Can’t Convince a Trumper

As members of the collective of 65,884,610 voters that voted for Hillary Clinton, we  continue to wonder how 62,979,636 voted for Donald Trump. It is clear to us that the Donald conned them into believing the lies he was telling. Our frustration is that you cannot convince his supporters of this. No amount of knowledge, common sense, or facts will dissuade their rationale for supporting him. I just don’t understand.

Then, being a Mark Twain enthusiast, I came across the meme below. This totally clarified it for me… I will no longer try to have a common sense conversation with a Trumper on this topic.

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I have no source for this meme to credit.

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This Is A Historical Moment For America

The latest breaking news is the Washington Post article about Russia’s interference in the presidential election. They referred to a secret assessment by the CIA where they concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just undermining confidence in the U.S. electoral system.

Assuming this is all true, this is a historical moment like none before in America. The legitimacy of our government and democracy are in question. We have a foreign country that has clearly undermined our electoral system and influenced the outcome of the election toward their favored candidate, which won. The scope and magnitude of this interference by a foreign country nullifies the validity of this election.

The timing of these findings provide one window-of-opportunity to resolve this issue. On December 19, each state will send their Electoral College electors to their state capitol to cast their vote for their candidate. Prior to that date all of the Electoral College electors should be assembled and receive the CIA’s briefing on this interference by Russia. After they have all the facts about this interference and after having a full month preview of Trump’s behavior, they can make a more informed decision on how to vote. Are they going to be true American “patriots” and vote for what’s best for their country or are they going to be a “political party over country” partisan hack and vote for what’s best for their party? I can’t see Trump supporters changing their votes, regardless of the facts, because they only believe what Trump tells them.

Right, wrong, or indifferent, a cloud of doubt has been embedded in the minds of Americans reference the legitimacy of this election. The level of interference by Russia and the widespread use of voter disenfranchisement is more than enough to deem this election illegitimate.

The only fair way to resolve this is to have a re-election using only auditable methods of voting (preferably paper votes) and a resolution for those large number of voters that were unfairly disenfranchised previously.

Robert Reich Says What We Are All Thinking About Trump

During an interview with Anderson Cooper (CNN), former Labor Secretary Robert Reich was asked what he thought about Trump responding to things he heard or saw on television. His answer is exactly what we all want to say to Donald Trump about his personal Twitter attacks and their impact.

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Donald Trump – Liar-Elect and Master Snake-Oil Salesman

Donald Trump in his true form is a marketer, con-artist and snake-oil salesman. He will say and do anything to make a sale, especially when selling himself. We had a saying where I used to work: “How do you know when a salesman is lying?  When his lips are moving!” Add in a giant ego to the lying and you have Donald Trump.

This all became very obvious during his presidential campaign. During his rallies he refused to follow a script because he likes to just make stuff up as he goes. Once he had his supporters fired up by spewing his typical racist-based campaign rhetoric, his enormous need for adoration kicked in and the snake-oil salesman took over, spouting outrageous lies and convincing his supporters that “only he can fix this, believe me!”

The best example of his outrageous lies was when he claimed, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me!”  Really. What normal person with an ounce of common sense would believe him? None, except we are talking about Trump supporters here. They believe anything he says, regardless of how irrational, offensive and disgraceful it is.

How did this shameful behavior and lying impact him? He was rewarded with the most esteemed job in the world – President of the United States.

That’s right, he was able to convince over 60 million voters that a greedy, pussy grabbing, racist, narcissist, seventy year-old billionaire feels the pains and struggles of the common people and that only he could fix it, because he is just so rich, so smart and so dedicated to “making Trump America great again!”

The greatest CON job of all time.

His fellow Republicans and surrogates defended his lying and behavior as just campaign rhetoric and devices to get elected. Well, fast forward four weeks and guess what? Even though he is now President-Elect, nothing has changed. He is still making false statements. The latest example of this was this tweet:

won-the-popular-voteOf course this tweet created a firestorm of responses since it is a known fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 2.5 million votes.

When the President-Elect of the United States makes an accusation that millions of people voted illegally, he better be prepared to back it up with verifiable proof. Not Donald Trump. He just moves on and puts the burden on his critics to disprove his accusation and his surrogates to defend him.

And how have the Republicans and his surrogates defended him? Not by providing facts to support his accusation, but by rallying behind the extremely stupid excuse and talking point that “facts simply don’t exist anymore.”

Mike Pence (Vice President-elect): “The media and others are taking what Donald Trump says literally. His supporters don’t believe everything he says.”

Paul Ryan (Republican Speaker of the House): “It doesn’t matter to me. He won the election. Who cares what he tweeted…”

Kellyanne Conway (Trump Campaign Manager): Claimed that Trump’s habit of tweeting inaccurate and inflammatory statements and lies was indeed “presidential behavior” simply by the virtue of him being the President-Elect. That’s right, when the President-Elect lies, it doesn’t matter because he is the President-Elect.

So in defense of President-Elect Donald Trump’s pathological lying, the Republicans are trying to normalize lying.

Normalization refers to social processes through which ideas and actions come to be seen as “normal” and “natural” in everyday life. – Wikipedia

Rather than holding him accountable for being so dishonest, even to his own supporters, we all should accept his lies as truths just because he is the President-Elect.

I wonder what all the countries of this world are learning about our new President-Elect. I would tend to guess they are saying he doesn’t know what he’s doing, has a terrible temperament, is very vindictive, and not honorable because he lies about everything.

So much drama and he doesn’t even take charge for another month.

*Note: Even more lies have surfaced since I started writing this post. If I tried to keep pace with his lies I would never finish this post…

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Trump Appointing Billionaires, Lobbyists, Cronies and Old Republican Retreads

During his campaign Donald Trump denounced the Washington establishment and elites that run the government. As a Washington outsider he promised to “drain the swamp” of these professional politicians and lobbyists and bring in other outsiders to solve America’s woes. As only he can do.

Now that he is President-Elect Trump, he has to fill all these critical jobs with qualified people that will be responsible for managing their specific areas of responsibility and helping him function as President.

Since Trump is a billionaire Washington outsider with no experience as an elected public servant, he does not have connections with people that are qualified to fill these critical positions. So what is he doing? He is appointing other billionaires to help fix the system  that made them billionaires. He is filling his cabinet with more lobbyists and his old political cronies and Republican retreads from years past that he has supported. Their primary qualification is that they had to be Trump supporters and willing to suck up to him.

you-elected-a-billionaireWell, so much for “draining that swamp” promise.  More broken promises to come…

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Compares Donald Trump to Castro

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is a well-known detractor of Donald Trump. After promising to make Mexico pay for the border wall, Fox was very outspoken that Trump “was not welcome in Mexico” and adamant that Mexico will “never pay for that fucking wall.”

In a Fox News interview Fox compared Trump to Fidel Castro on Tuesday, calling both men “authoritarian” leaders. Fox said. “They lie, they cheat, they are false prophets, they promise many things but they are not going to be able to comply.”

At least Vicente Fox is not afraid to speak the truth and will not back down. Watch the interview below:

 

 

I Listened and I Watched, Now I Will Do My Part…

Perfect response to the question “what do we do now?” after Donald Trump’s election and Republican House and Senate wins.

I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.
Them. The people who voted for him.
The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.
They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know what they are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can.
Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Drumpf’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s.
I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were “entirely unwilling to give.”
– Author unknown.