Trump's Pardonmania

There is no way to describe Donald Trump's pardon choices this week as anything but repulsive.

Instead of extending a second chance to those who turned their lives around, were remorseful and deserving of mercy, he made a mockery of the entire concept.

Donald Trump is thumbing his nose at America for giving him his pink slip. He will forever be known as the most corrupt man to every sit at a desk in the oval office.

The good news is Donald Trump has been un-Presidented. And he knows it. I heard him say on the news today that something will be the job of the next Administration. Finally, he admits he's toast. That makes me happy enough to shrug off the disgraceful things he will do in his last month. [More...]

Donald Trump was never my President. Not once in the last four years have I used that word to describe him. In one month, he will be no one's President. He'll be a defeated old man, left with a ton of legal problems and even more in legal bills. And New York DA Cyrus Vance will be in his rear-view mirror .

The investigation by Mr. Vance, a Democrat, has focused on Mr. Trump’s conduct as a private business owner and whether he or employees at his family business, the Trump Organization, committed financial crimes. It is the only known criminal inquiry into the president.

Deutsche Bank is no longer in his pocket, as the recent resignations of his banker there showed. Deutsche Bank reportedly wants to cut ties with him, and he has huge loans outstanding that come due in 2023, which he personally guaranteed.

Donald Trump has never done anything but abuse his power and try to advance his personal interests. He's just a dishonorable human being.

Donald Trump is like this bug I saw on the outside of my window. Only unlike the bug, Donald Trump has been squished.

Donald Trump will never be happy. Donald Trump will never be globally respected. And in one month, we get to scrape his sh*t right off our shoes.

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    Pardon (5.00 / 4) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 09:13:16 AM EST
    me, off topic:   Happy Holiday Jeralyn and family. And,  to all Talk Left colleagues. Please know how much I treasure you all.

    Happy Holidays (5.00 / 5) (#8)
    by MO Blue on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 10:43:03 AM EST
    to everyone. May the New Year bring everyone good health and a return to some sort of sanity. 🥳

    thank you Keys Dan and (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 07:02:33 AM EST
    same to you. I really look forward to reading your comments, I'm so glad you have stuck around.

    Reluctant to commit to shrugging in advance (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 24, 2020 at 07:07:09 AM EST
    I think the worst is yet to come.  (Iran?). Or god only knows.
    I really do think there will be a BIG finish.

    In his first radio interview since being pardoned, Roger spoke told WABC that he plans to sue Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N-NY) for defamation.

    He also made the case for President Trump to pardon Julian Assange.

    I would be happy if that is the worst of it.

    Read yesterday (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 24, 2020 at 07:10:34 AM EST
    He's planning a Xmas gift beyond the 500 million of precision bombs for Mohammed Bin Salman

    Immunity (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 24, 2020 at 07:13:48 AM EST
    Even GOPers in CA (none / 0) (#4)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Dec 24, 2020 at 12:22:38 PM EST
    are not too happy with the pardon for Duncan Hunter according to an article in Politico California.

    This is pure mob stuff.

    Coo coooooo... (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Dec 24, 2020 at 05:32:57 PM EST

    Donald J. Trump
    I saved at least 8 Republican Senators, including Mitch, from losing in the last Rigged (for President) Election. Now they (almost all) sit back and watch me fight against a crooked and vicious foe, the Radical Left Democrats. I will NEVER FORGET!

    This claim about election fraud is disputed

    If the Dems Rigged the Election Against Trump (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by RickyJim on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 11:40:20 AM EST
    why did they allow the Republicans do well in the other races on the ballot?  Inquiring minds want to know.

    Don't try to use (5.00 / 3) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 11:54:44 AM EST
    reason with these people. It never works.

    They are saying it's a bomb (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 09:15:44 AM EST
    That is awful (none / 0) (#9)
    by MO Blue on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 10:44:06 AM EST
    Can't even imagine the ramifications for that event.

    The mind boggles (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 10:47:10 AM EST
    The is a news conference at noon eastern

    I'm hopping around news (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 10:52:19 AM EST
    The guy on FOX keeps saying the police "know a lot more than they are saying"

    He has said it several times.  Which suggests they also know more than they are saying.


    Sorry (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Dec 25, 2020 at 11:17:51 AM EST
    1 eastern

    Noon in Nashville


    Imagine you are a Republican (none / 0) (#16)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 10:01:13 AM EST
    Difficult I know but try.  For 4 years you have debased and humiliated yourself on an almost daily basis.  You have defended his "unique style of leadership".  You have protected him from being removed from office.  All this because you think his base is your base.  Now, because you will not support a clearly treasonous and illegal act he turns that very base against you.

