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Trump made his intentions, and his authoritarian tactics, clear: "I do it to discredit and demean you all, (News media) so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you."

 

Journalists who report his lies and the truth he denies, are accused of being the "enemy of the people". This is the lowest depth any president has ever sunk to in the history of the nation. It is down at the very bottom, along with supporting Putin's disinformation campaign by siding with him against two bi-partisan Senate committees, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI and the CIA. 

 

“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

 

This Orwellian "Ministry of Truth" tactic is at the heart of his war on facts, the press, and dissent. 

 

Now Trump's fascistic attacks on the press and First Amendment are agitating his thug followers into a growing menace.  

 

Angry mobs shout their anger, hatred and insults at newsmen covering his rallies, as he raves from the podium that they are "horrible, horrendous people." 

 

There is only one fitting word for all this hate, blame and false accusation from a would-be tyrant. That word is evil. 

 

Spreading hate is evil. He is an evil man. End of discussion.

 

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur recently spoke out for journalism and human decency.

 

Yeah, we get it, you don’t like us. Fine. But do you have to put our lives in danger?

The president continues to call the press the enemy of the people, even after four journalists and one sales assistant were shot dead in a Maryland newsroom by a man who was angry with what they factually reported about him.

Even after the publisher of The New York Times stressed to him in a private conversation that his words were putting journalists in mortal danger. Even after CNN white house reporter Jim Acosta was shouted down and taunted in a rally the other night in Florida.

Sadly, the harassment and threats are not stopping, What you do not see are the nasty letters or packages or emails, the threats of physical violence. ‘I hope you get raped and killed,’ one person wrote to me just this week.

“Raped and killed". Not just me, but a couple of my female colleagues, as well.

In case you want to argue this has nothing to do with the president, the most recent note I got ended with MAGA.

 

It is both surreal and ominous that this even needs to be said in this country. 

Our free press is not the enemy of the people. 

Trump and the Party of Trump are the enemy of the people, the enemy of democracy, and the enemy of truth.

God bless Katy. And God damn Trump, for his vile evil against her, and against her peers, and against human decency, against the truth, and against our country.

Comments

Bill H. Added Aug 5, 2018 - 12:16pm
Good one, Dubya-
As you can plainly see here on WB lately, the tools of Trump/Putin are being increasingly put to use. I am both amazed and alarmed at how many people have been mesmerized and falling under the control of every detail of this operation. To see efforts by citizens to eliminate the free press simply because they are being told to is appalling. I remember back in the late '60s when the free press was challenged by the government, citizens banded together and worked hard to successfully thwart the efforts.
Fascism is rearing it's ugly head and needs to be stopped. If people are simply going to accept it, then we deserve to learn the hard way.
Leroy Added Aug 5, 2018 - 12:23pm
"The president continues to call the press the enemy of the people, even after four journalists and one sales assistant were shot dead in a Maryland newsroom by a man who was angry with what they factually reported about him."
 
Parroting the liberal, CNN line again, I see.  The guy who killed these people had a grudge against the newspaper after losing a defamation lawsuit.  It had zero to do with Trump, but those with CLAPs continue to put forth the notion that Trump's rhetoric was the cause.  Very dishonest.
 
And, to deflect the issue, Bill claims that anyone who disagrees is a Russian troll.  No wonder we can't debate the issues.  The Russians did it; the Russians did it.  Grow up and get a life already.
Steve Bull Added Aug 5, 2018 - 12:32pm
I tend to believe the knife cuts both ways in this (and most) complex issues. History, and much of it very murky, seems to indicate that the media has both helped to create and exacerbate this particular situation, providing DT with additional fuel to add to a fire that was burning for some time. 
The use of the media by the-powers-that-be to influence attitudes and beliefs has a long and sordid history. Infiltration by intelligence agencies, anonymously-sourced 'facts', biased interpretations, etc. have all helped to tarnish the 'news' over the decades. And certainly complicit and compliant journalists/editors/media owners have not helped.
Simply research the role of the father of propaganda, Edward Bernays, in US government narratives and one gets a somewhat clearer picture of just how manipulated the stories we are told about events are. 
I have no partisan perspective to share here. I believe all politicians should be questioned and held to account. Left, right, centre. It should not matter. 
What I find troubling are those journalists who proclaim to be 'objective', are simply telling the 'truth', and proclaim alternative interpretations of events are 'wrong/subjective/'fake'/etc.'. It is impossible for any human to be free of bias and personal prejudices that influence their interpretation of events. 
And giving particular politicians a 'pass' because they happen to align with one's personal beliefs is perhaps more problematic than attacking one who holds different views. Politicians, especially the really well-spoken ones, have a 'gift' to say the 'right' things but their words are often (always?) the opposite of the policies/actions their administration carries out. Barack Obama was a master of this. For a 'peace time' president who won a Nobel Peace Prize, his administration saw an awful lot of bombs dropped on sovereign nations (all of which the US never declared war upon) and an expansion of US military 'interventions'. 
James Travil Added Aug 5, 2018 - 1:13pm
I find it hilarious that the neoliberals crying crocodile tears about the "free press" are the same ones persecuting independent journalism the likes of Julian Assange who is only guilty of doing actual journalism as opposed reporting on fake Russian conspiracy theories and the like. Cry me a river for those fake news clowns, yawn. 
Flying Junior Added Aug 6, 2018 - 4:09am
It's difficult to believe.  How one maniac spouting such ridiculous lies could get so many to believe that the news that they have counted on every day of their lives is somehow fake news?
 
