Category: Georgia

More Lies from Trump. “Right on,” Says Johnny Isakson

//How does Senator Johnny Isakson react to the lies and chicanery found in Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff  speech? He says: “Re-elect this man president for four more years!”//

The Washington Post Fact Checker has documented the false and misleading statements (lies) made by Trump over the years. Here is the Fact Checkers take on Trump’s Orlando speech kicking off his 2010 campaign.

“Trump’s campaign kickoff speech in Orlando was littered with the same false or misleading claims he has so often repeated as president,” including:

  • Phony numbers on trade.
  • Unfounded claims about immigrants.
  • False statements about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.
  • Fishy economic statistics and wild exaggerations about his presidential accomplishments.

Read the Fact Checkers point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s lies on:

  • Who initiated the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, long before Robert Mueller came along
  • The Obama Administration’s energy policies
  • The border wall and illegal immigration
  • Who pays for the tariffs imposed on China
  • African-American employment
  • The size and impact of the Trump tax cuts
  • The alleged construction of new auto assembly plants
  • The status of U.S. steel mills
  • The creation of manufacturing jobs
  • Wait time for veterans
  • Coverage of pre-existing conditions. (Fact Checker: “The Trump administration in an ongoing court case is arguing that the entire law should be scrapped, including the guarantee for patients with preexisting conditions.

Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump (Comment, Sen. Isakson?)

//Republican group urges Congress to act against Trump in stunning new ad//
Uh, any comments, Senator Isakson? After all, this is Bill Kristol, former editor of the Weekly Standard and true scion of the American conservative movement.
Of course, Senator, your track record of the past three years shows you don’t give any more of a damn about traditional conservatism then you do about your country.  Politics is all abut staying on the good side of Donald Trump and your wealthy contributors, with the former taking precedent. After all, you Republicans have introduced the Der Fuhrer principle into American politics and follow it rigorously. Donald Trump is to you what Adolph Hitler was to a Nazi functionary.
What else would explain, for example, why your reaction to hearing Trump praise neo-Nazi demonstrators marching in a Nazi-style torchlight parade through the streets of an American city chanting “Jews will not replace  us” is to shout:
“Re-elect Donald Trump President for four more years!”

Sen Isakson: No Problem with Trump’s Growing Authoritarianism

ABC News on Sunday released a video of a series of interviews with President Trump by correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Trump at one point stated that Article 2 of the Constitution “allows me to do whatever I want.”

And what will be Senator Johnny Isakson’s response to Trump’s claim that the Constitution gives him he  unchecked executive power? Our prediction: Isakson will give the stock answer he has given to every other Trump lie or statement that shows utter contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law, the 10 Commandments, the Golden Rule, democratic norms, and common human decency:

“We muster elect this man President for four more years!”

June Democratic Watch Party

Event: Democratic Watch Party
Topic: Documentary on Dark Money, the influence of untraceable corporate money
on  our elections
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Private home near the intersection of Canton Hwy and
Jamerson Rd,  Woodstock, GA 30188. 1 block into Cherokee  County
POC: Carolyn Hadaway, 678-687-7753, chadaway.volun@gmail.com 

Please RSVP and include names, phone #s, and addresses. Bring finger food if you like.

Senator Johnny Isakson Warmly Embraces Trump, GOP’s Lawlessness

//”My name is Johnny Isakson, and I look at Trump’s record and shout to the stars: “We must elect this man President for another four years!!’ ”//

Georgia Senator Isakson has remained a faithful supporter of Donald Trump since Trump became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The various vicissitudes of Trump’s presidency has brought only rare and minor rebukes from Isakson. Isakson has been in the forefront of Republicans shrugging off Trump’s epic misconduct and wrongdoing.

And now, Isakson is endorsing Trump’s re-election—meaning, Isakson is giving his stamp of approval to every word Trump has spoken and every deed he has committed.

IndieDems is so impressed with Isakson’s steadfastness, we have decided to honor him by linking him in separate posts to Trump’s words and deeds. We will present the facts, and then render what Isakson’s track record and previous stands seem to show is his current position. In recent posts, IndieDems has pointed out how Isakson’s boot-licking ways have led him to turn a blind eye to Trump’s stating he will not spy on Kim Jong Un and to Labor Secretary Chao’s flagrant use of her position to benefit her family’s business interests.

