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On Inauguration Day, I made this post predicting that President Trump will not last past the end of his first term. One of the reasons I cited in that post is this:

9. There is the speculation about Donald Trump’s very cozy relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Recently BuzzFeed posted this report claiming that the Russians have some embarrassing evidence about The Donald that they could potentially use against him. This could cause Americans to wonder if Donald Trump really has the interests of the United States in mind and would his relationship with Russia be construed as treason.

Well this Trump-Russian connection is like an ugly boil that comes closer to coming to a head. I’ve read both sides of the debate on whether Donald Trump is really cozy with the Russians and, if so, how much? I tried to keep an open mind even though I have a personal fantasy where The Donald’s sleazy past (including allegations that he raped a 13-year-old girl and the fallout from his ill-fated Trump University) catches up with him so much that he gets taken away in handcuffs.

I’ll admit that I’m leery about seeing Russia as the enemy because I grew up with that mindset thanks to the Cold War. Not only did that Cold War led to military buildups in both nations at the expense of social programs for its citizens but both nations interfered in the internal affairs of smaller countries like El Salvador, Hungary, Honduras, Czechoslovakia, Iraq, Poland, etc. The best benefit of seeing the Iron Curtain fall back int the 1990’s was that I could openly say that I like certain Russian foods or other aspects of Russian culture without having some knee-jerk asshole accuse me of being a communist.

But given all the revelations of the issue regarding Donald Trump and the Russians, I really can’t ignore this. Golf writer James Dodson said that three years ago Eric Trump told him that his father’s company had all the funding it needs to open new golf courses thanks to the Russians. That’s on top of the alleged existence of the FSB video that shows Donald Trump and some local prostitutes partying in a Russian hotel room, the FBI wiretapping Russian gambling ring headquartered at Trump Tower in New York City, and all that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Last night Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey while he was investigating the alleged Trump-Russian ties. This firing happened just as Comey sought more funds so he could continue his investigation. This is definitely a throwback to my childhood when Watergate was the big scandal. This firing is similar to Richard Nixon’s firing of independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox while Cox was investigating Watergate. That incident is now known in history as the Saturday Night Massacre.

Nixon’s firing of Cox happened on October 20, 1973. That firing didn’t damper the ongoing Watergate scandal one bit and it led to Nixon’s resignation on August 8, 1974—nearly 10 months later.

When I learned about Trump’s firing of Comey, Archibald Cox was the first name that popped in my mind. Last night I was posting on Facebook trying to calm down my younger friends who were freaked out over this firing by providing my own memories of Cox’s firing and Nixon’s subsequent resignation, especially since they either weren’t born or they were babies when Watergate happened.

And speaking of Watergate, here is what former Nixon White House counsel John Dean had to say about this on Twitter:

Been so busy talking I haven’t tweeted. Two options explain Trump’s Comey action & both troubling: 1) STUPID and/or 2) EVIL. I think both!

When you have a former Nixon official tweeting this, you know President Trump is in very hot water.

And the Trump-Russia connection gets even more blatant today.

In what was supposed to be a closed-door Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, pictures have emerged of meetings between President Trump, Mr Lavrov and Russian Envoy Sergey Kislyak via Russian media and Russian government social media accounts.

The Russian-sourced pictures are the only public record of the meetings as of this writing, largely because members of the White House press pool — who are charged to report on the president’s whereabouts and what happens inside the White House — were not allowed into the meeting Wednesday morning. No photos were taken by the White House press of the president’s meeting with Lavrov and with Russian Envoy Sergey Kislyak.

Right now Washington is in an uproar over this abrupt firing but, given what I know from Watergate, this firing will only intensify the accusations against President Trump just like Cox’s firing intensified the Watergate accusations against President Nixon. All we have to do is bide our time and let the experts continue to investigate Trump’s alleged connections with the Russians. If history is any guide, it may get to the point where President Trump resigns or he gets impeached and imprisoned.

In the meantime, I’m laughing over this story of press secretary Sean Spicer hiding in a bush so he could avoid the reporters who want to question him regarding President Trump’s firing of James Comey. What a coward! (LOL!)

It may sound tacky for me to post this on Inauguration Day, although it’s very fitting considering who is being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Heck, I found out that the BBC plans on carrying this event live because this newspaper in Scotland has this hilarious description of the event in its TV listing.

I know I’m going out on a limb here by making this prediction. But I think it’s an educated prediction that I’m qualified to make because I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. degree in Journalism and a minor in Government and Politics and I try to keep up with the news as much as possible. I am well familiar with Donald Trump because I’m old enough to remember when he published his first book (The Art of the Deal) and he had the news media portray him as some kind of a business genius. I also remember the first of his multiple bankruptcies. I even watched the first few seasons of both The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice. I still remember that one episode of his reality show where one of the challenges took place at the same Trump Taj Mahal (which The Donald hyped on that episode as being “state of the art”) that filed for bankruptcy just a few weeks after that episode aired. (So much for “state of the art.” LOL!)

Based on what I know about Trump and U.S. government in general, I not only believe that President Donald Trump will not last past his first term in office but there’s a chance that he may be out of office before his first term is up. Here are the reasons why I feel this way, based entirely on facts.

1. Donald Trump has never held any kind of public office before in his life. He has spent his entire career in the private sector where he never had to deal with things like checks and balances or negotiating compromises with lawmakers. To instantly become President of the United States with no public office background will involve a much steeper learning curve than usual for The Donald.

