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The code to understanding Donald Trump’s tweets?

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Donald Trump can be counted on to do his tweets within 24 hours after ANYONE mentions his name….

Or….

When ANYONE disses him in the media….(The Media  LOVES this stuff!)

Everybody now knows that the guy checks the media and social media continually …..

Other President’s didn’t have time to……they had things to do….

Trump doesn’t….

He has a short attention span…So they don’t load him up with what’s going on in his Admin.

…..after paying close of attention to President Trump’s bombastic tweets and speeches for almost nine months, none of the gases escaping from his ripe id scare me anymore. This is not to say that Trump’s tweets present zero threat. The NFL, for example, has good reason to fear Trump. But that’s only because they’re too cowardly to stand up to his bullying and explain to fans that open political expression is the highest form of patriotism in a free society. With few exceptions, though, I treat his incendiary tweets the way I do my morning alarm: I open one eye, glance at the thing and go back to sleep. His tweets aren’t just paper tigers; they’re virtual kittens.

As cognitive linguist George Lakoff explained to On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone in January, Trump primarily uses his tweets to divert and deflect attention from news that threatens him, or to launch a trial balloon for one of his proposals. He also tweets to pre-emptively frame a topic before his opponents get a chance to comment, the best example being his categorization of news he doesn’t like as “fake news.” Consider the empty tweets he’s posted recently: He’s beefed about the fact that the late-night hosts ridicule him, demanding equal time to respond, even though equal time doesn’t apply to jokes about the president; he ordered NBC News to apologize to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for reporting that Tillerson had called him a “moron,” even though Tillerson never denied it; he called critical coverage of his Puerto Rico response “Fake“ when anybody with a TV set and a pair of eyeballs knows he’s lying….

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Looking at Trump and who actually has his back….

Check your news paper…..

Check your cable news channel….

The lead is gonna be something counter to what things have been for the last ten years politically….

Donald J. Trump is trying to get the world to see AND DO things HIS way….

The Big guy KNOWS that saying things without restraint works for him…Good or BAD attention is still ATTENTION and the media, he rants against LOVES Bright Shiny objects…

For most of us who can think and chew gum at the same time this focus on him causes us to shake our heads….

But for others?

He’s the guy that earns their support for fighting for those who feel America has moved to fast to help those who should pushed aside and left behind…They are afraid of what they though America would be in the 21st Century…

When we break down his approval ratings by specific areas, we get a more complex picture of his image. The president gets 65 percent approval for hurricane response and 53 percent approval for the economy and fighting terrorism. He gets his lowest marks for the way he is administering the government. And he is a divider when people want a uniter.

No question that 68 percent or more say they would like to see Trump stop tweeting, but is measuring that really reflective of his underlying political power compared to what’s happening in the economy? In the end, will voters cast ballots on tweets or jobs?

We see the same dynamic being played out over and over again: The president grabs the spotlight with strong statements (typically on Twitter) of his policies, for which he is savaged as over the top on social and mainstream media. Then, over time, he often wins the underlying policy argument. You can see how this played out on the economy and taxes, the national anthem, attacks on bad trade deals and calls for more border controls.

Remember, Americans liked President Obama for his way with words and his calm leadership style. They just opposed many of his policies, so Obama’s numbers gave a false sense of approval. Trump is the mirror opposite. People are put on edge by his words while favoring a lot of the positions he is taking on issues.

When it comes to rank-and-file Republican voters, Trump is the undisputed leader of the Republican Party. No poll I’ve seen puts his support from Republicans at below 80 percent and we at Harvard-Harris have it at 84 percent, which is remarkable, given his knock-down-drag-out fight with some mainstream Republicans....More…

Stung by the miss in Trump actually pulling off a win some pundits and pollsters caution us to NOT underestimate Trump’s support….Which is at roughly 35 to 40% of Americans, across a wide sample of polls, not just one or two….The linked piece above wants to discount that based on special elections for Congress, but does not note the wins the Democrats are getting in special elections on the state level  nor does it address the closeness of Democratic loses in the Congressional contests….

The fact is?….Donald Trump LOST the popular vote….The overall Trump support  polls are probably right…The MAJORITY of Americans think the guy is operating in an Alternate Universe….

