Trump Watch

Our collection of articles and comments about President Trump.

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Here's an article by Charles Pierce that accurately sums up the Trump experience

"In my life, I have watched John Kennedy talk on television about missiles in Cuba. I saw Lyndon Johnson look Richard Russell squarely in the eye and and say, "And we shall overcome." I saw Richard Nixon resign and Gerald Ford tell the Congress that our long national nightmare was over. I saw Jimmy Carter talk about malaise and Ronald Reagan talk about a shining city on a hill. I saw George H.W. Bush deliver the eulogy for the Soviet bloc, and Bill Clinton comfort the survivors of Timothy McVeigh's madness in Oklahoma City. I saw George W. Bush struggle to make sense of it all on September 11, 2001, and I saw Barack Obama sing 'Amazing Grace' in the wounded sanctuary of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 

"These were the presidents of my lifetime. These were not perfect men. They were not perfect presidents, god knows. Not one of them was that. But they approached the job, and they took to the podium, with all the gravitas they could muster as appropriate to the job. They tried, at least, to reach for something in the presidency that was beyond their grasp as ordinary human beings. They were not all ennobled by the attempt, but they tried nonetheless.

"And comes now this hopeless, vicious buffoon, and the audience of equally hopeless and vicious buffoons who laughed and cheered when he made sport of a woman whose lasting memory of the trauma she suffered is the laughter of the perpetrators. Now he comes, a man swathed in scandal, with no interest beyond what he can put in his pocket and what he can put over on a universe of suckers, and he does something like this while occupying an office that we gave him, and while endowed with a public trust that he dishonors every day he wakes up in the White House.

"The scion of a multigenerational criminal enterprise, the parameters of which we are only now beginning to comprehend. A vessel for all the worst elements of the American condition. And a cheap, soulless bully besides. We never have had such a cheap counterfeit of a president* as currently occupies the office. We never have had a president* so completely deserving of scorn and yet so small in the office that it almost seems a waste of time and energy to summon up the requisite contempt.

"Watch how a republic dies in the empty eyes of an empty man who feels nothing but his own imaginary greatness, and who cannot find in himself the decency simply to shut up even when it is in his best interest to do so. Presidents don't have to be heroes to be good presidents. They just have to realize that their humanity is our common humanity, and that their political commonwealth is our political commonwealth, too.

Watch him behind the seal of the President of the United States. Isn't he a funny man? Isn't what happened to that lady hilarious? Watch the assembled morons cheer. This is the only story now."

- Charles Pierce

For the behind the scenes story of how Trump was elected
heck the video below.

Personal comment from Lee LeFaivre

We were talking about Trump's recent interview in which he described his superior intellect and even more superior "gut" feelings which he relies on for most of his decisions.  CLICK HERE for the interview.  He continues to demonstrate that his opinion of his abilities is much higher than his actions demonstrate.

I have always maintained that any psychologist worth their salt would class him as a sociopath.  The key traits that point to a sociopathic personality are:

  • Unreliability
  • Lack of remorse and shame
  • Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  • Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  • Specific loss of insight
  • Untrughfulness and insincerity

I was introduced to an additional diagnosis by a Facebook comment.

Dunning-Kruger effect - people of low ability have illusory superiority and mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is.  Does that not describe Trump to a tee?

CLICK HERE for Wikipedia description.

Did you see the Daily Beast article about Trump's gut??!!   CLICK HERE

Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?
CLICK HERE for an answer.

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.


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.


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%.




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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