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14 May
Dan Rather:

Pick a day. Almost any day in the last three-plus years. Chances are you'd find a day where President Trump and his administration did something or said something (or didn't do or say something they should have) that would have been unthinkable political suicide...
for any previous president.

Now, these stories seem to be swept aside by lunchtime, swamped by a flood of craziness, corruption, and dysfunction that is further being roiled with the hurricane-force societal headwinds of a public health and economic emergency.
...
Take just the last few days. A political operative running the Department of Justice undercutting decades of norms by turning the the rule of law into a strong-arm tactic for the President's personal self-interest....
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28 Feb
You Can’t Gaslight a Pandemic, Donald
FEBRUARY 27, 2020 / JOHN PAVLOVITZ

You look scared, Donald.

You should be.

A pandemic is problematic for you.

You can’t gaslight a pandemic.

You can’t bully it into compliance.

You can’t lie to it and hope it won’t run a fact check1/12
You can’t pay for its silence or promise immunity.

You can’t threaten its reelection bid if it breaks ranks.

You can’t fire it when it dissents from your ramblings.

You can’t impugn its character with baseless attacks.

You can’t fool it with talk about God.
2/12
You can’t bury it with FoxNews fluff pieces.

You can’t drown it in nationalism.

You can’t dismiss it with cries of fake news.

You can’t pardon it after it completes its assaults.

You can’t give it a demeaning nickname and hope to deflate it.3/12
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15 Jan
This assessment of Putin from 2017 is flat out chilling in the context of today’s news. The author asked Trump to admit that Russia helped elect him but he has not. We now face Political warfare that is meant to achieve specific political outcomes favorable to the Kremlin: 1/5
it is preferred to physical conflict because it is cheap and easy. The Kremlin has many notches in its belt in this category, some of which have been attributed, many likely not.2/5
It’s a mistake to see this campaign in the traditional terms of political alliances: rarely has the goal been to install overtly pro-Russian governments. More often, the goal is simply to replace Western-style democratic regimes with illiberal, populist, or nationalist ones.
3/5
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11 Dec 19
So, let me see if I understand this..

- We have a government leader who believes he is above the law, and blatantly and flagrantly abuses his position. 1/17
- We have top cabinet officials who understand their job not as serving the country, but as serving the government leader.
- The leader's party sees their job as defending and protecting their leader, not as serving their constituents.2/17
- The leader of the ruling party has identified and named and criminalized a scapegoat minority, and allocated significant resources to identifying and persecuting them.3/17
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3 Dec 19
From Heather Cox Richardson

β€œI see people asking many times why the Republicans are bending over for Trump, what does he have over them?

That’s the wrong way to look at it.

It’s not JUST TRUMP. 1/19
Look at everything that is going on through the lens of the Republican leaders giving up on democracy because they have lost the tide of demographics.

They have publicly discussed this amongst themselves for many years.2/19
I believe it was David Frum who said that if the Republicans could not win control via democracy, they’d abandon democracy before abandoning conservatism.3/19
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9 Nov 19
6 Reasons Trump needs to be impeached and removed:

1. As your average third-grader could tell you, but your average GOP senator could not, this was cheating. And cheating is wrong.
2. This was cheating in a presidential election. We need to let that sink in: Trump was not stiffing another contractor or underpaying his taxes. He was trying to manipulate a presidential race, an assault on the assumption of electoral fairness that lends legitimacy to democracy
3. This was cheating in a presidential election using public money as leverage. Trump was effectively employing $400 million in taxpayer money as his own corruption slush fund.
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7 Nov 19
This is Jim Thorpe. Look closely at the photo, you can see that he's wearing different socks and shoes. This wasn't a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma represented the U.S. in track and field....
On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen. Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can. That's the pair that he's wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock...
Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day.
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6 Nov 19
LONGISH THREAD:
If you’re in a mood to kick him while he is down.

Someone on Quora asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?" Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response...
A few things spring to mind.

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem...
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace -
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4 Nov 19
Yeah but how’s she gonna pay for Medicare-For-All?
1) Employers will still pay 98% of what they pay now, not to CEOs but to Medicare
β€’Look at your check, see the amount they take out for insurance? That’ll be 0.
β€’How much do you pay in deductibles and co-pays? That’ll be 0.
2) Medicaid (state and federally funded programs for the poor and disabled) money will go into Medicare...everyone covered by Medicare.
3) See in this chart, all that money that has been grabbed by the uber wealthy? BILLIONAIRES will be taxed at 2% only on the money OVER $1B. Yeah, they pay a little to be among healthy people. Tough I know, but they will get over it.
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3 Nov 19
THREAD

Of all the horrible things Trump does, this is the most outrageous.
1) California’s economy is the strongest in the country. 5th in the WORLD. Any other President would help California for economic reasons, if nothing else...
2) Only 3% of forests are managed by the state. THE MAJORITY ARE MANAGED BY TRUMP and he has cut over $23B in funding for forest management since he was President....
He just recently laid off 10,000 forest personnel and interfered with the immigration of experienced people who have been clearing the forests for years BEFORE this fire season...
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22 Oct 19
THREAD By David Dunckel @slamdunke9

A challenge for tRump supporters:

1. Go to work today and find a person of color. Tell them to "go back where they came from."

2. Find a co-worker with disabilities and then mock them.
3. Go up to the nearest female co-worker and "grab her by the pussy."

