JUST A SAD, OLD LIAR

Trump’s Sour, Off-Key Singing

I saw a meme the other day that outlined some of the things Donald John Trump promised America that never happened. He told us Mexico would pay for the wall. Instead, trusting citizens paid the Steve “Bannon Bandits” who then stole the money to remodel their homes and buy big cars. He told us that everyone would have healthcare insurance, but he has done nothing to enact an improved version of Obamacare. He says that in “two-weeks” he will roll out a healthcare plan that will be strong and protect those with preexisting conditions, yet every healthcare action of this administration has weakened what we had.

Trump claimed that US Steel was going to open six new plants. That never happened. He told us that North Korea was NO LONGER a nuclear threat. They have become stronger. He touted the coal industry (LOL) and said his deregulation would bring back mining jobs. Another failure.

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He bragged how easy it is to win a tariff war, yet he is completely ignorant of the reality. Suppliers pay the tariffs when the products hit our shores and then they pass along the cost to us, the consumers. His actions against China killed the domestic soybean farmers’ market. Who is actually winning?

The Donald stood before us and said he would eliminate the national debt in his first term. In fact, Donald Trump will add $4.832 trillion to the debt in fiscal year 2021. That’s a 24% increase from the $20.245 trillion debt in Obama’s final budget.

Trump repeatedly told us he couldn’t release his tax returns because he was under an IRS audit. There, another lie. He also told us that, if we elected him, he would release his tax returns like every other president has done over the past forty years. He lied again. If you are breathing and alive, you certainly realize our 45th President is a game playing liar.

We learned yesterday that Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign strategist and White House advisor, was arrested for fraud regarding his actions with the nonprofit organization We Build the Wall. A federal grand jury in New York indicted Bannon on charges of money laundering and wire fraud, alleging he and his partners diverted a million dollars from the group. It is alleged that Bannon spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on his personal expenses. So, how did Trump react?

When asked about the charge, Donald Trump said, “It’s a very sad thing by Mr. Bannon… I didn’t like that project. I thought it was a project being done for showboating reasons. I didn’t want a wall that was going to be an inferior wall. It was something I very much felt was inappropriate to be doing.” First, why is everything surrounding Trump so “sad?” Is this President chronically depressed? If Trump is so perceptive and powerful why didn’t he tell the group to STOP IT? Sitting next to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the leader of a country he has accused of corruption for years, Trump used the term “showboating” three times in his adlibbed response. Embarrassing!

According to the El Paso Times newspaper, Donald Trump Jr. was a special guest last year at an event hosted by the We Build the Wall group fronted by its CEO, Steve Bannon. Don Jr. praised the group as “private enterprise at its finest.” He went on to say, “This is what capitalism is all about. What you guys are doing is amazing.” Wow, so the old man thought it was a bad idea but didn’t tell his son not to endorse the bloody project? Fake apple falls from fake tree.

Trump Caught in Lie

Many of the things that Trump does are obviously deceitful and blatantly ignorant. For example, when a former employee gets caught in a criminal, unethical or immoral situation Trump claims, “I hardly knew that guy.” Really? He told us that George Papadopoulos, the man who triggered the Russian investigation, was just a coffee boy. The very next day, we learned about a high-level campaign meeting with Trump and Mr. Papadopoulos sitting at the same table. See, he lies.

This morning, a story broke on the website THE HILL stating, “President Trump said he plans to send law enforcement and U.S. attorneys to the polls in November to prevent voter fraud. ‘We’re going to have sheriffs, and we’re going to have law enforcement. And we’re going to have hopefully U.S. attorneys, and we’re going to have everybody and attorney generals.’”

Perhaps the Attorney General of the United States should make the president aware of this law: 18 U.S. Code § 594.Intimidation of voters – “Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

So, there you have it. If carried out, Trump’s plan will be a crime. The President of the United States is not above the law. He must be stopped. All of us should go to D.C., surround the White House and make him leave, NOW! I am sick of the same old song and the stupid things he says and does. He’s totally out of tune and fewer and fewer people want to sing with him. Unplug the amplifiers, dismiss the band and remove him from office.

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ASYMMETRIC & ASYMPTOMATIC

Anthony Scaramucci vs. Steve Bannon

Myths, such as Newton’s apple and George Washington’s truth about cutting down a cherry tree, remain in our consciousness. Trump forges fictions every day. He says something that isn’t true, repeatedly, and some people believe it. He believes windmills cause cancer but offers no evidence or facts to back up his idiotic premise.

In his latest saga, Trump failed to disqualify the concept known as QAnon. This far-right conspiracy theory group claims there is a secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against President Donald Trump and his supporters. The theory began with an October 2017 post on the anonymous imageboard 4chan by “Q”, who was presumably an American individual which probably became a group of people. Trump says he knows “very little about them,” but knows they like him very much. That wasn’t an endorsement but it planted a seed. By the way if the “deep state” QAnon fears is so powerful why is Trump still president?

