Are Trump’s Supporters Paying His Legal Bills? – Commentary

Trump Brags About His Poor, Stupid Supporters Paying His Legal Bills

SemDem | Daily Kos

There are primarily two types of poor people in this country:

  1. Those who are struggling because they have an entire power structure rigged against them
  2. Those who have no money because they are, frankly, morons

We fight for those in the first category.

The second category might as well be referred to as Trump supporters, and I simply don’t have any empathy for proudly ignorant, dirt poor, uneducated racists who are currently getting swindled right now by a supposed “billionaire.”    

President Cheeto just tweeted that “The RNC is taking in far more $’s than the Dems, and much of it by my wonderful small donors.”  He was referring to this article in the Washington Post — which I suppose he forgot that he called FAKE NEWS just a few days ago.

The article details how much money is pouring into the RNC from Trump’s racist donor base following “a string of fundraising appeals” made by Trump over his perceived persecution by the NFL, Puerto Rican families, and investigators digging into his family’s criminal history:

The influx of cash from Trump’s base is helping the GOP amass a major advantage as the parties prepare to battle for control of Congress in the 2018 elections, with the Republican National Committee pulling in nearly twice as much money overall as its Democratic counterpart this year.

The RNC’s success with small donors illustrates how the Republican Party, long a center of the political establishment, has managed to turn Trump’s anti-Washington message to its advantage.

These include people like Martha Adams, 70, a retired speech pathologist who donated $75 to let Trump know “we still care and that we’re still here.”  Or Gwynne Abrams, an unemployed nanny who donated $78 because Trump is “under attack.” Both expressed reservations about giving to the RNC but said they hoped it would help Trump.

It is, but probably not in the way they are thinking:

U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

If you believe Trump, he is uber-wealthy and doesn’t need anybody’s help to pay his bills. So either he is lying, or gets some kind of kick out of poor dupes donating to help pay his legal fees. Either way, he mocks them and proves our point that they do indeed deserve our scorn. At least when we mock them, we don’t swindle them.

The U.S. Federal Election Commission does allow this, but it is unprecedented. While campaigns have spent money on ballot access disputes or compliance requirements, Donald Trump is the first president to use funds to pay lawyers to fight a criminal probe.

The RNC is swearing that they aren’t using the small donations to pay for Trump’s legal bills, but only donations from wealthy donors. Two problems here:

1) Trump’s lead lawyer, who has personally gotten 100K at least, told media outlets it’s “none of their business” where the money is coming from, and

2) Wealthy donations have pretty much dried up.

Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.

We are coming up on the first year of Trump’s awful presidency, and he has yet to have ONE legislative accomplishment.

Wealthy donors don’t give a *&*& about phony distractions like the national anthem — they want tax reform or their Obamacare taxes repealed.

They actually expect a return on investment, and they are super-pissed. Do you really think the RNC would use their money to bail out Trump?

His small-donor supporters will stand by him no matter what, so of course they won’t mind. I don’t either. I think it’s sad, but since they are determined to throw their money away, I’d rather it go to the pointless endeavor of defending Trump.

Every dollar spent on his overpaid lawyer team is money that isn’t going to buy more weapons or bump stocks, or to violent NRA campaigns, or to buying bottles of Alex Jones diet pills to support his habit of harassing Sandy Hook victims.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On October 17, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Trump – Chieftain of Spite

    Charles M Blow | The New York Times

    It must be cold and miserable standing in the shadow of someone greater and smarter, more loved and more admired.

    It must be infuriating to have risen on the wings of your derision of that person’s every decision, and even his very existence, and yet not be able to measure up — in either stratagem or efficacy — when you sit where that person once sat.

    This is the existence of Donald Trump in the wake of President Barack Obama.

    Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama, so he’s taking a torch to Obama’s legacy.

    Trump can’t get his bad ideas through Congress, but he can use the power of the presidency to sabotage or even sink Obama’s signature deeds.

    In fact, if there is a defining feature of Trump as “president,” it is that he is in all ways the anti-Obama — not only on policy but also on matters of propriety and polish.

    While Obama was erudite, Trump is ignorant. Obama was civil, Trump is churlish. Obama was tactful, Trump is tacky.

    There is a thing present in Obama and absent from Trump that no amount of money or power can alter: a sense of elegant intellectualism and taste.

    The example Obama set makes the big man with the big mouth look smaller by the day.

    But I believe that this non-adjustable imbalance is part of what has always fueled Trump’s rage against Obama.

    Trump, who sees character as just another malleable thing that can be marketed and made salable, chafes at the black man who operated above the coarseness of commercial interests and whose character appeared unassailable.

