[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.

I think we know why Don Jr. allegedly thinks his dad is crazy.

Gremlin wrote:

And he just killed the stimulus bill negotiations and sent the stock market cratering.

Are we sure he wants to be reelected? Because this is one of the faster ways to sabotage the economy that he thought he needed to be reelected.

Maybe Trump should borrow Melania's "I don't really care" jacket.

That man is gone, one way or the other. If he survives, does he flee the country before or after election day?

Alternatively, they are gaming the stock market.
Trump can (and have) send the stock market up and down each day with a single tweet.

Day 1: "Trade war with China!"
Day 2: "Xi is my best buddy"

I doubt Trump is smart enough for that. But his handlers might be.

This is damning:

@FPWellman wrote:

Remember when Trump blamed military and law enforcement for Hope Hicks getting COVID? It never made sense why she, and now him, would blame military personnel for giving it to them. Well...did you know there was a Gold Star Mother's Day event at the White House on Sunday?

This event has been hidden and barely mentioned in the media or by the White House in the timelines of Trump's illness. We now know he attended the event the day after contracting COVID at the ACB event. He has literally infected our military survivor families...himself.
I'm hearing from families now. Not one has been contacted by the White House about possible exposure or contact tracing. They were exposed to multiple people that have tested positive and the Trump Administration can't be bothered to even email them.
Gremlin wrote:

And he just killed the stimulus bill negotiations and sent the stock market cratering.

Are we sure he wants to be reelected? Because this is one of the faster ways to sabotage the economy that he thought he needed to be reelected.

One of Trump's favorite negotiation tactics in the business world was to dramatically quit a project in order to get concessions from the other side in order to bring him back into the deal. I could see him thinking this is a way to get the Democrats to further water down the HEROES Act.

I don't think it'll work. The public isn't broadly opposed to covid stimulus, and the Republicans seem to have more to lose politically than the Democrats on this issue.

Alternatively, he's trying to bribe the entire electorate. He's now effectively said that the only way a relief bill is moving forward until at least late January is if he's re-elected. Maybe he thinks he can use that to break desperate voters into supporting him.

I don't think that'll work, either.

Gremlin wrote:

This is damning:

I'm hearing from families now. Not one has been contacted by the White House about possible exposure or contact tracing. They were exposed to multiple people that have tested positive and the Trump Administration can't be bothered to even email them.

The White House has specifically limited contact tracing to the two days prior to Trump's public diagnosis last Thursday. They've also declined to get the CDC involved, and Trump's doctor repeatedly cited HIPAA when asked when Trump's last negative covid test was.

There's a lot of speculation about why they're being so cagey with contact tracing and the like, but the two most likely explanations is either that Trump tested positive some time ago and they've kept it under wraps. Or---and I think this is the more likely---they don't know because at some point they stopped testing Trump and his inner circle.

Contact tracing starts by working backward into the 48 hours prior to the first onset of symptoms or a positive test. If the President and everyone around him were being tested every day as they've been claiming, then they should be able to give a very specific timeline of when he last tested negative and when and where he was likely infected. They're trying to keep this all in-house and under wraps potentially because they have zero information to work from.

We need a bingo mat...

Stephen Miller tests positive.

I hope the new government back pays all Americans for the stimulus they would have received had a functional administration been in place.

JC wrote:

We need a bingo mat...

Stephen Miller tests positive.

Couldn't happen to a nicer Nazi

JC wrote:

We need a bingo mat...

Stephen Miller tests positive.

I feel sorry for the viruses.

I hope that virus does to Stephen Miller what Stephen Miller wants to do to immigrants of color.

He'll probably just blame his infection on PoC working at the White House.

Rat Boy wrote:

He'll probably just blame his infection on PoC working at the White House.

Orange is a color, so that checks out.

Just want to commend you folks who keep your darkest thoughts to yourselves. I’m thankful to have a small group here that I can admit that, though I’m really trying to be a better person, none of the current admin deserve anymore empathy than they have given to the general populace.

I’d quote Captain Kirk from Star Trek VI here, but wish to respect the decorum of the forum.

@nomchompsky wrote:

Obviously it’s funny that Stephen Miller has it but he could have easily infected others. Please please please go get tested if you live in DC and own a Nazi memorabilia shop or a haunted sex doll brothel.

Zoso1701 wrote:

I’d quote Captain Kirk from Star Trek VI here, but wish to respect the decorum of the forum.

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Stele wrote:
Zoso1701 wrote:

I’d quote Captain Kirk from Star Trek VI here, but wish to respect the decorum of the forum.

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Highly logical, Captain. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Thoughts and prayers.

If only they could have stopped this.

(I have no sympathy for these people. A quote from Drago in Rocky IV comes to mind. These people deserve what may come to them for causing so much pain and suffering.)

