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Evidence Emerges Russia Meddled in #Brexit As Well (just as I speculated last April)
Nov 27th, 2017 by Admin Mugsy

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I think I started hating Conspiracy Theorists during the OJ Trial. I was home sick that Summer for months with nothing to do except watch the trial live on TV. I watched more of the trial than Judge Ito (literally, one week he had to be excused due to a conflict of interests.) It drove me nuts as the evidence mounted, OJ’s lawyers defense kept changing (sans the consistent yet nonsensical “He was framed by the LAPD!” defense), and despite the overwhelming evidence against him, a huge portion of the population simply dismissed all the evidence on the grounds his accusers could not be trusted. And no matter how absurd the manner in which the “frameup” would of had to have taken place (planting evidence with an eyedropper, “flying DNA”, all without even knowing if OJ had an airtight alibi at the time), there was just no convincing them that just because you don’t trust the accuser, sometimes the accusations are true.

Then came the 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists. No matter how much rational evidence there is, they concoct absurd explanations for why it isn’t true. I think my “favorite” absurd claim is the “holographic planes” argument to argue “NO planes actually hit the Towers.” Don’t ask me to explain the “logic” behind that one because I can’t. But the basis for their disbelief remains the same: “You can’t trust the government!” If you believe our own government was behind 9/11, then you MUST also believe Osama bin Laden and alQaeda were framed and the incompetent Bush Administration pulled off the conspiracy of the century after only eight months in office (never to achieve such masterful misdirection again.) And if there’s one time they could have used such a brilliant air-tight frame-up, it would have been against Iraq. They would have “found” those WMD’s they insisted were there instead of being exposed as bumbling incompetents who lied us into an unnecessary war, nearly costing them the 2004 election.

Some conspiracy theories make me angry beyond words. The claim “Sandy Hook was a ‘false flag’ operation” and “no children were actually killed” theory (because it’s impossible for them to believe ANY gun owner could be so mentally deranged as to murder twenty first graders and six teachers) makes my blood boil. These people have even called the parents of these dead children at home to threaten them if they don’t stop “lying” about what happened. Something so horrific was “clearly” a ruse to push anti-gun legislation… a massive and incredibly complex conspiracy… all for nothing because all it took was 40 Republican lawmakers beholden to the NRA to refuse to pass any new anti-gun legislation. You’d think conspirators THAT clever would have also planned for such a contingency.

And if you listen to conspiracy theorists, the REAL conspiracy is all the people working to convince you the simplest/sanest explanation is the true “conspiracy”, and all evidence can be ignored no matter how solid it is. Trump can admit ON TAPE of committing sexual assault and all it takes is for him to say “I was lying!” for them to trust him again. Roy Moore and his supporters ask “Why now?” are all these accusers suddenly appearing after all these years? (Why? Because first one person speaks up, then others discover they weren’t the only one and start coming forward too.) Clearly, it’s “a conspiracy to stop him from getting elected to the Senate!” (Ironically, the worst witness against Moore is Moore himself, who admitted to Sean Hannity that he never asked out a girl “without getting the mother’s approval first”, then admitting the first time he met his future wife was when she was just 15 during a “school recital”. And STILL they call his accusers liars.) But these same conspiracy theorists are quick to believe Sen. Al Franken’s accusers. They impeached Bill Clinton because they trusted his accusers more than him to the point of getting him to testify under oath about his sexual misconduct (at which point he lied.) How many Republicans ran to his defense asking “why now?” (And yes, I know some Democrats did the same thing. Lesson learned.)

And the one that irks me most of all is the “this is the same government that told us Iraq had WMD’s!” argument for why you can’t trust anything that anyone “official” says. Can’t trust the government. Can’t trust “the lying Media” (one phrase I pray I never hear again after Trump leaves office is “Fake News”. A simplistic catch-all excuse to dismiss anything they don’t like.) Well, *I* remember Ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife Valery Plame being destroyed by the Bush Administration for daring to report there was no way in Hell Saddam bought/transported “20,000 tons of Yellowcake uranium from Niger.” *I* remember VP Dick Cheney repeatedly flying down to CIA headquarters in Langley to put pressure on them to say “Saddam had WMD’s” when the evidence just wasn’t there. Apparently, today’s conspiracy theorists DID trust the government back then, and have resolved never to make that mistake again. Yet, that is EXACTLY what they are doing, making the SAME mistake again, ignoring solid evidence in favor of absurd conspiracy theories (frequently spread by Trump himself.)

Ridiculous.

So, “conspiracies”. The claim Russia meddled in our election isn’t a conspiracy theory. Believing they DIDN’T despite all the evidence on the grounds it either comes from untrustworthy sources, or an elaborate fabrication being spread by someone they hate even more… Hillary Clinton and the DNC. THAT is a conspiracy theory.

Well, last April I noted (in my extensive… and still being updated… list of Trump Administration officials and family members who were in contact with Russian officials during the presidential campaign) my suspicion that Russian meddling in the politics of their enemies was likely not limited to just the United States but that they were probably involved in #Brexit too (“Update 12a”.) We know they meddled in the French election (Update 11) and I suspect they also played a part in the recent split of the province of Caledonia from the rest of Spain.

So it should come as no surprise that that Yes, we now have evidence the Russians DID play a part in promoting #Brexit last June (if you don’t know, #Brexit was a vote in the UK on whether or not to split from the European Union.) The “pro-Brexit” side were virulently anti-Muslim, anti-European, anti-immigrant nativists with a desire to “close the borders” to Middle-Eastern immigrants (sound familiar?)

BuzzFeed reported Friday they found evidence of 45 fake Twitter accounts belonging to Russian bots that did nothing but spread Russian propaganda. During the French elections, the site would push pro-LePen/anti-Macron propaganda in French, then anti-Angela Merkel propaganda in German during her reelection campaign, then instantly switch to English to push pro-Brexit propaganda during the Brexit vote. “20 of the accounts also tweeted about Trump” during the U.S. election.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Russia would want to break up the EU, throw every Western nation into chaos (getting Trump elected certainly achieved that here), and promote anti-Muslim/pro-Russia/anti-NATO leaders like Trump, LePen (the French Nazi) and the Far-Right anti-immigrant “AfD” Party in Germany who won seats in the German parliament for the first time EVER. Russia is the big winner in the decision for the UK to split from the EU. Putin has been staunchly anti-Muslim for decades. His bloody & brutal war against Chechen Muslims predates 9/11 (1994); and the Russian government has been working hard to elect people who oppose NATO, as well as the sanctions placed on Russia by the EU/US ever since they invaded Ukraine in 2014.
 

Impact of EU sanctions on Russia

 

…so is it any surprise they are going to such lengths to actively promote candidates who oppose NATO and oppose sanctions on Russia… or in the case of #Brexit… splitting off England from the EU? And it’s so easy! All it takes is a few hackers in a troll farm targeting voters on social networks with “fake news” reported on “RT (“Russia Today”) and “Sputnik”, or spending a few bucks to buy ads on Facebook & Twitter to promote one candidate over another, influence public opinion just enough to sway 1%-2% of the vote in an extremely close election The rewards VASTLY outweigh the expense/effort. And even if you get caught, you can use THE SAME PROPAGANDA MACHINE to convince just enough people that the “rumors” of Russian meddling are just “sour grapes”… propaganda spread by the losers to explain away their loss (sound familiar Part Deux?)

Of course, as I write this, I know there are also 100 Million “conspiracy theorists” out there ready to accuse me of promoting my own “conspiracy theory” because I “refuse to accept” that the hateful racist oligarchs are more in touch with popular sentiment than their opponents. Only difference is, I have facts & evidence on my side, and they have Nazi’s and Holographic Jumbo Jets on theirs.
 


