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Old July 12th, 2017, 04:19 AM   #1
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Another Plea for the Trumpeteers to Read the Writing on the Wall

This is no ‘rookie mistake.’ The Trump team shouldn’t even be on the field.



“I love it.”

That’s how Donald Trump Jr. responded, we now know, to an email last year offering dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

What I love is the defense of this attempt by senior Trump campaign officials to receive Russian help in the election. As my colleagues John Wagner and Rosalind Helderman report, presidential advisers are explaining away the meeting with the Russian lawyer as a “rookie mistake” by an “unsophisticated” campaign.

“Rookie mistake”: the all-purpose defense of the Trump White House.

When President Trump failed to support NATO’s collective-defense promise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called it “a rookie mistake.” After revelations of Trump’s meddling in the FBI’s Russia probe, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) explained that Trump is “new at this.” The rookie-error explanation has been employed to describe Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, his handling of health care and his legislative approach.

There have been enough rookie errors to send this whole team back to Double-A ball. The longer this goes on — we’re now six months into Trump’s term — the less it looks like growing pains than incompetence and mismanagement aggravated by nepotism and dishonesty.

Returning from three weeks abroad, I’ve been catching up on developments at home. These weeks, though highly abnormal by usual standards, were fairly typical of the Trump presidency. Mistakes and outrages are so common that we become numb to them. But stack three weeks of the embarrassments together and the cumulative effect makes it plain that this is amateur hour for the greatest nation on Earth:

The president, representing the United States at the Group of 20 summit in Germany, tweets that “everyone” at the world conference is talking about why Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta wouldn’t give DNC servers to law enforcement. Trump erroneously claims the CIA sought the server. Podesta, who had no authority over the DNC, urges “our whack job” president to “get a grip.”

Trump gives a speech in Warsaw contradicting an earlier speech he gave in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While in Poland, he publicly disparages U.S. intelligence agencies.

The president meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the White House press release identifies his country as “the Republic of China” — that is, China’s foe Taiwan.

Trump meets with Vladimir Putin and tweets that he “discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Putin. Twelve hours later, Trump tweets that such a “Cyber Security unit” can’t happen.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells reporters that Trump discussed sanctions with Putin. Trump tweets the next day: “Sanctions were not discussed.” (The previous month, Tillerson called for the end to a blockade of Qatar; hours later, Trump touted the Qatar blockade.)

Trump’s voter-fraud commission requests voter files and is roundly rejected by Democratic and Republican state officials alike; the Mississippi secretary of state, a Republican, tells the commission to “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”

In spite of Trump’s vow that a North Korean missile capable of reaching the United States “won’t happen,” North Korea tests an ICBM. Trump calls this “very, very bad behavior.” After the missile test, Trump’s U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, complains on Twitter on Independence Day: “Spending my 4th in meetings all day. #ThanksNorthKorea.”

Trump gives a speech at the Kennedy Center, in July, vowing, “We’re going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

The president tweets that a cable-news host, Mika Brzezinski, was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he met her. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) responds: “Please just stop.”

Trump follows this by tweeting a mock professional wrestling video of him pummeling “Fraud News CNN.”

The Post’s David Fahrenthold reports that fake Time magazine covers featuring Trump were on display in at least five of Trump’s clubs.

The president, who had implied he had tapes of his talks with Comey, tweets that there are no such tapes. Lawmakers, calling the president’s word insufficient, threaten to subpoena the tapes.

Former CIA director David Petraeus, asked in a panel discussion whether Trump is fit to serve, replies: “It’s immaterial.”

Trump claims the Senate health-care bill “is working along very well.” Republican leaders soon abandon plans to have a vote on the bill.

The White House issues a statement threatening to bomb the Syrian regime. Both the intelligence community and the Pentagon appear to be caught off guard.

Eight months after the election, Trump tweets: “Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders.”

Now, after months of Trump denials of Russia contacts, comes proof of a Russia meeting with Donald Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul J. Manafort during the campaign. Among Junior’s conflicting explanations: It was okay because the Russian didn’t produce good dirt on Clinton.

And these are just some of the misfires.

They aren’t rookie mistakes. This is a team that never should have taken the field.

Dana Milbank Washington Post July 11, 2017
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Old July 12th, 2017, 04:33 AM   #2
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WE had many discussions on DTT about the inexperience of DJT. The nation discussed it and decided they didn't want a president with experience, foreign policy, people skills, diplomacy,
caution, finesse.....NOPE. The 26-28% who voted for Trump wanted a TOUGH GUY--a mob boss--a job creater--a lying, cheating, adulterous womanizer who enjoyed insulting just about every minority on the planet.

They wanted and STILL want a prepubescent boy in a clown costume and his three ring circus--sometimes referred to as his cabinet.