Zoso1701 wrote:

Just want to commend you folks who keep your darkest thoughts to yourselves. I’m thankful to have a small group here that I can admit that, though I’m really trying to be a better person, none of the current admin deserve anymore empathy than they have given to the general populace.

I’d quote Captain Kirk from Star Trek VI here, but wish to respect the decorum of the forum.

Don't think it's voluntary, there's been serious enforcement to keep it this way. It's one of the nice things about this forum.

I'm fairly certain that should the worst fate befall any of the currently infected members of the administration (and, God willing, Mitch McConnell) then my celebratory posts will result in a forum time-out. I'm okay with this.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm fairly certain that should the worst fate befall any of the currently infected members of the administration (and, God willing, Mitch McConnell) then my celebratory posts will result in a forum time-out. I'm okay with this.

So say we all!

I’ve thought about this over the last few days. This wouldn’t be a special place if it was as toxic as the rest of the Internet. These forums are an oasis in the wasteland of filth that is the webs.

1. The Guidlines help to define what is ok or not ok.

2. The Mods work tirelessly to manage the content of the forums and curtail harmful language.

3. The community members’ willingness to adhere to the guidelines, and also to redirect ourselves if we notice that we’ve gotten out of pocket.

The magical sauce of those three ingredients are a big part of what make this site what it is. I don’t think the atmosphere here could exist without them.

I’m willing to stifle my toxic inclinations, and to self correct or take direction from Mods or other community members when I wander too close to the edge of the oasis. When you think about it, the guidelines are a gift rather than an obstacle.

I'm more polite at work than I am at GWJ.

I'm more polite at GWJ than I am in the IRL-besties group thread.

It shouldn't be hard to guess which of those three places are a hotbed of preemptive grave-dancing.

Apropos of nothing, that time Cookie Monster ran for president:

That’s neither here nor there, let’s talk President Cookie. As like Trump, Cookie Monster is running for all the wrong reasons. Cookie is in this for himself – he only wants the free cookies he’ll get at all the luncheons he’ll have to attend. This isn’t even subtext; Cookie straight up admits it. And sings it, in a jaunty little number where he wants to give a national holiday to people who chew. At least he has the decency to admit it.

Just like Trump, Cookie has a rotten team of advisors – in his case, Oscar the Grouch. Oscar introduces the candidate, who, across multiple rallies, makes a speech basically saying, “I think I’d make an excellent President, so vote for me, cool?’, something that feels hauntingly like a Trump rally. Hey, you don’t get to be President just because you want to be. Or at least, you shouldn’t get to, but look where we are right now.

Honestly, every speech Cookie makes throughout the episode is a rambling pile of nonsense, except at least in this case Oscar has the integrity to keep him in check and make sure he’s actually discussing personal freedoms, economics and the like. And the audience eats it up, with one Muppet actually saying, ‘I didn’t understand a word he said, but I love him anyway’. Oh god, welcome to the Republican party, folks! I’m fairly sure they have that on t-shirts.

Count Von Count rocks up at one meeting to ask ‘What do you think about people like me? The people who count?’. Firstly, Wocka Wocka. Secondly, Cookie’s answer is ‘You know what counts? Me getting cookie’.

Kinda hard to believe that there's a COVID outbreak in the White House that's larger than what some countries are experiencing and we still don't know the last day Trump tested negative. I mean if Trump was getting constantly tested as he repeatedly claimed it would be a trivial matter to hand over the test results.

But he's not. Which means he either tested positive much earlier--like before the debate--and the White House doesn't want that to come out because of how bad it looks or Trump wasn't being tested because he's a big baby who isn't taking this pandemic seriously and the White House doesn't want that to come out because of how bad it looks.

At this point, when Biden wins the election, they're going to have to burn down the White House in order to sanitize it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm fairly certain that should the worst fate befall any of the currently infected members of the administration (and, God willing, Mitch McConnell) then my celebratory posts will result in a forum time-out. I'm okay with this.

It would likely just be deleted, to be honest. Time out's are for people who decline to advise from private or public messages enacted by mod team and are actively behaving in ways to be intentionally disruptive and all attempts at communication have been ignored or disregarded.

Please be sure to save it to a secondary location so the time and energy put into the post aren't lost to the ether and can be shared in places where posting it won't be an issue.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm fairly certain that should the worst fate befall any of the currently infected members of the administration (and, God willing, Mitch McConnell) then my celebratory posts will result in a forum time-out. I'm okay with this.

I too will celebrate if they wake up and find themselves stuck in a room together watching the final episode of Lost on repeat for eternity.

His current .... oddness....certainly creates interesting headlines

currently on cnn

Aides have no idea where the President sits on stimulus at this moment. But all agree talks are done for now.

I think most of us have no idea where the president sits on a huge range of issues.

farley3k wrote:

I think most of us have no idea where the president sits on a huge range of issues.

Yes we do.

On his hands.

That's where he sits on most of the important issues facing this country.