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Our Reality-Television President

[ Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 – 16:35 UTC ]

In the latest whiplash-inducing reversal of a monumentally stupid idea from the president, Donald Trump has now announced that he's changed his mind and the White House coronavirus task force will not actually be disbanded. One day earlier, he had floated the idea of just sending them all back to where they came from and instead convening a "let's get the country open no matter how many people it kills" task force in its place. But then Trump saw the public's reaction, and he hastily reversed course.

The Electoral College elected a reality-television president, and Donald Trump has not changed one iota during the current crisis. He actually admitted today that the reason he changed his mind was that he didn't realize "how popular" the task force is with the public. His decision-making hinged entirely on the equivalent of television ratings, in other words -- and not on things like whether the task force was effective, whether the task force still had a big job to do, or whether it was in any way medically necessary to continue it. "The public" really liked the task force, and apparently several close friends had called Trump up and let him know what a disastrous decision shutting it down now would be, so he changed his mind. That's how presidential decisions get made in the Trump White House.

Of course, the task force's popularity is a double-edged sword as far as Trump is concerned, because no one person or group at the White House is ever allowed to be more popular than Trump himself. In fact, this is quite likely the real reason Trump tried to shut them down in the first place -- they were too popular. Much more so than him, in fact.

People like Dr. Anthony Fauci have extremely high approval rates with the public, in poll after poll. Trump, not so much. Trump obviously fears this popularity in a big way. This week, Fauci was supposed to testify before a House committee hearing, but Trump denied him the right to do so. Again, Trump didn't hide what drove this decision, as he fully admitted that it was because the House is run by Democrats, who don't like him. The president of the United States is refusing one of the lead doctors in a pandemic response the ability to testify before a congressional committee because Trump doesn't like the people who run the committee. The decision was purely partisan, as Trump fully admits. Fauci will still be allowed to appear before a Senate committee, because the Senate is run by Republicans. I just wonder if anyone has explained to Trump that there will indeed be Democrats on the Senate committee who will be able to question Fauci. Probably not.

The White House just instituted a new rule where anyone connected with the task force now has to get prior permission to testify before Congress. Which, quite likely, means that none of them will be allowed to do so -- especially if the Fauci Senate hearing is a ratings hit. Trump can't stand the fact that Americans trust Fauci vastly more than they trust Trump, so if the Senate hearing turns into a blockbuster on television, Trump will almost certainly decide to be petulant and not allow anyone else to testify. Especially if Fauci calmly admits anything which embarrasses Trump -- which the Democrats will definitely be asking about.

Trump's reality-television worldview has colored his entire pandemic response, when you think about it. Let's see... we could get big ratings if we made all the contestants fight each other for Trump's praise, so let's leave all the governors on their own and see what happens! Fight for those medical supplies! May the best governor win! Anyone who has seen a single episode of The Apprentice will recognize this setup. The only real difference is that Trump does not have the power to fire any governor who displeases him.

Trump now appears to be mightily wishing that his coronavirus reality show transitions into some sort of second season. He's obviously now bored with everything that happened during season one, and instead of everyone asking him about his insane suggestion to inject bleach or ultraviolet light into humans, Trump would much rather have "Season Two -- The Recovery!" hurry up and begin.

This too was obviously part of Trump's knee-jerk decision to disband the task force. The task force was the entire focus of the first season, so it had to go in order to move the storyline along. Now that he's been forced to walk this decision back (and a good thing, too), Trump will still find some way to diminish their appearances and dilute the task force itself with lots of gung-ho "Let's just reopen and see what happens!" business types.

Trump, of course, sees himself as the star of this new season. He will be the main "cheerleader" (as he himself puts it). This means jumping in to take any possible shred of credit for anything good that happens anywhere in the country, while at the same time shifting every possible bit of blame for anything bad onto the individual governors. That's the ticket! The viewers will love it, Trump thinks to himself.

Except maybe they won't. Because of Trump's absolute abdication of leadership throughout the entire crisis, governors are now experiencing a real boost with the public. They've all almost universally seen their own job approval numbers skyrocket, while Trump's have flatlined. Since there was nobody steering the federal ship, the governors had to leap in to fill the void -- and the public appreciates what they've done, clearly. Every single governor in every single state is polling right now (in that state) higher than Trump is, in fact. So Trump attempting to shovel all the blame onto them might not be as easy as he now thinks it will be.

