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Quote:On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump said the quiet part loud in a tweet where he attacked Fox News for “doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected on November 3rd.” Hours later, the network gave him a new thing to get angry about. Fox’s latest poll finds Trump trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by a robust 8 points nationwide. It’s enough to put Biden ahead even considering the 3-point margin of error, and a significant swing from last month, when Fox’s polling had the race tied..

As I’ve written, Trump has a long history of erupting at Fox News for not rigging polls in his favor. (For all the network’s Trump-friendly tilt on TV, its polls are high-quality; FiveThirtyEight gives Fox News polling an A- rating.) While he didn’t directly address the new Fox poll on Thursday evening, Trump indirectly hit back at it by tweeting outdated polls and out-of-context data points in an effort to portray himself as more popular than he really is.
In new Fox News poll, Biden beats Trump, angering the president - Vox

Just think of this for a minute, this is the President of the US:
  • Angry at a TV network for not helping him (which they do anyway) and saying so aloud
  • Angry at the TV network for not rigging polls in his favor, and saying so aloud
  • Replying with outdated poll data
Again, this is the President of the US..

Quote:President Trump on Friday lashed out at Fox News after the network released a poll that showed him trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by 8 points nationally. The president, who consistently attempts to cast doubt on any poll that shows him trailing, tweeted that Fox News "should fire their Fake Pollster."
Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden | TheHill
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Quote:3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville, the true supporter of our MAGA agenda!” the president tweeted on Friday. He also linked to a campaign advert from Mr Tuberville, which excoriated Mr Sessions as a “DC insider”, a “total disaster” and an “embarrassment to Alabama”.
Trump's former attorney general Jeff Sessions hits back at president for endorsing his Senate rival | The Independent

This is Trump tweeting about the Alabama Senate primary where his former AG Jeff Sessions is running against whom he bears a huge grudge as the latter recused himself from the Russia investigation. But as Sessions points out below, he was required to do that by law. 

Quote:“Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you're damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do.”
Trump's former attorney general Jeff Sessions hits back at president for endorsing his Senate rival | The Independent

So think about this for a moment, the is the President of the US:
  • Firing, and producing a long-standing public hate and shame campaign of his AG for following the law
  • What he wanted is the AG breaking the law in order to protect him
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Quote:In recent meetings with top campaign officials and White House aides, Trump has questioned why he’s avoiding campaign events if it‘s safe for him to travel in his official capacity. Those are the words of a clinical narcissist. Trump, who travels with a large security contingent on his own regularly disinfected aircraft, has a 24-hour medical staff and never interacts with anyone who hasn’t undergone a rapid antibody test, simply cannot fathom why he shouldn’t hold rallies if it’s safe for him to do so. He’s incapable of even acknowledging that other people exist and have their own needs, and apparently it hasn’t occurred to him that his cultists would be endangered if they were crammed into an arena shouting at the top of their lungs and expressing microdroplets all over each other in the process.
Overwhelmed and losing, Trump is melting down in a narcissistic rage – Alternet.org
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Quote:If you're reading this sentence, you've read more than the president has today. Last month, The Washington Post reported that President Trump ignored "more than a dozen" intelligence briefings in January and February warning him of the coronavirus. They were in the President's Daily Brief, which the president doesn't readWhite House trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote a memo in January warning of "a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil." Trump said he didn't see it because "Peter sends a lot of memos," none of which he reads.

After failing to read about the coronavirus, Trump failed to respond to it. It's not a stretch to say that if the president read, thousands of lives might have been saved. Trump's ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz,  speculated that Trump has never read a single book in his adult life, not even a book about him or "by" him, of which there are 17. Trump pretends to have written more books than he pretends to have read. In an interview on Crossfire in 1987, Trump mentioned Tom Wolfe as one of his favorite authors. Seconds after saying he had not read The Bonfire of the Vanities, Trump said, "I really like Tom Wolfe's last book," which was The Bonfire of the Vanities.

In 2015, Joe Scarborough asked Trump if he could read. After some awkward silence, according to Scarborough, "Trump quietly responded that he could while holding up a Bible." When Megyn Kelly asked him about the last book he read, Trump replied, "I read passages. I read areas. I'll read chapters. I don't have the time." Trump didn't have time to read the last book he read..

Trump's former National Economic Council director Gary Cohn allegedly wrote in an email, "Trump won't read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored." The only information that interests Trump is information that affirms his self-image. He's rich, handsome, and popular — that's what he wants to hear, which is why he regularly says it himself.