But that is where we are.  And as with other areas of provocation, Trump is just passionate in how he speaks.  He can't be blamed for any violence he inspires.  The Tiki Torch Nazis?  How can we blame Trump?  He looks for the good in all people.
opher goodwin Added Aug 6, 2018 - 7:00am
Exactly Dave. The man has used these tactics to confuse Americans and the sad thing is that it has worked.
The chaos and disbelief in rational thinking from experts and scientists has created an environment where hatred and division flourish. Trump has milked that for his own ends.
His mantra of fake news is a mirror of the mantra of Project Fear we have been battered with in the UK. It is utter nonsense. All they are seeking to do is undermine the whole system of the medias dispensation of truth and mask their own deviousness and lust for power and wealth.
It is a dangerous game. They are destabilising the whole of democracy. Nobody believes what anyone says. 
I've always viewed news with a degree of cynicism. It has a bias. We know that. But this degree of undermining is likely to topple the whole apple-cart.
Steve Bull Added Aug 6, 2018 - 8:04am
Excellent article by Raul Ilargi Meijer relevant to this article and discussion. https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2018/08/incidents-and-accidents-hints-and-allegations/
Meijer argues that "But the whole country now lives on a narrative. Media left and right profit from it, each to feed their audience the ‘latest’ 24/7. And there’s nothing really, so they have to make it up in order to continue profiting from the whipped-up attention. One side tells you how evil Trump is, the other how great he’s doing. The truth is always in the middle, but America has no middle left."
Steve Bull Added Aug 6, 2018 - 9:13am
And another perspective provided by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts who argues: "The US government and the presstitutes that serve it continue to lie to us about everything."
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/08/03/americans-live-in-a-world-of-lies/
Even A Broken Clock Added Aug 6, 2018 - 9:19am
Dubya - not a comment on the text but on your formatting. It would make it clearer if you used quotation marks and maybe italics to show where you are quoting Katy Tur's commentary. I happened to see it live and realized it was a very good piece.
Dino Manalis Added Aug 6, 2018 - 9:26am
 Trump and the press should respect each other and bring us together, not tear us further apart!  It's about time!
Jeffrey Kelly Added Aug 6, 2018 - 9:27am
The thing is Thud knows all of this.  It doesn’t matter to him if some journalists get hurt.  To the authoritarian the press is the enemy.
 
Trumplings lap this stuff up.
opher goodwin Added Aug 6, 2018 - 2:02pm
Be thankful that a presidency is limited to two terms. We have the makings of a tyranny here a la Erdogan in Turkey.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Aug 6, 2018 - 2:05pm
I thought once upon a time that giving presidents one six-year term was a good idea.  That way a sitting president wouldn’t need to campaign for re-election and free up time for him to enact his agenda.
 
I’m now glad that this is not the case.
Mustafa Kemal Added Aug 6, 2018 - 3:05pm
FJ,
re:"It's difficult to believe.  How one maniac spouting such ridiculous lies could get so many to believe that the news that they have counted on every day of their lives is somehow fake news
 
You shouldnt believe it;  its not true.
 
Mark Twain said something like
If you dont read the newspaper you are uninformed and 
If you do, you are misinformed.
 
It has been going on a long time.  The one maniac your adhominen is referring to has much less to do with it than the exposure of the lies
in  " the news that they have counted on every day of their lives"
due to the internet.   The mere fact that " they have counted on every day of their lives" is disturbing and real.
 
This doesnt mean that fascist tyranny is not going to be used to silence the media, it just means that they will have a more powerful case to do so.   The media is playing into their hands. Moreover, you are correct, that this conflict provides a very fine smoke screen for Trump to slide his fake stuff right through. Its like
 
Look!, fake news, now buy this fake stuff!
 
Which is really interesting if you know who the media work for. 
 
Mustafa
Mustafa Kemal Added Aug 6, 2018 - 3:12pm
Dubya,
Just a comment regarding.
 
"Spreading hate is evil. He is an evil man. End of discussion."
 
I suppose that means we cant discuss it.  uh
 
Moreover, Ill repeat what James said here regarding
" ones persecuting independent journalism the likes of Julian Assange who is only guilty of doing actual journalism as opposed reporting on fake Russian conspiracy theories and the like."
 
Mustafa
 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 6, 2018 - 4:21pm
Mustafa,
"Spreading hate is evil. He is an evil man. End of discussion."
 
My point was the evil is self-evident.
 
