Donald Trump, international unifier

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A mural painted on the wall of a barbecue restaurant in Lithuania depicting a close relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump has gone viral around the world. (AP)

Remember the outrage among conservatives when a newly inaugurated President Obama dared to return a bust of Winston Churchill to the British government, replacing it in the Oval Office with a bust of Martin Luther King Jr.?

The decision was spun as an egregious insult to our British friends, endangering the “special relationship.” It was even cited as evidence of Obama’s Kenyan, anti-colonial attitudes, as if it were somehow wrong for the leader of the United States, a nation founded upon rebellion against British colonial rule to be, you know, anti-colonial. The right-wing handwringing and fainting-couch collapses over the return of the Churchill bust were impressive to witness.

Fast-forward now to Donald Trump. In his foreign policy speech last month, Trump complained that under Obama “our friends are beginning to think they can’t depend on us. We’ve had a president who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies, something that we’ve never seen before in the history of our country.” He promised to be different, to restore allegedly strained relationships with our allies.

Well, Mexico has long been an ally, and they’ve already made quite clear their distaste for Trump. And under President Trump, what would be the status of the “special relationship” with Britain?

“It looks like we’re not going to have a very good relationship,” Trump grumbled this week, referring to British Prime Minister David Cameron. “Who knows, I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he’s not willing to address the problem either.”

Trump’s anger — his temper is even shorter than his fingers — was inspired by criticism from the Conservative prime minister, who had called Trump’s approach to Islamic extremism, including his proposed ban on Muslim travel to the United States, “divisive, stupid and wrong.” Given Trump’s reaction, Cameron’s words apparently stung:

“Number one, I’m not stupid, OK? I can tell you that right now. Just the opposite. Number two, in terms of divisive, I don’t think I’m a divisive person, I’m a unifier, unlike our president now, I’m a unifier.”

Such a unifier. Trump’s going to do so much unifying around the globe that you’ll be sick of such unifying.  In fact, as a demonstration of his abilities as a unifier, he has even offered to give the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, a one-person exemption to his ban on travel to the United States by Muslims.

For some odd reason, though, Khan declined to be unified. He warned instead that Trump’s “ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe — it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists…. Daesh, ISIS, all those guys, hate the fact that I am mayor of London. Why? Because it contradicts what they say, which is that Western liberal values are incompatible with Islam.”

And Trump’s response?

“I think they’re very rude statements, and frankly, tell him that I will remember those statements … very nasty statements.” He even challenged Khan to an IQ test to see who is smarter.

The only foreign leader with whom Trump apparently has a good relationship is Vladimir Putin. Trump has made it clear that he admires Putin as a strong leader, even he is a little rough around the edges. As Trump puts it, “If he has killed reporters, I think that’s terrible. But this isn’t like somebody that’s stood with a gun and he’s, you know, taken the blame or he’s admitted that he’s killed. He’s always denied it.”

Vlad Putin: Unifier.

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Jo Anne White
Jo Anne White

This is a disgusting picture and the artist should be ashamed.

James Millaway
James Millaway

The only difference between Putin and Drumpf is that Drumpf wears a shirt.

Anna Kenney
Anna Kenney

Thank goodness. I don't want to see some 71 yo wrinkled chest. His shirt should be made in the USA though, which it is not!

lvg
lvg

Hitler and Stalin were great friends at first.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

I'll tell China to go to hell, not women! And I`m gonna be great with China, I`m gonna make great deals with them, after they have gone to hell! It`s gonna be terrific deals, yuuge wins, the best deals!

rimsky
rimsky

Heard on NPR this morning an interview with Stephen Moore (conservative economist):

More trickle down economics will be spewed by the Twunt.  Deficit will go up.

They are proposing spending cuts in the waste department.

Yet no one says where and what is the waste.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Where is the evidence of these 'accusations of death threats'? 

Ok, after the Mets finished off the Gnats, I flipped over to MSNBC, and I heard a batch of voicemails that some particularly stupid Berniebros (and at least one Berniebabe) had left for the Nevada party chair and yeah, there was a death threat along with some depressingly harsh and yeah, super-foul mouthed garbage.Of course Bernie's denounced it, and of course it's not fair to tar all or most of his supporters with this kind of appalling behavior, but it is what it is. 

By all accounts I've heard, the 'fracas' was greatly exaggerated.

And for all the repeated B-roll runs of angry DFHs I saw on MSNBC, yeah, it was. 

I think one guy picked up a chair, but was asked to put it down and so he did. Hardly Twunt-rally level violence.


foo2u
foo2u

Any old guys sneaking and sucker punching? Did the candidate announce on cameras that he'd pay thier legal fees?

ODDOWL-1
ODDOWL-1

Secretary Hillary Clinton win defeat Herr Trump by a landslide... She will win at least 350 electoral votes...

ODDOWL-1
ODDOWL-1

Its time for Sanders to step off...

