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How stupid is Trump?

 
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 07:04 am
Trump’s Taste for Blood

If Republicans won’t convict, bring on the handcuffs.

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WASHINGTON — Every scene in “Lawrence of Arabia” is perfect, but there’s one I find especially haunting.

Peter O’Toole’s Lawrence returns to Cairo after successfully leading the Arabs in battle against the Ottoman Empire and tells a military superior that he does not want to go back. Slumping in his Bedouin robes, looking pained, he recalls that he executed an Arab with his pistol.

There was something about it he didn’t like, he says.

The irritated general tries to brush it off, assuming the erudite Lawrence is upset at killing a man.

“No, something else,” Lawrence explains. “I enjoyed it.”

The first time I realized that Donald Trump took pleasure in violence was back in March 2016. In an interview, I asked him about the brutish rhetoric and violence at his rallies and the way he goaded supporters to hate on journalists and rough up protesters. Even then Mitch McConnell was urging Trump to ratchet down the ferocity.

I told Trump that I had not seen this side of him before and that he was going down a very dark path. With his denigrating mockery of rivals and critics, he had already taken politics to a vulgar place, and now it was getting more dangerous.

Shouldn’t parents be able to bring children to rallies without worrying about obscenities, sucker punches, brawls and bullying, I wondered?

He brushed off the questions and blithely assessed the savage mood at his rallies: “Frankly, it adds a little excitement.”

A couple weeks later, I pressed him again on his belligerence and divisiveness, and, with utter candor, he explained why he was turning up the heat.

“I guess because of the fact that I immediately went to No. 1 and I said, why don’t I just keep the same thing going?” he said. “I’ve come this far in life. I’ve had great success. I’ve done it my way.” He added, “You know, there are a lot of people who say, ‘Don’t change.’”

Dear reader, he didn’t change.

And everything bloodcurdling that happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 flowed from his bloodthirsty behavior. He had always been cruel and selfish, blowing things up and reveling in the chaos, gloating in the wreckage. But it was only during his campaign that he realized he had a nasty mob at his disposal. He had moved into a world that allowed him to exercise his malice in an extraordinary way, and he loved it.

He became his own Lee Atwater, doing the dirty stuff right out in the open. He embraced the worst part of his party, the most racist, violent cohort.

The faux-macho, Gotti-esque air of menace he cultivated as a real estate dealer, the Clint Eastwood squint, just seemed like performance art; mostly he was around New York, acting genial at parties and courting the press. He would say stuff sometimes; after Sacha Baron Cohen pulled a prank on Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars, Trump said that Seacrest’s security guard should have “pummeled” and “punched” Baron Cohen “in the face so many times” that he’d end up in the hospital.

But once Trump got into politics, he realized, with growing intoxication, that the more incendiary he was, the more his fans would cheer. He found that he could really play with the emotions of the crowd, and that turned him on. Now he had the chance to command a mob, so his words could be linked to their actions.

Trump never cared about law and order or the cops. He was thrilled that he could unleash his mob on the Capitol and its guardians, with rioters smearing blood and feces and yelling Trump’s words and going after his targets — Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence.

It was Manson family-chilling to watch the House impeachment managers’ video with a rioter hunting for the House speaker, calling out: “Where are you, Nancy? We’re looking for you, Na-a-ncy. Oh, Na-a-ncy.”

It was like watching his vicious Twitter feed come alive. Others were chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” even as a gallows, complete with noose, was erected on the lawn. Watching those shivery videos, it hit home how Pelosi and Pence could have been killed and the melee could have turned into a far worse blood bath.

Trump not caring about the fate of his vice president was the inevitable sick end of the pairing of the Sociopath and the Sycophant.

As The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey wrote in a tweet Friday, recapping his reporting with Ashley Parker: “Pence’s team does not agree with the Trump lawyer’s assessment that Trump was concerned about Pence’s safety. Trump didn’t call him that day — or for five days after that. No one else on Trump’s team called as Pence was evacuated to one room & another, with screaming mob nearby.”

