Elevate Trump, by Tara Carreon

Elevate Trump, by Tara Carreon

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Elevate Trump
by Tara Carreon
November 20, 2016

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I Elevated Trump, And All I Got Was This Goddamned Fascist Dictatorship!

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Julian ASSANGE
by Afshin Rattansi
November 21, 2016



Afshin Rattansi goes underground with Julian Assange. We talk to the founder of Wikileaks about how his recent DNC leaks have no connection to Russia.

Excerpt:

[AFSHIN RATTANSI] Any Russian connections between Hillary Clinton and Russia? Any Russia connections there?

[JULIAN ASSANGE] Hillary Clinton has done quite well strategically to try and draw a connection between Trump and Russia, because she has so many connections of her own. Now, my analysis of Trump and Russia is that there is no substantial connection. Why do I say that? Because Trump was trying to invest in Russia before Putin in the 1990s. And after Putin. In fact, nearly all the way up to the present moment. And he’s had no success! He did not manage to build hotels and so on in Russia. So that shows how insubstantial his contacts are.

There’s an extremely well-documented pattern of when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, those people – companies, governments – who wanted a decision by the Secretary of State in their favor, making large donations to the Clinton Foundation, or in some other cases, business deals with the people around Hillary Clinton.

Now, one particular instance is the approval by Secretary Clinton of selling 20% of the U.S. uranium reprocessing rights to a Russian company to be exported to Russia. So at that time, a large donation was made by those Russian interests to the Clinton Foundation. In addition, Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, was on the board of a company named Joule Unlimited, and Joule Unlimited held some of these rights, and received a $ 35 million investment from Russia!

[AFSHIN RATTANSI] That’s a Russian government company?

[JULIAN ASANGE] And also, Russians were on the board also with Podesta.

[AFSHIN RATTANSI] So the kind of email revelations from Wikileaks reveal that Hillary Clinton is a Kremlin stooge?

[JULIAN ASANGE] I wouldn’t say “Kremlin Stooge,” but there is a much deeper connection on record with Hillary Clinton and Russia than we have with, that we are presently aware of with, Donald Trump.

[AFSHIN RATTANSI] Well, some journalists would argue that it’s actually the subject of the revelations that’s more interesting to the American voter about the election, while the media is fascinated whether the Kremlin is working with you, whether you work for the Kremlin, basically.

[JULIAN ASANGE] No, but I think it’s a genuine question you should ask the sources of information. The least, however, in case of Wikileaks publications. Why do I say that? Well, the principal reason why you want to know the source of some statement is to understand whether it’s true or not, even a big issue in the case of other media organizations who are simply making claims and not publishing original documents. I give you an example, a very, very interesting example.

I’ve done some research on the Turkish coup. Now, it’s not spoken about in the West, but within Turkey, the Turkish newspapers, are publishing elements of a theory that the United States was directly involved in the coup. The U.S. Intelligence backed Fethullah Gülen who is based in Pennsylvania as the head of the Gulen cult that has been implicated in the coup. In fact, according to the Turkish government, he is the leading actor in the coup.

[AFSHIN RATTANSI] He’s wanted by President Erdogan?

[JULIAN ASANGE] Yes, and he put out extradition requests. But one of the key independent points of evidence, not coming from interrogation in Turkey where people might have been placed under duress, is that in the middle of the coup, NBC published that Erdogan was on his way to Germany to seek asylum. And they say this was told to them by a U.S. military source. So what the hell is going on there? Because that went all the way around the world, and was used to further the chances of success of the coup within Turkey, because if the president has fled, then he’s lost control.
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Re: Elevate Trump, by Tara Carreon

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Clinton Campaign Wrote About “Elevating” Trump Months Before He Declared Candidacy
by Claire Bernish
October 8, 2016

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Wikileaks released a bombshell document on Saturday showing strategies to align the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign by promoting — not criticizing — the field of Republican opponents, particularly highlighting Donald Trump.

Clinton campaign wrote about their strategic goal of "elevating" Trump two months before he declared his candidacy https://t.co/bVVLQoGnhz pic.twitter.com/Wv9VUxufkQ
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 8, 2016


From the memo addressed to the DNC under the heading, “Our Goals & Strategy”:

“Our hope is that the goal of a potential HRC campaign and the DNC would be one-in-the-same: to make whomever the Republicans nominate unpalatable to the majority of the electorate. We have outlined three strategies to obtain our goal …”


Those strategies — while including the political typicality to paint the GOP candidates in an unfavorable light — also include the proposal to “Muddy the waters on any potential attack lodged against HRC.”

But far more telling is a section entitled: Operationalizing the Strategy.

Under the subheading, “Pied Piper Candidates,” the memo explains:

“There are two ways to approach the strategies mentioned above. The first is to use the field as a whole to inflict damage on itself similar to what happened to Mitt Romney in 2012. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right. In this scenario, we don’t want to marginalize the candidates, but make them more ‘Pied Piper’ candidates who actually represent the mainstream Republican Party. Pied Piper candidates include, but aren’t limited to:

Ted Cruz
Donald Trump
Ben Carson


“We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to [take] them seriously.”

In other words, the April 7, 2015 memo — written at the very beginning of Clinton’s campaign — shows coordination with the Democratic National Committee from the start. Although written with the intimation whatever Clinton would choose to use against her Republican opponents would naturally benefit any Democrats in the presidential race, further information in the document shows either her campaign’s alignment had already begun, or that it would shortly.

