From Reuters here:
WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) – Gary Cohn is facing the most difficult investment dilemma of his career. The former Goldman Sachs president helped steer the bank to safety during the financial crisis. Now he’s under pressure to abandon President Donald Trump, whom he serves as chief economic advisor. Remaining could hurt his reputation, but he’s been a moderating influence on trade and he’s also a point man on tax reform. Losing his Wall Street savvy would further damage the White House – and the country.
I can’t say I have much sympathy but he knew the risk this could all turn to shit when he signed up to sail on the HMS Trump.
This once again shows that even the richest, most ambitious people make enormous mistakes.
From the New York Times:
Trump says it is ‘foolish’ to remove Civil War statues
This motherfucker is like the captain of the Titanic. I understand he wants to represent the people who put him in office (though I don’t think anybody knows how many people vote on these types of issues) but it is his sheer refusal to ever give an inch no matter how much it destroys his political future that is really noteworthy.
Of all the issues to go to the mat for a bunch of fucking statues. They are racist symbols and they should come down but his inability to step back and ask himself if this is at the core of his Presidency.
It’s impossible to tell if this issue really matters to him or if he’s unable to ever concede anything.
It’s really spectacular self-destruction as there aren’t enough white supremacists to return him for a second term.
From the Daily Beast here:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday blamed the “alt left” for inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday that he said led James Fields to “murder” a protester. “You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side,” Trump said, adding there were “very fine people on both sides” of the demonstrations.
You have to give piece of shit Trump some props here. He absolutely refuses to ever admit that he’s wrong and he will circle back and continue to dig his own grave over and over and over.
I don’t know of any alt-left. Is he talking about antifa groups or black bloc violent socialists? If he’s so big into the facts he can and should name names. I haven’t heard anyone say either one of those groups was there.
I think it’s a little problematic for tens of millions of Americans for him to say there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ of the demonstrations.
He should just put a white hood on and go blow a klansman if he feels that way.
I was going to type that the asshole side of Trump’s personality is relentless but then I thought there is no other side. Sometimes he’s a flattering bitch so I guess he’s either a flattering bitch or relentlessly committed asshole.
You would think if President PeeNutz ever wanted to accomplish anything he would maybe pick and choose the places where he’s such a complete asshole, but I’m not holding my breath.
I guess he’s powerless, he can’t help hisself.
From the New York Times:
“Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Mr. Trump said. “This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” he said, noting that the first American president had owned slaves.
I’m okay with taking down George Washington statues. I don’t think many Americans realize that at the time of the Revolution George Washington was the richest man in America so that detracts from a lot of the idealism surrounding this particular man.
He was fighting for his property and wealth as much as for ‘freedom’ which I put in quotes because freedom wasn’t for black folks at that time.
Lastly, I don’t need a history lecture from this orange haired piece of shit/pisspants Trump.
I won’t even bother shitting on that foul specimen Robert E. Lee.
Nobody in any position of authority in the news is putting a number on the fucked in the head loser Nazi jizzballs who came to this march yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
I see on many interwebz sites that the Charlotte Police Department expected between 2,000-6,000 but no post march estimates.
Jamelle Bouie at Slate says there were hundreds of white nationalists there.
It’s borderline incompetent to not give a clear picture of how large this group was and I think media organizations sense the opportunity in getting eyeballs their way by making this seem like some huge march.
This also follows in a long American tradition of overestimating our enemies in order to justify whatever agenda is being propagated. I never saw ISIS as being numbered above 30,000 fighters (and that was probably exaggerated by the Spooks) but we acted like it was the end of America.
Nobody should in their right mind make these guys out to be more powerful than they are as they are fucking losers. They have the right to be racist but to fall for such a simplistic view that the problems in their lives have to do with blacks and Mexicans and gay folks and women is just absolutely fucking lame.
Not that it’s great that hundreds of wannabe Hitlers hit the streets but we should have some perspective.
I was watching a PBS history show last night that said that the KKK peaked in the 1920’s with 5 million American members. The 1930 American census had the American population at 122 million so that’s a lot of racist assholes.
We can discuss Trump’s reaction to all this at some later point but please let’s have some perspective and demand more from the folks who are supposed to inform us.
Headline from Daily Beast here:
“Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because in part the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point,”
So if you gave them 10 years they could repeal Obamacare???
I don’t think Trumpy’s timelines were the main reason why Obamacare was not sent to the grave.
Y’all had 7 fucking years to get a plan together so when you rose to power you could rock it muy pronto.
Alas it was just a massive bitch-fest designed to get Republicans elected and I maintain that neither Republicans nor Democrats give much if any kind of meaningful shit about Americans’ health care.
It’s a political circle jerk.