“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

A Trump voter hurt by the shutdown reveals the real reason the president attracts hardcore supporters.

“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

The tell when someone is acting in bad faith is when the argument and their actions are misaligned to the point of cynical irony. When the president and his supporters insist they are only against illegal immigration and then do everything they can to stop any immigration, they are showing the bad faith that has been the hallmark of the GOP for the past 25 years.

FOX news has convinced them that their fellow Americans are a threat and now they will rally around anyone who will hurt “those people”

Think about that line for a second. Roll it over in your head. In essence, Minton is declaring that one aim of the Trump administration is to hurt people — the right people. Making America great again, in her mind, involves inflicting pain.“

Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

After a student was expelled for refusing to stand for her school’s Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas Attorney General is intervening.

Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

This was settled by the supreme court in 1943 “West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette”

Students can NOT be required to say the pledge.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

If the NY Times is fake news, Trump could expose them to the whole world by releasing his tax returns. He could release those returns and then make a big show of exposing the Times as being unfair to him, making things up, etc.

He won’t.

Why?

Ex-CIA officials: ‘Country will be weakened’ if political litmus test applied to experts

Sixty former CIA officials warned President Donald Trump in a statement on Friday that “the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”

Ex-CIA officials: ‘Country will be weakened’ if political litmus test applied to experts

This is important. Trump is putting national security at risk for political reasons. This is dangerous.

Matthew Yglesias on Twitter

“I would really like to see an apology from some of the people who wrote columns demanding that liberals give Trump credit for his obviously fake diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.”

Matthew Yglesias on Twitter

It’s always a con, there is nothing “real” about anything Trump says or does. No one should have been surprised that there was no progress with NK. It’s always a con.