One of the major problems of our 45th President is he’s not smart enough to understand the difference between a myth and the truth. Q said that Hillary Clinton was the leader of a ring of pedophiles that were sacrificing children in the basement of a D.C. pizza place. You might have thought that QAnon would be discredited after one of its followers was arrested trying to gun his way into the pizza joint, but that didn’t happen. To the contrary, the appeal of QAnon and its number of followers have increased.

When spoon fed simplified examples of partial facts without details, our minds often run wild. We gobble up preposterous theories to make us feel better about things we cannot understand.

Our President cannot accept basic theories, equations or facts and he will never change. Trump would deny gravity if he thought his base believed it was a hoax. I can imagine he would even push a member of his cabinet off a 20-story building to prove he was right. Looking at the splat on the concrete he would claim the person was obviously a member of the “deep state.” He’s already denied the severity of a virus.

Donald Trump has never understood the word, asymptomatic. He honestly believes that if an asymptomatic person tests positive for COVID-19, they are safe to be around. That is idiotic and could lead to the “leader” of the free world being put on a ventilator at Walter Reed. I’m not wishing for that, just saying.

Someone I have grown to sincerely respect is Anthony Scaramucci. In his economic speeches, the Mooch talks about asymmetric information as it’s applied to business. This is also known as “information failure.” It typically occurs when one party in an economic transaction possesses greater knowledge than the other party. We have a massive information failure in our country and it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.

Clearly the doctors on the White House pandemic task force have much more information about and experience with viruses than Donald Trump, who is controlling every transaction concerning the virus attack on our country. If this is the “art of the deal,” I’m not buying it.  Bad advice has led to more death. Now we learn that a significant voice of reason has been hospitalized, Dr. Anthony Fauci. He’s having polyps removed from his larynx. That why he has that raspy voice we’ve all grown to love.

Another fact that plopped on our desk today was the arrest of former Trump advisor Steve Bannon. According to the Fox News website, “The DOJ indictment states that Bannon and co-defendant Brian Kolfage told the public that they were a ‘volunteer organization’ and that 100% of the money raised would go toward their stated goal, which was to raise money for the federal government to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.” The federal government had nothing to do with it.

DOJ Drains Swamp

The Department of Justice believes those representations were false and the indictment lays out the case that Kolfage, Bannon, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea raised upward of $25 million and then paid themselves. Bannon, they allege, received more than $1 million through the nonprofit. The two most important members of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon are cons, just like their boss.

Anthony Scaramucci is a smart guy. He graduated from Harvard with a law degree. Steve Bannon has master’s degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard. That is where the comparison stops. Scaramucci is probably a closet Democrat. Bannon was a Navy guy who moved to the far right during the Gulf War. He’s just like Roger Stone, a person who believes the end justifies the means. Bannon is an ideolog, while Scaramucci sees the world through realistic, hard, cold facts.

Knowledge is power in an asymmetrical world. Stunts that fall short, like building a wall without the legal right to do so, are doomed to fail. A portion of the show-wall Bannon’s organization built was washed away because it was constructed too close to the Rio Grande River. Maybe they didn’t have enough money to do a good job or they never intended to build that wall.

We Build The Wall FRAUD

If one person involved in a transaction possesses greater knowledge than their partner, the “other party” is at a disadvantage. While we are at 173,000 coronavirus deaths, I am sure there is a big pow-wow in the Oval Office to discuss how to handle a judge’s ruling on Trump’s tax records, the arrest of Steve Bannon and how Trump should attempt to tweet away the increasing strength of Joe Biden. No part of those deliberations will help save American lives. What a damn waste of time and a total disgrace.

Trump is a symptomatic carrier of a dangerous hate virus which is infecting frail minds and fascists. Donald John Trump tests totally positive for the disease. Scaramucci was fired because he told the truth about Steve Bannon. Remember what he said that got him canned? It happened during what the Mooch thought was an off-the-record conversation with the New Yorker magazine, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock! I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

In the end, little Antony was right. Bannon was just worrying about Bannon and used Donald Trump to gain power, just like Kellyanne Conway and the rest of those sucking sycophants. They are all liars and they will eventually have their days in court, the sooner the better. Deliver the indictments!

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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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GOLD DIGGERS & DAGGERS

An Open Letter to Kanye West

I don’t know Kanye West from Adam, but I do know that absolute corruption will eventually absolutely corrupt even the greatest creative genius. When a preexisting condition puts someone at a disadvantage no one should take advantage of them.

