Trump’s No Useful Idiot, He’s an Active Player Working with Russia

As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says in his column today, Donald Trump is no useful idiot, and that he “probably knows very well how much he owes to Vladimir Putin.”

Let’s just drop the “probably.” Remember this Salon story back in October in which it was discovered that a special server Trump setup communicated with only one other server located in Russia. We still don’t know the purpose of it, but it was probably a means of sending messages.

It’s been 142 days since Trump’s last press conference. That’s the one when he asked Russian intelligence agencies to hack Clinton.

Yes. Our election was severely compromised by Russians, news media here in the US, Republican politicians and the Trump team. We got played. Now what are we going to do about it?

The Constitution provides a remedy for this very specific situation – the electoral college. Alexander Hamilton wrote about the purpose of the electoral college in Federalist Paper 68. In it he said there are basically two reasons for the electoral college. One is to prevent someone who is merely famous, but ill-suited to be president, from winning the popular vote and becoming president. The other reason is to stop a foreign government from trying to install a president. Trump is both of those things. So if the electoral college will not right this wrong, we’ll need to settle this one in the streets.

Federalist Paper 68 : The Mode of Electing the President

In light of the “election” of Donald Trump as president on November 8 and the mounting evidence that Russia influenced our election to help Trump, and the fact that Trump lost by 3 million votes, makes this federal paper relevant today.

The electoral college is a small “r” republican institution designed to keep foreign adversaries from installing a president. It also is designed to keep people who are merely famous from becoming president.

The Mode of Electing the President
From the New York Packet.
Friday, March 14, 1788.

HAMILTON

To the People of the State of New York:

THE mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. The most plausible of these, who has appeared in print, has even deigned to admit that the election of the President is pretty well guarded.1 I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for.

It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided. This end will be answered by committing the right of making it, not to any preestablished body, but to men chosen by the people for the special purpose, and at the particular conjuncture.

It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice. A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.

It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder. This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States. But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief. The choice of SEVERAL, to form an intermediate body of electors, will be much less apt to convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements, than the choice of ONE who was himself to be the final object of the public wishes. And as the electors, chosen in each State, are to assemble and vote in the State in which they are chosen, this detached and divided situation will expose them much less to heats and ferments, which might be communicated from them to the people, than if they were all to be convened at one time, in one place.

Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one querter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union? But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention. They have not made the appointment of the President to depend on any preexisting bodies of men, who might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes; but they have referred it in the first instance to an immediate act of the people of America, to be exerted in the choice of persons for the temporary and sole purpose of making the appointment. And they have excluded from eligibility to this trust, all those who from situation might be suspected of too great devotion to the President in office. No senator, representative, or other person holding a place of trust or profit under the United States, can be of the numbers of the electors. Thus without corrupting the body of the people, the immediate agents in the election will at least enter upon the task free from any sinister bias. Their transient existence, and their detached situation, already taken notice of, afford a satisfactory prospect of their continuing so, to the conclusion of it. The business of corruption, when it is to embrace so considerable a number of men, requires time as well as means. Nor would it be found easy suddenly to embark them, dispersed as they would be over thirteen States, in any combinations founded upon motives, which though they could not properly be denominated corrupt, might yet be of a nature to mislead them from their duty.

Another and no less important desideratum was, that the Executive should be independent for his continuance in office on all but the people themselves. He might otherwise be tempted to sacrifice his duty to his complaisance for those whose favor was necessary to the duration of his official consequence. This advantage will also be secured, by making his re-election to depend on a special body of representatives, deputed by the society for the single purpose of making the important choice.

All these advantages will happily combine in the plan devised by the convention; which is, that the people of each State shall choose a number of persons as electors, equal to the number of senators and representatives of such State in the national government, who shall assemble within the State, and vote for some fit person as President. Their votes, thus given, are to be transmitted to the seat of the national government, and the person who may happen to have a majority of the whole number of votes will be the President. But as a majority of the votes might not always happen to centre in one man, and as it might be unsafe to permit less than a majority to be conclusive, it is provided that, in such a contingency, the House of Representatives shall select out of the candidates who shall have the five highest number of votes, the man who in their opinion may be best qualified for the office.

The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue. And this will be thought no inconsiderable recommendation of the Constitution, by those who are able to estimate the share which the executive in every government must necessarily have in its good or ill administration. Though we cannot acquiesce in the political heresy of the poet who says: “For forms of government let fools contest That which is best administered is best,” yet we may safely pronounce, that the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.

The Vice-President is to be chosen in the same manner with the President; with this difference, that the Senate is to do, in respect to the former, what is to be done by the House of Representatives, in respect to the latter.

