Donald Trump, the great grifter of American politics, is again playing the media for all its worth. He’s having a field day pulling the yoyo of headlines from one assertion to a follow-up denial and then a bellicose rejoinder. And it’s working.
The artful conman keeps popular attention off his innumerable failures, both domestic and international, by focusing on emotional issues that embolden his hardcore base and inflame everyone else.
Trump’s most recent target are four Congressional Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN). He insisted that they “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.” He intentionally forgot – or simply didn’t know – that all four women are American citizens and only one, Omar, is a naturalized citizen, born in Somali and arriving in the U.S. at 10 years of age.
In a follow-up campaign rally in Greenville, NC, Trump picked up his attack on the four Congresswomen, with special vehemence targeted at Omar. As he ranted, the crowd chanted, “Send her back.” Soon after, he told the audience, “if they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.” As criticism mounted to his role in fostering the chant, he quickly sought to distance himself from the chant – only to further his attack on Omar.
The story drew more drama when CNN’s Anderson Cooper argued that Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, had “primed” the crowd during her warm-up speech prior to the president’s appearance at the NC rally.
The Trump forces are priming the pump for the 2020 reelection campaign. The “send her back” chant may well serve the same role as the infamous “lock her up” chant played in his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. And he won!
Gone unasked is whether Trump needs to be sent back to where he came from?
Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, Sr., was born Friedrich Drumpf (1869-1918) and emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1885 at age 16. After first disembarking in New York, he traveled west, making it to California, then journeying to Seattle and to British Columbia where he reportedly ran a restaurant, bar and brothel. After bouncing back to Germany, he was ordered to leave Bavaria as punishment for refusing mandatory military service – something his son and grandson would also do. He settled in Woodhaven, Queens, working as a barber and restaurant manager.
David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter who has exhaustively examined Trump’s life and business practices for nearly three decades, is the author of two revealing studies of the president, The Making of Donald Trump(2016) and It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (2018).
Johnston pulls no punches in his assessment of Trump’s family lineage. “He comes from a family of criminals,” he explains. “His grandfather made his fortune running whorehouses in Seattle and in the Yukon Territory. His father, Fred (1905-1999), had a business partner named Willie Tomasello, who was an associate of the Gambino crime family. Trump’s father was also investigated by the U.S. Senate for ripping off the government for what would be the equivalent of $36 million in today’s money.” Following the family line, Johnston notes, “Donald got his showmanship from his dad, as well as his comfort with organized criminals.”
On Memorial Day 1927, New York faced a series of riots by reactionary groups that challenged the meaning of nation’s core beliefs in “equality,” an issue the nation has fought a bloody civil war over. On that day, in the Bronx, sympathizers of Mussolini and the Italian fascist movement along with supporters of Ku Klux Klan held a rally. In Queens, Pres. Drumpf’s father, Fred, along with six other fascists, was arrested as 1,000 white-robed Klansmen marched through his Jamaica neighborhood.
Grandpa Drumpt’s decedents lived in Jamaica Estates, a well-to-do and all-white neighborhood, with up-market homes set back on tree-lined streets. Fred was a real-estate a strict father, a stern, formal man with a thick mustache and hair combed back who insisted on wearing a tie and jacket while at home. The senior Trump forbade his children from cursing, calling each other by nicknames or – for the girls — wearing lipstick. Fred was a conservative Republican who admired Barry Goldwater.
In his 1987 memoir The Art of the Deal, Trump looked back nostalgically to his childhood. “We had a very traditional family,” he wrote. “My father was the power and the breadwinner, and my mother was the perfect housewife.” In a chapter titled “Growing Up,” he recounted a story in which he allegedly punched his second-grade music teacher in the face because he “didn’t think he knew anything about music.” The purpose of the story was to show how the boy nurtured the man to come.
During the 2016 campaign, The Washington Post ran a revealing story, “Confident. Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump.” Based on interviews with some of Trump’s neighborhood friends, teachers and others, it offers an insightful profile of the future president as a youth. The authors’ thesis is simple: “Donald J. Trump left an indelible impression in the prosperous Queens neighborhood where he evolved from a mischievous, incorrigible boy into a swaggering young man.”
One of the people interviewed, Ann Trees, 82, taught at Kew-Forest School where Trump was a student through the 7th grade. “He was headstrong and determined,” Trees stressed. “He would sit with his arms folded with this look on his face — I use the word surly — almost daring you to say one thing or another that wouldn’t settle with him.”
At school, young Trump was among a group of boys who pulled girls’ hair, passed notes and talked out of turn. “We threw spitballs and we played racing chairs with our desks, crashing them into other desks,” he recalled. The article includes interviews with two childhood neighbors who said Trump could erupt in anger, pummeling another boy or, playing baseball, smash a baseball bat if he made an out. It claimed, “He had a reputation for saying anything that came into his head.” One interviewer claimed, “Donald was known to be a bully.”