Of course we can discuss all the circumstances, facts and ramifications. 
opher goodwin Added Aug 6, 2018 - 5:43pm
Jeffrey - rarely has there been a President that has warranted six years.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 6, 2018 - 10:04pm
Based upon the evil hate of Jeong being embraced and celebrated by the NYT one would think DJT would have a job waiting for him there after his second term. 
Jeffrey Kelly Added Aug 6, 2018 - 10:10pm
@Opher Goodwin:
I’ve also been in favor of a parliamentary system, voting for a party...of course it has its problems as well.
Dave Dubya Added Aug 6, 2018 - 10:18pm
JG,
Based upon the evil hate of Jeong Poor Snowflake! Can't handle her way of dealing with trolls? As if the little Korean lady is aggravating racial tensions like the White Nationalist President praising "very fine people" with tiki torches. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 6, 2018 - 10:30pm
Whatever name you wish to call me doesn't change the evil hatred Jeong spews and the leftist NYT both celebrates and endorses. Thank you for confirming what I thought your response would be. Have a great day. 
Ryan Messano Added Aug 6, 2018 - 11:06pm
Typical blind liberals.  Regular volcanos of nonsense. 
 
One of the curses of the internet is the corrupt and ignorant liberals are allowed to speak their stupid ideas freely. 
 
Since they are the most vile, filthy, wicked, depraved, and uninformed people around, they talk the most and the loudest. 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 6, 2018 - 11:42pm
JG and Ryan,
There's just no hiding your deep Christian compassion for women threatened with rape and death, is there?
 
No, wait. You hypocrites have no compassion whatsoever. 
 
Instead "evil hatred" was projected on a little Korean American woman responding to hateful white nationalist con-servatives.  She's your worst nightmare by the sound of the hysterical over-reaction.
 
Poor Ryan couldn't present a single fact or reasoned point. Just more MAGAt Christian hate.
 
Did you guys have fun at your tiki torch parade?
 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 7, 2018 - 12:41am
Dave your hysterical name calling only serves to diminish your premise. 
 
FYI Dave, I have lived in Asia since the early 90's. Her hatred is merely a minor reflection of that which exists across the region and sadly nothing new to me.
 
Have a great day Dave! 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 7, 2018 - 6:49am
Check out @StopFundingisrael's Gab: https://gab.ai/StopFundingisrael/posts/31035725
 
43rd page of Joeng's hate filled racist screeds 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 7, 2018 - 9:40am
JG,
Declaring "Her hatred", derived from tweets without context at that, is no different than my "name calling". 
 
The little Korean lady even apologized to the offended lily white snowflakes.  
 
If you consider the Times "leftist" your perspective is distorted. They were as pro-war as Republicans, parroting Dick Cheney's lies.
 
Hypocrites being called hypocrites is actually a Christian thing, from Jesus himself.
 
Americans elected a racist pathological liar for president. No wonder Asians, and the world, have lost affection for us. Not counting Russians and European white nationalists.
FacePalm Added Aug 7, 2018 - 10:08am
Dubya-
You have, no doubt, evidence of this so-called "racism," right?  Like the times he bought up Florida golf courses which were previously "restricted" to white ASP's, and allowed both blacks AND Jews in?
And as to "pathological liar," i think that oftentimes, Trump lies as a strategy.  After all, he exposed the democrats for the naked gun-grabbers they want to be by saying to them "Come to the WH and tell me what you want," didn't he?  Afterwards, he told Americans that he'd NEVER work against the 2nd.  Good for him.
 
Then, there were the great multitude of promises he made on the campaign trail - and damned if he hasn't actually kept the vast majority!  He still has the wall to build and to expose the CDC for their support of the vaccines causing major autism damage, though he's gone even beyond his promises, what with calling the EU to account for not paying up on NATO and subsequently working toward ZERO tariffs after threatening to and implementing tariffs; then there's the whole NoKo deal that's bearing some fruit, if slowly.
In my LIFETIME, i've NEVER seen a president keep so many promises - is that the act of a liar?  Nah, that label fits D'OhBama, though, who once won "Liar of the Year" for "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
 
On balance, Trump has been VERY good for this country, and the stats prove it.
 
Hatred of success, much?  Reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons where Homer fell in love with "Pinchy," the lobster.  When Pinchy died, Homer cooked him and ate him, simultaneously weeping and dipping pieces of Pinchy in butter while slobbering "So good!"
 
Have any investments in just about anything?  401k doing all right, is it? 
 
Bite the hand that feeds you very often?
Dave Dubya Added Aug 7, 2018 - 10:08am
JG,
You didn't say where you live in Asia, but a friend of mine has worked throughout Asia for over thirty years. 
 
He is asked more frequently than ever about our president. He tells me they think we've "gone crazy". And they are right, at least about white Americans. THEY elected the racist pathological liar Trump. THEY embrace the alternative facts and propaganda of FOX(R). 
 
You have shared the alt-Right snowflake response to the little Korean tech writer.
 
Here is her side of the story.
While it was intended as satire, I deeply regret that I mimicked the language of my harassers. These comments were not aimed at a general audience, because general audiences do not engage in harassment campaigns. I can understand how hurtful these posts are out of context, and would not do it again.
The Bug Added Aug 7, 2018 - 5:11pm
GOOD Dave,
I will gladly do that for HER and ANY other person attacked by Alt-R provocateurs.
Least I can do as an average privileged white woman MOM with a BIG mouth and many sources.
Cheers!
~The Bug~
Dave Dubya Added Aug 7, 2018 - 5:55pm
Wendy,
Thanks. Unlike the CRAP cult you are aware of white privilege.
 
FP,
You have, no doubt, evidence of this so-called "racism," right? Hell yes!
 