The problem though is this…..

As Trump wonders thru his first year of Presidency, with little idea of what he’s doing except trying to ‘WIN’?

Will saner heads be able to keep the country in one piece until he leaves the stage and a Democrat comes in to straighten things up and move forward , NOT backwards?

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Trump raves about making HIS deal with Democrats…Update…

Update….

Trump wants MORE deals with Democrats ….

In this new ‘maybe’ pivot he has gained the spotlight again in the media…..

President Trump pursued his newfound alignment with congressional Democrats on Thursday as he called the party’s leaders in hopes of striking more deals and even complied with a request to publicly reassure younger immigrants brought to the country illegally not to worry about imminent deportation.

A day after reaching a fiscal agreement with Democrats over the objections of his own Treasury secretary and party leaders, Mr. Trump called Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California to reinforce his willingness to keep working across party lines. He was effusive about their consensus. “The press has been incredible,” he told Ms. Pelosi, according to a person briefed on the call.

Ms. Pelosi took the opportunity to ask Mr. Trump to send out a message on Twitter emphasizing that the 800,000 immigrants enrolled in a program that he canceled this week can keep their protection from deportation and work permits over the next six months as it phases out. The president, who has called on Congress to pass legislation that would renew the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, agreed to do so.

Mr. Trump told reporters afterward that he saw other opportunities for bipartisan agreements. “The people of the United States want to see a coming together,” he said……

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The media has all sorts of reactions from different people on the right….

They are pissed at Speaker Ryan, Democrats, Senate majority leader McConnell..and some with Trump himself….

But Donald Trump?

He’s a happy camper….

President Donald Trump speaks with congressional leaders. | AP Photo

He’s even happy with thye media for making him the star with a good deal….

Many Republicans were furious with President Donald Trump’s budget deal Wednesday, stunned that the president quickly gave in to Democratic demands to pair hurricane relief with a three-month debt limit hike — though getting nothing in return.

But in calls with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday morning, Trump raved about the positive news coverage it had received, according to people familiar with the calls, and he seemed very pleased with his decision.

Trump specifically mentioned TV segments praising the deal and indicated he’d been watching in a call with Schumer, two people said. And he was jovial in a call with Pelosi and agreed to send a tweet she asked for about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, these people said, while also mentioning the attention the deal had gotten. He indicated to both leaders he would be willing to work together again.

“He seemed super upbeat,” one person familiar with the calls said.

Another person familiar with the calls said Trump told Pelosi her coverage was even better than his. “The press has been incredible,” Trump said….

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Focus Group…Trump losing his voters support due to their disappointment with his actions…

The media and others keep harping that Donald Trump has voter support that he is trying to leverage against establishment Republicans ….

But the true picture on that support has been reported and glossed over by the media….

In poll after poll and now in a focus group?

Donald Trump’s support is slowly and steadily DISAPPEARING of his OWN accord, following a pattern the guy has had for years…..

He IS in self promotion and ego his own worst enemy….

With each crisis of the young Trump administration, reporters and pollsters have documented the steady support he continues to get from his most ardent backers, the roughly one in four Americans who consistently tell pollsters that they approve of his performance in office, agree with him on most issues and like his personality.

Tuesday night at a focus group in Pittsburgh, a group of reporters heard from a different slice of Trump voters — ones he’s lost for now.

“Outrageous,” “disappointed,” “not ready” were among the adjectives that focus group members tossed out when asked for a single word to describe the president — and those were from the participants who had voted for him.

“He has got to be his own worst enemy,” said Tony Sciullo, a lifelong Pittsburgh resident and a registered independent who works for an insurance agency and described Trump as an “abject disappointment.”

“He’s such an incredibly flawed individual who has articulated so many of the values that I hold dear,” Sciullo said, adding that he almost wished Trump were on the other side of the political divide because of the damage he sees him doing to conservative causes.

Brian Rush, a registered Republican who works as a sales representative, voiced a slightly more supportive view.

“I’m still going to hold off judgment,” he said. “I’m hoping things can turn around.”

Trump “does want this country to be great,” Rush said. He likened the administration to a once-new car that now has several dents and is “not running the way it should” while the mechanics “don’t know exactly why.”….

