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Trump’s Immorality, Criminality, Incompetence, & Corruption-On One Newspaper Page

Make sure you check out the home page of washingtonpost.com today, October 11, 2019. Article after article spells out the total incompetence, corruption, and criminality of the Trump administration. Take a snapshot or preserve it whatever way you can. It’s a classic.
 
Below are some of the individual articles, but the page needs to be viewed online for its full impact.
As you  read them, you might be asking, “what kind of human beings would support this morally and intellectually corrupt cretin and advocate his re-election?” Here are six of them:

  
Sen. Johnny Isakson and Chief of Staff Joan Kirchner Carr

 
Sen. David Perdue and COS Megan Whittemore

 
Rep. Barry Loudermilk and COS, Robert Adkerson


The WashingtonPost.com home page 10/11/19
MORE COVERAGE
By 17 former Watergate special prosecutors

In Recognition of Georgia Senators’ Chiefs of Staff

//Georgia’s two female Senatorial chiefs of staff: Loyal Trumpists to the end!//

It occurred to IndieDems that probably few average Georgians know that both our United States Senators have female chiefs of staffs: Megan Whittemore for David Perdue and Joan Kirchner Carr for Johnny Isakson. (Her husband is Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, himself a former Isakson aide).  Now, we don’t know exactly how unique this is, since we don’t know how many other Senators have female chiefs of staff. But–let’s celebrate it for what it is, an affirmation of growing women’s power in politics.


Joan Kirchner Carr                    Megan Whittemore

In fact, IndieDems thought it was a good time to give credit where credit is due by devoting a post to how these two achieving females have joined their bosses in showing unqualified loyalty to their President, Donald Trump. Their fidelity has not wavered, even as Trump critics point out that he is unique in being the only President who has reached this chronological point in his term without ever gaining at least a 50 percent approval rating.

Along the way, Whittemore and Carr have given their stamp of approval to Trump’s bragging about sexually assaulting women and calling various women bimbo, fat, ugly horse-faced, of low intellect, Pocahontas, and dog.  Whittemore and Carr, of course, have also stood by Trump despite his demeaning the military service of John McCain, lying about Barack Obama’s birthplace, making 12,000 other false or misleading statements, locking up migrant children in wire cases, having words of praise for neo-fascist demonstrators marching through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and mocking a handicapped person.

Out intention to bring you up to date on Whittemore/Carr’s endorsement of Trump’s recent words and deeds that have led many to conclude that he is psychologically unhinged has been made easier by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. His column Let’s ‘gut check’ all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements provides the item-by-item list of Trump’s actions that Whittemore and Carr have accepted as normal.

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Let’s ‘gut check all of Trump’s vulgar, unpresidential statements
by Dana Milbank
It was an exemplary week for presidential misbehavior.

  • President Trump had an international tantrum over Denmark’s refusal to sell him Greenland.
  • He invoked the anti-Semitic trope that American Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel.
  • He proclaimed himself the Messiah.
  • Along the way, he used shooting victims for self-promotion, said he wanted a medal for military valor, and more.
In this divided land, there is broad agreement on one thing: Our president is unpresidential.A Post/ABC News poll released last month found that two-thirds of Americans find Trump “unpresidential” and only 28 percent say his actions are “fitting and proper.” Trump himself has acknowledged that some of his behavior is “not at all ‘Presidential’.”


Carr & Whittemore say: Re-elect that man President!

It’s hard to say for sure whether Trump was more undignified this week compared with most others. This is, after all, a man who boasted publicly about his genitals, uses words such as “bull—-,” “p—y,” “goddamn” and “little Schitt” in public, misspells tweets, talks of women bleeding, proclaims himself a “stable genius” with a “very large brain,” “fell in love” with North Korea’s dictator, paid hush money to a porn actress, shoved a prime minister, wore an ill-fitting vest to visit Queen Elizabeth and praised the “shape” of France’s first lady.