Trump, we are told, processes information orally. If you process information orally, you likely process little information. And if you process little information, you exude even less. Every time Trump comments on a subject, he reveals how little he knows about it. He wondered aloud why the Civil War was fought. He said he's been treated worse than Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated. He didn't know what happened at Pearl Harbor. He's too dumb to know he's ignorant, and he's too narcissistic to care.

As John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, observed, oral communication is personal, focuses on emotions, and "reinforces what you know," whereas the written word "collects information we don't memorize." The latter is conducive to prolonged thinking.

Trump, putative author of three books with "think" in the title, doesn't like to think. He doesn't even think about himself — his favorite subject — much less about public health. He lives and acts in the moment, chasing instant gratification, which reading does not provide. That's why he prefers television and Twitter to reading and thinking: they are immediate, visceral, and cognitively undemanding.
Trump's lethal aversion to reading
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Quote:One of the purposes of reading is to learn, but it's pointless to learn if you already know everything. Trump is convinced of his own omniscience. Last month, he claimed to "know a lot about helicopters" and to "know South Korea better than anybody," right before he got the population of Seoul wrong. "I know windmills very much," he said in December. "I've studied it better than anybody." The president has claimed to possess superior knowledge about drones, ISIS, courts, lawsuits, America's system of government, trade, renewable energy, banks, taxes, tax laws, debt, campaign finance, money, infrastructure, construction, technology, the economy, Democrats, polls, steelworkers, the word "apprentice," environmental impact statements, "the power of Facebook," "offense and defense," Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), COVID-19, and "things.""
Trump's lethal aversion to reading
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Quote:The editor of the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, the Global Times newspaper, reminded its readers that Nancy Pelosi, House of Representatives speaker, described the pro-democracy marches in Hong Kong as a “beautiful sight” adding “US politicians now can enjoy this sight from their own windows”. Hu Xijn, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, also advised the US president: “Don’t go hide behind the secret service... go to talk to the demonstrators, negotiate... just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters.”
The burning anger across America is pushing Trump closer to a cold war with China | The Independent
  • Quite frankly, the Chinese have a bit of a point. Trump Bashing the Chinese for clamping down on violent protest in Hong Kong while doing the same at home. 
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Quote:On Wednesday, the RNC’s executive panel voted to leave the 2016 party platform in place, with absolutely no edits. This will have the absurd result of leaving in place language about the president that clearly refers, in a critical manner, to Barack Obama. It will leave harsh language about deficit spending that applies with more force to the Trump administration than its predecessor. It will keep descriptions of the Middle East that no longer have any application, and in some cases it will pledge Trump to promises he has already kept. It also means that there will be no adjustments made to reflect an evolution of the party or national culture over the last four years.
The GOP just made a deeply revealing decision about its 2020 platform – Alternet.org
  • Why even bother with a platform if the party clearly has become the movement of Trump?
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Quote:While most presidential candidates release medical records or detailed statements from physicians, Trump’s only concession to this tradition was a one-page statement from his then-physician, New York-based gastroenterologist Dr Harold Bornstein, who later admitted that his note was dictated by Trump himself. In it, he “state[d] unequivocally” that Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” and claimed that Trump’s “medical examination showed only positive results” (which are generally not a good thing in medical parlance). Trump was able to make the perception of his own stamina into an advantage for his campaign as he spread unfounded conspiracy theories about the condition of his then-opponent, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But it is his own health that has become an issue since he assumed the presidency. And the June 13 video is just the latest in a number of incidents that have raised questions about whether the president is doing OK.

The June 13 video was just the latest in a multitude of appearances during which Trump’s presentation has raised questions. On multiple occasions he has slurred his wordsappeared sedated, or both, in addition to his frequent loud sniffing during public appearances, and occasions in which he has appeared to forget words or confuse one word for a similar-sounding one (e.g. “oranges” for “origins”). And to the extent the physicians who have been responsible for his care since he assumed the presidency have tried to put it to rest, their efforts have often raised done more harm than good to the president’s cause — and in some cases, their own reputations.
I spoke to doctors and people close to Trump this week. We're right to worry about his health
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Quote:Of course, verifying his claims might have been easier had Bolton testified before Congress under threat of perjury. Acknowledging that there are no heroes here, below are some of the wildest and most disturbing tidbits from Bolton’s memoir. Read them, and imagine an alternate universe where Bolton’s mustache is moving up and down as he delivers an opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee in the fall of 2019. It kind of helps.
John Bolton book claims Trump asked China’s Xi Jinping for reelection help - Vox
  • See link for the details
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