In a week when the GOP Senate will likely take their criminal president and crown him criminal king, we look at the big picture – treason, disinformation, and how to resist. Much like the Senate trial itself, our conversation centers on Ukraine. This week Andrea interviews Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk about how disinformation makes its way from the Kremlin into western media and even into western courts, as demonstrated by a recent court case in Italy in which online Kremlin propaganda formed much of the “evidence”. This situation can happen anywhere, including here in the United States. Andrea and Olga also discuss censorship, state violence, and the difficulties in being a journalist in an era where multiple regimes seek to annihilate the very concept of truth.
Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa are experts on authoritarian states who warned America about election hacking years before 2016. Here, they take a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairs.
From May 3, 2016. Here the Stable Genius implies Senator Ted Cruz’ father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. None of this is true, of course. Trump had read the story in the National Enquirer.
Trump also attacked Cruz’ wife Heidi: “Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”
Most recently, on 1/28/2020, Lyin’ Ted defended Trump during his Impeachment Trial. “The president was entirely justified in asking for an investigation concerning Ukraine and potentially Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.”
In Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig’s recently published “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America,” an eye witness described a Pentagon meeting when Donald Trump dressed down Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, General James Mattis, and other military leaders.
“You’re a bunch of dopes and babies,” Trump reported told his top brass. “You would totally go bankrupt if you had to run your own business,” apparently forgetting he was speaking to decorated military leaders and not the marketing team at Trump University. Ending his tirade, Trump said, “I wouldn’t go to war with you people.”
The Hobbledehoy has these observations:
“You would totally go bankrupt if you had to run your own business”
He has failed at gambling casinos, mortgage companies, publishing, and of course his cologne, Trump: The Fragrance.
Along with his six bankruptcies, Trump’s companies have been involved in 3,500 legal cases in U.S. federal courts and state court, and more than 100 tax disputes. In November 2016, Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle the litigation for fraud involving Trump University. His “charity” The Trump Foundation was found to have committed fraud and misappropriated funds, and was ordered by the courts to be shut down.
In summary, Trump does have a talent for filing bankruptcies, as well as cheating his customers, leaving contractors unpaid, and stealing charitable contributions. Trump is a grifter.
“I wouldn’t go to war with you people”
Trump was telling the truth when he told Mattis and the decorated war veterans in front of him that he “wouldn’t go to war” with them. However, he should have stated that he wouldn’t go to war with them or anyone else, for that matter. During the Vietnam war, he had five (5) draft deferments, for bone spurs, successfully avoiding service to his country. “You think I’m stupid?” Trump told his lawyer Michael Cohen, “I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”
Not one person in three generations of the Trump family has served in the United States military. Not one. Though he did not serve in the military, Trump’s father Frederick Trump was investigated by a U.S. Senate committee for wartime profiteering in 1954.
To summarize, Donald Trump is a coward born of a cowardly family.
Who is the Dope?
Trump has suggested vaccinations cause autism, and has said that he believes asbestos – which kills 40,000 annually in the U.S. – is not a health hazard. He believes Climate Change is a “make-believe problem,” a “big scam” and a “Chinese hoax.”
Trump was famously duped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “We fell in love,” Trump said. “No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters.” (quote from Sep 30, 2018.) Suckered by a love letter from a cartoonish dictator. Could there be a more pathetic chump? A bigger dope?
Who is the Baby?
What other president could be triggered by a tweet from Rosie O’Donnell?
Elizabeth & Bernie have both appeared in my films. I deeply admire what they’ve done for us. Why Elizabeth chose to stick a knife in Bernie’s back is beyond me. At a time when Job #1 for ALL of us is to remove Trump, how did this help us remove Trump? We live in an age now where it’s ok to create alternative facts. Smearing Bernie became more important than beating Trump. Sad. Senseless. And all you did was help Trump. January 13, 2020 — The Day Trump Won Four More Years. Thanks to Elizabeth Warren, now we fight each other instead of Trump! Stop! Enough!