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By islander
April 1, 2022 1:52 pm
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"Trump asks Putin for a favor (again)-Donald Trump has exhausted our vocabulary of outrage and I’m trying to cut down on my use of obscenities for Lent. So, it is difficult to describe the sheer revolting awfulness of this: Amid widespread criticism of his praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, former President Donald Trump publicly called on Putin on Tuesday to release any dirt he might have on Hunter Biden, the president’s son. This was not taken out of context, nor was it a gotcha take. His own spokeswoman enthusiastically tweeted out his plea to Putin..." Charlie Sykes, Bulwark

Russian state TV host: "It's time for us, our people, to call on the people of the United States to change the regime in the U.S. early, and to again help “our partner, Trump,” to become president." Newsweek

"On the day that news broke of burner phones and seven hour gaps in WH logs Trump was on OAN asking Putin for info on Hunter Biden and bitching about Ukraine." Noel Casler

"How the false Russian biolab story came to circulate among the U.S. far right --In fact, U.S. assistance to Ukrainian biological labs has been targeted at strengthening public health measures. Both the U.S. and Ukraine have also signed a treaty vowing never to produce or use biological weapons... But unlike most Russian efforts to spread false narratives justifying its invasion of Ukraine, this one found a receptive audience in the United States among far-right social media channels, Fox News and followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory... "The Kremlin is intentionally spreading outright lies that the United States and Ukraine are conducting chemical and biological weapons activities," U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said earlier this month... The biolab conspiracy theory is an example of how Russian narratives can be seized on and refined by conspiracy theorists in the U.S., who can often spread false narratives far more effectively than Russia's own efforts. NPR

“CBS News has hired Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor. In his first official appearance on Tuesday morning to talk about President Joe Biden’s budget proposal, anchor Anne-Marie Green introduced Mulvaney as “a former Office of Management and Budget director,” and said, “So happy to have you here…. You’re the guy to ask about this.”
Mulvaney was a far-right U.S. representative from South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, when he went to work for then-president Trump as the director of the Office of Management and Budget. While in that position, he also took over as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the government organization organized by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after the financial crisis of 2008. In its first five years, the CFPB recovered about $11.7 billion for about 27 million consumers, but in Congress, Mulvaney introduced legislation to abolish it. At its head, Mulvaney zeroed out the bureau’s budget and did his best to dismantle it.

While retaining his role at the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney took on the job of acting White House chief of staff on January 2, 2019. This unprecedented dual role put him in a key place to do an end run around official U.S. diplomats in Ukraine and to set up a back channel to put pressure on newly elected Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to announce he was launching an investigation into the actions of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.

As director of OMB, Mulvaney okayed the withholding of almost $400 million Congress had appropriated for Ukraine’s protection against Russia. In May 2019, he set up “the three amigos,” Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, special envoy Kurt Volker, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to pressure Zelensky. When the story came out, Mulvaney told the press that Trump had indeed withheld the money to pressure Zelensky to help him cheat in the 2020 election. “I have news for everybody,” he said. “Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.” He immediately walked the story back, but there it was.” Heather Cox Richardson

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on April 1, 2022 3:04 pm

    And, they say truth ain't stranger than fiction.

    People with TDS must be absolutely bonkers!


  2. by Donna on April 1, 2022 4:43 pm
    Nice compilation, islander.

    You know, I excuse the uneducated and the ignorant for supporting the anti-Christ and the party that supports him, but I'm appalled at people who should know better, especially people who purport to be Christians for voting for such a self-centered and thoroughly evil person, even if he wasn't their first choice. There is just no excuse.



  3. by HatetheSwamp on April 1, 2022 4:59 pm

    Me, too, Donna. It's stunning that Trump is worshiped by so many churchy people.

    From watching the rallies, I think that it's Trump’s cynicism toward the depraved evil of the Swamp that causes Christians to be so committed to him.

    Still, in the end, a vote for Trump is a more righteous act than a vote for that rapist enabling Hillary and, of course, a vote for the Doddering Old Fart is just plain stupid.


  4. by Donna on April 1, 2022 5:08 pm
    It's shameful the way you're excusing yourself.


  5. by HatetheSwamp on April 1, 2022 5:16 pm

    Let they who are without sin cast the first stone.


  6. by islander on April 2, 2022 5:34 am

    Donna, the big problem with the word Christian is that it has become meaningless. Trump can call himself a Christian, Hate can call himself a Christian, the people smearing feces in our capital and assaulting our law officers can can call themselves Christians, as can the snake handlers in Appalachia.


    Then we have people like Jimmy Carter, the Quakers of Colonial times, St. Francis of Assisi, etc. so who gets to decide what Christian means? Or if Christians are good or bad?

    I like Jimmy Carter but I absolutely do not like Trump or his enablers, especially the ones who describe themselves as Christians...So do I like or dislike “Christians”?


  7. by HatetheSwamp on April 2, 2022 6:08 am

    As Kierkegaard argued, Christian is what one does.


  8. by islander on April 2, 2022 6:23 am

    That really doesn’t explain anything.

    If someone thinks he or she is a Christian and what they are doing is “Christian” Are they a Christian and is what they are doing Christian?



  9. by HatetheSwamp on April 2, 2022 6:35 am

    Well, Christ, and what He DID, is the standard.

    Having said that, all the confusion you describe is a part of the reason I left institutionalized Christianity in my rearview mirror.

    I think that it's curious that Donna has always seemed to argue for a blending of church and state. Very curious.


  10. by Donna on April 2, 2022 10:14 am
    Interesting that you, Hts, described voting for Trump as a sin.

