The Last Trump: More From the White Evangelical’s Chosen One.

A misguided ideal (making America great again) gives 80+% of American white evangelicals a misguided saviour (President Trump)


Trump aligns the USA with Syria and Nicaragua.

Amid growing fears that the US will soon join Nicaragua and Syria on the small list of countries refusing to back the climate accord, signed in 2015, Beijing and Brussels have been preparing to announce their intention to accelerate joint efforts to reduce global carbon emissions.

The expected decision from Trump – who once described climate change as a Chinese hoax – has appalled leaders in the EU and China, but there is a resolve to maintain the momentum behind the Paris agreement. EU sources said there was no evidence that any other countries would follow Washington’s lead.

Finnish prime minister Juha Sipila reacted to the reports that Trump intended to withdraw from the Paris agreement by saying that climate change won’t be reversed “by closing your eyes” – and calling the expected withdrawal “a big setback”.

Pittsburgh fires back at Trump: we stand with Paris, not you

Trump said ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris’ – but city’s mayor retorts: ‘We stand with the world and will follow the agreement’


Trump breaks protocol telling world leaders to call him on personal cellphone

US president urged Mexican, French and Canadian leaders to contact him directly, bypassing the traditional secure phone lines

And this differs from using a personal email account in what way?


26 thoughts on “The Last Trump: More From the White Evangelical’s Chosen One.

  1. I think Trump’s decision may have opened the “post-Trump” era (and the post-American dominance era).

    World leaders are unanimous that they will carry on with the Paris Agreement, without Trump and America.

    Numerous American state governors and big-city mayors have also said they will continue their efforts in line with the Paris Agreement.

    Likewise Microsoft, Google and other huge American and international “job-creators.”

    And Trump’s decision will have no effect on ordinary Americans’ commonsense conservation practices.

    With his usual blindness to the consequences of his actions, Trump’s attempt to strike a “decisive leader” pose has made him a largely irrelevant figure.

    That is probably the one thing he fears more than anything else. So we can probably expect some childish “acting out” to put himself center-stage again. With the powers of the office he holds, that’s a scary possibility.

    Imagine a petulant four-year, in time out…with nuclear weapons.

  2. and the post-American dominance era

    The American President used to be commonly described as “leader of the free world”. I’ve now seen several recent cases of the that title being applied to Angela Merkel of Germany.

    Also, Trump was quick in dropping America from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a trade alliance that was intended to be curb the rising economic influence of China. After Trump withdrew the US, there has been talk of bringing in China to replace the US.

  3. More on President’s response to London terror:

    In another tweet, Trump wrote: “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”

    Dear mr trump – you may not like to recognise the fact – but you lose more Americans per year in the USA through (non-terrorist) mass shootings than the total number of terrorist casualties across the whole of the western world during the last decade.

  4. Also, when terrorists have guns they can do (and have done) more damage.

  5. How much easier was it for the police to put an end to the situation (murderers were dealt with only 8 minutes after emergency call first received), because they didn’t have fire arms? If they’d had guns the tragedy would have been much worse and probably significantly prolonged.

  6. And the mayor of London was telling people they didn’t need to be worried about all the extra police on the streets. But Trump implied people should be panicked about the response.

  7. And the mayor of London was telling people they didn’t need to be worried about all the extra police on the streets. But Trump implied people should be panicked about the response.

    The Australian (conservative) Government, in the aftermath of the Sept 11 attacks came up with a slogan: Be alert, not alarmed.

    Trump is the kind of “politician” who tries to gain benefit by spreading “alarm” and fostering fear.

  8. I guess it is a Mussolini pose, so to speak. And I remember him quoting Mussolini. When someone called him on it, he said it didn’t matter it was Mussolini; he liked the quote, and that was what mattered.

    In contrast with how serious that is, here’s a curious video:

    Hotline Bling Parody (Call Me on Your Cellphone)
    [The original (Drake) is considered “funny” too.]

  9. { The 3:46 pm needs fixing…
    1) I only italicized the words “decisive leader”
    2) I didn’t post the “Mango Mussolini” stuff (lol) or the link to the photos }

  10. Now fixed – I must have selected the moderator’s “edit” option instead of the “reply” option and added my comment to the end of yours instead of adding it as a separate comment.

  11. Wow. I was a bit confused about the “Mango” inclusion. Now I get it; had to look it up. Sometimes I’m surprised that I’m slow. I heard someone recently say Trump (or his carefully cultivated persona that got him elected) is prejudiced against people who aren’t either white or orange.

  12. Anyway, I also think Trump’s compulsion to pose like a strong man is the reason he gave himself away on why he fired Comey. He had decided to fire him regardless.

  13. “He’s portraying himself as Obama’s photographic negative…”
    6/2/17 Why Trump gave up ‘leader of free world’
    Trump says he chose to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord to put America first but a more likely reason is more basic. Max Boot says other nations will try to lead the world to America’s detriment. Boot and Michael Grunwald join Joy Reid. Duration: 8:14
    6/2/17 Democrats warn Trump: Do not obstruct
    Robert Mueller widens the Russia probe’s scope and may even focus on the role AG Sessions & Deputy AG Rosenstein played in firing Comey. Plus, the WH weighs blocking Comey’s testimony and Democrats have a warning. David Frum, Renato Mariotti, and John Harwood … more Duration: 11:56
    6/1/17 Rather: Trump most ‘psychologically troubled’ POTUS since Nixon
    Dan Rather joins Lawrence O’Donnell to react to Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Rather says the pressure of the Russia investigation is causing Trump to “lash out.” Duration: 11:04 { Most recent statement of White House aids, the president is “irritated and bewildered.” }

    Reagan: Trump needs to be removed from office
    MSNBC Political Analyst Ron Reagan called Donald Trump a national security risk and unfit for office amidst the bombshell reports in the past week. Duration: 4:01
    Trump tried to relieve sanctions on Russia
    In a bombshell Yahoo! News report, the Trump team immediately tried to work with the State Department to find ways to ease tensions with Russia. Duration: 9:33

  15. Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.

    I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts.

    Bruce Riedel
    Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Center for Middle East Policy, Director – The Intelligence Project

  16. Looks like there is fake news behind the new riff between Qatar and Saudi Arabia (along with other countries in the area). Guess what? Russia again.

  17. ……

    “… the President has thrown fuel on the fire. If we are going to build a coalition to fight extremism you have [to] smooth over differences [–] and this is going to inflame them.”

    “He has pretty much undercut any diplomatic efforts by US officials to try to calm things down.”

    Kelly Magsamen, a former senior Pentagon official now an adjunct lecturer at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, said: “It’s interesting that Donald Trump is choosing to pile on pressure just as we are beginning Raqqa operations.”

    Magsamen pointed out that al-Udeid is not just a base for US air operations but also for US allies taking part in the counter-Isis coalition.


  18. James Clapper says Watergate ‘pales’ in comparison with Trump and Russia scandal.

    The former US director of national intelligence James Clapper says events in Washington now are more serious than the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, and that it is imperative investigators get to the bottom of the Trump administration’s links with the Putin regime.

    Clapper used a speech to Australia’s National Press Club on Wednesday to launch a critique of the US president, Donald Trump, describing his decision to cultivate Russia and share intelligence with the Putin regime as “very problematic”. He described Trump’s firing of the FBI chief Jim Comey as “egregious and inexcusable”.

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