Jim Watson/AFP — Trump puts on his pious face
Before the end of 2016 there was little in Donald Trump’s life, or frequently offensive political campaign, to suggest that as president he would be hailed as God’s appointee on Earth, be beloved by born-again Christians, or compared to a biblical king.
Yet that is exactly what has happened in the three years since Trump took office, as he has surrounded himself with a God-fearing cabinet and struck up an unlikely but extremely beneficial relationship with white evangelical supporters.
It’s a relationship that, for the president, has ensured unwavering support from a key voter base and for his religious supporters, seen a conservative takeover of the courts and an assault on reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights.
“It’s incredibly troubling,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the separation of church and state.
“Trump is conferring unparalleled privilege on one narrow slice of religion,” Laser said. “He confers privilege in exchange for constant loyalty at the ballot box, no matter what he does.”
If you share your bed with garbage, the stink wears off on you. While that can be a two-way problem, the worst end of the brush is painting these religious folk to be as corrupt as Trump, his allies, his whole platform of bigotry and theft.
Here are direct links to topics in Part 1 of the Lev Parnas interview. Part 2 will roll on MSNBC tomorrow night. I ain’t about to miss it. I hoped you don’t either.
Now, what we originally planned to post for folks to digest about this conspiracy.
The House Intelligence Committee quietly released a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence Tuesday evening: documents provided by Rudy Giuliani’s fixer for Ukraine, Lev Parnas…
The documents, which include Parnas’s handwritten notes, copies of text messages, and other correspondence, reveal some new information — including that Giuliani claimed to be acting with President Trump’s “knowledge and consent” in his communications with the Ukrainian government.
Quite literally, I happened to be online (this is Wednesday evening, the 15th) Direct-Messaging inside TWITTER with engineers and CSRs from SlingTV over a technical problem I was having with a channel unrelated to MSNBC. I was doing an A-B comparison with MSNBC when Rachel’s Show came on and she dropped the bombshell about her interview with Lev Parnas – accompanied by his attorney. Frankly, my technical problems dropped to second place and I spent more time, a lot more time, watching the recordings from her interview.
It will take the most mind-numbed Trumplicans to deny the criminality of his efforts to slander the Bidens, threaten foreign officials, and in general behave like an asshat gangster. Yes, I realize that also means most of the Trump True Believers will bobblehead their obedience.
And, anyone with a brain and concern for the direction of this rudderless nation – will continue to listen, learn, and support removing this schmuck from office. Either by impeachment or the ballot box.
BTW, the crew at Sling sorted out my problem in about 5 minutes. While all of this was going on.
“Official White House Photo”
(Last) Tuesday, it snowed in Washington.
This isn’t really newsworthy, by itself. It’s January in the District, a month in which more than five inches of snow will fall on average. In any number of years, some of that snow has fallen on the seventh day of the month…What makes last week’s snowfall newsworthy was the point at which the White House decided to share the news about it: on Sunday, a day when the temperature in Washington hit a high of 70 degrees. More importantly, the low was 49 degrees — too warm for snow and a temperature reached only after the White House’s tweet…
For an administration with a robust track record of dishonesty, the tweet struck many people as being another, albeit unusually odd, example of exaggeration or misrepresentation…What’s been missed in the reaction to the tweet, though, is a more important contrast. It’s not just that the tweet about snow overlapped with an unusually warm day that matters. It’s that this is the precise opposite of how President Trump has traditionally tried to leverage the weather to his political advantage…
What the White House tweet did — no doubt unintentionally — is highlight how warm it was in Washington on Sunday. The normal high in Washington on Jan. 12 is 43 degrees, putting Sunday’s temperature 27 degrees above normal. That is no more proof that the climate is warming than a cold day is proof that it isn’t, but a warmer-than-usual winter day is certainly more suggestive of something abnormal happening than a winter day that’s cold.
Whatever the intricacies of lies from the White House, they are exactly what is expected from the Fake President. Sometimes, I have to think they’re expected – enjoyed – by the fools who voted for him in 2016 and probably will, again, in 2020. He never learned to tell the truth. They don’t care. As long as he rolls out the drumroll of slander and slurs that satisfy bigotry and ignorance.
Fake President says murdering Iranian general was “American Justice”
Some these are predictable, even understandable – if you’re accustomed to providing counseling to a severely demented egomaniac.