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To remind the trump supporters and the members of the Electoral college who claim to be followers of Jesus of their hypocrisy in supporting this buffoon, that they should be embarrassed for allowing such an arrogant and ignorant man who lost the popular vote by such a large margin into the oval office.
More evidence that his supporters don't give a fuck about what Jesus actually said!
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An interesting article about the lapsed role of congress in providing a balance against excessive Judicial powers and flawed decisions which give more clout in litigation to exploitative employers than their victims, undermining human rights.

This presents yet another compelling argument for voting out Trump in 2020, alongside removing his presidential exemption from prosecution for electoral misconduct and other crimes and misdemeanors before the statute of limitations on them expires.
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The following introduction is not in my words but I don't think I can improve on them, so I'll add my notes after., along with two links to sources..

In an extended, heated, and televised exchange with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump declared that "I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it. I am proud to shut down the government for border security. […] I will take the mantle […] for shutting down the government."

Schumer and Pelosi said they made two offers to Trump at the current level of $1.375 billion. Prior to the meeting, Trump falsely tweeted that a substantial part of his "Great Wall" had already been built and then threatened that "if the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall."

Schumer accused Trump of throwing a "temper tantrum" with the meeting ending with no resolution, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown at the end of next week.

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Compare Trump's malignant narcissist pride in declaring he will use extortion to get his way above, with his prior attempt to explain what a government shutdown says about a president being weak in the meme below.....

Either trump is "strong" as he claims today, or Trump is "weak" as he declared of Presidents who can't negotiate to prevent a government shutdown.

Either way, he's a liar because he's made both declarations with no regard for anything but his image in the instant. He lives only to be the centre of attention, and doesn't give a damn about the cost because others will pay the price....

Link to the story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/schumer-pelosi-set-to-meet-with-trump-on-wall-but-house-gop-stands-firm/2018/12/11/2604b1ae-fd56-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html

Another link including video:
https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-government-shutdown-border-wall-pelosi-schumer-c2072f15-4de9-44e2-a0e6-95f4eb562fa2.html
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Trump continues to project his fantasies instead of accepting reality..

He's lying again by claiming that sections of his wall have been constructed.

From the article below:

TRUMP: “Tremendous amounts of wall have already been built.” — statement in meeting with the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.

TRUMP: “People do not yet realize how much of the Wall, including really effective renovation, has already been built.” ″We have already built large new sections & fully renovated others, making them like new.” — tweets.

THE FACTS: Tremendous portions of the wall have not been built. Yes, some barrier renovation has happened, but little wall construction has been completed under Trump.

Congress allocated roughly $1.4 billion in the spring — a bit more than 5 percent of what Trump wanted — for border security and specified that the money was not to be used for construction of the prototype wall sections that stand near San Diego. Instead, the money is to strengthen or replace existing fencing with more secure fencing.

Altogether, Trump promised in the campaign that he’d build a 1,000-mile (1,600 kilometer) wall, as high as 40 feet or 12 meters (and have Mexico pay for it, which isn’t happening). If some 650 miles (1,050 km) of existing fencing are considered in the equation, that leaves him with about 350 miles (560 km) of wall to build.

Link:

https://apnews.com/3674b8e599774fd4808a006380793e8c
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Trump is persisting in his fantasy world.
Trump insists that money he expects to start flowing from a new trade deal with Mexico should go to pay for his wall, instead of the farmers and product makers who produce those goods and into the national economy...

Meanwhile Farmers and product makers of all sorts are still being financially crippled by his Tariffs.

From the article below:

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal.

Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted during an Oval Office meeting that Mexico will pay for the wall “one way or another.”

She told him Mexico isn’t going to pay for it. The president responded that Mexico would pay with money the U.S. will make from the revised North American Free Trade Deal, known as USMCA.

Pelosi told the president “that’s terrible” and told him she’s going “go out and tell people that you think that Mexico is paying for it with money that should be going into our economy.”
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After squabbling about a border wall with Democratic leaders in front of reporters, President Donald Trump is now saying that the private part of their meeting was “very friendly.”

He said at a bill signing Tuesday afternoon that after reporters left the morning meeting with Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they all had a good discussion.

Trump said: “Believe it or not, I think it was a very friendly meeting. You just saw the beginning of it.”

He went on to say that he has liked the two Democrats for a long time.
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President Donald Trump is escalating his shutdown threat over U.S.-Mexico border wall funding at a heated White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

Trump said during the open-press session Tuesday that, “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government.” He says his long-promised wall will be built one way or another.

Government funding for some agencies is set to expire on Dec. 21, threatening a partial shutdown.

Schumer and Pelosi are urging the president to find another solution, with Schumer saying “we shouldn’t shut down the government over a dispute.”

Trump is responding by saying he’s “proud to shut down the government” and says he will “take the mantle.”

Pelosi is also commenting on the meeting’s acrimony, noting “this has spiraled downwards.”

There is a lot more in the article. Follow the link below:

https://www.apnews.com/1674502d0a124a39a99bef1dca7e93e8
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Another article examining the lies Trump is telling himself and everyone else....
Even people who have supported Trump like Lindsey Graham, are openly speaking in opposition to Trump's lies without referring to Trump himself.

This is an irrational reliance on "gut instinct" from Trump, a man whose reliance on that "gut" has led to a lifelong string of business failures, including bankrupting his casino enterprises.

He's still lying about being a successful stable genius. The bigger issue is the number of people who choose to believe him.

From the article linked below:

Trump, for example, asserted in June that because of his administration’s negotiations with Pyongyang, there is “no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.” U.S. intelligence officials said there is no such view among analysts.