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How to Avoid Another War with North Korea: Declare an end to the LAST one
Nov 13th, 2017 by Admin Mugsy

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Trump couldn’t help but poke the bear (not Putin, though he may have done that too) during his Asia trip, getting into yet another Twitter fight with North Korea’s own irrational, undisciplined BabyMan leader, Kim Jong Un. Much of the reason for North Korea’s belligerence towards the U.S. is because they fear invasion by the U.S. ever since George W. Bush included them in his “Axis of Evil” (“Iraq, Iran & North Korea“) shortly before invading the first of those three nations in 2003. As isolated and paranoid as North Korea is, it doesn’t help that The Korean War never officially ended. Only an “armistice” was declared, the war was ruled “a draw”, the Korean peninsula was split in two, and everyone just assumed it was “over.”

Everyone except for the North Korean’s, that is.

As far as they are concerned, the war is still going on, and a militaristic United States is just champing at the bit to invade and retake the North. And rhetoric from Donald Trump suggesting wiping them off the face of the Earth doesn’t help.

On Veterans Day last Saturday, ABC News asked Korean War Vets what they thought about the possibility Trump might restart the Korean War? To-a-man, each and every one of them said that would be a terrible mistake. They all agree that if we were to restart the war with the massive military might we wield today, there is no question we would win (not a sure bet. China would likely intercede on behalf of North Korea today just as they did in 1952.) The question then is who will be the adult in the room and AVOID war with North Korea? The very idea we might go back into NK all these years later and pick up where those Veterans left off… trying to win an unwinnable war… is insanity.

Speaking of “insanity”, I remind you North Korea endorsed Donald Trump in May 2016, after Trump criticized South Korea for not paying enough for its own defense… even threatening to pull support for South Korea till they do:
 

“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is, but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate.” – Unnamed North Korean scholar in a NK newspaper column.

 

If you want to prevent the next Korean War, you can start by officially ending the last one.
 

Most (if not all) nations on the planet now recognize “North Korea” as a separate sovereign nation. It has been nearly 65 years since the “unofficial” end of the Korean War. It is time we finally accepted the fact there are now TWO Korea’s and whether or not the two nations ever become one again is entirely up to the people of those two nations.

Trump could take the wind out of Kim Jong Un’s sails by formally declaring an end to the Korean War, having representatives from both sides sitting down for a dramatic “Signing Ceremony” in Geneva, declaring that the United States now recognizes North Korea as a separate and independent nation and formally declare The Korean War over.

North Korean TV would happily show “Dear Leader” on the world stage, sitting across from Donald Trump as an equal, “forcing” the United States to “accept defeat” as they sign an agreement officially declaring an end to the Korean War. And after showing such an event nationwide on state-run TV, it would be difficult for them to then make the case the U.S. still wants to invade their country, justifying the need for further provocative action.

And for Trump (and his ego), he can proudly declare that HE finally brought the Korean War to an end after more than 60 years and how he is actually “a man of peace”, not the belligerent war-happy third-world Dictator his critics make him out to be.

The problem is we have two irrational, childish, trigger-happy lunatics in charge of each country. We desperately need someone to step up and be the adult in the room. Show of hands how many of you think Trump is up to the task?
 

Yeah, me either.
 


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All the circumstantial evidence points to one thing: Trump is broke
Aug 7th, 2017 by Admin Mugsy

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(UPDATED: 9/20/17)

The key selling point of a “Donald Trump presidency” was that a “successful businessman” such as himself would know how to run the U.S. government efficiently. “I know all the best people”, he told adoring fans. “I’m worth $10 Billion dollars” he told the masses. And because of his success as a businessman, he supposedly would be able to run this massive “corporation” we now call The Federal Government (never mind the fact a government isn’t a corporation.) Trump claimed at the very start of his campaign that… because of his fantastic wealth… he “couldn’t be bought” and would only work in YOUR best interests, not those of the “Special Interests”. He would “take no money” from those same “Special Interests” and run a “self funded campaign using his own money to run for president. But in fact Trump did NOT self-finance his campaign. When he DID spend his own money on his campaign, it was only a loan where he charged his own campaign to pay him back. Even then, Trump wasn’t even the biggest donor to his own campaign. No “Special Interests”? He had multiple “SuperPACs” pouring money into his campaign as well, and as I posited two weeks ago, there is a trail of laundered Russian money leading to Trump’s back pocket like a trail of breadcrumbs. And despite all of Trump’s innuendo regarding money pouring into “The Clinton Foundation” and whether or not some of it was making its way to the Clinton campaign, Trump repeatedly refused/refuses to release his tax returns (no, this is not about Trump’s taxes) on the grounds he was “under audit” (which was NOT preventing him from from doing so) yet promising “as soon as the audit is over, I’ll release them.” But even after the election was over, Trump continued to refuse to release his taxes. And once he was sworn in and no longer under audit, he argued his taxes “no longer mattered”… “nobody cares except the sore losers”. Trump’s tax return for 2016… the year AFTER the one that was audited… the year he was running for president… was NEVER under audit, yet he never released that year either (nor were his tax returns for ANY other prior year.) To this day, we have never seen Donald Trump’s tax returns. Why? What doesn’t he want us to see? Then there is the question of “Emoluments” and whether Trump is using the presidency to make himself rich. Any time the subject of “money” comes up regarding Trump, it suggests he’s desperately trying to prevent his “true wealth” from becoming public knowledge. And the braggart & raging egomaniac that Trump is, does anyone think if he was even more fantastically rich than he has publicly claimed, that he wouldn’t be tweeting it from the rooftops? Of course he would! Trump’s entire shtick is that he is qualified purely due to being a business & financial success. So, what if it turns out he isn’t? After filing four bankruptcies, two divorces, being sued multiple times (settling his “Trump University” fraud case for $20 Million dollars rather than continue fighting), closing failed casinos, and a list of failed businesses longer than my arm, how does one suffer SO much failure and expense, and still be worth over $10 Billion dollars? Simple… he isn’t. He’s deep in debt and owes some very powerful people a lot of money.

…But he can’t admit it without being exposed as the lying Snake Oil salesman he is and disappointing his legions of “poorly educated” fans.

As I stated above, there is a troubling record of Russian money finding it’s way into Trump’s campaign coffers to the point I no longer have ANY doubt the Russian government… by way of well-connected Russian oligarchs… bankrolled the bulk of Donald Trump’s political campaign. From the Russian fertilizer magnate who paid 2-1/2 times the value for a Florida mansion belonging to Trump… sight unseen… just as Trump was being forced to pay a multi-million dollar judgement against him… only to have the property demolished without the new owner having ever visited it even once, and sold for a $60 million dollar loss… to the private computer server in the Trump Tower campaign headquarters with a dedicated hotline connection to a Russian bank, to millions in laundered Russian Mafia crime money poured into Manhattan real estate purchased from Trump (no questions asked)… Trump owes much of his wealth to (criminal) Russian investment.

But that’s just half the story.

Immediately after his inauguration, Trump doubled the membership fee to his “Mar-a-lago” Resort from $100,000/yr to $200,000/yr. The rich & powerful… those “Special Interests” Trump bemoaned… were buying up memberships hoping to hob-knob with The President himself. But Trump wasn’t about to divest himself of his prized resort in which the wealthy could rub elbows with the Commander-in-Chief himself if the price is right, nor did Trump set any rules against “unsolicited fraternization”. If you’ve got the bucks, you might just luck into a private meeting with The President of the United States. What percentage of Trump’s “regular Americans” do you think he’ll run into down there at that price?

Trump’s hotels around the world, in New York and in DC, the profits from those hotels still feed into Trump’s pocket. When wealthy Saudi’s came to DC, rather than stay in the same posh hotel they normally booked, this year they chose to stay in a Trump-owned hotel (I’ll give you three guesses why, and the second two don’t count.) Overseas, the paperwork and court cases holding up development of Trump hotels and golf courses are suddenly fast-tracked and shown preferential treatment over Trump’s competitors. The Founding Fathers called such gifts & favoritism “emoluments”, and they are illegal. Yet Trump has refused to sell off his holdings and divest himself from these conflicts of interest (and No, turning the “running” of the business over to his sons does NOT resolve those conflicts of interest or shield him from violating the Emoluments clause.)

