magazine has posted a $10 million bounty for any dirt on Donald Trump If it leads to his "impeachment and removal from office."

Flynt wrote in a brief post on Twitter...

Flynt also published the bounty in a full-page ad in the Washington Post in am all bold, all-caps text that filled the top third of the page...


Here is the full ad...

In the ad Flynt outlined numerous reasons he felt President Trump needed to be removed from office, charging him with everything from...

compromising domestic and foreign policy with his massive conflicts-of-interest global business empire” to “telling hundreds of bald-faced lies” to “gross nepotism and appointment of unqualified persons to high office

This is the second bounty Flynt has place on Trump's head but this on represents a 10-fold increase from the reward Flynt offered last October that he dropped after the now infamous “Access Hollywood” footage was released that featured Trump bragging about groping women genitals.

Then, Flynt said he was after verifiable video footage or audio recordings for use prior to the November 8 election clearly showing Donald Trump engaging in illegal activity or acting in a sexually "demeaning or derogatory manner."

Now as the situation has become more dire Flynt has upped the ante and called for "smoking gun" that will lead to Trump's impeachment.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump Has Signed Nearly Twice As Many Executive Orders Than President Obama At This Time In His Term And More Than Any President In The Past 50 Years

On Thursday Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at destroying the affordable health insurance by crippling the Affordable Care Act.

It was the 49th executive order that Trump has signed since coming into office on January 20.

The last president to sign that many executive orders through October 13 of his first year in office was freaking Lyndon Johnson.

Trump, as you'll remember, was a fierce and outspoken critic of  President Barack Obama's use of executive orders saying he was criminally doing end-run of the legislative branch.

Here is just one of the hundreds of lines Trump trotted out while he was on the campaign trail...

"Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can't even get along with the Democrats. He goes around signing all these executive orders. It's a basic disaster. You can't do it."

Trump portrayed President Obama as an out-of-control executive, trying to push his liberal agenda on the country via executive fiat.

This makes the fact that Obama had signed roughly half of the executive orders at this point in 2009 as Trump has signed so far in 2017 painfully ironic.

Trump's hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Trump Threatens To Blow Up The Iranian Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump threatened to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement Friday, claiming the deal reached by the US, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom plus Germany in 2015 was not in the national security interest of the United States despite Iran’s longstanding compliance and prevailing arguments by intelligence officials claiming otherwise.

But being the coward he is he didn't terminate the deal outright.

Much like with health care and DACA Trump punted that decision to congress.

In a speech from the White House Trump said...

I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws, so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons. However, in the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, the agreement will be terminated.

The problem with demanding that Congress amend an existing law that changes U.S. commitments under that agreement would alone destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

All this despite the fact that Iran has significantly scaled back its nuclear program and allowed broad access to international inspectors in exchange for sanctions relief from the international community.

The restrictions the six nations reached with Iran is set to expire between 10 and 15 years from when the agreement was implemented.

Trump is now demanding that Congress revise the existing U.S. law so that those restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program be made permanent

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (Yes, the same Bob Corker who said Trump was setting the US "on the path to WWIII") and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) are said to have already started drafting such legislation, working in coordination with the White House.

What seems to escape Trump and the Republicans in Congress is that the negotiating of additional terms to the Iranian nuclear deal requires the coalition of international partners that signed off on the original plan in the first place... not a unilateral congressional action sole by Republicans.

Trump’s decision and subsequent threat to Congress adds yet another nuclear crisis to the world's tab as at a moment the United States and its allies are facing an even more dire nuclear crisis with North Korea

It is widely believed that Trump's move will only further isolate us from our allies and partners who helped negotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

After Trump issued his irresponsible and dangerous demands Iran’s Foreign Ministry warned that it is considering making the nuclear agreement null and void if it stops receiving the benefits it was guaranteed under the 2015 agreement.

They then threatened to withdraw from the deal and resume its peaceful nuclear program without any restrictions if the US renege on the promises it made in the original deal.

Well, this all seems to be working out nicely does't it?

It was reported that Trump’s decision to delegate the decision to Congress was only reached after a lengthy interagency argument over his reckless determination to scrap the nuclear deal.

Evidently the only reason Trump relented on letting the Congress undertake the consequential part of the decision making about the nuclear accord’s future was that he was promised that he could deliver a speech in which he could sound very strong and tough on Iran.

POLL: Americans Don’t Want Trump To Sabotage Obamacare... But He's Doing It Anyway

According To a new survey conducted earlier this month by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation more than 7 in 10 Americans think Donald Trump should be using his position to help fix Obamacare... not to drive it to fail...

The poll, which was taken before Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would be crippling Obamacare by withholding subsidy payments to health insurance companies, revealed seventy-one percent of Americans believe Trump should be doing all he can to make the health insurance exchanges work opposed to the 21 percent who agreed with his tactic of making the law fail.

