OLD JOE & THE JERK

Pure American Political Graffiti

Most Americans have an aversion to the political season. Every four years it disrupts our lives, goes on far too long and the bombardment of TV spots, direct mail and information overload makes it seem like a giant circus has come to town. Of course, the political process also produces a lot of horse and elephant shit that no one cleans up. I am glad the debates are over, and we are coming to the end of this insanity.

There was no winner at last night’s debate. The Democrats are saying Biden won while Trump followers say their man really landed some punches. All that aside, what we clearly saw last night were the differences between old Joe Biden and the jerk we’ve come to hate, Donald John Trump. Like any two characters in a movie, both are flawed. One is harmlessly competent, while the other is dangerous to our democracy.

Trump is always on defense when it comes to race, racism and racist rhetoric. We heard Joe Biden distance himself from bad decisions of the past. He knows and admits he was wrong in his handling of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing. Biden was a major force in the passing of the 1994 crime bill, and he’s played straight regarding its impact on African American men. In the past Joe has said, “There’s another part of my long record that’s being grossly misrepresented: the 1994 crime bill.” Last night, however, he was noticeably direct when saying it was a mistake. That has meaning in a historical context. When looking back at the impact of Ronald Reagan’s policies and executive orders on people of color, you would think Reagan was working for the Klan.

Perhaps Donald Trump’s most unbelievable line during the debate was his repeated statement of, “I am the least racist person in this whole room.” It’s a declaration not only impossible to prove, but nonsensical to any thinking individual. It reminds me of the disingenuous lie often said by a person accused of being a racist, “I am not a racist; some of my best friends are Black.” I have no doubt that Trump is a racist. Here’s an excerpt of a TIME magazine article, “In interviews over the years, Trump has credited his genes for everything from his health to his success, and he’s noted that his children and grandchildren will benefit from them as well.” Once you go down this path, you fall into the trap of what was once known as eugenics, a misguided medical movement of the early 1900s.

This extremely flawed theory was based on the work of British scientist Francis Galton, who concluded that superior intelligence and abilities were inherited. He coined the term “eugenics,” meaning “well born.” Galton theorized that humanity could be improved by encouraging the fittest members of society to have more children. If this sounds a bit like Nazi thinking, you would be right. Trump’s father Fred also believed this to be true, and he taught his kids that they were better than any Black person. My source is the excellent book written by Mary L. Trump, Donald’s niece. You should read it.

Joe Biden is not a racist. He’s just an old man who has experienced the pain of personal loss throughout much of his life. As a political operative, he had an ability to move things forward by bringing both sides together on many issues. I doubt that many of the idiots currently in Congress can be moved off their hidden racist agendas, partisan political dogmas and sick use of power, but, hey, let’s give old Joe a try. What we have now is clearly not working.

Donald Trump is a limited human being, at best. He’s like the game show host who has been parroting the intro line and explanation of how “we play the game” rap which has grown tired, cold and perfunctory over the years. Donald’s endless, repetitive babble leads to the same conclusion; he really doesn’t know what the hell he is doing. He used the debate insult that Obama and Biden built the cages, but no one swings the retaliatory bat with “But, Mr. President, you put the kids in them.” Trump brags about his record on immigration and claims the kids who were separated from their mothers and fathers are being treated very well. REALLY?

Biden landed a good debate punch with this, “I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life. I have released 22 years of tax returns. You have not released a single year. What are you hiding?” Yes, good question, what is Trump hiding? Few voters care about Hunter Biden. He’s just another offspring, cashing in, like Trump’s kids who aren’t talented, smart or exceptional; they are just Trumps.

Even with new debate rules in place, the Donald interrupted and tried to throw old Joe Biden off the trail, but we aren’t voting for a debate winner. We need a political resolver and uniter. Can Biden unite us? Will Biden unite us? Probably not, but Trump had his damn chance and failed miserably. So much for the myth that we needed a “really good businessman” to run the government. If that was the goal, we should have elected Mitt Romney, who is a great and wealthy entrepreneur. Trump has never been a good businessperson, as the whole world will learn when his tax returns eventually become known.

BusinessInsider.com had this to say about the virus policies of our government, “Upwards of 130,000 coronavirus deaths were ‘avoidable’ if President Donald Trump and his administration had acted sooner and implemented widespread public health precautions, according to a new Columbia University report released on Wednesday (10-21-2020).” The Columbia research is probably correct. Trump cannot defend his conduct related to this pandemic.

Trump stated that the virus is not his fault, and he graciously informed us it’s also not Joe Biden’s fault. Trump blames China and cannot understand why they didn’t stop its spread. His statement about COVID-19 containment proves the Donald has no idea what he’s talking about. If China failed to keep it from “getting out” of their country, then the Trump administration did a morally indefensible, hideous, blatantly incompetent job of controlling its spread across this land. Biden kept reminding us how bad the crisis is, while Trump made fun of Joe in his basement. Comic criticism of Joe Biden’s self-quarantine and mask wearing plays to the hard core Trumpers who deny climate change and the danger of this deadly virus, but most people think Biden should wear a mask. He’s an old guy.

Few of us have ever attained a no-cut, four-year, $400,000 contract to run anything, let alone the United States. Now think about this. Some say Uncle Joe is too old, but let’s not forget Trump promised to hire “expert people” to surround and help him. Remember that line, “Only the best people!” Well, he hired all the wrong people. More than 80 folks have left his administration and, oh yeah, some of them are in jail. One almost put a gun into his mouth to get away from Trump.

The real difference between Trump and Biden is simple. Biden will truly hire the best people. We need Joe only to get us through the next four years, repair Trump’s damage and truly make America great again. Make no mistake, that is exactly what he will do. There’s no reason to debate it.

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BLACK FLIES MATTER

Trump Puppet Pence Attacks and Attracts

Vice Presidential debates are fun events that usually have no bearing on the outcome of a presidential election. People are far more interested in the candidates for president, although this year the VP debates gave us a chance to see the “next in line” of two presidential candidates who are over 74 years of age.

There are many great quotes about the position of Vice President, like this one from our 32nd Vice President John Nance Garner, the position is “not worth a bucket of warm piss” and “the worst damn fool mistake I ever made.” If you’ve never heard his name, I guess he was right. And who can forget this Johnny Carson line, “Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.” That’s funny, unless you happen to be the Vice President.

