Pelosi finally ready to impeach Trump

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joins a rally of organized labor to show support for union workers, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Accepting the inevitable and under pressure from her Democratic colleagues, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is set Tuesday to announce a formal impeachment inquiry into the corrupt practices of president Donald Trump.“As soon as we have the facts, we’re ready. Now that we have the facts, we’re ready,” Pelosi said at a forum hosted by The Atlantic Tuesday. “For later today.”

Her belated decision to investigate the increasing corrupt practices of Trump comes as a dozen more Democratic members of Congress decided to support impeachment in just the last day.

Trump, struggling to try and stay ahead of the rapidly growing scandal around his use of foreign aid to convince the government of Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination to oppose him in the 2020 election, announced Tuesday that he will release the full transcript of his phone call with the President of Ukraine, where a probe of Biden was discussed.

Pelosi huddled with the Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives Tuesday to discuss her plans in an investigation of Trump and the growing calls for impeachment.

Among her possible approaches could be establishment of a special panel to handle the impeachment inquiry instead of leaving it with the House Judiciary Committee, which is handling the current push.

Since becoming Speaker, Pelosi has refused an outright endorsement of impeachment but pressure within the party’s liberal base and most of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates has increased dramatically in recent weeks.

The few Democrats who remain wary worry that impeachment would stall in the GOP controlled Senate and could become a political liability that threatens the gains in the 2018 election that gave Democrats control of the House.

While some Republican members of Congress privately express “reservations” about Trump’s latest actions, none have come out publicly in favor of impeachment in the House or Senate.

Some Democrats oppose creation of a special panel, saying they think the House Judiciary has taken the lead and should remain there.

“Judiciary has been investigating & putting the pieces together for months,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted Tuesday. “Impeachment belongs there. We must honor jurisdiction, historical precedent, & work done + allow Judiciary to move forward.”

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Impeach Trump and dump treasonous Republicans

Let’s put this into language that the disgraced president of the United States can understand: “It’s time to impeach the corrupt bastard!”

Donald Trump bragged during his campaign for president in 2016 that he could gun somebody down on Fifth Avenue in New York City and nothing would happen to him.

Then he’s proven that claim over and over again duirng his first disgusting term as presdident.

Aided by a corrupt gaggle of Republicans in Congress, and cowards on the Democratic side of the House leadership, Trump has ignored the Constitution, shredded norms of decency and legality, piled up more blatant lies than any president in history, looted the treasury for his personal benefit and imperiled the nation.

“We have devoted our lives to the service and security of our country, and throughout our careers, we have sworn oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States many times over. Now, we join as a unified group to uphold that oath as we enter uncharted waters and face unprecedented allegations against President Trump,” wrote seven freshman members of Congress in the Washington Post this morning.

They continue:

We believe these actions represent an impeachable offense. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of “inherent contempt” and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security.

Everything we do harks back to our oaths to defend the country. These new allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect. We must preserve the checks and balances envisioned by the Founders and restore the trust of the American people in our government. And that is what we intend to do.

The freshmen members are Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.  All are Democrats.

“Our lives have been defined by national service,” they add. “We are not career politicians. We are veterans of the military and of the nation’s defense and intelligence agencies. Our service is rooted in the defense of our country on the front lines of national security.”

“Republicans only pretend to be patriots,” writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times.  “Democrats need to expose them for what they are.

He continues:

We have a president who really is unpatriotic to the point of betraying American values and interests. We don’t know the full extent of Donald Trump’s malfeasance — we don’t know, for example, how much his policies have been shaped by the money foreign governments have been lavishing on his businesses. But even what we do know — his admitted solicitation of foreign help in digging up dirt on political rivals, his praise for brutal autocrats — would have had Republicans howling about treason if a Democrat had done it.

Yet almost all G.O.P. politicians seem perfectly fine with Trump’s behavior. Which means that it’s time to call Republican superpatriotism what it was long before Trump appeared on the scene: a fraud.