The survey also revealed that twice as many, 40 percent, say the actions taken by Trump and his administration are generally “hurting” the ACA marketplaces than the 19 percent that believe his actions are “helping”.

Stunningly even a majority of Republicans believe Trump should befitting Obamacare and not making moves to cause it to fail by a 43 percent to 48 percent.

Trump has undermined the Affordable Care Act throughout his term by cuting off key funds for insurers, slashing the outreach and advertising budget for the ACA, and weakening the individual mandate.

Friday, October 13, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Trump To Cut Off Billions In Key Payments To Insurers To Sabotage Obamacare

After signing an executive order on Thursday designed to hamstring President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) Donald Trump has just announced plans to halt payments to health insurance companies serving the poorest customers on the Obamacare exchanges.

This move will throw millions of people off of their health coverage plans, make health care costs go up for everyone and cost two hundred billion tax-payer dollars in the process.

Trump has threatened to withhold these funds in the past, valued at $7 billion this year, since his election victory last November.

The threats alone have caused turmoil and uncertainty in the health insurance market, and if he follows through, it promises to send Obamacare into the "death spiral" he and his Republican cohorts have been salivating over for the last seven years.

Trump's end game is the destruction of the law his nemesis President Obama signed in 2010 that has brought the number of uninsured Americans to a historic low.

Despite that Trump has been undermining the ACA and its programs since he took office in January, and he has ramped up his efforts in recent weeks in the aftermath of his failure to get the Affordable Care Act repealed by Congress.

This effort of course includes the executive order Trump signed Thursday directing federal agencies to change regulations to allow insurers to sell policies that exclude people with pre-existing conditions and have offer fewer benefits for longer term than accepted by the Affordable Care Act.

The mere possibility that Trump would refuse to pay money owed to health insurance companies created additional instability in market causing them to raise policy rates exponentially. Now that he has announced that he will be doing just that it should send the markets into the tailspin he has desired.

Insurers have already raised premiums for next year to protect themselves against financial losses if Trump actually reneges on his obligations. With this announcement their fears have been borne out.

The payments Trump plans to end are related to so-called cost-sharing reductions offered to insurance exchange enrollees who earn up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $30,150 for a single person. These subsidies serve to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for low-income people by shrinking their deductibles, co-payments and the like.

As a result the almost 6 million people, or 57 percent of Obamacare enrollees, who qualified for these subsidies when they enrolled this year will be effected by the price hikes. The very people who can least afford to incur such a cost.

Under the Affordable Care Act the health insurance companies are required to reduce this cost-sharing with the federal government reimbursing them for the cost since exchange plans went live in January 2014.

Now Trump has sabotaged that.

Trump, as it turns out, has the authority to withhold the subsidies because of a lawsuit the United States House of Representatives brought against President Obama in 2014 that claimed he illegally made these payments without an explicit congressional appropriation of the funding.

A federal judge sided with House Republicans last year but allowed Obama to continue paying back insurers while the case went through the appeals process.

But when Trump succeeded President Obama his administration became the defendant and deemed the subsidies unlawful calling it ...

"a bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments"

Ironically, cutting off these payments to health insurance companies will actually cost taxpayers because higher premiums mean bigger subsidies and federal spending will rise by almost $200 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia announced, after Trump's move, that they will be suing him over the discontinuation of the cost-sharing reduction payments.

Congress could address the subsidy payment issue by simply authorizing the spending in legislation but has chosen not to do so.

Let's see if the House of Representatives have the guts to stand up to Trump's craven display of sabotage.

Trump Signs Executive Order In Effort To Destroy The Affordable Care Act

On Thursday Donald Trump signed an order that will kill the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance markets with paralyzing uncertainty as it allows the proliferation of cheaper, less comprehensive plans which would undermine rules of who and what insurers must cover.

The changes represent an aggressive step toward actively destroying Obamacare as Trump and his fellow Republicans have continued to be unsuccessful to achieve those results through legislation alone.

Trump ominously said at a signing ceremony in the Oval Office...

 “Today is only the beginning

The order will primarily affect small businesses and people who buy private coverage on their own, rather than through employers.

Trump's order is meant to entice healthy consumers who don’t expect to have large medical bills and who are frustrated with the high premiums they pay for policies to instead purchase cheap minimal policies.

This would mean comprehensive coverage would become harder and eventually even impossible to find, especially for people with pre-existing conditions.

The endgame being the destruction of the Affordable care Act.

The good news is that the order Trump signed calls for writing new regulations which could test the boundaries of executive authority, prompting legal challenges that could drag on in the courts for years.

But some parts of the order are likely to take effect more quickly like the decision to end a rule that limited short-term insurance plans to no more than three months.