During a nationally televised charity to raise money for the victims of the Katrina hurricane that destroyed New Orleans, Kanye West went off script and said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Sure, the George W. Bush administration and FEMA did a terrible job in the aftermath of the storm and people died, but Mr. West should not have assumed he knew what was in George’s heart.

Let’s also recall that West rushed the stage at the MTV Music Awards show when Taylor Swift was awarded best female video. He told her that he would let her finish but had to say into the microphone, “But Beyonce had the best video of all time.” Taylor left the stage and even President Obama called Kanye a “jackass.” His action was rude and unnecessary but, hey, he’s a creative genius.

Some people get so famous they let their egos take over their words and behavior. Elon Musk is a good example of that. No one holds their feet to the fire if they keep winning. Celebrities like this talk tough but they only make things worse, not better. They don’t repair their images; they just confuse us.

Kanye went to the Oval Office to profess his love of Donald Trump. Wearing his MAGA hat, which he claimed gave him superpowers, he disrespectfully leaned on the Resolute Desk. His photo opportunity included a confession that Trump was like the father he never had. Barf!

But wait, now he wants to defeat Donald Trump and become president? On the Fourth of July, Kanye announced he was running for the office under the Birthday Party banner. I wonder if he knows he’ll need to petition every state to get on the ballot.

I am curious where Donald Trump fits in this. The Randall Lane article in Forbes fills in some gaps. Lane writes, “If it all sounds like a parody, or a particularly surreal episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, West doesn’t seem to be in on it.” We can swat away the rumor that this is a publicity stunt to promote a new CD because West says he’s going to give away that music. Still, something smells. Maybe he’s just trying to sell more shoes. Adidas Yeezy is a fashion collaboration between the German sportswear brand Adidas and American designer Kanye West. While you may want to laugh at him, don’t. He’s worth $1.3 billion.

The real deal? Thanks to Mr. Lane’s reporting we get the truth regarding Kanye, “He won’t say much more against Trump. He’s much less shy about criticizing Biden, which certainly won’t tamp down the idea that the Birthday Party is a ruse to help reelect Trump. Here’s a quote from Kanye, ‘I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We [Royal We?] say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.’”

When a person becomes extraordinarily rich and famous, their vulnerabilities and needs often cause their power, fame and money to be exploited or stolen by others. It’s a classic story. I could say men fall for it more than women, but that is not true. Many a pool boy has gotten a new car from a sugar momma. Kanye exploited this fear in his song Gold Diggers, which he wrote with that enormously talented Jamie Foxx. The lyrics tell a story:

She take my money when I’m in need
Yeah, she’s a triflin’ friend indeed
Oh, she’s a gold digger
Way over town, that digs on me

Now, I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger
(When I’m in need) But she ain’t messin’ with no broke niggas
(She give me money) Now, I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger

I can separate the man’s art from his intent, but I know that people with certain maladies or disorders can let out the many sides of their personalities. This frightens people. How do we know Kanye West has bipolar disorder? He told us. Here’s an article that paints the picture.

The White House, in the form of Jared Kushner, admitted to talking to and working with Mr. West. This proves that Kushner is the gold digger and this whole “run for president” routine is a dirty trick perpetrated to help Trump get re-elected. With few states being able to add Kanye’s name to the ballot and achieving only 2% in polls, it’s extremely unlikely he will gain any traction. However, I’m sure he’ll sell some shoes and CDs.

But let’s get to the letter I would like to send to Kanye West.

Dear Mr. West:

I am sure there is little you need in your life. You have an adoring wife and wonderful family. Your power of using fame and celebrity to do good things is quite commendable and I hope you continue to do so. You and I should have a serious talk. You know, a one-on-one between an old, retired, white, guy and a famous African American singer.

Let’s focus on our character rather than race, but let’s not ignore the struggle of the millions of Americans who have been held back because they may not have been highly skilled athletes or creators of valuable art. We can all chant Black Lives Matter but unless we change things we are just watching, not helping.

I know that you have been given what you may consider a “gift,” but facts are facts. You know bipolar means two opposite poles of mania and depression. The mania springs you forward; the depression holds you down. The closer one is to a person who is bipolar, the more one knows the challenge of living in the middle. Living in the middle is a good thing.

I am going to say something to you, which you are not going to like to hear. You are being used. They are exploiting your mania and making you feel like you belong, when they will throw you away after they get what they want from you. Yes, Kanye, you are being fleeced by those gold diggers.

You can run for President, it’s a free country, but you are wasting your energy on the wrong issue. In my honest opinion you could be much more helpful to the African American community by putting your time, money and energy into helping Black people. Talk to your wife, she’s very smart and knows what is best for your family.

Here’s a challenge for you. If you really believe you are NOT being manipulated by Trump and Kushner, record the next conversation you have with Jared and release it. Show the world that there are no nefarious motives behind your run. If you cannot be that transparent, then why would we trust you as president. Think about it.

