Trump Says Cops Have a ‘Right to Legally Protest’ — But Kneeling Black Athletes Should Leave the Country

This hypocrite keeps on pushing his obvious racist agenda.

President Donald Trump endorsed the demands of Chicago police officers in their conflict with the city’s mayor in a tweet Friday night, saying they have “have every right to legally protest” — a sentiment seeming to conflict with his push to punish black athletes in the NFL who protest silently during the national anthem.

“Chicago Police have every right to legally protest against the mayor and an administration that just won’t let them do their job,” Trump wrote. “The killings are at a record pace and tough police work, which Chicago will not allow, would bring things back to order fast…the killings must stop!”

Trump’s Lying Seems to be Getting Worse 

Between when President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017 and the end of April, the average number of public false or misleading statements he has made per day has been increasing. According to the Washington Post’s fact checkers on May 1, “for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day… since we last updated this tally two months ago, the president has averaged about 9 claims a day.”

This is a significant rise. Our calculations suggest that if the current escalation rate remains steady, by the end of his term the president could be making as many as 19 public false statements a day, on average.

Source: Trump’s lying seems to be getting worse. Psychology suggests there’s a reason why.

Trump, Giuliani declare war on the FBI

A thug is going to behave like a thug. Law enforcement has been his enemy for decades. So should we be surprised if he goes full gangster:

After some early missteps, the new defensive team of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is engaged in a bold and brash attempt to stand the Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling on its head.

Embellishing on President Trump’s repeated allegations of a “witch hunt” and a “Democratic hoax,” they have pivoted from the central question of possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin to a major accusation of an FBI plot to oust the elected president.

It is an outlandish exercise seeking to cast the nation’s chief law-enforcement agency into a mafia-like hit operation straight out of a gangland movie, with Mr. Trump as the orchestrator and Mr. Giuliani as his legal fixer.

Michigan mom deported to Albania, didn’t get to say goodbye to family

Pure evil. Hitler would be proud:

A Michigan mother with no criminal record was deported to Albania without being offered the opportunity to say goodbye to her three children or husband, family members say.

While a spokesperson for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said ICE notified family members of Cile Precetaj’s impending departure and told family members to pack her bags 10 days ago, her husband said that he did not learn that his wife was deported until 4 a.m. Thursday, when she called him from Germany telling him that she was en route to Albania with two ICE agents.

“My kids are devastated. They can’t stop crying,” Pete Gojcaj told the Free Press Thursday morning. “My children are traumatized. …

Tax cut Sparks Record-Setting $178 billion Buyback Boom

Just as predictable the Trump tax has benefited big business and the wealthy bigly. And very little going towards getting the economy going. And the non-rich get hosed:

It’s raining buybacks: Corporate America is throwing a record-setting party for shareholders.

S&P 500 companies showered Wall Street with at least $178 billion of stock buybacks during the first three months of 2018, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices.

That’s a 34% bump from last year and tops the prior record of $172 billion set in 2007, just prior to the start of the Great Recession. Apple rewarded shareholders with $22.8 billion in buybacks — the most of any company in any quarter ever.

Total S&P 500 shareholder payouts — buybacks plus dividends — for the past 12 months could top $1 trillion for the first time ever, Silverblatt said.

The buyback bonanza occurred during the first full quarter after President Donald Trump signed into law a massive corporate tax cut that was supposed to lift business spending on job-creating investments.

Putin Praises Trump for Business Skills, Calls Him ‘Donald’

Trump and Putin never negative words to say about each other. How does the right reconcile that? Especially since many of us believe Putin is controlling Trump:

Even when Donald Trump is threatening sanctions against a vital Russian energy project, President Vladimir Putin still has nothing but praise for his American counterpart.

“Donald isn’t just president of the United States, he’s also a good and strong entrepreneur,” Putin said at talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Russia’s Sochi on Friday.

Pruitt Admits to Breaking Law in Senate Hearing, Digs Himself a Deeper Hole

Today, under intense scrutiny from Senators Tom Udall, Pat Leahy, and Chris Van Hollen, Scott Pruitt floundered when attempting to justify his scandals and corrupt behavior that has resulted in 16 investigations. In the process, he admitted to violating federal law when pressed.

Source: Pruitt Admits to Breaking Law in Senate Hearing, Digs Himself a Deeper Hole | Sierra Club

The pre-Trump Republican Party is Dead

Republicans have succeeded in destroying their party by defending/following a conman masquerading as president who could care less about the GOP. Never again can they talk about being the party of fiscal responsibility with a straight face:

“Our debt is a threat to this country,” Ryan said in a 2013 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “We have to tackle this problem before it tackles us.”

Enter Trump. The self-proclaimed “king of debt.” The man who said “I love debt.” And someone totally uninterested in putting debt reduction anywhere near the top of his priorities list.

From his tax cut plan to his $25 billion ask for border wall funding, Trump has shown time and again that deficit spending is 100% A-OK with him.

And, amazingly, the GOP Congress has simply gone along with him. The same people who spent the Obama years insisting that the Democratic president was spending the country into certain oblivion have suddenly made peace with a Republican president who seems to care even less about the debt.