Gaslighter, Racist, Fascist, Liar, Narcissist, Asshole

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“…The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command…” – 1984, George Orwell

Today:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The Washington Post Story, about my speech in North Carolina and tweet, with its phony sources who do not exist, is Fake News. The only thing people were talking about is the record setting crowd and the tremendous enthusiasm, far greater than the Democrats. You’ll see in 2020!
6:58 AM – 21 Jul 2019

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Yep. Donald Trump (r) is the republican party.

Update:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!
7:07 AM – 21 Jul 2019

“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country…” You’re a Fascist. By definition and deed you apparently hate the Constitution.

“…They should apologize to America (and Israel)…” I’m not aware of any law that compels any American citizen to apologize to a foreign nation.

“…They are destroying the Democrat Party…” No, they’re not. And it’s the Democratic Party, asshole.

Previously:

I did Nazi that coming… (July 18, 2019)

Only there for the convenient Eschatology

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The Senator (r) doth protest too much, methinks.

Josh Hawley [2016 file photo].

This morning:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Anti-Semitic “dog whistle”? Delivered at a conference organized by an Israeli Jew, to an audience of many Jewish-Americans, and from a guy who has been an ardent advocate of the state of Israel and the Jewish people? Nice try.
[….]
6:36 AM · Jul 20, 2019

“…Delivered at a conference organized by a[n] [far right wingnut] Israeli Jew…” Fixed it for you.

When the Dog Whistle Is Silver-Plated & Hand-Chased: Conservative Thinking At Its “Best”

It goes deeper than just an anti semitic dog whistle. The founders that crafted the political theory of the new nation, as seen in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, revered such Roman Stoic philosophers such as Seneca and Cicero and Marcus Aurelius. Ideas such as “All men are created equal” and appealing to “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” and “let Facts be submitted to a candid world” are deeply Roman Stoic cosmopolitanism. The idea that human dignity is grounded in reason is deeply cosmopolitan. The idea that humans, all humans, by the mere fact of being human, are endowed with unalienable rights is deeply cosmopolitan. These are some of the aspirational ideals and principles of the European and American Enlightenments. These aspirational ideals are the legacy of the founding and our inheritance, first as human beings and then as citizens.

Hawley’s declaration that “It’s time we ended this cosmopolitan experiment” comes eerily close to “It’s time we ended this American experiment.” As Franklin said when announcing a new Republic, “if you can keep it.”

“…from a guy who has been an ardent advocate of the state of Israel and the Jewish people…”

Until it’s no longer convenient, right?

Previously:

Senator Hawley (r) gives a speech (July 19, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Have you talked to Mitch McConnell (r) lately?

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So, does Representative Ilhan Omar (D) “hate America”? Should she be sent back where she came from?

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2018 file photo].

From Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):

Hartzler Statement on House Resolution Condemning President
July 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement regarding House consideration of H.R. 489, the Democrat House resolution condemning President Trump:

“With four weeks of congressional session remaining before our government faces yet another government shutdown, the House of Representatives should focus on the job it was elected to do, not political theater.

“Instead of wasting time passing resolutions condemning the President, House Democrats should focus on the basic fundamental responsibilities of governing, like passing a budget and keeping the government functioning as well as addressing the challenges of illegal immigration, the flow of illegal drugs over our border, and the need for affordable health care. These are the issues I am working on and the American people are pleading with Congress to deal with – not efforts to impeach the President as called for by a growing number of Democrats in the House.

“There is little doubt that we have a loss of political civility on both sides of the aisle, and we are better than this. However, the political theatrics behind this resolution fail to address the urgent problems that the American people are passionately asking us to solve.”

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Gaslighting? Check. In May 2019:

Democrats in Congress are getting things done. Trump and Republicans are just ignoring them.
[….]
Here’s a list of bills and resolutions the House has passed so far.

Health care
HR 259 — Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019
House Resolution 271 — Condemning the Trump Administration’s Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans’ Health Care
HR 986 — Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019
HR 987 — Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act
HR 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)
HR 1503, the Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019 (bill aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs)

Civil rights
HR 1 — For the People Act of 2019
HR 5 — Equality Act
HR 7 — Paycheck Fairness Act
HR 124 — Expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals

Gun control
HR 8 — Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
HR 1112 — Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019

Environment
HR 9 — Climate Action Now Act
HR 1331 — Local Water Protection Act
S 47 — National Resources Management Act
HR 2578 — National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019
Military/foreign affairs
HR 840 — Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
HJ Res. 37 — Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
SJ Res. 7 — To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress
HR 31 — Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019
HJ Res. 30 — Disapproving the President’s proposal to take an action relating to the application of certain sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation

Mueller report
H.Con.Res. 24 — Expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress.