The vice presidency became more than an interim position on the way to the Oval Office when aggressive people like Dick Cheney and, I will add, Joe Biden used the unwritten power to get their way. Biden handled the recovery for his boss Barack Obama after the 2008 financial crisis, while Dick Cheney managed to trick George W. Bush into a war. The VP is also the president of the Senate, which gives them little work but much importance when a vote is tied. They get to break the tie.

Fly on the Veep

In last night’s debate, Mike Pence donned the same bully cloak Donald Trump wore in his debate with Biden. Pence seemed more polite but, as we say in radio, he is a real MIC HOG. There was only one debate participant that understood the two-minute limit, and that was THE FLY on Mike Pence’s head. Surely you heard about, or saw, a rather large, black fly land on Pence’s bright, white head. It stayed on camera for a full two-minutes.

When I was a kid, I spent some time on a farm and one of the gross realities is that where there is cow crap, there are flies. I’m sure all the bull crap that flew out of the Vice President’s mouth last night attracted that insect to him. Let’s face it, the nation saw a black-on-white crime, but I was disappointed that Senator Kamala Harris didn’t point it out on live TV. Maybe those plexiglass shields kept her from seeing the fly on the wall, I mean head.

The Pence attack on Biden related to the mysterious swine flu breakout was patently lame and predictable. In case you forgot, the US faced a swine flu global pandemic in 2009-2010; they always last at least two years. The World Health Organization and our CDC estimated the US toll at 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths. The indecipherable, illogical claim of Donald Trump is that if Obama were president during the COVID pandemic, there would have been millions killed. Of course, our Idiot in Chief and his Vice Puppet Pence provide no evidence or reasoning for this inane claim.

The President’s bleat of “Don’t fear the virus,” coupled with his claim that 12,469 American swine flu deaths was a total failure, makes the 211,000 COVID deaths a catastrophe of epic proportions. Trump’s claim that the seasonal flu kills just as many people as the coronavirus is false information which also undermines his misrepresentation that the Obama / Biden team did a bad job.

I hate to be dogmatic, but if we had only12,000 or even 30,000 coronavirus deaths, I would say that Trump did a good job, but we are currently above 211,000. Trump and Pence have been blind, deaf and dumb on the global pandemic. The term “unhinged” doesn’t even begin to describe the stupidity and ignorance our “leaders” dish out.

So, do we want more derangement, unbalance, witlessness and idiocy for another four years, or have we had enough? The morning after the Pence / Harris debate, the big, orange pumpkin went on Fox News and called Kamala Harris a “monster” and a “communist.” Really? Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder and his mind addled with the effects of dexamethasone, a steroid we took to cram for finals in college, is pushing the Trump train off the rails.

Harris must have gotten under the Donald’s skin last night because he’s spending lots of time, energy and political capital attacking her. Trump is now threatening that he’s going back on the campaign trail! Really? Until the President’s doctor releases all the results of his COVID tests, no one should go near the man. And until Trump releases his tax returns, no one should vote for him.

This just in, according to NBC News, “President Donald Trump required personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to sign nondisclosure agreements last year before they could be involved with treating him.” Really, don’t they work for the taxpayers?

We know that Pence is a religious zealot saddled with the usual trappings of signs from a higher power. So, consider this. The best-known mythological spirit associated with the negative symbolism of flies, is Beelzebub. A popular nickname for this devil is “lord of flies,” and he can be depicted both in human form as a fallen angel or as a demonic-appearing fly. My best suggestion to Mike Pence is head to church now, and Karen Pence, get thee to a nunnery!

Former Trump Fan

Mike Pence wants to tell you, especially you women, that he knows what’s best for you. He wants to control your mind and your body. He wants to dictate to America his draconian values and his perversions of freedom. He’s the same person who didn’t let women vote for 144 years, who kept Africans as slaves for centuries and who now is actively endorsing voter suppression to demolish our democracy.

The destruction has begun, but we have time for us to fix this. The fly can lay its eggs in the field of white privilege, but we can clean them up and move on. It’s time to throw these bums out of office along with the incompetent grifters they have put in place. This is my delete list for Biden. William Barr, fire and investigate. Mike Pompeo, replace and investigate. Stephen Miller, dismiss with a swift kick in the pants. Dr. Scott Atlas, cast out with a request that his medical license be revoked. Louis DeJoy, fire, investigate, arrest and charge. Betsy De Vos, fire and ban from all public schools for life. Finally, we come to Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Time will confirm, but Pence has so much Trump stink on him that he’s forever ruined in politics. As for Trump, let the Southern District of New York determine his crimes. The good news is that Biden will NEVER pardon him.

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GET OUT OF THE WAY

We Have a Broken Leader, Next

Ted Turner, the former chief of CNN in Atlanta, had a sign on his desk with a direct and clear message, “Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way.” I worked for Mr. Turner as a consultant for a short time and I can verify that if an employee didn’t effectively lead or follow, they would soon be out of the way. My favorite Ted Turner story is about a radio station he owned in Chattanooga.

His Tennessee property had just done something that few AM radio stations were able to achieve back then, a giant ratings turnaround with a music format. It was more than just a holiday party that year, it was a grand celebration of their success. Big Boss Ted Turner commissioned a limo for transportation to the party. At the end of the festivities, just before Ted was to leave, he stood and announced, “Okay, ah, great job, but you know AM radio is going to be all news, not music. So, in the new year, we will change the format to All News, all day every day. Some of you will be able to stay, but we are going to go where the audience is going and there will be changes. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” Then he walked out of the room.

Ted Turner

Ted Turner did not have a good bedside manner, but he was successful despite his crazy, impetuous and uncaring ways. He always focused on the prize and understood that if it all went bust it was just money. In 1963, when Ted was only 24, his father committed suicide and the young man was put in charge of an outdoor advertising company that was on the edge of bankruptcy. He turned it around. I mean, come on, his last name is TURNER.

Ted taught me to simply look at something, come up with an idea, then do it. It’s the concept that made him a billionaire, a real billionaire. Turner owns two million acres of land in the USA, and only one individual possesses more, John Malone who bought the Atlanta Braves from Ted Turner. Smart rich people know that American land is more valuable than branding hotels under marketing deals.

