Category: Trump

Giuliani Joins League of Republican Adulterers

Trump, unable to get high-level prominent lawyers to represent him, has appointed former New York Mayor Rudolf Giuliani as his senior attorney.

Wow. Trump and the Republican Party are in overdrive to make adultery a way of life in America, the way they have worked to make lying a way of life. Trump, Giuliani, Newt Gingrich–birds of a corrupt, adulterous feather do stick together, don’t they?

To you young Americans: the Republican Party was once actually led by decent, honorable people. Go to Wikipedia and look up Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight David Eisenhower. Those days are obviously gone forever.

Yes, you live in an era of the total moral and intellectual corruption of the Republican Party, and the total hypocrisy of your religious leaders for failing to speak out against the immorality and corruption in which the Trumpists are enveloping us. But do not despair. Remember, Trump’s opponent got 3 million more popular votes than he did, and the strength of the lying and adultery-loving immoral and corrupt Republicans is exaggerated by the unrepresentative U.S. Senate and the Republicans’ gerrymandering of Congressional districts to frustrate the popular will.

Rededicate yourselves to ousting these NRA-loving sleazebuckets from office and have faith better days will come.

A Christian Universal Get-Out-of-Jail Pass?

The Reverend Frank Graham on April 4 tweeted the following:

How does someone not fear death? Because of the assurance knowing that their soul is secure in the hands of Almighty God. That’s our hope–that one day we’ll be in His presence, not because we’re good people but because we’ve been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Thank you, Rev. Graham, for assuring us that Trump can tell all the lies, commit all the adulteries, and sexually abuse all the women he wants, and preside over a totally corrupt Administration, and still be assured of going to heaven.

Rev. Graham explains that when Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Ave. and get away with it, he not only knew what he was talking about, he was being a good Christian. In fact, Graham has explained the genesis of slavery, segregation, and the Holocaust.

Question: Is this universal get-out-of-jail pass really the foundation of the Christian faith? Do Christians really believe they can rape, lie, cheat, steal, and commit adultery with impunity, and get to heaven as long as they claim they were saved by Jesus Christ?

Paul Ryan’s Exit: “A Scam of a Party Says Goodby to Its Top Fraud”

Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election in November, stating as his main reason the need to spend more times with the kids. Many observers believe that clearly played a role, but equally–or more–likely, Ryan is fed up with his Party’s drift and chaos, he expects the Democrats to be the majority party next January, and his own re-election is far from certain.  Here are some commentaries, and IndieDems response.

A scam of a party says goodbye to its top fraud

(Excerpts)...shows just how hollow the conservative project in America has become…After 15 months with total control of the government, Ryan and his colleagues achieved almost nothing, and he has now decided that there is nothing more to do…Ryan failed at both his pretend goal and his real goal…when it comes to legislation, the Republicans’ time in power has pretty much consisted of trying and failing to repeal the ACA, cutting taxes, and calling it a day…

Paul Ryan was always a fraud. He pretended to be a wonk’s wonk, but his budget and policy plans were full of sleight-of-hand and magic asterisks that fell apart on the most superficial examination…And he pretended to be scandalized by Trump’s repugnant words and actions but, after a few regretful words and a furrowing of his brow, would always go right back to supporting the president. 

IndieDems Comment: Waldman has written the pluperfect description of Paul Ryan’s personal and political character. He is a hollow man, a liar, hypocrite, coward, and flim-flam artist beyond compare. And thank you, sir, for reminding people, as I do, that Ryan is a disciple of the atheistic, anti-Christian doctrines of Ayn Rand. In fact, Ryan announced at the beginning of his political career that Rand was the inspiration for his choosing politics, and he would dedicate his life to implementing her “Virtues of Selfishness.” He never wavered.

Paul Ryan’s Devastating Timing

IndieDems Comments: I presume any sentiment human being knows Ms. Tumulty has accurately described Paul Ryan as one of the most sniveling cowards ever to hold high public office in the United States. That is Ryan’s chief legacy. What a wretched, depraved person he is.