Written under “Muddying the Waters,” the author explains the GOP has been “building its opposition research on Hillary Clinton for decades […] One way we can respond to these attacks is to show how they boomerang onto the Republican presidential field. The goal then is to have a dossier on the GOP candidates on the likely attacks HRC will face.”

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Newlyweds Donald Trump Sr. and Melania Trump with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton at their reception held at The Mar-a-Lago Club in January 22, 2005 in Palm Beach, Fla. (Maring Photography/Getty Images/Contour by Getty Images)

Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House...

Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party...

The talk with Clinton — the spouse of the Democratic presidential front-runner and one of his party’s preeminent political strategists — came just weeks before Trump jumped into the GOP race and surged to the front of the crowded Republican field...

The call came as Trump was making a final decision about whether to run...

Clinton sounded curious about Trump’s moves toward a presidential bid and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right...

[T]he call in May was considered especially sensitive, coming soon after Hillary Rodham Clinton had declared her own presidential run the month before...

At Trump’s 2005 wedding, Hillary Clinton sat in the front row for the ceremony.

-- Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid, by Robert Costa and Anne Gearan


What the memo’s author is describing overall constitutes a smear campaign through bait-and-switch — work to prop up the opposition by acknowledging its legitimacy while undermining the validity of the entire Republican Party by fixating on any fringe statements from those now-legitimate candidates.

In fact, the document also suggests even unproven information wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility in the effort to vilify Republican opponents. After discussing the coming GOP attacks on Hillary Clinton’s credibility, the document states:

“In this regard, any information on scandals or ethical lapses on the GOP candidates would serve well. We won’t be picky.”


Wikileaks, after coming under fire at the beginning of the month for what many saw as a failure to deliver on its “October Surprise,” has certainly now made good on its promise with leaks of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails.

Transcripts from Clinton’s paid speeches have surfaced proving — as her campaign proved — the candidate has a lack of understanding for the middle and working class, saying she is “far removed” because of the “fortunes” she and her husband “enjoy.”

Media collusion with the Clinton campaign has also now been cemented, with a Clinton Foundation insider describing with delight a forthcoming article for the New York Times,

“Agree. I like it, especially the ‘twisting previously known facts into absurd conspiracy theories’. I suspect we might be able to get repeat use of out of that one.”


Wikileaks release of the Podesta emails will most certainly reveal more in the days to come.

https://www.wikileaks.org/podesta-emails//fileid/1120/251

To: The Democratic National Committee
Re: 2016 GOP presidential candidates
Date: April 7, 2015

Friends,

This memo is intended to outline the strategy and goals a potential Hillary Clinton presidential campaign would have regarding the 2016 Republican presidential field. Clearly most of what is contained in this memo is work the DNC is already doing. This exercise is intended to put those ideas to paper.

Our Goals & Strategy

Our hope is that the goal of a potential HRC campaign and the DNC would be one-in-the-same: to make whomever the Republicans nominate unpalatable to a majority of the electorate. We have outlined three strategies to obtain our goal:

1) Force all Republican candidates to lock themselves into extreme conservative positions that will hurt them in a general election;

2) Undermine any credibility/trust Republican presidential candidates have to make inroads to our coalition or independents;

3) Muddy the waters on any potential attack lodged against HRC.

Operationalizing the Strategy

Pied Piper Candidates


There are two ways to approach the strategies mentioned above. The first is to use the field as a whole to inflict damage on itself similar to what happened to Mitt Romney in 2012. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right. In this scenario, we don’t want to marginalize the more extreme candidates, but make them more “Pied Piper” candidates who actually represent the mainstream of the Republican Party. Pied Piper candidates include, but aren’t limited to:

• Ted Cruz

• Donald Trump

• Ben Carson

We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to them seriously.

Undermining Their Message & Credibility

Most of the more-established candidates will want to focus on building a winning general election coalition. The “Pied Pipers” of the field will mitigate this to a degree, but more will need to be done on certain candidates to undermine their credibility among our coalition (communities of color, millennials, women) and independent voters. In this regard, the goal here would be to show that they are just the same as every other GOP candidate: extremely conservative on these issues. Some examples:

• Jeb Bush

o What to undermine: the notion he is a “moderate” or concerned about regular Americans; perceived inroads with the Latino population.

• Marco Rubio

o What to undermine: the idea he has “fresh” ideas; his perceived appeal to Latinos

• Scott Walker

o What to undermine: the idea he can rally working- and middle class Americans.

• Rand Paul

o What to undermine: the idea he is a “different” kind of Republican; his stance on the military and his appeal to millennials and communities of color.

• Bobby Jindal

o What to undermine: his “new” ideas

• Chris Christie

o What to undermine: he tells it like it is.

Muddying the Waters

As we all know, the right wing attack machine has been building its opposition research on Hillary Clinton for decades. The RNC et al has been telegraphing they are ready to attack and do so with reckless abandon. One way we can respond to these attacks is to show how they boomerang onto the Republican presidential field. The goal, then, is to have a dossier on the GOP candidates on the likely attacks HRC will face. Based on attacks that have already occurred, the areas they are highlighting:

• Transparency & disclosure

• Donors & associations

• Management & business dealings

In this regard, any information on scandals or ethical lapses on the GOP candidates would serve well. We won’t be picky.

