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It’s been only a month since Trump’s inauguration.
Melania’s face during the inauguration changed almost as fast as the American public’s perception Trump.
Trump’s job approval rating are breaking records. According to a Gallup poll over the weekend, Trump’s 40 percent job approval is 21 points below the historic average for elected presidents around mid-February (61 percent). That’s also 11 points below the lowest mid-February numbers for any other president in Gallup’s history. Gallup has been involved in taking polls for more than 70 years.
Maybe it was the outrage over the Muslim ban that caused so many to object to Trump.
Maybe it was the outrage over threatening Iraq to confiscate their oil.
There was the resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser that caused a lot of Trump supporters to worry. Even more supporters worry that there are still unresolved issues for Trump regarding Russia.
Women were offended by his suggestion that nobody looks beautiful after 30 years old.
The President of Mexico cancelled his trip as a result of Trump’s statement that he should not come if he remained unwilling to pay for building a wall.
Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon, a notorious anti-Semite and misogynist, was offensive to many.
Trump’s pick of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State was offensive to most due to Tillerson’s strong ties to Russia.
The Russia controversy is intensifying. The awkwardness with congressional Republicans continues unabated. And as Richard W. Painter, George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer from 2005-2007, wrote in the Times on Thursday, Trump has utterly failed to disentangle himself from his business empire:
Trump will be in violation of the Constitution as of next Friday with respect to, among other things, loans from foreign-government-controlled banks, leases of Trump office space to foreign-government-controlled companies, foreign governments and diplomats renting rooms in Trump hotels and any investments that are made alongside foreign sovereign wealth funds.
Many people are offended that Trump has already launched his re-election campaign.
Some felt it was offensive that the First Lady failed to meet with the wife of the Prime Minister of Japan while they were visiting in Washington D.C.
Others were offended by Trump’s total fabrication of a terrorist attack in Sweden.
Many others have reacted to Trump’s three weekend vacations at the expense of American taxpayers, and which directly profited Trump’s Mar a lago Resort.
Perhaps the poll numbers are so low because even Trump’s own spokesperson explains that Donald Trump lives in La La Land, relying on “alternative facts.”
Perhaps the most offensive thing Trump has done thus far as our new President is to nominate the leader of the government’s major health insurance programs who believes that maternity coverage should be optional for patients.
Donald Trump has earned the coveted title of Worst President in History.
Sarah Palin has been an outspoken proponent of Donald Trump since she endorsed him a year ago. Ironically that was Jan. 19, 2016. Exactly one year later on the 20th of Jan. 2017 Trump will be inaugurated.
She actually told Trump recently that she would like to be considered for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. She previously told him that she’d like to be considered fo
r Secretary of Energy. Trump actually said that there would be a place in his administration for Palin. Here’s what was reported:
“While adding that Palin could “certainly” play a role in his campaign or future administration, potentially as the vice presidential pick, Trump declined to engage in any speculation as to whether she would be his choice, boasting that “everybody wanted” the endorsement of the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee.
“I haven’t discussed it with her. No, I haven’t discussed anything with her about what she’d do, but she’s somebody I really like and I respect. And certainly, she could play a position if she wanted to,” Trump said, adding that he did not think Palin would want to do that again.”
However now that Trump is the President-elect, and he is days away from his inauguration,he has finally filled the last remaining position in his administration that was left open. That would be the same position that Sarah wanted,the Secretary of veterans affairs. In a slap-in-the-face to Sarah, Trump selected David Shulkin to be his Secretary of Veterans Affairs. To run salt in Sarah’s wig, Trump appointed Shulkin who is currently the under secretary for health at the VA, where he runs the Veterans Health Administration, and he was nominated for that position by President Barack Obama in March 2015, and confirmed by the Senate that June. Although I might have missed one, it is my impression that Shulkin is the only person nominated by Trump that was part of the Obama administration.
The really offensive thing is that Trump offered the position to several people before Shulkin, and Palin wasn’t one of them.
No doubt Sarah Palin is wondering where have all the flowers,young men, soldiers, supporters,and dollar bills gone?
The Senate Confirmation Hearings for Rex Tillerson, are happening now! Go to the link if you are interested. In addition to concerns about Tillerson’s connections to Vladimir Putin and Russia “Hello” has brought to our attention a new article about Tillerson’s tenure as President of the Boy Scouts. Tillerson served as President of the Boy Scouts from 2010-2012. During that time Tillerson had access to thousands of files of documented Sexual violence against children. Those cases wer enever reported to the police.
While Tillerson was President there was a suit filed in Oregon demanding that the scouts release 1900 files of sexual abuse. The Oregon Supreme Court issued its ruling after Tillerson stepped down as President, but he must have been aware of the content of the files while President.
During Tillerson’s tenure, one particular case was working its way through the Oregon court system, culminating in an October 2012 ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court—four months after Tillerson stepped down as president—that ruled the BSA had to release 1,900 files to the public.
The attitude of Tillerson while serving as President of the Boy Scouts is frightening! He was willing to cover-up outrageous behavior, knowing that the cover-up would likely result in additional cases of abuse. He was supposed to be looking out for the boys in the Boy Scouts instead of the leaders. Yet he acted to protect the leadership of the scouts,instead of the thousands of boys. As Secretary of State, the citizens of America would be the people he should be protecting, but the liklihood is that it would be Trump that he would actually be protecting.
Rick Perry is most famous for his “Oops” Moment when he was unable to remember three things while speaking during the Republican Debate.
The third agency of government Perry couldn’t remember, but wanted to eliminate was energy. Now that Trump has tapped Perry to be his Energy Secretary, everyone is talking about whether Perry will eliminate the very agency he has been designated to run. What people should be talking about was Trump’s remarks suggesting that Rick Perry should have to take an IQ test.
