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Trump Daily 10/9/2020

The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow it to immediately end census collection efforts despite a large number of non-respondents.

The president went to Walter Reed in November of last year. They said it was for part of his routine physical which makes no sense at all as the entire physical can be completed at the White House. We’ve now learned that the doctors working on Trump had to first sign an NDA. Two doctors refused and were not allowed to interact with him. Unusual does not cover this. NDAs against government employees are not actually legal, but Trump frequently uses them anyway. The doctors who signed them could be released from them, but it would likely require a legal battle.

Despite dozens of people contracting Covid-19 in the White House, the president continues to mock people for wearing masks. Immediately after the vice-presidential debate, Mike Pence was photographed with his prep team, none of whom wore a mask.

Elliott Broidy was previously one of the GOP’s finance officers alongside convicted felon Michael Cohen and Steve Wynn, accused of sexual harassment and assault. Broidy was previously caught paying off a Playboy model to keep quiet about an affair via money transferred by Michael Cohen. Sound familiar? Broidy is now set to plead guilty to using his political ties to Trump to aid Malaysian and Chinese interests.

The president multiple times this week said that the treatment he received from Regeneron is a “cure” for Covid-19 and that he’ll be making it readily available for free to every American with help from the military. Every word of this is bullshit. Regeneron isn’t even the name of the treatment. It’s the name of the manufacturer. The treatment is still in clinical trials. Less than 10 people nationwide have received it outside of those trials. If the treatment did cure Covid-19 and there was a way to pay for it for everyone, the company is not capable of manufacturing anywhere near the needed doses.

After the Rose Garden event which likely spread Covid-19 to dozens of people, the president met with several gold star families – those who have lost someone to wartime military service. The president said he couldn’t cancel the event because so many of the families insist on hugging and kissing him, implying they may have been the source of his infection.

Several men were arrested in a plot to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer over the state’s Covid-19 restrictions. The White House response to the arrests was that Whitmer was sowing discord. President Trump attacked her for not being sufficiently grateful for the arrests then said she was doing a terrible job and needed to fully reopen the state – the exact same claims made by the terrorists. Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham said several times today the men looked like antifa members, not Trump supporters. This is a lie. Several of them posted frequently about Trump on social media and several attended the anti-lockdown protests including the one where armed men overtook the Michigan capitol. These men are Trump supporting terrorists.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is saying he may release more of Hillary Clinton’s emails which is sure to damage her chances of being elected president next month. Every unclassified email the State Department possesses is already freely available on the State Department website. Pompeo is aware of this but said that maybe they’ll find some more. Pompeo’s job is to represent the country in all of our foreign relations. Threatening to release Clinton’s emails in an effort to sway the election obviously has nothing to do with this.

Following the huge expose of Trump’s taxes, the New York Times has revealed a large loan Trump gave his 2016 campaign likely violated the law. One of Trump’s businesses deducted the cost of the loan which isn’t legal. It was also personally backed by one of his business partners which would legally count as a contribution which was never disclosed.

Adding to warnings from HHS and DHS officials, we’ve learned officials at the Department of Justice warned their superiors about the physical and psychological damage from a family separation policy. They were warned and went forward with them regardless.

The CDC wanted to issue a recommendation for everyone on public transportation to wear masks. Like so many other issues, their safety recommendations were overruled by the White House.

Despite having recently hosted an event responsible for spreading Covid-19 to dozens of people, the White House has invited TWO THOUSAND people to an event tomorrow.

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Trump Daily 9/26/2020

President Trump said that the story that Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she didn’t want him replacing her was a hoax that came from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or Adam Schiff. The source for the story is Ginsburg’s granddaughter who was the person Ginsburg told this to. Trump called a family member of Ginsburg’s a liar days after her death.

A pseudonymous columnist at Redstate wrote several columns attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying there should never have been a lockdown or any need for mask wearing. The author implied Fauci and other health officials speaking about the pandemic were Nazis. As it turns out the author is Bill Crews. Mr. Crews worked in the public relations department at NIAID, the government organization headed by Fauci. Needless to say, Mr. Crews has stepped down.

In a new book from Andrew Weissmann, the former Mueller prosecutor claims the team shied away from examining Trump’s finances out of fear of angering the president. Among other allegations, Weissmann implies that Donald Trump Jr. pleaded the fifth amendment during the investigation.

The CIA has issued a report that Russia is likely directing an operation aimed at discrediting Biden. This report confirms another intelligence report recently published saying Andrii Derkach is the vector being used by Russia to spread disinformation. Derkach is a source for both Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who recently concluded his investigation into the Bidens. (The report showed nothing at all of consequence regarding the Bidens.) The CIA has been trying to keep intelligence about Russia away from the White House because Trump gets upset when he hears about Russia trying to aid his re-election.

I rarely just quote a headline, but I think it suffices here: “Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor.”

Multiple times this week Trump spoke about how “beautiful” it was when MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi was hit by a rubber bullet by police. The crowd in each instance has cheered Trump promoting violence against the press.

The CDC earlier this year responded to a severe Covid-19 outbreak in a South Dakota meat packing plant by issuing a report containing a large number of safety measures that needed to be implemented. Within a day, the report was altered so that every directive was qualified with a clause saying it should only be followed if it could be easily done. The changes came from CDC Director Redfield’s office.