    Trump ramped up his criticism of Senate Republicans over their unwillingness to aid his efforts to overturn the election.

    Said Trump: "If a Democrat Presidential Candidate had an Election Rigged & Stolen, with proof of such acts at a level never seen before, the Democrat Senators would consider it an act of war, and fight to the death. Mitch & the Republicans do NOTHING, just want to let it pass. NO FIGHT!"

    I gotta say this is evil genius stuff.  Not only is there no good choice there is no acceptable choice for them.

    I'm starting to think Trump is serious about burning it down.   I wasn't at first.  But why not.  From his point of view.  

    If they don't give him what he wants, disaster.  For the country and for the Republican Party.  He is siding with Dems position in the two senate races.  Every MAGA is going to blame Mitch (but no longer Lindsey) if they don't get $2000 for Christmas.

    If they do they will lose the other half of their base who more than anything don't want to help poor people or any people who need help  And they look completely helpless and impotent.

    I think Trump is going to destroy the party.  He is going to force a split.  That's already being discussed by both sides in the party.

    It does not ease the suffering of those who need it but at least this is one time republicans are going to suffer right along with their victims

    They do have a good choice, and have had (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Peter G on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 07:41:29 PM EST
    for some time: the 25th Amendment. Never has it been so clearly called for. Let Pence be the caretaker for 25 days.

    Pretty sure (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 08:16:34 PM EST
    They would not consider that a good choice.  Politically speaking.

    That said (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 08:34:08 PM EST
    starting to think that, or almost anything else, really could happen.

    Maybe they could use a big hook.  Or a butterfly net.

    Large amounts of shi+ are about to hit the fan.  Starting tomorrow.  Two federal unemployment programs ended today.  Eviction protection ends next Thursday.

    It's pucker time.


    The 25th Amendment is, in effect, (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Peter G on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 08:40:10 PM EST
    a constitutional butterfly net.

    Oh (none / 0) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 08:55:10 PM EST
    And the government shuts down on Tuesday.  I think.

    They might be able to avoid that with some kind of continuing resolution or something but it's about to get very serious.


    The coverage of this on FOX NEWS SUNDAY (none / 0) (#32)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 02:43:31 PM EST
    Was brutal for Trump and brutal for republicans.  Toomey (Flynn didn't commit a crime) said some dumb things that are being repeated but overall the coverage of the covid bill and the shutdown was brutal and honest.  It was coverage that could have been on MSNBC or CNN.  In other words it was mostly honest.

    Surprisingly so.


    Pence, Mother and (none / 0) (#33)
    by KeysDan on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 02:58:16 PM EST
    his party, along with about 50 secret service officers, are at a Vail ski resort.  Pence plans to return after New Year's.  A 25th will have to be by Zoom.

    I was wondering whether Mnuchin (none / 0) (#34)
    by Peter G on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 04:00:20 PM EST
    might be the one to broach the idea to his fellow cabinet members.

    Looks like Trump (none / 0) (#35)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 06:01:13 PM EST
    is going to cave.  They have set up a "signing desk" in Tara Lago

    Maybe (none / 0) (#36)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 06:03:13 PM EST
    A source briefed by White House officials on the relief bill told the Washington Post that President Trump -- who has been frustrated by his election loss and the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic -- is "just angry at everybody and wants to inflict as much pain on Congress as possible."

    There is a Republican on CNN (none / 0) (#37)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 06:06:31 PM EST
    Saying he is going to get the 2000.  Which actually makes me personally very happy.  But he does not sound very sure.

    Create a (none / 0) (#38)
    by KeysDan on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 07:05:18 PM EST
    Crisis  and then sole it.     Standard reality show operating procedure.

    and then (none / 0) (#39)
    by KeysDan on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 07:09:47 PM EST
    solve it.

    Trump signed (none / 0) (#40)
    by KeysDan on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 07:30:28 PM EST
    the stimulus bill without changes ($600).   He claims senate will consider the $2,000 after House acts on Monday.

    Making Mitch have a vote (5.00 / 1) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 07:45:34 PM EST
    really is a bit of a victory.  It was already going to be passed in the House.   It's going to put republicans in an interesting spot. Vote against Trump and against more money?

    I would not be that surprised if it passed.  But I would be a little surprised.

    Either way, it's bad for republicans.  Bad if they for for or against.


    And repeal the latest (none / 0) (#42)
    by Peter G on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 08:13:00 PM EST
    Special interest tax breaks, how about?

    So far McConnell has only (none / 0) (#43)
    by MO Blue on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 08:36:03 PM EST
    thanked Trump for signing the current bill and has not indicated that he would allow the increase to $2,000 to be voted on in the Senate.

