Opinion: I Blame Donald Trump for Spreading COVID In The Rose Garden

From the very beginning of the Covid pandemic, Donald Trump did everything wrong. He ignored the warnings in his intel briefings. Then he denied it was here. After that, he claimed the pandemic was a hoax invented by the “Democrat Party” because even a pandemic was really all about him. He did nothing until it was virtually uncontrollable, then, when he suggested drinking bleach, he claimed he was following the science. read more

Typically Candidates Only Speak Once at Convention. Trump Will Speak Every Night of the RNC.

Over the last few months, while the COVID-19 pandemic has raged out of control, Republican senators and congresspeople have remained silent. This behavior has highlighted just how tight a grip ovr the party that Donald Trump has over the party.

Another example of this iron grip will be evident during August’s Republican National Convention. Normally, the party’s candidate only speaks once. In 2020, Trump will be speaking each night of the event.

According to the Wall St. Journal, “[Trump] be actively incorporated throughout the four-day convention, including one day when the president will honor doctors, nurses and other workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

There will also be no shortage of appearances by the President’s children during the debate. While conventions are usually used to introduce America to the party’s up and coming starts, the RNC will feature speeches by Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump.

Melania Trump will also be making a speaking appearance one of the nights of the convention. The First Lady’s 2016 was heavily criticized for borrowing heavily from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

Trump will also use the event to rail against socialism. The Journal reports, “[the campaign]

is planning to feature former residents from Cuba or Venezuela… who will admonish the policies of the Democratic Party, which the president has compared with socialism.” read more

Trump Was Reportedly “Dreading Facing Melania” after the Access Hollywood Tape

Donald Trump was afraid to face his wife following the leak of the infamous Access Hollywood tape. A new book about the First Lady outlines the fall out in their relationship.

Trump’s comments about women on Access Hollywood became an issue during the 2016 election. The then Republican candidate told a TV host in 2005 that he could “grab them by the pussy.”

Following the tape’s release to the public, Trump was nervous about seeing Melania Trump, according to The Art of Her Deal,  a new book by journalist Mary Jordan.

“Trump was quiet,” Jordan writes. “[Former New Jersey Governor [Chris] Christie knew what Trump was dreading: facing Melania.”

“Trump was so embarrassed that, as one person in the room recalled, ‘He turned red; red was coming up his neck to his ears,” the book claims.

“‘I think he understood early on that it was going to create ramifications for him at home, too,'” Jordan goes on to quote.

Christie, who played a major role in Trump’s campaign, reportedly explained: “Everybody was saying, ‘You should go upstairs and see Melania. Why don’t you go upstairs now and see Melania?'”

“That night he seemed frightened to go face his wife,” another one of Jordan’s sources said.

When Trump finally did speak to Melania, she showed off her “fury quietly and deliberately.” She was also worried that the release of the tape could cost them the presidency.

“Now you could lose,” Melania reportedly told Trump. “You could have blown this for us.”

The future First Lady eventually issued a public rebuke of her husband, though the same statement also defended his character. Mary Jordan’s book has been controversial, but she is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

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Melania Trump Blocked Ivanka’s Attempt to Rename First Lady’s Office the “First Family Office”

Ivanka Trump tried to get the First Lady’s Office renamed during the early days of her father’s presidency. According to a new book, Donald Trump’s eldest daughter made an early power play.

The President’s daughter wanted the First Lady’s Office renamed the “First Family Office” and pushed for the change in 2017. Trump had just become president.

At the time, First Lady Melania Trump was still living in New York with her son Barron and Ivanka was enjoying the perks of the East Wing – the part of the White House reserved for the First Lady.

In The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, author Mary Jordan claims the First Lady delayed moving to Washington, D.C. as leverage to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement.

It was during this period that the President’s daughter tried to gain greater influence. One power move involved trying to rename her stepmother’s office to reflect the Trump family’s role.

Melania Trump blocked the attempt and once she arrived in the White House, she took steps to prevent Ivanka making similar moves.

“With Melania away, Ivanka used the private theater, with its plush red seats, and enjoyed other White House perks,” Jordan writes in Washington Post.

“Some said she treated the private residence as if it were her own home. Melania did not like it. When she and Barron finally moved in, she put an end to the ‘revolving door’ by enforcing firm boundaries.”

The administration has denied there is any truth in these claims.

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Melania Trump Delayed Moving to White House to Renegotiate Her Prenup

Melania Trump reportedly put off moving to Washington, D.C. in order to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement with the President. Mrs. Trump famously stayed in New York at the beginning of this administration.

According to a new report in The Washington Post, the First Lady remained in New York City after Trump’s inauguration as leverage to negotiate  a better prenuptial agreement.

At the time, the official explanation was that Mrs. Trump wanted her son, Barron, to finish the school year without disruption. Her decision led to speculation.

A new book The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, claims she stayed behind as a negotiating tactic. The book’s author is Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan.

The First Lady was reportedly upset by revelations that became public during the campaign regarding Trump’s behavior toward women.

In particular, the infamous Access Hollywood tape may have prompted her to seek better terms.