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Trump supporters agree with his view on race in America…Trump at 7 months in…Poll…

His first comments was against white power racial supporters…

His  second round of comments pushed that EVERYONE was responsible for the actions in the Charlottesville violence…And he was supporting the view the whites are actually discriminated more than minorities and Jews…

His comments yesterday went back to his first ones in him saying he IS against the White Power movement…

A new PPP Poll reports that most Trump supporters actually support his second comments…..

The Poll asks a few questions that do NOT paint a good picture for Donald Trump numbers wise….

PPP’s newest national poll finds that Donald Trump’s approval rating is pretty steady in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, probably because his supporters think that whites and Christians are the most oppressed groups of people in the country. 40% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 53% who disapprove, little change from the 41/55 spread we found for him in July.

The reason Trump hasn’t lost more ground for his widely panned response to the attack is probably that many of his supporters agree with some of the beliefs that led white supremacists to rally in Charlottesville in the first place. Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45% of Trump voters say it’s white people followed by 17% for Native Americans with 16% picking African Americans, and 5% picking Latinos. Asked what religious group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 54% of Trump voters says it’s Christians followed by 22% for Muslims and 12% for Jews. There is a mindset among many Trump voters that it’s whites and Christians getting trampled on in America that makes it unlikely they would abandon Trump over his ‘both sides’ rhetoric.

Overall 89% of Americans have a negative opinion of neo-Nazis to 3% with a positive one, and 87% have an unfavorable opinion of white supremacists to 4% with a positive one. Just 11% agree with the sentiment that it’s possible for white supremacists and neo-Nazis to be ‘very fine people,’ to 69% who say that’s not possible….

Congress…

Things are continuing to look good for Democrats in 2018, as they lead the generic Congressional ballot 49-35. The 14 point lead for Democrats may be too good to be true though- it’s a function of a highly divided Republican base at this point. While Clinton voters say they’ll vote Democratic for Congress next year 90-4, Trump voters say they will vote Republican by only a 74-13 margin. Part of the reason Republicans have done better than expected in 2014 and 2016 is they were divided earlier in the cycle and came together by the end, we will see if that trend continues in 2018….

Trump approval…

Trump continues to be unpopular, with a 40/53 approval spread. Voters think he has failed on two of the core promises of his campaign. Only 15% believe he has been successful in ‘draining the swamp,’ to 64% who say he hasn’t. Even among Trump’s own voters just 26% think he has delivered on this promise to 53% who say he hasn’t. When it comes to whether Trump has come through on ‘Making America Great Again,’ just 33% of voters say he has to 59% who say he hasn’t….

Trump 2020…

Trump continues to trail both Bernie Sanders (51/38) and Joe Biden (51/39) by double digits in possible 2020 match ups. PPP never found Hillary Clinton up by more than 7 points on Trump in 2016. Sanders and Biden each win over 12-14% of the folks who voted for Trump last year. Also leading Trump in hypothetical contests at this point are Elizabeth Warren (45/40), Mark Cuban (42/38), and Cory Booker and Trump Twitter Target Richard Blumenthal (42/39). Trump ties Kamala Harris at 39% each and John Delaney at 38% each.

Generally speaking just 57% of Republicans want Trump to be the party’s nominee again in 2020 to 29% who say they would prefer someone else. That 28 point margin for Trump against ‘someone else’ is the same as his 28 point lead over Mike Pence at 52/24. Both Ted Cruz (a 40 point deficit to Trump at 62/22) and John Kasich (a 47 point deficit to Trump at 68/21) are evidently weaker potential opponents than ‘someone else.’….

Trump Impeachment…

….for the fourth month in a row we find a plurality of voters in support of impeaching Trump- 48% say he should be impeached to 41% who disagree. And there continues to be a significant yearning for a return to the days of President Obama- 52% of voters say they wish Obama was still President to only 39% who prefer having Trump in the White House….

Trump and the Media….

With the absence of a ‘Crooked Hillary,’ ‘Lying Ted,’ ‘Little Marco,’ or ‘Low Energy Jeb’ to use as his foil while President, Trump has taken to attacking various media outlets as his new foes. He’s losing to them in a way that he never trailed during the campaign in our polling though….

