Trump Not Liked

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

From Gallup: President-elect Donald Trump approaches Inauguration Day with a significantly lower favorable rating than his three immediate predecessors received when they were presidents-elect. Trump’s 40% favorable rating is roughly half of what Barack Obama enjoyed before his inauguration in 2009 (78%) and is much lower than the pre-inaugural ratings for George W. Bush (62%) and Bill Clinton (66%). *** … Read More

The Bombshell Report That Russia Can Blackmail Trump, Explained

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

There’s an enormous amount we don’t yet know about CNN’s bombshell report that US intelligence agencies believe Russia has “compromising personal and financial information” on President-elect Donald Trump and that his campaign was in direct contact with with Russian intermediaries before the election. We don’t know who CNN’s sources are or if those people’s information is accurate. We don’t know … Read More

Obama (Belatedly) Takes Action Against Russian Hackers

Ken AshfordCybersecurity, Election 2016, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Moments ago, the Obama administration struck back at Russia, imposing sanctions against its intelligence apparatus and expelling 35 diplomats in retaliation for the alleged orchestration of hacking attacks designed to interfere in the presidential election. The sweeping actions outlined by the White House three weeks before the new administration takes office include: Shutting down two compounds, one in in Maryland … Read More

It’s Not A “Conflict Of Interest” If You Change The Definition of “Conflict Of Interest”

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Greg Sargent caught Sean Spicer explaining why Trump’s blatant conflicts of interest aren’t unethical: “You tell everyone, here’s what’s going on, here’s the process, here are the people that are playing a role, that’s being transparent. Conflicts of interest arise when you’re not — when you’re sneaky about it, when you’re shady about it, when you’re not transparent about it.” … Read More

Republicans Will Like Anything As Long As It Helps Republicans

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This graph says it all: Republican opinion on Putin seems to have moved not because Trump is pro-Russia or because there’s suddenly an opportunity for better relations with Moscow. It moved because Russia interfered in the election to the Democrats’ detriment, whether that was the core motive or not. That’s the point we’ve reached in partisan polarization, apparently. Want better … Read More

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Climate Change Scientist?

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & Energy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Now we’re into the naming names phase.  The Washington Post reports: Global warming — “it’s a hoax.” Donald Trump has said that more than once. So it’s understandable that the request by the president-elect’s transition team for the names of individual Energy Department employees and contractors who worked on the issue makes them worry that the trick could be on … Read More

Trump’s EPA Pick Is A “Fuck You” To Environmentalists (And The Planet)

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Today Trump announced his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Would it surprise you to learn that he’s a far right climate change denier in the pocket of the fossil fuel industries? Scott Pruitt, a Republican, has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies, actions that fit with the president-elect’s comments during … Read More

The Power Of Fake News

Ken AshfordFake News, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This morning, Trump got on Twitter (you know this doesn’t end good, right?) and tweeted this: Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016 P.S. (although it really is another story unto itself) Trump sent … Read More

Trump’s Carrier Deal Is The Opposite Of Capitalism

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

  So a few days ago, President-elect Donald Trump tweets that Carrier is not moving to Mexico and it is keeping jobs here.  He pats himself on the back for delivering on a campaign promise.  Except now we learn the truth: The Carrier deal, brokered by President-elect Donald Trump, may not have saved as many factory jobs as was presented … Read More

The OGE Is Trolling Trump

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Office of Government Ethics, which is responsible for ensuring executive branch personnel don’t run afoul of conflict of interest laws, has been pressuring Trump to place his fortune in a blind trust, like virtually every president before him. But Trump has thus far refused — and in his Wednesday tweetstorm, he purposefully did not say he plans on actually divesting from … Read More

What Digby Says, Part MCLVII

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

On Trump and Trump supporters being “sore winners”: An incident in Brooklyn this past weekend illustrates the phenomenon. Two women in a restaurant were bemoaning the election of Donald Trump when a man and his wife sat down next to them and became incensed about what the two women were saying. The manager moved the couple to a different table and gave a meal without … Read More

Trump’s Newest Odd Tweet

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I don’t know.  Maybe it was Castro’s death, and Trump missed being in the headlines.  But for whatever reason, he tweeted this: In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016 This is extremely bizarre.  Is … Read More