Donald Trump the American Political Disaster and Disgrace (updated 8/17/2018)
Donald Trump is Becoming the Face of America
The UnMaking of American Idealism
I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHERE TO START! THE STRAW THAT broke the camel’s back goes as follow from his statement on December 7, 2015 (Pearl Harbor):
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on. …”
He then followed this up with:
"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,"
Then there was a 24-second standing ovation from the crowd, and then this:
“This is pretty heavy stuff. And it’s common sense, and we have to do it. These are people who are here, by the way, … These are people who only believe in jihad. They have no respect for human life.”
The crowd then cried: “Send them all home!”
And with that American politics has sunk to a new and palpably dangerous low. While Trump says he is “the worst thing that has ever happened to ISIS”, the reality is he is the best thing that has happened to Daesh while, at the same time, being the worst nightmare America has faced in a long time.
I say “dangerous” because Trump has become the best recruiting tool Daesh has ever had for Trump amplifies the greatest fears Muslims, both internally and externally, have of America. How can they not turn to a group that supposedly has their back while the “home of the brave and of the free” arrogantly and cowardly turns their back on them.
Trump, Sadly, Isn't Alone in His Islamophobia
TRUMP ISN'T ALONE IN THIS BELIEF AMONG THE GOP field. For example, Senator Rand Paul held similar albeit less extreme views; but he did Trump one better, Paul introduced actual legislation (it lost 10 - 89) to "pause" immigration. Proudly. Sen. Paul recently tried to set the record said:
"I’ve called for something similar, which is a moratorium based on high risk. And so we have examined where the high risk of terrorism comes from and it’s about 34 countries. I would put a pause on all immigration from those 34 countries. I have actually introduced legislation and got a vote on it. I had a vote on it just last week. Which is kind of interesting, all the hoopla, because people don’t seem to understand a similar concept has already been voted on."
Read more at http://wonkette.com/596793/rand-paul-thought-of-banning-muslims-first-how-come-trump-gets-all-the-credit#VWfyoYO3rTX7wtfk.99
Dr. Ben Carson has exhibited this same xenophobia and bigotry as well when he asserts Muslims aren’t qualified to be President of the United States and then there is:
“For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably gonna put your children out of the way,” Carson said. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination.”
The Conservative radio and tv talk show entertainers (e.g. Hannity and Limbaugh) went into a virtual swoon over the melody of Trump’s words.
There Will Be Consequences
WHAT ARE THE PROBABLE CONSEQUENCES THE RIGHT'S religious pogrom on Muslims. Because of their irrational, paranoid, racial/religious intolerance, America is more susceptible to violence than it otherwise would be. Hate crimes cannot help to be on the upswing given the high-level expression of support of Trump's policy and the Right-wing rabble's obsession with arming every American whether they will be responsible or not; this includes, as I said earlier, people on federal and state watch lists. Paranoia leads to bad decisions like fear-based rash actions such as to take one of those guns they so highly value and dispatch a potential (simply because he/she is Muslim) terrorist; it’s self-defense after all and Trump et al has given them permission to carry out this act of American virtue.
Further, it is almost a given that recruitment for Daesh will increase from within the U.S. and outside of it; and so will acts of terrorism driven by the rhetoric coming out of this country, as well as other Right-wing groups around the world. One of the San Bernardino terrorists was American and his wife (Pakistani who lived in Saudi Arabia) was a permanent resident. They apparently were radicalized prior to 2013. What does that mean? That means, by extension, there are more radicalized people out there, they could be your neighbors, and Trump and friends have stirred them up.
12/21/2016 - The Consequences Are Starting and Donald Trump is Not Even President Yet!
EVERYBODY WONDERED IF TRUMP COULD PUT A LOCK ON HIS TWITTER THUMB after his Russian-Comey-Clinton assisted win in the 2016 Presidential election. Well the same everybody now know that there is no lock and is dragging 54% of America (the percent that didn't vote for him) into a very dangerous place.
Here are some examples of his more recent attempts at foreign and domestic diplomacy:
Still Jumping the Gun -
Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany - and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2016
The thing is, Switzerland says the killings were not terror. As of 12/21/2016, it is still undetermined whether the other two were terrorism or not. (Daesh "claims" they inspired the German attack.)
Saving His Face -
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
In fact, President Obama raised the alarm as early as the Summer of 2016 and again in October 2016
Taking Unearned Credit -
I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2016
This is just one of multiple examples, but in this case the truth is Ford had no plans to move the plant in the first place.
