[Discussion] Hope to Remember The Trump Administration Thread as being 'transparent and honest'

Let's follow and discuss what our newest presidential administration gets up to, the good, the bad, the lawsuits, and the many many indictments.

The millionaires are becoming the middle class.

Apparently Trump’s plan to fight racism is a strong economy, which reminds me that I better make sure my freezer is fully stocked so that termites don’t ruin the foundation of my house.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Wish Trump a happy birthday

Use a burner email.

Slate: Donald Trump Appears to Have Committed Felony Voter Fraud

Donald Trump has made unfounded accusations of widespread voter fraud a centerpiece of his presidency, as well as his reelection campaign. He claimed millions of people voted illegally in 2016, created an inept committee to investigate voter fraud, and now opposes mail-in voting, claiming it’s inherently fraudulent.

Now it appears that the president himself committed voter fraud.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that when Trump registered to vote in Florida, he claimed the White House as his legal residence. On the same day he filled out his voter registration, however, Trump formally declared himself a “bona fide resident” of Palm Beach, the location of his Mar-a-Lago club. The president therefore tried to register to vote under an out-of-state address that is not, in fact, his legal residence.

I'll be shocked if he faces any consequences for this, but you know, massive hypocrisy.

Gremlin wrote:

Slate: Donald Trump Appears to Have Committed Felony Voter Fraud

Donald Trump has made unfounded accusations of widespread voter fraud a centerpiece of his presidency, as well as his reelection campaign. He claimed millions of people voted illegally in 2016, created an inept committee to investigate voter fraud, and now opposes mail-in voting, claiming it’s inherently fraudulent.

Now it appears that the president himself committed voter fraud.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that when Trump registered to vote in Florida, he claimed the White House as his legal residence. On the same day he filled out his voter registration, however, Trump formally declared himself a “bona fide resident” of Palm Beach, the location of his Mar-a-Lago club. The president therefore tried to register to vote under an out-of-state address that is not, in fact, his legal residence.

I'll be shocked if he faces any consequences for this, but you know, massive hypocrisy.

I saw this a few days ago. My understanding was they rejected his registration and asked him to re-do it with consistent address and state residence.

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Trump invokes Floyd on job data even as black unemployment soars

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying there’s a great thing happening for our country,” Trump said in remarks at the White House on Friday. “It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody.”
JLS wrote:
Gremlin wrote:

I'll be shocked if he faces any consequences for this, but you know, massive hypocrisy.

I saw this a few days ago. My understanding was they rejected his registration and asked him to re-do it with consistent address and state residence.

Yes--though as noted in the article there are several people serving multi-year prison sentences for doing exactly what he did.

(Also he's technically not allowed to list Mar-a-Lago as a residence, either: it's listed as a private club, not a residence, so if it's his permanent address he's committing tax fraud.)

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Trump invokes Floyd on job data even as black unemployment soars

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying there’s a great thing happening for our country,” Trump said in remarks at the White House on Friday. “It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody.”

I'm sure he'll find the bottom some day, right? There has to be a bottom, doesn't there? Maybe?

I saw a quote somewhere on twitter about something that went "every time you think you've hit bottom, that's just the drill bit being changed"

r013nt0 wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:

Trump invokes Floyd on job data even as black unemployment soars

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying there’s a great thing happening for our country,” Trump said in remarks at the White House on Friday. “It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody.”

I'm sure he'll find the bottom some day, right? There has to be a bottom, doesn't there? Maybe?

I just can't.... This man... f*ck it. Burn it all down.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Trump invokes Floyd on job data even as black unemployment soars

“Hopefully, George is looking down right now and saying there’s a great thing happening for our country,” Trump said in remarks at the White House on Friday. “It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody.”

There is no response to this that I can write without completely violating the code of conduct here.

I think the best response I saw to that was "Lock her Up"

New Yorker: Trump’s Public-Relations Army
Will the military allow the President to use it for political advantage?

The image of Donald Trump leading his advisers to St. John’s Church may prove to be a defining one of his Presidency: Trump, passing through streets that had been cleared of protesters by tear gas, to pose with a Bible while fires burned all over the country. For many members of the military, the image contained an especially discordant note. Amid the political aides in blue suits was a barrel-chested Army officer wearing combat fatigues: General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America’s highest-ranking soldier. A former senior defense official described to me his disgust with that moment and the de-facto endorsement that it represented. “Walking the streets of D.C. in your combat fatigues—are you kidding me?” he said.