Politically, Trump seems to be on the brink of making a huge error. There's always a clear danger when it comes to politicians seeing the world through rosy-colored glasses. The voters can react in two ways to such a "cheerleader" politician. They can be uplifted by the optimism and appreciate the hopefulness, or they can be massively turned off because the politician is so "out of touch" with the clear reality they see around them on a daily basis. Being labelled out of touch used to be a death knell for politicians. This is why Barack Obama was so careful not to brag about the economic recovery he oversaw when he ran for re-election, because he knew full well that the recovery was slow and hadn't reached everybody yet. Bragging about good times falls pretty flat when the listener isn't seeing any such good times in his hometown, plain and simple. This is the risk Trump now appears poised to take. He's going to be out there cheerleading any possible economic good news and he's going to tell everyone that the crisis is now over and everything should return to normal. But if this is jarringly out of touch in whichever state the voter lives in, it is not going to inspire much confidence that Trump knows what he's talking about.

Throughout the entire crisis, Trump has tried to change reality by sheer force of will. He certainly hasn't been doing much else to address the crisis, but he firmly believes that if he gives everyone a bunch of happy talk, the virus will quietly go away and allow him to be re-elected. And now we're all about to see the rollout of season two, where Trump turns away from all those pesky medical problems and instead starts bragging about an economic recovery which hasn't even begun to take shape yet. In other words: Don't touch that dial! Everyone stay tuned! Maybe Trump will name Gary Busey to the task force just to shake things up! You don't want to miss that, do you?

-- Chris Weigant

 

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66 Comments on “Our Reality-Television President”

  1. [1] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Honestly Chris, ya might have gone just a leeetle overboard with that Gary Busey thing, but whatever.

    Trump is gambling that not too many Americans will die in order to at least give voters a halfway decent look at recovery. In the future.

    But best thing is, SDNY is just waiting for Trump to leave office in January.

    Lock him up!

  2. [2] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    The Christofacists, white supremacists and gazillionaires are obviously in, but who else? Trump has never tried to grow his base beyond 44%.

    Like, 4 out of 9 ain't gonna get er done.

  3. [3] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Southern
    District
    of
    New
    York

    Heh.

  4. [4] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    And Trump screwed too many soybean farmers to consider the hinterlands as any kind of, like, red wall.

  5. [5] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    So yeah, Michael. What kinda bet do you want to make? My considered prediction is no more a "fact" than is yours, if "fact" means "done deal...for certain."

    No one with any level of awareness can be certain in these especially perilous times.

  6. [6] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    For that matter, and speaking as a Bernie Bro, let's assume that Joe Biden did assault Ms. Reade 27 years ago. Unless the MSM holds Biden to a vastly higher standard than Trump (see Clinton, Hillary) anything Trump might have to say about it would the pot calling the kettle black.

  7. [7] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Except the kettle ain't black.

  8. [8] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Among other things the timing of Ms. Reade's allegation is troubling. And frankly, Joe doesn't seem to be the type of guy that would do such a thing. In contrast to, say, Donald John Trump, who does seem like the type and is on record bragging about it.

    So what's the big deal? And how is this any real game changer?

  9. [9] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Hi Elizabeth! That was only a hypothetical. I just can't see Joe doing this thing. He's just too decent.

    Hey! I just realized that this is standard operating procedure for the Repugs: attack Democrat's strengths (see John "Swiftboated" Kerry.)

    Aha!

  10. [10] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Although I myself certainly stray off the path of righteousness from time to time,* I do appreciate your efforts to keep this forum at a minimum level of civility. What's not excellent about Canadian-style politeness?

    *We're men. We can't help ourselves.

  11. [11] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    You can try, at least. :)

  12. [12] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    And indeed, I do try.

  13. [13] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Which Province do you hail from, Elizabeth?

  14. [14] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    I'm only interested in the geographical spread of some of my fave commentaters (like Michale from Florida and nypoet22 likely from NY, etc) I grew up in Detroit and now
    I'm living 7200 feet above sea level in Green Valley Lake CA.

  15. [15] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    G'Nite, Weigantians!

