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Sunday News: RIP Chuck Berry; “Trump, Working-Class Zero”; Corey Stewart the Confederacy Candidate


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, March 19.

  • Video: #HRCLADinner: Senator Tim Kaine


  • Robert Reich:

    This past week revealed more clearly than ever that the Trump White House works on two bizarre tracks:

    TRACK 1: initiatives that will hurt vast numbers of Americans, including millions of people who voted for Trump — such as Trumpcare and Trump’s budget.
    TRACK 2: weirdly vindictive Trump rants, such as

    1. Trump’s diatribe this week against the latest ruling on his Muslim ban, suggesting the court that ruled against him should be destroyed (“People are screaming, ‘Break up the Ninth Circuit!’”);
    2. Trump’s ongoing insistence that President Obama had authorized surveillance on his 2016 campaign — despite rebukes from Republicans, denials by the congressional intelligence committees, and complaints from the British government, which demanded an apology after Trump’s spokesman suggested that one of its intelligence agencies had aided in the spying;
    3. Trump’s preposterous tweet this morning, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday, that “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!”

    The train on Track 1 is powered by Steve Bannon. The train on Track 2 is powered by Trump’s sociopathic, narcissistic brain. Both trains are going off the rails.

  • Video: The Boy from Mar-A-Lago


  • Quizzical

    Watching Tom Price. Why does the Trump Care repeal and replace have to be in three phases, or prongs? It looks to me like Prong I consists of tax cuts and hostage-taking.

    If they have something better than Obamacare show us the whole plan up front.

  • Video: Nancy Pelosi on Trump’s lies, disastrous budget, “terrible” health care bill, etc.


  • Trump’s #s hit lowest ever in Gallup…37%-58%. Ouch!


  • Video: Corey Stewart rips Ed Gillespie for constant “no shows” at GOP events…says Gillespie incorrectly thinks he has it all “wrapped up”


  • Video: New ad by right-wing group urges people to thank Rep. Barbara Comstock for supporting Trumpcare/Ryancare


  • Robert Reich:

    In response to two federal judges blocking his latest travel ban, Trump told a supportive crowd at a campaign-style rally, “This ruling makes us look weak.”
    What he really meant, of course, was “this ruling makes me look weak.”

    The key to understanding Trump is his overwhelming need to look strong and not appear weak. Here are his 7 methods:

    1. Never admitting he’s wrong about anything — never apologizing, confessing error, or accepting blame. After asserting that Obama had wiretapping Trump Tower, the FBI and prominent Republicans have told him he should admit he has no evidence for this bizarre claim. But he won’t. He only digs himself in deeper.
    2. Blaming others for anything that goes wrong. Weeks ago, when it became evident that the mission to Yemen had been botched, resulting in the death of a Navy Seal Ryan Owens, Trump blamed the military. “This was something they wanted to do. They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals … And they lost Ryan.”
    3. Being abusive toward staff. By all accounts, he yells at, denigrates, disparages, and humiliates people working for him. His White House appears to be one big abusive relationship (Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer show signs).
    4. Condemning all critics. He calls the press who criticize him “dishonest scum” and “enemies of the people,” and locks them out of press conferences. He calls judges who cross “so-called judges,” and intelligence agencies who dispute him “so-called intelligence.” He also calls Americans who didn’t vote for him or have expressed negative opinions about him his “enemies,” “losers,” “pathetic,” and “sad.”
    5. Being brutal and cruel toward vulnerable people. Bullies like Trump make themselves look and feel powerful by taking it out on people who can’t fight back. In Trump’s case, it’s undocumented immigrants; the poor; and Muslims from the Middle East and central Americans, who need refuge from violence.
    6. Attacking the character or attributes of critics rather than the content of their criticisms. It’s called an “ad hominem” attack and Trump uses it constantly. After actress Meryl Streep criticized him, for example, he called her “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood,” and “a Hillary flunky who lost big.”
    7. Conjuring up a huge plot against him, intended to bring him down. He told a group of senior commanders that terrorist attacks in the United States weren’t being reported because “the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.” He continues to claim, without evidence, that the 2016 election was marred by “millions” of fraudulent votes. He talks darkly of a conspiracy to link him to Russian operatives in the election.

    Bullies like Trump who can’t stand to look weak are deeply insecure. In reality, they feel weak and fear being exposed. The resistance must use Trump’s fear of exposure.