Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Can Both Of These Things Be True At The Same Time? The Trump Regime Is “Treasonous” And “Unpatriotic” And Steve Bannon Has “Lost His Mind?”


In response to the subject line above… well of course and there's no chance many DWT readers doubted either premise at any point. This episode of the nasty little back and forth started with a David Smith report in The Guardian, basically a pre-review of Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House. Bannon couldn’t keep his pie-hole shut when Wolff interviewed him for the book and described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and son-in-law and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” and warned that Mueller’s collusion investigation will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Smith certainly made a compelling case for buying the soon-to-be-released book— “lifting the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.” How can anyone resist that? Bannon is quoted as saying, with contempt, “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately… But that’s the brain trust that they had… The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”

That’s never been published before. And that probably why Señor Trumpanzee responded the way he did— lashing out viciously and trying to discredit Bannon entirely. The Wall Street Journal’s Eli Stokols reported that Señor Trumpanzee “publicly repudiated his former senior strategist, Steve Bannon, after excerpts of a new book surfaced in which Mr. Bannon made comments critical of some of the president’s top advisers, including several family members. ‘Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidendency,’ Mr. Trump said in a statement released to reporters Wednesday afternoon. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Trump’s formal statement went on to claim that Bannon— who many consider the architect of Trumpanzee’s victory (even more than Putin)— was just “a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party. Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base— he’s only in it for himself. Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books. We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.

Trump’s very own Baghdad Bob (Huckabee’s lunatic daughter) told reporters that Señor T is “furious, disgusted” by Bannon’s remarks about Trumpanzee Junior, insisting the revelations are “outrageous” and “completely false.” Bloomberg’s reporting made the mess even worse:
Wolff, who New York Magazine said conducted more than 200 interviews for his book including with the president and most of his senior staff, also reported that Trump never expected to win the election and had promised his wife, Melania, that he wouldn’t be president. She “was in tears-- and not of joy” on election night as it became clear Trump would beat Clinton, Wolff reported.

“The book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section,” Melania Trump’s spokesman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.”

Wolff reported that friends Trump phoned at night after leaving the Oval Office for the day would leak details of the conversations to reporters and that many of them consider him ignorant. Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and a close Trump confidante, called him a “fucking idiot”... after one such call, Wolff wrote.

Trump’s longtime friend Thomas Barrack called the president “not only crazy” but “stupid,” Wolff reported. Barrack issued a statement denying that he made the comments on Wednesday, and said he had not been interviewed by Wolff.

Wolff portrays Trump’s top three advisers at the beginning of his presidency-- Bannon, senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and former chief of staff Reince Priebus-- as consumed by infighting and frequently unable to coordinate strategy.

He wrote that a former deputy chief of staff who also left last year, Katie Walsh, was frustrated by the chaos of Trump’s White House and by the president himself, and quoted her saying that working for him was “like trying to figure out what a child wants.”

Other revelations may prove more damaging to the White House in the long-term. Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser, allegedly justified a pre-election speaking engagement paid for by Russians by saying it would only present a conflict of interest “if we won.”

“This book is filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House,” Sanders said in a statement. “Participating in a book that can only be described as trashy tabloid fiction exposes their sad desperate attempts at relevancy.”

Sanders told reporters at a briefing that Wolff never “sat down” with the president for his book and has only spoken with Trump for about five to seven minutes since he took office. She described Wolff’s access to the White House and its staff as engineered by Bannon, and said that the White House believes most other officials who spoke with Wolff “did so at the request of Mr. Bannon.”
Breitbart seems to have been thrown into a state of complete confusion. Now everyone will be eager to see how the neo-fascist base and the moron base react. And… the first nut off the shelf: Michael “Mikey Suits” Grimm, who was counting on Trumpanzee and Bannon to help him knock off Republican incumbent Dan Donovan: “I strongly denounce the comments by Steve Bannon as quoted by Michael Wolff. They are baseless attacks against the President's family, beyond disturbing, and I fully support our Commander in Chief. I am running for Congress to help our President advance his Pro-America agenda which has and will continue to help the hard-working people here in Staten Island and Brooklyn. Unfortunately, liberal Dan Donovan has gone against the best interests of his constituents and opposed President Trump's legislative priorities by voting ‘NO’ every single opportunity he had: repealing ObamaCare, banning Sanctuary Cities and Tax Reform.”

