Trump, the chief of conspiracy theories

Donald Trump retweeted a conspiracy theory on Saturday evening alleging without evidence that former President Bill Clinton was connected to the death of wealthy financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, hours after Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide in his federal prison cell. Considering that Trump has claimed he hasn’t been around Epstein for something like 15 years, he has taken great interest in it.

“Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH ? Yeah right! How does that happen,” wrote Terrence K. Williams, a conservative commentator and comedian, in the message retweeted by Trump. In a two-minute long selfie video recording, Williams alleged that the Clintons were responsible for Epstein’s death and falsely claims that Epstein was on suicide watch in the prison at the time of his death. He wasn’t. Somebody is missing a handful of screws.

And not surprised with the conspiracy nuts going nuts. One claims that “Twitter Removes #ClintonBodyCount with 84,000 Mentions from Trending List After Epstein Death – Replaces with Trump, Barr Hashtags”. Others claim that Epstein is still alive.

With Trump himself denying that he has been involved with Epstein for over a dozen years, it could further bit him in the butt if [for example] Epstein said under testimony the Trump was involved in his sex session with underage girls. Trump would also benefit from Epstein’s death. As the so-called president, he has the means for someone to do it on his behalf.

Since he came into office, Trump has always claimed how great the economy has been. His indicator was primarily that the stock market was rising. He isn’t a financial guru. Far from it. His tariff wars with other big economies – claiming that they have huge trade surpluses – is starting to hit the US economy. Just recently Trump postponed hitting China with more tariffs acknowledging [finally] that tariffs will raise prices on items that American buy. So he has delayed the next round until after the holiday buying season has ended.

Meanwhile, the bond market, for the first time in over a decade, flashed a warning signal that has an eerily accurate track record for predicting recessions. Right after, the major stock markets dropped over 2% each with the Dow Jones dropping 832 points following the warning. All the major economies, from Germany to the UK to India [with the slight exception of Canada] has been hit with economic issues.

Trump went after Federal Reserve chairman and Trump appointee Jay Powell on Twitter, blaming him for the problem and claiming that his tariffs are not hurting the economy. Again, [not defending him] Trump isn’t a financial guru. Analysts have said trade wars were in part behind recent troubles in financial markets as they raised costs and cast a layer of uncertainty on businesses and consumers.

With an upcoming election coming in 15 months, what Trump doesn’t need is a recession. A recession will hurt his re-election chances if his base starts to lose jobs or pay more for items that they need. He won’t be able to claim that the economy is doing so well. But knowing him, he would [who’s he fooling?].

Even with the Trump administration trying not to allow Russians from affecting the US economics and politics, the administration allowed a major Russian company, Rusal, to get a 40% stake in an aluminum mill in Kentucky, the home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The owner of Rusal is a friend of President Vladimir Poutine.

All this is even though the head of the Russian company has been sanctioned by the Mueller investigation. Two lobbyists working to get the mill built were formerly employed by McConnell. The owner is also friendly with the disgraced Paul Manafort.

One of Rusal’s lesser shareholders has since donated a total of $3.5 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by McConnell’s former chief of staff. Coincidence? McConnell pushed for Rusal’s eventual removal from sanctions.

With the unrest in Hong Kong, Trump tweeted ‘Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”

He then added “Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?” Some Chinese officials believe that the US [or west] are backing the protesters. Unsure how.

Meanwhile the US Navy’s requests for two ships to make port visits in the coming weeks have been denied by the Chinese government. The US Navy never had any issues previously.

The Trump administration has informally green lit a potential major arms sale to Taiwan involving dozens of new F-16 fighter jets. The new weaponry could further erode ties, since Beijing views the self-governing island as part of China. Beijing has frequently protested the sales as a violation of China’s sovereignty despite the Chinese Communist Party having never governed the island.

Last month, the Trump administration approved selling 108 M1A2T Abrams tanks and portable Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Taiwan, an arms package valued at $2.2 billion. Since 2010, the US has announced more than $15 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.

In response to another round of tariffs aimed at China on September 1st, $300 billion worth, Chinese buyers have cancelled multi-billion dollar purchases of US soybeans. Regulators are threatening to place American companies on an “unreliable entities” list that might face curbs on their operations. But the tariffs have been delayed now until December 15th.

