So Many Things Happened In Trumpland Over The Last 48 Hours (16 Things To Be Exact)

Submitted by: normalfreak2 6 months ago in News & Politics

CNN writers Chris Cillizza and Brenna Williams put together a list of what Trump's been up to over  past this past Tuesday through yesterday. This president makes my head spin.

  1. White House communications director Hope Hicks resigned.
  2. John Kelly and Jared Kushner/Ivanka Trump are fighting.
  3. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Donald Trump's financial maneuvers prior to his announcing for president.
  4. Trump publicly attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Again.
  5. Trump convened a conversation with senators and House members on gun safety in which he pooh-poohed a House-passed bill that grants states reciprocity on conceal and carry and seemed open to a comprehensive gun control measure.
  6. We learned that Kushner has been stripped of his top secret security clearance, hamstringing his ability to oversee his broad portfolio of responsibilities within the White House.
  7. Hicks testified before the House Intelligence Committee in relation to its investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election andacknowledged that she has told white lies in service of Trump.
  8. The Washington Post reported that four foreign countries -- Israel, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and China -- had assessed that Kushner was vulnerable to manipulation due to his complex financial interests.
  9. Longtime Javanka confidant Josh Raffel announced he was leaving the White House.
  10. It emerged that the Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,000 to replace furniture in the office of Secretary Ben Carson.
  11. A political appointee at the Interior Department resigned after CNN's K-File found a series of anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments she made via Facebook and Twitter.
  12. Trump announced the hiring of Brad Parscale as his 2020 campaign manager.
  13. Trump sent a flurry of tweets on Mueller's ongoing Russia investigation -- including one that read simply: "WITCH HUNT!"
  14. US Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told members of Congress that Trump had not authorized him to disrupt Russian attempts to meddle in future US elections.
  15. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty to an array of (new) bank fraud and money laundering charges brought against him by Mueller.
  16. The White House parted ways with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a senior adviser to first lady Melania Trump. Wolkoff's event-planning business was paid more than $26 million for its work on Trump's inauguration.
There are 42 comments:
Male 12,686
I love the photo of him with literally NOTHING on his desk.

Sir we want to get a photo of you in the oval office.
OK, where is it again?
Down that hallway sir. 
OK. Go get me one of those shitty hats.
Here you are sir, can you pick up the phone and pretend to be on it?
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Male 5,110
Of course he makes your head spin. That's his MO. He also makes your butt hurt.
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Male 796
trimble I see that you're still using that tired old "butt hurt" line.  I guess it's just too challenging to come up with new material.  So you know, the complaints being raised about him are well beyond reflecting the disappointment that he won.  It's about common fucking sense... the guy has proven himself woefully unprepared and completely unfit to serve as the POTUS.  Most normal people - including many republicans - have already seen that.
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Male 6,723
skeeter01 You must not underestimate the power of the conservatives to repeat any phrase added to their mantra ad nauseam.

They have the ability to make sheep say.. "wtf, can't you say anything else?"

Our conservatives here on IAB are quite mild imo, if you wanna see TRUE Trumpservants, head over to reddit and check out The_Donald subreddit, he is akin to god there.  I have been banned there so many times lol.
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Male 796
daegog hey, thanks for letting me know about that subreddit.  I’ll have to see how quickly it takes me to get banned from there.  Lately, I’ve been joining clans/squads/whatever in various games that are populated by Tumpians with the point of trolling them until they kick me out.  There are tons of them in Clash of Clans, world of tanks, etc. 

My favorite one was a squad called TRUMP in a crappy game called Warship Fury.  They had an absentee leader who was the only one who could kick people out.  I had five glorious days of trolling the membership.  For example, I’d join a team battle and then not fight saying my bone spurs were acting up (they hated that).  I would purposely misspell every word with the letter K in it so it had three ks, and explained that I spelled words this way because I know how much they like the letter k.  By the fourth day, some folks were threatening to kill me (one guy spelled it kkkill) because several people started quitting the squad.  The leader came back on the fifth day to find his squad membership decimated, and promptly kicked me out.  He also significantly increased the minimum requirements to join so that it was unreachable for me to even re-apply for membership.
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Male 17,659
daegog interesting that you should call it a mantra. It's the same as a religious person debating an atheist. One brings logic and observed facts; the other relies on tired old phrases designed to block logic and be untestable.
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Male 12,686
daegog or breitbart. Holy fuck is that a scary collection of humanity.
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Oh, and focus shifted to Melania coming to the US on an EB-1 visa, normally reserved for people of great achievements in science, arts, or athletics. The EB-1 visa allows for her to citizen-ise her parents too... an example of Trumpy "chain-migration"...
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Male 17,659
barry9a when conservatives criticize chain migration, what they have in mind is people of colour.
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Male 17,659
You can add the US ambassador to Mexico just resigned.
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Male 262
They don't even mention our increasingly tense relations with Wakanda! "How dare they pretend to be one of those shithole nations, while hoarding all the vibranium that we desperately needs for defence? SAD"
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Male 490
stevopusser let's not forget Boris and Natasha are out there rounding up all the upsidaisium for Russia's bleeding edge anti-gravity program.
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Male 12,686
I just rewatched the hbo movie about sarah palin, game change. It's scary.

