Donald Trump claimed Obama wiretapped him in a series of unhinged tweets

Hey, remember how Hillary Clinton kept making the argument that Donald Trump was temperamentally unfit to be president? Yeah. Good times. Emperor Baby Fists honestly and truly thought that his manipulative, lie-filled Joint Session address was going to be met with universal praise and a week full of good press. While he did get a bizarre amount of good press, it only lasted about 20 hours before a new wave of scandals beset our tiny-handed despot. Apparently, on Friday, Trump unloaded on senior staff about the endless amount of scandals and controversies rocking his administration. ABC News says he went “ballistic” about the Jeff Sessions stuff in particular.

After that, Trump seemed to want to do his own version of damage-control, which is to say… he tweeted out old photos of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi meeting with Vladimir Putin in various official settings. To which I say… the reason there are photos for Baby Fists to post is because Pelosi and Schumer were meeting Putin in their official capacities as senator and congresswoman. Schumer and Pelosi didn’t send their shady minions to meet with Putin’s shady emissaries in the midst of presidential campaign in effort to hide nefarious and possibly treasonous activities.

After those photos went over like a lead balloon, Baby Fists tried a new approach to silence his critics. He claimed that all of this is happening because President Obama (personally??) wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower. These tweets are being called “baseless,” stunning and paranoid:

Hours after those tweets, a spokesperson for President Obama released this statement:

“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White house official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

[From People]

Note the wording. President Obama nor anyone in the White House could personally “order” any American citizen be wiretapped. IF Trump was being wiretapped – a revelation that would make me shrug, if it’s true – it would be because there was and is an ongoing FBI or NSA investigation involving Donald Trump. The likeliest explanation is that the FBI (probably with the NSA’s help) secured a FISA warrant to tap Trump Tower’s phones. That would not have gone through the White House or President Obama personally. That being said, there is zero evidence that there was a wiretap and Trump seems to be in full meltdown mode. I expect him to start tweeting about false flags and chem trails any moment now. Last thing: I honestly don’t understand his reference to McCarthyism? I don’t think he knows what McCarthyism is.

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  1. Aims says:

    He’s becoming more and more unhinged . He’s so unstable .

    • Megan says:

      He’s panicking because he now grasps the extent of the FBI investigation. If a FISA warrant was issued, that is a huge deal. Intelligence gathered from that will be meticulously verified before the Feds move on it.

      Roger Stone’s late night rage tweeting that he had a back channel to Assange doesn’t help Trump’s cause.

      • Tia Maria says:

        I have JUST discovered this Roger Stone character after someone I follow mentioned him and his offensive tweets….and just wow!!! Who is this guy and is he really an advisor to Trump??

      • Lightpurple says:

        And if they got a FISA warrant, the FBI had enough information to convince a federal judge something was up. Another possible reason for him to fire Sally Yates – she would have known all about any FISA warrant and may have even been the one to seek it.

      • SusanneToo says:

        Here are some of Stone’s rage tweets that he deleted, but not before they were screenshot, haha.

      • Megan says:

        Roger Stone is a right wing political consultant, lobbyist for brutal dictators, and an author of revisionist history.

      • cynic says:

        @Tia Marie. Roger Stone has been around a long, long time. He’s a very shady person, and an overall POS.

        Also, Trump has a lot of nerve complaining about McCarthyism. His mentor was Roy Cohn, who was McCarthy’s right-hand man.

      • Kitten says:

        Holy sh*t, susannetoo. Thanks for that link. Just shared it on social media. We need to share the hell out of that one. WOW. What a disgusting (and incredibly stupid) piece of sh*t.

      • AnneC says:

        Roger Stone worked for Nixon and became famous for his “dirty tricks” style of campaigning. He has a huge tattoo of Nixon’s face on his back. Yuck. His tweets last night were cray cray and he also admitted being in contact with Assange during trump campaign. Too much blow and martinis for Roger last night.

    • Mrs. Ari Gold says:

      What scares me is that he is actually setting the stage perfectly: He knows it’s about to be made public that his phones were being tapped legally and the evidence from the tapps will be enough to impeach him. So he is speaking directly to his supporters to prevent them from believing the truth when it comes out. The more we say he’s unhinged, the more we look like we were gas lighting him because HE is being wire-tapped! And it will look like Obama is lying b/c his supporters will never believe that Obama wasn’t really behind it. It’s brilliant. His supporters hate the govt and Obama. So he is ensuring that he will look like the victim of a govt conspiracy instead of the guilty man that he is.

      • Esmom says:

        This is how it seems to be playing out and it is beyond frightening.

      • d says:

        I would not be surprised at all that this is what he is doing. It’s his MO after all. But if Trump goes, it’s his VP? Equally scary character. The gong show will continue.

      • cindy says:

        Oh my god. This lunatic has to be impeached. I think you are right, he is inciting his followers so if he falls, he can claim government conspiracy. I cannot believe this man is president and I can’t believe the republicans choose to look the other way. Isn’t Pence their dream come true? Even if Pence is implicated (I would guess not), Ryan is even better for them. What are they waiting for? Trump has to go, he going to destroy this country if he doesn’t get us all killed first. He is absolutely unhinged.

      • cynic says:

        Mrs. Ari Gold: Unfortunately, I think you are absolutely right.

      • Snowflake says:

        Yes. You are so right. I really underestimated trump, I’m beginning to think his clown is just to distract from. What’s really going on

      • SMD says:

        Yes, Mrs. Gold that is exactly what is happening, he’s setting the stage for his denials when everything hits the fan. Unfortunately, I think his plan is working. His supporters think it’s a conspiracy to bring him down because he is anti government and shaking up the system. I’ve already seen posts that if he’s impeached that we know it’s a conspiracy from the left to bring back big government again. Sigh, we have to keep the pressure up! And what the heck are the Democratic party doing????

    • Megan says:

      Trump is rage tweeting again. Not sure where he is going with his current rant.

      • Esmom says:

        Ha, thanks for the heads up. Geez, he just can’t stop, can he? I love the trolls that immediately reply to him, they are awesome — i.e. “YES! Time to lash out HARD by going on Twitter to ask RHETORICAL QUESTIONS!” and “What’s that Obama guy going to do? He probably wishes his WIRETAPP (sic) had helped him foresee this DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS!”


      • isabelle says:

        Tomorrow they are planning on releasing a new refugee ban. So icky Sessions will be front and center tomorrow, bet they are building up to him saying something. Especially since he stayed with Trump this weekend in Florida.

      • Lorelai says:

        You guys. I fully realize this is the absolute least of our problems, but…

        We have a President of the United States who cannot correctly spell a THREE-LETTER word.

        I weep for our future on so many levels.

    • Krakken says:

      At this point it seems clear to me when I envision all this news playing out in my head that the current whitehouse situation is the best comedy ever written. (Spoken two drinks in from my bath on a Sunday…)
      Day drinking in the bath/shower is a real hallmark of the trump administration so far.

    • isabelle says:

      On This Week with George S, one of the talking heads said its possible his nukes codes could get took away if he keeps this up. Surely to goodness if that happened Congress would wake up and remove him. If you can’t trust a President with the nuke codes, that isn’t a mentality stable President.

      • teacakes says:

        It’s a Republican Congress though….. would they really dare move to impeach him? They’ve lodged themselves firmly up his asshole despite the grifting, Russia, court smackdowns…..

