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Putin Recruited Trump To Be A Double Agent

by Oliver Willis

Former CIA Director Michael J. Morell has written a devastating op-ed in the New York Times. In it, he makes it very clear that he believes the safety of America is at significant risk if the American people elect Donald Trump to the presidency.

In the course of that essay, Morell also points out the far-too-cozy relationship Trump has with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

    The dangers that flow from Mr. Trump’s character are not just risks that would emerge if he became president. It is already damaging our national security.

    President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was a career intelligence officer, trained to identify vulnerabilities in an individual and to exploit them. That is exactly what he did early in the primaries. Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin had calculated.

    In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.

Morell also notes that Trump “undermined security with his call for barring Muslims from entering the country” and that his bigotry “plays into the hands of the jihadist narrative that our fight against terrorism is a war between religions.”

The former official points out that Muslims have key roles in defending America, including the man who ran the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorism Center for nearly a decade.

He also heaps praise on Hillary Clinton, while making clear that he served under Presidents of both parties – three Democrats and three Republicans. On Clinton Morell says:

    “I found her to be prepared, detail-oriented, thoughtful, inquisitive and willing to change her mind if presented with a compelling argument.”

The essay comes as Trump has begun to collapse in national polls and polls in swing states. They reflect a post-Convention surge in popularity for Clinton, but also reflect disgust over Trump’s repeated attacks on the family of a fallen U.S. Army captain. –Addicting Info

Nevada Voter Says She Supports Trump And Opposes 'The Homosexuals'

Scholars Steeped In Dead Politicians Take On A Live One

by Jim Dwyer

No one could mistake the voice of David McCullough, either in the books that have made him one of the most influential United States historians of his era, or in the documentaries he has narrated for the “American Experience” television series.

Authoritative and measured, Mr. McCullough typically strikes a tone of determined neutrality. In public appearances, he said, he deliberately avoids commentary on contemporary politics.

“Very often, during question-and-answer sessions, people ask me some question about the president or other would-be candidates,” he said in an interview this week. “I’ve always said, ‘My specialty is dead politicians.’ In that way, I could sidestep the question without getting myself involved.

“But this time around, I don’t feel that way any more.”

Now Mr. McCullough and Ken Burns, the filmmaker and author, have assembled a group of distinguished American historians to speak about the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, in videos being posted to a Facebook page, Historians on Donald Trump.

It is a diverse, honored group — including, among others, Robert A. Caro, Ron Chernow, David Levering Lewis, William E. Leuchtenburg, Vicki Lynn Ruiz — that speaks with alarm about Mr. Trump’s candidacy and his place in the march of American history.

Mr. McCullough, raised in a Republican home and now aligned with no party, said the prospect of a Trump presidency so distressed him that he felt he could not remain publicly detached. “When you think of how far we have come, and at what cost, and with what faith, to just turn it all over to this monstrous clown with a monstrous ego, with no experience, never served his country in any way — it’s just crazy,” he said. “We can’t stand by and let it happen. The Republican Party shouldn’t stand by and let it happen.”

“I should say, I’m a registered independent,” he added. “I’m strongly in favor of a number of Republicans both past and in our own time. It’s not as though I’m doing this from lifelong ideology against Republicans. By no means.”

Mr. McCullough said he contacted Mr. Burns after seeing him tell this year’s graduating class at Stanford University that despite 40 years of avoiding advocacy in his work, he no longer had “the luxury of neutrality or ‘balance’ or even of bemused disdain.” After a few conversations, Mr. McCullough said, the two men came up with a plan: “Why don’t we see if we can round up some other people who care about the American story, and who have given so much of their life’s work to it, see if they are willing to step out and make themselves heard.”

The videos are mostly homemade, smartphone productions. None of the historians asked to weigh in have declined, Mr. Burns said.

Like many of the others, Mr. Burns said he heard echoes of dangerous populist demagogues in Mr. Trump’s rhetoric. Among the issues that were cited were his calls to ban all Muslims, his characterization of many Mexicans as criminals and his mockery of veterans and people with disabilities. Mr. Trump has said that the country faces crises that require strong action to protect its borders, and that his role as an outsider has cost him the approval of elites and entrenched interests, including in his own party.