Drumpt the boy from Queens became the huckster he is in Manhattan. One of his first apartments was the penthouse on a swank East 65th Street building and he was driven around town in a silver Cadillac limo with “DJT” emblazoned on the license plates. He was introduced to the world of Manhattan high-flyers by no less an authority of immorality than Roy Cohn.
Cohn gained initial notoriety as the lead prosecutor in the 1951 espionage trials of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg; they were convicted and executed, the only Americas civilians to be put to death, electrocuted, as victims of a political show-trial. In the mid-50s, he served as Sen. Joe McCarthy’s (R-WI) principle assistant in his anticommunists witch-hunts.
During the ‘70s, Cohn was a Big Apple lawyer for big-money interests, including Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. He was also a mob consigliere for Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family, the most powerful mafia group in New York, and mafia boss Carlo Gambino and Paul Castellano, head of what was said to be the second largest family, the Gambinos.
In ’73, Drumpt-the-younger met Cohn at Le Club, a Manhattan nightspot for the rich, famous and those on the make. Cohn and the Drumpts, father and son, joined forces that year and represented Trump-senior in a case brought by the Justice Department housing discrimination against black and other minority tenants. In this, and other cases, Cohn defended Trump-senior and became Trump-the-younger’s consigliere.
As Johnston points out, “with Cohn as his lawyer, Trump apparently had no reason to personally fear Salerno or Castellano — at least, not once he agreed to pay inflated concrete prices.” He notes, “What Trump appeared to receive in return was union peace. That meant the project would never face costly construction or delivery delays.”
And now Donald Drumpt is president. Should he be sent back?
Obviously, the chant “send her back” is a provocation, a simple, declarative assertion intended to rally support among Trump’s followers by invoking difference. The slogan seeks to separate “us” from “them.” In more “normal” times such obviously mean-spirited political ranting would be rejected as an almost Nazi-like incantation to race or antisemitic hatred. Today, it’s a political slogan for a reelection campaign. However, if Trump’s campaign falters and he gets more desperate, the slogan could foretell –like what happened in Charlottesville, VA, in 2017 – a lot worse to come.
Trump — like the four Congresswomen he attacked – is an American and neither him nor the courageous Congresswomen are going anywhere. He is playing to his crowd and they are, unfortunately, eating it up. The only way to really counter his mean-spirit and racist provocations is to send him back to Queens where Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is one of the Representatives.
*(Top image credit: history.com)
By Paul Craig Roberts
ICH, July 27, 2019
“The President of the United States
is nothing but the punk two-bit vassal of Zionism.”
— Paul Craig Roberts
The Democrats are even more insane than I thought.
The Trump-hater Nadler had a press conference with other Trump-hating Democrats and claimed, despite the absence of any evidence from Mueller, that Trump is a criminal. Reassured by this certitude, the Democrats will continue their impeachment investigation, says Nadler.
Among the most crazed elements of the Democrats, Mueller is no longer the hero. Mueller sold out to Trump in order to protect himself, as Trump was going to have Mueller assassinated if Mueller did not clear him. This conspiracy theory comes from those who ridicule skeptics of the official 9/11 story and various of the school shootings. The dastardly Mueller, more concerned with protecting himself than with cleansing the government of the Trump evil, suppressed the evidence of Trump’s guilt in order to save his own ass.
In other words, the Democrats, deserted by their hero, cannot let go of the orchestration we call “Russiagate.”
It is enough to drive a person to despair that among the abundant evidence of American election interference, no attention is given by Democrats to interference by the Israel Lobby, the pharmaceutical lobby, the oil lobby, the Wall Street Lobby, the military/security complex lobby.
Sheldon Adelson, a single individual with a fortune from casino gambling of $33 billion, 300 million dollars, has more clout on the outcome of US presidential elections than Putin. These few lobbies mentioned above have resources between them in excess of the GDP of Russia. It is totally impossible for Russia to outbid them.
Assume that Russia, whose Gross Domestic Product is overshadowed by the resources of the Forbes 400, would try to compete with, for example, the Israel Lobby, in determining US foreign policy. If Russia could compete with the Israel Lobby in controlling American political outcomes, would the Middle East have been destroyed by Washington, with millions of displaced and dispossessed refugees overrunning all Western countries? Surely not. Is Russia happy that the destabilization of the Middle East threatens the Muslim provinces of the Russian Federation with jihadists? Obviously not. Nevertheless, the instability that Washington has introduced into the Western world serves the rise of Russia and China, not America and its empire.
One has to wonder how it serves the image and power of the United States to be portrayed, as it is portrayed, as fighting Israel’s wars for domination of the Middle East.
How does the world avoid seeing the US of A as a two-bit vassal of Zionist Israel?
Doesn’t Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, and Trump’s Jewish son-in-law make this perfectly clear every day? The President of the United States is nothing but the punk two-bit vassal of Zionism.
The US Department of State formerly was in the hands of “Arabists.” Today it is in the hands of Zionists.
