Trump revealed a sad fact: Republicans are a cruel, vile tribal mob intent on holding on to power, not doing what is right

If you have been listening to Nikki Haley as she makes her rounds on the networks promoting her new book, you get the sense that the Republican party has settled in to its new role as a party that no longer feels constrained by the need to maintain the facade of civility. We should be paying attention to her words, they are revealing regarding the future direction of her party.

I have said before that Donald Trump didn’t create the divisions in the country, the nativism and tribalism within the Republican Party, he revealed it. Old line conservatives who publicly denounced Trump and have been biding their time waiting for their party to turn on him will need to realize that they are not witnessing a temporary phenomenon, this is permanent. The GOP has gotten a taste of the freedom to express its true nature and is not going back to the days of feigning the appearance of being moral, fair or even fiscally responsible. 

The modern GOP is betting that the world is going to be a much harsher place to live due to factors such as climate change (of course they know it’s real). They see the handwriting on the wall that the growth in the world’s population and lack of resources is a pending disaster. They know there will be growing economic disparity and civil unrest. In a world divided by the haves and the have-nots, they are banking that as the world becomes a crueler place to live, they have a survival advantage. Proof of concept came as Republicans watched the public outrage fade over the caging of immigrant children.

Republicans have never cared much for democracy and recognize that the growing multiculturalism doesn’t bode well for them in a working democratic system. This is why they are loading up the federal courts with extremist judges likely to rule in their favor. They, and their reliable partners the corporations, will sue their way in to relevancy. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision was their test case for this strategy.

Republican leadership fully understood that the massive 2017 tax cut they passed wasn’t going to do what they said it would for the economy. The real long term purpose of it was to lay an economic bomb timed go off in the likelihood of a Democratic administration taking over in 2020. As insurance, they ran up the nation debt for good measure to exacerbate the destruction. This has been a successful strategy used time and again by Republicans. Democrats will be blamed for an economic downturn and they can regain power in 2024 touting “see what the socialist Democrats did!”, cue the outrage.

This doesn’t need to happen, but it likely will if it’s not exposed.

No doubt about it: Trump is doing Russia’s bidding

A counterterrorism expert believes that Donald Trump’s current worldview was “manufactured” by Russia — and the damage the president is doing to the global standing of the United States could last for decades.

Malcolm Nance spent 20 years at the NSA and worked as a United States Navy senior chief petty officer, specializing in naval cryptology. Now an author and political commentator on MSNBC, he spoke with Raw Story about his new book, The Plot to Betray America.

The third and final installment of his series hit shelves Tuesday — with a forward written by former fake President Josiah Bartlett (actor Martin Sheen).

Nance, a Raw Story fan since the Bush years, explained how his approach to The Plot to Betray America was different from what a journalist would do with the same subject matter.

“I can [look at a situation] and based on decades of intelligence experience and say, ‘Oh, I’ve seen this type of operation before. This is how it works. This is how it flows.’ And that information is not something that the average journalist will have,” Nance said.

What follows is part of our exclusive interview with Nance, which has been edited for length and clarity:

“This book, The Plot to Betray America, is the third leg of this story, which is, The Plot to Destroy Democracy was about Putin; his is about Team Trump and how the Americans who were involved in this — how they were doing their business. How they were going about engineering their own enrichment. And that is what is destroying the United States and our national security,” Nance began.

You mention Trump, but one of the things you also talk about in the book is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-AL) role in all of this. I think it was Joe Biden who had made the comment about former President Obama trying to get McConnell to sign on to a letter, something public to be released, saying the Russians are hacking the election. And McConnell wouldn’t do it. I’d always known the McConnell stuff was sketchy, and now we have his state profiting off of a massive Russian oligarch’s aluminum company. But I didn’t know about the Jeff Sessions part.

“You know, in my world, we have the ‘who, what, when, where, why, how,’ right? And we call that ‘Whisky Five Hotel.’ The five W’s and an H. All of those components are irrelevant with the exception of the important question and that’s ‘why.’ I can watch all of your activities. I can predict your activities based on your pattern, where you are, what you’re saying. But ‘why,’ the motivation behind you is the most important component. So, with Sessions, it just struck me, there had to have been a ginormous pool of money that supersedes loyalty to everything and Trump was offering to let him in on it.

