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Old 04-22-2018, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default It’s becoming clear that Trump won’t run in 2020


President Trump walks off Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 19. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By Joe Scarborough April 20

It has been nearly three years since Donald Trump descended his faux-gold escalator to announce an improbable run for president, and Republican politicians seem just as baffled by the reality TV star’s future as they were the day he first launched this publicity stunt gone wildly wrong.

It is true that GOP leaders stand silent as President Trump trashes the rule of law, attacks federal judges and declares America’s free press the “enemy of the people.” These lap dogs even remain muzzled as younger Americans are chained to a future of crippling debt. And they shame the memory of the first Republican president — who gave his life ending slavery — by marching alongside a bumbling bigot who labels Hispanics “breeders” and “rapists,” seeks to bar tens of millions of Muslims from entering the country, and defends white supremacy in the ugly aftermath of Charlottesville.

And yet these same morally enfeebled enablers have become muted when asked whether they’ll support their fearless leader’s reelection bid.

“Look, I’m focused on opioids,” muttered Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, suggesting that a U.S. senator is not mentally adept enough to fight a drug epidemic while also figuring out whether he backs a president in his own party. Alexander is not the only GOP senator to offer up tortured answers to this simple question.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Tex.) refused to answer, explaining that he had not given the question much thought because things could change in the time before the 2020 campaign revs up.

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Corker (Tenn.) spent four days grasping for an answer to a question he called “unfair” before finally saying he didn’t want to “make news.” Other GOP lawmakers are no more eager to talk about the 2020 campaign than Trump himself wants to discuss the intricacies of Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit.

But while the president and his team of misfit lawyers have reason to tread carefully under stormy legal skies, Republicans on Capitol Hill can relax. It’s becoming clear that Trump will not be running for president in 2020.

This past week, White House office pools reportedly set up in anticipation of the next staff firing are shifting their focus to predicting which Trump family member will be the first to land behind bars. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s independent investigation into Russia may have inspired a defiant West Wing response, but the U.S. attorney’s raid of Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room has stirred more fear and loathing inside White House offices than at any time since President Richard Nixon battled Watergate prosecutors in the summer of 1973.

Now, even Trump’s most steadfast allies are quietly admitting that the Southern District of New York’s investigation poses an existential threat to his future, both politically and legally. Trump allies are telling the president his “fixer” could flip for the feds, just like Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. In Washington and across the country, Republicans are sensing the president is a wounded political figure, leading them to withhold their future support or — in one high-profile case — to challenge the president directly.

Which brings us to Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The former South Carolina governor announced last Sunday that the United States would impose additional sanctions against Russia and President Vladimir Putin. Haley’s declaration enraged Trump, despite the inconvenient fact she was only following White House policy and GOP talking points. Still, the president went behind his ambassador’s back to assure the Russians he would kill any future sanctions. Other White House officials played down Haley’s remarks, describing America’s representative at the United Nations as “confused.”

Haley’s response to the charge was as sharp as it was telling.

“With all due respect, I do not get confused.”

With those nine words, the ambassador declared that, unlike most other members of Trump’s Cabinet, she would not allow herself to be humiliated by a political day trader, whose fitful 15 minutes of fame will come to a close long before a new president takes the oath of office in 2021.

Still, another scenario came to mind this week: How wonderful would it be for our daughters to see this woman — this daughter of immigrants — take a debate stage to coldly cut the Donald down to size, revealing to the world once and for all that this bloated emperor has no clothes?

What a sight that would be.

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Old 04-22-2018, 06:49 AM   #2
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Avenatti's forecast for Trump gets even stormier—he won't serve out his term

Several weeks ago, when Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was delighting in Donald Trump finally breaking his silence on the $130,000 hush-money payment executed by Michael Cohen, Avenatti made the point that Cohen was about to come under intense pressure as the lynchpin in both the Stormy saga and the Russia probe.

"If this guy doesn't hold up ultimately," he observed, "very bad things are going to happen to this administration."

That was the Thursday before the FBI's no-knock raid of Cohen's office and residences that have infinitely increased Donald Trump's legal jeopardy—expanding it beyond the Russia/election probe and into at least a decade of Trump's seedy business dealings.

In other words, Avenatti predicted Trump's fate was about to lie in the hands of Cohen days in advance of the raid that has indeed initiated a tectonic shift in the forces bearing down on Trump's presidency and, now, also the family business that bears his name. After a year of cascading stories claiming that "All roads lead to..." Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort—the Cohen prophesy now stands apart for being manifestly true.


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Just posting here so it’s easier to find and bump in a few years.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:16 AM   #4
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Are you rich from those tax cuts yet?
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:19 AM   #7
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If it gets him pu$$y or $$$ he will run
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:08 AM   #8
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We’ll see.

“He won’t run for President.”
“He won’t win the Republican nomination.”
“He will lose the Presidential election in a landslide.”
“He won’t last year in office.”
“He won’t finish his term.”
“He won’t run again.”

It seems like the goalposts keep moving back.
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This is what I'm hoping for...

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Old 04-22-2018, 04:09 PM   #10
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We’ll see.