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Crazy Shit…Half of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump proposed it…Poll…

This is what happens when media editors run crazy assed shit for pollster’s to do…

Now of course Trump see’s this and will ask some staffer to try to make this happen…

If you read the Hill linked piece you’ll find that over 47% of the same people polled think Trump won the popular election….

I just shake my head….

Trump says something ridiculous and half the Republicans think it’s true….

Slightly more than half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if President Trump proposed it to make sure only eligible American citizens can vote, according to a new survey.

According to a poll conducted by two academic authors and published byThe Washington Post, 52 percent of Republicans said they would back a postponement of the next election if Trump called for it.

If Trump and congressional Republicans proposed postponing the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rises to 56 percent.

Pollsters found 47 percent of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote.

A majority of Republicans, 68 percent, also thinks millions of illegal immigrants voted in the presidential election and 73 percent think voter fraud happens somewhat or very often….

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Trump’s attention IS ‘cover fire?’

disinformation*

False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media….

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I’m convinced this whole anti-media deal is designed to condition his base so when more shoes drop, they’ll believe it’s all fake.

Republicans have been shamelessly giving excuses and carrying Trump on their backs….

While THAT is fine for Trump?

Some seem to be coming to the realization that it doesn’t really help them…..(Trump has been successful in bending the truth for a LONG time)

Gonna cause Republicans to decide to move out on their own…..

Might be a good thing before Robert Mueller comes out with call….

  The signs keep coming people….

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Running the US Government isn’t running a Private Company….

Donald J. Trump was just a Real Estate guy form New York who wasn’t supposed to win the American Presidency…

But he has…

Trump has had no experience dealing with the running of organization that employee’s millions to support hundreds of millions….

He also has no experience in dealing with the push and pull of government and ‘the public’s right to know’…..

In reaction to the political environment of the American Presidency Trump has fumed and withdrawn….

His Admin and the Republicans in the Senate  have  followed suit…

By doing so Trump and Co. has caused the Media to grow more hungry and rely more on leaks and whispers…

Inch by inch by inch, the Trump administration is rolling back press access, which means less information for the public.

And lack of accessibility is only half the problem. Lack of accuracy in official statements is a big issue too.

CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta was channeling other reporters on Monday when he threw his hands up in the air and said the administration is “stonewalling.”

The president’s anti-media defenders may support the administration’s approach, but it’s hard to justify the rollback in accountability. It’s not just the White House, either: the State Department and the Pentagon have all but stopped holding on-camera briefings, too.

Ask yourself: do you want to know more or less about what Trump, his aides and his allies are doing? If you’re a Trump supporter and you’re OK with his secrecy, how would you feel if this were a Democratic administration?

“This isn’t about us” as journalists, “it’s about public’s right to get answers from the government,” Julie Pace, the Washington bureau chief for the AP, tweeted Monday night.

This isn’t exclusive to the executive branch. There are heightened concerns about legislative branch secrecy as well.

Republican leaders are crafting the Senate version of a bill to replace Obamacare behind closed doors, essentially preventing the press from informing the public about what’s in a law that would affect tens of millions of people and a major segment of the economy until the last minute before a vote.

“I have covered every major health bill in Congress since 1986. Have NEVER seen anything like this,” Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, said last week……

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Sen. Bob Corker has not yet seen the health care legislation currently being crafted by his Republican colleagues, the Tennessee lawmaker said Tuesday, but he expects to get his hands on it Thursday and looks forward “to diving into that substance” of the bill.

Senate Republicans have kept a tight lid on their efforts to write legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, creating it via a working group and keeping the language a secret even from other GOP senators. Corker told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he expects the legislation to be made public on Thursday and for a vote to take place roughly a week later.

The process, which has not included hearings before the relevant Senate committees, is not what Corker would have preferred, he said. But he still intends to judge the legislation based on its merits….

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The 2017 White House Correspondent’s Dinner w/o the President…

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….from the NY Times…

….No one knew quite what to expect at this year’s edition of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the chummy Washington ritual that became a flash point over press freedom in a year when the White House and its correspondents are anything but friendly. The president skipped the event. Celebrities stayed away. Comedians turned down the gig.

