Bonus Post: Five Tweets That Reveal Trump’s Character

The current administration commits so many scandals and outrages, that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. We have quite a few articles that were abandoned as a more pressing issue came up. Here’s one from earlier this year. It still applies.

 

How anchored is Donald Trump to reality? Well, based on his tweets, not very.  Here are a five spewings that reveal Trump’s character very clearly…

February 25 – Spike Lee Accepts an Oscar

Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts, etc.) than almost any other Pres!

Lee never mentioned Trump. He praised his grandmother. He remembered the enslavement of his ancestors. And he ended on a positive note:

“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.”

Why does Trump assume choosing love vs. hate is an attack on him? Sounds like a guilty conscience. Maybe because he knows his “more for African Americans” claim is pure B.S.?

After all, this is the guy who said the Central Park Five should remain in prison… even after DNA evidence completely cleared them.

February 25 – The Border Wall

We have a State of Emergency at our Southern Border. Border Patrol, our Military and local Law Enforcement are doing a great job, but without the Wall, which is now under major construction, you cannot have Border Security. Drugs, Gangs and Human Trafficking must be stopped!

Trump has made several references lately to prayer rugs at the border, women tied up with their mouths covered with duct tape, and other scenes from the Hollywood movie “Sicario.”

None of these scenarios have been recorded on our southern border… but Trump uses them to push for his wall.

And then cannibalized key military projects to add to the wall. Apparently, he doesn’t know the difference between a movie and a documentary.

February 22 – New U.N. Ambassador

I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is being nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations….

….Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Country will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!

When Trump anointed Craft as ambassador to Canada, the Canadian press noted she had donated more than $265,000 to the Trump campaign in 2016. She and her husband had also donated almost $3 million to other Republican causes.

Her qualifications as a diplomat? Well… One speech to the U.N. general assembly under George W. Bush. Simply put: Money over qualifications.

February 21 – The Jussie Smollett Controversy

.@JussieSmollett – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA

I’m not going to defend Jussie Smolett here… but this seems a bit hypocritical from the man who called Neo-Nazis “fine people” after the Charlottesvlle incident.

And it took him days to make any comment on the Coast Guard officer who planned to kill liberals. Even though he weighed in on the Smollett case almost immediately.

Trump has insulted tens of millions with racist tweets… but hasn’t apologized for any of them.

February 20 – NYT Is “Enemy of the People”

The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!

Once again, Trump directs his hate and anger at the press. At this point, it doesn’t even matter what the story is. Trump is stoking hate – and thus advocating violence – against the press.

The problem is the press is reporting the truth. Trump calls any news story he doesn’t like “fake news.” Then foments violence against the source.

If the New York Times is failing, as he claims… why does he have to spend so much time pointing it out? The NY Times’ subscriber base is one of the most robust in the industry.

Look, if you’re still excusing Trump, it’s time to stop. The man is out of control. And out of touch with reality. How long can you deny the evidence? It’s all on video.

Trump is a racist. He’s anti-American. And he has no respect for our Constitution.

He needs to go.

Is there room for conservatives in America? Absolutely. But only those conservatives willing to work within the bounds of our Constitution.

Our Democracy has lasted for 200 years. Let’s not let one self-absorbed billionaire destroy the greatest political experiment in human history.

2020 Campaign Talking Points

Donald Trump talks a big game. But does he deliver? Fortunately, someone’s been keeping track. And the results are pretty clear.

No, he doesn’t.

The Washington Post has been tracking 60 major promises Donald Trump made during his 2016 campaign… and the results are less than satisfactory.

With 2020 on the line, let’s take a quick look at how Donald is doing with some of his key promises.

And let’s start where it really hurts: Your wallet.

4% Economic Growth

Under President Obama, quarterly economic growth was over 4% twice between 2014 and 2016. Under Trump – who promised annual growth at that rate or above? Not once.

Under Trump, the economy has hit quarterly growth of 3% five times. But 4%? Never. In fact, the latest numbers for the 2nd quarter of 2019 show we’ll only hit 2.1% growth. That’s barely half the rate Trump promised.

With his tariffs, Trump has really put our economy on shaky ground. Consumer prices are rising, as both finished goods and parts cost more.

With less buying power, businesses and consumers have begun spending less… setting off a chain reaction. As demand drops, job growth will slow… or even reverse. The nation could easily be sucked into a spiral that leads to negative economic growth.

