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The Trump Regime Is Beginning to Topple – The Atlantic

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Updated at 12:04 p.m. on June 6, 2020

“Over the course of his presidency, Donald Trump has indulged his authoritarian instincts—and now he’s meeting the common fate of autocrats whose people turn against them. What the United States is witnessing is less like the chaos of 1968, which further divided a nation, and more like the nonviolent movements that earned broad societal support in places such as Serbia, Ukraine, and Tunisia, and swept away the dictatorial likes of Milošević, Yanukovych, and Ben Ali.”

“And although Trump’s time in office will end with an election and not an ouster, it is only possible to grasp the magnitude of what we’re seeing and to map what comes next by looking to these antecedents from abroad.”

“As in the case of many such revolutions, two battles are being waged in America. One is a long struggle against a brutal and repressive ideology. The other is a narrower fight over the fate of a particular leader. The president rose to power by inflaming racial tensions. He now finds his own fate enmeshed in the struggle against police brutality and racism.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/how-regime-change-happens/612739/

False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“For weeks, as the coronavirus silently spread through the United States, President Trump belittled the threat and repeatedly praised China for “transparency” and the World Health Organization for its handling of the outbreak. But when the death toll mounted and the scope of the public health crisis became too difficult to ignore, Trump reversed course.”

” “I always felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” he declared — then angrily blamed China for failing to contain the new virus and accused the WHO of helping a coverup. He later withdrew the United States from the WHO.”

“Likewise, when a distraught widower asked Twitter to remove Trump’s tweets insinuating that the man’s wife had been killed by MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough, Trump ignored the plea and repeated the slander.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Percentage who say US is on the right track hits record low under Trump: poll | The Hill

“Nearly 70 percent of voters say the U.S. has “pretty seriously” gone off the right track under President Trump, a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found.”

“Of those surveyed in the May 29-June 1 poll, 31 percent said they thought the U.S. was on the right track, making it the lowest mark recorded in Politico/Morning Consult weekly polling since Trump took office in early 2017.”

“The 31 percent figure is a dip from last week’s poll, which found 34 percent of people thought the country was on the right track.”

“The last time their polling found this many voters thought the U.S. was on the wrong track was in November 2016, shortly after Trump was elected. “

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/500879-percentage-of-americans-who-say-us-is-on-the-right-track-at-record

False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“The president’s technique — refined over half a century in public life — is relentless and unforgiving: Never admit any error, constantly repeat falsehoods, and have no shame about your tactics.”

“From the start of Trump’s presidency, The Fact Checker team has catalogued every false or misleading statement he has made. As of May 29, the count stood at 19,127. That works out to about 15 claims per day. But the pace of deception has quickened exponentially. He averaged about six claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018, and more than 22 a day in 2019 and 2020 so far. Indeed, the president made more false or misleading claims in 2019 than he did in 2017 and 2018 combined.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

President Trump made 19,127 false or misleading claims in 1,226 days – The Washington Post

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“By Glenn KesslerSalvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly June 1, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“It’s no longer a question as to whether President Trump will exceed 20,000 false or misleading claims by the time his current term is completed. Instead, we have to ask: Will he top 25,000?”

“As of May 29, his 1,226th day in office, Trump had made 19,127 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement he has uttered. That’s almost 16 claims a day over the course of his presidency. So far this year, he’s averaging just over 22 claims a day, similar to the pace he set in 2019.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/01/president-trump-made-19127-false-or-misleading-claims-1226-days/

Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president’s coronavirus rating slips – The Washington Post

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“By Dan Balz and Emily Guskin May 30, 2020 at 9:01 p.m. PDT”

“Americans give President Trump negative ratings for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the crisis has persisted his prospects for reelection in November have eroded, with former vice president Joe Biden now holding a clear lead nationally, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.”

“Overall, Americans offer mixed assessments of Trump and Biden, and although the presumptive Democratic nominee is viewed less favorably overall today than he was last fall, he fares better than the president on several personal attributes. At the same time, Trump’s supporters are notably more enthusiastic and committed to voting for him in the fall than are those who currently back Biden.”

“Biden leads Trump 53 percent to 43 percent among registered voters nationally.”

Source: Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president’s coronavirus rating slips – The Washington Post

Fact check: Trump’s 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic – CNNPolitics

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“Washington (CNN)

President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been deeply dishonest.He has been dishonest about testing. He has been dishonest about his travel restrictions. He has been dishonest about the supplies his predecessor left him, about what his opponents have said about the pandemic, even about what he has said himself.Trump made as many false claims at some of his official pandemic task force briefings as he does in some of his rally speeches. Over the 14 weeks from the Monday his coronavirus task force started meeting, January 27, through Sunday, May 3, he made 654 false claims — 215 of them specifically about the pandemic. (Lots of the others were about related subjects, like the economy and China.)”

Source: Fact check: Trump’s 654 false claims during the coronavirus pandemic – CNNPolitics

Shining sunlight on Trump’s idiocy is the best disinfectant – The Washington Post

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“Timothy Klausutis is right: His late wife deserves better than a president who has cynically seized on the tragic circumstances of her death at 28 and “perverted it for perceived political gain.” President Trump’s unfathomable cruelty in suggesting that then-Rep. Joe Scarborough had an affair with Lori Klausutis, an aide in his office, and murdered her almost 19 years ago, is sickening.”

“Her husband’s anguish over what he described as the “constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died” is palpable in the letter he sent last week to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, imploring him to remove Trump’s tweets about his wife.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/twitter-would-be-making-a-mistake-to-delete-trumps-tweets/2020/05/27/a6f09264-a04e-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

From the Las Vegas SUN, 5/17/2020: ACCOMMODATING GOP, TRUMP ARE TRANSFORMING AMERICA INTO A DICTATORSHIP

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“The time has arrived to confront a grim realization in calm but forthright terms.”

“Since 2016, observers in the U.S. and around the world have remarked on President Donald Trump and the Republican Party exhibiting authoritarian “tendencies.”

“With a sense of numb shock, we now must acknowledge the facts before us. By any objective standard, the Trump administration and GOP leadership have moved well past authoritarian reflexes.”

“Simply put, our nation has entered the early stages of a dictatorship.

It’s an immature dictatorship and still gathering power. But it’s not theoretical and it has happened faster than any rational person might believe.”

Source: https://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/ReviewJournal/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=LVRJ/2020/05/17&entity=Ar03301&sk=8E3AA686&mode=text

THE ENABLERS | Vanity Fair | August 2017

Editor’s Note: From 2017, but still quite valid. The President is a pathogen on our Nation.

“If Donald Trump is the political equivalent of a pathogen, just doing what’s in his nature, who’s responsible for letting him wreak havoc in the national bloodstream? Calling out the president’s most powerful enablers—six seemingly rational men, who must surely realize how dangerous and corrupt he is—SARAH ELLISON takes a long hard look at their motives for helping Trump gain, and hold on to, the White House”

via THE ENABLERS | Vanity Fair | August 2017