That’s one anti-elitist Cabinet that Trump is putting together

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Donald Trump, left, greets fast-food executive Andy Puzder, his nominee to serve as secretary of labor. (AP)

How bad has it gotten for supporters of Donald J. Trump, who saw our new president-elect as the proud champion of the American working man, the hero who would save them from a future as hamburger-flippers? How are they responding to the decidedly elitist, anti-worker, billionaire-dominated Cabinet being put together by Trump?

When Trump promised his followers that he would “take on the establishment,” did he also tell them that he meant he would take on the establishment as his full partner?

Here’s one telling indicator:

No right-wing outlet has been more supportive of Trump than Breitbart, run until recently by Steve Bannon, whom Trump has named as his chief White House counselor.

Here’s how Breitbart reported the president-elect’s nomination of his new Labor secretary:

“President-elect Donald J. Trump is expected to name as his Labor secretary fast food executive Andy Puzder, who stands diametrically opposed to Trump’s signature issues on trade and immigration — which won him the election.

Puzder is the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

Advocates for American wage-earners say that Puzder as secretary of Labor is alarming because he will be in charge of enacting policies that directly impact American workers, whom Puzder believes are “unwilling” to do certain jobs. Puzder has suggested that available U.S. jobs should instead be filled by imported foreign labor.

Puzder has even gone so far as to suggest that he prefers foreign laborers to native-born American workers because foreign nationals are more grateful and have a better “attitude.”

Trump, who railed repeatedly during the campaign against the Wall Street elite exemplified by Goldman Sachs, has already named a Goldman Sachs partner as Treasury secretary. Likewise, his nominee to head the Commerce Department is a billionaire who bought coal companies and steel companies and stripped the workers of pensions and benefits, and who ran such a shoddy operation that an accident at one of his safety-challenged mines killed 12 workers.

(UPDATE at 10:55 a.m: President-elect Trump just announced the appointment of Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, who has championed the off-shoring of thousands of jobs at Goldman, to serve as director of the National Economic Council.)

And this week, when the head of the union local representing Carrier workers in Indiana dared to point out that Trump did not, as he claimed, save more than 1,100 jobs from going to Mexico, and that more than 500 good Carrier jobs were still being outsourced to Monterey, our president-elect responded by unleashing his “beautiful Twitter account” against the man, by name.

It had exactly the effect that Trump apparently hoped it would have:

“Half an hour after Trump tweeted about Jones on Wednesday, the union leader’s phone began to ring and kept ringing, he said. One voice asked: ‘What kind of car do you drive?’ Another said: ‘We’re coming for you.’

He wasn’t sure how these people found his number.

“Nothing that says they’re gonna kill me, but, you know, you better keep your eye on your kids,” Jones said later on MSNBC. “We know what car you drive. Things along those lines.””

Meanwhile, in Congress, Senate Democrats are fighting to ensure that pensions and health benefits promised to and earned by some 16,000 retired coal miners get extended for at least another year. They are refusing to support a stopgap spending bill unless those provisions are included in the legislation.

Republicans are not being supportive, and so far Trump is silent. So too is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, where some 3,000 of those retired miners live.

“They’re not going to get what they want. They ought to actually be grateful for what they got,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP  majority whip.

Let them eat coal dust.

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omark
omark

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/meast/iraq-weapons-inspections-fast-facts/

The time line on the Iraqis weapons inspections. If Saddam had nothing to hide, why was he such a jerk about the inspections? Nobody knows for sure, but the most plausible explanation seems to be that Saddam maintained his rule through fear and terror. He didn’t mind the world knowing that he no longer held chemical and biological weapons. He was, however, terrified of what the Kurds and the Shiites would do if they found out.

We’ve been pretty safe since 9-11, 2001. I think our intelligence deserves some credit. Osama Bin Laden is only one name on a long list, of would be destroyers, of the great Satan.

  Is our intelligence perfect? No, but these guys put their lives on the line for us. They shouldn’t be treated as laughing stock because it’ politically convenient.

We can say with confidence that Vladimir conspired to influence the election. Makes sense, Mean old Obama took offense to his annexing the Crimean Peninsula, and slapped some nasty sanctions on him.

Lucky break for Donald, unless someone can show he was in on the deal. That’s called treason. The Constitution takes a dim view of sort of thing.

YouLibs
YouLibs

Saturday morning sheets.

rimsky
rimsky

 I think you sound like you are clutching at straws in hopes he doesn't actually get inaugurated.

No.  Not at all.  He will be sworn in.  I am 100% sure of that.

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "Good lord, it's a full-on freakout, "stab in the back" legends and all."


@Donnie The Pinko SYMPAHTIZER


"Patriotism means to stand by the country.


It does not mean stand by the President


or any other public official."


Teddy Roosevelt


ANYONE WHO TRADES LIBERTY FOR


SECURITY DESERVES NEITHER LIBERTY


NOR SECURITY.


