Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Schumer on Coronavirus: ‘We Are Very Worried About the President’s Incompetence’

Tuesday during remarks carried live on CSPAN,  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the Democrats were worried about President Donald Trump’s “incompetence and lack of focus” regarding the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
Now, I’m going to be blunt. We are very worried about the president’s incompetence and lack of focus on fighting the spread of coronavirus. We believe that his lack of focus, his hamstringing efforts to address this public crisis, and inflicting pain on the stock market. One word could describe thus far the administration’s response, incompetence.”
He continued, “The best way we would tell the president, the best way to ensure economic security right now for the American people is to focus on fighting the illness and the spread of the illness. Ask any CEO today what they want most. I’ll bet they tell you they want the coronavirus to be contained. What doesn’t help stop the spread of the coronavirus is more corporate tax cuts. Here’s what we’re worried about, that the president will pay attention to the special interests instead of the people.”
He added, “Let me tell President Trump what does stop the spread of coronavirus, steady smart scientific and competent leadership from the government. President Trump and his administration should be putting people before corporations.”
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Joe Biden’s Critics Among Black Democrats Are Now Lying on His Behalf

From left to right: Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris.
From left to right: Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
It’s been just over two months since Kamala Harris and Cory Booker tag-teamed Joe Biden at the Democratic primary debate in Atlanta. Both U.S. senators and then-presidential candidates were struggling to break through with black voters. Their strained campaigns had never seriously considered making a play for the party’s left wing, which Bernie Sanders seemed to have locked up. But their backgrounds (both are black) and cachet among the party’s more conservative supporters and donor class provided an opportunity to chart a moderate ideological lane, anchored by black voters in the South. Their staunchest competition was the 77-year-old former vice-president. Biden’s polling dominance with black voters had been resilient thus far but seemed like a soft target, given his often racist legislative record and seeming inability to form a coherent sentence.
The resulting exchange went poorly for Biden. Just five months removed from having his anti-busing record exhumed by Harris on live TV and Booker demanding an apology for his fond reminiscences about working with segregationists, the former VP had yet to produce a more compelling rebuke to criticism of his record than catalouging how many black people still supported him. As it turned out, he didn’t need to. Booker upbraided Biden over his opposition to legalizing marijuana, casting him as out of touch and married to drug laws whose racist application still devastates. Harris homed in on his befuddlement. Biden claimed that he was endorsed by “the only … African-American woman that’s ever been elected to the United States Senate”; Harris objected on the grounds that two black women had been elected, she was one of them, and she hadn’t endorsed him. Neither attack did him in. Even months later, after Booker and Harris were forced to drop out due to lackluster fundraising and polling numbers, Biden’s front-runner status was challenged only briefly: when Sanders won the New Hampshire and Nevada primaries.
The former vice-president has since dominated elections in South Carolina and ten Super Tuesday states. Several of his former challengers are now his surrogates. The windfall of endorsements that Biden received in the brief window between the two voting days might’ve been determinative, particularly in states like Texas and Minnesota. (El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar both endorsed him.) Now Harris and Booker are among them. The California senator offered her cosign on Sunday, calling Biden “a public servant who has always worked for the best of who we are as a nation.” Booker added his on Monday, citing how Biden “[understands] the issues of race and frankly racial reconciliation and racial justice.”
