Trump feeds the Christianist right, again

For someone who has no discernible religious beliefs or moral scruples, Trump feeds them a lot, and the hypocrites reward him with returned support, turning a blind eye to the corrupt morass he has brought to Washington.

Trump to resurrect Reagan-era policy banning federally funded clinics from discussing abortion with women

Proving that neither Trump, a serial adulterer and pathological liar, nor his far right Christianist base, give two shits about women or the truth. But Trump is giving Christianity a bad name, and literal belief in the bible, while still held by a slender majority of Americans, is on the wane.

If it’s a school shooting, you know it’s news from America

They specialise in guns there. Here’s the latest brilliant solution from Texas’ Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick:

Texas official responds to Santa Fe shooting by calling for fewer school doors

It doesn’t get much feebler than that. Conservative Americans clearly care far more for their guns than their children, and that explains in part why Trump is where he is.

America is a sick country. The NRA is one of the festering boils causing the problems, and with Trump in office, absolutely nothing is going to be done to lance it, because he likes NRA money.

Then there’s Trump showing off his lack of humanity

Trump says illegal migrants are ‘animals, not people’ in half-minute rant about gangs

“We’re taking people out of the country, you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are.

“These aren’t people, these are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level, at a rate, that’s never happened before.”

When one resorts to demonising the hated immigrants as “animals”, one has just about reached rock bottom. One cannot respect Trump as a president. After this, one might be justified in wondering if he deserves respect as a man.

And of course, he’s finally admitted to paying off Stormy Daniels, after repeatedly lying about it. He’s nothing more than a thoughtless, sadistic boor. Not even worth as much as an animal.

 

The only friends Trump has in the world… well, there’s Netanyahu, and that’s it

Ooops, sorry, Theresa May is also puckering her lips to kiss the royal ass.

Macron and Merkel round on Trump as Europe rages over steel tariffs

He’s annoyed not just of the EU president, but the leaders of France and Germany. We are watching not only American democracy go down the drain, swamped by the foetid mess of corruption in the Trump administration – even Rex Tillerson, the former Secretary of State issued a warning about this, referring to people governing in an illusional world, i.e. Trump –  but a weakening of the North Atlantic alliance, because Trump is totally unreliable as a trading partner, or military and political ally.

The only leaders who gain anything from Trump’s presidency are the leaders of Russia and China, as they see the Western alliance weaken under Trumps’ folly.

The bottom line is, no-one trusts America any more, and I begin to doubt America will ever be able to reverse this.

US Senate committee finds Russians interfered on Trump’s behalf

Another Wow!

Senate investigation concludes Russia interfered in election to help Donald Trump – breaking with conclusion of House probe

A powerful Senate committee has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump, breaking with the conclusion of a similar House probe.

“There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections,” said Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a statement issued with Mark Warner, its most senior Democrat.

“The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.”

I don’t follow Trump’s Twitter feed, but I predict it will go berserk.

They haven’t found collusion yet. I guess we will have to wait for Mueller on that. But the moron Trump ain’t gonna like that!

Nailed that one, Donald to Donald… wow!

EU president tears into Donald Trump, warning US president is bad friend who acts with ‘capricious assertiveness’

EU president Donald Tusk reamed Donald Trump a new asshole…  some tidbits:

“Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that, who needs enemies? But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful for President Trump because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions. He has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”

This is in reference to Trump’s trade wars, his unilateralism in the Middle East with respect to Israel and Iran, his bigotry against Muslims, to name but a few areas where Trump has run off the rails.

“Besides traditional political challenges, such as the rise of China or the aggressive stance of Russia, we are witnessing today a new phenomenon: the capricious assertiveness of the American administration,”

He has a good point. America under Trump is not a reliable ally, and only a fool like Theresa May would bank with this guy. He’s random, he lies, he doesn’t keep his word or respects anyone else’s.

At least with Russia and China, you know where you stand. They are dictatorships whose sole interest is in preserving and  furthering their leaders’ power. With Trump, you have a would-be dictator who petulantly changes his mind as often as the wind changes direction, and blows just as hard.