But even as Mr. Trump heckled the proceedings in real time — joking at a Pennsylvania rally about reporters’ “consoling each other in a Washington ballroom” — attendees said the often-frivolous dinner felt oddly profound. Part pep rally, part therapy session, the event became a moment of catharsis for a political press corps that has faced months of unrelenting strain.

 Loud cheers and a palpable sense of defiance broke out when the president of the Correspondents’ Association, Jeff Mason of Reuters, declared with sermonlike ferocity, “We are not fake news. We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.” It was the longest ovation of the night.

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, seated on the dais, reminded the room of journalism’s power, and Mr. Woodward articulated the subtext of the evening when he addressed Mr. Trump directly, saying, “Mr. President, the media is not fake news.”

Even Mr. Minhaj — who opened with a blistering takedown of Mr. Trump, noting that the president was “in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke” — finished with an earnest ode to free speech. “Only in America can a first-generation immigrant Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president,” he said.

The event “was a line-in-the-sand night, to an extent I didn’t expect,” E.J. Dionne, a longtime Washington chronicler, said in the ballroom afterward. He added that “having Woodward and Bernstein sends another message” — that journalists can, under the right circumstances, topple a presidency.

Promoting the First Amendment was, in the end, the safest possible angle for the Correspondents’ Association, which liaises with the White House on behalf of its members and was wary of blasting the president in absentia….

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…from the LA Times…

“We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room,” said Minhaj near the jittery beginning of his monologue. “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow, it’s a very long flight. As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”

C-SPAN broadcast the dinner in its entirety, as they did a march in Washington earlier Saturday where an estimated 200,000 people protested Trump’s climate policy. In between the march and the dinner programming was a broadcast of Trump’s pep rally in Harrisburg.

 

“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capital right now,” said former Hollywood celebrity Trump of the dinner.

All of it happened on Trump’s 100th day in office, a tenure that’s been one of the most contentious and rocky — particularly regarding the president’s relationship with the press — in modern memory. Trump also asked that his White House staff not attend the dinner.

The event at the Washington Hilton, which is sponsored by the White House Correspondents’ Assn., kicked off with the theme of speaking truth to power. Washington Post Watergate reporters and “All The President’s Men” authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were the guests of honor….

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Trump likes to play the Media…And they bite….

The Media was out with stories today about the Trump Admin leaving NAFTA…..

Then there was this tweet….

Trump told heads of Canada and Mexico he was not immediately planning to end NAFTA, will try to renegotiate, WH says

Which reminds the Media  and You and Me….

Nate Silver Retweeted Nate Silver

Folks still getting played by this strategy.

Trump’s got this clever strategy of leaking trial balloons, then blaming “dishonest media” for misreporting the story if & when they flop.

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Trump gets Media ‘tone’ plus…Schumer points to NO change in action…

The media narrative for Donald Trump’s speech was pure Trump showmanship…

Style over Substance just like the campaign…..

While there was floats of moderation on Dreamers and Gang of 8 immigration moves….

THAT did NOT happen……

Donald Trump made sure he gave the Republicans in Congress what THEY wanted……

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It was up to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go on TV and point out that Trump actually changed NOTHING in policy on immigration, and other things….And that his call for increased spending across the board in defense at the cost of EVERYTHING else won’t fly in Congress….

‘Tone’ isn’t action ……

Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, a State of the Union-type event, has been generally well-received for its optimistic tone, a stark contrast from the darker language he has used in the past. But Schumer said the president’s remarks will ultimately amount to little because they do not match the way he has governed.

“This president’s speech matters a lot less than the speeches of just about any other president because they’re detached from his reality. He talks one way and does another,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning, adding on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump “talks to the working folks of America, they were his main constituency, but the way he’s governed has been totally with the hard right special interests against the working people.”

While Trump billed himself in his remarks as a promise-keeper, Schumer said the new administration has thus far failed to keep up its end of the bargain with voters.

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One assumes Trump said little about Foreign Affairs and the Military due to those policies being run by the General’s and Bannon….

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Trump vs The Media?….Media winning so far…Poll

Donald Trump doesn’t like any Media stuff that isn’t nice’ to him….

