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Trump’s Loss at the Supreme Court Is a Win for His Candidacy
The president may eventually face legal liability, but he will not face a public reckoning for his actions before November.
David Frum, The Atlantic
July 9, 2020
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/trump-candidate-won-trump-man-lost/613960/

"The Supreme Court rebuked Donald Trump, the arrogant president. The Supreme Court has prepared a world of trouble for Donald Trump, the dirty businessman. But the Supreme Court has done a tremendous favor to Donald Trump, the candidate for reelection."

"Trump’s legal arguments to protect his business records from subpoena were always miserably flimsy...always bound to lose."

"But Trump’s legal strategy was cannier than his legal arguments. The strategy was to play for time, to push the day of reckoning beyond November 2020. That strategy has now paid off."

"The Court turned back, for now, the subpoenas that could enlighten the public: those issued by the House of Representatives. That case will be reargued in lower courts, under new rules that suggest the House will win eventually. But it will not win soon—and that’s all candidate Trump cares about.

"Trump has lived his whole life one jump ahead of the law."

"What Trump has never before faced—and what, thanks to the Supreme Court, he will not face before November—is a public reckoning for his acts. He has lived a lie, presenting himself as a great American businessman. In the eyes of much of the American electorate, that lie will continue past Election Day."

"In every way Trump cares about at this moment, he has gotten away with it...The Supreme Court saved Trump today."

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Future presidents won't invent crazy immunities for the same reason that past presidents did not invent crazy immunities: they did not have lifelong records of financial fraud to conceal. That's only Trump. Today Trump got the OK to conceal, not forever, but just long enough.
---David Frum (@davidfrum) July 9, 2020

In 2010, Ivanka and Don Jr were nearly indicted for felony fraud. The district attorney who dropped the case -- after a hefty donation from Trump's lawyer -- was Cy Vance. SCOTUS ruled that Vance, not Congress, can access Trump's tax returns.
---Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) July 9, 2020


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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 09:33 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Rad
Trump melts down on Twitter after his own Supreme Court nominees rebuke him on financial cases

on July 9, 2020
Raw Story
By Matthew Chapman

On Thursday, following the 7-2 rulings from the Supreme Court rejecting President Donald Trump’s claims of absolute immunity in the New York tax returns and House financial oversight cases, the president took to Twitter to complain.

In the thread, Trump whined that he was being unfairly targeted by the Supreme Court decisions — which were joined by the two justices he appointed — and claimed he was a victim of “prosecutorial misconduct.”

    We have a totally corrupt previous Administration, including a President and Vice President who spied on my campaign, AND GOT CAIGHT…and nothing happens to them. This crime was taking place even before my election, everyone knows it, and yet all are frozen stiff with fear….

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020

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    ….No Republican Senate Judiciary response, NO “JUSTICE”, NO FBI, NO NOTHING. Major horror show REPORTS on Comey & McCabe, guilty as hell, nothing happens. Catch Obama & Biden cold, nothing. A 3 year, $45,000,000 Mueller HOAX, failed – investigated everything….

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020

    ….for another President. This is about PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT. We catch the other side SPYING on my campaign, the biggest political crime and scandal in U.S. history, and NOTHING HAPPENS. But despite this, I have done more than any President in history in first 3 1/2 years!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 05:18 AM 
Started by Sunya - Last post by Rad
Hi Sunya,

Both can be true depending on the evolutionary context of any given Soul.

God Bless, Rad

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 05:17 AM 
Started by SarahPea - Last post by Rad
Hi Helena,

What a perfect example of Pandora and the link to Lucifer. The story of Kim Wall ... my god: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/07/886539792/journalist-kim-walls-parents-show-she-was-more-than-a-victim-in-a-silenced-voice?t=1594293587689

The N.Node of her Pandora is 8 Aries with her natal Pandora conjunct her Jupiter, Sun, and Lunar N.Node,and the South Node of her Pandora is 14 Libra conjunct her natal Lucifer ! The N.Node of Lucifer is 0 Pisces and conjunct her natal Mercury at 4 Pisces  ... think water .. and the S.Node of Lucifer is 3 Leo square her natal Pluto in Scorpio, and semi-square her natal Mars in Taurus.

Right now the transiting S.Node of Mars is conjunct her natal Lunar S.Node, the natal Lucifer, and the S.node of Pandora. The transiting Mars and Chiron is now conjuncting her natal Pandora, Jupiter, Sun, and Lunar N.Node. The  transiting Lunar S.Node is now exact to her S.Node of Mars. The transiting N.Node of Mars is conjuncting her natal Chiron in Gemini. The transit of Pandora is now exact to her S.Node of Lucifer in Leo, the transiting N.Node is now opposed her natal Pluto, and the transiting S.Node is now square her natal Uranus with is conjunct her natal S.Node of Mars.

God Bless, Rad

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 04:37 AM 
Started by SarahPea - Last post by Helena
Hi SarahPea,

I have never really thought or know much about asteroid Pandora, other than reading JWG mention to it in connection to lucifer and Kassandra, specifically Kassandra and Pandora to be indicators of how evil influence can be seen in a woman's chart. Nonetheless, having a passion for the asteroids connected to the natural feminine i tried to in the back of my mind kind of answer it for myself, that is, how is that influence and what is this asteroid from a natural perspective, then a weird synchronicity kind of confirmed my thinking today and thought i should share it here, if it adds something.

At first and at least for me, i always do this exercise in which i try to look at the unnatural layers attached to any of this asteroids and strip it off. We know most myths have been "redressed" from natural teachings of the Great Mother in Her many manifestations to a unnatural or patriarchal version,  and with connection to Pandora having a woman "releasing all the evils of humanity" and so the reason of why there is evil in the world is HUGE red flag. Seen overall, it is of course another version of the garden of Eden, the apple the box, both related to deep change, pluto stuff, here to blame on women or the feminine when the real teaching always reports to the positive cyclical and evolutionary nature of existence and the embrace of the unknown, the dark, balsamic/new phases of life. Knowing that hope remained in the Jar (lost in the translation it was originally a jar not a box, which is subtle message the myth was altered from the yin round shape to the square and yang shape or point of view of the box) is the part of the natural message within the myth to keep in mind as to the real original nature of it: faith in the changing of cycles, winter to spring, and so on (one great book in regard to this is Demetra's George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon).

Now, a very weird confirmation happened for me today relative to this thinkings on Pandora... It is usual for me, if not for everyone, that when we put out a question with simple earnest desire to know the answer (usually in the back of our minds ;-)), at some point (our) universe arranges itself so we are able to grasp the answer and today the known story of journalist Kim Wall whose horrendous murder was in the news a few years ago caught my attention as it was again remembered. I have been very sensitive to this story since it happened and decided to see her chart to at some point remembered to add asteroid Pandora (which i never use) and well... we can learn from her story.

