Category: Trump

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, “

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.

The Rising Tide of Republican Racism and Lies

The Washington Post on May 14 published an op-ed by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy: “The House Must Stand Against the Toxic BDS Movement.”

“BDS” is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, an international effort to convince to individuals, private corporations and even entire countries to refuse to invest in or do business with Israeli firms.

It;s bad enough that McConnell and McCarthy grossly misrepresent what BDS is all about. But they cross the line into outright lies and demagoguery by labeling the BDS movement as nothing but a tool in the “rising tide of anti-Semitism in the world, a scourge that is spreading in the Middle East, in Europe and even here in the United States. “

IndieDems Comment

If there were a Pulitzer Prize for pure hypocrisy, McConnell and McCarthy would win it hands down for this column. They are the Congressional leaders of a Republican Party that for four years has enthusiastically endorsed the flagrant racism and bigotry of Donald Trump, as demonstrated by his:

-Alleging that Mexican immigrants were mainly rapists and criminals
-Saying Hispanic migrants were “infesting” America
-Using the ethnic slur that an American judge with Mexican origins could not be trusted to make objective opinions
-Trying to ban all Muslims from entering the United States
-Kidnaping thousands of Hispanic migrant children and putting them in concentration camps, with no plans for reuniting them with their families
-Labeling a black female U.S. Representative as of “low intellect,” and calling a black female a dog and a U.S. Senator “Pocahontas”

That’s just a sample. The Trump/Republican racism reached a crescendo in the 2018 elections when he delivered a standard campaign speech full of race and hate-mongering. He talked about Hispanic migrants the way Hitler talked about the Jews. Trump’s entire agenda is to foster hate and division among Americans-the essence of racism.

McConnell, McCarthy, and virtually all Republicans have never wavered in their rabid support of Trump and his racist agenda. They enthusiastically support his re-election. That tells us all we need to know about the Republican Party.

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?