Thursday, June 18, 2020

All levels are being attacked, including the health system & sector, and national logistics. Given we are in the middle of a pandemic response at the moment, this ongoing attack is an utter act of bastardry

I found this section of the Bolton book -- and a remark made by then-WH chief of staff John Kelly -- rather jarring. Bolton writes of Trump's "vindictiveness, as evidenced by the constant eruptions against John McCain, even after McCain died and could do Trump no more harm...

Obama calls for voters to elect Biden in praising Supreme Court's DACA decision

President Trump, in an interview with WSJ, said that the U.S. is nearing the end of the coronavirus pandemic and that he believed China might have encouraged the spread of Covid-19 to destabilize competing economies

Carter and Nancy are Republicans who live near Tulsa that will be voting for Joe Biden this year. Their story will greet @realDonaldTrump on Fox News ahead of the MAGA-COVID rally on Saturday. WATCH

Evergreen question. Perhaps some future Senate Committee on the Judiciary might consider it...

Anthony S. Fauci: "We are still in the first wave" of coronavirus

Trump-endorsed NY Republican accused of voter fraud after allegedly lying about where he lives

Attention: every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in @OrangeCoFL is now required to wear a face covering consistent with the current @CDCgov guideline while in any public place.

#BREAKING Australia under broad cyberattack from 'state' actor: prime minister

Martin Gugino, the man Trump accused of taking a dive and faking a skull fracture when cops violently pushed him, can't go home when he's well because he's getting death threats from MAGA's.

If he's Cuban, Nestor is not adopted. Per State, the only adoption from Cuba since 1999 was a girl. According to Facebook, Nestor's mother lives in Havana. She and her husband are friends with Gaetz on Facebook. Gaetz is not legally Nestor's father.

Registered voters @realDonaldTrump. (cc @parscale) 50-38 to @JoeBiden. As we were saying earlier, no one likes you.

Two retired Army generals have pulled their support for Trump's nominee to oversee the Pentagon's policy shop after @KFILE reported he has a history of making Islamophobic & inflammatory remarks against prominent Democratic politicians. WSJ had first.

Air Force Investigates Military Planes That Monitored Protesters. The Air Force inspector general is examining whether secretive National Guard surveillance aircraft improperly monitored demonstrators in Washington and Minneapolis.

Serious question for @JennaEllisEsq and other Trump campaign officials: Will the campaign send a threatening legal letter to Fox News, like it sent to CNN, about the Fox poll showing Biden leading Trump by 12 points?

Four months after John Bolton says @realDonaldTrump asked China to help with his re-election, Trump’s on camera saying China should investigate the Bidens. We don’t need to know if the book is true, because he’s already done it out in the open.

Big Oil is scared shitless

Trump Defenders Tie Themselves in Knots Over Bolton Book

Top State Department official resigns in protest of Trump’s response to racial tensions in the country

Days before hosting a massive rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Trump said in a Wall Street Journal interview that some people at the rally this Saturday may catch coronavirus, but added “it’s a very small percentage”

Trump's fourth NSC Russia director is leaving the White House

The Tulsa arena that's hosting Trump's rally is asking the campaign for its plan to keep people safe from the coronavirus because they still haven't received one 2 days before the event.

Trump says Coronavirus is “dying out.” New cases in Tulsa are up 111% this week at all time high. He has not met with Dr. Fauci in over 2 weeks.

Trump scrolls through his phone while small business owners share their pandemic stories.

Bolton writes that Trump told Xi on a phone call ahead of their G20 meeting: “I miss you.” I can only imagine sweet nothings Trump whispers to Putin

The GOP secured Trump-nominee Judge Justin Walker, with less than a year of experience on the federal bench, a lifetime seat on the nation’s second highest court Thursday with a 51-42 vote in the Senate.

Vote-by-mail is essential to holding a safe and democratic 2020 election. Some states are still refusing to allow it for all voters during the pandemic. You can help make sure that changes. Here’s how:

A ‘last responder’s’ COVID-19 message: ‘If they won’t listen to a doctor, maybe they’ll listen to an undertaker.' @MarkBrownCST talks to a north suburban funeral director.

So weird now to see John Bolton's name on official Trump White House webpages.... I wonder if they'll purge the old entries.

