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National Security Council: Trump is too stupid to be trusted

Per reporting from Politico, the entire White House has become a place of misery and deep suspicion.

Aides are exhausted, demoralized and afraid to speak to each other, and an investigation has been launched regarding White House leaks which have infuriated their boss. Trump is mystified and furious at not being able to rule as a king (those pesky courts and elected representatives keep getting in his way).

The entire atmosphere is dark and a shakeup feels imminent. Christie wants in, which has incensed Kushner who was key in keeping him out to begin with. Other aides are afraid of Kushner and complain they don' t know what his job actually is.

Amid all this juicy gossip is an important note about Trump and his relationship with the National Security Council. He and his staff are paranoid that they are "out to get him" and the NSC doesn't think much of him either. Trump is asking very "simple" questions at briefings that betray his astonishing ignorance.

The president and his allies believe career NSC staff assigned from other agencies are out to get them. In turn, some NSC staff believe Trump does not possess the capacity for detail and nuance required to handle the sensitive issues discussed on the calls, and that he has politicized their agency by appointing chief strategist Bannon to the council.

Translation: The NSC thinks Trump is too stupid to be trusted.

more at link: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/donald-trump-challenges-governing-presidency-234879

I LOVE The Poorly Educated! 1/2 of Trump Supporters Believe Bowling Green Massacre Justifies Ban

[font size = 4]Poll: Majority of travel ban supporters say fake ‘Bowling Green massacre’ justifies executive order[/font]

Poll: Majority of travel ban supporters say fake ‘Bowling Green massacre’ justifies executive order
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Roughly half of Americans who support President Trump’s controversial travel executive order say that the ban is justified after the nonexistent "Bowling Green Massacre," according to a new poll by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway referred to the massacre, which never happened, during several media appearances, including a segment on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Over the course of the interview, the senior White House aide made several references to a “massacre” in Bowling Green, Ky. as justification for the banning citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from travel to the United States.

Still, of those who support it, 51 percent thought Conway’s remarks about the massacre showed good reason to pursue the Jan. 27 order, which barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. Only about 23 percent of the ban’s supporters said the ban couldn't use the massacre as justification.

more at link http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/318897-poll-majority-of-immigration-ban-supporters-say-fake-bowling-green

On the campaign trail trump said "I LOVE THE POORLY EDUCATED!"

Of course he does, they're the gift that keeps on giving.

Sean Spicer having his own "Bowling Green Massacre" in Atlanta

Trump’s Spokesman Keeps Referring To A Terrorist Attack On Atlanta That Didn’t Happen

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly mentioned Atlanta, but there has never been an Islamic terror attack in the city.
Originally posted on Feb. 8, 2017, at 7:21 p.m. Updated on Feb. 8, 2017, at 7:41 p.m.
Jim Dalrymple II
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Amid Donald Trump’s bitter and long-running crusade against the media, and in some cases the truth, his official spokesman defended the president’s controversial travel ban by repeatedly citing an Islamic terror attack in Atlanta that never happened.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned the Georgia capital as the site of a terror attack three times in recent weeks. The first happened on Jan. 29, while defending the president’s travel ban in an ABC interview he asked, “what do we say to the family who loses somebody over a terroristic [sic], to whether it’s Atlanta or San Bernardino or the Boston bomber?”

Referring to the attackers, Spicer added, “each of whom had gone out to a country and then come back.”

more at link: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/trumps-spokesman-keeps-referring-to-a-terrorist-attack-on-at?utm_term=.ix4QdgKA8#.mb3d1nVwP

They're trying to beat us to death with their stupidity y'all.

Trump administration set to ELIMINATE enforcement arm of EPA

Trump Administration Considering Shutting EPA’s Enforcement Office: Report
Critics say the move could imperil families across America.
02/08/2017 09:36 pm ET

Kate Sheppard Enterprise editor/Senior reporter, The Huffington Post
Nick Visser Reporter, The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration is considering closing down the enforcement division of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report Wednesday evening from Inside EPA.

