The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    1D243652-1B94-43A9-813A-64F7AEC72555.jpeg ‘this man is a protestor who was at Charlottesville, a member of “the proud boys”
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  4. Disambiguation Global Moderator Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson and wife of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to multiple reports, potentially exposing the administration and members of Congress to the virus.”

    She’s married to Steven Miller.
    Yeah this guy:
    As the New Yorker reported in February, in the days prior to Trump’s inauguration, Miller drafted what would become Trump’s Muslim ban executive order. The rollout of that plan was so chaotic and cruel—with untold visa holders stranded at airports and unable to return to the country where they live—that it was quickly thrown out by multiple courts, rescinded, and eventually replaced twice before the Supreme Court approved a third and final version in a 5–4 vote split along partisan lines.
    That initial ban was indefensible—and likely would have been even for the conservative Roberts court. Miller, though, forcefully defended that first, unlawful ban. “There is no constitutional right for a citizen in a foreign country who has no status in America to demand entry into our country. Such a right cannot exist. Such a right will never exist,” Miller told ABC News of his plot to deny lawful visa holders reentry to the United States based on their religion. “This is an ideological disagreement between those who believe we should have borders and should have controls and those who believe there should be no borders and no controls.” His position on the travel ban encapsulated his immigration view as a whole: Any effort to restrict immigration—no matter how arbitrary, in contravention of due process, discriminatory, or violent—is a simple, just, and lawful bureaucratic prerogative of the executive branch.

    • Miller, whose political charisma could be described as roughly similar to that of Danny DeVito’s Oswald Cobblepot, generally avoids the public spotlight. The rare occasions when he has done TV appearances have been so embarrassing as to explain why he doesn’t do more. In one CNN interview in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign, Miller claimed that immigration leads to unchecked female genital mutilation. In a notorious White House press briefing, he tried to convince CNN’s Jim Acosta that the words “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” on the Statue of Liberty don’t actually belong there. “The poem that you’re referring to that was added later and is not part of the original Statue of Liberty,” Miller said, before going on a tirade against Acosta for questioning the wisdom of a proposal to limit access to this country to English speakers. In another TV interview with Face the Nation’s John Dickerson, Miller didn’t even bother to mask his authoritarianism in the name of immigration restriction, saying: “The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” Miller was so evasive and combative in one appearance with Jake Tapper that the CNN host saw no choice but to cut his mic.
    Miller’s voice is so toxic that the White House went so far as to demand that the New York Times’ The Daily podcast not air audio of an interview with Miller in which he defended the administration’s family separation policy. Indeed, Miller’s most vile accomplishment was to push Trump to enact family separation, the short-lived policy of separating parents and children at the U.S. border, with no plan to reunite them, as a means of deterring undocumented immigration. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law,” Miller told the New York Times in that interview. As the New Yorker reported on Miller’s view of the policy:
    Last week, it was reported that Miller was trying to renew his cartoonishly villainous policies of child traumatization. This time, Miller is pushing for prolonged detainments of unaccompanied immigrant children in Customs and Border Protection detention during the COVID-19 pandemic, essentially jailing them instead of transferring them to Office of Refugee Resettlement care facilities and eventually to family sponsors. Miller is also advocating that any such sponsors get fingerprinted, making them easier to identify and deport—and thus less likely to take custody of the children.
    One former career official at DHS told the Post that racism was the only “principle [that] could animate such a laserlike focus,” to which Miller replied that anyone who called him a racist was “an ignorant fool, a liar and a reprobate who has no place in civilized society.” In January, the Supreme Court—again, along a 5–4 ideological split—allowed the Trump administration to go forward with the rule as it is litigated in lower courts. That rule is now set to devastate countless undocumented immigrant families in need of public and private assistance in the face of the pandemic-driven economic collapse and potentially to exacerbate the spread of the virus.”