Neither of these statements is true. Biden has worked repeatedly for the worst of who we are as a nation — whether by indulging our punitive impulses to enact racist criminal-justice legislation or working alongside segregationists to thwart school integration. Much of what he understands about racial reconciliation is tied opportunistically to his latest run for the presidency and stops short of holding himself accountable for his own role in deferring it. In addition to being outrageous, these fabrications are unlikely to sway voters one way or the other. A Democratic electorate whose main rationale for supporting Biden is that he’s their surest bet to beat Trump, regardless of whether his values actually align with theirs, is not interested in whether the former vice-president understands racial reconciliation. Harris and Booker know this, or at least recognize the argument’s salience — their own broadsides against Biden during the debates demonstrate as much. Their behavior to the contrary suggests a belief that their endorsements are only as meaningful as the lies they’re willing to tell about why they gave them.
There’s a degree of wishful thinking and projection to be expected in any political race. Candidates are often pressured to act as human beings and as symbols. This is especially the case in an election like 2020, where the outcome’s terms are understood to be moral as well as political. If the greater good (beating Trump) requires drawing starker delineations than actually exist between dueling progenitors of racist policy, then so be it, the thinking goes. Black supporters have faced a special pressure to act out this rationale. Over the course of the 20th century, largely in response to the civil-rights movement, Democrats and Republicans have realigned along racial lines. The GOP’s base is almost 90 percent white, and the party advances a reactionary and unapologetically white-nationalist agenda. The Democrats command support from more than 90 percent of black voters and majorities of the other nonwhite ethnic groups, while pursuing expanded health-care access and greater civil-rights protections. The choice for most black voters is no choice at all — even as they recognize the arrangement’s inequities.
But this hasn’t stopped the party Establishment from regularly protecting monied interests and law enforcement — Wall Street, the health insurance industry, police, and prisons — at the expense of their most loyal constituents. Biden’s career in the Senate, which lasted from 1974 to 2008, aptly illustrates these efforts. He’s generally adopted the party line wherever it strayed, and in the 1980s and 1990s, that meant outflanking Republicans from the right on criminal-justice issues. He became an outspoken proponent for meeting crime with harsher sentencing guidelines, an expanded death penalty, and broader discretion for ushering people into prison. This disproportionately meant black people. And he wasn’t alone or without black allies. But where many of them tempered their zeal for more imprisonment with calls for comparable investments in social services, Biden ushered into legislative reality the Democrats’ outsize focus on the former at the latter’s expense.
The party’s self-conception as a guardian of egalitarian multiracial democracy will be marred by this legacy as long as it refuses to rectify it. Biden’s commitment to status quo politics and role in constructing said legacy leaves him uniquely ill-equipped to do so. Neither point is divisible from the fact that the party remains the institution best positioned to hold an autocratic Trumpian ethnostate at bay. Reasonable people can disagree about whether these stakes occasion outright lies about what Biden has stood for. Less arguable is that an institution whose most influential black figureheads feel compelled to rewrite its past to legitimize its present is not an institution where black people are equal stakeholders. The Democratic Party remains confident that it will continue winning majorities of nonwhite voters as long as it’s less monstrous than the GOP — and Biden has few qualms about exploiting this dynamic. Why Harris and Booker chose to pretend he’s something that he’s not anyway has several possible components: a sincere belief that party unity in the face of cataclysm requires their special imprimatur as black officials; a careerist impulse to shore up their influence by endearing themselves to the man who might be their next president. Either way, they are lying. And if Democratic success at the ballot box or being ensconced in the party machinery requires such dishonesty about its racism, it’s hard to imagine the party facilitating racial justice even in a post-Trump America. It’s been a long two months since Harris and Booker dismantled Biden at the Atlanta debate. It’ll be much longer before enabling centrist Democrats by laundering their racist legislative records produces the changes that both senators claim to want.

DONALD TRUMP, THE ORANGE BABOON OPERATING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS A BAILOUT -- For real! - "“And this president is selling not only America, but its most important allies, down the river for money he wants to make either while in office or when he leaves office, period, end of story.”