In a hot mic moment with presenter Billy Bush, Trump said he could do what he wanted to women because he was a celebrity, even claiming he could “grab them by the pussy.”

Melania Trump used her time in New York to calm down following the incident and, importantly, “to amend her financial arrangement with Trump—what Melania referred to as ‘taking care of Barron.’”

President Trump has been divorced twice. His divorce from Marla Maples has been the subject of much media reporting.

Trump reportedly placed strict conditions on his financial support of their daughter Tiffany.

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Trump Campaign Orders Red, Trump-Branded Face Masks

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The Trump campaign has branched out into a new type of merchandise – face masks. Though the President has declined to wear one, his reelection campaign could soon be selling them.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has ordered red masks branded with “Trump” as part of its appeal to senior citizens.

The campaign may give the masks away or distribute them in exchange for political donations. They already sell a wide range of merchandise, including the infamous red hats.

The president's re-election campaign has ordered red, Trump-branded face masks for supporters. Campaign officials have discussed giving away the masks at events or in return for donations.
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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: Patriotism Means Rejecting Trump’s Sh*t hole Vision for America

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The most patriotic thing an American can do is reject Donald Trump’s sh*t hole “vision” for America. It’s not because Donald Trump proposed it. It’s because his “vision” consistently brought war and political instability every time it was tried by ordinary countries in history who were trying to achieve the exceptionalism that America already has. Exceptionalism doesn’t mean perfection.

The founding fathers realized that. It’s why the Constitution includes the right to seek redress of grievances from the government.

Anyone who is an immigrant and has engaged in the political process of their chosen country has heard someone tell them to “go back to wherever it is you came from.” Typically, the people who say this envision a country that is racially uniform, practices the same religion and has a monolithic voice. It even eats meatloaf every Monday, and does its laundry on Tuesdays. Of course, that country never did exist, but that doesn’t stop cons like Donald Trump from promising a “return” to that country.

In the end, people of this mentality will tell any immigrant, regardless of their skin color, to go back to where they came from if they propose actually making the American dream possible. I know it, because I’m a Jewish, white immigrant and people have said it to me. Between you and me, they are such snowflakes!
I understand the privilege aspect of my identity. My skin color gives me privileges that are denied to American citizens who have more pigment in their skin than I do. This troubles me. We saw how ugly privilege makes us when Donald Trump said of four American citizens that they should “go back to where they came from.”

I also live in the world of the immigrant. Anyone who knows I wasn’t born here and reads my articles or discusses politics with me will often say, if you don’t like it why don’t you go back to where you came from,

I don’t owe them answers just as the Squad doesn’t owe Donald Trump an explanation. They do owe it to their district to represent their wishes and fight for their rights.

And no, I’m not going anywhere. I have a right to call out corruption. I have a right to call Trump a stupid, racist and misogynistic gas bag. The Constitution says so. I listen to the Constitution, not Donald Trump.

As someone wise pointed out, when I walk down the street, I can “pass” as a “real” American. I’m also someone with a platform. That means I have to use my voice responsibly in defense of people who are often targeted and blamed for the world’s problems. I also have an obligation to call out the personal failings of Donald Trump and his supporters.

I’m not here to detract from the fact that immigrants who are people of color get treated especially badly by those for whom assimilation really means accept being treated worse than we would treat animals and shut up.

I am here to unequivocally condemn Donald Trump and the sh*t hole vision he has for this country. But I’m also here to say that we don’t solve anything by asking why white people aren’t put in cages when the objective is to condemn putting any human being in a cage.

The America we want, the one that is multicultural, multi-racial and democratic is still an aspiration. But we won’t get there by discouraging participation in the work of solving our problems and of improving life for everyone who lives here.

Unlike most people who adopted America as their home, I have a platform to defend the America that really is great. It’s the America in which everyone has the right to free speech and redress of grievances under the Constitution.

There are no qualifiers restricting those rights to Mayflower Americans, Americans who were born here or even recently naturalized American citizens. Those rights belong to every person who lives in America.
So when Mr. Trump resorts to the ancient trope of telling critics to “go back where they came from,” if that really is his logic, he (and his Slovenian born third wife) should go with it.

If Melania is so unhappy with an America that elected Barack Obama, no one is stopping her from going back to Slovenia where the majority decide what, if any, civil rights the minorities in their population are allowed to have. Back in 2015, Slovenians rejected marriage equality by referendum. They’d probably like Trump’s way of seeing things on other minorities. In America, though, marriage equality is a right because the Constitution says so. It’s not a privilege to be bestowed on same sex couples only if the majority population votes for it.

Both appear to be unhappy with the America most of us embrace. They are rich, (thanks to the America they think isn’t that great) and could live very well in Russia, Saudi Arabia or anywhere else they may wish to live.

Most of America rejected Trump’s sh*t hole “vision” for America that literally takes the worse moments of world history and the worse political models and wraps them up into one Trumpy horror picture show.

