King Donnie ???

As I have noted on a number of occasions, I do not and will not watch Trump’s daily ‘press briefings’ which are supposed to be daily updates about the current pandemic crisis, but from everything I’m reading, are thinly-disguised campaign rallies where he touts his “accomplishments” and pats himself on the back for the “great job” he’s done.  I am a busy woman … while others are finding themselves with more idle time these days, I spend more than half my 24-hour day researching, working on my blog and related tasks, a few hours sleeping, and maintain a household of eight (3 humans and 5 furry family members).  I do not have time to waste watching an ugly liar spout rubbish.  I do, however, catch the gist of his rallies in a variety of news outlets I keep up with, and I am increasingly both concerned and incensed.

First, the concern.  While Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, is unable to hold press events or campaign rallies due to the imposed isolation of the entire nation, Donald Trump has unlimited press access.  Now, his daily briefings are not supposed to be campaign rallies, they are supposed to be factual presentations, but he is using them as such.  It gives him a grossly unfair advantage, for media time is supposed to be paid for by candidates’ campaign funds, and Trump is getting his for free.  His face is on half the televisions in the nation daily, while Joe Biden is never seen, through no fault of his own.

I suggest that we begin an email campaign, writing letters to the editors of the major news outlets that are carrying his pressers, and demand that they refuse to air them, or at the very least, air only the parts where actual experts are giving factual data.  We are the ones who support the press, and they are doing an injustice to this nation by giving Trump an unfair advantage in the months leading up to the November 3rd election.  This is the same mistake they made in 2016 … do we really want a repeat of the fiasco known as the 2016 presidential election???

Second, the reason I am incensed comes from yesterday’s ‘briefing’.  I have said a few times recently that Trump, who claims he is going to re-open the country for business on May 1st, does not have control over that, for it will be up to the states’ governors whether they decide it is in the best interest of the people of their state.  Medical experts have urged caution, saying that to re-open too soon will only lead to a second wave of the coronavirus … in other words more cases, more deaths, and likely a second period of imposed isolation.  But Trump, you must remember, considers himself to be a ‘stable genius’, claims to know more than all the experts, and refuses to accept anything that doesn’t agree with what he wants.  Which led him to say yesterday …

“When somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to to be. It’s total. It’s total. And the governors know that.  You have a couple bands of Democratic governors, but they will agree to it. They will agree to it. But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total.”

His ‘authority is total,’ he claims.  Total authority … authoritarianism … dictatorship.  If you ever for one minute doubted that he sees himself as a dictator rather than a president, this one sentence should disabuse you of that notion.

Extrapolate the ramifications of his notion of total authority.  Do you seriously believe he will allow a fair and honest election with voting by mail, when he knows that if even 75% of all eligible voters voted, he wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance?  Why do you think he’s willing to let the United States Postal Service ‘sink or swim’ without assistance from the federal government?  The same federal government that is providing financial assistance to industries such as the hotel, airline, and fossil fuel industries.

And what do you think will happen if by some chance, slim though it seems at the moment, we do have a fair election whereby Trump is defeated?  Do you really think he’s going to do as every other outgoing president in history has and walk out, shaking hands with the incoming Joe Biden?  Not a chance.

Back to the governors vs Trump, though.  I don’t think that he can force any state to re-open their businesses, and I know for a fact that he cannot force any business to open, nor can he force We the People to frequent any businesses.  However, there are enough states with republican governors who already play footsies with Trump and his gang of thugs, that are likely to happily follow his mandate, to the detriment of their residents.  Will anybody stop the madness???  CAN anybody stop the madness?  For all our sakes, I hope so, but … I only wish I had more confidence in the checks and balances that have failed so damned miserably for the past three years.  I wish I had more faith in our media not to give him the attention he so craves.  And finally, I wish I had more faith in the people of this nation.

40 thoughts on “King Donnie ???