In the 1920s, fear of immigrants fueled the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and exclusionary laws aimed at European Catholics and Asians, said Ms. Ruiz, a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and past president of the American Historical Association. Also, about one-third of the Mexican population in this country was pushed out, more than half of them United States citizens by birth, she said.

“Playing with hate has had tragic consequences throughout our history,” she said.

Mr. Chernow, a Pulitzer Prize winner whose “Alexander Hamilton” was a principal source for the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” said he had been struck by Mr. Trump’s lack of reference to the founding documents of American history, or to presidents like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. “The only historical movement that Mr. Trump alludes to is a shameful one — ‘America First,’” Mr. Chernow said, recalling an isolationist political organization at the time Nazi Germany was taking power across Europe.

Mr. Lewis, a professor at New York University and biographer of W. E. B. DuBois, recalled Wendell Willkie, a presidential candidate with a superficial resemblance to Mr. Trump, in that he was a wealthy businessman who had held no prior electoral office and became a Republican just shortly before the 1940 campaign against Roosevelt. But after the election, Willkie distinguished himself by calling for a loyal opposition, Professor Lewis said. (Willkie served as Roosevelt’s informal emissary to Britain, in a sign of bipartisanship.) “For Donald Trump, Willkie’s loyal opposition concept is surely anathema,” Professor Lewis said.

Mr. Leuchtenburg, a professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leading scholar of the American presidency, said Mr. Trump was essentially ahistorical. “He has no sense of the American past,” Professor Leuchtenburg said. “He doesn’t understand the achievements of this country.” -NY Times

Bombshell Allegations Against Trump

Exploding World Debt Will Cause Global Financial Meltdown

The McKinsey Global Institute released a new study examining the growing world debt and warns of increased risks to worldwide financial stability.

According to the report, total world debt — including government, household, financial, and corporate — increased to $199 trillion in 2014. This is almost three times the total yearly world output.

Since the Great Recession (beginning in 2007), global debt has increased by $57 trillion, far outpacing the world’s economic growth in composite GDP.

Only 5 countries have lowered their total debt burden: Argentina, Romania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

It’s Not Just Governments

While government debt is expanding at the fastest pace worldwide, all sectors have significantly increased their debt burdens.

Probably the most remarkable retreat was from the financial sector, significantly deleveraging after the U.S. mortgage-lending crisis of 2007-2010.

Household debt, according to the report, is a worldwide ticking time bomb. The lessons were not learned from the U.S. financial crisis, and levels of unsustainable debt continue to soar.

Of the industrial nations, only the United States, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom have seen significant slowing in the accumulation of household debt.

In particular, the household debts in the Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, and Thailand are seen by analysts as unsustainable and in jeopardy of non-repayment.

Is China Set Up For Its First Widespread Financial Collapse?

In America, we generally see China as a buyer of debt, not as a country accumulating an unsustainable debt burden.

China has had an impressive period of expansion, and too often the delusion of “never-ending growth” becomes contagious.

One-third of the world’s $57 trillion debt increase was from China’s debt explosion, with total debt exceeding 282 percent of GDP (higher than the United States).

Some of this debt seems almost foolish, with municipalities accumulating $1.7 trillion in debt solely on purchasing automobiles for government use.

But two looming risks are the cause of the analyst’s alarm: the level of debt tied to real estate and the rapid increase of shadow banking.

Both of these risks were fundamental causes of the U.S. banking crisis, but China’s leveraging is even worse. Over half of the total debt in China is in debt linked to real estate.

Shadow banking is the term that describes nontraditional banking institutions. These entities are often unregulated and uninsured, and frequently take extraordinary risks.

Shadow banking in China is increasing at 36 percent per year, trying to keep up with the ever increasing demand for finance.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with shadow banking (it exists in the United States as well), at these levels it adds unnecessary risk and instability to the entire financial system.

Are We Heading Toward a Worldwide Financial Meltdown?

Consumption always drives the economy — consumption increases business investment by sending signals for firms to hire and produce more products.

But the world is consuming on borrowed money. What happens when the credit runs out?

It’s not hard to see the tailspin; we even created a smaller version during the Great Recession.