He also let Kanye West loose in the Oval Office, prayed for higher ratings for “The Apprentice” at a prayer breakfast , spoke of “raking” forests, hugged an American flag, dragged toilet paper from his shoe, suggested the Clintons murdered Jeffrey Epstein, described neo-Nazis as “very fine people,” and, when told by a rape victim that the Islamic State killed her family, replied: “Where are they now?”


Carr & Whittmore say: Re-elect that man President!

But maybe there is a way to calibrate vulgarity. Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler and his team have documented more than 12,000 false or misleading statements by Trump using the Pinocchio system: from one Pinocchio for “shading” facts to four for “whoppers.” Rare, unexpectedly true statements earn a Geppetto.

Instead of a fact check, I propose a “gut check” of how unpresidential Trump is. Instead of Geppetto and Pinocchio, this uses Beauty and the Beast. Where Kessler’s work is objective and researched, this will be arbitrary and slapdash — like Trump’s policies.

  • One Beast: Routinely unpresidential.
  • Two Beasts: Extra gross, vulgar, narcissistic.
  • Three Beasts: Downright beastly, uncouth, uncivilized.
  • Four Beasts: A wild rumpus. We weep for our country.

On the rare instances when he behaves in a “presidential” manner (usually a teleprompter is involved), he will be assigned a “Beauty.”

This week, the Gut Checker awards Trump one Beast each for:

  • ● Again describing the “evil” free press with the Stalinist phrase “Enemy of the People.”
  • ● Promoting Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
  • ● Boasting about breaking Elton John’s crowd-size record.
  • ● Badgering the Federal Reserve chairman he appointed as the “enemy” and “a golfer who can’t putt.”
  • ● Describing Fox News’s Juan Williams as “pathetic,” sycophantic, “nasty and wrong.”
  • Threatening not to let Fox News host a presidential debate because he didn’t like his favorite network’s latest poll.
  • ● Threatening to release Islamic State fighters into Germany and France.
  • ● Claiming Google “manipulated” some 16 million votes in 2016.

All routine breaches of decorum for Trump. All unpresidential.


Based on their track record, Carr & Whittmore say: “We
just love our unpresidential President!”

The Gut Checker awards two Beasts each for:

  • ● Telling reporters he might not vacate the White House for “maybe 10 or maybe 14” years — regardless of what the Constitution says; and using imaginary powers to say U.S. companies are “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to Chinese markets.
  • ● Resuming his attacks on four nonwhite women in Congress, mocking one’s “tears” and accusing her of being “violent.”
  • ● Calling former aide Anthony Scaramucci a “highly unstable ‘nut job’ ” and a “mental wreck” guilty of “gross incompetence.”


Carr & Whittmore say: We look forward to four additional years of this!

Three Beasts:

  • ● Saying hospitalized victims of mass shootings paid tribute to him. “They love their president,” he said, in an “unparalleled” way. “They were pouring out of the rooms. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms.”
  • ● Expressing desire to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor against an enemy force, despite draft deferments for bone spurs. “I wanted one, but they told me I don’t qualify. . . . I’d say, ‘Can I give it to myself anyway?’ They said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ ”
  • Tweeting the words of a racist conspiracy theorist who said Israelis view Trump like “the King of Israel” and “the second coming of God.” He later claimed he’s “the chosen one.”


Carr & Whittmore say: Four more years! Four more years!

Four Beasts:

  • ● Canceling his trip to Denmark and twice calling its prime minister “nasty” because she labeled as “absurd” Trump’s absurd plan to buy Greenland.
  • ● Accusing nearly 80 percent of American Jews of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” and after an outcry by Jewish leaders, repeating the slander.

One week, zero beauties and 31 beasts — a full herd and, by any measure, an impressive stable of rude, crude and undignified behavior. But if we as a nation can agree that our president is unpresidential, experience should also allow us to agree on this: Next week might well be worse.


