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Donald Trump: The fool on the hill is full of rage

To say that President Trump is a liar wouldn’t surprise anyone. Nor would I think saying that he is the worst political liar of all time.

Saying that, with the wilful use of his lying, he is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans might turn a few heads but is it not time the citizens of the land of milk and honey saw the truth of it.

This time he has admitted it. He is on the record in his own words and documented by 18 recorded interviews by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame. Woodward is to release his highly anticipated new book Rage next week.

A copy was leaked to CNN. Its revelations are astonishing. Here are some examples:

  • Anthony Fauci “… at one point tells others that the president “is on a separate channel” and unfocused in meetings, with ‘rudderless’ leadership, according to Woodward. ‘His attention span is like a minus number,’ Fauci said, according to Woodward. ‘His sole purpose is to get reelected.’ “
  • Trump expressed admiration for Nixon and is currently echoing his “law and order” election strategy.
  • Barack “I don’t think Obama’s smart … I think he’s highly overrated. And I don’t think he’s a great speaker.”
  • The North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, thought Obama was an “asshole”.
  • Woodward suggested to Trump that white and privileged men like them need to appreciate the plight of African Americans. Trump replied, “No,” in a mocking voice. “You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.”
  • Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is quoted as saying that four texts are key to understanding Trump, including Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat from the book: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”
  • Trump bragged to Woodward about a new secret weapons system.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, told the MSNBC network dropped a bucket of truth virus on Trumps lips:

“I think what he said connotes two things. One, his weakness: he didn’t know how to cope with the challenge to our country.

“Secondly, his disdain and denial for science, which has the answers, we could have contained this early on. But bigger than all of that was his total disregard for the impact on individual families in our country.”

On 7 February Trump told Bob Woodward in a phone call that coronavirus was “more deadly than even your strenuous flus”, but the message he gave to the public was very different.

He described the coronavirus as “deadly stuff” at the same time while at the same time he was publicly predicting it would miraculously disappear and favourably comparing it to the seasonal flu. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed.”

Yet on 27 February he was telling the public: “It’s going to disappear. One day – it’s like a miracle – it will disappear.”

By 19 March, Trump had declared a national emergency but told Woodward:

“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Joe Biden used these words in response to the revelation of how Trump had misled the nation and is still doing so with no pandemic policy at all other than to just let the coronavirus run free:

“Trump was fully aware of how deadly the virus was. It was much more ‘deadly than the flu’ he told Bob Woodward. One has to ask why the President didn’t warn the American people of its dangers. Surely a basic right of any individual is to defend oneself and others in the face of death. Or does that only apply to guns.”

On 3 April, Trump was still minimising the virus. “I said it’s going away and it is going away,” he said. But just two days later, he told Woodward: “It’s a horrible thing. It’s unbelievable.” On 13 April, he acknowledged: “It’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t even believe it.”

In the election race Biden is leading Trump nationally by an average of about 8 points. Recent polls have indicated that the president’s efforts to paint Biden as a “radical socialist” who couldn’t care less about crime are not changing many voters’ minds.

You can also ask “what would Obama have done” and you can bet he would have acted entirely differently.

But Trump’s first response to any problem is to lie about, or blame others. He has been doing it for months now (actually, probably all his life) and one can only conclude that once again he has failed the nation. It is a life and death failure to protect the American people.

But his villainous ego is never tamed by his actions, he told Fox News’ (his own personal channel) Sean Hannity last Wednesday that he had done an “amazing” job dealing with the pandemic. The audacity of the man!

With the election only eight weeks away and these latest revelations coming not long after The Atlantic published a piece reporting that Trump had belittled American soldiers who died at war as “suckers”. It is difficult to see the mentally deficient President recovering this time.

He describes Woodward’s book as a “political hit job.”

“If you look at our numbers, our fatality numbers compared to other countries, it’s amazing what we’ve done. We’ve been able to do something … that especially with the country the size we have, we’ve done an incredible job.”

 

 

Again, the audacity of the man.

The Guardian reports that coronavirus-related deaths in the US, which stand at more than 190,000, account for a fifth of the global total. The figure is equivalent to one death per 1,700 Americans. The US has one of the highest fatality rates per 100,000 population, at 57.97.

According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, only countries with higher deaths per 100,000 are Peru (93.71), Spain (63.34), Bolivia (62.51),Chile (62.37), Ecuador (62.20), Brazil (60.85).

Trump’s actions are not indictable but they are impeachable but I guess it’s too late for that now.

In the final interview with Woodward Trump said:

“The virus has nothing to do with me. It’s not my fault. It’s … China let the damn virus out.”

In saying that, I guess he said it all.

