“Replacing the Word ‘Integritas,’ Latin for Integrity, With ‘Trump'”
Donald Trump has no problem co-opting the rightful creations of others. During his presidential campaign, many artists â€“ including Adele, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, R.E.M., and Aerosmith â€“Â demanded he stop playing their music during his rallies, some forced to threaten lawsuits after repeated attempts to get him to stop. He stiffed the owner of a small music store in the sale of $100,000 of pianos, finally paying him a fraction of their worth. A lengthy USA Today exposÃ© last year revealed accusations that Trump “stole” the work of hundreds of peopleÂ â€“ “Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesnâ€™t pay his bills,” including, “a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey.Â A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.”
â€” Trump Golf (@TrumpGolf) January 18, 2017
And now, The New York Times reveals “Trumpâ€™s American coat of arms belongs to another family. It was granted by British authorities in 1939 to Joseph Edward Davies, the third husband of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the socialite who built the Mar-a-Lago resort that is now Mr. Trumpâ€™s cherished getaway.”
In the United States, the Trump Organization took Mr. Daviesâ€™s coat of arms for its own, making one small adjustment â€” replacing the word â€œIntegritas,â€ Latin for integrity, with â€œTrump.â€
Joseph D. Tydings, a Democrat and former United States senator from Maryland who is the grandson of Mr. Davies, learned that Mr. Trump was using the emblem, at least at Mar-a-Lago, when he visited the property. Mr. Trump had never asked permission.
â€œThere are members of the family who wanted to sue him,â€ said Mr. Tydings, a lawyer who wears his familyâ€™s coat of arms on a ring. â€œThis is the first Iâ€™ve ever heard about it being used anywhere else.â€
Add all this to Trump’s quixotic love of all-things Russia, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, perhaps American citizens should not be surprised thatÂ Joseph Edward Davies “once served as ambassador to the Soviet Union,” the Times notes.
â€” Trump Golf (@TrumpGolf) September 23, 2016
“There is one historical parallel between Mr. Trump and Mr. Davies,” the Times concludes. “Both men were controversially pro-Russian. Mr. Davies, who played an important role as a go-between for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Soviets, hasÂ been criticizedÂ for being taken in by Stalinâ€™s propaganda machine.”
All this, along with the fact that Mar-a-Lago’sÂ Marjorie Merriweather Post wanted the estate to officiallyÂ be used as the “Winter White House,” makes Trump’s purchase of the property and co-opting ofÂ Joseph Edward Davies’ Coat of Arms all the more strange.
Some responses via Twitter:
Trump stole family crest from Post’s Mar a Lago villa replacing ‘Integrity’ w/ ‘Trump’. Same as 2017 White House! https://t.co/Ieg4Ein1zm
â€” Alex Clemente (@AJCNY) May 29, 2017
Early study of a heraldic weasel for true Trump family coat of arms pic.twitter.com/ykhY8wbxpF
â€” Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 29, 2017
IOW Trump copied his Mar-a-Lago coat of arms from Stalin’s most stalwart U.S. government apologist. https://t.co/8SODr82DRS
â€” Farran Nehme (@selfstyledsiren) May 29, 2017
Trump even stole a coat of arms from family which owned a golf resort he bought. No imagination or integrity to get his own, just steal one.
â€” Scott Knowles (@wsrphoto) May 29, 2017
â€” Beatrice Krivatsy (@BKrivatsy) May 29, 2017Â
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‘Zero Credibility’: Legal Experts Blast ‘Religious Zealot’ Bill Barr for Politicizing Trump’s Poor Pandemic Performance
Attorney General Bill Barr is getting blasted for a highly-partisan interview he gave to Fox News. Barr’s role as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer is seen as sacrosanct by the American people, who believe the wall between the head of the Dept. of Justice and politics should never be cracked.
The AG attacked the press for waging a “jihad” against Trump’s promotion of an unproven malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, to battle COVID-19, despite it not having been approved, or even appropriately tested for that purpose. And he described President Donald Trump’s early handling of the impending coronavirus pandemic as “statesman-like,” which is false. Numerous reports show Trump was far more aware of how fatal the coronavirus could be and just how much it could disrupt the globe.
“The politicization of decisions like hydroxychloroquine has been amazing to me,” Barr told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Before the president said anything about it, there was ‘fair and balanced’ coverage of this very promising drug, and the fact that it had such a long track record that the risks were pretty well known, and as soon as he said something positive about it, the media’s been on a jihad to discredit the drug. It’s been quite strange.”
“It’s very disappointing,” Barr also said, “because I think the president went out at the beginning of [the coronavirus pandemic] and really was statesmanlike, trying to bring people together, working with all the governor. Keeping his patience as he as he got these snarky, gotcha questions from the White House media pool and the stridency of the partisan attacks on him has gotten higher and higher.”
That’s false. The media has worked to inform the public that the drug can be dangerous, and even deadly, when inappropriately used. And reporters have tried to let the public know that reports of the drug’s supposed success in treating the deadly virus has been mostly anecdotal.
Here’s one portion of the interview:
Barr says he’s disappointed about partisanship during the pandemic because the President has acted statesmanlike and worked with all the governors while dealing with gotcha questions from the media. He goes on to accuse the media of leading a jihad against Hydroxychloroquine pic.twitter.com/fW2NLDOzB7
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 9, 2020
Many legal experts are furious.
