Trump Damage Report – 8/28/2017
Arpaio vs. Flake, Cohen asks Putin, Mexico helps (not with the wall), Rove’s playbook, time to impeach, pressuring intelligence on Iran, militarization of the police, he’s our a-hole, Moscow Trump Tower, getting back to you on that, and the great tax distract. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Monday, August 28th, 2017.
- Convicted racist Joe Arpaio who ran concentration camps for immigrants in Arizona may challenge Republican Trump enemy Senator Jeff Flake for his Arizona seat, The Washington Examiner reports.
- Trump lawyer 57 out of 1,304, Michael Cohen, asked Putin for help on business deal, The Washington Post reports.
- Mexico has reiterated that it will not be paying for Trump’s stupid wall, CNN reports. They have, however, offered assistance to Texas in recovery after Hurricane Harvey.
- Trump is looking to return to the Karl Rove playbook to juice up 2018 turnout, Politico reports. Expect the best hits, gays, god, guns.
- It is time for Congress to open a formal impeachment inquiry, Lawfare reports. It’s time for impeachment proceedings to begin. This is now beyond the pale, and it has not been yet a full year.
- The Trump administration is pressuring intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of the nuclear agreement, The Guardian reports. They are desperate for war.
- Trump has reversed the Obama-era policy against sending surplus military-grade weaponry and gear to domestic police in the United States, NBC reports. Local police are about to increase their militarization. Historical Pro-Tip: When you can’t tell the difference between the military and law enforcement, your republic is doomed.
- Trump ally, Congressman Duncan Hunter, decided to pay Trump a compliment by saying “He’s just like he is on TV, he’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Yes. He’s your asshole. And the Republican Party and various Trumpists are responsible for what comes out of that asshole’s mouth.
- President Steve Bannon is speaking at the Zionist Organization of America, The Atlantic reports. The nationalist organization is apparently at odds with the idea that Bannon is nationalist, yes, but he’s also deeply anti-semitic.
- Michael Moore informs us that Trump is on track to win again in 2020, Fast Company reports. He is, Michael Moore isn’t wrong. Trump is precisely on track to win again, thanks largely to an ineffective Democratic Party with a worse approval rating than Trump. The narrative has not changed.
- Tillerson aide: The Constitution, not Trump, “speaks for the country”, CNN reports. Tillerson is the next one on the chopping block for Trump.
- Trump’s businesses sought deals on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he was campaigning, The Washington Post reports.
- Trump has made it substantially more difficult for science fiction writers who are trying to picture the future, The Los Angeles Times reports. When the world around you is on fire, it’s tough to look towards the far horizon.
- No, Bernie Sanders voters did not give Trump the win, Gritpost reports. As we’ve covered here before, roughly 1 in 10 Bernie voters voted for Trump. 1 in 10 Obama voters voted for Trump. Surprisingly, 34% of Kasich voters went for Clinton, and 11% of Rubio voters went for Clinton as well. You can count on 1 in 10 doing something else, always.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she’ll get back to you on that; chances are she won’t, The Washington Post reports. This is quite similar to Trump’s “two weeks” promise. You’ll know more about that in two weeks, and I’ll get back to you on that.
- Trump is hoping to pivot to taxes, but there are pitfalls everywhere, Yahoo Finance reports. His plan is nebulous at best, but the budget weasel is apt to come up with something nightmarish.
- Police in Colorado arrested the man who made up a story about being stabbed by someone asking if he was a neo-Nazi, as it turns out he had stabbed himself and faked the whole thing, The Denver Post reports. Breitbart, InfoWars, WND and other right-wing news outlets are expected to make a retraction later this week. (HAHAHA! Can you imagine?)