Bipartisan lawmakers and foreign policy advocates have spoken out publicly against the move to cancel $4 billion in funds to the State Department and US Agency for International Development, warning about their impact on US foreign policy priorities. The Trump administration has sought to decrease what it believes is wasteful spending and make foreign aid more conditional on support for US policies. White House officials believe they have the authority to cancel the funds without congressional approval.

[Scratching your head time.] Trump has on multiple occasions brought up buying Greenland from the Danish government and the White House counsel’s office has looked into the possibility. The island’s government, however, said in a statement it’s not going to happen: “Greenland is not for sale.”

Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory, is home to Thule Air Base, the US military’s northernmost base, located about 750 miles above the Arctic Circle and built in 1951. The radar and listening post features a Ballistic Missile Early Warning System that can warn of incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles and reaches thousands of miles into Russian territory.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said that Republicans may need to find a candidate to replace Trump in 2020. “We are now in the early episodes of ‘Chernobyl’ on HBO, where the reactor is melting down and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to cover it up or start the clean-up process,” Scaramucci, who was ousted from his job after 11 days.

Trump decided to go after Bill Maher by tweeting “So many lies. He said patients in El Paso hospital didn’t want to meet with me. Wrong! Had really great meetings with numerous patients.” Except is known that some did refuse to see him. “He is right about one thing, though. I will win again in 2020. Otherwise, he pays 95% in taxes!” Wonder where he got the ridiculous 95% from. Oh forget hit.

The fake facts in chief mentioned the following recently:

  • First claiming that China had just posted its worst economic growth in 27 years. Later he said it was 35 years. Nothing changed in a week.
  • The remains of the soldiers from the Korean War will continue to come through Hawaii. In fact, North Korea has stopped cooperating with the remains recovery initiative and that the effort has been suspended for this year.
  • “There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests. No long-range missiles.” Actually, North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, even short range ones.
  • “As you know, we’ve got 32,000 soldiers on South Korean soil, and we’ve been helping them for about 82 years.” Actually 26,000 active personnel and the US has been in South Korea since the end of World War II – 74 years ago.
    “You have drug dealers that get not even 30 days, and they’ve killed 25 people.” Good luck in finding any evidence that this is true.
  • Trump claims that he has given farmers $16 billion to offset their loss from Chines tariffs. In fact, his $28 billion pledge to farmers exceeds the total tariff revenues as of last month [$21 billion].
  • “Americans are not paying for the Tariffs — they are being paid for compliments of China, and the U.S. is taking in tens of Billions of Dollars!” What the stable economics genius forgets is that American importers make the actual tariff payments, and economic studies have found that Americans have borne most of the cost.

Here we go again. Trump spewing #fakefacts, this time at a speech in Pennsylvania that was not supposed to be a campaign rally. Instead it was about energy.

  • “Pennsylvania has the best numbers they’ve ever had in the history of this state.” – Actually the best since 1976 but not ever.
  • “I built good.” – Yes. This is president of the US talking.
  • “…now nobody looks at Obama getting $60 million for a book…” – You cannot be the President and have other income according to the constitution. But that doesn’t stop former Presidents. And in this case it is $65 million for both Obama and his wife.
  • “We’re building a lot of wall.” – Just 46.7 miles of border wall have been built since Trump came into office.
  • Virginia “hasn’t been won by a Republican in a long time.” – Before Obama in 2008, the last Democrats to win in Virginia goes back to Lyndon Johnson.

Note that this wasn’t a campaign rally but Trump representing the country. So the gathering used taxpayer money. And yet he started to whine about Democrat hopefuls and other political stuff in addition to the above.

Trump recently took credit for building a $6 billion Shell plant in Pennsylvania that was announced in 2012 under President Obama. I don’t think you can build a refinery and have it running in under 30 months.

Trump also claimed the steel manufacturing was “dead”. It has declined maybe 1800 jobs in the past 4 months but still has over 379,300 workers.

Trump claimed that US Steel was to open or expand six facilities in 2018. Instead US steel is reducing production in 2 plants because of tariffs.

Trump claimed that Exxon Mobil recently invested in the gulf coast was because of him administration’s policies in fact was started in 2013.

Trump also took credit as his idea to install solar panels on border walls when the idea came from a private company.

In the past, Trump even took credit for inventing the word caravan!

Trump claims that he has lost between $3 and $5 billion in taking the current job instead of whatever he normally does. Of course this may or may not include at least one bankruptcy. If he is upset that he supposedly lost that much then resign!