In this post, we show how Senator Johnny Isakson is inextricably linked to a deeper pathology — Trump and the GOP’s growing trampling underfoot the Constitution and the rule of law. The latest headlines:

 IndieDems has written pro bono Senator Johnny Isakson’s press release about Trump’s willful defiance of the law and democratic norms, based on Isakson’s past four years of lapdog support for Trump. ( You’re welcome, Senator!):

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and the above headlines just warm my Trump-loving heart. I am ever so proud of President Trump’s being willing to keep Kellyanne Conway on board and to say to hell with the findings of the Office of Legal Counsel that she is flagrantly violating the law.”

“As a United States Senator, I also draw on my personal conscience, my Christian values, and my years of service to applaud Trump’s showing contempt for the rule of law by stating his willingness to accept foreign reports on his opponents. This is an excellent reinforcement of Trump’s overall obsequiousness toward Vladimir Putin, including his acceptance of the words of Putin that Russia did not interfere massively in our 2016 elections, despite the unanimous opinion of the United States’ Intelligence Services that Russia did.

“As is well known, I am also overjoyed that Trump has fallen in love with Kim Jong Un, on the way to making the Korean peninsula a nuclear-free zone. I pay no attention to the nitpicking that Kim is no further to denuclearization than ever his nuclear weapons program continues unabated.”

“I’m proud to say that Georgia Republicans are united in their support for a pathologically lying, bullying, xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, treasonous, fascistic, white nationalist criminal.”

My name is Johnny Isakson, and I look at Trump’s record and shout to the stars: “We must elect this man President for another four years!!’ ”
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Isakson and Trump March Toward a Better America, cont.

Senator Johnny Isakson has never wavered in his support for Donald Trump to be President of the United States. Sure, he has taken an occasional mild dissent to some Trump policy, or to some aspect of some Trump, policy but has never come close to separating himself from Trump altogether. Isakson has a 92 percent approval rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood.

The litmus test of where a Republican politician stands on Donald Trump’s presidency is very simple: does he or she support Trump’s re-election as President in 2020? A “yes” vote, ipso facto, means the Republican gives a stamp of approval to every policy, Tweet, and statement emanating from Donald Trump. “Yes” means the Republican is quite comfortable with whatever Trump has done, and approves his continuing to do it for another four years. A rare vote against Trump, verbal dissent, or some other form of a rap on Trump’s knuckles does not amount to a pitcher of warm spit.

Let there be no doubt about it. Johnny Isakson really believes Donald Trump is making America great again and believes he deserves another four years to continue doing it. With that in mind, here are some recent examples of Johnny Isakson’s view of what constitutes good government.

White House asked Navy to hide USS John S. McCain during Trump’s Japan visit: report
“As recently as March, Trump was trashing the late Viet Nam war hero, former prisoner of war, and elder statesman.”

Mitch McConnell just proved he’ll do anything to pack the Supreme Court
“McConnell’s nakedly political aim of cramming the Supreme Court with justices who will undo more than seven decades of precedent. They’ll do the bidding of corporate interests, undercut voting rights and empower billionaires to buy elections.”

When will the Republican silence on Trump end?
By William S. Cohen, a former Republican congressman, senator and defense secretary who served on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 during the Watergate impeachment inquiry.

  • “The silence of Republicans today in the face of presidential behavior that is unacceptable by any reasonable standard is both striking and deeply disappointing.”
  • “I can attest that Congress never intended to subcontract out its investigative powers to the executive branch.”

IndieDems note: Just out of curiosity, Senator Isakson. What makes you so much smarter then William Cohen?

But Johnny Isakson and Donald Trump today really struck a blow for good government and brilliant policies with the following announcement:

Trump Says U.S. Will Hit Mexico With 5% Tariffs on All Goods
“An across-the-board tariff on all Mexican goods would exact a serious toll on American consumers and corporations, and is likely to generate significant opposition among businesses. Rufus Yerxa, the president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents the nation’s largest exporters, called the move ‘a colossal blunder.’ ”

Comment: And to think, Senator Isakson, in the face of such brilliance, that even many prominent conservatives have been labeling the Republican Party under you and Trump as “morally and intellectually corrupt.” Congratulations on your fortitude in standing by Trump as he pursues his and your vision of America’s future.

