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Trump ‘lied to us, repeatedly and shamelessly’: Eugene Robinson goes off on ‘the wall’ and other failed promises

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Eugene Robinson’s Tuesday column in The Washington Post was a wakeup call to President Donald Trump that his dream of a “big, beautiful wall” is crumbling faster than it can be built.

Trump and his team have already admitted that the claim that “Mexico will pay for it” will really be a delay. American taxpayers have to front the bill for now and eventually Mexico will reimburse the United States. Trump expects Mexico to gladly hand over money at a later date so he can get the wall started.

“To put those weasel words in context, let me ask a question of all you small-business owners out there,” Robinson begins. “If a customer brings some merchandise to the cash register and promises that one of his neighbors will pay you for it ‘eventually . . . at a later date . . . in some form,’ what are your odds of ever seeing that money? How likely is it that ‘in some form’ means cash? Do you let him walk out with the goods, or do you remind him you weren’t born yesterday?”

The assumption is that no business owner would do anything of the kind.

Robinson gathers Trump “is desperate not to have to acknowledge that his outrageous, ridiculous, impossible campaign promises were, in fact, outrageous, ridiculous and impossible.”

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He also points out that many of the people whose land will be seized to place the wall are ranches, who likely supported Trump and will ultimately have him to thank for taking pieces of their ranches.

At the same time, the overwhelming opposition Trump is facing from Democrats Congress isn’t enough to be blocking his agenda.

“Someone should remind the president that Republicans control both chambers of Congress,” Robinson wrote. “He should be threatening Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, not Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Someone should also inform Trump that he runs the executive branch now — and if he chooses to sabotage the ACA, he’s welcome to the blame.”

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According to Robinson, Trump also promised a “Muslim immigration ban,” and the courts have blocked it, but he could pass one through Congress.

Robinson also points out that Trump has backtracked on a series of promises.

“He said NATO was obsolete but now says it’s not,” Robinson wrote. “He promised health insurance ‘for everybody’ but supports a bid by House Republicans to snatch it away from 24 million people. He promised to ‘drain the swamp’ but refuses to address his own and his Cabinet members’ many conflicts of interest.”

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Robinson reminds Americans Trump “lied to us, repeatedly and shamelessly. His supporters may not care — yet — but history is unforgiving. Yelling “fake news” cannot mask a fake presidency,” he wrote.


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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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