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

So now comes Politico to complete the pile-on of Sanders. This piece, together with NYT, CNN and others, is part of an all-out coordinated offensive to bring down the Sanders threat and the scale of it suggests they are not just trying to strangle it as an obstacle during this primary, but trying to demoralize and destroy it as a movement capable of continuing afterward as any kind of viable political force. 

No better illustration of the unsavory role of the major media in enforcing political dictates than this spectacle.


Sanders sticks it to the Democratic Party

In the wake of a chaotic state convention that resulted in death threats for party officials and vandalism to party headquarters, the Democratic establishment asked Bernie Sanders for his help Tuesday in getting some of his overzealous supporters to stand down. His response: Stick it.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/bernie-sanders-democratic-party-223280

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko

Glad you're enjoying Tiger Beat on the Potomac's coverage, DP. Always wondered who read that thing and took it real serious-like.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Terrible. Crooked Hillary Clinton ya know, Benghazi? She let four Americans die and the things we are finding out are terrible things. Amazing things. Donald Trump loves women. Especially when he pays for them. Crooked Hillary, you look at Benghazi, Paula Jones, Lewinsky, Enabling Bill it's just, folks we're going to be talking about amazing stuff. No one is going to do better for women than Donald Trump. Just so long as you're not ugly, bangable, at least an 8 and don't have a fat as*. If you do, sad!

foo2u
foo2u

Oregon feels the Bern...

Cheyenne Breen
Cheyenne Breen

Obamas and clintons are the queers, the more people hate trump the more I like him ,

gotalife
gotalife

drudgey said Bill for VP.


Two Presidents for one vote.


What a deal.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

My god, the New York Times is even worse. 

Serving as a virtual direct conduit for pressure from the Dem party on Sanders.

Party Leaders Put Pressure on Sanders After Nevada Fracas

Party Leaders Put Pressure on Sanders After Nevada Fracas
  • Senator Harry Reid said he had spoken with Senator Bernie Sanders about accusations that his backers made death threats after Nevada Democrats ruled against them.
  • The unrest threatens party unity as Mr. Sanders continues his drawn-out battle with Hillary Clinton
 --

Where is the evidence of these 'accusations of death threats'? 

By all accounts I've heard, the 'fracas' was greatly exaggerated.


ODDOWL-1
ODDOWL-1

Donald J. Drumpf is a rude, ill-mannered, uncouth man with low moral standards and serious character flaws...  Why are Trump's fingers so short and his animated hand gestures so feminine  ???

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko  The desperation I smell is on a news organization that has come down a long way since Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett were reporting from Baghdad in 1991.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko  I know you know this, but last time I looked, "international airspace north of Estonia" was called the Gulf of Finland - aka the only sea approach to St. Petersburg

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@PaulinNH @Donnie_Pinko

I think you have a good point. 

By the way, I think I may have misstated. I think I stated my point in the form of a 'if x is the basis for it being alive, then maybe it's already on its last legs/dead', but I don't necessarily accept my own premise in that hypothetical. 

As you point out, and as Obama's recent visit to UK demonstrated, there is still much to suggest that the relationship continues, however strained over particular issues. 

But as the Cameron govmnt's decision to join the Asian bank illustrated, it is increasingly under tensions and will likely continue to shows signs of strain and erosion.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH  Fair comment.  I agree that the relationship will continue to strain on the economic front - and who the heck knows what will happen after the referendum - but I will be shocked if anything happens on the military/intelligence front.  Most of the US' most important bases in Europe are in the UK (Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Faslane).  GCHQ is still sending all of their "take" to the NSA.  FiveEyes is still fully operative.  And that's just the stuff we know about!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH  The Guardian is starting to disappoint me in some areas - as part of their marketing to the US market they are acting like The Telegraph

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH  The coverage of Russia (even though I think Putin is a dictator), coverage of Snowden et al (there is a reason Greenwald left), coverage of Corbyn (which is really offensive) etc.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@PaulinNH @Donnie_Pinko 

You know I have to say I have not followed Guardian coverage of the Snowden revelations at all since the months after they first broke. 

Has there been a noticeable change, perhaps starting around when MI5 shook them down? 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Donnie_Pinko @PaulinNH  The change has been a lack of reporting on Snowden's revelations in the last several months.  The mountains of data are still out there but they are not being published.  To be fair, perhaps it is just a matter of moving on to "fresh news" - and The Guardian has been in the forefront of the Panama Papers articles.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@PaulinNH @Donnie_Pinko 

Interesting. I remember hearing warnings early on from some radicals - some of them deeply suspicious even of Greenwald - that the Guardian (and WaPo) coverage, based as it was not on the 'dump' of info to the public a la Chelsea Manning, but the 'slow drip' curated by a small circle of entrusted journalists, would sooner or later fizzle out and be easily ignored in the general din of events and indifference. 

I suspect that those suspicions have been largely borne out. 

As you said, the programs go on basically unchecked and popular opposition remains largely dispersed, inert, therefore ineffective.

Kamchak
Kamchak

SUPERDELEGATESGHAZI !