Gee, Donny. My daughter took an AR 15 bullet to her face that blew a 5 inch hole in her left orbital and blew her brains out onto the theater floor in a mass shooting. She took the real blast because Republicans & Conservatives won't act on Gun Violence. Go get a tissue you wimp

He’s googling: get chyna buy soybeans how

Timing is everything.

NYC and State sued Betsy DeVos's Dept of Education in federal court to block a Trump admin rule they claim will frustrate efforts to clamp down on sexual harassment. The admin tried to ram in the change with schools closed during the pandemic, the lawsuit says.

The Trump Administration Paid Millions for Test Tubes — and Got Unusable Mini Soda Bottles

A sour-looking Trump ignored a shouted question from a reporter about "why do you keep hiring people that you believe are wackos and liars?" as the event ended

Out of the six reporters in the @USATODAY Network arrested while covering George Floyd protests, I'm the only one who still faces charges. Journalists cover protests to tell the truth and to document history, we shouldn't be arrested for doing our jobs.

Trump again increased his estimate of the final COVID death toll, telling WSJ "we could be heading to a number that’s, you know, higher than 150,000 to 200,000." His previous highest prediction was 110K, on May 8. That was up from 50K-60K in April. And 0ish in February.

In Dec. 2017, Matt Gaetz refers to his Cuban son, Nestor, as his “helper.”

Trump tweeting during his ill attended roundtable with governors. Only 2 showed up.

Steve Bannon's buddy Michael Pack should understand that Voice of America's programming is supposed to support freedom and democracy around the world, not act as Donald Trump's Ministry of Propaganda. That's what Fox News is for. This is corruption

GOP congressman and Fox host grossly mischaracterize Nazi symbol that was used in a Trump campaign ad

For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor. We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida. I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.

The Florida Bar lets this guy carry a card.

FAUCI: "One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are, for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable, they just don't believe science."

It was d*ck move for Matt Gaetz to flaunt in son in front of Jim Jordan like that, how is Ted Cruz gonna feel? @tedcruz

JUST IN: You May Have Antibodies After Coronavirus Infection. But Not for Long. Antibodies to the virus faded quickly in asymptomatic people, scientists reported. That does not mean immunity disappears.

BREAKING: California requires masks as cases increase. Nebraska announces it will deny funding if masks are required. Because 99 cents to prevent other people from getting infected is where society should draw the line.

Opinion: We knew Trump violated his oath. Now we're certain Senate Republicans did, too.

BREAKING: Chris Steele and @OrbisIntl win their case against @alfabank executives Khan, Fridman and Aven

BREAKING: Gov. Newsom orders all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping

"I'm a Tulsa emergency physician and conservative, and the Trump rally is a terrible idea"

The state has tested 60,000 people for COVID antibodies, but won’t say how many tested positive

Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners

"What he's doing in Tulsa is criminal endangerment." Dick Cheney’s cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Reiner, literally begging people not to go to Trump's Tulsa rally

JUST IN: Facebook has taken down Trump ads "for violating our policy against organized hate," it said.

Facebook let the Trump campaign run 88 ads with inverted red triangle — an infamous Nazi symbol

BREAKING: Trump “is ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be president of the United States." Speaker Pelosi


NOTABLE: Justice Thomas' opinion notes that the DACA decision will incentivize outgoing administrations to make sweeping, unlawful policy changes via memorandum, now with Supreme Court precedent that rescinding such memoranda requires a laborious process.

Not exactly a warm posture between Roberts and Kavanaugh here.

Taco Bell Fires Employee for Wearing Black Lives Matter Face Covering

The police are doing a masterful job of making the case for why they need impartial oversight and total reform

Trump announces the sacrificial morons who will voluntarily infect themselves at the Tulsa #SuperSpreader event.

Reminder: Juneteeth has been celebrated since long before President Trump was born.

Our #TrumpDeath count billboard is up in Tulsa. It refreshes every day. Sadly. We hope he sees the disaster he has created and makes worse every day. May we have your support on this one?

"In Chinese eyes, John Bolton’s book gives yet more evidence of a pitiful presidency and an imploding America," says Brendon Hong. "But Beijing thinks Americans are foolish enough to reelect him anyway."

Yes. They think you're a buffoon. All of them.

In this interview Trump says: -he made Juneteenth famous - testing is overrated - mask wearing is a political statement against him - China may have intentionally allowed the coronavirus to spread to hurt the US economy

“America First Action, a super PAC chaired by Linda McMahon, former head of the Small Business Administration, declined to comment on Mellon’s contribution”

John Bolton has written a long book to say @realDonaldTrump is unfit for office, has committed multiple impeachable offenses, but Bolton didn't feel like testifying about the crimes he witnessed. We already knew all that.