Lying for YEARS about the Black president not being an American is racism. This is what attracted his white nationalist base. Probably you too.
Refusing to rent to Blacks sure as hell IS racism. He continued after a court ordered him to stop.
Calling for the execution of the exonerated Central Park five sure as IS racism.
Defending Nazis as “very fine people” sure as hell IS racism.
 
I would suggest the only ones who can’t see it are racists themselves. Ask a black or brown person, if you know any. I bet you don’t. You will lie about it though. “Strategy” amirite?
 
 i think that oftentimes, Trump lies as a strategyThe true face of “Trump Derangement Syndrome”. ALL lies are “strategies” to evade or deny the truth.
 
 vaccines causing major autism damage You have no proof of this claim. One flawed study made this claim and has been debunked.
 
 NoKo deal that's bearing some fruit, Right. A big win for Kim! He got to brag about getting the Dotard to cancel military exercises, with NO concessions. Some “deal”.
 
keep so many promises - is that the act of a liar? Who said so? Straw man much?
 
Trump's promises that will never be kept: Remember the "best and least expensive health care"?
 
 “Everybody’s gotta be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say … I am going to take care of everybody, I don’t care if it costs me votes or not."
 
"Draining the swamp." Pruitt, Devos, Zinke, etc. Putting corporate foxes in the regulatory role is the swampiest.
 
Taxing the rich:
 
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE, NBC: Do you believe in raising taxes on the wealthy?

DONALD TRUMP: I do. I do – including myself. I do.
 
“It’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,” he said.
 
And how about all that infrastructure rebuilding? Anyone?
 
Trump never fed my 401K. I did. Remember the Bush recession? I suppose you are too duped to think that could happen under your Messiah.
 
Your ignorance and hate reek of Alex Jones.
Ken Added Aug 7, 2018 - 6:05pm
Dave, Jeong has demonstrated herself to be a racist.  Are you so hypocritical and partisan that you can't see that?  Or do you just refuse to because it is ok to be abusive to white people where it isn't ok to do that to any other race?
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 12:34am
Ken,
How is she the racist? Did the little Korean lady hurt your feelings and make you feel discriminated against? Poor wittow white victim?
 
You ignore the context. You don't even know she was responding to white bigotry. How fuckin WHITE of you.
 
You know NOTHING your cult doesn't want you to know.
 
Is the little Korean lady worse than Trump? 
 
Lying for YEARS about the Black president not being an American is racism. This is what attracted his white nationalist base. Probably you too.
Refusing to rent to Blacks sure as hell IS racism. He continued after a court ordered him to stop.
Calling for the execution of the exonerated Central Park five sure as hell IS racism.
Defending Nazis as “very fine people” sure as hell IS racist.
 
She explained: While it was intended as satire, I deeply regret that I mimicked the language of my harassers. These comments were not aimed at a general audience, because general audiences do not engage in harassment campaigns. I can understand how hurtful these posts are out of context, and would not do it again.
 
Did Trump express any such explanation or understanding to Obama? Hell no! He's a goddamn liar and racist!!  Maybe that's why you like him. Maybe that is why you deflect from his evil and defend him by attacking the little Korean lady that angers and terrorizes and victimizes your delicate sensibilities.
 
You poor, sad, little, abused man, victimized by her tweets in response to your fellow hateful bigots.
 
Remember my list of your Tactics and Rules? That's the famous "Victim Card" Trump specializes in. You are a loyal authoritarian follower and join in on his crybaby whining.
 
Talk about "hypocritical and partisan". 
 
 
 
 
FacePalm Added Aug 8, 2018 - 1:48am
Sorry, Dubya, i asked for evidence, not opinion.
 
The full tale has yet to be told on D'Ohbama, but he was NEVER lawfully qualified to be the president - he wasn't "natural born," which requires TWO Citizen-parents at the moment of the birth of the child.  Dates all the way back to Emmerrich Vattel, who wrote the ponderous collection of tomes called The Law of Nations(ca 1740); in it, he declared that for ANY citizen of ANY country to be considered "natural born," that child must have the 2-citizen parents of the country in question.   John Jay - first chief judge of SCOTUS - was considered the American expert on TLON, and it was at his suggestion that Article ll contains that phrase as one of three REQUIREMENTS for the presidency.  In sum, then, D'OhBama took and held the office as a fraud - and there's no statute of limitations on fraud.
 
Then as to the "birth certificate" he eventually supplied after stonewalling for as long as possible and spending millions of bux to keep it secret? Multiple investigations have proven it began life as a .pdf doc, and listed his race as "black," even though the policy at the time was to label them "negro" - an anachronistic error which screams "forgery" just as loud as the fact it began life as a .pdf doc, which of course wouldn't be invented for several decades.
 
As to vaccines, are you aware that there is a "vaccine court" which has paid out BILLIONS in damages?  You may owe it to your children - or those of friends about to have them - to check out the health ranger, Mike Adams...or, consider the case of the Amish, who REFUSE to get vaccines of ANY kind, yet have ZERO cases of autism...curious, at a minimum, isn't it?
 