“But [Sessions] made that one mistake of being ethical. By recusing himself. And that was it. Now he’s out. And he thinks he’s going to salvage himself. Did you see his video praising, essentially ass-kissing Trump? It was beyond embarrassing and Trump had already stabbed him in the back 100 times. It’s amazing that he would even try this, but it just goes to show these people are schmucks. They understand the meanness, and the anger, and the hatred of the base. And, in fact, they were only decent and compliant and cooperative because commonsense and decency required that. But now they’ve been unshackled and they can be as mean and as ruthless and dirty and as nasty as they want, so long as they sign onto Trump and Trump has the support of those people.”

And then people just tune it out and don’t want to participate in the process because it’s too mean spirited and they want nothing to do with it?

“Well, that’s why 50 percent of the population, that is eligible to vote, don’t vote. They won’t vote. It was like that great reporting by MSNBC where they went to the University of Orange County or USC-Orange or something. And they asked the students waiting at the bus stop if they were going to vote. And only two out of 12 of them said ‘yes.’ And one guy actually had the nerve to say ‘I’m working on my school. This doesn’t really impact me.’ …It was a shocking day.

“I was at PolitiCon in Los Angeles [at the time] and I thought, ‘Holy cow, we’ re in trouble.’ You know, if this is the way kids think … But you know, Republicans don’t have that problem. They vote. It’s a small narrow body of people, but they vote and Democrats have to motivate. It’s like they say, ‘Democrats have to fall in love, Republicans fall in line.’”

We talk about the political consequences of the way that Trump and the GOP have cozied up to Russia, but are there diplomatic consequences? How are our allies viewing us and how have our relationships with our allies changed?

“Well, I think the word ‘diplomatic’ is inoperative these days. Remember when Emmanuel Macron made that statement the other day when he called us ‘the ultimate guarantor’? –which, by the way, was the terminology used when we established NATO, that the United States would be ‘the ultimate guarantor.’ He said, apparently, essentially, that we can no longer rely on the United States. The United States may no longer be the ultimate guarantor. Europe may have to defend themselves.”

“And what you’re looking at is the first step of what Putin has always wanted. Putin has always wanted Russia and the Soviet Union, of which Putin is just an extension …he’s just doing a capitalistic extension of the Soviet Union. To these guys, it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened.”

“You nullify the United States’ strengths so that if there is an invasion of the Ukraine, or there is an invasion of another country, the question mark is will the United States be there? I think our allies think that information warfare and propaganda and Fox News has so tainted the country that the commonsense of the United States can no longer be relied on. And we’re going to find out in one year if that’s true or not.”

“I say this in my speeches all the time – and in the book: Trump’s goal is to establish a Constitutional autocracy. Where you have a Constitution, but it’s run and dictated by an autocrat. And that the Bill of Rights is whatever Trump says the Bill of Rights is through his interpretation.”

“You know, Nazi Germany had reams of laws. So, it’s not like this couldn’t happen.”

One of the things my parents and grandparents still remember is hiding under their desks in schools, afraid of an impending Soviet nuclear attack. So, it’s weird for me to see these Republicans — these people who were strident anti-Soviet — and how they have changed. Now Republicans fully embrace the former Soviet Union and I wonder: “Is this real? Is it just something that they’re doing to placate Trump or have Republicans really changed?”

(Nance encouraged me to read Plot to Destroy Democracy because he said it outlines the Russia strategy targeting the GOP.)

“The last chapter in the book discusses how Russia created a meta-narrative around Donald Trump, to where, he sees the world through Moscow’s glasses. And I think the metaphor I used in there is that ‘if Donald Trump sees the world through rose-colored glasses, they’re glasses that were created, tinted, framed, and put on his face by Moscow.’”

“His entire worldview comes from the perspective of the money he’s always wanted. And whatever has been promised him, whatever he thinks he can get. And whether he adopted what he thinks is the faux toughness of the Russian Bear.”

