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Trump

in Politik 23.05.2020 15:23
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

With Trump, the Pathology Is the Point
It’s perfectly clear by now that the United States does not have a functioning president or administration. It also seems clear that this does not matter to a sizable chunk of the population. They just don’t care — even when it could lead them to lose their lives and their livelihoods. A year ago precisely, Trump’s approval rating was, in FiveThirtyEight’s poll of polls, 53.8 percent disapprove, 41.1 percent approve. This week, the spread was 53.1 percent disapprove and 43 percent approve. Almost identical. None of the events of the last year — impeachment, plague, economic collapse — have had anything but a trivial impact on public opinion.

Neither, it seems, does the plain evidence of Trump’s derangement. Yesterday, at a Ford plant in Michigan, the president reiterated that he was once named “Man of the Year” in Michigan, something that never happened and an honor that doesn’t exist. He insisted that Obama had left no pandemic preparation behind — “we took over empty cupboards. The cupboards were bare” — which is untrue. He said he owned a lot of Lincolns but then he said he didn’t. When referring to the anti-Semite and Nazi-supporter Henry Ford, he ad-libbed, “Good bloodlines, if you believe in that stuff. Good blood.” In a factory where mask-wearing is legally mandatory and where every other executive was wearing a mask — and one who spoke with a Perspex visor on as well — Trump refused to wear one in public, though he apparently put one on behind the curtain. When asked why he wasn’t wearing one, he said: “I don’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.” The official taxpayer-funded White House trip was also used to give an overtly partisan campaign speech, breaking the law. Just one completely bonkers day from a president who has effectively refused to do the job.

Count the objective COVID-19 failures in 2020 alone. The president was briefed on the looming viral threat, both internally and externally, multiple times in January. But he does not read his briefings — he doesn’t actually read anything — and is uniquely un-briefable in person, according to a story in the New York Times: “‘How do you know?’ is Mr. Trump’s common refrain during his 30- to 50-minute briefings two or three times a week. He counters with his own statistics on issues where he has strong views, like trade or NATO. Directly challenging him, even when his numbers are wrong, appears to erode Mr. Trump’s trust, according to former officials, and ultimately he stops listening.” In other words, the officials who tell him things he doesn’t want to believe are soon sidelined or fired. This is the behavior of a 2-year-old. In a man in his 70s, it’s a form of pathology. ...

...His COVID-19 press conferences were proof of his mental limits. He couldn’t understand basic questions. He had no grip on epidemiology. He believes that tests are bad, because they make America look bad, and then boasts of his record in testing (which is, of course, not good). ...

... He grossly misunderstands what his scientific advisers tell him — like the notion of getting UV light into the body somehow, or injections involving bleach. And he has revealed an inhuman and sociopathic inability to feel empathy for the sick or the frightened. Asked in a press conference what he’d say to fearful Americans, Trump, instead of knocking the softball question out of the park, dismissed the reporter as “bad.” ...

... When it was pointed out that what mattered was not the number of tests as a whole but tests per capita, Trump responded: “You know, when you say ‘per capita,’ there’s many per capitas. It’s, like, per capita relative to what? ...

...The key thing, however, is that none of this seems to matter to the supporters of the president. For them, the pathology seems to be the point. It is precisely Trump’s refusal to acknowledge reality that they thrill to — because it offends and upsets the people they hate (i.e., city dwellers, the educated, and the media). The more Trump brazenly lies, the more Republicans support him. The more incoherent he is, the more insistent they are. Bit by bit, they have been co-opted by Trump into a series of cascading and contradicting lies, and they are not going to give up now — even when they are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital. ...

What we are seeing is whether this tribalism can be sustained even when it costs tens of thousands of lives, even when it means exposing yourself to a deadly virus, even when it is literally more important than your own life. We are entering the Jonestown phase of the Trump cult this summer. It is not going to be pretty.
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/...-the-point.html


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#2

RE: Trump

in Politik 23.05.2020 19:29
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte
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#3

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 16:29
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Trump's slanderous attack on Joe Scarborough is incompatible with leadership
Whatever his issues with Scarborough, President Trump's crazed Twitter rant on this subject was vile and unworthy of his office. Some will undoubtedly shrug it off as Trump being Trump, but one could hardly be blamed for reading it and doubting his fitness to lead.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opini...with-leadership


Trump Is Smearing Joe Scarborough Because Republicans Reward His Bullying
... Obviously a wise and strategic president would not be doing this. The sane strategy for maximizing Trump’s reelection odds would be to manage the public-health response to the pandemic while taking advantage of a Democratic Congress willing to spend almost unlimited sums to pump stimulus into the economy.