K

rimsky
rimsky

 Be fun to see what happens but Trumps response that these same agencies advised of WMD's in Iraq is on point.

So Rain you think CIA is a WPOS.  Right?  

When will the Congress stop funding them and gut them to oblivion?  

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Good lord, it's a full-on freakout, "stab in the back" legends and all."


@Donnie The Pinko SYMPATHIZER


PATRIOTISM IS IN POLITICAL LIFE


WHAT FAITH IS IN RELIGION !


"PATRIOTISM MEANS TO STAND


BY THE COUNTRY.


IT DOES NOT MEAN STAND BY


PRESIDENT OR ANY OTHER


PUBLIC OFFICIAL."


Teddy Roosevelt


rimsky
rimsky

@Donnie_Pinko What is so freakish about what Davis said?

This is how politics works.

rimsky
rimsky

 Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump Sticking With ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Is ‘Weird’The president-elect needs to focus on “leading the world,” he says.

I guess TD's hero has already seen the writing on the wall.

rimsky
rimsky

 “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior U.S. official briefed on the CIA assessment told The Washington Post. “That’s the consensus view.” 

The Trump camp has dismissed the report 

I guess Potaaaaan is cashing in his favors.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@rimsky 

So you're just accepting these anonymous intel claims as good coin, just like that?

rimsky
rimsky

@Donnie_Pinko @rimsky That is not an argument.

Again do you have counter proof that CIA is wrong?

Reputation is immaterial and is not a proof.


PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@rimsky @Donnie_Pinko  Don't be silly - when an organization makes a claim as serious as Putin affecting the election in favor of Trump they are the ones that need to provide some proof and their reputation for falsehood is not immaterial. 

Personally, I think that Russia was deeply involved in the hacks but not to elect Trump - more to disrupt the democratic process. 

rimsky
rimsky

@Donnie_Pinko @rimsky I suppose CIA has the proof for the allegation.  Otherwise they will not come up with their statement since Trump will be their boss.

rimsky
rimsky

@PaulinNH @rimsky @Donnie_Pinko Personally, I think that Russia was deeply involved in the hacks but not to elect Trump

That is your personal opinion and my personal opinion is just the opposite.  

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@rimsky @Donnie_Pinko


Be fun to see what happens but Trumps response that these same agencies advised of WMD's in Iraq is on point.


IMO there wasn't anything in DNC emails that likely changed a material number of votes..

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@rimsky @RandroidWillBoy @Donnie_Pinko


I think you sound like you are clutching at straws in hopes he doesn't actually get inaugurated.  Same tactic used by your opponents before you lost.


Yes my opinion is that none of this would have mattered....I don't know any more than you know the contrary I guess..

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@TBS


Sarcasm...the refuge of a lazy and clouded mind...have fun with that..

rimsky
rimsky

 Trump Admits His Threat To Lock Up Clinton Was Just For Show“That plays great before the election. Now, we don’t care, right?”

You RW schmucks fell for this.  LOL

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TBS  And if you haven't noticed those same folks don't really care what he said or says. They play it up when it's convenient and downplay other comments when it's convenient

Yep - that's exactly what you get with a cult of personality

TBS
TBS

Yes and no. I think some actually thought (comments on this blog indicated as much) that Trump was serious but those folks were voting Trump regardless. And if you haven't noticed those same folks don't really care what he said or says. They play it up when it's convenient and downplay other comments when it's convenient.

That probably holds true for supporters of any given POTUS but look for this to really hit absurd levels with Trump.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@rimsky

Trellised apple trees when space is limited. That is soooo cool!

rimsky
rimsky

Reb

Pootaaan is going to use the Chump hack info to extract concessions from Chump.

It is working.  Watch how Chump kisses Pootaaan's b@llz.

TBS
TBS

I think I will pass on watching that

But do enjoy if that's your thing

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Better dead than reb

I like most find hacking unacceptable, but I must admit no sympathy for Hillary, the DNC or Podesta as it exposed their unacceptable way of operating.

It was a public service.

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The specific allegation is that 'the Russians' hacked BOTH parties, but withheld materials hacked from the RNC, leaking only what they acquired on the Democrats. 

So assuming there's any truth to these claims - a big assumption - I'm sure you would equally support the RNC materials being released to the public, too, as a 'public service', yes? 

TBS
TBS

Sure he would. His past comments on any given issue would lead most to conclude that Reb would have been shouting from the rooftops for the release of any and all material relating to the RNC and Trump..

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko

I would.

Actually, I've been anxiously awaiting since the conspiracy theories surfaced.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@TBS 

Yes I'm so sure, being the great defender of principle, above and beyond partisan gain, that he is.

TBS
TBS

Seems like a nice way to say I appreciate your support but the interviews were as much show as anything else.

Now release a statement saying you are exiting the selection process

You can run along now