“These crazy tweets read like Soviet Propaganda.”
President Donald Trump continued his new habit of daily massive tweetstorms on Tuesday, starting at 6:15 AM and again focusing on his failed China tariffs “policy.” Trump has levied huge tariffs on goods coming into the U.S. from China – tariffs paid by Americans – and China in response announced it will impose tariffs on U.S. goods going in to China, escalating Trump’s tariff war.
As USA Today’s G. William Hoagland, who grew up on a farm, writes, “agriculture and farm families in the bread basket states have borne the brunt of the trade war.”
That war has spanned two years now, and it’s crushing many farms.
President Trump, who does not understand even the basics of how tariffs work, repeatedly announces how excited he is that tariffs are flooding the Treasury’s coffers. He insists China is paying the tariffs on China’s goods, which is not only false, but at this point, ludicrous to keep repeating.
Trump has now decided on a bailout to pay off the farmers, with the taxes raised by his tariffs – taxes paid by Americans, in addition to the farm subsidies already in place for decades.
$15 billion, Trump says, will go to bail out America’s “great Patriot Farmers.”
….This money will come from the massive Tariffs being paid to the United States for allowing China, and others, to do business with us. The Farmers have been “forgotten” for many years. Their time is now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2019
“Patriot farmers” is now trending on Twitter.
Last week, in “Trump Is Terrible for Rural America,” Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times, “Trump Is Terrible for Rural America.
Many on social media are mocking the President this morning, accusing him of “socialism!” – the very claim he’s decided to wage against Democrats running to beat him in 2020 – along with spreading “Soviet propaganda,” and sounding like Chairman Mao.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 14, 2019
It’s ok to subsidize trump supporters. That’s not socialism that’s just buying votes. Buying votes is a cornerstone of republican thinking
— SpeediegATL (@SPEEDIEGATL) May 14, 2019
It will never not be hilarious this guy is going to actively campaign as the candidate against “socialism” https://t.co/Ets8ekuVon
— Dustin Braden (@dbrades89) May 14, 2019
TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE STAKHANOVITE EXAMPLE OF YOUr COMRADES!
STRIVE MIGHTILY TO EXCEED THE QUOTA OF THE FIVE-YEAR BEET HARVEST! https://t.co/NAlmQQu44p
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 14, 2019
— Michael Leroy Oberg (@NativeAmText) May 14, 2019
The farmers are taking the biggest hit, and now you are trying to use taxpayer dollars to bail them out.
According to the Republican playbook, this is Socialism.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 14, 2019
“Our great Patriot Farmers”? FFS, this isn’t the Soviet Union…yet.
— Ruth Ann (@Fairy_Gmother) May 14, 2019
THIS Five-Year Plan will be the BEST Five-Year Plan for the Motherland! We will tax the consumers and give the money to the farmers to spite the foreigners!
Also, let’s keep saying that the Democrats are “socialists.” https://t.co/L7qqxZ9m37
— Gregory Koger (@GregoryKoger) May 14, 2019
None of this is true.
Also it makes no sense.
Also the farmers – unlike grifters and liars and tax cheats like you – can’t afford to lose money and continue to stay in business.
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) May 14, 2019
Guy who fear mongers about socialism introduces socialism to fix problem he unilaterally created.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 14, 2019
It’s great to see the Mad King slip into the rhetorical style of Mao. https://t.co/cyrQNANt7P
— Don Pogreba (@dpogreba) May 14, 2019
You sound like Chairman Mao preaching about peasants.
— Heidi (@hansonheidi) May 14, 2019
#Brokahontas your tweets sound more and more like Russian propaganda from the 1950s. “Our great Patriot Farmers,” as if you care what happens to them.
— Michael Kates (@TheMichaelKates) May 14, 2019
Great Patriot Farmers, Unite! Become State farms. Work harder, reduce quality, raise prices and make America less healthy! Join Comrade Trump in the 5 year plan to destroy US! pic.twitter.com/ZAIFFHz44E
— TrumanCapote's Ashes (@tcapotesashes) May 14, 2019
The only difference between this and Soviet propaganda is the Soviets had better English translators. https://t.co/XY9RHPajJZ
— Steven V. Miller (@stevenvmiller) May 14, 2019
This dude would have been an awesome Mao impersonator https://t.co/f1ufEJEqGg
— JimmyO (@jimmyotx) May 14, 2019
“Toil hard in the fields great patriot farmers of Trumpistan! Let this year deliver us a rich harvest so we exceed Chairman Trump’s 5 year plan!” pic.twitter.com/FXXZgx3Wdo
— Bong-Hits for Moderates (@jerweber) May 13, 2019
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Sinema ‘Weighing’ Senate Speech Against Changing Filibuster for Voting Rights as Biden Visits Hill to Meet With Dems
President Joe Biden Thursday afternoon will make a rare trip to Capitol Hill, where he will attend a regular Democratic luncheon with the singular purpose of shaking hands and twisting arms, hoping to convince the lawmakers to pass his voting rights legislation: the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Conspicuous in her absence likely will be U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema who may be on the Senate floor when the President of the United States comes to meet with members of her own party.
The Arizona Democrat is “weighing” delivering a speech “against changing the rules for voting rights, per two Senate sources,” Politico’s Tara Palmieri reports.
One of those sources, Palmieri adds, says “Sinema is having Joe Biden for lunch.”
President Biden served as a U.S. Senator for 36 years before being elected Vice President, and subsequently President. Sinema served six years in the House and is a freshman Senator, first elected in 2018.
Sen. Sinema’s top donors, according to Open Secrets include a Texas-based tax software firm, a private equity firm, and Goldman Sachs, the multi-national investment giant.
