For most of the 18 months since Americans began dying of COVID-19, some of my friends in Missouri, Texas and Florida have been arguing about which of us has the worst wartime governor in the country. Missouri’s Mike Parson got off to a fast start, doing nothing at first, and as little as possible ever since: By April 1, 2020, according to a state compilation of every action taken by every state in the country, released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, only Parson and three other governors — in Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee — had failed to issue eith...
Trump is trying to change the story about overturning the election — but memo proves he's lying: NYT's Haberman
Behind the scenes, President Donald Trump and his legal representatives were pressing officials in Georgia and Arizona to overturn the vote of the people for the 2020 election. It became so bad at one point that Trump was even recorded speaking to Georgia officials demanding they "find" the votes necessary, effectively committing voter fraud.
What happened between Trump and the Georgia officials is being investigated by the Fulton County district attorney. Meanwhile, Trump is trying to revise the story, saying that he didn't want Vice President Mike Pence to overthrow the 2020 election he just wanted Pence to throw it back to the states.
The two-page memo from Trump's lawyer, John Eastman, makes it clear that there was not only a discussion but an actual documented plan to overturn the election.
See Haberman's tweet below:
Mary Trump schools the GOP Donald didn't become more unstable after the election — he was already unstable
Dr. Mary Trump, the niece of former President Donald Trump, told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that she doesn't buy into the idea that her uncle was somehow more unstable" after the election, as Gen. Mark Milley characterized in the new book Peril.
Speaking about the findings from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Dr. Trump explained that her uncle was never really stable, to begin with. So, after the election, he wasn't able to reign it in because he was never capable of it before.
During the summer of the Black Lives Matter protests, Trump wanted to Insurrection Act to shut them all down. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Trump that he couldn't do that. Trump flew into a rage screaming, "You're not the president! I'm the god damn president!"
"I'm not sure that there's another president in the United States who said anything like that at any point in the Oval Office because every previous holder of that office, I think, was pretty confident at all times who the president was," said O'Donnell.
Dr. Trump agreed, saying that they were confident, but they actually understood how the government worked and Trump never really understood what that role was other than the title.
"Donald had no authority to invoke the Insurrection Act under those circumstances, and the fact that he felt thwarted just tells us how dangerous it is to put somebody in a position of that much power who, one, doesn't understand what his job is, and, two, is unwilling to learn and, three, feels entitled to having absolute control and power," said Dr. Trump. "So, I think that we really dodged a bullet in the sense that Donald didn't have quite enough time to install his cronies at the various departments because he was on his way to doing just that."
She went on to explain that there is a very real need for the government to shore up some of the rules and regulations that could protect the country from someone like Trump in the future.
O'Donnell said that one thing that struck him in the book is how many Republican leaders realized that Trump was exactly what Democrats warned.
"A stream of people from Paul Ryan on, saying 'I just can't believe what this guy is like,' and they all -- I don't get it because he seemed incredibly, totally transparent to me as a campaigner for the president," said O'Donnell. "He was absolutely consistent as a deranged campaigner for the presidency. He was advertising that the presidency will have a deranged person in the Oval Office, and these people ended up being surprised that he really was as crazy as he appeared to be."
Dr. Trump accused the Republicans of trying to revise history and cover themselves after the fact.
"If they were paying the slightest bit of attention, they know exactly who they were dealing with," she said. "He was the same in 2015 as he was in 2020 as he was in 2000, you know? So, it's just a way of changing the narrative away from their responsibility, which they refuse to admit, which is, again, another problem. They didn't stay and try to fix the problem. They ran away from it."
See the interview below:
Donald didn't become more unstable after the election — he was already unstable www.youtube.com
McConnell and other Republicans gathered to laugh at Trump being called a 'moron' by Rex Tillerson: book
The ongoing battle between former President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was evident Monday evening as excerpts from the new book Peril continued to be leaked ahead of the Tuesday release.
Speaking to MSNBNC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reported a gathering of Senate colleagues in the cloakroom after Trump's former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, called his ex-boss an "f*cking moron."
"'Do you know why Tillerson was able to say that he didn't call the president a 'moron?' McConnell would dryly ask colleagues in his Kentucky drawl. 'Because he called him a f*cking moron!'"
It was also reported in the book that behind the scenes, McConnell worked with then-President-elect Joe Biden to ensure a stable transition because Trump refused.
Since his time in office, Trump has waged his own mini-war against McConnell. He is reportedly working behind the scenes to get Republicans to vote McConnell out of the leadership.
The excerpt from O'Donnell goes on to describe more of the exchange between Trump and the former vice president as the president pressured Mike Pence to overturn the election on Jan. 6.
It also described a scene in which Trump's aides were freezing because he wanted to have the doors open on Jan. 5 to hear his supporters cheering for him outside of the White House.
"Isn't that great!" Trump exclaimed. "Tomorrow's going to be a big day."
See the opener with O'Donnell below:
Trump Vs. McConnell www.youtube.com
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