Kim Wall was born on March 23 1987 in Sweden. Her natal Pandora is almost exact to her north node, also conjunct her natal sun and jupiter all in Aries, her south node in Libra is conjunct lucifer rx. This was a woman who was murdered to an evil degree unimaginable inside a submarine, (or box!) It is an unbelievable symbol for this asteroid.
Everyone that knew this woman describes her as innately curious, smart, adventurous, "always on the go, always running after the next thing – a show, an interview, some kind of food she had never tried before – and it would always be worth it, if not for the experience itself, at least because she would have had one more story to tell" (The Guardian").
And i think the story she is telling us is that whatever box she caught herself into was the deep evil inside someone else, nothing herself was responsible for, except to answer and follow the joy and curiosity of living and the courage to be herself. Her story would carry of course other and her own personal reasons for how it ended in the first place but the message for everyone as a symbol, and hopefully this is an extremely unusual extreme of it, it is the repeated message we see in Kassandra. With Kassandra she is warning us of the dangers of doubting ourselves and calling us to trust our inner voice and what we know to be truth and say it; with Pandora she is warning us of projected blame and calling us to answer our instinctual nature and take action to whatever moves us, as that is where we tap into the unknown, and trust our ability and readiness to deal with it.

It is no wonder Pandora's discovery chart has Pandora at 12rx Aries, which is strangely conjunct Kim Wall's Pandora at 13 Aries, may her soul be blessed. For those who do not know the story here are some links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kim_Wall

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/04/kim-wall-journalist-parents-book

I hope this adds to the archetypal meaning of this asteroid,
Helena

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 04:32 AM 
Started by soleil - Last post by Rad
How Republicans are using technology to deny your right to vote

By Erik Sherman, DC Report @ Raw Story - Commentary
on July 9, 2020

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How do you win an election? You could gain a majority of votes. Or you can cheat—as Republicans have been doing in force since 2010—with gerrymandering and other forms of suppression across the country so the minority party can gain and hold power even as its numbers shrink.

Now those who would discourage or disable unwanted ballots have a new potential tool: voting machines. If there aren’t enough working machines to enable people to cast their ballots, you blunt their will.

Manipulative conservative GOP politicians have a long history of actively attempting to interfere with voters they considered “unfriendly” or even “unworthy.”
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    Republicans are investing $20 million in a plan to challenge votes, even though evidence of widespread voter fraud is non-existent.

Photo ID requirements, slashing available polling places in minority and poor areas, the Supreme Court’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act, adoption of effective poll taxes, and other tactics have resurfaced to target moderate or progressive voters.

Last December, Justin Clark, a top re-election advisor of Donald Trump was caught on a recording admitting this inconvenient truth:  “Traditionally it’s always been Republicans suppressing votes in places … It’s going to be a much bigger program [in 2020], a much more aggressive program, a much better-funded program,” as the Associated Press reported.

Later, Clark claimed he was referring to false allegations of attempted vote-rigging.

But that isn’t the only evidence.

In 2016, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) said: “Well I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate that the Democrats have ever put up and now we have photo ID. I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”

Republicans this year are investing $20 million in a plan to challenge votes, even though evidence of widespread voter fraud is non-existent.

The Heritage Foundation list of voter fraud cases that argues for ID laws is a thin read. For instance, it shows only 77 cases in 2010 scattered throughout the country. That would be barely enough, if gathered, to affect the outcome of an election in a small town.

There is one well-documented example, which prosecutors allege happened on behalf of a GOP candidate in North Carolina—a case Republicans have done their best to downplay and ignore.

However, the GOP will spend tens of millions because harassment might reduce turnout for Democrats.

Machine-Aided Suppression

Now there’s a new front in potential voter suppression: voting machines.

There’s a virtual industry of voting machine lobbyists, as Sue Halpern of the New Yorker reported. Often the attempt is to steer business away from a requirement for paper-ballot systems and toward fully electronic ones, even though paper is less expensive, more secure, can be audited and is otherwise reliable.

Hacking or manipulating the machines to change outcomes—long a concern of security and voting experts—isn’t the biggest problem. In practice, the Brennan Center for Justice has noted, that “vote flipping” is more likely a result of aging machines that act erratically from wear and tear.

The more realistic and immediate danger is the way technology can throw a wrench into the election process.

Ballot Breakdowns

Voting machines, especially the so-called ballot-market devices, or BMDs, have significant weaknesses. “If a touchscreen goes down, it’s out of service until it’s fixed,” said Christopher Deluzio, policy director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law. “That machine is out of service for the voters to have a ballot printed.”

The issue isn’t theoretical. “You want to vote on paper because there have been a number of instances where machine failure meant votes were lost,” Susannah Goodman, Common Cause’s director of election security, told DCReport. “That’s a known fact.”

Then, as Deluzio—who served on a commission that audited Pennsylvania’s voting system infrastructure—notes, the machines are expensive. “The BMB options were costing roughly twice as much per voter,” as paper ballots, he said.

The potential for equipment failing, combined with elevated costs that keep governments from having plenty of spares (unlike stockpiling additional pencils), means the chance that citizens will find it difficult to vote.

Georgia on Their Minds

Georgia’s primary election in early June was a disaster so vast that Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state, called it “unacceptable” and vowed to investigate, according to NBC News.

The problems, which generally appeared in minority neighborhoods, caused multi-hour waits for people to exercise their franchise.

“I don’t think voter suppression was the idea behind it,” said Common Cause’s Goodman. But when there aren’t enough machines to let people vote efficiently, that doesn’t matter.

“I do think there’s a real serious problem with the number of machines deployed,” Goodman added. “If you’re only going to let voters use a machine, then you damned well better be sure there are enough.”

“Especially in Georgia, they didn’t have enough machines and when the machines broke down, they didn’t fix them fast enough, replace them,” she said. “And it was in the areas that are more minority.”

In addition, the machines use a QR bar code that is the actual vote that will run through a scanner for the count. There is readable text as well, but, significantly, no way to know whether it represents what is in the QR code.

Kentucky’s Near Nightmare

This is exactly what many worried about Kentucky. Would minority residents get a fair chance to vote?

Only one polling place and 350 ballot machines were available last month for all of  of Jefferson County, home to the state’s largest city, Louisville, and many minority residents. Half of Black Kentuckians live in that county. Which at 389 square miles is the equivalent of 17 Manhattans.

There were widespread expectations of voter suppression in the primary vote on June 23.

Even though the procedure seemed largely smooth—because pandemic-driven mail-in voting and early voting took pressure off in-person—the concerns were reasonable.

Stephen Voss, professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, argued that an “alienating” process tended to disenfranchise “people with lower socioeconomic standing,” many of whom could no longer walk to their local polling place.

A higher in-person turnout, which couldn’t have been ruled out, would have made the situation far worse.

There are 616,523 registered voters in Jefferson County, which had a ratio of one voting machine to 1,762 voters, the highest in the state. That was 70% more than the next highest, a DCReport analysis of Kentucky state voting data found. The median figure was 379 voters per machine and the smallest was 150.