Again, we think our goals mirror those of the DNC. We look forward to continuing the conversation.
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SPLC's Intelligence Report: Amid Year of Lethal Violence, Extremist Groups Expanded Ranks in 2015 last group of people to demonize,” he said. “Trans people — particularly trans people of color — are the most victimized group of all.”
by Southern Poverty Law Center
February 17, 2016

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The number of extremist groups operating in the United States grew in 2015 – a year awash in deadly extremist violence and hateful rhetoric from mainstream political figures, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations.

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The report, contained in the Spring 2016 issue of the SPLC’s investigative journal, Intelligence Report, can be read here

Click here for an interactive map showing hate group names, types and locations across the country.

The SPLC found that the number of hate groups operating in 2015 was 14 percent higher than in 2014. Antigovernment “Patriot” groups – armed militias and others animated by conspiracy theories – also grew 14 percent during the same period.

“While the number of extremist groups grew in 2015 after several years of declines, the real story was the deadly violence committed by extremists in city after city,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the Intelligence Report. “Whether it was Charleston, San Bernardino or Colorado Springs, 2015 was clearly a year of deadly action for extremists.”

Hate groups increased from 784 groups in 2014 to 892 last year. Antigovernment “Patriot” groups grew from 874 in 2014 to 998.

This growth came amid a series of lethal terrorist attacks by extremists. In June, a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. In December, Islamist radicals killed 14 people at a work party in San Bernardino, California – just days after an anti-abortion extremist killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These were just the worst of numerous other attacks and foiled extremist plots reviewed in this issue.

“After seeing the bloodshed that defined 2015, our politicians should have worked to defuse this anger and bring us together as a nation,” Potok said. “Unfortunately, the carnage did little to dissuade some political figures from spouting incendiary rhetoric about minorities. In fact, they frequently exploited the anger and polarization across the country for political gain.”

Here are the main articles in the issue:

The Year in Hate and Extremism — by Mark Potok — The number of hate and antigovernment ‘Patriot’ groups grew last year, and terrorist attacks and radical plots proliferated.
A Year of Living Dangerously — by Mark Potok — The political violence we saw in 2015 was worse than it seemed.
Backlash — by Leah Nelson — Anti-Muslim hatred ratcheted up sharply after the Islamic State attacks in Paris. Then came San Bernardino and Donald Trump.
Seeing Red — by Ryan Lenz — After years of avoiding conspiracy theories, anti-Indian activists now see a global communist plot behind a UN plan.
Aryan Deflations — by Bill Morlin — A dozen years after the death of its founder, the remnants of the once-infamous Aryan Nations have just about disappeared
Culture Jamming — by Keegan Hankes — Racist leaders are increasingly sending out disinformation to spread their ideology online.
Fear and Loathing in Montana — by Ryan Lenz — On a decaying former Air Force base, antigovernment ‘sovereign citizens’ are battling the few remaining locals for control.
Life After Hate — by Ryan Lenz, illustrations by Brett Affrunti — Staffed by former racists, an ‘exit’ program aimed at disillusioned white supremacist radicals in the U.S. is picking up steam.

The demonization of Muslims, Latinos, immigrants and others became commonplace in 2015. Presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines with a call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration and his description of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. He even cited a bogus “poll” by the Center for Security Policy that falsely claimed that a quarter of American Muslims support violent jihadists such as the members of the Islamic State.

The Center for Security Policy is one of two anti-Muslim groups listed as hate groups for the first time in this year’s report. The other is ACT! for America.

Other political figures launched their own verbal attacks against a host of targets to exploit the anger and fear of some Americans over the country’s changing demographics, immigration, the legalization of same-sex marriage, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and atrocities committed by Islamist terrorists. Economic pressure on white, working-class Americans has also contributed to the anger.

“Backlash,” a related report within this issue, explores the wave of violence and hatred directed at American Muslims in the wake of shrill attacks by major presidential candidates and recent jihadist massacres in Paris and San Bernardino.

These messages by mainstream political figures were often amplified by right-wing media outlets, adding to the sense of polarization and anger across the country – an atmosphere that may be unmatched since the political upheavals of 1968. With the new year beginning with armed militiamen seizing a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, the extremist threat in the United States appears likely to get worse before it improves.

The hate groups listed in this report include neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen and black separatists. Other hate groups on the list target LGBT people, Muslims or immigrants, and some specialize in producing racist music or propaganda denying the Holocaust.

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Re: Elevate Trump, by Tara Carreon

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https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/3990

Bernie, Elizabeth and de Blasio

From: brentbbi@webtv.net
To: john.podesta@gmail.com, roy.spence@gsdm.com
Date: 2016-03-13 09:43
Subject: Bernie, Elizabeth and de Blasio

Sometime soon I am going to suggest that Bernie, Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio create the equivalent of a People's PAC to raise huge amounts of money from small donors---after the convention---to support electing liberals at all levels....including but far beyond Hillary assuming she is nominated.....

Beyond this Hillary should stop attacking Bernie, especially when she says things that are untrue, which candidly she often does. I am one of the people with credibility to suggest Bernie people support her in November, and she and Benenson and others have no idea of the damage she does to herself with these attacks, which she does not gain by making.

