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Mon Apr 23, 2018, 09:20 AM

Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: "The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor"

Investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi

CHAUNCEY DEVEGA
04.23.2018•5:00 AM

The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and intersecting stories.

There is the structural dimension. Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton was not entirely unpredictable or shocking. America's crisis in civic literacy, political polarization, rampant anti-intellectualism, deeply embedded sexism and racism, greed, broken schools and weakened democratic institutions, as well as a hollowed-out public sphere where people confuse celebrity with human worth made the election someone like Trump nearly inevitable.

There is Donald Trump the man, who seems to revel in the very worst human values. His closest family members -- including his father and grandfather -- taught him the "value" of unrepentant greed and ambition. He also displays the symptoms of malignant narcissism, as well as sociopathy. In all, Trump is a master of manipulation who leads a political cult.

How do these factors combine in Donald Trump's presidency and the type of society that he and the Republican Party want to create? Are matters actually worse than they appear, in terms of how we assess the political and social crisis of the Trump's presidency? What strategy should Democrats use to stop Trump and the Republican Party? If Trump is removed from office because of his increasingly obvious efforts to obstruct justice, how will his public respond? Will there be violence?

In an effort to answer these questions, I recently spoke with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston. For 30 years, Johnston has covered Trump's life and career, of Donald Trump as detailed in the bestselling book "The Making of Donald Trump." His new book is "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America."

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Reply Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: "The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor" (Original post)
DonViejo Apr 2018 OP
dalton99a Apr 2018 #1
Botany Apr 2018 #2
dalton99a Apr 2018 #5
KPN Apr 2018 #20
Botany Apr 2018 #23
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #26
KPN Apr 2018 #37
Botany Apr 2018 #40
Sophia4 Apr 2018 #45
Botany Apr 2018 #59
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #4
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dalton99a Apr 2018 #6
llmart Apr 2018 #10
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #27
certainot Apr 2018 #21
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #24
certainot Apr 2018 #42
Cha Apr 2018 #62
malthaussen Apr 2018 #3
uponit7771 Apr 2018 #7
not fooled Apr 2018 #12
Orsino Apr 2018 #8
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #28
Orsino Apr 2018 #29
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #31
Orsino Apr 2018 #34
leftyladyfrommo Apr 2018 #9
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #32
misanthrope Apr 2018 #47
ginnyinWI Apr 2018 #11
VOX Apr 2018 #13
Bradshaw3 Apr 2018 #16
Nay Apr 2018 #41
Hortensis Apr 2018 #56
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #14
True Blue American Apr 2018 #15
KPN Apr 2018 #17
Texin Apr 2018 #18
Enoki33 Apr 2018 #25
Orsino Apr 2018 #30
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #35
Orsino Apr 2018 #38
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #33
BobTheSubgenius Apr 2018 #19
extvbroadcaster Apr 2018 #22
FakeNoose Apr 2018 #36
calimary Apr 2018 #63
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 09:25 AM

1. Good that he mentioned this:

Another factor was the utter failure of journalists to vet Donald Trump. You can read about Barack Obama's kindergarten playmates in Indonesia by name, the boys he smoked dope with in high school by name and some of the women he dated in college by name. But the New York Times, in the 16 months from Trump's [campaign] announcement to Election Day, had exactly four references that had "Trump" and "Mafia" in the same story and they were all in passing and inconsequential.

They also didn't report on the two income tax fraud trials that Trump lost. There was just a lot of stuff about Trump that was never reported because his campaign was like looking at a car crash on the other side of the highway but it had dancing girls and a marching band and so you couldn't turn away from it.

For 40 years the Republicans have done serious work preparing for the day when, as a minority party, they wanted to still be in control. So they have reduced the franchise. They've passed laws like this horrible law in Michigan that lets you throw out ballots on the most bogus grounds, entire precincts. All that combined to help Trump win the Electoral College.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 09:54 AM

2. It was treason and we had a coup.

80,000 people in Detroit and Flint showed up and voted but decided not to
vote for President. Trump won by 10,704 votes.

47.50% Trump 47.27% Hillary (total vote %)

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:01 AM

5. Absolutely.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:33 AM

20. Really? Hadn't heard that specifically. Do you have a source?

Not questioning your conclusion or the info by the way. Just interested.

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Response to KPN (Reply #20)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:57 AM

23. this help?