Trump accused Iran of violating a 2015 nuclear agreement with the United States and other major powers despite assessments by U.S. spy agencies and allies that Tehran was in compliance. More recently, Trump has claimed that his decision to abandon the nuclear deal forced Iran into regional retreat and led to turnover in the top ranks of its government. “They’re a much, much different group of leaders,” he said in June.

But CIA assessments do not describe any such shift, officials said, noting that Iran’s religious rulers remain firmly entrenched and that the country continues to use proxies to fuel conflict across the Middle East.

... Trump has repeatedly undercut the agency’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who was a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.

The agency reached that conclusion with “medium-to-high confidence,” terms that reflect a high degree of certainty. But Trump has described the CIA as having vague “feelings” on Mohammed’s culpability, and when pressed on whether he thought the crown prince gave the order, the president said, “Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.”

[L]ast week ... CIA Director Gina Haspel [said] the case against Mohammed was overwhelming. “There’s not a smoking gun — there’s a smoking saw,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said, referring to the alleged dismemberment of Khashoggi’s corpse.

The Trump administration has cultivated a close alliance with Riyadh, and even Cabinet officials have seemed to skew their characterizations of the Khashoggi case to avoid contradicting the president.

Trump came into office denouncing the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential race, a case that has only grown stronger with evidence gathered by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Trump’s handling of the matter has been a much greater source of dismay inside the intelligence community than widely understood. One official said CIA employees were staggered by Trump’s performance during a news conference with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in Helsinki this summer at which he treated denials by Putin as so “strong and powerful” that they offset the conclusions of the CIA.

“There was this gasp” among those watching at the CIA, the official said. “You literally had people in panic mode watching it at Langley. On all floors. Just shock.”
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“I think you definitely do see a bewilderment and a concern over the president’s conduct and relationship to the intelligence community,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who frequently visits with senior CIA officials on overseas trips.

Trump’s disagreements are not driven by “questions about their methodology or differing interpretations of the same facts,” Schiff said. “He wants to tell an alternate narrative.”
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Trump ... has also been dismissive of other experts in his administration, saying his own instincts are superior. “I have a gut,” he said in an interview last month, “and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”

Read the full article for more...
Link:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/gap-continues-to-widen-between-trump-and-intelligence-community-on-key-issues/2018/12/11/23a02cb0-f8db-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html
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Inconsistency in a President = Hypocrisy in a President..

Hypocrisy is a form of lying.....
Just keeping score

Via +Laura Natale
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This will take as long as it takes......
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Reposting because I accidentally deleted the link in the original while editing!

A new theory has been postulated by commentators, on how Trump might try to evade prosecution for his crimes, by resigning in the last minutes of his presidency so that Pence can be sworn in as President to pardon Trump.
In this scheme, Trump would then be inaugurated as president for a second term.

It's based on a lie (that an incumbent president who has won a second term at the ballot box can resign before the inauguration, and then still be sworn in as president-elect)..
It's a legal fiction as explained in my comments below..

See the article linked below:

All of this presupposes that Trump will choose Pence as a running mate again (Trump has been asking staff if Pence is loyal, so this presumption is questionable - with all the people Trump has fired, Pence cannot feel safe.)
It also presupposes that Trump gets reelected and that Pence would do as Trump demands..

I see a few other potential problems with this:

1) If Trump waits until after the next elections and does the above resignation stunt ten minutes before the inauguration, so Pence can Pardon him before being sworn in to his second term, then Pence is effectively being sworn in as the new president before Trump can take the oath of office himself.

2) It could be argued in court that in the above scenario, Trump effectively resigns the presidency into which he has presumably been reelected as well as the last ten minutes of the presidency he currently holds.
The constitution makes no distinction between a sitting president and a president-elect, in terms of articles of resignation they might sign...

A resignation as a reelected incumbent is the same as a resignation as sworn in president or president-elect. It is absolute and irrevocable.
People who write an "I quit" letter before signing their new employment contract, don't get to walk back into the job.

Trump is one person under the law, and the presidency is one job under the constitution.
There is no legal duplicate of Donald John Trump who would be entitled to claim and be sworn in for a second term as President after a president-elect/incumbent Donald John Trump resigns from the office.

3) Pence would be under no compulsion to provide the pardon Trump expects, and given the damage that Trump has done to Republican electoral hopes in the house and senate, Pence may well leave Trump hanging without a pardon, and allow him to be prosecuted.
He could step into the presidency as the first in line after allowing Trump to be taken away and indicted!
Pence would then still be a lame duck president tainted by the same electoral shenanigans which now plague Trump and still have a Democrat house to deal with...

Does anyone really think that Pence wants to go down in history as "the ten-minute President #46"? The puppet of President 45-47?

4) Trump choosing another running mate for his attempt at reelection doesn't change this much, if at all..
Loyalty is a commodity Trump finds difficult to measure in others..

I hope Trump sees some version of this examination of that scenario, because it will keep him too paranoid to attempt it.

(Edit: I forgot.. Silly me.. Someone will have to explain it to Trump verbally, because he doesn't read advice.)

Edit2: I also forgot that the supreme court as ruled that accepting a pardon carries with it an admission of guilt concerning the crime for which the pardon is granted.. Trump would be a confessed felon and have extreme difficulty in refinancing his loans or conducting any business thereafter...

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https://www.rawstory.com/2018/12/jennifer-rubin-trump-will-resign-10-minutes-next-inauguration-mike-pence-can-pardon/
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One of the comments under the YouTube video summarizes the situation perfectly, so I'll just quote it.

Paul Ryan accuses California for Ballot harvesting while the Republican Candidate in North Carolina pays for BALLOT HARVESTING.Typical Rethuglicans...Accuse Dems (without proof) for doing WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT RED-HANDED DOING.

Paul Ryan is repeating the lies without any respect for voters.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1xgtQq7J8s
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