Category: Republicans

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.

Johnny Isakson’s Definition of Good Government

I set out a few days ago to gather about two or three days of headlines that show the incompetent, chaotic, and corrupt Trump government that Senator Johnny Isakson finds so acceptable, he intends to support Trump’s re-election, so the two of them can continue to give us such government for four more years. The idea is, the gross incompetence and malfeasance of the Trump Administration has become so flagrant and overt, the headlines alone tell the story. Putting together a critical commentary has become superfluous.

And I began before the fiasco of Trump reportedly ordering air strikes against Iran and then canceling the operation at the last minute!

Here are the fruits of my labors. Most of the headlines were published within about four days of each other in June. Some go back a little more, to give depth to the revelation of what type of government receives Johnny Isakson’s stamp of approval.

Trump ordered an attack on Iran, then called it off

Pentagon is without a chief as US faces many global threats

How Kellyanne Conway exemplifies the administration’s moral rot

Fact-checking President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff
…littered with the same false or misleading claims he has so often repeated as president.

Trump’s Temporary Cabinet and Vacancy-riddled Government


Hello! I’m Senator Johnny Isakson. All around me, you see headlines showing you
the type of government Donald Trump and I want to bring you for five more years.

Trump/Isakson’s Talk On Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match Their Administration’s Actions

How A Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Could Affect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Why Trump’s Cabinet vacancies, turnover threaten our government

   Paul Manafort’s transfer from Rikers Island shows how corrupt the DOJ really is

State Department official didn’t disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina

Trump plans to turn the Fourth of July into a political rally in honor of himself

Trump picked Kim Jong Un over the CIA. Is anyone surprised? 

Officials rejected Jared Kushner for top secret security clearance, but were overruled

‘These boys were on a holiday’: Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip

These gruesome new Khashoggi revelations reinforce the ugly bargain Trump has struck with Saudi

‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection

GOP-leaning Orlando Sentinel Eviscerates Trump/Isakson Agenda

The Orlando Sentinel—a historically Republican newspaper—has recoiled in horror against the America that Johnny Isakson and his Der Fuhrer, Donald Trump, are creating.

The Sentinel Editorial Board yesterday took the occasion of Trump’s visit to Orlando to kick off his 2020 re-election campaign to denounce in unmistakeable terms the warped and twisted agenda that Isakson and Trump have spent three and one-half years implementing—and want to spend another five years implementing.

Here are some excerpts:

  • …there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.
  • After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.
  • Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.
  • So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.
  • Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.
  • It’s the tolerance so many Americans (like Johnny Isakson) have for it.

And this:

  • Trump insults political opponents and national heroes alike with middle-school taunts.
  • He demonstrates no capacity for empathy or remorse.
  • He misuses his office to punish opponents, as when he recently called for a boycott of AT&T to get even with his least favorite media outlet, CNN.
  • He tears down institutions, once airily suggesting the U.S. should try having a leader for life as China now allows.
  • He seems incapable of learning a lesson, telling an ABC interviewer last week — just two months after Robert Mueller’s report on election interference was released — that he would accept dirt on an opponent from Russia or China.

Remember: Johnny Isakson not only endorses all the above, he wants to give Trump four more years of doing it!

Here is the editorial in its entirety, with the hope that the Sentinel will show mercy toward any possible copyright violation.


The Orlando Sentinel – Editorial Board
June 18, 2018

Donald Trump is in Orlando to announce the kickoff of his re-election campaign.

We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump.

Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent.

Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.

After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.

Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies.

So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.

Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.

It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.

There was a time when even a single lie — a phony college degree, a bogus work history — would doom a politician’s career.

Not so for Trump, who claimed in 2017 that he lost the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally (they didn’t). In 2018 he said North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat (it is). And in 2019 he said windmills cause cancer (they don’t). Just last week he claimed the media fabricated unfavorable results from his campaign’s internal polling (it didn’t).

Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018

According to a Washington Post database, the president has tallied more than 10,000 lies since he took office.

Trump’s successful assault on truth is the great casualty of this presidency, followed closely by his war on decency.

