Get ready for an angry statement from ‘the former guy’ as the Department of Justice announced today that Donald Trump’s tax returns must be released by the IRS to Congress. Continue reading “Justice Dept Says Trump Tax Returns Must Be Released To Congress”
CNN’s Jim Acosta began a segment today showing clips of ‘the former guy,’ Donald Trump, hugging the American flag at past appearances at CPAC.
“Now, the same man who gripped the Stars and Stripes won’t let go of something else: the idea that he’s still president,” said Acosta.
Mediaite has the transcript:
“A couple of weeks ago I compared Trumps’ comeback tour to the circus, full of sideshow acts and clowns. I later got an email from an expert on the circus industry. This person pointed out that comparison actually was not fair.
“Because unlike the chaos of Trump world, a circus is carefully composed and organized. That’s a great point. Comparing Trump to a clown is most definitely an insult to clowns. He’s more like one of those mask-hating customers at the grocery store.
“You’ve seen them. A Karen, or whatever the name would be in Trump’s case. You can almost hear him saying, ‘I want to talk to the manager about the election, I want to talk to the manager of Twitter or Facebook.’”
This is truly spot-on. Watch below – the report includes video of Trump’s press events which are carefully staged to pretend to be ‘presidential’ instead of being held in front of a golf club.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google for banning him from certain websites, claiming they violated his First Amendment rights.
According to the Washington Post, the suits allege “that the companies violated Trump’s First Amendment rights in suspending his accounts and argues that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which is owned by Google, no longer should be considered private companies but ‘a state actor’ whose actions are constrained by First Amendment restrictions on government limitations on free speech.”
Legal experts were quick to point out the U.S. Constitution is clear that the First Amendment constrains only government actions, not those of private companies.
The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Bolding is mine.
You’ll also notice nowhere in the Constitution is it stated there is a constitutional right to Facebook. Or Twitter. Or YouTube.
In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump was told he would have to give a deposition for the legal action to which the Donald said he’d love to talk about the lawsuit, the election and any little thing.
But legal pundits say the lawsuit lays its own trap for Trump as he would have to answer many, many, many questions under oath.
Keith Olbermann tweeted, “This is the dumbest thing Trump has ever done. It’s wonderful. I remind you from personal experience that when you sue somebody you have to give a multi-day deposition on anything relevant to the topic…in this case, like your role inspiring the 1/6 Coup.”
This is the dumbest thing Trump has ever done. It’s wonderful.
I remind you from personal experience that when you sue somebody you have to give a multi-day deposition on anything relevant to the topic…in this case, like your role inspiring the 1/6 Coup https://t.co/oUGBrWdgmN
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 7, 2021
Former White House counsel John Dean retweeted adding, “This should be a nationally televised deposition…. Please schedule it next week. Don’t move to dismiss, which would be the normal move. Make him deal with the trap he created for himself. He will lose on the merits!”
This should be a nationally televised deposition…. Please schedule it next week. Don’t move to dismiss, which would be the normal move. Make him deal with the trap he created for himself. He will lose on the merits! https://t.co/fg46WsEXKV
— John W. Dean (@JohnWDean) July 7, 2021
He knows. This case will never reach the stage of depositions. He will fundraise off of the rubes as much as possible, try to bully the corps into settlements, then slither away as usual. BTW, I don't believe any of the corps will pay him anything to settle.
— soxfan4 (@wsoxfnjoe1) July 7, 2021
Donald Trump issued a statement today praising the nation of Nigeria (which he once called a ‘shit hole’) for banning Twitter after the social media company banned the country’s president.
In the same breath he called on more countries to ban both Twitter and Facebook because he’s still butt hurt over being banned from the platforms. His current bans are a result of his being held accountable for the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
Apparently still inhabiting Earth 2, Trump ponders if he should have banned the two social media platforms while in the White House – except, of course, he didn’t have that power.
Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech—all voices should be heard.
In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?
Perhaps I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?
A new survey from Ipsos Polls shows 54% of Republican respondents believe the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building was “led by violent left-wing protesters trying to make Trump look bad.”
I’m guessing those are the same people who believe the COVID-19 pandemic was all staged to “make Trump look bad.”
You have to wonder if those conservatives are genuinely delusional or if they just decided to lie to pollsters?
More from the poll:
• 59% of all respondents feel Donald Trump should not run for president again, only 31% support his running again
• 33% feel Trump was not responsible for the Capitol riot while 58% believe he bears some responsibility
• 30% of Republicans feel confident that absentee or mail-in ballots were accurately counted, compared to 86% of Democrats and 55% of independents
In a new Ipsos poll, 54% of Republican respondents say the January 6 riot was “led by violent left-wing protesters trying to make Trump look bad.”
