Trumpy Changes His Story …

I do not think we needed any further proof that Donald Trump is a liar, did we?  I was convinced of it more than two years ago, and since then, not a day has gone by that he has not done or said something that reinforced that notion.  But his latest takes the cake.  Remember that last week Trump was down in Alabama stumping for Luther Strange in the republican primary for the senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions?  I even wrote about it because it appeared that Strange’s opponent, former judge Roy Moore was winning in the polls, and many of Trump’s supporters, including Steve Bannon, were backing Moore.  Trump made multiple tweets announcing his support for Strange, and in a speech he gave, he said that Strange would be on board to help do away with the filibuster rule in the senate.

One of Trump’s more ridiculous statements was that in predicting congressional elections he was 5-0, and would be 6-0 with the election of Strange.  Well, he lost that bet.  Roy Moore won the primary and will run against democrat Doug Jones on December 12th. But once it became clear that Moore had won the runoff election, guess what Trump did?  He erased all his tweets supporting Strange, and switched his rhetoric to sound as if he had supported Moore all along.

deleted tweets.jpgThis seems rather like betting on a horse, the horse comes in last, and then claiming that you actually bet on the horse that came in first.  You still hold a losing ticket, no matter how many lies you tell.  Turns out, Trump was, according to CNN’s Jim Acosta, actually furious over Moore’s win and blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others for misleading him and encouraging him to back Strange. It is said that he is pointing the finger of blame at many, but never at himself.  One advisor explains, “Losing is bad for his brand.” 

Never one to be caught with his pants down, he tweeted …

“Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race. He will help to #MAGA!”

And ultimate boot-licker Kellyanne Conway put her usual head-scratching spin on it all, saying that Moore’s win was actually a validation of Trump’s agenda …

“I think that this is an extension of what we saw last year, which is that when some voters have a change [sic] to vote against Washington and the establishment, they will do exactly that, especially after we haven’t had a lot of legislative victories. It’s actually a vindication for Trumpism because it’s very much what happened last year to President Trump.”

Does anybody have a clue what she just said?

Sadly, with Moore on the ticket and likely to win the election in December, given that Alabama is a very red state indeed, it is We The People who stand to lose.  Moore is a disgrace and an abomination to human rights.  He is primed to take our nation back at least 100 years with his beliefs.  He is a homophobe, stating that homosexuality is a crime and should be punishable by law.  He is a racist, referring to people as “blacks and whites … reds and yellows”.  He believes, so he says, that “… there are some communities under Sharia law right now in our country. Well, there’s Sharia law, as I understand it, in Illinois, Indiana — up there.”

The list of idiotic things Moore has said and apparently believes is endless, and back in a much saner era, an era before Donald Trump, before the rise of the white supremacists, Moore would have stood zero chance of winning a senate seat.  But this is 2017, and frankly my fear is that we will see more republicans running on a platform of fear and phobia, of hate and divisiveness. It is up to us, to We The People, to stand up and speak, to let the nation know that the majority of us do not support the “values” espoused by the likes of Roy Moore. What we need is people in power who will bring the people … all people … of this nation together. What we do not need is those who, like Moore and Trump, have narrow little minds and will only create more chaos in an already divided nation.

42 thoughts on “Trumpy Changes His Story …

  1. The latest Burns/Novick documentary on Vietnam builds into a it a timely reminder of how divided and hateful sections can become.
    Having ‘lost’ someone to the Tea-Party and aghast at some of the things they were saying from an historical perspective it is not surprising they created their own creature in the form of Trump who has not yet worked out that he is not his own man, but theirs. How long this farce will last can be measured in years since the constitution limits this nonsense.
    One aspect which has to be borne in mind, is to use a Nixononian phrase is ‘The Silent Majority’ because its is the vocal minority which fill the airwaves, screens and social media sites who create this mirage of size. How long before ordinary folk with ordinary outlooks and day-to-day problems kick back and dismiss this slough of hyperbole and hysteria is the question those in the political ranks should be asking themselves.
    Buffoons have a limited shelf-life in a democratic system.