Carr & Whittmore say: Somebody’s got to tell it like it is!

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IndieDems comment: We believe you will agree with us. Joan Kirchner Carr and Megan Whittemore represent the very epitome of Republican Woman 2019. They reflect the heart and soul of the Republican Party. The Party would not be what it is today without women like them. No matter how many racist, misogynist, xenophobic, white nationalist statements Trump might make, he can count on the Joans and Megans of the world to remain his faithful subalterns. After all, it takes a  real man to call those shithole countries what they are–and to call for sending those four Congresswomen back to them.

GOP Mouthpiece: Use Defense Budget as Pork Barrel

//The more unhinged Trump’s statements become, the more GA Republicans rally to his side//

Republicans view the Washington post as second only to the New York Times as a purveyor of “fake news,” meaning, anything that differs with what Republicans think. But two of the Post’s regular columnists, Marc Theissen and Hugh Hewitt, are gushing supporters of Donald Trump. Hewitt recently reached new heights of propaganda with an article titled “How the Navy could be torpedoing Trump’s chances in 2020.” Hewitt unabashedly calls for the use of the Navy’s budget as pork barrel to help Trump’s re-election prospects in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

In our comments, IndieDems points out how this naked call to use the defense budget as Republican pork barrel is a perfect fit for the rest of the Trumpist agenda. We also seize the opportunity to again recognize Georgia Republican leaders support for that agenda:

IndieDems supposes a decision by the Trumpists to openly declare that the defense budget is just one big pork barrel bonanza was inevitable, given the fact that:

1) This is already the most corrupt administration in our history—and the more evidence that piles up establishing that fact, the more corruption Trump and his benighted followers commit. Without shame.

 
Senator Johnny Isakson 
Based on his track record,
Isakson says: I don’t give a fig
about corruption. I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

2) The Trumpists have sent the federal debt spiraling out of control, with not one iota of a plan to bring it under control


Senator David Perdue
Based on his track record,
Perdue says: Who cares about
deficits? I intend to endorse
everything Trump has said or
done by avidly supporting his
re-election.

3) The tax cut for the rich that was supposed to be the spark that ignited massive investment in our economic future has failed miserably to achieve its goal. Our corrupt corporate class has spent most of it on buying back their companies stocks, sending their stock prices upward and thereby enriching their own pockets. And even this con game seems to have run out of steam.


Rep. Barry Loudermilk
Based on his track record,
Loudermilk says: We need more
tax cuts for the rich! That’s why
I endorse everything Trump
has said or done and will avidly
support his re-election.

4) Most craven of all, Trump and the Republicans are now overtly espousing a racist, xenophobic, white nationalist, Islamaphobic agenda as the basis of their 2020 campaign strategy.

           
Sen. Isakson      Sen. Perdue             Rep. Loudermilk
Based on their track record, Georgia’s three stooges
say: racism, xenophobia, white nationalism, Islamaphobia?
Music to our ears! More than ever, we intend to support
Trump’s re-election.

All of this depredation presided over by a warped and twisted demagogue, a serial liar and adulterer, who lives In daily contempt of God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule. Someone who more and more mirror images Adolph Hitler in his capacity for evil.

So it’s not surprising that some little Trump lackey like Hugh Hewitt now openly tells us that Republicans view the defense budget as pork to bolster their election prospects.

Trump Paves the Evangelicals Path to Hell

The Washington Post recently published an extensive, balanced analysis of Donald Trump and his relations with the evangelical community:

In God’s country: Evangelicals view Trump as their protector. Will they stand by him in 2020?
By Elizabeth Bruenig

Opinion columnist focusing on politics, religion and morality in public life. Education: Brandeis University, BA in English & sociology; University of Cambridge, Jesus College, MPhil in Christian theology; Brown University, PhD candidate in religion.