We know that as a real estate mogul in NY, Trump had a history of not paying his workers/suppliers/vendors, and he suggested during the campaign that only dumb people pay taxes, so much of Trump’s wealth came from being a deadbeat… something he can no longer get away with as president of the United States.

I mentioned above that Trump only LOANED his own campaign money to finance it, but we also learned just last week that Trump blatantly overcharged the Secret Service to rent space in Trump Tower to provide security for his wife & son Barron while they lived in New York. To charge them anything at all to stay in a hotel HE OWNS when they are there purely to protect him & his family when in New York is bad enough, but to scam the American taxpayers to pay double the normal rent to do it? Does he REALLY need the money THAT bad?

Also breaking news last week, not only did Independent Council Bob Mueller impanel a Grand Jury to hear evidence connecting Trump to Russia, we also learned Mueller is “investigating Trump’s personal & business finances”… not just campaign finances as they may relate to the Russia investigation. Trump is reportedly very angry about this. Why would Mueller be investigating Trump’s “private” finances as part of his Russia investigation? Because, like me, Mueller also believes Trump’s businesses were used to launder Russian crime money into his presidential campaign.

Republicans have pined for a “CEO president” for 20 years. It was part of their sales pitch for Bush & Cheney in 2000 (touting their “CEO” credentials.) Bush had a string of disastrous business failures behind him (requiring bailouts from Daddy’s friends) while Cheney bilked the government for Billions as a government contractor. THAT was their record as “businessmen”. And one might think that the disastrous Bush/Cheney presidency would have soured Republicans on the idea of electing another “CEO President” promising to run the country “like a business”, but they did it again with Donald Trump. And once again we find another failed businessman who’s really good at scamming people, declaring bankruptcy and asking Uncle Sam for a bailout.

So look at the list of financial matters connected to the Trump campaign: He refused/refuses to release his taxes… the first to do so since Nixon. He charged his own campaign to reimburse him for all the money he loaned it, he over-charged the Secret Service rent to protect his own family in his own hotel, he also doubled the Mar-a-Lago Membership Fee, there is all the Emoluments/profiteering off his business interests that he refuses to divest himself from, there’s his four bankruptcies, two divorces and failed casinos, has bragged about paying no taxes (not just the wealthy, but people deep in debt also pay no taxes), legal judgements totaling MILLIONS against him, a string of failed business ventures including “Trump University”, which turned out to be one giant scam, and a Russian-cash expressway between the Kremlin and Trump’s real-estate holdings around the world. That blue “TRUMP” 707 he flew around in during the campaign is all that’s left of “Trump Airlines” that was born & died in the late 1990’s.

For a man supposedly worth $10 Billion dollars, he sure seems to be nickle & diming the Federal government while spending very little of his own money (as I write this, I’m noticing how Trump nor his Wife & son, have ever vacationed any place Trump didn’t already own (either Trump Tower in NYC or Mar-a-Lago in Florida).

Every time a Republican calls for “Running government like a business”, point out to them that businesses are NOT Democracies. They are “Dictatorships” or “Monarchies” run to turn a profit. Governments are services that SPEND money to provide those services. THAT is what we pay taxes for! Trump himself once said: “In government, every decision requires you to have a heart. In business, it’s the opposite. In fact, it may be better if you have no heart at all.” And this is whom they elected to run the largest public service on the planet.

Businesses are run to make a profit for the CEO and pay off shareholders. Who know who Donald thinks the CEO is. One wonders whom he thinks his “shareholders” are? Whom does he owe? Who OWNS HIM?

ADDENDUM: The day after I wrote this, “The Rachel Maddow Show” actually explored the question of all the money Trump is making off the presidency and its legality. RECOMMENDED VIEWING.

UPDATE 9/20/17: Reuters is reporting that the RNC is paying Don Jr’s personal legal bills, and Trump is using his Election & Re-election Campaign funds to pay for his own (and his family’s) legal bills in the Russia investigation. This helps explain why he launched his “reelection campaign” THE DAY HE TOOK OFFICE [ibid].

Trump raised $107 MILLION for his “pre-inaugural concert” (more than TWICE the $53M Obama raised for his 2009 star-studded even) and promised to donate the unused portion to charity. The Trump campaign wildly overpaid $25M on a handful of low budget events including one cover band, highschool marching bands and baton twirlers, then and kept the rest.

Trump DID keep his promise to *personally* donate $1 Million to victims of hurricane Harvey (which was split 12 ways), though it bears pointing out that for a man who claimed during the campaign to be worth over $10 Billion dollars, a donation of a mere $1 Milion amounts to 1/10,000th of his claimed total net worth… roughly equivalent to a person worth $550K (including home) and $50K salary) donating just $55.
 


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Self-Funded Campaign? Follow the money (launderers)
Jul 24th, 2017 by Admin Mugsy

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Today/Monday, Trump’s wunderkind son-in-law and dumping ground for every boring job Trump doesn’t want to do, Jared Kushner, will be testifying before both the House & Senate Intelligence Committees behind closed doors, where they will grill him about his repeated interactions with representatives of the Russian government that he just kept forgetting to report on his “Security Clearance” application (until it was revealed by the so-called “fake” news… ie: “real” news.) Unfortunately, because of the National Security issues discussed, there will be no cameras and no reporters. But seriously, “because of the National Security issues”, Jared HIMSELF shouldn’t be allowed in the meeting because he would NEVER qualify for a “Top Secret” security clearance today knowing what we now know. First (as documented in my continually updated List of Trump/Russia Ties) he failed to reveal he joined Mike Flynn to meet with Russian Ambassador Kislyak… not once but TWICE. Then it was a meeting (along with another White House adviser) with “VEB“… a Russian “Bank” (actually, a money laundering operation) while it was under U.S. sanctions, and now most recently exposed, joining Don Jr to host a secret meeting IN Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to (supposedly) discuss “Russian/American adoption”… a meeting both Kushner and Don Jr (and campaign manager Manafort) all just “forgot” to mention meeting when asked about having ever met with “any Russians.” THEN it was revealed they didn’t meet with just one person but in fact FIVE… two of whom are naturalized former Russian citizens: a former “Soviet” military intelligence officer who served in the late 80’s, and convicted Russian money launderer Irakly Kaveladze, whom was charged with laundering $1.4 Billion dollars between US & Russian banks (and what better way to “clean” your stolen money than to funnel it through the presidential campaign of a dimwit candidate who’s about as clever as a two-story outhouse?) The lawyer, Veselnitskaya, made her bones representing Denis Katsyv another Russian money launderer in 2013, who was convicted of laundering $230 million dollars and ended up paying “millions” in fines (a slap on the wrist.) And if you recall, early in the Trump (cough, gag) presidency, he fired Federal Prosecutor Preet Bharara (despite telling him to stay on) after he called to audit the records of “DeutscheBank” in NY… of whom Trump is their largest debtor owing HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS… for their involvement in (you guessed it) a $10 BILLION dollar Russian money laundering scheme. (More on DeutscheBank’s laundering of millions from Russian-owned national oil company Gazprom here.)