UPDATE: Senor Trumpanzee Intends To Hold Bannon To The Terms Of His Confidentiality Agreement

Some Trumpanzee attorneys from Harder Mirell & Abrams have sent Bannon a letter demanding he refrain from disparaging Trumpanzee and his family and claiming his quotes in Wolff’s book “give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent."
"You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolff’s book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book… Remedies for your breach of the agreement include but are not limited to monetary damages, injunctive relief and all other remedies available at law and equity.”

…"Consent to Injunction. A breach of any of your promises or agreements under this agreement will cause the Company, Mr. Trump and each other Trump Person irreparable harm. Accordingly, to the extent permitted by law, and without waiving any other rights or remedies against you at law or in equity, you hereby consent to the entry of any order, without prior notice to you, temporarily or permanently enjoining you from violating any of the terms, covenants, agreements or provisions of this agreement on your part to be performed or observed. Such consent is intended to apply to an injunction of any breach or threatened breach."

[What fucking "Company?" Is the crank attorney referring to the Trump Regime or the U.S. government as "The Company??]

…"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, each Trump Person will be entitled to all remedies available at law and equity, including but not limited to monetary damages, in the event of your breach of this agreement. Nothing contained in this agreement will constitute a waiver of any Trump Person’s remedies at law or in equity, all of which are expressly reserved… Further, as the prevailing party in any litigation arising out of your breach of the Agreement, Mr. Trump and the Company will be entitled to 'an award of reasonable legal fees and costs.”

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At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Trump's formal statement is way too coherent (complete sentences!) to have had anything to do with him. Steve Miller must have written it.

Well, Bannon sure told it like it is. Money laundering is at the center of it all (DUH!) and the Trumps and the Kushners know it. Trump never should have run for President. Jared's father, a convicted criminal, saw it all coming. Let's cross our fingers that they all wind up in prison - fat chance though,with our warped justice system. Our system ls hard on those committing small crimes, especially people of color, but lets politicians, bankers and Wall Streeters escape any consequences. (Thanks, again, Obama.)

You did not mention that Bannon referred to Ivanka as "dumb' - which I find quite amusing. Trump's progeny with Ivana have clearly gotten his low IQ genes. What a bunch of stupid, ignorant, self absorbed, greedy assholes who have the absolute gall and ego to think they could run this country without getting caught. This whole mess is kind of like what Madoff did - they are so brazen and lie, lie, lie, that they have gotten away with this crap and think they will continue to get away with it. They are criminals. It is sickening that his whole life Trump has gotten away with cheating workers, contractors and anyone who ever did a deal with him as well as his criminal activities involving money. Not any more! Now he is the most public figure in the world - did he really thinks it will not catch up with him?

Those confidentiality agreements apparently signed during the campaign probably do not apply to a public figure. His lawyers are doing what his lawyers always do - threaten law suits. Full of bull, they are.

The tapes from The Apprentics should be exposed, which have been hidden from the public by the very same confidentiality agreements - Trump on fire behind the scenes while making that show would be something to see. Even his deplorable base, particularly those evangelical women, would see who and what he is really like. As if more evidence is needed!

It is truly amazing that such a horrible, nasty, stupid, impaired, traitorous individual with no regard whatsoever for facts, democracy or people runs the USA and has the most powerful position in the world.

At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Hone's evaluation of trump seem spot on, she forgets that bannon has a long record of lying to destroy people.

The descriptions seem plausible given what we know. But I still hold my belief in abeyance because bannon is a known serial liar.

And those evangelical women won't change their devotion to their demi-god. That's how blind faith works. It's a human failing that dooms our species to extinction some day soon.

Finally, if Mueller was going to "find" the money laundering, he could have finished this all in a week. His job, pretty clearly to me, is not to find anything that can remove trump. His job is to stall until after the election and then throw up his hands and declare there isn't any "there" there.

The minute he gets somewhere, he's fired. He knows this.

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

trump *IS* treasonous... or at least he violates the emoluments clause of the constitution. This is a fact.

bannon probably has not lost his mind. He's always been a thick slab of pure evil but that doesn't require insanity. Yeah, he has a long record of lying to advance his goals, but that doesn't imply insanity either.

Patriotic? depends on what that word means to you. If it means doing what the money wants and pays you for (because that meme has been normalized for nearly 4 decades) at the expense of 99.99% of the citizens, then yes. But that applies to the democraps AND 95% of the voters (who vote) just as well.


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