“I say it really happened when he had that dinner at the restaurant with the 12 richest men in Russia and a personal representative of Putin’s. And whenever he came out of that, he was spouting the party line. The first thing he said was he’s getting Trump Tower Moscow. So, they probably all promised him that it would happen and that Putin would let it happen. And then he started spouting the Crimea party line and all the rest …and how Obama was weak and Putin was strong. The man is essentially a manufactured item from a state KGB officer whose job it was to learn to manipulate humans.”

“Now Putin leads Donald Trump around on a leash.”

Do you think that the Republican senators have gotten fully on board or are they just pretending?

“No, I think they believe and they’ve now bought into how Donald Trump is the natural component of their version of mean-spirited, autocratic Republicanism. Every once in a while I run into these right-wingers and they say, ‘We’re not a democracy we’re a Republic!’ And I have to say, ‘Clearly, you didn’t read Plato. Because a Republic is a democracy with safeguards and protects the rights of the political minority.’ And then they go, ‘Uh, no. We’re a republic!’ And it’s just mind-boggling.”

“And when team Trump took over, they decided, ‘We govern for ourselves. Screw the rest of the country.’ They have no problem compromising their principles. The word ‘hypocrisy” means nothing anymore. So, if the word ‘hypocrisy’ means nothing, you’re never accountable to your base. Because you never have to show them that you care at all about anyone in the world or America.”

Because you’re counterterrorism guy, I wonder what keeps you up at night and what are we not thinking about for the future?

“The thing that keeps me up most at night is the president of the United States is an asset to a foreign power. We have no idea the level of damage it’s done until he’s out of office. And what we’re going to find out is all of his sycophants were all out to enrich themselves and probably did decades of damage to the country. Especially to the State Department, it’s non-existent. It can barely issue visas.”

“To be quite honest, what we’re not preparing for is that there are American citizens that won’t cede the fact that this exists and may be willing to take up arms against their own country. And they believe they’re the true patriots.”

The REAL reason Republicans do not want to see Trump impeached

The GOP has a dark reason for ensuring that Trump is never impeached:   There is a deeper fear among party leaders that they will be exposed as a party that wants to destroy democratic values.

Republicans claim that everything Trump has done is unimpeachable because of a deep, dark reason:  They do not want to admit that any Republican president is capable of doing anything illegal or impeachable while in office. They simply will not allow that precedent to be established.

It’s still the case that too few people understand the truth about the modern GOP.

  • It is an un-American party.
  • It is not interested in democracy. It is interested in power.
  • It doesn’t care how it gets power.
  • Twice in the last five elections, its presidential candidates have lost the popular vote. Suppose that had gone the other way around. Do you think the Electoral College would still exist? I can assure you it would not. They would have found a way to gut it. But because the un-democratic results in 2000 and 2016 happened to favor them—hey, the Electoral College is great! Whatever it takes.

So — when you hear someone on television say that Republicans’ posture is all about their fear of Trump, don’t buy it. It’s partly about that. But it’s also about this. If they were to acquiesce in the removal of a Republican president, they’d be placing democracy ahead of power. And this is one thing that we know they will not do.

Meanwhile, there’s this:  There is a whole generation of Americans who do not associate the Republican Party with Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, or Ike Eisenhower.

Gone are the days of Lincoln and his inspiration.

Gone are the days of Theodore Roosevelt and his love of nature.

Gone are the days of Dwight Eisenhower and his warnings against the military-industrial complex.

There is a whole generation of voters who think that the GOP is the Party of George Walker Bush.

  • The party who failed to defend the US against the biggest terror-attack in US-history.
  • The party who fabricated evidence in order to invade Iraq for oil.
  • The party who looked the other way while the US military and US intelligence committed war-crimes and ran torture-programs.
  • The party whose fiscal policies caused the biggest world-wide financial crisis since the Great Depression of 1929.

There is a whole generation of voters who think that the GOP is the Party of Donald John Trump.

  • The party who looked the other way when foreign forces conspired to infiltrate the US election-process.
  • The party who looked the other way when the President told easily debunked lie after easily debunked lie.
  • The party who abandoned traditions and norms once they got in the way of amassing power.
  • The party who sabotaged the geopolitical power of the US.
  • The party who turned itself into a Führer-cult and branded dissent from the establishment as betraying the Republican Party.
  • The party who looked the other way when Nazis loud and proud marched in US streets.
  • The party who looked the other way when the republican President was found guilty of stealing from a charity.
  • The party who looked the other way when the republican President abused the power of his office.

