Some of the many Lies of Donald Trump by Robert Reich

Robert Reich put together a great list of the Lies that Trump has told and are now showing up by Trump’s agenda. What he said he was for and why a lot of his base voted for him, he’s reneging on now.

Here’s the list:

For Donald J. Trump supporters:

1. He called Hillary Clinton a crook.
You bought it.
Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit.

2. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually.
You bought it.
He hasn’t, and says he never will.

3. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest.
You bought it.
He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

4. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said.
You bought it.
He then proceeded to put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

5. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people.
You bought it.
He nominated theocratic loon Mike Pence for Vice President. A white supremacist named Steve Bannon is his most trusted confidant. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s greatest idiot savant brain surgeon, is in charge of HUD. Russian quisling Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State.

6. He said he’d be his own man, beholden to no one.
You bought it.
He then appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, whose only “qualifications” were the massive amounts of cash she donated to his campaign.

7. He said he would “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders.
You bought it.
He then admitted that was just a corny slogan he said to fire up the rubes during the rallies, and that he didn’t mean it.

8. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did.
You bought it.
He promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

9. He said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be counted on in times of crisis.
You bought it.
He didn’t even bother overseeing that raid in Yemen; and instead spent the time hate-tweeting the New York Times, and sleeping.

10. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy.
You bought it.
He now gets all his information from Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

11. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done.
You bought it.
He took his first vacation after 11 days in office.
On the taxpayer’s dime.
And went golfing.

And that’s just the first month.
by Robert Reich

If you have any more lies Trump has told, use the comment box below.

823 thoughts on “Some of the many Lies of Donald Trump by Robert Reich”

  1. Have We Reached Peak Putin..?

    Hahahaha…. the American Polity has completely lost it’s fucking mind…

    McCain: Rand Paul ‘Is Now Working for Vladimir Putin’

    Sen. John McCain on Wednesday directly accused fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While speaking from the Senate floor in support of a bill advancing Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, McCain noted objection from the Kentucky senator, saying, “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup.” He continued: “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.” Several moments later, after McCain asked for unanimous consent to move the bill forward, Sen. Paul raised his objection and then exited the room. This set off McCain, who railed against Paul: “I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, that a senator blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98—at least—of his colleagues would come to the floor and object and walk away.” He then directly connected Paul to the Russians: “The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”

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  2. The Supreme Court Just Annihilated Trump and GOP In Key Constitutional Case

    Trump and his cronies who unjustly fill the White House were just rejected by the Supreme Court in a case that has severely set the administration back.

    The case has to do with race and gerrymandering, which has now been sent back to lower courts.

    One must wonder if the Supreme Court’s decision would remain the same if Trump’s appointed justice, Neil Gorsuch, had been confirmed already.

    BR reported:

    The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs after hearing both sides of the case in Bethune-Hill vs. Virginia State Board of Elections. The plaintiffs filed a suit arguing that twelve of the state of Virginia’s Republican House of Delegates districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. On Wednesday, the court overturned a previous district court ruling that found Virginia did not use racial targets in redistricting, sending the case back to the district court for reconsideration under a different legal standard.

    In a 2-1 ruling in October of 2016, a federal three-judge panel upheld the constitutionality of twelve majority-black districts in the House of Delegates after plaintiffs argued the voting power of African-Americans were compromised.

    But on Wednesday, the Supreme Court found that the district court used the wrong legal standard, ultimately concluding that plaintiffs in gerrymandering cases pertaining to race are not required to prove that the state violated traditional redistricting criteria.

    This is a huge set back for the Trump administration, but we don’t expect them to accept defeat so soon.

    Our nation’s dignity is at stake, and we cannot allow tyrants like Donald Trump deface our country. [end]

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  3. Senators Feinstein and Grassley grim and silent after Trump-Russia briefings with Comey

    fter closed door meetings with FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee looked grim and rattled and refused to divulge the contents of the meeting to reporters.

    At around 5 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) faced reporters but revealed little about their meetings with Comey.

    “This briefing was all on sensitive matters,” Feinstein said, “and highly classified and it’s really not anything we can answer any questions about.”

