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‘trump Nation’ And Its Alternate Reality Are Even Angrier

Kurt Andersen: Trump ‘Shamelessly Stupid’ For Believing In Reinstatement

I spent significant portions of the last four years chronicling the dashed hopes, unsettled dreams and gut-level fears of Trump Nation the slice of America that felt forgotten by the by Democrats and Republicans as jobs disappeared overseas and their faith in the American Dream of prosperity fizzled into paltry paychecks and dead-end jobs.

Many spoke mournfully and intelligently of an America that had vanished. In turn, I walked away enlightened and often moved by their stories. These were real people, with real problems. They did not take their cues from Tucker Carlson or Jim Jordan.

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Yes, many came to believe that a failed real estate developer and faded reality TV star with a Fifth Avenue address and a penchant for factual misstatements would be their political savior. But could you blame them? For decades, both the Democratic and Republican hierarchies ignored large swaths of middle America.

Many saw Trump as a chance for change, even some measure of redemption. He promised to “Make America Great Again.” If your steel mill just shut down or your coal mining job disappeared, why wouldn’t you take a chance on Trump?

You know what happened.

It was as if something broke again for them.

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Trump ‘knows Republicans Are Stupid’ Jared Kushner Allegedly Said To Former Editor

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One of the strategies Donald Trump employed as he began putting his name on the U.S. political map years ago was championing “birtherism,” the long-held conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was born outside of the U.S. and hence should never have been elected. He often chastised Obama and demanded the president produce his birth certificate, revving up an anti-Obama base that eventually helped put Trump in the White House.

Evidently, Trump may have been using the so-called birthers only as a means to an end.

His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is also a senior adviser to the president, allegedly told a former editor of the newspaper he once owned that the billionaire real-estate mogul didn’t believe his own “birtherism” claims, and only made them to charge up Republicans because they are “stupid,” GQ reported.

During a discussion on how to cover Trump, the former New York Observer editor, Elizabeth Spiers, claimed she told Kushner that she had serious problems with Trump’s repeated claims that Obama was not born in the U.S., to which Kushner allegedly told her: “He doesn’t really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.”

Spiers told her Kushner anecdote in response to a question from a conservative blogger on Facebook, and then screenshotted the response and put it up on Twitter.

Fran Lebowitz: ‘you Do Not Know Anyone As Stupid As Donald Trump’

She loves to talk, hates to fly and wants to make it clear she takes no responsibility for the state of US politics

Be grateful you didnt sit next to Fran Lebowitz on the plane from New York to Melbourne. The trip was the longest flight she had taken, and therefore the longest time she managed to go without a cigarette. When I ask if it is her first time in Australia, she says: That makes it sound as if theres going to be a second time. She surprised herself by not being taken off the flight in handcuffs for assaulting fellow passengers or smoking in the toilets.

I was like a child on the plane, asking the flight attendant, Are we there? And she said, Are you nuts? Weve only been flying for four hours. The only people who live in Australia are those who came to Australia and couldnt face the trip back Im actually one of those people.

Lebowitz has been invited to Australia several times but, as a longtime smoker, 30 hours on a flight without a cigarette was out of the question. But she was persuaded to perform shows at the recent All About Women festival at the Sydney Opera House, and a Wheeler Centre talk in Melbourne. She got through the flight without being arrested by chewing lots of gum and being able to smoke during a brief stop in LA.

My level of rage, always high, is now in fever pitch all the time.

Everyone was in a great mood and there were these huge American flags draped everywhere. Everyone was drinking champagne.

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Opinion: The Gop Has Become The Stupid Party And Proud Of It

Is there a purer, more perfect expression of the Trumpified Republican Party than the press release that Rep. Lauren Boebert sent out on Sept. 24?

It demanded that President Biden be removed from office for colluding with the Taliban. This was flagrantly hypocritical because in February she criticized Biden for not withdrawing from Afghanistan fast enough and then in August she praised the Taliban for building back better. But what truly made the release so priceless and preposterous was the logo: IMEACH BIDEN. Boebert is showing her contempt not just for political norms but for spelling norms, too.

No one should be surprised that Boebert, who has expressed support for the QAnon cult as well as Bidens impeachment, is a rising star on the right. Former president Donald Trumps Twitter feed back when he still had one was rife with glaring misspellings as well as absurd lies. Some even suspected the misspellings were deliberate intended to signal his contempt for eggheads who might care about such niceties.

In the 1980s, when I became a Republican, the GOP took pride in describing itself as the party of ideas. But under Trumps leadership, Republicans have reclaimed their old reputation, dating back to the 1950s, as the stupid party. Whats even more telling: This is not a source of shame or embarrassment for the partys populists. Theyre the stupid-and-proud-of-it party.

Ann Coulter Calls Trump Abjectly Stupid And Accuses Him Of Betraying His Voters

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  • Ann Coulter called Donald Trump abjectly stupid in a recent podcast interview on The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan.
  • She also accused the former president of betraying his base when he failed to follow through on his one promise of building a border wall.
  • I had no idea how abjectly stupid the man is. I didnt think he was a genius, but I didnt think he was that stupid, Coulter said.

Ann Coulter called Trump abjectly stupid and accused him of betraying his base in a recent interview on The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan.

In a conversation about the former president on November 6, Coulter and Sullivan took turns bashing Trump claiming he failed to deliver on campaign promises made to his right-wing base.

I had no idea how abjectly stupid the man is, Coulter said. I didnt think he was a genius, but I didnt think he was that stupid.

She characterized voters in his base as these poor, left-behind Americans who were waiting their whole lives for someone to care about them. And he says he cares about them and he not only betrays them, but he lies to them.