These plans, which are not subject to most of the Affordable Care Act’s rules such as mental health coverage, maternity care, full prescription coverage, would now be allowed to be offered for longer periods of time.

This would leave the side of the insurance market that continues to meet the Affordable Care Act’s standards in trouble as they would have to raise prices due to the loss healthy consumers, whose premiums pay the bills of people with serious medical conditions, to longer, cheaper, less comprehensive policies.

Then there is the lifting of restrictions that would allow insurance companies to exclude some of the ACA’s essential benefits in their plans. They wouldn’t cover as much and be less available to people with the highest medical bills. These policies would be cheaper and likely popular with people in relatively good health again putting a strain on the market to cover older, sicker policy holders.

In addition, if the migration into the less regulated plans was severe, some insurers would give up and abandon markets altogether leaving all of their customers with no source of comprehensive coverage.

Trump’s order also effects the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which imposes a financial penalty on people who do not obtain insurance. The mandate, which is anathema to Republicans, is an essential piece of the ACA’s architecture.

This would again put pressure on insurers to raise prices or drop plans for the infirmed.

The Republicans were warned of these consequences when the Brookings Institution and a trade group representing America’s health insurance industry conducted studies that showed these would be the results if any one of the three GOP repeal legislations were to become law.

This executive order signing comes despite the stabilization of insurance markets, even in struggling states, despite the Trump administration efforts to undermine them by threatening to cut off key funds for insurers, slash the outreach and advertising budget for the ACA, and weaken the individual mandate.

As Death Toll In Puerto Rico Reaches 45 Trump Threatens To Pull Aid From It's American Citizens While Texas And Florida Receive Only Promises To "RESTORE, RECOVER And REBUILD"

As the crisis in Puerto Rico grows and the death toll reaches new heights daily Donald Trump felt it was appropriate to threaten to pull FEMA, the Military & First Responders from the storm-ravaged island...

As for Texas and Florida, both of which were decimated by hurricanes as well, they are good to go as Trump has made no threats to pull any aid or funds away from their citizens.

Here, look...

Though it has been 21 days since Maria made landfall 84 percent of people on the island remain without electricity and only 63 percent have drinkable water while many continue to go without housing and basic necessities.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

UNRAVELING! Trump Rages: "I Hate Everyone In The White House!"

It has been reported that several people close to Donald Trump are saying that he is “unstable,” “losing a step,” and “unraveling,” according to Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair.

Sherman, who spoke to many of Trump's longtime confidantes, says he has noticed that the character of some of the leaks emerging from the White House has shifted and has detected a new level of what he characterizes as "concern."

After speaking with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers Sherman characterizes them as describing a White House in crisis as advisers...

"struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods"

Trump’s anger is said to be fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary.

The sources told Sherman that they were surprised at the degree of Trump's distress over the loss in Alabama, describing it as "a huge blow to his psyche,”. This is no doubt due in large part to the fact the Strange's opponent, Roy Moore, was backed by Trump's fired Chief Strategest Steve Bannon.

According to two sources familiar with the conversation, Trump vented to his longtime security chief, Keith Schiller...

I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!

In addition to Trump hating his job two senior Republican officials said Chief of Staff John Kelly is miserable in his job as well and remains only out of a sense of duty and to "keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision."

Speculation about Kelly’s future is that he is not long for this administration and that should worry us all.

Another horrifying detail in Sherman's piece describes how a former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis might have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike asking...

 “Would they tackle him?

First of all is that an actual option and second just how close to nuclear armageddon are we that they are even discussing this scenario?!?!

Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts as The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.

Then there is the report that Gen. Kelly is attempting to physically sequester Trump to limit his intake of upsetting news reports on television and attempts by aides and confidants that might try to relay information that might upset him.

Sherman reported that according to one major G.O.P. donor access to Trump has been cut off, and outside calls to the White House switchboard aren’t put through to the Oval Office.

According to two sources Keith Schiller, the man whom Trump made his "I hate everyone" outburst to, quit his post as security chief last month after Kelly told him he needed permission to speak to Trump and wanted written reports of their conversations.

In addition to his behavior at the White House aides also worry about Trump’s public appearances saying were relieved when Trump declined to agree to appear on the season premiere of 60 Minutes last month...

He’s lost a step. They don’t want him doing adversarial TV interviews,

Instead, they have Trump on a diet of friendly Fox News "interviews" with sycophants the likes of Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee (whose daughter is Trump’s press secretary).

Sherman reports that advisers are now worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office via the 25th amendment - the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president.

Even pink slipped Chief consultant Steve Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term.

Despite the plethora of vetted sources the White House denies these all of the reporting...

The President’s mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive,

In the immortal words of Grouch Marx... "Who are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?"