Breaking Long Standing Diplomatic Protocol & Damaging Relationships -
The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2016
Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
In order to maintain friendly, stable relationship with mainland China, America chose not to publicly communicate with Taiwan's leadership while still doing major business with them on an "unofficial" basis. Trump's tweet upset that "One China" apple cart before he was President.
Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
This was a major break in foreign protocol by interfering with their internal politics, sort of like Putin helping Trump win our election.
Interfering With On-going Diplomacy -
China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17 2016
We should tell China that we don't want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2016
This was an on-going diplomatic event that was being handled properly and successfully. Trump's tweets put that outcome in danger.
Spreading False Information -
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
An oft-repeated lie to save face. The truth is that Trump received 304 electoral votes which makes his win, in terms of percentage, the 10th worst showing in American history (35 presidents did better). In terms of popular vote, Clinton received over 2.5 million more votes because there were minuscule, if any, illegal votes cast for Hillary Clinton.
Is Trump A Nazi?
THAT QUESTION IS SERIOUSLY BEING ASKED NOW, in fact one reporter made reference to this question in an interview. Why, because this latest rhetorical barrage has reached new and uncharted heights in serious debate which surrounds Presidential campaigns. Donald Trump is no fly-by-night crackpot; instead he is the front-runner of the GOP in the race for the Presidency; and given his massive support from Conservatives, it will probably get worse!
Adolf Hitler would be proud of the tactics and strategies (big lie, remember) Trump is using to become head of the Reichstag, er pardon me, the executive branch; all you have to do is replace Jew with Muslim and Trump’s playbook becomes the same playbook Hitler so successfully used. And I am not simply being politically incorrect in drawing that comparison; it is very real and just as frightening. Why? Because there is a built in propaganda arm in the Right-wing media who has been supporting him or at least giving him a pass; further he has an army of Right-wing Authoritarian (RWA) Followers to carry out his Socially Domineering Oriented (SDO) agenda*; and they were on full display at his rallies giving full-throated approval of Trump’s hate speech.
What is worse, the Party he has adopted, the conservative element of it anyway, did the politically correct thing in denouncing, some loudly but others more softly, Trump’s rhetoric, they didn’t say the only thing that makes any difference and sets them apart from Trump … they would all still vote for him should he become the nominee!! That is, in my opinion, despicable, un-American, weak-kneed, and unprincipled; which is amazing for a Party who says the only thing that matters is principle; not the nation's survival, not the nation's progress, just principle.
What else has Trump said on this subject?
- When asked by reporter Hunter Walker whether the surveillance of Muslims Trump is advocating would include such things such as registering Muslims in a database or “giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion.” Trumps response was “We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely; we’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.” Asked later if he was serious about a Muslim database, Trump responded “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely…”
- Relative to closing the Internet to prevent Muslims from attacking the U.S. he said “"We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet, and we have to do something. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people."
- Talking about closing mosques, Trump said there is “absolutely no choice” and "Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it. A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice,"
And this is who 66% of Republicans think is right regarding Muslims and want for President.
When you read the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, the similarities are astounding which is why such comparisons with Hitler are being made all over the media, be it print, air, or blog. It scares the hell out of me, I can't imagine what it is doing to the Muslims living in this country; they probably think they will be rounded up and tossed into an interment camp (Trump used that analogy) vis-á-vis the Japanese-Americans during WW II.
What I do know they feel is what I saw on TV which is one response from an American Muslim; it went something sad like:
“Why did I bother to come here [America]? I can find all this hate back home”.
But then there is this from a viral Facebook post by Christ Herbert, and British soldier who lost a limb in Basra, Iraq:
"Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg," he wrote. "A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.
"A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field. A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life.
"A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK.
"A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk.
"A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home.
"A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didn't know how to deal with my medicines and side effects."
Unlike the Jews in Germany in the 1930s, Muslim-Americans do have the capability to leave America if the hate gets too strong and the government sits by and lets it happen; and I would probably join them, because the America I knew and was proud of, died. Who is going to win in the end, the philosophy of Donald Trump, an American presidential candidate, and his ilk or the British soldier, a man leading a regular life like most of us? It really is your choice.
Postscript - I guess there is a silver lining to all of this. If the Republican base has gone that far over the top, then chances seem good that Donald Trump will be their nominee. While 66% of Republicans sounds like a lot, they make up only 25% of the voting population. That means Trump would get only 17% of the vote plus any right-leaning independents who are really reactionary conservatives in independents clothing. The result … a drubbing worse than Walter Mondale received from Reagan in 1984.
