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It’s All About Trump

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

After Trump’s rally in New Hampshire had been canceled – according to the Trump campaign because of the weather but in reality because there had been very little demand for tickets – the president went looking for an audience, and he found one yesterday in the Rose Garden.  Invited for a presser about punishment for China’s actions in Hong Kong reporters were treated to a rambling speech of almost an hour in which China was barely mentioned, but that shifted from COVID-19 to Joe Biden to the economy to Trump’s accomplishments and how he had always been sabotaged.  His staffers had urged him to make the speech not about himself but about Biden, knowing that running on Trump’s merits would be a loser, but Trump can only talk about himself and dug every hole that he’s in a little deeper.  En passant he broke the law, because it is illegal to campaign on government property, but that was peanuts compared to his commuting of the sentence of Roger Stone, who had been convicted for lying in order to protect the president who now kept him out of jail to return the favor, a genuine mafia two-step if ever there was one.

With the pandemic raging in most states Trump doubled down on his earlier falsehoods, now claiming that doctors are lying about the virus to make him lose the election and that schools are being kept closed for the same reason.  Addressing the first issue the White House produced an ‘oppo research’ paper stating that Dr. Fauci had frequently been wrong, and directed that from now on hospitals send their COVID numbers to a data-base in DC, where they are not public and can easily be manipulated, instead of to the CDC.  And in spite of the unbelievable testing mess in the US the president keeps repeating his bizarre claim that testing produces infections.  With regards to the schools Trump answers every question by saying ‘schools must be open,’ like a person on the extreme left side of the autism spectrum, and inexplicably states that parents and children are dying because schools are closed, and that if administrators don’t want to open a school parents have to find ‘someone who will.’ His proclamations fly in the face of CDC guidelines that identify fully re-opened schools as representing the highest public health risk.

Asked about the Confederate flag the president said that he understands why people like it and that he doesn’t mind having it wave at his rallies, calling it ‘freedom of speech’ and criticizing NASCAR for having banned it from its races.  In response to a question about blacks being killed by the police Trump responded that whites are being killed more often, which disregards statistics showing that blacks are twice as likely to be killed by police violence.  It was one more example of Trump’s racism getting the worst of him and his self-sabotaging his re-election bid.

The president’s attempt to blackmail universities into opening by threatening to take visas away from foreign students who only take on-line classes failed and was reversed, because both the universities and the US are too dependent on those students.  Trump didn’t fare well in the courts this week, because his financial information will be made available to the Manhattan DA and his estranged niece, Mary, is now allowed to give interviews about the dysfunctional Trump family.

Mary’s cousin, Ivanka, who qualifies as the most idiotic member of that family in spite of heavy competition, broke the law with a commercial for Goya beans after its CEO had endorsed her father, and as his senior advisor on employment matters she displayed her profound knowledge of that field by urging the newly unemployed to ‘find something else’ in the middle of the corona pandemic.


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Trump versus Black America

(Door Hugo KIjne te Hoboken USA)

Donald Trump has always been a racist.  He and his father refused to rent apartments to potential black tenants, black employees had to be whisked off the floors when he came visit his casinos, he demanded the death penalty for the innocent Central Park Five and wouldn’t accept their final acquittal, and he started the ‘birther’ movement to undermine the first black president.  With the COVID-pandemic still raging in most of the country and ‘the best economy ever’ in shambles he  decided that he has nothing else to run on than racist sentiments, so he’s going all out on it.  In his Fourth of July speeches he revived the ‘American carnage’ theme of his inauguration speech in reference to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the removal of Confederate statues and symbols.  Subsequently he criticized NASCAR for having banned the battle flag of Northern Virginia from its races and demanded an apology from its only black driver Bubba Wallace, who sounded the alarm when he had found a noose hanging in his garage, and finally he criticized the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians for considering to change their team’s names. 