Even if voting took no more than five minutes per person, only a tenth of voters appeared and there were no breakdowns, each Jefferson County machine would have been busy for nearly 15 hours. Polls opened for only 12. Had every voter showed up, the polls would have needed to remain open for six days and until dawn on the seventh.

Areas with fewer financial resources might not be able to afford sufficient voting machines for people to cast ballots during the brief periods when the polls are open, constraining the process. That means that residents of less affluent areas can find themselves facing election disaster as their voices are subtly quashed.

Voters should push back on the lobbying and the assurances that technology solves all problems. Simple paper ballots, hand-marked with pencil or pen, should be standard issue at every polling place. Scan the ballots later when there is time.

Focus on ensuring the most fundamental right of citizenship—the ability to vote—is available to all.

Even if those people aren’t financially comfortable White Republicans.

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 04:31 AM 
Started by soleil - Last post by Rad

‘A Democratic tsunami’: Top election forecaster changes 2020 prediction

on July 9, 2020
By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

President Donald Trump and his supporters are hoping that if his hardcore MAGA base shows up in big numbers in November and Democratic turnout is weak, he will be able to pull off another Electoral College victory. In order for that to happen, Trump will need to fire up his base as much as possible in swing states.

But according to new, updated analysis from the Cook Political Report, former Vice President Joe Biden has an increasing advantage in many of the swing states that Trump needs to win.

“This election is looking more like a Democratic tsunami than simply a blue wave,” Cook’s Amy Walter reports. “President Trump, mired in some of the lowest job approval ratings of his presidency, is trailing Biden by significant margins in key battleground states like Pennsylvania (8 points), Michigan (9 points) and Wisconsin (9 points). He’s even running behind Biden in his firewall states of Florida and North Carolina.”

This month, Walter explains, Biden is looking even better in swing states than he did in June — and Cook has changed its Electoral College ratings to “reflect this reality.”

Walter explains that according to Cook’s analysis this week, “Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nebraska’s 2nd District move from ‘toss-up’ to ‘lean Democrat.’ Maine, once in ‘lean Democrat,’ moves to the safer ‘likely Democratic category.'”

The Cook reporter adds, “Georgia has joined Arizona, North Carolina and Florida in the ‘toss-up’ column, although at this point, Biden would be slightly favored to win at least Arizona and Florida.”

Florida has been a swing state for a long time. President George W. Bush won Florida twice, but so did President Barack Obama — before Trump carried the state in 2016. But only in recent years has once-red Arizona become a swing state.

The victory of Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona was one of the big political bombshells of 2018, and poll after poll has shown Republican Sen. Martha McSally trailing Democrat Mark Kelly in this year’s U.S. Senate race in that state. Moreover, Biden appears to be quite competitive in Arizona, which for decades, was a deep red state synonymous with the conservatism of Sen. Barry Goldwater and later, Sen. John McCain.

Trump’s poor performance in recent polls is being felt on Wall Street: according to Axios reporter Dino Rabouin, Wall Street is now betting on a Biden victory — a change from earlier this year.

Rabouin reports: “Betting markets have turned decisively toward an expected victory for Joe Biden in November — and asset managers at major investment banks are preparing for not only a Biden win, but potentially, a Democratic sweep of the Senate and House too…. The shift is the latest indicator of how quickly the political and business worlds have aligned in the view that Trump is unlikely to win a second term as COVID-19 infection numbers have spiked again and the economy looks to be stalling.”

On May 11, Rabouin reported that Wall Street was expecting Trump to win a second term. But more recently, according to Rabouin: “A Citigroup poll of 140 fund managers released last week found that 62% expect a Biden win, compared to 70% who expected a Trump victory in the same survey in December. And according to Kace Capital Advisors Managing Director Kenny Polcari, ‘Talk of a Democratic sweep (is) now common’ among investors.”

Walter, on Cook’s website, stresses that the “Democratic tsunami” in November could include not only Trump losing to Biden, but also, Democrats retaking the U.S. Senate and expanding their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

None of that is to say that Trump won’t turn things around between now and November. There were summer polls that, in 1988’s presidential race, showed Democratic nominee Mike Dukakis with a double-digit lead over Vice President George H.W. Bush. But in 1988, the U.S. wasn’t coping with the world’s deadliest pandemic in more than 100 years.

Walter adds the caveat that the race could still change, noting:

    One of the biggest unknowns, however, is voting itself. As we’ve seen this spring and early summer, most states are not prepared for an onslaught of absentee ballots. And confusion about how/where to vote could impact turnout.

She also floats the possibility of voters splitting their ticket this year — that is, voting for Biden over Trump but voting GOP in Senate and House races. However, a GOP strategist interviewed by Cook is predicting that many voters will go straight Democratic this time.

“If voters start to sense that the race for president is a blow-out, will they be more willing to split their tickets to ensure a ‘check and balance’ in Washington next fall?” Walter writes. “At least one Republican I spoke with, however, was wary of a check-and-balance working this year, telling me that ‘people are looking for a restart and a reset.’ That includes down-ballot candidates as well as the president.”

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 04:19 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia

Wooden likeness of US first lady is removed after being damaged during 4 July celebration weekend

Reuters
7/9/2020

A wooden sculpture of first lady Melania Trump near her home town of Sevnica, Slovenia, has been removed after being set on fire during the US independence day weekend, according to the artist who commissioned the sculpture.

Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, said he had the life-size sculpture – now blackened and disfigured – removed as soon as police informed him on 5 July, a year after it was unveiled.

“I want to know why they did it,” said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.

Wooden Trump statue burned to the ground in Slovenia..Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/09/wooden-donald-trump-statue-burned-to-the-ground-slovenia-melania

In Washington, the office of Melania Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has pledged to take a hard line on anyone destroying or vandalising US historical monuments, as political activism against racial injustice has swept across the country.

    Statue of Melania Trump torched in her native Slovenia https://t.co/8cm3YoRZb8 pic.twitter.com/MDhGsR4sZ6
    — New York Post (@nypost) July 8, 2020

Downey, 39, said he had filed a police report and would like to interview the culprits, if found, for a film he is preparing ahead of his exhibition due to open in Slovenia in September.

“The investigation in this case has not been completed yet so we cannot reveal details due to the interest of further procedures,” police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik said.

Although the statue’s face was rough-hewn and unrecognisable before the fire, the figure was painted with a pale blue wraparound coat resembling the one Melania Trump wore at the swearing in of her husband in 2017.

The figure was carved with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc from the trunk of a living linden tree.

In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump, designed by a local artist last year, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce, east of the capital, Ljubljana.

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 on: Jul 09, 2020, 04:15 AM 
Started by Rad - Last post by Darja
New Lincoln Project ad tells voters to remember the Republicans who enabled Trump’s ‘circus of incompetence’

on July 9, 2020
Raw Story
By Matthew Chapman

In their latest ad, the anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project targeted not the president, but Senate Republicans who have sat by and enabled him.