  1. The moment I see that slack face, eyes devoid of any human empathy, a catalgoue of sneers, petulance, snake-oil smiles and smugness I don’t bother redain what spouts from the mouth. Why should I? It is the same style of ignorant bombast we have been hearing over and over.
    He may win in November. Then his tenure is limited. If he tries to fool with that he will be the dumbest since Mussolini.
    The Long Game will kick in. And he will be vilified down the ages as slowly but surely his support dies away.
    The Long Game of History Jill, The Long Game. He is a small speck when facing The Long Game.

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    • Sigh. If he wins in November, I think this nation will not see another election in the foreseeable future. He is dumb, but somehow he blusters his way through and comes out with more power than any other president in the history of the nation. We simply CANNOT allow him another term in office. I know, dear Roger … the long game … but, I won’t be around in another 50-100 years when it all might get straightened out. Sigh. 😥

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      • You will you know. Jill
        Trust me.
        Your spirit will live on, through your words, through your deeds, through your very existence.
        I’ll give you another quote from Shakespeare to ponder on:
        From Hamlet, when he is suggesting to his good friend we still have a long way to go in our perceptions:
        “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio,
        Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”

        And here’s a poem to dwell on the next time that bloated draft dodging minority freak of the voting system comes across your radar:

        Ozymandias
        By Percy Bysshe Shelley

        I met a traveller from an antique land,
        Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
        Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
        Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
        And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
        Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
        Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
        The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
        And on the pedestal, these words appear:
        My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
        Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
        Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
        Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
        The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

        History will deal with him and there is nothing he can do about it.✊

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  2. Excellent thinking and wonderfully written with your usual eloquence! IF, and I say IF not WHEN, Trump should win another 4 years of the presidency there will be many people both young and old who will consider leaving the USA. Being that I am in my 7th decade of life, it is highly unlikely that I would take that route…well, maybe Canada. Should that not be at all possible I can honestly, and without regret, say I would prefer being dead than living through another 4 years with this idiot at the helm. Thank-you! P.S. Yikes! Judging by the comments, you have poked the hornet’s nest of at least one! No Further Comment!!

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    • Like you, I am into my 7th decade and my options are limited, in part by age, health and family. But, also like you, I know that I will not spend another 4 years under the rule of the megalomaniac who is currently sullying the White House. I would far prefer death than another 4 years which, I firmly believe, would put us squarely under a dictator … a cruel and evil dictator. Yep, a hornet’s nest indeed. Sigh.

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  3. Jill, it would be a mistake to lose faith in the people of our nation. Remember that while our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are on the frontlines battling this disease, millions of us are staying home to prevent its spread to relatives, friends, neighbors, and strangers. If it has not already become clear to all Americans across our states, we are all in this together. This deadly virus has now spread to all states across our nation. Those governors who believe that this is just like the common flu will soon be struck down with a new reality of growing infections and mounting death toll.

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    • I haven’t lost faith in all the people, and certainly not those who are risking their own lives to care for the rest of us. But … there is a large contingent, it seems, who are more concerned with themselves and their own well-being than with the ‘greater good’. There is a large contingent whose motto seems to be “Profit over People”. And, the fact that racism and bigotry in all its forms has been on the rise for several years now just makes me lose faith in the people. Sigh. I know there are many good people in this nation as well as every other, but … many days it feels as if they are in the minority.

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  4. It’s crringeworthyy listen to Trump tell so many lies to reporters. most don’t believe. Make so many broadcasts of Coronavirus which are not based on science to the public, most don’t believe it but will want to listen if it says normality can be returned.. Thd TV and Radio Stations should be either cutting off the part that becomes political rhetoric or start getting him to pay for it. Maybe it’s time a top Doctor looked at Biden to see if he’ll last 4 years in post and if not they’ll have to bow to the people’s will and accept Bernie.
    Cwtch