As credit runs out, households (the primary consumers) spend less to pay down debt. This, in turn, cools down the economy, businesses layoff workers, and payrolls decrease, which makes it harder to pay down debt or consume.

This is what concerns these analysts. At some point, the world credit supply will run out. And even if it doesn’t, huge portions of GDP will be paid in interest, not in consumption.

Take for instance China’s recent debt explosion. At close to 300 percent of GDP, the total interest on debt (at say 5%) would equal roughly 15 percent of the total GDP.

And there’s the catch-22. We can’t have a sudden retreat from spending with debt. At some point, however, the interest due will consume a huge portion of the total GDP.

We’ve created the perfect storm — and at this point, we’re probably going to have to ride it out when the storm makes landfall. –IVN

Trump Supporters Call For Violent Coup

by John Wright

"We’re Going to Have a Revolution and Take Them Out of Office if That’s What It Takes"

Donald Trump's increasingly inflammatory rhetoric is bringing out the worst in his die-hard supporters, some of whom are now calling for a violent coup if Hillary Clinton becomes president, and pledging to racially profile and intimidate minority voters on Election Day.

The Boston Globe reports that Trump supporters are starting to believe what the GOP presidential nominee has repeatedly told them — that the election will be "rigged" as part of a massive conspiracy to defeat him at the hands of "crooked Hillary." And the impact of Trump's incendiary statements could be felt far beyond Election Day, undermining Americans' faith in democracy and making it difficult to govern — or worse.

“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, said of Clinton at recent rally in Cincinnati. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take. . . . I would do whatever I can for my country.”

At a rally in North Carolina on Friday, Trump declared: “It’s one big fix. This whole election is being rigged.’’

At the same rally, a Trump supporter attacked a protester, shoving him and putting him in a headlock, as the crowd erupted in chants of "USA, USA!":

Steve Webb, a 61-year-old carpenter, told the Globe he plans to heed Trump's call to "watch your precincts" on Election Day.

“I’ll look for . . . well, it’s called racial profiling. Mexicans. Syrians. People who can’t speak American,” he said. “I’m going to go right up behind them. I’ll do everything legally. I want to see if they are accountable. I’m not going to do anything illegal. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.” -TNCRM

The New Frontier Of LGBTQ Civil Rights, Explained

Trump Supporters Are The Stupidest

by Jason Easley

A new poll revealed that depth of bigoted stupidity of Republican voters who are supporting Donald Trump.

A new poll revealed that depth of bigoted stupidity of Republican voters who are supporting Donald Trump.

According to a PPP survey of Trump supporters:

    -65% think President Obama is a Muslim, only 13% think he’s a Christian.

    -59% think President Obama was not born in the United States, only 23% think that he was.

    -24% think Antonin Scalia was murdered, just 42% think he died naturally, another 34% are unsure.

The rest of America knows that President Obama is not a Muslim and was born in the United States. Donald Trump has courted the faction within the Republican who after nearly eight years in office and a long form birth certificate still refuses to believe that Barack Obama is a Christian, who was born in the United States.

Trump is leading a revolution of stupid within the Republican Party. The presumptive 2016 nominee represents all of the fear, bigotry, and bias that has been pumped into the Republican Party by conservative media. The Trump supporters are out of touch reality on every level, and they have taken over the Republican Party.

Donald Trump is just a symptom of the conservative movement’s rejection of facts and knowledge. All of the facts say that President Obama is a US born Christian. The facts say that Antonin Scalia was an obese, diabetic, smoker who did not take good care of his health. The majority of Trump supporters want to believe that Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. They are open to the possibility that Scalia was murdered by Obama.

Trump’s supporters are some of the dumbest people in America, and they are one election away from winning the White House. –Politic USA
 

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by: Laurie Bennett

"This is a great old Maine recipe, moist and spicy. The bread actually tastes even better the day after it is baked. Great for holiday gift giving!"

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
3 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

 Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Oct 23, 2016

Donald Trump & Jeffrey Epstein Rape Lawsuit and Affidavits

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“I’ll Overturn The Shocking Gay Marriage Decision”

In a recent interview with Pat Robertson’s television network, Donald Trump blathered that antigay conservatives the world over can rest easy knowing that he’s committed to overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody asked the GOP presidential frontrunner what he thought of the Log Cabin Republicans calling him “one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency.”