“Some day soon, the time of Trump will pass,” said the narrator. “This circus of incompetence, corruption, and cruelty will end. When it does, the men and women in Trump’s Republican Party will come to you, telling you they can repair the damage he has done. They’ll beg you to forgive their votes to exonerate Trump from his crimes. Ask you to forgive their silence, their cowardice, and their betrayals as Trump wrecked this nation.”

“Every time they had a choice between America and Trump, they chose Trump,” continued the ad. “Every time they were called to the service of this nation and their sacred oath, they chose Trump. Every time. Learn their names. Remember their actions. And never, ever trust them again.”

The ad flashed pictures of several key lawmakers up for re-election in November, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Watch below:

    Learn. Their. Names. pic.twitter.com/lYzH8LIj6d

    — The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 8, 2020

Watch: https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1280961056261767168

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New attack featuring Trump’s sexual comments about his daughters spurs #CreepyTrump hashtag trend

on July 9, 2020
By Sarah K. Burris
- Commentary

President Donald Trump’s comments about women have been bad enough, but when it comes to his comments about his own daughters, it gets even worse.

As a baby, Trump was already thinking about whether his second daughter, Tiffany, would have breasts like her mother. In appearances on “The View” and “The Wendy Williams Show,” Trump talked about how he wishes he could date his first daughter Ivanka and that “sex” is something they have in common.

The bizarre statements add to the strange videos of Trump watching young women dance with his friend Jeffrey Epstein. Ultimately, Epstein was arrested after years of sex with underage children.
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In niece Mary Trump’s new book, she describes a moment at Mar-a-Lago when her uncle ogled her.

“I was at Mar-a-Lago. It was an informal dinner. I was in my bathing suit. Uncle Donald came over to me and said, ‘Mary is that you? Wow, you’re stacked,'” Mary Trump recalled.

The ad, which was done by MeidasTouch.com spurred a conversation about the president’s “creep factor” with the hashtag #CreepyTrump becoming No 1 in the United States on Twitter.

Here’s the ad: https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1280981261591261185

You can see the comments from Twitter below:

    “I did try & f**k her. She was married. I moved on her like a b**ch. But I couldn’t get there. I just start kissing them. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything—grab them by the pu**y. You can do anything,” said Trump. Barf. #CreepyTrump

    — Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 9, 2020

    Being responsible for over 132,000 deaths is pretty creepy to me! @realDonaldTrump #CreepyTrump

    — Deb Scott (@4dlscott) July 9, 2020

    #CreepyTrump treats all women as Sex Objects, even his own daughter . https://t.co/b4KUuhmg32

    — Nicki Jack (@NickiJack5) July 9, 2020

    “If she wasn’t my daughter, I’d be dating her” is the absolute creepiest thing that we all heard a long time ago. But here we are. Congrats America. Cool. Now back to watching Fuller house for the 10th time https://t.co/FvSGpcFwBh

    — christina applegate (@1capplegate) July 8, 2020

    His unnatural attraction to his daughter Ivanka. #CreepyTrump https://t.co/HMMZqo5vui

    — Frank Joe Kuhel, Jr. (@KuhelJr) July 9, 2020

    Evangelicals love Trump, he’s so Christian 😂#CreepyTrump https://t.co/olh5CfLJJ8

    — Bob W (@bw997) July 9, 2020

    If only there had been a sign from the beginning Trump was creepy. #CreepyTrump pic.twitter.com/s3hKqhSe6n

    — Fohtohgirl💎 (@fohtohgirl) July 8, 2020

    Trump is the creepiest creep to ever creep. Raise your hand if you agree. #CreepyTrump

    — Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 8, 2020

    The real challenge is to name something NOT creepy about @realDonaldTrump…just sayin'. #CreepyTrump

    — Drumbobo (@yourcoachlogan) July 9, 2020

    Good gawwd what a creepy old weirdo he is…#CreepyTrump https://t.co/vcmmVQn10C

    — Bimmerella🌞🇺🇸 (@bimmerella) July 9, 2020

    #CreepyTrump

    He looks like something out of Tales From The Crypt.

    But thats not makeup

    — Driving In Cars With Freuds (@XRobsPunchinBag) July 9, 2020

    #CreepyTrump she's a child pic.twitter.com/vDmJh0u4ew

    — Republicans for Biden 🇺🇲 (@BidenSaveUs) July 9, 2020

    "What do you think of Lindsay Lohan? There's something there, right? … She's probably deeply troubled, and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women — deeply, deeply troubled — they're always the best in bed?" #CreepyTrump #supercreepytrump

    — SconnieGirl56 (@Girl56Sconnie) July 9, 2020

    "The defendant, @realDonaldTrump, was clearly heard referring to Defendant, Jeffrey E. Epstein, as a 'Jew B*' as he yelled at Defendant Epstein, that clearly, he, Defendant Trump, should be the lucky one to 'pop her cherry'." #CreepyTrump #EnemyOfThePeople @Nerlster @crisimintz pic.twitter.com/u1kG1onnlL

    — atlas2112 (@atlas2112) July 9, 2020

    Any day that ends with a "y" is a good day to revisit this. #CreepyTrump #TrumpIsANationalDisgrace https://t.co/AKXCtQ0ldv

    — Phoenix Fox (@PhoenixFoxFL) July 9, 2020

    Since when does being the President of the United States allow a person to play GOD w ppls lives?!

    Has this Deadly game of tRump refusing to acknowledge Science not gone on long ENOUGH?

    How many innocent lives will it cost for someone to END THE MADNESS? #CreepyTrump pic.twitter.com/BuQbefgIvu

    — MissAneThrope (@AneThrope) July 9, 2020

    “My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body,” Donald Trump said ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER. GROSS. #CreepyTrump

    — Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 9, 2020

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Devastating new ad uses Ronald Reagan’s words against Trump to stunning effect

on July 9, 2020
By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been creating attack ads slamming President Donald Trump. Another is Republican Voters Against Trump, which uses the words of President Ronald Reagan in its latest video to illustrate Trump’s failures as president.

In the ad — which lasts one minute and 40 seconds — RVAT contrast Reagan’s words with images of the U.S. during the Trump era. The message is not subtle: Under Trump, the United States is a long way from Reagan’s vision for the country.

The ad isn’t aimed at liberals and progressives, many of whom would argue that Reagan’s economic policies were bad for the American working class during the 1980s. It asks Republicans: “Has your party left you?”

Reagan is heard saying, “Together, tonight, let us say that America is still united, still strong, still compassion, still willing to stand by those who are persecuted” while Trump-era images appear — images that include U.S. cities suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, high unemployment and civil unrest. And when Reagan speaks of “victims of police states or government-induced torture or terror,” one sees images of police attacking non-violent George Floyd protesters.