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    • The Democratic Party will never bow to the ppl’s will as u surmise, corporate Dems are beholden to the existing big business elite oligarchic power structure which in turn keep our politicians happy, wealthy and fat. Bernie is actually a controlled opposition insider within the party pretending to be an agent for change. His job is to channel and direct all the anger, disillusionment, dissent from progressive liberals and independents. After conceding to Joe Biden, Bernie redirect his supporters and electorate toward the establishment figurehead all along.
      It’s classic bait n’ switch. Bernie did it in 2016 with Hillary and now with Joe, his disingenuous actions betray his fundamental message of fighting on behalf of the ppl against the establishment. Bernie is a fraud along with AOC, Liz Warren and all the so called “progressives”.
      The only way to buck the status quo and affect real change would be to form a viable 3rd party to expose, root out and defeat corruption once and for all.

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      • If what you;re saying is true and it turns out the Joe Biden’s condition won’t let him function normally and Bernie is just a false prophet, what does the DNC do, allow Trump an other 4 years while pretending to be crushed. or place Bernie on the throne and control him from there. It’s a wonderful reason to do away with the DNC and the Republican equivalent.
        Hugs

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        • YES! I know it’s shocking but the DNC would much prefer 4 yrs of Trump than having a real progressive or 3rd party candidate screwing up their gravy train. Fundamentally Repugs and Dems are identical in policy, they both support regime change wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, corporate welfare etc, so yeah, both parties are in bed with each other supporting the same agenda… keeping the power structure in place.
          Watch what they do, not what they say!

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          • Again, where do you get the idea that the DNC would prefer 4 years of Bernie??? No, that is not at all the case! And it is noteworthy that Biden, despite being at a disadvantage, is leading over Trump in some of the swing states! Please, let’s not veer away from facts and into speculative theories …

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            • Robert Reich alluded to crony corporatism among both parties and their allegiance to the donor class of elites. Reich criticized the DNC and Obama for staging a last minute “conspiracy” to take the nomination away from Bernie. Essentially that means keeping the power within the establishment circle (both Dem & Repub), knowing full well that would disenfranchise the young progressive Bernie supporters. This in turn will weaken the Democratic Party as a whole and possibly throw the election to Trump… a house divided is a house defeated. Seems to me Dem Party leaders want to win, but wouldn’t mind very much if they lost to Trump again… as long as it’s not Bernie.

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        • While I don’t condone the way the DNC treated Bernie, there is no conspiracy to keep Trump in office for another 4 years. What we need now is for the DNC to put their full backing behind Biden. Yesterday, Bernie endorsed Biden, and today Obama did the same.

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      • I don’t know where on earth you are getting your ideas, but I have to strongly disagree with you about Bernie, and also about Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. You’re into Alex Jones’ territory with this one!

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        • I don’t know about Alex Jones as I never watch him, but Robert Reich questioned the motives behind Dems approval of the $4 billion Stimulus Bill which “bailed out” the banks, airlines, hotels, fracking industry etc when they clearly didn’t need the money. It’s a massive corporate handout at the expense of the American ppl. All Senators from both sides of the aisle approved the corporate bailout bill, including Bernie, AOC, Warren, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib. So much for progressive resistance against corporate greed and corruption.

          If interested, watch Robert Reich’s videos, “The $500 Billion Bailout, Privilege, and Accountability | The Common Good with Robert Reich” & “Trump Exploiting Coronavirus, Amazon Greed & the Next Stimulus Bill | The Common Good w Robert Reich”, also “In Conversation with Anand Giridharadas: Winners Take All (Even in a Global Pandemic)”

          Believe me, the Democratic Party has a lot more in common with the Republicans than you’d care to admit, it’s downright scary.

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          • 1EarthUnited, as an Independent voter who has been a member of both parties, I frankly do not see the parties nearly as close as you do. Climate change, environment, healthcare, guns, civil rights, abortion rights are all stances at odds with the Republicans. As for Biden, he is not perfect and may not be some’s first choice, but painting him with the brush he is being painted with here is just simply unfair. The Dems need to rally around Biden. He is a good man and will try to galvanize all Americans, which is sorely needed.