Donald Trump needs to get out of the way. Let me quickly mention a few things that prove this man is not good at what he does. First, in international relationships and foreign policy, Trump is a total failure. Our allies don’t trust us, and even though the Donald brags about his great relationships with Presidents Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin and Chairman Kim Jong-un, those brutal leaders do whatever they want. They have walked all over Trump and his lack of action has weakened our nation.

Next, I’ll mention trade. Trump has not fully completed a deal with China and the reworked agreement with the North American partners is just a sanded down version of NAFTA. Yes, the agreement needs to be updated, but the final work will produce little change. By the way, that’s not bad. NAFTA was unfair only to those not benefitting from it. Sure, you can help a cheese producer, but the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement hasn’t propelled jobs here, especially now with a raging pandemic. I’ll also add that in the last two weeks about 3,500 US companies, including Tesla Incorporated, the Ford Motor Company, the Target Corporation, the Walgreens Company and Home Depot have sued the Trump administration over the imposition of tariffs on more than $300 billion of Chinese-made goods. They are claiming the application of the tariffs was a capricious move without their counsel or input. In fact, the legal briefs of these major companies claim that Trump’s moves have hurt US owned companies. Thanks, Don.

Let’s look at domestic polices and economics. Even before COVID-19 changed our lives, US Treasury funds were depleted by Trump’s colossal increase of the national debt and tax cuts for corporations and rich people. Great for the fat cats, but not so great for us common folk. Trump’s mad cow reasoning is based on his belief that any process or agency without a cash flow should be eliminated. He has no idea what the untold number of American bureaus do. The hurt he’s inflicted on the US Postal Service is just the tip of that iceberg. American taxpayers have already paid for these “services” and we demand to be served. The 45th President is driving our country into bankruptcy just like he did with his companies. Mr. President, America will not be bailed out by Russia.

Trump has created multiple myths that divide the nation, and he uses fear as his prime governing mechanism. When people are afraid, they usually don’t think clearly. Trump, like George Wallace and other racist politicians, keeps warning that the Black man is coming to take over the suburbs. Trump’s words are simply a repackaging of the pro-segregation policies of Wallace, or racist “Dixiecrat” James Strom Thurmond Sr. We have a xenophobic racist sitting at the Resolute Desk. Shameful!

George Wallace & Strom Thurmond

Here’s a Trump tweet that bulldozed a large divide between Americans, “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood…Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!” Trump could just as easily have written, “Hey, I just signed an order to keep Blacks and poor white trash out of your neighborhood. You should kiss my ass for increasing the value of your properties! YAY for me, I’m keeping the scum out of your suburbs.” Trump supporters would condemn any pushback from more lucid minds by saying, “Oh, you’re being unfair to ‘our’ President.” Many neo-Nazis and others on the far right would say, “Good job, Adolf!”

Trump has clearly made the American impact of the global pandemic a deep crisis. His tardy responses and inaction have helped kill our citizens. Oh, first you divide me then you try to kill me. I cannot understand why Donald John Trump is continuing to hold large rallies where people are exposed to COVID-19. Doesn’t he realize he’s going to kill his own voters, or does he simply not care? It’s probably both, and that is not only sad, it’s dangerous.

Even when he was asked to deny the far-right radical Proud Boys any more oxygen than he’s already given them, Donald Trump claims to know nothing about them. I must ask, WHY NOT? Your FBI Director has said they are a domestic terrorist threat, but you haven’t taken the time to know them and understand the threat they pose? What a SCHMUCK!

The one person who needs to stand down and shut up is Donald Trump. He’s not leading; he’s clearly following Putin’s playbook. Donald Trump needs to get the fuck out of the way. Let the COVID task force handle the pandemic. Let the state governors do that they were elected to do, lead their states. Stop threatening school districts and local government with defunding and lawsuits. And for God’s sake do not take healthcare services and insurance away millions of Americans during the most severe health crises we’ve faced in our lifetimes. Who are you Donald Trump, Joseph Stalin?

LET’S VOTE HIM OUT, then investigate him.

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GET RID OF THE BALLOTS

Trump Controls Nothing

I think our current president’s only daily goal is getting people to talk about him on TV. Then again, it could be that the man simply can’t stop constantly lying. He doesn’t even realize how angry he makes most people in this country. President Publicity Whore shows his true colors every day. At best, he’s a racist race baiter. At worst, he’s an agent of Russia. Everything he’s done is straight out of the Putin playbook.

There is a solid stream of evidence that Fred Trump, Donald’s father, and the Donald himself cheated and lied their way through bountiful deals in the New York real estate market. Applying those approaches to government means someone loses, and that someone is the taxpayer. There are too many odd accounting methods, movements of funds and unexplained shifts in procedures that suggest money is flowing from the US Treasury into the coffers of the Trump Organization. Make no mistake about it, Donald Trump still owns all the companies making up that conglomerate.

Trump’s new Election Day plot involves launching multiple federal lawsuits in “blue” states to have the court declare that all the ballots must be counted on November 3rd, 2020. Not sure why a Law & Order guy like the Donald would not want to count all the ballots? Trump says any ballots not counted before the end of that day should be thrown out. Really, people, pay attention!

I have always believed that voter suppression is just another name for racism. The fact that this evil activity was born during reconstruction after the Civil War gives my opinion great credibility. Georgia’s Secretary of State back then, Brian Kemp, took many African American citizens off the voter rolls. Let’s remember that Mr. Kemp won an election against Stacey Abrams, a Black woman. He oversaw the election but never recused himself because of this serious conflict-of-interest. Say hello to the “new south,” just like the old south.

All secretaries of state swear an oath to not only protect the US Constitution but also their state constitutions. They know that engaging in a conspiracy against voting privileges, or deprivation of the constitutional rights of any citizen (18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 242), could get them a ten-year sentence. It’s a felony to “conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” any person in the free exercise of any right or privilege secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Throwing out ballots or not making every possible effort to count each legally cast vote is a Federal offense. Any worthy secretary of state would probably not want to throw an election, lest they end up in prison alongside Trump.

The argument about why the Supreme Court got involved in the 2001 election fracas between Bush and Gore could go on forever. Some believe the high court should never have gotten involved in a state election procedure, while others would gladly see states’ rights trampled to get their person in the White House. Once again, Trump is baiting the trap and encouraging election officials to commit a felony. He is building a case that mail-in, absentee and other types of non-polling place votes are fraudulent, even though that is how he votes. Could his own ballot be thrown out? Signature verification?