    • KiddVicious says:

      I had read about this a couple of months before the election. It was on one of those quasi-fake news sites that do report legitimate news but don’t go out of their way to make sure everything they report is legitimate. It said there was a direct computer link from Trump’s computer at Trump Tower to a bank in Russia. Since none of the legitimate news sites picked up on it, I assumed it was fake, and still do. Nothing about Obama in the original story, that’s a new addition.

      • jwoolman says:

        No, there really was/is a server in Trump Tower that seems to mainly communicate with Alpha Bank, the largest bank in Russia. The New York Times had a good article on it a while back. It was discovered accidentally by some folks looking for something else and they noticed the odd pattern, it apparently actually seemed more like a human e-mail communications pattern rather than just bursts of data uploads/downloads. After the story came out, the server briefly went offline but then came back with a new name that still included trump in it. If Trump is involved with it, it could be for communicating with business partners or creditors. Or it might not have to do with Trump directly and the trump in the server name just refers to the location.

        Trump Tower also hosts the Bank of China and I think there are various Russian nationals who are tenants. Any of those could be the real targets of surveillance. I recall years ago it came out that NSA (I think) was monitoring all phone calls to outside the US. Don’t know if that’s still true.

        Anyway, the frequent contacts between Trump campaign people and Russian officials came out because the Russians were monitored. At some point the FBI or other agencies may have gone for a separate warrant specifically on some of Trump’s people once they started investigating the Russian hacking.

  2. Melly says:

    In between his Obama rants he also found time to criticize Arnold Schwarzenegger. Oh and he is spending the weekend AGAIN at Mar a Lago.
    I think Trump is spiraling and I hope it’s not too long before he’s out of the WH.

    • Alix says:

      From your lips to God’s ears!

      I read the best thing this morning: “Trump is the stupid man’s idea of a smart man, the poor man’s idea of a rich man, and the weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

    • Lolo86lf says:

      Of course he is on holiday again at Mar A Lago; making up conspiracy theories, telling lies, and deflecting the media from himself is simply exhausting. I cannot wait till he’s impeached.

      • SusanneToo says:

        In one month his personal travel expenses have surpassed Obama’s first year travel expenses.

      • Beth says:

        Every weekend he’s in Florida is costing a fortune. Airports have to close, police have to work overtime, and roads are blocked making his trips an inconvenience to people who live there. He gets paid for these trips because Secret Service have to pay to stay and eat at his resort. He’s the biggest con man in history

      • Lexie says:

        I can. Trump’s trolling (which we reward with Pavlovian hyperventilations) will be replaced by the more “acceptable” normal-seeming evil of Pence, Ryan, whoever. They will dismantle our rights and institutions within the rules and we will not have nearly the outrage that a single Trump tweet inspires. (See our current lovefest for war criminal W. as an example.) At least this is what I fear…

      • Lacia Can says:

        Lexie – ITA. This is a huge danger. Pence seems like a sane choice at the moment but you won’t want to be a woman or LGBTQ under Pence. Pence is somewhat competent, so work to dismantle rights would accelerate. There are no good choices for you at the moment. The Dems winning the midterms is of monumental importance.

      • felixswan2 says:

        Yes @ Lexie! I agree 100%

      • Lorelai says:

        I hope I’m linking this correctly. The hypocrisy is absolutely staggering:

      • ida says:

        *hahhaa* in fact I believe Trump will end up in jail. and trust former Mossad agent Juval Aviv who predicted Trump “will be impeached on grounds of treason”.

      • Lorelai says:

        @SusanneToo that made my day! 😂

    • Nancy says:

      He is spiraling out of control quicker than Kim K’s weaves. I can imagine those chubby little fingers banging away, making his typos and exclamation points. I mean WTF. Show the receipts Joffrey. At this point I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. This man can’t continue like this. All of the tweets in the world spitting out hate for Obama or whomever is his target cannot hide his association with the Russians……but he sure is trying. His days as president are numbered, I just know it, he is insane.

      • Shambles says:

        Nancy, come on. Let’s at least be fair.

        Kim K’s weaves have much more composure than Donald Trump.

      • Nancy says:

        Ha! True, both fake and obvious. This dude has to go. Is there poison in our water that allows people to follow this person to the promised land. Shit, I wouldn’t go to a worm wrestle with him. Hope all the people who wanted to drain the swamp found what they were looking for, turned out to be a pathological lying drown rat named trump.

    • addie says:

      Surely he can be removed from office because of impaired mental health? Yes, he’s all sorts of vile but also deeply mentally ill.

  3. Izzy says:

    This is what scares me the most: IF there were wiretaps on El Cheeto’s phones, it means a judge found probable cause to issue a warrant for them, and his blind supporters don’t seem to care one bit.

    • Snappyfish says:

      Izzy is 100% correct. Also it’s a FISA warrant that is requested by NSA after an intelligence agency presents evidence that is conclusive enough to get a federal judge to issue it.

      trumplethinskin might have cooked his own goose…finally

    • Melly says:

      Well to be fair, probable cause in a FISA court is MUCH different then it is in a regular court.

    • Esmom says:

      No, they don’t. They keep screaming about Hillary and Obama. Some of the ravings I saw about Obama in the comments section of a Washington Post story about this scared the bejeezus out of me. These people walk among us.

      • Kitten says:

        It’s terrifying. I know I sound like a broken record here but I just cannot wrap my mind around the fact that people are still defending him. It just seems unreal to me. They don’t care, as long as he delivers the jobs he promised them.

      • Megan says:

        I put this down to divestment in public education. Americans no longer develop the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate a situation and form their own opinion. They simply pick their idol and worship mindlessly at the altar. This happens on both sides of aisle (e.g. Susan Sarandon).

      • Kitten says:

        The problem wit that theory is that educated whites are still defending their vote as well.

        Another commenter mentioned sunk cost fallacy as a reason for their unwavering devotion and I think that’s a pretty good assessment.

      • Esmom says:

        Megan, I’m not sure that’s true as I feel like my high schoolers have well developed and exercised critical thinking skills and a better grasp of reality than these frightening folks I see in comments sections and on social media. I think it has to do with seeking out sources that only fit your world view and then staying stuck in that “silo.”

        When I think about how some people these days never read or watch or listen to a single, objective, credible source and are only exposed to propaganda and parrot it to anyone who will listen as if it’s legit, it’s not so surprising we arrived here.

      • Megan says:

        @kitten older white voters who voted for Trump because they are racist and will defend their vote, but don’t blindly believe all the crap that comes out of his mouth.

        @esmom Public schools are funded at the local level. A school system that operates with a low-income tax base has to make all sorts of difficult decisions, like increasing class size, cutting arts programs, cutting sports program, eliminating extra curricular enrichments. All of these cuts add up to an education that has poses fewer opportunities and challenges to develop critical thinking skills.

      • cynic says:

        It really is scary how many unhinged people there are among us. They swallow all of Trump’s lies and excuses. They refuse to believe that Trump is wasting millions of dollars in security; they keep screaming that Hilary and now Obama should be locked up.