  16. [16] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    "In the latest whiplash-inducing reversal of a monumentally stupid idea from the president, Donald Trump has now announced that he's changed his mind and the White House coronavirus task force will not actually be disbanded."

    The task force was always just a bunch of people to stand there as a backdrop to the Orange One's daily propaganda dump. It was phony just like him, so there's really no value in its continuation. Better that it be disbanded before Fauci discredits himself the way Birx has shamed herself. The monumentally stupid idea was that Putin's dim-witted reality TV cretin should be in the White House where he could create fake task forces, but his death cult isn't ready to vote him off the island, so it's OK for the task force to end. It will be interesting to see how many zombies are willing to attend his next Klan rally.

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    FPC,

    JL,

    it has been said. i think it was michale who said it.

    Not quite.. CRS said it a lot better.. :D

  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    Actually, President Trump said absolutely nothing of what ya'all claim he said..

    Now, to be fair, I am absolutely certain that ya'all HEARD that...

    But that's one of the symptoms of HHPTDS..

    Ya'all hear only what ya'all WANT to hear, not what was actually said..

    For example, Trump complains about the shallowness and gold-digging attributes of certain women and YA'ALL hear a confession to sexual assault...

    Another example was President Trump was trying to be fair to both sides of a protest and ya'all hear that President Trump loves Nazis..

    It's fascinating actually.. That HHPTDS has so frak'ed up yer'all's brains that you simple hear what you want to hear, not what is actually being said...

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    MC

    Like, 4 out of 9 ain't gonna get er done.

    And yet..... We have President Trump...

    And don't forget... The polling for the Americans who actually decide elections (The Independents and NPAs) is overwhelmingly for President Trump and against Joe Biden... :D

    There is really NO PATH to victory for Democrats in Nov...

  20. [20] 
    Michale wrote:

    Ahhh... And now Biden supporters have a new position..

    A new liberal refrain: So what if Biden did it?
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/a-new-liberal-refrain-so-what-if-biden-did-it

    So Biden did rape Tara Reade... So what???

    Ya'all DO know what this means, right???

    It means that Biden supporters are finally conceding the facts and conceding that Biden DID rape Tara Reade...

    They just hate Donald Trump so much they DON'T CARE that Biden is a rapist...

  21. [21] 
    Michale wrote:

    The defense of Joe Biden on the allegations that have disrupted his campaign has gone through some fascinating twists and turns.

    At first, in the wake of Tara Reade’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her in 1993, the reaction in media and political circles was largely silence. Reade seemed to come out of nowhere, so there was little need to acknowledge her story.

    Many media outlets stuck with silence after the New York Times and Washington Post published their accounts 19 days later. In other outlets, the second reaction was that she was probably not telling the truth -- after all, no Biden Senate staffer could recall her making the charge and no one could find the complaint she says she filed.

    As journalists tracked down more people who say Reade told them of the alleged attack -- there are now at least four corroborating witnesses -- the third reaction was that yes, she has more evidence than Christine Blasey Ford, and yes she should be heard, but it’s still a muddle, and besides, Biden went on television and denied it.

    But now, in certain quarters, comes the fourth reaction: So what if it’s true?

    That is, so what if Biden did it as long as he can help us get rid of Donald Trump?

    This is striking because it’s often a media indictment against the president and his supporters, that they’ll deny an allegation, then modify their stance as more evidence emerges, then retreat to “who cares, everybody does it, look at all he’s accomplishing.”

    But now some on the left are twisting themselves into pretzel-like shapes to absolve the former vice president.

    Democrats are finally accepting the facts that show Joe Biden is guilty of rape...

    They just don't care...

    The ends justifies the means..

    Joe Biden could be guilty of a hundred rapes... But if he can beat President Trump... Then all is forgiven...

    #sad

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    Kudos to NPR...

    NPR is one of the major news organizations that waited nearly a month to air the allegations, a full week after they were covered by the Times and Washington Post.

    Now its public editor, Kelly McBride, is chastising the network for its “lack of urgency”:

    “That it took nearly a month to get to air hurts. NPR's silence on the story feeds at least three critical narratives, or perhaps suspicions: 1) NPR preferred Biden over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination (the story broke before Sanders had dropped out, but barely); 2) NPR is reluctant to tell stories that may help President Donald J. Trump's re-election effort; 3) NPR is hypocritical, covering claims of sexual assault leveled against Republicans, but burying similar accusations against Democrats.”

