The Real World: London/ Trump Administration, Week 9


First of all, I  want to say something about the London (Westminster) terror attack really quickly. I don’t usually comment on these things because I feel like everyone reacts differently and it’s easy to end up saying the wrong thing. However, I’m a Londoner and it is alarming to think that someone could just do that to all of those people. It’s needless and extremely sad. My heart goes out to those that died and their loved ones.

Of course, in the aftermath, there was the usual Islamophobic nonsense. It always really irritates me because innocent people dying is not an excuse to try and score points or make useless comments that help no one.

For instance, Donald Trump Jr decided to stick his oar in for no apparent reason. Wait. He wanted attention!

His target just happened to be the mayor of London who is Muslim. Sigh.

It’s all hereherehere and here, I’m not even going to go into or any further.

Wait, actually, I am.

It’s internet 101.

1. Check the fucking date of the article.

2. At least skim the article!

3. Wait at least 24 hours before you start talking sideways. Have some respect.

You can’t just fake newsify something that people can easily tell has been taken out of context. It doesn’t work like that.

4. READ BEFORE YOU TWEET.

Many polarizing characters appeared on television to talk about how divided the UK is. They may have a point (call me cynical but all of the ‘we must stand together’ rhetoric was ironic considering that half of the government would happily (and are trying to) boot anyone that’s not British enough for them out of the country) but it was a case of too much too soon.


Over in the US, the FBI finally confirmed that they are looking into the Trump’s ties with Russia.

“I’ve been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey said in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. “That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

The article I’ve linked is looong, but there’s some interesting stuff in there if you skim read it. Basically shit just got real.

“Mr. Putin would like people who like him,” Comey said at one point, by way of explaining why the Russian president might prefer Trump. He said it was well-known that Putin respects business leaders, citing former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as examples. “He believes they’re people that are more open to negotiation, easier to deal with,” Comey said of Putin.

But it’s still fake news.


The healthcare plan went pearshaped before they could even vote on it.

On Friday Spicer told reporters the president had gone through “extraordinary feats” to try to get the bill approved.

“Has he pulled out every stop, has he called every member, has he tweaked every tweak, has he done every single thing he can possibly and used every minute of every day that’s possible to get this thing through, then the answer is yes,” Spicer said.

He (Trump) guaranteed a vote on Thursday that didn’t happen. Then guaranteed a vote on Friday, and that didn’t happen either. He warned his party of the dire consequences of a failure to act, and they ignored him.

Just over two months into his presidency, and Mr Trump’s poll numbers are sagging, his agenda is on the ropes and his power is greatly diminished.

….this is what happens when you elect a former reality star as President. Although, my working theory is that they give him some Crayola and white paper until it’s time for him to take pictures or sign things so…Repubs, this one’s on you.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/republican-donald-trump-didnt-care-know-healthcare-reform-obamacare-paul-ryan-a7650471.html


This guy apparently found evidence that Trump was wiretapped? Sort of. Not really. What a fucking suck-up.

In a head-spinning development on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Representative Devin Nunes, the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, revealed that … well, what Nunes revealed isn’t totally clear.

Nunes held a brief press conference Wednesday afternoon saying that “on numerous occasions the Intelligence Community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.” But Nunes’s vague statements raised a host of questions, and his decision to announce them publicly and then go to the White House to brief President Trump, having not informed Democrats on the committee about his new findings, cast a pall of politics over the proceedings.

The balls of this guy, LOL.

“It looks like it was legal, incidental collection that then made its way into intelligence report,” Nunes said. “Nothing criminal at all involved.”

Trump’s response:


Sean Spicer was up to his usual bs:

Spicer sought to distance the Trump campaign from aides who have come under scrutiny for their contacts with Russia after they were the subject of a line of questioning during the House committee hearing. He dismissed Carter Page, an informal foreign policy adviser to Trump, and Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, as “hangers on”.

“To look at some individual that was there for a short period of time or separately individuals who really didn’t play any role in the campaign and to suggest that those are the basis for anything is a bit ridiculous,” he added.

But Spicer’s claim that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manger, had only played a “limited role for a very limited amount of time” drew immediate skepticism from the press corp. Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 before being promoted to campaign manager, and resigned amid scrutiny of his business dealings to pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine.

Spicer also called former national security adviser Michael Flynn a “volunteer of the campaign”. Flynn was an adviser to the Trump campaign and spoke on the first night of the 2016 Republican national convention before being appointed national security adviser once Trump won the election. He was forced to resign last month after misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington.

More here.


David Cameron was in the US, cracking jokes. Hopefully he enjoys his’I Fucked Up The UK’ tour. Twat.


Even though the bill wasn’t voted on, I thought this was pretty amazing.


There were at least two disastrous US airstrikes in this past week

The U.S. military said on Saturday a U.S.-led coalition strike had hit an area held by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq’s Mosul where residents and officials say as many as 200 civilians may have been killed as result of an air raid.

The American confirmation followed a decision by Iraqi government forces to pause their drive to recapture west Mosul on Saturday because of the high rate of civilian casualties, a security forces spokesman said, a move apparently motivated by the incident.

and:

At least 33 people were killed in an airstrike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, a group that monitors the war in Syria said on Wednesday.

The U.S.-led coalition has escalated its aerial campaign against the militant group around Raqqa this month, causing numerous civilian casualties.

This is ridiculous. 200 civilians and another 33 who were in a place that was supposed to be shelter? That is messed up beyond belief. They need to do better. Seriously.

Trump Knows F-All About Healthcare

 

Republican congressional aide told CNN: “He didn’t care or particularly know about health care. If you are going to be a great negotiator, you have to know about the subject matter.”

CNN also reported that during a meeting with moderate Republicans, when Pennsylvania congressman Charlie Dent said he did not support the repeal-and-replace bill, Mr Trump said: “Why am I even talking to you?”

In his meeting with the Freedom Caucus the President reportedly urged sceptical legislators to ignore the “little s***” of the policy detail and give him the support he needed.

 

The only little shit that needs to be ignored is Trump. He’s clueless.

And finally…

Check, Please.

Donald Trump reportedly gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a bill for £300bn when the pair met recently to cover contributions he believes are owed to Nato.

LOL. LMAO. It must have been written in crayon.

Seriously, though, who does this? This is just petty and stupid. Does Trump even realise that he’s not on TV anymore? Why is he trying to provoke Germany? It’s ridiculous.

Sigh. I just can’t with him and his entire administration. Can we put them on mute for a little while? Please!

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