The Internet Reminds Trump He’s ‘A Special Kind of Stupid’
Christmas is the time of year people around the world and here in America focus on others, not themselves. It is the season in which many, regardless of faith or religious beliefs, work to spread love and good cheer among those around them. Many people often sacrifice personal comforts by working hard to earn extra money to give gifts to friends and loved ones, many choose to endure the rigors of traveling so they can be with family, and most make the wants and needs of those they care about more important than their own.Â
Especially during Christmas, we put others first.
Donald Trump ushered in his first Christmas as president by making the holiday all about himself.
At about 10 PM on Christmas Eve, President Trump anointed himself the leader of the war against the war on Christmas.
People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again. I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
Because, as others pointed out, under President Barack Obama, no one was allowed to say, “Merry Christmas!” â€“ not even Donald Trump:
Reminder that while Trump was saying Happy Holidays, Obama was saying Merry Christmas.
Remind me, again, who was leading the â€œwar on Christmasâ€? pic.twitter.com/3McmPmmkVA
â€” ali ðŸŒ¹ (@eazyonme) December 25, 2017
Politico’s Dan Diamond posted these tweets chronicling the tyranny America endured under President Obama:
President Obama, repeatedly wishing the nation â€œMerry Christmasâ€ all eight years in office. pic.twitter.com/NJ19WGJXLH
â€” Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) December 24, 2017
President Obama and the First Lady in 2015, saying “Merry Christmas” and urging Americans to (1) be generous to those in need and (2) support the troops. pic.twitter.com/muNLZP2S5i
â€” Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) December 25, 2017
Others also responded to Trump declaring himself the savior of “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
Really, Donald? You led an “assault” alright but not over saying Merry Christmas. To make many of us feel better I replayed the last decent presidents Christmas wish…BTW: THIS is presidential, take notes. https://t.co/0d8NpuSP6a
â€” RobynB (@RobynForZen) December 25, 2017
THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT!! My father is still in prison for saying Merry Christmas during the Obama years PLEASE HELP!! https://t.co/265algllpr
â€” Mike Scollins (@mikescollins) December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas from a president who led the charge to say MERRY CHRISTMAS from 2008 to 2016. https://t.co/v9Vph8bKoA
â€” Chris Lavoie ðŸŽ„ (@RadioGuyChris) December 25, 2017
Youâ€™re the dictionary definition of an idiot. https://t.co/xA4Djcg3Ou
â€” Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) December 25, 2017
â€” Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) December 25, 2017
This is so, so true. Under Obama, thousands and thousands of Americans were imprisoned and tortured and killed for saying â€œMerry Christmas.â€ I know that happened because I heard someone say it. https://t.co/7KDV4wLnN5
â€” Kevin Cullen (@GlobeCullen) December 25, 2017
By the end of Obamaâ€™s presidency I had stopped saying Merry Christmas, because his term ended in January.
â€” Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) December 25, 2017
Especially to those who were imprisoned for saying it during the Obama years where Obama said it every year and brought back the economy.
â€” Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 25, 2017
Donald Trump is claiming that he has bought back the phrase Merry Christmas, so here is a video of Obama saying it over and over. pic.twitter.com/DbCQvKi8Sz
â€” Andrew â€œGrundyâ€ Smith (@GrundyOxford) December 25, 2017
If you believe this DESPITE seeing videos of Obama saying Merry Christmas youâ€™re a special kind of stupid. Itâ€™s not even a left vs. right thing anymore. https://t.co/LODaALrYvk
â€” C. Miles (@ckmilesjr) December 25, 2017
And once again, you are a transparent liar, believed only by gullible Fox News watching morons…. https://t.co/jigBIds2BW
â€” The Great Gus B (@g_bridi) December 25, 2017
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
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Federal Appeals Court Rules House Can Have Trump’s Tax Returns – Committee Expects Them ‘Immediately’
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled Tuesday that the powerful House Ways and Means Committee can be given Donald Trump‘s tax returns.
The decision is “a blow” to the former president,” as CNN reports. It comes after a Trump-appointed lower court judge had ruled against Trump, allowing the House to gain access to the documents Trump has protected for years.
The former president appealed.
The federal appeals court Tuesday morning upheld the lower court’s ruling, granting the House access. Trump can still appeal.