    They admit their hypocrisy...

    In that they are better than anyone (NEN) here...

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    Nancy Pelosi Kills #MeToo.... Film at 11!!

    MacCallum knocks Pelosi over response to Biden allegations: 'Drives a stake into the heart' of #MeToo

    "The Story" host Martha MacCallum called the legitimacy of the #MeToo movement into question on "Bill Hemmer Reports" Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared the allegations against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden a "closed issue".

    "I do find it very interesting to watch Nancy Pelosi say, 'I believe him, he said it didn't happen and I support him ... I've known a long time and that's it,'" MacCallum said. "That kind of answer was completely unacceptable, as we all know, when it came to Brett Kavanaugh.

    "I think this raises very important questions about the #MeToo movement," MacCallum added, "which I think had a very valid premise that I think went very sadly off-track when we started getting into the territory of believing all women or believing all of any group in this situation."
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/maccallum-pelosi-biden-allegations-metoo-movement

    I love it when Dumbocrats destroy their own sacred institutions and sacrifice them on the alter of Political Agenda... :D

    It warms the cockles of my heart knowing that Democrats are so short-sighted and can't see past their hate and bigotry.... :D

    And now, when there is a GOP'er nominated for some important post (SCOTUS maybe) and there is some evidence of sexual assault in their past, Democrats will go crawling back to #MeToo to save them and Dims will be laughed out of the city.. :D

    That's what happens when people are blinded by hate and bigotry....

  24. [24] 
    Michale wrote:

    And in the OUCH!! THAT'S GOTTA HURT department!! :D

    Wait, Donald Trump's approval is up again?

    The narrative seemed set: After a brief surge of public support for President Donald Trump in the early days of America's fight against the coronavirus, his approval numbers had settled back into the low 40s.

    Right? Right.
    Except that in Gallup's latest two-week tracking poll, Trump's job approval is back to 49% -- matching the highest it's ever been -- while his disapproval is at 47%.
    That marks a 6-point improvement on Trump's approval number from the last Gallup tracking poll. And that improvement comes exclusively from independents -- 47% of whom now approve of the job Trump is doing, the best he has ever done among that group in Gallup polling. (He was at 38% approval among indies in the last Gallup tracker.)

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/politics/donald-trump-approval-rating-coronavirus/index.html

    The REAL American people.. The patriotic Americans love the job President Trump is doing...

    Ya'all's own polls make the case... :D

  25. [25] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [19] Michale wrote:

    MC

    Like, 4 out of 9 ain't gonna get er done.

    And yet..... We have President Trump...

    And don't forget... The polling for the Americans who actually decide elections (The Independents and NPAs) is overwhelmingly for President Trump and against Joe Biden... :D

    There is really NO PATH to victory for Democrats in Nov.

    Really? Polling on One America Network or some such? YOU are the one with Trump Derangement Syndrome because if Trump was a Democrat you'd be as aghast and outraged as We the People who are going to vote him out in November. Ya can't screw up as bad as Trump, who has the deaths of scores of thousands of Americans on his hands, and get invited back for seconds.

    Ain't.
    Gonna.
    Happen.

  26. [26] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Michale, the more you try to put words in the mouths of the other commenters here the less reason to bother dealing with you. You are not interested in reasoned debate if trolling is the best you can do.

  27. [27] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [24]

    Michale wrote:

    The REAL American people.. The patriotic Americans [who] love the job President Trump is doing...

    And what's this malarkey? How am I unpatriotic if I don't support your Cheetogod? How am I bigoted if I hate the proven racist Donald Trump?

    I know the GOP (since Newt Gingrich) has been teaching their adherants to hate the other side , but yer talking like some kind of facist here, Dawg. I mean, if it makes you feel better...Sieg Heil, Baby!

  28. [28] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    I'm a Loud and Proud Libtard and most of the time I cannot think of anything I'd change or add to Mr. Weigant's blog. But it was a year or so before I discovered this delightful comments section. Michale, I'm glad you made it back from your health scare. I would have missed the hell out of you. And so on - you know you guys are shining stars!

    Having said that... Elizabeth Miller is in Canadia, Michale is a Floridian, CW and I are Californians, nypoet22 presumably is from New York...
    where do the rest of my fellow commentators hail from? The Stig? dsws?