The new administration is reportedly looking to close the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, or OECA, and instead let individual program offices (such as the air program, the water program and others) handle enforcement. The outlet Inside EPA quoted “a source familiar with the plan” who says the Trump administration intends to “disassemble the enforcement office ... take it, break it up and move it back into the program offices.”

In a statement emailed to The Huffington Post, the agency’s press office said the “EPA does not have a confirmed Administrator and we cannot speculate on future plans for the agency.”

Closing the office would almost certainly mean less enforcement work happens at the agency. OECA handles both civil and criminal enforcement of the country’s core environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The office is an independent body with about 3,000 employees who “work to advance environmental justice by protecting communities most vulnerable to pollution.”

More at link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/epa-enforcement-office_us_589b9593e4b0c1284f2a7ab3

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Women Read Coretta Scott King Letter Outside Mitch McConnell's House Tonight

Women Will Read Coretta Scott King Letter Outside Mitch McConnell's House Tonight
by Rachel Sadon in News on Feb 8, 2017 3:50 pm

As the news keeps pouring out of the Donald Trump administration, Ruth Eisenberg deleted Twitter.

"There are so many outrages every day with this administration that one is in a constant state of outrage," says Eisenberg. "I want to be able to live my life, and choose my outrages. I don't want to be outraged constantly."

But when she came home from a meeting last night, turned on the TV, and saw what happened on the Senate floor, Eisenberg swelled with anger. "The combination of the sexism of silencing one of the few female senators, and the fact that she was reading Coretta Scott King's words, outraged me."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) invoked a rarely used rule to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as she read aloud from a letter that King wrote in opposition to Jeff Sessions' nomination for a federal judgeship.

"Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell said. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

Tonight, Eisenberg and a small group of friends will take up the mantle and read King's speech on C Street NE, right outside McConnell's home.

more at the link: http://dcist.com/2017/02/washingtonians_will_read_coretta_sc.php

[font size = 4] I hope they had a great turnout.

We need to start bothering them everywhere they go. Where they live, where they eat, where they try to go on enjoying their lives as we suffer. They need to feel us and fear having to answer to us EVERYWHERE. [/font]

GOP Eliminates Election Commission

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 12:30 PM MST
As Trump fears fraud, GOP eliminates election commission
Lisa Lerer, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has voted to terminate an independent election commission charged with helping states improve their voting systems.

The party-line vote comes less than two days after President Donald Trump vowed to set up a White House commission to pursue his accusations of election fraud.

The vote in the House Administration Committee underscores the political differences between the Republican president and the party’s rank-and-file.

The GOP majority on the committee eliminated the Election Assistance Commission, which was created by Congress after the 2000 Florida recount to upgrade voting technology and provide election-related information to federal entities, state officials and election administrators.

Republicans say the commission is a prime example of government waste. They’ve been introducing legislation to end the commission for years with little success.

Link: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/07/as-trump-fears-fraud-gop-eliminates-election-commission/

From the comments:
"Hmm suspect election fraud (with no evidence).. Then remove the people in charge of preventing fraud. If this does not scare the heck out of you, we are all doomed"

Trump National Black History Breakfast - Transcript WITH Translation

Yesterday, a transcript of Trump's remarks at the Black History Month Breakfast was published and contrasted to the last duly elected president of the republic, President Barack Obama.

I was asked by a few kind DU'ers to post this translation, so without further adieu

Welcome to our "little breakfast." I didn't really want to do this today because to be honest, it's pretty stupid, but they say I have to do this now so I'll go ahead and skim a few notes here and then I'll be getting back to my morning TV, okay? Alright.

OK, here we go.

The blacks love me because even though I am a very great man, I went ahead and let Ben take me to some real shit holes, and I didn't have to go there at all but I did and I went there and I was really uncomfortable you know? - You know what I'm talking about, but now they love me. The Af-ric-an Americans love me now. Ben loves me, so he is a good Negro. Just the best.

Martin Luther King Jr. is a big deal now because of the fake dishonest news press media saying I took his statue out of my office, and now I have to leave it there, can you believe that? With Lincoln and Jefferson and now we have to keep that statue too. Unbelievable. Such a disgrace.

