Chapter 21: Fake Leader

Trump presidency: The dumbest moments of a monumentally stupid time.

For five years, we kept a Google Doc of the most deeply idiotic episodes of this monumentally stupid era. Now it’s time to share our work with the world.

Democrats jump on Trump's demand for bigger stimulus checks, McConnell goes quiet

Here we go again: 221 days ago, the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act for coronavirus relief. That bill had another round of $1,200 direct payments to people. So did the compromise $2.2 trillion bill they passed 82 days ago. The occupier of...

Trump's presidential legacy, by the numbers

Words matter. But numbers tell stories, too. Presidential historians and others will plumb them as they assess President Donald Trump’s legacy, Trump's presidency...

Trump threatens to torpedo COVID relief with new demands

Threatening to tank Congress’ massive COVID relief and government funding package, President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger aid checks for Americans is forcing Republicans...

Trump lashes out at Thune: 'He will be primaried in 2022'

President Donald Trump took to social media to lash out at South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune, saying his political career is over. The attack on Thune comes...

Trump is a conman and this is a con !

When has Donald Trump ever cared one whit about anybody else in the world ? Never. He has shown himself to be a complete and utter narcissist. Look at his “management” of the novel coronavirus response (and this is only one example). His recorded words...

'This Is a No-Brainer': House Democrats Announce Effort to Pass $2,000 Payments as Trump Demands Bigger Checks

"We can pass $2,000 checks this week if the Senate GOP agrees to stand down," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

No one has lost quite like Donald Trump in nearly 150 years

Not in a century and a half, since the post-Civil War era, has a defeated U.S. presidential candidate continued to challenge the election results past those electoral college meetings. But that's where Donald Trump finds himself.

Don't look past Trump's coup attempt: This is a dark moment in American history

Trump's attempt to overturn the election has failed. But the larger plan to subvert democracy is working perfectly

Trump vows to intervene in Texas election case before Supreme Court

President Donald Trump and 17 U.S. states on Wednesday threw their support behind a long-shot lawsuit by Texas seeking to overturn his election loss by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the voting results in four states.

Pentagon advisor resigns, says Trump admin is putting nation 'at risk'

He said that purging advisory boards and replacing members with "political partisans" had "put the nation's safety and security at risk."

Trump Administration Passed on Chance to Secure More of Pfizer Vaccine

The pharmaceutical company offered the government a chance to lock in additional supplies before its vaccine was proved effective in clinical trials.

Harvard Law Professor Hits Donald Trump With The Cold Truth: ‘You Are A Loser’

“You’ve got to move on," Laurence Tribe told the president.

Trump's election fraud crusade rolls on despite devastating Supreme Court rebuke

The only questions now are how many more times President Donald Trump wants to lose the election to President-elect Joe Biden and whether his Republican acolytes on Capitol Hill will wake up and recognize reality.

Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless...

"It is difficult to overestimate the continuing harm to our beleaguered democracy and its people, should Trump and his cohorts not be brought to justice."

The GOP’s push to slime its own honest members is just a grab for cash and political advantage

President Trump lost. But there is money and political advantage in denying reality.

What Trump is doing isn't politics. It's something much worse.

Understanding the method to the president's madness

Trump raises $495 million since mid-October, including a massive haul fueled by misleading appeals about election fraud

Trump has raised $207.5 million since Election Day, with a flurry of fundraising appeals focused on election integrity.

The past two weeks have distilled Trump’s presidency to its most basic motivation: Power

As thousands die each week from an uncontrolled pandemic, Trump's focused solely on saving his political life.

Trump gets icy reception as he tries to influence final days of lame-duck Congress

"He's looming over everything, as he always does," said one senior Republican aide.

Here is the best argument yet for crushing Republicans in Georgia's Senate race

It's been 199 days since the House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act, and 63 days since the House passed its compromise $2.2 trillion bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, back in town after a week off for Thanksgiving, once again trolled Democrats and the nation, saying on the Senate floor,...

US election 2020: Donald Trump's speech fact-checked

The president made a string of claims but provided little evidence.

Trump, Kushner, White House sued by watchdog to prevent illegal deletion of official emails, WhatsApp messages

A government watchdog group is suing President Trump, his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and the White House to prevent the deletion of official emails and WhatsApp messages before they can be archived. 

Trump’s latest Fox News rant was one of his most dangerous. Republicans can’t ignore it.
Trump only had to do three things to be a successful president — but he was apocalyptically bad at his job

Donald Trump could easily have won re-election while riding an approval rating in the mid-50s. I’ll tell you how in just a second. But if you were to ask him, Trump would tell you all about how the “fake news”, the “China virus” and the “corrupt” Biden campaign stopped him from achieving a successful presidency. This […]

Fascism expert: Donald Trump has turned destructive and vindictive — like all dictators

I have often dubbed “fascism” mental pathology in politics, and as a fascism scholar and author of the new book, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, Prof. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is as psychologically-minded as historians come.  The way mental health professionals have brought the context of our experience with patients to understanding the turbulent presidency of Donald […]

Trump's Schedule F executive order lays the groundwork for a massive government-wide purge on his way out the door

The president is trying to transform the professional civil service back into the spoils system of the 1800s.