    It might be better for Dems chances in GA, if he refuses to let it come up for a vote.

    Biden, with a Senate majority, could increase the money if he decides to what is needed.


    Quite possible (none / 0) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 09:08:08 PM EST
    He will not.

    I have always thought, as a matter of (none / 0) (#45)
    by Peter G on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 10:32:23 PM EST
    negotiating strategy, that the goal is to get back up to $1200, not really to get $2000.

    Yes, the (5.00 / 1) (#47)
    by KeysDan on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 10:20:28 AM EST
    Art of the Deal.  

    Spotlight (none / 0) (#48)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 11:19:15 AM EST
    "The House will vote on Monday on a standalone measure to increase direct payments from its coronavirus relief package to $2,000 per person, up from the $600 checks that Congress had previously approved," Axios reports.

    "If it does pass, the measure will head to the Republican-controlled Senate for a vote on Tuesday. Senate GOP leadership has signaled opposition to increasing the size of the checks."

    Aaron Blake: "The biggest takeaway here is that Trump effectively cast a spotlight on Republicans' refusal to provide more direct coronavirus aid."



    Deserves to Perish. (none / 0) (#17)
    by KeysDan on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 10:50:28 AM EST
    The declassified diaries of Guy Liddell, head of Counterespionage at M15, reported in his diaries as revealed in the Joint Intel Committee Report, that Adolph Hitler, in his final days in the bunker, ranted to assembled generals and Heinrich Himmler, Minister of Interior, the following:

    "Everyone has lied to me, everyone has deceived me, and now the SS has left me in the lurch.  The German people have not fought heroically.  It deserves to perish."  "It is not I who lost the war, but the German People."


    Richly (none / 0) (#18)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 11:09:58 AM EST
    And that is really creepy.

    Twitter is rumps diary (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 11:20:53 AM EST
    In a tweetstorm beginning early Saturday morning, President Trump railed against the the Department of Justice and U.S. attorney John Durham for failing to produce a report that exposed wrongdoing in the FBI's Russia probe, Politico reports.

    Said Trump: "Where the hell is the Durham Report? They spied on my campaign, colluded with Russia (and others), and got caught."

    Trump also took aim at the Supreme Court, calling it "totally incompetent and weak" and again questioning why it wouldn't hear a suit filed by Texas claiming election fraud, effectively ending legal challenges to the electoral process.

    WaPo (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 04:10:15 PM EST
    "The president's denunciation of the agreement represented a stunning public broadside against his own treasury secretary, who for four years loyally shielded the president's tax returns, endured repeated presidential tirades in private, and defended even Trump's most incendiary and contradictory remarks. Through it all, Mnuchin had emerged with the unique ability to walk a tightrope between Trump and congressional leaders, serving as an emissary in difficult negotiations. That all ended on Tuesday, when Trump posted a video on Twitter ridiculing the agreement."

    "In addition to a possible government shutdown on Tuesday, the entire emergency relief package is in jeopardy. The $600 stimulus checks Mnuchin had promised would be sent later this week cannot be sent if the bill isn't signed into law. And a range of other emergency relief programs that were part of the package, from rental protections to small-business aid, airline assistance and vaccine distribution money, are also now frozen.



    Mnuchin (none / 0) (#22)
    by leap on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 05:33:14 PM EST
    Oh the poor dear. Ω πικρή μοίρα.

    Not (none / 0) (#23)
    by Zorba on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 06:44:52 PM EST
    bitter enough, however.

    This is why (none / 0) (#21)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 05:33:00 PM EST
    Loeffler and Perdue are now trying to run with Biden saying they will work with Biden. They are pathetic and must think we are stupid and haven't paid attention to what they have been doing the entire time they have been in Washington. Perdue refused to work with Obama. Loeffler has done nothing but give Trump verbal BJs the entire time she has been up there. So I look at those ads and laugh. The funniest part is that neither of them are running on their voting record.

    Busy busy (none / 0) (#26)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 08:24:21 PM EST
    On Tuesday, Perdue released a new ad bragging that he "delivered" for Georgia by voting for the new coronavirus bill. However, that bill still has not been signed by Trump.

    Jon Ossoff, Perdue's Democratic challenger, is now urging Atlanta TV stations to pull the ad, as Perdue has not delivered until the bill becomes law.

    He can afford to

    Jon Ossoff (D) just became the best-funded Senate candidate in history, after he pulled in $106.7 million in his race against Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), the New York Times reports.

    This is one (none / 0) (#31)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Dec 27, 2020 at 06:32:02 AM EST
    example of Ossoff's crappy campaign asking Atlanta stations to pull the ad. What he should have done is run an ad himself making Perdue look like an out of touch idiot for that ad. THANK GAWD Ossoff finally let go of his whole I don't take corporate PAC money purity garbage and the PACs have been running his campaign. If it weren't for the PACs coming on board Perdue would be beating him like a drum.