Other legislation
HR 1585 — Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019
HR 1500 — Consumers First Act
HR 1994 — SECURE Act
HR 1644 — Save the Internet Act of 2019
HR 2157 — Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019
HR 269 — Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019
HR 251 — Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act
S 24 — Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019
HR 430 — TANF Extension Act of 2019
Concurring in the Senate Amendments to HR 251 — Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard Program Extension Act
HR 790 — Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019
HJ Res. 46 — Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019
H Res. 183 — Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States, as amended
H Res. 194 — Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1644 and H.R. 2021
HR 2480 — Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
HR 375 — To amend the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes (also known as the “Carcieri Fix”)

Votes to end the government shutdown
HR 21 — Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes
HJ Res. 1 — Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes
HR 265 — Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
HR 267 — Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
HR 266 — Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
HR 268 — Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (Disaster Supplemental and short-term continuing resolution through Feb. 8)
HR 264 — Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act
HJ Res. 28 — Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (Short-term continuing resolution through Feb. 28)
HR 648 — Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Six conferenced bills minibus)
HJ Res. 31 — Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019 (Short-term homeland continuing resolution through Feb. 28)
Conference Report to Accompany HJ Res 31 – Making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes

“…House Democrats should focus on the basic fundamental responsibilities of governing, like passing a budget and keeping the government functioning as well as addressing the challenges of illegal immigration, the flow of illegal drugs over our border, and the need for affordable health care…”

Ask Mitch McConnell (r), the Majority Leader in the Senate who won’t allow legislation to come to a vote.

Both siderism? Check.

“…There is little doubt that we have a loss of political civility on both sides of the aisle…”

Representative Hartzler (r) thinks her constituents are stupid. That’s reason enough to vote for someone else in 2020.

Previously:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): owning it (July 16, 2017)

Senator Hawley (r) gives a speech

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Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Senator Josh Hawley gave a speech at the National Conservatism Conference. There were some interesting excerpts and turns of phrase:

…For years the politics of both Left and Right have been informed by a political consensus that reflects the interests not of the American middle, but of a powerful upper class and their cosmopolitan priorities.

This class lives in the United States, but they identify as “citizens of the world.” They run businesses or oversee universities here, but their primary loyalty is to the global community.

And they subscribe to a set of values held by similar elites in other places: things like the importance of global integration and the danger of national loyalties; the priority of social change over tradition, career over community, and achievement and merit and progress.

Call it the cosmopolitan consensus…

Universities, eh?

Merit, eh?

…According to the cosmopolitan consensus, globalization is a moral imperative. That’s because our elites distrust patriotism and dislike the common culture left to us by our forbearers…

They hate us for our freedoms?

…The nation’s leading academics…

You think they got there on merit? Just asking.

You mean like Yale, or Harvard, one of those fancy ones?

…The cosmopolitan elite look down on the common affections that once bound this nation together: things like place and national feeling and religious faith…

You think this was translated from the original German? Just asking.

…They regard our inherited traditions as oppressive and our shared institutions—like family and neighborhood and church—as backwards…

Interesting. You think people who attend Mosques or Synagogues don’t revere their families and value their neighbors and neighborhoods? Just asking for clarification.

…For the cosmopolitan class…

Is it just me, or do you hear “JEWS!” every time he uses that phrase?

…Because the truth is, the cosmopolitan economy has made the cosmopolitan class an aristocracy…

There it is again.

…financial instruments that benefit the cosmopolitan elite…

Like a freakin’ air horn.

…not the kinds of things a normal person without a fancy degree…

Dude, you attended a private school, Stanford, and Yale.

…The cosmopolitan agenda…

The dog whistle is strong with this one.

…They built a new republic governed not by a select elite, as in the days of old, but by the common man and woman…

Three fifths, dude, three fifths. The Seventeenth Amendment? The Nineteenth Amendment? Folks, that there is a real constitutional scholar’s writin’.

…an economy driven by money changing on Wall Street…

How biblical. We’ll give this one a “DOUBLE JEW!”

…not just in San Francisco and New York…

Uh, you do know there are a lot more people in those places? And “JEWS!”

…the cosmopolitan agenda…

There it is again.

In the back of their mind every Jewish person in America has the a sketch of an escape plan.

Iowa meta

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Last weekend in Iowa:

Former Congressman John Delaney (D) at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapid, Iowa – July 14, 2019.

Former Congressman John Delaney (D) was the first of ten candidates to speak at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Cedar Rapids. And if anyone thinks I have my act together one hundred percent of the time while covering these events they would be sadly mistaken. At times it’s like trying to juggle three or four balls in the air while you’re hopping on one foot. Sure enough, as I glanced down at the digital audio recorder while John Delaney was speaking I noticed it was still in “standby” mode. I hit the button and was only able to record the last two and half minutes of his speech.

Sometimes stuff happens or doesn’t happen.

This morning:

Axios @axios
Scoop: John Delaney’s 2020 team have asked him to drop out of the presidential race by mid-August
[….]
6:39 AM – 19 Jul 2019

Sometimes stuff doesn’t happen.