    New ad: "Has Your Party Left You?" pic.twitter.com/AQl8wgzfWA

    — Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) July 7, 2020

Watch: https://twitter.com/RVAT2020/status/1280486725165502464

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Donald Trump doesn’t care about any Americans — not even Republicans

on July 9, 2020
By Amanda Marcotte, Salon
- Commentary

Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

It’s small story in the grand scheme of things, but one that illustrates yet again that Trump doesn’t really see Republican voters or politicians as fellow travelers, allies or even really as a “base” to whom he owes fealty. Trump sees Republicans primarily as marks, to be fleeced for all they’re worth and then abandoned the second he sees no value in them. Trump’s burning hatred for any American who didn’t vote for him is well documented, but just as true and just as disturbing is his utter disregard for the lives or well-being of people who did support him, and continue to do so.

Recent months have borne this out in remarkable ways, starting, of course, with the way that Trump’s pressure on Republican governors to end coronavirus restrictions prematurely has led to exactly the consequences he was warned about: People in those states are getting sick at eye-popping rates. In Florida, where Trumpian Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed hard to reopen no matter how many people die, ICUs are quickly filling up, with 56 reporting themselves at capacity and another 35 right on their heels. Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been similarly Trump-pleasing in his rush to reopen, is setting record highs for viral transmission, with upwards of 10,000 positive tests reported in a day.

Trump has been pushing the currently low rates of death as evidence that these rapidly climbing transmission numbers don’t much matter, but in truth, death rates are a lagging indicator. There’s every reason to believe that lower death rates are the result of the plunging transmission rates we saw several weeks ago, after months of lockdown, and that deaths will start to climb once again with so many people now getting sick.

But Trump and his propagandists are going full speed ahead, embracing coronavirus denialism and encouraging Trump supporters to return to church, reject mask-wearing and stop social distancing. He keeps encouraging his followers to attend campaign rallies unmasked, even though that’s the easiest way to get coronavirus. It’s almost as if Trump his followers to get sick and die. It’s inarguable that he doesn’t care if they do.

Trump is so unconcerned about his own voters that he can’t even muster the pretense of caring in the cases where harm to them is also harm to him.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that “Trump’s relentless attacks on the security of mail voting are driving suspicion among GOP voters toward absentee ballots,” which is alarming to “Republican strategists, who say it could undercut their own candidates, including Trump himself.”

The sheep-like loyalty that Trump so values in his supporters is starting to backfire seriously. Whatever Trump’s purpose in constantly whining that absentee ballots are “rigged” (likely setting up an excuse to reject the election results in November), the result is that “GOP campaigns around the country are hearing from more and more Republican voters who say they do not trust absentee ballots,” putting Republicans at a disadvantage in elections where large numbers of voters will vote by mail in order to avoid coronavirus risks at the polls.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multitude of ways that the Republican Party itself is paying for their embrace of Trump, especially since Republican senators had the chance to throw him out of the White House earlier this year after he was impeached for abuse of power. Trump’s incompetence and indifference, even malice, toward the public’s welfare is proving to be a real threat to Republicans running down-ballot races in 2020.

“Every shred of evidence points to a likely ass-kicking in the fall,” a Republican consultant told Tim Miller of Rolling Stone, when asked about the GOP’s down ballot races in November.

In FiveThirtyEight’s polling aggregator, Democrats are up by 9 points over Republicans overall in congressional race polling, an even bigger spread than they had in 2018, when Democrats flipped 40 House seats in a midterm “blue wave.”

Trump is wildly unpopular, but Republican candidates, Miller found, feel they can’t “strategically distance themselves” from Trump without “facing a mutiny within the ranks” of GOP voters, who have remained fiercely loyal to Trump, and in fact, seem to be clinging harder to their orange leader rather than face the humiliation as admitting the liberals were right all along. Republicans can’t win without building a coalition of moderate voters and fierce Trump loyalists, but in this particular election, they are being forced to choose.

Trump could spare his party from this electoral Sophie’s choice. All he’d need to do is dial down the racism instead of cranking it up, or stop fighting efforts to contain the pandemic, instead of acting like he’s the coronavirus’ biggest champion. But it’s clear he has no intention of doing either, and he doesn’t care if the result means electoral defeat for many of the people who have been kissing his ring for four years. Trump, after all, notoriously expects loyalty while offering none in return.

That much is evident in the way that Trump screwed the GOP over royally on the Republican National Convention by forcing a last-minute location change from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida.

Trump’s reasoning was reliably narcissistic and childish. He didn’t like that North Carolina, under Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, requires people to wear masks in public spaces to prevent coronavirus spread, because he thinks masks ruin his campaign photos. So he pulled out of Charlotte and moved to a city that has inadequate hotel space, adding to the indignations that must be endured as the price of being a Trump supporter.

Moreover, the move screwed the party out of a ton of money. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the GOP has already spent $38 million on the Charlotte convention, money that they’re not getting back. Unsurprisingly, trying to tap the same donors to bankroll yet another convention in a different city is turning out to be quite a task, and not just because Trump’s capricious mismanagement of funds. Surging coronavirus cases in Florida — city government in Jacksonville is now requiring masks too — are causing donors to be wary of convention 2.0, and they’re responding by keeping their wallets shut.

Not that Trump cares about any of the suffering he’s inflicting on Republican voters, organizers or politicians as the price they pay for supporting him. On the contrary, he’s such a sociopathic narcissist that he probably gets off on the way Republicans keep swallowing his abuse and asking for more. An ass-kicking in November may well be coming, and Trump will make sure his followers suffer even more along the way.

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Trump’s Russia bounty scandal exposes his fundamental inability to digest new information

By Terry H. Schwadron, DCReport @ RawStory
on July 9, 2020

A couple of weeks have passed, with plenty of public smoke but no fire over reports that Russians were bribing the Taliban to target American troops in Afghanistan, with at least some of the 20 deaths over the last year attributed to the Islamic militants linked to the Taliban.

Donald Trump continues to say he never was told about these reports, despite inclusion in presidential briefing papers back in February, and has dismissed the matter as a “hoax,” along with Russian denials.

Nevertheless, the intelligence waters keep churning–and no action is foreseen.

The important takeaway, however, remains unchanged: Intelligence reports say a Russian GRU military intelligence unit was paying militants to kill Americans, and weeks after these reports have surfaced, Trump has not done anything about it. Rather, Trump continues to support inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to return in September to the G-7 table, a sign of restored respect over the objection of allies, after having been thrown out for invading Crimea and Ukraine.

And, as with coronavirus, Black Lives Matter and other issues of prime concern to the nation, this matter has been consigned to the world of partisan politics.

Here are a few developments since the initial reports in The New York Times.

–Lawmakers from both parties have demanded answers, and basically gotten few from the White House or the National Security Council, which contends that there was no widespread agreement or proof of the allegations.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md, said after a briefing that nothing he heard would suggest the intelligence reports were a hoax.

–There have been additional reports of bank records showing movement of money and an Associated Press investigation showing knowledge of bounties in 2019, a full year earlier than known.  Former National Security Adviser John Bolton insists that he told Trump.

–The White House argues that unless there was proof, there was no need for Trump to know, skipping over the fact that this president declines to read intelligence reports. Meanwhile, the issue has become a part of the overall reelection debate, with Democrat Joe Biden arguing that Trump has been derelict in office.