      • Esmom says:

        Megan, I hear you. We are lucky to love in a good, well funded school district. I know many others are less fortunate. We used to live in Chicago, which has massive budget issues and the inequities between schools in impoverished neighborhoods and wealthy neighborhoods are very stark and troubling. Teachers work so incredibly hard, with fewer and fewer resources. It’s frustrating. But honestly I think many Trump supporters skew older and also are pro-private and religious schools. In fact, in our town the schools had mock elections and Hillary won all of them except at the Catholic school, where Trump trounced her.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Most of the people I know who voted for / support Trump are 1. white 2. male 3. older than 50 years old 4. financially comfortable 5. may call themselves socially liberal 6. admire him and think he’s some kind of brilliant leader/politician 7. think Obama pissed a lot of people off (but not themselves – never themselves) 8. act like they’re smarter than everyone else 9. very proud of their opinions

        Eh, I think it’s racism.

      • Ladiabla says:

        I’m truly scared for President Obama and HRC…what if one his demented gun-loving nutjob supporters tries to hurt them? Secret service, please be ultra-vigilant.

      • HappyMom says:

        @Megan. I don’t think it’s public education- I believe it’s because of Fox News. There are so many people who are gullible, want to believe the worst, and can be swayed by watching supposedly educated and informed “experts” explain things.

      • SusanneToo says:

        @Ladiabla. Agree with you. That’s a concern. Many gun nuts are trump supporters.

      • Andrea says:

        I have a friend who is married to an African American man who has mixed raced children, who voted for Trump. She claimed he’d help get her prescription costs per month lowered (her husband and son’s total $500 per month).

      • Lorelai says:

        @Esmom, to me that is the most terrifying part of all of this.

        Trump could be impeached, or drop dead today — but we now know that there are millions upon millions of people in this country who supported him through ALL of his sh!t, from the campaign until now, and they will just find a replacement to worship.

        I don’t know how we got to this place, when so many people are this ignorant and unwilling to admit that maybe, just maybe! – they made a mistake. It is so scary.

    • cr says:

      This is what even Sen. Graham pointed out yesterday at his town hall: “The other side of the story … If the former President of the United States was able to obtain a warrant lawfully to monitor Trump’s campaign for violating the law, that would be the biggest scandal since Watergate.”
      And the original source for the story came from an early November article in The Street, an ‘centere-right/libertarian version of Gawker’ that was launched last year by NewsCorp. National Review had an article on the possible wiretapping on January. And then apparently whatever showed up on Fox on Thursday.
      So he’s being tapped, legally, because there was enough evidence to get a warrant.
      Or he’s not being tapped, but many of his contacts are.

      • Odette says:

        Yep. A FISA warrant was supposedly issued on October 15th for a server in Trump Tower suspected of “talking” to shady financial institutions with deep Russian ties.

      • Lightpurple says:

        But the former President would not have been the one to obtain it because Obama took separation between the White House and DOJ very seriously. So, if one was obtained, as I believe one was, Obama would not have been involved in the decision to pursue it. That Trump is pretending otherwise is more evidence that he is clueless about the job and that Graham doesn’t know that or doesn’t want to admit that is just more evidence that Graham is a whiny, useless idiot.

      • Beth says:

        There was a wiretap in n Trump Tower. It was at the Bank of China. Nothing to do with Trump. President can’t have it done

      • Odette says:

        Absolutely, Lightpurple. Sorry, didn’t mean to insinuate Obama did it. This is all the FBI — which acts independently from the WH in such instances.

      • Christin says:

        Graham seems to like dancing in the aisle a moment, then returning to his seat in his party’s section.

    • Shambles says:

      Maybe I just don’t have a soul anymore, but it doesn’t scare me. It makes me feel kind of vindicated. If a FISA warrant was obtained, and like LightPurple I believe one was (and he’s scared sh!tless of what’s going to come out of it), it means that nasty nasty feeling I’ve had about this man since he announced he was running was not just something I made up in my head. It means there truly is something to this, and knowing that makes me feel better. I believe the big sh!t is coming. April will be a crazy month, mark my words.

      • Melly says:

        If indeed there was a FISA court ruling and Baby Fists just discussed it on Twitter, that’s releasing classified information. To get a FISA warrant there needs to be a certain level of probable cause for an investigation that needs to be kept secret. FISA information is classified and only can be released after an investigation is closed.

      • TheOtherOne says:

        @ Shambles ITA. That is how I feel. I sip my tea and look forward to laughing in all the faces of my co-workers who told me to give Trump a chance.

      • The Other Katherine says:

        @Melly, while I don’t think disclosing classified info was Easy D’s intent while rage-tweeting, it is POTUS’s prerogative as head of the executive branch to declassify any piece of information, no matter its classified clearance level, at any time. Doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be shocking, but it’s not a crime in the way it would be if anyone else did the same.

  4. SusanneToo says:

    This pretty much describes trump. Not that it matters to his cultists. Fake news, wah, wah, wah.

  5. Esmom says:

    Why is no one minding Trump? Seems crazy that anyone would leave him alone with his phone anymore. A newspaper columnist I love (Rex Huppke) said we were witnessing Easy D’s breakdown in real time yesterday. I’m not sure if I agree because he has been just as unhinged and reckless and stupid and childish before. He doesn’t seem to have even a basic understanding of so many things.

    And yet, as always, the deplorables are screaming that Obama should be locked up. NOTHING sticks when it comes to Trump, when facts truly don’t matter anymore. My head is spinning.

    • Megan says:

      if Jared Kushner is at all concerned about self preservation, he needs to steal that phone.

      • B n A fn says:

        Remember JK dad did prison time for ripping off people. Now the son may end up in prison with DT and his merry men of thieves. DT has been going to Florida every weekend for about two months. He’s charging the government to house his secret service in Florida and nyc stay at his Hotel. He has drained more money from the government in two months than BO did for one year. They are just a bunch of low lives, all of them, jmo.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Kusher and his unethical jerk of a wife seem to believe that tweeting pictures of their kids will distract everyone from what they are all doing.

      • Lyla says:

        They’ll probably be a “leaked” (cough PR plant cough) about how jarvanka was observing Shabbat so they couldn’t mind comrade drumpf.

      • Prairiegirl says:

        Nah. Agent Orange will just get his little mitts on a burner phone.

      • TheOtherOne says:

        Jared needs to update his resume…. a new job and a new life will hopefully help in his criminal defense.

  6. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Am not familiar with US law but I read on another news site that a sitting President can’t order wiretraps, even legally. Not sure how true that is but if Obama did – it means that the Russia link is deeper than we can imagine.

    • Melly says:

      The WH can’t order an independent agency to do anything, they can only make recommendations. The Department of Justice (or an intelligent agency) has to go to a FISA court to get the clearance to tap phones. That information is gathered, analyzed, coded (given classification levels), and put into briefs. That information MAY then be made available to the WH. There are probably a bunch of steps and procedures that i’ve missed, but the point is that the WH can not, under any circumstance, order phone tappings of an American citizen. It amazes/frightens me that Baby Fists is our president and he has no clue about the different branches of government, what’s what’s in their purview, and the importances of checks and balances.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        @Melly – Thank you for the explanation. It does seem that a warrant was approved for one of the independent intelligence agencies and that the WH may have been told about it. Facts that he could be twisting for victim/fake news narrative.

        He needs to produce evidence of this but I think it will it be another ‘well this is what i was told’ as per the Electoral Votes numbers questioning at his last press conference when he was confronted with opposing facts.

      • Melly says:

        Trumps evidence:
        He knows it
        He heard it
        Many people are saying
        Everyone knows it

      • Megan says:

        If Trump was informed of a FISA warrant it would have through an illegal leak of classified information. Tweeting classified information is also illegal.

