So What’s New, Eh?

Yesterday, Donald Trump spoke at the United Nations Security Council, and then later in the day held a “news conference”.  Here are just a few tidbits from those, with my usual snarky snippets in blue:

Yesterday, Donald Trump accused China of meddling in the upcoming mid-term elections.  It isn’t bad enough that he spouts this idiocy on Twitter most often, but this time he spewed forth at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council in front of leaders from other nations who are actually far more knowledgeable than Trump.  He offered no evidence, saying only …

“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration. They don’t want me or us to win because I am the first president to ever challenge China on trade. We don’t want them to interfere in our upcoming election.”  You aren’t running this year, dipshit!

When asked about the evidence of such election-meddling, he replied …

“We have evidence. It’ll come out. It didn’t come out of nowhere. They’ve actually admitted that they’re going after farmers. I like China, and I like President Xi a lot.” Translation:  There is no evidence and I’m just covering my bases and laying the groundwork to contest any races won by democrats in November.

U.S. Intelligence agencies have said they see Russian interference as the prime outside threat to the security of the 2018 elections.  Trump’s own advisors seemed blindsided by his comments.

But the day got even better, when Trump did a news conference in the afternoon.

“If you look at Mr. Pillsbury, the leading authority on China, he was on a good show — I won’t mention the name of the show — recently. And he was saying that China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump’s very, very large brain.”  Somebody, please wake me from this nightmare, else shoot me now!

‘Mr. Pillsbury’ is Michael Pillsbury, the Hudson Institute’s director for Chinese strategy, and he confirmed that the show did take place, but says it was actually Fox News’ own Tucker Carlson who made the claim about Trump’s “very, very large brain”!  And the “good show” was Carlson’s own Fox show! Tucker Carlson.  Fox News.  Not China.  And here was Mr. Pillsbury’s response to Trump’s remark …

“I’m delighted President Trump said I’m “the leading authority on China” but this praise will actually hurt me –  most of my academic colleagues who study China either signed the “never Trump” letter or they supported Hillary Clinton!”  Bwah hah hah … take that, Trumpie!

His news conference covered a wide variety of topics, including what I’ve come to think of as the Kavanaugh Circus.  Here are just a few of the more salient points:

When asked about the accusations against Kavanaugh …

“These are all false, to me. I only tell you this. This is one of the highest quality people that I’ve ever met. And everybody that knows him says the same thing. And these are all false, to me. These are false accusations in certain cases, and certain cases even the media agrees with that. I can only say that what they’ve done to this man is incredible.”  The next 40 years of justice in this nation are at stake, and you’re worried about the ‘man’s’ little feelings?  If he had done the honourable thing in the beginning, he wouldn’t be where he is.  He brought this 100% on himself!

That was at 5:06 p.m.  At 5:18 p.m., he had this to say …

“They’re giving the women a major chance to speak. Now it’s possible I’ll hear that and say hey I’m changing my mind. Hey, that’s possible.”  In just 12 minutes, you forgot your own mind?  Wow … great brain, alright!  How many times in an hour can one person change his mind, I wonder … are there statistics on that?

And while we’re at it, let’s just play “Blame the Democrats” …

“I think when you really look at it all, it’s not going to change any of the Democrats’ they’re obstructionists. They’re actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is, and they have destroyed a man’s reputation.”  Let’s get something straight here … the only thing the democrats are ‘obstructing’ is Trump’s mad push to place a candidate on the Supreme Court who is, at the very least, lacking in integrity.

And speaking of Rod Rosenstein, who has been the source of swirling speculation ever since Monday morning when it was said that he was on his way to the White House either to resign or be fired, depending on who you listened to:

“I’m talking to him; we’ve had a good talk. My preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up. He said he never said it. He said he doesn’t believe it. He said he has a lot of respect for me.”  Too bad we can’t hear Rosenstein’s take on that conversation, isn’t it, for I’m betting money Trump’s side is pie-in-the-sky-lies.

Okay, folks, that is all my stomach can take for tonight, but if you are up to it, feel free to read the transcript.    In the words of seasoned news reporter Jake Tapper, “It wasn’t the most coherent presidential address I’ve ever heard. He rambled quite a bit. He said a lot of things that weren’t true.”  So what’s new, eh?

