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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.
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#627 Posted : Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:34:30 PM
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These (Trumpers) are not followers of Jesus despite the trappings and window dressing. They are Jesus-less extremists: blind zealots for nothing but power. They have been conditioned by decades of polluted theology and FoxNews alternative facts to see diversity as a threat, to see progress as attacks on America, and to interpret more people being treated with dignity as oppression of white people.

Trust me when I tell you that we won’t recover from the theocracy Evangelicals are constructing once it is established. If we fail in 2022, they will have a political power that will render every election null and void, and we will never have a voice again in our lifetimes.



.johnpavlovitz.com.
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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#628 Posted : Friday, October 15, 2021 8:34:52 PM
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.Trump supporters hurl profanities at Joe Biden as he greets children at a daycare center: report.

President Joe Biden was greeted with profane taunts from Trump supporters on Friday despite the fact that he was in the presence of children.

According to NPR White House correspondent Scott Detrow, Biden on Friday travelled to a daycare center in Hartford, Connecticut to promote childcare plans that are part of his "Build Back Better" agenda.

While there, he greeted several children at a playground, only to be interrupted at one point by Trump supporters who were yelling at him from across the street.

As recounted by Voice of America News reporter Patsy Widakuswara, "at one point Biden put a twisty blue tube toy on his head" while meeting with the children and "as this happened you could clearly hear Trump supporters across the street yelling 'traitor' and "f*ck Joe Biden."

Despite this, Biden continued into the daycare center and delivered a speech talking about Democratic policies such as the expanded child tax credit and universal pre-K.
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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#629 Posted : Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:20:58 PM
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"I'm going to be working for you. I'm not going to have time to go play golf." --Donald J. Trump, August, 2016

TRUMP GOLF COUNT: 298*

Cost to Taxpayer: About $149,000,000


*Daytime visits to golf clubs since inauguration, with evidence of playing golf on at least 150 visits. Our last recorded outing was on December 30, 2020. Click on complete data table for a list of Trump's outings, or view our breakdown of total costs.

Days Trump has spent at Mar a Lago:127

Cost of flights to Mar a Lago (31 so far):*~$60,138,000

Days Trump has spent at Bedminster:86

Cost of flights to Bedminster (27 so far):*~$23,515,500

Trump has visited his clubs once every this many days since his inauguration:5.9

Projected visits to golf clubs in four years:249

Projected visits in eight years:498

Total times Obama played golf during his eight year Presidency:306
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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#630 Posted : Sunday, October 24, 2021 7:01:59 AM
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Many wonder today why the Republican party does nothing to defeat the treasonous
schemes of the Democrats. It is because the pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly
infiltrated the Republican party as well as the Democratic party. Many wonder why
the news media lie so much to support and protect the Democrats. It is because the
pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly infiltrated the news media. The news media and
schools and colleges, with their lies and propaganda, have so conditioned the
people of the country that they are unable to recognize what has been done to them.
Victory for the Jesuits seems very near. The Jesuits are like a cancer that has
pervaded nearly every fiber of the society of the United States. We are being
defeated by the enemy within.

For many years the Jesuits have prevented the United States from developing
additional sources of energy within its own territory. Exploiting the vast oilfields on
the Alaskan north slope, that probably contain more oil than the entire middle east,
is forbidden. New nuclear power plants, the safest source of electric energy ever
discovered, are not permitted. There is no end to the lies people have been made to
believe about Nuclear energy. The environment is used as the club to subdue the
people of the country into going along with this idiocy. Modern technology is able to
develop these sources of power without any damage to the environment. France
gets 80% of its power from nuclear power plants without any problems. Needless to
say, without sufficient energy, the United States will not be able to defend itself. All
the papacy has to do is cut off the oil supply from the middle east.

The United States is now starting to feel the pinch of the energy shortage the Jesuits
have created. People have experienced blackouts over large areas as power is shut
off to stay within the limits of generating capacity. Today, instead of constructing
additional nuclear power plants, some of these plants are being dismantled! Will the
people of the United States be able to wake up in time to prevent the coming
national tragedy?

Not only in the United States is this treachery being perpetrated by the papacy, but
they are secretly at work all over the world to subvert all the nations of the world.

"And all the world wondered after the beast." Rev 13:3 last part.
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#631 Posted : Sunday, October 24, 2021 3:57:39 PM
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YOU ARE A SICK SICK PERSON!!!!!!


Paulwhut constantly claims he doesn't read my posts, but yet, here he is, commenting on my post he doesn't read! I guess he thought deleting the message would eliminate it.
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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#632 Posted : Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:01:12 PM
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Today, someone reminded me that Obama won the Nobel award, but Trump was endorsed by the My Pillow guy!
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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#633 Posted : Sunday, October 31, 2021 7:47:05 PM
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.The Only U.S. President to Be Impeached Twice Calls Biden ‘Worst President in History’.