Instead the smart move would be to look for issues where she can dovetail with Bernie. One I am definitely going to suggest would be to take his proposal for a free public college education paid for by a transaction tax on Wall Street speculation and add one new dimension....that to receive this benefit young people should devote one year to some form of community or public service....

There is no reason Hillary cannot not support this....

Right now I am petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump....she has huge endemic political weaknesses that she would be wise to rectify.....even a clown like Ted Cruz would be an even money bet to beat and this scares the hell of out me.....

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Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid
by Robert Costa and Anne Gearan
Washington Post
August 5, 2015

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Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of both men.

Four Trump allies and one Clinton associate familiar with the exchange said that Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.

Clinton’s personal office in New York confirmed that the call occurred in late May, but an aide to Clinton said the 2016 race was never specifically discussed and that it was only a casual chat.

The talk with Clinton — the spouse of the Democratic presidential front-runner and one of his party’s preeminent political strategists — came just weeks before Trump jumped into the GOP race and surged to the front of the crowded Republican field.

The revelation of the call comes as many Republicans have begun criticizing Trump for his ties to Democrats, including past financial donations to the Clintons and their charitable foundation.

Trump took the call from his office in Trump Tower in New York, according to the four allies, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly. The call came as Trump was making a final decision about whether to run, and he was candid about his political ambitions and his potential interest in seeking the White House during the talk, these allies said.

The 42nd president listened intently and then analyzed Trump’s prospects and his desire to rouse the GOP base, the Trump allies said.

The tone of the call was informal, and Clinton never urged Trump to run, the four people said. Rather, they said, Clinton sounded curious about Trump’s moves toward a presidential bid and told Trump that he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right.

One person with knowledge of Clinton’s end of the call said the former president was upbeat and encouraging during the conversation, which occurred as Trump was speaking out about GOP politics and his prescriptions for the nation.

Clinton aides declined to speak on the record about the call, saying the conversation was personal.

“Mr. Trump reached out to President Clinton a few times. President Clinton returned his call in late May,” a Clinton employee said. “While we don’t make it a practice to discuss the president’s private conversations, we can tell you that the presidential race was not discussed.”

One Trump adviser said Clinton called Trump, but the adviser did not provide specifics about how the call came about.

People with knowledge of the call in both camps said it was one of many that Clinton and Trump have had over the years, whether about golf or donations to the Clinton Foundation. But the call in May was considered especially sensitive, coming soon after Hillary Rodham Clinton had declared her own presidential run the month before.

At the time, Trump was touting a “foolproof” but undisclosed plan to defeat Islamic State terrorists and ramping up his presence on the airwaves, including interviews where he was asked about his donations to the Clinton Foundation. He entered the race June 16.

Neither side would provide an exact date for the call, but both Bill Clinton’s office and a person close to Trump described it as “late May.”

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, declined to comment. The campaign of Hillary Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump is a longtime acquaintance of the Clintons, both of whom attended the businessman’s third wedding in 2005. Since Trump entered the presidential race, however, he and Hillary Clinton have increasingly traded barbs.

She has condemned Trump’s racially charged remarks about Mexican immigrants and tut-tutted about his remark that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not a war hero.

“Donald Trump. Finally, a candidate whose hair gets more attention than mine,” Clinton joked at a Democratic dinner in Arkansas in July. “But there’s nothing funny about the hate he is spewing at immigrants and families, and now the insults he has directed at a genuine war hero, Sen. John McCain.”

That was a rare instance in which Clinton mentioned Trump by name. Also in July, before a largely Hispanic audience, Clinton had this to say:

“I have just one word for Mr. Trump. Basta!”

In June, she criticized Trump, without using his name, over his references to Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals during his June campaign launch speech.

“A recent entry into the Republican presidential campaign said some very inflammatory things about Mexicans. Everybody should stand up and say that’s not acceptable,” Clinton said in an interview with Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston.

Clinton demurred when asked to specify to whom she was referring. Instead, she has frequently sought to tie Trump’s views to the broader GOP field.

“I think he is emblematic,” she said. “I want people to understand it’s not about him — it’s about everybody.”

Clinton has reserved her sharpest attacks for former Florida governor Jeb Bush and other candidates she has called out by name for their policies on immigration, abortion and other issues.

For his part, Trump said little about Clinton until recent weeks.

“Wow, it’s pretty pathetic that Hillary Clinton just blamed me for the horrendous attack that took place in South Carolina,” Trump wrote in a post on Instagram, following that interview. “This is why politicians are just no good. Our country’s in trouble.”

And on Wednesday, Trump wrote in a Twitter message: “Do you notice that Hillary spews out Jeb’s name as often as possible in order to give him status? She knows Trump is her worst nightmare.”

That’s a long way from the cordial, even cozy, relationship between the two when Clinton was a U.S. senator from New York and Trump was a constituent and supporter.

At Trump’s 2005 wedding, Hillary Clinton sat in the front row for the ceremony, and Bill Clinton joined her for festivities later. The Clintons were photographed laughing chummily with Trump and new wife Melania Knauss at the reception, with Bill Clinton clasping Trump’s shoulder.

Trump has also donated to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaigns and to the Clinton Foundation.