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    Here she is this week. The only person at a COVID meeting without a mask 53E9BFD2-04B9-4B83-A35D-506310AD7EE5.jpeg
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    Attorney General William Barr said Monday that former President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are not under investigation, despite President Donald Trump’s assertions that his predecessor’s administration had committed criminal offenses.
    Trump has repeatedly accused Obama of unjustly targeting his associates in what he calls "Obamagate," and has called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to call his predecessor to testify in hearings about the origins of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump, however, has yet to explain what crime he thinks Obama had committed.
    Barr, during an unrelated briefing on the continuing inquiry into December’s deadly shooting at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, said he would not allow the criminal justice system to be “used as a political weapon.” ”

    so look for the firing of Barr soon.
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    White House, Trump accounts both get Twitter rulebreaker warning

    Twitter waited almost four years into the term to act, and Trump's not happy.
    Twitter's communication's team posted a notice that it was placing the public interest exemption label on Trump's tweet, explaining that, "based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today, the message fell afoul of the site's explicit policy prohibiting the glorification of violence.
    The last line of the tweet—"When the looting starts, the shooting starts"—is attributed to Miami Mayor Walter Headley, who said it in 1967 at a press conference addressing racial tension and protests in Miami at the height of the US civil rights movement.”
    “The administration is already trying to throw anything it can think of at Twitter to punish it for, to put it bluntly, annoying the president. Yesterday, Trump, joined by Attorney General Bill Barr, signed a mostly toothless executive order ordering federal and state officials to up their regulation of the way social media content platforms behave. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this morning called for a criminal investigation of Twitter, alleging the site violates US sanctions against Iran by allowing two Iranian officials to have accounts on the service.“
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    Stung By Twitter, Trump Signs Executive Order To Weaken Social Media Companies

    President Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at limiting the broad legal protections enjoyed by social media companies, two days after he tore into Twitter for fact-checking two of his tweets.”
    The president's latest confrontation with Twitter was set off after the tech company placed fact-checking warnings on two of his tweets that claimed, without evidence, that casting ballots by mail allows for voter fraud.Both Democratic and Republican states have used voting by mail for years without reports of widespread fraud.”
    But legal experts said they were doubtful the move would have any practical effect on the tech giants. Legal observers described the action as "political theater," arguing that the order does not change existing federal law and will have no bearing on federal courts.
    Twitter, in a statement, called Trump's order "a politicized approach to a landmark law," saying attempts to erode the decades-old legal immunity may "threaten the future of online speech and Internet freedoms."
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    But the final order released yesterday is significantly different from that draft — and a good deal more troubling. It’s still a tangle of vaguely coherent bad rules, legally baffling demands, and pure posturing. But it’s easier to see the shape of Trump’s goal: a censorship bill that potentially covers almost any part of the web.

    The order includes some concrete (if highly shaky) policy proposals, for example:
    • Websites of any size should lose all Section 230 protections if they don’t follow their terms of service or provide sufficient notice when removing content
    • The Attorney General should judge whether any websites receiving advertising money from the government are “problematic vehicles for government speech” because of “viewpoint discrimination”
    • The Federal Trade Commission should investigate websites for deceptive advertising based on their terms of service
    It also includes a lot of vague implications that are never substantiated and may be unintentional:
    • The Federal Communications Commission can write laws and send them to Congress now
    • Large social media companies are subject to the same rules as the government
    • Facebook should host porn
    But that only scratches the surface of this ludicrously expansive mess.

    Spoiler: you can’t nationalize Twitter
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    I’m not sure we’re talking about the same thing. That’s link to a org supporting Twitter personality Devin Nunes Cow, Devin was suing the anonymous “cow” for being mean to him. It’s not my store.
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  14. They Couldn't Believe It! Meeting Obama On A Walk Through DC

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  17. Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen (Cover By: Davina Michelle) :

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    “America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,” Martin Dempsey, the retired four-star general who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote on Twitter.
    A current military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, voiced concern about the lasting damage that would come from using the military as a “political prop.”
    Esper and Milley were among a group of White House officials and aides who followed Trump as he walked from the White House to the historic church after officers in riot gear cleared the area of peaceful protesters.
    "Their understanding is they were going into Lafayette Park to review the efforts of the troops," a defense official said.”

