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The Trump Administration Is in Shambles and Disintegrating Right Before Our Eyes

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AMERICA IN CRISIS

With Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.

It was July 21, 2016. Candidate Donald Trump stunned America by announcing at the Republican National Convention, “I alone can fix it.”

The response way back then was fear and trepidation, with charges of authoritarianism – and a good dose of mockery, as CNBC offered hours later:

Candidate Hillary Clinton responded as many others did too:

And again on the campaign trail:

We were warned. We knew what was about to happen.

And here we are, approaching the three-year anniversary of Trump’s promise, that he would work alone, that he “alone” would “fix” America.

President Trump Sunday night fired his Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen.

Trump called it “leaving.” Her “resignation” was to be effective immediately. (She later tweeted she will leave April 10.)

The headlines also read that Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was “leaving.” That she was “out.”

It’s clear Trump fired Secretary Nielsen. CBS News reports this is part of Stephen Miller’s plan to insert extremists into the administration.

But what is also clear is that President Trump increasingly is operating in that “I alone” mentality.

And America is far more weak as a result.

It’s not a stretch or hyperbolic to say that at this moment in time, heaven forbid we are attacked, there will be chaos – and many lives lost, as a result of how withered the Trump administration is.

With Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no White House Chief of Staff, no White House Communications Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.

Those are the top positions that are empty.

(“Acting” officials, which are in place for many of these leadership positions, are not the same or the same caliber as Senate-confirmed officials, which most of these positions are supposed to be.)

The Trump administration’s White House web site on his Cabinet (which for some reason omits the Acting Secretary of Defense), says “the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office.”

Who’s advising the president when all these positions are effectively empty, or filled with, basically, a substitute, a stand-in, someone not experienced enough for the job?

Not convinced America is in crisis yet?

Think about this.

At the Dept. of Defense, 25% of key positions as of April 1 remain unfilled, according to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. At the State Dept., that number jumps to 39%. Homeland Security: 44%.

Granted, some percentage of those are nominated and awaiting Senate confirmation, but if Democrats are holding them up, there’s reason to believe it’s the quality of the nominee that’s the problem, given Trump’s record.

As The Post notes, there are currently 140 key positions requiring Senate confirmation for which the Trump administration has never nominated anyone.

Here’s a small sampling:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE:
Chief Management Officer, Deputy chief management officer, Undersecretary for personnel and readiness, Principal deputy undersecretary for personnel and readiness, Assistant secretary for international security affairs, Assistant secretary for logistics and materiel readiness.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE:
Undersecretary for public diplomacy, Coordinator for threat reduction programs, U.S. Ambassadors 19 countries, including to three Central American countries: Honduras, Belize, and Panama. Other critical countries without a U.S. Ambassador: Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, and Qatar.

HOMELAND SECURITY:
Deputy secretary, Assistant secretary for policy.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE:
Undersecretary for industry and security

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
General counsel, Undersecretary, Inspector General

America is in crisis. There are fewer and fewer experts advising the president, and none who are able to tell him “no.”

Image via The White House

 

 

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Trump’s Mental Decline Compared to Reagan’s Hidden Alzheimer’s in Brutal MSNBC Assessment

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On Saturday morning a deadly serious MSNBC panel took up Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior of late, which led one panelist to sincerely suggest the president needs to be evaluated by mental health officials because she believes the White House is covering for him.

Speaking with host David Gura, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley admitted that she is no doctor, but that there are signs of the president’s decline that reminded her of how Ronald Reagan’s White House hid his Alzheimer’s from the public.

“This is the man last week said he was the second coming, the ‘chosen one,’” Wiley began. “It is very, very difficult to not have a conversation about whether or not he’s competent to serve as president. I say that because there were actually objective measures this week.”

“So there’s the possibility, of course, he is just a president without a platform and, therefore, he’s not going to stick to one position and he’s going to waiver based on whoever is influencing him because he doesn’t stand for anything,” she elaborated. “That’s one narrative. The other possibility is, as we saw with Ronald Reagan, who actually did have Alzheimer’s and it was kept under wraps. I just don’t understand why we not actually ask and have a confrontational conversation about whether or not there’s something more going on here with his health, because there are certain statements and behaviors that simply require some analysis because he is the leader — supposedly the leader of the free world.”

“I just want to say that it’s both those things, I don’t know which one is true,” she cautioned. “I’m not making a statement of fact, but this week was a new chapter in bizarre.”

Watch below:

 

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The DOJ Just Emailed Immigration Judges a White Nationalist Website Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks on Immigration Judges

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Attorney General Bill Barr’s Department of Justice this week emailed all immigration judges and all immigration court employees a link to an anti-Semitic blog post that appears on a nationally-known white nationalist website, VDare, Buzzfeed reports.

The article “’directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs,’  according to a letter sent by an immigration judges union and obtained by BuzzFeed News.”

The National Association of Immigration Judges’ union chief, Ashley Tabaddor, responded to thge DOJ email by sending a letter to the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

“The post features links and content that directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs and the label ‘Kritarch.’ The reference to Kritarch in a negative tone is deeply offensive and Anti-Semitic,” wrote Tabaddor. The VDare post includes pictures of judges with the term “kritarch” preceding their names.

Tabaddor said the term kritarchy is a reference to ancient Israel during a time of rule by a system of judges.

“VDare’s use of the term in a pejorative manner casts Jewish history in a negative light as an Anti-Semitic trope of Jews seeking power and control,” she wrote.

Tabaddor is calling for the email to be withdrawn and for an apology to all immigration judges.

“Publication and dissemination of a white supremacist, anti-semitic website throughout the EOIR is antithetical to the goals and ideals of the Department of Justice,” she added.

VDare is linked to the alt-right, white nationalism, and white supremacism, and appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups.

Although Buzzfeed only touches on this in its reporting, just ten days ago PBS’ NewsHour reported the DOJ has bee trying to dismantle the immigration judges’ union:

“The Department of Justice is challenging the right of the country’s 440 immigration judges to be represented by a labor union in a move the judges said was aimed at silencing their criticism.”

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‘In America, the Nightmares Come When You Wake Up’: Americans Respond to New Mass Shooting Overnight

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Dayton, Ohio: 9 People Dead, 26 Injured in ‘Less Than a Minute’

Americans, many still with broken hearts over the slaughter of 20 people at an El Paso, Texas Walmart, are responding to waking up to news that nine more people were shot to death at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. It is the second mass shooting in less than 24 hours, and the 250th mass shooting this year.

Mayor Nan Whaley at an early morning news conference (photo above) revealed the gunman, who was shot dead, “was able to kill 9 people and injure 26 in less than a minute.”

Multiple reports say the shooter wore body armor and had additional high-capacity magazines. His identity has not yet been released.

“If Dayton Police had not gotten to the shooter in under a minute,” Mayor Whaley said, “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today.”

Right now every one of the top 10 trending items on Twitter is about Dayton and/or El Paso.

Here’s how some are responding to the early morning news:

 

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