In the ongoing attempt to curb immigration, a new rule came into effect by the Trump administration where many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education.

The Trump administration announced significant changes that would weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling and limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. That act was credited with saving the bald eagle and grizzly bear from extinction.

The rule was panned by environmental groups that question Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s motives, given his past work representing oil and gas companies. Conservationists and environmentalists will be lining up to challenge this revisions to the act.

In the usual “what was he smoking” announcement, Trump has claimed for years that he was once named “Michigan Man of the Year,” a title that does not exist. Who announces any “year” awards in the middle of summer?

Conspiracy theories are big with Trump’s late friend Epstein

With the [probable] suicide death of Jeffrey Epstein, conspiracy theories came out of the woodwork.

You had one that said that Epstein isn’t dead and has escaped the country – offering some very vague proof.

But the most interesting on is that Bill Clinton [maybe with Hillary] were behind the murder of Epstein. Ya. Right. The conspiracy nuts [including one conservative black comedian] claims that the Clintons have the resources to kill Epstein. Even Kellyanne The Witch Conway says that people “higher up” are involved. Clinton hasn’t been in office in 18 years. Does he still have the resources?

But who really has the most to lose here if Epstein went to trial?

I would say Donald Trump.

After all, he is a sitting president who has denied any involvement with Epstein for over a dozen years. But Even if over a dozen years ago, wouldn’t that be around the time Epstein first got into trouble for his taste in young women? [And of course, we know that Trump has had relationships while in a marriage. So, he doesn’t care if he’s married or not.]

Epstein could make a deal to confirm that Trump was involved with young underage women which would set the ball rolling for the beginnings of impeachment. What the US doesn’t need is a president who had sex with underage women.

Theoretically, Trump also has the resources to get someone in the corrections facility in New York to do away with Epstein. After all, would an [overworked, underpaid] guard say no to someone who has a document from a sitting president and tell that person that they can’t “visit” Epstein?

According to reports, the facility is understaffed with one guard who was more like a trainee. In addition, Epstein should of been checked every 30 minutes. As well, there was no camera near him.

And here is the kicker: Epstein’s lawyer supposedly had his suicide watch removed even though he attempted it shortly after he was incarcerated there. Supposedly, only a judge can authorize the removal of the suicide watch [in consultation with a doctor].

And of course, Trump still has a grudge with Bill Clinton even though he donated to his election campaign years ago.

This isn’t a conspiracy theory. More like something that is a bit more solid than most other theories.

He’s losing friends, staff and still causes more problems

Convicted pervert and former hedge fund manager, Jeffrey Epstein, is in trouble again for his perversions. He is supposed to be a friend of Donald Trump but Trump said he hasn’t seen Epstein in 15 years. If you believe that.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who as a US attorney in Miami signed off on what critics now say was a lenient non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s plea agreement in 2008. Epstein went to jail – for 13 months of an 18-month sentence – registering as a sex offender and putting the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.

Trump is not the only top politician who is being asked what he knew about Epstein’s behavior: Friends of Epstein include Attorney General William Barr’s father, Donald Barr. Also included are Trump, Bill Clinton, celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, singer Courtney Love, actor Alec Baldwin and billionaire David Koch

Epstein is quoted as saying, “I want to set up my modeling agency the same way Trump set up his modeling agency.” Legend has it that he sometimes would walk into the dressing room at one of his pageants while some of the contestants were at least partially nude.

Epstein could be charged with possible witness tampering where he made $350,000 in payments to two possible co-conspirators after a series of newspaper stories alleged he sexually abused dozens of girls. He also had investigators follow some of his victims and supposedly harassed some as well.

Acosta – who announced his resignation – said he decided to step aside because he didn’t want his previous handling of a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein to become the focus of the Labor Department. Acosta had made an agreement with Epstein to avoid major repercussions for Epstein, even though a federal investigation had identified 36 underage victims and there could be over 100.

Months ago Trump said “He’s [Acosta] done a fantastic job. He’s a friend of everybody in the administration…. He made a deal that people were happy with, and then 12 years later they’re not happy with it.”

Acosta is the 9th cabinet official to leave the Trump administration. During the Obama Administration, there was no turnover in cabinet agencies, two and a half years into his first term. During the Bush Administration, one cabinet secretary had left office as of June 2003.