My thought for the day

It is clear that from whatever way you look at it that Trump lied and people died.

PS: For the complete list of Trump’s lies about the coronavirus click here.

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  1. New England Cocky

    There is one solution; organise and vote these neoliberal bastards out of political office. The problem is a self inflicted wound that only the people can heal.

  2. Terence Mills

    Trump is a con man, the front man for a family that resembles a cross between the Addams Family and the Corleone Family but he works to the theory identified by Abraham Lincoln, as do all con men :

    “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

    It will probably get him back into the White House for another four years !

  3. Josephus

    As long as corporations, mining companies and other megarich own most media the under educated are easily persuaded to vote against their own interests. Hardly a surprise .

  4. wam

    Care is needed with truth lord, Check these stats.

    Here is the list of the case fatality% and the deaths per 100000
    San Marino 5.8% 124.32
    Peru 4.3% 94.52
    Belgium 10.9% 86.82
    Andorra 4.1% 68.83
    Spain 5.4% 63.56
    Bolivia 5.8% 63.36
    Ecuador 9.5% 62.92
    Chile 2.7% 62.90
    UK 11.6% 62.71
    Brazil 3.1% 61.83
    Italy 12.6% 58.89
    US 3.0% 58.61
    Sweden 6.8% 57.38

    Notice % deaths???
    Truth, lord you or trump??

    true waltz of the cuckoo but pollies only need some of the people and he has enough.

  5. Kronomex

    “To say that President Trump is a liar wouldn’t surprise anyone. Nor would I think saying that he is the worst political liar of all time.” Saint Scotty of the Cubby House and Marketing is doing a pretty good impression of The Donald.

    Trumpality is a horrifying place and makes the Cenobite reality look staid and vanilla.

    Terence Mills September 13, 2020 at 7:20 am

    “Trump is a con man, the front man for a family that resembles a cross between the Addams Family and the Corleone Family…”

    You can’t compare The Trump to the Addams Family, who were basically good and normal compared to the nightmares in the White House, and even the Corleone Family knew their boundaries. Trump knows no boundaries and will trample on everything to get what he wants come hell or high water.

    wam September 13, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Care is needed with truth lord, Check these stats.

    Where did you get the stats from because just putting up numbers is meaningless.

  6. Phil Pryor

    What can one say about a rootng, rorting, raving, ridiculous ratbag, a thief, swindler, double crosser, liar, exaggeration merchant, swollen egomaniac, ignorant ingrate, superstitous idiot, cheat, defective, inhuman, moronic, backward, underperforming Anus?

  7. wam

    kronomex
    lies damn lies and statistics.suggests the worth of looking critically at stats.

    I am not smart enough to make up stats and just put ‘deaths per 100k’ and found something I could copy and paste.

    In an attempt to repeat my search I found john hopkins on my google has the US at 11th Lord’s search has them at 7th.

    I am tilting at the windmill of lord’s idea of the ‘truth’ into truth which can change very often, especially when stats are flying or politicians are talking because neither he nor I are lying and to each the different numbers are true?

  8. Keitha Granville

    I wonder if both stats are partly truth. Perhaps Andorra and San Marino both have significantly higher rates as their populations are tiny, their countries are tiny and therefore contact between infected people would be more saturated ? I don’t know, just a thought. To be honest the figures can never be accurately verified. How many poorer countries have the capacity to record correctly? How many larger countries with less democratic regimes are honest about their numbers? The numbers are irrelevant.

    I guess JL’s stats compare the USA with larger population centres. Both sets of figures are consistent with John Hopkins list.

    Nevertheless it is without doubt one of the worst affected nations, and I suspect the numbers may be much higher. Like the UK it is possible that many elderly people are not being counted, and of course there is no way in any country to count deaths amongst the homeless.

    This is a modern plague, it sweeping the planet. There may never be a cure or an effective vaccine. There isn’t for Ebola, or Bubonic Plague, and many other viruses. Therefore those leading us need to do EVERYTHING they can to help. Instead the POTUS has done the opposite and he should be condemned for all time for his failure to care for his people. This is the point of the article in my opinion.

  9. Kronomex

    wam September 13, 2020 at 9:50 am

    “I am not smart enough to make up stats and just put ‘deaths per 100k’ and found something I could copy and paste.”

    Do you mean to tell me that you thought I was accusing you of making stuff up?

    Please note: “Where did you get the stats from…” simply means where did you get your particular set of stats from?

    I’m looking at the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Global Map and it shows the US with the highest current death and infected rates.

    https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

    Make of it what you will.

  10. John Lord

    Kronomex tells it as it is.