26 thoughts on “So What’s New, Eh?

  1. It took 81 minutes of time for this news conference, which appeared to be purely for Trump’s ego and entertainment…at least he enjoyed it! I had soldiered through reading it, as I could not have endured listening for 81 minutes. During the interminable process, something that I read in the book “The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies” by Richard W. Paul kept cropping up in my mind. I had to search for the exact words, but they were easily located as I had highlighted them. “All skilled manipulators are focused on what you can get people to believe, not on what is true or false. They know that the human mind does not naturally seek truth; it seeks comfort, security, personal confirmation and vested interest.” I don’t know that Trump is skilled, but he is a manipulator. I did find the interaction between Trump and The New York Times reporter, Mark Landler, to be the worth a few of the 81 minutes…Landler’s response to Trump was perfect! Trump’s comments “in honor of the paper I once loved” and “I still love the paper”, while confusing, are definitely the product of his ‘very, very large brain’ at work! Thank-you! P.S. I knew that he would spin the laughing as ‘with him’ and not at him!!

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    • He enjoyed it and his followers no doubt drooled all over themselves, as they lapped up his every word. I have to admit that this is one I didn’t even read, except for a bit here and there. I just couldn’t … I’m already at the point of throwing things … usually my wireless mouse, hence I always keep a spare. 😉

      You have turned my attention to yet another book I wasn’t aware of! Amazon didn’t have a kindle version, but I found the .pdf file for free! Thank you! The snippet you shared here made much sense and piqued my curiosity. It all fits perfectly.

      I will go back to the transcript to check out the convo with Landler in a few. Yep, we all knew how he would spin that … he sure isn’t going to admit that he is a fool, is he?

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  2. Jill, I called my two GOP Senators to share my concern over Trump’s UN speech. It goes against the grain of what made is great and is retrenching from our global leadership role. It is also anti-Republican, at least what the party was.

    His attacking China instead of Russia on the meddling is his governing to 1/3 of our country. Since many of the 1/3 is getting hit by the tariffs, he has to blame someone, so he picked on China. “It is their fault I am screwing you.” Keith

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    • I didn’t call, but did send an email to the republican senator of my state, Mike DeWine. It is the third I have sent in just over a week! Interestingly, I find that I usually receive a response about 3 weeks later. Responsive to their constituents? Oh yeah, sure. You’re right, that the word of the day is minority rule, and Trump is a buffoon who is going to cause this nation so much grief, and yet his base is still busily drooling over his “accomplishments”. He seems to only be happy when he is bullying someone.

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  3. Yes, and his remarks about Trudeau and NAFTA were classic too. It just galls that man that Chrystia Freeland and Trudeau don’t give a tinker’s damn about Trumpy’s negotiation deadlines. Let’s continue negotiations AFTER the November elections!

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    • Yes, I almost included those remarks, but decided against it at the last minute. You know … I could be wrong, but I believe that part of his reason, whether consciously or sub-consciously, for being such an unreasonable jerk on trade negotiations with Canada is that he does not have respect for Chrystia Freeland because, and only because, she is a woman. He is a misogynist from the word Go, and it would not surprise me if that is at least part of the reason. Look at how he treats Angela Merkel! I so fear this causing harm to US-Canadian relations in the long term.

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      • I honestly don’t think the present Congress would support Trump cutting Canada out of a free trade deal. Having said that, there’s no point having a deal if Trump continues to slap tariffs on Canadian goods on a whim and justifies it with the phony “national security” moniker. Apparently, Freeland has put that on the table as well – and infuriated Trump, no doubt. Honestly, I don’t think there will be a deal until Trump is gone or Congress takes back their power to levy tariffs.

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        • I don’t think Congress would go for it either, but then … they are naught, it seems, but puppets. Still, I do hope you’re right. Frankly, I’ve never seen a bigger bully, for that is all he is … he thinks he can get whatever he wants from any country simply by throwing his weight around. The word ‘diplomacy’ is not in his vocabulary. He throws that phrase, ‘national security’ around willy-nilly and it’s quickly becoming a case of the little boy who cried wolf, if you ask me. I agree, though, that I don’t see much hope of a sensible trade deal with any nation until he is out of office or has lost his power to be the sole negotiator. But still, his followers adore him. That is what is so frustrating, that the people of this nation … some 40% of them … have lost their bloomin’ minds!!! Sigh. Hugs, my friend.