It is unclear what the president expects to achieve with his whining and often half-crying racist rants.  In 2016 he also ran a racist campaign, but at that time his targets were colored immigrants and Muslims, while he is now disparaging the descendants of black Christians who have been in the US much longer than the Trump family.  His use of the term ‘cancel culture’ makes no sense, because the fact that America was built on stolen land exploiting a stolen people, as the Avett Brothers sing, cannot be canceled.  The president already has all the racist support he can get, while he is losing suburban and elderly voters due to his mishandling of the corona crisis.  The only rational explanation is that Trump, expecting defeat in November, is solidifying his base for them to be milked by a future business venture, unless he is preparing his deplorables for a new Civil War.  Stoking hatred as a distraction from the pandemic doesn’t explain his behavior either, because instead of staying silent Trump tells Americans ‘to live with it,’ falsely claiming that 99% of the new cases are harmless and lying that the US has the lowest mortality rate in the world.

The president demanded with an all caps tweet that the schools be opened in the fall, starting the latest fight in the corona crisis.  For him restoring economic activity to increase his electability is the only objective, and parents would obviously be delighted to have schools reopening, but only if it is safe, both for the children and their grandparents.  Teachers unions have their own safety concerns, and instead of making extra funding available for allowing social distancing in schools the government threatens to take money away from states where the schools will not be open.

Yesterday advance copies of Trump’s niece Mary’s tell all book were issued and it’s a doozy.  She describes how the president grew up learning that cheating and lying is the only way of life, and as a trained psychologist she adds more depth to the analysis of Trump’s sociopathic narcissism, having had the advantage of extended direct observation.  Unless Trump remains as teflon as he has been so far, this book may hit him harder than any other, John Bolton’s included.

The president still has not acted upon the information that Russia offered bounties for killed American soldiers in Afghanistan, but instead confirmed that the US would withdraw from the WHO.  Considering the seriousness of the corona crisis this is the equivalent of taking the ball and going home with the game on the line, instead of offering the global leadership America used to provide.

 

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Taalvirtuoos Frits Spits wil weten wat hier het juiste antwoord is....

Maar......

 

.....hem, en alle andere aanwezigen, ontgaat het, dat "uitgebroede kuikentjes" helemaal niet bestaan ! 

UItgebroede eitjes wel.

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(Ontvangen van Theo Uittenbogaard)


 

Trump versus the Majority

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

Almost a week after Mike Pence declared that the federal government had made ‘remarkable progress’ in fighting the corona virus ‘under the leadership of Donald Trump,’ at a briefing by the Corona Task Force where Dr. Anthony Fauci was barely allowed to talk after having been muzzled for weeks, that same Dr. Fauci testified in the Senate that he is ‘very concerned’ about the surging pandemic and fears that the number of daily new COVID-19 cases will soon rise to 100,000. Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, who are not as self-destructive as the president, issued strong statements in favor of wearing masks, something Trump still refuses to do, and governors in southern and western states reversed decisions about opening bars, allowing indoor dining and access to beaches.  Meanwhile the EU blocked entrance to Europe for travelers from the US, and some eastern states imposed two weeks of quarantine on travelers coming from states where the virus is raging.  And with Americans getting infected in record numbers the administration is still trying to get Obamacare repealed, without an alternative for the 24 million potential victims of that action.

The corona crisis is only one of three areas where Trump has positioned himself in opposition to the interests and convictions of a significant majority of the American people.  While the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has swollen to a social giant and is crying out for racial justice the US President has presented himself as the main defender of confederate traitors and their statues.  To make crystal clear where he stands Trump re-tweeted a video in which the chant ‘white power’ was prominently featured. Even more outrageous was the news that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers and that the president must have been aware of it at least since February 2020, when the information was included in his daily security briefing, but should have known since March 2019, when he was briefed about it by John Bolton.  The White House initially lied that Trump had not been briefed, which produced all kinds of speculation about  his allegiance to Putin, and is still scrambling to explain why the only action by ‘the most informed person on the planet Earth with regards to threats to the US’ had been inviting his Russian idol to the G7.  

As insane as it seems that the president would run on issues that are rejected by a large majority of the voters there is some logic to it.  Trump knows that he cannot expand his base beyond its hard core of non-college white males and hangers-on, so his only option is to deepen that core by mobilizing deplorables who for whatever reason have not voted for him in 2016.  That strategy can only work if it is complemented by so much voter suppression in battleground states that it opens a narrow path to an Electoral College majority, hence Trump’s ranting against voting by mail.

