Dangers of a Trump Presidency--Part 7

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ballettmaus

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He was just on Nicolle's show. I kept saying "it's your fault" to the t.v. Her last question was that her twitter feed was upset that he was on. And did he regret anything. He said he didn't. Still a jerk.
He annoys me for that very reason (that he refuses to acknowledge the role he played and accept responsibility) and because he's saying Biden should pardon Trump (yeah, we already know that his judgement is lacking but is this man freaking insane?), so I didn't watch.
 

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He annoys me for that very reason (that he refuses to acknowledge the role he played and accept responsibility) and because he's saying Biden should pardon Trump (yeah, we already know that his judgement is lacking but is this man freaking insane?), so I didn't watch.
I didn't watch him on purpose. I couldn't tell you what all he said about what is going on now. I just kept saying "it's your fault". And my ears perked up when Nicolle mentioned people on twitter were mad that she had him on. Anderson Cooper just said they were going to talk to him (pushing his book) and I turned off the t.v.
 

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On December 8, a foreign account sent multiple prominent rightwing figures a large Bitcoin donation. Funding, including from overseas, a subject of interest to U.S. law enforcement post U.S. Capitol riot:
Posted by the author herself: https://twitter.com/JennaMC_Laugh/status/1349784715193180160?s=20

Federal authorities are investigating several Bitcoin donations made to right-wing figures ahead of the assault on the Capitol last week, according to a person briefed on the investigation.
From https://nyti.ms/3bHjdmO
 

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On December 8, a foreign account sent multiple prominent rightwing figures a large Bitcoin donation. Funding, including from overseas, a subject of interest to U.S. law enforcement post U.S. Capitol riot:
Posted by the author herself: https://twitter.com/JennaMC_Laugh/status/1349784715193180160?s=20

Federal authorities are investigating several Bitcoin donations made to right-wing figures ahead of the assault on the Capitol last week, according to a person briefed on the investigation.
From https://nyti.ms/3bHjdmO
I read both articles and don’t see why money from a French man assumed dead December 6th important!
 

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The DOJ IG has released his report on the family separation policy. And Rod Rosenstein is now all "we never should have implemented that policy". https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/14/politics/family-separations-immigration-justice-ig/index.html

I don't think I saw it at the time, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials called the policy a crime against humanity. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...z-family-separation-migrants-un-a8485606.html
He's still alive, so he was able to see Trump get defeated. I hope he lives a little while longer and gets to see at least some prosecutions against the authoritarian, his enablers and the rioters.
 
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The DOJ IG has released his report on the family separation policy. And Rod Rosenstein is now all "we never should have implemented that policy". https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/14/politics/family-separations-immigration-justice-ig/index.html

I don't think I saw it at the time, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials called the policy a crime against humanity. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...z-family-separation-migrants-un-a8485606.html
He's still alive, so he was able to see Trump get defeated. I hope he lives a little while longer and gets to see at least some prosecutions against the authoritarian, his enablers and the rioters.
Assuming all adults who say the children with them are actually theirs is far worse and also illegal according to US law passed in 2008! It also makes catch and release the de facto law
 

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Rachel Maddow had a really good opening segment last night, on the Flint water crisis and the former Michigan governor and his cronies finally being charged because of their (in)action around that. She discussed the plot in Michigan to kidnap and execute the current governor, and suggested that this was the kind of mindset that we saw on a larger scale in DC.
 
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DeWine, 6 hours ago (nothing about not getting the other half of our vaccines from his oh-so-cooperative vp)
"Today I authorized more @OHNationalGuard members for deployment to Washington, D.C., bringing the number of Ohio Guard members there to approx. 1,000. We also have an ample number of troops on state active duty to support law enforcement in Ohio as needed during protests here."
 

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Trump now wants himself to be reduced to a coffee boy whom he barely knows. :lol: https://thehill.com/regulation/cour...-trump-should-get-immunity-from-rape-accusers

In a filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, the DOJ argued it should be substituted in the suit as the defendant, replacing Trump, and that the president should be classified as “an employee of the government” and receive immunity from the suit under what is known as the Westfall Act.

The federal statute grants federal employees "absolute immunity" from claims that arise "in the course of their official duties." The DOJ argued the law “provides a broad grant of immunity” to Trump

I also love that DOJ is involved because they claim he acted in his official capacity as President. Which one is it? "Government employee" or President?
 

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I didn't watch him on purpose. I couldn't tell you what all he said about what is going on now. I just kept saying "it's your fault". And my ears perked up when Nicolle mentioned people on twitter were mad that she had him on. Anderson Cooper just said they were going to talk to him (pushing his book) and I turned off the t.v.
Who are we talking about?
 

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This is a utmost example of delusion and a person who won't admit they are completely far off the reality.

While we are talking it, I'll say -- honestly speaking -- the society has been increasingly favoring short term emotional gratification over getting over hard facts and truths. I see that even with people around me -- people living in isolation with few people around to challenge their beliefs, a facebook like culture on top of it, and a culture where we sometimes speak in euphemism, at least on a conversational level. It is so easy, just so easy to go on denial over things they don't want to accept.

I see that even with sane people around me, just imagine the people like 3 standard deviations over the mean. So yeah, the extremists are born.
 

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Since Trump and Co were banned on Twitter, the spread of misinformation on election fraud went down 73% https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/16/misinformation-trump-twitter/

“Bottom line is that de-platforming, especially at the scale that occurred last week, rapidly curbs momentum and ability to reach new audiences,” said Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which tracks misinformation.
How the tone has changed; in 2016 it was all about "could", "might", "maybe", "it's possible", "we don't know", "it's hard to tell" etc. Suddenly, it's a definite statement.

A study released the week before the presidential election by the Election Integrity Partnership, a consortium of misinformation researchers, found that just 20 conservative, pro-Trump Twitter accounts — including the president’s own @realDonaldTrump — were the original source of one-fifth of retweets pushing misleading narratives about voting.
I would love to see a comparison to 2016 (or maybe, I'd rather not).
 

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The Trump administration is still creating roadblocks for Biden.

Pompeo is implementing a bunch of last-minute foreign policies. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...430e12-55be-11eb-a08b-f1381ef3d207_story.html


The Acting Defense Secretary is urging the NSA to install the lawyer (a former Nunes staffer) who was named to the position in November. Sounds like they want to have a Trump/Nunes ally in a top intelligence position to get information once Trump's out of office. I guess, they need to get the information that they've promised to sell somehow. :shuffle: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...e06a02-5837-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html
 

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The Trump administration is still creating roadblocks for Biden.

Pompeo is implementing a bunch of last-minute foreign policies. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...430e12-55be-11eb-a08b-f1381ef3d207_story.html


The Acting Defense Secretary is urging the NSA to install the lawyer (a former Nunes staffer) who was named to the position in November. Sounds like they want to have a Trump/Nunes ally in a top intelligence position to get information once Trump's out of office. I guess, they need to get the information that they've promised to sell somehow. :shuffle: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...e06a02-5837-11eb-a931-5b162d0d033d_story.html
Can Biden just replace his whole staff after Jan. 20?
 

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Can Biden just replace his whole staff after Jan. 20?
The article about the NSA lawyer mentions that if Ellis takes up the job, it'll be more difficult for Biden to remove him quickly but it doesn't mention why. I can only assume that this is because it's meant to be a career and not a political position.
 
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