Donald Trump being interviewed by Sean Hannity

"I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it." - Trump to WSJ

The top donor supporting Trump's reelection and GOP congressional lawmakers is a reclusive heir to the wealthy Mellon family fortune who used racial stereotypes to describe African Americans in a self-published autobiography.

Why is this not a bigger story? Have we become so desensitized to the bigotry of @realDonaldTrump and his enablers? This is not okay

Kavanaugh: Oh cool, we shotgunning? *stabs beer can with pen*

Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I'm happy for them, their families, and all of us. We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals…

The Supreme Court has ruled the Trump administration violated federal law when it ended the Obama-era DACA program — upholding protections from deportation for roughly 649,000 unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.

Netanyahu "was dubious about assigning the task of bringing an end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict to Kushner. ... [L]ike much of the world, he wondered why Kushner thought he would succeed where the likes of Kissinger had failed."

Jean Kennedy Smith has died at 92. She was a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland and sister to President John F. Kennedy.

The move signaled that the nation’s priorities focused more on the continued production of meat than the safety of workers. Since then, COVID-19 cases tied to meatpacking plants have soared.

German prosecutors have formally accused the Russian government of ordering the killing of a Georgian man in broad daylight in a Berlin park last year

Trump thanks Blackburn for blocking requirement to notify FBI when foreign nations offer election aid

BREAKING:Billionaire can’t pay his rent, yet expects the rest of the Country to live off a one time check for $1200 and will not extend $600 unemployment stimulus🤬⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ Golf Club Asks Palm Beach County to Defer Its Rent Because of COVID

The legal challenge seeking to enforce CDC guidelines at Trump's Tulsa rally has gone to the state Supreme Court. "This Supreme Court is now the only institution that stands between Tulsa and a biological bomb."

Cream of Wheat is 'initiating an immediate review' of the brand’s image, following decisions by Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s and Mrs. Butterworth's to overhaul their imaging.

It's rarely mentioned that Rupert Murdoch's son is on the board of Tesla, is it? That'll make more sense soon.

Protesters are not filling ice cream containers with concrete. Shake Shack employees are not putting bleach in milkshakes. And buses full of anti-fascists are not about to descend on a small town near you. That’s just what police are saying

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has been approved for a promotion, but officials worry Trump will try to block it

This pace - this pace right here - where Trump is getting hit with one thing after another after another after another every single hour of every day from all sides. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO DO EVERY SINGLE DAY UNTIL ELECTION DAY TO WIN WE HAVE TO OUT PACE HIM EVERY DAY.

Trump might not be a good president, but he's turning out to be a great book publicist.

Hey @marcorubio, remember when Trump first said ⬇️ you said Trump was “just messing with the press”. But now that life long Republican conservative John Bolton confirms that Trump begged like a dog for President Xi help him get re-elected, what says you?

Here’s the thing you may not realize, John Bolton. The stronger you build the case against Trump — and you have constructed a titanium-strength case — the more you indict yourself for not speaking out sooner.

If Bolton’s book was false, Trump would be suing for defamation not to block publication.

#Breaking: #G7 foreign ministers issued joint statement on Hong Kong "The proposed national security law ... jeopardize the system which has allowed Hong Kong to flourish and made it a success over many years."

new Reuters/Ipsos national poll: Biden 48% Trump 35%

The former national security adviser’s hotly-anticipated book describes Trump cozying up to authoritarian leaders, being “stunningly uninformed” about global politics, and repeatedly using U.S. foreign policy for his own political gain

The brother of Robert Fuller—the black man whose Palmdale hanging death is now being probed by the FBI—has been killed in a shootout with deputies in Southern California

These don’t seem to be revelations as much as confirmations “John Bolton: What we learned from his eye-popping tale of working with Trump”

The Trump hotel is in a government building, but if the DC guard was only protecting this building and not others, it is troubling indeed.

A cornered rat.

Sinclair's Scott Thuman kept trying to get Trump to address race relations. Trump kept talking about the economy.

From the Department of Petty Trump Vengeance’s, the DOD is fully compromised now. Role in Trump's impeachment casts shadow over Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's promotion

Los Angeles Times editorial: “Trump is trashing arms control treaties and making the world more dangerous... It looks as if a re-commitment to nuclear arms control by the U.S. will require the election of a new president.”