The similarity between Republicans like Paul Ryan who support Donald Trump as president, no matter how corrupt and immoral he proves to be, and the Germans who supported Adolph Hitler while rapping his knuckles for starting a war and implementing the Holocaust, becomes more glaringly apparent every day.

German cowards and sycophants brought the Nazis to power. Cowards and sycophants like Paul Ryan brought Donald Trump to power and keep him there. Ryan has uttered not one word expressing serious criticism of Trump, much less separated himself from Trump’s agenda. On the contrary. Ryan has been and remains a faithful Trump lap dog, a fervent supporter of Trump’s legislative acts.

How Does David Perdue Betray America? Let Us Count the Ways…

“With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is staggering. One is left wishing that Obamacare covered spine transplants. The Republican-led Congress is now an adjunct of the White House. The White House is now an adjunct of Trump’s chaotic will.” –Michael Gerson, conservative (traditional) newspaper columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter, in his column “The Cowardice among Republicans is Staggering,”  February 5, 2018.

IndieDems note: The following by no means covers all the acts and words by Donald Trump that Senator Perdue has supported, condoned, or tolerated. But…who knows what might follow—or what more research might reveal—that could delay publication? So, here’s the first draft of what is likely to be a continuing serial.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who has thrown God’s Ten Commandments overboard—especially the ones about not lying and not committing adultery.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President whose virtually every tweet and utterance shows disregard for Jesus’ Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

David Perdue betrays America by abandoning any semblance of exercising Congressional oversight of Trump’s Executive Branch and by joining the Republican herd in displaying staggering cowardice toward Donald Trump.

  • What may have begun as Perdue’s temporary political compromise with Trump has become an indelible moral stain.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who praises Vladimir Putin and delayed taking any action against Russia’s flagrant use of cyberwarfare and disinformation to interfere in America’s elections. President Trump for months explicitly ignored a law passed by the U.S. Congress calling for sanctions against Russia for election meddling and aggression against Ukraine.

  • David Perdue violates his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States and does nothing while the United States #1 enemy delivers hammer blows against U.S. national interests.

Editorial note: On February 13, 2018, the six chiefs of our intelligence services appeared before a Senate committee to report: Russia Likely to Meddle in 2018 Races, Officials Tell Senators. Here are excerpts that show what David Perdue has done little about:

  • “In an effort to deepen political divisions, U.S. intelligence chiefs said, Moscow is using fake accounts on social media — many of them bots — to spread disinformation.”
  • The warnings were striking in their contrast to President Trump’s (and David Perdue’s) views on Russia.

Continued: David Perdue betrays America and his office by continuing to support a President whose assertion that Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is a hoax was blown to smithereens by the facts in Mueller’s indictment of 33 Russians for waging a massive covert campaign to distort America’s democratic process by inciting political conflict and discord.

David Perdue doubles down on his betrayal of America and his office by continuing to support a President who, in response  to the indictments, issued an irrelevant statement  that the indictments showed no collusion between his campaign and the Russians—while refusing to propose any concrete actions to punish Russia for waging war on the United States.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who compounds his inaction against Russia by lavishing praising on the dictatorial, murdering thug Vladimir Putin.

David Perdue betrayed America by approving the release of the memo released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes, a memo roundly denounced even by some Republican as failing miserably to make its intended case that the FBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.

  • The Perdue-approved effort ended in a pathetic fizzle. Nunes’ brief, amateurish document failed to demonstrate that FBI surveillance was triggered solely or mainly by a Democratic-funded dossier.
  • But for cherry-picking above and beyond the call of duty, Nunes and Perdue deserve their own exhibit in the hackery hall of fame.

David Perdue betrayed America and showed his lack of a moral conscience by approving Trump’s actions in the Rob Porter affair, in which someone known by Trump’s staffers to be a wife beater—including knowing that the charges were responsible for his failure to obtain a security clearance—was kept in his White House job until media revelations forced a decision by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

  • Perdue shows no problem with the fact that even after the revelations were made public, the first response of Trump’s Chief of Staff was to issue a press release stating “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional.”
  • Just to make sure Trump, Kelly, and Perdue’s view was made clear, Trump press spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders—after Porter announced his departure—stated  that Porter still had the White House’s support and that the decision to resign was his own. She continued: “I have worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year, and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character. Those of us who have the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it.”

