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JMarie
On 6/13/2019 at 9:07 AM, GreyhoundFan said:

This made me laugh for several minutes:

 

They're attempting the Tucker Carlson Look O' Confusion/Constipation

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Genetics?

Jr. has COVID. I want to feel bad for him, but since he practically invited COVID to infect him, I don’t.

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12 minutes ago, JMarie said:

They're attempting the Tucker Carlson Look O' Confusion/Constipation

They seem to have nailed it.  
 

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OMG, this is too funny: "Donald Trump Jr. Reveals Book Cover for ‘Triggered,’ Immediately Gets Roasted with Edited Versions"

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President Donald Trump’s eldest son—Don Jr.—took some time off from killing exotic animals to write a book due for publication in November, and he just revealed the cover.

Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us promises to “expose all the tricks that the left uses to smear conservatives and push them out of the public square,” according to the book’s description. Don Jr. assures it’s “the book that the leftist elites don’t want you to read” (did we mention Don Jr.’s father is a New York billionaire?)

See the cover for yourself below:

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His critics seized upon the picture that somehow got chosen to represent “the importance of fighting back.”

But it was writer and editor Parker Molloy who took the roasting to the next level with her own edited versions of the cover.

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Molloy even created a template so we could play along.

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Trump Jr.’s book will likely repeat his usual talking points about Twitter bias and how hate speech doesn’t exist, but at least this new cover is already generating a wealth of new content.

Absolutely savage.

 

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fraurosena

No guesses where Fredo-dumb's sympathies lie.

 

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3 hours ago, fraurosena said:

No guesses where Fredo-dumb's sympathies lie.

 

Why does Kerry Kinsey have such a beef with Jewish people? Shoulders be all bunged up over ALL non-Christians?

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Sadly,  The Onion pretty much nails Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Dumber:

 

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I hate that my tax dollars go into the orange menace's pockets because the secret service has to protect Udvay while he hunts: "Why the Secret Service spent thousands at a Trump hotel"

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Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, flew to Canada for one of his regular visits to the Yukon mountains to hunt stone sheep with friends. He was accompanied by Secret Service agents on that August 2017 trip, just as he had been since his father was sworn in as president six months earlier.

The Secret Service frequented several Vancouver hotels: Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront and Lakeview Inn and Suites. But it spent the most money at the president’s hotel, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.

The Secret Service is required to protect the president’s children, but the tendency of Trump and his family to funnel funds to their own properties has complicated what had been a routine practice. Critics say the Trumps are using the presidency to boost the president's businesses by forcing the federal government to spend taxpayer money at Trump properties.

Congress hasn’t launched a formal investigation into federal spending at Trump properties, but some House Democrats are eyeing it as a future area for congressional examination.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, said lawmakers have focused on the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which forbids President Donald Trump from accepting gifts from foreign officials, even those who patronize his hotels. But Raskin said another clause in the Constitution is being flouted — one that bars Trump from receiving any money from the federal government aside from his annual salary. The president still profits from his properties despite leaving day-to-day management to his children.

"The presidency should not be a money-making operation," Raskin said. "The president is directing his subordinates in the executive branch of government ... to stay at Trump properties."

In June, the House passed a spending bill that would bar the White House and other federal entities from doing business with Trump-affiliated establishments. Though it is not likely to pass the Senate, it does indicate House Democrats’ interest.

Other examples of the federal government spending money at Trump properties are known: The Secret Service spent $20,000 at the same Vancouver hotel in February 2017 when Donald Trump Jr., his brother Eric Trump and sister Tiffany Trump traveled to Canada for the hotel’s grand opening, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog group.

And Public Citizen, another watchdog group, reported in April 2018 that a variety of federal agencies, including the National Security Council and the General Services Administration, have spent money at Trump properties. At that time, the Secret Service had already spent $64,090 at Trump businesses since 2015.

But there’s no way to determine how much in total the administration is spending because no single entity tracks that money. Federal agencies, including the Secret Service, have disclosed some documents in response to public records requests.

The president frequents his properties — primarily in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia — visiting them on more than 250 days since he was sworn into office, according to a compilation of information released by the White House. Those visits, too, have led to the government spending money at his properties.

Revenue increased at many of the Trump developments the president visited last year, including the Vancouver hotel, which the family business manages and licenses, according to Trump’s most recent personal financial disclosure forms. Trump earned more than $213,946 from the Vancouver hotel in 2018, according to his financial disclosure.

The Secret Service spent a total of $16,600 on the August 2017 trip, including $5,700 at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, $8,500 at other hotels and $2,300 on undisclosed expenses, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.