So - I just found out now that we have this whole museum. Smithsonian is a long word, long word, hard to remember but it's on the mall, and I have a list of names for you, this guy Fredrick Doug, . . Douglass . . . never heard of him right?? but now you will because I said him in this speech. And then there's Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman. Okay? I'm probably going to have to do this again next year. (sigh)

But enough about all those folks. Look at all these people here who love me. These are some good Negros folks. Who would have thought a black guy named Paris could love me so much, right? but he's been there at the CNN and I watch him every day but I don't watch the CNN because it's fake news, I mean, every day when I watch it they are just disgraceful towards me it's unbelievable, but Fox News has been pretty nice to me now that they got that Megan Kelly out of there. What was her problem? So thank you Fox wherever you guys are. This is probably your first time at the "little breakfast" too huh? I bet. Just wait. You guys are going to love this. We are really going to roll on these inner cities and crack some heads with the law enforcement. These people gotta learn. Right now they're terrible. We're going to teach them how to behave though. I am going to fix that.

Trump's remarks were cut short by a sudden, unexpected electrical anomaly


Hey Ya'll; BLOTUS spent his day watching cartoons. Seriously.


President Trump screened the film “Finding Dory” in the White House on Sunday, as hundreds gathered outside to protest his immigration ban.

Trump screened the Disney Pixar film in the afternoon amid massive backlash against his executive order prohibiting foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The White House announced the movie screening in its official schedule for the president.

More at link: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316770-trump-screens-finding-dory-as-hundreds-protest-immigration-ban

Democrats! Congressional Candidate Forum in Billings on 2/1

I saw this posted in another forum, thought I would bring it here.

That carpet-bagging snake Gianforte will be running for the Repukes, so we need a STRONG candidate. Let's not forget, over 10,000 people showed up for the women's march in Helena! We are motivated! Let's do this thing!

BILLINGS, Jan. 25, 2017 – Montana State University Billings (MSU-B) student-led Democratic organization invites students and members of the general public to meet the potential Democratic candidates to replace Representative Ryan Zinke. The public forum event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at MSU-B in Library Room 148.

Potential candidates who have agreed to participate at this time are:

Rep. Amanda Curtis
Rep. Kelly McCarthy
Mr. John Meyer
Rep. Casey Schreiner(Editor’s note, no longer seeking office)
Mr. Rob Quist

**Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

MSU-B College Democrats President said, “This spring Montanans will have a special opportunity to elect a new representative to serve as the sole voice of Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives. This makes it extremely important that we as Montanan’s select an individual who will put the interests of Montanans first every time they have the chance. Having an informed electorate will ensure that the right person is selected to be our voice in D.C. Effectively informing the public is the purpose of this event and what makes it such a flagship event not just for Billings but for all of Montana.”

The forum will be moderated and led by MSU Billings students and MSU Billings College Democrats President Cody McCracken and Vice President Amelia D. Marquez. The candidates are only allowed to appear on live video through Skype. Each candidate will be given 20-minutes to answer questions from the general public The questions will be voted upon and approved by the MSU Billings College Democrats before the forum. Each candidate will be given the same set of general questions. The public may send candidate-posed questions to amelia.d.marquez@gmail.com.

Read more: http://mtcowgirl.com/2017/01/25/democratic-congressional-candidate-forum-21-billings/

Trump was not elected to protect America. He was chosen to protect whiteness.

Trump was not elected to protect America. He was chosen to protect whiteness.

Terrell Jermaine Starr is a senior reporter for Foxtrot Alpha, a blog that covers defense, technology and policy.

There’s a reason why some of President Trump’s supporters don’t fear Russian President Vladimir Putin: Racism is altering their perceptions of what a threat is and isn’t, even at the international level.

The intelligence community has presented Trump evidence that Russia hacked our election, yet he insisted on condemning the findings. He even suggested via Twitter that sworn members of the intelligence community were behaving like “Nazi Germany.”

Trump supporters should have been appalled, but many aren’t. And why should they be? After all, he was not elected to protect America. These Trump backers voted for him because he vowed to be the protector in chief of American

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