IndieDems Comment:

Thank you, Elizabeth Bruenig, for a balanced article that cannot disguise the moral and intellectual corruption that lies at the heart of the evangelical movement, especially those parts of it that avidly support Donald Trump. The evangelicals damn themselves with their own words. The word “specious” was invented to describe the evangelicals’ attempts to use logic and rational thought to explain their position. The word “hypocrisy” was invented to describe how the evangelicals square their beliefs and practices with the teachings of God and Jesus in the Holy Bible. If the evangelicals are Christians, I’m the Easter Bunny.

The arguments that eviscerate the evangelicals’ positions have been so thoroughly expressed–especially by their real Christian critics—it would be superfluous for me to repeat them here. In fact, an evangelical, Ben Howe, has expressed them eloquently in his new book “Immoral Majority: Why Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian Values.” He  discussed the book in the Washington Post on August 8.

Two points never to be forgotten when examining whether the evangelicals are right or wrong. One of the chief agents of evangelicalism, the Southern Baptist Convention, was created explicitly to support the view that Jesus approved the perpetuation of slavery. And for 100 years after that, the States of the Confederacy that most rigorously practiced the evil of segregation were the ones that most rigorously practiced evangelicalism. And today, they include the redest of the red states that endorse Trump’s racism, xenophobia, and hate-mongering and approve his treating immigrants the way Hitler treated the Jews.

What else does any human being need to know to damn the evangelicals to hell?

Georgia Republican Patriarchs Find Another Warped Cretin to Rally Behind

//Another powerful Republican is caught pandering to a sex pervert. No problem, say Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk//

During the past few weeks, IndieDems has run a series of articles emphasizing the complicity of Senators Isakson and Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk in the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, incompetent, corrupt, chaotic Administration of Donald Trump. We refer to them as the three stooges, in recognition of their lapdog support for Trump no matter what slander, insult, crime, or misdeed he commits.

The three stooges, we have pointed out, were fully engaged in showing indifference  to the horrid conditions of imprisoned migrant children and to Trump’s trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law in his efforts to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census.

And now–another case of the three stooges putting loyalty to Trump and Party above concerns for their country. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has been caught red-handed arranging a sweetheart deal, as a federal prosecutor in 2007, for billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Facing calls for his resignation, he held a press conference on July 10 to address his handling of the case.

Here is the consensus opinion of Acosta’s position:

Acosta defends wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal

The Latest: Ex-state attorney disputes Acosta’s account
Barry Krischer says Acosta’s recollection “is completely wrong.”
Krischer said that the U.S. attorney’s office’s always had the ability to file its own federal charges and that a lengthy indictment was prepared but “abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta.” 

The big question Acosta failed to answer 

Acosta does himself and Trump no good
“Acosta was unapologetic and weirdly unemotional during a nearly one-hour news conference.”
“Acosta refused to apologize to the victims…He refused to even express regret.” 

Instead of an Apology, Acosta Offers Epstein’s Victims Implicit Blame

The Jeffrey Epstein charges raise grave questions about Alexander Acosta

Here is Donald Trump’s opinion:

President Trump is standing behind Acosta and resisting calls for his resignation. “For two and a half years, he’s been just an excellent secretary of Labor. He’s done a fantastic job…I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him. I can only say this from what I know, and what I do is he’s been a great—really great—secretary of Labor.”

Here are the opinions of Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, and Barry Loudermilk…

…on a powerful Republican who arranged a sweetheart deal for a  cretin who committed serial sex offenders against minors and, this week, looked the American people in the eye and told flagrant lies about what he had done:

 “RE-ELECT DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!”

 
Sen. Isakson  Sen. Perdue      Rep. Loudermilk
The three stooges: We are absolutely convinced that Alexander Acosta represents the same Republican standards for public service that we asked of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates,  George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Scott Pruitt, and Wilbur Ross.  That is to say, what’s a little pedophilia, sex trafficking of minors, and pornography compared to, say, Jared’s having access to the country’s most sensitive information even though national security agencies considered him such a risk, they denied him a security clearance.