He’s gone so far as use the word ‘fake’ news to label anything that isn’t complimentary to him….

He doesn’t answer questions from reporters from the major national news outlets mostly either….

It’s NOT played well with the American public which has its own problems with the media , BUT?……

Which SUPPORTS  a ‘free press’ and one that DOES ask HARD questions….

It’s pretty clear what President Trump is doing by going after the media. He sees someone who is tough on him, with a lower approval rating, and he sets up a contrast. It’s like making yourself look taller by standing next to a short person.

“You have a lower approval rate than Congress,” he needled reporters at last week’s news conference, making clear he had done the math.

Except maybe it’s not really working.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that while people may be broadly unhappy with the mainstream media, they still think it’s more credible than Trump. The president regularly accuses the press of “fake news,” but people see more “fake news” coming out of his own mouth.

The poll asked who registered voters “trust more to tell you the truth about important issues.” A majority — 52 percent — picked the media. Just 37 percent picked Trump.

The poll did find that registered voters by a narrow margin think the media has treated Trump unfairly, with 50 percent saying they disapproved of the coverage of Trump and 45 percent approving. But voters are even more critical of Trump’s treatment of the media, with 61 percent disapproving and 35 percent approving.

Even 23 percent of Republicans say Trump is mistreating the media, and independents disapprove 59-35….

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So far Donald Trump isn’t getting much his way….

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By Jonathan Chait@ New York Magazine….

Donald Trump is an authoritarian by instinct. He displays the classic traits of an authoritarian personality — a man obsessed with domination and humiliation, and unable to tolerate cognitive dissonance. (Guidance for Trump’s presidential daily brief directs that his memos not only be short but, Ashley Dejean reports, “should only include facts that support their analyses.”) For years he has lavished praise upon authoritarian regimes in China, Russia, North Korea, and Iraq for having the strength to crush their opponents. And the first month of his presidency has seen Trump metamorphose from a reality-television-populist-outsider candidate into an actual president who sounds — but, so far, at least, only sounds — like the strongman leaders he has always admired.

The prospect that President Trump will degrade or destroy American democracy is the most important question of the new political era. It has received important scholarly attention from two basic sources, which have approached it in importantly different fashions. Scholars of authoritarian regimes (principally Russia) have used their knowledge of authoritarian history to paint a road map by which Trump could Putinize this country. Timothy Snyder, Masha Gessen, and other students of Putin’s methods have essentially treated Putinization as the likely future, and worked backward to the present. A second category of knowledge has come from scholars of democracy and authoritarianism, who have compared the strengths and weaknesses of the American system of government both to countries elsewhere that have succumbed to authoritarianism and those that have not. Their approach has, more appropriately, treated Trump’s authoritarian designs as an open question. Trump might launch an assault on the foundations of the republic. On the other hand, he might not.

The most plausible (to me) mechanism by which Trump might ensconce himself in power was laid out by Matthew Yglesias three months ago. The scenario Yglesias described would be one in which Trump used the authority of the federal government to compel large firms to give him political support. Companies that opposed him, or who even refused to offer support, might be punished with selectively punitive regulation, while those that played ball might be rewarded with lax enforcement of labor, antitrust, or other regulation.

So far there is no evidence such a scenario is playing out. To be sure, Trump is attempting, sporadically, to bully the private sector. But the effort has backfired…

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He Cannot Run This Administration Like A TV Show…

That from Maine Governor Paul LaPage……A Republican….

…from  Susan Wright @ Red State…

I’ve actually said this myself, quite a few times.

Trump’s experience is as a showman and a reality TV huckster. He’s about as out of his element as he can be, but the post turtle is there, and now we have to figure out how to deal with him.

On Thursday, Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage had a bit of advice for the president:

“We’ve got to tell him that the TV show’s over and that he’s gotta move on now,” LePage said on Newsradio WGAN, as first reported by CNN.

LePage apparently feels that the rumors of internal conflict within Trump’s Cabinet may be due to a bit of prompting from Trump, himself.

“I think he does promote some competition,” he said of Trump, the former host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” competition reality show. “He brings that business aspect to it.”

