#DerangedDonald: Perfect name for Trump

George Conway (left) and his favorite target: #DerangedDonald.

Prominent conservative attorney George Conway turned the tables on his favorite target this week, giving America’s brain-damaged, name-calling president a dose of his own medicine.

Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, gave Donald Trump a name that went viral on Twitter when he tweeted:

Deranged Donald is at back at it again. Deranged Donald can do things like this and it’s not even the top of the news, because it gets lost beneath all of the other deranged things Deranged Donald does.

Trump often applies names like “Crooked” (as in “Crooked Hillary” Clinton, “Lyin” (as in “Lying Ted” Cruz or “Little” (as in “Little Marco” Rubio).

The #DerangedDonald hashtag took off on a Twitter tsunami, hitting No. 2 worldwide in a matter of hours.

“#DerangedDonald is still tending.  Looks like Conway created a keeper,” said Amy Siskind in a tweet with more than 7,600 loves.

Conway added more:

Deranged Donald is at back at it again. Deranged Donald can do things like this and it’s not even the top of the news, because it gets lost beneath all of the other deranged things Deranged Donald does.

Some 5,168 Twitter users retweeted his comments and brought more than 26,448 “likes.”

Trump, who normally fires back at Conway, remains strangely quiet,

Perhaps, in his own twisted way, Trump likes his new hashtag.

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An unhinged Trump unleashes another Twitter tsunami

Donald Trump showed up for church in Washington, DC, Sunday — something he rarely does.  For America’s current president, Sundays usually are for golf, not God.

Trump and First Lady Melania attended the Lenten service at St. John’s Episcopal Church but did not talk to reporters.  Instead they returned to the White House where he continued a series of Twitter tweets filled with false information and outright lies.

Before and after the church service, Trump attacked late Senator John McCain, the “Steele dossier” that links him to Russians interests, Saturday Night Live and even Fox News Channel for displeasing him.

His tirade over Fox focused in the network’s decision to denounce host Jeanine Pirro’s attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).  Pirro claimed Omar, a Muslim, did not support the Constitution and questioned her wearing of a hijab.

Trump blasted Fox for “working soooo hard on being politically correct, and will only bring you down.  Be strong and prosper.  Be weak and die! ”  Fox bumped Pirro’s show off the air Saturday night.

He went after General Motors with anther tweet:

Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce.  G.M. let our Country down, but other much better car companies are coming into the U.S. in droves. I want action on Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8% Unemployment!

In normal fashion, Trump laced his tweets with inaccuracies and lies.  He claimed McCain graduated last in his class from the U.S. Navy Academy in Annapolis.  While McCain was in the lower half of graduates, he was not “last in his class.”

“He & the Dems, working together, failed (as usual),” Trump said of McCain. “Even the Fake News refused this garbage!”

Trump’s attacks on McCain, a Naval aviator shot down in North Vietnam and imprisoned by his captors, brought a strong response from Meghan McCain, the late senator’s daughter:

“No one will ever love you the way they loved my father,” she tweeted. “I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”

Conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, after reading Trump’s latest rants, notes “Trump inspires right-wing nationalists, convinces our allies that he’s mentally unstable and trashes democratic norms.”

And Trump’s cult-style supporters, she adds, are equally pathetic:

Trump cult’s defense, nor call into question its moral calculus in accepting monstrous behavior and words (no matter how racist, unhinged and dangerous) in exchange for its own financial gain, some “law and order judges” (judges must defend law and order, but not the president, I suppose) and delight in seeing other Americans mortified, frightened or endangered by Trump’s stirring of racial, ethnic and religious animosity.

Trump’s series of Twitter rants brought a response from George T. Conway, critic of the president, as well as husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.  The response summed up Trump very well:

“His condition is getting worse,” Conway wrote.

Sadly, it will continue to get worse…and worse…and worse.