We Georgia Republican conservative Christian gentlemen expect Acosta to continue to carry on in the fine tradition shown by President Trump in his embrace of lies, ruthless authoritarian dictators, insults to our chief allies, jokes about Russian interference in our elections, and needless trade wars. We are proud to be a part of a government that exhibits such fine Christian values, as exemplified in the moral  character of Donald Trump. We and Donald Trump are soul brothers, no doubt about it.

GA GOP Supports Trump’s Lies, Obfuscation on Census Citizenship Issue

//Georgia’s Three Stooges Remain Firmly in Trump Corner as Federal Courts Eviscerate His Citizenship Case//

IndieDems continues its series making sure Georgia’s three Donald Trump stooges—Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk—are closely linked to the words and deeds of the President they so admire. IndieDems provides their response, based on their track record of three years of unstinting support for Trump—and their desire to re-elect him.

Census farce: Trump, Barr and the Justice Department make a mockery of the law

The Supreme Court ruled last month that “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lied when he said the Justice Department had initiated the process (of including a citizenship question in the 2010 census) to enforce the Voting Rights Act.” (It was) “a blatant misrepresentation.”

 
Isakson          Perdue           Loudermilk
The three stooges: What poppycock. William Barr sends his Justice Department mouthpieces to tell a little fib about why we want the citizenship thing, and the Justices throw the case out of court? Our President has spent two and one-half years making America great again by telling over 10,000 lies, and the Justices make a big deal out of this? Heads should roll!

Justice Department lawyers went back to federal court in Maryland to state the Administration was still looking for ways to include the citizenship question. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel was having none of it.

  • Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe observes, “The district court’s refusal to go along with the antics of the Justice Department’s legal team has been a reassuring reminder that this dictator-admiring president has not yet succeeded in breaking the judicial guardrails completely.”
  • Tribe argues that Trump “has left little doubt about his willingness to do so if he senses at any given moment that it would serve his theatrical or political interests — interests that he seems incapable of distinguishing.”
  • Ian Bassin, executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy, said: “There’s a term for trying to create a structural political advantage for ‘Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,’ and that term is ‘white power.’ And we now know that’s been the purpose all along for adding a citizenship question to the census.”

 
The three stooges: So the citizenship question would deal a heavy blow against minorities gaining more power, influence, and federal largesse. What a fine companion to the decade-old campaign we Republicans have waged to to find ways of suppressing the minority vote. This is exactly why we Republican conservative Christian white males elected this serial liar and adulterer as President and want to keep him there four more years!

Not surprisingly, Trump and his Republican minions for whom it is no big deal to lie to the Supreme Court, and who are obsessed with limiting the political influence of minorities and suppressing the minority vote, were not going to give up.

Justice Dept. Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders
Judge Rejects Justice Dept. Request to Change Lawyers on Census Case
  • “The sharply worded order, by United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman, may further hobble an already struggling battle by the administration to save the citizenship question…”
  • “Judge Furman barred the old lawyers from leaving until they met a legal requirement to satisfactorily explain their departure and show that it would not impede the case. “Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” he wrote.”
  • “Multiple people familiar with the case have said that the lawyers resigned from the lawsuit out of ethical concerns and a belief that the suit was unwinnable.”

 
The three stooges: We want to assure the people of Georgia that we stand solidly behind our lying, racist, xenophobic President and his lackey Attorney General as they wage this noble fight against those disreputable federal judges!