The author of the above piece is absolutely right but I'll add this: They aren’t rookie mistakes ANYMORE. This is a team that never should have taken the field.
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The Wingnuts can't deal with the fact that Chump spent 18 months on the campaign trail illustrating why he was totally unfit for office yet they voted for the asshole because he was going to drain the swamp. Now the idiot has surrounded himself with Wall Street Cabinet members and is trying to change 1/6 of our economy with healthcare legislation written in private on the back of a cocktail napkin. Not to mention that we are now a laughing stock around the world. I have zero empathy for these wingnut Cretans.
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I don't even believe this Russian meeting is that big a deal - I highly doubt that it reaches any kind of illegal level.
But this duplicitous family just pushes the reset button and lies as naturally and easily as breathing.
Appalling and shocking. And, I fear, so terribly damaging to our nation. Before his term ends, or he's removed, or he quits because his thin skin can't take the pressure of criticism, he has the ability to set this nation back 100 years.
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The Wingnuts can't deal with the fact that Chump spent 18 months on the campaign trail illustrating why he was totally unfit for office yet they voted for the asshole because he was going to drain the swamp. Now the idiot has surrounded himself with Wall Street Cabinet members and is trying to change 1/6 of our economy with healthcare legislation written in private on the back of a cocktail napkin. Not to mention that we are now a laughing stock around the world. I have zero empathy for these wingnut Cretans.
I don't know why the 'Thank' button feature is gone - but this is my feeling exactly. I consider myself a compassionate and caring person. But, these "wingnut Cretins" have completed debased our nation so badly, I also have no empathy for them.
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I don't even believe this Russian meeting is that big a deal - I highly doubt that it reaches any kind of illegal level.
But this duplicitous family just pushes the reset button and lies as naturally and easily as breathing.
Appalling and shocking. And, I fear, so terribly damaging to our nation. Before his term ends, or he's removed, or he quits because his thin skin can't take the pressure of criticism, he has the ability to set this nation back 100 years.
That's if you believe Jr.'s story which I can't believe you do because he has lied for over a year. The DNC server hack data started hitting Wikileaks right after that meeting.
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I think I do believe Junior's story.

He's not smart enough to do too much black hole computer spy work.
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I think I do believe Junior's story.

He's not smart enough to do too much black hole computer spy work.
Four days after little Donald Segretti received those emails, Trump himself was on stage bragging about upcoming damaging Hillary info. Wikileaks went to work right after that. Now Mueller will subpoena little Donny's and Kushner's emails. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Watergate's version of the Nixon Administration dismissing a "third rate burglary".
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Four days after little Donald Segretti received those emails, Trump himself was on stage bragging about upcoming damaging Hillary info. Wikileaks went to work right after that. Now Mueller will subpoena little Donny's and Kushner's emails. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Watergate's version of the Nixon Administration dismissing a "third rate burglary".
Yes, I just posted this story on Facebook this morning:
Trump Teased ?Major? News On Clinton Hours After Don Jr. Set Meeting On Russian Dirt | HuffPost
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I don't even believe this Russian meeting is that big a deal - I highly doubt that it reaches any kind of illegal level.
But this duplicitous family just pushes the reset button and lies as naturally and easily as breathing.
Appalling and shocking. And, I fear, so terribly damaging to our nation. Before his term ends, or he's removed, or he quits because his thin skin can't take the pressure of criticism, he has the ability to set this nation back 100 years.


Tris, I think it's a big deal because of the pattern created. Although we the people didn't care much for the Putin praise during the campaign OR the Flynn mess OR the Sessions, Tillerson, Kushner, Manafort.......etc.-- what we see is an on-going, glaring pattern of lies and implications.

Fact: Trump breaks the law A LOT. So do those in his inner circle. Fact: The Russian connections are picking up steam. Fact: Trump's inner circle LIED on their security forms. Fact: Midterm elections are 16 months away. I think we can COUNT on Russian hacking. Will they have figured out how to change votes?? Will the GOP assist them? Seek them out?

Trump is setting precedents---our language has changed. Our discussions have changed. Our bias has changed. Our expectations have been lowered. Our tolerance of lack of tolerance has changed.

Here's a quote from James Comey: "The reason this is such a big deal. We have this big messy wonderful country where we fight with each other all the time. But nobody tells us what to think, what to fight about, what to vote for except other Americans. And that's wonderful and often painful. But we're talking about a foreign government that using technical intrusion, lots of other methods tried to shape the way we think, we vote, we act. That is a big deal. And people need to recognize it. It's not about Republicans or Democrats. They're coming after America, which I hope we all love equally. They want to undermine our credibility in the face the world. They think that this great experiment of ours is a threat to them. So they're going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible. That's what this is about and they will be back. Because we remain as difficult as we can be with each other, we remain that shining city on the hill. And they don't like it."
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