The Republican Party has sacrificed everything they stood for in their quest for more power. The Republican Party no longer stands for anything except power.

Trump Jr. and his Fox ho’ booed off stage by Trump supporters!!!

SHORT VERSION

Donald Trump Jr. and his Fox ho’ traveling companion Kimberly Guilfoyle appeared at UCLA to promote his latest book (He writes books??  Sure he does!!  And I’m the King of England.)  Rightwing Trump supporters packed the place, then, proceeded to boo the pair off the stage, sending them running for their limo.

FULL VERSION

Karma? Is that you?

Courtesy of WaPo:

As first reported by the Guardian, a number of conservatives — some in telltale “Make America Great Again” caps and pro-Trump attire — began to shout at the president’s son and political adviser 20 minutes into an event moderated by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, after learning a question-and-answer session had been canceled.

Video from the event showed a chant that started out as “U-S-A! U-S-A!” turning quickly into angry cries of “Q-and-A! Q-and-A!” Minutes later, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle stormed off the stage.

The chaotic scene contradicted Trump Jr.’s central thesis that liberals have grown so intolerant of dissenting voices, conservative politicians can no longer engage in civil discourse. It also exposed an increasingly hostile fissure between conservative student groups like Turning Point USA and a hard-right faction of young Trump devotees who have flocked to self-professed “American Nationalist” Nicholas Fuentes and his “America First” movement.

At first, Junior seemed to think that the protesters were liberals and so he openly mocked them:

“Name a time when conservatives have disrupted even the furthest leftist on a college campus,” he said to the crowd. “It doesn’t happen that way. We’re willing to listen.”

A member of the audience interrupted with a shout: “Then open the Q&A!”

“See what I mean?” Trump Jr. answered. “And that is the problem. And the reason oftentimes it doesn’t make sense to do the Q&A is not because we’re not willing to talk about the questions, cause we do. No. It’s because people hijack it with nonsense looking to go for some sort of sound bite. You have people spreading nonsense, spreading hate, trying to take over the room.”

The shouts and chanting just got louder so Junior’s gal pal Right Wing Barbie jumped into the fray:

Guilfoyle lost her composure. She shouted back at the young men, insulting their appearances and manners.

“No, it’s because you’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous,” she responded. “We are happy to answer a question. Respect the people around you so that they can hear.”

When the crowd continued to demand a chance to ask questions, Guilfoyle snapped, “Let me tell you something, I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.”

That response only inflamed the protesters, whose loud chants soon led the pair to leave the stage.

Of course as it turned out the protesters were indeed Trump supporters who were upset with Turning Point USA,  the conservative organization that hosted the event, for not allowing a Q&A.

The leader, Nicholas Fuentes, even tweeted this:

“Our problem is not with [Trump Jr.] who is a patriot — We are supporters of his father!” he tweeted. “Our problem is with Charlie Kirk’s TPUSA organization that SHUTS DOWN and SMEARS socially conservative Christians and supporters of President Trump’s agenda. We are AMERICA FIRST!”

Perhaps Junior’s next book should be titled “I’m just like my father:  Throw away wife and children for ho’; can’t stand anyone to question me.”

There simply is no point in holding discussions with Republicans or Trumpsters

There is no point in trying to argue with Fox News viewers who support President Donald Trump.

The people who support him are thoroughly ignorant because they only get news from Fox News.  There is nothing you say to people like that.

To me, it’s like people who watch professional wrestling and don’t realize that it’s fixed. If they can’t see it when it’s right under their nose, I have no idea how they’re going to realize how wrong they are.

And now Fox is all about the “liberals’ war on Thanksgiving”

Fox News has found its new boogeyman for November, and for some reason it’s not a president who tried to trade hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid for dirt on his political opponents. It’s the liberals’ War on Thanksgiving! Of course!

So, apparently, one random person at Huffington Post wrote an article about reducing one’s carbon footprint over the Thanksgiving holiday by choosing lower-impact foods and buying locally sourced fare.