    • jwoolman says:

      A lot of safeguards were put in place after Watergate to prevent the abuse of power that Nixon and some of his predecessors engaged in. That’s why the Trump staffers approaching the FBI to make a public statement denying certain things was so wrong. They are really not supposed to do that. Only certain kinds of communications by people on a very short list are allowed between the White House and the FBI during an ongoing investigation.

      I imagine that if a tap really was put on Trump’s or his staffers phones even during the campaign, the agencies would have been careful to keep it legal and get a warrant simply because it involved a Presidential candidate. Big troubles if they were found to have done illegal taps. They can mess around with small fry (the government has been taken to court over illegal wiretaps of activists during the Vietnam War resistance period), but not really with the big ones. For one thing, the court would toss out any evidence illegally obtained. Also the stature of the targets might very well get the tappers sent to prison themselves.

  7. SusanneToo says:

    The rats are hunkered down in the bunker:
    Per Ted Mann at the WSJ
    “Mr. Trump had been scheduled to dine Saturday evening with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at Mar-a-Lago. In an update, the president’s staff said the two also would be joined by Messrs. Sessions, Bannon and Kelly, as well as policy adviser Stephen Miller and the White House counsel, Don McGahn, turning the dinner into a session of the president’s inner circle.”

  8. original kay says:

    I fear for your country, truly fear a civil war is waiting to erupt. This man is so dangerous.
    His followers now believe the president can order wire taps, with no evidence whatsoever.

    They don’t need it, they believe twitter, over decades of experience and guidance, they believe twitter.

    *weeps for humanity***

    • kri says:

      There won’t be a civil war,ffs. If anything that fool will be impeached. That is obviously the goal here. And he doesn’t help himself out by being stupid. I can’t stand stupid. At least with Mrs. Clinton we would have gotten savvy. Sigh.

      • original kay says:

        Let me clarify: there already is a civil war. I fear it will become full blown.

      • Kitten says:

        The division in this country will only get worse if he’s impeached.

      • Shelly says:

        yeah if it gets to impeachment (I think amendment 25 would be safer for the american people) I think there will be violence

    • Megan says:

      I worry about that, too, but I was heartened when tens of people turned out for March 4 Trump. It’s never a good sign when there are plenty of available parking spots at a rally.

  9. mia girl says:

    President Orange Julius totally tweeted up a sh*t salad covered in Russian dressing!

    No word from anyone in the Trump camp or Whitehouse in 24 hours. They must be freaking out.

    He really painted himself into a corner with this one huh?

    • Esmom says:

      I’m not holding my breath. Teflon Don seems indestructible and his supporters refusal to acknowledge facts only continues to ramp up. I saw comments from people yesterday who truly believe that any news source other than Breitbart and maybe Fox are 100% fake. How do you reason with people like this?

      • cr says:

        You can’t, but remember we’re supposed to ‘understand’ them. I understand them all too well.

  10. Odette says:

    And then there was Roger Stone’s Twitter tirade last night….homeboy sounded like he was drunk tweeting (calling Ana Navarro “fat” and accusing her of sleeping with someone), and may have implicated himself by admitting he had “back channels” to Juliane Assange….

  11. Who says says:

    All I have to say this Sunday morning about Donald Trump, Is that he clearly has some serious mental health problems. Having such an unstable man in such a powerful position is very scary.

    • Kitten says:

      I don’t know…
      Sure, to us liberals he sounds completely insane but he’s not speaking to us, you know? He’s speaking to his supporters and he knows this kind of deflection and projection, demonizing the media, Obama, Hillary, Schumer etc works. They respond to that because it allows them to shift their blame away from their leader and on to a more palatable target like the left. It validates their pre-existing beliefs while excusing their terrible choice for a President.

      I’m starting to think he’s crazy like a fox.

      • B n A fn says:

        @kitten, this is in reply to your ^^ comment about educated whites who voted for DT. My dentist told me before the election that he would vote for DT because if he ended up in jail he would prefer Pence than TK, Hillary’s vp. So educated or not that was a wacky reason. I just stopped talking.

      • Fiorella says:

        Good point kitten! There’s so sane way to justify some of his choices anyways, better to look crazy than to just say “yeah I’m giving it to wall street /cronies/ big pharma because there’s something in it for me.”

      • suze says:

        He is shrewd as hell, for sure, Kitten.

        He knows how to keep the based riled up, and he knows that the periphery voters will hang on, sunk costs being what they are.

      • jerkface says:

        You are correct

      • HappyMom says:

        I agree-his base is still there. The fact that he continues to be more and more divisive for his own benefit is so disgusting to me. Even if he believes Obama tapped his phone-that he’s saying it publicly just shows his total disregard for our country.

      • Christin says:

        Maybe a slightly clever idiot just knows how to give unfounded two or three word talking points to those ignorant enough to fawn over him. Wire Tapp! Hear by!

      • Shark Bait says:

        He does sound crazy to us, but could you imagine him sounding sane?????? Could you imagine the mental gymnastics you would have to go through to see him as rational?
        I absolutely agree with everyone who is saying that he is trying to get in front of all of this. He is trying to discredit the media (I believe they will break this open) and now he is trying to shift this to President Obama overstepping and “illegally” wire tapping him. That way, when the evidence comes out, his die hard loony supporters will refuse to believe it. It will all be a huge conspiracy from the dems and the liberal media to bring the savior of the poor and working class whites down.

      • SMD says:

        Well here in Georgia he is still supported and his followers believe wholeheartedly that Obama illegally authorized wiretaps. His supporters will not question Trumps motives or the fact that Obama couldn’t order a wiretap. His supporters also believe Obama and his supporters and the liberal media are deliberately trying to sabatoge tRump. The devotion to him is fanatical and worries me sick. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve actually heard say “they don’t care about his connections to Russia,” as long as he brings back jobs….I hear this from young and older supporters…

    • Chaine says:

      I’m tired of people saying this man has mental health problems. That does a disservice to all of the people out there that actually suffer from mental illness that need our society’s compassion and help. The man in the White House is not mentally ill. He is just a Dumb, Mean, Racist, Misogynist, Liar.

      • Who says says:

        Actually, I was out with 3 mental health professionals for dinner the other night and one of the diagnosis that came up was malignant narcissistic personality disorder.

      • Beth says:

        @Chaine,yes plenty of people have mental ilnesses in the world. Since Trump was elected,my anxiety attacts have returned. I have a couple of friends and family members who have mental illnesses and they say Trump seems worse than them. None are offended when people mention Trump isn’t mentally well. My psychologist said the way Trump acts have symptoms of a megalomaniac. Of course he can’t say for sure because he’s never been his patient. It’s scary that someone with signs of a mental illness is in charge of our country

      • Megan says:

        Trump certainly appears to have fairly significant anger management issues. Leaks from the White House suggest what we see in public is nothing compared to his behavior behind closed doors.

      • Shark Bait says:

        I think he is an awful garbage human being. But the fact that he simply cannot seem to see the truth and that he lies easily and constantly seem like maybe there is something else there. But apparently his mentor Roy Cohn (talk about McCarthyism) taught him to never admit he is wrong and to never apologize.

      • Odette says:

        Egh, I have a mental health difference, and am fully aware I don’t have the temperament to lead the free world. It’s not offensive; just a matter of self-awareness and knowing my strengths (compassion/creativity) and weaknesses (even emotions/leadership ability).