Trump Wants Coronavirus Bailout for Oil and Hotel Industries

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Yesterday evening, President Trump held a press conference and announced he would soon unveil an aggressive plan to head off a recession. “I will be here tomorrow afternoon,” he promised, “to let you know about some of the economic steps we’re taking, which will be major.”
This announcement “stunned” Trump’s own advisers, who had not yet figured out what the plan is going to be, reports Eamon Javers. But the press conference had been announced, so Trump’s advisers have been scrambling to backfill their boss’s promise of a “very substantial,” “very major,” “very dramatic” plan.
At his press conference, Trump mentioned a few possibilities for what this package might include. One item is a bailout for owners of hotels. “We’re also talking to the hotel industry.  And some places, actually, will do well, and some places probably won’t do well at all. But we’re working also with the hotel industry.”
By the way, did you know that the Trump Organization is in the hotel field? Weird coincidence. In fact, it’s possible the people in the hotel industry the president is talking to about giving a federal bailout might even include members of his own family.
Today more details of Trump’s hastily emerging plan have leaked out. The Washington Post reports Trump is “strongly considering a bailout for oil and gas producers.” The president and his advisers “have been taking calls since Monday from concerned energy sector allies.” You might wonder what the energy sector has to do with the coronavirus. The answer is, almost nothing! They’re in trouble because Russia and Saudi Arabia are ramping up production and cutting into their market share. This move is a benefit to consumers, who will enjoy cheaper energy prices, which will help offset some of the contractionary hit from the slowdown.
Of course, cheap energy is the primary rationale for the Republican Party’s refusal to do anything about climate change or air pollution. Yet now, Trump wants to backstop that industry with a check from the taxpayers. Where is the logic? The Post notes, “One of the companies hardest hit was Continental Resources, founded by Harold Hamm, a Trump supporter and an adviser to the president on energy issues.” Ah, well, that explains it: Trump’s supporters are also advising him, and perhaps their advice is not being offered at a fully arm’s-length distance from their narrow interests.
Meanwhile, Trump is agitating for a payroll tax holiday, which is a controversial measure — it does nothing to help people who aren’t collecting paychecks — but would at least inject some demand into the economy. But he cannot help himself from framing his proposal in the most self-serving way possible:

Does Trump realize this bill can’t pass without the Democratic-controlled House, and Democrats might not be crazy about a plan to cut taxes geared around Trump’s reelection needs?
Trump’s meeting with Senate Republicans concluded “without any concrete plan” having been agreed upon, just a couple hours before the president was supposed to have unveiled it to the world. It is slightly unnerving to see the president of the United States putting less time and planning into a several-hundred-billion-dollar proposal to revive the world’s largest economy than a college senior puts into a midterm paper.

“Our entire crony capitalist system, Democrat and Republican alike, has become a kleptocracy approaching par with third-world hell-holes. 
This is the way a great country is raided by its elite.” --- Karen McQuillan  

President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing the White House in Washington on Nov. 8, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump: New York AG ‘Deliberately Mischaracterizing’ $2 Million Settlement ‘For Political Purposes’

1 CommentsNovember 8, 2019 Updated: November 8, 2019
President Donald Trump accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of “deliberately mischaracterizing” the details of a $2 million settlement reached on Thursday.
New York Judge Saliann Scarpulla ruled that Trump must pay $2 million as part of a settlement he, the Trump Foundation, and James’s office reached in a lawsuit alleging Trump misused his charitable foundation during the 2016 campaign.
Scarpulla said Trump let his campaign hold a foundation fundraiser in January 2016 and used it “to further Mr. Trump’s political campaign.”
The foundation received $2.8 million from the fundraiser and the money “did ultimately reach their intended destinations, i.e., charitable organizations supporting veterans,” Scarpulla ruled.
Instead of the entire $2.8 million that James’s office pushed for, Scarpulla ordered Trump to pay $2 million. She also declined a statutory penalty of $5.2 million that James’s office wanted the president to pay.
James celebrated the ruling on Wednesday.
“We’ve secured a court order forcing President Trump to pay $2M in damages after admitting to illegally using the Trump Foundation to help him intervene in the 2016 presidential election and further his own political interests. No one is above the law,” she said in a statement.
In another statement, she wrote, “The court’s decision, together with the settlements we negotiated, are a major victory in our efforts to protect charitable assets and hold accountable those who would abuse charities for personal gain. My office will continue to fight for accountability because no one is above the law—not a businessman, not a candidate for office, and not even the President of the United States.”

Scarborough then launched into his own conspiracy theory:
But I think we all will be absolutely fascinated when we finally figure out what Vladimir Putin has on Donald Trump and why Donald Trump has surrendered the Middle East, helped ISIS, helped Iran, helped Russia, helped Turkey, helped all of our enemies and betrayed all of our allies. You know, a lot of people think that it’s – he has compromising pictures or something happened in a hotel in Russia years ago. No. It goes back to money. It’s always about money.





