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PostPosted: September 6 19, 10:23 pm 
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'He's losing his s---': Trump's advisers are increasingly worried about his mental state following days of erratic behavior
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- President Donald Trump's aides and confidants are concerned about his mental state after days of erratic behavior and wild outbursts.

- "His mood changes from one minute to the next based on some headline or tweet, and the next thing you know his entire schedule gets tossed out the window because he's losing his s---," one former White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal conversations about the president, told Insider.

- Trump has spent the past several days fixated on his false claim that Alabama was going to be hit by Hurricane Dorian. He has also taken time to lob attacks at his perceived enemies, like the actress Debra Messing, former FBI Director James Comey, and the "LameStream media."

- "He's deteriorating in plain sight," one Republican strategist who is in frequent contact with the White House told Insider on Friday.

- But one person who was close to Trump's legal team during the Russia investigation told Insider his public statements were "nothing compared to what he's like behind closed doors."

- "He's like a bull seeing red," this person added. "There's just no getting through to him, and you can kiss your plans for the day goodbye because you're basically stuck looking after a 4-year-old now."


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I wonder how much of that is Trump Advisors producing some deniability for their post-Trump careers. It's obvious Trump was all those things before he was elected: petulant, childish, dumb as a box of rocks, erratic, moody, a compulsive liar, prone to petty arguments with celebrities on twitter, slanderous toward the journalists and the intelligence community, impulsive. It's got to be pretty clear to them that Trump's goose is cooked and they're going to need a job in the post-Trump world, which is going to be a world in which the alt-right reverts to being a marginalized body and every [expletive] wacko like DeVos doesn't get to be a cabinet member. These folks knew what Trump was, the same as we all did, and they made the decision to go work for him. What they're saying is nothing new.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 10:27 am 
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I wonder how much of that is Trump Advisors producing some deniability for their post-Trump careers. It's obvious Trump was all those things before he was elected: petulant, childish, dumb as a box of rocks, erratic, moody, a compulsive liar, prone to petty arguments with celebrities on twitter, slanderous toward the journalists and the intelligence community, impulsive. It's got to be pretty clear to them that Trump's goose is cooked and they're going to need a job in the post-Trump world, which is going to be a world in which the alt-right reverts to being a marginalized body and every [expletive] wacko like DeVos doesn't get to be a cabinet member. These folks knew what Trump was, the same as we all did, and they made the decision to go work for him. What they're saying is nothing new.


I really want to think that, but do you watch Vice News Tonight on HBO? One of the main guys just went to 3 places (Denver, Raleigh and Cleveland) and was asking people 1 question: Is America doing better? And he got a mixed bag of answers. I was surprised how many people glued their answer to the economy only and are ignoring all the daily, idiotic stuff. It's like they find it to be a trivial side note. It made me wonder how close the election will really be, and it also made me think that no matter who wins the Democratic nomination, winning is not a foregone conclusion.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 10:48 am 
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33anda3rd wrote:
I wonder how much of that is Trump Advisors producing some deniability for their post-Trump careers. It's obvious Trump was all those things before he was elected: petulant, childish, dumb as a box of rocks, erratic, moody, a compulsive liar, prone to petty arguments with celebrities on twitter, slanderous toward the journalists and the intelligence community, impulsive. It's got to be pretty clear to them that Trump's goose is cooked and they're going to need a job in the post-Trump world, which is going to be a world in which the alt-right reverts to being a marginalized body and every [expletive] wacko like DeVos doesn't get to be a cabinet member. These folks knew what Trump was, the same as we all did, and they made the decision to go work for him. What they're saying is nothing new.


I really want to think that, but do you watch Vice News Tonight on HBO? One of the main guys just went to 3 places (Denver, Raleigh and Cleveland) and was asking people 1 question: Is America doing better? And he got a mixed bag of answers. I was surprised how many people glued their answer to the economy only and are ignoring all the daily, idiotic stuff. It's like they find it to be a trivial side note. It made me wonder how close the election will really be, and it also made me think that no matter who wins the Democratic nomination, winning is not a foregone conclusion.