Likewise, Trump’s 5-year ban on lobbying by congressional and White House officials turned out to be a bust.

There is a ban, but it only applies to lobbying the agency the official worked for. The rule also eases up restrictions put in place under George W. Bush and Obama… so it’s a net loss.

Middle Class Tax Reductions

Trump’s “tax reform” bill was supposed to be a boon for the middle class. But the bill gave almost all the tax breaks to corporations and the rich.

Corporations used most of their savings to buy back stock and offer enhanced executive compensation. Big corporations have saved billions… while our deficit has ballooned well beyond administration estimates. Trump now wants to pay for deficit growth with cuts to programs he promised not to touch: Social Security and Medicare.

Trump’s tax plan also didn’t meet these other promises…

  • Simplify forms or cut tax brackets down to three
  • Create new senior- and child-care deductions
  • Introduce new “dependent care” savings accounts

Come April of 2019, many middle-class families reported unexpectedly high tax bills. Because their withholding had been cut far more than their tax rate.

Many saw lower refunds than in previous years. Others had a tax liability where they’d previously seen a refund.

The economy? Fail. Tax breaks? Fail. But what about Trump’s #1 priority? Surely, he’s delivered on that.

The Impenetrable Wall That Wasn’t

The Wall is Trump’s signature promise. So you’d think he’d have made more progress on this than anything else.

But he hasn’t.

Remember how he was going to build a wall… and Mexico would pay for it?

Well – after more than 2-1/2 years, Mexico hasn’t contributed a penny. And very little new wall has been built. Depending on the source, the amount of new wall is reported as ZERO feet. Unless you count the display samples that aren’t part of the actual wall.

But one thing is clear: Trump’s 2,000-mile concrete barrier – paid for by Mexico – has made no progress.

Trump has tried to bully the money out of Congress. Divert it from military and emergency management funds. But squeeze it out of Mexico? No deal. And no new wall.

Now, Trump has told aides to ignore the law to get his wall built… and that he’ll pardon them later. When questioned, the White House called it “a joke.” But folks on the border who could have their land seized illegally aren’t laughing.

Trump’s signature issue has been a complete failure.

Trump Is Only Concerned With the Bottom Line

Unguarded walls stopped being fully effective the day after humans invented the ladder. Air travel made walls completely obsolete. Most of today’s undocumented aliens simply overstay their visas.

Meanwhile, Trump – whose businesses have hired undocumented immigrants for decades – ignores these facts.

Several news stories have shown Trump companies hire undocumented immigrants. Until recently, the Trump organization has resisted using the government’s “e-Verify” system to avoid illegal hires.

In fact, The Washington Times reports only 5 Trump companies – out of 565 – had taken advantage of the free service as of Dec, 6, 2018.

That’s well after Trump took office. And significantly after he sounded the alarm about the undocumented immigrant “crisis.” But – apparently – not soon enough to check his own employment rules.

A number of former workers say they were coached by Trump managers on how to get fake employment documents. And, Trump’s “America first” talk is just that, when it comes to saving a buck. His Mar-a-Lago resort routinely applies to bring in foreign workers.

Trump blows all the racist dog whistles. He stirs up the latent fears and anger of his base against immigrants. But when it comes to his bottom line, he often chooses foreign workers – sometimes undocumented – over Americans.

Even many of the products offered by TrumpStore.com are foreign-made. Again, not an “America First” effort.

So how do you get folks to listen to all these talking points? Not with a direct attack.

It’s Not Just Having the Truth. How You Present the Truth Matters.

Finally, a few words on how to present the facts.

Don’t start out by repeating Trump’s lies. Start with the truth… then introduce the lie.

For example, don’t start by saying, “Trump claims he’s built dozens of miles of new wall on the southern border, but…” Starting with the false claim puts the burden of proof on you. And – as we all know – Trump supporters are armed with “alternative facts.”

Instead, try something like this: “Did you know the U.S. hasn’t built a single mile of new border wall since Donald Trump took office? He insists we have, but he’s just calling replacement fencing new wall.”

Why does this work better? Because it’s not a direct attack. It puts Trump in the weaker position. You’re not attacking his claim in this situation. Now he’s attacking the truth. The difference is subtle but powerful.

