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Retired journalist. I've reported and edited for newspaper in Florida, Kentucky, New York, Brussels and London. I also spent a few years as a government flack in Pennsylvania. This blog contains random thoughts on politics, world affairs and entertainment

… another new low

Kevin DrumTrump Hits a New Low… Again: “A very non-exhaustive list of things that have been called new lows for Trump over the past few years. Enjoy:

2015

July 20: Attacks John McCain for being a POW. 
November 13: Compares Ben Carson to child molester. 
November 21: Proposes Muslim registry. 
November 23: Retweets claim that 81 percent of white people are killed by blacks. 
November 26: Mocks a reporter’s disability. 
December 8: Calls for ban on Muslim entry.

2016….

March 23: Attacks Ted Cruz’s wife. 
March 30: Says that women who get abortions should be punished. 
May 3: Suggests that Ted Cruz’s father killed JFK. 
June 3: Attacks federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel. 
July 27: Asks Russia to please find and release Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails. 
August 1: After Khizr Khan accuses Trump of never sacrificing anything for his country, Trump attacks Khan and says that he has too made a lot of sacrifices, such as “building great structures.” 
August 10: Suggests his supporters might want to shoot Hillary Clinton. 
October 8: “Grab ’em by the pussy” tape. 
October 12: More women accuse Trump of sexual assault….

2017

February 22: Attacks transgender children. 
March 4: Accuses Obama of tapping his wires. 
June 29: Accuses Mika Brzezinski of “bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a New Year’s party. 
July 2: Retweets video of CNN being attacked. 
August 15: Suggests that there were “very fine people on both sides” at Charlottesville. 
September 30: Attacks mayor of San Juan after Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico. 
October 13: Ends Obamacare cost-sharing program. 
November 29: Retweets three anti-Muslim videos from the leader of an extremist British group.

2018

January 12: Shithole countries. 
June 8: Begins separating children from their parents at the border. 
July 5: Insists on meeting with Vladimir Putin with no one else present. 
September 13: Says the 3,000 dead from Hurricane Maria is “fake news” invented by Democrats. 
October 18: After murder of Jamal Khashoggi, reminds everyone that Saudi Arabia is a good customer. 
October 19: Calls Stormy Daniels “horseface.” 
October 19: Applauds Rep. Greg Gianforte’s body slam of a reporter. 
November 1: Runs racist ad just before midterm elections. 
November 7: Suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta. 
November 12: As wildfires are raging, threatens to cut off federal aid to California unless they change their “forest management” practices. 
December 29: Says any deaths of children along the border are strictly the fault of the Democrats.

2019

February 9: Mocks native American genocide. 
March 8: Accuses Democrats of being the “anti-Jewish party.” 
March 20: Attacks John McCain yet again. 
May 24: Retweets doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. 
July 11: Attacks British prime minister Theresa May. 
July 14: Tells Democratic congresswomen to go back where they came from…

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Always remember this …


Donald Trump Is Trying to Kill You

To be more specific, Paul Krugman says:

There’s a lot we don’t know about the legacy Donald Trump will leave behind. And it is, of course, hugely important what happens in the 2020 election. But one thing seems sure: Even if he’s a one-term president, Trump will have caused, directly or indirectly, the premature deaths of a large number of Americans.

Some of those deaths will come at the hands of right-wing, white nationalist extremists, who are a rapidly growing threat, partly because they feel empowered by a president who calls them “very fine people.”

Some will come from failures of governance, like the inadequate response to Hurricane Maria, which surely contributed to the high death toll in Puerto Rico. (Reminder: Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens.)

Some will come from the administration’s continuing efforts to sabotage Obamacare, which have failed to kill health reform but have stalled the decline in the number of uninsured, meaning that many people still aren’t getting the health care they need. Of course, if Trump gets his way and eliminates Obamacare altogether, things on this front will get much, much worse.

But the biggest death toll is likely to come from Trump’s agenda of deregulation — or maybe we should call it “deregulation,” because his administration is curiously selective about which industries it wants to leave alone.

Today in GOP health policy

Americans love stupid

It’s unfortunate, but the only way to reach some people is to have the IQ of a pinecone. And with that in mind, does a candidate like this have a chance?