    Signed-

    Curious in Country-Cali

  29. [29] 
    Michale wrote:

    MC,

    Ya can't screw up as bad as Trump, who has the deaths of scores of thousands of Americans on his hands, and get invited back for seconds.

    And yet, ya'all gladly invited Odumbo back..

    So, THAT kinda kills off THAT theory...

    :D

    Michale, the more you try to put words in the mouths of the other commenters here the less reason to bother dealing with you. You are not interested in reasoned debate if trolling is the best you can do.

    The problem with your claim is what you call "reasoned debate" is nothing but THINK AS I DO....

    For example, I have asked you honestly and seriously what you thought of the rape criminal complaint against Joe Biden... You respond with insults and name-calling..

    And what's this malarkey? How am I unpatriotic if I don't support your Cheetogod? How am I bigoted if I hate the proven racist Donald Trump?

    "Proven racist"???

    By all means.. PROVE it..

    You can't because you have NO FACTS to support the claim.. You should be warned that MANY here in Weigantia have tried to "prove" Trump is a racist.. They always lost the debate..

    But maybe yer special.. :D

    I know the GOP (since Newt Gingrich) has been teaching their adherants to hate the other side , but yer talking like some kind of facist here,

    Says the guy who is part of a Party that routinely commits violence against Trump supporters...

    You want to talk fascist???

    https://img.thedailybeast.com/image/upload/c_crop,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_1687,w_3000,x_0,y_0/dpr_1.5/c_limit,w_1044/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1550259653/190215-weil-antifa-tease_at23ae

    I give you YOUR Democrat Party...

  30. [30] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [25]

    Michale wrote:

    And don't forget... The polling for the Americans who actually decide elections (The Independents and NPAs) is overwhelmingly for President Trump and against Joe Biden... :D

    Please provide the link that informs tyour belief that this is true.

    Signed-
    Hungry for learning on the Left Coast

  31. [31] 
    Michale wrote:

    MC,

    Michale, I'm glad you made it back from your health scare. I would have missed the hell out of you. And so on - you know you guys are shining stars!

    Thank you.. That's very sweet...

    Actually, I think NYpoet is a transplanted Floridian as well..

    Victoria hails from Texas... JM is from the panhandle of Florida... Russ is either in PA or CA... Not sure which..

    As for me, I may live in Florida, but San Diego born and bred... :D

  32. [32] 
    Michale wrote:

    Please provide the link that informs tyour belief that this is true.

    9 Comments up... :D The CNN article..

  33. [33] 
    Michale wrote:

    So.. What ARE your thoughts about the rape criminal complaint against Joe Biden??

    I know what yer thinking..

    "Should I be reasonable and agree with Michale, that such a complaint is heinous and disgusting?? Or should I play the contrarian cause agreeing with Michale is just too painful.."

    :D

  34. [34] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Trump does not have the support of 44% of Americans.

    He may have 44% of likely voters, but that is 44% of 60% of eligible voters as 40% do not vote.

    And this 40% is also not enthralled with the false alternative offered by the Dems.

    But rather than offer a real alternative the Dems are offering the same old bullPOOP because that is their role in the show.

    And articles like this are nothing more than Entertainment Tonight covering the show.

    It is reporting on professional wrestling as if it were real and not scripted.

    No matter how much you want to believe that the Dems are the only other choice than Trump and the Dems will benefit from Trump's failures, those not buying into the show know that both parties are to blame for our current situation.

    We tally the deaths in the responsibility column to both the Dems and Republicans.

    And to the media that pretends the show is real.

    It's time for you to stop lying because people are dying and you are not even trying while at the same time you are very trying because you keep lying and people keep dying.

    Wake up. Wise up. Rise up.
    Get Real.

  35. [35] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Who is Victoria? Who is JM? And Russ? And JL?nypoet22 is a transplanted Floridian - like, he came to New York from Florida?

    Again, I truly enjoy being part of Mr. Weigant's "small... deeply disturbed following"*

    *gratuitous The Big Chill reference

  36. [36] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I'm from sunny southern Ontario. Classic PRiSM is from Vancouver, born and bred.

    Victoria = Kick … Where is Kick?