Trump’s whole defense in the impeachment trial was like a low-budget movie trailer, cornier than the new Louise Linton flick. It was just another Trump flimflam reality TV show, meant to prove how he was wronged, not how he wronged the country.

Trump’s lawyers showed a video of myriad Democrats using the word “fight,” as though that was the equivalent of what Trump did.

If he’d had better lawyers and a real strategy in the effort to purloin the election, or if a few brave Republicans like Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, had not stood up to him, he might have succeeded.

Certainly, opportunism has always run rampant in Congress. But most Republicans, who continue to tremble before Trump even though he devoured and destroyed their party, turning its traditional values upside down, are plumbing new cowardly depths. They are mini-Trumps, making decisions solely on self-interest.

CNN reported Friday night that Kevin McCarthy called Trump during the riot, telling him the mob was breaking his windows to get in. The then-president told him: “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.” The conversation ended in a shouting match. Yet McCarthy still voted against impeaching the president.

These dreadful Republicans are all Falstaffs, trampling the concept of honor, blowing it off as a mere airy-fairy word, not worth sacrificing anything for, not worth defending your country for. “Honor is a mere scutcheon,” Falstaff scoffed.

McConnell and the other craven Republicans realize now that they should not have played along with Trump as long as they did, while he undermined the election. But they still refuse to hold him accountable because he controls their voters.

The Democrats put on an excellent case, and they were right to impeach Trump. But if the Republicans won’t convict him, then bring on the criminal charges. Republicans say that’s how it should be done when someone is out of office, so let’s hope someone follows through on their suggestion.

A few days ago, prosecutors in Georgia opened an investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the election there. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance could drag Trump into court on tax and fraud charges. Karl Racine, the attorney general for D.C., has said that Trump could be charged for his role in inciting the riot.

Maybe a man who gloated as his crowds screamed “Lock her up!” will find that jurors reach a similar conclusion about him.

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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 09:08 am
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The percentage of far-right terrorist attacks and plots (mostly white supremacists) rose to 63% in 2019 and over 90% between January 1 and May 8, 2020, according to our data set of 893 US terrorist attacks and plots. The biggest threat is not Antifa

https://mobile.twitter.com/sethgjones/status/1273711981757968391?lang=en
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 02:19 pm

nope, can't have it both ways...

https://iili.io/f1njl2.jpg



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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 03:44 pm
US Senate acquits Donald Trump in impeachment trial

By Matthew Knott
Updated February 14, 2021 — 8.02amfirst published at 7.47am

Washington: Donald Trump will be able to run for the White House again in 2024 after the US Senate acquitted the former president of inciting the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol.

The final vote followed a chaotic morning in which the Democratic impeachment managers backed down on an unexpected plan to extend the trial by calling for witnesses to testify before the Senate. (end quote)

Backed down? Or had nothing to begin with?

Hold them to account, for wasting everyone's time, money, and effort. Again.

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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 04:35 pm
@Builder,
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Hold them to account, for wasting everyone's time, money, and effort. Again.

Builder completely misses the point. Again.

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[ex]President Donald Trump has long exulted in superlatives. The first. The best. The most. The greatest. “No president has ever done what I’ve done,” he boasts. “No president has ever even come close,” he says. But as his four years in office draw to an end, there’s only one title to which he can lay claim:


Donald Trump is the worst president America has ever had.

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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 06:25 pm
@BillW,
Beat two bogus impeachments without even trying the second time.

New WORLD Record.
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 06:51 pm
@roger,
Roger, didn't you read the article?

The DNC failed to follow through on their case to call more witnesses.

Storm in a teacup, or much to-do about nothing.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3260196024082502
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 07:39 pm
Just hours after pulling together a surprise 55-45 vote in favor of calling impeachment witnesses, Democrats struck a deal with former President Donald Trump's lawyers to avoid any in-person testimony —a move widely derided by left-leaning pundits and sitting Democratic lawmakers alike.

