Trump Damage Report – 6/28/2017
Trump’s internet tax, felonious filmmakers, Wilbur’s 20 minutes, Russia remains a threat, Comey memos, publicizing hacking, Trumpcare’s 12% support, Manafort’s $17 million, hitting on reporters, collusion talking points, and Buffet’s Relief for the Rich Act. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.
- The well-known online conservative news site, RedState, just reported that Donald Trump just tweeted support for an Internet Tax. He did.
- Find out what the latest video from felon conservative filmmaker who is a convicted felon for his activities in making conservative “documentaries” leaves out, via this article from The Washington Post. O’Keefe conducts “stings” which are not stings where he interviews people who do not know about the things they are talking about but have strong opinions about them. In this case, he does the same thing. Between O’Keefe and Dinesh D’Souza, we’re not sure what the fascination with conservative “documentarians” are who also happen to be convicted felons. Is it possible to make a right-leaning documentary without violating federal law? The world may never know.
- CNN’s Chris Cuomo shuts down an interview with a Trumpist Senator whining about “fake news”. Good for him! Now, please stop inviting Kellyanne Conway on to lie to you.
- Trump’s zillionaire version of “Larry the Liquidator”, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, was cut off 20 minutes into a 10 minute speech during a business conference in Berlin, Bloomberg reports. The fade-out of his microphone and the video feed was met with cheers from the audience – seriously.
- Trump apologist who we really thought would know better, Condoleezza Rice says that Trump stands for American values and seeks to act in the best interests of the United States, CNBC reports. We’ll discover whether or not that’s true after the Mueller investigation into possible collusion is resolved.
- This is how Trumpism died, reports Vox. The utter lack of any resemblance of an ideology, simply a self-service in the interest of winning or claiming victory. Trumpism is a hollow front.
- Administration officials and those in Congress are struggling to convince Trump that Russia is a threat, CNN reports. Trump has remained aloof and unconcerned about the massive threat that Russia represents, after having successfully hacked our elections and engaged in cyberwarfare to do the same in many European countries.
- A reporter takes down Trump’s stand-in press gibbon, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and calls her “fake news” lies inflammatory, Shareblue reports. The rest of the reporters in the press corps stood idly by like slack-jawed buffoons, instead of walking out in solidarity.
- The entire Trump agenda is at a tipping point, New York Mag reports. We disagree. There is no Trump agenda. There is no coherent message or intent. Trump posits to do whatever it is he thinks he can do as it suits his aims. A tornado, a plague, or a brush fire doesn’t have a plan.
- The US Senate Intelligence Committee would like the 21 states which had their systems hacked to publicize information about those events, Reuters reports.
- The US Senate Intelligence Committee will be receiving the meticulous memos that James Comey created after his meetings with Trump, Politico reports. “Dear diary, lordy, today I met an orange monster.”
- Trump is backing off his plan to attack the FBI Director who was investigating him that he fired James Comey’s conduct, Bloomberg reports. Probably a good idea.
- Only 12% of Americans support the Senate health care plan, USA Today reports on a new poll. In a democracy where the will of the people was somewhat listened to, the legislation would have absolutely zero chance of passing. We no longer live in a democracy.
- Trump interupted a call with a world leader to hit on a reporter, The Washington Journal reports. There’s video, and it is immensely awkward as Trump begins to describe the woman to the person he’s on the phone with.
- Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort’s firm got $17 million from a Pro-Russia party, The New York Times reports. What links to Russia? The Russia thing is totally fake news.
- Manafort filed retroactively (which is apparently something you can do) as a foreign agent for that same political party in the Ukraine, The Washington Post reports. This is the second top-level Trump adviser to have filed as a foreign agent while serving Trump.
- Trump running for re-relection while “governing” is raising ethical concerns, Talking Points Memo reports. Trump immediately started campaigning by hosting rallies and revving up fundraising once he took office. He has not bothered to try governing.
- The new talking point from Trumpland is that “Collusion is not a crime”, Business Insider reports. It is. The type of collusion they are referring to is prosecuted as espionage and treason.
- Paul Ryan is fact-checked by PolitiFact on his assertion that the 22 million uninsured by Trumpcare would be uninsured by choice. This was rated as “Mostly False”.
- The world’s second richest man, Warren Buffet, calls Trumpcare the “Relief for the Rich Act”, Business Insider reports.
- Recent reports of Trump’s golf course hanging a fake cover of his ugly mug on the cover of Time have prompted Time Magazine to insist that he take them down, The Hill reports. Trump has literally framed his own “fake news” and plastered it over his properties.
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF JUNE 28TH 2017: $176,559,285.66
Above all, and as always, stay vigilant.