By many measures Donald Trump was not a great president. He used the office for his own financial gain; he implemented cruel and racist immigration policies; he failed to take the pandemic seriously and did not do enough to slow its spread; and he tried to overthrow the government by stoking a violent insurrection.

But in Trump’s opinion, President Biden has had the “worst presidency in history,” the former president told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in an interview that aired on the network Saturday night.

“What grade would you give the Biden administration?” Pirro asked Trump.

“I think you have to say an F. And not an F+, it would be an F,” Trump replied. “It’s a failed administration. It’s a disaster. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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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#634 Posted : Friday, November 12, 2021 10:57:16 PM
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.Trump should fear Bannon flipping because he no longer has a 'get out of jail free card': legal expert.

Trump adviser Steve Bannon is facing a "classic prisoner's dilemma," according to former acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal.

Bannon, indicted Friday on two counts of contempt, could reverse course and agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. Or, he could continue to defy the committee and potentially face jail time.

"The most important point here is that if you're Trump, or if you're frankly anyone else in [the] Jan. 6 [probe], you've got to worry that Bannon could turn against you," Katyal told MSNBC on Friday night. "This is not a guy known for his loyalty. It's always about what's in it for himself. There's no underlying principle. So that's the kind of classic prisoner's dilemma situation that prosecutors use all the time."

He added that Trump and his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as less prominent administration officials linked to the Jan. 6 attack, are now faced with the risk that Bannon "might be thinking about trying to make a deal."

"(Bannon) didn't have to worry about that in the last administration," Katyal said. "Yes, he was indicted before for cheating on his 'Build the Wall' campaign and ultimately convicted, but he knew at the end of the day he had a get out of jail free card, because president Trump could pardon him. There's no get out of jail free card anymore, so a self-interested and frankly evil person like Bannon is probably going to think about what's best for him, and not anyone else."
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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#635 Posted : Tuesday, November 16, 2021 11:38:53 PM
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This is just too funny!

.Key Republican voter fraud claim to collapse in a Nevada courtroom.


Republicans and conservative media outlets thought they'd found a voter fraud case that could serve as the foundation for sweeping condemnations of our electoral system. Today, in a Nevada courtroom, their house of cards will collapse. The Nevada Independent reported:

A Clark County man prominently featured by local and national Republicans as having evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election has agreed to plead guilty to voting more than once during the same election, after using his deceased wife's ballot to vote a second time. The man, Donald Kirk Hartle, was publicly cited by the Nevada Republican Party last November as evidence of voting irregularities that affected the results of the 2020 election — Hartle, 55, claimed to learn that someone had cast a ballot in the 2020 election for his wife Rosemarie Hartle, who died in 2017.

Over the course of the last 12 months, the public has learned of a handful of instances in which Donald Trump supporters were caught trying to cast ballots on behalf of dead relatives. In each instance, the Republicans were caught; the fraudulent ballots were not counted; and the cases were referred for prosecution. Several perpetrators have already pleaded guilty.

In Nevada, however, Rosemarie Hartle's ballot became a rallying cry and a lynchpin to a larger partisan strategy. Hartle died of cancer in 2017, but someone nevertheless tried to cast a ballot in her name last fall. Her husband, Donald Kirk Hartle, allowed himself to become a player in the partisan gambit, expressing public outrage that someone had dared to cast a ballot on behalf of his late wife.

He even appeared in the media, describing what transpired as "sickening."

But the entire controversy recently started to unravel when Donald Kirk Hartle was accused of being the one responsible for casting his late wife's ballot. And today, as he pleads guilty, the foundational case for Republican conspiracy theorists will evaporate.

That in turn will leave me with a couple of questions. First, will there be any apologies from those who seized on this case as proof of systemic flaws in our system of elections? I'm guessing the answer is no.
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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#636 Posted : Friday, November 19, 2021 10:02:54 PM
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It is going to take a decade for this nation to recover from Trump!

.Head of federal agency responsible for wildly inaccurate jobs numbers is Trump holdover.

The CDC doesn't screw around with reporting COVID information, because millions of people, including scientists, make life or death decisions based on those data.

The Labor Dept. doesn't tweak jobs numbers for political purposes, or to make a president look good or bad, because to report inaccurate results leads to tremendous distrust of the government, messes up markets, and plans of major corporations.

And yet under President Donald Trump the Health and Human Services Dept. altered CDC documents – once considered sacrosanct documents – for political purposes, CNN reported last year.

Americans, in other words, have been living under the false belief that the labor market wasn't exactly hopping, thanks to wildly inaccurate numbers out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency under the Dept. of Labor that collects, tracks, and analyzes these critical numbers.

Yes, under President Joe Biden the labor market has been surging, we now know, contrary to the information that's been coming out of the BLS.

Curiously, as the Post also noted, the exact opposite happened last year, when Donald Trump was president.
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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