Fox edits Trump out of photo with Epstein

This is the original photo.  Left to right:  Trump; Melania; Jeffrey Epstein; Ghislaine Maxwell.  Maxwell was recently arrested . . . she is the person who procured hundreds of underage girls to have sex with Trump, Epstein, and other men.

 


 

This is the photo Fox is running — note they edited Trump put of the photo.

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Trump’s daily schedule released

10:00 – 11:30 AM: 

  • Wake up; shower; shave; dress; breakfast

11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon: 

  • Tweet ignorant, hate-filled tweets

12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM:

  • Aides deliver Big Macs, fries, Diet Coke

1:00 PM – 11:30 PM: 

  • Watch Fox;
  • Tweet Fox content;
  • Call Putin
  • Watch OANN
  • Tweet OANN content

 

 

Historian Doris Kerns Goodwin explains why Trump is toast

Presidential historian Doris Kerns Goodwin revealed a crucial task all presidents must accomplish to get reelected, particularly in a time of crisis.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on Sunday, Kerns Goodwin explained that the country faces several major issues, and most Americans are searching for a way to move forward together.

“In some ways, the triple crisis we’re facing between the pandemic and economic fallout and search for racial injustice is a leader we’re hoping to have the ability and skills and temperament to mobilize all the national resources to provide national direction and to bring the country together,” she said. “I mean, in those other times of crisis, when I think about the Depression in World War II, what mattered and the reason it worked was that FDR understood that he had to do action, he had to move.”

She explained that former President Herbert Hoover couldn’t change his belief that the federal government shouldn’t be involved, so when the country fell into an even deeper depression, he didn’t come to people’s aid.

“Every now and then, Hoover would say there is an uptick in the economy and stock market. We’ll be all right,” she recalled. “To deny the realities of the moment when you’re a leader in crisis is one of the real problems because the ground will catch up with you. And then what FDR does, he’s a governor in New York, and it left to the governors to take action as it has here, as well and he starts the first unemployment insurance. We never had that before. He starts public works jobs. He takes responsibility for dealing with the crisis, and that catapults him. When he runs, Hoover has to defend he had not done what he should.”

Kerns Goodwin explained that the collective action, where people came together for the central goal of saving the country in a time of crisis, was the key to dealing with the crises, “much less a triple crisis.”

“President Trump had thought he had the power to decide when economies could open again, and he made this comment saying, ‘This will be the hardest decision I’ve ever made. I hope to God I get it right,’” she recalled. “It went to the governors, but instead of supporting the governors in a national strategy where we wear masks and social distancing to come out of this together, it became a decisive issue.”

Hunt asked Kerns Goodwin if she thinks Trump is capable of learning from the mistakes of the first six months and applying them to a strategy that could help save the economy and lives along with it.

“Well, I mean, we keep waiting for that to happen, but I think the qualities necessary are threefold,” Kerns Goodwin explained. “One, you need humility. You have to acknowledge that you don’t know everything and you’ll make mistakes, and you have to acre knowledge mistakes. People go with you when you do that.”

She recalled that when former President John F. Kennedy admitted he made a mistake with the Bay of Pigs, support for him went up.

“People are suffering and feel pain,” she continued. “They need the leader to somehow absorb that pain. And maybe most importantly, the ambition for self, which may propel a lot of people into leadership at the beginning. [It] has to become something larger — an ambition for the good of all for the country.”

She noted that former President Abraham Lincoln he was told ahead of the 1864 reelection that he would never win because he needed to call a peace conference together to bring the states back together.

“He said, ‘I want to win that reelection to be sure that what I’ve done so far is in the minds of the people,’” she quoted. “But, he said, ‘I would be dammed in Hell in eternity if I were to return Black warriors to slavery.’ So, they thought he would never win. As it turns out, the Battle of Atlanta happened, and the mood of the North changed, but he won the twin goals of emancipation and union intact. But that’s the moment when you have to be willing to realize that your election has to be tied to the good of the country, or it’s going to make everything worse.”

