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  1. This bothers you, but the encouragement of a violent insurrection by Donald doesn't?
  2. What brave, honorable patriots Donald's people are. Here was I thinking they might be fascist thugs or something. I couldn't have been more wrong. Donald's the sort of man who brings out the best in people. And when I read the mature, well-mannered, thoughtful, intelligent posts by Donald's devoted fans on these boards, I can't help but be impressed.
  3. It was bad enough that the criminal mob-boss president ran the country like one of his scam businesses. That was always going to result in bad things going down. But he went even further with his violent insurrection the other day. What that little episode has wrought will be seen for years to come. . U.S. Foes Like China and Iran See Opportunity in the Chaos of Trump-Stoked Riot at Capitol "This an absolute gift for authoritarian leaders whose prime narrative is that democratic systems are weak and unstable," said researcher Matthew Harries. LONDON — For America's adversaries, there was no greater proof of the fallibility of Western democracy than the sight of the U.S. Capitol shrouded in smoke and besieged by a mob whipped up by their unwillingly outgoing president. Already China, Iran and Russia have pointed to the tumult in Washington as evidence that the much-vaunted U.S. system of government is fundamentally flawed and riddled with hypocrisy. Across Europe there is grave concern, too. Not just at the division and instability rocking their powerful trans-Atlantic ally, but also at what it means for their relationship with Washington after President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated in two weeks. Many question how the U.S. can ever again lecture other countries about democratic values or how it can tell other countries that they aren't internally stable enough to have nuclear weapons. Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Win McNamee / Getty Images "You are now seeing the situation in the U.S.," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a live televised speech Friday. "This is their democracy and human rights, this is their election scandal, these are their values. These values are being mocked by the whole world. Even their friends are laughing at them." While Iran criticized, its government in Tehran has clamped down on its own people's rights of freedom of expression and assembly, and its security forces have used lethal force to crush protests, killing hundreds of people and arbitrarily detaining thousands more, according to Amnesty International in London. In China and Russia, officials asked why U.S. lawmakers have been so quick to support pro-democracy protesters in other parts of the world while unrest rages in their own streets. "You may all remember the words that some U.S. officials, legislators and some media used about Hong Kong then," China's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said at a briefing Thursday. "What do they say about the United States now?" Police in Hong Kong arrested more than 50 pro-democracy figures Wednesday for allegedly violating the stringent new national security law. Antony Blinken, Biden's nominee for secretary of state, said on Twitter this week that the new administration would "stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijing's crackdown on democracy." In Russia, Leonid Slutsky, chair of the foreign affairs committee of the lower house of Parliament, told state media that "the boomerang of the 'color revolutions,' as we can see, is returning to the United States," referring to the wave of Western-endorsed democratic uprisings across former Soviet republics in the 2000s. Plenty of people have pointed out that many of the demonstrators — in the former Soviet republics and Hong Kong — were advocating for more democratic rights. Under President Vladimir Putin, the rights of regular Russians have been severely eroded, according to monitors. The mob at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, however, was seeking to overturn a legitimate election. The distinction hasn't stopped America's detractors from making a vivid comparison. "This an absolute gift for authoritarian leaders whose prime narrative is that democratic systems are weak and unstable," said Matthew Harries, a Berlin-based senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank. "Someone like Xi Jinping can say: Look, these people can't get a grip on Covid-19 and they can't even protect their legislature," he said, referring to China's leader, whereas with the Chinese Communist Party "you get stability and growth." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., echoed that sentiment Thursday, calling Trump "a complete tool of Putin" and saying that by encouraging the Capitol riot the president gave "the biggest of all of his many gifts" to the Russian president. A flag that reads "Treason" on the ground early Thursday after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Victor Gao, who was an interpreter for China's late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, said the scenes in Washington were a vivid riposte to those wanting to transplant American political values elsewhere. "Our system has its own problems, but this system for China works for China for the past 45 years," he said of the one-party state. "China will never accept any attempt by the United States to impose its system onto China because it doesn't work" for China. Although President Donald Trump has spoken warmly about Xi, he has also hit China with tariffs and sanctions for what the U.S. says is its restriction of Hong Kong's autonomy and its human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslims, both of which Beijing contests. Perhaps the most notable recent attempt to export an American-style democracy was in Iraq, with institution-building being one of the stated aims of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. After Wednesday's events, a meme circulating showed Iraq tanks launching an invasion "to bring democracy back