Only 30% disagreed. 16% said they didn’t know. https://t.co/j3qNCCVX0k
— Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) May 22, 2021
The Facebook Oversight Board (made up of lawyers, activists and journalists) announced its decision this morning to uphold the ban of ‘former guy’ Donald Trump from the social media platform.
From the New York Times:
Facebook’s Oversight Board, which acts as a quasi-court over the company’s content decisions, said the social network was right to bar Mr. Trump after the insurrection in Washington in January, saying he “created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible.” The panel said the ongoing risk of violence “justified” the move.
But the board also said that an indefinite suspension was “not appropriate,” and that the company should apply a “defined penalty.” The board gave Facebook six months to make its final decision on Mr. Trump’s account status.
Sifting through Twitter, it seems most folks were very surprised Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the decision.
Trump released a statement calling the decision a “total disgrace.”
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country,” read Trump’s statement. “Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before.”
Trump statement following the news from Facebook's Oversight Board upholding its ban on him pic.twitter.com/o6lfGdKYnl
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) May 5, 2021
The Left’s cancel culture is out of control. Facebook’s ban of Trump is just more proof.
Big Tech has a choice: Have the same standards for ALL—or—we look at antitrust laws to limit their monopolistic power.
If they can do this to a president, imagine what they can do to you.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 5, 2021
Facebook is more interested in acting like a Democrat Super PAC than a platform for free speech and open debate.
If they can ban President Trump, all conservative voices could be next.
A House Republican majority will rein in big tech power over our speech.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 5, 2021
Who is facebook loyal to:President Trump (75 million American votes is banned)-4 Chinese Communist dictatorship sites have 342.3 million viewers. Communism good-Trump bad. Ask yourself where Facebook’s loyalty lies-to a free society or a totalitarian dictatorship.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 5, 2021
It's a private company. They have a Terms of Service. They're enforcing it. You live by it. Trump can too.
"A free society" means a private enterprise can run its business the way it wants. If you as a free citizen don't like that, use our free market and go somewhere else.
— Joe Carlin (@joe_nca) May 5, 2021
Donald Trump is no voiceless victim. He earned his suspension from Facebook by spreading dangerous, violence-inciting lies. Our nation is still living with the consequences of the deadly insurrection Trump incited, & there is a clear & present danger that he will do it again. https://t.co/8LWbSDoKbJ
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 5, 2021
You’ll recall Eric Trump, second son to ‘the former guy,’ was discovered to have funneled money to the Trump Organization by holding his cancer charity’s annual event at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York.
Eric told folks it was “efficient” to use the Trump Golf Club because it was “free.” But then an investigation revealed the golf club was actually charging for its use and making money in the process.
Well, they’re still at it only now it’s a dog charity down in Florida which has spent as much as $1.9 million at Trump’s Mar-a-lago country club.
Yahoo News reports:
A dog rescue charity with links to Lara Trump has spent as much as $1.9 million at former President Donald Trump’s properties over the last seven years and will drop an additional quarter-million at his Mar-a-Lago country club this weekend.
According to a permit filed with the town of Palm Beach, Florida, Big Dog Ranch Rescue estimates it will spend $225,000 at the club where Donald Trump has taken up full-time residence since leaving the White House. All the profit from that spending winds up in his pocket.
Internal Revenue Service filings show that the group has spent as much as $1,883,160 on fundraising costs at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s golf course 18 miles north in Jupiter starting in 2014.
And yes, the Donald made a “surprise” appearance at the event. The local NBC News affiliate reports he told attendees he wasn’t “prepared” for the event but happened to be walking by and wondered what was going on.
— T.A. Walker (@timallanwalker) March 12, 2021
As the first day of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial got underway, House Managers leading the prosecution against Trump began with a powerful video presentation compiled from actual footage from the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building.
Following the video, Trump’s own lawyers, during a meandering speech, acknowledged the video was a very compelling argument.
It’s worth noting that, in a written response a day ago, Trump’s lawyers described the mob who attacked the U.S. Capitol building “a small group of criminals.”
“A small group?” That sounds like five, six people…a dinner party…
Does this look like a “small group of criminals?”
Weeks ago, five Republicans voted with Senate Democrats that the impeachment proceeding was constitutional.
After today’s presentations, Sen. Cassidy (R-LA) changed his mind and made it six Republicans who believe the impeachment is constitutional as the final vote was 56-44.