Tom Hamburger, Alice Crites and Karen Tumulty contributed to this report.
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Bill Clinton May Have Encouraged Donald Trump to Run for President: What if the Clintons were playing chess … against themselves?!
by Tina Nguyen
Vanity Fair
August 5, 2015

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Whom does the country have to blame for Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics? The Republican Party, for cultivating conservative populism to score short-term victories against Barack Obama? The media, for covering Trump’s every utterance at the expense of all other candidates? Celebrity culture, for thrusting him into the public consciousness? Capitalism, for making him rich? Tall buildings, of which Trump has many?

Wrong, says The Washington Post, which revealed the supposed truth on Wednesday: it was former president and candidate spouse Bill Clinton all along.

According to several Trump sources (and one Clinton source) who spoke to the Post, the two men spoke over the phone in late May, shortly before Trump announced his run in June. During the call, the Trump sources said, Clinton “encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party” and “analyzed Trump’s prospects and his desire to rouse the G.O.P. base.”

That conversation, said the anonymous Trump sources, certainly didn’t discourage the billionaire to run: while Clinton never outright told Trump to enter the race, he reportedly told Trump that he was “striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right,” and his tone was supposedly “encouraging.”

(This is something a political genius would tell someone with a desire to run for president, especially if that person was a known self-promoter, capable of sucking the air out of a room full of his opponents—and especially if the genius’s wife happened to be running in the party against that known self-promoter.)

Clinton’s team confirmed the call took place, but told the Post that the presidential race did not come up at all during the conversation—which, knowing Clinton’s famed semantics, doesn’t rule out the possibility that he watched Inception the night before the Trump call and decided to plant some ideas.

At the moment, Trump is engaging in regular, vicious political warfare with Hillary Clinton, whom he used to strongly support. If Trump is a pawn in the Clintons' game, then either the Clintons successfully planned to blow up Republican opposition to Hillary's campaign, by encouraging Trump to run, or—never mind, that's basically the only option.
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The worst president ever. Period': Cuomo unloads on Trump
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[Chris Cuomo] We do have breaking news. In 24 hours, just the past 24 hours, this President has vetoes pay for the military, stalled relief for millions of you, and issued the most toxic tally of pardons we have EVER seen: 26 new Trump pardons tonight. Gifts to many convicted criminals that you know well, who did HORRIBLE things -- many admitted it. And then he left to go golfing in Florida. After vetoing pay for the military! After leaving relief in limbo! Millions of Americans don't have food for Christmas, let alone money for heat or gifts. And he knows it! And he doesn't sign the relief bill, AND he doesn't veto it! So he knows NOTHING WILL HAPPEN!

There is a gift in this moment, and I hope you decide to accept it, once and for all. It is a gift of ultimate clarity about this outgoing President. Democrats, Independents, REAL Republicans -- you all now know, just based on the last 24 hours alone, this guy is THE WORST EVER! He is the WORST President we have EVER seen! PERIOD! He has not only proved to be incompetent, but he is indeed TRULY inhumane! He has denied the hungry; he has denied our warriors; he has denied a pandemic, and he does not give a DAMN about ANYTHING but lying about it all, and faking his own greatness! THAT IS THE TRUTH! It is demonstrated by EVERYTHING we have seen. It MUST be his legacy! And those who have ignored and powered him, those who have solicited this brand of his own HORRIBLE actions towards others, are complicit. He must be remembered as the worst, if only for this alone, and if ONLY this is what we had seen it would already make him the worst.

On top of years of perfidy, of deceit, of lies, OF VICIOUSNESS towards those who need protection consistently, you literally have seen NOTHING to feel any other way! And yet you do. But no more. This has to be a bottom! He MUST be seen as the worst, and we must run away from him and this type of behavior as fast as we ever have collectively as a country before.

Anybody who wants to continue his kind of just CROOKED ways must be condemned, and early. Because this cannot be repeated! That would be a shame on us. The headliners he pardoned tonight? Those who kept their mouth shut.

Former Trump Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort
Former Trump Campaign Adviser, Roger Stone
Jared Kushner's Father: Charles Kushner


Family by extension: Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Charles Kushner that is the father of his son-in-law Jared. Law and order? The pro-law enforcement President? GIVE ME A BREAK! He just UNDID hard work of law enforcement who made the cases against these crooks! This country pursued justice against those who did wrong. He just undid it! Not because there are new reckonings in the case. But because it's ALL ABOUT HIM SAVING FACE! Both Stone and Manafort were indicted by Special Counsel Bob Mueller. They went to trial! They were convicted by juries of multiple crimes! Stone, a longtime ally; Manafort, his former campaign chair; and Kusher -- you may not know about him, but I'll give you the thumbnail that's all you need to know. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion and retaliating against a federal witness, and lying to the FEC. He was prosecuted in the early 2000s by then U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, and then Christie, of course, became Trump's transition chair. Well, what's so bad about that? It's the father-in-law, it's his son-in-law's father. Isn't that the right thing? Kushner is no ordinary white-collar criminal. This man set up his own brother-in-law with a prostitute, and then sent the video to his sister! That is the kind of thing that only Trump would see a pardon available.

He commuted Stone's sentence for obstruction of Congress, threatening a witness earlier this year before he was set to surrender. We know why he did it. Roger Stone is many things, but one of them is loyal to those he sees as on his side. Trump returned the favor.

Manafort has been home serving confinement after COVID. This is no mercy pardon. These are rewards. You notice what Manafort never did, right? He never talked about Trump. Not a word.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse put out a statement tonight calling it all "rotten to the core." Welcome to the party, brother! Welcome to the party! The time is over for your delicate dance! Sasse, you've got a great future for your party, you have a potential future in this country -- YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT ALL ALONG! By the way, Sasse has been one of the MOST rational!

