Trump the Con Man

“Donald Trump is snake oil salesman, carnival barker, and riverboat gambler. He is P.T. Barnum, Elmer Gantry, and Bernie Madoff. He knows the best words: terrific, fantastic, amazing, a miracle. He feels the fears and dreams of his prey. You can fool some of the people all of the time is not just a saying. It is Donald Trump’s political philosophy.”
—-Will Justice

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Trump On The Press

Trump hates the press, and makes no bones about it.

So does every dictator who’s ever lived.

But not our great Presidents.

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom of conscience, of education, of speech, of assembly are among the very fundamentals of democracy and all of them would be nullified should freedom of the press ever be successfully challenged.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Trump Calls Corona Virus “The Chinese Virus”

The Divider in Chief calls COVID-19 the Chinese Virus.

Trump and his acolytes can’t understand why there’s a problem.

The problem is their moral compasses don’t work.

Remember the Pizzagate shooter?

Copycat impressionable psychos will be motivated to wreak vengeance on Chinese Americans.

Here’s Trump’s tweet:

The “onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault!”

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Praising Trump North Korea Style

Listening to Pence praise our peerless leader Donald Trump makes you think this is North Korea. Maybe this is what people sound like just before Trump throws them under the bus.

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The Power of Words: A Quotation

“Words shape ideas and ideas shape souls.”
—Adam Gropnik, The New Yorker columnist

Words have fearsome potential, a latent power that tyrant Stalin appreciated and feared.

At a banquet for 40 of the leading writers of the Soviet Union in 1932, Stalin referred to writers as “engineers of the human soul.”

Engineers of the human soul. What a turn of phrase.

Carpenters build with saws and lathes. Writers with words.

Within a decade Stalin had murdered 11 of the 40 present at that 1932 gathering. He understood all too well what words are capable of.

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Obama’s Legacy and Trump

We received a comment on the Lincoln and Obama Facebook page from a Trump follower about Obama’s legacy. Here’s the full text:

“The very fact you wear your libtardation attitude on your shirt sleeve shows you are nothing but a deranged unstable little man who just can’t stand a President who does exactly what he said he would do. Hows it feel to be an Obama lover and know Obama’s entire Legacy is gone, flushed down the toilet and what spilled was moped up and thrown out with the trash.”

How do the words of this man make me feel?

SAD…
@He doesn’t know 1.5 million more jobs were created during Obama’s last 3 years than Trump’s first 3;

@He doesn’t know 20 million more Americans got medical coverage under Obamacare;

@He doesn’t appreciate cleaner air and water;
@He doesn’t understand how a dictator seizes power.

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Donald Trump and the Rule of Law

Our forefathers built courthouses everywhere

Lawyers (like Abraham Lincoln) rode judicial circuits on the frontier

And for what?

To establish the rule of law. To make courts work.

To keep the powerful from doing whatever they felt like doing.

Now we have a President who believes he can do just that because he is the President, who believes he is the law.

And brags about it.

This is not about left or right or conservative or liberal.

This is about the essence of America.

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The Dictator’s Playbook

The Dictator’s Playbook
By Gene Griessman
(Written in response to a Trumpster who wrote that it’s preposterous to compare Trump to Hitler.)

Just because Trump has not yet committed the atrocities of the Holocaust does not mean that he would not do something horrifying if he felt he needed to. And could.

How many Jews died in gas chambers during Hitler’s first three years in office?

Zero. That was yet to come.

In the 1930s he was widely praised for spectacularly reviving the German economy, restoring national pride, atoning for past grievances, and denouncing Communists and liberals.

His base was conservative, church-going, rural-and small-town Germany.

His party had won seats in the Reichstag legitimately in democratic elections.

But there were flashing warning signs: harangues, attacks against journalists and weak liberals, glorifying all things German, vilifying all that was not, fear mongering and scapegoating vulnerable outgroups.

All dictators have followed the essential playbook with differences that vary by culture, risk and opportunity.

All of them. Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Mugabe, Ivan the Terrible, Caligula.

That was then. This is now.

Trump has attacked the press as enemies of the people, put pressure on the courts and tweeted that he has a right to, demonized minorities, and scapegoated illegal “aliens” and Muslims.

We cannot know if Trump will follow the playbook to its ghastly end, or get to, but he seems to know the playbook.

Hitler exploited a national disaster—the burning of the Reichstag (the lower house of the German parliament)—to solidify his grip on power.

Then came the arrests in the middle of the night, the unexplained disappearances, the deportations, the death camps.

Then the victims died en masse.

But not at first.

How would Trump behave if there were a great national emergency?

Can there be any doubt?

His belief in conspiracy theories, his claim that only he can fix it, his readiness to project blame on individuals and out-groups, and his cruelty are already on display.

If a great crisis were to occur, and Trump could project blame, he would only need to amplify the danger, and then his path to absolute rule would be complete.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

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Why Liberals Think Trump Supporters Are Stupid

“An anguished question. “Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?’

The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters – the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don’t…
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought “Fine.”
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, “Okay.”
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, “No problem.”
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
That when you heard him brag that he doesn’t read books, you said, “Well, who has time?”
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, “Yes!”
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, “Thumbs up!”
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they’re supposed to be regulating and you have said, “What a genius!”
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, “That’s smart!”
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, “falling in love” with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, “That’s statesmanship!”
What you don’t get, Trump supporters in 2019, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it’s also charitable.
Because if you’re NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.”

—-Author unknown. It was posted on our FB page “Lincoln and Obama” without attribution. Please inform us if you know its author

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Why Trump Scares People

A reader wrote me that Trump is deep inside my head. Below is my response.

Trump is indeed deep in my head and in the head of millions of Americans who fear a tyrant, who believe in checks and balances, who know that our founders did not want a king, who see that Trump is vengeful, impulsive, and rash, that he is hell-bent on destroying all who criticize and oppose him.

Some favorable economic data cannot camouflage Trump’s path to unchecked power.

Step by step he is doing what every dictator does. He knows the playbook.

So you are right. Trump is deeply in
my head. He scares me.

What scares me more are his followers who do not see what is plain as day.

None so blind as he who will not see.

I wish he scared you.

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