Trump never admits when he’s wrong, nor has he been able to empathize with those suffering amid the economic problems, COVID-19 pandemic and battle for true equality.

Nevada GOP warned national GOP in March that Trump will lose Nevada along with GOP losing the state

Things aren’t going well in Nevada, said a field operative in a memo to the national Republican Party.

The Nevada Independent reported Sunday that a regional field director in the Trump campaign wrote a letter to Ronna Romney McDaniel revealing the situation on the ground.

“In 2016, Donald Trump lost Nevada by a narrow margin,” Joshua Skaggs wrote. “In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans lost ground on the democrats (sic). Based on my observations so far in the 2020 election cycle, I am concerned that President Trump and other Republicans on the ballot will not prevail in Nevada in November.”

He sent the letter on March 31; it was long before the coronavirus crisis led to nearly 130,000 dead Americans. He details the numbers being not quite as rosy as the top echelon of the Nevada campaign.

“We both want to see President Trump reelected in 2020 so I urge your timely attention to this matter,” Skaggs also wrote.

Reporter, editor and founder Jon Ralston said that it was clear Skaggs was trying to “sound a warning bell,” to the party before things got worse. Instead, of course, they got worse.

“What Skaggs, who is obviously a true believer in the effort to re-elect the president, was trying to alert McDaniel to is the insularity and incompetence at the highest levels of Team Trump here. And he was trying to get it fixed before it was too late,” said Ralston.

Nevada, which has seen a dramatic population shift toward greater diversity, has been a blue state since 2008 when President Barack Obama won it for the first time.

“The Republican Party here, once led by smart operatives and true statesmen, has devolved into an organization led by crass fringe types and advised by second- or third-tier consultants,” said Ralston. “This as the state Democratic Party has been as disciplined and well-oiled as any in the country, leading to two successive cycles of utter domination that not only reversed 2014 losses but left the GOP with only one member of the congressional delegation, one statewide official (Secretary of State ) and near superminorities in both houses of the Legislature.”

Read the rest of Ralston’s report in which he explains just how bad things have gotten for the GOP in Nevada.

In Virginia, front-runner for GOP gubernatorial nomination rallies with white supremacists, Boogallo Bois, and other Nazis.

How did you spend *your* fourth of July holiday? Probably not like the frontrunner for the Virginia GOP’s 2021 gubernatorial nomination, Amanda Chase, who was hanging out in Richmond yesterday with her buddies – including “right-wing extremist groups,” “a gun club” and “white supremacists.” Chase was also busy opining that Confederate monuments  – despite all historical evidence to the contrary – are NOT “symbols of hate.” By the way, since the media didn’t report this key information, for whatever reason(s), Chase’s rally yesterday was – as she herself posted on Facebook – “in honor of Duncan Lemp.” Who was Duncan Lemp, you ask? Here’s the Wikipedia entry on his fatal shooting by police:

On March 12, 2020, Duncan Socrates Lemp was fatally shot at his home in Potomac, Maryland, during a no-knock police raid by the Montgomery County Police Department’s SWAT team. Lemp was a student and a software developer who associated himself with the 3 Percenters, a far-right paramilitary militia group

Lemp associated himself with the 3 Percenters, a far-right paramilitary militia group, and set up websites for other such organizations. He also “frequented the 4chan and Reddit message boards, sites popular with internet trolls”. He was a member of the United States Transhumanist Party, having joined on September 6, 2019. A week before the raid, Lemp posted a picture of two people armed with rifles on Instagram, with text referring to “boogaloo”, a term used by the boogaloo movement as coded language for an anticipated “war against the government or liberals.”

That’s a pretty important piece of information you’d think the media would have reported, by the way, but…nope, that might take a minute or two of using Google or whatever. And god forbid they actually give their readers the full context of what’s going on. Ugh.