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Response to Botany (Reply #23)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:24 PM

26. Didnt happen, this is where having up to ONE THOUSAND on the ground, deep cover KGB

agents really helps when you want to steal an election.

By didnt happen I mean they did NOT leave the spot blank for President, none of them did.

I wish everybody was as angry as me..not sure what we could do with that but dammit

YES the facts demonstrate allegedly that they DID not vote, they did NOT have their votes counted...there are several credible sources to prove your point is true.

Anyone who sincerely wants to know could find these sources very quickly.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #26)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:38 PM

37. That's exactly why I asked. Impossible for me to believe that 80,000 voters

in two cities (no matter how large) voted but left the ballot blank for President.

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Response to KPN (Reply #37)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:49 PM

40. Impossible for me to believe that:

Every newspaper in America was against Trump and yet somehow he won.

All the former Presidents and their families of both parties were against Trump
but somehow he won.

All the polls and exit polls had Hillary winning and yet somehow Trump won.

In 2012 the GOP did a study that to ever win a national election again they
had to get more black, hispanic, and female voters and yet they still nominated
the person who alienated those groups and somehow Trump won.

BTW this wasn't just a Michigan "thing" too. https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210501063

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Response to Botany (Reply #40)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 01:50 PM

45. And in California, where our previous Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, tested and studied

 

our voting machines very carefully to prevent fraud, Hillary won by a large margin.

Granted we are now a Democratic state, but still . . . .

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Response to Sophia4 (Reply #45)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:18 PM

59. And in VA when they had the last Governor's race (I think it was a Governor's race) and they ...

... voted on paper the D did much better even in areas that went to Trump in 2016.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:01 AM

4. Yes I've been saying this for 2+ years

The media journalists did the shittiest job imaginable. Their weak-and-whiny defense is that whenever they tried to blow the whistle on Trump nobody cared. I just cannot believe that, it's not that nobody cared. It's that their bosses didn't want Trump to be shot down, they wanted him as the GOP candidate no matter how bad he really was. Any negative coverage for Trump got killed by the editors and publishers (media decision-makers.)

Don't ever forget: "Donald Trump is good for business." May they all rot in hell for what they did.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:03 AM

6. .

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:37 AM

10. This is what it all comes down to.

The media. They gave him free airtime 24/7 because they knew he was a train wreck, and they also knew that Americans suck that shit up like pig slop, which it was. They didn't want the shit show to end too soon.

I live in Michigan and I know there is no way in hell that Hillary didn't win this state without vote manipulation. Are there plenty of ignoramuses in Michigan? Absolutely, but don't tell me they all got off their lazy asses to vote for Trump or that minorities went to the polls but just didn't want to vote for President.

These two things allowed him to sit in our White House even though the majority of Americans wanted Hillary.

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Response to llmart (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:26 PM

27. Rump got 3 times as much coverage and 40% of the coverage HRC did get was about emails.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:34 AM

21. establishment GOP did not want trump but talk radio gods limbaugh/hannity did

trump beat the establishment money because he had most of the talk radio gods behind him.

limbaugh made excuses for trump, his mini me hannity followed, and journos need to be looking for evidence limbaugh hannity have been getting russian trump money. limbaugh attacked rubio and bush as establishment pro 'illegal immigrant'.

trump guy sam nunberg said he studied talk radio for trump in 2014 and it informed their primaries strategy and may have been used to coordinate with their kremlin trolling ops.

jounalists/investigators need to dig into the possibility that limbaugh and hannity were being compensated for their support and coordination with trump and the russina trolling, especially in the primaries vs establishment gop candidates while trying to appear objective. altho libaugh has probably been getting side money for close to a decade.

it would be their job to support trump in the general, to the extent limbaugh thinks up and is fed excuses for trump and then they put them out for the base to pick through to help them deny reality and continue to rationalize their support. as well as continuing to attack hillary, which they have both been doing for 25 years.

it’s possible hannity and limbaugh have been getting russian money for many years, especially since rove lost the white house and central control of them. like selling 'climategate' in 2009 from a kremlin email hack. putin would love that and so would the kochs. and then selling debt default in 2011, which i doubt the kochs would want.