What we really need is a new government. The smoke screen of Trump saying he will not comply with the “peaceful transfer of power” is total bullshit. Why would Donald Trump want his final official photo showing him being escorted out of the People’s House by armed militia? If the US Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court ordained the final vote count, the presidency of Donald John Trump would end. Yes, it’s never been done before but now would be a great time to start!

Deep in my heart I believe that if Trump stole the election millions of Americans would march on Washington to show the world that we are better than Belarus. Even Republican Senator Mitt Romney responded with this tweet, “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.” Romney’s just another stupid politician, giving Trump a Supreme Court pick yesterday and rattling his sword today. I think Romney fears Trump, knowing for certain that the fat, orange pumpkin will cheat on the election.

What if all the Republicans in Congress just went along with Trump? That could mean that Trump’s legal actions could put their election results in jeopardy as well.

What this President is trying to do is unconscionable, especially during a pandemic. He wants to suppress the vote and cast doubt on the process by claiming it’s rigged. What a revolting plot against America by a sitting president. Putin got just want he wanted with Donald Trump. Promoting peaceful transitions is patriotic. Trump’s plan proves him to be a traitor to America and our principles of democracy.

Trump cares about nothing other than winning. He will continue to lie, distort and denigrate, even going so far as trashing the Constitution and luring state leaders into committing crimes against America. This president is nothing less than a bully who needs a good, swift kick in those big, baggy pants or, as he said, “a good smack in the face.”

The only thing Trump has in his direct control is the news cycle. He’s become worse and worse, and I can imagine his final act will be destroying all the puzzle pieces on the table. America has been constructing this great, experimental jigsaw puzzle called democracy for more than 240 years, and our sack of shit president would gladly obliterate what we’ve accomplished rather than admit defeat.

In the early days of America, when city elections were controlled by mob and/or union bosses, it wasn’t unusual for boxes of hidden ballots to be found months after an election was held. We have worked hard to get organized crime and zealous criminal politicians out of the election process. The amount of voter fraud is so little and Trump’s efforts to make daily headlines based on charges of voting improprieties is a smoke screen. The polls indicate that he’s going to lose, so he is offering blame in advance of his potential loss. He calls voting by mail a “hoax” and a “scam” by Democrats. It’s funny that when he’s winning the processes are fine, but when he’s losing, he tries to find a way for all of us to lose. I can’t wait until this guy is as far as possible away from any institution that involves people unless that institution is located behind iron bars. I do not wish Trump well.

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TRUMP: TWO-FACED LYING LIZARD

“We have it totally under control”

I hate to be writing this on the anniversary of the deadliest attack on our country, which took place on September 11, 2001, but we are being attacked again. Sadly, the guy in charge does not understand the gravity of the global pandemic. He would rather just ignore it. The American COVID-19 death toll has exceeded 191,000 over the last seven months, which is the numerical equivalent of sixty-four 9-11 attacks. We know that lack of communication and a failed airport security system lead to our vulnerabilities and deaths on that fateful day in 2001. Now we have learned another major piece of the coronavirus story, and it’s not pretty. We can easily apply “the deer in the headlights” metaphor to Donald John Trump. He’s damaged goods.

Most caring Americans have heard the tapes of famed journalist and author Bob Woodward as he interviewed the 45th President of the United States. Trump comes across much differently in those recorded discussions when compared with what he has been telling us. We now have confirmation that Donald Trump is two-faced, meaning he’s insincere and acts one way in certain situations and in contrary ways in other circumstances. Trump has been lying, distorting and misleading America about the coronavirus from the very beginning. On one hand, it’s been a cover-up, and on another, fraudulent application of public health and safety information.

Caught Red-Handed in Lie

You should read the transcripts of the interviews. On February 7, 2020, Trump said that he had confidence that China’s president, Xi Jinping, had the disease under control, but added ominously, “It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. … And so, that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than your—you know, your, even your strenuous flus. You know, people don’t realize, we lose 25,000, 30,000 people a year here. Pretty amazing. This is more deadly. This is 5 per—you know, this is 5 percent versus 1 percent and less than 1 percent. You know? So, this is deadly stuff.”

On the 27th of February, Trump said on national TV, “View this the same as the flu and treat this like you treat the flu.” I could ramble on and on about what the Donald has told us about the COVID-19 crisis and how all of them run contrary to facts, but the simple truth is that he lied, and lied, again and again. Trevor Noah of The Daily Show said, “The good news is that he wasn’t being stupid, he did comprehend how dangerous the coronavirus was. But the terrible news, the President of the United States lied about it over and over.”  And I will add, killed people.

Trump cannot even control the messaging of his administration about the worst pandemic in 100 years, so how in the hell could his team possibly have a virus under control? I was angry on 9-11 because people in our government had forgotten to consider possibilities. We learned later that agency rivalries and wretched communication lead to that atrocious assault on our nation. How many Pearl Harbors or 9-11s must we suffer before we grasp the importance of paying attention to intelligence and planning? Trump’s malfeasance in the handling of the COVID-19 global pandemic is equal to the deadly tragedies of December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. This President has the blood of American victims on his hands.

Donald Trump’s main excuse for lying is he wanted to keep people from panicking. Well, that was the same lame reason the government offered for not releasing its research on UFOs. You know, better not scare the kids. However, no one we know about has died from a UFO encounter.

Us Americans want to believe our government will provide support when we need it. Many people in power have complained about the government, even when they ran it. I was amused by Ronald Reagan’s open negativity toward “big government,” when he was mainly responsible for its expansion. Trump wants us to believe in him, not the institutions around him. It’s an out-of-body experience for the guy in the Oval Office to complain about so many things while also saying we should reelect him because he is the only one who can fix them. Huh?

If this so-called Law & Order administration thinks that lying to the American people is good governance and a lawful way to protect the public, then they are harmful and need to be removed from office, ALL OF THEM! It’s easy to ridicule Trump for saying he’s a stable genius, and then learning that he provided 19 on the record interviewers to Bob Woodward, a seasoned and strategic journalist. Trump’s move was not that of a “genius,” it was the miscalculated mistake of a dummy.