But “sane” left the building a long time ago, and Trump is left in a world of second- and third-best strategies. In place of effective governance, he is counting on partisanship to polarize the race, keeping it close enough that he can eke out another win by demonizing his opponent. A crucial element of Trump’s polarization method is to suppress all internal dissent. ...
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/...murder-lie.html


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#4

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 16:31
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

WSJ editorial board condemns Trump for 'trash' Scarborough tweets: 'Ugly even for him'
The Wall Street Journal scolded President Trump in a Wednesday editorial for tweets promoting a conspiracy theory surrounding a woman who died while working at MSNBC host Joe Scarborough's former congressional office in Florida, calling the president's allegations "trash" and "ugly even for him."

"Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories — recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination — but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him," the board wrote. ...
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/49967...s-ugly-even-for


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#5

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 16:38
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Despite widower’s plea, Trump doubles down on murder conspiracy theory targeting cable news host
Hours earlier, Timothy Klausutis pleaded with Twitter to take down the posts.

President Donald Trump ignored the pleas of a widower on Tuesday and reiterated his support for a baseless murder conspiracy theory involving the man's wife that the president has used in recent weeks to smear a cable news host. ...
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/widowers...ory?id=70893155


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#6

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 16:40
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Twitter Places Fact-Checking Warning On Trump Tweet For 1st Time
Twitter has placed a fact-checking warning on a tweet issued by President Trump in which he claims without evidence that mail-in ballots are fraudulent.

Twitter's move on Tuesday marks the first time the technology company has sanctioned Trump as criticism mounts about how the president has amplified misinformation to more than 80 million followers on the social media platform.

Trump responded by accusing Twitter of stifling free speech.
https://www.npr.org/2020/05/26/862797418...-the-first-time


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#7

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 16:46
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

"Close them down": Trump threatens action against social media platforms
President Trump threatened to shut down or regulate social media platforms due to anti-conservative bias in a pair of Wednesday tweets — the day after Twitter's first fact-check against the president's claims on its platform.

Reality check: While his claim that social media companies target conservatives isn't new, an Axios analysis last year found that stories about the 2020 presidential election that drove the most engagement online often came from right-wing media outlets. ...
https://www.axios.com/trump-social-media...4b45e3a451.html


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#8

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 17:25
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump
The president is defaming the memory of a woman who died nearly 20 years ago—and inflicting pain upon her family today.

...There is a wickedness in our president that long ago corrupted him. It’s corrupted his party. And it’s in the process of corrupting our country, too.

He is a crimson stain on American decency. He needs to go.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archiv...d-trump/612097/


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#9

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 21:31
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Trump asks whether he should take insulin despite not being diabetic
President Donald Trump pondered on Tuesday whether he should be taking insulin, a hormone typically prescribed to diabetics, during an announcement for a plan which would aim to drastically reduce the price of insulin for people on Medicare.

"I don't use insulin," Trump said. "Should I be? Huh? I never thought about it. But I know a lot of people are very badly affected, right? Unbelievable." ...
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/poli...pKbfbLDyJE8BMZw

Total insanity right there.
And that guy is the leader of the conserves.


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#10

RE: Trump

in Politik 27.05.2020 21:58
von Leto_II. | 22.245 Beiträge | 45583 Punkte

Zitat von Willie im Beitrag #9
Trump asks whether he should take insulin despite not being diabetic
President Donald Trump pondered on Tuesday whether he should be taking insulin, a hormone typically prescribed to diabetics, during an announcement for a plan which would aim to drastically reduce the price of insulin for people on Medicare.

"I don't use insulin," Trump said. "Should I be? Huh? I never thought about it. But I know a lot of people are very badly affected, right? Unbelievable." ...
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/poli...pKbfbLDyJE8BMZw

Total insanity right there.
And that guy is the leader of the conserves.


Ob wir ihm gegen die Aeroseole in seinem Büro ne UV-C-Lampe verkaufen können? Die wirkt sogar.