–A Reuters poll finds that most Americans believe the intelligence reports and more than half want new sanctions against Russia. A parade of former intelligence officials have come forward to argue that normal practice would be to brief the president, and that if true that he was not briefed, that fact is almost worse than if Trump had tried to ignore the whole issue.

Seeking Context

An article this week in JustSecurity.org, a group based at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law, outlines a deep, strategic context for Trump’s silence. From mid-2017 and into 2018, the article says, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in intelligence reports that the Kremlin was arming the Taliban, and posing a significant threat to American and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Repeatedly, Trump declined to confront Putin about supplying arms to the Taliban, and publicly and privately undercut military and intelligence reporting about Russian aims, including at the notorious Helsinki press conference where he said he believed Putin over U.S. intelligence about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

Further, JustSecurity said former officials say Trump ordered the sharing of U.S. counterterrorism intelligence reports with the Kremlin.  The theme of the article is that Russia, having encountered little resistance from Trump, continues to press harder to further its own goals, secure that Trump does not want to move against them.

This thesis, of course, was at the heart of the all-things-Russia probes of the last few years and of continuing political speculation about just why Trump appears to favor Russia over and over, despite the occasional, but repeated claim that his administration has been tough on Russia.

Where Are We?

“The heart of the criticism of President Trump’s handling of Russian bounty intelligence reports has been his lack of action toward Moscow to safeguard American troops threatened by Russia’s aggression,” concludes the article. A House Foreign Affairs Committee virtual hearing Thursday with former CIA director Michael Morell and retired Army Gen. John Nicholson, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is unlikely to change that.

In Trump, we have a president who refuses to listen to intelligence briefings or take in other information about climate, economy, pandemic, hurricanes, among other topics that does not conform with his worldview. We have in Trump a candidate for re-election who does not want to recognize Russian or other foreign interference with the election processes or disinformation campaigns. We have a president who does not act to put protection of U.S. troops at the top of his to-do list.

Trump is reported by various polls to be losing support among veterans, among other groups, specifically over this issue. Instead, he is spending his time defending the names of U.S. military bases that honor Confederate generals or insisting on wide-open, mask-free gatherings for his personal benefit with no regard to public safety in a time of coronavirus.

The presidency is a complex, full-time job with real responsibilities. It deserves more than a part-time dilettante who prizes personal admiration over actual work.

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Trump’s favorite pollster shows him getting absolutely blown out by Joe Biden

Raw Story
7/9/2020
By Brad Reed

Whenever President Donald Trump has been down in the polls, he has regularly touted numbers published by Rasmussen Reports, which has usually given the president significantly better approval numbers than other pollsters.

However, the president can no longer count on Rasmussen to be his safe space, as its latest numbers show Trump losing to former Vice President Joe Biden by ten percentage points.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds Biden earning 50% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Trump’s 40%. Six percent (6%) remain undecided,” Rasmussen Reports writes. “The new survey finds Trump with 74% of the Republican vote. Biden has the support of 79% of Democrats. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, it’s Biden 48%, Trump 36%.”

Rasmussen’s new numbers are right in line with other pollsters, as the current polling average at website FiveThirtyEight gives Biden a lead of 9.7 percentage points.

Biden’s lead over Trump has grown significantly over the last month as the novel coronavirus has swept across the country and led to record numbers of daily cases.

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‘This spells disaster’: Columnist says GOP is heading for a wipeout in the Senate — and beyond

Raw Story
7/9/2020
By Matthew Chapman

On Wednesday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Henry Olsen said the electoral signs are getting grimmer for the GOP by the day — for their prospects of maintaining control of the Senate, but also of their seats further down the ballot.

“Elections in both the House and Senate are increasingly syncing with broader presidential races,” wrote Olsen. “In 2016, every Senate race was won by the same party that won that state in the presidential contest. In 2018, House races largely correlated with Trump’s approval rating, with even the most popular GOP incumbents unable to run more than a few points ahead of the president. Polls for Senate races this year show the same trend, with Republican incumbents’ totals closely matched with Trump’s. This spells disaster for the party.”

“Public polls show incumbent Senate Republicans trailing in five states: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine and North Carolina,” said Olsen, noting that polls are also close in Georgia. And “it could get even worse. A University of Montana poll conducted last month shows Democratic challenger Steve Bullock ahead of Republican incumbent Steve Daines 47 percent to 43 percent, even as Trump is winning the state with 52 percent support.” In a nightmare scenario for the GOP, he argued, there are even signs they could lose Kansas and Alaska. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appears to know the risk.
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But the Senate is not all that is at stake for the GOP, wrote Olsen.

“Republicans also look set to lose House seats if trends don’t improve,” he wrote. “Throughout 2020, Democrats have led the national generic ballot, which asks respondents whose party’s House candidate they would support … Losing this November by 10 points or more would almost guarantee further GOP House losses, entrenching Democratic rule in the House even further.”

And then there are the state legislative contests, which will decide redistricting for a decade. “Another Democratic landslide could hand them control of a number of key legislative chambers, the most important being the Texas State House. Republicans in Austin hold an 83-to-67 advantage, but they lost 12 seats in 2018, and Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke won nine districts currently represented by Republicans. If Democrats were to win control, it would eliminate Republican control over redistricting in a state that is expected to send 39 members to the House after the post-census reapportionment.”

“Things could get better. Republicans would hold many seats at all levels if Trump were to lose by only six points rather than 11 or more,” added Olsen. “Right now, though, for Republicans nationwide, that feels a lot like holding the deck chairs on the Titanic.”

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Republican senators are suddenly trying to social distance — from Trump

on July 9, 2020
By Heather Cox Richardson, Moyers & Company

There’s something interesting in today’s news:

A number of Republican Senators have said they are skipping the Republican National Convention this year. The convention was originally scheduled in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at Trump’s insistence was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, last month. The stated reason was that Democratic North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper would not commit to permitting a full convention out of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, but the abrupt switch to Florida, less than 80 days before the convention, still seems odd to me. Regardless, the switch has created a new problem: Florida is in the midst of a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases, setting a record for new cases in a single day during the weekend —11,458—and running low of ICU beds.

Senators are using the dangers of the coronavirus to distance themselves from the president. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), at 86, the oldest Republican senator, said he would not go. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is staying home because, his spokesperson says, “he believes the delegate spots should be reserved” for people who have not attended before. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is not going; neither is Susan Collins (R-ME). Mitt Romney (R-UT) won’t be showing up either. The coronavirus gives them an excellent excuse to socially distance themselves from the president.

This distancing is a sign that Republican leaders are uncomfortable with Trump’s behavior and are hoping to save Republican control of the Senate as his polls slip. They are also trying to downplay the story that Russia’s military intelligence unit, the GRU, offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill Americans and allied forces, even as the administration has responded to the story not by retaliation against Russia, but by searching to expose the person who leaked the story to the media.