Woodward is the consummate professional writer. Think about it. Woodward and his partner Carl Bernstein figured out President Richard Nixon was lying. In the end, Nixon resigned in shame. In that case we had a dishonest president whose tapes proved Woodward’s case against him. Now we have Trump doing and saying whatever he can to impugn the reputation of Mr. Woodward. The orange administration has already dismissed the act of lying by excusing such bad behavior as a position to help the American public feel good about a pandemic, you know, so they don’t panic. They now want us to buy the T-shirt that says, YOU MIGHT DIE, STAY CALM. They are saying Woodward’s new book Rage is nothing but a “political hit job.” That’s fucking nonsensical. Our bumbling President totally cooperated with Woodward, on the record! Who is the true idiot here?

The fact is this. The President of the United States lied, and people died. He lied; people died. Keep repeating that mantra because it is the truth. Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be the president. He’s shown his true, empathy-empty soul. I am sure now that people know he lied about the severity of the virus, his lack of endorsement of social distancing and mask wearing and his neglect in creating a plan to save lives will be taken to court as soon as he gets out of office. I have a concern that the US Department of Justice will defend him because they no longer work for the taxpayers; they work for Trump. Our great nation is surely in a shitty position.

Donald Trump is the worst president in the history of America. Do you need proof of that? Just count the dead bodies. Don’t expect a memorial every year where all the names of those who have died from COVID-19 to be read out loud on TV. The people in this government just don’t care.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO NEWS EXECUTIVES

Trump Election Night Chaos is Possible

I viewed a disturbing program on HBO’s Axios about the potential of a “red mirage” on election night. If you haven’t seen the story, watch it here. This so-called mirage is based on the projection that more than 40% of Americans will vote by mail because of the pandemic. Josh Mendelsohn, the CEO of a company named Hawkfish, first presented this theory. Hawkfish is funded by Mike Bloomberg to support Democratic candidates, but the company’s precise agenda is unclear. Their website presents a dazzling array of imprecise buzzwords that paint a fuzzy picture, but here’s a quote from Mendelsohn, “We are sounding an alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump.” When every legitimate vote is tallied and we get to that final day, which will be some day after Election Day, it could be that what happened on election night was truly a “red mirage,” I hope the news networks are aware of the potential and have their heads screwed on tightly to prevent such a disaster.

This “red mirage” could happen if news reporters, eager to get and hold their audiences, hype early returns which show Donald Trump and Mike Pence winning in many states. People will go to bed on election night believing the Donald got his four more years but when all legitimate votes are finally counted, perhaps as much as a week after November 3, it might be found those election night predictions were just a “mirage” and the true winners are Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

We all know that Donald John Trump is an anxious, impatient child. We know on election night he could possibly make a bizarre pronouncement of victory. He truly will believe if he speaks the words, they will be true. It’s not inconceivable that he would try to declare that any votes counted after he anoints himself the winner will be invalid. That would certainly be scary and create a constitutional crisis. If you think this is bullshit, see how long he’s been able to stonewall his tax returns. He might use his legal goons to keep the results away from us for months.

Dear News Executives:

You have an election night responsibility beyond your standard operating procedures. Just as you wouldn’t purposely create panic due to a virus or natural disaster, you certainly wouldn’t want to force a constitutional crisis by announcing incorrect election results. So, what exactly should you do on election night? I have some suggestions.

First, you must inform your audience that this is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. As much as you would like to have a grand conclusion on election night, that won’t happen. All media outlets should have a “gentleman’s agreement” that they will not call a win until each state’s secretary announces their winner. I know this will take discipline on your part, and should you feel reluctant, remember how foolish you looked with the Gore vs. Bush fiasco All of you need to manage the expectations of the viewers while ignoring any conspiracy minded elephant in the room.

You might want to consider changing the format of the reporting. Instead of a reporter jumping between multiple screens with small bits of data, use the old radio concept of “weather on the tens.” Radio programmers used that concept so their audiences would know they would hear the weather forecast every ten minutes. It kept folks from tuning out before hearing the day’s weather. Your election coverage could be presented as 2020 RETURNS, EVERY TWENTY MINUTES. Give us short updates and promote the fact you’ll stay on the air until the final ballots are counted. No matter how many days that might be.

I know you will be tempted to use exit polls to embellish the coverage because the results will be slow in coming, but I urge that you DON’T. If you predict an outcome while ballots are still being counted, you will not only play into the conspiracy theory that our election is corrupt, fixed or rigged, but you could confuse the voters. Yes, as much as your million-dollar graphics, skillful on-the-fly pundits and experts should be seen and heard, they will not be helpful if they announce that a particular candidate was victorious when they were not.

The “red mirage” being talked about is a real possibility and you have a responsibility of making sure Americans believe you and trust that the election results are real. Your brands have suffered damage by the acts of the President, the Congress and Russians. You can repair your reputations by becoming beacons of truth and accurate information. As I have said to my neighbors, we may never agree on talking points, but we must agree on facts. It’s your job to deliver verified truth so that the word “retraction” is never needed.

Every four years we hear, “This is the most important election in the history of the United States.” The divide between viewpoints ensures that many people will be angry with the results. Perhaps on this one you should avoid the crossfire and ignore the temptation to be sucked into the hyperbole and misdirection of being first with the results. Please, just give us the facts.

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TAX RETURNS & REVOLUTIONS

Trump’s Financial Dependencies

Until recently, the term “Tea Party” referred to the Boston Tea Party, a protest which took place in 1773. Colonists who objected to British taxation without representation “demonstrated” by taking British tea from docked ships and dumping it into Boston Harbor. The incident had a strange racist overtone because the lawless Bostonians dressed up as Native Americans, complete with face paintings. I’m not sure why the protestors would have wanted the British to think someone else did the deed, but those were strange times. The goal of “looting” and “destruction” was to make it clear to people in American and across the pond that our left-wing, radical patriots wanted change.

Did this rebellion work? Not exactly. In retribution, the British passed the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts. They closed Boston Harbor until those involved with the destruction paid for the dumped tea. They also tore up the Massachusetts Constitution and ended free elections of town officials. So, I guess they figured out they needed a revolution.

Donald Trump brags about not paying taxes because he, genius that he is, found all the loopholes. Instead of working to eliminate those loopholes, he believes it’s okay for rich people to cheat. How unpatriotic to not pay your fair share in this great enterprise known as the United States of America.