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    • Roger, I was watching The Vietnam War series when Nixon used that phrase to appeal to the “silent majority.” Unfortunately, that silent majority was unaware of how much lying was going on by Nixon and LBJ before him about the war. And, we would not know for twenty more years that Nixon committed treason and prolonged the war for four years, by stopping the peace process five days before he was elected. I wonder how the silent majority would feel at that time if they knew Nixon’s actions caused 20,000 more American deaths. Keith

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      • Hello Keith
        I’ve just finished listening to the audiobook version and am anticipating the TV series turning up on Netflix.
        You think you’ve heard or read the definitive accounts and then this turns up revealing more layers.
        I had heard briefly of some involvement by Nixon and his team but did not realise the extent. And it came back to haunt him and also Thieu
        And here is one of those ‘what if’s of history….suppose Humphrey had won the election race? Of course we will never know.
        There is something of a terrible logic about the US involvement in Vietnam, which has parallels in other histories. Britain (and later Russia) in Afghanistan, France in Napoleonic Spain (and later Indochina), as pointed out in the documentary Vietnam in Cambodia, Ancient Athens against Syracuse and so on. The drawing in of a mighty power into a small seemingly insignificant nation and along comes hubris.
        Going back to your original question, human nature being what it is, I think those who lost sons, husbands, fathers, brothers and friends would seek some manner of justification to ease their pain. To absorb the US casualty list and feel it served no purpose at all is a bitter pill to swallow. A nation’s defeat is never easy for its people.
        And Iraq ever haunts.
        Very rarely do people as simple as Hitler and the Nazis and the 1930s/40s Japanese Military turn up and make the struggle easier to bear.

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            • My simple frustration is the soldiers and civilians pay for this political gamesmanship. The death count from Vietnam includes so many civilians that just got in the way. And, we did not learn the lessons of Vietnam, so we commited the same mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq. The soldiers in the latter two countries used the same phrase to define what happened there as in Vietnam. It starts with “cluster and ends with a four letter word.” In Vietnam, we would take a hill, then give it up. Then do it again. We were not fighting to drive the enemy out, we were fighting to add to a death count.

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              • The dread logic of War.
                Like others before him Westmoreland seemed obsessed with a kill ratio; and as was the case in all big modern organisations this meant statistics and naturally statistics were massaged.
                So the information was flawed.
                And people died as a result.
                And no one thought to read the history of Vietnam; its people had been fighting the Chinese empires for centuries.

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    • I have heard really good things about that documentary, though I have not seen it. It is on Amazon, so I think I will be watching it there soon.

      I have used the ‘silent majority’ also, for I believe that the old saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” is quite true. You are correct that the constitution limits the amount of time, but unfortunately not the amount of damage. Much damage can be done in a short amount of time, and the checks and balances do not seem to be as strong as we once thought. Will the silent majority rise up and make their voices heard? I’m not sure. I know too many who say things like “oh well, this too will pass”, or “well, there is only so much he can do”. These statements chill me, after reading a new book on the Holocaust, for it is almost precisely what many Jews said in 1930s Germany.

      I LOVE your last sentence!!! Buffoons have a limited shelf-life. 🙂

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      • Just a word(s) of comfort here Jill on the comparisons with Germany in the 1930s:
        The histories are very different. The events which gave rise to the cultures are separated by centuries and geographical circumstances. Being controversial there is a pre-disposition in Europe in times of crisis to seek out a strong ruler with an authoritarian streak (I have my own theories, it could fill an entire blog on its own- if I had the patience and attention span). In the USA in such times there is a tendency to seek out a strong ruler with either a paternalistic streak (Washington,FDR, Lincoln, Eisenhower) an affable streak (Regan,Clinton B; Bush jnr) and occasionally ‘tough’ operators (JLB, Nixon-however demons included in the package).
        However in the USA the independent streak upon which the nation in founded still remains and permeates throughout the entire system. As we witnessed during the McCarthy era and the Vietnam war era harsh authoritarian tendencies appeared and yet failed to take a permanent hold (although both left scars and legends-nothing new there in history).
        True, there is always a possibility of the USA separating into different nations (nothing new historically) But for someone to take hold of the USA in a dictatorial manner….Not gonna happen; it’s the USA we’re talking about
        (Trouble about fiction is that it sinks in. Yes ‘The Handmaiden’ makes good drama and has a sound allegory; ‘X-Files’ has outstayed its welcome; ‘V for Vendetta’….oh please!….but folks in your American reality…really?).
        OK Jill, I’m done, just dismantling my pulpit now.