But now, I ask myself and everyone who shares my sentiments regarding the Trumps, have we solved anything? Has telling people who point to things we could improve on to “go back to where they came from” given a single mother a better paying job or, if needed, the skills to make doing that job possible? Is college more affordable? Is healthcare more accessible? Have we stopped climate change, the epidemic of gun violence or the corruption that the Trumps exploit every day?

Are we any closer to seeing Donald Trump’s tax returns? Are we any closer to stopping the war Russia wages on our democracy every day? Are we any closer to getting Republicans to either grow spines or get out so that someone with a spine can replace them?

Americans want answers to these and many more questions. Americans want government to solve these problems and many more. Whether those Americans were born here or somewhere else, citizens or residents, every one of us has a Constitutional right to demand the government that works for us, do its job. Mr. Trump still doesn’t understand that as president of the United States, he is employed by every one of us. We’re the ones who get to make demands and judge his performance. He doesn’t have a right to say that

Americans who oppose his policies have to leave. That may be how it works in the countries he admires; that’s not how it works in America.

We don’t have to agree with the Squad on anything else, but we owe it to them and to America to defend their right to speak out and work to represent the hopes and aspirations of the people in their districts. We also owe it to the America that is based on ideas – not bloodlines.

By Trump’s belief system, when Europe sent us Donald and Melania Trump, it’s very clear it didn’t send us its best people. It sent us people with the problems of narcissism, racism, misogyny, greed, laziness and corruption.

It sent us people who hate America because it is a country of ideas. They want a country of bloodlines. The Trumps think they have a right to reduce us to the very thing that makes other countries ordinary. By Trump’s logic, Germany is his country. Trump’s country caused two world wars and Melania’s country was on the sidelines of the worst genocide in Europe since World War II. She knew what ideas made that genocide possible and she brought them with her when she immigrated to America.

Loving America means wanting it to do better than Germany did under Hitler and Slovenia did when it was part of the former Yugoslavia.
It doesn’t mean telling Americans to “go back to where they came from” no matter where they came from or how recently.

Those of us who look like we can “pass” as “real Americans” owe our country better than silence when Donald Trump reaches into his bag of racist tropes to attack any member of Congress, indeed any citizen or resident.
In fact, we owe what so many demand of all Muslims when one Muslim commits a terrorist act.

We must condemn white supremacy and those who advocate it. We must stand up with the people they target. We must condemn misogyny and those who defend it. We owe it to ourselves, to the America that is great, to stand with those who they target.

We must condemn those who hate the fact that our diversity is our strength. And we must stand together in opposition to their sh*t hole “vision” for America that replaces exceptionalism with an ordinary failing state.

Melania Trump decries cyber bullying as Trump lashes at critics via tweets

Mrs. Trump has chosen cyber bullying for her focus issue as the American First Lady, leaving some to say there is irony in the decision because of her husband’s reputation as a bully towards his critics, especially on social media.

President Trump has frequently used his twitter account to attack his rivals, the media, and other public figures on topics ranging from their physical appearance to their intelligence.

The same day his wife was to speak at the cyber safety event, Trump sent out a stream of early morning tweets that began in the 3 o’clock hour lashing at critics with disparaging language like “Democrat thugs,” “Crooked Hillary”, former FBI agent Lisa Page “& her lover”, among other things.

Mrs. Trump repeated prior claim that she feels like she is the most, or one of the most, bullied persons in the world.

“As I have said before, it is not news or surprising to me that the critics and the media have chosen to ridicule me for speaking out on this issue. And that’s OK,” she told the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) annual conference in Washington where she talked about promoting civility online. “I remain committed to tackling this topic because it will provide a better world for our children. And I hope that, like I do, you will consider using the negative words as motivation to do all you can to bring awareness and understanding about responsible online behavior.”

Mrs. Trump said, “Today’s technology provides people with digital shields to hide behind and being anonymous often takes the place of being caring and responsible, which can lead to children and adults feeling empowered to be kind and at times cruel.”

Here’s the list of tweets from her husband this morning:

. EARLY MORNING TWEET FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP THAT READS:

“The White House is running very smoothly and the results for our Nation are obviously very good. We are the envy of the world. But anytime I even think about making changes, the FAKE NEWS MEDIA goes crazy, always seeking to make us look as bad as possible! Very dishonest!”

10. NEXT TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT READS:

“The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts. They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want. They are a disgrace to our Nation and don’t…”

11. NEXT TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT READS:

“….care how many lives the ruin. These are Angry People, including the highly conflicted Bob Mueller, who worked for Obama for 8 years. They won’t even look at all of the bad acts and crimes on the other side. A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!”

12. NEXT TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT READS:

“Universities will someday study what highly conflicted (and NOT Senate approved) Bob Mueller and his gang of Democrat thugs have done to destroy people. Why is he protecting Crooked Hillary, Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page & her lover, Peter S, and all of his friends on the other side?”

13. NEXT TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP THAT READS (English):

“The only “Collusion” is that of the Democrats with Russia and many others. Why didn’t the FBI take the Server from the DNC? They still don’t have it. Check out how biased Facebook, Google and Twitter are in favor of the Democrats. That’s the real Collusion!”