We all know that the Donald has no problem deceiving us. He used to say he was under an IRS audit and that is why America could not learn his financial records and monetary entanglements with multinational banks, investors and oligarchs. To whom does Donald Trump and the Trump organizations owe money? He must disclose his financial status.

There are extremely strict penalties for anyone leaking someone’s tax returns, and obviously that punishment stands as a reasonable deterrent. Mary L. Trump released some of Trump’s tax information. That material was part of the discovery process in her lawsuit with the family. Her late uncle, Robert Trump, did all he legally could to stop her from releasing the information, but it wasn’t enough.

The Republican party used to care about taxes and transparency. When they’re in office, however, they usually run up the national debt and give away more money than they take in, just like Donald Trump. It’s totally out of control now, and it might make some sense for the America people to know if this president’s wildly destructive tax changes, regulation purges and easing of environmental constraints aren’t evidence of the true weakness of Donald Trump. He doesn’t manage money very well.

Go back and see the path of red ink that led banks to assume all power of the purse in his companies. Congress has done a mediocre job of managing the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. They’ve put money in the hands of the big companies but have failed small businesses as well as the lower and middle classes. In Donald Trump’s America, many temporary layoffs will become permanent this week.

Sure, Walmart, Fed-Ex, UPS and Amazon are doing well, but there are some profound cracks in our economy. According to the Washington Post, “Yelp Inc., the online reviewer, has data showing more than 80,000 permanently shuttered businesses from March 1 to July 25. About 60,000 were local businesses, or firms with fewer than five locations.” How has this global pandemic affected the Trump Organization, a privately held company?  Let’s see.

Here’s a headline from the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s website, “Trump Hotel in Vancouver closes as company files for bankruptcy.” Most of the Trump properties are not owned by Trump. The boys sell their name and branding to other hotel and housing developers for a percentage of their profits. Over the last four years many of these properties are not doing well. Trump is an asshole and people don’t want to be associated with him.

Time magazine broke this story, “Companies associated with President Donald Trump and members of his administration were among recipients of small-business COVID loans, newly released data show.” Has the Trump family benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program? We need to see their financials AND Trump’s personal tax returns!

Corruption is a dastardly and dirty way to show love of your country. Trump loves only Trump, and that is where it’s at. He would rather lose the election than be forced to release his tax returns. Mark Cuban, a guy with a true business sense, believes that Trump refuses to release his tax returns because it would show, as Mark says, “He ain’t that rich.”

We all owe money. Some are still paying off their college loans. Many people carry a certain amount of debt on the little plastic helpers in our wallets. According to the most recent data from the Survey of Consumer Finances by the US Federal Reserve, Americans have an average credit card debt of $5,700. For some, their family debt lives in the $10,000+ range. It’s how many of us pay for things like dental care, home improvements and yes, even taxes.

If the Donald is deceiving the IRS, a department of the government he oversees, then how can we trust him with our money? In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Tom Friedman wrote, “Biden should declare that he will take part in a debate only if Trump releases his tax returns for 2016 through 2018. Biden has already done so, and they are on his website.” Many political pundits and TV talking heads were quick to denounce the idea. They pointed out that Trump would make a big game of such a confrontation, not disclose his financials and skip the debate. Trump would say that Joe Biden was afraid to debate him and is weak and senile and blah, blah, blah.

The conman residing in the Oval Office will continue to stonewall any attempts at disclosing his money and debt. He’s a blind, little mole in a hole. He cannot bear to have transparency and sunlight show who he really is. The ill-fitting suits, the makeup, lies and deceptions show what a weak, fumbling coward he is. He knows he will be nailed as a failure should his financial material be released. The plain truth is, we don’t need to see his taxes to know he’s a fraud and fiasco. More than 180,000 of our brothers and sisters have died on his watch. Donald Trump is a loser.

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PLAYING POST OFFICE

There’s No DeJoy in Mudville!

If you are a baby boomer you probably remember the game called post office. A bunch of kids would get together at someone’s house when the parents were away and couldn’t possibly know about the party. The participants were divided into a girl group and a boy group, unless the party was being sponsored by LGBTQ kids.

One group hung out in the designated post office. It could be a bedroom or Dad’s office. The other group huddled in another room. Perhaps they would be waiting in the sitting room or sitting in the waiting room. Each person in the other group individually visited the “post office.” Once there, they would get a kiss from everyone in the room. Yeah, I know, super-spreader activity. Then, the thoroughly kissed person would return to their room. After everyone from the other group had visited the post office, the two groups would switch places, then the new post office members would kiss all the visitors who arrived from the other room. It was a stupid kid’s game, but what has been done with the United States Postal Service (USPS) is much more absurd.

Mr. Louis DeJoy’s Post Office game may have started with a kiss, a giant, sloppy one planted on Donald John Trump’s corpulent ass. DeJoy donated more than a million dollars to Trump’s campaign and, as of May 2019, Mr. DeJoy became the local finance chairman of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

But wait, there’s more. Mr. DeJoy divested some investments before taking on his USPS role, including selling shares of UPS and Amazon stocks. He did not, however, divest his $30-$75 million equity stake in XPO, a subcontractor for the US Postal Service. So, Mr. DeJoy’s company makes money from the Post Office, which is a clear violation of ethics. After congressional protests, the USPS Inspector General began a review of DeJoy’s policy changes and whether he was complying with federal ethics rules. Was DeJoy sabotaging the Post Office to slow voting by mail? That seems like a plan Trump would love and support.

Yesterday, August 18, 2020, DeJoy announced that the Postal Service would suspend most of the cost-cutting and operational changes until after the 2020 election so the anticipated surge of mail-in ballots could be handled. Okay, pause a moment, let that sink in, and then resume reading.

BANG! I’m no Perry Mason, Mr. DeJoy, but are you now admitting guilt of causing the slowdown of one of most important services and institutions in America? You cut Post Office overtime, changed time-tested methods of letter delivery, removed mail boxes from their locations and ripped out high-speed mail sorters. What was the purpose of these moves?

Aren’t we all getting a little tired of people with agendas that screw up our country? Veterans and senior citizens receive their medicines and healthcare products via the mail. Some of those drugs are wrapped in ice packs to preserve their quality. Why would any rational human slow down such deliveries? Why would our President do anything to hurt veterans and seniors?