Trump is an ego monster. Republicans, don’t let him consume you.

Maybe Trump is having a genuine existential crisis. That’s his problem.

At the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court, Trump goes on a spree of sabotage

It appeared the court’s right-wing supermajority wasn't inclined to go along with Trump’s plan to shift congressional seats to Republicans by excluding undocumented immigrants.

GOP silence on Trump's false election claims recalls McCarthy era

The silence of congressional Republican leaders as President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud grow wilder and more venomous increasingly resembles the party's deference to Sen. Joe McCarthy during the worst excesses of his anti-Communist crusade in the early 1950s.

How Will Biden Deal With Republican Sabotage?

He needs to make the G.O.P. pay a price for obstruction.

Trump Raises $170 Million as He Denies His Loss and Eyes the Future

The president’s campaign has ratcheted up its appeals for cash, but the first 75 percent of every contribution is going to a new political action committee that could fund his next political move.

In statehouse races, suburban voters’ disgust with Trump didn’t translate into a rebuke of other Republicans.
Every Day Trump Repeatedly Emails His Supporters a Dangerous Message: Democracy Doesn’t Work

Be outraged, don't accept the election results…and send money.

"I Leave His Fate To Our Judicial System, His Infamy To History, & His Legacy To A Trash Heap"

Those aren’t my words. They’re the words of Former CIA Director John Brennan who has a few other choice parting words for the outgoing President. The Hill “For four years, I spoke out vigorously against Donald Trump’s craven dishonesty, corrupt pursuit...

Here's Every Trump Campaign Lawsuit Filed Since Election Day

Trump's campaign blitzed U.S. courts with new lawsuits this week. Judges have so far rejected most of them.

Trump abruptly ends news conference after 1 minute as reporters grill him on conceding

President Donald Trump took one minute out of his day on Tuesday to hold a press conference in which he took credit for gains in the stock market, which came after President-elect Joe Biden’s transition was allowed to formally begin. At his press conference which lasted almost exactly one minute, Trump credited his administration for […]

The lost cause has yet to be found as Trump goes to PA Wednesday in search of 2020 election fraud

There’s a meeting of Trump and GOP lawmakers in Gettysburg PA where they will discuss a fraud to which Rudy has yet to admit under oath in court. The path to the bunker is circuitous, and the choice of an historic site raises the question of the...

Trump’s 'incompetency' and 'anti-science' views will plague US long after he leaves office: medical expert

Of more than 1.3 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide, over 257,900 of them have been in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — and the worst might be yet to come this winter. Dr. Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia U...

The Strategic Reasons Why Trump Isn't Conceding

Ever since Election Night became Election Week, we have been collectively wondering when Donald Trump might take the hint and bow out gracefully. Not that we ever really expected it, based on past behavior, but we hoped that a candidate now thirty...

Fascism expert explains the playbook Trump is following to destroy America before leaving office

President Donald Trump is making several moves ahead of leaving office on Jan. 20, 2021, to destroy President-elect Joe Biden's term in office, historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat explained in part of a video series Sunday.Ben-Ghiat explained that she started the series of videos because she knew that Trump wo...

Biden's margin of victory widens as Trump's subversion efforts grow more frantic

Overturning elections sounds like the stuff of secret deals in smoke-filled rooms, but President Donald Trump's not even trying to hide his effort to subvert the results of the election as President-elect Joe Biden's margin widens to more than 6 million votes.

The people have spoken! Donald Trump, you’re fired

Despite what President Donald Trump may say, he lost the election. The White House is the people’s house, not the exclusive domain of any politician or potentate no matter what party.

Trump's history of undermining the law ends with assault on right to vote

President Donald Trump's four-year history of undermining American rights and legal norms is fittingly ending with his attack on one of the most fundamental: the right to vote.

Trump and Giuliani are the Republican Party
Donald Trump's speech Thursday showed if he can't win, he'll make sure all of America loses

The man who always has to be the alpha is about to be the biggest loser. It'll likely leave him unhinged, uninhibited and more dangerous than ever before.

Just when you thought the president could sink no lower...

Trump was already destined to go down in history as a lousy president. Now he seems intent on shredding what was left of his reputation.

In Trump’s final days, a 30-year-old aide purges officials seen as insufficiently loyal

Critics say the dismissals threaten to destabilize the federal bureaucracy in the fragile period during the handover to the next administration.

The Hysterical MADNESS of Deposed King Trump's 'Rigged Election' Whining

For a week and half Donald Trump has been throwing an infantile tantrum over having lost the presidential election to Joe Biden, someone he has tried unsuccessfully to characterize as a mentally deficient socialist. And he even worried that he would...

Secret intelligence exists that ‘would cast Trump in very negative light’, warns ex-FBI chief

‘It’s almost incomprehensible to me that he would want that information out,’ says Andrew McCabe

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