Opinion: Melania Trump Celebrated her Hour of Researching Juneteenth By Showing Off In A Tweet

In the latest series of articles about Mary Jordan’s upcoming book, we learn more about Melania’s effort to be seen as more than arm candy for the most narcissistic president ever.

As she pontificated over her disdain for people who need attention (no shortage of irony there), the woman who married Donald Trump wants the world to know “I lead meaningful life.”  To read Laura Miller’s  review of “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” is to confirm any perceptions we had that maybe Melania married Trump because she has a deep and abiding love for his money. read more

Opinion: A New Book Reveals How Melania Trump Capitalized on Donald’s Affairs

In 2016, we were introduced to a carefully-crafted image of Donald Trump’s third wife, Melania, as a private, family-oriented wife and mother. We read about her self-consciousness over her ability to speak English. So many people felt sorry for her, as a reserved former model married to the bombastic Trump, who is 20 years older.

All of it was stage craft. The Art of Her Deal: the Untold Story of Melania Trump, sheds the veneer of a shy and private Melania away to expose the inner political operative who wanted Trump to run for president and win. The image of Melania Trump got blown away as Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan looked deeper into Melania’s life.

Evidently, the current First Lady is hardly the damsel in distress that her cultivated image suggests. In fact, her image is, in many ways, as much an illusion as her husband’s. According to Jordan, Melania  used the current president’s extra-marital affairs as leverage to get more money. And that’s just the beginning of the character striptease. read more

Hillary Clinton To Melania: ‘She Should Look Closer To Home’ When It Comes To Online Bullying

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at current first lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” program, criticizing the White House program for being hypocritical.

Considering the many ways that Trump’s husband, President Donald Trump, has behaved in office so far, it’s not hard to see why Clinton made the comments she did.

Appearing this week on the Bravo program “Watch What Happens Live” with host Andy Cohen, Clinton was asked to give her views on Trump’s signature program as first lady.

“I think she should look closer to home,” Clinton said of Trump’s efforts.

According to the White House’s website, “The mission of BE BEST is to focus on some of the major issues facing children today,” including, among other traits, encouraging kids to live with “kindness” in their day-to-day lives.

“It is our responsibility as adults to educate and reinforce to them that when they are using their voices—whether verbally or online—they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion,” the program states.

However, critics have often lambasted the “Be Best” program for failing to address one of the biggest perpetrators of bullying (online and offline) that currently works in Washington D.C. — President Trump himself.

Trump’s examples of bullying behavior are too numerous to write out. He has, for example, complained and led crowds in booing climate activist Greta Thunberg after she won TIME magazine’s Person of the Year honors, besting him for the award.

Trump also tweeted out what many considered to be racist comments about four congresswomen of color, telling them they should “go back” to their countries of origin, to fix their problems first, before complaining about what he’s doing as president (three of the four women were born in the United States).

….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…. read more

Opinion: Impeachment Is The Christmas Present Trump Deserves

Days after Speaker Pelosi led the House to impeach Donald Trump, the president and Republican leaders continue to feel the same sting a child feels when punished.

The fact that impeachment happened before Congress and the President went to their holiday destinations means Donald Trump got the Christmas present he deserved. For once, the return reflected the quality of his decisions and deeds.

To hear Republicans tell it, Trump was Jesus and everyone who ever faced persecution throughout the history of humanity and the only reason is because Democrats hate him. That is the greatest big lie of all the big lies surrounding the one means by which Donald Trump came anywhere near the concept of personal responsibility.

We can look back to the days of renting policies so racist that the Nixon administration sued. The administration sued him because of what he did, not because of who he was or how it felt about him personally.

No doubt, Trump earned contempt when he took out a full page ad in the New York Times calling for the death penalty to be imposed on the innocent Central Park Five. However, though this ad told us what a disgusting person Trump is, it did not mean that he committed a crime. It’s why one may hold contempt for the man, but the law doesn’t allow for punishing people because of who they are.

These are the four corners of the rule of law. The law applies equally to everyone no matter who they are. It’s applied the same way and under the same standards. You cannot punish someone for who they are. You can punish someone for what they do when that action violates the law.

By impeaching Donald Trump, the House of Representatives gave him the Christmas present he earned. It’s actually a present he earned many times over and continues to earn every time he helps a dictator cover up an American journalist’s murder, or when he shakes down an ally to satisfy personal wants, be it getting dirt on a political opponent or satisfying his ego’s endless craving for infinite praise.

He sold the country out to the dictator of Russia because Putin flattered him and helped him win in 2016. And ever since Trump and Russia have been sympatico to each other in ways unheard of among most Americans and this country’s traditional allies.