And there’s those words again: “money launderer“. In any discussion of Trump’s connections to Russia, the phrase “money launderer” keeps popping up like weeds on a Trump golf course. That and the words “sweetheart deal” are rarely far behind. From nearly the beginning of his campaign, Trump claimed to be “self-funding” his campaign in order to suggest he was “beholden to no Special Interest” and answered to nobody. Well, it is now well documented that Trump’s “self-funded campaign” was a HUUUGE lie (forgive the Trumpism). He wasn’t even the biggest donor to his campaign (and yes, he only “loaned” money to his campaign expecting to be paid back.) He charged his own campaign for the use of his hotels and private offices. He had a number of SuperPAC’s, and… I posit… received MILLIONS in financial assistance from the Russian government and Russian government connected oligarchs. So if running a “self funded campaign” means one is “not beholden to anyone”, then what does it mean when your entire presidential campaign was practically bankrolled by a hostile foreign government? And not just ANY government, but one that considers North Korea, Syria and Iran among their allies, has invaded several of their neighbors (Crimea, Georgia & Ukraine), and whom Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford called “the greatest threat to U.S. security” on the planet? (Remember when Obama was president and Republicans tried to claim “Romney was right [about Russia being our greatest threat]” after they invaded Crimea? Where are those Republicans now? Fawning over Putin, that’s where.)

(ADDENDUM: In May, the Sessions Justice Department abruptly settled a lawsuit against Prevezon Holdings for a mere $6 Million. Prevezon stood accused of laundering millions in Russian crime money through real-estate investment in Manhattan. “Veselnitskaya represents the family of Pyotr Katsyv, the former vice governor of the Moscow region, whose son, Denis [mentioned above] owns the real-estate company Prevezon.”)

The possibility that the currently serving president actively & willingly accepted the support of an enemy of the United States (and threat to global security) in order to campaign for president, and that same hostile power may have even attempted to subvert our democracy to do it, is horrifying. AND not only does the acting president continue to deny/dismiss the evidence of those activities (and disparage those who collected it… our OWN intelligence agencies) but even actively seeks to REWARD Russia by promising to lift sanctions and return seized property for NOTHING in return… should be the biggest political scandal in American history (FAR bigger than even Watergate.) Of course, I know there are those of you out there repeating the Trump talking point: “These are the SAME intelligence agencies who told us Iraq had WMD’s!” No. That bullshit won’t fly here. This blog is subtitled “Recording history for those who seek to rewrite it” for a reason. You may remember someone named Valery Plame? An undercover CIA agent who was outed by Cheney because her husband (Amb Joe Wilson) dared inform them their claim Iraq had purchased 20,000 tons of yellowcake uranium never happened? The CIA repeatedly told the Bush Administration that “the ‘intelligence’ provided by untrustworthy Iraqi exiles was garbage” (remember “curveball”?) And the IAEA repeatedly told Bush “NO, Iraq does NOT have WMD’s!” Bush’s response was to ignore them and swap generals until he found people willing to tell him what he wanted to hear. So don’t go claiming “the intelligence agencies are unreliable” as your defense of why evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia can’t be trusted.

We have NEVER before seen a foreign adversary involve themselves in our election. Not only did they hack the DNC and steal the emails of Hillary’s campaign manager (which in the end was just revelations about some of the offensive crap pulled on Sanders, released to stir up discord among Democrats… which worked), but as we later discovered, they even attempted to hack the central voting servers (tabulators?) in 39 of 50 states. If that’s not a big deal to you, your patriotism and support for democracy is highly in question. But to think they MAY have done so with the support of the current occupant of the White House? There just are no words to describe just how… how… well, like I said, “no words”. “Appalling” just doesn’t cut it.

So when I hear others dismissing this story, making excuses, or people claiming to dislike Trump YET use Trump’s own talking points to dismiss the investigation, I just want to say, “What is WRONG with you???” Even most Republicans now agree Russia meddled in our election (both the House AND Senate voted to impose sanctions on Russia and Iran – ADDENDUM: Trump let the deadline on implementing those sanctions pass on October 1st.) Trump supporters laugh about Democrats’ “obsession” with Russia. “Russia! Russia! Russia!” they joke (ala “Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!”), with one Right-Wing cartoon depicting the GOP elephant talking about “Healthcare, economy and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” while the Democratic donkey (in a straight-jacket with crossed-eyes) ranting “Russia! Russia! Russia!” Funny, it wasn’t terribly long ago Democrats were the ones working on healthcare, jobs and the economy, yet blocked by UNPRECEDENTED GOP obstruction while Republicans ranted about “Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!” and “Kenya! Kenya! Kenya!” So give me a freakin’ break as you try to claim the moral high-ground. “Recording History for Those Who Seek to Rewrite It”, remember? That crap won’t fly here.

So, as Mark “Deep throat” Felt told Bob Woodward during Watergate, let’s “follow the money”…

The 2016 Presidential race made history as “the first Billion-dollar Campaign” in history where each of the top two nominees spent an estimated one Billion dollars to run for president (Trump about 1/3 less than Hillary’s $1.4B thanks to all the free air time & publicity he received from The Media he now so loves to hate.) I remember in 1992 when having Billionaire Ross Perot in the race resulted in the near-scandalous first “$100 Million dollar presidential race.”) Accusations of Perot trying “to buy the presidency” abound. Did you ever hear that ONCE in 2016?

But Trump isn’t as successful a businessman as he claimed… a fact we could confirm if he dared release his private & corporate tax returns… which he will NEVER do (despite once promising he would after his audit, then after winning.) In fact, after having filed for bankruptcy FOUR TIMES, the man who claimed to be worth “over Ten Billion dollars”, according to Forbes Magazine was estimated to only have assets in total worth of about $3.5 Billion… not too shabby, but that’s not LIQUID assets, and his campaign would have cost him nearly a third of his total NET worth… meaning a firesale of Trump assets just to pay for any “self-funded” campaign.

But in terms of LIQUID assets (cash, stocks, bonds, etc), Trump only had about $270 Million in the bank before he’d have to start selling off hotels just to pay the fuel bills on his aging 707. And as I already pointed out, he wasn’t even the biggest investor in his own campaign. So where did all that cash come from?

Well, I’m no accountant and I am NOT about to attempt an itemized audit of all the money spent on the Trump campaign, but we know (see my aforementioned “List”) he received hundreds of millions in bank loans from known Russian money launderers (DeutscheBank AND VEB), sold a $40million dollar property in Florida to a Russian fertilizer magnate (Dmitry Rybolovlev) sight-unseen for $95million (who never once visited the property before having it bulldozed after the election and resold at a $60million dollar loss), and now all these interactions with individual Russian money launderers behind closed doors. “Self-funded campaign” my ass.

I’m sure Trump’s loyal devotees… and likely Trump himself… think he is “carrying on the Reagan Legacy”. Considering that Reagan was a staunch anti-Communist who branded Russia “the Evil Empire” and stirred up the Cold War to levels not seen since The Cuban Missile Crisis, one can hardly imagine St. Ronnie’s reaction to the possibility that the man currently occupying his chair got there with the help of Russian intelligence subverting our democracy and millions in laundered cash from Russia, who then denies Russia’s involvement while advocating for a lifting of sanctions and a return of seized property to Russia in exchange for NOTHING… no consolations, agreements, treaties or prosecutions. If he weren’t already dead, that would surely have killed him.

(UPDATE: My thanks to “The Rachel Maddow Show” for pointing out on their 7/24/17 episode that back in October… before the election… the “CrowdStrike” Internet Security organization detected an unusual link between a computer server belonging to the Trump campaign and computer servers belonging to yet another Russian bank… “Alfa Bank”. According to CrowdStrike: “When the researchers pinged the server, they received error messages” meaning this was a near “dedicated connection” between the two computer servers. “Eighty-seven percent of the DNS lookups (by the Trump server) involved the two Alfa Bank servers.” As a PC tech in civilian life, I understand the lingo of computer networking and find this revelation damning… likely not a bigger story due to it’s complexity, but to me, it’s like finding a key to a Putin Love Nest in Trump’s desk drawer wrapped in a bow.)

