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  • It's not about religion, it's about polling

    ​​​​​​Behind Trump’s demand to reopen churches: Slipping poll numbers and alarm inside his campaign

    One GOP official said the dip in the president’s evangelical support also appeared in internal party polling, but disputed the notion that it had caused panic. Another person close to the campaign described an April survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, which showed a double-digit decline in Trump’s favorability among white evangelicals (-11), white Catholics (-12) and white mainline protestants (-1 from the previous month, as “pretty concerning.”


    • Funny but Trump never mentions reopening Synagogues and Mosques.

      Strange, very strange...

      ...or just the modus operandi of a racist and diabolical narcissist who is playing to his base?
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      • Jeff Sessions snaps back after Trump tells Alabama not to trust him
        After Donald Trump told supporters in Alabama “do not trust” Jeff Sessions and backed his opponent for the Republican Senate nomination, the man Trump trusted to be his first attorney general did something rare: he snapped back.

        The president was “damned fortunate”, Sessions said on Friday night, that he recused himself from the Russia investigation.

        Sessions, 73, said his March 2017 decision, forced because he did not disclose to Congress contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election, “protected the rule of law and resulted in your exoneration”.

        In fact special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed by then deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on 17 May 2017, said in his report that though he had not found evidence of criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the president, he was not exonerating Trump
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        • Lindsey Graham's Latest Effort To Go After Obama For 'Unmasking' Flynn, Backfires Spectacularly

          From way, way back in the Trump-Russia timeline, one of the biggest charges from Republicans has been about the “unmasking” of Michael Flynn. This idea, that someone in the Obama White House used their authority to uncover the real name behind an anonymous “SUBJECT 1” in some discrete intelligence report has been a key Republican charge since that time Devin Nunes leaped from an Uber to go scurrying through the White House shrubbery. And just last week, lapdog Lindsey Graham announced that he wanted to know just who was behind the dastardly unmasking of Flynn as a lead off to his big new investigation of Russia investigation.

          Yeah … about that. As it turns out, there’s a problem with Graham demanding that the FBI tell him who in the Obama administration ordered the unmasking of Flynn. The problem is that Graham got an answer. And the answer is: no one. That’s because it never happened. And that’s because Flynn’s name was never masked in the first place. But there is something about Flynn that was covered up, and the facts behind that seem like a real scandal.

          As The Washington Post reports, Graham made a big announcement on Tuesday that he was sending a letter to the brand-new extra-Trumpy Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell demanding to know why documents had not been produced to explain who unmasked Flynn’s name in connection with his multiple calls to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Meanwhile, Nunes was back on Fox News to accuse the Obama administration of “unmasking anyone and everyone so that they could leak information to a press.”

          These are the calls that Flynn first denied, then lied about not just to the FBI, but supposedly to Mike Pence. They were at the core of both Flynn’s resignation and the charges he is still facing in court, no matter what William Barr and Donald Trump might wish.

          The reply that Graham got doesn’t exactly give more power to his bid to get in on this “Obamagate” thing. Because what Grenell sent back was the news that the FBI never masked Flynn’s name. It was always on the report, because understanding who was talking to Kislyak “was essential to understanding its significance.” There was no unmasking request, because there was no mask.

          But don’t worry. Graham is given a chance to provide a detailed written response. Between them they’ll surely find a way to blame someone for unveiling what was never veiled. Maybe Nunes can sneak back into the White House basement and get a hot tip from Flynn’s former protege—who is exactly who handed him the claims about unmasking in the first place.

          Still, it’s not as if there isn’t some new secret to be uncovered about Flynn’s calls to the Russian ambassador. As Marcy Wheeler reported over at emptywheel:
          Flynn wasn’t lying to hide what he said to Kislyak.

          He was lying to hide that he had coordinated with people at Mar-a-Lago before speaking with Kislyak.
          Records of Flynn’s interviews with the FBI show that he repeatedly lied, not about the contents of the call, but about his own coordination with Trump before and after that call. Not only did Flynn lie directly to the FBI at least three times about his knowledge of sanctions, he followed the call by requesting a written note directly intended to mask the importance of the conversation.