We now should have clarity! Trump is THE WORST. We have never seen ANYTHING like this! This kind of insensitivity to humanity! This disrespect of justice! He is LITERALLY no friend to justice! And he's the President! Think about it!

The pardons have implications, and we will discuss them tonight with some of the best minds in the business. But you have to just keep your eye on the urgency that this President has just ignored. The man has gone to Florida after blowing up the relief bill! He won't sign it! He stalled it! He DID veto pay for troops so at least Congress can work on overriding it! But if you are going to do something about the relief bill, you've got to do it! WALK THE WALK! WHY DIDN'T YOU VETO THE BILL?! Why didn't you then, if you weren't going to veto it, tell McCarthy to meet Pelosi on the floor and vote it out? Why didn't you make a deal? WHY DID YOU LEAVE? WHY DID YOU LEAVE?!

If you believe in a God, I don't care what your religion is, WHO DOES THIS?! By all accounts you are not working on a deal! EVERY DAY YOU GOLF! Every day you delay is another day of paralyzing pain in a country that YOU OWE! And you KNOW this! And you won't veto, so there can be some kind of action! You won't tell your minions to meet Pelosi. WHY?! WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?! What did you REALLY DO THIS FOR?! How can the answer not be YOU? How can the truth not be that you wanted to LOOK the part of the hero just when you're trying to undo democracy, even though you know you would torpedo a compromise that has been MONTHS in the making that you ignored while your people helped negotiate?!

It is the WORST you could do in this situation. And you MADE this situation! You IGNORED this pandemic! You made a BAD play. You thought if you ignored it, it would go away, and the economy would be okay, and you would win, and you were WRONG! And you DOUBLED-DOWN on dumb! And this time, it bit ALL OF US in the ass!

And then you leave, almost assuring NO ACTION on the relief! At least you vetoed the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act so you can set up a possible override. Yeah, it's going to pit members of your party against each other, but you know what? They need to do that anyway! The Republicans have to figure out WHAT THE HELL they are about anymore! Are you really just ReTrumplicans? You seem confused! Well, you should have clarity, too. This man is the worst! He has been TERRIBLE for your party, because nobody knows what the hell you're about anymore, and neither do you!

Why did Trump REALLY veto this bill? A lot of people in his own party say, "Well, it's to show Mitch, that Mitch should have helped him more in overturning the election!" Can you imagine what it means about WHERE THE HELL WE ARE in this country that Republicans can say that with sober mind? People are STARVING! And what he just did with the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act, is even WEIRDER! Why? "Well, he doesn't like this Section 230!" This fringe! Now look. Of course we have to figure out what to do when it comes to what's right and wrong on the Internet, and is it really like newspapers, or not, and the right of the publishers, and are they publishers? We have to work through it! But NOT THIS WAY! Not right before Christmas! Not when you're going to leave town! Not with people starving!

HE IS THE WORST WE HAVE EVER SEEN! And the only reason you would defend that is because you don't want to give in to the status quo. But what are you saying when you decide to reject the status quo by making it worse? By injecting the political equivalent of a virus into our political corpus? And that's what Trump is!

He is NOT a cure! He has NEVER been a cure! He was NEVER going to be a cure! HE WAS INJECTED AS A VIRUS TO MAKE THE SYSTEM SICK, AND HE HAS! AND NOW WE ARE ON OUR KNEES IN THIS COUNTRY!

And the ONLY chance for us to get to a better place is to recognize what we have had all along: the ability to come together, to be about a common cause, and to DEMAND BETTER from the men and women that we invest with power to do our business! IF YOU EXPECT NOTHING, YOU GET THIS! WE MUST CHANGE! Let it be a gift to us before this Christmas. HE IS THE WORST! We must get better from here.
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Re: Elevate Trump, by Tara Carreon

Postby admin » Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:02 am

Trump’s 40 Biggest Broken Promises Revealed
by Robert Reich
Aug 25, 2020



1. He said coronavirus would “go away without a vaccine.”

You bought it. But it didn’t. While other countries got the pandemic under control and avoided large numbers of fatalities, the virus has killed more than 130,000 Americans*, and that number is still climbing.

2. He said he won’t have time to play golf if elected president.

But he has made more than 250 visits to his golf clubs since he took office – a record for any president – including more trips during the pandemic than meetings with Dr. Fauci. The total financial cost to America? More than $136 million.

3. He said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with something “beautiful.”

It didn’t happen. Instead, 7 million Americans have lost their health insurance since he took office. He has asked the Supreme Court to strike down the law in the middle of a global pandemic with no plan to replace it.

4. He said he’d cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more.

He did the opposite. By 2027, the richest 1 percent will have received 83 percent of the Trump tax cut and the richest 0.1 percent, 60 percent of it. But more than half of all Americans will pay more in taxes.

5. He said corporations would use their tax cuts to invest in American workers.

They didn’t. Corporations spent more of their tax savings buying back shares of their own stock than increasing workers wages.

6. He said he would boost economic growth by 4 percent a year.

Nope. The economy stalled, and unemployment has soared to the highest levels since the Great Depression. Just over half of working-age Americans are employed – the worst ratio in 70 years.