This is a Constitutional crisis. Trump himself tweeted about his “complete power” to pardon anyone… even himself, and consulted his own lawyer about his power to pardon members of his staff, his family (think Kushner & Don Jr) and (yes) even himself (“Why?” Trump’s new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was asked repeatedly yesterday. “If [Trump] has done nothing wrong, why is he asking about his power to pardon himself?” “He’s done nothing wrong” was the repeated non-answer answer.) There’s a gray area here because the Constitution grants the president the power to pardon “anyone”, but does not specify whether he has the power to pardon himself. During Watergate, the question was raised whether Nixon might try to pardon himself and if that was even legal. After all, if a president can pardon himself (or anyone acting under his direction), he can commit any crime (or order others to do so) and just pardon himself/them after the fact. Legal scholars surmised at the time that this would probably not be legal because a “pardon” is an admission of guilt, which would instantly disqualify him from office. But such a case has NEVER (AFAIK) come before the Supreme Court (I contacted Senator Bernie Sanders about the need to pass a Constitutional Amendment forbidding it before Trump has a chance to put it to the test in front of his now-stacked Supreme Court. So far, no response.)

If you’re a partisan Trump supporter, there’s a “legitimate” question in your mind: Is Trump doing a good enough job that we should just ignore his possible crimes and subversion of democracy? “He’s doing a good job” (in THEIR opinion) “So, let him do the work of the people and just forget about how he got there!” They’d point to a record high stock market, falling unemployment, and an anti-immigration agenda they are foursquare in support of. Trump supporters only see the parts they like. A few weeks ago, my own father cited: “[Trump] stopped Ford [Motors] from leaving the country” in praise of him, but when I pointed out they only closed a plant in Mexico (they had already planed to do in 2015, but I digress) but announced they will be moving production of the Ford Focus to China, he wasn’t quite so pleased with him (the “good” news on the Ford move: no jobs lost because the same US plant will start making a different vehicle. Bad news: no jobs GAINED either by them doing it.)

Honestly, we just don’t know the effects of the Trump economy yet. Each President’s budget doesn’t go into effect until October (and I have little doubt Trump’s will be delayed – UPDATE: It was), so we are still coasting on the last Obama budget.

But even so, do we ignore crimes of this magnitude just because we like the job the criminal is doing? Ask yourself, is there ANY question in your mind that if the tables were turned and Hillary Clinton were in office now with a GOP Congress, that they’d ALREADY be drafting articles of impeachment with a FRACTION of the evidence we have against Donald Trump? Benghazi, private email server, the (widely debunked) sale of Uranium to Ukraine, something-something “Clinton Foundation”? You think these same Republicans would be arguing “Let it go! She’s doing a good job!” That doesn’t pass the Laugh Test.

Trump’s campaign was financed using millions in laundered Russian crime money. And the number of times the phrase “Russian money launder” and the name “Trump” appear in the same sentence is too frequent to just be a coincidence.

Update #1: “New Republic” magazine’s Craig Unger recently published his own investigation into the Russian Mob laundering crime money through Trump real estate… not just buying & selling, but in some cases operating out of offices in Trump Tower itself. (Brief video interview with Unger here.)

Update #2 12/05/17: Special prosecutor Bob Mueller subpoenaed German “Deutsche Bank” financial records connected to Russian money laundering as well as info related to the hundreds of millions they loaned Donald Trump and Jared Kushner over the past decade (even after Trump defaulted on a $600 Million dollar loan, was SUED by Deutsche Bank, and Trump counter-sued THEM for three billion dollars.) Nothing hinky there. Once again, The Rachel Maddow Show is on top of the issue with a detailed breakdown of an extremely complex issue.
 


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The (In)Complete (and Growing) List of Ridiculous Trump Superlatives
Jul 3rd, 2017 by Admin Mugsy

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(Last update: 03/12/18)
 
When I was in high school, I had a friend who just couldn’t resist making up outrageous lies about himself. Claims of sexual conquests with women we’d never met and near super-human feats of fighting off bad guys with ninja weaponry that always took place just out of the sight of friends or witnesses. And it didn’t matter how much he was ridiculed for his tall tales, he just couldn’t stop himself from telling them. Truthfully, I think it was part of some desperate need to be liked, to impress people, and convince others he was more interesting than he really was. Similarly, the 71 year old man/child currently occupying the White House suffers from this same affliction, making ridiculous boasts of near super-human insight & abilities that you’d expect more from a toddler desperate for the attention of Mommy & Daddy than from the “Commander-in-Chief” of the United States (not “Leader of the Free World”… that title now belongs to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.) Last March, when I couldn’t find a really comprehensive list of every known connection between the Trump Campaign and Russia that I could direct reality-challenged Trump-Supporters to, I started my own. I found myself in a similar situation a couple of weeks ago when Toddler-Trump made his latest absurd claim that he… with the “possible” exception of FDR… had been “the most productive president in American history” (not an exact quote) by this point in their administration. “What?”, I hear you asking. “Is that true?” No, it’s not true (as if I had to tell you.) Actually, in total, Trump actually comes in fifth… IF you count ALL legislation AND every Executive Order (remember those? Those unbearably “unconstitutional” acts of presidential abuse of power Trump accused Obama of?) as equal. It also helps when you don’t have an “obstruct everything in sight… even stuff they supported” opposition Party in control of Congress stopping you at every turn the way Republicans did to Obama (but I digress.) Like that insecure high-school buddy of mine whom had an almost pathological need to spin tall tales about himself with no connection to reality in a desperate bid to impress people, Trump likewise has this absurd childlike need to convince everyone he is the biggest, greatest, “most successful”, smartest person on the planet and we mere mortals are damn lucky to have him toiling for us in the salt mines of Mar-a-Lago, asking nothing in return… all the while making absurd claims about himself often refuted by documented history, facts, even audio tapes and photographic evidence to the contrary.

I noticed this ridiculous habit of his early on in his campaign, but HBO’s Bill Maher also mentioned it on his show RealTime a few months ago, noting how Trump can’t simply be “good” at something, he must always be “the best. No one is greater than me” to the point of absurdity.

Trump’s very first public meeting of his full cabinet a couple of weeks ago became an embarrassing spectacle as each cabinet member (sans McMaster) took turns stroking Trump’s massive ego & kissing his ass, fawning over him like he just cured cancer in his spare time, telling him what an amazing man he is and what an honor it is to be serving in his administration. Feeding his narcissism the way the office-lackey tells the boss his butt-ugly new baby is the most adorable child they’ve ever seen in their lives.

I searched online for a single comprehensive list of every absurd Trump superlative but only found a few lists of some of his “greatest hits”. So, like my continually updated list of Trump/Russia ties [link under “Most Popular” on right], I’ve decided to start my own continually updated list of Ridiculous Trump Superlatives that I plan to update for as long as he remains in office (which, God Willing, won’t be long.) Note that I’m quite confident I’ll be updating this list often because… no matter how many times you warn him, Toddler-Trump just HAS to touch the hot stove. If Sarah Palin has proven anything: birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, and stupid people just gotta say stupid stuff in public. You might as well ask the wind to stop blowing.

So I scoured the Internet for ridiculous Trump claims of being “the best…” at something or “the most…” regarding himself or something that was impacted by his greatness. Here (in no particular order) is my Starter List of absurd Trump boasts (BTW, NONE of these boasts are true.) Try not to let your eyes roll out of your head:

  1. The incident that got me started on this list, Trump’s recent claim: Never has there been a president — with few exceptions, in the case of FDR he had a major Depression to handle — who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than what we’ve done.”June 12, 2017 (Trump has not had a single major legislative accomplishment since taking office despite having his own Party in control of Congress. No immigration bill, the wall still isn’t being been built, “ObamaCare” hasn’t been Replaced, ISIS hasn’t been defeated, China is still manipulating their currency, and on & on…)
  2.  

  3. Trump bragged of having the foresight to oppose the invasion of Iraq… even AFTER having been caught on tape SUPPORTING the war in an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show. Trump countered by claiming he had confided to Fox’s Sean Hannity… in private… that he had argued against the invasion of Iraq, citing an interview on Hannity’s radio show months AFTER the invasion as “proof”.
  4.  

