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Jan. 3, 2017
'Put this lunacy in check': Trump's fiery tweet sparks swift backlash Business Insider
Trump has really cocked things up in the past 24 hours (cocked things, up, indeed… HB)
After a short holiday break, the US President is back with a ton of divisive tweets that have infuriated the head of the Council on Foreign Relations
US President had a short break over the holidays, but he’s back in full force now with a series of typically controversial and divisive tweets that you wouldn’t expect a world leader (especially one in the position that often gets dubbed “the leader of the free world”) to post if they were in their right mind. As a matter of fact, some mental health professionals have become concerned recently that the President is showing early signs of dementia in his rhetoric.
Lawrence O’Donnell Calls For The 25th Amendment After Trump Tweet Threatens Nuclear War With N. Korea, Politicususa\ Video
Over the holiday weekend, Trump made clear he believes two of the dumbest lies of all time. Is he fit for office?
- Attacking Don Junior: Bannon described the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian lawyer — arranged by the president's eldest son — as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic." Bannon also predicted this of the Russia investigation: "They're going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV".'
- Hinting there's a "there" there: Per the Guardian: “ 'You realise where this is going,' [Bannon] is quoted as saying. 'This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It's as plain as a hair on your face.' "
- Taking his war against Jared Kushner to new depths: Per The Guardian: "Last month it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner property empire. Bannon continues: 'It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They're going to go right through that. They're going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.’ "
- From The Guardian
Back on Dec. 7th Ford Vox published in STAT news I’m a brain specialist. I think Trump should be tested for a degenerative brain disease about the signs Trump could be suffering from early dementia. Since then it has continued to generate dozens of comments, many from neurologists. Here’s the most recent:
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'Incoherent Rambling Mashed Together With an Authoritarian Impulse to Try to Call for Jailing Political Opponents'
By Paul Rosenzweig
And yet, because of this president’s childish insecurity about the legitimacy of his election, the government has done nothing, and the prospect of action in the next year is nil. The failure is directly attributable to the aberrational nature of the president….. And that’s why this play stinks.
The apocryphal joke is rather crude: “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”
And yet I was reminded of it when reflecting on the first year of the Trump presidency because to separately evaluate conventional benchmarks apart from the extreme transgressions of decency is as impossible a task as asking Mrs. Lincoln to assess the play independent of the assassination. The transgressive nature of the Trump era—replete with narcissism, racism, anti-Semitism and what-about-ism—is amplified by Trump’s wholesale assault on fundamental American institutions. His disdain for the rule of law, equality of opportunity, a free press, an independent judiciary, and the professional intelligence and law enforcement communities are, in metaphorical ways, much like Lincoln’s death. How can one possibly assess the play when the denouement is so fundamentally disruptive of reality?
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