The appointment of an extraordinary person, as Vice-President, has been objected to as superfluous, if not mischievous. It has been alleged, that it would have been preferable to have authorized the Senate to elect out of their own body an officer answering that description. But two considerations seem to justify the ideas of the convention in this respect. One is, that to secure at all times the possibility of a definite resolution of the body, it is necessary that the President should have only a casting vote. And to take the senator of any State from his seat as senator, to place him in that of President of the Senate, would be to exchange, in regard to the State from which he came, a constant for a contingent vote. The other consideration is, that as the Vice-President may occasionally become a substitute for the President, in the supreme executive magistracy, all the reasons which recommend the mode of election prescribed for the one, apply with great if not with equal force to the manner of appointing the other. It is remarkable that in this, as in most other instances, the objection which is made would lie against the constitution of this State. We have a Lieutenant-Governor, chosen by the people at large, who presides in the Senate, and is the constitutional substitute for the Governor, in casualties similar to those which would authorize the Vice-President to exercise the authorities and discharge the duties of the President.

PUBLIUS.

List of Democrats Working with Trump

With Donald Trump sitting in the Oval, it’s important to note which Democrats are actively working with and supporting this person who is a racist, bigot, misogynist and all around disgusting human being.

Carson for HUD Secretary

In a shocking move, it appears that two of the most vocal progressives in the Senate will vote to confirm Ben Carson to be the next Housing and Urban Development secretary. Carson has zero experience working with housing or anything related to the agency’s mandate. He has said about himself that he is unqualified to run a government agency. And yet, here is Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, two supposed liberals in the Senate, casting votes in support of Trump’s unqualified candidate to lead this important agency.

Pompeo Vote

Trump nominated Tea Party House Representative Michael Pompeo (R-KS) to be his CIA director. On January 23, the following 14 Democratic Senators felt it was important to support Trump’s choice to lead the CIA.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted for Pompeo. Donnelly also voted for General James Mattis and General John Kelly to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The Mattis and Kelly nominees are interesting in that we have had a tradition that our military is civilian controlled. That’s now no longer the case.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein is retiring and wanted to demonstrate her support of the Trump administration by voting for Pompeo.

Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire is new to the US Senate. Hassan voted for Pompeo. Hassan was joined by her granite state counterpart Jeanne Shaheen, as well as Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, and Mark Warner of Virginia.

Trump also received the support of Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and senator and former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Met with Trump as President-elect

He’s no longer an elected politician, but still, former Vice President Al Gore met with Trump and Trump’s daughter Ivanka on December 5. Apparently while running her father’s business, she’s also going to focusing on climate change.

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The day after the election, Gore wrote, “I wish him well in these efforts and intend to do everything I can to work with him and his administration to ensure that our nation remains a leader in the global effort to meet this challenge.”

Gore is crazy if he anything good will come from normalizing the Trump administration.

I just came across this on December 5, but on November 21, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) met with Trump to discuss Syria.

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Gabbard seems to realize that meeting with Trump is a problem. She said, “While the rules of political expediency would say I should have refused to meet with President-elect Trump, I never have and never will play politics with American and Syrian lives.”

Regardless of the reason, normalizing Trump is not going to help anyone but Trump.

On December 2, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, Senator of North Dakota, met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York.

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The big joke was that Heitkamp got on the elevator with the “naked cowboy” who hangs out in the lobby. But the real story is that she’s meeting with a racist and a bigot. Whether this means she’s going to be working with Trump is not knowable, but she’s meeting with him, so she’s tentatively on the list.

If you know of any more Democrats prostrating themselves before Trump, let me know in the comment section and provide some sort of verifiable evidence.

Donald Trump’s Tweets Since the Election

November 9 at 6:36AM
Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before

November 10 at 2:31PM
Happy 241st birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps! Thank you for your service!!
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November 10 at 9:10PM
A fantastic day in D.C. Met with President Obama for first time. Really good meeting, great chemistry. Melania liked Mrs. O a lot!

November 10 at 9:19PM
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!

November 11 at 6:14AM
Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!

November 11 at 8:33AM
Busy day planned in New York. Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!

November 11 at 10:26AM
Today we express our deepest gratitude to all those who have served in our armed forces. #ThankAVet
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November 12 at 10:05AM
This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans. We will unite and we will win, win, win!

November 13 at 9:16AM
Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the “Trump phenomena”

November 13 at 9:43AM
The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me. I wonder if it will change – doubt it?

November 13 at 9:45AM
Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!

November 13 at 10:23AM
Jeb Bush, George W and George H.W. all called to express their best wishes on the win. Very nice!

November 13 at 10:28AM
Governor John Kasich of the GREAT, GREAT, GREAT State of Ohio called to congratulate me on the win. The people of Ohio were incredible!

November 13 at 11:03AM
The @nytimes states today that DJT believes “more countries should acquire nuclear weapons.” How dishonest are they. I never said this!

November 13 at 11:33AM
I will be interviewed on @60Minutes tonight after the NFL game – 7:00 P.M. Enjoy!

November 13 at 1:46PM
The debates, especially the second and third, plus speeches and intensity of the large rallies, plus OUR GREAT SUPPORTERS, gave us the win!

President-elect Trump Is Still Bitching

Early this morning, President-elect Donald Trump was bitching on Twitter about the New York Times.

Apparently, Trump and folks from the New York Times were supposed to meet but Trump canceled the meeting.