If Russians/Trump wanted to coordinate they would study talk radio. Trump did that in 2014. (said sam nunberg to gabriel sherman - new york magazine 4/3/16)

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Response to certainot (Reply #21)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:17 PM

24. I disagree - certainly CBS, NBC and ABC all wanted Cheeto as the GOP candidate

I'm talking about the executives who made the huge bonuses, not the line reporters and anchors who worked their butts off. Anyone connected with Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, and most of the major newspaper chains and cable network news were all quietly rooting for Trump. They did it by giving him free coverage and free airtime with mostly softball questions from reporters, as I stated earlier.

Without a doubt it has been shown that the major US news outlets gave him the benefit of the doubt, by assuming "equivalence" where no such equivalence existed. When it was time to endorse candidates - usually within a week before the election - they all showed their true colors. Most endorsed Trump outright, or else they abstained from endorsining either candidate saying there are good things/bad things about both.

We have talked about the Facebook/Twitter/social media sins to exhaustion here on DU. It's time to do the same for the major US news outlets. They favored Trump because they sold a shit-ton of advertising and gave him most of the credit for it. The US media companies are big businesses, and the executives all made their huge bonuses on the whopping ad sales in 2016. (At least some of it was Russian money.)


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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #24)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 01:35 PM

42. remember RW radio is always full out attacking all media, intimidating 'it' generally

to the right and for 'balance'

and if trump would pay $1000/hr for radio infomercial time then 1200 stations, which were ALL attacking hillary and at were all between full on supporting trump to at the least making excuses for him, then x 15 hrs/day all that equaled $18 MIL/dfay or $5BIL/year - pro republican.

the talking head assholes on mainstream are more significant for ignoring stories and doing bothsiderism - but the unchallenged talk radio monopoly is the only medium that can do the groundworkj repetition needed to sell the big lies

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:18 AM

62. The "meda" is heinously derelict in their

duties. They can't be called "reporters".. they are nothing but pumpers for treasonous bad actors.

It's heart sickening.. thank you, Dalton

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 09:59 AM

3. That's "Guilty, guilty, guilty!" as Mr Trudeau might say.

History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.

-- Mal

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:13 AM

7. He has praised America's adversaries more than he has denigrated America's heroes and institutions

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:43 AM

12. Hey, give donnie a break

he has little to no knowledge or understanding of American history, including its heroes and institutions.

Chances are he knows more about Hitler than either.



Clueless asshole "leading" the U.S.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:20 AM

8. Almost by accident.

He fucks over everybody who has to deal with him, and now that's all of us, so we call him a traitor.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:27 PM

28. We call him a traitor because he is, he perfectly fits the legal definition.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #28)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:31 PM

29. I'm just saying he was a traitor to everyone and everything...

...before he ever thought of getting anywhere near government.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #29)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:33 PM

31. OH yes, I wasnt correcting you but just poking the prick. I have known for over 10 years

what kind of filth he is because of people who know of him in NYC.

What fascinates me is how many of us fell for his OBVIOUS lies, lack of education, that he is clearly illiterate, etc.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #31)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:36 PM

34. We fell for the fake glitz in all the fake coverage of his facke accomplishments.

On his own, he has never been capable of deceiving many, so clumsy are his lies and bullshit. He needed the mythology of the tabloids and TV to succeed.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:30 AM

9. That description of America does not describe where I live.

Yes, in KCMO we have some incidents but not very often. People where I live are good, decent people who are polite and kind. My neighborhood has just about every race and religion that you could imagine. I don't there has ever been trouble. I think, if anything, people here go out of their way to be sure no trouble gets started.

Really, the biggest problem we have here are the gangs which run amok in the inner city. And they are made up of all races. Just depends where you are. Citizens are working on the problem but it is really hard to get a handle on it.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:34 PM

32. What?

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:30 PM

47. Then I envy you

It certainly describes where I live.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:42 AM

11. I think I'd rather read his book than Comey's

This reporter really knows his stuff.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:50 AM

13. That second paragraph alone is a blow to the solar plexus...

None of it is unknown, we’ve all been witness to it. But that’s what makes for good writing— the ability to synthesize what’s occurred (and ongoing) and lay it out in such a way that strikes home. And does this ever hit the center of the target:

There is the structural dimension. Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton was not entirely unpredictable or shocking. America's crisis in civic literacy, political polarization, rampant anti-intellectualism, deeply embedded sexism and racism, greed, broken schools and weakened democratic institutions, as well as a hollowed-out public sphere where people confuse celebrity with human worth made the election someone like Trump nearly inevitable.