The Latest in GA’s Three Stooges Support for Donald Trump

Three patriarchs of Georgia Republicans–Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, and Rep. Barry Loudermilk–not only remain staunch supporters of the presidency of Donald Trump, they are eagerly supporting his re-election. IndieDems believes their loyalty to Trump should be duly noted and highlighted, by simply providing the headlines of Trump’s acts, with minimal commentary, knowing that whatever Trump has done, the three stooges support him.
President Trump’s arrogance, ineptitude, and incompetence has created total chaos involving the question of whether the 2020 census should include a citizenship question.
Reversing course, Trump administration will look for a way to add citizenship question to 2020 Census
“The question had seemed settled after the Supreme Court ruled last week against the Trump administration. As late as Tuesday evening, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, said the administration was dropping its effort and was printing the census forms without the citizenship question.”
But Trump, in tweets Wednesday and Thursday, said he was not giving up and the Justice Department was still working to have the question included.
The government-by-tweet caught even Justice Department lawyers flatfooted. It produced a simple statement of objective truth by one of them that will live in history as a stunning comment on the sledgehammer blows that Trump and his supporters are delivering against any semblance of orderly government.
The words were spoken by Joshua Gardner, who had led the government defense team in a case on the citizenship question before Judge George J. Hazel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. After seeing Trump’s Wednesday tweet, Hazel held a phone call with lawyers in the Maryland case to try to clarify the government’s plan. In reply to Hazel’s inquiry, Gardner replied:
“The tweet this morning was the first I had heard of the President’s position on this issue, just like the plaintiffs and Your Honor. I do not have a deeper understanding of what that means at this juncture other than what the President has tweeted. But, obviously, as you can imagine, I am doing my absolute best to figure out what’s going on.”

Isakson                  Perdue              Loudermilk

The three stooges: How pleased we are at the fruits of our labors
to make Trump president. Total chaos! An early morning tweet
demolishing the Administration’s own stated policy and pulling
the rug out from under two cabinet departments! The Justice Dept
looking foolish in a federal court! We are so proud of ourselves!

Trump administration scrambles to save citizenship question on census

The three stooges:
Seeing this total chaos continue, we are more
determined than ever to make sure Trump is re-elected!

The three stooges:
Attaboy, Mr. President! Don’t give an inch to those suffering animals! Our policy is gonna work. Make things so miserable, those animals will stop coming. It’s the Democrats fault that, so far, our approach is having the opposite effect.
Pediatricians share migrant children’s disturbing drawings of their time in US custody
“Dr. Sara Goza, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in an email to CNN that she toured two CBP facilities at the border last week and ‘did not encounter a single pediatrician at either one.’ “
“The first thing that hit me when we walked in the door was the smell. It was the smell of sweat, urine and feces,” she said. “No amount of time spent in these facilities is safe for children.”

The three stooges: Attaboy, Mr. President. Don’t give an inch
to those suffering children! Be cruel, be inhumane–and then
lie about it! We’re Georgia Republicans. Why should we give a
damn about the long term impact on these brown-skinned children?

Trump & His Georgia Lackeys Rip American Values to Shreds

The meeting last week between President Trump and the murdering Russian dictator Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Japan provided another display of Trump’s obvious disdain for democratic rights and liberties—a disdain shared by Trump’s lapdog Georgia supporters, Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk.  They have shown, again, why we unabashedly refer to them as Trump’s three stooges.

Trump used the meeting to make light of Russian interference in our election and joked with Putin president about the nasty journalists who dare to criticize the two of them.

When Trump was asked if he would discuss election interference with Putin, the President turned to the Russian boss, smiled, and said, “Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don’t meddle in the election.” Putin laughed.

IndieDems finds it appalling to see Trump’s bizarre fanboy admiration for Putin rear its noxious head. Trump is once more sucking up to the Russian thug—and sacrificing United States national security interests in doing so. One media commentator summed it up by noting Trump had followed up on

“the farce of Helsinki, when Trump embarrassed himself and America before the world with display of sycophancy so pathetic that you could barely read an article about it without finding a reference to Neville Chamberlain.”

At the Helsinki summit, of course, Trump had taken Putin’s word that he had not interfered in the U.S. 2016 elections over the unanimous judgement of America’s intelligence services that he had—a conclusion overwhelmingly seconded by the Mueller report.