‘Hideous Coward’: Critics Blast ‘Disgusting Fraud’ Lindsey Graham for Accusing Biden of Politicizing the Insurrection
After President Joe Biden delivered what some are calling his best speech ever, commemorating the one-year anniversary of Trump supporters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol – an insurrection and attempted coup – Senator Lindsey Graham served up a horrific attack on the American President, and is being highly criticized for it.
“What brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden,” Sen. Graham tweeted. “I wonder if the Taliban who now rule Afghanistan with al-Qaeda elements present, contrary to President Biden’s beliefs, are allowing this speech to be carried?”
Tom Nichols, a U.S. Naval War College professor and expert with a lengthy résumé on Russia, national security, and nuclear weapons, slammed the Republican from South Carolina as a “hideous coward.”
Amy Siskind, whose work documenting the fascism of the Trump presidency gained national attention, likewise labeled Graham as an “unpatriotic coward.”
“Trying to prevent the certification of the election was done by ONE side and it wasn’t the left,” The Atlantic’s Molly Jong-Fast replied to Graham. “Also Watching Republicans turn against democracy instead of disavowing trumpism is pretty depressing.”
Political commentator Keith Olbermann minced no words: “So your party’s attempt to overthrow democracy was a non-partisan event? Once you were a Senator, grudgingly respected by your opponents. Now you are a Trump Whore. Flee the country.”
Slate’s Will Saletan:
It’s tragic that the Afghan government collapsed and that we had to abandon so many Afghans, after Biden withdrew in compliance with the deal Trump signed.
It’s even more dismaying that an American senator cares more about Afghanistan than about an attack on the United States.
— Will Saletan (@saletan) January 6, 2022
“Yes, the Taliban loves broadcasting speeches by American presidents, that’s a terrific point,” wrote historian Kevin Kruse, mocking Graham, who’s supposedly an expert on foreign affairs.
Some other responses:
So you are outraged over politicization and then go and do the same thing all in one tweet. Disgusting fraud.
— Tim Hannan (@TimHannan) January 6, 2022
I’m pretty sure Jan. 6th was politicized the moment your political base attempted to siege the Capitol with an intent to kill the Vice President.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 6, 2022
“Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh my God, I hate it. From my point of view, he’s been a consequential president, but today, first thing you’ll see. All I can say is a count me out. Enough is enough.” Lindsey Graham Speech January 6, 2021
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) January 6, 2022
Garland Speech Satisfies Some, Disappoints Others Who Say It Focused on Violence and Not Those Behind the Insurrection
Attorney General Merrick Garland finally delivered a speech on the January 6 insurrection, 364 days after the attack on American democracy. Some experts appeared to be satisfied, but many more casual observers and critics continue to be frustrated at his focus on prioritizing investigating and indicting those who perpetrated violence that day while continuing to, apparently, ignore those responsible for inciting the insurrection and creating and disseminating “the big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen.
One popular social media commentator seemed to sum up the feelings of many watching and responding via social media, calling Garland’s remarks “a July 2021 speech not a ‘One Year After a Coup Attempt’ speech.”
Merrick Garland is delivering the speech he should have given six months ago.
This is a July 2021 speech not a “One Year After a Coup Attempt” speech.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) January 5, 2022
“The Justice Dept. remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or otherwise criminally responsible,” Garland said in his speech (full video via C-SPAN), addressing DOJ employees. “There are questions about how long the investigation will take, and about what exactly we are doing. Our answer is — whatever it takes for justice to be done.”
But critics point out that Garland’s speech was largely focused on “statistics,” including how many arrests have been made. None of those arrests include Trump administration officials, or those who were behind the attack on American democracy.
“So, one thing you should notice about Garland’s framing of Jan 6 is that he *starts* at storming of the Capitol, *not* at the rally before,” wrote The Nation’s Justice Correspondent Elie Mystal, as Garland was speaking. “This goes to his general way of framing this as individual bad actors instead of a wider criminal conspiracy.”
MSNBC legal analyst and former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance responded to Mystal, saying: “This is a fair criticism. One of the things I’m looking for in this speech is whether he will suggest that Jan 6 was the culmination of an effort to overturn the election, or whether he views the events that took place at the Capitol in a vacuum.”
Vance appeared less concerned, adding:
Garland: “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
He says this with emphasis. It’s a commitment. He says he’ll take as long as it takes to do it right. “We will & we must speak through our work.”
This is prosecutor speak for, game on.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 5, 2022
Well-known, retired FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, now an NBC News National Security Contributor appeared more hopeful:
AG references “Watergate”. “Same norms for the powerful or the powerless”. DOJ will pursue those “whether present that day or not”. Get it? Merrick Garland pledges pursuit of Jan 6 suspects at ‘any level’ https://t.co/5zn3m5Lnyp
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) January 5, 2022
And the highly-respected President and Director-Counsel of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), Sherrilyn Ifill, also seemed satisfied:
Critical points I heard frm the Garland speech:
1) DOJ is prosecuting the full web of participants involved in Jan 6 & following all leads.
2)No one is off the table for prosecution if they were involved.
3) elaborate prosecutions of this sort take time & begin at the bottom /
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) January 5, 2022
So was Daniel Goldman, the former Lead Counsel of the House Impeachment Inquiry,a nd a former Asst. U.S. Attorney at SDNY:
Strong, emphatic, and determined speech by Garland. The key quote is when he referred to perpetrators who may not have been at the Capitol on Jan 6. But open question remains whether investig has or will extend to efforts to overturn the election, separate from Jan 6 culpability.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) January 5, 2022
The Guardian’s congressional reporter Hugo Lowell observes Garland “effectively left open the possibility of a criminal investigation into the Trump WH over the Capitol attack, vowing to hold accountable the perpetrators — at any level — of the Jan. 6 insurrection.”
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