            I would have supported Bernie as well, but I prefer Biden. One thing is for certain, Trump trolls are very active in highlighting Biden’s imperfections to get Bernie supporters to vote for the Green candidate, vote for Trump or not vote. Voting for Trump is an insult to Bernie and everything he stands for. At least that is what this Independent thinks. Keith

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            • Hi Keith, yes I agree on the periphery Dems and Repubs differ on various social issues, at their core it’s all about power and control – all politicians desperately maintain the status quo regardless of party affiliation.
              Sadly, it’s a fact that Biden experiencing cognitive decline, that is not political bias or subjective smearing from Trump trolls. You can clearly see for yourself simply by watching him campaign, giving speeches, interviews.
              The man is not cognitively fit hold the office of President, google “Biden cognitive decline”, and many unflattering videos surface… from establishment friendly channels like CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN.
              Keith, you consider yourself politically independent, you might want to check out independent journalists like Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Matte, Matt Taibbi, Max Blumenthal, Kyle Kulinski. Independent news without the spin.

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              • 1EarthUnited, while I am not a fan of parties, thinking too much tribalism goes on preventing bipartisan behavior, I do not equate the two parties. Both sides have untruths, but it is not a normal distribution heavily welghted to the right. Here is an easy example – more than 1/2 of the GOP is voting against its economic interests and have no idea they are. I said this eight years ago – healthcare, tax changes, attack on unemployment benefits all work against people in need regardless of color, but the GOP hurts its voters.

                What few people realize is the efforts of ALEC with its state by state cookie cutter legislation and the efforts of Sinclair broadcasting which owns more than 1/3 of the local stations and is more dangerous than Fox. Sinclair requires its stations to read the same editorial every day. That is propaganda.

                As for Biden, again I see the attacks on him as unfair. I feel the underlying criticism is laid carefully by Trump trolls. Again Bernie Bros claim an unfair process, but he got fewer votes this time than before. And, while I was pulling for him to do well in a 60 Minutes interview six weeks ago, his answer to Cuba questions were so subtle they put off Florida voters. Biden beat Betnie by over 4o percentage points in Florida which is a key state to beat Trump.

                Quite simply, Trump will win if Dems do not unite behind Biden. I know Biden is not perfect, but I view much of the criticism as politically motivated. Keith

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                • Hi Keith, I understand your POV and I’m not disagreeing with you. I’m more frustrated with the DNC for pushing a candidate that serves their best interest rather than the ppl’s. I’m all for anyone who can dethrone King Donnie, but objectively I just don’t see Biden getting the job done. My wish is that the Dems pushed a more viable candidate against Trump who is politically moderate, electable, articulate… someone like Buttigieg or Klobachar, both younger more intelligent and more energy. Instead the Democratic Party went all in behind Biden, WHY?
                  I hope ur right and Biden does become President, but the debates against Trump will be brutal to watch. I’m afraid Trump will tear him apart. Biden can’t string coherent sentences together anymore, it’s shocking.

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                  • 1EarthUnited, Trump will tear no one apart in a debate. He lost all three to HIllary and repeats himself too often and knows so few facts. Biden will be fine. I like Mayor Peter and Klobuchar as well, but the latter did not stand a chance and the country is not ready for the former, although he is very articulate on issues. I also liked what Andrew Yang had to say and my favorite progressive was actually Elizabeth Warren over Bernie. But, I would vote for Bernie over Trump in a New York minute. We need to stand with Biden. I am glad Warren added her endorsement to that of Bernie’s and Obama’s. Keith

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                    • I do hope ur right Keith. I worry too much for the future of our country, here’s hoping Biden having an “on” day during upcoming debates like he had with Bernie. He did fairly well in March, but Bernie was his friend and there were no personal attacks, insults. The debate was cordial and orderly, of course we wouldn’t expect the same level of decorum from Trump.