    America — even many of the people who were staunch opponents of Obama’s policies — admired and even adored the sense of honor and decency he brought to the office.

    Trump, on the other hand, is historically unpopular, and not just in America. As The Pew Research Center pointed out in June:

    “Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S.A. have declined steeply in many nations.”

    Trump is reviled around the globe and America’s reputation is going down with its captain.

    All of this feeds Trump’s consuming obsession with undoing everything Obama did. It is his personal crusade, but he also carries the flag for the millions of Americans — mostly all Republicans — who were reflexively repulsed by Obama and the coalition that elected him.

    Trump has done nearly everything in his power to roll back Obama’s policies, but none are as tempting a target as the one named after him: OBAMACARE.

    Republicans — including Trump — campaigned for years on a lie. They knew it was a lie, but it was an enraging one that excited their base:

    Obama was destroying America’s health care system, but Republicans could undo the damage and replace it with their own, better bill.

    First, Obama wasn’t destroying America’s health care system. To the contrary, he simply sought to make it cover more people.

    He moved to take American health care in a more humane, modern and civilized direction, to make it more universally accessible, even by the sick and poor who often took its absence as a given.

    Second, the Republicans had no replacement plan that would cost less and cover as many or more people. That could not be done. So, their repeal-and-replace efforts failed.

    But that also meant that Trump’s promise was proven a lie. Trump has no problem lying, but in the end he wants his lies to look plausible.

    Trump makes assertions for which there is no evidence — either knowingly lying, recklessly boasting or wishfully thinking — then seeks support for those statements, support that is often lacking because the statements are baseless.

    He violates a basic protocol of human communication: Be sure of it before you say it.

    His way is to say something wrong, then bend reality to make it appear right. This is why the age of Trump is so maddening and stupefying: He is warping reality.

    Last week he took more swipes at undermining the A.C.A.:

    Asking his administration to find ways to increase competition among insurers – a move many worry will move younger, healthier people out of the marketplace – and stopping the so-called “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) payments — federal subsidies paid to insurance companies to help finance coverage for low-income Americans – a move many believe will send premiums soaring for those people.

    Trump is doing this even though it will likely wreak havoc on countless lives. He is doing this even though a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Friday found that most Americans want Trump and Congress to stop trying to repeal the law, and instead work on legislation to stabilize the marketplaces and guarantee health care to Americans.

    Furthermore, six in 10 Americans believe Congress should guarantee cost-sharing reduction payments, as opposed to only a third who view these payments as a “bailout of insurance companies,” as Trump has called them.

    There is no real reason to cut these payments, other than to save face and conceal the farce.

    Obama’s effectiveness highlights Trump’s ineptitude, and this incenses Trump.

    Trump isn’t governing with a vision, he’s governing out of spite.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

    ‘He is Failing’: Trump Strikes Out Solo as Friends Worry and Enemies Circle

    David Smith in Washington DC | The Guardian UK

    Donald Trump’s decision to go it alone with rapid fire announcements on healthcare and Iran reflects his boiling frustration with the limits of presidential power, analysts say.

    The USA president made a brazen move on Thursday night to halt payments to insurers under Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

    Democrats accused him of a “temper tantrum” and spiteful attempt to sabotage legislation he promised but failed to replace.

    Less than 24 hours later, he condemned the “fanatical” government of Iran as he decertified his predecessor’s nuclear deal, defying his own cabinet and worrying European allies.

    The one-two punch showed Trump straining to assail Obama’s legacy but stopping short of terminating either the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, or the Iran nuclear accord.

    Both are back in the hands of Congress, a source of constant exasperation for the property tycoon turned novice politician, who finds himself isolated and lashing out.

    “The Congress has been frustrating to him,” John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, told reporters on Thursday. “Of course, our government is designed to be slow, and it is. His sense, I think, as a man who is outside the Washington arena, a businessman, much more of a man of action, I would say his great frustration is the process that he now finds himself [in].

    “Because, in his view, the solutions are obvious, whether it’s tax cuts and tax reform, healthcare, infrastructure programmes, strengthening our military. To him, these all seem like obvious things that need to be done to protect the American people, bring jobs back.”

    Since taking office 10 months ago as the first USA president with no previous political or military experience, Trump has been given a crash course in the workings of government and the delicate balance of power between the White House, Capitol Hill and the courts.

    That his writ only runs so far has come as a rude awakening. His executive orders can only achieve so much, and frustrations have sometimes spilled out in impetuous speeches and tweets.