4. Find another female co-worker and call her a "horse-face" or a "dog."

5. Find a Hispanic co-worker and tell them they can't do their job because of their cultural heritage.
6. See if you can make it till noon without being fired and escorted out of the building.

If you are not willing to do all this, why would you support someone who does?

Just curious.

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19 Oct 19
THREAD by Heather Cox Richardson: Today, when pushed to talk about the fate of the Kurds in Syria, Trump said: The Kurds "are very happy about the way things are going." (In reality, the Kurds are continuing to die; the "ceasefire" did not hold.)...
Then he added: "We've taken control of the oil in the Middle East ... the oil that everybody was worried about." ...
Huh? What does this even mean? We have withdrawn from Kurdish territory in Syria that we helped to hold until Trump ordered our troops out on October 7, and the Kurds are being forced to leave the area under attack...
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11 Oct 19
A Realistic Trump Obituary.
Long but you’re gonna like it.

Disgraced former President Trump died today of congestive heart failure while serving a 20 year sentence in the Federal penitentiary.
He is survived by his two sons and two daughters, three of which were unavailable for comment due to their own incarceration. Single at the time of his death, none of his ex-wives made any comment fit to print.
Mr. Trump was believed to be a billionaire at the time of his election as President, but civil, government, and criminal investigations while he was President revealed he was actually billions of dollars in debt.
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9 Oct 19
#NoVote GOP impeachment process complaints simply aren't credible in light of Trump's current abuse of power. His lawyers have taken the position that he doesn't have to comply with Congressional subpoenas and he is immune from criminal investigation....
Moreover, the Republicans in the Senate tried to pass Trump Care in the middle of the night with no hearings, no CBO score, and very limited debate. The bill was drafted in secret by a handful of insiders...
Now suddenly, the GOP is concerned about procedural niceties! Please.

Dennis Crawford
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6 Oct 19
The Rise of Identity Fusion and Allegiance to Trump - Excellent Read. theatlantic.com/health/archive…
Fusion isn’t a bunch of individuals contorting their way of thinking-but a bunch of individuals suspending their way of thinking. It makes us more likely to do extreme things that aren’t consistent with our normal identity-It allows you to do things you couldn’t conceive of doing
In fusion, though, a perceived challenge to the group’s ideology is a challenge to the self. Arguments about climate change, for example, might not actually be about climate change, and instead about people protecting their basic sense of order and consistency.
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5 Oct 19
1) Biden did not gain anything personally. World and oppositional leaders in Ukraine wanted the prosecutor out because he was corrupt and did nothing to avenge the killing of oppositional protestors. While Trump withheld funding for personal gain...
2) 50 Ukrainians were killed or injured by Russia while Trump was shaking down a country at risk. Big difference....
3) Speaker Pelosi has only approved an impeachment inquiry. A vote to impeach would be premature and highly politically charged...
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1 Oct 19
I want to memorialize the reaction of a sitting Member of Congress @RepDonBacon Below is my reply.
Ukrainians have Russia-a regime that puts people in jail for posting anything negative towards their government on Facebook-breathing down their neck, and you want us to wait 14 months knowing the President is using Ukraine’s desperate situation to influence said election?...
It is obvious you didn’t bother to read the Mueller Report. Did you bother to read the transcripts of the call with Ukraine? If not, you are not doing your job. If so, you need to explain why you think such actions are not worthy of an inquiry, not post an inane cartoon....
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21 Sep 19
I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn't born here....
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice....
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was...
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13 Sep 19
Let’s take a look back:

β€œThe day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled....
General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs...
Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest...
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12 Sep 19
It amazes me trump never lost support after disrespecting Gold Star parents, a former POW and mocked a disabled reporter. In β€œEast of Eden,” John Steinbeck writes:
β€œHumans are caught β€” in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too β€” in a net of good and evil....
I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last. …..
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5 Sep 19
SHORT THREAD ON GUNS

Y'all are missing the point. McConnell isn't spineless. This is what he wants. The purpose of a system is what it does. Our system produces mass shooters and a murder rate higher than that of any other industrialized nation.....
Therefore the purpose of our system is to produce mass shooters and a high murder rate.

Why? Power. Money. The usual....
If Republican voters are in a state of fear they'll buy more guns. If Republicans promise that the evil liberals will steal their guns, thus depriving them of their right to self defense against the hordes of bad people, then they'll vote for Republicans more reliably...
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