Lazy Saturday Reads: Trump Tantrums

Why is the media "on a witch hunt" against me? -- Donald tRump

Why is the media “on a witch hunt” against me? — Donald tRump

Good Morning!!

First a quick update on the smoking situation I’ve been dealing with. I got an air purifier yesterday and I think it will help a lot as I wait for the man down the hall to be evicted. If necessary, I may get a smaller one to put in the kitchen later on. Someone gave the guy more warnings after my flurry of complaints last Monday and Tuesday, and the air was clear until Thursday afternoon when I noticed the hallway was filled with smoke again.

I called the office yesterday morning, and the woman I’ve been talking to was very nice and supportive. I guess maybe she was just stressed out the last time I talked to her. After all, she had been on the job for less than a week. Yesterday she told me that people have been upstairs monitoring the air every day and talking to the man. She has done a huge amount of paper work, sent him another warning letter and contacted the lawyers to begin working on the eviction. She wants me to call her every time I smell smoke so she can put notes in the file about every incident. She also told me it would help if I get my doctor to write a letter for me. So I’m very encouraged, although the eviction process will probably take awhile.

Thanks for all your support–it really made a difference to my state of mind.

It’s another crazy day in the news. President Baby-Man has been having a major tantrum on Twitter because he somehow learned (or suspects) that there was a FISA warrant for the phones in Trump Tower last fall.

NBC News at 8:29AM today: Trump Accuses Obama of Wiretapping Trump Tower During Campaign.

Donald Trump alleged in a tweet storm early Saturday that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower before his election victory.

Trump did not provide any evidence for the claims, which followed an interview on Fox News where the allegations came up.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump wrote as part of a series of tweets Saturday morning.

He added: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

If it was “turned down by a court” the first time, it must have been a FISA warrant; there were some leaks that one had been obtained after an initial turndown. I guess tRump and his gang should have used better encryption.

How long are we going to have to put up with this joke of a “president” enriching himself from the public trough? Of course we don’t know yet where tRump got his information about the “wiretapping.” It could have been Infowars. The Washington Post thinks it might have been Breitbart: Trump cites no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower.

Trump offered no citations nor did he point to any credible news report to back up his accusation, but he may have been referring to commentary on Breitbart and conservative talk radio suggesting that Obama and his administration used “police state” tactics last fall to monitor the Trump team. The Breitbart story, published Friday, has been circulating among Trump’s senior staff, according to a White House official who described it as a useful catalogue of the Obama administration’s activities….

Trump has been feuding with the intelligence community since before he took office, convinced that career officers as well as holdovers from the Obama administration have been trying to sabotage his presidency. He has ordered internal inquiries to find who leaked sensitive information regarding communications during the campaign between Russian officials and his campaign associates and allies, including ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Reactions from John Schindler:

I have this image of tRump pacing back and forth in his bathrobe in his tacky apartment down in Palm Beach, screaming into his insecure cell phone in frustration. He just can’t understand why he should be subject to any checks on his power. He is truly insane. Folks, we are witnessing the biggest scandal in American history. It’s going to be yuuuuge!

Yesterday’s childish tantrum from President Baby-Man was a demand for an investigation of Chuck Schumer for meeting with Vladimir Putin in 2003. Huffington Post: Donald Trump’s Attempt To Shift Russia Focus To Chuck Schumer Is More Than A Little Desperate.

President Donald Trump attempted to call out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday by highlighting a meeting over a decade ago between Schumer and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump tweeted the image after it appeared in a Reddit thread Thursday and was shared by a number of conservative pundits, including an editor-at-large for Infowars.com, a site that promotes conspiracy theories. The picture also appeared on Gateway Pundit, which has also promoted conspiracies, as well as on conservative site, The Drudge Report.

The photo appears to be from 2003, when Putin made a public appearance at a New York City gas station that had recently been bought by Russia’s Lukoil. Schumer responded to Trump by highlighting the absurdity of his comparison, noting that Sessions denied having contact with Russia’s ambassador while he was under oath.

According to tRump whisperer and WaPo reporter Robert Costa, tRump was already mad as hell when he left for Florida yesterday.

Remember, Friday night and Saturday are the times when Ivanka and Jerrod are observing the Shabbot and aren’t available to exert control over the crazy man.

Maggie Haberman has more at The New York Times: Sessions Controversy Heightens Trump’s Feeling of Being Under Siege.

President Trump was still upbeat Wednesday night, as he settled into dinner in the White House residence with his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, some 24 hours after giving the most consequential speech of his brief presidency.

But not long afterward, the glow from Mr. Trump’s best day in office began to fade with the breaking news that his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, had met with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign. Mr. Sessions failed to mention those conversations in his Senate confirmation hearing, or, according to presidential advisers, to tell Mr. Trump at all….

In a statement repeating a familiar critique that Democrats were on a “witch hunt” over the administration’s ties with Russia, Mr. Trump offered a passing but pointed public jab at how Mr. Sessions had handled the matter. “He could have stated his response more accurately,” Mr. Trump said.