Coulter who has targeted Trump from the right wing accused him of not keeping his promises by building a wall on the southern border with Mexico

In addition to her recent attacks on the former GOP standard-bearer, Coulter has also praised his opponents.

In September, she lauded President Joe Biden for keeping a promise Trump abandoned in office: getting American troops out of Afghanistan.

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Trumps Bid To Subvert The Election

A monthslong campaign.During his last days in office, President Donald J. Trump and his allies undertook an increasingly urgent effort to undermine the election results. That wide-ranging campaign included perpetuating false and thoroughly debunked claims of election fraud as well as pressing government officials for help.

Baseless claims of voter fraud.Although Mr. Trumps allegations of a stolen election have died in the courts and election officials of both parties from every state have said there is no evidence of fraud, Republicans across the country continued to spread conspiracy theories. Those include 147 House Republicans who voted against certifying the election.

Intervention at the Justice Department.Rebuffed by ranking Republicans and cabinet officials like Attorney General William P. Barr, who stepped down weeks before his tenure was to end, Mr. Trump sought other avenues to peddle his unfounded claims. In a bid to advance his personal agenda, Mr. Trump plotted to oust the acting attorney general and pressed top officials to declare that the election was corrupt. His chief of staff pushed the department to investigate an array of outlandish and unfounded conspiracy theories that held that Mr. Trump had been the victor.

One of the most concerned is Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.

Trumps Plan Would Make Government Stupid

Political leaders in most functioning democracies have established checks and laws to ensure that their countries are guided by knowledge. On 14 June, President Donald Trump took one of his biggest steps yet to dismantle an important part of this system in the United States: an executive order that federal agencies should cut the number of advisory panels by at least one-third.

This is not just another of his ill-informed policies, or one that only wonks care about. It is the government making itself stupid. Ignoring, suppressing or manipulating science advice has been a pattern of this administration now the very committees that provide that advice are being eliminated.

Scientists must sound the alarm.

As the research director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC, Ive long studied the use and misuse of science in government decision-making. The federal advisory system which includes both science and stakeholder committees is a safeguard. It ensures that policy decisions are guided by evidence, even when there is political pressure to ignore information.

There are roughly 1,000 such committees, totalling some 60,000 members. To address issues from drug laws to foodborne illness, government agencies rely on the advice of leading specialists. Committees at the Department of Transportation make public transit safer panels at the Department of Agriculture oversee food safety, and so on.

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How Early Trump Supporters Feel Now

The former presidents 2015 backers, in their own words

About the author: Conor Friedersdorf is a California-based staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

Now that Donald Trumps presidency is over, how do the Americans who supported him at the beginning of his political run feel about his performance in the Oval Office? I put that question to 30 men and women who wrote to me in August 2015 to explain their reasons for backing his insurgent candidacy.

Among the eight who replied, all in the second week of January, after the storming of the Capitol, some persist in supporting Trump others have turned against him still others have lost faith in the whole political system. They do not constitute a representative sample of Trump voters. But their views, rendered in their own words, offer more texture than polls that tell us an approval rating.

As I did in 2015, Ill let the Trump voters have their say. But this time Ill conclude with some thoughts of my own, in my capacity as a Trump critic who knows that Americans have no choice but to coexist, as best we can, because our political and ideological differences are never going away.

And now?

The third correspondent told me in 2015 that hed vote for Trump, despite knowing that he would do a terrible job:

His assessment today:

Legal Affairs And Bankruptcies

Don’t Even Try To Out Stupid Donald Trump

FixerRoy Cohn served as Trump’s lawyer and mentor for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s. According to Trump, Cohn sometimes waived fees due to their friendship. In 1973, Cohn helped Trump countersue the United States government for $100 million over its charges that Trump’s properties had racial discriminatory practices. Trump and Cohn lost that case when the countersuit was dismissed and the government’s case went forward. In 1975, an agreement was struck requiring Trump’s properties to furnish the New York Urban League with a list of all apartment vacancies, every week for two years, among other things. Cohn introduced political consultant Roger Stone to Trump, who enlisted Stone’s services to deal with the federal government.

As of April 2018, Trump and his businesses had been involved in more than 4,000 state and federal legal actions, according to a running tally by USA Today.

While Trump has not filed for personal bankruptcy, his over-leveraged hotel and casino businesses in Atlantic City and New York filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection six times between 1991 and 2009. They continued to operate while the banks restructured debt and reduced Trump’s shares in the properties.

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The 73701667 Voters Question

How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb? The question a British tabloid asked on its front page when delivering the news of George W Bushs re-election in 2004 is perhaps one of the most memorable phrases in the contemporary history of US presidential elections.

The world had witnessed Bushs invasion and occupation of first Afghanistan in 2001, and then Iraq in 2003. It had seen what kind of a man he was and how much damage he could inflict on humanity at large. Still, Americans had re-elected him as their president. So the British tabloids question was brutish and rude , but it was also legitimate.

And the questions persist in 2020. As of November 21, 73,781,603 people voted for Trump, which amounts to 47.2 percent of the total votes counted. The same statistics tell us 79,816,557 Americans voted for Biden, which is about 51.1 percent of the total votes counted.

These are not bad numbers a majority of American people, especially Black people and other marginalised communities at the mercy of this countrys historic, systemic and incurable racism, voted Donald Trump out of office. There is much reason to celebrate that fact. But there is much reason for soul searching too.

Do not be fooled by these blue and red states. There is red inside every blue state, and blue inside every red state. There is no separate country somewhere between Ohio and Idaho, North Dakota and Texas to give to Republicans while the Democrats live their bicoastal lives in peace.

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