It’s almost game time!

Note: With the mid-term elections on for Tuesday, I’ll probably have a blog ready either for late Tuesday or otherwise maybe Wednesday to cover some post- election coverage.

After a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburg, Donald Trump said there is “too much hate”. He can start with his own rhetoric. He also denied any stricter gun laws would of helped but suggested that security at the synagogue could of helped. “If they’d had protection inside, the result would have been a lot better.”

He also suggested that laws should be changed to push for the death penalty for mass shootings. Like denying stricter guns laws, I don’t think the death penalty will stop these type of killings because some are because of mentally imbalanced shooters and others because of extreme religious views. The latter would like to be killed for martyrdom.

Trump falsely claimed that the New York Stock Exchange re-opened the day after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to justify holding a rally on the same day that a mass shooting occurred at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. NYSE didn’t open until 6 days later.

White House counselor Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway claims that “Trump [is] trying to heal country”. She tried to defend Trump even though after the Pittsburgh shootings Trump went after Tom Steyer [see below], Maxine Waters and others. Conway said that Trump went after Waters only after waters made some comments. Very childish from the supposedly leader of the free world.

Both federal, state and local officials – including from his own party – have refused to go with him to visit Pittsburgh. Even the mayor will not appear with Trump. Federal officials not going include a senate representative plus Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Trump has warned of an “invasion” of undocumented immigrants if the border isn’t sealed with a wall. “Invaders” is one of the words the Pittsburgh shooter had used on social media prior to his mass murdering.

Trump “extended a bipartisan invitation to Congressional Leadership to travel with him to Pennsylvania. Understandably, the members had prior commitments or wanted to show their respect in a private way,” said White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders. Ya. Not even close.

Trump has vowed to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil. Such a step would be regarded as an affront to the US Constitution, which was amended 150 years ago to include the words: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said. Nope. Several other countries, including Canada, have a policy of birthright citizenship.

“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” he said, adding that he has run it by his counsel. “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order,” Trump said. “They’re saying” is his code phrase for no one or someone who doesn’t know about the constitution. Sounding more and more like a dictatorship.

Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying one of the top Republican leaders in the President’s party “knows nothing about” birthright citizenship and “should be focusing on holding the Majority” in the House of Representatives “rather than giving his opinions” on the issue. This was a day after Ryan told a radio station that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

Trump understands that the migrants are 1,000 miles from the US frontier and pose no realistic threat to Americans, for months at least. But does his base know that. The way he is describing things, they are just miles away.

Meanwhile he has sent 5200 troops to the border who may secure the border a bit but will ultimately do little for a few months at the cost of how much money [transporting them and equipment, temporary housing, etc.]. Then Trump suggested that he may authorize up to 15,000 troops with authorization to shoot.

To show something equivalent, at 15,000 there would be more troops at the border doing who knows what than the number in Afghanistan. The bill for the first six months of the National Guard deployment came to $185 million US, or roughly $1 million a day. By that measure, 15,000 more troops would cost about $225 million US a month.

The Department of Homeland Security asked that the Pentagon provide a reserve force that could be called upon to provide “crowd and traffic control” and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel at the border to counter a group of Central American migrants walking to the US border to request asylum. The Pentagon rejected the request on October 26.

When then President George W. Bush sent the National Guard to fortify the border from June 2006 to July 2008 — 6,000 troops for the first year, reduced to 3,000 for the second — it ended up costing $1.2 billion.

In an administration plan, the Department of Homeland Security could limit the number of migrants able to enter at legal ports of entry. DHS would do this by “metering,” essentially creating a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department has the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities.

Trump knows that immigration is one of the top two or three issues that his base crave for. Why else would he propose an executive order for something that needs a constitutional change – and unlikely to get – ending birthright citizenship. He obviously knows the limitations of an executive order – or does he?

Trump is already laying the groundwork for who or what to blame in case the elections don’t go well for him by saying that the slowing GOP momentum is because of the recent domestic attacks. Already he has stated that he would take full credit if the GOP do well but no blame if they do badly.

While it would have been smart if Trump pushed his economic accomplishments [the few he has had in 2 years], instead he is using the invasion of foreigners entering the country illegally because it is what his base wants to here.

Trump attacked billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer, who is obsessed with impeaching him, after he was interviewed on CNN. Something wrong here. Trump claims he doesn’t watch CNN because it’s “fake news”. But Trump tweeted “He comes off as a crazed & stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.” So he was watching. CNN anchor Jake Tapper promptly tweeted: “Thanks for watching CNN, Mr. President!” Trump will probably claim that a flunky of his watched and gave him a report.

