Trump Damage Report – 4/17/2017
Easter nudges, broken promises, ethics schmethics, Russian-specific amnesia, state-based internet privacy, and Spicey’s audit defense. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Monday, April 17th, 2017. Hippity-hoppity transparency stoppity.
- Trump held the Easter Egg Roll the day after Easter, since he and Melania did the private Easter party for the wealthy on actual Easter at the winter palace. During the public ceremony today, the national anthem was being sung. Melania had to nudge Trump to hold his hand over his heart during the anthem. There’s video, and you need to watch.
- A Gallup poll out today finds that only 45% of Americans think that Trump keeps his promises, according to an article by The Hill. Fewer than 36% of Americans view Trump as honest and trustworthy, begging the question – what exactly are they who believe Trump is honest smoking or injecting? Trump lies as often as he breathes.
- Trump administration officials are working overtime to skirt ethics rules, hiring lobbyists, lawyers, and consultants from the industries they previously worked for and are now tasked with overseeing, The New York Times reports. When violations occur, and they are at a breakneck pace, the Trump administration secretly issues waivers to the rules.
- The Las Vegas Sun contemplates the big questions in an article out today titled “Why can’t Team Trump remember meetings with Russians?”. Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Paul Manafort – all Trump staff, all met with Russian intelligence agents, and all lied about the meetings.
- Ten states are moving fast to try and protect internet privacy protections as Trump and Congress unravel and dismantle them, the Star Tribune reports. The efforts of Trump and Trumpist Republicans to eradicate privacy protections and net neutrality will allow your internet browser history to be sold to the highest bidder, and segment what websites you can visit the same way TV channels are now with your cable company.
- Four main takeaways from town halls being hosted by some Republican congresscritters are reported by Politico. Skepticism is sharpened of any attempt to repeal healthcare reform, the GOP civil war is evident, Republicans have improved at handling hostile crowds, and most importantly, taking on Trump is a major winner. Any challenge the Republican congresscritter has made of Trump is met with raucous applause and support.
- Spiceyboy’s Press Beating today featured his return to asserting Trump will not release his tax returns because they are being audited, The Washington Post reports. Being audited does not mean you cannot release your tax returns. Are loans from Russian oligarchs tax deductible?
- Turns out, authoritarianism and income inequality were not the primary driving factors that motivated Trump voters, The Washington Post reports. The primary factor was actually racism, based on the 2016 American National Election Study.
- Trump voters, betrayed by what Trump has done to them so far, wonder when the “winning” will start, The New York Times reports. It really is hard not to feel sorry for people who sincerely, genuinely believe Trump when he says one thing to their faces and then turns around and says something completely counter to that – and they believe he’s lying to the others, and not them. Perhaps they’d like to buy a monorail, or some band equipment?
- Vox explores the fact that Trump has no idea what he’s talking about.
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