Eric Trump on paying contractors: We pay ‘people when they do great jobs’

The Trump Organization has been criticized for stiffing contractors. Contractors have filed hundreds of complaints, which date back to the 1980s, alleging that the real estate company did not pay them.
“We believe in paying people when they do great jobs. And we get people paid incredibly quickly. And we pay contractors,” said Eric Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization at Yahoo Finance’s All Market Summit, adding that the organization only refuses to pay contractors who fail to complete a job.
“Yeah, well, they [the unpaid contractors] didn't finish a job. And they didn't do a good job. And they flaked out. And they were two months behind schedule. And so you had to let go of them. And you had to bring somebody else in to do the job that they otherwise would have. And it's called the real world,” he said, referring to the allegations. “People like to take cheap shots at us.”

Opinion: Trump’s emoluments transgressions don’t stop with the Doral fiasco


When the White House announced that Donald Trump would host the 2020 Group of Seven meeting at his Doral golf resort in Florida — an in-your-face bit of self-dealing and a blatant violation of the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause — Republicans and Democrats howled. Reporters had only just begun to tally the ways awarding himself a government contract could enrich Trump and the Trump Organization when the president backed down, but not before he publicly decried the “phony” emoluments clause.
The Doral reversal dimmed the spotlight on emoluments, but that should not lead us to drop the focus on the rest of Trump’s self-dealing and conflicts of interest. For strategic reasons, the House of Representatives may not include emoluments transgressions among potential impeachment charges. Nonetheless, the number of Trump’s violations are staggering, and growing by the day.
There are two separate emoluments sections in the Constitution; neither are phony, and both reflect the deep concern the Framers had about possible corruption in the highest offices in the land.
“Emoluments” are anything of value. The first constitutional clause, forbidding any officer of the United States from taking “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever” from a foreign government, is in Article I. It has no loopholes; the Framers feared that a rich foreign government could influence or sway American policy by giving something of value to a policy-maker. It is not limited to the president or vice president, but to all holding an office of trust in the U.S. government.
The second emoluments clause is in Article II and is limited to the president. It reads, “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.” Here, the fear was that Congress could shake down the president by withholding his salary or bribe him by increasing it, and that a president could use the leverage of his office with states or the federal government to enrich himself.
We have never had occasion in our history to be deeply concerned about violations of these constitutional clauses. Most previous presidents have scrupulously adhered to them in spirit and letter. Jimmy Carter, to pick one example, put his peanut farm in a blind trust to avoid any appearance of conflict or attempt to profit via his office.
Trump, whose chief of staff on Sunday said the president still thought of himself as an innkeeper, has kept ownership of all his properties and has lied about not participating in their operations. He pushed officials at the General Services Administration to allow him to keep his federal lease for his Washington hotel while pressuring the District of Columbia to lower his property taxes. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, holding an office in his administration, has taken valuable trademarks, including, staggeringly, one on voting machines, from China. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, holding an office of trust in the administration, has promoted Trump and Kushner properties and solicited loans from foreign governments.
In other words, the president is unique in his corruption in American history. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has regularly compiled a tally of Trump’s conflicts of interest and violations of the emoluments clauses. The latest numbers are stark: 1,493 trips to Trump properties by government officials, usually spending taxpayer money that will enrich the president; 292 promotions of Trump properties by White House officials; 63 foreign trademarks awarded to Trump brands, mostly from China and Brazil, while he has been president.
The president himself had made 387 trips to his properties, 240 of them to play golf. He regularly does semi-official infomercials for his properties, and he’s told couples considering staging a wedding reception at Mar-a-Lago in Florida or the Trump country club in Bedminster, N.H., that, if they do, he might be available for a photo op. He famously doubled the initiation fee at Mar-a-Lago, to $200,000, when he became president, enabling foreign figures (and others) to gain entrĂ©e to the president for a price his businesses collect.
The message has been received: Foreign governments, including Romania, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, moved events from other venues to Trump properties, and foreign countries or other foreign-connected entities have held 13 events at his properties, surely enriching him along the way. (He claims profits from foreigners are repaid to the Treasury; without his tax records, this can’t be checked). One hundred and twenty-one foreign officials from 71 foreign governments have visited his properties; lobbyists of all stripes have scheduled events there. Trump has openly talked about his ventures in places like Saudi Arabia and Turkey even as he has bent American foreign policy in ways that benefit those countries’ autocrats.
The president likes to pretend that there is no such thing as a conflict of interest, that his actions are ”perfect” and “innocent.” But we should not let his lies obscure what are ongoing, direct and outrageous abuses of the Constitution for financial gain by the president and his cronies. The House impeachment hearings are concentrating on other abuses of power, but there is no doubt our Framers would see the emoluments violations as a long series of impeachable and unconscionable offenses.
Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His latest book, with Thomas E. Mann and E.J. Dionne Jr., is “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet-Deported.”