Have people forgotten what Rick Perry called Donald Trump? Perry said Trump was a candidate who was:
“propelled by anger”
“appealing to the worst instincts in the human condition”
“he provides a barking carnival act that can best be described as Trumpism”
“a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean spiritedness that will lead the Republican Party to perdition”
“Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be diagnosed, excised , and discarded.”
Now that Trump has won the nomination, it seems Perry has become part of the tumor that is growing in America. It’s called the Donald Trump administration. It doesn’t seem to matter what was previously said about Trump. Now that Trump is in power, Republicans seem to have forgotten what they said and thought about Donald Trump. Trump seems to have forgotten that Rick Perry was under indictment for abuse of power.
Even more problematic than Perry’s previous remarks about Trump, is the blatant conflict of interest Perry has regarding the energy sector in America.
The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a new approximate 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets. The pipeline is estimated to transport approximately 470,000 barrels per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day. Shippers will be able to access multiple markets, including the Texas crude oil terminal facility of Sunoco Logistics Partners.
Trump’s nomination of Perry comes despite Perry’s ties to the Dakota Access pipeline battle. He sits on the corporate board for Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, which is pushing to build the pipeline.
While the Obama administration blocked the Dakota Access Pipeline easement through Lake Oahe, the Trump administration likely would go in a different direction.
The president-elect, has previously invested in Energy Transfer Partners, and supports the pipeline. Now the department will be helmed by a man whose biggest fan — as measured by donations supporting Perry’s presidential bids — is Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial pipeline. Warren gave super PACs supporting Perry’s presidential bid $6 million last year, though he got nearly $4.5 million of it back after Perry dropped out.
And beyond that, Perry is on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners — a position he would have to relinquish if he’s to become secretary.
His biggest outside backer, Make Us Great Again (sound familiar?), spent almost $4 million trying to get Perry to the White House, with large donations coming from Dallas-based Contran Corp., formerly headed by now-deceased GOP funder Harold Simmons ($1 million); Kelcy Warren and Darwin Deason again ($250,000 each); and trial lawyer Tony Buzbee (also $250,000), who became Perry’s general counsel two years later when a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts.
Perry’s personal holdings also reflect his comfort level with the fossil fuel industry. The financial disclosure form he filed in July 2015 indicated that his wife owned up to $15,000 in Energy Transfer stock, along with the same amount of another pipeline company and of Sunoco Logistics, the future operator of the pipeline being protested at Standing Rock. (According to Reuters, Sunoco Logistics outdoes all its competitors in spilled crude.)
Perry himself has stock in QR Energy, Gray Rock Energy and other companies in the oil and gas industry.
Perry joined ETP in February 2015, shortly after he left the governor’s office. As Mother Jones reported last summer, he kept his spot on the company’s board even as he launched a presidential campaign. According to SEC filings, ETP paid Perry $236,820 in 2015. In the past, Perry’s business entanglements would have represented an unusual conflict of interest for a presidential candidate, but in this election cycle, they were overshadowed by Trump’s massive web of conflicts.
Perry’s ties to the company proved beneficial to his brief presidential campaign last year. At the same time Perry sat on the board, ETP CEO Kelcy Warren poured millions of dollars into Perry’s political ambitions. Warren was involved in both Perry’s official and unofficial campaign organizations. He served as the official campaign’s finance chairman, and he chipped in $6 million to super-PACs backing Perry.
Perry has been a vocal advocate for the Dakota Access Pipeline. In early 2015—just days before he joined ETP’s board and four months before he officially launched his presidential bid—Perry said on local Iowa TV that he favored building the pipeline, which would pass through Iowa if completed. “We probably have as safe a pipeline industry in the country as there is in the world,” he boasted.
The Energy Department plays no formal role in approving pipeline construction. But as a Cabinet-level official, Perry could have a voice in administration decisions on these areas. That’s a red flag for opponents of the project. “As a Cabinet member with presumably a significant financial stake in ETP, I think the burden should be on him to formally recuse himself from any discussions about the pipeline,” Phillip Ellis of Earthjustice, which represents activists attempting to block the pipeline, said by email.
On February 3, two weeks after ending his term as governor, Perry took a position on the corporate board of Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas-based pipeline company that transports natural gas and crude oil. “The Board selected Mr. Perry to serve as a director because of his vast experience as an executive in the highest office of state government,” ETP’s website says. “In addition, Mr. Perry has been involved in finance and budget planning processes throughout his career in government as a member of the Texas House Appropriations Committee, the Legislative Budget Board and as Governor.”
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ETP said Perry could “receive cash compensation” as well as “equity compensation.” The company declined to disclose how much Perry will be paid for the gig and isn’t required to file disclosures revealing that figure until next year, but in the past the post has come with about $50,000 in annual salary. “You can expect compensation to be along the same lines as what was [last] reported,” an ETP spokesperson wrote in an email to Mother Jones.
Thank God he talks to Pat Robertson! It’s good to know what God is thinking. When Pat Robertson speaks, it seems like he is God’s voice. Worry no longer about what God thinks,just ask Robertson.
It was September 17th of 2008 Palin received the enthusiastic support of the evangelical Christian Coalition, whose founder was Pat Robertson.
It seems God has changed his opinion of Sarah Palin. God explained, through Robertson:
It seems that Pat Robertson was baffled by reports that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Sarah Palin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robertson told Wendy Griffith that Palin should absolutely not be nominated to the Cabinet post.
“Heaven help us from that,” Robertson said. “That would be a terrible thing. Terrible. Terrible.”
When Griffith said Palin has “a lot on her plate,” Robertson responded, “Too much on her plate, that’s a nice way of putting it.”