Trump said “It will be like obliteration [of Iran] that you have never seen before.” Luckily, for now, we have never seen obliteration. So we don’t know what it’s looks like.

Trump still wants his wall and yet he says his people at the border are doing a great job. Does that mean he doesn’t want a wall?

There is talk of maybe an insert with additional questions. I guess those against the census questions [like 99% of Democrats, immigrants, illegals and basically anyone who is sane] will not return those questions. I wonder how much extra these questions will cost. Mailing, printing, lawyers, lawsuits, etc.

Instead Trump will get the information the needs from other departments and use what the administration can to cheat out some people from getting their [indirect] share of future budgets.

“Congratulations to the US Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!” Trump tweeted from his golf club in New Jersey. That’s nice – except it took a 5 hours after his wife, President Obama and others congratulated them. The US government’s delegation to the final in France also lacked a bit of firepower, given that it was led by a comparatively junior official in the deputy Secretary of Commerce. No word if the team will be actually invited to the White House.

After leaked cables sent from United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, back to London describe Trump as “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” Trump [of course], lashed out at Darroch saying “We’re not big fans of that man and he has not served the UK well, so I can understand it,” Trump said. “And I can say things about him but I won’t bother.” Funny how he only says negative things after he is criticized. If Darroch did a lousy job why not complain about him sooner?

Trump continued his rant against the soon to be ex-UK Ambassador to the US, Darroch, by saying “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well….” He is the ambassador to one of the biggest US allies. Trump never met Darroch at all? He tweeted that the ambassador was “wacky,” “a very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool”. Either he knows him or is just [as usual] making comments without knowing the Darroch.

Even with all the mess regarding Brexit? Darroch is now branded an anti-Trump globalist by his foes back home, is no longer welcome in the White House. Darroch was recently was dis-invited from a dinner with Trump, the Emir of Qatar and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Petty.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – Darroch’s boss – said officials would consider whether a hostile foreign power keen to disrupt relations between the US and Britain was behind the leak. While Hunt sort of sided with Darroch in Darroch is allowed to state his opinion, Hunt said that Darroch’s opinions were not his.

Darroch made his decision to step down after seeing that Boris Johnson, the current frontrunner to replace Theresa May as British Prime Minister, had refused to support him during a leadership debate. “Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice,” outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons.

Trump also went after May for “… their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled. I told @theresa_may how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done. A disaster!” As if the UK would allow Trump to play a hand in Brexit negotiations when it is none of his business. The US is not part of the EU.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an amendment to New York law that would allow Congress to get hold of Trump’s state tax returns while the legal battle for his federal returns rages on. The law requires the state’s tax commissioner to provide New York state tax returns to Congress upon request from the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation and mandates the removal of any federal tax information that might appear on state returns.

The House Judiciary Committee broadened its investigation into Trump and possible obstruction of justice, authorizing subpoenas to a dozen individuals that included Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The committee also authorized subpoenas to current and former Trump administration officials related to the “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that led to the separation last year of migrant families who crossed the southern border illegally.

“We’re going to send people in. We’re going to have some of the press go in,” said Trump comes days after Democratic members of Congress toured two Texas border facilities, including one in Clint, and expressed outrage over the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin the previously postponed raids across the country to arrest thousands of family members of undocumented immigrants who already have court orders to be removed. Raids are expected to take place in at least 10 cities, will occur “over multiple days” and will include “collateral” deportations in which “authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.”

[I guess if you move yourself temporarily to a nice rural mid-west location where they vote for Republicans en mass, then you are safe.]

Federal prosecutors have requested information about former top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy’s contacts with foreign leaders and businesses while working for Trump’s inauguration. They are seeking documents and records relating to Broidy, five companies associated with him and foreign politicians — including the presidents of Angola and the Republic of Congo and two Romanian politicians.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York judge’s ruling and found that Trump “engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by utilizing Twitter’s ‘blocking’ function to limit certain users’ access to his social media account, which is otherwise open to the public at large, because he disagrees with their speech…. We hold that he engaged in such discrimination.”

The administration had won only three of 42 deregulatory cases, a paltry success rate of only 7%.

Trump tweeted “Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt.” This after an appeal court ruled that his Trump International Hotel in Washington harms hotels and other businesses the states partially own. The court’s decision effectively keeps the states’ attorneys general offices from gathering financial information from the Trump Organization and Trump himself. Trump now thinks that there a body of people who are involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.