CNN Legal Analyst, former federal and state prosecutor:
AG William Barr is a disgrace, a political hack with zero credibility who constantly embarrasses himself and the Justice Department.
His comments sound like they’re from a campaign spokesperson, not the nation’s top law enforcement official.
For example: (1/3) https://t.co/HxGohon3rh
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) April 9, 2020
– Criticizes media for asking not-nice questions of Trump (this is what our top law enforcement official is worried about)
– Claims media on a “jihad” against Trump’s ideas (speaks for itself).
You want to go work for the campaign, fine. Stop dragging down DOJ with you. (3/3)
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) April 9, 2020
Former SDNY Federal Prosecutor:
Barr is adding to his title of Most Dangerous Trump Cabinet Member. He’s now giving reckless advice on health policy (not part of the AG’s job or expertise) in addition to more explicitly espousing political conspiracy theories about the origins of the Russia Investigation. https://t.co/5qqtmtdhxz
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) April 9, 2020
Attorney and commentator:
Bill Barr got called a fucking fraud who deceived the American people by a Republican-appointed federal judge a month ago, and as far as I can tell @IngrahamAngle was too insipid to mention it and mainstream outlets covering her interview are meekly going along with that.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 9, 2020
Federal judge, one month ago: “The Court has grave concerns about the objectivity of the process that preceded the public release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report.”
“Attorney General Barr distorted the findings in the Mueller Report.” https://t.co/xDDE3hkOgS
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 9, 2020
Managing editor, Lawfareblog:
It’s not an exaggeration to say if we do what Barr says, people will die https://t.co/926Opccfjc
— Quinta Jurecic (@qjurecic) April 9, 2020
Attorney, columnist, pundit:
Just in time for Ramadan, religious zealot AG Bill Barr claims the media is declaring a “jihad” on Trump for his hunch that hydroxychloroquine is a safe drug. After Barr leaves Trump, Im betting that Putin or MBS hires him as his top defender. https://t.co/g2a5yb7t84
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) April 9, 2020
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent:
In which the nation’s top law enforcement official expresses his opinion on social distancing guidelines, a medical treatment and religious freedom: https://t.co/el7aYyPhbX
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 9, 2020
MSNBC Justice & Security Analyst, former DOJ spokesman:
Statesmanlike! I thought this had to be a paraphrase until I watched the clip. What a joke Barr has become. https://t.co/7J4kxIi7aB
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 9, 2020
Former Justice Department prosecutor:
Religious freedom, as guaranteed in the First Amendment, does not mean people must be religious or the government favors religion.
Barr is a danger. https://t.co/ZSQjFTM11Z
— Michael J. Stern (@MichaelJStern1) April 9, 2020
Conservative think tank scholar:
Bill Barr is simply an awful person besides being the worst Attorney General in the history of United States
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) April 9, 2020
Professor at the U.S. Naval War College:
"The greatest evil is now conceived and ordered in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices." – C.S. Lewis https://t.co/0TAnJvM4so
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 9, 2020
Supreme Court reporter for The Economist:
Bill Barr should go home and hide under his bed https://t.co/98d8wItqAY
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) April 9, 2020
Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Knowingly Defrauded Condo Buyers — and Wriggled Out of Prosecution, New Book Charges
“Coordinated, deliberate and knowing effort to deceive buyers”
President Donald Trump’s two eldest children knowingly took part in a fraud scheme to sell luxury condominiums, according to a new book about the family’s business.
The family’s dealings around the Trump SoHo project fell under criminal investigation, which was dropped in 2011, but the new book American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps And The Marriage Of Money And Power reveals email correspondence that appears to show Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump engaged in fraud, reported The Guardian.
“(Email evidence) showed a coordinated, deliberate and knowing effort to deceive buyers,” wrote journalist and author Andrea Bernstein. “In one email, the Trumps discussed how to coordinate false information they had given to prospective buyers. Because the sales levels had been overstated at the beginning of the sales process, any statement showing a lower level could reveal the untruths.”
Trump previewed the 46-story tower in lower Manhattan during a 2006 episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” but sales proved disappointing — especially after business partner Felix Sater’s criminal past was revealed.
Only about 15 percent to 30 percent of the units had been sold by the start of 2009, according to figures filed with state and federal agencies, but the future president’s children presented a rosier picture in public.
Ivanka Trump told Reuters in June 2008 that 60 percent of them had been sold, and Trump Jr. told Real Deal magazine in April 2009 that 55 percent of units had sold, according to Bernstein.
Buyers later sued Trump, complaining that they had been defrauded by inflated sales claims, and the Manhattan district attorney’s office then began a criminal investigation of the case.
Appeals Court Rules Against President – Refuses to Block House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records
A Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel has just refused a motion from President Donald Trump asking it to block a House subpoena for his financial records. The subpoena orders two entities, Deutsche Bank and Capital One, to hand over Trump’s financial documents.
The Washington Post reports the court’s ruling states “the public interest favors denial” of the president’s requested injunction.
The court has stayed its decision for seven days to give Trump time to request an extension.
This is the second time a federal appeals curt has refused to block a request for Trump’s financial documents.
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