Trump didn’t get the job done. From OHMama at theburningplatform.com:
Trump is over. He might have been on our side, or he might have been controlled opposition, I neither know nor care. All I know is he asked for the job and we gave it to him. He exhibited dreadful character judgement/ risk assessment, he’s full of himself, and worst of all, he was weak when dealing with brutal enemies. All disqualifying points for future leadership. I don’t hate the man. It’s not personal, it’s business.
When more than anything else we needed a tough talking, nerves of steel leader who didn’t give an inch, Trump was weak. Weakness is fatal. Stop following it. If he starts a new party, don’t join. If he starts a news network, don’t watch. He is narcissistic and possibly in on the entire corrupt mess. He is stigmatized deadwood at this point, let him get consumed. Somebody smarter, tougher, and stronger will arise.
Q is a joke. Anybody following it needs to get their head out of their rump, and if they refuse to, the rest of us need to shun them just as we need to ditch Trump. Q supporters still clinging to baseless hope at this late hour are a liability going forward because they are dangerously naïve and gullible. We cannot afford that. For 4 precious years we were distracted with people saying “its 4D chess” to excuse every single one of Trump’s self-sabotaging, self-serving, or boneheaded moves.
There is a substantial legal issue, and one which President Trump could win: how can you impeach and remove an official from office if he or she is already out of office? From Jonathan Turley at jonathanturley.org:
elow is my column in the Hill on why President Donald Trump might want to consider skipping the upcoming Senate trial. This is an expanded version of that column. Rumors continue to suggest that Trump is considering Rudy Giuliani as counsel — a role that would be viewed as open contempt to the Senate and, as Karl Rove noted, would increase the chances of a conviction. There is a better defense: no defense.
Here is the column:
In a matter of days, this country will face an unprecedented Senate trial. The Senate not only will try a president for a second time but will do so after he has left office.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris assures us the Senate can politically “multitask” to deal with an impeachment, an incoming Biden administration and a pandemic. However, the threshold question is whether this is constitutionally one of those tasks — and for soon-to-be citizen Donald Trump, the best defense may be no defense at all.
It’s called projection—accuse your adversary of the crime of which you are guilty. From Vasko Kohlmayer at lewrockwell.com:
“Trump is not a fascist in a vacuum. He is the leader of a budding fascist movement in America…” declared Dean Obeidallah in his opinion piece that ran on the MSNBC website last week.
Extreme though his statement may sound, it turns out that Obeidallah is among the more even-keeled and restrained in the left-wing commentariat.
“Trump’s movement is a uniquely American fascism” thundered Jonathan Katz in Foreign Policy.
“There is nothing more fascist-like than Trump telling the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’” chipped in the Nation.
Continuing to pile on, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Laureate and ace columnist at the New York Times, concludes in his column last week that Donald Trump is “is indeed a fascist.” But it is not only Donald Trump who is deserving of this odious designation. “So are many of his supporters,” Krugman informs his readers.
Not content to let the matter rest at that, Krugman goes on to make the following observation:
“[I]f history teaches us one lesson about dealing with fascists, it is the futility of appeasement. Giving in to fascists doesn’t pacify them, it just encourages them to go further.”
While the charge of fascism against Trump and his supporters had been routinely hurled in the past from the Left’s more radical quarters, it has now become the accepted wisdom of the establishment mainstream.
Russiagate was ultimately just an attempt to divert attention from Hillary Clinton’s email scandal…and it worked. From John Solomon at justthenews.com:
Once-secret documents will show Steele told FBI he leaked Russia collusion narrative to counteract Clinton email scandal.
Delivering in his final days on one of his last unfulfilled promises, President Trump is declassifying a massive trove of FBI documents showing the Russia collusion story was leaked in the final weeks of the 2016 election in an effort to counteract Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
The memos to be released as early as Friday include FBI interviews and human source evaluation reports for two of the main informants in the Russia case, former MI6 agent Christopher Steele and academic Stefan Halper.
The president authorized the release of a foot-high stack of internal FBI and DOJ documents that detail significant flaws in the investigation and provide a detailed timeline of when the FBI first realized the Steele dossier was problematic, multiple government officials told Just the News.
Among the bombshell revelations is an admission by Steele that he violated his confidential human source agreement with the FBI and leaked information from his dossier to the news media in the final weeks of the election because he wanted to counteract new revelations in the Hillary Clinton email scandal that were hurting her election efforts. The former foreign intelligence officer made the confession in a fall 2017 interview with agents.