    Comey has been at the center of multiple controversies lately, from his decision to make a later-discredited announcement about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server in the days before the 2016 election, to whether or not his agency is currently investigating Donald Trump’s campaign for allegedly colluding with the Russian government.

    Comey was asked by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to state by Wednesday whether his agency is actively investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

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  4. The Executive Branch Is About to Be ‘Reorganized’ into Oblivion

    Steve Bannon’s time has come.

    By Charles P. Pierce -Mar 14, 2017

    (Optional Musical Accompaniment To This Post)

    This was ominous from the first tweet. While everyone was breathlessly awaiting the CBO numbers on the Republican tax-cut plan, the one that was so well-camouflaged beneath gauze and surgical gloves, the president* announced that he would be signing an executive order through which he planned to “reorganize” the executive branch of government. On Monday, not long after the CBO numbers lit the entire healthcare debate aflame again, he made good on his threat. He signed the “Comprehensive Plan For Reorganizing The Executive Branch.” I didn’t like the sound of this at the time, and it sounds even worse now that it’s here.

    Quite simply, this empowers the president* and his advisers simply to eviscerate the federal agencies that might inconvenience them by actually acting like they’re part of the government or something. Not long ago, the president*’s plans for drastic budgetary cuts in discretionary spending leaked. People howled. (The Coast Guard? Really?). This latest move impresses me most as a backup plan in case those cuts don’t fly in Congress. And considering that the White House really is being run by Steve Bannon, last heir to House Harkonnen and destroyer of the administrative state, it seems likely that this is the fundamental purpose behind the order. [more]

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  5. Are We Learning Yet…?

    8 months after the DNC convention and Sanders is STILL the most popular politician in the US… In of all things, a FOXNews Poll trying to feel for bottom on RyanCare…

    … and this was taken before his recent WV Townhall… but the Corporatist 3rd Way Dem Leadership and all their craven little pro-establishment acolytes are still trying to tell us how to beat Trump and which way is the way forward… they don’t know what they are talking about and should just shut the fuck up and go away before they screw this up too…

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  6. @toniD:

    Not sure how to read Grassley and Feinstein on this… something definitely went down… and they definitely heard something that has them nervous… but my gut is telling me that it was probably not what they were expecting to hear…

    …kind of like a young woman who goes to donate a pint of blood and a Doctor comes in and tells her she can’t because she’s pregnant…

    Whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t turn out to be more “Al Capone’s Vault” drama like Maddow’s “Trump’s Taxes” clickbait farce… they need to dig up something solid and get on with impeaching this idiot soon, cause all this Russia mishegas they are betting on is losing traction and is going to backfire on them if they can’t make it stick…

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  7. Robert Reich
    2 hrs ·

    Simple math can sometimes separate what’s fake from what’s truthful — which is why it’s so important to do the math, especially in this era of dubious claims.

    For example, in a recent New York Times op-ed, University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Deirdre McCloskey asserts that higher taxes on the rich that are then redistributed to poor do not “uplift the poor very much” because “If we took every dime from the top 20 percent of the income distribution and gave it to the bottom 80 percent, the bottom folk would be only 25 percent better off.”

    Rubbish. As Adam Finkel points out (below), McCloskey’s math is correct only where there’s no inequality to begin with. For example, assume a population of 1,000 people, each of whom has $500,000 of wealth. If the wealth of 200 of them (20 percent) were transferred to the other 800, those 800 would each get an added $125,000, thereby increasing their individual wealth by 25 percent.

    But in the real United States — where $500,000 is a reasonable estimate of average net worth, but where the richest 20 percent actually own 85 percent of all wealth —reality is totally different. In a typical sampling of 1,000 Americans, the richest 20 percent would own $425 million. If that sum were redistributed to the bottom 800, their wealth would grow by 570 percent — not 25 percent.

    Bottom line: Imposing a policy of redistribution down the economic ladder (whether through the tax code, regulation, or any other means) could help the poor immensely.

    Other bottom line: Don’t even take a New York Times oped for granted. Do the math.

    What do you think?