And finally, Kanye West, will history write your story and highlight the music, the shoes and the good things, or will you be nailed to the wall by those who will claim you are a character out of a Harriet Beecher Stowe novel. Rich people always hear the worst from the people they leave behind.

Your own lyrics say, “We want prenup! We want prenup!” (Yeah!) It’s somethin’ that you need to have.” And we do, too. Can you sign an agreement with the American people that says we get something when you divorce yourself from your ego? Stop the nonsense, save your marriage, and have a nice day.

Sincerely,

Dwight C. Douglas

It doesn’t feel like a mic drop, but I wanted to say these things to Kanye. Just think of it as me grabbing the microphone before someone shouts how wonderful West would be in the White House. Others might see it as a cry for help. Can we just get back to NORMAL? The worse lie out of Trump’s mouth is that he’s done such a great job for African Americans. It feels so much like the racist trope, “Slaves that worked hard had it good.” No one can ignore the whip marks on the back of a no-wage worker. Wake up people.

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MOMENT OF TRUTH

Trump’s Terrible Weekend of Death & Fear

I cannot imagine what my emotional state would be if one of my siblings were removed from this earth. Death is an all-powerful notion we humans respect and revere. It was sad to learn that Robert Stewart Trump died last Saturday. Robert is Donald Trump’s younger brother and he’s believed to be a direct opposite to his erratic and self-serving brother. Robert benefited greatly from the Trump fortunes and even worked for his brother, running the Casinos in Atlantic City, NJ.

Unsuccessful Casino

To put this story in perspective, know that the Donald blamed Robert for the failure of the Taj Mahal casino. Auditors claim the casino lost millions because of mismanagement. Donald Trump berated Robert in front of other employees and Robert simply walked out of the room, just like the big, orange presidential pumpkin does when confronted by the press.

Robert patched up things with Donald after his big brother started running for President, which netted Trump an endorsement from his little brother. Robert was about 6’5” while Donald stands at 6’3”. I’m sure that difference bothered the Donald. To the President’s credit, he visited his brother in the hospital the day before he died, then played golf on Saturday.

People are being critical of Trump for that leisure while his brother was living his final hours, but isn’t that consistent? Donald Trump went to a movie with his sister Elizabeth when his older brother Freddie was on his deathbed. I am disturbed by all the hate, vitriol and lashing out about Trump on social media. Hey, he’s afraid of dying and has a bizarre idea that his death will come when someone poisons him. Paranoid?

While 170,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19, Trump is laser-focused on his campaign and not the health of American citizens. His new virus task force spokesman, radiologist Dr. Atlas, must be reading more tea leaves than X-rays by claiming virus fear is a product of the media. Do radiologists know anything about viruses?

I am struck by the electioneering being done by loud, angry and spiteful Trump supporters at some of the early voting locations in my county. The Biden supporters will have to walk through the mob to vote on November 3, but hopefully we will get a resolve on the post office drama this week. Trump broke the USPS, and if he doesn’t fix it I am hoping another criminal charge will be added to his permanent record in January.

What is it about Donald Trump that compels him to break things? He is like the spoiled kid losing in Monopoly and throwing everything off the board, toppling the table and yelling, “CHEATER, CHEATER!” as he runs back to mommy — a mother who had no time for him.

I have said to anyone who will listen that the best thing for this country would be Donald Trump or one of his immediate family contracting COVID. I am not saying that I want any of them to succumb, but the reality of this virus cannot be fully understood until it’s on your front porch.

Most conservatives don’t understand the normalcy of homosexuality until one of their kids comes out of the closet. A parent then has three choices, disown, embrace, or deny and only one of them is good. We cannot depend on Trump and his flunkies to make good calls during this pandemic; they just aren’t smart enough. They deny and disengage, but the facts and figures are everywhere. They cannot disown their behavior and inaction. Hey, 170,000 people are DEAD!

I just finished reading, Michael Beschloss’ book, Presidents of War and the more I learned about the men who held the office the less I liked each of them. I am amazed at how many people don’t simply say they dislike Trump. Instead they use words like, “I cannot tell you how much I hate the guy.” Wow! In a weak moment the other day Trump said, “I guess people don’t like me.” There, out loud he admitted his greatest fear, being rejected. I guess all the Democrats and anti-Trump Independents have become Trump’s dead father. Why does he need so much attention and love?

Trump is unprepared for the office of President, unqualified to deal with trade and unable to cope with science, truth, statistics and fatalities. Out of the five Fred and Mary Trump offspring, only the women survive. Yes, swipe intended. The little whiny baby in the White House has no empathy in the tank. He’s a spent little man.

