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%.
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.