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Trump compares impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’

While fuming Tuesday morning about the House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry, President Trump declared the probe a “lynching,” prompting outcry at the inflammatory language.

“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump tweeted. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”

The comment came just hours before Bill Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, was scheduled to testify in the inquiry behind closed doors. In text messages released earlier this month, Taylor expressed concern to another diplomat about Trump withholding military aid to Ukraine while asking the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Taylor texted that it was "crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."

Trump had previously referred to the impeachment inquiry as a "hoax," "coup" and "witch hunt."

Lynching” refers to the murder of thousands of newly-freed African American slaves in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In February, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would make lynching a federal crime. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which was led by African-American Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Tim Scott, has yet to be voted on in the House.

“The crime of lynching succeeded slavery as the ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction,” the legislation reads.

Trump's "lynching" tweet immediately drew widespread criticism.

"You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?" Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., tweeted. "Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet."

"We can all disagree on the process, and argue merits," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., tweeted. "But never should we use terms like 'lynching' here. The painful scourge in our history has no comparison to politics, and @realDonaldTrump should retract this immediately. May God help us to return to a better way."

“That is one word no president ought to apply,” said Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who was on CNN when Trump's tweet landed. “I’ve studied presidential history quite a bit, and I don’t know if we’ve ever seen anything quite like this.”

Clyburn noted that the three previous presidents who have faced impeachment — Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton — never referred to the process in such a way.

He added: “This president is, hopefully, an anomaly.”
 

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Donald Trump: ‘We’re building a wall in Colorado’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a wall is being built in Colorado.

"And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall. A big one that really works — that you can’t get over, you can’t get under,” Trump said during a speech at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh.

He continued, “And we’re building a wall in Texas. And we’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible.”

Colorado is not positioned along the U.S. southern border, where Trump has focused his desire for a physical barrier, and there have been no reports of plans to construct a border wall in the state. A portion of the border wall is being built along the Colorado River in Arizona.

While it was presumed Trump simply misspoke, the president tweeted that he was "kiddingly" talking about a wall in Colorado, adding that he was speaking to "people in the very packed auditorium, from Colorado & Kansas, getting the benefit of the Border Wall!"


White House Press Sec. Claims Republican Critics ‘Deserve’ Trump’s ‘Human Scum’ Insult

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday that President Trump does not regret using the term “human scum” to describe Republicans who criticize him, saying they are “just that.”

“The people who are against him and have been against him and working against him since the day he took office are just that,” Grisham said on Fox News. “They deserve strong language like that.”

Trump lashed out Wednesday at “Never Trumper Republicans,” calling them more “dangerous” to the country than Democrats.

“The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!” the president wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s frustration came as he pressured Republicans to “get tougher and fight” House Democrats’ impeachment probe against him. The president expressed support for a group of Republican members of Congress who stormed a closed-door hearing on Wednesday where a Pentagon official was testifying to the House Intelligence Committee. The Republicans argued the hearing before the Democrat-led committee should be more transparent.

“He was happy to see it happen,” Grisham said of Trump’s reaction to the protest. “He was very supportive of it, as he should be.”

A day earlier, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified to Congress that he was aware of an effort by the Trump administration to withhold U.S. military aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials agreed to state publicly that they would investigate the business dealings of Trump’s 2020 opponent Joe Biden and his son.

Taylor is represented by Republican lawyer John Bellinger, who loudly opposed Trump’s candidacy in 2016 and has called Trump “most reckless president in American history.”

“Never Trumper Republican John Bellinger, represents Never Trumper Diplomat Bill Taylor (who I don’t know), in testimony before Congress!” Trump wrote in a subsequent tweet, adding that he does not want such Republicans working in his administration.

“It would be really great if the people within the Trump Administration, all well-meaning and good (I hope!), could stop hiring Never Trumpers, who are worse than the Do Nothing Democrats. Nothing good will ever come from them!” he wrote.
 

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Has she addressed the press outside of her FOX News "appearances"?
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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham added, "I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President."
[DOUBLEPOST=1572202903][/DOUBLEPOST]Only 10 students invited to Trump's speech at historically black college
More than 200 people attended President Donald Trump's speech at Benedict College, but only about 10 actual students were invited to the event -- his first appearance at a historically black college, and an effort to reach out beyond his usual base of support.

Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Stephen Benjamin told CNN that out of the more than 200 invitees to the President's speech, only about 10 were actual students from the college. The others, Benjamin said, were "brought in" from somewhere else. More than 2,100 attend the school, according to its website.


Benedict College spokeswoman Kymm Hunter later told reporters that only seven students ultimately attended the speech.