Misconstruing what the president ACTUALLY said with what it seems those of the left would PREFER that he said is a rather common tactic, as well; what he REALLY said was "There are some very fine people on BOTH sides," just like he said that "SOME" of the illegal aliens were rapists and criminals.
 
But then, i have to laugh at the leftist antifa who dress like fascists, refuse to allow any opinion other than their own to be spoken like fascists, beat innocent people just like fascists, cause property damage just like fascists, and in short, also act like the very "Nazis" they claim to hate.  A historical knowledge of the actions of both Mussolini's blackshirts  as well as Hitler's brownshirts, should be enough to prove the point - but of course, the antifa nazis and fascists would deny that the tactics they decry are the very ones they use.  It walks like a duck...
 
And Trump is apparently SO racist that he has gone from 6% approval among blacks to 29%.  Then, there's the ever-increasing approval from Hispanics, too.  Hmm.  Could it be that black people are smart enough to leave the democratic slave plantation for some actual upwardly-mobile PROGRESS as a direct result of the policies Trump has put in place, as well as his leadership in encouraging corporations to locate and hire in places where minorities live?
 
Unlike some people who accord more weight to words than to actions, or those who do not grant the possibility that people grow, learn, and change(if they're honest), i look at the effects of the actions much more than the words themselves - and Trump has, by every objective measure, been very good for the People of this country, especially the ones forgotten by the democrats...or foolishly taken for granted by them.
 
Hatred is a very difficult emotion to live with, day after day, and has VERY deleterious effects on the body, especially long-term.  You may wish to reflect on that.
 
 
 
 
 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 8:54am
FP,
Your ignorance, racism, and paranoia are clearly fed by FOX(R) and Alex Jones.
 
or, consider the case of the Amish, who REFUSE to get vaccines of ANY kind, yet have ZERO cases of autism...curious, at a minimum, isn't it? TWO LIES.  You refuse to learn the facts of the matter. Yes some people get negative reactions to vaccines. True for almost EVERY drug, but there is no causal link to autism. Autism has a lower diagnosis rate in Amish but they are often vaccinated.
 
D'OhBama took and held the office as a fraud You're a godamn birther too!
 
democratic slave plantation This is pure hate from a LIAR! Nazi racists love this term too. 
 
 "There are some very fine people on BOTH sides,"
 
Right. That means Nazis are very fine people. Moral cowardice and racism cannot side against Nazis. 
 
And you say anti-fa are as bad? Who have they killed? YOU are a Nazi sympathizer and a Pawn of a Russian Puppet.
 
approval among blacks to 29%. Another goddamn LIE
 
You lie and you arrogantly lecture me on hatred.
 
You may wish to reflect on that.
 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 9:09am
Has anyone noticed not one comment from of our authoritarians here has condemned the hate and threats to Katy and other journalists?
 
Not one.
 
Instead the deflect and direct their accusations and hate all the more at those not in their cult. 
 
They have no human decency towards journalists and dissent from Trump. They are authoritarians. They will lie and hate until the day they die.
 
They are ripping our people apart with their hate and lies,  and handing our country over to Putin.
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 9:43am
Steve,
The truth is always in the middle, Not when one party is telling lies.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 8, 2018 - 10:51am
That article is true. But....you had 2 creeps to chose from. So in fact there was no INTELLIGENT choice possible.....
Stone-Eater Added Aug 8, 2018 - 10:52am
...and both and future ones werearewillbe figureheads. Now what ?
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:12am
Stone-Eater,
We can't change the Golden Rule without more democracy. Until then, those with the gold will make the rules.
 
There were no GOOD choices, but the lesser of evils is the more intelligent one. One-party Republican rule is a giveaway to the economic elites and religious zealots, gutting aid to the poor, opening the gates for polluters, and has fed hate and racist extremism to the breaking point.
 
FP claims: Trump has, by every objective measure, been very good for the People of this country, 
 
Another "strategic lie".
 
Happy Trump voters?

CNN:
A South Carolina company plans to lay off almost all its workers — 126 people — because of the Trump administration's tariffs.

Element Electronics, which assembles televisions, notified the state of the expected job cuts earlier this week. The company also plans to close its plant in the town of Winnsboro.

The company said the layoffs and plant closure were a direct result of US tariffs on goods imported from China, including important parts that Element uses to put together TVs.

The layoffs will begin in October. By the end of the year, a skeleton crew of eight people will be left, the company said.
 
It will get worse, much worse.
 
Bill H. Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:12am
Dave - As we constantly see, the list of "D's" is their favorite weapon.
Deny, Deflect, Distort, Distract, Defend, Dismiss, Deceive, Dismay,................
This has always been a favorite tactic of Putin and his gang.
Trump has learned well from his mentor and coach.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:21am
Dave
 
If I were American I would share democrat values (except extremist positions like PC and LGBTQAXDPLMV....) concerning society but GOP values concerning personal freedom and less state restrictions.
 
But Clinton was off limits. That bitch didn't belong to any party but to her personal criminal ruthlessness. No politics there but money and power.
 
And Trump apparently goes the same way. Although he hasn't started a war yet. That I have to credit to him.
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:25am
Bill,
Once we recognize and understand their rules and tactics it becomes easier to spot the dishonest methods of Authoritarian discourse.  
 