    JM = one of our Johns

    JL = the poet and my joshua

    Russ = the larger part of ListenWhenYouHear, did I get that right?

    dsws = Dan

    my favourite acronym here, JFC = another John but from Censornati

    Win The Future - that's me at Poker Stars. Ahem.

    A deeply disturbed following, indeed. You fit right in, MC! And, I mean that sincerely, I'm not trying to be facetious, here.

    Oh, and deepest APPLE-o-gies for leaving anyone out. Heh.

  37. [37] 
    John M wrote:

    Thanks Elizabeth and Michale.

    MtnCaddy I am indeed currently in the Florida panhandle.

    I have been here now for 40 years. Does that make me a Florida native yet?

    But I was born and grew up just outside Baltimore, Maryland, at least until I was 18. Go Orioles!!!

    But I should also point out that the two halves of my family background are split, between my mom's backwoods mountain Virginia Old South side, and my Dad's immigrant Brooklyn/Queens New York City side.

    Funny the journey life takes us on.

  38. [38] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Great to know ya, John!

  39. [39] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:
  40. [40] 
    John From Censornati wrote:

    MtnCaddy [28],

    I'm actually from the land of Moscow Mitch and Rant Paul. Here's hoping that changes soon. We did rid ourselves of a Trumpthug governor last fall.

  41. [41] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    To Elizabeth and all the CW Posse - glad to know ya!

  42. [42] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Here is the CDC document that Trump is blocking so he can kill more Americans, er, I mean open up the economy faster...

    74,665 Americans dead from Coronavirus and counting...

  43. [43] 
    nypoet22 wrote:
  44. [44] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    currently living in riverdale, the bronx.

  45. [45] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    i believe kick mentioned that she's from texas

  46. [46] 
    Michale wrote:

    JL,

    Just to clarify our wager... I wasn't sure I was clear before and am too lazy to look it up..

    If Biden is replaced BEFORE he becomes the nominee either by being replaced or for health reasons, I win the bet..

    If Biden is replaced AFTER he becomes the nominee either by being forced out or by dying or incapacitation, then our bet is a push and we are free to vote our own choices...

    Is that yer understanding???

  47. [47] 
    Michale wrote:

    Thanks Elizabeth and Michale.

    Yer quite welcome, JM.. :D

  48. [48] 
    Michale wrote:

    Oh.. Remember how ya'all caterwaul'ed and screamed joyfully with General Michael Flynn was charged???

    ALL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN
    DOJ drops case against ex-Trump adviser, in wake of internal memo release...

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/drops-doj-case-against-michael-flynn-in-wake-of-internal-memo-release

    Once again, the case against President Donald Trump is nothing but horse shit...

    MOOSE POOP!!!

  49. [49] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Biden isn't going to be replaced.

  50. [50] 
    Michale wrote:

    Well, I wouldn't have thought there would be a credible rape criminal complaint made against Biden either..

    And yet, here we are...

    I am also constrained to point out that the conventional wisdom around here circa Oct 2016 was that Trump would never be POTUS either..

    I would think ya'all would have learned the wisdom of NEVER saying 'never'....

    I'm just sayin'...

  51. [51] 
    Michale wrote:

    Anyone have any experience with creating Client Bridges with DD-WRT???

    Might be worth a week or so of peace in Weigantia... :D

  52. [52] 
    Michale wrote:

    Mueller prosecutor withdraws from Flynn case after questions surface concerning his compliance with court order
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-prosecutor-removed-from-flynn-case-after-questions-surface-concerning-his-compliance-with-court-order

    Schiff is the next scumbag to fall... :D

  53. [53] 
    Michale wrote:

    Christie claims vindication, slams Obama Justice Department after Supreme Court tosses 'Bridgegate' convictions
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/christie-claims-vindication-slams-obama-justice-department-after-supreme-court-tosses-bridgegate-convictions

    And ANOTHER case of malicious prosecution by the Odumbo administration gets tossed on the trash heap of history...

    I am sensing a patter here... Odumbo's and Holder's tendency to hysterically prosecute their political enemies using the DOJ and the IRS is finally bursting out into the open..

  54. [54] 
    Michale wrote:

    I am sensing a patter here...

    That would be PATTERN.. :D

  55. [55] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden Has Become an Albatross for the Democrats

    Joe Biden is the apparent Democratic presidential nominee. After all, he had a seemingly insurmountable lead in delegates going into the rescheduled August convention in the postponed Democratic primary race.