to the United States." "It has been 20 years since George W. Bush tried to export American democracy as a model for the rest of the world, and these days this model is in deep crisis," said Giovanni Orsina, director of the School of Government at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. "After what we saw, the idea that Americans can teach democracy to the rest of the world is a lot weaker," he said. "And to make matters worse is the fact that there are no great alternative democracies out there — so America's crisis reflects a crisis of democracy in the world." The front pages of Italian newspapers Thursday. Andrew Medichini / AP The sense of a shared crisis was clear in the statements of alarm by several European leaders. The U.S. is far from the only country grappling with its populist right, fueled by disinformation conspiracy theories online. "Inflammatory words turn into violent acts — on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the Capitol," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted, referring to an attempt by anti-coronavirus lockdown protesters to storm the German Parliament in August. "The disdain for democratic institutions is devastating." After a bruising few years of Trump, few European leaders have kidded themselves that Biden's win means they can go back to the way things were. There are moves headed by French President Emmanuel Macron, for example, to become less reliant on Washington militarily. And yet this week's events in Washington have brought the future of their relationship with the U.S. into sharp focus. In Paris, François Heisbourg, a senior adviser for Europe at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said, "The outside world has to assume there is an uncertainty, a high degree of instability as to where the U.S. will be in the next few years." European powers "have to assume the fate of the U.S. is uncertain," he said. "And if that is the case, we have to prepare for a world in which the U.S. is not the partner that we use to have." https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-foes-china-iran-see-opportunity-chaos-trump-stoked-n1253318 . Generalissimo Donald says: "That's a real nice country you've got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it."
  4. Donald Fans: If you were to wake up to the above headline tomorrow morning... 1. Would you be happy and have no objections? 2. Do you think if Donald really were offered the title of "president for life," which is another way of saying "dictator," he would decline the opportunity and put the country ahead of himself? Or would he say, "Well, if you insist..."
  5. Oh. You didn't specify. As I said, I'm not a supporter of his. I'm not actually a fan of any politician of any party. Anyway, since you ask, I don't think he's done a very good job of handling the Chinese virus. He's generally been too slow and late when it comes to enacting tougher measures. So you think that he should not comment on developments in other countries until he first deals successfully with the virus in the UK? I see. All right. I would have thought he could have more than one kind of food on his plate. Isn't that usually how it works with heads of government? You think I'm a self-declared genius? Why, no, I've never said anything remotely like that about myself. It's interesting, though, that you would bring that up and speak about me in such flattering terms. Thank you for that, Sack. You're a really good egg. Your mind is full of Trump mush, but you're a good egg.
  6. Boris Yeltsin? He snuffed it some years ago. Couldn't hold his vodka apparently. Or did you mean Boris Johnson? I'm not, as it happens, a supporter of his, but I can report that he's alarmed by events in Washington and embarrassed for your Donald. Here's what he just had to say: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned “disgraceful scenes” as protesters stormed the US Capitol, adding: “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.” In fact, all party leaders in the UK are appalled by events there: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer condemned the 'protestors' on social media. He tweeted: "Horrendous scenes from the US. "These are not ‘protestors’ -- this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people." Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the scenes from the Capitol were “utterly horrifying”. She added: “Solidarity with those in (the United States) on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.” Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Emily Thornberry described the scenes in Washington as “profoundly shocking”. She tweeted: “Profoundly shocking scenes in the Capitol tonight. “Listening to Republican Congressman Kinzinger saying ‘if this was Belarus we’d be calling it a coup attempt’. ‘The guard rails will hold’. ‘The President is guilty of cowardice – he should accept that he’s lost’.” Lisa Nandy, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, commented: “Terrible scenes from the USA. “This is the legacy of a politics of hate that pits people against each other and threatens the foundations of democracy. “We must stand firm with legislators under attack and the American people who have the right to choose their own destiny.” Layla Moran, foreign affairs spokeswoman for the Liberal Democrats, said the Prime Minister should condemn the Trump supporters. She said: “The scenes coming out of Washington tonight are an attack on democracy. “Liberal Democrats call on Boris Johnson to condemn the violent actions of President Trump’s supporters breaking into the Capitol. “An attack on democracy anywhere is an attack on democracy everywhere.” Labour MP David Lammy described Donald Trump as “an enemy of democracy”. He tweeted: “Donald Trump is an enemy of democracy. Every British politician who failed to condemn his actions after the presidential election should issue an apology tonight.” Meanwhile, the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham tweeted: “Any UK politician who gave Trump the time of day should be ashamed right now.”