Read More: See our recent report on the Isakson-Trump alliance.

Trump and Johnny Isakson: The Sorry Result of Their Collusion

IndieDems note: The media stories reporting the chaos, corruption, and incompetence of the Trump Administration, and the moral and intellectual corruption of its leader, were coming so fast and furious in recent days, we decided to compile a selective list of them. Let us emphasize: the list not the result of deep Google searches. It’s derived from the front page headlines of the media sources that come across our inbox daily. It is by no means exhaustive. We have to run fast to stay even halfway up to date.
To give recognition where it is due, IndieDems has attached to each article an annotation attributed to Senator Johnny Isakson, giving our interpretation of his likely thinking based on his three years of support for Donald Trump.

A Few Days Headlines on the Chaos, Corruption, and Incompetence of Donald Trump, with Annotations attributed by IndieDems to Senator Johnny Isakson, based on his track record of support for Trump for three years.  

Trump Circumvents Congress to Sell Weapons to Middle East Allies
Congressional oversight, says Johnny Isakson? What the heck is that, and why should I give a damn? 

Trump has shown his contempt for Congress. Will Congress reciprocate?
Why, our fine President is just doing his job, says Isakson. Hey, you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs. Together, me and Trump are making America great again! 

Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war
“The Saudi-led effort, which has targeted civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments from getting to Yemenis, has been faulted by human rights organizations for exacerbating what the United Nations has deemed the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.”
Yemen, says Senator Isakson. Where the devil is that? Don’t seem that any of them contributed to my campaign fund.

MBS is not reining in his thuggery. That’s bad news for Saudi activists.
Says Senator Isakson: Murder? Authoritarianism? Denial of human rights? Why, these are our Saudi friends. And Jared just loves MSB—the way Donald loves Kim Jong Un!

A volatile week and erratic president leave little hope for compromise in Congress
“Lawmakers appear poised to continue an eight-year trend, lurching from deadline to deadline, crisis to crisis, unable to tackle looming policy issues.”

How wonderful, says Johnny Isakson! The same President who closed down the federal government to blackmail Congress into funding his border wall, now says he will do no business on behalf of the American people until Congress shuts down its investigations of him. Now, that’s leadership!

Trump tweets heavily edited video of Pelosi played by Fox Business
Golly, says Johnny Isakson. Give my President “A” for consistency. He spent five years telling the lie that Obama was not an American citizen, he has made over 10,000 false or misleading statements since becoming President, and now, he has the courage to tweet a patently doctored video of Nancy Pelosi! Why, I’m just so pleased we Republicans gave America a President imbued with such Christian virtue!

 Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries
This is just great, says Isakson. We Republicans have long advocated for American politicians to turn to foreigners to get dirt on their opponents. Just look at all those contacts between Trump’s people and the Russians. Masterful move! And Giuliani? Another great American hero! How lucky Americans are for Trump to have Giuliani and Lindsey Graham as his brain truest!

On Assange, the government throws smart and careful out the window

Says Isakson: Oh, listen to all those liberals caterwauling about the First Amendment. We Trumpists are not going to be deterred by such triviality. Why, remember how Joe McCarthy went after all those Commies? Well, me and my Republican colleagues have put ol’ Joe back in town!

Trump tries to steer border wall deal to GOP donor’s firm
Isakson: We Republicans have always been strong advocates for crony capitalism, and this is crony capitalism at its best. Plus, Trump has brought back nepotism! I sleep better at night knowing that Jared and Ivanka have those high-level positions in the White House. And President Trump, in his infinite wisdom, exempted them from those pesky security clearances. Now, that’s REAL leadership!

Trump Gives Attorney General Sweeping Power in Review of 2016 Campaign Inquiry
Isakson: Just think! The chain of command for Trump’s investigation of the Russiagate imbroglio runs directly from Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump to William Barr. An innovation right up there with trusting Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence services, publicly blabbing sensitive intelligence reports to the Russian Foreign Minister in a meeting in the Oval Office, sucking up to Putin in the Helsinki press conference, and refusing to do a damn thing to strengthen US countermeasures against Russian cyber warfare. Trump’s stewardship for U.S. national security interests just amazes me!  