“Republicans were never the patriots they pretended to be, but at this point they’ve pretty much crossed the line into being foreign agents,” Krugman writes.  “If a party is willing to rig political outcomes by preventing minorities from voting, if it’s willing to use extreme gerrymandering to retain power even when voters reject it, why won’t it be equally willing to encourage foreign powers to subvert U.S. elections? A bit of treason is just part of the package.”

There’s a reason why GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell is now known as “Moscow Mitch.”  He sold out America.  So has his party.

I say this as a former GOP operative.  I worked, and in most cases succeeded,” to elect Republicans to Congressional offices for more than a half-dozen years in the 1980s.  That is not the only reason that I should face enternal damnation, but it is a primary one.

Donald Trump and the GOP are flushing America down into the toxic sewer where politics swamps patriotism and benefit of self blankets service to our nation.

It’s time to dump Trump and his infected allies into that hell hole and seal it forever

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Intel inspector general refuses details on whistleblower complaint

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, refused to confirm or deny the substance of the complaint, including whether it involved the president, according to sources within the closed-door briefing Thursday.

Representative Adam B. Schiff, director of the House Intelligence Committee, says the refusal to provide information or even share the complaint from an intelligence official who filed his concerns with the Inspector General’s office, is a first.

Such complaints are routinely provided to the committee.

Reports The New York Times:

But whatever Mr. Trump said was startling enough to prompt the intelligence official to file a formal whistle-blower complaint on Aug. 12 to the inspector general for the intelligence agencies. Such a complaintis lodged through a formal process intended to protect the whistle-blower from retaliation.

Rep. Schiff, Democrat of California, has been locked in the standoff with Mr. Maguire over the complaint for nearly a week. He said Mr. Maguire told him that he had been instructed not to give the complaint to Congress, and that the complaint addressed privileged information — meaning the president or people close to him were involved.

The reports about the whistle-blower complaint touched off speculation about what Mr. Trump said and to whom.

In the weeks before the complaint was filed, Mr. Trump spoke withPresident Vladimir V. Putin of RussiaPrime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan and the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte.

And current and former intelligence officials have expressed surprise that during his first few months as president, Mr. Trump shared classified information provided by an ally, Israel, with the Russian foreign minister.

Members of Congress from both parties have expressed concern about Trump’s apparent willingness to share classified information with foreign leaders, including dictators considered enemies.

Sen. Angus King, an independent, says the law “is very clear” that the whistleblower complaint must be shared with Congress.

“The Inspector General determines what level of concern it is. Once the determination is made,” he says, the director of national intelligence “has a ministerial responsibility to share that with Congress. It is not discretionary.”

“This is based upon the principle of separation of powers and Congress’s oversight responsibility,” Mr. King adds.  He is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As president, Trump has made it clear time and again, that he does not feel any obligation to obey the law.

“I am the president,” he has said.  “The law does not apply to me.”

His response to the complaint?

Another Fake News story out there – It never ends!” Trump tweets. “Virtually anytime I speak on the phone to a foreign leader, I understand that there may be many people listening from various U.S. agencies, not to mention those from the other country itself. No problem!”

Such feelings are among the reasons the House of Representatives is considering articles of impeachment.

An increasing number of members of Congress now feel it is time to “dump Trump.”

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The ‘nonsense’ in our nation today comes from Trump

“This nonsense has never happened to another President,” claims nonsensical president Donald Trump while bitching about coverage of his mistake claiming Alabama faced potential hurricane damage from Hurricane Dorian and his then dumbfounding attempt to doctor official National Weather Service reports to back up his lie.

Perhaps, Mr. Trump, this happened because we’ve never had such a nonsensical president as you

The weather service had to issue an immediate “fact check” on Trump’s claim to try to avert panic and other problems.

Creating panic, however, is a Trump trademark.  So are exaggerations and outright lies to support unfounded claims.