    Warnock on the other hand after a rough start has run pretty much a flawless campaign.


    2000 + 2000 (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Dec 26, 2020 at 09:30:42 PM EST
    What does this mean?

    Donald J. Trump
    $2000 + $2000 plus other family members. Not $600. Remember, it was China's fault!

    Out of the frying pan.... (none / 0) (#46)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 08:21:10 AM EST
    The next day to watch

    See new Tweets

    Donald J. Trump
    See you in Washington, DC, on January 6th. Don't miss it. Information to follow!

    This could be bad.  I wish the leftists would stay home but they will not.  The fringe has been pumping this up for weeks.   Glad I don't live there.  But I don't think DC will be the only location.

    The insanity continues (none / 0) (#49)
    by MO Blue on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 12:35:41 PM EST
    GOP lawmaker sues Pence in bid to overturn Biden win

    Vice President Pence was sued Sunday by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and several other Republicans in a far-fetched bid that appeared aimed at overturning President-elect Joe Biden's election win.
    The lawsuit focuses on Pence's role in an upcoming Jan. 6 meeting of Congress to count states' electoral votes and finalize Biden's victory over President Trump. Typically, the vice president's role in presiding over the meeting is a largely ceremonial one governed by an 1887 federal law known as the Electoral Count Act.

    But the Republican lawsuit, which was filed against Pence in his official capacity as vice president, asks a federal judge in Texas to strike down the law as unconstitutional. The GOP plaintiffs go further: They ask the court to grant Pence the authority on Jan. 6 to effectively overturn Trump's defeat in key battleground states.

    Politico (none / 0) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 04:06:37 PM EST
    "Though the lawsuit itself is unlikely to gain legal traction, it does put Pence in the position of having to either contest the suit -- putting him on the opposite side of Trump and his GOP defenders -- or support it and lay bare the intention to subvert the will over the voters in the 2020 election."



    The Gohmert case was filed in (none / 0) (#53)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 09:08:48 PM EST
    the Eastern District of Texas, which has been the go-to venue for crackpot Republican lawsuits, such as seeking to invalidate DACA and the ACA. The latter two cases were successful (in that court), btw. That's the kind of judges who sit there. Don't count on this case being dismissed immediately.

    I do not believe that the Politico article (none / 0) (#54)
    by Peter G on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 09:36:45 PM EST
    is correct. The suit does not put Pence in that position, because he was sued (the article says) in his "official capacity" only, not personally. What position to take, in that situation, is up to the Department of Justice, that is, ultimately, the Tr*mp-appointed Acting Solicitor General or even the Acting Attorney General. It is an official legal policy decision for the Administration, not a personal or political decision for Pence to make.

    While this lawsuit (none / 0) (#52)
    by KeysDan on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 07:05:54 PM EST
    Is zany,it's eccentricity demonstrates, for the record, that many Republican lawmakers are anti-democratic. Indeed, Louie Gohmert may be among the most foolish congressman, but he is not a fringe member.  

    This is, an attempted coup.  That it will fail or has the color of a federal lawsuit, does not change what it is.  It tests just which Republicans are willing to go the seditious route. A danger to the nation.


    Well, they seem to (5.00 / 2) (#55)
    by Zorba on Wed Dec 30, 2020 at 05:15:16 PM EST
    believe that rules that make them wear a mask in public to protect everyone from a pandemic amount to tyranny, but trying to overthrow a legal election via a coup (and many of them demanding an illegal use of martial law to enforce this) is NOT tyranny???

    Case dismissed by Tr*mp-appointed (none / 0) (#56)
    by Peter G on Fri Jan 01, 2021 at 09:36:54 PM EST
    district judge. My comment is on a later thread.

    Not the worst thing (none / 0) (#51)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Dec 28, 2020 at 04:12:21 PM EST
    I have enjoyed the new freedom to potty mouth on cable.  

    I remember the prim and proper Dana Bash on CNN describing the presidential debate as a s*itshow.  Without the asterisk.

    I thought, yeah.  That's exactly what it was.  I found it sort of refreshing.

    "President Trump's brash communication style -- combined with a societal shift towards streaming, where there are no regulatory restrictions on speech -- has forced the entire media industry to present information in a more candid and less polished way," Axios reports.

    "It's no longer uncommon to hear cable anchors use foul language or for TV or radio personalities to make indecent remarks on air. Now that the standard has been set, it's hard to see how networks and news outlets could go back to their postured presentations of the past."