Many sources are reporting that Trump was irate to the point of screaming at the TV as his lawyer failed to make a full-throated defense.
Even Trump-friendly legal expert Alan Dershowitz admitted on the far-right leaning outlet Newsmax that Trump’s team didn’t score any points today.
Multiple people tell me Trump was basically screaming as Castor made a meandering opening argument that struggled to get at the heart of the defense team’s argument.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 9, 2021
Sens. Collins, Cassidy, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, Toomey all vote with Democrats on the constitutionality question
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 9, 2021
Asked why he thought Trump’s defense team did a terrible job, GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy responds, “Did you listen to it? OK then. It speaks for itself.” https://t.co/iqCQD4SlGQ
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 9, 2021
Dershowitz continued: “He may know the senators better than I do. Maybe they want to be buttered up. Maybe they want to be told what great people they are and how he knows two senators. But it’s not the kind of argument I would have made, I have to tell you that.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 9, 2021
Donald Trump released a video message today admonishing “violence and vandalism” in regard to the invasion of the U.S. Capitol building last week.
“No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence,” says Trump in the clip. “No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag.”
Oh, my sides…
The video came shortly after the House approved an article of impeachment against Trump by a vote of 232-197 making him the first president ever to be impeached twice.
Plus, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began hinting he may vote to convict Trump.
This comes across as a preemptive legal defense against impeachment to me. Trust and believe, he did not write a word of this.
From the New York Times:
“I want to be very clear,” he continued. “I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law” and supporting law enforcement officials.
As a candidate in 2016, Mr. Trump once encouraged rally attendees to physically attack protesters. But in the video on Wednesday, he said that “mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for. No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence.”
“If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it, and you are attacking our country,” he said. “We cannot tolerate it.”
There was no mention of the people who died in the melee last week including one Capitol Police officer who was reportedly bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher.
Looking ahead to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Trump added, “There must be no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism of any kind.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2021
Trump: “No true supporters of mine could ever endorse political violence.”
Also Trump: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
“I’d like to punch him in the face.”
“Any guy who can do a body slam, he’s my guy.”
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) January 13, 2021
TELEPROMPTER: “I did not endorse the violence.”
REALITY: “I sat & watched the violence play out on TV and I did nothing to stop it. Instead, I ignored all calls to intervene as I sat there, clapping my little doll-hands in giddy delight, because the violence was what I wanted.”
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) January 13, 2021
More lies in Trump video. Says “no true supporters of mine could ever endorse political violence.” (These were his supporters of his at rally. He told them to come. He said he was with them as they marched to Capitol. Also he has stoked violence before calling press “enemy,” etc)
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 13, 2021
He said they were very special, he loved them…he watched it unfold on TV, all for his ego.
He chose to do nothing and allow terror to reign in hopes of stopping the count process.
— Bonzai (@BonzaiO69) January 13, 2021
Trump, in his new video statement, said “no true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement.” Here’s video evidence of a Capitol security guard being beaten with a Trump flag pic.twitter.com/AwNQkgQ1dD
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 13, 2021
to the rioters: “I love you. You are very special”
— Bill Rubenstein (@wmr251) January 13, 2021
Lacking his social media platforms, Donald Trump issued a statement ‘old-school’ today discouraging any further violence.
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” read the statement from the White House Press Secretary. “That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for.”
“I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank you.”
As the House is currently debating an article of impeachment at this very moment, this seems like Trump probably got advice from his lawyers that he needs to at least ‘appear’ to discourage violence like the hideous insurrection that occurred at the U.S. Capitol building last week.
Soon-to-be twice impeached president: I don’t stand for lawbreaking.
— Power to Impeach PAC (@powertoimpeach) January 13, 2021
Too late, he should have kept his mouth shut . He whipped crazy people up into a frenzy . He knew what he was doing. pic.twitter.com/WvovDejDpU
— Chappie the cat 🐱 Voted Biden/Harris (@chappie_cat) January 13, 2021
"Please understand that my comments about the election being 'stolen' or 'fraudulent' were just a joke. I'm always making jokes like that. Remember the one about injecting bleach? So, anyway, be good. Stand by."
— Gregory Paul (YOU do 40 with a ladder.) (@G_Paul_Musings) January 13, 2021
Zero chance he wrote this. Glad to see the communications staff finally figuring out how to use their official means of communications after four years.
— Jen (@JenniferM8s) January 13, 2021
Why doesn’t he get on camera and say this? His minions aren’t going to believe it came from him.
— Bartholomew (@NelsonMuntz2024) January 13, 2021