7. He said he wouldn’t “cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

His latest budget includes billions in cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

8. He promised to be “the voice” of American workers.

He hasn’t. His administration has stripped workers of their rights, repealed overtime protections, rolled back workplace safety rules, and turned a blind eye to employers who steal their workers’ wages.

9. He promised that the average American family would see a $4,000 pay raise because of his tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.

But nothing trickled down. Wages for most Americans have barely kept up with inflation.

10. He promised that anyone who wants a test for Covid will get one.

But countless Americans still can’t get a test.

11. He said hydroxychloroquine protects against coronavirus.

No way. The FDA revoked its emergency authorization due to the drug’s potentially lethal side effects.

12. He promised to eliminate the federal deficit.

He has increased the federal deficit by more than 60 percent.

13. He said he would hire “only the best people.”

He has fired a record number of his own cabinet and White House picks, and then called them “whackos,” “dumb as a rock,“ and "not mentally qualified.” 6 of them have been charged with crimes.

14. He promised to bring down the price of prescription drugs and said drug companies are “getting away with murder.”

They still are. Drug prices have soared, and a company that got federal funds to develop a drug to treat coronavirus is charging $3,000 a pop.=

15. He promised to revive the struggling coal industry and bring back lost coal mining jobs.

The coal industry has continued to lose jobs as clean energy becomes cheaper.

16. He promised to help American workers during the pandemic.

But 80% of the tax benefits in the coronavirus stimulus package have gone to millionaires and billionaires. And at least 21 million Americans have lost extra unemployment benefits, with no new stimulus check to fall back on.

17. He said he’d drain the swamp.

Instead, he’s brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, and he’s filled departments and agencies with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they used to work for.

18. He promised to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions.

His Justice Department is trying to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, including protections for people with preexisting conditions.

19. He said Mexico would pay for his border wall.

The wall is estimated to cost American taxpayers an estimated $11 billion.

20. He promised to bring peace to the Middle East.

Instead, tensions have increased and his so-called “peace plan” was dead on arrival.

21. He promised to lock up Hillary Clinton for using a private email server.

He didn’t. Funny enough, Trump uses his personal cell-phone for official business, and several members of his own administration, including Jared Kushner and Ivanka, have used private email in the White House.

22. He promised to use his business experience to whip the federal government into shape.

He hasn’t. His White House is in permanent chaos. He caused the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history when he didn’t get funding for his wall.

23. He promised to end DACA.

The Supreme Court ruled that his plan to deport 700,000 young immigrants was unconstitutional, and DACA still stands.

24. He promised “six weeks of paid maternity leave to any mother with a newborn child whose employer does not provide the benefit.”

He hasn’t delivered.

25. He promised to bring an end to Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear program.

Kim is expanding North Korea’s nuclear program.

26. He said he would distance himself from his businesses while in office.

He continues to make money from his properties and maintain his grip on his real estate empire.

27. He said he’d force companies to keep jobs in America, and that there would be consequences for companies that shipped jobs abroad.

Since he took office, companies like GE, Carrier, Ford, and Harley Davidson have continued to outsource thousands of jobs while still receiving massive tax breaks. And offshoring by federal contractors has increased.

28. He promised to end the opioid crisis.

Americans are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident.

29. He said he’d release his tax returns.

It’s been nearly 4 years. He hasn’t released his tax returns.

30. He promised to tear up the Iran nuclear deal and renegotiate a better deal.

Negotiations have gone nowhere, and he brought us to the brink of war.

31. He promised to enact term limits for all members of Congress.

He has not even tried to enact term limits.

32. He promised that China would pay for tariffs on imported goods.

His trade war has cost U.S. consumers $34 billion a year, eliminated 300,000 American jobs, and cost American taxpayers $22 billion in subsidies for farmers hurt by the tariffs.

33. He promised to “push colleges to cut the skyrocketing cost of tuition.”

Instead, he’s made it easier for for-profit colleges to defraud students, and tuition is still rising.

34. He promised to protect American steel jobs.

The steel industry continues to lose jobs.

35. He promised tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations would spur economic growth and pay for themselves.

His tax cuts will add $2 trillion to the federal deficit.

36. After pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, he said he’d negotiate a better deal on the environment.

He hasn’t attempted to negotiate any deal.

37. He promised that the many women who accused him of sexual misconduct “will be sued after the election is over.”

He hasn’t sued them, presumably because he doesn’t want the truth to come out.

38. He promised to bring back all troops from Afghanistan.

He now says: "We’ll always have somebody there.”

39. He pledged to put America first.

Instead, he’s deferred to dictators and authoritarians at America’s expense, and ostracized our allies — who now laugh at us behind our back.

40. He promised to be the voice of the common people.

He’s made his rich friends richer, increased the political power of big corporations and the wealthy, and harmed working Americans.Don’t let the liar-in-chief break any more promises. Vote him out in November.
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Re: Elevate Trump, by Tara Carreon

Postby admin » Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:29 am

Donald Trump was for the Clintons before he was against them
by Nick Gass 12/29/2015 03:48 PM EST
Politico
12/29/2015 03:48 PM EST

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Rudolph W. Giuliani, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton play golf at at Trump National Golf Club in 2008. | Getty

Hillary Clinton took a seat in the front pew at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, one of 450 guests on the balmy Saturday night in January 2005 when Donald Trump tied the knot with Melania Knauss, his third (and current) wife. At the reception that followed, Bill Clinton joined his wife, the former first lady who was then serving Trump's home state of New York in the Senate.