They might find the non-economy stuff trivial as a show of selfishness. Hey, my pocketbook is better and my 401(k) is fatter so it doesn't matter if someone's child is kidnapped at the border or the gun thing is out of control or we have a rise in white supremacy. They might also agree with all of that stuff and the economy is just an easy thing to tell a reporter to cover their own personal politics of ignorance and selfishness.

Like the polls, the economy's current standing is reflective of a time that is a very long way from the election. There are some pretty heavy things going on. Brexit, trade wars with China, Trump manipulating markets via Twitter, a gig economy that shows a low but somewhat misleading unemployment rate, a stock market that people are using as an indicator of economic health but that does not address the overwhelming majority of Americans who are not invested in the markets. The economy can turn on him pretty quickly.

To have an approval rating of 41.5% at incumbent at a time when there is the perception of a strong economy is virtually unprecedented.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 10:59 am 
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Since the Hurricane Dorian thread is in social and not Politics... The Trump administration has changed the rules allowing Bahamians to legally enter the US. Until last night they could enter visa-free via plane (meaning a current passport only) but immediately following the hurricane, CBP relaxed the requirement and allowed them also to enter via boat/ferry. Not anymore - it was changed last night without warning or notice.

In order to get a visa, they have to go through the US embassy in Nassau, but that is closed for the foreseeable future due to damage/flooding from the hurricane.

https://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-dori ... on-1458248


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 11:02 am 
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More Dorian-related political stuff...

NOAA’s Chief Scientist to Investigate why Agency Backed Trump Over Its Experts on Dorian

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/noaas- ... ocid=ientp

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting chief scientist said in an email to colleagues Sunday that he is investigating whether the agency’s response to President Trump’s Hurricane Dorian tweets constituted a violation of NOAA policies and ethics.

In an email to NOAA staff that was obtained by The Washington Post, the official, Craig McLean, called the agency’s response “political” and a “danger to public health and safety.”

President Trump’s incorrect assertion on Sept. 1 that Alabama “would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated" set off a chain of confusion and outrage among the public, and within NOAA. At the time, the National Weather Service’s forecast guidance showed only a very small risk (about 5 percent) of tropical storm-force winds for a small portion of Alabama. However, Alabama was not in the storm forecast track from the National Hurricane Center, which showed Hurricane Dorian skirting the East Coast.

While the NWS’s Birmingham office set the record straight, stating Alabama “would not see impacts” from the storm, NOAA officials caused an internal uproar on Sept. 6 when the agency issued an unsigned statement that defended Trump’s false claim about Alabama and admonished the Weather Service’s Birmingham division for speaking “in absolute terms.”


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 11:05 am 
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Swirls wrote:
Since the Hurricane Dorian thread is in social and not Politics... The Trump administration has changed the rules allowing Bahamians to legally enter the US. Until last night they could enter visa-free via plane (meaning a current passport only) but immediately following the hurricane, CBP relaxed the requirement and allowed them also to enter via boat/ferry. Not anymore - it was changed last night without warning or notice.

In order to get a visa, they have to go through the US embassy in Nassau, but that is closed for the foreseeable future due to damage/flooding from the hurricane.

https://www.newsweek.com/hurricane-dori ... on-1458248


FWIW, I believe the dorian thread should include things like this. It's not a rage against the Orange -but relevant info only made political by the despot.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 11:07 am 
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Could also go in the climate thread as we are in the dawn of the climate apartheid era. Build those walls. Close those borders. Let them burn/starve/drown/devour each other.

Everything is politics now.


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PostPosted: September 9 19, 11:55 am 
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33anda3rd wrote:
To have an approval rating of 41.5% at incumbent at a time when there is the perception of a strong economy is virtually unprecedented.


It really is damning of America IMO that 41% of the country looks at what Trump is doing as says "This is good, actually." The absurdity of the things this guy is doing is also virtually unprecedented, and that list includes crimes. Lots of them. That approval number should be like 15% maximum. We may just be getting the government we deserve.


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thrill wrote:
we are in the dawn of the climate apartheid era.


Apt phrase.


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