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    • Indeed, it IS cringeworthy … in fact, it’s downright disgusting and I’m still at a loss to explain how or why his loyal followers fall for his b.s. when it is proven time and again that nothing he says is true. Sigh. Biden’s fine … he’s already gotten a clean bill of health, and his mental health is for sure a heck of a lot better than the Oaf in the Oval’s.

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    • Trump is a bum, no doubt. But let’s address the elephant in the room. As far as media exposure, Biden’s own campaign team decided to keep old Joe out of the limelight due to his mental decline. He is prone to odd gaffes and angry outbursts which paint him in a poor light.
      The world is taking notice as Australia’s Sky News has noted:

      Most recently, Biden’s joint presser to accept Bernie’s endorsement was cringeworthy. The man seemed spaced out and at a loss for words, often losing his train of thought and showing frustration when he couldn’t express himself. These are signs of early onset dementia and Alzheimers. He is a shadow of his former self, I hope the DNC would replace him with someone capable of effectively challenging Trump. Otherwise a very painful 4 yrs ahead.

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  5. Jill, when he actually says authoritarian things like that, here is what we need to do. Read the quote to a Trump supporter asking them to close their eyes. Now, ask them how they would feel if a Democrat president said that?

    I am reminded over the brouhaha over Obama not wearing a flag pin. Apparently, that is more egregious than extortion, bigotry, bullying, lying and incompetence. The sad truth is the truth seems to not matter any more.

    We are watching the new miniseries “The World on Fire” about the start of WWII. We should not forget that Hitler was a skilled orator and populist who masked his intentions with lies. He indoctronated youth and got his people to spy on each other. In addition to the persecution and genocide of Jews, intellectuals and the press were contained.

    Freedom of the press is paramount to a democracy. We should never forget that, especially when the biggest purveyor of fake news resides in the White House.

    Keith

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    • As always, you are the cooler head, and I agree with you. Trouble is, I can’t get any Trump supporters to shut up long enough to listen to me! Yes, isn’t it one of the many hypocrisies of the day that Obama was nearly drawn and quartered for not wearing a flag pin one day, and for … gasp … having the audacity to wear a tan-coloured suit another day … and yet Trump can lie, bully, lie some more, make horrendous decisions that are killing people, and the republicans don’t say a word. Hmmm … double standard? Racism?

      Your mention of “World on Fire” stoked my curiosity and I found it … with captioning and free of charge!!! … and have begun watching it. I was going to watch only 10 minutes of the first episode, for I had a ton of things I needed to do this afternoon, but I got hooked and before I knew it, a half-hour was gone. Thanks for the heads-up on this one!

      You’re so right … one of my greatest fears is his hatred of the free press and how he may try to stifle them. We must be ever vigilant.

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  6. Just watched his latest one. OMG. Then read some comments saying he had flipped. So wrong. That’s what people voted for 4 years ago. We have to understand that a loyal group of voters will love that performance. The other thing that struck me is about the UK. Our leaders suddenly don’t get that level of scrutiny. Hand picked journalists ask sanitised questions, no public scrutiny. The likes of Cummings are desperate for the power they see Trump creating for himself.

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    • Yep, I agree … all the signs of what he is, how he would be in office, were there for all to see in 2016, but that’s what some wanted. What’s scary is that some 40% are STILL enamoured of him! How??? Why??? I cannot find one single thing he’s done to the betterment of the people of this nation. I thought the ‘hand-picked journalists’ was just that one time a while back, I didn’t realize it was all the time. The one thing that I think that has kept us from becoming a dictatorship is the freedom of the press. A few times, Trump has blocked certain media outlets who he thought had insulted him, but the courts upheld the freedom of the press and he was forced to recant. That’s why Trump must go down in flames, so others don’t decide to follow in his footsteps. Sigh.

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