The absentee president

An investigation by Politico has found that President Donald Trump’s “executive time” — which is used by the White House as a euphemism for the time he spends watching cable news — absolutely dwarfs the time allotted to doing official work.

Specifically, Politico reports that last Tuesday, “the president was slated for more than nine hours of ‘Executive Time,’ a euphemism for the unstructured time Trump spends tweeting, phoning friends and watching television.” The publication then notes that “official meetings, policy briefings and public appearances — traditionally the daily work of being president — consumed just over three hours of his day.”

Some of the president’s supporters insisted to Politico that he often used his “executive time” to make important phone calls to congressional and world leaders, despite the fact that past reporting has indicated that most of the time he merely calls friends to complain about negative coverage he’s receiving.

The report also notes that Trump typically doesn’t start working until 11 a.m. on most days, as he’s scheduled a solid block early in the morning to watch “Fox & Friends,” one of his favorite cable news shows.

“The president’s official commitments last week began no earlier than 11 a.m… and on Tuesday — in the midst of a potential serial bomber and two weeks ahead of the midterm elections — they didn’t start until 1 p.m.,” the publication reports.

On the other hand, in view of the fact that Trump is destroying this country with the little bit of time he spends on official duties, maybe we should encourage him to spend more time on the golf course.

Trump is an absolute piece of shit. Pittsburgh rabbi calls him out.

Rabbi Responds to Trump Blaming Synagogue Death Toll on Lack of Security: ‘His Job Was to Comfort Victims, Not to Blame Victims’

by Tamar Auber | Oct 27th, 2018, 8:23 pm

Speaking on CNN on Saturday, Rabbi Joshua Stanton responded to President Donald Trump blaming the death toll in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre to a lack of security.

“This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside, they might have been able to stop him immediately,” Trump opined when speaking to reporters hours after the attack. “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.”

Stanton said this on CNN about Trump’s words:

“The words that I heard from our president today were deeply disappointing. He had one job, to provide comfort for those that were mourning, and instead, his words sounded to me like an advertisement for gun companies… In our tradition that is seen as one of the highest acts of kindness is to be with those who are heartbroken and grieving, and instead, we just heard more empty rhetoric from a person who is already engaged in anti-semitic dog whistles. I was hurt. I was offended, and I was deeply saddened as a human being, a Jewish person, and an American, and a rabbi.”

Then, referring to Trump’s security remarks, he said it felt like victim blaming. “It felt like victim blaming to me,” Stanton, a rabbi at East End Synagogue said. “I was appalled and I was saddened. His job was to comfort victims. Not to blame victims.”

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https://www.mediaite.com/tv/rabbi-responds-to-trump-blaming-synagogue-death-toll-on-lack-of-security-his-job-was-to-comfort-victims-not-to-blame-victims/

Only one party

There is one party that wants healthcare: they are Democrats.

There is one party who wants gun reform. They are Democrats.

There is one party who believes it’s a right to vote. They are Democrats.

There is one party who says nothing when tRump lies. They are Republicans.

While the asshole Trump raves about non-existent “caravan,” Muslims raise thousands to aid synagogue shooting victims

A crowdfunding campaign started by two Muslim groups has raised more than $40,000 for the victims of the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.

The campaign on LaunchGood, a Muslim-focused crowdfunding site, reached its $25,000 goal in less than six hours, and is now working to raise $50,000.

“The Muslim-American community extends its hands to help the shooting victims, whether it is the injured victims or the Jewish families who have lost loved ones,” the fundraising page reads. “We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action.”

The fundraiser was started by Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change, two Muslim-American nonprofit organizations. The groups say they are partnering with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to distribute the funds.

Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/413513-muslim-groups-raise-thousands-for-victims-of-pittsburgh

Jewish leaders tell tRump he is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he grows up and gets serious

A group of Jewish leaders told President Trump that he is no longer welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism following the shooting at a synagogue there over the weekend.

Eleven members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice penned a letter to Trump following the Saturday shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted,” the group wrote. “You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”

Trump was fiercely criticized after he failed to condemn white supremacy and asserted that there is “blame on both sides” after last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/413558-jewish-leaders-say-trumps-not-welcome-in-pittsburgh-until-he

MEANWHILE — at a vigil being held at the synagogue where eleven people were murdered, the crowd of mourners chanted “Vote!! Vote!! Vote!! “

Well, am I ever surprised: Trump lied

President Donald Trump LIED when he claimed Saturday that the New York Stock Exchange re-opened the day after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to justify holding a rally on the same day that a mass shooting occurred at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Speaking at a planned campaign rally in Illinois, Trump said he had weighed whether to cancel his rally as well as a speech at an agricultural convention earlier in the day in Indianapolis, Indiana, but ultimately decided against it, saying such a move would amount to giving the killer an edge. He compared his decision to continue with the rally to reopening the NYSE after the September 11 attacks, something that did not happen.
“And with what happened early today — that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh — I was saying maybe I should cancel both this and that,” Trump said, referring to the rally and his earlier appearance at the agricultural convention. “And then I said to myself, I remember Dick Grasso, a friend of mine, great guy. He headed up the New York Stock Exchange on September 11. And the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day. He said — and what they had to do to open it you wouldn’t believe. We won’t even talk to you about it. But he got that exchange open.”
“We can’t make these sick, demented, evil people important. And when we start changing around our lives and changing around our schedules … we can’t allow people like this to become important,” Trump said. “And when we change all of our lives in order to accommodate them, it’s not acceptable.”
In fact, as CNN reported at the time, the NYSE closed after the attacks and did not reopen until September 17 because many of the workers were lost or injured in the attack on the World Trade Center, which was just blocks from the NYSE in Manhattan’s financial district, and much of the communications and utilities needed to trade stocks were damaged or destroyed.
It was the longest shutdown for the NYSE since the Great Depression.