The hunting trip came just before Trump Jr. temporarily gave up his Secret Service protection, according to a person close to him, who lives in New York City and is an executive of the Trump Organization. The agency is required to protect the president’s immediate family members unless told otherwise.

“If Don had his way, he would have no Secret Service protection at all,” the person said. “He actually tried to get rid of it but unfortunately he gets too many threats on a daily basis.”

The White House and Trump Organization didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The Secret Service has reported a strain on its budget during the Trump presidency in part because it is protecting such a larger number of people — 42 individuals during the Trump administration, including 18 family members, compared with 31 during the Obama administration.

The Secret Service declined to comment on any details of the Canada trip. “For operational security reasons, the Secret Service cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means, methods, resources, costs or numbers utilized to carry out our protective responsibilities,” said Melissa McKenzie, a Secret Service spokeswoman.

Trump refused to fully separate from his businesses after he was sworn into office despite repeated calls to do so. He still owns his businesses but placed his holdings in a trust designed to hold assets for his benefit and can receive money any time without the public’s knowledge.

Several House committees, controlled by Democrats, have pushed Trump to release his tax returns to learn more information about his businesses, but he has repeatedly refused to do so. The Trump Organization, a private company with more than 500 businesses, is not required to publicly release financial information.

“Not only did he not divest himself,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), a member of the House Oversight Committee who has called for more transparency from the president. “He has the power to steer business to those interests.”

 

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Sigh: "Donald Trump Jr. visits Indonesia to tout new resorts and defend his father"

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — On a visit to promote two Trump-branded Indonesian resorts, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday defended the family’s approach to separating politics from business and said the company has given up lucrative foreign opportunities to avoid conflicts of interest. 

“We have turned down a lot of deals,” Trump Jr. said at a news conference in the capital city of Jakarta. “We made a very conscious decision of the family not to do that right now.” 

The Trump Organization has promised it would make no new foreign deals during President Trump’s time in office. Plans for the two Indonesia resorts predate the Trump presidency but appeared to have stalled in recent years. 

Trump Jr. called it “nonsense” that the president’s foreign policy might be swayed by his business interests. 

“He wouldn’t make decisions that affect a country based on a real estate deal,” Trump Jr. said of his father. 

While the president still owns the Trump Organization, his sons, Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, have day-to-day control of the business. Trump Jr. flew to Jakarta this week to drum up interest among investors for condos and residences that are part of the Indonesian resorts. 

The Trump Organization’s business partner in Indonesia is billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a media and real estate baron and vocal Trump supporter who attended the president’s inauguration. Tanoesoedibjo’s daughter is being considered for a cabinet-level position by Indonesia’s president. 

Tanoesoedibjo also sought to avoid politics Tuesday, saying “all the discussion and the involvement with the Trump Organization is just pure business.” 

Tanoesoedibjo is building a resort on the island of Bali and a golf course and resort in the forests of West Java, south of Jakarta. He has said he expects the projects to be completed within three years and will be worth more than $1.7 billion.

The Trump Organization plans to manage the resorts and has licensed the president’s name for the projects.

Tanoesoedibjo has been involved in other recent deals with the Trump family. In May, a corporate entity linked to Tanoesoedibjo purchased the president’s 5,400-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion for $13.5 million, nearly double what Trump paid in 2007. 

The fact that the Indonesia project appears to be moving forward is a bright spot for the Trump Organization, which in some places has suffered a backlash against Trump’s controversial brand of politics.

Since his election, the company lost control of a hotel in Panama, and its name was stripped from the facade of a condo building in New York. Golf courses in Scotland, Ireland and the United States have lost money. 

A former Trump Organization executive said the company’s decision not to enter into lucrative foreign licensing deals has been a setback for the company.

“International expansion was the backbone of our business plan,” George Sorial, the company’s compliance counsel until this year, said in an interview in June. “We gave up our foreign expansion,” and “there’s no question that the impact was significant and substantial” on the financial health of the company. 

During Trump Jr.’s visit to Indonesia, he was expected to meet with prospective buyers for the luxury condos and houses associated with the two Indonesia properties.

The project in West Java has been more controversial because Tanoesoedibjo’s company, MNC Group, reportedly had struck a deal with a state-run Chinese company, the Metallurgical Corporation of China, to build a theme park near the Trump resort. But Tanoesoedibjo said Tuesday that Chinese investment was no longer part of the deal. 

Tanoesoedibjo said his company had discussed a loan with a Chinese bank but decided against it. 