The Postal Service delivered the pandemic stimulus checks. Many people receive their paychecks, social security checks and many more important items in the mail. Companies send bills by mail and delays will slow payments which will negatively impact the economy. Why would our President do anything to hurt the economy?

When asked if he told DeJoy to executive these orders, President Don said he never talked to DeJoy. Well, he lied. According to official White House records, the Donald met with DeJoy in the Oval Office. What was the purpose of that meeting? DeJoy will appear before Congress on Friday and then again on Monday. I hope he knows that it’s not only un-American to lie to Congress, it’s also against the law.

If I were on the committee, I would ask three questions: 1. How much money do you make from the USPS-XPO deal? 2. Did Donald Trump tell you to make those cutbacks and other changes at the Post Office or did he approve them? 3. Why did you rescind those changes? If DeJoy admits that his changes caused major operational disruptions to the Postal Service, he should be asked to resign.

Some say that Trump wants to privatize the Post Office as the US has done with prisons. Gee, how did that work out? We should be hiring more postal workers now through the election and into Christmas. Let’s make the Post Office better!

Some institutions, agencies, commissions and services don’t make money. According to the Brookings Institution’s Bradley Patterson, the cost to taxpayers associated with running the White House under President Obama was approximately $1.4 billion per year. Trump’s expenses far exceed that. Maybe we should defund the White House. Between doctors, security, food, ground-keeping and staff, the White House spends a ton of money and brings in no cash.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a 2021 budget of $1.895 billion to support 4,728 positions and 4,590 full-time equivalents (FTEs) to protect investors, facilitate capital formation and maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets. By comparison, the White House spends $1.4 billion and only has 377 employees. Wow!

The Post Office must be saved. It’s time to fight those who are destroying our institutions and making America less great. Donald Trump put Louis DeJoy in charge of the Post Office not to make it better but to help him slow the potential of voting by mail, which he believes would hurt his chance of reelection. He’s playing post office with porn stars and political operatives like Louis DeJoy. Maybe DeJoy will get a big, wet kiss from the Donald for incapacitating the USPS, but let’s all hope our parents will get home in time to break up the dumb game Trump is playing.

NOTE: I would suggest that when you drop a letter into a US Mail Box, you add the time and date you dropped it. (see graphic) We need to continue to put pressure on the Postmaster General. He must be held accountable.

 

 

 

 

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TEMPERAMENTS & TRUTHS

Mr. President, that’s not a good idea

I often wonder who is present in the White House when ideas are being tossed around. Does anyone ever utter, “Mr. President, that’s not a good idea,” or are his advisors so fearful of Donald Trump’s thin skin that they never ask tough questions? Why is it good to relax rules that would bring more pollution to America? How is slowing down the US Mail a good thing? Does this executive order exactly define what you want to accomplish? It seems like no one asks these kinds of crucial questions.

In my new book How To Hire Great People, I talk about the four temperaments of people. They are, 1. Creative-Artistic, 2. Negative-Judgmental, 3. Social-Sales and 4. Crazy-Outrageous. In any business, project or community you will see each of these four temperaments reflected in the various people who raise their beautiful, and sometimes ugly, heads.

A Negative-Judgmental person is not trying to hurt the team or squash an idea. They are merely asking a crucial question at just the right time, “Did you ever think about what would happen if…?” If you review every decision by the current President, you will clearly see that no one asks a question such as, “What will be the blowback if you say the coronavirus is just going to go away, magically?” No one asked the Donald, “What if it gets worse?” No one in this administration has balls. They just stumble about, gloat, lie and worship a big, fat, orange oaf.

There are times when a leader will get bitten in the butt after an adlib or off-the-cuff remark. When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was encouraging schools to open during a pandemic, he defended himself by quoting one school superintendent, “Just as the (Navy) SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too will the Martin County school system find a way to provide meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning — all in all the time!” Okay, we know he didn’t mean that the administrators and teachers would kill the kids, and they certainly have no power to kill the virus, so why put forth such an awful comparison?

I am sure no one in the DeSantis team offered the valid opinion, “That’s not a good idea.” We all want to encourage our bosses, or at least distract them from micromanaging us, but there are times one has to say, “STOP!” These crazy, outrageous times have driven a wedge between people. Stating clear and important information in easily digestible nuggets might prevent our leaders from wandering into misguided similes, metaphors or analogies. Help them keep it simple, black and white and fact oriented.

Donald Trump is not controllable by anyone in his administration or Congress, and we have seen him flaunting an amazing amount of disrespect for courts and judges. This is not a good thing to say about a president, but I’ll leave it to the historians to tell what was left in his wake. I suspect they will say this President was not good for America.

I know that Donald John Trump has a need to blame another for anything he does incorrectly or illegally, but it’s illogical to keep blaming China. Did not one of his advisors ask, “You blame China for not containing the virus, so then why has the United States done worse than China? Why can’t we stop the spread?” In the face of such a question Trump would probably pivot quickly and talk about his “great relationship” with China’s President Xi and blab about some nebulous trade deal.

Hopefully, facts make each of us stop and think. I was struck by Trump’s claim that China is buying so many products from the US and amazed when this graphic recently flashed on CNBC. It shows that China promised to buy $110.8 billion of our manufactured goods, but so far this year has bought only $30.3 billion. Of the $33.4 billion they promised to purchase in agricultural products, only $6.5 billion have been exported from us to them. In energy, a “guarantee” of $26.1 billion has netted only $2.9 billion. CHINA IS NOT DOING WHAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD. It seems like Trump has been played again. Are some of those products going to China then on to North Korea? Who knows?

I cannot see progress of any sort since Trump was elected. Healthcare is worse, the economy is worse, the trade war made things worse, climate and environment are worse, wages are worse, relations with our allies are worse and the divide between people is worse. Now the inaction of this imbecile President with COVID is killing scores of our citizens. Trump is a total failure and fake, both as president and person. Even his wonderful “peace treaty” between the Arab Emirates and Israel didn’t include the most important player in the West Bank controversy, the Palestinians. They immediately rejected the pact and Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that the expansion into the disputed areas would only be “temporary.”