    Biden was winning the nomination largely because he was not the socialist Bernie Sanders, who terrified the Democratic establishment.

    Biden was also not Michael Bloomberg. The multibillionaire former New York City mayor jumped into the race when Biden faltered and Sanders seemed unstoppable. But Bloomberg spent $1 billion only to confirm that he was haughty, a poor debater and an even worse campaigner. He often appeared to be an apologist for China and seemed clueless about the interior of the United States.

    The least offensive candidate left standing was Biden. Many Democratic primary voters initially had written him off as an inept retread, a blowhard and an impediment to the leftward, identity-politics trajectory of the newly progressive Democratic party.

    On the campaign trail, Biden insulted several voters, using insults such as "fat," "damn liar" and, weirdly, "lying dog-faced pony soldier."

    Long ago he spun tall tales about how in his youth he had taken on a Delaware street gang with a 6-foot chain or slammed a bully's face into a store counter. More recently, he taunted President Trump with tough-guy boasts about taking him behind the proverbial gym and beating him up.

    Biden has been unable to keep his hands off women. Even his supporters cringed when he was seen sniffing the hair, rubbing the shoulders or whispering into the ears of unsuspecting females, some of them minors. Stranger still, Biden waxed on about his commitment to the #MeToo movement. The handsy Biden has insisted that women who made accusations of sexual harassment must be believed.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/05/07/biden_has_become_an_albatross_for_the_democrats_143138.html

    Claiming that Biden is NOT going to be replaced is WAY too premature at the moment...

  56. [56] 
    Michale wrote:

    Anyone have any experience with creating Client Bridges with DD-WRT???

    Might be worth a week or so of peace in Weigantia... :D

    I am in some serious need here...

    Tell ya what... Someone helps me get this going, I'll stick around but forgo ANY mention of Tara Reade and her rape criminal complaint against Joe Biden..

    Now THAT's a bargain!! :D

  57. [57] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @m[46]

    Correct.

    JL

  58. [58] 
    SF Bear wrote:

    SF Bear - As you might imagine living in San Francisco, grew in in North Carolina during the civil rights struggles and fled to paradise in the Summer of Love and never left.

  59. [59] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    ALL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN
    DOJ drops case against ex-Trump adviser, in wake of internal memo release...

    Christie claims vindication, slams Obama Justice Department after Supreme Court tosses 'Bridgegate' convictions

    I am sensing a patter here... Odumbo's and Holder's tendency to hysterically prosecute their political enemies using the DOJ and the IRS is finally bursting out into the open..

    Flynn pleaded guilty already...so it is up to the judge whether to accept the DOJ’s sudden change of heart. The only reason Flynn is not in prison now is that the judge wanted to give him a chance to prove that he did not deserve a much stiffer sentence than what the prosecution first sought as the evidence seemed to demand.

    Christie’s staff was cleared not because they did not do anything wrong — the court’s ruling makes it clear that they did intentionally cause a traffic jam to punish a mayor who refused to back the governor — but because their actions did not fit the definition of the federal statutes that they were convicted under.

    As for your pattern, Flynn was arrested and prosecuted under Trump’s DOJ... not Obama’s. The “pattern” is Barr doing everything he can to re-write history and to keep the media focused on anything but the number of people that die everyday thanks to this administration’s negligence.

  60. [60] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    MtnCaddy [35]

    And Russ?

    That’s me! Married to a police officer and live in a small town right below Mt. Rainer in WA state. Glad you have stuck around...the more voices, the better the conversations tend to be in my opinion.

  61. [61] 
    goode trickle wrote:

    M-56

    Anyone have any experience with creating Client Bridges with DD-WRT???

    Might be worth a week or so of peace in Weigantia... :D

    I am in some serious need here...

    Tell ya what... Someone helps me get this going, I'll stick around but forgo ANY mention of Tara Reade and her rape criminal complaint against Joe Biden..

    yeah RIGHT.... It's not as if SHE could request the complaint from the Archives and they would be forced to release it to her. Same applies if the archives punt to the senate. Federal LAW dictates that the person who is requesting thier own files receives thier own files ( at least as it pertains to personnel records, of which a duly filed complaint is part of). One would expect a person with a law degree who was a staff assistant cordinating personnel to know that. FFS I do...