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The New York Times responded that the president elect is full horse poop.

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And in his usual whiny tone, Trump sniffled.

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The New York Times did the right thing, there’s no reason for one of the most read newspapers in the world to bow before Trump. He wants to control news organizations, that can’t happen. News organizations everywhere need to be resolute in their desire aggressively cover Trump – even if Chuck Todd insists on being bad at his job.

We’re now in the 2000 when George W. Bush was president. The press was weak and when 9/11 happened they buckled and the result was a war that left tens of thousands of people dead and destabilized the entire Middle East and northern Africa.

Let’s not do that again.

Stop Trump News Organization

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-9-40-17-pmDonald Trump becoming president is huge. We can not just rely on the Washington Post and the New York Times to keep him in check. Congress is a lost cause. We need an activist organization comprised of journalists, political junkies and community organizers.

The organization should be focused on investigative reporting on the Trump administration. Day-to-day coverage of events as well as deep investigative reporting.

To build a news org that could impact will take money. If someone can get together enough capital to run a news organization for four years, I’m in. Perhaps the financial burden could be lessoned by fundraising, but this will require generosity of wealthy individuals writing checks.

The staff of this organization should be overwhelmingly women and people of color.

If you want to be a part of this, comment below or hit me up on twitter.

New New Media Now

Trump is about to be president. The mainstream media are very much a reason for Trump’s success. We can not leave it up to them to hold Trump accountable for the next four years. We must create our own real news organization that doggedly investigates and reports on every action the Trump administration makes – nothing but sunshine can ensure that Trump doesn’t destroy the nation.

I have a background in journalism and would be happy to dedicate the next few years of my life making sure Trump doesn’t do too much damage. But to do this we need money, lots of money, it would need to be in the area of millions of dollars. So if you have a rich friend, let’s talk. Hit me up on Twitter @2TwelveHundreds or post a comment here.

Open Letter to Democrats: Just Say No

As a protest to the Republican party choosing Donald Trump as their leader, Democrats at all levels of government must simply say, “No.”

Whenever possible, Democrats in Congress and state legislatures must block every Republican bill every where.

We, the people, will back every politician who does the right thing. Those who don’t, well, good luck with that because there ain’t no power like people power because people power don’t quit.

Tweet this if you agree.

List of Companies that Support Donald Trump

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I created this list of people who worked for the Donald Trump for President campaign. When I made the list, I assumed Trump would get his ass handed to him on a gold-plated serving platter and the wreckage of his run would be limited to his campaign. I was wrong. So now I’m making a list of all corporations and businesses that support Trump.

New Balance
The day after the election, the company told the Wall Street Journal, “The Obama administration turned a deaf ear to us and frankly with President-elect Trump we feel things are going to move in the right direction.”

I don’t believe I own a pair of New Balance, so boycotting them won’t be difficult, or impactful, from my perspective.

These New Balance guys are assholes. I used to live in Naples, Florida and there was a club down there that didn’t allow tennis shoes. Well these New Balance pricks were in town and they wanted to go to the hot club with their dorky ass sneakers and got denied entry. They were all pissed and made asses of themselves – still didn’t get in. This was back in the mid-1990s, but still, New Balance sucks.

Yuengling
I guess it’s kind of a hipster beer, but Yuengling is a pro-Trump company. The owner, Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr., gave Trump’s son a tour and said he needs Trump in the White House.

“Our guys are behind your father,” Yuengling said. “We need him in there.”

This is an easy one for me to boycott. I prefer my beer to have some bite and high alcohol content. Yuengling is easily replaced if I’m at a bar that has a shit beer selection and I just need to pick something light.

Home Depot
Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone has been on the Trump tip since May when said of Trump, “I think he’ll do a hell of a good job.”

The reason I haven’t flat-out boycotted Home Depot on this one is because Langone retired several years and he’s not really associated with the business. But still, when it doesn’t matter where I go, I don’t go to Home Depot.

Hobby Lobby
You shouldn’t be shopping at these stores simply based on the fact that they treat women like shit by denying health insurance coverage for birth control. But if you’re still compelled to make these pricks more wealthy, know that they’re on the Trump train too – obviously.

If you know of any other businesses, please hit me up in the comments section and I’ll add them to the list.

Jane Doe Drops Rape Lawsuit Against Donald Trump

Update: Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill” discusses this lawsuit against Trump, and these rape allegations. Newsweek did a story about this Farrow angle in October 2019.

A woman, known as Jane Doe, had a civil court case filed against Donald Trump accusing him of raping her when she was 13. Today, she withdrew her case.

Doe’s case was against Trump and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Back in 2008, Epstein served 13 months in prison having pleaded guilty to soliciting kids for prostitution.

Trump and Epstein have been friends for years.

Today’s court document doesn’t state a reason for ending the case. Earlier in the week, Doe was expected to do a press conference with her lawyer Lisa Bloom, but she canceled it. According to Bloom, Doe was scared after having received death threats.

The case was originally filed in California, here’s the complaint document detailing the repeated raping of a 13-year-old and 12-year-old.