Told that Evangelicals want to trust his stance on traditional marriage, Trump responded:

“I think they can trust me on traditional marriage… and frankly, I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states, and let the states decide. And that was a shocking decision for you and for me and for a lot of other people, but I was very much in favor of letting the states decide and that’s the way it looked it was going and then all of a sudden out of nowhere came this very massive decision and they took it away. But I was always in favor of state’s rights; states deciding.” -LGBTQ Nation

"The Making Of An Ignoramus"

Paul Krugman isn’t under any illusions that calling Donald Trump an ignoramus is going to move the dial one whit in this election. He assumes that readers of his column in the New York Times, whether they agree or disagree with his conclusions, are at least likely to give a fair hearing to the opinions of a Nobel-winning economist on subjects like, you know, the economy.

But anyone who’s decided that, for whatever reason, Donald Trump would make a real swell President isn’t going to be reading Krugman’s columns. The core of Trump’s appeal is its deliberate abandonment of critical thought, its encouragement to gleefully toss away the lessons of hard experience. Thinking critically is bothersome, hard work. And it’s so much easier when someone else has all the answers, or makes a good show of pretending to. It’s easier to strike an attitude than to actually solve a problem.

Trump’s appeal depends on folks ignoring reality and placing their trust wholly in the warm, fuzzy embrace of whatever preconceptions and biases they already have about why the world is the way it is. Trump offers up whatever “policies” or “values” he has (actually none) simply to allow people to project those preconceptions and prejudices, whatever they are, to convince themselves that somebody else will do the heavy lifting of sorting out the complexities for them.

Immigration? Just ignore the fact that entire state economies in the Southwestern United States would evaporate in a minute without cheap undocumented labor, and that corporations want it, need it, and will continue to get it regardless. Instead, we’ll build a “big wall.” Tired of foreign competition/companies outsourcing, corporate “inversions,” and offshoring? Impose huge tariffs on imports goods, threaten China with a trade war and “talk sense" to those corporate CEO's.  Just “cut a deal” and they’ll all magically fall in line. Beautiful, simplistic, feel-good stuff, and ultimately utter nonsense, perfectly crafted for an electorate attuned to soundbites:

    Truly, Donald Trump knows nothing. He is more ignorant about policy than you can possibly imagine, even when you take into account the fact that he is more ignorant than you can possibly imagine. But his ignorance isn’t as unique as it may seem: In many ways, he’s just doing a clumsy job of channeling nonsense widely popular in his party, and to some extent in the chattering classes more generally.

Krugman’s point here really isn’t that Trump has demonstrated himself stupefyingly ignorant of how the country actually operates economically. His point is that the ground was laid a long time ago for a good half of the American public to be suckered, the same half who thought Sarah Palin belonged a heartbeat away from the Presidency in 2008, when we were looking straight down the abyss of the worst economic crisis in 75 years.

So when Trump proposed last week that the totality of his economic policy revolved around making a “deal" with the nation’s creditors to avoid the cataclysm of default on the nation's debts, he was on familiar turf, surfing the same crevasses the Republican Party has tried for decades to carve into the public’s mind. His “approach” to the economy is the same sort of fantasy peddled by the Republican-controlled House when it balked at raising the debt ceiling in 2014: the idea that our country’s debt could be “prioritized" like a family tallying through its past due bill statements. It made no difference that the finances of a nation were not in any fathomable way similar to the finances of a household. We were all fed the notion—by Republicans and some “blue dog” Democrats-- that we had to “get our fiscal house in order” because of the huge, horrible looming debt. It was suggested we needed to “balance our budgets” and that the failure to do so was some mortal sin. But it was never suggested we do so by adjusting the same tax system that had created massive inequality in the first place.

This was the mantra of the Republican Party throughout the entire Obama Administration.  And it was a very nice con job, with an ulterior motive of gutting the role of government to benefit the wealthiest among us:

    A lots of supposedly serious people have been hyping the alleged threat posed by federal debt for years. For example, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, has warned repeatedly about a “looming debt crisis.” Indeed, until not long ago the whole Beltway elite seemed to be in the grip of BowlesSimpsonism, with its assertion that debt was the greatest threat facing the nation.