          The problem for Graham, Nunes, and others trying to find evidence that Obama did something wrong in regards to Flynn, is that Flynn is a crook, who didn’t just lie to the FBI, but covered up his coordination with the Trump transition team. That’s in addition to numerous violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and planning for the kidnapping of a U.S. resident.
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          • Meanwhile, expect Trump to start mentioning Bill Gates. He probably won't directly bring up the tracking via vaccine idea but his followers will know what he's talking about.

            ​​​​​​More than 40% of Republicans think Bill Gates will use a COVID-19 vaccine to implant a location-tracking microchip in recipients, according to survey

            ​​​​​​A new survey by Yahoo News and YouGov has found that 44% of Republicans believe that Bill Gates will use the COVID-19 vaccination to implant a location-tracking microchip into the vaccine recipient, a conspiracy theory that has gained traction among fringe groups and conservative pundits.

            The survey also found that 26% of Republicans do not believe the false microchip vaccine narrative, while 31% remained undecided on the topic. Half of the people surveyed who use Fox News as their main source of TV news also believe the debunked theory.



            • Fumbling the nuclear football: is Trump blundering to arms control chaos?

              The president believes he alone can negotiate away nuclear weapons and win a Nobel prize – but he has quit three treaties and gutted his administration of experts

              Julian Borger in Washington
              Sun 24 May 2020 05.30 EDT
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              The Trump administration signaled this week that it was ready to get back in the business of nuclear arms control. A newly appointed envoy, Marshall Billingslea, made his first public remarks to announce talks with Russia are about to resume.

              “We have concrete ideas for our next interaction, and we’re finalizing the details as we speak,” Billingslea said.

              Trump to pull US out of third arms control deal
              The fact that this relaunch came on the same day that the US was pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty (OST) – the third withdrawal from an arms control agreement under the Trump presidency – underlined the contradictions at the heart of the administration’s approach towards nuclear weapons.

              According to those who have worked for him on the issue, Trump is preoccupied with the existential threat of nuclear war, and resolved that he alone can conjure a grand arms control bargain that would save the planet – and win him the Nobel prize.

              But at the same time, he is clearly thrilled by the destructive power that the US arsenal gives him, boasting about the size of his nuclear button, and a mystery “super duper” missile he this week claimed the US had up its sleeve.

              Administration officials have been left to try to confect a coherent-sounding policy out of such contradictory impulses – so far without success.

              “He believes only he has what it takes to make the big deal, if only everyone else – all the experts – would get out of his way,” a former senior official said. “But he just has no idea about how to make it happen.”

              Trump, the worst deal maker ever, thinks he alone can save the world with his negotiating skills.

              Lord help us...
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              • not mine and from a different forum but worth a read:

                THIS WAS ON A FRIEND’S PAGE: An anguished question from a Trump supporter: ‘Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?’

                THE SERIOUS ANSWER: Here’s what the majority of anti-Trump voters honestly feel about Trump supporters en masse:

                That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine." (

                That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay." (

                That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem." (

                That when he made up stories about seeing Muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue." (

                That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you exclaimed, "He sure knows me." (

                That when you heard him relating a story of an elderly guest of his country club, an 80-year old man, who fell off a stage and hit his head, to Trump replied: “‘Oh my God, that’s disgusting,’ and I turned away. I couldn’t—you know, he was right in front of me, and I turned away. I didn’t want to touch him. He was bleeding all over the place. And I felt terrible, because it was a beautiful white marble floor, and now it had changed color. Became very red.” You said, "That's cool!" (

                That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. (

                That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?" (

                That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense." (

                That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!" (

                That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!" (

                That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!" (

                That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be." (

                That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!" (

                That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"

                That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was in the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense." (

                That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!" (

                That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids, has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “Well, OK then.” (

                That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.

                What you don't get, Trump supporters, is that our succumbing to frustration and shaking our heads, thinking of you as stupid, may very well be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also... hear me... charitable.

                Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.

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                • Thanks for the post.

                  That's how tyrants come to power. People ignoring one morality issue at a time that begets another and a new morality shift becomes normalized.

                  The frogs in a pot analogy.

                  We are so far from normal.

                  Remember when people raised their kids by telling them not to lie and used George Washington as an example when as a child he cut down a cherry tree and admitted his wrongdoing?