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    • I agree! The man is a nutcase, if you ask me. He said that 9/11 was God’s punishment to the U.S. … for what, I am not quite sure. Wouldn’t you think that nobody would vote for somebody who has been kicked off the judicial bench, not once, but twice? Sigh. I’m about to give up hope that people can be made to see what people like him and DDT are doing to this country. And today I saw that Steve Bannon is planning to support more candidates like Moore in the mid-terms. Hugs, my friend!

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  2. Hey, Jill, Canada is great!!! Excellent article – well said! I certainly hope that writers like you will help wake up a lot of voters around your country. Another blogger was commenting today that the US is polarizing in a way we haven’t seen since the Civil War period. If true, that does not bode well. Hugs!

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    • Thank you for your kind words! And yes, that is my goal — to wake people up. But most of the time I seem to be preaching to the choir, for most of my readers already agree with me. I sometimes do manage to ruffle some feathers when I post my posts on Facebook … I have had about 30 friends ‘unfriend’ me there this year! 😉

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  3. Well, there’s finally no doubt the lunatics have taken over the asylum and it appears the lunatics have just slotted their next contender in place to bring his warped views forward and ride roughshod over people. Starting with Trump these morons need labeling ‘Unfit for Purpose’ and sending home again. Where is that blasted impeachment I’ve been praying for?
    xxx Cwtch xxx

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    • “Unfit for purpose” … truer words were never spoken, dear David! And yet, too many believe this is a wonderful thing. Makes me re-think Canada. Or your side of the big pond. Sigh. As to the impeachment … I still believe it will come, but not before Mueller finishes his investigation, and I don’t look for that before mid-2018. A waiting game, meanwhile he is destroying … our sanity.

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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  4. The people better think and act fast because Donald Trump, and supporters like him, can certainly do a tremendous amount of irreparable damage within the next 3.5 years that are left of his administration! I see a lot of anti-trump protests, criticism and complaints in the media from both sides of America’s political divide but I don’t yet see real anti-Trump action.

    The only real way to eliminate your president is to impeach him — he ain’t gonna step down voluntarily. For that, you need real dirt on him. Is anybody really digging for it?

    Also, keep in mind that if impeachment is successful, the country will still have to contend with his super-supportive Vice-Prez Ivanka Trump.

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    • Well, I fully agree that we need to impeach him, but the reality is it isn’t that easy. The motion has to begin in the House of Representatives, where the majority party, the GOP, are still licking Trump’s boots for their own personal gain.

      As far as digging up dirt … my word, we have enough dirt to sink the Titanic, yet it does not faze those who like him. The masses seem to be more enamoured the sleazier he gets! The best hope at this point is that Bob Mueller’s investigation provides indisputable evidence of treason or collusion.

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      • If the dirt that is already public can’t sink his ship, then it ain’t real dirt. That’s why it won’t be easy to unseat him. He, and his supporters cover his tracks extremely well. But hey . . .

        “Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without deep thought and hard work.”
        –J. R. D. Tata.

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        • Quite so … the key is to waking up those who are complacent and have no strong opinions one way or another, simply ignore the issues and assume that eventually it will all work out and their lives will remain unchanged. But I don’t know how to do that.

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  5. Jill, what is funny to me that the political reporters on PBS Newshour the night before said Trump would find a way to declare victory even if Moore won. Speaking of his not liking to lose, he may jettison Tom Price, as his HHS Director. My guess is he will tie it to Price’s travel issue.

    As for Moore, I can only hope the Dems will turn out like never before and Independents not vote for this backwards looking man. Keith

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    • I imagine those reporters who have followed him throughout his campaign and tenure in office know him altogether too well! I figured he would rant, but didn’t even think about him deleting his tweets and changing his story. I think you are right about Price … Trump has already made a remark or two.

      Interesting that Corker is leaving, as is the acting head of the DEA. Rats deserting a sinking ship?

      I share your hopes about the December election in Alabama, but I don’t have much confidence. I wish I did. Sigh.

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