But the former senior military official presented a scenario that he found particularly alarming: if the election is disputed, Trump could conceivably ask a friendly governor to deploy the National Guard to Washington, D.C., to support him. The official told me that the Guard, with separate leadership in each state, does not necessarily adhere to the same rigid standards as the regular U.S. military. “Some of the leaders are blatantly political,” he said. “The fear is that President Trump refuses to leave, and National Guard troops surround the White House.”

I hope he has a lot of rations. I don't think the military doles out Wendy's.
We can also move the White House. We've done it before.

Quite frankly, if the great orange cheeto doesn't skip town on a leer jet to Russia or some other non-extradition local, I'll actually be a little bit surprised.

There is no way someone as thin skinned as Trump would be happy barricaded in the bunker of the WH for an indefinite period of time after a defeat. Plus, I think all of his great pals at Mar-a-Lago, won't be quite so chummy with him anymore once he is out of office.

Plus, it raises the interesting question of whether a governor can order the guard to an area outside the governor's authority.

Either way, if that were to happen, hopefully the military will follow the rule of law. The NG would then likely back down in a confrontation with the active duty forces.

So Trump visited Puritan Medical Products in Maine yesterday. Puritan got a $75.5 million government contract to manufacture 40 million much-needed cotton swabs a month for COVID-19 testing.

After Trump's visit Puritan quietly revealed that all the swabs produced while Trump was there would be thrown out. No exact reason was given for trashing the swabs, but they need to be sterile and Trump didn't bother to wear a mask during his visit.

Also, Trump announced yesterday that he's withdrawing 1/3 of US troops based in Germany.

Oh, it’s a complete mystery.

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Jayhawker wrote:

Oh, it’s a complete mystery.

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"No, up your *nose,* Mr. President."

The owners of Puritan are like:

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Can we suspend the swear asterisks for the next five months or so, pleeeeeaaaaase?

imbiginjapan wrote:

Can we suspend the swear asterisks for the next five months or so, pleeeeeaaaaase?

Part of me agrees. But then I thought about what my post would look like if I was not trying really hard not swear. It just just swear words at this point.

Also I just got the letter for big boy president about the care act. Such a self congratulatory letter that I am pretty sure I just vomited in my mouth.

I am going to have to keep this letter and frame it as a reminder of his failures and the stupidity of some people.

JC wrote:

So Trump has a press conference this morning at 10 to talk about the "amazing" number of jobs that were gained in May. Apprximately 2.5 million. Unemployment at 13.3%

I'm having a hard time understanding why this is considered so amazing considering that we put a pause on everything and stopped work.

If you turn off a light at the switch, and then flick that switch back on. The light comes on.

And yet Donald is going to take credit for this....

Unless he walks up to the podium, states those numbers, and walks away. I calculate it will take 30 seconds for this to become an Antifa, dominate them, bring in the military screed.

Surprise surprise, those numbers were a lie.

A ‘misclassification error’ made the May unemployment rate look better than it is. Here’s what happened.

When the U.S. government’s official jobs report for May came out on Friday, it included a note at the bottom saying there had been a major “error” indicating that the unemployment rate likely should be higher than the widely reported 13.3 percent rate.

The special note said that if this “misclassification error” had not occurred, the “overall unemployment rate would have been about 3 percentage points higher than reported,” meaning the unemployment rate would be about 16.3 percent for May. But that would still be an improvement from an unemployment rate of about 19.7 percent for April, applying the same standards.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the agency that puts out the monthly jobs reports, said it was working to fix the problem.

“BLS and the Census Bureau are investigating why this misclassification error continues to occur and are taking additional steps to address the issue,” said a note at the bottom of the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

imbiginjapan wrote:

Can we suspend the swear asterisks for the next five months or so, pleeeeeaaaaase?

No. IIRC its's not just trying to keep the dialogue family friendly. I think it has an impact on site searchability and credibility. Though I am curious if it would increase the porn bots or not. Your personal satisfaction at seeing the whole world instead of part of the word that you can still read anyway doesn't override other needs.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

“BLS and the Census Bureau are investigating why this misclassification error continues to occur and are taking additional steps to address the issue,” said a note at the bottom of the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Because this administration is incapable of telling the truth, ever, about anything. And also incompetent at everything they try to do. Straight from the top.

Stele wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

“BLS and the Census Bureau are investigating why this misclassification error continues to occur and are taking additional steps to address the issue,” said a note at the bottom of the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Because this administration is incapable of telling the truth, ever, about anything. And also incompetent at everything they try to do. Straight from the top.

Please try to separate the Trump administration's partisan spin on the employment numbers and what the BLS openly reported and proactively and thoroughly explained.