Kelly and Sanders’ praise of wife beater Porter apparently had Perdue’s full approval. He has not publicly stated otherwise.

Only after the media followed up with a photo of one of Porter’s abused former wives sporting a horrible black eye did Donald Trump and John Kelly decide he had to go.

David Perdue showed his contempt for common human decency and morality by continuing to support Trump as President after Trump in a press conference praised Porter, wished him well—and said not one word about the two abused women.

David Perdue betrayed America and showed his lack of a moral conscience by continuing to support Trump even after, two days past Porter’s resignation, another Trump staffer—a speechwriter—resigned after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive.

David Perdue’s contempt for America’s basic moral values continues a pattern he showed when he by continued to support Trump for president after then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was shown on video assaulting Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, and Trump described him as “a very decent man.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support Trump as President after incident after incident and tweet after tweet proved how rudderless and dysfunctional the White House remains—and how unfit Perdue’s hero Trump is to be president.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President whose son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, and dozens of other White House staffers spent over year without security clearance—but were allowed access to the most sensitive and highly classified information in the U.S. Government.

David Perdue doubles (triples?) down on his—and the Republican Party’s—hypocritical betrayal of America by tolerating Trump’s sellout of U.S. national security interests—after spending years in near hysteria claiming that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system posed a grave danger to U.S. security, even though nine years after its establishment, Hillary’s emails have caused not one iota of harm to U.S. national interests.

Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who was warned not to appoint Mike Flynn as National Security adviser, appointed him anyway, and had Flynn subsequently plead guilty to a federal crime.

Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who forged a close political alliance with Paul Manafort, despite his shady dealings with foreign countries and businesses, and has seen Manafort indicted on federal criminal charges—along with his associate, Rick Gates.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who hired George Papadopoulos as a foreign policy adviser—and has seen him plead guilty to a federal crime.

Perdue betrays America by supporting Trump as President after his COS, Kelly, stated publicly that young undocumented immigrants were “too lazy” to sign up for DACA and then doubled down after a public backlash.

David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who has proven he is a congenital liar, responsible for over 2,000 lies or misrepresentations in one year.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who had words of praise for the racists and neo-fascists who marched through the streets of Charlottesville, bearing torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us,” in flagrant imitation of the Nazis.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who labeled Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.” (Even Perdue’s Senate colleague, Johnny Isakson, managed a rap on Trump’s knuckles for this one—the supreme act of rebuke for Trump lackeys like Isakson and Perdue. House Speaker Paul Ryan is the all-time champion of issuing these meaningless verbal reprimands—which, of course, reinforce rather than diminish what a toady the “critic” is.)

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who prefers to surround himself with toadies constitutionally incapable of standing up to him and prepared to pay the price of slathering him with praise.

  • Perdue could have no doubt about the banana republic Trump is transforming the United States into after, at Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting in June, the attendees  attempted to outdo each other in delivering gushing, sycophantic  praise of their leader—a display reminiscent of a gathering of the top aides of Adolph Hitler or Benito Mussolini—or Idi Amin.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who endorsed a candidate for the U.S Senate who was an accused child molester who had also showed contempt for the rule of law by twice defying court-ordered restraints on his behavior.
Perdue’s Republican Party also officially endorsed the candidate.

Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who was forced to withdraw his controversial nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality, after even some Republicans questioned her credentials.

David Perdue betrays America by continuing to support a President who was forced to withdraw three of his nominees for federal judgeships after their unfitness was revealed.

  • One nominee, during his Senate confirmation hearing, was unable to answer basic questions about the courtroom process, showed little familiarity with federal trial rules, and acknowledged that he had never prosecuted or defended a case.
  • Another also had scant trial experience and apparently had spoken favorably about the Ku Klux Klan under a pseudonym on a website.
  • The third once described transgender children as proof of “Satan’s plan.”

David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President whose appointee as Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, who resigned in disgrace in September after he was found to have spent $400,000 chartering private jets at taxpayer expense.