Trump administration to pull out of rural Job Corps program, laying off 1,100 workers
Isakson: Great move! Those rural areas are getting too much of a slice of the pie. Their residents risk becoming welfare queens, just like those minority people in our big cities. I hope Trump will hold the line and not give in to their demands for more federal funding for hospitals and improved education and internet connections. Good God. They already get Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. And we Republicans are going to take that away from them, by golly! Do those people think the world owes than a living?

Trump/Isakson Plan to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths off the Books by Changing EPA’s Math
“The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.”

Johnny Isakson: Pure genius! If the rules you want to change, based on decades-old methods of scientific calculation, would show more people dying, just manipulate the math to support your political objectives. Such ingenuity! I’m proud to be working with a President and a Party that came up with it.

Trump considers pardons for some U.S. soldiers accused of war crimes
This would be such a vile, despicable act, we won’t even attempt to provide an annotation about Senator Isakson’s response. So far as we can determine, Isakson has not spoken out against the proposal. Isakson’s acquiescence would put him so deep into the Trump sewer, the stench would never leave him. Meanwhile, while Isakson remains silent, American veterans speak out loudly:

Six migrant children have died in U.S. custody. Here’s what we know about them
A 16-year-old boy died in CBP custody.
So sorry, says Johnny Isakson. But how else are we to deal with the immigration crisis except by detaining the children in concentration camps? And some of them are bound to fall through the cracks now and then. And remember what my favorite Republican President, Donald Trump, said about immigrants: “‘These aren’t people. These are animals.” He has stated that they “criminals,” and called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.” Dead on, says Johnny Isakson.

Tomlinson Running for U.S. Senate Seat

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has announced she is running to be the Democratic nominee in 2020 for the United States Senate seat held by Republican incumbent David Perdue.  Here is her brief resume and request for support:

I have spent my entire career breaking barriers – I was the first female partner at my law firm, where I specialized in complex litigation, and I became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Columbus, Georgia. I have six times been named to the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and I hold a National Security Secret Clearance from the Department of Defense due to my roles as Public Safety Director and the Head of Homeland Security for the second largest city in the State of Georgia.

I’m an eighth generation Georgian with roots all across this state. Throughout my career, first as an attorney and then as Mayor of Columbus, I’ve been willing to take on bullies and stand up for justice. And, if you send me to Washington, that’s exactly what I intend to do for the people of Georgia.

I want to ask you to join me in this fight as one of my very first supporters by making your most generous contribution of the maximum amount of $5,600 TODAY. Can I count on you?

To make this contribution, you can find the link HERE.
You can learn more about my campaign HERE.

If you would prefer to give via check, please make it out to Teresa Tomlinson for Senate and mail to:

Teresa Tomlinson for Senate
Post Master Box 263
2525 Auburn Ave.
Columbus, GA 31906

Thank you so much for your support. I can’t wait to keep you posted on what is to come!

Republicans to Georgia on Disaster Relief: “Drop Dead”

From U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s latest newsletter, May 3, 2019:
“On Tuesday, Senator Perdue and I held a bipartisan press conference with several of our colleagues from other affected states to continue our push for critical disaster relief funding. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, and Congress has failed to provide assistance. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take immediate action to provide this critical funding to our farmers. I’m going to continue fighting to see that we get it done. “

Comment: Imagine. We have a Republican President. A Republican United States Senate. Two Republican Senators. A Republican governor. A Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature.

Our Republican Senators have to go public with begging bowl in hand to try to convince the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate to pass disaster relief for Georgians, for a disaster that happened six months ago.

What piece of the puzzle are we missing here? For two years and 4 months, we have argued that the idea that Donald Trump and his Republican minions give a two-bit tinker’s damn about ordinary Georgians is a lie, a Big Lie of monstrous proportions. And yet, Trump’s Republican base continues to support him, despite the fact that they are working against their own self-interests.

Please, you Georgia Trumpists. What piece of the puzzle are we missing?