Trump Damage Report – 10/3/2017
Russia invited you to like their page, Pruitt’s full schedule, tattler line, Equifax helping the IRS, tax plan speed bump, purging anti-Trump, pre-emptive pardon concern, NRA whores, what Puerto Rico owes, no action from Congress, and the “lone wolf” privilege. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.
- Russian operatives jockeying for Trump took a page from corporate America by using Facebook tools to ID and influence voters, The Washington Post reports. The United States has changed it’s election status to: It’s Complicated.
- Scott “Hexxus” Pruitt, the pollution demon who currently heads up Trump’s EPA has a calendar filled with industry meetings and trips home, The New York Times reports. On your dime.
- This is what it looks like when the head of state asks citizens to spy on one another, Splinter reports. Trump opened up the “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement” hotline for people to report on the
JewishMexican/Muslim menace in the United States. Hundreds have used it to lodge secret accusations, and were available publicly.
- Trump’s IRS has awarded a multimillion-dollar fraud prevention contract to Equifax, Politico reports. Equifax recently breached little more than half of the entirety of the credit histories and personally identifying information of all United States citizens.
- The Trump tax plan is already hitting speed bumps, Bloomberg reports. The trickle-down throwback plan offers cuts of trillions of dollars to the wealthiest aristocrats in America.
- Pence’s chief of staff is floating the idea of purging anti-Trump Republicans to wealthy donors, Politico reports. Purging of political enemies is one of the classic hallmarks of an authoritarian regime.
- Mueller is tasking an adviser with getting ahead of pre-emptive pardons Trump may issue, Bloomberg reports. The objective here is to render findings of the investigation powerful enough to travel downwards to the states and render any finding effective beyond simply the federal level, where Trump can issue pardons for crimes he or his people commit.
- Jared Kushner’s personal email has been moved to Trump Organization computers amid public scrutiny, USA Today reports. Lock him up? Lock him up.
- Trump’s lapdog Paul Ryan personally asked the Trump administration to reconsider ousting Price, Politico reports. Trump’s HHS Secretary billed American taxpayers millions for private flights, and had to resign.
- Puerto Rico hasn’t updated the Hurricane Maria death toll in 6 days, Vox reports. That’s a massive sign that the island is crippled with dysfunction and the toll has gotten significantly larger.
- NRA Whore Mitch McConnell swatted away talk of gun control today, Politico reports. He said it was “premature to consider discussing legislative solutions, if there are any.” What occurred does not occur in other developed nations. We could ask them, but that would require Republicans growing a spine.
- Jimmy Kimmel offered some poignant thoughts on the mass shooting in Las Vegas. You should watch it, if you haven’t.
- President Bannon has warned that it would be the “end of everything” if Trump supports gun controls, Axios reports. He won’t. Doing so would mean saving lives.
- John Oliver called out the “Horribly Racist” Trump, before catching him in a gigantic lie, Yahoo News reports.
- The Intercepts offers a piece on the white privilege of the “lone wolf” shooter. When the mass shooter is Muslim, he’s a terrorist. When the mass shooter is black, he’s a thug. When the mass shooter is white, he’s just a mentally deranged “lone wolf”.
- Trump’s pick for EPA safety chief argued that kids are less sensitive to toxins, The Intercept reports.
- Trump, who has spent most of his time being super-lazy and golfing, says that Puerto Ricans “have to give us more help”, The Hill reports.
- In fact, he bragged about relief efforts while blaming Puerto Ricans, again, Mother Jones reports.
- Trump also said that the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico isn’t a “real catastrophe” like Katrina, Vox reports.
- 477 days, 521 mass shootings, zero action from Congress, The New York Times reports. Trump and the Republicans are indifferent to the slaughter. Thoughts and prayers are all they have.
- The world’s second richest man says that eliminating the estate tax would be a “terrible mistake”, CNBC reports. Nevertheless, Trump wants to eliminate the estate tax – the tax on inheritance for the extremely wealthy.