    It Takes “Alternative Math” to Claim That Redistribution Is Futile
    The unequal distribution of costs and benefits across society is one of the hottest topics in the regulatory arena—and one that, regretfully, has sparked…
    regblog.org

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  8. Robert Reich
    26 mins ·

    I’ve spent much of this week in Washington – talking with friends still in government, former colleagues, high-ranking Democrats, a few Republican pundits, and some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. It was my first visit to our nation’s capital since Trump became president.

    My verdict:

    1. Washington is more divided, angry, bewildered, and fearful – than I’ve ever seen it.

    2. The angry divisions aren’t just Democrats versus Republicans. Rancor is also exploding inside the Republican Party.

    3. Republicans (and their patrons in big business) no longer believe Trump will give them cover to do what they want to do. They’re becoming afraid Trump is genuinely nuts, and he’ll pull the party down with him.

    4. Many Republicans are also angry at Paul Ryan, whose replacement bill for Obamacare is considered by almost everyone on Capitol Hill to be incredibly dumb.

    5. I didn’t talk with anyone inside the White House, but several who have had dealings with it called it a cesspool of intrigue and fear. Apparently everyone working there hates and distrusts everyone else.

    6. The Washington foreign policy establishment – both Republican and Democrat – is deeply worried about what’s happening to American foreign policy, and the worldwide perception of America being loony and rudderless. They think Trump is legitimizing far-right movements around the world.

    7. Long-time civil servants are getting ready to bail. If they’re close to retirement they’re already halfway out the door. Many in their 30s and 40s are in panic mode.

    8. Republican pundits think Bannon is even more unhinged than Trump, seeking to destroy democracy as we’ve known it.

    9. Everyone I talked with thought a Trump impeachment wasn’t possible, at least not any time soon — unless there’s a smoking gun showing Trump’s involvement in Russia’s intrusion into the election.

    10. Many people asked, bewilderedly, “how did this [Trump] happen?” When I suggest it had a lot to do with the 35-year-long decline of incomes of the bottom 60 percent; the growing sense, ever since the Wall Street bailout, that the game is rigged; and the utter failure of both Republicans and Democrats to reverse these trends – they gave me blank stares.

    What do you think?

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  9. This is too funny!

    Officers Forgot about The Security Cameras. Now Watch what Happened in Elevetor

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  10. A Lesson in Sausage Making…

    No matter what kind of spices you use, the “sausage” will never be better than the quality of meat you started with…

    Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It
    The offer assumes Republicans won’t try to sabotage a law they seem unable to repeal.
    Michael McAuliff
    03/16/2017

    THIS is why, if the ACA was really crafted as Single Payer ‘switch bait’ (as so many Obama apologists insist it is), it should have started with a Public Option, and left the Corporatists no way out… as it stands right now, the Public Option will be the better but still easily undermined neoliberal “fix” for the ACA, and we will have to wait another 20 years before it too fails, the insurance model is finally scrapped, and the inevitable move to National Healthcare is realized… if ever.

    Single Payer was NEVER the plan. The ACA was not constructed to bring it on… it was constructed to delay it… or possibly to prevent it entirely…

    Establishment Dems are full of shit…

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  11. Robert Reich
    2 hrs ·

    Compare:

    1. By this point in his Presidency, Barack Obama had passed a $831 billion stimulus bill. By early April his first federal budget had passed both chambers of Congress, laying the groundwork for his overhauls of health care and government spending on education. The following year came the re-set of Wall Street, known as Dodd-Frank. Then Obamacare. It was the most significant period of legislating since Lyndon Johnson’s first few years in office.

    2. As Trump hits 50 days in office this week, health-care reform is hobbled by divisions between conservatives who want to cut Medicaid deeper and faster and moderates who want to preserve the Obama-era expansion. Yesterday Trump released a budget with unprecedented cuts to discretionary spending that many Republicans describe as dead on arrival. Trump’s second attempt at an executive order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries is again being successfully challenged in the courts, eating up more time and resources in an overwhelmed White House. Trump’s “Wall” is a bizarre folly. The Russia investigation, which will begin on Monday with potentially damaging testimony from the F.B.I. director James Comey, is only beginning.

    Trump has also persuaded large numbers of Americans – including many of Republican persuasion – that he’s dangerously unhinged.