    I also think that she needs to adequately answer why now, why not when he ran in 2008? Why not when he was selected as VP? what is causing the urgency?

    I'm not saying it didn't happen, BUT if she is really concerned about his morality it seems to me she would do a little more leg work to prove her point... AND it goes without saying that the kav investigation was BS considering he refused to be interviewed, AND the FBI was not allowed to interview any corroborating witnesses.

    There is enough there, to lead me to question the veracity of the accusation... not saying nothing happened, just not what is being put out there.
    Now THAT's a bargain!! :D

    nothing with you is ever a bargain...

    Now follow these simple directions... it is so simple... Just make sure that you are using a decent router as your DD-WRT bed. My first DD-WRT was built on a mid range d-link and I only recieved mid range quality... and for gods sake make sure you are not on SP1.

    https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Client_Bridge

    If you follow the directions it works right off the bat.

    Personally I have moved on to I have moved onto openwrt.

  62. [62] 
    dsws wrote:

    Biden isn't going to be replaced. Alas, neither is Trump.

    [48] of previous thread
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    OK. What would we need to do to achieve a “reasonable level of confidence” that we are not backing “a perpetrator of sexual assault”?

    It's not easy, same as it's not easy to establish proof of guilt as required for criminal penalties, in the case of an alleged offense that's often he-said/she-said. Some accusations are of events that would have left a paper trail. That doesn't seem to be the case here, but maybe. It's not clear to me what would be in the archives and what wouldn't. It helps if the accused doesn't have a history of putting his hands on people who don't want them there.

    The main defense against having to pass up our preferred candidate (not mine, in this case, but the primary voters' collectively) is simply the fact that false accusations are rare, and the number of people who were in a position to have been victims is limited. Defense for the candidate himself is not a priority for me. No one is entitled to high office.

    I don't want my authorization as a citizen of a partly democratic polity being used for wrong, whether it's by imposing criminal penalties on the innocent, or by elevating the guilty to power. And to that end, I'm willing to tolerate some risk that private wrongdoing will be condoned. I acknowledge that normal people don't tend to see it that way.

  63. [63] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    dsws,

    ...is simply the fact that false accusations are rare, and the number of people who were in a position to have been victims is limited.

    False accusations are rare... but that does not mean that this is not one of those rare occasions. Given the timing of her allegation and the different versions she has told, her credibility should be questioned.

    Given Reade’s past posts claiming her love for Russia and her devotion to Putin, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that she was recruited by Russian intelligence to act as their operative. Granted, we won’t know if that is true until Trump is gone, as Barr has made investigating Russian interference a fireable offense at the FBI and DOJ.

    Bottom line is that there is no way for Biden to prove his innocence, which is why this matter should be ignored unless Reade has hard evidence to support her claim. If a person chooses not to report a crime when it happens or within the time frame that the statute of limitations places on it, then they have forfeited their right to seek justice.

  64. [64] 
    Kick wrote:

    Mike
    19

    And don't forget... The polling for the Americans who actually decide elections (The Independents and NPAs) is overwhelmingly for President Trump and against Joe Biden... :D

    Wrong again. Total utter bullshit.

  65. [65] 
    Kick wrote:

    Elizabeth Miller
    36

    I'm from sunny southern Ontario. Classic PRiSM is from Vancouver, born and bred.

    Victoria = Kick … Where is Kick?

    Volunteering lots of time/money to help feed Texans and trying desperately to keep stupid people socially distanced and out of my "space."

  66. [66] 
    Kick wrote:

    Mike
    48

    Oh.. Remember how ya'all caterwaul'ed and screamed joyfully with General Michael Flynn was charged???

    Your faulty memory is on full display again; Flynn went into court and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI... a plea deal wherein a shitload of charges weren't filed.

    ALL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN
    DOJ drops case against ex-Trump adviser, in wake of internal memo release...

    All charges? WRONG! Barr had one of his flunkie's file a motion to drop the charges to which Flynn already pleaded guilty. Big difference, moron! There are plenty more charges where those came from.

    Also: The judge in the case doesn't have to grant the DOJ's motion, and why should he? The judge has already questioned why Flynn shouldn't be charged with treason.

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