Trump Watch

Our collection of articles and comments about President Trump.


Hundreds Of Newspapers Denounce Trump's Attacks On Media In Coordinated Editorials
The response to "fake" news.  CLICK HERE


Robert Reich movie on How to Prevent Future Trumps.


Fintan O'Toole:  Trial runs for fascism are in full flow.
Babies in cages were no "mistake" by Trump but test marketing for barbarism.

CLICK HERE for the complete article.

SCOTUS DECISIONS 

This letter is from a Congressional candidate in Texas: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. She says exactly what we’re all thinking. 

Every June, as the Supreme Court ends its term, I watch the news for Supreme Court decisions. The last week of the term is always busy, but this term’s end has been surprising and deeply disappointing. 

It is clear that this week’s decisions will have consequences that will last for years, generations even. 

Each decision is worthy of — and will be the subject of — much longer discussion. But there is one common thread. Each of the decisions – upholding the President’s discriminatory travel ban, allowing “crisis pregnancy centers” to intentionally mislead women about their own legal rights, disenfranchising communities in the drawing of Congressional districts, and undermining public employees’ ability to collectively bargain – strikes a blow at equality, fairness, and opportunity

Another thing is clear from this week’s decisions: elections have consequences. 

Each of these cases was decided by a 5-4 majority in the house with Justice Gorsuch in the majority. There can be no mistake that these decisions could have been different with a different justice on the bench. 

These decisions represent an assault on the values and progress so many of us have been fighting for – and that so many of us need now more than ever. 

So what do we do? We keep fighting. 

How do we fight? We win elections. 

For me, the best and most important thing I can do is win this election in November. And each time the action — or inaction — of Congress or the Trump administration frustrates or outrages me, I work harder to make sure that we win this seat in Congress. 

The rest of her letter is asking for donations. While she seems quite worthy of supporting, our intention is to bring you her message which is critical to understanding what’s at stake in this midterm election.

( From an online donation appeal by Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, US Congressional candidate from Texas.)


Letter to the editor of The Villages News about Trump supporters.  CLICK HERE


How much empathy does President Trump have?  See post from Maddow Blog


From the forward to the book "The List" by Amy Siskind - forward by Sarah Kendzior.

On January 22, 2017, two days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, US counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway went on television to make a case for a new concept , "alternative facts".  Conway was defending lies that Press Secretary Sean Spicer had made the day before about the size of Trump's inauguration crowd - lies that could be disproven simply by looking at photographs of the event.

.....Conway's goal was not to convince Americans of an alternate narrative but to tell them, "We know that you know that we're lying, and we don't care, because there is absolutely nothing you can do about it."

Nothing in our history has prepared us for "alternate facts".  When we encounter them, do we argue that they are not correct and provide the correct facts?  Unfortunately they come so fast and furious there is a tendency to begin to accept them as normal.  Things that we can't fix.  The purpose of this section is call attention to misstatements and lies perpetrated by the president and his staff.


The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy.

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The "Swamp" by John Cuneo (from the May issue of the New Yorker) is a great example of Trump's promise to "drain the swamp"

The New Yorker’s new magazine cover is a very accurate representation of Donald Trump’s Swampy “presidency”: Trump, doing what he does best, golfing in his ever growing Swamp and surrounded by his Swamp things.

The cover refers to Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington while running for office.

It comes amid a growing scandal Trump faces involving adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges that she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

Though the White House has denied the president carried on such an affair, Daniels is suing to void a non-disclosure agreement that she claims prevents her from speaking publicly about the affair.

She was paid $130,000 by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, prior to the 2016 election, which Daniels says was intended to keep her quiet about the affair.

Okay, another example. This one is easy, since he’s spent 24% of his “presidency” golfing. Add his trips to his properties into the mix and that percentage increases to 32%.

DAYS IN OFFICE 479

DAYS AT TRUMP PROPERTIES 155

DAYS AT GOLF PROPERTIES 113

President Donald Trump was seen golfing for the second time in Sterling, Virginia near Washington DC on Mother's Day Sunday.

This marks Trump's 113th visit to one of his golf properties, Trump National Golf Club, since taking office - he's been in office for 478 days.


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