That kind of foolishness sounds hinky to Grandma, so naturally Fox spent three days on it.

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1192968250080026625/video/1

And, naturally, you can’t have a decent made-up war without the Five Horsemen of the Holiday Apocalypse, Fox & Friends and Diamond & Silk.

For the record, here’s part of what the author of this travel postcard from the Lake of Fire actually wrote about the holiday:

No one should be discouraged from enjoying the holiday or celebrating with family and friends, but we’re here to provide insight into the ingredients and dishes that have the largest ecological impact.

However, in Fox World, anything you can do to distract from Trump’s crimes.

Trump will be impeached and it’s about much more than one phone call

When the original whistleblower complaint emerged in early September, there were few public details. All that was known from the exchanges going on between a Congress that wanted to see the complaint, as the law required, and a White House sitting on the complaint, as the law did not allow, was that it concerned Donald Trump and a ‘promise’ made to a foreign leader. But even then it was easy to guess that the site of this promise would be Ukraine. That location had been underlined, and underlined again, over and over since even before Trump took office. And if all the times Ukraine appeared in 2016, and 2017, and 2018 were not enough, by the start of May Rudy Giuliani was heavily engaged in pushing a series of stories to the media that were meant to sabotage Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and apply pressure to the incoming government.

One thing that became clear this week is that it was that action—attempting to knock a long-time State Department official out of office for the crime of being too professional and too honest—that really put radars on high alert, and likely earned Trump and Giuliani’s scheme far more attention than it would have garnered had Yovanovitch remained in place. Whether it was NSC official Fiona Hill, or literally anyone who had been at the State Department for more than a couple of years, the efforts to demean, disparage, and dismiss “Masha” Yovanovitch upset everyone.

It wasn’t just that the former ambassador was made former only because of a series of conspiracy theories and rumors that everyone inside the State Department knew were untrue, it was that official after official went to Mike Pompeo and others in an effort to get some pushback on the attempt to kneecap Yovanovitch. What they got instead was the epidemic spinelessness that seems to set in everywhere around Trump. That singular failure of plain old integrity, was a big part of what put butts in seats when it came to State Department officials choosing to ignore Pompeo and appear before the the impeachment inquiry.

And the early dismissal of Yovanovitch through character assassination is just one of the dates now decorating a calendar that starts way before Trump’s July 25 phone call and extends right up until after the point the whistleblower complaint became public.

What the transcripts released over the last week demonstrate very effectively is that the effort to strong arm Ukraine into a pair of “investigations” designed to provide Trump with political dirt started well before the phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky and extended at least until the start of the inquiry. That was already obvious from the set of phone texts that were released early in the inquiry which showed special envoy Kurt Volker and Ambassador Gordon Sondland jockeying to put words in Zelensky’s mouth to ensure his announcement met Trump’s demands. The transcripts served to fill in the gaps, provide a wealth of details, and dispel any doubts.

Donald Trump is guilty of attempting to extort a foreign government to interfere in U.S. elections. He’s also guilty of attempting to engage that same government in a conspiracy to undermine U.S. intelligence and provide a clean bill of health to Vladimir Putin. Trump’s primary on-the-ground assistant in this effort was certainly Rudy Giuliani, but the transcripts have demonstrated that Trump had plenty of help right in the White House—particularly from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who was involved in everything from setting up alternative diplomatic teams to blocking the release of military assistance funds. The more has been learned, the bigger Mulvaney’s role appears.

Heading into the public hearing phase of the inquiry, the evidence against Trump is enormous, the consistency of the testimony is compelling, and a number of the witnesses are both figuratively and literally unimpeachable. Every appearance on Capitol Hill, every transcript released, every piece of information that has come out has only made the situation more certain, and more definitively worthy of impeachment.

Despite Republican claims, the transcripts show that there has not been a single witness whose testimony contained anything that looks like good news for Donald Trump—though there have been several witnesses, Sondland chief among them, whose testimony shows just how complicit they were in acts they believed to be illegal. Finding willing henchmen … is not a proof of innocence.

