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Enumerati

Trump Thought Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Made $5 Million a Year

$5 million

Washington Post: “Chief of Staff John Kelly has told others about watching television with Trump and asking the president how much the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff earns. Trump guessed $5 million, according to people who were told the story by Kelly, startling the chief of staff. Kelly responded that he made less than $200,000. The president suggested he get a large raise and noted the number of stars on his uniform.”

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If Trump Didn’t Exist, the GOP Would Have Made Him

“Trump is a singularly nasty and corrupt individual, but he also embodies something that has been clear about Republican politics for years: Advancing the conservative agenda any further—cutting taxes on the wealthy, slashing public services—requires more and more obfuscation, fewer and fewer voters, and increasingly naked white identity politics. … If Donald Trump didn’t exist, Republicans would have had to invent him. Or someone like him. The alternative would have been to moderate the conservative agenda in meaningful ways, and the party has been uncompromising in that regard.”

Brian Beutler

Poetic Justice

No De Niro

I’ve criticized Donald Trump, feeling nary a qualm,
I’ve written wry limericks with chutzpah and aplomb.
I’ve been quite outspoken
But now my heart’s broken —
‘Cause apparently I don’t qualify for a postal pipe bomb.

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Biden: Trump Is More george Wallace than George Washington

“No president has ever led by fear. Not Lincoln. Not Roosevelt. Not Kennedy. Not Reagan. This president is more like George Wallace than George Washington!”

— Joe Biden, quoted by CNN at a rally in Florida.

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Trump Feels at Home with Backstabbing and Bad Mouthing

“Washington DC is a vicious, vicious place. The attacks, the bad mouthing, the speaking behind your back, but you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here.”

— President Trump, in an interview on 60 Minutes.

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Why Trump’s Rallies Are Worrisome

“Much of the coverage of these events tends to be theatre criticism, or news stories about a single inflammatory line or two, rating Trump’s performance or puzzling over the appeal to his followers. But what the President of the United States is actually saying is extraordinary, regardless of whether the television cameras are carrying it live. It’s not just the whoppers or the particular outrage riffs that do get covered, either. It’s the hate, and the sense of actual menace that the President is trying to convey to his supporters. Democrats aren’t just wrong in the manner of traditional partisan differences; they are scary, bad, evil, radical, dangerous. Trump and Trump alone stands between his audiences and disaster.”

Susan Glasser

Poetic Justice

Our Poor President

Since he’s been the White House’s main resident,
Donald Trump’s business acumen has not been evident.
Despite Trump Tower rents
And foreign emoluments,
He claims he’s lost “billions” since becoming president.

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Rangel: Trump has ‘Destroyed’ the Republican Party

“Trump has completely destroyed the Republican Party. It is a terrible thing because it doesn’t give Americans an opportunity to vote on the issues. It’s either you’re for Trump or against Trump.”

— Former Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), quoted by The Hill.

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McRaven Asks Trump to Revoke His Security Clearance

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him. Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

— William McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, wrote an open letter to President Trump in the Washington Post.

Poetic Justice

POTUS’ SCOTUS

Despite the will of a majority of voters,
We ended up with Donald Trump as POTUS.
And because he’s a dick,
With his Supreme Court pick,
He’ll create a right-wing, activist SCOTUS.