"This should have been an opportunity for at least scores of students to attend this event," Benjamin told CNN. He said the president of the college requested more students be able to attend, but that the White House maintained control of organizing the event.

Trump's visit Friday to the HBCU came amid the fallout over his decision this week to compare the impeachment proceedings on Capitol Hill to a "lynching" -- words for which he declined to apologize as he prepared to leave the White House for the journey to South Carolina.

The President's language created a divisive backdrop for his rare appearance at the historically black college, where he was slated to highlight his administration's work on criminal justice reform. Although Trump did speak extensively about the criminal justice reform bill he signed into law in April, he also found a way to mention impeachment twice, demonstrating that the political turmoil engulfing his administration is never far from his mind.

Describing his "own experience" with unfair treatment, Trump said he is now facing "an investigation in search of a crime."

"If this were a Democrat, they would never allow this to happen," he said.

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the venue as Trump's motorcade pulled into the college Friday afternoon.

The head of the South Carolina NAACP released a statement ahead of the visit condemning Trump's words and encouraging skepticism, underscoring the divides within the community around Benedict over inviting Trump to speak.

The college referred questions to the White House and to the 2020 Bipartisan Justice Center, the group organizing the broader event at which Trump spoke. The White House declined to comment. The organizing group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
 

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Revealed: Trump wanted to build a megachurch
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/revealed-trump-wanted-to-build-a-mega-church
According to his longtime personal pastor, Paula White-Cain, Trump in 2006 was taking steps to build a glass cathedral.

“He wanted to build a house of God,” she told us. “He said, ‘Let’s do this, let’s build this before we’re too old,’” said White-Cain told Secrets.

Trump had an architect in place and was eager to have her take charge of the church, but White-Cain said the timing wasn’t right for her. At the time, her ministry was on nine TV networks, and she was heading to a divorce from her second husband in 2007.

She is now on a book tour, promoting her autobiography, Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials.

Parts of her book discuss her 18-year friendship with Trump. “He is a Christian,” she said. But, she said, he’s quiet about it, not a Bible-quoter like former President Bill Clinton. “He doesn’t know ‘Christian-ese,’” she said, adding, “most people don’t.”

Honored to pray for @realDonaldTrump and our nation! Also discussed the many great accomplishments under the leadership of President Trump. He continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people
(Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian) #prayer #potus #nation pic.twitter.com/rJ6ExahYXN

— Paula White-Cain (@Paula_White) October 31, 2019
She has never revealed Trump’s desire to build a church. “It was part of a dream,” said White-Cain, who is married to the band Journey’s Jonathan Cain.

She suggested that it was going to be similar to the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles. “He said, ‘Let’s build a crystal cathedral for God,” she said.

White-Cain, who is often at the White House and who heads the president’s evangelical outreach, said that the topic hasn’t come up recently. But, she said, “Who knows what God will do. Who knows, maybe we will end up building a cathedral.”

Her book details the ups and downs in her life and her focus on God.

“I can write 100 books on the wisdom and lessons from stories in the Bible,” she wrote, adding, “But this particular story about Paula White-Cain is the one that I’ve struggled to write for many years.”

Her link to Trump is well-known, but she revealed in her book that she found out he wanted to run for president in 2014. “I’m going to go for this,” she said, Trump said. “Now, I know our prayers need to intensify,” she wrote.

“God used Donald Trump in my life as much as I was used in his life,” wrote the pastor, who delivered the invocation at his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

“When it comes to my assignment to the president of the United States, I have come to understand that vindication is in the womb of time. I will stay faithful to what God has called me to do all the days of my life, and I don’t try to figure it out.”
 

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thats what he has become a benny hinn, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, the ultimate huckster, the guy hasn't even picked up a bible and there are millions of Christians willing to follow him.

and after he is president, i and betting that what he will do, he will hold rally's all across American in which you have to pay to see him or donate to his super PAC, while going on tv from time time maybe buying time on local tv stations, promoting himself and his rally's and he will probably do this till the day he dies.
 

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DAVID JOLLY: These are the moments where my anger is somewhat palpable because you've just got to be honest. These are, in today's Republican Party, spineless politicians rotten to the core without virtue. Without any level of human integrity, devoid of self-respect, self-reflection, without courage, and without the moral compass to recognize their own malevolence.

And one day maybe they will have the recognition of how they failed the country and themselves in this moment. But that would be giving them credit that somewhere down deep they have the goodness to recognize how to reconcile their own failings with what is right and just in American politics. And frankly what is right and wrong in the eyes of adults and children alike. And there's no other example. And why no argument will ever work for Republicans, and I agree they inevitably will make the case this is not impeachable.

