Trump Damage Report – 10/4/2017
Jared’s ethics fined again, monopoly guy photobomb, Trump’s snowflake eyes, walking back the rambling, bump stock ban, if Paddock were a Muslim, enduring the pain, Rexxit’s moron talk, ICE struggles to malign immigrants, and buying off the charges. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.
- Recipient of unending nepotism, Jared Kushner was fine again for a late ethics form, as well as the unqualified daughter of the Supreme Leader, Ivanka, McClatchy reports.
- Someone dressed like the monopoly guy is photobombing the Senate’s Equifax hearing, CNBC reports. It is drop-dead hilarious. Shout-outs to Billionaires for Bush and Trillionaires for Trump!
- Manafort’s son-in-law has accused him of misleading the court in a bankruptcy legal tussle, Talking Points Memo reports. Any lead is worth a follow in the unfolding Russia scandal saga.
- What Trump saw, and didn’t see, in Puerto Rico: a report by The Washington Post. His sensitive snowflake eyes were spared the devastation. Trump can’t stand the sight of blood, or dirty things, or suffering – so he insists on not being shown any of that. Instead, he was kept to a wealthy neighborhood in San Juan.
- The Trump administration is walking back Trump’s rambling comments on forgiving Puerto Rico’s debt as his owners on Wall Street reel, Politico reports. Trump is not so good with the word talking English thing.
- According to an Associated Press poll, Trump gets staggeringly low marks for his response to Puerto Rico, ABC News reports. Just 32 percent approve of his handling, and those people are wrong.
- The Trump Dossier on Russia is now part of the special counselor’s probe, Reuters reports. So, Russian hookers and money laundering is fairly close behind.
- The former Australia deputy prime minister weighed in on our most recent massacre and passing gun control, saying: “The results speak for themselves.”, Vox reports. Australia hasn’t had a single mass shooting since implementing their gun laws.
- Key GOP senators are open to a “bump stock” ban, Politico reports. The device is used to turn a standard weapon into a fully-automatic firearm. The NRA opposes any gun regulation at all, and will fight tooth and nail to ensure the maximum capability of Americans to get slaughtered in mass shootings.
- If only Stephen Paddock were a Muslim, Freidman opines in a scathing op-ed at The New York Times. If he were, Congress and Trump might well be acting in the interest of America to protect us against the insane availability of weapons of mass slaughter. But alas, he is a white guy.
- NBC News reports that Tillerson’s fury at Trump required an intervention from Mike Pence. Tillerson also called Trump a moron, which is frankly a huge insult to self-respecting morons.
- Captain Planet villain and Trump’s Secretary of State today denied that he was going to resign, or that he called Trump a “moron”, The Atlantic reports. He gave a press conference about it, in which he looked and spoke like a man in a hostage video trying to send a coded message.
- Trump avoided all talk of gun policy during his speech today, telling Las Vegas shooting survivors that “We will endure the pain together”, USA Today reports. We will endure it again, and again, and again. Because America now suffers a mass shooting every 21 hours thanks to the NRA and spineless Republicans.
- Furious Republicans are working hard to try and make the Trump Russia scandal disappear, The Washington Post reports.
- Massive amounts of fake news have been proliferating about Puerto Rico, and the response to the disaster there – and PolitiFact takes apart some of the more egregious items that Trump and Trump supporters have been spreading.
- Internal emails at ICE show the agency is struggling to substantiate Trump’s lies about how evil and nasty immigrants are, The Intercept reports. Trump relies on nativist support as much as he does authoritarians and dicks.
- The Trumps likely bribed their way out of prosecution for fraud, The New Republic reports. Uday and Complicity Trump had a lawyer make a donation, after which the charges were conveniently dropped.