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Response to VOX (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:01 AM

16. Thanks I was going to repost this if someone didn't because it is so brilliant

That second sentence is perhaps the best encapsulation of the reasons why drumpf is in the White House as anything I've read. It does indeed hit the target.

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:50 PM

41. It is totally brilliant. The PTB have crafted the exact sort of population they can

easily use and abuse -- that's been their aim. Of course, they'll claim it's because people are naturally stupid and what can you do??


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Response to VOX (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 04:02 PM

56. Actually, I don't agree with the supposed cause and effect.

We're far less "exceptional" than that compared to other peoples, and far far better than suggested. THIS is the rest of what happened to us:

Over the past four decades planetary wealth has quadrupled, and dangerous amounts of it went to creation of centimillionaire and billionaire classes who can buy politicians with their chump change. And they did, working overwhelmingly through conservative politicians who were biased to support their goals.

Think what that means. Government corruption is not a crumbling around some dishonest people, but rather a deliberate hostile reordering of representative government to serve a few. They hired many entities to have laws passed and rewritten to serve them, not us. "That's what they do. That's all they do."

As for us, and this dismal mindset, as far back as the 1970s wealthy conservatives started plotting to move our nation far right and to use new psychological techniques of mass manipulation to achieve it. They started very early with dividing the electorate in order to conquer, taking an important lesson from the New Deal era when a majority united against them.

From then their wealth exploded, and with it their power. And with the advent of information technology and new techniques for manipulation, their ability increased to divide, corrupt and and demoralize the electorate. The most vulnerable to their ultraconservative aims are, of course, are on the right, but they've done their best to destroy everyone's belief in our nation, our political systems, our people, and above all the Democratic Party and its people ever since.

They've now approached pretty close to their goal of taking us over, which we only know because this is the wake-up phase for us.

So wake up. It takes awareness and intellectual independence to see our real world. We can see the lies designed for the right well enough, but it's much, much harder to recognize those designed to corrupt our thinking and to see their influence on ourselves.

Start by looking at the unquestioning acceptance of the OP's dismal but desperately twisted and dishonest word-picture of what we are. And question it and the initial acceptance. Does that really describe YOU? How about most of the people you know personally?

Go take a 10-minute walk anywhere you are and look around you. Their dismal picture kind of leaves out all the good, all the stability, all that is most of what we are. Everything you will see, in fact.

And a huge part of what is very good, btw, is that our democratic systems are much harder to destroy than they realized. They've been inside government tearing away at our national innards with varying strengths since 1980 and before, and even as they succeed in destroying belief in our damaged systems, those are still standing up to the severe stresses of the current Republican government that entered office to finish the job.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:50 AM

14. Appreciation for David Cay Johnston

I believe this guy saw through Trump long before he was ever a Presidential candidate. Johnston has written a least 2 excellent books on Trump, in addition to his regular blog columns and his many appearances on MSNBC and other news outlets. He was on the Trussia story long before anybody, and I believe he had a hand in getting Rachel Maddows interested in bull-dogging it on her show.

Because of Johnston's extensive research on the Trump family background, and generously sharing info with Maddows and other MSNBC reporters, he has kept this story alive until it became a 24/7 obsession for most of us. (Well, for me anyway.)

Thank you David Cay Johnston, and well done!


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 10:51 AM

15. David Kay Johnson

Is one of the most brilliant Journalists,ever.

If he writes it, you know facts are true.

The Press also led us into war with Iraq

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:07 AM

17. Pelosi as President. Wouldn't that be grand retribution! Please God let that happen!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:14 AM

18. That last paragraph - especially the last sentence is chilling.

David Cay Johnston says that he isn't sure that "Donald actually knows what he's done" in reference to his treason. And I believe that's true. The dolt knows he is in big, big trouble but he can't wrap his arms around the fact that he's committed high treason because he fundamentally doesn't understand what that means. He's been so wrapped in corruption his entire life that he knows nothing else. From his grandfather in Seattle who ran a whorehouse to his father whose business partner, Tomasello, was a member of the Gambino crime syndicate, he's literally steeped in it.

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Response to Texin (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:18 PM

25. That too blew me squarely in the face. Today we have to deal with

an expanded and much more powerful continuation of that tRump crime family gone global, whose necessary removal has serious potential revolutionary consequences.