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#11

RE: Trump

in Politik 28.05.2020 13:37
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Trump threatens Twitter over fact checks: What’s next?
Twitter has taken the unprecedented step of adding fact-check warnings to two of President Donald Trump’s tweets that falsely called mail-in ballots “substantially fraudulent” and predicted a “Rigged Election.” On Wednesday, the president threatened to impose new regulation on social media companies or even to “close them down.”

QUESTION: Twitter has resisted taking action on Trump’s tweets for years, despite the president’s history of spreading misinformation and abuse on the platform. What changed?

ANSWER: Trump has pushed Twitter’s boundaries for years, using it to attack rivals, speak to his base and simply vent. Until Tuesday, he had never faced sanctions — though other world leaders had.

But things started to change earlier this year when coronavirus misinformation began to spread. Twitter began flagging tweets that spread disputed or misleading claims about the virus with “get the facts” links to more information, including news stories and fact checks.

Twitter said it would be adding such warnings to other tweets that could confuse users. Tweets deemed “harmful” would be removed altogether. Trump’s vote-by-mail tweets were the first non-pandemic ones Twitter flagged this way. ...
https://apnews.com/e2560e949bd0d7413bd6244c6d4d51ca


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#12

RE: Trump

in Politik 28.05.2020 15:57
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

White House organizes harassment of Twitter employee as Trump threatens company
After the company fact-checked two of Trump’s tweets

The White House has set its sights on a single Twitter employee after the company attached a fact-checking link to two of the president’s tweets containing lies and misinformation related to voter fraud. The charge was led on Fox News Wednesday morning, with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway targeting Twitter’s head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, after digging up some tweets that were critical of Trump, Conway, and the administration.

Conway called the employee “horrible” and directed listeners to go after him. “Somebody in San Francisco go wake him up and tell him he’s about to get a lot more followers,” she said on air. Immediately, the call was picked up by right-wing personalities and Trump supporters, who began sharing screenshots of the employee’s tweets. Roth is already facing a torrent of abuse and harassment, including multiple death threats, reports Protocol. ...
https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/27/21272...5MsV4U_rRmOnskg


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#13

RE: Trump

in Politik 28.05.2020 16:07
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump
Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct.
Big action to follow!
9:22 AM · May 27, 2020

Jeff Tiedrich@itsJeffTiedrich
Replying to @realDonaldTrump
oh stop whining. you haven't been censored.
you're still free to accuse people of imaginary murder.
you're still free to let Obama live in your head.
you're still free to praise yourself.
you're still free lie your face off.
you've been fact-checked ONE TIME. that's all.
grow up
9:33 AM · May 27, 2020

OtterMarie-Caroline@NoWay7790
Replying to @itsJeffTiedrich
Having one tweet being fact-checked is a fatal wound to his ego.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EZCBFdpWAAML...=jpg&name=small

9:37 AM · May 27, 2020



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#14

RE: Trump

in Politik 28.05.2020 17:32
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

The Psychopath in Chief
“Imagine — if you can — not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken … You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences, will most likely remain undiscovered. How will you live your life? What will you do with your huge and secret advantage?”
— Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

Among the accomplishments Trump parades most proudly is that he has won eighteen golf club championships. Like so many of his claims, this one is pure fiction. When the sportswriter Rick Reilly investigated for his book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, he found that sixteen of the claims were transparently false, and no evidence existed to support the other two. In one instance, Trump said he had won a championship at the Bedminster, New Jersey club he owns, even though he was in Philadelphia on the day the event was held. ...

https://medium.com/@tony_schwartz/the-ps...ef-aa10ab2165d9


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#15

RE: Trump

in Politik 28.05.2020 17:37
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

TRUMP’S BATSHIT JOE SCARBOROUGH CONSPIRACY IS TOO MUCH FOR HIS MEDIA ALLIES
The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Washington Examiner condemned the president’s insinuations about the MSNBC host, while Fox News prime-time hosts have been unusually quiet.