The bottom line is they NEED to lie. The truth is their enemy, thus a free press is accused of being the "enemy of the people".
 
They have NO idea how Orwellian they have become.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:29am
Bill
 
At least Putin knows how to rule and he's got unrestricted power. That's what Trump longs for as well. Easy as that. No more to it.
 
But then..Putin has way more strategic brain than Dump, and apparently most Russians favor his politics. Maybe the now-generation in the US is overwhelmed by today's complex politics and wishes for a leader too....one like Putin LOL
 
FacePalm Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:43am
https://townhall.com/columnists/joyoverbeck/2018/08/07/has-the-walkawaycampaign-doubled-trumps-approval-ratings-among-black-americans-n2507436
 
Proof of claim; not lying or a liar.
 
https://sharylattkisson.com/2014/07/20/where-are-the-autistic-amish/
 
https://ourworldlegends.com/2016/04/12/health-ranger-rips-open-a-box-of-vaccine-induced-autism/
 
Proofs of claim; not lying or a liar.
 
i could easily polish off the rest of your idiotic claims, but why waste my time on you any further?
 
Wait and see; the Mid-terms will be a figurative slaughter for the democrats.
 
You see "J'accuse" no longer suffices for proof; you need to supply ACTUAL proof instead of yelling louder than your opponent.
Bill H. Added Aug 8, 2018 - 1:39pm
SEF - We have never really had to deal with a "ruler" here in the US, since it is supposed to be government by, for, and of the people.
We have strayed off-course as the big controlling corporations have taken over the government and increasingly find ways to manipulate our thoughts and decisions. Now that the controlling methods have pretty well been mastered, they are being used big-time by our advisories. From what I am seeing, the President is in denial of this, thinking it may put his election in question.
Stone-Eater Added Aug 8, 2018 - 1:50pm
For sure....!
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 3:13pm
FP,
Regurgitating lies is lying. 
 
Go ahead and link to your far Right fringe propaganda and phony wack-job Alex Jones style Health "SOMETHINGS.?. flew in formation over Our Moon late last month" Ranger. You guys tend to buy into conspiracies and deny science and trust political agendas. Bottom line. I'd even bet a Pizzagate on it.
 
Open minds scare you, don't they? Not that you're worth wasting the truth on: Shoulder injuries are by far the commonest claims at the "vaccine court".
 
https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-more-autism/what-causes-autism
 
No effect on risk:


Vaccines. Each family has a unique experience with an autism diagnosis, and for some it corresponds with the timing of their child’s vaccinations. At the same time, scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a comprehensive list of this research. You can view and download the list here.


 
Vaccine Safety: Examine the Evidence:
 
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Vaccine-Studies-Examine-the-Evidence.aspx
 
But since you Cons have "All the Answers" you have no need for any stinnkin science and facts.
 
You really are embarrassing yourself with your blind authoritarian gullibility.
 
No wonder you need your "strategic lies". LOL!
 
 “Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening.”  - Big Brother Don
 
Ignorance is strength, comrade. You may wish to reflect on that.
 
Bill,
Consent of the governed has always been the enemy and target of the ruling elite class.  They have their CULT of dupes for support and STILL don't have a majority with them.
 
 
Jeff Michka Added Aug 8, 2018 - 5:20pm
Faced loves birtherism as an excuse for his hatreds and love of Trump, the hero, who doesn't LIE, but just EXAGGERATES.  Maybe ol Faced is running for a cult leadership position.  If so, where is Faced's birth certificate?  He might be an "enemy Canadian." LOL Unless Faced produces his birth certificate, we MUST presume he's a Canadian spy...
Spartacus Added Aug 8, 2018 - 8:36pm
Wait and see; the Mid-terms will be a figurative slaughter for the democrats.
 
Yep Facepalm.  Even this last Tuesday was a route for the red socialist movement like this bozo (dubya) supports.  Dubya is a loser.  For some stupid reason, and I mean stupid, he thinks a title of Speaking Truth somehow grants him such.  What an idiot.  The best this idiot has is calling everyone liars.  haha
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 9:22pm
William,
Thank you for your splendid contribution to the discussion! As expected, not a peep of condemnation for the threats made against Katy and her female colleagues. (You guys are all heart.) 
 
Instead of showing a shred of basic human decency, you immediately embraced anger and hate.
 
Basic human decency is so out of fashion in fascism.
 
It takes a real authoritarian personality to spew such anger and hate, supported by no logic, no reason, and by zero facts. 
 
You're definitely the kind of guy with "All the Answers".
http://writerbeat.com/articles/23405-All-The-Answers
 
This scores very high on the use of Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse Scale. 
 
Unable to cite evidence, or offer any reasoning, that could correct any errors or misinformation in my article, you needed to deflect and distract with whataboutism and unfounded accusation. To ram your message through you needed to call me "stupid" "loser" and "idiot".   
 
How passionate! As emotional as a jilted teenager, I must say!
 
As noted, this scores very high on the Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse Scale.
 
Let's add up the score, shall we?
 
Deflect, Distract, Demean, Discredit, Dismiss, Distort, False Accusation, Inflaming Hate, Inciting Anger, whataboutism, and three scoops of ice cold Ad hominem
 
13 POINTS! We have a winner! 
 
Ignoring the "route for the red socialist movement", I won't even call you a liar.
 