BOOM: Trump Asked National Security Leaders For A Tenfold Increase In The US Nuclear Weapon Stockpile

It has been reported that last summer Donald Trump asked a gathering of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders to what amounted to a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Officials say Trump’s comments came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s.

When Trump saw the chart's peak at 32 thousand warheads, which occurred during the heigh of the cold war between the US and Russia, he indicated that he wanted a nuclear stockpile like that and not our present level of around four thousand warheads.

Here is a chart that explains what Trump was looking at...

According to the officials Trump's request stunned those present in the room as they tried to explain the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup.

The July 20 meeting, which included Trump’s advisers, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense.

It was after this meeting that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump was a “fucking moron.

Trump responded to the revelatory report with his now infamous refrain of "fake news" Wednesday morning on Twitter...

Trump’s comments shed a new and terrifying light into his state of mind as he escalates the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and the confrontation with Iran by threatening to decertify the 2015 nuclear deal with them.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trump To Slash Pollution Regulations On The Fossil Fuel Industry By Repealing President Obama's Climate Plan

Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt has announced that he, in accordance with his boss' wishes, will formally propose repealing President Obama’s landmark climate change rule for power plants.

The Clean Power Plan" implemented by Obama in June of 2014 is a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions under the Paris accord.

But Pruitt, a vehement opponent of the Paris accord and all environmental regulation, announced on Monday that he will sign paperwork on Tuesday to repeal the rule which he argued exceeded the Obama's authority and treated coal communities unfairly.

Pruitt announce his intentions Monday at a Hazard, Ky., mining and construction equipment business exclaiming...

The Clean Power Plan, it wasn’t about regulating to make things regular. It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers.” adding, “The war on coal is over,

Pruitt's remarks were obviously well received in the heart of Eastern Kentucky’s hard-hit coal country.

FACT CHECK: The coal industry, that employs fewer people (52,000 workers nationally) that the Arby's Restaurant chain and is by far the world's biggest emitters of carbon pollution.

Pruitt framed the rules repeal as a rebuke of what he and Republicans see as Obama's nefarious “war on coal”, an industry which was already dying off due to competition from cheap and plentiful natural gas.

Environmentalist and Democrats have pledged to save the Clean Power Plan which they believe, along with the nearly 200 countries who signed the Paris Climate Accord, is the most significant U.S. policy to reduce carbon emissions that has ever been put into place.

The rule was the centerpiece of Obama’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector by 32 percent by 2030.

The Trump administration, which from day one has battled to remove pollution regulations on the fossil fuel industry, has made it clear that he wishes to replace the rule with a weaker, more industry-friendly standard. These efforts include putting on hold and/or repealing dozens of regulations including their intention to leave the international Paris climate deal completely.

The pain from the rule's repeal will be felt not only environmentally but economically as Obama’s EPA projected that the Clean Power Plan would have not only limited carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emissions and reduce up to 3,600 pollution-related premature deaths every year but would have created a net economic benefit of $26 billion to $45 billion.

You can see those statistics HERE at the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists as Trump's EPA has conveniently taken all that information off of their government website...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

FAKE NEWS: Pence's Football Stadium Walkout Was A Divisive Pre-Planned Political Stunt

Nice touch having the man in uniform standing right next to Pence. Remember: It's all about the optics!

Earlier today Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts-49ers football game after several players from the San Francisco 49ers took a knee while the national anthem was being played.

Apparently the sight of the players expressing their first amendment protected right to protest racial injustice in America was just too much of Pence to bear...

After it made the news that Pence had walked out of the game Donald Trump tweeted that he had beforehand asked his VP to leave if "any players kneeled" during the anthem and praised him for doing so...

Being a loyal soldier Pence followed his boss' directions and left the stadium in obvious disgust.

Here's the problem.... It was all staged.

A craven political stunt meant to keep this made up contrived controversy alive as a means to distract from the overwhelming failure of Trump's tenure in office and the ever tightening noose that is the Mueller Russia investigation.

The dead giveaway that this was a setup is the fact that it is well known that the San Francisco 49ers players have consistently knelt during the anthem at every game for over a year now and even announced publicly that they would be doing so at today's game.

Another clue was that Pence had his pool reporters wait in their vans to save them the time and trouble of walking into the stadium he knew he was going to be leaving early.

Then there is the fact that Pence had not attended a a game of his beloved hometown team, the Indianapolis Colts, in over three years. Did they think we would believe Pence just decided to take in a game on a whim?

In any event the real outrage wasn't the kneeling payers but instead the estimated $242,500 it cost the taxpayers to pull this stunt!!!!

To top the whole mess off Pence, immediately upon leaving the game, hopped a plane to Los Angeles to attend a high priced fund raiser.

In any event we will be sure to stay tuned to see what happens next in this over budget nightmare of a reality show that can't get canceled soon enough.