    No matter the criteria by which presidencies are judged, Trump’s is on the way to being a total debacle.

    What do you think?

    Can Steve Bannon Save Trumpcare?

    The White House’s chief strategist knows that the failure of the Ryan bill would be catastrophic for the rest of Trump’s agenda.
    newyorker.com

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  12. Trump Embraces One Of Russia’s Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism

    President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he’s criticized: say that someone else is worse.

    This week, when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Republicans’ health care plan would leave 24 million additional people uninsured in 2026, Trump’s first move wasn’t a direct response. Instead, he took to Twitter to blast the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare), criticizing how much was spent on promoting it and asking people to tweet their own criticisms.
    [more]

    Sorry but Trump is scaring me more every day and I would like to see him and his admin GONE! He’s angering our allies and is trying to get us into a war. And his budget is atrocious for the people. Please someone get rid of him!!

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  13. Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party
    Trevor Timm

    If you look at the numbers, Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America – and it’s not even close. Yet bizarrely, the Democratic party – out of power across the country and increasingly irrelevant – still refuses to embrace him and his message. It’s increasingly clear they do so at their own peril.

    A new Fox News poll out this week shows Sanders has a +28 net favorability rating among the US population, dwarfing all other elected politicians on both ends of the political spectrum. And he’s even more popular among the vaunted “independents”, where he is at a mind boggling +41.

    This poll is not just an aberration. Look at this Huffington Post chart that has tracked Sanders’ favorability rating over time, ever since he gained national prominence in 2015 when he started running for the Democratic nomination. The more people got to know him, they more they liked him – the exact opposite of what his critics said would happen when he was running against Clinton.

    One would think with numbers like that, Democratic politicians would be falling all over themselves to be associated with Sanders, especially considering the party as a whole is more unpopular than the Republicans and even Donald Trump right now. Yet instead of embracing his message, the establishment wing of the party continues to resist him at almost every turn, and they seem insistent that they don’t have to change their ways to gain back the support of huge swaths of the country.
    [more]

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  14. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53939/secret-service-backpack-stolen/

    How Long Until Sean Spicer Says SPECTRE Stole This Backpack?
    Out on the weekend, where Judge Napolitano better keep it down.

    By Charles P. Pierce Mar 17, 2017

    …Now, here come the good folks at ProPublica to tell us that the dismissal of Preet Bhahara as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York was convenient for a number of the denizens of Camp Runamuck.

    The investigation of Price’s trades by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which hasn’t been previously disclosed, was underway at the time of Bharara’s dismissal, said the person…What federal authorities are looking at, including whether they are examining any of those transactions, is not known.Along with the Price matter, Bharara’s former office is investigating allegations relating to Fox News, and has been urged by watchdog groups to look into payments Trump has received from foreign governments through his Manhattan-based business. Bharara’s former deputy, Joon Kim, is now in charge of the office, but Trump is expected to nominate his replacement within weeks.

    Whew, we really dodged a bullet when that neoliberal sellout Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t win…

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  15. @toniD:

    Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party

    …all this time people like Clinton and Obama were undermining the Left and lying through their teeth saying “the people need rise up and demand (insert Liberal Economic Policy solution)…” what happens when people start actually demanding it? The Dems squealch dissent, kill the messenger and continue pushing their same neoliberal corporatist crap…

    like I said earlier, Establishment Dems and most of their ardent supporters are full of shit… and have been for a long time.

    Things have changed, and the Dems can not or will not adjust… instead they are doubling down and have convinced themselves that they can put the genie back in the bottle and that this will all pass… but this is not a fad, or a Hipster fashion trend, or Leftist temper tantrum, or Russian fakenews brainwashing… the polity has shifted… and there is no going back… the Dems finally have the popular support they claimed they needed to move on all the economic policies they have proposed for the last 30 years… they are out of excuses… the people are demanding they put up or make way for people who will… and it doesn’t matter how bad Trump gets… the Left will fight against Trump… they will speak out and organize and protest and create civil unrest if necessary to oppose him… what they will not do is vote for another neoliberal… if the Dems do not move Left on economic policy, they will lose the next generation of voters, permanently… and no matter whoever else they choose to blame for it, the only culprit is in the mirror.

