Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump’s Border Wall is a Vortex of Stupidity that Trump and the GOP Can’t Escape

The Wall started as an applause line at Trump’s campaign rallies, and has morphed into one of the dumbest policy debates in the history of American politics. [Christopher Hooks] https://www.texasobserver.org/trumps-border-wall-is-a-vortex-of-stupidity-that-trump-and-the-gop-cant-escape/

Sarah Sanders defended Trump’s wall fight using an argument conservatives normally hate

Conservatives are betraying their own principles by defending the border wall. It’s a multi-billion-dollar boondoggle that addresses an imaginary crisis. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/9/18175451/sanders-border-wall-conservative-gop-trump-argument

Trump calls wall only solution to ‘growing humanitarian crisis’ at border

“President Trump delivered a forceful and fact-challenged televised plea to the nation Tuesday night for his long-promised border wall, declaring “a growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the southern border…. ” [Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez] https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-declares-a-growing-humanitarian-crisis-at-the-border-in-demand-for-wall-funding-to-end-shutdown/2019/01/08/bdd2767e-1368-11e9-803c-4ef28312c8b9_story.html?utm_term=.49497dd15a4f

Trump is a lying piece of garbage. Immigrants commit fewer crimes than other residents. That’s true of both legal and illegal immigrants.

Also, in a sane universe, the response to a “growing humanitarian crisis” is sending food, shelter, and medical aid. If you’re a piece of garbage like Trump, you want to build a wall so people can suffer elsewhere, and so you and your criminal cronies can make profit from the contracting fees.

A normal person sees a suffering child and wants to mitigate that suffering. Trump sees a suffering child, takes that child from their parents, and puts the child in a cage. Because they’re profit in being a cage contractor.

If Trump thinks migrants in the U.S. illegally are dangerous, why has he hired so many of them?

Trump the hypocrite warns illegal immigrants are rapists and murderers, but he’s happy to hire them — including one who prepares his own meals. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-ol-2-enter-the-fray-if-trump-thinks-undocumented-migrants-1546619872-htmlstory.html

How Mark Burnett Resurrected Donald Trump as an Icon of American Success

With “The Apprentice,” TV producer Mark Burnett mythologized Trump — then a floundering D-lister — as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency. [Patrick Radden Keefe] https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/01/07/how-mark-burnett-resurrected-donald-trump-as-an-icon-of-american-success

An outstanding profile. Keefe notes that Trump and Burnett are kindred spirits. However, Burnett really is a successful businessman. Trump is a fraud, who arguably modeled his current image on Burnett.

The Myth of the Liberal Order

” … rather than seek to return to an imagined past in which the United States molded the world in its image, Washington should limit its efforts to ensuring sufficient order abroad to allow it to concentrate on reconstructing a viable liberal democracy at home.” [Graham Allison] https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2018-06-14/myth-liberal-order

If There’s a Crisis on The Border, Why Is San Diego So Safe?

Despite rumors of a border crisis, San Diego has both the lowest murder rate and overall violent crime rate of the 30 largest American cities in 2018. And other border cities are nearly as safe.

It’s as if the border crisis is a colossal lie told by a President whose previous career was as a con man.

Opinion: If There’s a Crisis on The Border, Why Is San Diego So Safe?

The way out of the shutdown has been obvious for weeks

Fund the wall in exchange for legalizing dreamers – for good. Yes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/the-way-out-of-the-shutdown-has-been-obvious-for-weeks/2018/12/27/4381fda2-09f6-11e9-a3f0-71c95106d96a_story.html

The wall is a boondoggle and a symbol of cowardly xenophobia. But if this deal can help thousands or millions of Americans come out of the shadows, then it’s a good one.

Trump the peacemaker?

Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria and Afghanistan could turn out to be a disaster. Or it could be the one great thing that comes out of his lousy administration, a foreign policy coup as significant as anything accomplished by most presidents.

Even a terrible president can do good things. Maybe this is one of them.

Ian Welsh, a Canadian political observer, loves it. He says he’s tired of valuing American lives over other lives, and America leaving Syria and Afghanistan will save a lot of non-American lives:

Trump has a chance to come out of this looking a lot better than Obama. All he has to do is stop a couple wars, and not start a war….

Non-American lives matter….

Plus it will correct a monumental geopolitical error. Bin Laden’s entire plan was to get US boots on the ground, prove the US military could be be beaten, and bleed America dry. Americans, in their hubris, walked right into his trap.

Maybe time to step out of it.

Also, it’s appalling to see politicians and talking heads who have not themselves served talking tough about war. A previous generation used to call those people “chickenhawks,” a fine old word that needs reviving. Trump is himself usually king of the chickenhawks. If you’ve ever left your house without a few bodyguards — perhaps to buy groceries or get a cup of coffee — congratulations! You’ve demonstrated more personal courage than Captain Bonespurs!

Trump the Peacemaker?

A new theory on why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently

Our political divisions aren’t red versus blue, but fixed versus fluid. Republicans are wary of change, Democrats embrace it. [Ezra Klein/Vox]

Discussed in this article but only partly explained: Why Republicans are so much more likely to believe lies and bullshit. The Republicans are the party of climate change skeptics, anti-vaxxers, and birtherism. Some Democrats believe crazy things too, but the Republicans made Fox News their favorite channel and elected an idiot conspiracy theorist as President.

The end of Trump

This is what will destroy Donald Trump and his family. Not Russia, not the women, not his campaign finance. His real-estate business has been a shady, criminal enterprise for 30 years and plenty of people in New York know it.

And those of us who didn’t know it … knew it. Trump has been a figure on the New York gossip pages for nearly 40 years, and from the beginning everybody knew he was dirty. You might find him entertaining — you might even like him and admire his chutzpah — but you wouldn’t want to do business with him, because you knew he’d rip you off.

Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng Arrest Threatens Trump-Xi Trade Truce [Bloomberg]

While the U.S. routinely asks allies to extradite drug lords, arms dealers and other criminals, arresting a major Chinese executive like this is rare — if not unprecedented.

“The timing and manner of this is shocking,” Andrew Gilholm, director of North Asia analysis at Control Risks Group, said by phone. “It’s not often the phrase OMG appears in our internal email discussions. ”


The Nightmare [The Wilderness podcast]

How did Democrats lose the 2016 election? “The candidates, campaigns, and conditions that led to America’s worst person becoming president.”

Common wisdom is that the Democrats lost because they ran a flawed candidate. But Hillary Clinton was hugely popular before the election began. She was the most admired woman in the world.