  7. Why does this disgraced, incompetent little man so often sound like he's a not-very-bright third-grader who sits at the back of the class? It's been said that he's never read a book outside of school or college -- apart from maybe his ghost-written books. Well, it shows. It seems like he has maybe two hundred words in his vocabulary, which I guess is why he so often repeats the same inane, childish phrases such as "... nobody would ever have thought possible." Sad. Very sad. .
  8. Wouldn't it be really funny if it turned out that Donald and his criminal family were in reality incredibly innocent, decent, upstanding, unselfish, misunderstood, kind-hearted souls who only wanted what was best for their fellow citizens and were victims of a cruel, harsh, unforgiving establishment that conspires every day to destroy well-intentioned "outsiders"? . Eric Trump Threatens Republicans That Vote Against His Father Eric Trump, the president's second son, has threatened to unseat Republicans that do not attempt to block the certification of Joe Biden as the 2020 presidential winner later today in the US Congress. "I will personally work to defeat every single Republican Senator/Congressman who doesn’t stand up against this fraud -- they will be primaried in their next election and they will lose," he tweeted on Tuesday night. It came after he warned any lawmaker that did not attempt to thwart the vote that "their political career is over" because his father's political movement was "going nowhere". Around 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives and at least 12 Republican senators say they will vote against Biden's certification. It's seen as a last-ditch effort that has no chance of succeeding because a majority in both chambers is required and Democrats control the House. Many in Washington believe that Eric's older brother, Donald Jr, has presidential ambitions of his own. In fact, before President Trump himself began mulling the idea of running for president again in 2024, Republicans had actively been talking about Don Jr taking the reins. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/election-us-2020-55558355
  9. "Fake news. I never made that call. Whoever says otherwise is a disgrace and an anti-American candy-ass liberal traitor with hammers-and-sickles shitting out of his arse."
  10. If Donald doesn't confirm to his zombie followers that oral or written evidence given by him really was him, then it never happened.
  11. Donald has a corruptive influence on certain people. It seems disgusting and unseemly to me to sell out to the POS that is Donald, but this is what his sycophants and worshipping cult fanatics have done. .
  12. “Blatant prosecutorial overreach” is Trump-speak for "Hands off my corrupt crony who did my bidding." .