When you attack, your listener’s defenses go up instantly. Make the liar the attacker, and they immediately lose the high ground. Your listener’s position is shakier. Which may make them more open to the truth.

Why is this important? Because we need to turn every vote we possibly can in 2020. We have to convince a lot of Americans that voting for a Progressive candidate is in their best interest.

I don’t want to be an alarmist… but the alternative could be the end of democracy in America.

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“Trump Promise Tracker,” The Washington Post. Aug 11, 2019.

“US Taxpayers Unhappy With Trumpʼs Tax Cuts,” NewsGram(dot)com. Feb 14, 2019.

Dinan, S. and Miller, S.A., “Donald Trump companies ignoring E-Verify, hiring illegal immigrants,” The Washington Times. Dec 6, 2018.

Da Silva, C., “Donald Trump’s Border Wall: How Much Has Actually Been Built – And Will It Ever Be Complete?” Newsweek.com.Jul 2, 2019.

Trump’s Emergency: Where Have We Seen This Before?

Mostly harmless foreigners cross the U.S. border. The flames of hysteria – fed by an over-zealous nutcase – grip the citizenry. The nutcase demands a massive response. Chaos ensues.

Trump’s border emergency is so far out in left field, it could be the plot of a zany comedy.

Oh, wait… It is.

Does Trump Watch Too Much Classic TV?

Maybe he’s been watching Turner Classic Movies. Or tunes in to the mid-day movie on one of those off-brand digital networks. Or just likes to stream old movies. I’m not sure.

Whatever the case, we’ve seen the plot for Trump’s border crisis before. Because it’s eerily similar to the 1966 comedy The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

In the movie, a Russian sub runs aground off the coast of Massachusetts. It’s not on a spy mission. The captain just wanted to get a better look at the U.S.A. But they’re stuck on a sandbar.

So a landing party heads ashore to find a boat to help free the sub. They don’t want trouble. They don’t want to hurt anyone. In fact, they don’t even want to be noticed.

But of course they are. And they’re mistaken for the first wave of an invasion. Soon, an over-zealous nutcase has organized patriotic citizens to defend against the invasion.

In the movie, sanity eventually prevails. The Russians help save a little boy, and the townspeople realize they mean no harm. The townsfolk then help the Russians escape. Humanity triumphs, and disaster is averted.

But I think Trump may have fallen asleep during the movie’s last 20 minutes. Because it doesn’t look like his version of this movie has the same ending.

Trump Doesn’t Want Happily Ever After

Trump has a notoriously short attention span. Some White House aides slip his name into briefing documents, because it’s the only way to keep him reading. Others use charts and graphs to make key points. Otherwise, the president won’t pay attention.

Trump may have stolen most of his border emergency plot from The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! But he obviously didn’t watch to the end of the movie.

Because Trump’s version includes concertina wire… a massive troop build-up… and over-stepping his Constitutional authority to execute an end run around Congress.

Here are the facts:

  • A majority of Americans don’t want Trumps wall.
  • A majority in both houses of Congress doesn’t want the wall, either.
  • There is no legal way for Trump to finance the wall.

So Trump has taken a two-pronged approach to get his way.

Step One: Lie Through Your Teeth

Republicans controlled both houses of Congress during Trump’s first two years in office. Yet no new wall was built. There were some repairs. But new wall? Nope.

Now that Democrats control the House, Trump has taken a different approach: Lie, lie, lie.

His new “Finish the Wall” slogan is part of his PR plan to convince his base he’s been building the wall all along. Which he hasn’t.

He’s now taken to saying he’s completed significant sections of wall… and claiming the Democrats are trying to deny him the funds to complete his work. Because they want “open borders” and to let rapists and murderers overrun America.

Never mind the statistics show undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

Never mind that most undocumented immigrants arrived here legally and simply over-stayed their visas.

Never mind that most drugs are brought in through established checkpoints.

In Trump’s mind, belief is more important than reality. So he spews lies with no regard to what’s really happening.

Step Two: Demonize Anyone Who Dares Speak the Truth

“Fake news” has become Trump’s go-to attack on anyone who questions his claims. CNN – which has taken pains to verify Trump’s claims – is a frequent victim.

The Washington Post has fact-checked Trump from the beginning. They simply compare his claims to the verifiable facts. In Trump’s eyes, they’re “fake news,” too.