    A lot of this debt hysteria was really about trying to bully us into cutting Social Security and Medicare, which is why so many self-proclaimed fiscal hawks were also eager to cut taxes on the rich.

 This is what actually happens in real-world terms if the US defaults on its debts:

     [T]he government would lack the cash on hand to fully meet its myriad financial obligations, which include interest payments to government bond holders, tax refunds, payments to Medicare doctors and hospitals, veterans, active duty troops, private contractors, Social Security recipients and many others. The Treasury makes around 80 million separate payments per month.

In the real world that exists outside of Trumpville, nations do not get to “choose” what debts to "default' on, what debts to "pay," and what debts to try to “cut a deal." When nations try to do that, bad things happen:

    [E]ven flirting with default has negative impacts on consumer confidence, business optimism, stock market prices and volatility, and more expensively, Treasury yields.

But those are all fairly abstract concepts. They require the heavy lifting of thought and Trump does not do heavy lifting. To put it in more simple terms, you could go to your bank or ATM tomorrow and it might just be closed, because the bank relies on short-term treasuries as collateral for cash.  But the most profound effect would be on US interest rates, which would go through the roof, constraining the ability of the country to refinance its debt at a lower rate later, effectively creating a vicious circle of debt, piling on debt, piling on more debt:

    Rate increases would not only hike future borrowing costs of the federal government, but would also raise capital costs for struggling U.S. businesses and cash-strapped homebuyers. In addition, rising rates could divert future taxpayer money away from much-needed federal investments in such areas as infrastructure, education, and health care.

If it did not precipitate a full-blown Financial crisis (which it almost certainly would), defaulting on the debt would plunge the country straight back into a recession, one that all the tough talk and bluster in the world would do absolutely nothing to salvage, as countries accustomed to relying on the stability of the American dollar suddenly bolted for the exits. Stocks, Americans’ toehold in this corporate-skewed economy through their 401k’s, would tank. Retirement plans would dissolve. Families’ hopes for their kids educations would be squandered.

    "I understand debt better than probably anybody. I know how to deal with debt very well. I love debt -- but you know, debt is tricky and it's dangerous, and you have to be careful and you have to know what you're doing," Trump said.

Trump’s problem is that the US economy isn’t like one of his casinos. It isn’t something we can just “walk away from” if he and a willing Republican Congress decide to fuck it up to try to prove some ideological point. It’s not subject to a careful judicial “wind-down” or “liquidation.” The only thing liquidated by a national default on its debts is the future of ordinary Americans.

    None of this should be taken as an excuse for Mr. Trump. He really is frighteningly uninformed; worse, he doesn’t appear to know what he doesn’t know. The point, instead, is that his blithe lack of knowledge largely follows from the know-nothing attitudes of the party he now leads.

Trump’s plan in this election is to shape-shift, counting on Americans’ short attention spans and a constant barrage of media soundbites to obscure the fact that he has no real plans or policies beyond the desire to temporarily accommodate enough people’s biases and prejudices to get himself elected. We can only hope that Americans recognize that hiring an ignoramus to manage this country’s economy will not end well for anyone. –Daily Kos

Donald Trump Caught on Tape Saying Vulgar and Offensive Things About Women with Billy Bush

Trump Vows To Place Anti-Abortion Judges On Supreme Court

by Stephen D Foster

Back in March, Donald Trump made it clear that he wants to outlaw abortion, but he also conceded that overturning Roe v. Wade would force women to seek unsafe back-alley abortions that would lead to a rise of of unnecessary deaths.

“You go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places,” Mr. Trump said. “But you have to ban it.”

And then Trump said women should be punished for choosing to have an abortion. “There has to be some form of punishment,” he remarked.

Now Trump has taken the next step toward outlawing abortion and depriving women across the nation of a medical procedure that must be available to them as an option.

During an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News on Tuesday, Trump promised to nominate anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court to guarantee that Roe v. Wade will fall and women will lose their reproductive rights.

“I will protect it,” Trump said after O’Reilly asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee what he is going to do about the “sanctity of life.”

“The biggest way you can protect it is through the Supreme Court and putting people on the court,” Trump continued. “Actually, the biggest way you can protect it, I guess, is by electing me president.”