Trump is the president who claimed he had the largest inaugural crowd in American history, a lie easily documented but that did not stop him from sending his former press secretary — the discredited Sean Spicer — into the press room to promote the lie.

As a candidate, he promoted the discredited claim that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, had a fake birth certificate and was not American born.  He later said he “accepted” the fact that Obama was a citizen, but he never apologized for his lies.

Notes Philip Bump:

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this and similar arguments to Trump’s politics. Trump, according to Trump, is uniquely targeted by the news media, a function of the media’s purported alliance with Trump’s political opponents. The reality, of course, is primarily that Trump is willing to make untrue and misleading claims with far less trepidation than past presidents. Or, really, mayors. Or dog catchers.

Adds , the chief television critic of The New York Times, who says the real Donald Trump is really nothing more than the reality TV show host he played on TV:

The institution of the office is not changing Donald Trump, because he is already in the sway of another institution. He is governed not by the truisms of past politics but by the imperative of reality TV: never de-escalate and never turn the volume down.

This conveniently echoes the mantra he learned from his early mentor, Roy Cohn: always attack and never apologize. He serves up one “most shocking episode ever” after another, mining uglier pieces of his core each time: progressing from profanity about Haiti and Africa in private to publicly telling four minority American congresswomen, only one of whom was born outside the United States, to “go back” to the countries they came from.

The taunting. The insults. The dog whistles. The dog bullhorns. The “Lock her up” and “Send her back.” All of it follows reality-TV rules. Every season has to top the last. Every fight is necessary, be it against Ilhan Omar or Debra Messing. Every twist must be more shocking, every conflict more vicious, lest the red light grow bored and wink off. The only difference: now there’s no Mark Burnett to impose retroactive logic on the chaos, only press secretaries, pundits and Mike Pence.

To ask whether any of this is “instinct” or “strategy” is a parlor game. If you think like a TV camera — if thinking in those reflexive microbursts of adrenaline and testosterone has served you your whole life — then the instinct is the strategy.

And to ask who the “real” Donald Trump is, is to ignore the obvious. You already know who Donald Trump is. All the evidence you need is right there on your screen. He’s half-man, half-TV, with a camera for an eye that is constantly focused on itself. The red light is pulsing, 24/7, and it does not appear to have an off switch.

And so we repeat to Mr. Trump.  You, sir, are the most nonsensical president ever to accidentally occupy the White House in America.

Why don’t you follow the advice you tried to mistakenly give to four American citizens: “Go back to wherever you came from” and crawl back into whatever shit hole you find there.

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Trump’s ‘war’ with Fox News: Made for TV news hype?

President Donald Trump. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

America’s bombastic, and usually lying, president complains over and over that Fox News no longer works for him.

“Fox isn’t working for us anymore,” Donald Trump says in one of his usual tsunami of Twitter “tweets.”

“We have to start looking for a new News outlet,” he adds. “The new Fox News is letting millions of great people down.”

The response by Fox?

Nothing.

“I don’t think Fox cares about Trump’s attacks,” Republican communications consultant Alex Conant, tells the Associated Press.  “They just care about their audience.”

Some say this could be just another dog and pony show by Trump and Fox.

“Not for nothing was Donald Trump inducted into the WWE wrestling hall of fame in 2013. The man knows how to stage a fake fight—like his current brawl with the Fox News Channel,” says media writer Jack Shafer of Politico.

Shafer adds:

It’s possible that Trump is once again laying the groundwork to start his own, Foxier than Fox TV channel or conservative news website—annoyed to have his 2016 campaign plan interrupted by a presidency. But it’s far likelier that this is all make-believe.

Trump so adores Fox that he’s peppered his administration with former Fox News staffers, and five of his former employees have moved on to jobs at Fox or its parent company. Just recently, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, among the most loyal of all Trumpies, took a job as a Fox News contributor.