The moment of truth is arriving. There will be much chaos and arguing and debate about whether Donald John Trump is worth saving. He’s not. I wonder if Maine’s Senator Susan Collins now thinks Trump has “learned his lesson” after the impeachment. He hasn’t. Can Trump deal with death? Probably he’ll post a tweet and move on, thinking, “Well, at least it wasn’t me,” and that is terribly sad.

If Trump loses the election, will he be able to concede and walk away like an honorable man would do? He’s running out of people to pardon, but who knows what his reaction will be. Will he become the only president in history to be hauled out of the White House by the D.C. Park Police, or worse, by the military? That would be so totally disgraceful. It would be the ultimate proof he cares more about himself than America.

Why do we have to deal with the Donald? Well, we made a mistake and we must fix it and move on. I am not afraid of the Trump flag wavers giving me the finger, but I am angry that even those sycophants had to endure this idiot. I took a stand in 2016, and I am not going to give it up. HE’S AN IDIOT! And as I drove by the Trump protesters, I put my bullhorn out the window and chanted, “HE’S GONG TO KILL YOU! HE’S GOING TO KILL YOU!”

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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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NASTY, MEAN & FEMALE

Trump’s Freudian Flaw Exposed

The President of the United States is a male chauvinist pig. Boy, that not only feels good to say but it’s also true. Remember the Bible story about the woman who had been accused of a sin and was about to be stoned? Recall a group of men there with stones in their hands when Jesus intervened and said, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Ancient Form of Punishment

Stoning, also called lapidation, was and is a form of capital punishment in which a group throws stones at a person until the subject dies from blunt trauma. It was used to punish not only adultery but also whatever the men in power considered to be illicit sexual intercourse. The Book of Leviticus in the Holy Bible illustrates that homosexuals and women were given much harsher punishments than men.

I found the descriptions of Donald Trump’s early life in Mary L. Trump’s tell-all-book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, to be quite illuminating. Donald Trump’s father, Frederick Christ Trump, yes that is his real name, was not to be questioned and especially not to be challenged by a woman. The expression Fred Senior used to describe any woman who got in his way was “nasty.”

Having limited intelligence and a sparse vocabulary, the Donald simply inherited the speaking of his father. The word “nasty” wended its way into 18th century parlance to describe an ugly woman. Not only was it a term used to disparage an unattractive woman, but it’s implication of “nasty slut” gave a little more kick to men. Before we accuse Trump of using the word to describe only women, let‘s think again.

Trump has also called many men nasty, including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, evangelical leader Russell Moore, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, CNN’s David Gregory and the late conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, just to name a few. So, Trump’s go-to word is not just for women.

Our President repeatedly uses improper words. Yesterday, Trump had difficulty with the word “fatalities.” He mispronounced the word twice while saying, “99.95% of all “fatilities” are adults.” Think about that. 99.95%, is extremely close to 100%, and the fact that Trump’s statement wasn’t true is just as bad as his inability to utter the word correctly. I had to pour myself another cup of covfefe and watch the video.

But let’s get back to “nasty.” One of Donald Trump’s favorite words connotes a highly unpleasant, physically nauseating, olfactory sensation. In simple terms, the word can be used to describe a smelly person. It can also designate a mean, unpleasant, harmful person or thing. When an older person has an accident when walking, we say “it was a nasty fall.”  The word “nasty” can also mean a person has been behaving in an unpleasant or spiteful way. Doesn’t all of this pretty much describe Trump’s daily output?

A Woman

Donald Trump’s putdown of Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris included not only the word “nasty,” but also “mean,” placing a delicious cherry on top of the insult. Trump often focuses on the treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. It seems funny that the Republicans were so nervous about their members on the Judiciary Committee acting nasty and mean that they hired a woman to question another woman who was accusing the behavior of the nominated man. So, is it true that only a woman can get another woman to tell the truth in a man’s world?

I hate to break the news, but the demon who brewed Donald Trump in the cauldron of the 1940s added a heavy dose of misogynism, countless spoons of racism and a ton of denial to protect him from all the women and Black people who were either trying to get his money or take power from that little kid in Queens, New York. Even a surface look at how Trump dealt with the Central Park Five shows his racism. The way he’s treated women over the years demonstrates that he’s one, big, fat-assed chauvinist.

If we give him any more time in the White House, Trump will be grabbing all those nasty sluts by the pussy whenever he wants because he is famous and powerful. As for all the men out there, who grew up with strong mothers like I did, you can either sit there and condone or stand up for your mom and vote him the fuck out of office.

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THE GENERALIZATION TRAP

Donald Trump is Killing Us

Where are we going America? Are we blindly accepting the path to reopening our economy which is killing many of us? Is this the “common sense” Donald Trump speaks of? What is that? The pandemic in America rages on and we must conquer this virus. There are those who say, “We are simply going to live with this thing a while.” Okay, I sympathize, but if living means dying, please count me out.

