Davos, daca, and shutdowns
As this embarrassment to humanity, Donald Trump, goes to World Economic Forum in Davos, the American people must prepare to be made the laughing stock of the world once again. One week ago as this blatant racist was calling non-white countries "shitholes", one has to wonder what he will say to some wealthy African leaders from South Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt who will be present, real leaders who have the respect of other world leaders. But, of course, he will probably ignore them and rush to the Norwegian leader and praise them on their progressive and liberal policies which benefit their population as opposed to the U.S. which Trump is turning into a "shithole".
He will obviously try to explain how Muslims and immigrants are terrorist and are destroying America while ignoring the white supremacists who commit more terrorist acts than those two groups combined. He undoubtedly will try to sale military systems, pursue deals to open hotels and condo developments to benefit America First, right?
He will explain how DACA was such a bad domestic policy created by President Obama and that his arbitrary cancellation of the program will benefit America. Trump will, of course, blame the Democrats for shutting down the government to protect the criminal and illegal DACA recipients because he knows that the elite believe that he is one of them and he can't possibly be as bad as the media portrays him. Trump will forecast that the next shutdown will be the Democrats fault even after the majority liar, McConnell, breaks his promise to bring DACA legislation to the floor of the Senate.
Finally, Trump will make a concerted effort to mingle with the Russian delegation and get his marching orders from Putin's representatives as to how to further divide America from its Allies and weaken America's intelligence capabilities. He is even taking his treasonous son-in-law, Jared Kushner, along to beg for money to bail out his disastrous real estate deals.
In the end, America will be laughed at once more and our world standing diminished even more by this trailer trash man trying to show them that he is something they are not, respectable.
Michael Wolff's book on Trump does a masterful job in exposing the dysfunction and chaos of the Trump White House. It documents an open secret of incompetence, pettiness, and the gross unfitness of the buffoon that sixty three million Americans, with the help of the Electoral College, put in office. But there is another issue which to this point has not been widely discussed in the media: the complicity of the Republican Party.
The New York Times, Paul Krugman touched on it recently in his oped stating:
More specifically, Trump’s very awfulness means that if he falls, the whole party will fall with him. Republicans could conceivably distance themselves from a president who turned out to be a bad manager, or even one who turned out to have engaged in small-time corruption. But when the corruption is big time, and it’s combined with obstruction of justice and collaboration with Putin, nobody will notice which Republicans were a bit less involved, a bit less obsequious, than others. If Trump sinks, he’ll create a vortex that sucks down everyone involved.
And so we now have the Republican party as a whole fully complicit in Trump’s crimes – because that’s what they are, whether or not he and those around him are ever brought to justice. (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/faust-on-the-potomac.html)
The Republican Party's complicity involves not only covering up Trump's crimes and attacking Mueller's investigation but also its receipt of millions from the Russian oligarchs who wanted Trump to win.
In an article published last year by Ruth May, a contributor to the Dallas News, she details how those millions were distributed: (Archives)
Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik's campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.
In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik's political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.
May also details how McConnell accepted millions through various PACs after he became aware of Russians attempt to interfere in our elections in 2016:
Two weeks after the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement in October 2016 that the Russian government had directed the effort to interfere in our electoral process, McConnell's PAC accepted a $1 million donation from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings. The PAC took another $1 million from Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings on March 30, 2017, just 10 days after former FBI Director James Comey publicly testified before the House Intelligence Committee about Russia's interference in the election.
So while Wolff describes the dysfunction of the White House, the bigger story involves not only a president who is a criminal and a traitor but an entire political party that has sold itself not only to America's oligarchs but also is complicit in betraying their own country for power. They are all traitors!!!
Comments to think about.