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Response to Texin (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:33 PM

30. He is not a criminal mastermind.

He slouched his way into one shady deal after the next throughout his life, a patsy for everyone who promised to make his life easier. He is far too lazy ever to have understood the traps he was setting for himself.

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Response to Orsino (Reply #30)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:36 PM

35. He has no clue about anything, ESPECIALLY real estate, restaurant or hotel business. NONE

I think folks are FINALLY getting this.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #35)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:38 PM

38. He had no talent for or experience in government...

...but We The People told ourselves that at least he was a good businessman, and he just wasn't. He's not even good at golf. He'll, he's stupid and clumsy even at sexual assault and hiring mistresses.

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Response to Texin (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:35 PM

33. I think Johnston is right about that

... he understands the depth of Cheeto's ignorance of / indifference to the law. Cheeto keeps tweeting "No collusion" like a mantra, and in his mind there probably wasn't. Because he has no understanding what collusion means, or the fact that he and his group actively engaged in it.

Another guy who has a good handle on Trump's ignorance is Tony Schwarz who wrote the book "The Art of the Deal." Schwarz has been called a ghost-writer but he actually composed the book entirely himself with very little input from Trump. Schwarz has revealed that Trump's attention span is that of a 5-year-old along with other personal facts about Cheeto, now that his 25-year NDA has run out.

The Mueller indictments and any subsequent trial of Donald J. Trump will certainly remind us that "Ignorance of the law is no defense." It can't happen soon enough!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:15 AM

19. I wonder if this interview caused a stir in the West Wing.

Was there any alarm? Rage? Any reaction at all?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 11:41 AM

22. CNN behavior was shocking

As a former CNN employee, I was really disappointed in their reporting. The once proud days of CNN were long gone by the time
Trump came on the scene. CNN has followed Fox into the gutter, with "he said, she said" reporting. Their idea of balance now is to
have one guy on that says the sky is blue and another that says it is green. Both sides, job done! The worst was CNN becoming
entertainment, and actually paying people to be Trump defenders. Corey Lewandowski was the poster boy. Just seeing him on CNN
made me want to take a shower. He was still being paid by Trump or was under some contract that would not allow him to criticize
his former boss. What did he add? Nothing. CNN saw the Trump train wreck and pulled the cameras out on empty podiums until the
great man arrived. I understand what happened though. The management saw dollar signs, and the editorial side thought there was
no harm. Really, who could be stupid enough to vote for Trump? I'm sure everyone at CNN was totally shocked when he won.
How far down the toilet CNN has gone from those idealistic early days.

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Response to extvbroadcaster (Reply #22)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:37 PM

36. Yes thanks for confirming

None of us are happy about it, but at least we know we aren't crazy.
It really did happen, just like we're saying it did.

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Response to extvbroadcaster (Reply #22)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:44 AM

63. Welcome to DU, extvbroadcaster!

Sadly, your description of that "both sides! Both sides!" baloney is spot-on. I swear I almost expect members of the Flat Earth Society to gain invitations to join the panels of talking heads next time we have a NASA mission. RIDICULOUS!

It tore me up. The pile-on against Hillary was almost obscene as well. "...but her emails..." over and over and over and over and over. And it all turned out to be a whole lot of nothing. Meanwhile trump was consistently portrayed as some harmless buffoon to be laughed at and not taken seriously enough to bother digging into his background the way they did to both Clintons. All she ever did was try to be a dedicated and effective public servant. And look at the thanks she got. I half expect that at her funeral, the same hypocritical jackals who couldn't wait to find fault with her every hair out of place will intone, somberly, about what an amazing and globally admired historical figure she was. And they'll all insist they admired her too - and always had. I've never been able to watch Andrea Mitchell the way I once did - back when I believed her work was respectable.

And it's not just that.

Every time I hear Chris Matthews make some remark about how we all were against the Iraq War - ESPECIALLY him, I can't forget his shameless drooling over dubya's stuffed flight-suit prance around that aircraft carrier on "Mission Accomplished" Day: "we're all neocons now!"


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 12:42 PM

39. I'm with Mr Johnson

I've thought for sometime that mr trump is a traitor. I've been following David Cay for several years. Prior to that I became aware of mr trumps business dealings, successes and FAILURES.

His business methods rely on russian/soviet investment.

The rosenbergs (sp) gave up nuclear secrets. mr trump is giving us up for his lack of business success.