Anyway, so what was the reaction from the Virginia GOP to State Senator Chase’s rally with “white supremacists” in honor of a former member of “a far-right paramilitary militia group?” So far, as Del. Jay Jones (D) pointed out a few minutes ago“the silence is deafening here.” And it’s not like Virginia Republicans weren’t tweeting yesterday; see the Virginia GOP Twitter feed, which has tweets on their U.S. Senate candidate, handing out Trump yard signs, etc. But anything on Chase and her “white supremacists” rally in Richmond yesterday. Nope, nada. There’s also nothing from the VA Senate GOP Twitter feed either on Chase’s Fourth of July festivities. Cat got the Virginia GOP’s tongue? Do these folks actually *approve* of Chase’s behavior, are they just terrified of her, or both? Or, ultimately, do they realize that if they condemn Chase, they’d have to also condemn Trump and others in their own party, and that’s something they can’t bring themselves to do?

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Texas Republican power broker asks Gov. Abbott to “shoot to kill” protestors

“Kill ’em.” Houston GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left Greg Abbott a voicemail requesting National Guard “shoot to kill” rioters” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

In the days after George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis last month, as massive protests against police brutality spread across Texas and other states, conservative power broker Steve Hotze of Houston called Gov. Greg Abbott’s chief of staff to pass along a message.

(Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.)

“I want you to give a message to the governor,” Hotze told Abbott’s chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. “I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill ‘em. Thank you.”

The voicemail, which The Texas Tribune obtained Friday via a public information request, came on the weekend of June 6, several days after Abbott activated the Texas National Guard as some of the protests became violent. It is unclear whether Saenz responded, and Abbott’s office declined to comment on the voicemail.

A Hotze spokesperson said he was not immediately available for comment. However, several hours after the publication of this story, Hotze shared it on his personal Facebook page and another Facebook page affiliated with him.

“It’s not about race but has everything to do with the future of America — the freest and most progressive country in the world,” Hotze wrote on the second Facebook page. “It’s about those who burn homes and businesses, including those owned by African-Americans, and attack law enforcement. Enough is enough.”

Hotze’s voicemail brought a sharp rebuke Saturday from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who called it “absolutely disgusting and reprehensible” via Twitter.

The voicemail brings into sharp relief the incendiary views of Hotze, a staunch critic of Abbott’s response to the coronavirus pandemic who has repeatedly challenged the governor’s emergency orders in court. The latest lawsuit came Friday, taking aim at Abbott’s statewide mask mandate announced a day earlier.

“This draconian order is contrary to the Texas spirit and invades the liberties the people of Texas protected in the constitution,” the lawsuit says.

In a Facebook post early Saturday morning, Hotze continued to take aim at Abbott, saying the governor’s “mask is starving his brain of oxygen.”

Hotze is one of most prolific culture warriors on the right in Texas. He is a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage and was a key figure in the 2015 defeat of Houston’s nondiscrimination ordinance — and then in the unsuccessful push for the 2017 “bathroom bill” in the Texas Legislature.

More recently, Hotze and his allies have been in the headlines for the lawsuits he has been filing amid the pandemic. Hotze sued Abbott over his stay-at-home order in April. In late May, Hotze asked the Texas Supreme Court to strike down the law that gives Abbott broad executive power to respond to disasters. And earlier this month, Hotze sued over the state’s contact tracing program.

The lawsuit over Abbott’s mask order was filed Friday in Travis County District Court.

In his home county, Hotze also sued Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo in late April over her mask order for county residents. Abbott later gutted that order by prohibiting local officials from fining people who do not wear masks.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/03/steve-hotze-texas-greg-abbott-rioters/.

Betsy DeVos starts one last push to destroy public education

With the Trump administration planning to demand that Congress devote a large chunk of the state and local education funding in the next Covid-19 relief package to a new grant program for private and religious schools, the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers on Thursday accused Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of attempting to exploit the pandemic to advance her privatization agenda.