David Perdue betrays America by accepting as normal the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, after revelations that Pruitt was:

  • Living for $50 a day in a Washington condo owned by the wife of a powerful fossil fuel lobbyist whose client was recently given the green light by the EPA to expand a pipeline project. The lobbyist had previously donated to Pruitt’s campaign for attorney general in Oklahoma and even hosted a fundraiser for him.
  • Regularly flying first class and being accompanied by large security team, although there is no know threat to Pruitt that would warrant such expensive coverage
  • For a more detailed look at the corruption of Scott Pruitt, read “Scott Pruitt Is a Cartoon Villain.”

David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President whose appointee as director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned this past January after it was revealed she had recently bought stock in a tobacco company.

  • She had spent months recusing herself from various official duties because she owned shares in bio-tech and health-information companies.

(Read the report by a science writer and also Trump Could Help Curb a Potential Pandemic. Instead, He’s Been Silent, about how Trump’s disastrous choices for public-health leadership left the country woefully unprepared for this year’s virulent flu epidemic and will contribute to the flu deaths that will occur between now and summer—deaths for which David Perdue will also bear blame).

David Perdue betrays America and makes it more vulnerable to suffering a catastrophic pandemic by supporting Trump’s massive cuts in the CDC budget—and his proposal for even more cuts. (Read the above articles for details. Quote: “For a fraction of what the president (and Perdue) wants to spend on his pointless barrier with Mexico, we could make ourselves infinitely safer from infectious diseases.”)

Read more on what Senator David Perdue considers competent government:

At White House, 34% Turnover Rate and Many Vacancies

The good news for President Trump: He has set a modern White House record. The bad news: It’s for the high staff turnover in his tumultuous administration.

The Gang That Couldn’t Think Straight

The astonishing incompetence of Trump appointees.

In memoriam: One year in, a look at who’s been fired or resigned from the Trump administration

  • David Perdue betrays America by supporting a President who used tweets to abruptly announce he wanted to bar transgender people from the military. Trump’s arbitrary act demeaned the office of President, short-circuited an ongoing military review of the issue, and inflicted emotional suffering on transgender troops who are serving their country with pride and distinction—something, of course, Donald Trump never did.
  • David Perdue betrays America by proving over and over again that Trump was correct when he said during the presidential campaign that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.
  • David Perdue betrays American values and morality by supporting a President who keeps Kelly as Chief of Staff after Kelly attacked Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica S. Wilson as an “empty barrel” and a video showed that Kelly had misrepresented her comments. Kelly vowed he would “never” apologize.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who demeaned the military service of John McCain.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by endorsing Trump for President after he berated and threatened a federal judge of Mexican heritage; falsely claimed that most illegal Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists; and called out to a black person at a rally, “Look at my African American.”
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who calls women bimbos and bragged about sexually assaulting them.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who mocks handicapped people.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who incited his followers to violence.
  • David Perdue betrayed America by supporting a President who foregoes any attempt to forge national unity and appeals to anger, hatred, racism, and frustrations.
  • David Perdue betrays America with his continued effusive support for Trump, which has provided political cover for a weakening of the constitutional order. Trump is using Perdue as a tool. The way Perdue is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool.
  • David Perdue puts his legislative agenda above his own professed principles and the good name of the country so someday he can say, yes, Trump got us into a ruinous trade war but I passed a tax cut for the rich and rimmed a bit off the Affordable Care Act.

Perdue’s response to the recent Mueller indictments, the wife abuse scandals, and the lawsuits involving Trump’s adultery, in short, has continued to display the flaws that have become the hallmark of Trump and Perdue’s character. The scandals have reinforced the fact that the Trump administration and its enablers like David Perdue suffer from a singularly morally bankrupt strain of Republican tribalism. Perdue prizes loyalty to President Trump above all else, and Trump’s failings are ignored.

 In short, Trump and Perdue deserve each other. Their country deserves better.

Trumpism Is Normal? Like the Republicans’ Previous Normal, McCarthyism?