    I didn't say that. I just find it peculiar that a self-described Christian would ever vote for an anti-Christ.

    I don't support the merging of church and state. I believe in freedom of thought. I also believe that people should have the right to practice what they believe as long as doing so doesn't infringe on the rights of others.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on April 2, 2022 10:20 am

    But, you do support the merging of church and state. To suggest that it's a conflict for a Christian to vote for Trump.


  12. by Donna on April 2, 2022 10:42 am
    Issues about the relationship between church and state in the US revolve around the state's endorsement of one religious ideology over another, which the Constitution forbids.

    I don't see how that enters in to what I'm saying. If instead of a politician Trump were a preacher who became popular among Christians, I would have made a similar comment.


  13. by HatetheSwamp on April 3, 2022 2:59 am

    What you do is argue that Christians should be voting for a Christian America and, because Trump's not really a Christian, they shouldn't vote for Trump. Beyond that, for a Christian to vote for Trump violates their faith.


  14. by islander on April 3, 2022 5:33 am

    It’s not just Donna who finds it hard to understand how a Christian would want a man who epitomizes the antichrist to represent them and their country and vote to make him virtually the most powerful man on earth. My amazement has has nothing to do with political parties, separation of church and state, in fact it has nothing to do with what we call "politics". It’s simply about hypocrisy.

    When I hear a Christian trying to justify voting for Trump it only magnifies that hypocrisy in my mind.

    Human beings can be geniuses when it comes to rationalizing why doing something they know ain’t right is right. Some can do it so well that they can lie to themselves and actually believe their own lie.



  15. by HatetheSwamp on April 3, 2022 5:43 am

    I've been very clear that Trump repulses me. Both times I voted for him, I've been very clear here that I wanted to wretch.

    But, if you're hoping to take the moral high ground, what do you do with Hillary's moral filth!!!!!

    And, in 020, as the NYT, CNN, the WaPo and CBS now acknowledge, the Biden Family had been functioning, essentially, as a DC branch of the Mafia...and, people who were not afraid of truth knew that before the 020 election.

    Suggesting that Trump is more morally compromised than his opponents is ridiculous.


  16. by islander on April 3, 2022 6:15 am

    You have just demonstrated what I said...

    "Human beings can be geniuses when it comes to rationalizing why doing something they know ain’t right is right. Some can do it so well that they can lie to themselves and actually believe their own lie."


  17. by HatetheSwamp on April 3, 2022 7:50 am

    The difference between us is that you are guilty of that justification. I ain't.

    I carry regret over what I did. You convince yourself. And, as a result, you're unabashed.


  18. by Donna on April 3, 2022 11:21 am
    Well stated, islander.

    Well you don't carry too much regret being that you've said repeatedly that you would vote for the anti-Christ in a general election, Hts.

    I see you trying really hard to have things both ways. I would respect you more if in the general election you didn't vote.


  19. by islander on April 3, 2022 12:09 pm

    “I carry regret over what I did”



    As well you should, Hate. But like Donna said, not enough to stop you from voting for him again.

    I don’t regret voting for Hillary or Biden. I would never vote for someone that I despised and that I knew was a monster. I would write in someone I thought was a decent person.

    You wouldn't do that because your vote was based on your hatred of ‘the other side’...nothing more. And it is your hatred that has blinded you...


  20. by HatetheSwamp on April 3, 2022 12:23 pm

    Interesting, isle, I watched yesterday's Trump Rally with a mind toward understanding why really good people, couples married for 50 years who are devoted parents and grandparents, responsible job holders, honest tax payers, the whole shebang, love Trump and support him so uncompromisingly.

    I came away thinking that they really are a lot like pb in that they despise the corrupt political system that Trump spits at as a matter of course.

    You can go all sanctimonious about your moral superiority over me for voting for Trump and I won't judge you like you judge me but I will note that, in recent elections, you have voted for the filthiest of a dysfunctional and corrupt political system.

    Many of us see that about you and your ilk but I don't judge you. I only wish you'd see the truth.


  21. by Donna on April 3, 2022 3:58 pm
    Of course the folly of Trump supporters is that they're supporting someone who has demonstrated that he will do nothing to change their lives for the better.

    As much as I disagree with Mitt Romney, if the general election were between him and Trump, I would vote for Romney.


  22. by islander on April 4, 2022 5:27 am

    “Interesting, isle, I watched yesterday's Trump Rally with a mind toward understanding why really good people, couples married for 50 years who are devoted parents and grandparents, responsible job holders, honest tax payers, the whole shebang, love Trump and support him so uncompromisingly.”

    Did you ever see any photos of the lynchings of blacks? Did you see what they did to Jesse Washington? Wikipedia has a good article on the lynching of Jesse Washington. I’d suggest you take a look at it.

    When and if you look over the pictures of such lynchings look at the crowds who attended, supported. and enjoyed them. You’ll see crowds of people who, like the ones you described, are devoted parents, many even brought their children, and they were responsible church-goers, job holders and honest taxpayers.

    I think back then you would have called them good and decent people. But if if they were, can you explain how they could support and enable such evil?

    How can good and decent people do something they should know ain’t right?

    The only thing I can think of is ‘they didn’t know any better”. But when you say those people who love and support a monster like Trump are just like you, I can’t excuse you.

    Because unlike them...you do know better...but you do it anyway out of pure hatred.


  23. by HatetheSwamp on April 4, 2022 6:02 am

    isle,

    Donald Trump was only born in 1946.


  24. by Donna on April 4, 2022 5:47 pm
    Hitler reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April of 1945. That means if reincarnation is real, then Donald Trump could be the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler.



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