  5. “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” – Trump’s Facebook page, May 5, 2016
  6.  

  7. “I write a book called The Art of the Deal, the No. 1 selling business book of all time.” – Trump on the Don Lemon radio show, July 1, 2015
  8.  

  9. “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.” – Feb 16, 2017
  10.  

  11. “[P]riming the pump… Have you heard that expression used before? I haven’t heard it … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good.” – Trump in an interview with The Economist, May 11, 2017 (I saw an old 1974 episode of Johnny Carson the other day where he joked about Nixon’s idea of “priming the pump” was to spike gas prices to distract from Watergate.)
  12.  

  13. [My building at 40 Wall Street] “is now the tallest building in Lower Manhattan.” – Trump calling in to WWOR Channel 9 News in NY making the false claim/brag just hours after the 9/11 attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead.
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  15. “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.” – in a 2013 tweet.
  16.  

  17. “I Know Words, I Have The Best Words.” – Dec 30, 2015
  18.  

  19. “I’m, like, a smart person.” […] “I went to the Wharton School of Finance. I got very good marks. I was a good student. It’s the best business school in the world, as far as I’m concerned.” […] “Look, if I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I’m the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time.” – Trump at CIA headquarters the day after his inauguration (1/21/17), bragging about himself while standing before the CIA memorial to fallen agents.
  20.  

  21. “We have a lot of smart people. I tell you what. One thing we’ve learned. We have, by far, the highest IQ of any cabinet ever.” – Jan 19, 2017
  22. (UPDATE: After Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump “an F***ing moron” in July (2017), Trump said “if it’s true” he’d challenge him to an IQ test and suggested he’d win. Like any toddler, Trump has a history of challenging people to IQ tests when he feels threatened.)
     

  23. “Just arrived in Italy for the G7. Trip has been very successful. We made and saved the USA many billions of dollars and millions of jobs.” — May 26, 2017.
  24.  

  25. Spicer: Trump’s “historic” speech to the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations “was a historic turning point that people will be talking about for years to come” and “was met with nearly universal praise.” [The president] single-handedly united the civilized world in the fight against terrorism and extremism” and that his meetings at the Group of Seven summit in Sicily “were marked by outstanding success.”
  26.  

  27. “We’ve had ‘one of the most successful 13 weeks’ in history.” – Trump on his first 100 days. April 6, 2017
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  29. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” – Nov 27, 2016 (No, no you didn’t.)
  30.  

  31. I’m the biggest developer in New York by far. There’s nobody even closer.” – Trump on the pilot episode of The Apprentice.
  32.  

  33. Trump in front of CIA memorial: [The inaugural crowd] “looked honestly like a million-and-a-half people. It went all the way back to the Washington Monument. [But instead of the crowds, the media showed] an empty field and it said we drew [only] 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but it’s a lie.”
    Sean Spicer the next day: “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe”.
  34.  

  35. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.” – Feb 16, 2017 (It wasn’t even the biggest Electoral College win since Obama. Only one-termers Poppy Bush and Carter received fewer EV’s.)
  36.  

  37. “Elijah Cummings was in my office and he said, ‘You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country.’” (No. Actually, Cummings said “You could, IF you…”)
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  39. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” – May 18, 2017. (So says the man who challenged the legitimacy of his predecessor by questioning his place of birth for nine years. And I’m sure the impeached Bill Clinton would have something to say about “witch hunts.”)
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  41. [The] “most unfairly treated politician in history.” (So the list goes Trump, Gandhi, Mandela, Lincoln. Got it.)
  42.  

  43. I would use the greatest minds. I know the best negotiators. I’m in New York — I know the good ones, the bad ones. I always say: ‘I know the ones people think are good.’ I know people you’ve never heard of that are better than all of them.” (He then appoints Ben “Sleepy” Carson… a surgeon… to head HUD, and Rick “Oops” Perry to head the very department (DoE) he once said we needed to get rid of… not knowing it was in charge of our Nuclear Weapons.)
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  45. “Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States. Hillary was the worst. In the history of the United States there’s never been a secretary of state so bad as Hillary.
     
  46.  

  47. I’m the most militaristic person.” (Except for that time he avoided serving in Vietnam. And is being “the most militaristic” really a good thing?)
  48.  

  49. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” (Often, Trump attributes divine favor for his talents.) Fact-check: He’s off to a bad start.
  50.  
    And most famously…
     

  51. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Trump’s doctor, Dr. Harold Bornstein in the statement released by Trump’s campaign. Dec 14, 2015
     
    Fat Trump

 
(In case you’re looking for it, I thought Trump had said, “Nobody will be a bigger defender/supporter of LGBTQ Rights than me”… or something along those lines, but he never did. At the RNC Convention, he only promised: “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.” [I guess “foreign” being the operable word here.] And in a tweet, stated: “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.” And now that he’s in office, he (falsely) declares (part 1, part 2, part 3): After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……” [cue 9 minute freak out as military wonders just what the Toddler-in-Chief “won’t allow”.] “….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..” [4 more minutes] “….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”. Thank you? Seriously?)
 


 

Update #1: Found this video online of Trump claiming to be The Best at various things:
 


 

Claims made in the video:

  1. “No one can do it [the job of president] like me.”
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  3. “Nobody is stronger than me [as a candidate].”
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  5. “Nobody has better toys than I do.” (yeah, that’s what he said.)
  6.  

  7. “Nobody is bigger or better at the military than I am.” (Bigger?)
  8.  

  9. “Nobody loves the Bible more than I do.” (Sorry, Pope dude!)
  10.  

  11. “I will build a great wall . . . and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.” – (China built a fairly “Great Wall”, too.)
  12.  

  13. “Nobody’s better to people with disabilities than me.” (yeah, we know how great you are towards the disabled.)
  14.  

  15. “Nobody is fighting for the veterans like I’m fighting for the veterans.” (In response to charges his veterans charity was a fraud.)
  16.  

  17. “There’s nobody who’s done so much for equality as I have.” – (Beyond his recent move to kick Transgender soldiers out of the military, on 8/31/17, Trump repealed a key component of the “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act” that requires corporations to report pay by race & gender, saving corporations a whopping $400/yr.)
  18.  

  19. “There’s nobody more pro-Israel than I am.”
  20.  

  21. “There is nobody more Conservative than me.”
  22.  

  23. “There is no one who respects women more than I do.” (Just ask Megan Kelly!)
  24.  

  25. “Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump.” (There’s just something about people who refer to themselves in the third person…)
  26.  

  27. “Nobody has ever had crowds like Trump has had.”
  28.  

  29. “There’s nobody that understands the horror of nuclear [sic] better than me.” (Nuclear what? Weapons? Power? And the Empire of Japan would like to have a talk with you.)
  30.  

  31. “Nobody understands it better than me. It’s called ‘devaluation’ [of Chinese currency].” (He says while glancing down at his notes.)
  32.  

  33. “The sale of the uranium that nobody knows what it means. ‘I’ know what it means!”
  34.  

  35. “Nobody knows more about trade than me.”
  36.  

  37. “Nobody knows the game better than me.”
  38.  

  39. “Nobody in the history of this country has known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”
  40.  

  41. “I know the H1B. I know the H2B. Nobody knows it better than me.” (Types of work visas for hiring foreigners.)
  42.  

  43. “Nobody knows politicians better than I do.”
  44.  

  45. “Nobody knows more about taxes than I do.” (Especially how to avoid paying them.)
  46.  

  47. “Nobody knows more about debt than I do.” (Because he’s spent so much time in it?) Trump also said in a 2016 interview on CBS: “Nobody understands debt better than me.”
  48.  

  49. “Nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it!”

 
…and many, MANY more to come I’m sure. Trump calls The Media “liars” because they keep calling him out on his lies… lies that he is dead certain are in fact the truth. That list may seem much shorter than you were expecting (and I might have missed a few), but… while a few are several years old… for the most part, it comes to about two outrageous boasts per month since he declared his candidacy 24-months ago.
 