“He won’t run for President.”
“He won’t win the Republican nomination.”
“He will lose the Presidential election in a landslide.”
“He won’t last year in office.”
“He won’t finish his term.”
“He won’t run again.”

It seems like the goalposts keep moving back.
It's not that the goalposts are moving - we just keep learning more and more about the white collar crime boss.
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Hopefully the only thing he's running for in 2020 is Cellblock B's b**** of the month award.
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Ivana Trump just stated that she thinks he should not run in 2020 and just play golf.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:27 PM   #13
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In other words, about what he's doing anyway.
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it would be foolish and damaging to the republican brand for him not to run for reelection. don't think he's that eager to screw over the gop.
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If he can drain the stinking swamp that quickly.... that would be great. Mission Accomplished.
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If he can drain the stinking swamp that quickly.... that would be great. Mission Accomplished.
Signed of on irresponsible tax bill and rubber stamped the omnibus....

Nothing more than another Swamp Thing
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it would be foolish and damaging to the republican brand for him not to run for reelection. don't think he's that eager to screw over the gop.
Seriously? His very presence has already fatally destroyed the GOP, which he doesn't give two ****s about. The best possible thing they could have happen would be for him to not run. There is no "Republican brand" BTW...that's ancient history.

They're fascists now.
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Seriously? His very presence has already fatally destroyed the GOP, which he doesn't give two ****s about. The best possible thing they could have happen would be for him to not run. There is no "Republican brand" BTW...that's ancient history.

They're fascists now.
Kiddo... you don't know what fascism truly is. Stop embarrassing yourself.
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Kiddo... you don't know what fascism truly is. Stop embarrassing yourself.
Sure Klan boy...

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White supremacists chant 'hail Trump' while performing Hitler salutes at alt-right conference
Alt-right leader Richard Spencer hails US election result as victory for 'our people'

Lizzie Dearden @lizziedearden Tuesday 22 November 2016 08:12 GMT

White supremacists have been filmed performing Hitler salutes and shouting “hail Trump!” during a speech by a leading member of the “alt-right” movement.

Richard B Spencer, president of the far-right National Policy Institute, made numerous allusions to Nazi ideology during his half-hour speech at a conference in Washington on Saturday.

“Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” he shouted as members of the audience leapt to their feet applauding, with several making prolonged Hitler salutes.

“No one will honour us for losing gracefully, no one mourns the great crimes committed against us. For us it is conquer or die.”

Mr Spencer went on to attack the “mainstream media” for its treatment Donald Trump.

He used the slur “Lügenpresse”, meaning “lying press in German”, which was originally employed by Nazis and is gaining currency once again among the German far-right to insult reporting on the refugee crisis.

It was also heard being shouted at Trump rallies, where the Republican candidate frequently attacked the press, and has become a hashtag popular among some of his supporters on social media.

“The press has clearly decided to double down and wage war against the legitimacy of Trump and the continued existence of white America,” said Mr Spencer to more cheers. “But they are really opening up the door for us.”

The white nationalist, who claims he coined the term “alt-right”, also described journalists as “soulless Golem” – supernatural creates from Jewish folklore – “animated by some dark power”.
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If he can drain the stinking swamp that quickly.... that would be great. Mission Accomplished.
So you thing stacking a cabinet with more lobbyists and Goldman Sachs cast-offs than ever is "draining the swamp?" Even when this is the exact opposite of what IQ45 said he would do?

It's a bass-ackwards world you inhabit.
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If he can drain the stinking swamp that quickly.... that would be great. Mission Accomplished.
You really think Rump is there to "drain the swamp"? You poor bastard.

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You really think Rump is there to "drain the swamp"? You poor bastard.


Choda lives in a bass-ackward world of "alternative facts."


After IQ45 spent the entire campaign saying he would do just the opposite...

Trump adds even more Goldman Sachs executives to his administration

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's administration is taking on a distinctively Goldman hue.

Trump is adding even more Goldman Sachs executives to his nascent administration. Trump’s top donor and close advisor, hedge fund manager and Goldman Sachs alumna Anthony Scaramucci, will serve as a senior White House advisor, according to The Washington Post, and Trump’s transition team officially announced that Dina Habib Powell will be a "senior counselor for economic initiatives.”

Scaramucci, who runs SkyBridge Capital, is a vocal defender of big banks — at one point he accused President Obama to his face of “whacking Wall Street like a piñata.”

Powell also served in President George W. Bush's administration. The two are the fifth and sixth major hires for Trump who previously worked for the financial giant.

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Signed of on irresponsible tax bill and rubber stamped the omnibus....

Nothing more than another Swamp Thing
and you cheered on the all the demo pork all the way. Hypocrite much.
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You really think Rump is there to "drain the swamp"? You poor bastard.
Where did I say he was? I do hope he will. I'm not the 'Poor' bastard on this board... but I bet you are.
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Where did I say he was? I do hope he will. I'm not the 'Poor' bastard on this board... but I bet you are.
Your hope is sadly misplaced. Rump is a sleazy con man. Wake up.

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