The president was irritated that Mr. Sessions did not more carefully answer the questions he was asked under oath, according to people who spoke with him. His larger frustration, however, was not with Mr. Sessions, but with whoever revealed the meetings to reporters for The Washington Post.

Mr. Trump, according to his advisers inside and outside of the White House, has felt besieged by what he regards as a mostly hostile bureaucracy, consisting in part of Democrats and people who opposed his election who are now undermining his presidency with leaks. He believes that they are behind the stories about confusion and dysfunction in his administration and, most of all, that they have made his relationship with Russia a recurring issue.

WTF did he expect after he colluded with a hostile foreign power to damage Hillary and win the election? How stupid do you have to be to think you can get away with something like that?

I also have to wonder if tRump somehow heard about this Andrea Mitchell interview with Senator Chris Coons on MSNBC, posted by Malcolm Nance:

Now the trump administration is looking for technological ways to stop all the leaks, according to Foreign Policy.

White House IT officials met with at least one private firm selling a network security system that would give administration officials control over how staffers use computers and cellphones to transmit sensitive information, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move is part of broader push by the administration to rein in leakers across the federal bureaucracy and in the White House after a string of embarrassing disclosures to the media since Trump took office, the people said.

The leaks have ranged from details of President Donald Trump wearing a bathrobe to watch late-night television, to disclosures of National Security Advisor designee Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Trump has denounced the leakers and vowed to hunt them down.

Now, the White House is searching for a high-tech solution akin to the defense systems used by companies to stop wayward employees from stealing proprietary data. The quest underscores the administration’s desire to better control the news cycle — and perhaps to quash dissent.

This guy is more paranoid than Richard Nixon. The Russian government and their puppet tRump may think the investigations of their ties are a witch hunt, but the American  public disagrees. Politico reports: Russia investigations a ‘witch hunt’? Not according to polls.

While the public still has considerable confusion about what, precisely, individuals connected to the Russian government did — and how they might have been connected to the Trump campaign — there is general consensus that whatever happened, it merits further independent investigation.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week asked Americans if they believe that Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is “too friendly” or not. A 38 percent plurality called the Trump-Putin relationship too friendly, more than the 29 percent who said it wasn’t too friendly. Nearly a third, 32 percent, didn’t have an opinion.

When it comes to the Trump-Russia issue, there are two parallel trends that should raise red flags for the White House. First, as Americans have formed opinions on the issue, it has been to Trump’s detriment. Since December, the percentage of undecided Americans on the Trump-Putin relationship has declined from 44 percent to 32 percent. At the same time, the percentage who view Trump as too friendly with the Russian leader has risen from 31 percent to 38 percent.

Moreover, while nearly two-thirds of Democrats feel Trump is too friendly with Putin, only half (52 percent) of Republicans feel he isn’t too friendly with his Russian counterpart. Independents are unsure about Trump’s relationship with Putin — but more feel they are too friendly (35 percent) than think they aren’t (27 percent).

I’ll have more links in the comment thread, and I invite you to share what you’re reading and hearing. Have a great weekend, Sky Dancers!


49 Comments on “Lazy Saturday Reads: Trump Tantrums”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    While rereading Louise Mensch’s story on the FBI FISA warrant, I came across this crazy piece about Joe Biden’s son Hunter. He’s the one who is now dating the widow of Biden’s son Beau.

    Joe Biden’s Son Accused by Ex-Wife of Bankrupting His Family With Drug and Hooker Binges

  2. bostonboomer says:

    James Wolcott on the similarities between the “alt-left” (Greenwald gang) and the “alt-right.”

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/why-the-alt-left-is-a-problem

    • dakinikat says:

      ooooooo nice!

    • janicen says:

      This is an excellent piece. I’ve been wanting to post it on FB for some of my Bernie voting (they voted HRC in the general) friends but I just don’t think they recognize themselves in any of the negative stuff about Bernie and his fans.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    The GOP is running out of excuses for refusing to “investigate” the Trump/Russian connection.

    Between the WAPO, NY Times, Kurt Eichenwald, David Cay Johnson, and Rachel Maddow the dots are being connected. You can almost predict the story they are each pursuing which not only speaks to collusion but greed when it comes the billions awaiting them in the Arctic by lifting sanctions.

    How else to account for Rex Tillerson, Paul Manafort, Wilber Ross, Carter Page, Michael Flynn and their frequent connections to the Russian ambassador? What does Trump “owe” Russia for throwing the election his way? We can understand the geopolitical policies held by Putin but what of Trump? Where there is smoke there’s fire. We need to get to the bottom swiftly before he blows the world up in a fit of pique.

    All GOP congessmen must be held accountable for letting this cancer grow. This administration is a criminal and corrupt enterprise and must be stopped.

  4. roofingbird says:

    I note that it was the Trump Tower, where this nefarious behavior reportedly occurred. You know, that place surrounded by his own security and all those foreign dignitaries, that he “encouraged” to stay, there, instead of the Marriott. Lordy, Lordy, who knows what might ge happening behind those walls. Heh.