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  4. I was losing it, yesterday! He is bat
    S H – T Crazy!!!!! Somebody. …..please do something!!!! I’m running around in circles with my hair on fire!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t believe that we were the most powerful nation in the world and now we have this narcissistic, whacko at the helm! It gets worse and worse everyday!!!! He is really out there …. in some other reality …. consumed with hate and stupidity! He ‘s truly ignorant and delusional!!!!
    He needs a padded cell!!!!!! It’s making me sick!!!! He’s got to be stopped!!!!! What is Mueller waiting for? I shudder to think about what is going to happen at the hearing, today! Why go thru the motions? They are going to pass Kavanaugh thru …. no matter what is said or proven! They are beyond despicable!!!!!

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    • Patty, you took the words right out of my mouth. I watched with a combination of horrified and amazed and amused. A true psychopath… a delusional idiot. If he had gone on longer…no telling where it would have gone!

      I do watch the news…mostly MSNBC, but not all day. I feel this is crazy but historic. Never before or hopefully never again, will we have a president like this! For some reason, I find his behavior sick but fascinating and to think, like you said, in the US in the 21st century.its pathetic!

      I do feel Kavanaugh will be voted in and the bottom line is republicans have the power and the big money backing and the hypocritical old white men. It will be a circus.

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    • Patty … first things first … turn on the water and put out the fire in your hair, PLEASE! Mueller has to make sure that he has all his ‘i’s dotted and ‘t’s crossed, for he won’t get a “do-over” if he presents his case without sufficient and well-organized evidence. There is a LOT of data for him and his team to sift through and connect the dots, trace all the connections. Patience, grasshopper. You know that I share all your frustrations, but … sometimes we need to take a deep breath so that we can keep on fighting the good fight. Hugs, my friend!

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  5. When I heard him accusing China of meddling with US election I started to shake my head so fast it almost fell off. Doesn’t he feel how weird these accusations sound, coming out of his mouth? He is the one who denied all Russian influence on the last election! … But of course, he realises his precious Republicans might loose, and there is this wonderful idea he heard about … foreign nations meddling in US politics … what a great concept! It probably is a small wonder he does not accuse Iran of it! Sigh.

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    • I have shaken my head in the manner you describe so often that now there are loose things rattling about in there! I’m not sure if it is just his buffoonry, or if he really is laying the groundwork to contest any elections that republicans lose, particularly those they lose by a narrow margin. Perhaps I just have a suspicious nature, but remember back in 2016, when he was pretty sure he would lose and he started screaming that there would be voter fraud and that he would contest the results if he lost? For some strange reason, I just don’t trust him. I wonder why? 🙃

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  6. I loved that ‘ very very large brain ‘ who needs comedians when we have the large- brained Donald , but Rawgod is right you can have too much of politics , here in the UK the news has been spoilt by continuous verbal garbage about Brexit. Those of us who follow world events can become hooked , almost drugged on our daily dose and forget the autumn morning mist . I was out with my dog at 7am it was wonderful how the mist hung in great strands over the waste land and the tall bull rushes stood like sentinels waiting for the sunlight.

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    • I know that both you and rawgod are right, and I do take small breaks from it, go walking, out with the girls for dinner, and try to add some humour to my reading selection. But, too much is at stake here for me to turn it off … I have, at least, turned the ringer off on my phone so that “Breaking News” updates do not wake me throughout the night! It’s a start, yes?

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  7. They listened, and they laughed. And then they stopped listening. And that is what you, too, should do, Jill. Stop listening. Nothing he says is worth the carbon dioxide coming out of his mouth. He will never change. His big big brain is smooth as a baby’s bottom, and similarly cracked.
    Now tty laughing…

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    • You are right that he has nothing of value to say, but we cannot stop listening, for his words and actions do matter, and if he’s going to get us all killed, or declare himself dictator, or whatever other evil deeds he may have up his sleeve, we need to know. Sigh. For a long time, I did laugh at him, but … it’s too real to be funny anymore. I do laugh sometimes, my friend … with the Significant Six around here, we are always either laughing or screaming! 😉

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