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The Mind of Donald Trump

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  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Just about all of Trump's picks raise eyebrows, including naming his son-in-law Jared Kushner to be his senior advisor. Kushner sounds like a younger 36 year old version of Trump. Think-a-likes -- although Kushner at least isn't so thin skinned and unpredictable.
    Still unbelievable that no one is protesting this the laws or rules don't seem to matter anymore. Sorry this is an power grab nothing else. The "vetting" thing in this country is an total farce; vetting 9 people on one day without having all of their data and background is pure ridiculous . Indeed even in an "banana republic" they do an better job
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    Right now, Trump during the "press" conference said that Priebus protected the GOP from hacking; the DNC was stupid that it did not protect itself. My feeling is Trump "knew" that the hacking would take place and warned Priebus about it in time. Priebus got his new "job" therefore as an reward .

    That is the truth I think. What an piece of filth.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    The news conference left me rather speechless. Trump was on the offensive. Look for CNN to be blackballed from any access to him or his staff. He has made it personal.
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    Schmidt Wrote: The news conference left me rather speechless. Trump was on the offensive. Look for CNN to be blackballed from any access to him or his staff. He has made it personal.
    I hope you also saw the "ethics" lawyer who informed MSNBC that the way Trump deals with his holdings (via his lawyers) is completely wrong related to the "rules". This guy said that day one there will be huge suits coming forth out of this. I hope you did see this. The other thing which I hope gets investigated is the "Priebus" thing; the CIA/FBI should investigate what, if so, Trump told him about the hacking of the DNC in time, so Priebus could put "measures" in place to protect their system in time. Thus in other words Trump did have contact with the Russians and "knew" this was going to happen, therefore (if so) is guilty of "treason". I think the "media" should be made aware of this. Can you inform them??
  • Center Left
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    This was not worth a new thread but certainly interesting. Trump has awoken Anonymous. They have been formidable and they have capabilities with no need for accountability. This might turn into a reoccurring nightmare for him.

    addictinginfo.org/2017/01/15/anonymous-...

  • Independent
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    Tony, interesting; but when are you going to disclose the"tape" from Russia? ha ha.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The vetting of Trump will continue well into his presidency as new revelations about his past come to light by Anonymous and others. But probably not WikiLeaks, who thus far seem to be an agent of Russia...unless Trump goes against Putin.

    Anyway, who needs leaks when Trump is revealing how vindictive he is by his daily early morning Tweet rants against the CIA and John Lewis. If he continues this vindictive behavior against heads of state (e.g. China, Iran, Germany) when he is president, then who knows what will happen. Any documentary will also make the "scary movie" list.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Further on my last post, Trump said this about Angela Merkel to the Times of London regarding her decision to open Europe's doors to those fleeing violence in the Middle East.

    "I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from".

    Trump said he would take office with a policy of "trusting" both Merkel and Putin, but warned: "Let's see how long that lasts. It may not last long at all."

    This was an interview and not a Tweet, but it looks like Trump's not gaining any points with Germany's leader either. Burning bridges before you have to cross them doesn't sound like the "art of the deal". It's more like the art of stupid.

  • Center Left
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    Exactly. China, Germany..... just a couple of small countries. I bet by July it will be a dozen countries. The fool is nearly in charge.
  • Center Left
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    Without question I hate D Trump. Did I love Hillary ? He'll no ! But I realized she was a far better choice and I voted. This article again mentions the conman methodology. While I will never endorse it..... what was Ms. Clinton doing yesterday, today, tomorrow ? I don't know or care but I assure you she's not leading or helping a soul. While we don't want him as president, he got what he wanted with smoke and mirrors. I hope in 4 years the Democratic party determines how to win and does whatever it takes.

    billmoyers.com/story/the-trump-resistan...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Thanks TJ --- Here's another good article along the conman theme by Jonathan Chait in the New York Magazine.

