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The Hill: Majority of Republicans say Trump better president than Lincoln

The majority of Americans still believe Lincoln was a better president, but this is still mind boggling.

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ProPublica: Trump Tax Records Reveal New Inconsistencies — This Time for Trump Tower — ProPublica

If only we could see all of Donald Trump’s tax records…

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Sun-Sentinel: President Trump rallies the South Florida faithful and heaps scorn on opponents

Donald Trump led a chant with profane words, made fun of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for appearing “a little overweight,” and made up a story about a fictional war on Thanksgiving. And that just scratches the surface.

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Nervous About Nancy? Trump Rants In Fox Appearance About Speaker Pelosi, et al.

On Friday morning, Trump phoned his favorite supporters, the always reliable propagandists and television hosts on Fox & Friends. The president used his 53-minute phone “interview” to complain about the impeachment proceedings, give life to discredited conspiracy theories, and denigrate prominent women.

First he was off on the baseless conspiracy theory on the Democratic National Committee server being housed somewhere in Ukraine.

“I still want to see that server. You know, the FBI’s never gotten that server. That’s a big part of this whole thing. Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company?

From Vox:

“The FBI went in and they told them, ‘Get outta here; were not giving [the server] to you,’” Trump said on-air. “They gave the server to CrowdStrike, or whatever it’s called.” 

The president then falsely claimed CrowdStrike is owned by a wealthy Ukrainian. CrowdStrike is an American company co-owned by two U.S. citizens, one of whom was born in Russia.

It was apparently even a bit of a stretch for the Fox hosts. Vox writes:

Even host Steve Doocy seemed somewhat taken aback by Trump’s claims and responded by asking him, “Are you sure they did that? Are you sure they gave it to Ukraine?”

Trump’s sourcing was weak, to put it mildly.

“Well, that’s what the word is,” he said.

The rant became steadily more misogynistic as Trump started going after women associated with his impeachment. In addition to calling Nancy Pelosi “paralyzed,” the president said the Speaker was “totally incompetent,” “absolutely lost,” “crazy as a bedbug,” “nuts,” “not talented,” “highly overrated.”

The Week reports that Trump also repeatedly criticized former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and the way she decorated the U.S Embassy in Kiev during her tenure.

“In multiple sentences, Trump explained how Yovanovitch apparently refused to hang up his picture at the embassy in Ukraine. “She said bad things about me, she refused to defend me,” Trump complained. “This was not an angel, this woman.” 

He didn’t limit the trash talk to women. He also called Representative Adam Schiff a “sick puppy,” said the head of the Intelligence Committee “makes it all up,” and “there’s something wrong with him.”

How about Rudy? Any room left under the bus for Trump’s personal attorney? Not today.

“But Rudy Giuliani was one of the great crime fighters of all time. He’s also a friend of mine. He’s a great person. He’s like an iconic figure in this country for two reasons. He was the greatest mayor in the history of New York and he was the greatest crime fighter probably in the last 50 years.

“When Rudy Giuliani goes there, and you hear it’s a corrupt country, I mean it means a lot. It means a lot.”

The rant continued on to the border wall. Here, Trump revealed that parts of the wall have been electrified, something that the White House has never confirmed.

Also from The Week:

Brian Kilmeade’s face immediately sunk, and he looked to his seemingly unconcerned co-hosts as Trump explained it’s so “if anyone touches it,” border agents can “get there within minutes.” “You electrified the wall?” a seemingly shocked Kilmeade then asked, but Trump ignored the question and kept talking.

After the call ended, Kilmeade explained that Trump’s bizarre calls to Fox & Friends are a mode of “stress relief.”

This post contains opinion.

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WaPo: Americans “Fleeced” – Secret Service Spent $250,000+ at Trump Properties in 5 Months

Protecting the President of the United States has never come cheap in the modern era.

But Secret Service protection of Donald Trump and his family is not only costly — a lot of those tax dollars go right into his own corporate pocket.

In just the first five months after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, the presidential guardians paid more than a quarter-million dollars to Trump properties, according to records obtained by the watchdog group Property of the People.

“These new records, detailing spending on Secret Service credit cards, show … $254,000 by the Secret Service alone,” reports the Washington Post.

The president has set up an extraordinary arrangement: He kept ownership of his businesses — and then visited them repeatedly, bringing along aides and security officials and charging the government for what they bought,” the Post says.

Some examples:

“On April 2, 2017 … Trump played golf at his club in suburban Virginia — a short drive from the White House. That day, the records show, the Secret Service made five separate payments to ‘Trump National Golf Club’ totaling $26,802….”

“On May 7, Trump was staying at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ. The Secret Service records show $16,000 in spending at ‘Trump National Golf Club’ that day.”

The Post quotes Ryan Shapiro, executive director of Property of the People, as saying these figures show that “Donald Trump views the American public as a bunch of marks waiting to be fleeced.

There’s been no comment so far from the White House, the Trump Organization or the Secret Service.

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Trump Brags About Opening Apple Plant In Texas That’s Been Producing Computers Since 2013

There are Trump’s everyday fabrications and then there are the whoppers. Wednesday, on a trip to Texas, Trump told one of the latter.

He toured a plant that makes Apple computers in Austin. It was a pretty routine event until the end. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Trump walked in front of the news cameras and took credit for the plant, suggesting it had opened that day. “For me, this is a very special day,” he said. Mr. Cook stood next to him, stone-faced.

The plant has been making Apple computers since 2013.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, standing next to the president, did not correct him.

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Supreme Court Puts On Hold The Release Of Trump’s Tax Returns

This was expected. The Supreme Court has issued a temporarily pause on the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns. The court’s statement reads, in part:

It is ordered that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, case No. 19-5142, hereby stayed pending receipt of response, due on or before Thursday.

AXIOS writes:

The lower court order compelling Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA to turn over the president’s financial records will be delayed until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up Trump’s appeal. Trump has requested that the Supreme Court protect his financial records from both House investigators and the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which is conducting a criminal investigation.

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