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  16. Democratic Party…
    Anti-War
    Pro-Worker
    Anti-Poverty
    Pro-Environment
    Anti-corporatist

    …demand any of these from any Dem candidate and the Establishment hypocrites call you a “purist”…

    blow it out your ass…

    FULL. OF. SHIT.

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  17. @cent: Yes the people have changed, especially the young millennials who are more progressive. Also many of the baby boomers who protested in the 60’s are reacting and getting back to their 60’s attitude, at least the ones I know.

    This would be the time to take advantage because the GOP seems to be taking a dive.

    What makes me ill are these Trump followers who believe everything he says. Do they not listen, or even watch what is happening? The lies are so obvious.

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  18. @toniD:

    What makes me ill are these Trump followers who believe everything he says. Do they not listen, or even watch what is happening? The lies are so obvious.

    Remember Bush’s 23%? That type of voter will always be there… and that number will probably never change by much… Hardcore Obama supporters were exactly the same… no matter what he did, a sub-section of the voters would never criticize him or tolerate others who did… and they would bullshit themselves and shift their values and politics to support his positions… Every candidate has ‘cult of personality’ supporters like that… They develop a siege mentality and no matter how much fact you hammer them with they just dig in further… trying to figure them out or change their minds is nearly impossible…

    Best you can do is turn your back on them… Better instead to focus the things we can change, like getting what we can out of our own candidates… We can’t continue to fall into the same trap letting the Dems do whatever they want and simply say “The Crazy Ass GOP is worse” . That is how we got here.

    Protest Trump… pressure the Dems (and GOP) to destroy him and impeach him if they can… and threaten to destroy them politically if they don’t toe the line… stop making excuses for them… demand more. constantly. eventually, they will get the message or be gone.

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  19. The Dem Leadership are going to have to realize that the Dem voters and Independents are all moving progressive and to get Congress back, they have to move that way also. And it’s the perfect time because there is a problem in the Republican party because they are moving far right. The time is Now Dems! Take advantage!

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  20. Daily Reads: Heritage Foundation Proposals Placed Straight Into Trump’s Budget; Tillerson Hints at War With North Korea

    Outsourcing –> Parts of Donald Trump’s drastic budget proposal — including the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — were lifted straight from proposals from the right-wing Heritage Foundation, a group funded by corporations and wealthy donors to push extreme deregulation, tax cuts and climate denial in Washington. “Many of the White House proposal’s ideas are identical to a budget blueprint Heritage drew up last year,” Zaid Jilani writes for The Intercept.

    In response to Trump’s budget proposal, the Heritage Foundation had only one complaint: It doesn’t spend enough on defense.

    Swing of the sledgehammer –> Bloomberg Politics has some nice graphics showing 80 programs that Trump’s budget would eliminate.

    At New York Magazine, Eric Levitz writes that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the budget yesterday by arguing that cutting programs like Meals on Wheels is “one of the most compassionate things we can do.”
    [More]

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  21. Kris DeWeese shared a link to the group: Over 50 For Bernie Sanders!
    21 hrs ·

    “Democratic aides say they will eventually shift to a positive economic message that Rust Belt Democrats can run on”. However: “For now, aides say, the focus is on slaying the giant and proving to the voters who sent Trump into the White House why his policies will fail.”

    “In other words, they’re doubling down on the exact same failing strategy that Clinton used in the final months of the campaign.”

    Why Won’t Democrats Embrace the Most Popular Politician in America?

    The Democratic establishment rejects Bernie Sanders at its grave peril. If you look at the numbers, Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America…
    alternet.org

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  22. ‘Saturday Night Live’ to air live to all, not taped for some
    updated: 3/16/2017 12:24 PM

    For the first time, “SNL” will broadcast live simultaneously across the U.S. for its final four shows of the season, NBC announced Thursday. Until now, viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones have seen the show not as it aired “live from New York,” but on tape delay.

    The new live-for-all policy will apply to episodes telecast April 15, May 6, May 13 and May 20. Each show will air at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern), 10:30 p.m. (Central), 9:30 p.m. (Mountain) and 8:30 p.m. (Pacific). In the Mountain and Pacific time zones, the show will repeat at 11:30 p.m.