For his part, Trump is more aggressively asserting his power to defend his own vision of America. Determined to find a scapegoat for his own botched response to the coronavirus, Trump today officially notified the United Nations that America will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization, effective on July 6, 2021.

Trump publicly blames the WHO for the spread of the virus because, according to Trump, it worked too closely with China. Lawmakers of both parties condemned the move. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee said: “Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines, which citizens of the United States as well as others in the world need…. And withdrawing could make it harder to work with other countries to stop viruses before they get to the United States.”

Meanwhile, the European Union has reopened its borders to travelers from a list of countries where the coronavirus is now under control. The United States is not on the list, meaning Americans cannot travel to the EU, but China, which has brought the coronavirus into control, is. Still, Trump insists that those opposing the reopening of schools as new cases of infection are spiking are doing so only to hurt him politically. While he cannot order schools to open, he said today “We’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open.” Trump is eager to reopen schools both to enable parents to go back to work and to suggest everything is back to normal, even as coronavirus infections continue to rise. As of today, the United States has had more than 3 million cases of Covid-19.

The administration continues to court its base with a racist vision of the country. Yesterday, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Liz Harrington criticized presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of advancing “radical left socialism” for saying that “Independence Day is a celebration of our persistent march toward greater justice — the natural expansion of our founding notion from ‘all men are created equal’ to ‘all people are created equal and should be treated equally throughout their lives.’”

On the same day, Trump tweeted an attack on Black racecar driver Bubba Wallace, accusing him of advancing a “HOAX” because someone (not Wallace) had found and reported a noose hanging in his garage. In the same tweet, Trump expressed outrage that NASCAR has banned the use of the Confederate flag at its events. (Republican strategist Karl Rove told the Fox News Channel the president’s defense of the Confederate flag did not help his campaign.)

Then, out of the blue, the official White House Twitter account published a photo of Trump and Pence apparently gazing in to the sky, alongside a quotation that said: “Americans are the people who pursued our Manifest Destiny across the ocean, into the uncharted wilderness, over the tallest mountains, and then into the skies and even into the stars.” Manifest Destiny was a term coined in the 1840s by the editor of the Democratic Review magazine to explain why it was the divinely ordained duty of Americans to push west and take over the lands of indigenous peoples and Mexicans, spreading slavery into new lands. The term is widely associated with white supremacy and deadly dominance over people of color.

Meanwhile, the administration continues to move public money toward its supporters. Government data released this week shows that tax-payer funded bailouts went to churches whose leaders are Trump’s allies, as well as organizations traditionally opposed to government programs. Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform Foundation received between $150,000 and $300,000 in loans, while Norquist took a stand against the unemployment insurance in the CARES coronavirus relief act. The Ayn Rand Institute, named for the theorist who opposed government welfare programs despite using them herself, took a loan of between $350,000 and $1 million, calling it “partial restitution for government-inflicted losses.” Multiple businesses close to Trump got money, too; the government loaned as much as $273 million to more than 100 companies with ties to the president.

Also today, excerpts from the book written by Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, appeared in the media. Trump tried, unsuccessfully, to stop the publication of the book. The excerpts don’t say much we didn’t already know, but the inside story of the Trump family is likely to get under the president’s skin. Dr. Trump, who holds a doctorate in psychology, portrays the president as a habitual liar who paid someone to take the SAT to get him into college. She shows a narcissist who can think only in terms of himself, and who is calculating and cruel to the point that he was willing to take away health care from a baby in order to gain leverage over his nephew.

After her dissection of Trump’s dangerous personality, Dr. Trump concludes that Trump himself “isn’t really the problem after all.” The problem is his enablers, including the Republican Senators who voted five months ago to acquit him of the charges for which the House of Representatives impeached him.

That those same Senators are now begging off from the upcoming Republican convention is too little a protest, too late.

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The sheep-like loyalty of Trump supporters is starting to backfire

on July , 2020
By Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Donald Trump thinks his voters are morons. This universal truth was once again demonstrated this week by a Facebook ad working Trump’s new statue-oriented campaign strategy. The ad declared, “WE WILL PROTECT THIS” and featured a photo of … no, not some racist-loser Confederate general astride a horse but “Cristo Redentor,” the famous statue of Jesus Christ that sits atop Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, which, for those keeping track, is not in the United States but in Brazil, a sovereign nation in a different continent.

It’s small story in the grand scheme of things, but one that illustrates yet again that Trump doesn’t really see Republican voters or politicians as fellow travelers, allies or even really as a “base” to whom he owes fealty. Trump sees Republicans primarily as marks, to be fleeced for all they’re worth and then abandoned the second he sees no value in them. Trump’s burning hatred for any American who didn’t vote for him is well documented, but just as true and just as disturbing is his utter disregard for the lives or well-being of people who did support him, and continue to do so.

Recent months have borne this out in remarkable ways, starting, of course, with the way that Trump’s pressure on Republican governors to end coronavirus restrictions prematurely has led to exactly the consequences he was warned about: People in those states are getting sick at eye-popping rates. In Florida, where Trumpian Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed hard to reopen no matter how many people die, ICUs are quickly filling up, with 56 reporting themselves at capacity and another 35 right on their heels. Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been similarly Trump-pleasing in his rush to reopen, is setting record highs for viral transmission, with upwards of 10,000 positive tests reported in a day.

Trump has been pushing the currently low rates of death as evidence that these rapidly climbing transmission numbers don’t much matter, but in truth, death rates are a lagging indicator. There’s every reason to believe that lower death rates are the result of the plunging transmission rates we saw several weeks ago, after months of lockdown, and that deaths will start to climb once again with so many people now getting sick.

But Trump and his propagandists are going full speed ahead, embracing coronavirus denialism and encouraging Trump supporters to return to church, reject mask-wearing and stop social distancing. He keeps encouraging his followers to attend campaign rallies unmasked, even though that’s the easiest way to get coronavirus. It’s almost as if Trump his followers to get sick and die. It’s inarguable that he doesn’t care if they do.

Trump is so unconcerned about his own voters that he can’t even muster the pretense of caring in the cases where harm to them is also harm to him.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that “Trump’s relentless attacks on the security of mail voting are driving suspicion among GOP voters toward absentee ballots,” which is alarming to “Republican strategists, who say it could undercut their own candidates, including Trump himself.”

The sheep-like loyalty that Trump so values in his supporters is starting to backfire seriously. Whatever Trump’s purpose in constantly whining that absentee ballots are “rigged” (likely setting up an excuse to reject the election results in November), the result is that “GOP campaigns around the country are hearing from more and more Republican voters who say they do not trust absentee ballots,” putting Republicans at a disadvantage in elections where large numbers of voters will vote by mail in order to avoid coronavirus risks at the polls.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multitude of ways that the Republican Party itself is paying for their embrace of Trump, especially since Republican senators had the chance to throw him out of the White House earlier this year after he was impeached for abuse of power. Trump’s incompetence and indifference, even malice, toward the public’s welfare is proving to be a real threat to Republicans running down-ballot races in 2020.