Gary Abernathy, the publisher and editor of the Hillsboro (Ohio) Times-Gazette and a Washington Post columnist, has written another apologia for the Trump Administration.

Surely, at this point, it is abundantly clear that any word or deed that makes Trump’s morally and intellectually corrupt Administration the new normal is the equivalent of saying that slavery and segregation were normal. Or that McCarthyism or Watergate or Iran-Contra was normal. Or of Germans deciding that rule by the Nazis was normal.

Trump and his Republicans are an abomination to all that America is supposed to stand for. Abernathy has joined Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, and Nikki Haley in savaging our basic moral and democratic values. Give them credit: They have not taken half-steps. They began at the top, by declaring null and void God’s 10 Commandments, especially the ones about adultery and lies. They have now added a stupefying willingness to acquiesce in Putin’s war against our democracy.

Abernathy’s aggressive apologia for Trump will earn him a place in history right up there with the Americans who sanctified slavery, segregation, and racism–and the Republicans who worshiped Joseph McCarthy. Or apologized for Nixon until the smoking gun was found that made clear what any half-wit already knew.

Abernathy is a living, breathing symbol of the callousness and inhumanity that has seized the hearts and souls of so many affluent, middle-aged, powerful white males. They are the living embodiment of what used to be a caricature.

The New Roseanne: Remember When Saying ‘Martin Luther Coon’ Was Funny?

The Washington Post on April 4 published an article by Gary Abernathy, “I don’t care if ‘Roseanne’ is pro-Trump. I just hope it’s pro-civility.” In addition to being a Post columnist, Abernathy is publisher and editor of the Hillsboro (Ohio) Times-Gazette. He is a leading apologist for Donald Trump’s corrupt and immoral regime that has abandoned any semblance of regard for God’s Commandments or Jesus’ Golden Rule. Here is my comment:
What a crock of horse manure. I long ago anointed Gary Abernathy as America’s chief yahoo, and this column proves my choice beyond the shadow of a doubt. Yes, I’m a Democrat, but my horror at what Trump is doing to this country long ago ceased to have anything to do with partisan politics.
I am appalled at the level of pure racism, sexism, ignorance, anti-intellectualism, and xenophobia Trump has unleashed, his toxic vulgarity and crudeness that wage a war against our basic democratic and moral values and against common human decency.
Most of all, I am outraged at how Trump and his Republican lackeys, like Abernathy, have abandoned God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule to make a bullying coward President. Every day, Trump literally spits on God’s Commandments against lying and against committing adultery. And name me a single Trump tweet or public utterance that reflects “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
What a gross act of deliberate hypocrisy and dishonesty Abernathy commits by asserting that Roseanne’s show is a case of pitting liberal vs. conservative values. Unless, of course, Abernathy is admitting that conservatives value:
  • Packing innocent DACA  children into boxcars and shipping them back across the border into countries they have never known
  • Telling the flagrant lie that Obama was not a native-born American
  • Demeaning the military service of John McCain
  • Bragging about sexually assaulting women and calling them bimbos
  • Pardoning the thug Joe Arpaio and supporting a child sex pervert to be a U.S. Senator
  • Using ethnic slurs against Americans as well as foreigners
  • Calling his own daughter a “piece of ass”
  • Inciting his followers to violence.
Go right ahead, Mr. Abernathy. Keep telling us that all the above, and much more, is knee-slappingly funny to you conservatives. Reminds me of the day you could say “Martin Luther coon” and get a good laugh.

Christians Choose Trump over 10 Commandments, Golden Rule

America’s religious leaders and their ignorant yahoo followers who are apologists for Trump can dodge and weave all they want, the truth become more apparent every day: they have abandoned God’s Commandments about lies and adultery in order to accommodate Donald Trump’s lies and adultery. Leaders of our mainstream Christian Denominations are proving they are hypocrites and cafeteria Christians.

If our pastors, reverends, priests, and bishops want to have any credibility, they must address Trump’s treatment of the 10 Commandments and the Golden Rule with the same words and fervor with which they speak of abortion and homosexuality. Mike Pence, Orrin Hatch, and Mitt Romney should join in.