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Trump admits true purpose of Russian meeting he lied about but…

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Lewis Center, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

President Donald Trump today acknowledged an earlier lie about a meeting about a secret meeting his son, son-in-law and former campaign manage held with Russians in the Trump Tower in an hope to gather dirt on opponent Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election.

In an angry tweet from his New Jersey golf club, where Trump is having an extended vacation he is calling a “working session,” Trump fired off missives about the meeting, the news media and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

His tweeted:

Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!

After news of the meeting broke, Trump — on Air Force One — dictated a response to the media, claiming the meeting was about to discuss immigration issues, not opposition research on Clinton.

“We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago,” the statement read.

The story about the meeting changed several more times, eventually forced by the discovery of emails between the president’s eldest son and an intermediary from the Russian government offering damaging information about Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. Betraying no surprise or misgivings about the offer from a hostile foreign power, Trump Jr. replied: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Sunday’s tweet was Trump’s clearest statement yet on the purpose of the meeting, which has become a focal point of Mueller’s investigation even as the president and his lawyers try to downplay its significance and pummel the Mueller probe with attacks. On Sunday, Trump again suggested without evidence that Mueller was biased against him, declaring, “This is the most one sided Witch Hunt in the history of our country.”

As Trump and his allies have tried to discredit the probe, a new talking point has emerged: that even if that meeting was held to collect damaging information, none was provided and “collusion” — Trump’s go-to description of what Mueller is investigating — never occurred.

“The question is what law, statute or rule or regulation has been violated, and nobody has pointed to one,” said Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s attorneys, on ABC’s “This Week.”

Legal experts point out several possible criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States and aiding and abetting a conspiracy. Despite Trump’s public Twitter denial, the president has expressed worry that his son may face legal exposure even as he believes he did nothing wrong, according to three people close to the White House familiar with the president’s thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Sekulow acknowledged that the public explanation for the meeting has changed but insisted that the White House has been very clear with the special counsel’s office. He said he was not aware of Trump Jr. facing any legal exposure.

“I don’t represent Don Jr.,” Sekulow said, “but I will tell you I have no knowledge at all of Don Jr. being told that he’s a target of any investigation, and I have no knowledge of him being interviewed by the special counsel.”

Trump’s growing private anger spilled out into public with the Twitter outburst Sunday, which comes at yet perilous time for his embattled presidency.

Still pending is a decision about whether he sits for an interview with Mueller and it may occur in the coming weeks, according to Rudy Giuliani, his attorney and his primary spokesman now on the Mueller probe.  Trump ‘s anger increasing over what he feels are trumped-up charges against his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose trial began last week and provided a visible reminder of Mueller’s work.

He rages against what he claims are the media’s obsession with his links to Russia and the status of Cohen, his former fixer. Cohen is telling prosecutors what he knows about Trump really knew about the Trump Tower meeting ahead of time.

Despite a show of force from his national security team this week as a warning against future Russian election meddling, Trump called the matter a “hoax” again this week. At a trio of rallies, he raised the volume of his already vitriolic rhetoric toward the media, savaging the press for unflattering coverage and, he claims, bias.

Another of his tweets Sunday:

The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!

The fusillade of tweets came from Bedminster, Trump’s golf course, where he is ensconced in a property that bears his name at every turn and is less checked in by staffers. It was at the New Jersey golf club where a brooding Trump has unleashed other inflammatory attacks and where, in spring 2017, he made the final decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, the move that triggered the Russia probe.

Trump was joined for his Saturday rally in Ohio by former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who departed the administration earlier this year. Her unannounced presence raised some eyebrows as Hicks has been interviewed by Mueller and was part of the team of staffers that helped draft the original statement on the Trump Tower meeting.

Multiple White House officials have been interviewed while still working at the White House and have remained in contact with the president.

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Associated Press Writer Jonathan Lemire provided material for this report. Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire.  Doug Thompson can be followed there too at http://twitter.com/@dougthompson.

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