“Every shred of evidence points to a likely ass-kicking in the fall,” a Republican consultant told Tim Miller of Rolling Stone, when asked about the GOP’s down ballot races in November.

In FiveThirtyEight’s polling aggregator, Democrats are up by 9 points over Republicans overall in congressional race polling, an even bigger spread than they had in 2018, when Democrats flipped 40 House seats in a midterm “blue wave.”

Trump is wildly unpopular, but Republican candidates, Miller found, feel they can’t “strategically distance themselves” from Trump without “facing a mutiny within the ranks” of GOP voters, who have remained fiercely loyal to Trump, and in fact, seem to be clinging harder to their orange leader rather than face the humiliation as admitting the liberals were right all along. Republicans can’t win without building a coalition of moderate voters and fierce Trump loyalists, but in this particular election, they are being forced to choose.

Trump could spare his party from this electoral Sophie’s choice. All he’d need to do is dial down the racism instead of cranking it up, or stop fighting efforts to contain the pandemic, instead of acting like he’s the coronavirus’ biggest champion. But it’s clear he has no intention of doing either, and he doesn’t care if the result means electoral defeat for many of the people who have been kissing his ring for four years. Trump, after all, notoriously expects loyalty while offering none in return.

That much is evident in the way that Trump screwed the GOP over royally on the Republican National Convention by forcing a last-minute location change from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida.

Trump’s reasoning was reliably narcissistic and childish. He didn’t like that North Carolina, under Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, requires people to wear masks in public spaces to prevent coronavirus spread, because he thinks masks ruin his campaign photos. So he pulled out of Charlotte and moved to a city that has inadequate hotel space, adding to the indignations that must be endured as the price of being a Trump supporter.

Moreover, the move screwed the party out of a ton of money. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the GOP has already spent $38 million on the Charlotte convention, money that they’re not getting back. Unsurprisingly, trying to tap the same donors to bankroll yet another convention in a different city is turning out to be quite a task, and not just because Trump’s capricious mismanagement of funds. Surging coronavirus cases in Florida — city government in Jacksonville is now requiring masks too — are causing donors to be wary of convention 2.0, and they’re responding by keeping their wallets shut.

Not that Trump cares about any of the suffering he’s inflicting on Republican voters, organizers or politicians as the price they pay for supporting him. On the contrary, he’s such a sociopathic narcissist that he probably gets off on the way Republicans keep swallowing his abuse and asking for more. An ass-kicking in November may well be coming, and Trump will make sure his followers suffer even more along the way.

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Trump is living in a ‘COVIDless la-la land’ — and can’t understand why he isn’t being taken seriously: CNN’s Cuomo

on July 9, 2020
By Matthew Chapman
Chris Cuomo skeptical face

On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Chris Cuomo slammed President Donald Trump for demanding people take him seriously as he ignores his own health experts and tries to override recommendations on school closures.

“Another day gone without the president deciding to lead us with a plan of action to fight the pandemic,” said Cuomo. “Instead, we now know what he meant by pressuring states to reopen schools, ready or not, without ever offering them a plan to help. If they don’t reopen, he will punish the poorest students. He said he’s going to pull federal aid, and the kids that get most of that aid are the neediest. Many of them are white, by the way, and from families that may be Trumpers.”

“You may argue, wait a minute, the CDC put together some guidelines to help states figure out how to reopen,” said Cuomo. “You’re right. But Trump attacked the CDC for putting too much emphasis on safety, calling the suggestions too tough and expensive. Guess what, the CDC buckled. New recommendations are coming next week. Do you think they’ll make schools more or less safe? That’s a rhetorical question. And I told you the scientists would be silenced last night.”

“Today, who don’t we see?” added Cuomo. “No Fauci at the task force briefing. I wonder why? Because Fauci is saying we’re not on the right side of the pandemic, that we shouldn’t be complacent, that we’re knee-deep in the crisis. So the president wants you to ignore his own health officials to live in his COVIDless la-la land, and at the same time, he says he should be given more credit because Fauci and the others are seen as so credible. Maybe if you start listening to Fauci, and doing what Fauci says you should do, you’ll be seen as credible as Fauci is!”

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvSuOlGua8k&feature=emb_title

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‘He doesn’t care about those kids at all’: Anderson Cooper tears into Trump for pressuring schools to reopen

Raw Story
7/9/2020
By Matthew Chapman

On CNN Wednesday, Anderson Cooper blasted President Donald Trump’s attempts to push schools to reopen without a plan to keep students safe.

“Today the president of the United States did something rare: he expressed a notion that we can all agree on, that kids belong in the classroom,” said Cooper. “But then made it quite clear beyond what it means to himself and his re-election, he doesn’t actually care about those kids at all. He doesn’t care about their health and safety, nor the health of their teachers and parents, and federal guidelines for keeping them safe.”

“The president bragged today about getting the CDC to change their guidelines to weaken them, and lo and behold, the CDC, which used to be a world-respected organization, they are going to come up with new guidelines, less difficult ones,” said Cooper. “Just think about that. The CDC puts together guidelines based on science to protect kids and teachers, staying six feet apart and masks and having air flow in rooms and washing hands, and because the president thinks it’s too difficult, the CDC is going to weaken them.”

Cooper also tore apart the president’s claim that U.S. schools can open because schools have started opening in Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

“I want to show you what life looks like in those four countries,” said Cooper, putting up a graph of new case reporting. “Germany reported 279 new cases yesterday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and Denmark 10, Norway 11, Sweden 283. The total of 583 new cases yesterday in a population of about 100 million. As for the United States, we have more than 60,000. 60,000 new cases. Today we surpassed 3 million since the outbreak began. 132,000 lives lost. Cases rising 35 states holding steady in 12 falling in just three.”

“That is the reality today,” said Cooper. “Tomorrow looks worse. Not better.”

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG-pjLJK9HU&feature=emb_title

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Bill Barr is begging Trump not to commute Roger Stone’s sentence — or there will be a ‘mutiny’ at the Justice Department

Raw Story
7/9/2020
By Sarah K. Burris

According to a report from Vanity Fair on Wednesday, President Donald Trump wants to commute Roger Stone’s sentence before he must report to prison on July 14.

Stone, who has long been pals with Trump, was convicted on seven counts and sentenced to over three years in prison (40 Months) after witness tampering, lying to investigators, and a slew of other things.

Attorney General Bill Barr “has told Trump not to do it, and if he does, there will be a mutiny at DOJ,” Vanity Fair cited a source briefed on the internal debates.
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Already, Barr got involved by withdrawing a sentencing memo from the Department of Justice recommending sentencing for Stone. The four U.S. attorneys in the case quit as a result.

“You can’t underestimate how hard it is to get information through to him,” a Republican close to the White House told Vanity Fair. “When you talk to him, he just talks at you. He doesn’t like to read memos, so there’s not really a way to get through to him. Everyone agrees.”

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