                  Morals change. Ethics do not.
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                  • The craziest part about Trump and the slide in to populist authoritarianism in the US, is that he's been as successful as he has even though he's so incredibly ignorant and lazy about how the government actually works. Granted, he's surrounded by enablers that help fill that gaping hole, but just imagine how much worse things would be if you took Trump's i d i o t savant like abilities to stir up the worst in the American political psyche and gave them to someone more along the lines of Victor Orban.

                    If he does get voted out in the fall and the US is able to repair it's institutions and politics, historians will look back on him as a close call with dictatorship that was only prevented by his own incompetence and the helping hand of a global pandemic.


                    • The Swamp Rat King

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                      • Originally posted by kcantor View Post
                        not mine and from a different forum but worth a read:

                        THIS WAS ON A FRIEND’S PAGE: An anguished question from a Trump supporter: ‘Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?’
                        The sad thing is that the list is far from complete. It is just the tip of the iceberg.

                        You could list hundreds of other things that Trump has said, done or he has sycophants do. One month he is endlessly praising the CDC, the WHO and China; the next month they are the worst in his opinion.

                        Try and find one issue that he has not flip flopped on, often multiple times. I can understand some people supporting him on their favorite issue but when he flips, they support his contrary position.

                        As a Christian myself, I cannot understand how anyone expounding Christian values can support such immoral and unethical behavior to the point that some believe that he is sent by God himself.
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                        • Go ahead. Fill it to capacity. Jam them in there. What have you got to lose?

                          Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

                          "I love the Great State of North Carolina, so much so that I insisted on having the Republican National Convention in Charlotte at the end of August," Trump said in a series of tweets. "Unfortunately, Democrat Governor, @RoyCooperNC is still in Shutdown mood & unable to guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena. In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if the Democrat Governor would allow the Republican Party to fully occupy the space."



                          • I find the hypocrisy of the republican party so hard to fathom. The lust to stay in power has blinded them. The damage is done, do you think a Democratic president will relinquish any of the powers that Trump has bestowed upon himself. I also find it interesting that the people that profess to be strong god fearing Christians and gladly wear a cross are the same people that have no problem lying. (His new press secretary). The prosperity gospel I guess allows it. I have friends in Texas all very smart people, but Trump is an acceptable God fearing man over the corrupt and senile old Joe Biden.


                            • Originally posted by BalancedOP
                              The damage is done, do you think a Democratic president will relinquish any of the powers that Trump has bestowed upon himself.
                              While I don't think Biden is a very good choice for the candidacy for a variety of reasons, I do for some reason hold out hope that he'll be a very unique President. If the Democrats take back the Senate, retain the House, and win the Presidency they'll have a huge opportunity to fortify or reform institutions, ferret out corruption during Trump's term, maybe even expand the Senate (DC or Puerto Rico?) and/or Supreme Court to re-balance, put a limit on gerrymandering, encourage voting and so on. Biden has not been actively discouraging talk that he would only sit a single term. Perhaps he'd want his legacy to be as a unique figure that used his single term to bring the country back from the brink of disaster and prepare it for a better future before stepping aside for the next generation.

                              I hope I'm not naive!


                              • The hypocrisy of the Republicans goes back well before Trump.

                                On the eve of Obamas inauguration the GOP were conspiring to obstruct every proposal from Obama even if it was a Republican platform. That was the same night Obama was at John McCain's celebrity roast.

                                The Republicans say they value life but in reality they use it to get the religious antiabortion vote. Once a baby is born, they don't want them to have public health care, education or social benefits.

                                They GOP is against tax increases or increasing the debt but end up doing both. Moscow Mitch calls them the 'do nothing Democrats ' but he stalls hundreds of House bills on his desk and boasts about it. the list goes on and on.

                                I believe that the GOP stand for Great Oppression and Projection.

                                In the Republican world view, they look at an issue such as Obama making an executive order because Republicans blocked popular legislation like healthcare reform. In the minds of Republicans then envision the worst things that they can think of and what they would do with unlimited power and decide that the Democrats want death panels like some science fiction movie. In reality the Democrats want better affordable healthcare but the Republicans project their own distorted views on death panels and label Democrats as death mongers.

                                As soon as Republicans get into power, they themselves create situations that results in deaths to many Americans. ( wars, unaffordable healthcare, mismanaged crisis etc.)

                                But remember that Hillary was all behind Behngazi and she should be locked up without a trial.

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