Eric Trump’s defense echoes his father’s status quo response.
During the 2016 presidential debate, President Donald Trump said something very similar. “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work,” he said in response to nonpayment accusations.
Eric Trump also noted to Yahoo Finance that The Trump Organization has developed institutional knowledge about getting the best deals with contractors. “In New York, we know what contractors are going to be incredible, what contractors are going to — I won't use a word, but — take advantage of you,” he said. “And, you know, you have that institutional knowledge. You know your way around. You know the language. You know the laws. You know how things are built. You know what kind of foundations work in the ground.”


 Jared’s BFF, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Muhammad bin Zayed (MBZ), refer to Jared as “the clown prince.” Bone-cutter MBS assured those around him that he had Jared “in my pocket.” 

Following meetings at the White House and also with the Kushners over their 666 Fifth Avenue property, former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim reported back to the emir that “the people atop the new administration were heavily motivated by personal financial interest.” 

“Truthfully, It Is Tough To Ignore Some Of The Gross Immoral Behavior By The President” WASHINGTON POST


Trump's sister quits as a federal judge 10 days into formal probe of her possible role in massive family tax scam that could have ended in her impeachment

·          Trump's older sister resigned as an appellate court judge shortly after a probe opened into her involvement in a family tax scheme
·         10 days ago an investigation into whether Maryanne Trump Barry violated judicial conduct rules launched      

·         The case was closed after Barry resigned because retired judges are not subject to the rules
 Barry had not heard a case in two years after transitioning to inactive shortly after Trump's inauguration 
·         the Trump siblings were probed after an investigation found they were involved in a tax scheme related to the transfer of their father's real estate empire 

President Donald Trump’s older sister Maryanne Trump Barry, 82, retired as a federal judge just days after an investigation opened into her possible role in family tax fraud scheme.

Barry was a federal appellate judge in the third district, which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and the investigation could have led to her impeachment.

She had not presided over a case in more than two years, but was still listed as an inactive senior judge in the third district – usually the step taken before full retirement.

Barry did not give any reasons for her retirement. 

The probe into the Trumps was first opened last fall, after a New York Times investigation found the Trump siblings engaged in tax schemes in the 1990s, including fraud, that increased their inherited wealth.
Maryanne Trump Barry resigned as a federal appellate judge 10 days into an investigation into whether she violated judicial conduct rules

An investigation into the Trump siblings opened after the New York Times reported that they transferred their father's real estate assets improperly in the 1990s 
PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES DONALD TRUMP: Pathological liar, swindler, con man, huckster, golfing cheat, charity foundation fraudster, tax evader, adulterer, porn whore chaser and servant of the Saudis dictators
VISUALIZE REVOLUTION!.... We know where they live!
“Underwood is a Democrat and is seeking millions of dollars in penalties. She wants Trump and his eldest children barred from running other charities.”