“It was done by our team, but finally we dropped it,” he said. “The theme park has nothing to do with the Trump Organization, we have to make it clear.” 

 

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OK, here we go.  According to one of Maria Butina's lovers, Don Jr met secretly for about an hour with Alexander Torshin in Nashville at the 2015 NRA convention.    If this is true, Don Jr. lied. 

Find the Seth Abrams breaking thread Unroll on this here

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MAJOR BREAKING NEWS (CNN): Convicted Kremlin agent Maria Butina's longtime boyfriend confirms that Don Jr. met secretly with Kremlin agents for an hour during the 2015 NRA Conference in Knoxville; Don Jr. therefore lied to Congress about collusion. 

 

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As a follow-up to @Howl's post above, here's another, much more concise and explanatory thread that Seth posted today on the subject:

Other major takeaway:

If Byrne's claims are true, then there is a distinct possibility that Trump himself met with Torshin. 

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9 hours ago, GreyhoundFan said:

 

Yechhh! He’s emulating Daddy’s trademark pouty lips too...

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So much love for Fredo-dumb!

 

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I guess Fredo-dumb thinks the rest of us are as stupid as he is:

 

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46 minutes ago, GreyhoundFan said:

I guess Fredo-dumb thinks the rest of us are as stupid as he is:

 

He's trying so hard to be like his dad, and failing so badly every time. Accusing others of what you yourself are doing is an art he hasn't quite mastered yet.

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I still suspect he's trying to say enough that he's considered with a bit of authority to run when his father can't run anymore. I know that's terrifying, but I can see that family thinking they continue to put their adult offspring in the public eye and keep Trump's base talking about them.

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I don't think this has turned out like Fredo-dumber thought: "Sign up for Eric Trump’s online class in journalism ethics!"

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Eric Trump is executive vice president of the Trump Organization as well as a son of President Trump. In those capacities, he gets to see journalism from the perspective of a subject — someone whose deeds lie in judgment by the country’s scribes. In a tweet Friday afternoon, Eric Trump put his privileged spot to work for the public good, disclosing a letter from Pulitzer Prize-winning Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold:

Trump is right on the mark here. There are many reasons to be proud of this outreach, and here they are:

1) Tone. Fahrenthold is polite and respectful, and he eschews some of the cheesy approaches some reporters take in these, such as transparent flattery, insincere appeals to truth-telling ideals and such hokey come-ons as “let’s break some news.”

2) Thoroughness. Donald Trump is forever protesting that reporters who cover him in the White House don’t really have any sources. That they just make stuff up. In disclosing this letter, Eric Trump is quietly rebuking his father, making it known that behind the scenes, reporters are recruiting the Mr. Mulls of the world for their articles. Fahrenthold has done pioneering work on Donald Trump’s flimsy charitable record and the activities of his company. Working with other reporters at The Post, he has exposed how Trump properties have relied on a crew employing undocumented immigrants. Articles such as that don’t come from a single source, as journalism-professor-in-abeyance Eric Trump appears to realize.

3) Transparency. In his short letter, Fahrenthold discloses the basis on which he’d like to speak to Mull. “Background” generally means that a source gives information to a reporter; the reporter seeks to confirm the information; and then the publication publishes the information without identifying the source. This is the modus operandi for most investigative journalism. People like Mull are generally disinclined to speak with reporters over concerns that their careers will be upended. Given Trump’s apparent endorsement of these “tactics,” however, perhaps the Trump Organization will be rewarding its employees for delivering information to the media.

4) Logistics. In a brief chat with the Erik Wemple Blog, Fahrenthold noted that contacting a newsroom these days is harder than it “ought to be.” That’s why he provided explicit contact instructions. “Part of the job is finding people who know things and want to talk to you about them,” Fahrenthold said.

The past four years have brought a shower of anti-media rhetoric from the Trump family, all of it designed to upend the idea that mainstream media reporters are conscientious professionals looking to find stories and properly confirm them. Props to Eric Trump for coming forward in such a public space with important information challenging such madness, even if he risks the wrath of his father.

More of this, Trump.

 

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Aww, Fredo-dumber doing his dumbdest best.

 

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I was flipping through the channels when I saw Junior on Fox&Friends this morning. Did you know his 93 year old grandmother can only get CNN over in Europe? And she cries while watching it? Also, he has a book coming out in November. Because of course he does.

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Fredo-dumber tried to be cute about the Dem debate last night. As usual, it didn't go well. Here was his tweet:

Some of the best replies are under the spoiler.

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