Every day, President Donald Trump or his minions say something stupid, wrong, or demonstrably false. Most days, these people threaten to take illegal actions. Some days, they make good on their lawless threats. 1And yet, they are still in power. Trump, his family, and his sycophants get help from the Russians (whether willfully or not) to influence our elections; obstruct justice; engage in corrupt practices; violate constitutional principles; intimidate witnesses; ignore Congress; and lie as if “Falsehood” was their native tongue. And yet they seem to get away with all of it.2 Nobody stops them. Yes, the Republican Party has shown itself to be a collection of craven hypocrites, so utterly debased from wallowing around in Trump’s filth that they can’t even remember what decency smells like. But if you’ve been paying attention, Republicans have always been like this. Just ask Merrick Garland. Our system shouldn’t be so weak that the perverse noise … [Read more...] about How Does Donald Trump Keep Getting Away With It?
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President Donald Trump has had a rough Year Two, starting and ending with a government shutdown. Here's how USA TODAY opinion writers graded his work: A- Troika of Toughness: There’s a lot to love about President Donald Trump’s second year in office: smashed ISIS, embassy in Jerusalem, a booming economy with historically low unemployment. But I’m going to focus on his top three achievements: Trump’s Troika of Toughness, as I call them. No. 1: Brett Kavanaugh. Trump didn’t blink, much less do an establishment-GOP dance of panic when his Supreme Court nominee, a man of towering achievement and blameless reputation, had to endure a Democratic-orchestrated month of outlandish and uncorroborated allegations about his supposed sexual misconduct as a teenager. No. 2: The Wall. Trump is holding fast on that one, too — and a Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 42 percent of Americans think the border situation is “a crisis” while 37 … [Read more...] about Grading President Donald Trump in his second year
During a trip to the U.S-Mexico border on Thursday, President Donald Trump twice claimed that more people are being caught illegally crossing the southern border than ever before. "We're apprehending more people than ever apprehended before," Trump told a group of law enforcement officials and local leaders during a round-table discussion in McAllen, Texas. "Never so many apprehensions ever in our history," he said later during a briefing from Border Patrol agents. That's wrong. In fact, apprehensions at the southern border are at historic lows. Border Patrol agents caught just under 400,000 people trying to illegally cross the border in 2017, and just over 300,000 in 2016. Yet from 1983 to 2006, border apprehensions topped one million 19 times, with the agency setting a record in 2000 with 1,643,679 apprehensions, according to Customs and Border Patrol data. Trump's error was one of several he uttered during a high-profile tour of the border to push for funding for his … [Read more...] about Donald Trump makes several misstatements during tour of U.S.-Mexico border in Texas
While wishing a Merry Christmas to troops overseas, President Donald Trump ventured into politics Tuesday by denying collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, defending his 2017 dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, and saying he doesn't know when the ongoing government shutdown will end. "It’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas." While congressional Democrats say they will not support money for a border wall, Trump said the U.S. needs "a wall, a fence, whatever they want to call it." The remarks underscore how dug in both the White House and congressional Democrats have become amid a partial government shutdown that began Friday at midnight. "The people of this country want border security," Trump told reporters on the fourth day of the shutdown caused by a standoff over the president's demand for funding of a wall along the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump makes Christmas calls to troops, denies collusion and defends shutdown stand
(CNN)Just 72 hours removed from signals being sent out of the White House that the President would sign a bill to keep the government open that did not include the $5 billion he wants for a border wall, Donald Trump reversed course Thursday -- telling Republican congressional leaders that he would not sign the short-term continuing resolution passed by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday. "The President informed us that he will not sign the bill that came up from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security," outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after he and a handful of other GOP leaders huddled with Trump at the White House. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! There was some inkling that Trump was moving in this direction. "When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the … [Read more...] about Why Donald Trump changed his mind on the border wall (HINT: It has to do with Fox News)