How have Georgia’s three stooges Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk treated Trump’s kowtowing to Putin? They have doubled down on their support for him and are aggressively pushing for his re-election! And the interests of their  country be damned.  

Regarding journalists, Trump said: “Get rid of them. ‘Fake news’ is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” Putin responded, in English: “We also have. It’s the same.”

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, since Putin took power, 25 journalists have been murdered in Russia. Many of them were investigating his regime when murdered. All very funny, according to Trump and his three stooges from Georgia.

Which is worse: Trump, Isakson, Perdue, and Loudermilk’s seeming appreciation for the brutal control Putin exercises over his country, or the Russian leader claiming our two countries are “the same”?

Trump’s gushing admiration for authoritarian thugs was not limited to Putin. He also:

  • Lavished praise on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, while ignoring evidence that Mohammad directed the killing of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • Flew from Osaka to hold a summit meeting with North Korean thug Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, once more fawning all over the North Korean dictator who presides over one of the most inhumane regimes on earth.

IndieDems long ago got sick and tired of those like Georgia’s three stooges who call themselves “constitutional conservatives” while ignoring Trump’s cavalier attitude toward liberty—and toward the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, and common human decency.

And remember: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is making sure that no legislation that might secure the American election system against Russian intrusion will ever come to a vote in the Senate.

The White House and our Congressional offices are now occupied by Republicans who have contempt for not only the interests of the United States but also every principle that is supposed to make us what we are. In the words of a political observer,

“If you can watch Trump yukking it up with Putin and not feel sick to your stomach, you might want to take a good hard look at your own commitment to American values.”

Barr as Trump Lapdog Attorney General: The Precedent for Trump’s SC Appointees?

Amazing, how even some members of the media treat Trump’s immoral, corrupt, and warped personal character as some sort of sideshow to the need to get on with the nation’s business. No democracy committed to the rule of law and Constitutional government can survive the onslaught being waged against those basic values, and against common human decency, by Trump and his Republican lackeys—meaning, 90 percent of all Republicans.

The in-your-face corruption of the Justice Department at the hands of Barr is a reminder of another horrible fact—two Barr-like Trump lackeys are sitting as Justices on the Supreme Court. Does anyone doubt that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are going to be any less the agents of Donald Trump than Barr is being as Attorney General?

And before you mount a defense of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh with a torrent of homilies about their sterling character and how their careers show they will make decisions on the basis of the law and the Constitution, not their personal political leanings, go back a few weeks and review those exact words being spoken about William Barr. Barr, you will find, was touted as a true-blue exemplar of a principled lawyer who could be depended on to maintain the independence and integrity of the Justice Department. Within a few days of assuming office, he showed himself to be nothing but another cringing Trump lapdog.

If you believe Gorsuch and Kavanaugh will be different, it’s up to you to prove your case. The Barr precedent puts the facts firmly on my side.

Trump Threatens U.S. Interests and World Peace–with Senate Approval

Trump’s actions regarding Iran over the past two weeks prove beyond a shadow of a doubt he not only is manifestly unfit to be president, he constitutes a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States, to world peace, and to the basic framework of the international order. He is going to stumble-bumble us into an unnecessary war, and a war with Iran will not be a brief shoot-out. The consequences, whoever “wins,” will be catastrophic, and generations to come will live with its dystopian aftermath.

The 53 Republicans who control the United States Senate will share with Trump the responsibility for the horror. This small number of the most pitiful wretches ever to hold public office in America are the only barrier to removing this incompetent, lying, racist xenophobe from office.

These morally and intellectually corrupt human beings who live every minute of their lives in mortal fear they may say something to offend Donald Trump are betraying their country worst than Benedict Arnold. They have no shame, no more than the Republicans of a previous generation who worshiped the lying demagogue Joe McCarthy. How they look themselves in the mirror is incomprehensible.

Georgia’s own Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, of course, are charter members of the “Trump at any cost” club.