The Senate saves Trump

Right after the Senate easily voted not to remove him from office on the two impeachment charges, Donald John Trump tweeted “I will be making a public statement tomorrow at 12:00pm from the @WhiteHouse to discuss our Country’s VICTORY on the Impeachment Hoax!” He was [typically] 20 minutes late. Not surprising he went after just about everyone who opposes him.

He said “We’ve been going through this now for over three years. It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was leakers and liars. And this should never, ever happen to another president, ever.” Trump told an East Room packed with conservative lawmakers, media pundits, and a number of Cabinet officials, who cheered as Trump meandered through a list of grievances and musings.

“As everybody knows, my family, our great country and your president have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people,” he said. Uh huh.

He apologized to his family “for having them have to go through a very phony rotten deal by some very sick people.” And whose fault was that? “I don’t know that other presidents would have been able to take it; some people said no, they wouldn’t have.”

He called Sen. Mitt Romney, the Utah Republican who voted to convict: a “failed presidential candidate” who “used religion as a crutch.” And yet Trump calls himself a church going Christian but he probably hasn’t stepped in a church since the last funeral that he was invited to.

He then went after others:

  • “A dirty cop” who represented “top scum” at the agency for James Comey, the FBI director he fired.
  • “It was all bullshit” regarding the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
  • “In my opinion, it’s almost like they want to destroy our country” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who led the effort to oust him from office.

At one point, he claimed but didn’t mention who – if even existed – that he got a call from a world leader praising the outcome. Blah. Blah. Blah. With his reputation, if you can’t offer the leader’s name, it didn’t exist.

Trump took the opportunity during the state of the union address to describe what he calls “the great American comeback” when he took office to revive the U.S. economy by “slashing a number of job killing-regulations, enacting historic and record-setting tax cuts, and fighting for fair and reciprocal trade agreements.”

But let’s look at what he has done:

  • In the case of blue-collar workers and lower-income earners, in particular, the facts and the rhetoric don’t always quite match because of slowing median wage gains, as well as the struggles of certain sectors that tend to employ lower- and middle-income earners.
  • The farm bailout is twice what was given to the auto sector back in the financial crisis [of 2008] and this was because Trump applied tariffs on China.
  • The stock market is soaring. But the vast majority of stocks are held by the wealthiest Americans.
  • The GDP is still growing at a respectable pace, but it’s down from the high points under Barack Obama.
  • Job growth has slowed. There have been a large uptick in company bankruptcies costing thousands of permanent jobs. There has been large job loses in manufacturing, some replaced in the service industry.
  • Trump pushed for easing regulations for the coal industry, promising jobs. But the coal industry has actually lost jobs since he has been in charge.
  • The federal budget deficit surpassed $1 trillion last year – doubling 2017 and 2018 combined. Trump promised he would start paying down the national debt, but his tax cuts and sweeping spending plans have seen the deficit soar to record highs.
  • The national debt went over $22 billion for the first time ever – jumping 10% since he took charge.
  • Even with tax cuts, the economy grew 0.6% less from 2018.

Trump’s buddy, former convict Conrad Black, was on CTV News in Canada after and rambled on and on and on. He roasted Mitt Romney for voting in favor and says his career as a politician is finished. This genius was even against Richard Nixon’s impeachment. He says what Trump was doing wasn’t illegal. Telling his staff not to participate in the House impeachment is not obstruction of justice? Black then said that Trump will easily win the next election by a landslide. Time for Black to retire with the millions he frauded people of.

Trump began his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast by taking veiled shots at Pelosi, who was on the stage with him as he spoke, and Romney, the morning after the GOP-controlled Senate acquitted him. Man child.

You may lose your hair scratching vigorously after reading this: Senator Marco Rubio gave his reason why he would vote against the articles of impeachment by saying in a statement that “Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office… I will not vote to remove the President because doing so would inflict extraordinary and potentially irreparable damage to our already divided nation.”

So Rubio’s comment is basically saying the [near] equivalent that individual can kill someone but because the individual is the breadwinner of the family, the individual won’t be arrested or tried in a court. Trump has already inflicted plenty of damage on the nation and the rest of the world. He is unstable.

Ummm. When Trump went to the front of the House, he shook Vice President Mike Pence’s hand but did not shake Pelosi’s hand. At the end of his speech, she tore up his speech that he did give her. I guess they are still angry at each other. Pelosi called Trump’s State of the Union address a “manifesto of mistruths”.