“In [Trump’s] case, too much competition,” LePage added. “Everybody’s fighting to be that No. 1 person. You’re going to have a lot of slip-ups.”

“If you allow too many people at the top, you break down the communications. Everything’s got to flow through your key people, and if it doesn’t do that, you’re going to have enormous problems.”

And he’s got a good point. Competition in the business world can be a good thing, but in a government, there can’t be room for ego, with so many pressing issues that need to have all hands on deck….

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Trump freelances a Press conference….

The word is the guy decidied to day to just go before the camera’s….

Why?

Probably to TRY and divert the steady media attention building on the Mike Flynn Russian connection stories….

Seems that the President settled down and actually enjoyed himself as the center of attraction in the room and media….

The problem is that BHIS view of things and most others are mostly VERY DIFFERENT….

VERY….

President Donald Trump launched a barrage of attacks on the press and leakers in an unsteady, unwieldy 77-minute press conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

With his administration in crisis, Trump also defended the chaotic first month of his presidency, claiming that he had “inherited a mess” from President Barack Obama and that his administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

“I’m making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present … because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect they deserve,” Trump said.

“Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people, but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system,” he said.

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, a tremendous disservice,” said Trump. “We have to talk about it. We have to find out what’s going on because the press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

Trump’s White House is reeling from scandals related to his campaign’s communications with Russian officials, which the president has dismissed as “nonsense” and part of a media conspiracy against him….

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President Trump on Thursday aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors generally in a sprawling, stream-of-consciousness news conference that alternated between claims that he had “inherited a mess” and the assertion that his fledgling administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

“To be honest, I inherited a mess,” Trump said, in a news conference that lasted more than an hour and was at times rambling, combative and pointed. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country.”

Yet moments later, the president seemed to acknowledge the widespread reports of turbulence and upheaval emanating out of his West Wing, only to claim that his White House — which so far has been marred by staff infighting, a controversial travel ban, false statements and myriad leaks — was operating seamlessly.

“I turn on the TV, open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos — chaos,” he said. “Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”….

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First Donald Trump presser in a long time…

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday held his first press conference in more than five months to address swirling questions over Russia’s alleged role in his election and how he will disentangle himself from his massive business empire. Here are the highlights:

Trump began the event by criticizing BuzzFeed and CNN for reporting Tuesday that U.S. intelligence officials briefed him on allegations that Russia could have compromising information about him. It “would be a tremendous blot on their record” if intelligence agencies leaked the documents that CNN and BuzzFeed reported, Trump said.

“I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies — who knows? — but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that — a tremendous blot — because a thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had and it should certainly never have been released,” he said.

• Trump admitted: “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.” After months of rejecting the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election, he conceded Wednesday that he believes Russia conducted cyberattacks. “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,” he continued.

“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” Trump attorney Sheri Dillon announced, disclosing that he will not divest or form a blind trust to disentangle himself from potential business conflicts. Reading a lengthy prepared statement, Dillon said Trump will be fully isolated “from the management of the company” — his sons Don Jr. and Eric, along with another Trump Organization executive, will take over — and “take all steps realistically possible to make it clear that he is not exploiting the office the presidency for his personal benefit.”

“No new foreign deals will be made whatsoever during the duration of President Trump’s presidency,” Dillon said. New domestic deals, however, are fair game, although Dillon stressed that “they will go through a vigorous vetting process” and Trump will have no role in them.

 

Trump said in his opening statement that he will nominate David Shulkin for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump said he interviewed more than 100 people — “some good, some not so good” — but that his selection of Shulkin will straighten out the VA. “Speaking of veterans, I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin,” Trump said. “And we’ll do a news release in a little while.” He added that Shulkin is “fantastic” and “will do a truly great job.”

• He also used his opening remarks to attack drug companies and said the government should negotiate drug prices. “We have to do is create new bidding procedures for the drug industry, because they’re getting away with murder,” Trump said. “Pharma. Pharma has a lot of lobbies, a lot of lobbyists, a lot of power. And there’s very little bidding on drugs. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world. And yet we don’t bid properly. We’re going to start bidding. We’re going to save billions of dollars over a period of time.”

Trump campaigned on Medicare drug price negotiations, a policy long opposed by his own party…..

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