America blew it. If only we did things properly, we would be living in happier times. Think about this. The NBA brought all their players and their families to live inside a bubble. It’s not a real bubble, but a protected, constantly tested area where the players can live and work. They just announced today that not one of their players has tested positive for COVID. So, there’s more than 344 people who have been isolated in a giant Disney World mask, of sorts, and it’s working.

Some say that’s great, but then claim it could never work for the entire country. Yes, but the point is isolating people works. The NBA move proves that testing, tracking and tenacious oversight can stop COVID-19. It amazes me that we have not figured this out and enacted a plan. How can we blame the Chinese? They didn’t stop the spread of the virus and NEITHER HAVE WE!

Donald Trump is attempting to run our country like a business. When dire things happen in a corporation, a good executive cuts loss and moves on. A good business leader evaluates every deal based on the risk versus the reward. In Donald Trump’s feeble mind, it’s okay if we lose people but save the economy. Trump is selfish and those who follow him have the self-centered gene and there’s no way to change them. They won’t wear masks and if any of them get COVID they’ll just blame someone else.

Trump cannot manipulate the intelligent members of the Virus Task Force to say what he wants them to say, so he has hired a new guy to spout the gospel according to Saint Donald. In walks Scott W. Atlas, a physician and health care policy expert, who is currently the Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. I think there’s a lot of sucking going on there. The doctor has a generalization about how we should proceed.

Dr. Atlas said that schools not reopening after the summer break was based on “hysteria” and “ludicrous.” He continues, “Young people that age, without a co-morbidity, have virtually a zero risk from this. The risk is less than seasonal influenza. There is such fear in the community, and unfortunately it’s been propagated by people doing sloppy thinking and sensationalistic media reporting.”

Okay, but then why did we assemble a task force? Why did we spend endless hours listening to its members? This new expert-in-sync with President Pumpkin planted the false claim that children should return to US schools because they’re “almost” or “virtually immune” from the coronavirus. While that is highly unlikely, many school districts will open their doors and bring millions of asymptomatic into classrooms to infect their teachers and other school workers. As the number of cases, hospitalizations, intensive care unit beds and uses of ventilators rise, we will surely see deaths.

Generalizations are extremely dangerous. Our supposed leader says kids don’t easily spread a virus. Why? Where is any evidence of that? They regularly spread common colds and flu, and there’s your “common sense,” Mr. Trump. My daughter works in daycare and she acquires at least three or four debilitating ailments each year, and she knows the source is the kids she cares for.

Silly Unpaid Advisor

I now go back to the top of this post. Where are we headed America? Are we content being the laughingstock of the world? Are we going to permit a lunatic in the White House to kill people in his lust for money? Where are our better angels when we need them?

This president easily distances himself emotionally and he doesn’t care who dies. His uninformed generalizations may seem comforting to those who believe everything he says is true, but there are prices to pay. When a mother dies because she sent her kid back to school or that great football coach loses his life to the virus because he wanted to please the master manipulator, expect this dismissive phrase, “Well, it is what it is.” Yeah, Don, it’s death. Do you remember when Donald John Trump’s brother was dying he went to see a movie? No remorse, no care, no empathy. It is what it is.

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DEEP STATE vs. DEEP CLEAN

Trump’s Obsessions Obfuscate Reality

Some students at a Georgia school recently tested positive for COVID. When the school board announced they were sending all the kids home and would be doing what they called a “deep cleaning” of the building, I laughed.

I know you must be wondering how the hell I found humor in that news, but I did. You see, buildings don’t carry the virus, people do. Oh sure, they say that the germs on certain surfaces stay active for a time, but how long and how much still seems to be a mystery.

In the article I read there was no mention of testing all the students before they come back to the cleaned school. Why? The article didn’t say there would be contact tracing of the students who tested positive. In three days, after the school gets all nice and clean, the kids will come back and get temperature checks. Really? If any are asymptomatic, they won’t be running hot, making re-infection a true possibility.

President Donald Trump has no knowledge of about how all this virus stuff works, and worse, doesn’t he doesn’t follow the guidelines of the experts. He believes in a deep state and doesn’t know what a deep clean is. He’s the worst possible person to be in charge right now.

Trump keeps demanding the schools to open and says that student athletes, who have “worked so hard,” should be allowed to play. Okay, we get it. TV contracts for College football produce millions of dollars. In fact, according to the NCAA governing body, at 1,100 NCAA schools more than $18 billion was spent on athletics in 2018. Of that figure, $3.5 billion went toward financial aid for student athletes and $3.4 billion was spent on coaches’ compensation. Wow, I guess they can pay the coaches a lot of money because the student athletes don’t get paid, but that’s for another post.