As Russia expert Julia Davis  wrote in an article for the Daily Beast,

“Vladimir Soloviev praised Trump’s letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling the U.S. president a “highly educated” writer of “multiple bestsellers,” who wrote the letter “for future generations.” Soloviev surmised that when it comes to the upcoming presidential race of 2020, “Trump is defeating all potential candidates.” read more

Opinion: Trump Deserves Chants Of “Lock Him Up” And More

Trump gets booed during World Seres

You wouldn’t know if it you heard Joe Scarborough’s rant about the reception Donald Trump got at Game Five of the World Series, but there are worse things than chanting “lock him up” at a baseball game.

In fact, we saw worse things that day. To wit, shortly after we awoke on Sunday morning, Donald Trump gracelessly announced the successful mission to kill al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist group ISIS. That would have been a normal thing to announce, but Trump’s gloating made it was very different from when Barack Obama announced the mission to get Bin Laden succeeded. While President Obama was notably somber, Trump was like a kid who got the prize he wanted in a box of Cracker Jack.

There was a jaw dropping moment when he thanked Russia. Ok, what else can you expect from Donald Trump? It was still jaw dropping.

Trump’s comments contained his usual colorful descriptions and some comments that people with a more mature temperament might not have made. He concluded by asking the media if they had questions.

Following Trump’s announcement, it came out that he told Russia about the mission, but not the Gang of Eight, because Trump claimed he couldn’t trust them to keep the mission secret until it was completed.

That was meant to be a jab at Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose experience in dealing with the sensitivity of classified information spans 20 years; and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, who was also never associated with leaks. That’s more than we can say about former Republican Chair Devin Nunes.

If we’re going to get really picky, we could point to the fact that this isn’t the first time Donald Trump leaked classified information to Russia.

In fact, the CIA was so concerned that Mr. Trump would leak the identity of a highly valued intelligence source, they had that person removed from Russia.
If anything, the record points to needing to keep the mission secret from the president. Oops.

Okay, we are living in strange times because Trump, being Trump, went before the cameras to announce victory as only Trump would. Of course, getting al-Baghdadi was an important victory. For that, the people who planned and carried out the mission deserve our congratulations and support. But as much as Trump continues to be haunted by the ghost of Barack Obama’s presidency, his “kill” wasn’t as important as the one that occurred on Obama’s watch.

After a day of learning the Russians knew nothing about the mission and didn’t give permission to use their air space, and hearing how great Donald Trump is at telling a narrative, all eyes turned to the World Series.

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to sports, I’m an ignoramus. I take it the World Series is baseball and the usual post-game talk is about who won and who lost.

Even that’s not normal in Trumpian times. Joe Scarborough started Monday with a rant about how un-American it is to chant “lock him up” at a president while said president is at the World Series with his wife, Lindsey Graham, Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz. Notably absent were Barron Trump and the Trumps’ grandchildren.

Anyway, even if we aren’t sure if we’re still in America, the crowd was certain it had a First Amendment right to chant “lock him up”. Whether one agrees with the crowd or not is immaterial to the fact that in America, we have a right to freedom of speech and when we don’t like a president, we get to say so.
Surely, if a Republican Congressman can shout “You lie!” at Barack Obama while he was delivering a State of the Union Address, the crowd at a baseball game can chant its disapproval of Donald Trump.

Granted, this particular chant is reminiscent of the chants that occurred at Trump campaign rallies from 2016 to this day. It also comes at a time that William Barr, allegedly our Attorney-General, is conducting a criminal investigation into the investigation of the Trump Campaign’s complicity with Russia in its attack on the 2016 election’s integrity.

It may be rare in history and one may find all sorts of reasons to condemn the message and those who sent it. From my perspective, I find all the pearl-clutching over this breach of a norm rather curious. Seriously, more was said and with more intensity about the chant at a baseball game than about Trump telling a hostile foreign power about a secret mission but not the Speaker of the House!

This is not, as some are trying to argue, about criminalizing a difference of opinion. It is about the fact that Donald Trump commits impeachable offenses and/or criminal offenses on an almost daily basis, and yet the priority is on scolding baseball fans for wanting the sort of justice we would want if it was any other person or any other president.

This is also a man whose mission has been to break our institutions and discredit and humiliate our intelligence and law enforcement agencies in service to the so-called “strong men” of the world, most notably Vladimir Putin.

This isn’t merely a “partisan” difference, but even if it was, so what. Free speech applies to athletes who take a knee and to baseball fans. In the words of Mick Mulvaney, get over it.