Washington in its total incompetence has aligned with a tiny percentage of the population against the majority in the Middle East.
This will come to no good result.
(ZH) — For years, New York State has lagged behind its progressive-minded peers in the area of marijuana prohibition. As states like California, Massachusetts, Vermont and even Maine passed bills legalizing the drug, members of the New York State legislature simply haven’t been able to overcome minor differences in ideology to pass a legalization bill of their own, leaving New York with some of the most draconian marijuana laws in the northeast.
But that’s all about to change – sort of. On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana use a little over one month after the legislature failed to reach an agreement on a bill that would have legalized sales. But the decrim bill is the next best thing, supporters insist, arguing that it will help eliminate the racial disparities in arrests and sentencing, since it eliminates the hated “public view” loophole (which allows a cop to arrest a suspect who willingly takes a bag of marijuana out of his pocket, placing it in “public view”) while also making possession of anything up to one to an ounce punishable by a max fine of $50. Possession of between one and two ounces will be punishable of a fine up to $200, eliminating the possibility of jail time, regardless of an individuals criminal record.
The state assembly and Senate passed the decrim bill more than a week and a half ago.
Proponents of legalization still see decrim as insufficient, since users still wouldn’t have a legal source for marijuana, allowing criminal organizations to still profit off it.
Ten states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana, though DC and Vermont don’t allow sales.
Illinois will become the 11th state to legalize once Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the recently passed legalization bill into law. Another 14 states have only decriminalized.
After signing the bill, Cuomo praised the legislation for helping to eliminate a source of discrimination against communities of color, according to NBC New York. Proponents estimate that as many as 600,000 New Yorkers will benefit from the legislation (which also provides for expunging past marijuana convictions).
“Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by laws governing marijuana for far too long, and today we are ending this injustice once and for all,” Cuomo said.
“It’s not legalization,” he said on public radio previously. “But it is decriminalization and it’s a major, major accomplishment.”
The law will take effect 30 days from Monday.
(TMU) — NASA’s latest planet-hunting satellite has discovered three new worlds, including an entirely new alien planet with characteristics unseen within our own solar system.
The strange new exoplanets, which means they are outside of our solar system, are a part of the TOI-270 star system.
The new system, which revolves around a neighboring star, includes a rocky super-Earth that is slightly larger than our planet, as well as two other gaseous planets twice the size of Earth. Researchers claim that the planets are a “missing link” that sits between the smaller rocky worlds, including our Earth and Mars, and much larger gaseous planets such as Saturn and Jupiter.
The discovery, which is detailed in the latest issue of scientific journal Nature Astronomy, was made possible by NASA’s Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which was launched into space in 2018 and has since scanned the universe for stars and planets capable of supporting alien life.
The smaller super-Earth lies within the habitable zone, meaning that it lies within the range of distance from a Sun-like star that makes it temperate enough to allow for liquid-water oceans. It is also a “quiet” planet, meaning that it has fewer flares and scientists will be able to observe it and its neighboring planets with greater ease.
However, researchers believe that its atmosphere is so thick and dense that the planet is extremely hot, potentially making the surface too warm to support the type of life found on our planet.
Stephen Kane, a UC Riverside associate professor of planetary astrophysics and member of UCR’s NASA-funded Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center, said in a press release that the discovery is exactly what NASA’s satellite was designed to find.
“We’ve found very few planets like this in the habitable zone, and many fewer around a quiet star, so this is rare. We don’t have a planet quite like this in our solar system.”
With a distance of only 73 light years away, the exoplanets are also among the closest ever found.
“The diameter of our galaxy is 100,000 light years, and our galaxy is just one of millions of galaxies … So, 73 light years means it’s one of our neighboring stars.”
Researchers hope that the “missing link” solar system will shed greater light on why so few worlds exist at that size.
Lead researcher Maximilian Gunther from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said:
“TOI-270 will soon allow us to study this ‘missing link’ between rocky Earth-like planets and gas-dominant mini-Neptunes, because here all of these types formed in the same system.”
Continuing, Gunther said:
“TOI-270 is a true Disneyland for exoplanet science, and one of the prime systems TESS was set out to discover.
It is an exceptional laboratory for not one, but many reasons – it really ticks all the boxes.”
Indeed, the researchers are hopeful that other planets within this solar system are waiting to be found.
The planets link together in what researchers describe as a “resonant chain,” meaning that their orbits line up in neat, whole integers—giving them a “resonance” with one another that gives researchers a method to discover more planets. Within our own solar system, the moons of Jupiter also line up in a “resonant” formation.
“For TOI-270, these planets line up like pearls on a string.
That’s a very interesting thing, because it lets us study their dynamical behavior. And you can almost expect, if there are more planets, the next one would be somewhere further out, at another integer ratio.”
The team remains hopeful that additional planets will be discovered in the neighboring solar system. And while the smaller planet is unlikely to host life due to its dense atmosphere, those planets lying at a greater distance from the star could be cooler and more capable of allowing water to pool on their surface.