 
Update #2: Trump announced at a “rally” in Youngstown, Ohio (7/26/17) that, “With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office.” Previously in March of this year, Trump said of Lincoln, “Great president. Most people don’t even know he was a Republican. Right? Does anyone know? A lot of people don’t know that.” I guess he’s never heard HIS OWN PARTY refer to themselves as “The Party of Lincoln” for the past 37 years? Once again, Trump is amazed to learn something every child knows because only now at the age of 71 has he started paying attention and thinks he’s imparting rare wisdom among the masses (his ego assumes that if he didn’t know, then most people probably don’t either. And considering his fan-base, he may be right.)

Update #3: Trump falsely claims the head of the Boy Scouts called to praise him for his speech before the Boy Scout jamboree last week claiming he was told he gave “the greatest speech that was ever made to them.” Trump’s speech was widely ridiculed for making the speech political (30 seconds after he said he wouldn’t), ridiculing President Obama for not visiting their last event and bragging of his (fictional) political “successes”. While it is possible the Scouts are the ones lying about calling Trump (yeah, right), it is unlikely they told him he gave “the greatest speech ever.”

Update #4: Even a natural disaster can’t simply be bad in the age of Trump, it must be The biggest ever. It’s historic. There’s never been anything like it.” (presumably to heighten his handling of it.) Hurricane Harvey strikes the Texas coast as a Category-4 and dumps a massive amount of rain. For the record, 31 Cat-5 hurricanes have struck the U.S. since 1924.

Update #5: In July, during his very first trip to Europe as president, Trump boasted of the reception he received in Poland, declaring: “So I go to Poland and make a speech. Enemies of mine in the media, enemies of mine are saying it was the greatest speech ever made on foreign soil by a president.

Update #5b: (Not a Trump superlative, but a crucial addition to this list) White House spokesperson KellyAnn Conway goes on the Christian Broadcasting Network and tells televangelist Pat Robertson (with a straight face) that Trump’s greatest trait is “his humility.”

Update #6: Also related to the above, from Trump’s post-victory interview on 60 Minutes, Trump bragging to Leslie Stahl about how humble he is, declaring “I think I’m more humble than YOU can understand.”

Update #7: October 19, 2017, one day short of the one-month anniversary of Cat-4 Hurricane Maria hitting the island of Puerto Rico, 81% still without electricity. 30% still without clean drinking water, 5,000 people still living in shelters [ibid], a hospital ship (the USS Comfort) that wasn’t deployed until nearly a WEEK after the hurricane had passed (with 1,000 beds and only EIGHT patients), 48 “official” deaths (but with limited communications and no support teams reporting, the death toll is likely over 450)… Trump, when asked to grade his performance on responding to the disaster in Puerto Rico, gave himself a 10 out of 10. A Perfect Score. Meaning he thinks not only was there nothing he could have done better, but that it has been a huge success, That’s not just ridiculous, that’s a disconnect from reality.

Update #8: Following the deaths of four Special Ops soldiers massacred in a botched mission in Niger, Trump was criticized by the widow of Sgt LaDavid Johnson, claiming Trump told her “Your guy knew what he was getting into” and could not remember the name of her dead husband. Trump, on the defensive regarding his call to Johnson’s widow, insists he “knew LaDavid’s name and said it from the very beginning.” Trump denied to reporters that he had forgotten LaDavid’s name, stating: “[I have] one of the great memories of all time!” – October 25, 2017

Update #9: As his first trip to Asia draws to a close, Trump brags of his reception in Beijing: “It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received. While hard to confirm, it does appear correct that Trump is the first American president China has literally rolled out the red carpet for. China knows how to play to Trump’s ego, and Trump couldn’t help but eat it up.

Update #10: Trump claimed in a tweet that Time Magazine contacted him for a “photo shoot” because he “probably” was going to be their “Person of the Year” but “turned them down” because “probably” wasn’t good enough to justify taking time out for a photo shoot and instead “took a pass”, taking himself out of consideration. Time Magazine then tweeted that Trump is “incorrect” (read: “lying”), that they don’t reveal who is under consideration prior to publication. So what happened? Did someone leak to Trump that he wasn’t going to be their PotY and decided to get ahead of the issue, so when the magazine hit the newsstands and he wasn’t on the cover, he could claim HE turned THEM down first? Or was he just trying to convince people he was under consideration when he wasn’t? Or maybe he got into an argument with the editor of Time and was told he’d NEVER be their PotY? Who knows? But whatever the reason, he was clearly caught in a lie about being considered for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”.

Update #11 (12/27/17): During a photo/op at a West Palm Beach fire station, Trump bragged, “You know, one of the things that people don’t understand — we have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman.” In actuality, Trump is in LAST place in number of first year bills signed.

Update #12 (12/28/17): Responding to reports that he doesn’t understand legislation following an interview, Trump boast that he knows more about “the big bills” in Congress “better than any president that’s ever been in office.” Adding, “I know the details of taxes better than anybody,” in an interview with The New York Times. “Better than the greatest CPA, I know the details of health care better than most, better than most.”

Update #13 (1/3/18): Trump responds to a tweet from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about having “a nuclear button on my desk” by declaring “I too have a nuclear button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Of course, we know he’s not talking about the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. He’s making a childish joke about the size of his penis. Two undisciplined children with too much power at their disposal waving their dicks at each other, and we’re caught in the middle.

Update #14 (1/6/18): In response to author Michael Wolff’s tell-all book about the Trump campaign/presidency where numerous sources inside the Trump White House expressed concern about Trump’s mental stability and fitness to do the job, Trump responded by tweeting: Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Not smart, but genius.
 

Trump genius

 
Update #15 (1/11/18): After being asked if North Korea’s Kim Jong Un meeting with South Korea was an attempt to “drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea”, Trump responded: “If I were them, I would try. The difference is I’m president, other people aren’t. And I know more about wedges than any human being that’s lived.” Trump also stated that he believed he and Un “probably have a very good relationship.” This is after calling Un “a madman”, belittled him as “little Rocket Man”, “short & fat”, a “maniac”, “a very bad dude”. “You’ll see that a lot with me,” Trump explained talking about the hostility between them. “…and then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.”

Update #16 (1/14/18): Responding to reports Trump called Haiti, El Salvador and “many African nations” “Shithole countries”, Trump denied the racist comment by declaring: “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.” If this sounds familiar, in Example #5 above, Trump declared he was “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”

Update #17 (1/19/18): Thanks to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for playing this collection of sound-bites at the start of the 1/16 show of Trump declaring himself the most/best/greatest at various things (boasts already reported above omitted):

  • “I’m the most conservative person in the world.”
  • “The strongest person on the Second Amendment that exists.”
  • “I’m the best thing that ever happened to the Secret Service.”
  • “I have one of the great temperaments.”
  • “I can be the most presidential person ever.”

Update #18 (2/1/18): Following his first State of the Union address two days before, Trump (falsely) tweets: “45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. Actually, it ranked ninth. Even if you factor in online streaming, his address only came in fourth. – NYTimes

Updates #19 & #20 (2/26/18): More than a week after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, FL where 14 students and 3 teachers were murdered by a 19 year old with an AR15 assault weapon (natch), Trump (again) publicly attacked/shamed the armed retired sheriff’s officer with 30 years experience working as school security who failed to enter the school and confront the shooter (note, the first four officers whom arrived on the scene ALSO did not enter the school to confront the shooter), boasting that if HE were outside that school when he heard the gunshots: “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon. Most people quickly recalled that Trump had avoided the serving in Vietnam by obtaining FIVE deferments, including a note from his doctor claiming he had “bone spurs” in his feet that would have prevented him from “running” anywhere.