Any journalist or media outlet that dares to disagree is declared fake news” by our Liar-in-Chief.

It almost seems Trump is unaware most of his public statements over the last 40 or so years have been recorded…

Either he’s unaware, or he knows his base doesn’t care. As long as he holds to his racist agenda, they’ll swallow anything he spews out.

You Can Make a Difference

Reality is powerful. And the reality is that Trump lost the popular vote. By a margin of nearly 3 million. And that’s in spite of Republicans’ best efforts to suppress the votes of minority and poor Americans.

Speaking of minorities… Trump’s wall is supported by a minority. Most Americans want a citizenship path for DACA youth. We don’t want family separations. We don’t want asylum seekers sent back to Mexico.

Most Americans are humanitarians, not racists.

Because we outnumber Trump’s racist base, we have an opportunity. Your representatives in Washington know their jobs depend on votes. And if they think they’ll lose their cushy job in the next election cycle, watch how many of them decide to switch sides.

But a lot of us have to make our voices heard. We have to let our representatives in Congress know how we feel. And that’s easily done…

Just go to https://www.congress.gov/contact-us for their contact info. Then let your representative and senators know how you feel. Any elected official who thinks their job may be on the line will respond.

Members of Congress will stand with Trump only as long as they think it boosts their re-election chances. If backing him threatens their job, watch how quickly they can change their minds.

We don’t have to let Trump rewrite the ending to this story. Humanity can still win out over hate. You just have to act.

Out of Step… Out of Touch… Out of Excuses

President Trump wasn’t able to rally enough support to build his southern border wall when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress. So, once Democrats took control of the House, he suddenly couldn’t live without it.

Trump’s allies and apologists made light of the predicament of some 800,000 federal workers who were left wondering how they’d feed their families… pay their mortgages… or meet other financial obligations.

This all points to a Republican Party that’s out of step with America… out of touch with the average voter… and out of excuses for such bizarre behavior.

Just listen to what Trump’s apologists were saying…

“A Little Pain”

Want to know how out of touch Trump’s allies are? Just listen to his daughter-in-law. Speaking to furloughed federal workers, Lara Trump said, “… this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country.”

“A little bit of pain.” To a Trump, that’s apparently what losing your home is. Or scraping to feed your family. As you teeter on the brink of losing healthcare. Do you think Lara Trump might be just a little out of touch with reality?

You’d have to be to think Trump’s wall is more important than the food on the table and roof over the heads of 800,000 federal workers and their families.

The numbers show most undocumented aliens arrive here with valid visas… and simply overstay them. And most drugs coming through the southern border pass through legal, established checkpoints.

Of course, none of the Trump children will feel the pinch of mommy and daddy having to choose between paying the mortgage and buying food.

And Lara Trump is hardly alone.

“I Don’t Really Quite Understand Why”

Trump’s Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, weighed in on the crisis, too. Of federal workers going to homeless shelters for food, Ross said, “Well, I know they are… and I don’t really quite understand why.”

Ross’s solution to no paychecks? Federal workers should just borrow against future earnings. By the way, the Commerce Department’s credit union currently charges almost 9% interest.

Food bank vs. 9% interest? If you don’t understand that, you’re hopeless. Cut any worker’s pay by 9% and tell them it won’t be a problem.

Trump tried to defend Ross’s words. Ross, he said, just didn’t express himself well. He meant to point out how local banks and grocery stores would “work with” furloughed workers. Are these the same grocery stores Trump thinks demand a photo ID before they’ll sell you a box of cereal?

Ross – who has $700 million in assets – hardly has to worry about losing a paycheck. And neither does Lara Trump, whose husband earns millions from the Trump organization.

Now, just weeks after the longest partial shutdown In U.S. history, Trump appears poised to hold 800,000 federal workers hostage yet again. Even before some federal workers have been paid for the last shutdown.

Barring that, he’s threatened to declare a non-existent emergency to side-step Congress. Or divert funds designated for other purposes.

However, many Republican lawmakers don’t have a taste for more Trump shenanigans. The worse his behavior, the better the chances they’ll lose their jobs. Trump may not understand the message of the midterms, but they do.

Let your representatives in Washington know the wall is a no-go. It’s easy. Just visit https://www.congress.gov/members to get their contact info, and send an e-mail.

Let them know you oppose Trump’s wall. And that you won’t vote for anyone who enables his bad behavior.