The US budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of this budget year to $747.1 billion US as government revenues and spending both hit records. The deficit for the current fiscal year through June is up 23.1% over the same period a year ago with receipts rising by 2.7% while spending increased 6.6%. The deficit for the full budget year, which ends on Sept. 30, will top $1 trillion.

The Trump Organization’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, will host a charity golf tournament this week put on by a strip club [Shadow Cabaret] in the Miami area that will include dancers serving as “caddy girls” for the tournament’s participants. Trump name and family crest are displayed prominently in the strip club’s advertising materials. I’m sure Trump will be upset…. that he wasn’t invited.

[From 2015 to 2017, revenue fell 18%, net operating income shrank from $13.8 million to $4.3 million and Trump Organization sought to lower the property’s tax bill. The Trump Organization earlier this year shelved plans to expand two US hotel chains, citing a toxic political climate for the Trump brand. has previously listed Doral in federal disclosures as his biggest money-maker.]

“We live in a climate where everything will be used against us, whether by the fake news or by Democrats who are only interested in Presidential harassment and wasting everyone’s time, barraging us with nonsense letters,” Eric Trump said in February. Or maybe it’s your father or even your incompetence in running a business.

The Trump Organization said in a separate statement to the Post that the decline in revenue at Doral is unrelated to the Trump name, and instead cited “fears of the Zika virus in 2016, and hurricanes in 2016 and 2017, for driving tourists away from South Florida.” There will be hurricanes every year.

The White House announced a social media summit in late June, describing it as an event to bring together “digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” But the White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter. They said they believe the summit would amount to a right-wing grievance session and was not aimed at seriously discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies.

Trump has poured fuel on the fire, attacking large technology companies on a regular basis and suggesting they need to be regulated by the government. Trump has suggested, without evidence, that Twitter makes it difficult for his supporters to follow him.

Among those invited to Trump’s “social media summit” are Bill Mitchell, a radio host who has promoted the extremist QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter; Carpe Donktum, an anonymous troll who won a contest put on by the fringe media organization InfoWars for an anti-media meme; and Ali Alexander, an activist who attempted to smear Sen. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an “American black” following the first Democratic presidential debates.

Other eyebrow raising attendees include James O’Keefe, the guerrilla journalist; Charlie Kirk, the founder of the right-wing student group Turning Point USA who sometimes posts misleading information on social media; and Benny Johnson, the journalist-turned-activist who was fired for plagiarism by BuzzFeed and demoted at the Independent Journal Review for violating company standards.

At least one of the individuals invited proved to be too far off in the fringe even for the White House as the White House had rescinded its invitation to cartoonist Ben Garrison, who had drawn a cartoon widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

At the “social media summit” this week…..

  • Trump said it used to take him a mere “short number of days” to gain 100,000 new followers, but it now takes “10 times as long” even though, he claimed, his personal brand is “much hotter” than it was when he was gaining followers more quickly. – Except it is normal for the numbers to fall off. Anytime you start off with big numbers, it will slow down as anyone who wants to follow you has.
  • Trump spoke at length about what he falsely suggested was a deliberate attempt by social media companies to prevent him from gaining followers, alleging that “a lot of bad things are happening.” – This is his standard fiction as there is no evidence that Twitter or other social media companies have made it difficult for people to follow Trump.
  • Trump said that he census survey can ask people about the number of beds and toilets they have but not about whether they are citizens. – Except that could be asked in the supplemental surveys from the Census Bureau, which do ask questions about living conditions of a small sample of households but also asks questions of citizenship. The 2010 didn’t ask about plumbing, bedrooms, and desks.
  • Trump says “….darling you’re up 77% this year.” – Trump claims 401(k)s are up that much which is possible but at the close of trading on the day Trump spoke, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 16%, the S&P 500 Index by 20%, the Nasdaq by 24%. Even since his inauguration day, the highest is 58% for Nasdaq.
  • Trump claims at his June rally he had 20,000 people in the arena and 109,000 outside. – Except the city said the arena was just below capacity and the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported that the overflow area outside the arena was “virtually empty” as Trump spoke, with only “a few dozen people in the holding area.”
  • Trump claimed that the Democrats “were all in favor of a wall just a few years ago.” – Except 17 of 26 senators voted no and he wanted a fence then, not a wall.