    The System Has Failed and a Con Artist Has Won

    It's a short article and you should read it for the full view, but I will just make comment on his concluding paragraph:

    "The methods of a skilled con artist have worked just barely well enough to deliver the presidency to Trump. But what happens when his grandiose promises fail to materialize? And when the aspects of his program that he never mentioned in his speech — tax cuts for the rich, stripping away health insurance from millions, massive graft — do take place? A con artist who always escaped his old victims and found new ones has reached the maximal limits of his strategy. What happens when the marks are demanding that the promises he made be redeemed, and there is nowhere for him to go, and he commands the powers of the state?"

    My belief is that Trump will extend his con game well into his presidency and beyond. The tribal Republicans who helped put him in power are an important part of that con game. In fact, they invented it going way back decades. The Ronald Reagan presidency was a big con game, as was the George W. Bush presidency. I suppose one could go even further back to Nixon, or even earlier as we analyze how the ruling rich oligarchs in this country have successfully divided the populace against itself.

    Looking at just the last 50 years, however, I think the Powell Manifesto published in August 1971 set the groundwork for current events. It started with the defeat of Jimmy Carter by the conman Reagan and has now manifested itself in the current day conman Trump. I use the term "conman" quite deliberately because it is the only word that fully describes the ruthless ways that Republicans have been able to grab power and turn public opinion in their favor, even to the extent of getting solid liberals turning against our own by continually and skillfully tapping into our emotions at the expense of critical thinking. Purity tests.

    Trump is really a "nothing" much like Bush and Reagan. That's the way the Republican oligarchs like their presidents....in a sense, the dumber the better. It makes it easier to control them. I doubt that many of Trump's cabinet picks and aides were his own choice. Someone is pulling his strings just like they pulled Dubya's strings. The only difference is that the Trump Puppet dangles a little more loosely and unpredictably, unlike the obedient Bush puppet. Maybe that's because there is more than one puppet master.

    Closing note -- I should really write a blog article along the conman theme.

  • Independent
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    Yes Tony good piece. I have nothing to add; we'll wait and see if the American public will wake up or not.
  • Center Left
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    This could have gone under several themes (Davos, Stock market, dictator, etc.). I post in under Trump. George Soros predicts Trump will fail

    Hopefully he is correct.

    liberalplug.com/2017/01/20/george-soros...

  • Independent
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    Tony, the disaster started already yesterday at the CIA; he acted there as an 7 year old kid. Brennan the ex CIA head blasted him for his stupid mentality and ignorance. He only talked pure nonsense and blasted the media; all of a sudden he's totally in love with the CIA etc. while he torpedoded them for weeks. Then on top of it he sent the asshole Spicer to lie about the "crowds" at his inauguration. So day one was already an total disaster for him.

    The prediction of George Soros is absolutely correct; I said so many times as well. People with such huge ego's and totally in love with themselves never last very long.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Whew...these "Trumpisms" just keep coming. The latest is Trump's statement that "3 to 5 million illegals" voted in the last election. It has caused quite a stir in the media. In the press conference today when asked if Trump would do an investigation of his claim, Sean Spicer just dismissed it...again and again saying it was what President believed, but since he won he wasn't going to make it a priority. Really!

    The president of the United States makes a claim that up to 5,000 people were guilty of a felony and he's not going to pursue it? Think about it. There are maybe three possible reasons.

    1. Trump read it somewhere and really believes it, but cannot remember where. Maybe one of those conspiracy websites he reads.

    2. Trump knows it is not true but keeps saying it anyway because it energizes his base. And with the 2018 election coming up, Republican governors need to get started on voter suppression laws immediately.

    3. Trump is delusional. He just cannot handle any news that he might be less popular than Hillary Clinton. So he invented an alternative fact in his own mind. He's been known to do that...remember his story of Muslims dancing in the street of New Jersey by the thousands after 9/11.

    If it was just this episode, but every day we are consumed with some other "alternative fact" that is easily disproven but Trump refuses to acknowledge that he was mistaken.