I was recuperating from a hospital stay when the global pandemic started. I focused on my own health after a routine procedure. Once I got back on my feet I had to sit down and stay in because of COVID-19. Since I was interested in making sure a few family members and friends were up to date on the virus, I would get up early every morning and cut and paste data from many websites into a newsletter. As the virus got worse, my daily reports got longer and longer and took more time to compose. I wasn’t claiming to know anything; I was just mining data and then regurgitating it. The daily dose of data gave me a sense of purpose. Oh, yeah, the mailing list grew.

Then I had an epiphany.

First, let’s take some stuff apart. We have a virus. We don’t have a cure or a vaccine. If we did, I would still be sleeping. Next, we have huge numbers of people who have been infected. No offense to the more than 154,000 people who have died but being infected is not always a death sentence. Only 3.2% of those we know had the virus died as a result. In a country with 330 million people that could mean that ten million people could die before we get a vaccine. Now do I have your attention?

Just like contracting HIV/AIDS does not surely lead to death, getting COVID-19 doesn’t mean certain death. HIV/AIDS has been in the US for 40 years. We’ve been working on a vaccine, but we STILL DO NOT HAVE ONE and, take a gulp, we might not see a COVID-19 vaccine in our lifetime.

We have cases of COVID all over the place and the testing of people is going to slow down. WHY? Because of political bullshit, money and time reasons. Who wants to sit in a car queued up in a six-hour line for a test? On top of that, results are so slow some might have to be reminded why the health department is calling.

We can no longer look at CASES and see them as bad things. Yes, a positive test can lead to symptoms and maybe then you have to go to the hospital. I don’t want to sound goofy, but that is called HOSPITALIZATION. If you then cannot defend yourself against the virus it usually leads to DEATH. That’s the bad part.

Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Would someone please pick up the bricks, they are blocking the driveway. Why are we focusing on cases? We know that a certain percentage of reasonably active people are going to get the virus. Focus on this: The US has 4% of the world’s population but 25% of its coronavirus cases. If we are so rich and smart and we’ve already been made so GREAT AGAIN, how did this happen?

Let me share a conversation. One of my neighbors causally stated, “Well, no one has died from taking hydroxychloroquine.” and of course, my knee jerk, with the emphasis on jerk, comeback was, “That’s not true.” Here’s what well known FDA cardiologists have stated about the dangers of that drug, “These adverse events included QT interval prolongation, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and in some cases death. The FDA also said patients who have other health issues, such as heart or kidney disease, are at increased risk of these heart problems when receiving these medicines.”

The only reason we keep talking about this “Fake News” is because Trump is an idiot. Why does he say things without researching them? Because he’s an idiot; did I mention that?

We need to stop focusing on CASES. We should study HOSPITALIZATIONS, INTENSIVE CARE UNIT BEDS, VENTILATORS in use, and DEATH caused by COVID-19. Why are we trying to measure a viral spread by some state health department’s incompetent testing? I am totally convinced that Kansas and West Virginia aren’t even trying.

As Bruce Springsteen once sang, “Someday we’ll look back on this and it will all seem funny.” We simply don’t know what we are doing. They didn’t know what to do in 1918 and they had two waves of a virus that killed 50 million worldwide and about 675,000 Americans. We just don’t get it. So, ride your motorcycles and gather. Hopefully, your kids can get some good money for those old hand-me-down Harley’s.

You know, with the sweep of a magic wand this will all magically go away, said the man who claimed that the virus was so bad in 1917 it caused the end of World War II. Wrong year, wrong war, wrong President!

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THE RIGHT OVERSIGHT

Trump & Truman, Birds of a Feather?

Why don’t more people compare Harry Truman and Donald Trump? They should because it would provide insight into oversight. Most people don’t go there because Truman was a Democrat and Trump is a “sort of” Republican, but that won’t get in the way of this history lesson.

Harry Truman was not President Roosevelt’s only Vice President. Most younger Americas don’t remember that FDR served eight terms, a loophole that was taken away when the Twenty-Second Amendment said a president may be elected for only two terms with a total of eight years.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President, had three Vice Presidents. He changed his VPs more often than his boxer shorts, mostly for political reasons. Harry Truman was kind of like FDR’s Mike Pence. He hailed from the Midwest and was more conservative than FDR. His claim to fame before becoming Vice President was running a committee that investigated waste and corruption in the military. He became president when FDR died shortly after being reelected for the eighth time.

Here’s where the comparison between Trump and Truman gets a little scary. President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some say the two bombings killed as many as 230,000 civilians and they remain the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of armed conflict. Thank God. Truman claimed that dropping the big bomb had saved more than a million US lives by not prolonging a war with Japan. Well, we proved it could work and learned how terribly bad a nuclear weapon truly is.

