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#621 Posted : Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:22:54 PM
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Historians give Trump brutal grades in new survey -- and rank him worse than the president who died after a month

C-SPAN on Wednesday released its latest rankings of American presidents as determined by dozens of prominent historians -- and it revealed some very unwelcome news for former President Donald Trump.

Overall, historians ranked Trump as the fourth-worst president ever, coming in one spot below former President William Henry Harrison, who died after just one month in office.

The only presidents on the list to rank worse than Trump were Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan.

Johnson was the first American president to be impeached and Trump was the first American president to be impeached twice. Buchanan, meanwhile, is best remembered for lurching America toward a civil war.

Breaking down individual leadership characteristics, the historians ranked Trump dead last in moral authority and was ranked even worse on this score than Richard Nixon, the only American president to resign in the face of impeachment.

Trump also ranked poorly in the category of crisis management, no doubt a reflection of his widely criticized response to the novel coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#622 Posted : Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:10:45 PM
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Trump was deliberately 'trying to stage a coup,' a former White House national-security official says

Thomas Colson Jan 8, 2021


President Donald Trump "was trying to stage a coup" by inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol, but it failed because the military did not join in, Fiona Hill, who was a national-security official under Trump, told The Daily Beast.

A mob of Trump's supporters violently stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday, hours after the president urged them to "fight much harder" to overturn the election result.

They broke police lines and entered the building through broken doors and windows before ransacking lawmakers' offices and entering the House and Senate chambers.

Hill, who was an advisor on Russia from 2017 to 2019, suggested that an intervention from all 10 living former defense secretaries this week had prevented armed forces from becoming involved in a coup attempt.

"The president was trying to stage a coup," she told The Daily Beast. "There was little chance of it happening, but there was enough chance that the former defense secretaries had to put out that letter, which was the final nail through that effort.

"They prevented the military from being involved in any coup attempt. But instead, Trump tried to incite it himself.

"This could have turned into a full-blown coup had he had any of those key institutions following him," Hill said.

She added that "just because it failed or didn't succeed doesn't mean it wasn't real."

Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, indicated on Thursday that prosecutors were looking into Trump's role in the siege at the Capitol and would examine his statements at the rally.

"Yes, we are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into the building, but ... were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or played some ancillary role in this," Sherwin said.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#623 Posted : Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:57:36 PM
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TRUMP FORCED TO RETURN NEARLY $13 MILLION IN DONATIONS HE BILKED FROM HIS SUPPORTERS

Former President Donald Trump is being forced to return nearly $13 million in campaign donations that were collected from his supporters without their knowledge or approval in a scam that bilked those who donated by immediately signing them up for recurring donations, according to The New York Times:

“Trailing in the polls and facing a cash crunch last September, Mr. Trump’s political operation began opting online donors into automatic recurring contributions by prechecking a box on its digital donation forms to take a withdrawal every week. Donors would have to notice the box and uncheck it to opt out of the donation. A second prechecked box took out another donation, known as a ‘money bomb.’

“The Trump team then obscured that fact by burying the fine print beneath multiple lines of bold and capitalized text, a New York Times investigation earlier this year found.”

While the maneuver greatly increased revenues for a short period of time, it later resulted in thousands of fraud complaints to credit card companies and demands for refunds.

All told, more than $135 million was refunded to donors by Mr. Trump, the Republican National Committee and their shared accounts in the 2020 cycle through June 2021 — including roughly $60 million after Election Day.

It’s pretty clear that the Trump campaign was engaging in deceptive tactics. If you have to return that much money you are doing something either very wrong or very unethical.”
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#624 Posted : Monday, August 9, 2021 11:50:32 AM
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'They're going to sing like canaries': Flood of DOJ employees expected to expose Trump after Rosen revelations

Taking part in a CNN panel discussing former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen's weekend testimony about Donald Trump's efforts to subvert the 2020 presidential election results, conservative commentator Amanda Carpenter predicts the floodgates will now open with other DOJ staffers coming forward.

On Saturday, Rosen testified before a bipartisan collection of lawmakers and their aides for seven hours, with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) saying the former DOJ official handed lawmakers a wealth of information about the former president's maneuverings after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

Discussing what will happen next, Carpenter -- a former top aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)-- said Rosen's testimony, and the fact that the DOJ has stated it will not block any employees from coming forward, means a lot more details about Trump's backroom dealings are in the offing.

"I mean, I think it just shows how dedicated Donald Trump was to this effort," Carpenter began. "If you don't mind me looking back a little bit, I'm a little frustrated because this would have been very relevant information during the second impeachment trial. Clearly you have people who were willing to talk and maybe they just needed the cover of the DOJ ruling saying they would be free to do so, but the second impeachment was really -- this is the same as the first."

"It's Donald Trump abusing official resources in order to get his way politically and stop Joe Biden from becoming president," she continued. "I mean, it's clearly a pattern here and so, I am very thankful that we have a January 6th select committee because I've got to believe there are many more people like Rosen. So once they have this legal, clear pathway in order to talk, they're going to sing like canaries."
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#625 Posted : Thursday, August 26, 2021 11:12:56 PM
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.The man's depth of ignorance always amazes me!.

LEGAL EXPERTS POUR COLD WATER ON IDEA THAT TRUMP CAN ASSERT EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TO STOP 1/6 COMMITTEE

Disgraced Florida retiree Donald Trump threatened to invoke executive privilege to block the 1/6 Select Committee from obtaining thousands of pages of records that could implicate him in the Capitol insurrection.

The committee requested records of phone calls, memos, and other documentation this week that signals a systematic investigation wide in scope, and one that could put Trump and his allies in further legal peril should the documents provide evidence that the insurrection was planned in advance. The committee requested documents going all the way back to April 2020.

Of course, Trump basically incriminated himself by throwing a fit about the document request, which he did via a statement posted by a proxy on Twitter because he no longer has a Twitter account.

“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege,” Trump said. “Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation.”

First of all, the committee is bipartisan because there are two Republicans serving on it. More Republicans would have been serving on the committee had House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) not revoked his selections after two of his more extreme choices were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

As for Trump’s executive privilege threat, he doesn’t have that power anymore because he is no longer president. Trump would have to sue to have the privilege asserted and legal experts pointed out that privilege does not cover crimes committed in office and would be an uphill legal battle that he would ultimately lose as Nixon did during the Watergate scandal.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#626 Posted : Wednesday, September 8, 2021 11:17:26 PM
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Trump seems to forget, Robert E. Lee was the loser!

Trump, who is marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by providing commentary during boxing matches at a Florida casino, sent out a statement to reporters on Afghanistan on Wednesday.

"Robert E. Lee is considered by many Generals to be the greatest strategist of them all," Trump wrote complete with his unusual capitalization. "If only we had Robert E. Lee to command our troops in Afghanistan, that disaster would have ended in a complete and total victory many years ago. What an embarrassment we are suffering because we don't have the genius of a Robert E. Lee!"


Leave it to a loser to think another loser actually won!
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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