Democratic House impeachment managers and senators are being ridiculed for "capitulating" to Republicans after they threatened to filibuster all Senate business— including COVID-19 relief—if the trial proceeded with witnesses. Some senators said witnesses were unlikely to change the minds of the 17 Republicans needed to convict, but many Trump critics accused Democrats of blowing their last chance to grill the Trump insiders and "show the world what he did on January 6," as political writer Rachael Blade remarked Saturday. Even some GOP lawmakers reacted with shock at the last-minute backtrack by Democrats, many of whom fought hard and failed to get witnesses during Trump's first impeachment trial.

It's unclear what, if anything, Democrats got in return for the no-witness deal with Trump's lawyers. Democratic Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley told NBC News it's part of a plan to move past impeachment and bring Republicans onboard with President Joe Biden's agenda. But others said it's just the latest fold by weak Democratic lawmakers.

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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 08:17 pm
@Builder,
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The DNC failed to follow through on their case to call more witnesses.

First thing, it wasn't the "DNC". The DNC doesn't drive policy or determine the political agenda; it's more into the organizational nuts-and-bolts of finding money and fielding candidates — in that order.
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The DNC failed to follow through on their case to call more witnesses.

The DNC really had nothing to do with the impeachment process. The DNC is involved in the structural side of party politics — campaigns and candidates — and leaves policy and ideology to the party leadership in Congress.

And no, I'm not particularly impressed with Ben Shapiro. The stupid video was the opposite of persuasive.

Fail.
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2021 08:45 pm
@BillW,
BillW wrote:

...don't Roger, we need more real Republicans!

Thanks
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Reply Sun 14 Feb, 2021 12:44 am
@glitterbag,
He's from the same country as Hingehead, so that's no excuse.
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Reply Sun 14 Feb, 2021 11:17 am
@roger,
roger wrote:

He's from the same country as Hingehead, so that's no excuse.


Yeah, but Hingehead is rational.
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2021 05:38 am
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2021 05:42 am
The Wall Street Journal cuts Trump off at the knees and urges the GOP to dump him

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In a surprisingly blunt-talking column from the editors of the conservative Wall Street Journal, the Republican Party was served notice that it will be condemned to irrelevance if they don't part ways with a damaged Donald Trump who is dragging them down.

With a headline stating, "Trump's Non-Vindication," the editorial board asserted that the ex-president may have not been convicted in his second impeachment trial due to Republican loyalty to him, but it is apparent to all not blinded by partisanship that he is guilty of inciting the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol that resulted in deaths and massive destruction.

Beginning with "The Senate failed Saturday to convict Donald Trump on the single House impeachment article of inciting an insurrection, but the 57-43 vote was no vindication. The statements by Senators who voted to acquit make clear that he escaped conviction mainly—perhaps only—because he is no longer President," the editors agreed with the words of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who said on Saturday, "Former President Trump's actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty. There's no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."

In many ways, the Journal's view is mirrored by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and John Heilemann who contend the Republican Party is on the verge of falling apart.

According to the board of editors, Trump's refusal to send help after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) informed him the Capitol was under assault is a damning indictment of the ex-president that is deserving of a criminal investigation, insisting, "Senate acquittal does not absolve Mr. Trump of potential criminal or civil liability for actions he took in office."

More importantly, the editors of the conservative Journal are concerned about the Republican Party getting off the Trump train if it has any hope of rebuilding and reclaiming control of Congress and the White House.

"For four years Mr. Trump's conduct stayed largely within constitutional bounds—no matter his rhetorical excesses and Democratic efforts to drive him from office by violating norms and flogging conspiracy theories. But Mr. Trump's dishonest challenge to the 2020 election, even after multiple defeats in court, clearly broke those bounds and culminated in the Jan. 6 riot," the editorial explains before pointing out Trump may run again -- but has no chance of winning.

"He lost re-election before the events of Jan. 6, and as President his job approval never rose above 50%. He may go on a revenge campaign tour, or run as a third-party candidate, but all he will accomplish is to divide the center-right and elect Democrats. The GOP's defeats in the two Jan. 5 Georgia Senate races proved that," they wrote before concluding, "The country is moving past the Trump Presidency, and the GOP will remain in the wilderness until it does too."

rawstory
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