“It is telling that, after spending more than three years doing nothing to help the public schools that 90 percent of children attend, Betsy DeVos races to divert resources into private hands 48 hours after the Supreme Court’s decision in Espinoza,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement, referring to the high court’s ruling Tuesday that religious schools cannot be excluded from taxpayer aid programs.

“With our country dealing with a pandemic, an economic recession, and structural racism, she’s spied an opening to exploit this crisis to resuscitate her failed agenda,” said Weingarten. “And it’s especially sickening that, in the middle of a national reckoning over race, when poor schools are in desperate need of funds to reopen safely, DeVos hijacks the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to shift support away from where it’s needed most.”

“DeVos’ craven attempts to divide and privatize would be laughable if the stakes weren’t so high,” Weingarten added.

McClatchy reported Thursday that the Trump administration intends to ask Congress “for a ‘one-time, emergency appropriation’ for a new grant proposal” that would “be provided to states to distribute to nonprofit institutions that disburse scholarships to qualified students who want to attend non-public schools.”

“The White House is seeking to have 10% of the amount that Congress approves for state and local educational agencies set aside for the grants,” according to McClatchy. “Trump will also seek approval of $5 billion in federal tax credits for businesses and individuals who donate to the scholarship programs.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, warned in a statement Thursday that “Secretary DeVos and President Trump are using this pandemic as an excuse to push an ideological privatization agenda that would divert much-needed funds away from our public schools that serve approximately 90% of students across the country.”

“Right now, our public education system is facing unprecedented challenges—public schools are scrambling to implement safety protocols with limited funds, millions of education jobs are on the line due to looming budget shortfalls, and families across the country are struggling with a chaotic, uncertain reality,” Murray said.

“On the anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964, it’s also important to note the pandemic has exacerbated severe racial inequities that have long existed in our education system,” the Washington Democrat continued. “If Republicans have any sincere interest in addressing these inequities, they should show it by working with Democrats to invest in public education and address systemic racism rather than siphoning resources away when they’re needed more than ever.”

Fox is the only friend Trump has and Fox is all in with lies, hate, bullshit

Appearing on MSNBC’s “AM JOY” with guest host Tiffany Cross, Vanity journalist Gabriel Sherman said Donald Trump’s chances of staying in office hinge on working with Fox News personalities and should the network turn on him — specifically as the coronavirus pandemic grows worse — he stands no chance of being re-elected.

Asked by host Cross if there is “any way to penetrate that layer of ignorance of the Fox News viewer or the Fox News anchor,” Sherman said that is the only thing that is keeping the president’s re-election hopes afloat.

“You know, what you pointed out is that Fox News is really the last line of defense that Donald Trump has,” Sherman explained. “Consistently Donald Trump’s approval ratings have been in the low 40s to low 30s. That is largely because that 30 percent core of supporters that are unmovable are the diehard Fox News viewer.”

“If Fox News did start reporting the truth and reporting on the carnage that this president has brought, you would see Donald Trump’s approval ratings collapse into the teens, I have no doubt about that,” he added. “The role of Fox News in this election, as far as Donald Trump is concerned, is to keep that base in line that he needs to win in November.”

Adding that the president is seeing his polls slipping,” Sherman revealed, “He is reaching out for campaign advice. As we saw over the weekend, clearly the advice from Fox News is to pivot hard to his nativist angry white base. That’s the role that Fox News is going to play from now through November.

This is an ACTUAL QUOTE from Trump’s July 4 speech on the White House lawn

“Fields and jungles of Vietnam. They delivered a swift and swip, and you know that’s sweeping. It was swift, and it was sweeping like nobody’s… ever seen anything happen, a victory in operation Desert Storm. A lot of you were involved in that. A lot of you…were involved. That was a quick one”.

No doubt about it . . . Trump is mentally deranged.  He cannot speak in complete sentences.  He does not recognize that Operation Desert Storm was nearly 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War?  His comments do not make any sense.  None at all.