  13. Donald has always, at least in his adulthood, been really bad at being a human being. That is a fact, not opinion. He was, is and always will be a narcissistic, me-first, money-grubbing, low-life criminal sleazebag of the highest order. Since no one can predict the future with absolute certainty, this statement is an opinion and not a fact, though it has a very high probability of being a fact. What happens when a narcissistic, me-first, money--grubbing, low-life criminal sleazebag of the highest order attains a high position of power? The disaster that was the last four years. That's what happens. . This Is Always How the Trump Presidency Was Going to End It was once said about a famous TV personality that when he left a job, he didn't burn bridges with his past employer, he napalmed them. That's exactly what Donald Trump is doing in the final weeks of his presidency -- as he savages longtime allies, pardons criminals solely because of their loyalty to him and threatens to rob the country of much-needed Covid-19 relief money just because he can. "This is rotten to the core," Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said Wednesday night in the wake of Trump's latest round of pardons that included his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his political svengali Roger Stone. That is, of course, true. But, what Trump is doing in his last days is also utterly predictable. This was always how this story was going to end. Anyone expressing shock and amazement simply hasn't been paying attention. From the earliest days of his presidency, Trump made clear that he would use the office to which he had been elected to simply further the work of his lifetime: Rewarding himself (and his friends) while punishing his enemies. Trump didn't act differently in office -- as he said he would if and when he was elected -- because he didn't (and doesn't) see the presidency any differently than any other job he's done in his life; it was simply a higher-profile way to make himself more famous and more powerful while continuing to seek vengeance on the ever-growing list of people who have wronged him in some way, shape or form over the years. He lacked any sense that being president was about more than him, that there was, in theory, the need to look out for the collective good of the country. It's why Trump would say things like "my generals" or "my military" without any sense of why that might be wrong. And why he spent his entire term clashing with his attorneys generals --- whether it was Jeff Sessions or Bill Barr -- over their unwillingness to use the Department of Justice as his own personal police force. And why he has used his presidential pardoning power less as a way of righting wrongs and more as a way of wronging rights -- granting clemency to people, like former Reps. Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter, who clearly and knowingly violated the law. And why he is refusing to sign a bill that would not only provide $900 billion in Covid-19 stimulus money but also keep the federal government running because of his personal pique with Republican members of Congress who refuse to support his fever dream that he won the 2020 election. What's perhaps most remarkable about all of this, well, rottenness, is how none of it is ever enough for Trump. No matter how much he gets, he always wants more. No matter how loyal his sycophants are, it's never loyal enough. Take Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp ran unapologetically as a Trump acolyte in 2018 -- winning the praises of the President in the process. Kemp took his governing cues from Trump too -- particularly on Covid-19 as he waited (and waited) to issue a stay-at-home order in the spring to placate the President. Didn't matter. None of it. Because when Kemp refused to aid Trump's extra-legal (at best) efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Peach State, Trump savaged him. Repeatedly. And urged a primary challenge against him in 2022. "Governor Kemp (@BrianKempGA) is down 18 points in a recent poll," tweeted Trump earlier this month. "Don't believe it, must be more!" Then there's the case of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose ardent support of the President's agenda led to Trump's single-most lasting accomplishment: The confirmation of three new Supreme Court justices as well as hundreds of federal judges in lower courts around the country. Trump loved McConnell right up until he didn't. The Kentucky Republican's offense? Acknowledging, after the Electoral College vote earlier this month, that Biden was, in fact, going to be president. Which amounts to McConnell saying, after months of staring directly at a blue sky that the sky is, in fact, blue. Trump, by way of retaliation, sent a slide to McConnell's Republican Senate colleagues suggesting that a supportive tweet and an automated phone call he did for the Majority Leader were why McConnell had been reelected in November. "Sadly, Mitch forgot," was written at the top of the slide. "He was the first one off the ship." (McConnell's victory had zero to do with Trump's tweet or robocall.) He turns on everyone. No one can ever be loyal enough. No one can do everything he asks of them. Because what he asks, in many cases, is either illegal or a dereliction of duty. That approach to life -- and politics -- inevitably ends the way this presidency is drawing to a close: Trump bunkered in -- either at the White House or Mar-a-Lago -- with the last remaining dead-enders who will indulge his increasingly wild fantasies about staying in office. And using the remaining powers of the presidency for purely personal satisfaction -- whether in rewarding those last few loyalists who have traded dignity for the proximity to power or punishing his one-time allies who, he believes, have double-crossed him. It's a sad image: A president backed into a corner by his own selfishness and bitterness, isolated from all but a few -- and not even necessarily trusting them to, ultimately, have his back. It's also a scary moment: Trump retains considerable powers as president and now has only his personal whims to steer how and whether he uses them. Anyone who spent five minutes watching how Trump has lived his life -- in and out of the White House -- could, of course, have seen all of this coming. This is how it was always going to end for Trump -- and the country. Which makes it all the more damning that so many Republicans have supported him for so long. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/24/politics/donald-trump-pardons-stimulus/
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