No-one in their right minds wants to be allied to Trump’s America, because Trump can’t be trusted. One might as well be a kamikaze as to deal with Trump. No wonder North Korea is having second thoughts.

Trump cosies up to Netanyahu

US Ambassador Nikki Haley tells UN ‘no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has

Indeed, Israel’s soldiers stood idly by while dozens of Palestinian civilians threw themselves inexplicably on Israeli bullets! Israel is completely innocent of the mounting death toll in Gaza, while they enjoy the spanking new American embassy in Jerusalem that caused the protests. They didn’t ask Palestinians to walk into a hail of bullets, so therefore it must be the Palestinian’s fault that they did.

Sometimes I wonder if creating the State of Israel following WWII and the Nazi Holocaust against Jews was such a good idea in retrospect. It’s given the Middle East no peace and left Israel, a small nation with little room for Palestinians occupying the same territory, fighting for its life every year since it existed. This was the result of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, though it took another 41 years for the State of Israel to come into existence. Perhaps, had some thought been put into it, a solution embracing all populations in the area could have been put into place. But no, we got Israel and Zionism instead, and an ongoing Palestinian unrest which Trump has only stirred up with no better cause other than his own hankering for notoriety and making mischief.

Trump is ultimately responsible for these massacres. There was no pressing need to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He just wanted to make trouble, annoy Muslims, and he got it in spades, the odious little turdblossom.

The irony is, a lot of Trump’s base are assorted right-wingers, fascists and neo-Nazis with no love for Jews, either. It’s not just Muslims they hate with a vengeance. Some of them are running for Congress as Republicans and Trump worshippers. There’s some cognitive dissonance here. Why is Trump with an antisemitic base coddling Netanyahu, and why is Netanyahu so supportive of an American president with an antisemitic base?

I suspect it’s some sort of marriage of convenience. Both politicians are so far to the right it needs a telescope to spot them from the centre. Both hate Muslims obviously and viscerally. I suppose it’s convenient to ignore antisemitism in Republican ranks, when Islam is the common and more pressing enemy. Pox on the pair of them. They have blood on their hands, and it doesn’t wash off.

Clearly Netanyahu is Islamophobic, and so is Trump, but neither Islamophobia nor antisemitism have any place in civilisation. Trump needs to explain why so many of his supporters are antisemites as well as Islamophobes. Well, racist, to cut it short. It doesn’t matter that neither religion makes any sense, no religion does. That’s no excuse for the sort of persecution Trump and Netanyah stand for.

Did the Trump cock crow too soon?

North Korea suspends high level talks with South Korea over military drills with US

You know, you might think that a goodwill gesture prior to the advertised meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un next month might have involved diplomatic postponement of joint military manoeuvres. But neither Trump nor any of his advisers are diplomats; in fact, they apparently despise diplomacy.

Holyrood fires warning shot across Downing Street

Maybe not the kind of shot I’d prefer, but the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to agree to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Brexit: Scottish parliament refuses to grant consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill, risking a constitutional crisis

All parties united against the Scottish Tories on this vote, which will not be music to either May’s or Corbyn’s ears. The pair of them are desperate for Brexit, one way or another and it’s beginning to sound like the pair of them would prefer it harder than softer as both are incapable of proposing any workable solution to staying in the single market, and neither cares about the effect on British business, workers, or its constituent nations.

Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins said: “It’s profoundly regrettable that we don’t have a deal in Scotland to allow us to move on.

“The blame for that lies entirely with the SNP. Nicola Sturgeon has refused to compromise. It’s not in Scotland’s interests that the SNP prefers picking fights to making a deal.”

This is just plain fatuous. The Tory government is incapable of making a deal with Brussels, they are disunited and disagreed. Scotland is wise to dissociate its Parliament from May’s ridiculous fiasco.

And Scottish Labour paid no attention whatever to Corbyn, and rightly so. He’s in cahoots with May. This English folly can only strengthen Sturgeon’s arguments for complete independence from England.