Trump Timeline ...

Discussion in 'Political Discourse' started by CdnGuy, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. johntt44

    johntt44 Member

    There's been unwavering support of pretty much every president by some people who elected them. Dont act like Trump voters are any fucking different. Who's going to be the great saviour from Trump btw? Hmmm? Tell me, I'm waiting. Bernie Sanders? Michael Bloomberg? Warren? Buttgieg? How about none of them? Ppffttt, Jesus, what a crock of doom and gloom bullshit! Trumps Hitler, Trumps like the British, Trumps the anti christ! None of them stick logically.
     
  2. Michael Scally MD

    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine



    The U.S. intelligence community long ago produced evidence of Russia’s illegal interference in the 2016 presidential election to try to boost Donald Trump’s candidacy. Then the special counsel investigating the matter detailed myriad ways President Trump sought to stymie the probe. And then Robert S. Mueller III testified to Congress about Trump’s conduct — and warned of Russia’s continued interest in thwarting U.S. elections.

    But it is Trump who is trying to have the last word.

    Seven months after Mueller’s marathon testimony brought finality to the Russia investigation, Trump is actively seeking to rewrite the narrative that had been meticulously documented by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials, both for immediate political gain and for history.

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    As his reelection campaign intensifies, Trump is using the powers of his office to manipulate the facts and settle the score. Advisers say the president is determined to protect his associates ensnared in the expansive Russia investigation, punish the prosecutors and investigators he believes betrayed him, and convince the public that the probe was exactly as he sees it: an illegal witch hunt.

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    Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a history professor at New York University and a scholar of authoritarianism, said she sees darker motives in Trump’s actions.

    “It’s all about manipulating information and recasting the narrative to be what you need it to be,” Ben-Ghiat said. “Even more than censoring, which is old-school, rulers like Trump — and Putin is the master at this — manipulate opinion by manipulating information.”

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    Ben-Ghiat, the New York University professor, credited Trump with his foresight and skill.

    “While Trump is impulsive and there’s always the question of, is he a chessmaster or is he just moving blindly out of emotion, this strategy of manipulating information and creating a false narrative are the actions of someone who thinks long-term, who thinks about legacy,” Ben-Ghiat said. “He’s a builder. He thinks about the future. And this is a story about someone building an alternate history for the future.”
     
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  9. ergomaniac

    ergomaniac Member

    Creeping authoritarianism and democratic backsliding

     
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    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine

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    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine



    Only in the past few months has Trump’s reelection started to appear as likely as not. If he wins, a basic calculation about how to deal with him will tip for a whole range of players. Trump has leaned on social-media companies and the owners of such important organs as CNN and the Washington Post to suppress criticism and scrutiny of his administration and to dial up the praise. He has openly promised pardons to anybody who violates the law in the effort to deport migrants or complete his border fence, and as of yet, nobody has taken him up on the offer.

    The natural assumption among those rooting for his failure is that four more years will be as unbearable as the first four. But they could in fact be significantly worse than that if a chunk of the resistance to Trump’s power suddenly gives way, revealing something enduring, even permanent, about America. Who else — in the bureaucracy, in business, in governments overseas — is holding off full collaboration with Trump on the premise that he’s just a passing fever? Here are 19 visions of this possible near future.
     
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    Michael Scally MD Doctor of Medicine