      • jwoolman says:

        Malignant narcissistic personality disorder is a reasonable working diagnosis for Trump, regardless of absolute accuracy, because its features describe his behavior very well. I think he has a bundle of other disorders at the same time, and those also can help figure out the patterns in Trump’s behavior and predict his responses to new events.

        You can be a mean, vindictive, lying son-of-a-gun at the same time you have various mental/emotional disorders… There are other factors involved. But I do think certain parts of Trump’s brain are either damaged or underdeveloped and that imposes limits on what he can understand (for example, he lacks empathy and a true sense of humor). He’s a very limited person and should not have access to serious power.

  12. Indiana Joanna says:

    After the Dems on Intel Committee complained that Comey was not forthcoming about the Russian probe findings on baby fists, is it possible that Comey told baby fists the real information that the investigation has uncovered? That the Russians have enough dirt on Trump to blackmail him and he is severely compromised?

    Baby fists is in it shoulder deep with Putin and the Russians and so are his little band of WH thugs. I think his infantile outburst was in response to the realization that baby fists’ deep ties to Russian will come out very soon. Go NYT and WaPo!

    • Christin says:

      The multiple reports about how angry he was Friday suggest the Jeffy Beau recusal was what had him the most upset. Could it be Jeffy Beau was going to be his direct protection?

      Even Jeffy himself said the WH didn’t fully seem to understand ethics implications.

      • Megan says:

        According to CNN he was enraged because he felt Sessions has stolen his thunder from his speech to Congress. He is such a narcissist that he failed to be enraged that the only person who can derail and investigation that may send him to jail recused himself from the process.

      • Esmom says:

        Megan, yes, he is so clueless. It’s just stunning to see him just flail around at the job of POTUS, and then add in all the allegations and scandals and all he can do is frantically tweet. He really is a puppet and I really think he has no idea.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Is that a photo of him with his grandchildren? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pic of him being even remotely affectionate toward his son Barron, and yet we’re supposed to believe that he loves to stroll hand-in-hand with his grandkids on the WH lawn. Good god.

  14. TheOtherOne says:

    Corey Lewandoski went on Fox this morning and accused Obama of planting a bug that recorded conversations between Sessions and Kisylak. Thanks for confirming there are recorded tapes, a@@holes. They know it’s coming.

    • jerkface says:

      Thats what I was thinking. They got their hands on information about being investigated and learned it has been going on since about 2013 (from what I’ve read) and now when the hammer is about to drop they plant that seed the the Dems/Obama/Hillary/Liberal agenda was behind an imaginary coup to take a president down.

      People in NYC have only known the Trumps as mobbed up real estate developers with blood and dirt on their hands from his business dealings alone. It is as if you can’t take a trip down google lane to see just how dirty the dude was from the get go. He got the “disenfranchised white vote” and the heavily religious nutter vote because of all the whacky campaigning about family, jobs, antichoice, and fear of brown foreigners murdering people down in the states where people were still pissed about being called a flyover state.

      Anyway, he is transparent and showed his hand in my opinion. I hope this is just a case of giving these freaks enough rope to hang themselves and that it is just a mater of time before they are ousted and exposed in a big way.

      • Christin says:

        Money laundering alone is very serious. Now I’m not saying this happened, but let’s say someone sold a property at a huge profit (obviously inflated beyond reason) to an overseas person who was routinely doing deals to probably hide money…

      • SusanneToo says:

        Or to buy influence. Made a good bit of money here.

      • jerkface says:

        Christian, exactly.
        NYC real estate is shady all across the board.
        People have no idea. No idea at all. Show me a waterfront development in Manhattan or a casino in Jersey that doesn’t have a dirty developer or ties to shady backend deals and I’ll show you my willie. I’m a woman I don’t have a willie. It doesn’t exist.

        SusanneToo, you get it. Thats right.

  15. Rocknrust says:

    It’s not whether he believes it, he’s aware there are people who will and do believe his rantings and that’s all that matters.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      Isn’t it aweful how so many of his supporters choose to believe his fallacies? He is just trying his best to distract us all from the treasonous Russian involvement.

      • Beth says:

        I was out last night and heard a Trump supporter saying everything Trump says is true. She said how Trump knows because investigations have proved everything and it was great to get Obama out because he ruined the country. I gave up trying to explain there was no proof and telling her about how bad Trump’s been. It’s pretty embarrassing how many of them won’t admit they were fooled or won’t take the blinders off

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        I have such a hard time understanding how Obama ruined the country, especially hearing it from people who did extremely well during his administration — for the people I’m thinking of, their houses went up in value, their stock holdings soared, their Medicare and Social Security were untouched, they could travel more freely as Americans … What a myth, this economically anxious white working-class voter.

        There were many, for sure. But that wasn’t the tipping point. The tipping points were race, guns and emails.

      • SusanneToo says:

        trump did not inherit a mess. Lies as usual.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      Good point about baby fists’ motives. The motive is to confuse and lie.

      Accusing people of what you have done (in collaboration with Putin) is the hallmark of a sociopath. Baby fists seems to be undergoing a rapid state of physical and mental decay right before our eyes.

    • Kitten says:

      Exactly. Just said the same above,

    • jerkface says:


  16. Christina says:

    Here’s where I’m at with this. Given all these facts coming out on what feels like a hourly basis, I still firmly believe that if we were to hold a re-election tomorrow, Trump would still win. And even if he were to eventually get his comeuppance his replacement would be terrible and terrifying in a different way.

    Democrats in Washington need to get it together. They need a plan- to stop being reactive and get proactive. And they’ve got to reach out to those malleable Trump voters. Clintons strategy was weak-because elections and the electoral college itself is a letter of strategy. She ignored what she thought were her guaranteed voters- and obviously they didn’t vote for her. And they have to find someone under the age of 70 to run. It cannot be business as usual- cause it didn’t work. Dems can’t wait for Trump to implode- they’ve got to start making some real moves. We need to move beyond the old guard of Shumer, Pelosi, et. al. They

    And here’s the thing- Republicans aren’t going to say smack abou Trump because passing their agenda and having power is more important than human decency. And again, they have the support of their base.

    Even though Trump is great at undermining himself he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. He’s gaslighting us and he’s got too many enablers- including all of Congress- to go gently into the night.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. The latest podcast Pod Save America talked about this, finding the candidate who will be the foil to Teflon Trump. A Republican strategist from the W era, Nicole Wallace, seems to think that it has to be someone working class, ideally someone in a labor union, who can truly represent the working class.

      I’m not sure if I agree with that, or if that person even exists, but I do agree that the Dems have got to stop focusing on stopping Trump because it will never happen. They have to focus on finding a candidate who will “speak” to voters in the same way Trump (unfortunately) did.

      • Kitten says:

        How f*cking PUMPED are you for tomorrow’s episode of Pod? These guys are going to have some SHIT to say about Trump’s allegations about Obama wiretapping his phone.

        They were so fired up last week but this will be something else.

      • Nic919 says:

        I look forward to Pod Save America every time more nuttery happens and only wish they would have one every day. I follow them all on twitter and already there is some great stuff about Obama personally tapping Trump’s phone.

      • Esmom says:

        Kitten, I know, I can’t wait. They are really helping preserve my sanity. As Nic919 said, they’ve already been all over Twitter with great info.