Trump’s faux-fight with Fox is designed 1) to add drama and excitement to where there is none; 2) make him the primary focus of events; and 3) temporarily complicate the storyline so viewers keep watching. Fox benefits from Trump’s periodic attacks (remember when he boycotted one of Fox’s 2016 presidential debates because it wouldn’t dump Megyn Kelly from the broadcast). They make the channel look like it’s standing up to the president, and Fox ends up looking more independent and credible.

Is is possible to make Fox look either independent or credible?

We doubt either is possible.  Watch the Showtime series, “The Loudest Voice,” about how Roger Ailes took time from molesting female staffers to turn Fox into a right-wing shill operation that is better called “faux news.”

It depicts Ailes for what he was:  An obnoxious pig who knew that lies could become “facts” when presented as news.  He fed the birtherism fantasies of Donald Trump, lied outright when it served his purpose and turned cable news into a carnival of misinformation fed to a cult like audience.

During my time on the dark side of political activity, I worked with Ailes on campaign spots for GOP candidates in the 1986 elections. He was a pig then.

“One time he asked me if I was wearing underwear, and was he going to see anything ‘good,’” a former Fox News employee told investigators who were hired by Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch to look into Ailes’ behavior. “It’s happened to me and lots of other women… He’s a disgusting pig.”

Other staff members said Ailes judged a female news anchor’s talent by the amount of skin she was willing to display on camera.  One said he ran Fox News “like his personal fiefdom  The about showing lots of bare legs on screen was not a secret.  It was open company policy.”

Gretchen Carlson, the fired news anchor whose lawsuit started Ailes’ journey to the exit door at Fox, said Ailes wanted sex on his terms and whenever he felt he needed it.

Randi Harrison, a segment producer hired by Ailes, asked for a higher salary.

Ailes response:

If you agree to have sex with me whenever I want I will add an extra hundred dollars a week.

“I was in tears by the time I hit the street,” she said.

Reports Newsweek:

One woman, who was 16 at the time, described Ailes cornering her in a locked room, pulling down his pants and demanding that she kiss his genitals. “They were red like raw hamburger,” she recalled.

“You know if you want to play with the big boys, you have to lay with the big boys,” Ailes allegedly told another woman, before soliciting oral sex.

It took more than two years after reports of Ailes’ behavior reached Murdoch before the network fired him in 2016.

After leaving Fox News, Roger Ailes became a campaign confident to Donald Trump, advising him on debates with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  He died on May 18, 2017 in Palm Beach, FL.

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Consumer spending drops as Trump increases tariffs

A shopper walks past a sales sign. (REUTERS/Steven Saphore)

America’s economy runs into a major speed bump Sunday as new tariffs increases between president Donald Trump and China began and economic experts expect prices to rise on many retail goods and drive down spending by consumers.

Many U.S. companies warned Trump that the 15% hike in tariff taxes on goods from China forces them to raise prices on items imported.  At present, America buys 87% of textiles and clothing from China, along with 52% of shoes.

Trump is threatening to raise even more import fees of 15% more on Dec. 15 to cover any and all items from China.

China, of course, is targeting items from America for import penalties and tech company executives say that will give the orientals an advantage because the government there subsidizes the tech items that compete with U.S. products.

Trump lies to Americans with his claim that China pays the tariffs he imposes but economic research shows the costs of those taxes falls on American businesses and consumers.

A new study by J.P. Morgan says Trump’s tariffs costs the average American household at least $1,000 a year, which means Americans have less money to spend in our own economy.

“The data indicate that the erosion of consumer confidence is now well underway,” says Richard Curtin, who heads the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index.

Some retailers say they will try to absorb the tariff increases without raising prices but that trend won’t last long, say economic analysts.  Consumer spending is dropping, the Michigan study warns, and latest data shows the most drastic drop since December 2012.

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Trump’s latest stunt pisses off both sides

The latest ploy to ensure partisan discord by Donald is not sitting well with Republicans or Democrats. While it may play well with his extremist “base,” it does not do so with the leadership of both parties in Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the highest-ranking elected Jew in America says Trump’s encouragement to Isreal to ban two Muslim Democratic members of Congress from visiting the country “will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support in America.”

