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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest speech mankind has ever heard. And I will tell you this: THERE WAS NO COLLUSION.

Two years ago, a truly great American who now stands before you took office as President of the United States. This momentous event, witnessed by the largest audience ever assembled for anything, anywhere, came as a great beacon of light for millions of Americans who had lived through terrible carnage during previous administrations. It came as a joyous dawn to end the long nightmare that had caused blood to run in our veins, rapists to mow our lawns, and child traffickers to clean our hotel rooms.

But two years later, we find that the government is shut down. For almost a month, I have been crippled by the binding tentacles of Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy, and unable to fulfill the promises I made to my base. Seven-hundred-and-thirty days (and counting) after becoming president, too many white citizens still find themselves exiles in their own land.

In a sense, we’ve come to our nation’s capital, within a few short blocks of the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., to ask for a loan. When I was looking for money for various real estate projects before I became president, it was only Russian mobsters and money launderers (very fine people, I might add) who were all too happy to bankroll me. Their loans were a promise to all grifters that no matter how many bankruptcies one had in the past, or legal judgments filed against them, they would still be guaranteed the unalienable right to get rich by stiffing contractors or through other dubious schemes — even while holding elective positions.

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I haven’t posted about Trump since January, mostly because it’s impossible to keep up with his daily abominations without getting paid for it. But just when you think he can’t sink any lower, he does.

Witness his just concluded overseas trip which he began by antagonizing and insulting our closest allies and ended by cozying up to his good pal Vladimir. If accepting the word of a murderous dictator above the conclusions of American intelligence agencies isn’t a classic example of giving aid and comfort to one’s enemies, I don’t know what is.

This must not become normalized, or allowed to fade from consciousness as new headline-making tweets compete for attention. This is serious — the stuff of treason and dereliction of duty, just as the denial of climate change is a failure to protect citizens from the destruction and havoc caused by global warming, the start of a trade war threatens the stability of the world’s economy, and repeated attacks on truth and American institutions savage our democracy.

Enough is enough! What more evidence of this man’s supreme unfitness for the presidency do we need? The United States cannot allow itself to be held hostage to Trump’s pathologies. It is time for our politicians to cease their empty speechifying and start acting like the first responders we need them to be . . . and for the electorate to stop feeding the beast.

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This is worth reading and looking at, however painful and deplorable.

 

 

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I keep reading about the need for the left to reach out to the great swath of Trump supporters in order to understand the roots of their disaffection with the political establishment.

Is anyone suggesting the reverse: that Trump voters get why the “so-called president” has provoked such opposition both in this country and abroad?

Not gonna happen.

Why would it?

Aside from right-wing nationalists and white supremacists, most of Trump’s support comes from workers upset about losing jobs and being ignored by Washington. Funny how few of them showed any concern for those individuals — usually with darker skin — who were losing their lives. Stuck in the echo chamber of fake news and alternative facts, they live in a bubble of ignorance, paranoia, and prejudice. Like the narcissistic man in the White House, they’re unable to look past their own material self-interest.

Perhaps now that the Great Bait-and-Switch of 2017 has occurred —a cabinet full of Wall Street billionaires and an executive branch intent on shredding the safety net, workplace safeguards, and environmental and consumer protections, Trump’s blue collar fans will realize they’ve been played for suckers — “losers” to use one of the Child-in-Chief’s favorite words.

What better reason for them to find common ground with other marginalized groups, and discover that it needn’t be a zero-sum game.

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I called the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC today, the one in the Old Post Office building that’s already in violation of its lease with the General Services Administration.

Before making a reservation, I told the clerk I had a few questions. Knowing how much our president wants to keep us safe from terrorists, I wanted to be sure there were armed guards on every floor. He said that wasn’t the case so I then asked if Muslims were restricted from registering as guests or entering the building. He explained to me that the hotel doesn’t discriminate. I didn’t feel comfortable with that policy and ended the conversation by stating I would look for another Trump property with more stringent protections in place.

I’m pretty sure the clerk didn’t know what to think.

If Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge that profiting from his commercial empire while president creates serious conflicts of interest, his businesses are fair game for protest. Fortunately, an excellent tool first developed by Bernie Sanders’ digital campaign team allows us to do just that. Check it out.

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Maira Kalman offers a lovely remembrance of Inauguration Day while paying homage to all that is worth celebrating:

 http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/the-inauguration-at-last/?em

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