People Really Want To Know Your Opinion
How do you think Donald Trump is changing how the world views America?
If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, Will You Vote For Him?
- 8% POLITICALLY LEFT OR LEFT LEANING - Yes
- 8% POLITICALLY LEFT OR LEFT LEANING - No or Don't Know
- 15% NEITHER RIGHT NOR LEFT - Yes
- 38% NEITHER RIGHT NOR LEFT - No or Don't Know
- 23% POLITICALLY RIGHT OR RIGHT LEANING - Yes
- 8% POLITICALLY RIGHT OR RIGHT LEANING - No or Don't Know
This poll is now closed to voting.
Reaffirmation or Regret?
If You VOTED for Donald Trump in the 2016 Election, Would You Do It Again?
Has Donald Trump's Rhetoric Made America Safer?
Disastrous Weeks of the Trump Presidency
Week 55 (Feb 11 - 17, 2018)
- Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities meddling in the 2016 Presidential election - as if it didn't need more proof, this puts to bed Trump's claim that the investigation is a "Democratic hoax" or "witch hunt".
- Rick Gates, a former senior adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign, becomes the third Trump campaign staffer to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. He is nearing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
- Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, after previously acknowledging that porn star Stormy Daniels was paid off to keep her affair with Trump secret now says he made a $130,000 personal payment to porn star Stormy Daniels as a way to keep her from going public with her story.
- Ronan Farrow reports in The New Yorker of an alleged affair between former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal and Trump. It also mentions a possible affair with reality TV star Summer Zervos.
- The Rob Porter, Trump's staff secretary, scandal continues into its second week. Porter, if you remember, was accused of domestic abuse by both of his ex-wives. On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray directly contradicted the White House' account that Porter's background check was in process -- making clear that the FBI had closed the case file on Porter in January. The whole controversy has engulfed Chief of Staff Gen John Kelly and communications director Hope Hicks (Porter's now ex-girlfriend)
- Trump issues statements after the murder of 17 people at a Florida school by automatic fire by blaming the students for not reporting the shooter sooner. Nowhere in his comments does Trump even mention the word "gun", or anything similar.
- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's is under fire again for wasting government money for his so-called "personal protection". This time he is defending the use of first-class flights which are, for the most part, prohibited by government regulation.
- The chief of staff of David Shulkin, the VA director, resigned after it was discovered she doctored an email and made a series of false statements in order to justify the use of government funds for Shulkin's wife to accompany him on a trip to Europe in 2017. On Capitol Hill on Thursday, Shulkin admitted to lawmakers that "the optics of this are not good."
Week 82 (Aug 19 - 25)
- Former CIA director John Brennan threatens to sue Donald Trump over revocation of his security clearance
- It was reported that McGahn, the White House counsel who once threatened to quit if Trump didn't back off is decision to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, gave 30 hours of testimony to Mueller's team. While Trump says he approved this, he failed to get a briefing on what was covered during the interview.
- Michael Cohen, once Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty in federal court to, among other things, paying illegal hush money to two woman who claim to have had affairs with Trump in order to influence the election. He said he did it at the direction of Donald Trump thereby implicating him in the same crime.
- Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager, was found guilty of 8 of 18 federal charges in his first trial resulting from special counsel Mueller's Russia investigation for bank fraud and other related crimes. One woman held out on the remaining 10 counts and Mueller is deciding on whether to retry him on those charges. Manafort is due to go to trial on another set of charges in September. After the verdict Trump called Manafort a "good man" and suggested he has been treated unfairly in spite of being found guilty
- Trump rolls back President Obama's coal production rules designed to protect America and the world from pollution and CO2 emissions.
- It was reported that David Pecker, CEO of the National Enquirer owner AMI, received immunity to help the government's case against Michael Cohen. Pecker paid a Playboy model for her story about being a Trump mistress and then quashing the story (catch and kill). Cohen allegedly repaid AMI via the Trump Organisation. Many think that this immunity extends past the Cohen case.
- Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization, also apparently received immunity for the case against Michael Cohen. The Trump Organization's involvement is illegally paying Cohen for work not performed so that Cohen can pay Stormy Daniels, one of Trump's alleged mistresses, and AMI (for paying Susan McDougal, another alleged Trump mistress). Many think that this immunity extends well beyond the Cohen case.
- Donald Trump renewed his assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, personally, and the Justice Department, in general, in a major way in order to influence what they should and should not be investigating. Many people think this is a clear example of Trump trying to obstruct justice in the investigation against him.
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