Next to the information about the Commander-in-Chief’s betrayal of his own troops a record became public of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, Putin and Erdogan most prominently among them.  The president’s preference for authoritarian strongmen is well known, but easy access to him for the Turkish leader and his slavish attitude towards his Russian handler still raise the question what leverage they have over Trump, who thuggishly called Theresa May ‘a fool’ and Angela Merkel ‘stupid.’

Finally, the question is in order if Trump is trying to kill off Mike Pence before the November election, so that Nikki Haley can still take his place.  First the vice president was sent to a church in Dallas, where a large choir happily spread the virus by singing Christian hymns, and today he is in Phoenix, another corona hotspot.  It may be one more of Jared Kushner’s changes to Trump’s re-election campaign.


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Trump versus the Pandemic

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

Donald Trump cannot get over the fact that the corona virus took away the best economy and unemployment rate ever, and therefore he is desperately running against the COVID pandemic.  If the president had the ability to listen to experts like Dr. Fauci, who warned the Congress that there is a ‘disturbing surge’ going on and strongly advocated wearing masks, social distancing, more testing and  tracking, he would realize that he’s only strengthening his viral opponent.  Instead, Trump only hears voices in his head telling him that the virus will ‘fade away.’  So he doesn’t wear a mask, setting a terrible example, and dragged 6,200 of his dumbest deplorables into a Tulsa arena after six members of his advance team had already contracted the virus there, while two members of his campaign staff got infected during the event.  The ‘highlight’ of Trump’s rambling speech was his mentioning that he had told ‘his people’ to bring down the testing, a blunder his press secretary tried to clean up by suggesting that it had been a tongue-in-cheek remark, until the president threw her under the bus and told the press that he was not kidding.

After a midnight return to the White House, looking like a golfer who had just badly missed the cut in a major and wondering why his other 62,800 expected fans had betrayed him, Trump gave himself a rematch in Phoenix, Arizona, where the pandemic is surging even more than in Tulsa.  This time the location was a closed mega-church and his audience consisted of 3,000 students, not likely to die from COVID-19 but perfectly capable of bringing the virus home and killing grandma.   Before the rally the president visited ‘The Wall,’ of which by now 216 miles have replaced already existing barriers and a total of 4 new miles have been constructed.  Trump claimed that the wall helps keeping the virus out of the US, although based on the number of cases in each country it is more likely that it keeps the virus out of Mexico.  With a second large ‘superspreader’ event in four days the president gave the pandemic a serious boost, of which the results will be visible in two or three weeks.  And as Dr. Fauci explained that the first wave is still out of control, non-scientists Mike Pence and Larry Kudlow proclaimed that there won’t be a second wave.

Other than horsing around the country attacking the pandemic like Don Quijote once attacked windmills and with similar results, Trump found time to manipulate the legal system by trying to replace the US Attorney in charge of investigating Rudi Giuliani and various Trump ventures in New York City with a completely unqualified stooge.  The attempt largely failed after AG Barr made a total ass of himself, and in testimony to Congress it was revealed that undue pressure was put on DoJ prosecutors to give Roger Stone a pass, bringing the US closer to banana republic status.

While the president is tasting the carpet in the Oval Office, losing his battle with the ‘invisible enemy,’ his real opponent, Joe Biden, is slowly making himself more visible, but in such a way that Trump cannot touch him.  Biden’s campaign offers a reminder of Mohamed Ali’s ‘rope-a-dope,’ when George Foreman punched himself out of breath until Ali knocked him down, with the difference that Foreman landed some serious body  blows while Trump is only swinging in the air.

And after John Bolton was allowed to publish a book picturing Trump as a lazy, self-centered, ignorant buffoon, the next title, ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Produced the World’s Most Dangerous Man,’ is ready to roll off the presses.  The author, Mary Trump, is being sued by her uncle, Trump’s brother Robert, because there is an NDA, so it’s unclear if the book will see the light of day.


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