    The official said Trump, who held up a Bible for a photo op outside the church, did not walk out of the White House with it, so they had no warning. Esper and Milley were also not aware that the officers used tear gas to force the protesters out of the area, the official said.
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    Trump's Bible walk to church was an act of 'sacrilege,' says former Bush advisor D1342622-63FD-4323-B673-F6205F9B0E26.jpeg
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    So Trump is about to fire his most recent Sec of Defense
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    Barr attempts to distance himself from call to remove peaceful protesters in DC before Trump photo-op

    I'm not involved in giving tactical commands like that," he told the AP. "I was frustrated and I was also worried that as the crowd grew, it was going to be harder and harder to do. So my attitude was get it done, but I didn't say, 'Go do it.'"”
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    General Mark Milley said during a graduation address this morning that appearing in photographs in Lafayette Square was a "mistake."

    Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, apologized Thursday for his role in President Donald Trump's church photo op last week, saying he shouldn't have been at the scene.
    "As many of you saw, the result of the photograph of me at Lafayette Square last week, that sparked a national debate about the role of the military in civil society," Milley said in a prerecorded address at a commencement ceremony at the National Defense University in Washington. "I should not have been there. My presence in that moment, and in that environment, created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics."”
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    President Trump tweeted to Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, telling them "Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will."
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    Donald Trump has been the worst president this country has ever had. And I don't say that hyperbolically. He is. But he is a consequential president. And he has brought this country in three short years to a place of weakness that is simply unimaginable if you were pondering where we are today from the day where Barack Obama left office. And there were a lot of us on that day who were deeply skeptical and very worried about what a Trump presidency would be. But this is a moment of unparalleled national humiliation, of weakness.
    "When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don't use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We've never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities.
    "It's just astonishing that this man is president of the United States. The man, the con man, from New York City. Many bankruptcies, failed businesses, a reality show, that branded him as something that he never was. A successful businessman. Well, he's the President of the United States now, and the man who said he would make the country great again. And he's brought death, suffering, and economic collapse on truly an epic scale. And let's be clear. This isn't happening in every country around the world. This place. Our place. Our home. Our country. The United States. We are the epicenter. We are the place where you're the most likely to die from this disease. We're the ones with the most shattered economy. And we are because of the fool that sits in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk."
    Donald Trump has been the worst president this country has ever had. And I don't say that hyperbolically. He is. But he is a consequential president. And he has brought this country in three short years to a place of weakness that is simply unimaginable if you were pondering where we are today from the day where Barack Obama left office. And there were a lot of us on that day who were deeply skeptical and very worried about what a Trump presidency would be. But this is a moment of unparalleled national humiliation, of weakness.
    "When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don't use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We've never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities.
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    who wears his downfall better?
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    Ah come on now! Trump is a stable genius and has provided myself and millions more with laughs a plenty not only that he has shared so much knowledge from that great brain of his and words too. He knows all the words; it's such a shame that every last one of them is bullshit.
    How is that fool still in office?
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    Trump is a cockroach he'd survive an apocalypse. Now I'm answering myself. I've gone covid crazeeeeee.
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    Trump Got Written Briefing in February on Possible Russian Bounties, Officials Say
    The investigation into Russia’s suspected operation is said to focus in part on the killings of three Marines in a truck bombing last year, officials said.
    American officials provided a written briefing in late February to President Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, two officials familiar with the matter said.
    The investigation into the suspected Russian covert operation to incentivize such killings has focused in part on an April 2019 car bombing that killed three Marines as one such potential attack, according to multiple officials familiar with the matter.”

    White House briefing on Russia bounty reports raises more questions than it answers about Trump and US intelligence

    "It is common for different intel agencies to attach different degrees of confidence based on the manner on underlying intel; that isn't the same as there being disagreement over whether something happened."
    National security experts also balked at McEnany's assertion that intelligence about such a sensitive matter would "not be elevated to the President until it was verified." The point of these briefings, experts say, is to keep the president abreast of new intelligence and insights, which can be fast-changing, so briefings include assessments about the credibility of the information.
    But McEnany said Monday that Trump "has not been briefed on this matter." Her denial raised immediate questions, considering reports that US officials had briefed their British counterparts.
    She also said the US government is still determining the veracity of the underlying intelligence, which undercuts Trump's suggestion that US intelligence agencies had already deemed it unreliable.
    "There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations," McEnany said, a phrase that she repeated multiple times during her news conference. "In fact, there are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regard to the veracity of what's being reported. And the veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated."
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  38. Police Caught Slashing Tires Of Press, Medics, & Civilians

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    One of his best!
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