Nick Ayers dumped Trump — biggest humilitation ever for Trump — smart move for Ayers
President Donald Trump has been historically unpopular since taking office and is now even showing cracks in his core constituency.
The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin has argued Trump’s popularity is only going to wane as he spars with House Democrats as special counsel Robert Mueller unveils his findings.
In a new column, Rubin counts off the people Trump has lost support from—including one that’s simply “humiliating.”
“Now even Nick Ayers, one of the most ambitious hired guns in the business — a man who has made millions from politics — won’t serve as his chief of staff,” she writes. “Having Ayers turn him down with no Plan B may not have been the worst moment of Trump’s presidency, but it’s certainly one of the most humiliating. To be blunt, when someone of Ayers’s ilk figures out it’s not in his interest to take one of the most sought-after jobs (normally) in government, you know Trump has become toxic.”
Ayers is just 36 years old and is known for his willingness to push hard for unpopular positions.
Rubin runs through the coalition that carried Trump to an electoral college victory and argues that the numbers bode very poorly for him, especially now that suburban white women are defecting in droves.
“With each staff shuffle, Trump’s staff and senior advisers get less professional and less willing to level with him,” she argues, citing the loss of UN ambassador Nikki Haley and her replacement with a PR person. “The result likely will be even more missteps and episodes such as the COS search (i.e., instances of abject incompetence). As Trump ‘wins’ less, those who admired him for his management acumen or who merely wanted to blow up the system may drift off as well. In sum, it’s very likely that Trump’s political isolation will get worse.”
Read the column here.
Michael Cohen provided information linking Trump campaign to “a foreign government”
An attorney who works for special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Wednesday revealed that former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen had given them “credible” and “valuable” information about what she described as “links between a campaign and a foreign government.”
As reported by Courthouse News’ Adam Klasfeld, Special Counsel’s Office prosecutor Jeannie Rhee told the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that Cohen had given her office information about connections between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
“Mr. Cohen has sought to tell us the truth,” Rhee said, according to Klasfeld.
Rhee declined to offer the court further details about the information Cohen provided, however, and said that “there’s only so much we can say about the particulars at this time, given our ongoing investigation.”
Cohen is being sentenced on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to committing multiple felonies, including making illegal contributions on behalf of the Trump campaign and lying under oath to Congress about President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow while running for president.
Jared and Ivanka, in typical criminal fashion, are defrauding low-income housing program to enrich themselves
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle reported on Tuesday that the Trump family and its associates are trying to game the federal Opportunity Zone program, which is meant to help low-income neighborhoods attract investment, to further enrich themselves.
Ruhle called out Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has invested in one such area.
“The Kushner companies are investing big in an opportunity zone in New Jersey that, oddly enough, is beachfront property. Look how beautiful that is,” Ruhle said, cutting to shots of the magnificent New Jersey shore.”Certainly not a downtrodden area. And that area is all within the designated zone for these big old tax breaks.”
Ruhle also called out Trump associate and real estate developer Richard LeFrak, who has a $4 billion property in an opportunity zone in Miami.
“Here’s what I want you to pay attention to: this development, he started it several years ago,” Ruhle said. “Because the project’s not done and they’re still investing, he’s going to get massive tax benefits. That’s called a windfall.”
Ruhle named other Trump-owned developments located in opportunity zones, including a hotel in Mississippi and a golf course in New Jersey.
“With the right maneuvering, this existing property, that means they could reinvest, do some upgrades. It could benefit from these big old tax breaks,” she said. “This is exactly why we insist our leaders divest and disclose.”
House GOP cancels hearing against minimum wage when they discover one of their “expert witnesses” wanted to tax people for being homosexual
House Republicans this week were forced to cancel an anti-minimum wage hearing they had scheduled after learning that one of their star witnesses wants to level taxes against people just for being gay.
Politico reports that the House Education and Workforce Committee had originally planned a hearing this week to discuss the perils of raising the federal minimum wage to $15.
Among the featured witness was San Diego State University economist Joseph Sabia, who wrote a blog post in 2002 that was titled, “Tax Gay Sex.”
In the post, Sabia falsely claimed that homosexuals were primarily responsible for the outbreaks of diseases, thus necessitating they pay a financial penalty for their behavior.
“Homosexual activity has been responsible for devastating health outcomes — deadly HIV, hepatitis B, and various other sexually transmitted diseases,” he wrote. “When two random men get together and choose to have sex, there is not an insignificant risk of infection and death. And if these infected men then go on to have sex with women, then you have women — and possibly children — who will be stricken with AIDS.”
In a separate post, Sabia wrote that college girls should be considered “unpaid whores,” while writing that feminism had “taught young women that equality is achieved by acting like promiscuous sluts.”