Trump would like to pretend that this entire process is restricted to a single “perfect” phone call. It’s not. Not only does that call contain every element of the unfolding scheme, it can only be understood in the context of a scandal that developed over months both before and after that call. Which is just what witness testimony has provided. All evidence. No exoneration.

Republicans have until Saturday to name any witnesses they would like to appear in the public phase of the inquiry. But unless those witnesses are Abraham Lincoln swearing to Trump’s honesty, and Hercule Poirot to unravel the plot and single out some other culprit, the Senate better start figuring out its hearing rules. Because Donald Trump is going to be impeached.

The Senate likely will vote to acquit but the public will know and understand (1) Trump is an incompetent crook who is destroying democracy, and, (2) the GOP is helping him.

Sometimes you get what you deserve

On Nov 9, 2019, Alabama 8-0 played LSU 8-0 at home in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama had not lost a home game in 31 games. LSU had not scored more than 10 points against Alabama in several years.

LSU won 46-41.

This was the worst home game for Alabama since 1907 when Sewanee College scored 57 points against them.

Trump attended the football game and was cheered by Alabama fans.

Trump attended a Washington Nationals at-home World Series baseball game between the Nationals and Houston Astros where he was booed and the crowd chanted “Lock him up!”.  The Nationals went on to win the Series.

It really is true:  Everything Trump touches dies.

The Republican Party is learning the truth: Everything Trump touches dies

A Washington Post report on this past week’s election in Virginia pointed out that the Republican Party is grappling with how to stem the flow of previously reliable voters who are turning their backs on them and either voting for Democrats or straying home and sitting out elections.

As the report notes, “A GOP candidate hasn’t won statewide office in Virginia since 2009. On Tuesday, Democrats gained majorities in both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation; the House of Delegates swung from a 66-34 Republican edge in 2017 to a 55-45 Democratic advantage for next year’s session.”

Republican campaign manager Daniella Propati watched as her candidate for the House of Delegates, GayDonna Vandergriff, lost despite running on a campaign accusing her opponent of “socialism” which apparently made no impact on voters.

“Republicans — we’ve been running campaigns in Virginia the same way for 20 years,” Propati said. “We need to come together and say, ‘What do we need to do next time?’ ”

“That’s a question Republicans around the country are wrestling with after Tuesday’s elections revealed new troubles in suburbs from Memphis to Philadelphia. Nowhere has the problem been more pronounced than in Virginia, where Republicans have been all but wiped from power in the past decade,” The Post reports, adding, “In presidential elections, Virginia has moved so swiftly to the left in recent contests that it barely paused to be a swing state.”

According to election and demographics expert Ruy Teixeira, the GOP has a serious reason to be alarmed.

“This is the nightmare scenario for a lot of people in the Republican Party,” he explained. “Virginia is an example of a possible future for some of the states that are now part of the Republican coalition.”

Former congressman Tom Davis (R-VA) agreed as he watched the district he once represented also fall to the Democrats.

“It ought to be a concern everywhere,” he told the Post. “These demographic changes are happening everywhere. They are not unique to Virginia.”

Noting that “the suburbs have undergone a metamorphosis in recent years — growing more socially liberal, more diverse, less interested in the red meat of the tea party and Donald Trump,” the Post points out the Virginia scenario looks to be playing out in other states like Arizona — previously thought to be solidly Republican — and Colorado which has wavered back and forth.

“We need candidates who can run strong campaigns with a conservative agenda that actually people are attracted to and not repelled by,” explained Dick Wadhams, the former state party chair in Colorado. “That may sound trite, but I’d swear sometimes people act like they have never heard such a thing.”

“No doubt about it, Republicans have a suburban problem. Anyone who looks at the data can see that,” added Austin Chambers, head of the Republican State Leadership Committee. “I don’t think you have to moderate your politics and beliefs in politics to win in the suburbs, you just need to do a much better job communicating.”

According to former Republican lieutenant governor Bill Bolling of Virginia, the GOP has “moved farther and farther to the right, and become more rigid and vitriolic in its ideology and rhetoric.”

“The GOP is simply out of touch with suburban voters who now control the outcome of critical elections,” Bolling wrote on Facebook.

Who knew that a political party of old angry white people who want to return blacks to the back of the bus, gays to the closet and women to the kitchen would lose?