“Denying entry to members of the United States Congress is a sign of weakness, not strength,” Schumer adds.

Trump urged Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) from visiting Israel this weekend.  Netanyahu originally approved the visit but reversed himself at Trump’s urging.

Adds The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the strongest lobbyists for Israel:

We disagree with Reps. Omar and Tlaib’s support for the anti-Israel and anti-peace BDS movement, along with Rep. Tlaib’s calls for a one-state solution. We also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.

Trump claims that anyone who disagrees with his actions on Israel is “anti-Semitic.”

But those who are critical of Trump say he has crossed a dangerous threshold in diplomacy.

Notes Matthew Dallek, a political historian at George Washington University:

It’s both a sign of deep insecurity on his part and also just a litany of abuse of power. I don’t think anyone really has done it as consistently or as viciously as Trump has. No one has used the power of the bully pulpit in such a public way.

That, says The Washington Post, is typical Trump:

By pressuring the Israeli government to bar entry by two members of Congress, President Trump once again used the power and platform of his office to punish his political rivals.

It’s a pattern that has intensified during the first two and a half years of Trump’s presidency, as he has increasingly governed to the tune of his grievances.

The president has grounded a military jet set for use by the Democratic House speaker, yanked a security clearance from a former CIA director critical of him, threatened to withhold disaster aid from states led by Democrats, pushed to reopen a criminal investigation targeting Hillary Clinton and publicly called for federal action to punish technology and media companies he views as biased against him.

Tweets Trump:

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

Trump knows a lot about hate.  It dispenses his hatred, racism, bigotry and homophobia at will.

“He’s willing to break any norm and abuse any power to cater to his most hard-right supporters,” Dallek tells The Post.

A lawsuit filed by Andrew McCabe, former acting director of the FBI, says Trump abused his power tie and again to force out any Justice Department official “not seen as loyal to the president.” Trump fired McCabe just before the longtime official was set to retire with a full pension.

“It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him,” the lawsuit claims.

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, said blocking the admission of the only two Muslim women in Congress, will backfire on Israel.

McFaul tweets:

Trump will not be president forever. The people of Israel who care about preserving US-Israeli ties might want to remind their prime minister of that obvious fact.

Trump doesn’t care.  He has claimed he could gun someone down on the streets of Manhattan and still be re-elected president.

Let’s hope he’s wrong.

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At Trump’s urging, Israel blocks visit by Muslim Congresswomen

Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) listen to President Trump’s State of the Union speech in January. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

At the urging of President Donald Trump, Isreal is denying entrance of two Democratic congresswomen — Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — who had planned to meet with Palestinian leaders in that Jewish country.

“The decision has been made, the decision is not to allow them to enter,” Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, said Israel’s Reshet Bet Radio.

The decision came after Trump tweeted:

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Last month, last month, Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to Washington, said that Israel would not deny entry to any United States representatives.

Trump’s move was immediately denounced as “one of the most pronounced violations of democratic norms that he has engaged in since taking office in January 2017.”

Israeli and Jewish leaders said the unprecedented move violates any diplomatic protocol that suggests denying any American official should be denied entry into Israel simply because they are critical of the country.

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy about it either.

Said GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is with a delegation of Republican is Jerusalem:

I feel very secure in this, that anyone who comes with open ears, open eyes and an open mind will walk away with an understanding, just as all these members here do, that this bond is unbreakable. “I think all should come.

Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were scheduled to visit Israel this weekend to visit the West Bank, partly under the auspices of an organization headed by a longtime Palestinian lawmaker, Hanan Ashrawi, that was expected to highlight Palestinian grievances over the Israeli occupation.

Reports The Washington Post

The women were planning to visit the West Bank cities of Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem, as well as Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, including a visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque, a hotly contested and volatile holy site, according to Ms. Ashrawi. Most of the delegation was expected to depart on Aug. 22, but Ms. Tlaib had been planning to stay on to visit relatives in the West Bank.