The House Ways and Means Committee was quick to respond, tweeting: “We expect to receive the requested tax returns and audit files immediately.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
‘God Anointed Him’: Christian Right Expert Explains Conservative Outrage After FBI Raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
Veteran journalist Sarah Posner, who has spent years writing about religion and the Christian right, has an explanation for the outraged response from some Trump supporters over the FBI executing a legal search warrant on Mar-a-Lago.
Hours after the news broke, Florida Republican state representative Anthony Sabatini called for “an emergency legislative session” to “Sever all ties with DOJ immediately” over the FBI executing a legal search warrant of Trump’s home. “Any FBI agent conducting law enforcement functions outside the purview of our State should be arrested upon sight,” he wrote, apparently unaware of the U.S. Constitution.
Tuesday night Trump supporters formed a small convoy driving outside Mar-a-Lago, some with Trump banners, Trump flags, or the American flag, – even one vehicle painted with the American flag – to show their support for the former president who might be facing legal consequences, as video from NBC 6 reporter Cristian Benavides shows.
— Cristian Benavides (@cbenavidesTV) August 9, 2022
“The GOP position is that Trump is above the law,” writes The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. “That’s what the GOP position on Trump was throughout his presidency, and that’s what it is now. Say it that way. Don’t let Republicans get away with using fake outrage to obscure this fundamental reality.”
Posner has written two books on the Christian Right including “UNHOLY: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency, And the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind.”
In response to Sargent’s remarks she advises: “Remember too that much of Trump’s base believes that God anointed him, that it’s God’s will that he be back in the White House. And that they need to engage in ‘spiritual warfare’ with ‘demonic’ enemies of Trump — keep this in mind as right-wing influencers call for civil war.”
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Monday night tweeted, “The FBI is raiding President Trump’s home in Maralago! This is the rogue behavior of communist countries, NOT the United States of America!!! These are the type of things that happen in countries during civil war. The political persecution MUST STOP!!!”
Tuesday morning CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan posted a graph and noted the “big spike in tweets referencing ‘civil war’ right after the news of the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago broke last night.”
Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno posted an image of a large number of tweets that mention civil war and other related calls, including: “I already bought my ammo,” “Civil war! Pick up arms, people!” “Civil War 2.0 just kicked off,” “Let’s do the war,” and “One step closer to a kinetic civil war.”
‘This Is a National Security Issue’: Former FBI Agents Note Key Details About ‘Raid’ on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
Two former FBI agents are weighing in on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s execution of a search warrant Monday at the Florida residence of Donald Trump, the former President, which he called a “raid.”
“This is a nat sec/CI issue,” tweeted Asha Rangappa Tuesday morning, meaning national security and counterintelligence. Rangappa is an attorney, former FBI special agent, senior lecturer at Yale, and CNN commentator.
She was pointing to a tweet by another former FBI special agent, James Harris.
Harris has an extensive bio, highlights of which include his role at FBI HQ Cyber Division as a Program Manager and then Unit Chief (Acting), FBI Senior Liaison Officer to DHS Cybersecurity and Communications, and FBI Assistant Section Chief of the Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section. Earlier in his FBI career he says he “built up the largest Federal Cybercrime Task Force in the US.”
Harris points to this section of a CNN article published Tuesday morning, written by seven CNN reporters:
“In early June, a handful of investigators made a rare visit to the property seeking more information about potentially classified material from Trump’s time in the White House that had been taken to Florida. The four investigators, including Jay Bratt, the chief of the counterintelligence and export control section at the Justice Department, sat down with two of Trump’s attorneys, Bobb and Evan Corcoran, according to a source present for the meeting.”
Harris on Twitter highlights this sentence: “The four investigators, including Jay Bratt, the chief of the counterintelligence and export control section at the Justice Department…”
He tweets: “All you ‘outraged’ GOPers better cool your jets. You might be walking your rhetoric back really fast when you figure out what this seems to be. The devil is in the details.”
In January the National Archives was forced to transport from Mar-a-Lago 15 cartons of documents and other items that, according to the Presidential Records Act and the National Archives, should have been turned over to the Archives.
The FBI’s execution of the search warrant and reports that they left with a large quantity of documents suggests Trump might not have turned over everything taken from the White House.
Rangappa earlier Tuesday tweeted: “Ask yourself: What kind of info makes its way to the WH, and specifically to the president? —> HIGH LEVEL SECRETS. PDB stuff. Defense info. These aren’t low-level diplomatic cables or overclassified State Dept. correspondence. Just saying.”
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