So you got that part wrong too. LOL!!
 
More "Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse" here:
 http://writerbeat.com/articles/23705-Authoritarian-Tactics-And-Rules-Of-Discourse
 
 
Spartacus Added Aug 8, 2018 - 10:11pm
Instead of showing a shred of basic human decency, you immediately embraced anger and hate.
 
Wow!  So much truth.  Stop, please.  I can hardly take it.  You hurtz me so! 
LOL  What a joke!
Dave Dubya Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:48pm
William,
My simple mind amuses you! Wonderful! You validate my purpose here, and for that I am indebted to you.
 
Your boundless wisdom, Christian compassion, and deeper truths are a lesson to us all.
 
You do indeed have "All the Answers".
http://writerbeat.com/articles/23405-All-The-Answers
 
 
Jeff Michka Added Aug 8, 2018 - 11:59pm
Yup.  Willy Stockpot has all the answers, just an never cite or proof for any of them  Deep down, Willy is terrified of being seized by leftists, having his tool slammed in the middle of a copy of "The Pure Seed Laws" And have someone drive over it with the Massey-Harris.  All the answers fit for a rightist to know.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 9, 2018 - 9:02am
One wonders if Joeng's birth name was actually Sum Dum Fuc. Hey, hey, hey! I'm not saying I'm just asking. 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 9, 2018 - 9:16am
JG,
You're not asking anything. You're just hating. Are your delicate sensibilities so hurt by the little Korean American? Are you so uninformed of the context of her words?
 
Yet you are not bothered by the far Right threats to female journalists. Interesting contrast.
 
You never said which country you're in, but apparently they don't like you there for some reason. Your deep resentments could indicate just another "ugly American" in Asia.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 9, 2018 - 9:39am
Lighten the fuck up "Dave". Really. I'm just jerking your chain. You take the bait every time  
 
Throughout this thread I have given zero fucks about this topic as I have about 99.825% of anything DUHmerican for the 35 plus years I have refused to live in your warmongering terrorist cesspool of a country.
 
I'm unsurprised you don't know what country I live in even though it's in every article I have written and a preponderance of my 3500 plus comments. It seems you are unconcerned with anything other than your employer's agenda. Rest easy "Dave" I didn't expect you to exhibit the minimum of respect of knowing your adversary.
 
Most hilarious is your ugly American accusation. After 26 years in Asia and 20 years this month in Thailand no one has ever guessed I was born in DUHmerica. Ever. 
 
Have a great day! 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 9, 2018 - 10:52am
JG,
Shame on me for not reading your 3,500 plus comments. My bad. After all, I've been here less than a month already.
 
Nobody told me how important you are.
 
I suppose your trolling is adversarial. No need to address the subject for you. You're just too special.
 
But I did love your little joke:no one has ever guessed I was born in DUHmerica. Ever. 
 
 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 9, 2018 - 11:13am
Nobody told me how important you are.
 
I'm no more or less important than anyone here even paid shills like yourself "Dave". 
 
As always have a great day and mind the gap between train and platform. 
 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 9, 2018 - 11:20am
JG,
"Paid shills" Another fine jest. You got a million of 'em
 
Keep trolling. 
 
And watch your back! There might be a little Korean racist lady out to oppress your white ass. 
Utpal Patel Added Aug 9, 2018 - 4:38pm
Trump didn’t call journalists the enemy of the people he called the “the fake news the enemy of the people.”  The fact you’re misleading your readers as to what Trump said simply makes you part of the fake news media as well.  If there is one thing society should agree on is that fake news has no place in our society. If Trump was an authoritarian he would shut all of you down, but he’s not, meaning you and CNN are free to perpetuate your lies and misrepresentation to your heart’s content. 
 
As for the lowest any president has ever sunk, releasing Bowe Bergdahl for 5 Taliban Terrorists is the lowest I’ve ever seen.  However, wiring $1.3 billion to Iran in 13 installments of $99,999,999.99 to avoid being detected is a very close second. 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 9, 2018 - 6:27pm
UP,
It appears you are reacting to my points emotionally without having read any of it. You failed to cite any errors or falsehoods, yet accuse me of being a liar.
 
This is your authoritarian personality coming through. Accusations with no evidence are tools of hate. 
 
See "Authoritarian Tactics and Rules of Discourse":
 http://writerbeat.com/articles/23705-Authoritarian-Tactics-And-Rules-Of-Discourse
 
You immediately got defensive and failed to make a reasoned point.
 
You missed, or ignored, this:
 
Angry mobs shout their anger, hatred and insults at newsmen covering his rallies, as he raves from the podium that they are "horrible, horrendous people."
 
In case you haven't figured it out yet, JOURNALISTS are accused of "fake news" and being "enemy of the people".
 
He calls out CNN specifically most often, but everyone but FOX gets that accusation. 
 
you and CNN are free to perpetuate your lies This is your authoritarian personality coming through. Accusations with no evidence are tactics inciting anger and hate against those who oppose Trump.
 
If there is one thing society should agree on is that fake news has no place in our society I agree, but here we are, stuck with FOX(R) poisoning the minds of gullible Americans. 
 