    BB, I’ve tried to post this twice and am going for the third. I keep losing connection and can’t tell if it’s posting. Please delete the extras if they show. Thanks!

    • dakinikat says:

      There was no immediate response from Obama. But his former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, tweeted back at Trump: “No president can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you

  5. dakinikat says:

    From Peter Daou:

    1. THREAD: What we’ve learned from Trump’s explosive and unprecedented wiretapping accusations against Barack Obama.

    2. Donald Trump stunned the political world by accusing Obama of spying on him and calling him a “bad or sick guy.” THIS IS NOT NORMAL.

    3. The Trump Tower spying claim appeared in a Breitbart article the day before Trump’s tweetstorm. Did the White House leak it to them?

    4. If we go back further, Louise Mensch and others have reported on a FISA warrant to examine the Trump-Russia connection.

    5. Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes explains why Trump’s claim that “Obama had my wires tapped,” is inaccurate: “No President can order a wiretap.”

    6. NBC National security reporter Ken Dilanian says: “If it’s true there was a FISA [warrant] to get coms at Trump Tower, Trump just declassified it.”

    7. The Trump Tower tweets are HUGE. Ruth Marcus: “Big trouble for [Trump]– FISA warrant, federal judge finding probable cause for surveillance.”

    8. Trump just broke the Russia story wide open. Already at critical mass with Jeff Sessions and revelations of other Team Trump contacts with Kislyak, etc.

    9. It comes on the heels of bizarre media appearances by Carter Page trying to explain away his role in possible Trump-Russia collusion.

    10. Now, there will be a rush to pursue the many implications of the Trump Tower wiretapping accusations. FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS!

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  7. ANonOMouse says:

    BB…..Glad you got your filter and that it’s helping. It will also help when everything outdoors begins to bloom. And I hope they get the man out quickly. He’s both a health hazard and a fire hazard.

    Good post today. trumps pants are totally on fire now.

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  9. dakinikat says:

    You know. Stuff is just happening so fast with all this shit it’s hard to keep up with it all. Trump is like the cause and the catalyst. Really strange!!!

  10. bostonboomer says:

    This is horrible from the LA Times:

    Deportation of grandmother leaves a San Diego military family reeling

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-grandmother-deportation-20170304-story.html

    • NW Luna says:

      That’s awful. She’s the kind of person who makes America a great country already — hardworking, loves and cares for her family. tRump is destroying America.

    • janicen says:

      Of all of the horrors of this administration, the treatment of immigrants is the thing that stresses me out the most. It’s sickening.

  11. NW Luna says:

    BB, glad to hear the filter is helping, and that the process is really underway to get that tenant out for his repeated lease-breaking and damaging the health of the other tenants. Hope it’s fast.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    A post from someone who read through all the texts on Manafort’s daughter’s hacked cell phone. It seems he has a young mistress.

    https://krypt3ia.wordpress.com/

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    “That’s your hand? Here’s mine. Now your move!”

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    • NW Luna says:

      Pure coincidence that 8 Russians connected with tRump and his henchmen’s shady dealings have died. Nothing to see here; move along. /s

      • Earlynerd says:

        Next will be Kislyak hammering on the State Department’s doors, demanding asylum à la John le Carré.

  19. ANonOMouse says:

    Trump spending 3 million dollars for his weekend jaunts to Mar-a-Lago. Says he’s cutting down employees at State Dept and other agencies to save money. Yet he spends 3 million dollars of our money to play golf every weekend.

    This is also the same guy who body shames women. On a scale of 1-10, trump is a -75

    Better get your golfing in ASAP Shoney’s big boy, you might be paying a little trip to Levenworth

  20. NW Luna says:

    So groundless attacks are seen as strength by tRump’s base? What a strange way of thinking. No wonder we can’t understand them.

    Garry Kasparov‏Verified account @Kasparov63 16m16 minutes ago

    The tradition of going after one’s predecessor in power is very familiar to anyone from an authoritarian regime. Purges, scapegoating, etc.

    Garry Kasparov‏Verified account @Kasparov63 5m5 minutes ago
    I warned Trump would never stop “running” against Obama (& Hillary) personally, not on policy. He needs big enemies & it riles his base.

    Garry Kasparov‏Verified account @Kasparov63
    It also fits the usual strongman pattern of never apologizing or defending, only attacking. Looks desperate to most, but base sees strength.

    • jane says:

      no, no, no that is what bullies do on playgrounds. And they always look around to see the guys who are watching. Voldemort just has a bigger audience via twitter. Bullies and Hitler, what a great role mode for a president of the US. (sarcasm)

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    • bostonboomer says:

      If there was a FISA warrant to intercept calls from or to Trump Tower, the target would have been Russians or people associated with Russia–some of whom live at Trump Tower. The targets wouldn’t have been Trump or his gang, but if they talked to Russians, their call would have been picked up incidentally. Clapper said he knew of no such FISA warrant directed toward Trump people, not that there was no FISA warrant to investigate Russians.

      I hope that makes sense.

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