      • Kitten says:

        @ Nic-me too! That’s my only complaint: not enough episodes.

        @ Esmom-I feel like I get a shot of medication every time I listen to them. I find them so reassuring. I listen to other political podcasts for objectivity, but I love having one that doesn’t even try to be nice to Trump and doesn’t mince words.

      • Esmom says:

        Kitten, yes. They’re so dismissive of him (while not dismissive of the damage his administration is going). And I think the truth is if more people had been dismissive of Trump — just brushed him off like the needy annoyance he is instead of feeding his ego with attention — over the past couple decades, he wouldn’t be where he is now.

      • Lorelai says:

        Pod Save America is singlehandedly keeping my sanity intact. I’m obsessed.

        Btw did you see that after Jon Favreau got into some Twitter fight with Sean Hannity yesterday, Trump supporters started saying they were going to boycott his movies. They don’t even know that the director is a DIFFERENT JON FAVREAU 😂

      • Esmom says:

        Lorelai, that’s funny. This is neither here nor there but I’d like to think both Jon Favreaus are on the same page re Trump. But who knows.

        *off to find that Twitter fight*

        And I swore I’d read my book today. It’s after 4:00 pm and I haven’t even cracked it yet.

      • eggyweggs says:

        Just came here to say I love “Pod Save America.”

    • B n A fn says:

      Don’t be so sure about that. As DT just tweeted last night his phones were tapped. If the gov did tap his phone them must have had good cause to go to a FISA court and a GROUP judges sign off on this. If DT claim is true that his phone was tapped, it’s not BO, but the FBI and CIA probably.

    • Fiorella says:

      I agree Cristina – all my favourites are wise and kind in interviews but I see no evidence that they ever meet up to strategize , they should probably hire a strategist even.

  17. SusanneToo says:

    HuffPo headline “Tens of people rally in March 4 trump”

    • Prairiegirl says:

      God bless HuffPo.

    • Beth says:

      When I saw pictures of that yesterday, I was thinking about how Trump would tweet that they weren’t showing all the people. He’d say there was really more people than the womens march. It must have pissed him off to see so few wanting to be there for him

      • Esmom says:

        The photos were pathetic. And yes I’m sure they’ll be dismissed as “fake.” This is the world we live in now.

  18. IlsaLund says:

    This is all about deflection and distraction. Shift the focus from himself to Obama. Blame someone else for what’s happening. Unfortunately, as others have stated, his followers will support and believe everything he says. For once, I wish someone in authority or the media, would just point blank, call this what it is—total bullshit. Saying that it’s “simply false” should really be “that’s a damn lie.”

    • JudyK says:

      Trouble is that his deflection, distraction, and outright lies via Tweets are as see-through as cellophane. Humpty Dtrumpty is about to fall from the “Wall,” unable to be put back together again.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Which reminds me, “All the President’s Men.” Still a good movie about a Republican president who faced a popular Democrat at re-election time and hired a big gang of crooks and thugs to knock out the popular Democrat and ensure the weaker one was nominated, then interfere in scores of other ways, including an attempted bugging of the Democratic National Committee and the use of the US intelligence apparatus to influence the outcome. When a cover-up became apparent he fired the Special Prosecutor and tried to hide the evidence (and, for 18.5 (?) minutes, succeeded).

        He won in a landslide. It took 18 months for the whole business to unravel and that was with a Democratic Congress and one lone newspaper pushing against all odds. And even then, he was pardoned, softening the impact of his criminal over-reach setting the tone for all future Republican over-reaching to come.

        Keep the pressure on Congress.

      • mayamae says:

        @Who – Nixon was likely going to win the election anyway, which made the whole thing a study in paranoia.

      • Christin says:

        Someone tweeted that this weekend’s tweet fest sounds like Nixon at the depths of his paranoia, minus about 50 IQ points, with Twitter.

  19. Eric says:

    Just FYI it was savvy for the major news outlets to “praise” Emperor Zero’s speech to the Joint Sessions. Here’s why…

    By giving him kudos, the MSM made it seem that they are being unbiased (even though they aren’t). That “praise” got Eazy-D off their backs as FAKE NEWS and allowed the MSM to continue to report on the massive leaks coming out of the WH.

    Notice that Diaper Bigly hasn’t mentioned the MSM since last week and instead his unhinged focus has been honed in on the “Pelosi/Schumer” rubbish and the purported “wire tapp” of The Dark Tower.

    Now, the legit MSM (NYT/WaPo) can prove deeply into the dark world of Russia/Trump/advisors contacts.

    Bravo to the media!

    • IlsaLund says:

      What gets me is his anger over not getting credit and praise for “all the good” he’s done since taking office. He wants acknowledgement and to be told what a great job he’s doing as President. And all these false news leaks and scandals are taken away from his public adoring him. In what alternate reality does this man think he’s accomplished anything other than screw over the country and mess shit up? He’s done nothing but posture, spend tax payer money and blame everyone else for the mess he’s created.

      • Kitten says:

        His supporters are overwhelmingly pleased with what they view as “making moves” and “getting shit done” *waves American flag* since he took office.

        Remember when he promised to use American steel for the Keystone Pipeline “or else it won’t get built at all”?
        Well his supporters have already forgotten about that and moved on to Evil Obama and His Wire tapping Agenda.

        It doesn’t matter how all of us rational folks view this situation as long as he has strong support from his base of sheeple.

        Has anyone thought of the reaction from his supporters if he was impeached? I mean, yesterday was pretty much the “thanks, Obama” to end all “thanks, Obama”s. I assume they would blame HRC, Obama, main stream media and the Left for “sabotaging” his presidency…

    • Esmom says:

      Eric, you make a really great point. I hadn’t looked at it that way, even as I rolled my eyes knowing Easy D wouldn’t be calling those news outlets fake as long as they reported favorably about him.

      • Lorelai says:

        @Esmom, agreed! I was so angry earlier in the week with the press fawning all over a mediocre-at-best speech by a horrendous person, but Eric makes a good point and I hadn’t thought about it from that angle either.

  20. RussianBlueCat says:

    This is just another distraction from another elephant size pile of crap that will hit the fan. It is either his taxes or something to do with his business dealings. There was a report about how the latest Trump Tower to open in Vancouver may be just riddled with conflict of interest. Also the news about cuts to the EPA may be as high as 25 percent. Those cuts could effect the health of the Great Lakes which is a source of water for millions of people in the U.S. and Canada. Trump is lashing out now and he can’t handle the heat

    • swak says:

      There is supposedly a new travel ban order coming out tomorrow also.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      He personally doesn’t care about Great Lakes water quality but the polluters who paid for play in his Cabinet appointments do. That’s Scott Pruitt’s work, and it’ll haunt the Trump voters living in Rust Belt states along the Great Lakes.

      Speaking from Canada near Lake Ontario – ugh. That’s our water, too.

    • Christin says:

      We must spend more on military. Bigly! Forget taking care of our own! (Sarcasm)

  21. Lyla says:

    And they say women can’t be president because they’re too emotional? Um ok.

    Off topic, did anyone hear about another attack with the shooter yelling “get out of my country?” This time it was in Seattle. Smh.

    • Lightpurple says:

      A Sikh man was shot. Because Sikhs have been so frightening and threatening. Oh wait They haven’t. My cousin married a Sikh. I fear for him and her daily.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        I live in a community with many Sikh families. We’re in Canada, but still I worry.