Trump was on stage when word reached his campaign that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. His staff didn’t inform him because they were worried the crowd would cheer her death.

Eric Trump was ordered to testify in the criminal investigation of the Trump Organization. Eric responded that he would testify only after the election. Witnesses do not get to dictate to prosecutors the timeline of their cooperation. A judge has ruled Eric Trump must give his deposition on October 7 as ordered.

Twice this week, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election. During one response, he said that the election depends on whether Republicans can get enough mail-in ballots thrown out.

After years of saying he would unveil his health care plan “soon” or “within two weeks,” Trump announced an executive order on health care. The pillars include adding more choice, lowering costs, and protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. Rather I should say the pillars say those are things we should do. The plan does not have any mechanisms for achieving these goals. Pre-existing condition coverage is CURRENTLY mandated by law. The Trump administration is suing to reverse that as we speak.

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Trump Daily 9/19/2020 – In Other News

Wiser people are publishing about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg so I won’t be focusing on that here. Virtually no one has had a larger effect on US law and this is obviously now an election issue, but the news cycle doesn’t stop so here are the other stories from the week:

  • Another woman has publicly accused the president of sexual assault. Amy Dorris says Trump forced his tongue into her mouth and groped “my butt, my breasts, my back, everything.” There are credible witnesses saying Dorris told them about the assault when it happened. Dozens of women have accused Trump of sexual assault of various forms up to and including rape. Trump himself bragged about walking in on his underage pageant contestants while they were nude and getting away with it.
  • The president continues to insist the vaccine will be available in a short period of time, this time saying 4-8 weeks. This is a lie.

The atrocities predicted when Trump withdrew US forces from Syria’s border with Turkey happened as predicted – rape, torture, looting, and hostage-taking done by Turkish backed forces.

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Trump Daily 7/14/2020

  • White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro has published an op-ed attacking Dr. Fauci. I’m not sure we have seen anything like this in modern US history – a White House official is publicly attacking a top government scientist. Before diving into the details, I want to compare their credentials. Dr. Fauci has been the lead infectious disease expert in the US for thirty six years. Before that he was a research scientist and a director of multiple government medical science organizations. Fauci has been heavily involved with, if not directly overseen, every major outbreak in the country across four decades. He is arguably the most experienced infectious disease expert on the entire planet. Peter Navarro has an economics degree. He ran for mayor of San Diego and lost, ran for city council and lost, ran for the board of supervisors and lost, ran for congress and lost, then finally ran for city council again… and lost. He has otherwise been a professor and author, but before joining the Trump campaign, was most known as a political pundit. He has zero medical, public health, or scientific experience. I’ll dive into his op-ed in the next bullet point.
  • The president turned what was supposed to be a press conference about Hong Kong into a campaign speech, speaking for nearly an hour and taking only three questions at the end, one of which was the softball “Do you see yourself as an underdog?” This was a particularly abnormal event, as you are not legally allowed to use White House resources to campaign. While talking about trade with China, Trump said the country was “taking money from the treasury.” In Bob Woodward’s book, he described economic adviser Gary Cohn trying to explain to Trump that trade deficits do not cost anything, but Trump insisted a trade deficit meant money was being taken from the US government. This is absolute nonsense. The president still believes it after several years in office. In the rest of his long incoherent rant, the president said the Paris Climate Accords required the country to close 25% of businesses, a lie, that Biden supported carbon regulations that would result in banning windows, a lie, and asked why Biden didn’t fix our highways while vice-president. Congress appropriates infrastructure spending. The president still does not have a basic grasp of how the government works. He threw in the typical attacks on Hunter Biden and mail-in voting. This was an event about Hong Kong.
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Trump Daily 3/18/2020

  • In yesterday’s press conference, Trump defending the US not immediately adopting the WHO coronavirus test by saying they didn’t make an offer and that the test was bad. These are lies. WHO did offer the test and it’s accurate. Dr. Brix, the coronavirus response coordinator, said tests outside the US had a 50% false positive rate. Only two tests have had a high false positive rate – the initial test used by China and the initial test developed by the US CDC. No valid explanation has been given for why the US rejected the WHO test.
  • This is a must-read article. The Army Corps of Engineers has not been given any orders on any actions regarding the outbreak. FEMA has not been given a mission from HHS. The VA, which has extra hospital bed capacity, has not been asked to prepare that capacity for civilian use.

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Trump Daily 2/27/2020

  • The Trump campaign is suing the New York Times over an op-ed which stated Russia was trying to attempt to help Trump win the election and that the Trump administration has gone easy on Russia, both demonstrably true. Of note, the lawsuit claims the Mueller report should have informed the newspaper their claims weren’t true but the Mueller report was published AFTER the article was. This suit opens up the Trump campaign to discovery by NYT lawyers which is why it’s almost certainly a stunt that will be withdrawn before that happens.
  • The president blamed this week’s stock market dive on the Democratic debate being “bad.” The market began dropping the day before the debate.
  • Which is why all CDC and HHS statements about the disease must go through the new leader of the group working on the virus – Mike Pence. The president cited Mike Pence’s tenure running healthcare in Indiana. During said tenure, one section of the state saw a dramatic spike in HIV infection rates directly attributable to Pence’s policies. Pence has no background in science or health and has questioned the link between cigarettes and cancer. Alex Azar was unaware Pence was going to be in charge of the efforts until directly before the press conference announcing it.

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