Trump lacks the wisdom and proper temperament to be president. He ignores truth, facts and expert advice when making decisions. You often hear him say, “I’ve been told…” but he never tells us who spoke. He never offers facts behind those supposed opinions or advice. An unedited script-loop playing in his head causes him to spew insanity with no care about whom it might hurt or what damage it could cause. It’s all reckless, stupid and unreliable information sprinkled with a degree of doubt. The words “supposedly” or “somewhat” and the phrase “they say” give him a fallback to lie his way out of any senseless proclamation. We have all witnessed him saying one thing and then denying he said it a day later.

I’m thrilled that the press is finally getting tougher on Trump. During a White House briefing last Thursday, Huffington Post reporter, S.V. Date asked the President if he regretted “all the lying you’ve done to the American people.” The Donald, acting like he didn’t quite hear the question, asked, “All the what? and then, “Who is that?” If you want to see the interchange, watch here. Finally, someone asked the question I have been wanted to ask for years. My book about Trump’s impeachment posed the same question three years ago.

The video clearly shows that Trump heard the question. He simply wasn’t quick or clever enough to pull a proper lie out of his over-developed derriere. He moved on to another reporter and appeared unconcerned by the direct hit from Mr. Date. Someone with a better grasp of the situation would have at least defended himself, you know, for the sake of his base.

So, here’s my bottom line. Keeping Trump in charge of America for any further length of time is not a good idea. There! Someone had to say it.

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VOTER SUPPRESSION DEPRESSION

Cheater-in-Chief Changes the Rules

It didn’t surprise me when the newspapers broke the story about Donald John Trump, our 45th President, allegedly paying a porn movie star and a Playboy bunny $130,000 each to keep their mouths shut about the affairs. He cheated on his wife right after their son Barron was born. This is not hearsay. According to the testimony of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that is exactly what happened.

Russia helped Trump get elected, but the Donald would rather look the other way than take aggressive actions against further interference from China or Russia. He’s quite comfortable with cheating because he’s done it all his life. From not paying vendors before, during and after bankruptcy, to preventing African Americans from renting his properties in New York, Donald Trump doesn’t play by the rules.

If a rule gets in the way, he changes it. His deregulation actions are not keeping America safer, they are endangering communities and kids everywhere. Why would an American president say it’s okay to add pollution to our land, seas and sky? We were making great progress before Trump.

Georgia’s Governor Kemp

Brian Kemp, the current Governor of Georgia and previously the state’s Secretary of State, has been investigated by the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee, claiming that Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote, and significant barriers to casting their votes, during the 2018 election. That’s such a blatant conflict of interest. While running for Governor, Secretary of State Kemp headed the administration of the elections. Regardless of party affiliation, any such incidents in other states need to be examined. This is plainly wrong.

Trump has been haranguing and lying about the United States Postal Service (USPS) for years, but now he has placed a true “yes man” in the position of Postmaster General. The New York Times story quoting the President, says it all, ‘“CORRUPT ELECTION’ that will ‘LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY’ and become the ‘SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.’” Trump predicted that children would steal ballots out of mailboxes and then went so far as to suggest delaying the election instead. What a desperate son-of-a-bitch.

Attacking the Post Office is not merely a budget issue with Trump. He put new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in charge and gave him his marching orders. Along with being a major Republican donor, DeJoy’s wife serves as the vice-chairwoman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, which is tasked with reviewing candidates for White House fellowships, whatever that means. DeJoy’s claim to fame is his High Point, NC company called New Breed Logistics, which he sold for $615 million.

Mr. DeJoy’s opening statement regarding the USPS was rather negative, “The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations. Because of this, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis.” I boldened that one point on purpose.

Postmaster General DeJoy

It would make much more sense for Congress to fund the service from now until the end of the year, and make a permanent course correction after the election. Let’s not thwart the mail flow during a pandemic and election year. We heard Trump whine about how he didn’t want to wait days and days for the election results, even floating the idea that it could take years. This, while people who get their medicine through the mail are waiting because their packages are being stacked up in their local post office. DeJoy told them that the guarantees on immediately delivery can be ignored. Oh, we know where that is coming from. Regardless of the result, Trump plans to challenge the election in court. It’s what he does.

When the Trump Organization was in trouble financially a few years ago Deutsche Bank called its loan. Then the Donald sued the bank. Really? He owed money, failed to make payments and then he went after them? The bank countersued and part of the settlement involved the bank loaning Trump more money. WTF?

Last night, the New York Times reported, “Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker of President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, over a 2013 real estate transaction between the banker and a company part-owned by Mr. Kushner. In June 2013, the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and two of her Deutsche Bank colleagues purchased a Park Avenue apartment for about $1.5 million from a company called Bergel 715 Associates, which was partly owned by Jared Kushner.”

According to the Guardian, “Germany’s troubled Deutsche Bank faces fines, legal action and the possible prosecution of ‘senior management’ because of its role in a $20-80 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. The case, nicknamed the Global Laundromat, took place between 2010 and 2014 and the bank’s internal memo claims it was a scheme to move money into the western financial system.”

If any of those funds were used to pump up the businesses of Trump and/or Kushner, it would be a giant conflict of interest and possibly prosecutable criminal activity. As most experts have figured out, Trump isn’t as liquid and rich as he says he is, and he needed someone’s help to get out of the deep debt brought about by bankruptcies. It’s on record that his company borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from Deutsche Bank.

Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, disclosed in an annual personal financial report late Friday that he and his wife, Ivanka Trump, had received $1 million to $5 million last year from Bergel 715. After this story broke, Kushner’s lawyer said he had nothing to do with Bergel 715, a real estate company. Not only is that such a disingenuous statement, but the fact they released it late Friday is so Trumpean.

The debacle with the Post Office goes much deeper than its finances; it’s a corrupt and out in the open attempt to suppress the vote. Trump is a criminal, just like Richard Nixon. Congress should step up to the plate and knock this issue right out of the park. We need to fund the states so they can conduct all methods of voting. DO NOT BE BULLIED BY TRUMP.

Now, for you junior crime fighters online, focus on the connection between Trump’s and Kushner’s tax returns, Deutsche Bank and personal banker Rosemary Vrablic. After you get the data, by hook or crook, you will learn why Donald J. Trump kowtows to Putin and Russia. It’s all about the money. Always has been.

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