  22. minx says:

    OT, contrast the pictures of Trump stuffed into his bomber jacket and Obama wearing one, heh.

    • Esmom says:

      “Stuffed into,” I know. Such a contrast, such a buffoon.

    • Tate says:

      Quite the contrast!

    • Shambles says:

      No comparison. But if I had to try…

      Obama in a bomber jacket: Let me take a ride on your fighter jet, commander.

      Trump in a bomber jacket: grandpa, Vietnam was 42 years ago, and you dodged the draft. Please stop telling the neighbors you’re going to slit their commie throats. Now get off the roof, put some pants on, and come take your aspirin. You’ve eaten well done steak with ketchup 6 times this week, and you know what the doctor says about that.

    • Kitten says:

      I actually think it’s on-topic.
      He is such a sloppy-looking buffoon. Sure it’s superficial and not the most important thing given the collapse of democracy and all, but it never hurts to take a second to point out how completely unpresidential his appearance is.

  23. zappy says:

    my brain can not compute, why no one on his team do something about his behaviour. Is Republican Party doesnt need next election ?? or they think people dumb enough to choose them again ??
    everything seems irrational.

    • Nic919 says:

      The republicans who are afraid to have town halls because of the outraged voters in their district certainly are starting to feel the pressure. Maybe Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell don’t care, but many others are getting worried about reelection and that is going to be the thing that forces action to push Cheeto out.
      They can pretend the people are paid liberal protesters all they want, but the congress people know the truth.

      • Lightpurple says:

        And some right-wingers are going after Ryan because they think he hasn’t gone far enough in ripping our health system apart and has been, in their view, less than ardent in his support of Trump.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        It’s actually kind of fun watching Ryan get ripped from the right. This is one of the things holding up the repeal of Obamacare. I hope they keep going after it so much it gets stuck in the mud and stalls, while the Trump fiasco takes center stage.

      • Kitten says:

        To be fair, Democrats didn’t show up for a lot of town halls in 2010 when the Tea Partiers were coming for them. I know I’m being partisan when I say this, but I don’t blame them.

    • mee says:

      My one glimmer of hope is that yesterday on yahoo there was an explosion of comments against trump saying that he’s crazy, ridiculous, needs to resign or be impeached. And only one pro orange comment per every ten anti- bozo comments. I view the yahoo comment board as representative of America, they are older, many in middle America, and during the election lots of comments were anti Hillary. I think the tide is turning against him even among his base and impeachment is inevitable.

      • Kitten says:

        That’s good..but I also feel like a lot of Trumpets have been shamed into silence. i suppose shame is still progress on some level though.

    • Lorelai says:

      @Zappy, your brain cannot compute it because it is all completely unprecedented and insane. We’re trying to apply logic to an unhinged lunatic.

  24. suze says:

    First off, again Kaiser, thank you for staying the course on this. It has to be draining for you. But you, StoneKettle and Teen Vogue are my internet saviors, staying the course with your trenchant observations about the narrative surrounding Trump. As exhausting as it is, you need to take all this crap as a whole – this administration is rotten as a pile of week old fish.

    They need to save Celebitchy columns as sources for the (many, many) biographies of Trump that will someday be written.

    A couple of things. Like others have mentioned, this is a either a distraction or deflection. There is something to this Russian connection, no doubt. I also believe it is simmering just below the surface, that many people know, and that it will burst forth soon. The way Lindsey Graham was wording his comments at his Town Hall made me wonder, and the very specific way the denial from Obama’s camp was worded added to my conviction.

    Also, I just heard on CBS Sunday morning that Kelly Ann Conway has Secret Service protection. I am not sure if its round the clock, or only to official events, but I have to wonder if other top aides are getting it as well. Between Melania in NYC during the week, the trips from Washington and NYC *every damn weekend* for Melania, Barron, and Don, the trips of both his grown ass sons all over the world, this administration is costing the government more than the entire eight years of Barack Obama. Ok, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much. Thank heavens he foregoes his salary (insert eye roll here).

    It all stinks. Every bit of it.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Obama’s spokesperson actually did 2 specific things:

      1. Said Obama did not (could not) order wiretap.
      2. Said Obama kept White House separate from DOJ/FBI – an allusion to Priebus calling around to silence Trump-Russia story.

      Once in a while a grown-up pops into the kiddie party to make sure things are under control.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, that’s exactly how his statement read. Grown up. And rational. Two things Easy D is not, as pretty much the entire world knows.

  25. SusanneToo says:

    Oh, we were so mean last week without all the facts. conjob is on CBS Sunday Morning and explained her sofa squat – “Conservative women are held to a different standard.” There you go, obviously if Elizabeth Warren had done it, we’d have no problem. Right? Sure.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Oh, Kellyanne! Professionals are held to a different standard: No Feet on the Furniture During Public Events. Is that not so hard to understand?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      No kidding, she said that? What is the standard that Liberal women are held to, Kellyanne?

  26. Lightpurple says:

    He is attacking Obama on Twitter again this morning. And Ivanka rushed to exploit her kids again by posting pictures of them boarding the helicopter with him to distract from the mess this week has been.

    ETA and he has released an official press statement asking for investigations into whether Obama abused executive powers in 2016 to affect his election.

    • original kay says:

      yes, just read that.

      It’s like Voldermort (bannon) taking on Dumbledore (Obama).

      This will not end well, but I only hope this is the opening Obama has been waiting for.

      • Lightpurple says:

        If Ryan, Chaffetz, and Nunes waste one cent of our tax dollars on this while continue to refuse investigations into Trump’s dealings and his tax returns, it will be the end for them.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        They’re dug in deep enough… will they take his shovel or refuse it?

        Oh, don’t we hope they all go down with the ship.

      • Lady D says:

        Ultimately, Dumbledore didn’t survive his entanglement with Voldomort.
        ot: you’d think spell check would of approved the name Voldomort by now, it seems good with Dumbledore.

    • Annetommy says:

      As well as the allegations, he called his predecessor bad and sick. Disgraceful.

      • Kitten says:

        This. It is completely UNHEARD of for a POTUS to spend so much time denigrating his predecessor, and in such a tactless way. He is such a disgusting excuse of a human being.

  27. B n A fn says:

    When the heat gets hot, bring out the grand children. I remember when Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch spend some time talking about their grand kids on the tarmac DT and his people had a fit BC and LL said they were catching up on the grand kids. DT replied “what is there to talk about” after fifteen seconds. Now that he’s in deep do do, there he goes holding their hands. I believe this is the second weekend I see him with his grand kids. I bet he’s not reading them a story on Air Force one. Deflection, deflection, he’s trying to change the narrative from Russia to him being a wonderful grandfather.

  28. wolfie says:

    Actually I think the reason the Republicans in Congress are avoiding Town Halls and do not seem to be worried about midterms is that they do not intend to ALLOW another election. They are finally in total control and they are not letting go. There is going to be another true actual combat Civil War.

    • LA Elle says:

      My theory is they’ll allow the election (giving the appearance of democracy) while so disenfranchising everyone outside of their base as to guarantee a victory. Trump’s comments about his pal’s Putin’s election weren’t just idle chatter: he really does view that as something to aspire to.

  29. suze says:

    Did anyone read the link about the Friday night meltdown session in the Oval Office? Priebus and Bannon were “suddenly removed” from the manifest of Air Force One and reamined in Washington for the weekend.