Our country has accomplished a lot for its citizens and world affairs. Multilateral works.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 01:39 PM

43. Iv'e been following Mr. Johnson for years.

Ever since I read his "Perfectly Legal". He does his homework and it shows.

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Response to yonder (Reply #43)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 01:41 PM

44. That would be Mr. Johnston. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:23 PM

46. David Cay Johnston has reported on 45 for decades

He has done superb investigative reporting. From him I learned of 45's mafioso ways, which went a long way to making sense of 45's behavior as "president."
And yes, TRAITOR.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:40 PM

48. k and r and bookmarking.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:43 PM

49. His presidency is a direct result of ratings-based news

His presidency is a direct result of ratings-based news (regardless of medium) being the go-to for current information.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:54 PM

50. K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:57 PM

51. First Pargraph...

….brilliantly describes the American current moment.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 02:59 PM

52. Crisis in civic literacy.

That is the one place where I have to agree that "both sides do it."

I have seen some very ignorant Democrats in the last couple of years.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 03:25 PM

53. I disagree fundamentally on one thing -

i think dumpf knows exactly what he's doing and cackles about it all the time - every time he golfs, the government pays him an astronomical amount for security to stay at drumpfs personal places. Why - pure profiteering. He gets great deals for his daughter from China, etc. etc. he wanted to win to cash out and Russia offered him what he wanted so he signed up to be a traitor for personal fun and profit.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 03:31 PM

54. "If it walks like a duck"

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 03:48 PM

55. He must be aiming at a "Hugo" award...

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 05:38 PM

57. "The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor"

Isn't this where we sarcastically go, "Well, uhhhh....Yeah!"

I've been saying it ever since the day he visited the CIA and the day Mike Flynn got caught.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:03 PM

58. Two other ways to follow David Cay Johnston...

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/DavidCayJ

DCReport.org: https://www.dcreport.org/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 06:31 PM

60. David Cay Johnston knows Spanky better than anyone!

No one else has covered the bastard's life & career for 30 years.

K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Apr 23, 2018, 09:10 PM

61. Why does everyone else say what Democrats SHOULD be saying...except Democrats?

What I would say to the Democrats is, "Your first and fundamental mission is to tell people what you are for." Not that you're against Trump. Being against Trump doesn't get you very far. It will get you some people who hate Trump. But what are you for? What you want to say is: We will get the incredible burden of health care off the back of small businesses. We will make it so you don't have to stick with an employer because you have health care and you don't want to run the risk of switching or losing it. We want to relieve business of the burden of health care like every other modern country, and it will save everyone money.

We want to invest in the future of America. So we will put more money into education and basic science. Did you know that half the economic growth in this country since the end of World War II can be traced to taxpayer investments in science?

We want investments at home that will create jobs. Our country is falling apart in front of our eyes. That will create an enormous number of jobs, but it will also make the economy more efficient. We want to invest in that future, which will make us all much better off. We're about building a prosperous future. We're not about looking back, as Donald Trump is, to the past.



Yes I know they do somewhat. And the media doesn't help by their STILL Trumpcentric narratives. ie. they spend whole segments asking for a reaction from a Dem guest on Trumps latest fuckup. And Dems are guilty of taking the easy road and jumping on the bandwagon. They never get the time to present new ideas.

But some Democrats need to speak out with clear goals like this, but also, very important, describe things not in some top-down, look what we have planned for y'all. But from the layman's point of view. Like "we want to relieve business of the burden..." and investing in science leads to economic growth, and that Europe will jump way ahead of us in alternative energy technology if we don't invest more. And besides, we want to work towards energy self-sufficiency, so we don't have to be beholden to Middle Eastern countries.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #61)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 08:01 AM

65. Well Said

I agree and would like to expand a bit. I fear that if Dems don't establish a clear, loud agenda now that the Republicans that appear moderate and resistant will be heralded by the media as the brave new face of the Republican party in a couple years. We need to rightfully pin Trump to them and lead the US in a different direction.

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Response to patty_bateman (Reply #65)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 12:06 PM

66. also well said

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 04:06 AM

64. This sounds like a sequel/update to a book a friend of mine published 6 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_Even_Worse_Than_It_Looks

It was about the Republican Congress trying to block the Obama presidency. It was called "It's Even Worse That It Looks."

Sounds just a little bit similar. Thomas Mann and Norm were writing a sequel. Wonder what they'll end up calling it?

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