Steyer, who’s considering a 2020 bid against him, wants Trump to be impeached and has paid for national advertisements on TV calling for it. So as usual, anyone considered a threat to Trump, Trump responds by bashing the person. He also charged the president with breaking the law and engaging in “violent political rhetoric.” He has sank at least $110 million in the midterm elections, making him the biggest investor on the left in campaign cash.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted and later deleted a tweet last week that suggested that “We cannot allow [George] Soros, [Tom] Steyer, and [Michael] Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican November 6th.” The three are Jewish and billionaire Democratic donors. This was tweeted after a Soros had a non-functioning pipe bomb delivered to him and before the Pittsburgh shootings.

In an interview Trump said “I do try, and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth….. But I always like to be truthful.” So when supposedly doesn’t he?

The Trump administration is set to re-enable all sanctions against Iran that had been lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. He said the US will grant temporary waivers to eight “jurisdictions” from energy related sanctions that will be re-enable as the Trump administration seeks to ratchet up pressure on the Iranian regime. Nice coincidence – right before the mid-term elections.

The Trump administration is seeking to change rules to give employers more flexibility to deny women insurance coverage for birth control. The proposed changes are a response to previous judges’ objections to the administration’s previous efforts to deny coverage that is stipulated as part of Obamacare.

Trump will be doing 7 rallies over the final 3 days but won’t be going to two battleground states, Arizona and Nevada because GOP officials told him not to come. Maybe a reason why he is visiting some states twice in those final days.

At a rally in Missouri, Trump said:

  • “You must reject the Democrat politics of anger and hatred and division and fear.” Seriously?
  • “Let me tell you, we would be in a nuclear war right now if the right person didn’t come along.” Hmmm. How close were we with North Korea in 2017? That was probably closer than ever before and still nothing positive out of his “deal” with North Korea except maybe a bit of calm. They still have nuclear warheads and they still seem to be manufacturing them.
  • “The only time I’ve seen them, they underestimate the crowd. They want to underestimate that crowd [in the caravan], which is easy for them, actually, to do. But that’s a lot of people.” Unsure what a couple of thousand would do but remember how he [or his cronies] over estimated his inauguration crowd?
  • “You know, I think what happened — I really believe somebody was involved that’s not on our side of the ledger. Somebody was involved.” Trump claiming again that the Democrats organized the caravan. No proof as usual.
  • “Even one of them recently said that President Trump made promises, but he’s kept many more promises. I mean, far more than I made.” Do you know what/who he is talking about?
  • “Hundreds of thousands of children born to illegal immigrants are made automatic citizens of the United States every year because of this crazy, lunatic policy that we can end.” It’s called the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
  • “We’re the hot country. Can you believe it?” Climate change, maybe.

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn ended his tumultuous tenure at the White House with one last encounter in which Trump blamed him for Robert Mueller’s appointment. He left before the background investigation was complete for the incoming White House counsel Pat Cipollone. A while back, Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller, but McGahn refused.

As if Trump backer, Fox News’ Lou Dobbs, was an issue with his comments last week, a guest of his called the State Department “Soros-occupied” territory in May. The episode was re-broadcasted the day of the Pittsburgh shootings. Dobbs is a business journalist [supposedly] and not politics. In the past, Dobbs has referred to Soros as an “evil SOB” and “insidious.” Dobbs has also peddled various conspiracy theories about Soros.

Trump launched an attack on Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, labeling him a “thief” without evidence and claiming that, as mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum oversees one of the country’s “most corrupt cities.” While Gillum was told by the FBI he is not under any probe. “That individual’s under FBI investigation…. I’ll leave that to the President to make those kinds of statements” said Simpleton.

Rep. Ron DeSantis is already behind Gillum in double digits according to the latest polls. DeSantis began the general election campaign by warning voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum and has also faced questions over his role as an administrator on a racist Facebook page.

Simpleton is expected to leave in the coming months after more than a year in the role. Noooo!

Simpleton defended Trump and insisted he was being treated unfairly. She also repeatedly maintained that Trump was elected by an overwhelming majority of Americans, not saying he lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. I guess only the hard core Republican votes would believe this.

“This is a President who has risen to that occasion and works to bring our country together in a number of occasions, whether it’s the hurricanes, whether it’s the Las Vegas shooting, whether it was the Pittsburgh shooting,” Simpleton said. [OK, you can stop laughing now. Seriously. Stop.]

A Republican congressional candidate in Illinois used an old photo of a rundown street in Jaywick Sands In England to illustrate the alleged dangers American voters faced if they elected Democrats. The posting by candidate Nick Stella did not make clear, however, that the photograph was of a village in England, not a location in the U.S. Bad grammar: “A Vote for Foster is a Vote for a Speaker Pelosi”. Don’t need the “a” before Speaker.