Trump insults political opponents and national heroes alike with middle-school taunts. He demonstrates no capacity for empathy or remorse. He misuses his office to punish opponents, as when he recently called for a boycott of AT&T to get even with his least favorite media outlet, CNN. He tears down institutions, once airily suggesting the U.S. should try having a leader for life as China now allows. He seems incapable of learning a lesson, telling an ABC interviewer last week — just two months after Robert Mueller’s report on election interference was released — that he would accept dirt on an opponent from Russia or China.

I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway. It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News! Why wouldn’t they act. When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2019

Trump has diminished our standing in the world. He reneges on deals, attacks allies and embraces enemies.

This nation must never forget that humiliating public moment in Helsinki in 2018 when the president of the United States chose to accept Vladimir Putin’s denials of Russian interference in the 2016 election over the unanimous assessment of the American intelligence community.

Such a betrayal by a U.S. president would have been the unforgivable political sin in normal times.

As if that’s not enough, Trump declares his love for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, a genuine villain who starves and enslaves his people and executes his enemies with antiaircraft guns and flamethrowers.

But he wrote the president a “beautiful letter.” Flattery will get you everywhere with this president, and that’s dangerous.

Domestically, the president’s signature issue — immigration — has moved in fits and starts. Happily, he abandoned pursuing an outright — and unconstitutional — ban on Muslims entering the U.S., opting instead to restrict travel for people from a handful of nations, most of them majority Muslim.

He’s tried separating families, sending troops to the border and declaring a national emergency. For all of that, illegal border crossings are, as the president himself calls it, at crisis levels.

He blames House Democrats because casting blame is Trump’s forte. But Republicans controlled the House and the Senate for two full years. That seemed like an ideal time to fix what the president believes ails our immigration laws.

Even with Democrats now controlling the House, where is Trump’s much-touted deal-making mojo, an attribute he campaigned on?

“But the economy!”

Yes, the market has done well since Trump’s election.

The S&P 500 was up about 21% between Trump’s inauguration and May 31 of his third year in office. Under President Obama, it was up about 56% in that same period.

Unemployment is headed down, as it was during seven straight years under Obama.

Wages are up, and that’s a welcome change. But GDP increases so far are no better than some periods under Obama. Deficit spending under Obama was far too high, in part because of the stimulus needed to dig out of the Great Recession. Under Trump, it’s still headed in the wrong direction, once again pushing $1 trillion even though the economy is healthy.

Trump seems to care nothing about the deficit and the national debt, which once breathed life into the Tea Party.

Through all of this, Trump’s base remains loyal. Sadly, the truest words Trump might ever have spoken was when he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose his supporters.

This non-endorsement isn’t defaulting to whomever the Democrats choose. This newspaper has a history of presidential appointments favoring Republicans starting in the mid-20th century. Except for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Sentinel backed Republican presidential nominees from 1952 through 2004, when we recommended John Kerry over another four years of George W. Bush.

As recently as 2012 we recommended Republican Mitt Romney because of what seemed at the time to be Obama’s failure to adequately manage the nation’s finances.

If — however unlikely — a Republican like Romney, now a senator from Utah, or former Ohio Gov. John Kasich successfully primaried the president, we would eagerly give them a look. Same if an independent candidate mounted a legitimate campaign.

We’d even consider backing Trump if, say, he found the proverbial cure for cancer or — about as likely — changed the essence of who he is (he won’t).

The nation must endure another 1½ years of Trump. But it needn’t suffer another four beyond that.

We can do better. We have to do better.

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!”