The pro-Trump Conservative base went after her calling her “classless” or “childish” but they didn’t seem to care that Trump did not shake her hand before the speech when she held it out.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo badly trolled Pelosi’s ripped speech by showing a screen capture of Lisa Simpson crying while ripping up a sheets paper. Yeardley Smith [does Lisa’s voice] took to Twitter to scold Pompeo. “Be a leader and fight you own fight!” she tweeted. “Oh, wait I forgot, you’re a follower.”

Trump could be working on [another] shake-up at the White House. He effectively lost confidence in his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, months ago but was told not to remove him until the impeachment was over. Trump denied Mulvaney is out – but you know him. North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows has been floated as a possible replacement.

Mulvaney himself is increasingly unhappy in the role. Trump has never graduated Mulvaney from his “acting” role, often ignores Mulvaney’s input and has opted on multiple occasions to do the opposite of whatever he suggests. Mulvaney has taken an active role in the administration’s efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak that originated in China and he travels regularly when Trump leaves town.

Trump was enraged when Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo in Trump withholding aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden. Mulvaney was not a visible presence in the impeachment proceedings.

Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council, was pushed out of his role earlier than expected. Vindman was not slated to leave until July. Trump has continued to fume privately about Vindman’s testimony during the impeachment inquiry, and some Democrats say the move is clearly retribution for it. Vindman is expected to return to the Pentagon.

Also fired was the US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified at the impeachment inquiry. Sondland’s ties to the White House and Trump had deteriorated since his testimony. He was also pulled from overseeing the Ukraine portfolio, which wasn’t directly related to his position as EU ambassador.

The Department of Justice revealed in a court filing that it has two dozen emails related to Trump’s involvement in the withholding of millions in security assistance to Ukraine — a disclosure that came just hours after the Senate voted against subpoenaing additional documents and witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, paving the way for his acquittal.

The filing marks the first official acknowledgment from the Trump administration that emails about Trump’s thinking related to the aid exist, and that he was directly involved in asking about and deciding on the aid as early as June. The administration is still blocking those emails from the public and has successfully kept them from Congress.

Days before the July 2019 call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, US officials were still working to expedite the delivery of Javelin anti-tank missiles to the country, according to emails and other internal documents. In an email to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a top Defense official communicated his concern over Trump’s “reported view that the US should cease providing security assistance” to Ukraine and its impact on national security.

What a classy man. Just before the Super Bowl Trump ranted away. “I see the hatred. … They don’t care about fairness, they don’t care about lying,” Trump said in a taped interview with Fox News Channel.

In the same interview, Trump claims former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, of making a special request for a box to stand on if he qualifies for future presidential debates. Bloomberg’s campaign denies that is the case. Trump’s campaign and Bloomberg’s will be running dueling, multimillion-dollar ads during Sunday night’s game. “Why should he get a box to stand on? … Why should he be entitled to that, really?”

Minutes after the Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years, Trump sent a congratulatory tweet to the team’s fans and the state of Kansas. But the team is based in Missouri. “Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure,” Trump tweeted. “You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!” It was corrected 10 minutes later.

Trump tweeted “The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster. Nothing works, just like they ran the Country. Remember the 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare Website, that should have cost 2% of that.” No shocker that he is confusing the state Democrats from the federal Democrats. It is the state Democrats that decide how voting takes place and are tabulated. The website’s final bill was $1.7 billion.

With the mess going on in the Democratic Iowa caucus, Trump was tweeting “I had the largest re-election vote in the history of that great state, by far, beating President Obama’s previous record by a lot. Also, 97% Plus of the vote!” Nope. Trump received just 24%. Ted Cruz beat him.

Trump, like presidents before him, typically invites anchors from all the major networks to dine with him at the White House in advance of his State of the Union address. The lunch conversation is considered off the record. This year, he has not invited CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer from attending with no reason given [other than his usual dislike for CNN].

In another one to laugh at, a tweet “My Approval Rating in the Republican Party = 95%, a record! Big Iowa win. Approval Rating overall = 53%, a new high. With our great Economy and other major successes, would be 20 points higher without the phony Witch Hunts and Hoaxes???” He thinks he would be at 73% if it wasn’t for the impeachment? He also looks at the Rasmussen poll because it always favors him – instead of all the other polls which consistently have him in the 40s.