"I doubt that Trump understands -- or cares about -- what message he's sending. Wealthy Saudis, including members of the extended royal family, have been his patrons for years, buying his distressed properties when he needed money. In the early 1990s, a Saudi prince purchased Trump's flashy yacht so that the then-struggling businessman could come up with cash to stave off personal bankruptcy, and later, the prince bought a share of the Plaza Hotel, one of Trump's many business deals gone bad. Trump also sold an entire floor of his landmark Trump Tower condominium to the Saudi government in 2001."

“The Wahhabis finance thousands of madrassahs 

throughout the world where young boys are 

brainwashed into becoming fanatical foot-soldiers 

for the petrodollar-flush Saudis and other emirs of 

the Persian Gulf.” AMIL IMANI

  I recommend that Ignatius read Raymond Ibrahim's outstanding book Sword and Scimitar, which contains accounts of dynastic succession in the Muslim monarchies of the Middle East, where standard operating procedure for a new monarch on the death of his father was to strangle all his brothers.  Yes, it's awful.  But it has been happening for a very long time.  And it's not going to change quickly, no matter how outraged we pretend to be. MONICA SHOWALTER



JOHN DEAN: Not so far. This has been right by the letter of the special counsel’s charter. He’s released the document. What I’m looking for is relief and understanding that there’s no witting or unwitting likelihood that the President is an agent of Russia. That’s when I’ll feel comfortable, and no evidence even hints at that. We don’t have that yet. We’re still in the process of unfolding the report to look at it. And its, as I say, if [Attornery General William Barr] honors his word, we’ll know more soon.

Morning Joe: Trump Is ‘Owned by Putin,’ Head of ‘Criminal Organization’

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By Kyle Drennen |
Following a discussion of President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, on Thursday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe went far beyond standard criticism of the controversial foreign policy move and wildly claimed it was proof that Trump was “owned by Putin” and heading up a “criminal organization” that had been “laundering money” for the Russian autocrat for decades.
As the 6:00 a.m. ET hour segment about Syria was wrapping up and co-host Mika Brzezinski was starting to go to a commercial break, left-wing pundit Donny Deutsch interrupted to squeeze in an unfounded conspiratorial rant in which he accused the President of multiple crimes: “Let’s not forget it. This is all about failed casinos. He is owned by Putin because he’s been laundering money, Russian money for the last 20, 30 years. He’s owned by him. That’s what this is.”
Brzezinski voiced her agreement with irresponsible and unsubstantiated attack: “Oh, my lord....Yeah.”

Deutsch continued his tirade unchallenged:
You talk to any banker in New York, any business person in New York, any real estate person in New York, we have a president that’s selling out our military, that’s costing lives because he is owned by our geopolitical enemy because he’s been laundering money for him as a criminal organization for the last 30 years. That will come out in time.
Co-host Joe Scarborough seemed to offer a small dose of sanity in response: “That is – that is speculation and only speculation right now.” However, he quickly added: “I will say that it is speculation among New York bankers who have loaned Donald Trump money in the past and who have been following his business career for 30, 40 years.” Brzezinski chimed in: “Who know a lot.”
Scarborough then launched into his own conspiracy theory:
But I think we all will be absolutely fascinated when we finally figure out what Vladimir Putin has on Donald Trump and why Donald Trump has surrendered the Middle East, helped ISIS, helped Iran, helped Russia, helped Turkey, helped all of our enemies and betrayed all of our allies. You know, a lot of people think that it’s – he has compromising pictures or something happened in a hotel in Russia years ago. No. It goes back to money. It’s always about money.
He concluded the unhinged discussion by asserting: “And this president is selling not only America, but its most important allies, down the river for money he wants to make either while in office or when he leaves office, period, end of story.”
It’s never enough for the liberal media to simply express a policy disagreement with Trump and say that the U.S. abandoning its Kurdish allies in northern Syria would have a negative outcome. Instead, journalists and pundits must always try to outdo each other to make the most outrageous declarations imaginable to prove their bona fides as members of the resistance.
Here is a full transcript of the October 24 exchange:
6:48 AM ET
DONNY DEUTSCH: Make no mistake, because it’s easy to forget. Let’s not forget it. This is all about failed casinos. He is owned by Putin...