The problem is it requires every single Republican to align with Donald Trump and say that only Donald Trump speaks the truth. That Lt. Col. Vindman, a man of honor and Purple Heart recipient, does not speak the truth. Ambassador McKinley, somebody who's referred to as the “dean of the foreign service core,” does not speak the truth. Ambassador Yovanovitch, somebody who dedicated her life to promoting freedom and U.S. ideals on the world stage, does not speak the truth. Only Donald Trump does. And there is no greater example of selling your soul to a charlatan than what Republicans are doing right now in the House and the Senate. And their legacies are on the line just as much as Donald Trump's. We know the character of Donald Trump. We know the failings of Donald Trump. Watching play out in this impeachment proceeding is the failings of a Republican Party and every single member that goes along with this.
 

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That will just cost tax payers the 2 mil.

Actually closer to 10.

He'll siphon 10 mil tax payer money through Russia to cover the trail then get a 2 mil kickback, use that to pay settlment.
 

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That will just cost tax payers the 2 mil.

Actually closer to 10.

He'll siphon 10 mil tax payer money through Russia to cover the trail then get a 2 mil kickback, use that to pay settlment.
It's not even that complex. He'll just take a lot more weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago so he can dump federal money straight into his own pocket.
 

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He's a scum fuck.
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[DOUBLEPOST=1573308349][/DOUBLEPOST]Federal judge assails Trump's attacks on judiciary: He's feeding a 'destructive narrative'
A federal judge on Wednesday assailed President Donald Trump for his repeated attacks on various legal decisions and judges, stating the President's bombastic criticism is feeding into a "destructive narrative."

US District Court Judge Paul Friedman said Trump's personal attacks on judges are helping "undermine faith in the rule of law itself."

"This obviously is a trend we're seeing throughout public life, but, I would suggest, the stakes in attacking the judiciary have graver implications," Friedman said in remarks as part of a lecture series at a federal courthouse in Washington. "And regrettably, the current President of the United States is feeding right into this destructive narrative."

He added, "We are witnessing a chief executive who criticizes virtually every judicial decision that doesn't go his way and denigrates judges who rule against him, sometimes in very personal terms. He seems to view the courts and the justice system as obstacles to be attacked and undermined, not as a co-equal branch to be respected even when he disagrees with its decisions."

Friedman acknowledged that Trump "is not the first president to be frustrated with judicial outcomes," but posited "what we are witnessing today and over the last few years is markedly different."

"The reality is that when the Trump administration has lost cases in the courts, it is not because of Clinton or Obama judges, but because of judges who are trying to follow the law and the Constitution," he said.

To make his case, the judge detailed Trump's wide-ranging attacks on Judges Richard Seeborg, William Orrick, James Robart, Jon Tigar and Gonzalo Curiel. During the 2016 campaign, Trump had accused Curiel, who was born in the US, of having an "inherent conflict of interest" in a lawsuit against a Trump University lawsuit because of his Mexican heritage.

Friedman said Wednesday the "personal ad hominem attacks" on Curiel "set a terrible precedent and encouraged others to join the chorus."

"This was beyond a dog whistle," he said. "This was a shout."

William Taylor, a well-known Washington defense lawyer, said Friedman got a "standing ovation which went on for some minutes" after he criticized the President for attempting to bully the federal judiciary.

Friedman wasn't interrupted at all as he gave the speech, but when he mentioned Trump, "some people certainly sitting around me nodded their heads in agreement and appreciation," Taylor said.

DC US Attorney Jessie Liu gave additional remarks at the event Wednesday, but she steered clear of commenting on politics and the administration, Taylor said.
Friedman spoke to more than 200 attorneys -- many of them prominent in Washington -- in the federal courthouse in Washington on Wednesday.

Taylor is a partner at the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, whose leadership helps to organize the annual lecture at which Friedman spoke.

While it is exceedingly rare for a sitting judge to launch an attack against a sitting president, it'snot unprecedented in Trump's time in office. In April, Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves of the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi took a broad swipe against the President in quoting his tweets, although he did not name Trump specifically.

"When the powerful accuse courts of 'opening up our country to potential terrorists' you can hear the Southern Manifesto's authors smearing the judiciary for simply upholding the rights of black folk," Reeves said at the time.

In his remarks Wednesday, Friedman emphasized he was "not suggesting in the least that our work should go unexamined" but said it is "hard to remember a time when judges, courts, and the judicial branch in general were subjected to so much gratuitous criticism, vitriolic commentary, and purposely misleading attacks."
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