Previously:

Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 14, 2019 (July 14, 2019)

I did Nazi that coming…

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Donald Trump (r), after yesterday’s Nuremberg rally where he incited the crowd:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Just returned to the White House from the Great State of North Carolina. What a crowd, and what great people. The enthusiasm blows away our rivals on the Radical Left. #2020 will be a big year for the Republican Party!
10:51 PM · Jul 17, 2019

Actually, we did see it coming. Which side are you on?

#resist

Say what?

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Someone is running for governor again. In 2020.

Former Governor Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

At the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 02/24/2015
[….]
Candidate Eric Greitens
Treasurer

Jack Neyens
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
[….]
Election History

Election Outcome Political Office
8/4/2020 Primary Election Governor Office of the Governor

C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 02/24/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $737,084.16
Monetary Receipts + $1,053.16
Monetary Expenditures – $33,447.93
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $295.38
Subtotal ($32,690.15)
Ending Money On Hand $704,394.01

A candidate can do a lot of damage with that kind of money.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): owning it

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

All in with Donald Trump (r):

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 482
H RES 489 RECORDED VOTE 16-Jul-2019 6:49 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Resolution
BILL TITLE: Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress
—- AYES 240 —
Clay
Cleaver
—- NOES 187 —
Graves (MO)
Hartzler
Long
Luetkemeyer
Smith (MO)
Wagner
—- NOT VOTING 6 —

[emphasis added]

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D): – Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 14, 2019

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“…I think that America is looking for a President that tells the truth. Because right now we’ve got a guy in the White House that just doesn’t know how to tell the truth. He doesn’t know how to keep a promise…”

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) spoke at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sunday afternoon.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapid, Iowa – July 14, 2019.

Senator Klobuchar (D):

“…And I’ll make you this promise. When I’m your President I’m the one that’s taken on pharma for over a decade. They think they own Washington with their two lobbyists for every member of Congress? Well, they don’t own me….And we’re going to bring in les expensive drugs from countries that are safe, like Canada. In Minnesota we can see Canada from our porch, all right…”

“…When you look at a foreign country invading our democracy, not with tans, not with missiles, but with cyber attack, no, Mr. President, it’s not a joke. And as your President I will stand with America, right. I will stand with our allies and I will not coddle dictators…”

Previously:

Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 14, 2019 (July 14, 2019)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) on Donald Trump’s (r) Racism

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“Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D) [2018 file photo].

Yesterday afternoon on Facebook, from Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D):

Emanuel Cleaver II
After reading President Trump’s remarkably racist tweets about four of my colleagues, my most agonizing pain results from the seamy silence and notorious neutrality of those whom I believe to be principled people. When the President of the United States says something so racially vulgar, carte blanche, and then doubles down on such rhetoric, then great and widespread is their sin. Although I have a public and political record of not calling individuals racist, even when they are, right now I am being tested like never before.

Some of the responses:

Congressman, respectfully, it’s time. He needs to be called exactly what he is… Liar, racist, etc.

This is one of those times history is going to remember.

After the Holocaust, it was “Never Again…” except “Never Again” is right now and we can NOT let racism and hatred win. We can not let a man like this, and his followers, destroy the fabric of this country.

Emanuel Cleaver II, the majority of us need you to start calling it like it is, here. Your voice is louder since it’s ours collectively. Trump has crossed line after line. ENOUGH! Call him out!

Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel

Perhaps you are being “tested,” but not to remain silent, but to remain vigilant to the cause of justice. Perhaps you are to “test” the “seamy silence” that called your name so loudly. Perhaps it is your voice, Mr. Cleaver in a coalition with others needed to “test” Trump!

Please speak out. Our country needs to hear the voice of reason.

The silence is deafening. Thank you for speaking up. I’m so disappointed in those who say nothing!

Please go ahead and say it.

Scream it from the roof tops. It is the truth.

Could not agree more. How I’m the name of decency can they remain silent?

Dr King said, “Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way.” The racist-in-chief needs to be chastised loudly and long for the hateful rhetoric he spews which gives courage to the very worst in our society.

The “Silent Majority” of Americans which believes that diversity is what makes our country strong need to be shouting it from the rooftops! Please, be my voice in Washington, Rev. Cleaver!!

time to say it. way past time.

I’m so sorry. I’ll say it for you. They’re racists.

Congressman Cleaver, it is the Declaration of Independence which places the urgency in your soul. Whomsoever wantonly attacks the equality of citizens does not respect the ideal of our United States. We beseech you to not let the gravity of this attack go unanswered.

If this is not a sterile form of lynching then I don’t know what is.
I urge you to take a page out of the playbook of our beloved friends Daniel and Plillip Berrigan and made your voice indelibly heard.
We elected you to speak for us.
Feel our prayers and support as you go forth.

I can carry that load for you brother. Donald J Trump is a racist.