Trump Pardons Himself and Russia

“To make America great, according to President Trump, American policing must reflect a commitment to “law and order” with police officers encouraged to be “rough.”

Trump pardons himself and Russia, then goes after the FBI, the Justice Department, and Democratic Party, who were targets of Russian Hackers, who worked to make sure Hillary did not win the White House. The Republican Traitors claim they held this fake trial in the name of transparency. Time for Trump to show all Americans his income tax filings.

This exhoneration in the court of public opinion, is more Evangelical Jingoism as put forth by Jeffress, Ryan, and Nunes. Fooling the people and law enforcement is now the Religious Republican Brand.  There is only one God, and His name is Donald – who is above the law, because of a woman candidate who dare run against him. Hillary is Satan!

The Republican Party (founded by my kindred, John Fremont) put all their chips on Sean Hannity, who is a raving lunatic and Yes Man for the Christian-right. The tables have been turned. Mueller has been exposed as……………the real raving lunatic! Wow! Can I get a witness?

I can hear Putin chuckling – all the way from Moscow! How about you? Trump was given a Moral Mulligan by the End Time Evangelicals – who hate government – and is now given a Secular Mulligan by the Republican party. Why has no evangelical leader damned Trump for continuing to say President Obama is not a U.S. Citizen? Does Sean believe this lie – too? The religious-right wanted President Obama to fail.

Note the term “Russian lies”. Is it possible the KGB put this evil defense together in order to protect its agents in the U.S.? Play all videos at same time and despair! Trump and his Religious Nuts, now have the bomb!

Jon Presco

President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to react to the release of a previously classified memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department, claiming the memo “totally vindicates” him and assailing the Russia investigation as “an American disgrace.”

“This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on,” Trump tweeted. “Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace.”

Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., also harshly criticized the release of the memo.

“In 2016, the Russian government engaged in an elaborate plot to interfere in an American election and undermine our democracy,” McCain wrote in a statement Friday. “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s. The American people deserve to know all of the facts surrounding Russia’s ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation must proceed unimpeded. Our nation’s elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin’s job for him.”

To believe this conspiracy theory, which emanated from the likes of Sean Hannity, the Fox News host, and Tom Fitton, the head of the right-wing research group Judicial Watch, you have to believe that the investigation began with the infamous “Steele dossier,” the document compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, which claims that the Russian government had been trying to cultivate Donald Trump for years and had obtained kompromat on him in the form of a sex tape. The right-wing argument goes that Clinton operatives cooked up a scandalous piece of fiction, got Steele to pass it along to some Trump-haters in the F.B.I., who then persuaded their bosses at the Justice Department to open an investigation, and here we are, eighteen months later, with Robert Mueller and his investigators hounding an innocent President.

In addition to calling for the Mueller probe to be disbanded and for people to go to jail, Sean Hannity also used the release of the Nunes memo to take a victory lap.

Hannity, who has hyped the memo over the past two weeks possibly more than anyone else on Fox, said that the information it exposes means that he’s been right from the beginning and the mainstream media has gotten it wrong.

He claimed that he has been proven right and the media “wasted an entire year holding this country hostage with a false narrative based on a conspiracy theory that President Trump colluded with the Russians.”

“The media has been corrupt and lying to you, the American people,” Hannity declared, before playing audio from his radio show last March.

He continued:

“We’ve taken a lot of heat for telling the truth, but the evidence, the facts, the truth––that’s what we should pursue. It’s all there. It’ s been there, but the media doesn’t care about any of this. They want President Trump to fail, otherwise they would be reporting on this story instead of ignoring it.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

President Donald Trump questioned the politics of his decision to finally acknowledge former President Barack Obama was born in the US, which he did late during the campaign in 2016, according to a source close to the White House.

The source said that shortly after he made the statement, Trump told aides that he would have done better in the polls had he continued to stand his ground on the birth certificate issue.

Trump has continued to question the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate during private conversations in recent months, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing advisers who discussed Trump’s statements.

President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees of this year’s Values Voter Summit that in America “we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

Trump was the first sitting president to address the annual gathering of Christian conservatives, and while he has had trouble enacting some of his campaign promises legislatively so far in his term, he has ticked off many boxes with the evangelical voters who helped propel him to the Oval Office.

“We know that it’s the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities,” Trump said.


BIRCH RUN, MI – AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump’s first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) left,, and Mike Crapo (R-ID) walk through Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill to attend President Trumps State of the Union address, Jan. 30, 2018.

Other Republicans, however, defended the decision, saying the information needed to be released to the public in order to ensure full transparency.

What’s most striking about Jeffress’s statement is what he doesn’t say. He’s not making a theological argument in favor of Trump’s actions here, even though Jeffress (along with his co-council member Paula White and the rest of the advisory council) have made a career praising Trump in specifically Christian terms, and, in particular, using the Christian Broadcasting Network as an ally to advance this specific narrative.

Rather, Jeffress’s statement may even be interpreted as acknowledging that Trump’s position is incompatible with core Christian doctrines of charity toward those in need, and then defending it because of American interests. Trump can afford to be a “bad Christian” on an individual level because he is being a “good American” on a collective one. In other words, Jeffress has stopped trying.

In so doing, Jeffress has, perhaps inadvertently, revealed the dark heart of Christian nationalism: It is as much, if not more, about jingoism and ethnonationalism as it has ever been about Christian values.

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