President Donald Trump’s biographer-turned-foe blasted the lack of morality the president seems to have during an appearance on MSNBC Friday.
David Cay Johnston explained that Trump’s press conference in which he “spoke from the heart” was probably true, “to the extend he has one.”
“It came from the heart, to the extent he has one,” Johnston said. “The earlier statement he read was like a hostage video. You saw the real Donald Trump come out and he says ‘I’m the least racist person you’ve ever met.’ Well, Steve, I’m the youngest person you’ve ever had on this show. Donald, his entire life, has been involved with discrimination. He and his father were sued 44 years ago for discrimination in housing. It was found by Casino regulators that he discriminated against blacks, women and Asians. And he’s made all sorts of awful racist statements including the stuff he said this week which was full of vile racism.”
Johnston brought up Trump’s father, who was arrested in 1927 in a battle between about 1,000 KKK members and police. His father was arrested but never charged.
Looking back at 2000 when Trump denounced the Reform Party for having David Duke join the party. Host Steve Kornacki wondered how he could say this in 2000 but say something totally different in 2017.
“Donald has no principles,” Johnston explained. “There’s no moral core to this man. He will say and do whatever gets his interests at the moment. Donld at heart a con artist. He has conned banks into giving him money and said ‘I knew I wouldn’t to have pay they will back.’ He’s conned many, many small businesses to do work and then didn’t pay them. If I turned out tomorrow it would be good for Donald’s career to go to a Mosque, you would see him do that. He does whatever in the moment he thinks will advance his interests. He’s not a strategic thinker, Steve, this is important. He doesn’t think ahead two, three, five steps. When he embraces the faction of the Muslim religion in his trip to Saudi Arabia, he doesn’t think through what that means to others in the Muslim world and particularly Qatar where we have our most important military base in the Middle East. And all of that is because he doesn’t know anything. He just instincts from which he operates.”
There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness
As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.
He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”
It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.
This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend
As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.
At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.
Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.
The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.
Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health
On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.
"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."