No meetings had been planned with either Israeli or Palestinian officials, other than Ms. Ashrawi, who is also a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee. She said the organization she leads, Miftah, was co-sponsoring the visit.

The purpose of the visit, Ms. Ashrawi said, was to give the congresswomen a way “to engage with the Palestinian people directly and to see things on the ground.”

“What are they afraid of?” she said, referring to the Israeli government. “That they might find out things?”

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‘Not Welcome Here:’ El Paso rejects racist president

Surely, most El Paso residents welcomed the remarks of Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren Wednesday, when joined the ranks of believers that Donald Trump is a white supremacist.

Asked by the New York Times if she thought Trump was a white supremacist, she responded, without hesitation:  “Yes.”

She adds:

He has given aid and comfort to white supremacists. He’s done the wink and a nod. He has talked about white supremacists as fine people. He’s done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country.

Notes Thomas Kaplan of the Times in his report about Warren’s remarks:

Ms. Warren’s comments amounted to one of the starkest condemnations to date from a leading Democratic presidential candidate about Mr. Trump’s language toward minorities and immigrants. She spoke hours after former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas gave the same assessment of Mr. Trump. Asked by MSNBC if Mr. Trump was a white supremacist, Mr. O’Rourke replied, “He is.”

After pushing the “birther” lie about President Barack Obama, Mr. Trump began his campaign for the presidency by disparaging Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. As president, he sought to bar people from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States; said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.; and used an obscenity to describe African nations.

He has warned of an “invasion” of migrants at the southern border. And last month, he said that four congresswomen of color should “go back” to the countries they came from; all four are American citizens and only one of the women was born outside the United States.

O’Rourke’s assessment:

He’s dehumanized or sought to dehumanize those who do not look like or pray like the majority here in this country.

Former Vice President, and candidate for president, Joe Biden says Trump has “fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.”

Biden adds:

Trump readily, eagerly attacks Islamic terrorism but can barely bring himself to use the words ‘white supremacy. And even when he says it, he doesn’t appear to believe it. He seems more concerned about losing their votes than beating back this hateful ideology.

His low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week I don’t believe fooled anyone, at home or abroad.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, another presidential candidate, reminds us that Trump “spoke the same words the El Paso murdered did, warning of an ‘invasion”” by Hispanics.

O’Rourke, in El Paso, Wednesday, said Trump must bear responsibility the mass shooting:

To have been so regularly attacked and vilified and demonized by this president, for him to have created the conditions that made an attack like this possible and ultimately likely — it’s very insulting for us that he was here.

Biden sums it up when he says Trump has “more in common with George Wallace than he does with George Washington.”

“Donald Trump has a central message,” Warren says. “He says to the American people, if there’s anything wrong in your life, blame them — and ‘them’ means people who aren’t the same color as you, weren’t born where you were born, don’t worship the same way you do.”

Richard Parker, a Texan and author of “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America,” wrote Thursday in the New York Times that Trump’s “day of racist comments left him looking small and isolated while the city (of El Paso) united against him.”

Trump, he said, “not only littered (his visit) with petty insults  — but just to rub salt in the wound, doses of renewed racism.  Yet most striking was how along and outnumbered the president was:  rejected, ostracized and told to go home.”

Parker adds:

With no public appearances, the president seemed to shrink, ever more alone as he clung to his white nationalist politics and governance. But he and his supporters were grossly outnumbered. For perhaps the first time in his angry, racist and cruel presidency, the tables were turned in smoldering, righteous popular anger — and he was on the receiving end.

While it was bad manners for a nation in mourning, it was more than that: It was a fresh dose of racism. In an era in which minorities are becoming majorities, as in Texas, and intermarrying with Anglos, who is Mr. Trump to judge people’s race and ethnicity based on their names? My last name is Anglo, but I am the son of a Mexican immigrant.