Watching her on stage talking about the "real America" while white trash in bright red hats scream about Muslims and socialists is like a look into the future.
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Male 895
holygod i also remember Palin mocked incessantly over her saying Russia is a threat to the US.
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Male 12,686
jayme21 really? I don't remember that. I do remember her being mocked for saying she had foreign policy experience because Alaska was close to Russia.
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Male 895
holygod harder to find some of the skits, interviews etc. Im UK based but remember seeing memes and vids online. Not only of the Tina Fey "I can see..." but theyd go on to say ahe was mad to think Russiawas aggressive and starting a nee cold war. Only one i can really remember is the Whos Nailin Palin satire. But thats my recollection.

The original interview is here the Russia section goes like this

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they're doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I'm giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Sarah Palin on Russia:

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We've learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it's in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

GIBSON: Because Putin has said he would not tolerate NATO incursion into the Caucasus.

PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO.

Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but...

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?



PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to -- especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn't have to lead to war and it doesn't have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that's a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.


Theactually think the way she was mocked on the comment about Russian proximity when she was asked ' what insight does the proximity give you' seemed fairly unfair. Although incincredibly Hawkish that wasnt what was attacked it was more the dumb palin narrative.

But on a looser point i did do some googling take this FP article quoting Palin
"After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next." Which is a legitimate viewpoint of what happened and the article goes on to call this scenario far fetched and if you follow throigh the link theyve deleted the article attacking this suggestion. 

So for all her faults. I do think she was unfairly attacked on the Russia stuff and has had an insight into their actions. 
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Male 12,686
jayme21 have you seen game change? The whole point is she didn't know anything, including anything going on with Russia and Georgia. They had her memorize answers to questions they thought she'd be asked.
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Male 895
holygod nope but ill try and find a copy of the book. Synopsis looks interesting much like Trump according to Fire and Fury
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Male 12,686
jayme21 Well this one was, I believe, written by the guy who was in charge of McCain's campaign. So it is by an insider, not an outsider. It is pretty nuts. There is a line about how there is an ugly side to American populism and you can see haw it has reared it's ugly head the last 2 years. 
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Male 6,496
jayme21 You honestly think she had an insight into Russia’s actions? That ABC interview is the same one where she didn’t know what the Bush doctrine was. Charlie Gibson had to explain it to her. After she can’t or won’t answer the specific question he asked after that, he ends the interview with this, “And let me finish with this. I got lost in a blizzard of words there. Is that a yes? That you think we have the right to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government, to go after terrorists who are in the Waziristan area?”
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Male 895
same one where she didn’t know what the Bush doctrine was.
I know 
Including her attitude to no Iranian negotiation which was contrary to her self proclaimed Mentor and teacher Kissingers suggestions on it. 

Did she have a lot of foriegn politics experience aa Governor f Alaska? nope. Are there many things can fault her on? Yes totally. Does that mean everything about her is stupid and wrong? Of course not

So for all her faults. I do think she was unfairly attacked on the Russia stuff and has had an insight into their actions.
Evidenced by annexation of Ukraine( Crimea )among other thing she was fairly accurate on. 

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Male 6,723
The Orange Moron is going to increase tariffs on Canadian steel, Do our canadian conservatives still love him? https://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1GD6JN
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Male 339
there is nothing bad enough that can happy to these criminal fucks
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Male 114
Oh I used to love this site for the funny....now I love it for the funny comments.  Keep on hating your democratically elected president.....it gives me power.   
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Male 12,686
grryan I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. I personally dislike watching my country become an embarrassing laughing stock.
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Male 1,788
Have we had enough winnin, yet?
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Male 17,659
You missed the trade tariffs, HR McMaster's getting fired as National Security Advisor, and further fallout from the grab their guns meeting.
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Male 5,379
Draculya Tariffs and the stock market taking a dive after it was announced. 

MAGA...by going back to the 80's and pretending there isn't a global market now...
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Male 6,723
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Male 2,210
You missed Steel and Aluminum tariffs that resulted in the Dow dropping 500 points.
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Male 899
lockner01 He can finally point to somewhere he had an actual effect on the stock market!
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Male 2,210
muert yep.
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Male 2,172
Distract distract distract.

When everyone is doing something wrong, nobody is doing anything wrong.
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Male 895
White House communications director Hope Hicks resigned.

So what youre saying is 'The White House is hopeless'
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Male 5,379
The biggest news here is #3.  Once a corrupt businessman...always a corrupt businessman...
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Male 17,659
kalron27 and yet, in the midst of all of this... #12!
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Male 17,659
Draculya Question for the legal experts: If he is impeached and/or serves time, can he run again?
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Male 899
Draculya There are three requirements: Age, Resident, and Natural born.   Plus 22nd amendment to limit number of years served.  I think I heard somewhere that congress could add to a punishment something along the lines of "and never eligible to serve as an elected official again."
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Male 895
kalron27 3 on its own wont go anywhere. Mueller is working up the chain. Gates just rolled (missing on the list) that'll get Manafort to roll and him and Hope can get Trump. 3 means nothing without 7 and 15. 
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Male 9,349
kalron27 There's so much shit going on it's dizzying.  Great we played with electing a rich entitled moron Businessman as President, let's hope we learned our lesson and never do this again.
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Male 17,659
normalfreak2 everyone's head is spinning so fast the public can't remember all the scandals, any one of which could have resulted in the collapse of any other presidency. Instead we can only judge that this last day has been particularly actively tough.
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Male 938
normalfreak2 Yeah, USA needs to go back to electing movie actors for president. At least they can act like they give a shit about your country!
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