Trump now says Clinton had "no choice" but to attend his wedding because he donated money to her campaign. And he's viciously attacking his potential rival for the White House as a liar and a criminal, while dredging up old stories about her husband's zipper problem. But his record of praising both Clintons is voluminous, and seems to go far beyond an attempt to further his business interests.

For instance, the Donald Trump of 2015 says that Bill Clinton has "demonstrated a penchant for sexism" and has a "terrible record of women abuse." Over the years, however, he repeatedly downplayed the importance of the former president's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

In August 1998, the same month Clinton testified that he had had an "improper physical relationship" with Lewinsky, Trump pondered how issues with women might befall him as president.

"Can you imagine how controversial I'd be? You think about him with the women — how about me with the women? Can you imagine?" he wondered aloud in a CNBC interview. "I really like this guy, but you really have to say, 'Where does it stop?" Trump asked, remarking that Clinton "had such bad advice" in handling the scandal.

There was the September 1999 interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in which Trump remarked that Clinton would have gone down in history "as a great president" if not for the Lewinsky scandal, which admittedly had been handled "disgracefully."

Clinton, Trump averred, would have found a "more forgiving" public "if he'd had an affair with a really beautiful woman of sophistication." "Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were on a different level. Now Clinton can't get into golf clubs in Westchester. A former president begging to get in a golf club. It's unthinkable," he remarked.

In a January 2000 appearance with then-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, Trump even attacked Linda Tripp, the Pentagon employee who taped her private conversations with Lewinsky in which they discussed her sexual encounters with Clinton, as "the personification of evil."

In an October 2008 interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Trump tore into President George W. Bush for getting the U.S. into war "with lies," remarking that by comparison, his predecessor "got into with something that was totally unimportant." He added: "And they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense."

Trump has been equally generous, if not altogether fawning, in his praise of Hillary Clinton.

In a CNN interview in 2007, he said that Clinton, then running for president for the first time, was a "terrific" person who "would do a good job" cutting a nuclear deal with Iran because she "always surrounded herself with very good people."

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed reported on an archived web page of a blog post on TrumpUniversity.com in March 2008 in which Trump wrote that Clinton would "make a great president or vice-president." “Hillary Clinton said she’d consider naming Barack Obama as her vice-president when she gets the nomination, but she’s nowhere near a shoo-in,” he wrote on March 13, at a time when Sen. Obama held a slim lead over Clinton in terms of estimated pledged delegates. "For his part, Obama said he’s just focused on winning the nomination, although at least one member of his team said Clinton would make a good vice-president. (I know Hillary and I think she’d make a great president or vice-president.)"

After declining to enter the presidential race in 2012, Trump told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that Clinton had done a great job as secretary of state.

"Hillary Clinton I think is a terrific woman," he said. "I am biased because I have known her for years. I live in New York. She lives in New York. I really like her and her husband both a lot. I think she really works hard. And I think, again, she's given an agenda, it is not all of her, but I think she really works hard and I think she does a good job. I like her."

Asked whether he would support her in the case of a presidential run, Trump said that he did not "want to get into this because I will get myself into trouble."

"I just like her," Trump remarked, adding the same of the former president. "I like her husband. Her husband made a speech on Monday and was very well received. He is — he is a really good guy, and she's a really good person and woman."

Trump sounded a similar note in an October 2013 interview with Larry King, who asked Trump if he thought the former secretary of state would run for the White House a second time, pointing out that she is a "fellow New Yorker."

“Yeah, and I know her very well. They’re members of my club, and I like both of them very much, and he was with you one time and he said he likes me," Trump said, adding, "and I do like him."

While mentioning that there was still "a long time to go" until the election, Trump commented that Clinton's health could be a concern with a potential bid, but that a subsequent run the nomination would be more of a leisurely stroll.

“You have a big health question. Will she be healthy? I hope she’s healthy now. I think she is. But you know that’s a long time. You have to wait till the ’14 [election] is over, and then you have to go out and really do it," Trump said. “You always have to think about health. I think that subject to that or some crazy thing happening — and lots of crazy things can happen —she has the nomination practically wrapped up, it would seem to me.”


As 2015 drew to a close, Trump appeared less concerned with Clinton's physical health and more with her campaign's strategy to, as he said, play "the women's card" against him. Asked to respond specifically to his tweet citing the former president's "abuse" of women, Trump offered to send a list to the office of NBC's "Today."

"Of course, we could name many of them. I can get you a list, and I’ll have it sent to your office in two seconds but there was certainly a lot of abuse of women," Trump told show co-host Savannah Guthrie on Tuesday morning. "You look at whether it's Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them, and that certainly will be fair game. Certainly if they play the woman’s card with respect to me, that will be fair game."

Asked to account for his change in tone, Trump explained that it was his "obligation" to get along with everyone when he was on the other side of political transactions.

"I got along with everybody. I got along with the Clintons, I got along with the Republicans, the Democrats, the liberals, the conservatives. That was my obligation. As a businessman, I had to get along with everybody, and I’ll get along and do that as president," he continued, remarking, "when I needed approvals, when I needed something from Washington, I always got what I wanted, and that’s because I was able to get along with everybody."
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