Along the president’s route from the airport to a hospital, people lined the roads to greet him — largely with rejection. “What’s more important?” Asked one man’s sign. “Lives or re-election?” American and Mexican flags sprouted together in the August heat. Signs with quotes bearing his name came back to haunt him: “We cannot allow these people to invade our country.” “Not Welcome” covered a stage at a park where people protested the president. The El Paso Times ran a black front page with this headline: “Mr. President, We Are Hurting.”

Another president might have been sensitive enough to sense the shift, and changed course accordingly — played the convener, the unifier. Instead, Mr. Trump displayed just how small he is, no matter how big his mouth or powerful his office. He never once appeared in public. By 6:01 p.m., after just a little more than two hours, he was safely aboard Air Force One again and it was wheels up into the sky. But he is a shrinking president, stuck in a racist past, flying over a changing America. And I think we — or most of us — are all El Paso now.

Let’s hope America is listening.

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Get rid of hate? Let’s start with America’s ‘hatemonger-in-chief’

In the aftermath of another spate of mass killings, where one or perhaps both were borne out of the growth of domestic terrorism that now threatens this nation constantly, America’s lame, racist, lying president tried — and failed — to deflect his own responsibility for turning our land into a toxic center of hate and violence.

The assault-style weapon wielding gunman echoed Donald Trump’s vile anti-immigration rhetoric in a hate-filed “manifesto” published online before he killed 32 people in El Paso and left nearly as many wounded, maimed and struggling for life.

Trump tried to blame the news media, then video games and then a failing mental health system before he issues criticism of the white supremacists who helped put him in the white house.

Responds former president Barack Obama:

We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments, leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as subhuman, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.

Joe Biden, the candidate leading the polls in the race to replace Trump as president in 2020, says the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue “looks like he just flat abandoned the theory that we are one people” and adds that he “used the presidency to encourage and embolden white supremacy.”

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is financially backing a crusade for gun control, calls Trump’s comments “the usual dodge” and said the “new atrocities need to change the political dynamic” on guns in America.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, another Democratic candidate for president, called Trump’s comments “bullshit soup of ineffective words.”  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, also running for Trump’s job, says he must be held accountable for “amplifying these deadly ideologies” of white supremacy, racism and bigotry.

In Colorado, former state lawmaker Mike Johnston, is challenging GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020, and says Trump “created this toxic culture that includes white nationalists.”

Johnston adds:

Either you’re on the side of the white nationalist holding the AR-15, or you’re on the side of the millions of Americans living in fear of them.

Trump, of course, dismisses any claims that he or his rhetoric are to blame.

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump says.

Experts on mental health disagree.  Most people with mental health problems are far more likely to be victims of violent crimes than perpetrators, they say.

“Until we begin to have our political leaders speaking more accurately to these issues, it’s up to us to put the facts out there,” said Arthur Evans, chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association.

Trump also claims he has no connection to white nationalists.

Most Americans appear to disagree.  A March survey from Pew Research Center, found 56 percent of Americans feel Trump has done “too little to distance himself from white nationalist groups.”

Pew said the concern came from at least 25 percent of voters who called themselves Republicans and/or Trump supporters.

Conservative magazine National Review, in an editorial published Monday, said Americans and their government muse take on “a murderous and resurgent ideology — white supremacy.”

The editorial said Trump “should take the time to condemn these actions repeatedly and unambiguously, in both general and specific terms.”

Trump’s response?

“Hate has no place in America,” he  says. “Our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”

He did not, however, say he personally disagrees or condemns racism, bigotry or white supremacy.  He’s previously said that he found “some very fine people” among the white supremacists who brought violence and death to Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

OK, Mr. president.  We agree with you that hate has no place in America.  Since much of the hate that exists in this nation today comes out of your toxic mouth, then why don’t you shut up and leave.

Let’s start with getting rid of America’s hatemonger-in-chief, the man who routinely spouts racism and bigotry.

You, sir, are the nation’s number one domestic terrorist.  Getting rid of you and your hate is a start to rebuilding the America you have tried to destroy.

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