  11. Jack Cade

    I don’t know what being tested costs in the USA. The impression we have been given is that in really depressed areas – like Detroit – the poorer people would not have any health insurance or any money to spend on visiting their GP or local hospital if they had symptoms of a cold, for example. That being so, the number of actual positives would possibly be double the official count. That would not affect the death rates, though, unless they don’t diagnose the cause of death of people who haven’t sought treatment.
    As Jimmy Carter said, the US spent 3 trillion dollars destroying Iraq while its own country disintegrates.

  12. king1394

    For me the significant point about the USA’s figures is that they are terribly high for the country that boasts of being the best in the world

  13. paul walter

    Trump speculated that the death toll would not go beyond 60,000 but it is 200,000 near enough and still climbing in the USA.

    He is like Linus sucking his thumb and clinging to his blanket. He clutches and clings to power, the illusion thereof, like a drunk to a brown bottle or a child to its toy.

    Deeply in thrall to relevance deprivation syndrome and scared he will be ignored or removed.

  14. wam

    that’s the point of truth you are looking at stats from hopkins
    but your link confused the shit out of this old quacker
    I am looking at the hpokins updated today 12/09
    https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality
    which supports trump enough to suggest
    to confuse the trump situation his supporters believe hospitals falsify deaths because they get paid more
    so lord all 3 of us are telling the truth but my truth suggest trump’s truth is closer than your truth or kromomex truth but hell what does it matter as long as we realise there is no ‘the truth’ and therefore the truth you believe to be true is true making it hopeless for labor to just sit and hope for miracles.
    Think of the wasted truth for all those loonies who believed boobby’s story about voting with the rabbott for 10 years before he apologised ??????.

  15. Michael Taylor

    As Jimmy Carter said, the US spent 3 trillion dollars destroying Iraq while its own country disintegrates.

    Jack, I recently worked with a young lady who has travelled the world far and wide. We started chatting about the USA. She said she saw the poverty in Brazil, in India, in China and in some African countries and couldn’t describe the horrific conditions these poor souls are condemned to. But even after witnessing how the world’s poorest live, nothing – nothing – nothing had prepared her for what she saw in parts of the USA. She never expected to see it in one of the world’s richest nations. The locals called them “White trash”, she said.

  16. paul walter

    Ah Michael, but is it the half of it?

    How is it that progressive or even centrist government with even the skerrick of concern for the ordinary people has been able to last the course over the last ten or fifteen years?

    Why do only governments that back US business interests ever seem to last, despite massive corruption and falls in living standards?

    And if Australia is a Banana Republic, how more so the Mother of all Banana Republics itself, the USA, with its $trillions of dollars lost through corruption, badly directed spending, offshoring of jobs, and multiples of $ Trillions sneaked off shore to tax havens, its fostering of panic, anti science, reason and encouragement of irrationality and superstition, not at the root of much of global failure as well as national failure.

  17. Kronomex

    Paul, we are more like a Banana Skin Republic with Saint Scotty from Marketing and the rest of the Marketingettes continually slipping on the skins and showing that they can’t learn by continuing to do so time after time. Sadly, they aren’t even funny when they pratfall.

  18. paul walter

    Kronomex, isn’t the very definition of lunacy trying the same thing over and over and the same thing happening, yet expecting a different result each time.

    If I were to try driving a five foot wide car through a four foot gate I could be blamed the once, but to do the same thing again and again?

    I Include the Australian People within this definition.

    Abbott…Turnbull, now Morrison. Once, given the circumstances, was hard enough, three times stretches even the divine into meaninglessness.

  19. mark delmege

    draft dodging, snout in the trough Biden is no better than Trump and arguably as Vice, worse that Killary.

  20. corvusboreus

    I’ll leave you lot to keep quibbling over deathrates and play with absolutist statements of false equivalency.
    Meanwhile Mr President is vowing to ‘put down’ left wing protesters and describing extra judicial killing as ‘retribution’ whilst his recently commuted criminal friend advocates for a show of guns at the ballot box and a declaration of martial law if Trump loses.
    Who cares?
    Meanwhile scientists are surmising that the last old ice will disappear from Grrenalnd by the end of next summer..
    Ho hum.

    The US will be at civil war within six months, and that will rapidly spread to global conflict as the strongest remaining hyenas fight over the disintegrating carcass of our mother and home. .
    The final endgame of human extinction has started, and things are about to get bloody messy .real quick..

    No more wasting words on waxed ear concerning Greek sails on the horizons, it’s time for me to get out of Troy..
    Y’all have a good time with the remains of your lives.

  21. Dave G.

    the most amazing & depressing thing in all this chaos that is America today is the fact some pundits are calling a close electoral result in November.By any measure you would think it was a foregone conclusion but no.Another 4 years of Trump should be a concern for us all particularly as our Govt. loves sucking up to America.