In short, Trump intends to strip women of their constitutionally protected right to choose by stacking the Supreme Court with hostile anti-abortion extremists. And Trump went on to remark that up to five Justices could be replaced in the next four years, which means anti-abortion extremists would keep the Supreme Court an anti-women’s rights institution for decades if Trump is not defeated in November.

Here’s the video via YouTube.


In response to Trump’s remarks, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow issued a statement of condemnation.

“Donald Trump doesn’t want a Supreme Court nominee who can be an objective umpire; he wants a nominee who’s picked a side already,” Stabenow said. “And the side he wants them to pick is against women and their health care.”

Indeed, Republicans are already blocking a Supreme Court nomination made by President Obama precisely because they are hoping it will be filled by a Republican in 2017 after Obama leaves office. That means Trump would be be able to pick an anti-abortion nominee right off the bat to replace recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

70 percent of women across the country already have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump due to his past remarks on abortion and the rampant sexism he has displayed on the campaign trail and during debates. Now they have even more reason to enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton or whoever ends up becoming the Democratic nominee. Because at this point, any Democrat is better than Trump. –Addicting Info

Bette Midler Destroys Trump

Bette Midler, the famous actress and singer, just tweeted an epic takedown of Donald Trump and the rest of the manipulative Republican demagogues who have clamored for the party’s nomination this year. The tweet, featured below, juxtaposed a picture of the racist, xenophobic, sexist warmongering GOP standard-bearer with a quote from Joseph Heller’s famous 1961 novel Catch-22:

    It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” — Joseph Heller, Catch-22

It is remarkable how perfectly this quote encapsulates the modern-day GOP with its notorious campaign of lies, slander, and misrepresentation that has taken on ever-greater proportions as the 2016 presidential campaign provides a stage for some of the most reactionary and base figures in the party. When Heller originally penned his acclaimed World War II satire, he directed this quote at politicians of all stripes whom he saw as cynical manipulators of the easily-duped masses.

The rhetoric of Trump and the rest of the GOP today, however, proves just how timeless and relevant Heller’s magnum opus truly is. The sadism of torture becomes justice, the brutality of carpet bombing becomes patriotism, Trump’s capitalist plunder becomes philanthropy to the workers, his narcissistic arrogance becomes a virtue, his racist and misogynist slanders become the truth that only he is willing to tell over the din of political correctness.

The list of deceptions in the bizarro world Trump and his Republican brethren inhabit goes on and on, and, tragically, far too many American voters are duped by this cynical populist tactic that, as Heller’s writing shows, is as old as politics itself. Leave it to such a brilliant personality as Midler to unearth the perfect description of these Republican lies, and to such a brilliant author as Heller to pen them in the first place.  -Occupy Democrats

Poll Proves Trump Supporters Are The Stupidest People In The US

by Jason Easley

A new poll revealed that depth of bigoted stupidity of Republican voters who are supporting Donald Trump. 

A new poll revealed that depth of bigoted stupidity of Republican voters who are supporting Donald Trump.

According to a PPP survey of Trump supporters:

-65% think President Obama is a Muslim, only 13% think he’s a Christian.
 
-59% think President Obama was not born in the United States, only 23% think that he was.
 
-24% think Antonin Scalia was murdered, just 42% think he died naturally, another 34% are unsure.

The rest of America knows that President Obama is not a Muslim and was born in the United States. Donald Trump has courted the faction within the Republican who after nearly eight years in office and a long form birth certificate still refuses to believe that Barack Obama is a Christian, who was born in the United States.

Trump is leading a revolution of stupid within the Republican Party. The presumptive 2016 nominee represents all of the fear, bigotry, and bias that has been pumped into the Republican Party by conservative media. The Trump supporters are out of touch reality on every level, and they have taken over the Republican Party.

Donald Trump is just a symptom of the conservative movement’s rejection of facts and knowledge. All of the facts say that President Obama is a US born Christian. The facts say that Antonin Scalia was an obese, diabetic, smoker who did not take good care of his health. The majority of Trump supporters want to believe that Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. They are open to the possibility that Scalia was murdered by Obama.

Trump’s supporters are some of the dumbest people in America, and they are one election away from winning the White House. –Politicus USA

Donald Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)