…Which reminded me that this same poor debilitated soul who could not serve in Vietnam because of his painful feet, also once bragged on the campaign trail of what a great athlete he was in school:
 

“Just — and so — so I was successful, successful, successful. I was always the best athlete, people don’t know that. But I was successful at everything I ever did…”

 
Sorry I forgot about that one. But I’m pretty sure “Captain Bone Spur” isn’t “running” anywhere.

Update #21 (3/12/18): I discovered another clip of Trump brags (there must be dozens of videos like this out there). Trump at CPAC on Feb. 24, 2017 declares: “I love the First Amendment. Nobody loves it better than me. Nobody. I mean, who uses it more than I do?”

Update #22: Trump states at a campaign rally, “Nobody can do it like me, honestly.” Not entirely sure what “it” is.

Update #23: Trump at the 2016 RNC Convention: “I Alone Can Fix It” – Cleveland, OH, 7/21/16

Update #24: “It’s this.” (Trump pointing to his temple in a sitdown interview.) “It’s not salesmanship. It’s brain power.” (ibid the clip noted above.)

Update #25: “I’m good at war. I’ve had a lot of wars of my own. I’m really good at war. I love war in a certain way, but only when we win.” (Ibid same clip video.)

Update #26: Trump on the campaign trail: “The other thing I predicted is terrorism. A friend of mine called who’s very political, he said, ‘Forget that! You’re the first guy that really predicted terrorism!'” – Nov. 25, 2015

Update #26: “I think I’m really the one who broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women” (in the construction industry.) – Not the woman he hired whom proved she could do the job.

Update #27: On his response to the catastrophic hurricane damage to Puerto Rico: “I give myself a 10 out of 10.” As of this writing (3/12/18), more than six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall, 65% of the island population is still without power.

Update #28: Trump on his first 100 days: “I truly believe my first 100 days has been just about the most successful in our nations history.” (Apr. 28, 2017) – This was in addition to #14, his earlier statement on his first 100 days, only slightly more outrageous… and absurdly untrue.

Update #29: On Feb. 28, 2018, Trump held a bi-partisan cabinet meeting with members of Congress to discuss the issue of gun control following the Parkland, FL school shooting. Trump noted how surprised he was no one had been able to do anything up to now on this issue, noting how some of the senators “were afraid of the NRA” (but that he was not.) Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) noted to Trump how he would have to convince Republicans to get behind this issue “because every time it comes up, nothing gets done”, to which Trump replied “You have a different president now”, suggesting HE would succeed where his predecessors failed. “People are afraid to do background checks because they’re afraid of….. somebody.” (This is also the meeting where Trump suggested to his VP that he might be willing to go even further and “take the guns away first” and “worry about Due Process later.”) Two weeks later, after speaking to the NRA, Trump reneged on his promises to “expand background checks” and “raise the minimum age to buy an assault weapon from 18 to 21″.
 
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Conway Admits Trump Told of Russian Hacking in JANUARY yet continued to deny. Pushed to ease sanctions.
Jun 26th, 2017 by Admin Mugsy

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It was a bit like hearing someone mention in passing that “little green men” are advising Trump on foreign policy and thinking nothing of it. Yesterday/Sunday, the Trump administration allowed adviser KellyAnn Conway out of whatever box they’ve been hiding her in ever since she coined the term “Alternative facts” during “Meet the Press” last January, to repeat/defend Trump’s recent acknowledgement of reality the fact Russia DID indeed attempt to hack the 2016 election. Trump tweeted last week an accusation that Russian hacking took place “on Obama’s watch and yet he did nothing about it.” Ignoring for a moment the false charge that Obama “did nothing about it” (an extensive detailing of Obama’s response by the WaPo), the bigger news was that Trump seems to have finally acknowledged what he has denied ever since the election: that Russia DID indeed attempt to hack the U.S. presidential election. Trump has consistently denied this to be the case (yet never once ordering the FBI/CIA/NSA to look into it), rejecting the conclusion of SEVENTEEN (pdf) intelligence agencies and security firms ALL in agreement that without question, Vladimir Putin himself directed his intelligence/spy agencies to actively hack at least 21 state election servers during the 2016 election. So my ears perked up in astonishment when Conway let slip yesterday that Trump… while still president-elect… had been informed way back in JANUARY that Russia had attempted to hack our election AND that he called those actions “disgraceful”. So why… as recently as LAST WEEK… was Trump STILL dismissing claims of Russian hacking and pushing Congress to lift/ease sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama Administration in retaliation for that meddling?

Here is the passing remark made by Conway during ABC’s ThisWeek that caused my eyes to bulge out of my head:
 

(:50 seconds)

 

WHAT??? Trump was not only informed of the hacking five months ago, but acknowledged it as both true and serious, yet not only continued to deny it, but even worked to REWARD them for it???

How is that not a scandal?

Ask yourself WHY would a president actively try to convince Americans that something “didn’t happen” that he himself already acknowledged months before to be true? Not only that, but then go on to actively try to reduce… or possibly lift entirely… sanctions that were imposed upon Russia as punishment for doing so?

Tell me again how the investigation into possible Trump/Russia collusion is “a witch hunt”?

I have continued to update my List of Trump’s Russia Ties since it was published last March. Since then, I have added more than TWENTY additional links (in addition to the more than dozen original links) between the Trump campaign and Russian officials/representatives. STILL, people ask “where’s the evidence of collusion?” (The next big line of defense to listen for: Right-Wingers are already arguing “collusion [a presidential candidate collaborating with a hostile foreign government to undermine our election] is not a crime.” Seriously. Think they’d be just as blase’ about it if it were Hillary? (I seem to remember Republicans making a big stink over All Gore accepting campaign contributions from Buddhist monks back in 2000.)

Defenders of Trump and/or Russia have little to no credibility. Present them with evidence, and their reaction is to simply dismiss it out-of-hand. But provide a link to a partisan hack with zero credibility defending Trump by citing something out of context, and THAT’S gospel. I group Russian-hacking deniers in the same crowd as Climate Change deniers. No amount of evidence is proof enough for them. Cranks with their own agenda talk about the ONE glacier that’s “growing” to distract from the 99 that are shrinking as some sort of “proof” that everything we’ve been told about Global Warming is some bizarre conspiracy to advance some insane agenda known only to them. “9/11 Truthers” continue to deny any evidence that contradicts what they’ve convinced themselves is true (the most sophisticated and massive conspiracy in history pulled off by the most inept administration in history just months into office) because it doesn’t comport with their reality. The only “truth” they trust is that which “confirms” what they already desperately want to believe (Fox built an entire network on that philosophy. And InfoWar’s Alex Jones is their light-bringer.)

James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence testified on May 8th that he “can’t comment” on whether or not he has seen evidence linking Trump to Russia because it “impacts an [active] investigation.” Before FBI Director James Comey was fired, he asked for more resources to investigate Trump’s Russian business ties and had started receiving briefings on those ties daily instead of just weekly. Trump had already previously fired two people with the power to investigate him: Preet Bharara, NY State Attorney in charge of investigating NYC/Wall Street financial crimes, and acting Attorney General Sally Yates… who informed Trump his National Security Director (Mike Flynn) lied about his ties to Turkey & Russia yet kept him on for more than three weeks afterwards anyway, before firing him when the Press started asking questions.

If Hillary Clinton had won the election and was accused of these same acts, is there ANY doubt Republicans would already be drafting Articles of Impeachment against her? At the Comey hearing last month, several Republicans used the event to question Comey about Hillary Clinton, her emails, and her husband having a private “chat” with then Attorney General Loretta Lynch. For Republicans, Trump publicly admitting to “obstruction of justice” on national TV, and now one of his own top advisors admitting that he actively sought to convince the American public that a charge HE HIMSELF knew to be true (Russian hacking) was instead “fake news” and has been actively trying to reduce/remove the sanctions imposed on Russia for doing so in spite of knowing the truth, isn’t a matter worthy of our concern. That’s beyond outrageous…

…It’s grounds for impeachment.
 


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