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  23. Robert Reich
    1 hr ·

    This past week revealed more clearly than ever that the Trump White House works on two bizarre tracks:

    TRACK 1: initiatives that will hurt vast numbers of Americans, including millions of people who voted for Trump — such as Trumpcare and Trump’s budget.

    TRACK 2: weirdly vindictive Trump rants, such as

    1. Trump’s diatribe this week against the latest ruling on his Muslim ban, suggesting the court that ruled against him should be destroyed (“People are screaming, ‘Break up the Ninth Circuit!’”);

    2. Trump’s ongoing insistence that President Obama had authorized surveillance on his 2016 campaign — despite rebukes from Republicans, denials by the congressional intelligence committees, and complaints from the British government, which demanded an apology after Trump’s spokesman suggested that one of its intelligence agencies had aided in the spying;

    3. Trump’s preposterous tweet this morning, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday, that “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

    The train on Track 1 is powered by Steve Bannon. The train on Track 2 is powered by Trump’s sociopathic, narcissistic brain. Both trains are going off the rails.

    What do you think?

    In One Rocky Week, Trump’s Self-Inflicted Chaos on Vivid Display

    The president had plenty of meaty legislative challenges to address, yet he kept getting sidetracked by controversies of his own making.
    nytimes.com

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  24. Robert Reich
    10 hrs ·

    As usual, this morning’s Trump tweet displays an unfathomable arrogance and ignorance: “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

    Rubbish.

    Five basic points about the U.S. and NATO:

    1. NATO members don’t “owe” the United States, and NATO countries don’t pay the U.S. to defend them.

    2. Contributions to NATO are based on each nation’s capability and its national interests, as agreed to in the treaty.

    3. The U.S. decides for itself how much it contributes to NATO.

    4. The military commitment of the U.S. to NATO isn’t a favor to Europe. It’s vital to U.S. national security.

    5. European nations should probably spend more on defense because their security requires it. But that’s their decision.

    What do you think?

    ‘That’s not how it works’: Trump’s grasp of Nato questioned after Merkel tweets

    President’s claim that Germany owes the US ‘vast sums of money’ shows a lack of understanding, says ex-Nato representative
    theguardian.com

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  25. Tick Tock Tick Tock…

    …the anti-corporatist narrative is complete… it is clear and cogent and simple… it is spreading from all corners of the polity into the political zeitgeist and it is extremely hard to defend against without sounding like a shill…

    the DNC seems bubblized and completely clueless about just how much trouble they are going to be in 2018… they are getting some very bad advice from their donors and corporate advisors, and if they don’t make a significant course correction soon, it is going to end in disaster for them…

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  26. @toniD:

    The time is Now Dems! Take advantage!

    Call me crazy, toni… but the Dems are being so brazenly tonedeaf and Trump is screwing up the GOP so badly that I am beginning to believe if Sanders breaks off and runs on his own he can actually pull enough voters from both parties to win…

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  27. Newsflash: ‘Centrist Dems’, Aren’t…

    …they are economic Right Wing and neoliberal… they always have been…

    This poll is over a year old… these policies have grown even more popular since then…

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  28. Robert Reich
    3 hrs ·

    In response to two federal judges blocking his latest travel ban, Trump told a supportive crowd at a campaign-style rally, “This ruling makes us look weak.”

    What he really meant, of course, was “this ruling makes me look weak.”

    The key to understanding Trump is his overwhelming need to look strong and not appear weak. Here are his 7 methods:

    1. Never admitting he’s wrong about anything — never apologizing, confessing error, or accepting blame. After asserting that Obama had wiretapping Trump Tower, the FBI and prominent Republicans have told him he should admit he has no evidence for this bizarre claim. But he won’t. He only digs himself in deeper.

    2. Blaming others for anything that goes wrong. Weeks ago, when it became evident that the mission to Yemen had been botched, resulting in the death of a Navy Seal Ryan Owens, Trump blamed the military. “This was something they wanted to do. They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals … And they lost Ryan.”

