In the previous post, we answered the question, “Why does Trump get away with lying?”
The answer, in short, is: His followers want to be lied to.
But why does Trump get away with THIS:
In addition to his frequently repeated assertion that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has also followed the lead of his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claiming that even if Russian collusion did exist, “collusion is not a crime.”
Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled that merely collaborating with a foreign entity in a “conspiracy to defraud the United States” violates federal law — even if none of the acts by either party are themselves crimes.
Judge allows lawsuit against Trump Foundation to proceed, rejects Trump claim that he can’t be sued
The lawsuit accuses the president of misusing his charitable foundation for his own personal and political purposes.
New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed the action against the president, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump earlier this year, charging that they had engaged in “extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for nonprofit foundations.”
Underwood said, “the Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests.”
The suit charges that foundation funds were used to pay off Trump-owned companies’ legal obligations, including a $100,000 payment to a charity that was mandated in the settlement of a lawsuit.
Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla noted that a judge in a different case had already ruled earlier this year that Trump is not immune to civil actions “related purely to unofficial conduct because he is President of the the United States.”
Colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election and stealing from your own charitable foundation. What next for Trump?
Major Trump administration climate report says damage is ‘intensifying across the country’
Scientists are more certain than ever that climate change is already affecting the United States — and that it is going to be very expensive.
The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening.
Numerous federal agencies say they are more certain than ever that climate change poses a severe threat to Americans’ health and pocketbooks, as well as to the country’s infrastructure and natural resources.
The report’s sense of urgency and alarm stands in stark contrast to the lack of any apparent plan from President Trump to tackle the problems, which, according to the government he runs, are increasingly dire.
The Trump administration has rolled back several Obama-era environmental regulations and incentivized the production of fossil fuels.
Trump also has said he plans to withdraw the nation from the Paris climate accord and questioned the science of climate change just last month, “I don’t know that it’s man-made” and that the warming trend “could very well go back.”
As the Northeast faced a cold spell this week, Trump tweted, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?”
This shows a misunderstanding that climate scientists have repeatedly tried to correct — a confusion between daily weather fluctuations and long-term climate trends.
The administration last year downplayed a separate government report calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, saying in a statement that “the climate has changed and is always changing.”
And those who face the most suffering? Society’s most vulnerable, including “lower-income and other marginalized communities,”researchers found.
O.K.: Colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election, and stealing from your own charitable foundation, and fiddling while the world burns. What next for Trump?
Trump suggests ‘vicious world’ should be blamed for Khashoggi murder while disputing Saudi responsibility
Donald Trump has suggested, “maybe the world” should be held accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as he doubled down on his insistence the CIA had not concluded Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was responsible for the killing.
The president again denied the country’s pre-eminent intelligence agency believed the powerful Mohammed bin Salman was behind last month’s murder.
“They did not come to a conclusion. They have feelings, certain ways, but I have the report. They have not concluded. Nobody’s concluded. I don’t know if anyone could conclude that the crown prince did it.”
Mr Trump spoke after the Washington Postreported last week the CIA had concluded the crown prince ordered the assassination of journalist the 59-year-old journalist.
Of course, defending such murderous dictators as Putin, Kim, and Duterte is typical for Trump.
He reserves his criticisms for people like Admiral William McRaven, the former commander of U.S. Special Operations, who captured bin Laden, and for France’s Emmanuel Macron and for other allied leaders, and for any judge who disagrees with him.
(Chief Justice John Roberts who issued a rare rebuke Wednesday after President Donald Trump told reporters that he wanted to file a complaint against the “Obama judge” who ruled against his migrant asylum policy.after Trump criticizes ‘Obama judge.’)
So, we have the President of the United States accused of colluding with Russia to fix the federal Presidential election, stealing from his own charitable foundation, fiddling while the world burns, and defending a murderer (for personal, financial reasons) and criticizing an American war hero.
And that’s just in the past few days.
Now, he has topped it off with:
Trump says he is most thankful for himself on Thanksgiving after extraordinary call with US troops in Middle East
How does he get away with it all, day after day, week after week? We are reminded of the quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Apparently, Trump’s followers fall into that “some of the people” category — people who can be fooled all the time.
Fortunately, they are in a declining minority. Now, let us pray we can limit the damage to America and the world for the next two years.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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