Trump Damage Report – 6/13/2017
I heart Russia, rationality, chicken entrails, Realtors Anonymous, Mueller mullings, Warriors come out and plaaaa-aaay, Sessions testif-I-say-testi-I-say-testificates… testifies!, harshing Trumpcare, a private Pyongyang, and full-blown authoritarianism. All this and way more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Tuesday, June 13th, 2017.
- Russian spymaster Sergey Kislyak is trying to repair the damage to frayed relations between Russia and the United States, hosting DC insiders today at the embassy with “I love Russia” signs, Politico reports. The number of Trump officials that attended and then promptly forgot is, at this moment, uncertain.
- What stops Trumpist Republicans from behaving rationally? The Washington Post asks. Well, for the most part, a lack of principle. Secondarily, internal bargaining and hedging of bets.
- A Trumpist Republican representative breaks a chicken’s neck on camera and begins to gut it as he discuss his anti-woman, anti-abortion bill, HuffPost reports. Nothing says classy like fundamentalist legislation coupled with chicken entrails!
- Most Trump real estate is now sold to anonymous buyers, USA Today reports. Secretive shell companies are obscuring buyers’ identities in order to prevent anyone knowing who is funneling money into Trump’s personal coffers in an effort to curry favor.
- What happens if Trump fires special counsel Mueller, who was brought on to investigate Trump after Trump fired the FBI Director who was investigating him? Lawfare takes a deep dive into the potential consequences. Long story short; the outcome is not good.
- The Golden State Warriors are (by most accounts) skipping a visit with Trump after winning the NBA Finals championship, AJC reports.
- Why did Jeff “Ominous Banjo Music” Sessions really meet with Sergey Kislyak?, The Atlantic asks. Trump’s current attorney general says he was acting as a senator, but he was actually representing the Trump team.
- Trump’s personal lawyer, the one who gave us “Predisent” in his opening statement, boasted that he got US Attorney (previously investigating Trump) Preet Bharara fired, ProPublica reports.
- Russia’s cyberattacks against American elections systems were more widespread than we ever possibly imagined. 39 states were attacked AND breached by Russian cyber agents, Bloomberg reports.
- A federal actuary has reported that there will be 13 million more uninsured under the current iteration of the GOP Obamacare repeal package, Trumpcare, Politico reports.
- In fact, it is so bad, that Trump himself has knocked the health care bill as too harsh, Politico continues in a separate article. You know it’s bad it if has Twitler in a tizzy. Though, if you asked him again, the response could change. He loves it! He hates hit. He thinks you are lying about whatever it is you are saying he is saying it is.
- Senate Republicans are cracking down on access by the free press, The Hill reports. Journalists are no longer allowed to film or record audio of interviews in nation’s Capitol. I don’t have anything witty to say about this.
- Uday, Qusay, and Complicity Trump are all complaining about the viciousness of politics, and irony is apparently dead, according to an article by The Washington Post. Low Energy Jeb, Lyin’ Ted, and Lil’ Marco could not be reached for comment, nor could Crooked Hillary.
- Mother Jones tells us that the GOP is so terrified of the political result of their own healthcare bill that they are refusing to release any details of the proposal.
- Trump’s tweets are now considered part of the official statements of the executive branch, and judges are citing them in rulings against him, Time reports.
- The most popular politician in America today, according to a recent poll, is Bernie Sanders – even among Republicans, The Hill reports. The least popular is President Steve Bannon.
- Meanwhile, Trump’s disapproval rating has hit a record, whopping 60 percent.
- If Trump does in fact fire the special counsel and tilts into full-blown authoritarianism, do not expect Republicans in Congress to step up, according to a deeply troubling report by The Washington Post.
- Kruggers at the New York Times opines on the horrific scene yesterday, when Trump cabinet members spoke one at a time to offer praise in adulation and bordering on open prayer to Trump. Krugman offers that this now constitutes Trump’s own, private Pyongyang. Excepting that, North Korea had the wherewithal to and scientific temerity to sign the Paris Agreement.
- John McCain is worried over the massive drop in popularity of Trump and the Republicans who are going along with him, saying “I’m very worried we’re going to lose the House.”, Politico reports. Oh honey, pookie, darling, sweety, you’re going to lose so much more than the House. The Senate, a baker’s dozen state legislatures and governor’s mansions, a few of your billionaire donors…
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF JUNE 13TH 2017: $162,621,714.36
Above all, and as always, stay vigilant.