  22. DrakeN

    wam, your stats are mortality rates per 100,000 of both confirmed infections and per capita without differential.
    The ones that Kronomex refers to are more specific.

  23. Vikingduk

    Corvus
    Ah yes, same page, the dumpster loses, declare martial law, the dems have stolen the election, meanwhile road blocks set up in Colorado to stop them Antifa starting more fires, dumpster says he so hard done by, deserves not only the next 4 years and 4 more years after that. A race to the finish, climate change/civil war/braindead arseholes.

    It’s time . . . bug out to the dugout. We really are the insane asylum of the universe. We the only animal that shits in its own nest with so much gusto, so much enthusiasm, so willingly, so constantly.

    Such a beautiful place to call home and what do we do? Squabble over meaningless shit, expect an election of a different arsehole will solve this enormous pile of shit we have manufactured. One more from
    Kinky: we in need of a checkup from the neck up. Sayonara dudes.

  24. Jack Cade

    Vikingduk

    Whoever wins in November, the USA will turn on itself. From burning city to burning city, it’s ‘manifest destiny’ was rehearsed in 1863 onwards.
    And for many of the rest of us? The social conditions that spawned trade unions are really no better now than they were in 1900. People scoff at the idea of Trump calling on the armed forces to enforce Lauranorder, but their armed forces are mainly poorly-educated people who couldn’t find other work snd have had ‘Do as you’re told’ drummed into them.
    I heard a Trumpist being interviewed on MSNBC, and she said she didn’t care what Trump had said or done, he was …’ the president and must be supported and obeyed.’ She was just one of 44% of the people who would shoot a person who let the Stars and Stripes touch the ground.
    How different are they from North Koreans?

  25. Vikingduk

    Jack Cade,
    Yes, a sad indictment of us humans, the dumpster ordained by god to be the overlord no matter what, as is our very own liar from the shire, chosen ones to lead us suckers further down the road of perdition and we continue to vote for this, enable this, encourage this until we are so far down this path we have forgotten our responsibilities, our ability for compassion, care, love.

    From my perspective, we have become a worthless, decadent, corrupt species, a species that do not deserve this extraordinary planet. Politics just another name for organised crime syndicate, for sale to the highest bidder. The trick is to recognise the manifest bullshit that engulfs us all and find a way out.

  26. corvusboreus

    Viking duck,
    Bugoutnfor the dugout indeed, and the two factors mentioned have just shrunk the hourglass for pacing the chute considerably.
    Electronic then social media has radicalised humanity, and a long generation of childhoods have been babysat by first person murder simulators.
    Biden is dim and jaded enough to blink and freeze, and it is deluded person who does not see clear conspiracy by Trump and co to pervert the result.
    The. US military won’t unanimously follow Trump orders them to unleash hell on home,but will lose cohesion of discipline and fracture into factions
    The generals are already more than grumbly and footsoldiers are too jaded, not to mention melanin ric in ethnic composition. .
    A split of general soldiery is a civil war.
    Last time around the Greenback did not underpin an interconnected global market.
    This time around there nuclear weapons.
    China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Israel, the Arab states, Europe as a Union, the Kingdoms United, what reaction and response?
    Easy chance that we are headed straight for a global conflagation

    Meanwhile, in the biosphere… naah!

    Yeah, the time for disseminating information to help influence policy has passed.
    The time to concentrate focus on localised security of water and food. has started
    Time public face of guarded tongue in grey profile.

    I have enjoyed our conversations and wish you and yours a safe ride and a soft landing.

  27. Michael Taylor

    What a horrid six months we’ll be enduring come November. If Trump loses, his base will run amok (which wouldn’t bother Trump because he possesses not an ounce of compassion), and we’ll be watching from afar while our country burns and we continue to fight the virus. Pure hell awaits us.

    I need some cheering up. I’m miserable in advance.

  28. Jack Cade

    Michael Taylor

    This’ll make you even more depressed. A contributor to Quora said he had a friend visit him from the USA. Landed at John Lennon airport. ‘Who is this John Lennon they named the airport for?’

  29. paul walter

    JackCade, probably a Marks-ist Lennonist.

  30. Michael Taylor

    Jack, that’s depressing.

  31. Jack Cade

    paul walter

    Don Maclean beat you to it : ‘When Lennon read a book on Marx…’
    Nice try, though!

  32. Kronomex

    Isn’t Lennon the anglicised name/word of Lenin?

    “‘When Lennon read a book on Marx…’” that wasn’t very nice of John to dig up Karl’s body just to rest a book on it.

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