Evenen as Donald Trump triples down on his deranged, conspiratorial attacks against Joe Scarborough, many of the president’s conservative media allies have shown little willingness to get on board. While some of the loudest Trumpworld voices have conveniently opted for silence—Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson have yet to mention the allegations against the MSNBC host on their prime-time shows—a number of right-leaning outlets have gone a step further, publishing editorials condemning Trump’s conspiracy theories about the late Lori Klausutis, a former intern of Scarborough, then a Republican congressman, who died in his Florida office after suffering from a heart condition that resulted in her collapsing and fatally hitting her head. ...
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/...ough-conspiracy


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#16

RE: Trump

in Politik 28.05.2020 17:46
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

Donald Trump just issued his most serious threat yet to free speech
Twitter is well within their right to call out Trump's fabrication. Does he misunderstand the First Amendment?
https://www.salon.com/2020/05/27/donald-...to-free-speech/


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#17

RE: Trump

in Politik Gestern 11:53
von Maga-neu | 24.950 Beiträge | 84005 Punkte

Trump hat das FBI mit der Untersuchung beauftragt und der Familie des Opfers sein Mitgefühl ausgesprochen.
Vielleicht sollte sich diese Dame aus Chile mal um die Staaten kümmern, die in großem Stil Menschenrechte verletzen - und weniger um die USA oder Italien.

https://www.msn.com/de-de/nachrichten/po...g?ocid=msedgntp


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#18

RE: Trump

in Politik Gestern 17:08
von Landegaard | 17.017 Beiträge | 32026 Punkte

Zitat von Maga-neu im Beitrag #17
Trump hat das FBI mit der Untersuchung beauftragt und der Familie des Opfers sein Mitgefühl ausgesprochen.
Vielleicht sollte sich diese Dame aus Chile mal um die Staaten kümmern, die in großem Stil Menschenrechte verletzen - und weniger um die USA oder Italien.

https://www.msn.com/de-de/nachrichten/po...g?ocid=msedgntp


Das würde sie bestimmt auch, wenn es ihr denn um die Menschenrechte gehen würde. Das dort zu beklagen, wo derlei massenhaft und systemgewollt geschieht, würde dabei zwar mehr helfen, ihr aber weniger mediale Aufmerksamkeit und Bedeutung einbringen und womöglich sogar noch mehr Arbeit erfordern.



Maga-neu gefällt das
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#19

RE: Trump

in Politik Gestern 18:14
von Willie | 27.084 Beiträge | 124378 Punkte

The Most Mendacious President in U.S. History
On Trump, his Twitter lies, and why it’s getting worse.

On Sunday, on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday, President Donald Trump accused the TV talk-show host Joe Scarborough of murder. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, he attacked the integrity of America’s forthcoming “rigged” election. When he woke up on Wednesday, he alleged that the Obama Administration had “spied, in an unprecedented manner, on the Trump Campaign, and beyond, and even on the United States Senate.” By midnight Wednesday, a few hours after the number of U.S. deaths in the coronavirus pandemic officially exceeded a hundred thousand, the President of the United States retweeted a video that says, “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”

This is not the first time when the tweets emanating from the man in the White House have featured baseless accusations of murder, vote fraud, and his predecessor’s “illegality and corruption.” It’s not even the first time this month. So many of the things that Trump does and says are inconceivable for an American President, and yet he does and says them anyway. The Trump era has been a seemingly endless series of such moments. From the start of his Administration, his tweets have been an open-source intelligence boon, a window directly into the President’s needy id, and a real-time guide to his obsessions and intentions. Misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies were always central to his politics.

In recent months, however, his tweeting appears to have taken an even darker, more manic, and more mendacious turn, as Trump struggles to manage the convergence of a massive public-health crisis and a simultaneous economic collapse while running for reëlection. He is tweeting more frequently, and more frantically, as events have closed in on him. Trailing in the polls and desperate to change the subject from the coronavirus, mid-pandemic Trump has a Twitter feed that is meaner, angrier, and more partisan than ever before, as he amplifies conspiracy theories about the “deep state” and media enemies such as Scarborough while seeking to exacerbate divisions in an already divided country. ...

... The conclusion from all of this is as depressing as it is damning. These are not standard-issue political lies being foisted on the public but nuclear-weapons-grade falsehoods that speak directly to the President’s character. They are of a scale and volume that simply defy precedent, even in a country that had Richard Nixon as its leader. Trump, the Fact Checker’s editor Glenn Kessler writes, is quite simply “the most mendacious President in U.S. history.” There are, sadly, eighteen thousand reasons and counting why he is right.
https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-fr...t-in-us-history


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