If Trump was an authoritarian he would shut all of you down Which is just what he advocated. 
 
The Ipsos poll conducted August 3-6, 2018 shows a quarter of Americans (26%) saying they agree “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior,” including a plurality of Republicans (43%). 
 
This is what American fascism looks like.
 
If you want to abandon an American soldier suffering PTSD to the Taliban, that's your hypocrisy and personal issue. So much for "supporting the troops", or their grieving families. If we can get our guys back, we do it. You wouldn't understand apparently.  You simply wanted another reason to hate Obama. 
 
And that money was Iran's to begin with. You wouldn't understand that either apparently. 
 
But you think that was the "lowest any president has ever sunk"  compared to Trump siding with Putin's war on our elections, against two bi-partisan Senate committees, the Director of National Intelligence, the FBI and the CIA. Trump became a Russian puppet by actively participating in their disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial of election interference. 
 
This all indicates your Right-wing Authoritarian follower personality.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 9, 2018 - 8:12pm
Check out @MHN's Gab: https://gab.ai/MHN/posts/31273713
 
Your beloved little Korean girl doxes rape victims. 
 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 9, 2018 - 10:29pm
JG,
The little Korean lady has become and obsession for you, hasn't she? What impels you to want to seek out dirt on her? Is it racist hate on your part? Some twisted psycho-sexual fixation? 
 
You offered nothing relevant to my points. You've shown indifference over the Trump Cult's threats of physical violence and MAGA inspired "I hope you get raped and killed" hate.
 
Your only honest point is, "I have given zero fucks about this topic". 
 
And you offer nothing.
 
You're just trolling. But that little Korean lady really rattles your cage, doesn't she? 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Aug 10, 2018 - 12:00am
My article about whispering certainly applies to you. Have a great day. BUH-Bye. 
Johnny Fever Added Aug 10, 2018 - 8:15am
Trump should be commended for the way in which he’s handling the media.  In the past, liberals praised the media because the main stream media leans spun the stories in a way that pleased liberals.  Conservatives tried to convince and appease the media, not recognizing that the MSM had already made up its mind.
 
Trump comes along and treats the media the way it should have been treated all along, like bias ideologues.  They have no I idea what objective journalism is because nobody ever questioned their spin on the news of the day, as Trump has successfully been able to do.  It doesn’t surprise me one bit that liberals would equate challenging the media to the “lowest depth any president has ever sunk in the history of the nation.”  Outside of higher education, reliance on the MSM is one of your last strongholds on the hearts and minds of the populace and it pains you terribly for it to slip away. 
Dave Dubya Added Aug 10, 2018 - 9:11am
Johnny,
All you are saying is you like ideologues of Right-wing media bias more than mainstream journalism. Your precious FOX(R) is exactly the "state media" you falsely accused the mainstream of being.
 
Trump is a liar. His media lie for him. You are projecting the lies, and have no idea what objective journalism is.
 
the MSM had already made up its mind. That Trump is a liar?
 
The truth: Trump and his media are liars. This is far worse than bias.
 
The accuracy rate in reporting tells us where the bias really is.
 
What you call "challenging the media" was an accusation they are the enemy of the people. Dimwits don't understand the press's job is to express free speech, to report facts, and challenge the government. But you hate them when your Messiah is called out for his lies.
 
Your fanatic loyalty to Trump requires you to trust him over science, facts, and truth. It is a cult, by all definitions.
 
 
Jeff Michka Added Aug 10, 2018 - 3:32pm
It's likely a Korean hooker wouldn't have anything to do with Capt'n Gilbert, hence the hate.  And yeah, you are supposed to sift through all his comments in a "discovery."  He's in Thailand, Land of Drugs and hookers, so "forgive" him, he got shown up by a local TV station here.  LOL
Utpal Patel Added Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55pm
It appears you didn’t read my comment.  You misquoted Trump with the intention of making him look bad.  That’s the equivalence of perpetuating fake news.  It’s a simple point, I guess you missed or ignored my point.  Once again, Trump did not deride all journalists, he just derided those, like yourself, that perpetuate fake news.  As for Fox News, if you actually watched it, you’d learn that plenty of its personalities adamantly disagree with Trump.  I believe it was Charles Krauthammer that called him a “Rodeo Clown.”
Dave Dubya Added Aug 10, 2018 - 3:56pm
Jeff,
I knew there was some psycho-sexual undertones in his obsession.
 
Better not eat kimchi around him. ;-)
Dave Dubya Added Aug 10, 2018 - 4:01pm
UP,
When has Trump called anyone at FOX(R) fake?
 
NEVER!!!  You are gas-lighting. 
 
Trump's own words make him look bad. He said "very fine people" were on "both sides". That includes the Nazi side. 
 
There are no very fine Nazis. Only a racist would say so. What is your problem?
Jeff Michka Added Aug 11, 2018 - 3:24pm
Because not calling nazis "very fine people" might get some nazis angry with ol Uptal.  For Uptal, and many/most rightists, nazis are fine people.  Nazis passionately hate the same groups of people they do, so....more support.  Self loathing must be very hard on Uptal, having to get up each day, look in a mirror and remember he is supposed to hate himself.  Trump has never called anyone on Fox anything but wonderful, and they never call anything he says into question.