    Wonder what the two he-devils were working on over the weekend? Will we see another fiery press conference on Monday? Stay tuned.

  30. jen says:

    Did anyone else notice that he tweeted this insanity from his Donald Trump account and not the POTUS account? If he was sure that this was true, he would have tweeted as POTUS. He is a SOCIOPATH.

  31. HoustonGrl says:

    Unhinged. 1) I’m glad Obama issued an immediate response, and 2) anyone conferring with Russian officials in an attempt to undermine the current administration and the American election deserves to be wire tapped.

  32. Would the whole FISA court thing really be necessary if the alphabet agencies have been monitoring EVERYBODY’S communications for years? Most people probably didn’t believe it before Edward Snowden came out and exposed it, but some of us have been aware of the possibility since the Bush administration. After all, weren’t people’s phones sometimes/often bugged in the sixties? I wouldn’t be surprised if the mob had the Kennedy brothers’ phones tapped, and they weren’t suspected of “conspiring with the Russians”. And J. Edgar Hoover had “stuff” on everyone.
    How would any of us know if this stuff ever really stopped?

    • LA Elle says:

      From my basic understanding: they collect emails, text communications, and records of phone calls. To get at the substance of a phone call, a warrant is still needed. And I think they’re only “supposed to” collect international communications …

      There’s also the difference between the CIA (which can do whatever they want to foreign leaders in the name of national security but doesn’t officially mess with domestic issues) and the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, which handles the domestic affairs.

      • You are correct that the CIA is not officially supposed to mess with domestic issues, but anybody who has seriously studied the Kennedy assassination (both brothers) and the MLK assassination is aware that both CIA and FBI can and have abused their powers.

  33. aquarius64 says:

    Stupid move by Trump on this latest early morning Twitter rager. It shows he’s lying or then AG Loretta Lynch or FBI director James Comey went to a FISA court with evidence and the judge granted a warrant. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, is going to face a crap storm Monday when the press hammers him on this and not talk about any initiatives. It keeps Russiagate in the headlines. The House and Senate Republicans are boxed in now, forced to defend or distance themselves in this mess, slowing down their legislative agenda (which may be a good thing).

    • LA Elle says:

      But it is pushing the stories about the gutting of the EPA and the Safe Water act – among other things – down in the news.

  34. robyn says:

    Truth is breathing down his neck and he knows it! Also offended in his wearing of the military jacket. Personally I don’t think any president who hasn’t served deserves to wear it but especially Trump who escaped serving five times and talked down a prisoner of war and who had the gall to say he too suffered on the same level as a Gold Star father. It just baffles me how anyone could support this man except Russia.

  35. Andrea says:

    Rachel Maddow broke a story friday (please note she broke the Flynn story the friday before he resigned too) about a russian oligarch who has been flying in at the same places trump has been (two times during the election to places like las vegas and concord nc (wth) and in february to florida). No coincidence. THIS is the story. Trump sold this man a house in florida in 2008 for $100 million when he himself bought it for $25 million a few years before that. The oligarch has ties to a Bank of Cyprus that bailed out Trump financially when no one else would. This could involve money laundering and this oligarch could be an emissary for Putin. Keep your eyes and ears open for this story to unfold. This is how I believe he will go down.

    • mee says:

      Yes. That’s the story that seems to be ready to pop. Even if no collusion, illegal activities such as money laundering and selling foreign policy for stakes in oil seem pretty bad to me. Oh not to mention the lying… it’s the lies that’ll get you, as we’ve seen with Flynn, watergate.

    • Giddy says:

      I saw that also. It was incredible reporting finding the evidence of how many times DT’s plane and the oligarch’s plane were at the same airport. The theory that he might be Putin’s message boy to DT seemed totally believable to me. I’m grateful for good reporters eepecially since DT insults them so horribly.

    • Christin says:

      She started coverage Monday night, and the transcript is the first result if you Google ‘fertilizer king Maddow’. There is a reporter who is tracing these links, and by Friday they were onto the plane coincidences in places like Concord, NC.

      My best guess continues to be that laundering money is the real story among this bunch.

    • LA Elle says:

      Oh, please, please, please let this end with Trump and his children in jail.

      • Andrea says:

        I told my father about this story, he says he doesn’t care. How can you not care!?! The stock markets are doing well so sadly he is only thinking of himself. It makes me so sad how many others may feel similar.

  36. Green Valley says:

    We have to save America and democracy from this fool and his band of racists, thieves, and liars.

    RESIST autocracy.

    PERSIST through the hard times.

    INSIST on our value and worth as human beings.

    And take care of your mind:

  37. I Choose Me says:

    I keep waiting and hoping that the sh-tshow will soon be over and 45 will soon be removed from office but he just seems to keep on skating by. I’m at the point now where I’m all, I’ll believe it when it actually happens. His downfall, I mean.

  38. LA Elle says:

    So on top of this, there’s the stuff about the gutting of the EPA and a lot of clean water protections. I am so sick of being anxious about the basic functioning of democracy.

  39. Eric says:

    The creator of House of Cards has suggested that Emperor Zero be banned from twitter. Lays out a good argument and I hope someone in power at twitter decides to pull the plug.

    Maybe Orange Julius Caesar can blame Obama. Or Hillary. Or ___________ (fill in the blank).

  40. Anni says:

    I don’t know if someone asked this already because there are so many great comments, but since Trump is accusing Obama of doing something he didn’t do, can Obama sue him for slander? If he did, the whole thing would have to be investigated for the lawsuit. I think Obama should just keep suing him and suing him …….eventually, Trump’s financials would get out, the facts would come out, or at the very least he’d have to pay Obama a shitload of cash. Any of those would be fine by me!

  41. Anni says:

    This Friday, March 10, the Standing Rock activists and others are marching to the White House in support of Native Peoples. If you are nearby, please go! I’d love for it to ALSO be bigger than the Inauguration!

  42. virginfangirl2 says:

    More craziness from Trump. Oh I hope his ends up in jail.

  43. Deeanna says:

    My understanding is that there was an interception approved to monitor bank transactions between the Bank of Cyprus and a server located in the Trump Tower. Not exactly the same as Obama being down in the basement splicing the telephone wires to Trump’s apartment.

    Follow the money. Follow the money. Follow the money.

    That’s what will bring him down.

  44. jwoolman says:

    Megan up above said:
    “According to CNN he was enraged because he felt Sessions has stolen his thunder from his speech to Congress. He is such a narcissist that he failed to be enraged that the only person who can derail an investigation that may send him to jail recused himself from the process.”

    I wonder if it’s both motivations by now. Maybe Trump is panicking with the “Obama tapped my phone” nonsense because he chose Sessions as Attorney General precisely to sabotage any investigations and now Sessions has recused himself from any such matters. Recusal should not have made Trump so upset, it was actually expected because Sessions was so close to Trump and the campaign.

    Unless … Both Trump and Sessions are in it up to their eyeballs and beyond and we are basically looking at a plotline of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. The Japanese emperor had such a long list of minor crimes requiring the convicted to have his head chopped off that the town of Titipu came up with an ingenious solution: They took the next guy in line for execution from the county jail and made him the town’s Lord High Executioner. Since he couldn’t chop off the next convict’s head until he chopped off his own, Titipu enjoyed years of no executions….

    Sessions may be the Lord High Executioner who, before recusal, would have had to chop off his own head before Trump’s neck would be at risk.