Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Trump is well-known for his hyper-sensitivity to being perceived as anything less than top dog in every respect. He decries negative press and polling as biased and can't wait to tout his latest triumph, even if he has to invent it himself (see, for example 'inaugural attendance figures'). It's time to stop thinking of that as a character defect and recognize it for what it is. Donald J. Trump represents the pinnacle of the 'permanent campaign' ethos. He's all politician, all the time." (02/16/17)


Bribes, catapults, and corruption trump Trump's wall

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Donald Trump is obviously a smart man. One cannot build up a billion-dollar financial empire without being smart. Unfortunately, however, Trump is not so smart when it comes to some things, like the drug war. He thinks that simply by cracking down in the drug war and becoming more ruthless than previous presidents, he's going to be the one who finally wins the war on drugs. It's not going to happen." (02/16/17)


Report: Trump has executive orders planned for EPA once his nominee is confirmed

Source: The Hill

"President Trump aims to sign executive orders cutting into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) climate work shortly after his nominee to lead the agency is confirmed by the Senate, according to a report. Trump will attend a swearing-in ceremony for EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt at agency headquarters after the Senate confirms Pruitt, Inside EPA reported this week. At that event, an administration source told Inside EPA that Trump will sign executive orders related to the agency's climate work and that they could 'suck the air out of the room,' according to the report. The official did not say how many orders Trump will sign or what they will address. But the planned event could be similar to one Trump held at the Pentagon after Defense Secretary James Mattis was sworn in." (02/16/17)


Trump and Duterte: Birds of a feather

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"What about the concept of freedom in all this? Under what moral authority do Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte (or officials in communist China and Russia) jail or kill people who have done nothing more than ingest, possess, or distribute drugs? It's actually none of Trump's and Duterte's business what people do in their private lives, so long as their choices and conduct are peaceful. Trump and Duterte, like other drug-warriors, are nothing more than deadly and destructive busybodies who use force to control, manage, and direct the peaceful and consensual activities of 'their people.'" (02/15/17)


Trump says he "can live" with one-state solution between Israel, Palestine

Source: Boston Globe

"President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned the U.S. role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. 'I'm looking at two states and one state,' Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. 'I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.'" (02/15/17)


The skinny on Trumponomics

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"President Donald Trump does not trust economists. So he is demoting the Council of Economic Advisors, booting out of the Cabinet the Council's chairperson. If this were only because economists as economists cannot do what he has been able to do — make a big success in business and trade –— we could give him something like a pass. … But all this may be irrelevant. Trump's problem seems to be that he cannot find enough reputable economists to jump on board his protectionist bandwagon." (02/13/17)


Bergdahl lawyers likely to cite Trump in his defense

Source: CBS News

"Lawyers for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will try Monday to convince a judge that he cannot get a fair trial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy because of highly charged statements made by President Trump. … Bergdahl is scheduled for trial in April and could face a life sentence if convicted of misbehavior before the enemy. He is accused of endangering the lives of soldiers who searched for him after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Defense attorneys argue Mr. Trump violated Bergdahl's due process rights by repeatedly calling him a 'traitor' and making other harsh statements about the soldier. The defense motion, filed shortly after Mr. Trump was sworn in as president, cites more than 40 instances of Mr. Trump's criticism at public appearances and media interviews through August 2016." (02/13/17)


How the travel ban helps terrorists

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"If you're afraid that terrorists from a particular country will come to kill your citizens, it makes sense to ban anyone from that place. So brace yourselves, Americans. Any day now, the Syrian government may impose a complete and total shutdown on travelers from the United States. Donald Trump thinks there is a pipeline of violent extremists from Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries. He's right, but he's wrong about the direction of the flow. Islamic State recruits aren't coming from Syria to the United States. They are going from the United States to Syria." (02/13/17)


That's hypocrisy: DC swamp creatures vs. Kellyanne Conway

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as various 'watchdog' groups, are up in arms over $99 textured open-front cardigans, $125 suede slingback pumps, and $98 pebbled leather crossbody bags. Yes, really. In an appearance on Fox and Friends, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway made the mistake of doing the obvious: When the subject of Ivanka Trump's eponymous clothing line came up (because Nordstrom's department stores are dropping Ivanka's products), she spoke supportively of her boss's daughter: 'Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you …. I'm going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today.' Apparently that's a big deal." (02/12/17)


"Isolationist" Trump rattles his saber

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

"A few libertarians and other principled opponents of the warfare state assured us we likely would sleep easier with Donald Trump, rather than any neoconservative or humanitarian interventionist, in the White House. How’s that working out? Not so well. I'm hoarding melatonin and buying stock in Lunesta. In its opening days the Trump administration has rattled the saber at Iran, China, and North Korea. This is hardly comforting, considering that pronouncements from Trump and his closest advisers could have come from the foreign-policy establishment he supposedly upended. If this is disruption, I'd hate to see what an embrace of The Consensus would look like." (02/10/17)