When Harry Truman was confronted about waging war in Korea without a formal declaration and vote in congress, he allegedly told reporters, “I don’t ask their permission — I just consult them.” Appalled by Truman’s comment, Robert Taft from Ohio proclaimed that Harry Truman was courting a “Constitutional crisis.” Trump may say he’s a deal maker, but he’s just doing what HE THINKS is best. At least Truman took advice.

Like most presidents who have Congressional monkeys on their backs, Truman was not liked by the “other party” in Congress. When Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur for insubordination, the not so fearful General went to Capitol Hill to speak before a joint session of Congress. Many of Truman’s rivals wept openly. They thought MacArthur was infallible. It has been said that Truman was disgusted by the sight of “damn fool Congressmen crying like a bunch of women” after hearing “nothing but a bunch of bullshit!”  The description of Democrats is that they wet their seats when witnessing such emotional loyalty to MacArthur. If Trump gets reelected, Democrats and the nation will need a big box of Depend adult diapers.

When a person hears others saying they are the world’s most powerful person, they start to believe it. Oversight simply becomes an unnecessary burden on their lifestyle and ego. Trump’s similarity to Truman comes in the form of mismanaging crises. Truman used the atomic bomb to end a war but played the Korean conflict like he was walking on eggshells. He also showed the world he was afraid of China and Russia.

Trump is walking away from the fight with the coronavirus like he’s worried about making a mistake. His failed response is only made worse by his inability to know what Americans really need right now, a decisive leader. I question the loyalty to home and flag on the part of those who think Trump’s doing a good job. He’s not.

What makes our situation with the coronavirus even worse is that Trump, like Truman, will leave behind a pile of dung that we will have to clean up. By not using Congress to endorse his war, Truman paved the way for Vietnam, with all its feature creep and death. Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon believed they didn’t have to consult Congress on war because Truman set a precedent. Trump doesn’t believe he must engage with Congress during a crisis. Where was he all weekend? Playing golf and entertaining rich people.

Trump is unwilling and incapable of enacting an aggressive plan to end this insane attack on the health of Americans. It’s beyond deer in the headlights. The Donald is nothing but roadkill at this point. COVID-19 is his Korean Conflict and Vietnam war rolled into one and the virus has already killed more people than those conflicts.

We must not get too cocky here. Truman’s approval rating was down to 29% at one point and America elected him. Maybe Donald Trump thinks getting the US into a war will help him win another term, but he’s too chicken shit to fight a germ let alone the Chinese or the Russians.

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One of the post-COVID cow patties we are going to have to scrap off our collective shoes is a notion of oversight, and it’s going to take smart people in the White House and Congress to pull it off. The old school politics of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and old goats like Chuck Grassley and the slowly withering Dianne Feinstein are over. On a cautionary note, we don’t need frat boy pranksters like Florida’s First District Representative Matt Gaetz or troublesome formulators of English words like Representative Ilhan Omar. They are trying to make their mark, but they’re trash ideologs who should never be taken too seriously. Watch the HBO documentary called The Swamp and you’ll see why.

Our inspector generals must be better vetted and protected. There are currently 1,600 people working in the 73 offices of US inspectors general. In the beginning we had only 12 offices. What caused the growth? Harry Truman used those offices to investigate fraudulent contracts and financial improprieties in military procurement. Harry was called on the carpet for employing his wife, Bess, in the government. Trump has his family working for the White House, his campaign and the government, while the family skims money by commanding departments to support Trump kingdom’s hotels and services.

Sure, Harry Truman advanced the concept he called the Marshall Plan, which was a US program to provide aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. Those ideas, like NATO, were designed to keep us out of war yet they’re the very things Donald Trump wants to throw away. Dumb.

As many as 34,000 Americans and allied troops died in Korea, and we ended up right where we started, the 38th Parallel. Sure, Truman avoided a war with China and Russia by not letting MacArthur take the whole Korean peninsula, but Truman’s fear of World War III gave us Kim Jong-Un with a nuclear arsenal. Some would say reasonable tradeoff, but our current president has made that worse.

Trump wants to kowtow to Moscow while taking on China. In the nightmare vision pictured in George Orwell’s classic book, 1984, three nations survived an atomic war. There was Oceania, then, Eurasia, and finally Eastasia, and they were not democracies, at all. They were in constant conflict with two ganging up on one. Then, they would switch sides and do the same thing to the new “enemy of the state.”

The three most powerful nations today are the United States, Russia and China. Truman knew more about the world than Trump could ever dream to fathom. China might be a stronger economic force than Russia, but how many nuclear bombs do you need to end the world? Think about all the terrible things that could possibly happen to the United State of America and there’s Trump, stumped by a virus. It’s totally pitiful and embarrassing. Trump with a phone and a Twitter account thinks he’s the big player. They are laughing in Beijing and Moscow and the Donald doesn’t even know it.

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