Canada Doubles Down on Support for Abortions Abroad

Headline:
“Trump has cut U.S. support for abortions abroad. Canada’s Trudeau is now doubling down on that aid.”
Comment:
One of the great ironies of modern politics is all the energy that Republicans are putting into appointing right-wing ideologues to the Supreme Court, with the aim of someday overturning Roe v. Wade and putting an end to abortion, will not, in the end, put an end to abortion. I mean, a stunning characteristic of the Republican base is that they tell us they know what a lying, dishonest, racist, xenophobic, misogynist, demagogic bullying thug Trump is–they just don’t care, as long as Trump appoints the right stuff to the Supreme Court.
So, we have a generation of Republicans who invoke Jesus’ name in support of things He never said one word about–abortion and gay rights–while completely ignoring the central tenets of Jesus’ teachings: the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule.
The crowning irony: even if a right-wing Supreme Court should someday reverse Roe v. Wade, it will not end abortion. It will only throw  the issue into the laps of State legislatures–in a country where the pro-choicers are an overwhelming majority. Many states will undoubtedly allow abortions to continue. They will become the mecca to which residents of no-abortion states will flee to have the procedure performed.
And, of course, nearby foreign countries and territories will also be available to pick up the slack.
That is why Prime Minister Trudeau’s act to increase Canada’s funding to protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women in developing countries is so important. It is a harbinger of things to come. If Canada is willing to take this step now, what will it do to fill the gap if some U.S. States outlaw abortion?
Final question: what proportion of America’s female population will be within an hour’s plane ride of a state or country where abortion is allowed, if some states someday outlaw it all together? For that matter, how many American females will be a one hour or less car ride from a pro-choice state or country?
What a fool’s errand Republicans are on, This is where pure ignorance, and electing the village idiot president, will get you.

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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Johnny Isakson as Trump’s Acolyte: #2

//Senator Johnny Isakson Endorses Trump’s Embrace of Kim Jong Un//

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.

On June 11, we linked Isakson with the Trump Administrations multi-dimensional corruption, as recently exemplified by Labor Secretary Chao’s flagrant exploitation of her official 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 embrace of authoritarianism and oppressive foreign authoritarian leaders.

Here are the latest headlines:

Senator Isakson says:

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and the above headlines just warm my Trump-loving heart. I am ever so proud of President Trump’s refusal to spy on North Korea or Kim Jong Un. This is a fine continuation of Trump’s other policy that I have so firmly endorsed—his rejection of the entire Intelligence Community’s findings about Russia’s massive interference in our 2016 elections. I and Trump intend to maintain our passivity, despite the Mueller Report’s uncontested finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election ‘in sweeping and systematic fashion’ and ‘violated U.S. criminal law.’ Trump and I are unimpressed that Mueller himself, in his swan song press conference, underscored the point by saying ‘Russian intelligence officers, who are part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system.’ ”

“Let me tell you, it takes courage for me and Trump to continue to take the word of Putin over U.S. Intelligence agencies!”

“And now Trump has chosen to kick the intelligence agencies in the butt again by shaming them for spying on his great love, Kim Jong Un! Oh, aren’t we lucky to have this man as our president!”

“Trump’s refusal to spy on North Korea shows once more what Republican government is all about. It’s the Republicanism that I support!  After all, this is the same Trump that gave us Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and the Mueller-indicted Five: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen. Brings back nostalgia for those other great Republican heroes, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew.”

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and I am ever so proud of all my colleagues named above, and proud to be supporting for re-election the man who brought them to power: Donald Trump, the bestest President the United States ever had! I look forward to bringing the American people five and one-half years more of what has gone before.”

Honoring Johnny Isakson’s Faithful Support for Donald Trump

//Senator Johnny Isakson Endorses Trump Administration’s Corruption//

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.

But 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 a separate article 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.

We start with Elaine Chao, Trump’s Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senator Isakson says:

“I am ever so proud of Elaine Chao, and proud of my vote to approve her selection as the Republican Secretary of Transportation. As the headlines show, she is carrying on in the fine tradition of the Republican Party and the Trump Administration. She is a key player in our campaign to make America great again. She’s just the kind of leader America needs, and that President Trump and I have provided. Elaine Chao is what Republican government is all about. It’s the Republicanism that I support!  She is in the same league as Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Wilbur Ross, David Bernhardt, Jared Kushner, Roger Stone, and the Mueller-indicted Five: Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen.”

“My name is Johnny Isakson, and I am ever so proud of all my colleagues named above, and proud to be supporting for re-election the man who brought them to power: Donald Trump, the bestest President the United States ever had! I look forward to bringing the American people five and one-half years more of what has gone before.”

“In parting, let me pay my respects to some other Republicans who represent the heart and soul of the Republican Party: Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Spiro Agnew, “