Democrats vent fury toward Republicans over handling of Trump impeachment

John Bolton’s book is not some liberal hit piece, it’s an exit interview.

Trump encouraged concentration camps in China? That’s not even Neo-Nazi, that’s actual old school Nazi.

Welp... what we really need now is a series of huge rallies where superspreaders can assemble.

Trump's New Foreign Broadcasting CEO Fires News Chiefs, Raising Fears of Meddling

New from @CREWcrew: The National Guard reportedly protected the Trump DC Hotel, the President’s private business, during recent protests against racial injustice; they didn't guard monuments or museums. We’re investigating how that decision was made.

In new book, Bolton says Trump asked China for help with reelection

The EU’s highest court says a Hungarian law targeting foreign-funded NGOs and groups linked to financier George Soros violates the bloc’s standards

Lawrence: Donald Trump and John Bolton deserve each other

The half-brother of Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old black man who was found dead hanging in the city of Palmdale last week, was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Kern County on Wednesday, according to Fuller's family attorney.

Kevin McCarthy (R-Moscow) does not want you to retweet this

President Trump sought campaign advice from 'My Pillow' founder Mike Lindell

Also don’t forget that John Bolton is part of why we’re in this whole endless lockdown pandemic diaster

I’ve been around enough. I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever heard my dear friend @springsteen say fuck. Perfect timing. Put a fucking mask on @realDonaldTrump

I would resign my job and give up my law license before signing this brief.

Trump is who we thought he was .... And the Senate let him off the hook.

If Trump had been born a black man he would have ended up in jail or Vietnam. Neither of which he would have survived. If you want to see how ugly and unfair white priviledge is, just look at that awful human and how he has failed upwards his entire life.

If Trump had been born a black man he would have ended up in jail or Vietnam. Neither of which he would have survived. If you want to see how ugly and unfair white priviledge is, just look at that awful human and how he has failed upwards his entire life.

'He was trying to breathe': Mom of Oklahoma man who died in cop custody finds new footage hard to watch

The heads of four organizations overseen by the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) were all dismissed Wednesday night -- a move likely to heighten concerns that new Trump-appointed CEO Michael Pack means to turn the agency into a political arm of the administration.

WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is repeatedly refusing to answer who told President Trump that it was safe to hold a rally in Oklahoma as well as which health officials he consulted before deciding to hold it in the state which is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Wasn't that before you hired him?

Hey @seanhannity and @IngrahamAngle , I used to watch Bolton on your shows all the time. Will you have him on now?

Closing the Charleston loophole is common sense. Yet the bill meant to do just that is still sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk. — Kamala Harris

"In what a former official described as a 'Wednesday night massacre,' the heads of Middle East Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Open Technology Fund were all ousted"

"Polls are fake, just like the reporters and the news are fake." Those are real words the real president said.

Before the summit with Putin in Helsinki, Trump asked his advisers if Finland was a part of Russia, or whether it was a "kind of satellite of Russia."

NEW Bolton book excerpt in WSJ: In June 2019, Xi "explained to Trump why he was basically building concentration camps in Xinjiang. ... Trump said that Xi should go ahead with building the camps, which Trump thought was exactly the right thing to do."

"Trump then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability and pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.”

Donald Trump ignored the experts, downplayed the threat COVID-19 posed, and failed to take the action necessary to contain it — and now in many states, COVID cases are on the rise again. This president has failed to lead our nation

Vital point by @sbg1 — you can’t classify false information!

If they're lies and fake stories, how can they be classified?

It’s lies and fake stories yet also “highly classified. The highest stage. Highly classified information”

Too late suckers

The sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona has announced that he tested positive for coronavirus, a day after visiting the White House

This Trump Facebook ad attacking Antifa uses an upside down red triangle that sure looks like a... *checks notes* Nazi concentration camp badge for "political prisoners, social democrats, socialists, communists and anarchists, rescuers of Jews, trade unionists, and Freemasons."

Doctors shocked as COVID-19 patients inundate emergency rooms

REPORTER: Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 states, including Oklahoma, where you plan to hold a big rally this week. Aren't you worried about people getting sick? TRUMP: No, because if you look, the numbers are very minuscule compared to what it was. It's dying out.

Schiff rips Barr for using DOJ to protect Trump from Bolton book