The title is actually an insult to legitimate banana republics; America is way beyond that. Banana republics don’t have the world’s reserve currency to grease the skids on their chronic deficits and debts. From Egon von Greyerz at goldswitzerland.com:
Donald Trump is probably the luckiest presidential candidate in history to have lost an election. He doesn’t realise it yet as he suffers from a self-inflicted wound in the final moments of his presidency. Nor does Biden yet realise how unlucky he is to have won. But that will soon change as his presidency goes from crisis to crisis in all areas from monetary to fiscal to social and political. Very little will go right during his presidency.
The next four years could easily be four years of hell for Biden (if he stays the course for the whole four years), for the US and thus for the world.
TRUMP OBLIGED AS PREDICTED
When Trump won the election in November 2016 I wrote an article, dated Nov 18, 2016, called “Trump Will Grow US Debt Exponentially” .
The article also contained the following graph. In the article I predicted that US debt would double by 2025 to $40 trillion and that it would be $28t in January 2021 at the end of the four years.
Well, surprise, surprise, the debt is today $27.77t which can easily be rounded up to $28t.
I am certainly no forecasting genius, nor was the forecast just luck.
No, it was applying the best method that we have all been given but that few apply or understand.
This method is called HISTORY.
If Red State America wants any future at all, it’s going to have to secede. From Paul Craig Roberts at paulcraigroberts.org:
The opening salvo against red state America is the article of impeachment against President Trump introduced on January 11 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Representatives David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin. So much for Biden’s promise to “unify the country.”
What is the intent of this article of impeachment? It cannot possibly be to remove Trump from office. Trump will have left office before the Senate could vote on impeachment. There is no such thing as impeaching a person who is not in office. Clearly impeachment has nothing to do with getting Trump out of office.
How does it unify the country to follow up an election believed by half of the US voting population to have been stolen with impeaching the president who is regarded as the victim of a stolen election? Adding insult to injury will only further enrage 75 million or more Trump voters, and many honest Democrats, who regard the election as stolen. If the Establishment and its Democrat, Republican, and media allies truly believe the election not to have been stolen, why wasn’t the evidence permitted to be examined so that the controversy could be settled instead of ignored? Ignoring the evidence deepens the suspicion as does labeling those who challenged the election “enemies of democracy.” Democrats are now trying to censure Republican members of the House and Senate who supported having the evidence presented to Congress. Why censure someone who wants evidence to be examined?
Freedom of speech was always a dangerous and risky idea, just like a lot of things that make life worth living. From Mike Hume at spiked-online.org:
The claim that President Trump is guilty of ‘incitement to violence’ is a threat to free speech for all.
Has President Trump invoked the Insurrection Act? From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:
In the dark hours of Sunday, the BigTech-government alliance showed its hand in its massive purge of the public square — which is what social media became in a nation of strip-malls, parking lots, and nonstop propaganda — shutting down all voices countering the constructed narrative-du-jour: that the Democratic Party stands for defending Americans’ liberty against a rogue president. There have been many “shots” fired so far to kick off a civil war, but that action was an artillery blast.
Remember, the Left’s playbook is to accuse their opposition of doing exactly what they are doing. And so, of course, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a last-minute impeachment on grounds of the president inciting “insurrection.” By a strange coincidence, reports on as-yet-still-live web channels say that the president has actually invoked the Insurrection Act against seditionists in our government, including, perhaps, Ms. Pelosi. If it is true — and I can’t confirm it — then the nation has blundered into an epic political battle.
Some facts may suggest the truth of the situation: The Washington DC air-space was shut down for hours on Sunday afternoon, and 6000 national guard troops have been moved into the District of Columbia as well as other cities controlled by Democrats with Antifa/BLM mobs at their disposal. What does that signify? The news media couldn’t be troubled to find out. Mr. Trump is reported to be in “a safe location.” As of last week, that was Dyess Air Force Base outside Abiline, Texas. Maybe he is somewhere else now. The New York Times, WashPo and CNN would like you to think that Mr. Trump has been pounded down a rat-hole. That’s one possibility. Another possibility is that the Democratic Party is unnerved and desperate about what’s liable to come down on them in the days ahead, which resembles a colossal hammer in the sky.