    Rick Tyler, a political analyst and partner at Foundry Strategies, said: “He is acutely aware of the limits of presidential power. It’s not like being the CEO of a company where you just do what you want to do.

    “By using executive orders, Trump is making something happen on healthcare. He’s prevented from changing it himself, but will force another branch of power to react. It’s the same on Iran.”

    Having repeatedly vented his anger at the Republican-controlled Senate for failing to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite seven years of promises, Trump has now thrown a spanner in the works by ending the so-called cost-sharing subsidies that help people on low incomes.

    The White House claims the government cannot legally continue to pay the subsidies because it lacks formal authorisation by Congress.

    The president explained on Friday: “It’s step by step by step and that was a very big step yesterday … We’re going to have great healthcare in our country. We’re taking a little different route than we had hoped, because Congress forgot what their pledges were. So we’re going a little different route. But you know what? In the end, it’s going to be just as effective, and maybe it will even be better.”

    The intervention, however, could backfire. It was condemned by Democrats including the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, who told reporters: “The president single-handedly decided to raise America’s health premiums for no reason other than spite and cruelty.”

    Senator Chris Murphy tweeted: “Trump’s decision to stop ACA payments is nuclear grade bananas, a temper tantrum that sets the entire health system on fire. My god.”

    Doctors’ groups also warned of “dramatic, if not catastrophic, increases in premiums across the country” and millions of Americans losing coverage. Nineteen states plan to sue.

    Trump has previously blamed the lack of healthcare fixes on Obama or Congress, but he now he risks being held personally responsible for cutting the system off at the knees.

    Robert Shrum, a Democratic consultant, said: “The healthcare thing is madness in both policy and politics. He’s wilful, he’s angry, he’s clearly lashing out. He was better off leaving healthcare to Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray”, the senators working on a bipartisan deal.

    Trump’s claim that Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the nuclear deal and his threat to terminate it also put him at odds with his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and his defence secretary, Jim Mattis.

    The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said he welcomed what he called a courageous decision, but the leaders of Britain, France and Germany said they stood committed to the agreement.

    Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative and independent presidential candidate, wrote via email: “I think the president’s actions on healthcare and Iran are the latest examples of his standing political strategy, which is to throw red meat to his base in order to maintain his base, as evidence of his unfitness and inability to govern mounts.

    “If anything, his use of this tactic seems to be accelerating as it becomes increasingly clear, even to some of his closest friends and political allies, that he is failing.”

    This acceleration coincides with reports of a darkening in Trump’s mood. A report in Vanity Fair magazine, citing two sources, claimed he had vented to his long-time security chief, Keith Schiller: “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!”

    The journalist Gabriel Sherman also wrote that several people close to the president told him that Trump was unstable, “losing a step” and unraveling.

    Such concerns appear to be reaching a critical mass. NBC News reported that Tillerson had referred to Trump as a moron. The president insisted the story was false, but challenged Tillerson to an IQ contest.

    Then Senator Bob Corker became one of the few Republicans on Capitol Hill to openly denounce Trump, though it is widely suspected that he speaks for many colleagues. During a Twitter clash last Sunday, Corker wrote: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

    In an interview with the New York Times, the senator from Tennessee said: “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him … He doesn’t realise that we could be heading towards world war three with the kind of comments that he’s making.”

    He also told the Washington Post on Friday that Trump had “castrated” Tillerson with remarks about his attempts to talk to North Korea.

    Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who was the top fundraiser for Trump’s election campaign, said he has been shocked and stunned by some of the president’s incendiary rhetoric and tweets.

    “He thinks he has to be loyal to his base,” Barrack told the Washington Post. “I keep on saying, ‘But who is your base? You don’t have a natural base. Your base now is the world and America, so you have all these constituencies; show them who you really are.’ In my opinion, he’s better than this.”

    If anyone can get through to Trump, it may be Barrack, one of his oldest friends. Rich Galen, a Republican strategist, said:

    “That got everybody’s attention because he’s buddy and spoke at the Republican convention. So there seems to be some change. That’s part of what’s feeding it.”

    McMullin agreed that Trump seemed rattled by the recent criticisms from Tillerson, Corker and Barrack:

    “He probably understands their remarks represent a new stage of acceptance setting in across the country, even among his supporters, that he is unfit and incapable.

    “That, I think, is inspiring his accelerated efforts to throw red meat to his base to shore up their support. I expect that to continue, if not intensify, and to result in increasing political challenges for the GOP as 2017 and 2018 elections approach and in years to come.”

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 21, 2017 at 1:48 am

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