    3. Being abusive toward staff. By all accounts, he yells at, denigrates, disparages, and humiliates people working for him. His White House appears to be one big abusive relationship (Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer show signs).

    4. Condemning all critics. He calls the press who criticize him “dishonest scum” and “enemies of the people,” and locks them out of press conferences. He calls judges who cross “so-called judges,” and intelligence agencies who dispute him “so-called intelligence.” He also calls Americans who didn’t vote for him or have expressed negative opinions about him his “enemies,” “losers,” “pathetic,” and “sad.”

    5. Being brutal and cruel toward vulnerable people. Bullies like Trump make themselves look and feel powerful by taking it out on people who can’t fight back. In Trump’s case, it’s undocumented immigrants; the poor; and Muslims from the Middle East and central Americans, who need refuge from violence.

    6. Attacking the character or attributes of critics rather than the content of their criticisms. It’s called an “ad hominem” attack and Trump uses it constantly. After actress Meryl Streep criticized him, for example, he called her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”

    7. Conjuring up a huge plot against him, intended to bring him down. He told a group of senior commanders that terrorist attacks in the United States weren’t being reported because “the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.” He continues to claim, without evidence, that the 2016 election was marred by “millions” of fraudulent votes. He talks darkly of a conspiracy to link him to Russian operatives in the election.

    Bullies like Trump who can’t stand to look weak are deeply insecure. In reality, they feel weak and fear being exposed. The resistance must use Trump’s fear of exposure.

    What do you think?

    2 Federal Judges Rule Against Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

    Both rulings — the one in Hawaii more expansive than the one in Maryland — said the likely purpose of the president’s order was a de facto ban on Muslims.
    nytimes.com

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  29. @cent: I always thought that Sanders should run as an Independent. Many of my friends calling themselves independent now. I bet he could win with Dem crossovers and Republican crossovers after Trump.

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  30. Christopher Johnson
    47 mins ·

    How the GOP Trumpcare plan throws seniors off health insurance to give slightly cheap insurance to younger Americans and BILLION in tax cuts to the richest of the rich.

    Explained in very clean and simple terms.

    Vox on Twitter
    “The way the GOP health care plan works: the more help you need, the less you get. https://t.co/1F6Kxyy1jG”
    twitter.com

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  31. @toniD:

    Many of my friends calling themselves independent now.

    your friends have alot of company… just look at this graph… the Dems are leaking like a sieve, and have been since Obama’s 1st year…

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  32. @cent: Wow! Good to know but really doesn’t surprise me. Dems are pissing everyone off because they’ve done nothing yet except maybe slow things down in Congress a bit. We need something big to happen and real soon.

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  33. Trump White House hires political spies to monitor loyalties of Cabinet officials: Washington Post

    President Donald Trump has hired a series of political staffers to be his “eyes and ears” at Cabinet agencies, a Washington Post report revealed Sunday.

    After being the first president in history to appoint a political staffer to the National Security Council, Trump is now installing his own trusted political staffers to report back to him. If the Environmental Protection Agency is any indication, the spies aren’t a welcome addition. The appointee tasked with watching the EPA has been shut out of meetings by Secretary Scott Pruitt himself.
    [more]

    A Marine officer and former fighter pilot was assigned to keep an eye on Sec. Jim Mattis. The unwelcome addition earned the staffer the nickname “the commissar,” a reference to a Soviet-Russia Communist Party official responsible for keeping commanders loyal to the regime.

    Some agencies don’t even have nominees for posts, but the White House made sure there are senior aides handpicked to monitor the loyalties of secretaries once they’ve been sworn in.

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  34. BREAKING: Russia Just Confirmed Trump’s TREASON. They OWN Him.

    We’ve long suspected that more members of Team Trump committed treason, and now there’s proof. Russia confirmed that members of the Trump administration spoke with their representatives before the 2016 election.

    The Trump administration spent months denying any involvement with Russia. As early as last week, Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, and others denied involvement.

    In spite of mounting evidence, Trump said in his news conference last week, “I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.”

    [more]

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  35. Christopher Johnson
    11 mins ·

    Ivanka Trump is getting an office in the West Wing of the White House. Here’s the scoop.

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