2. Donald Trump has only worked for his family-owned businesses. His first job out of college was with one of his family’s businesses and his father was the ultimate boss, unlike the vast majority of Americans who have to work for bosses who aren’t related to them. Being President of the United States means that he’ll have to learn to deal with Congress, lobbyists, and a whole bunch of other people who aren’t family members and that’ll take a huge adjustment on his part. He’s also going to have to adjust to not always getting his own way, unlike being the head of the Trump Organization, because of the whole checks and balances thing that’s built into the Constitution.

3. There are people who are openly questioning whether Donald Trump is even a legitimate president before he even takes the Oath of Office. Usually when a new person is elected president, everyone, including the opposition, have traditionally provided respect for the person until a few months after Inauguration Day. Considering the fact that Trump’s approval ratings have sank to a historic low before he has even begun occupying the Oval Office is very telling. Unless Trump can focus on doing what it takes to earn the respect of all Americans, and not just white heterosexual men, he will not last long on the job.

4. Donald Trump seems reluctant to live in the White House. He somehow didn’t realize that moving to Washington, DC and living in the White House is one of the requirements of being President of the United States. There’s no way he can govern from Trump Tower in New York City since everybody else that’s even remotely connected to the Federal Government is in Washington, DC. Heck, he can’t even live in his own Trump International Hotel in DC while he’s in office. Nope, he has to live in the White House and that can’t be negotiated.

5. He was the subject of a civil lawsuit over his failed Trump University until he settled it soon after he became president-elect. This settled lawsuit could give Congress a way to possibly look into criminal charges, thus paving the way for impeachment.

6. There are his recorded admission that he had forced women to kiss them while saying that he had to grab them by the pussy along with the numerous allegations of sexual abuse against Donald Trump ranging from sexual harassment to rape. One woman dropped her lawsuit over the allegation that Donald Trump raped her when she was 13. But it has been replaced by a defamation lawsuit that has just been filed by one of his accusers, a former Apprentice contestant named Summer Zervos. And that’s not to mention the incredibly disturbing things he has said about his own daughter, Ivanka, which The Daily Show has compiled into Don’t Forget: Donald Trump Wants to Bang His Own Daughter and Again, Don’t Forget: Donald Trump Wants to Bang His Own Daughter (which is why so many eyebrows were raised in DC when reports surfaced that Ivanka will serve as First Lady instead of The Donald’s own wife, Melania). Trump’s past behavior could be a White House sex scandal waiting to happen, especially if he does anything to any of the female White House staffers and interns, which could possibly bring on impeachment.

7. There is the reported conflict of interest between the new President Trump and his continued running of the Trump Organization, which could be another way for Congress to consider impeaching him.

8. Donald Trump is also prone to having major Twitter meltdowns, which could easily bite him in the ass at some point in the future. There are already questions about whether those Twitter tweets he continues to issue around the clock are an indication of some kind of mental health condition that The Donald is suffering from, as explained in this video.

9. There is the speculation about Donald Trump’s very cozy relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Recently BuzzFeed posted this report claiming that the Russians have some embarrassing evidence about The Donald that they could potentially use against him. This could cause Americans to wonder if Donald Trump really has the interests of the United States in mind and would his relationship with Russia be construed as treason.

10. While the Congress will be dominated by Republicans for at least the next two years, there are plenty of Republicans who aren’t so enthusiastic over President Trump (especially those who supported Trump’s opponents in the Republican primaries). More recently, Republican lawmakers have voiced disdain after Trump went on Twitter to announce that he has more faith in Wikileaks founder Julian Assange than in U.S. intelligence agencies. If Trump does things that further alienates his own party, I can imagine that they would be willing to throw him under the impeachment bus in the hopes of being replaced by President Mike Pence, who’s way more palatable to the right-wing than Trump is.

11. If President Trump really screws up his first two years in office, there’s a strong chance that progressive people can be elected to Congress in the 2018 mid-term elections—people who are more likely to oppose and obstruct President Trump every step of the way. This might give President Trump an incentive to either resign or decide not to seek a second term.

While there’s a part of me that hopes that President Trump will rise to the challenge of being in the Oval Office and actually do something for the large part of the population who are unemployed or underemployed, I am not going to hold my breath on this. I predict that one of four scenarios will happen to President Trump.

1. President Trump resigns halfway through his term in office.

2. President Trump gets impeached by Congress and removed from office halfway through his term.

3. President Trump gets assassinated. Which wouldn’t be a major stretch since he has gone out of his way to insult women, LGBTQ people, ex-POWs, disabled people, Muslims, and Latinos on the campaign trail. I could easily see some unhinged person deciding to take matters into his/her own hands and go after President Trump with a gun. I’m not the only one who wouldn’t be surprised if President Trump gets assassinated.

4. President Trump simply dies in office. At 70 years old, he is considered to be the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. Being President of the United States is the highest stress job there is and it tends to rapidly age whoever occupies the Oval Office at a faster rate than usual. It’s possible that this new job will literally kill him.

5. President Trump either decides not to seek a second term or he is defeated for re-election in 2020.

The only downside to the first four scenarios is that Mike Pence would become president and he’s a guy who’s not only an extremist when it comes to women’s reproductive health but he’s also very anti-LGBTQ rights. He’s less of a buffoon than Donald Trump, which makes him really scary. The best thing we can all hope for is the fifth scenario where a new President and Vice President can be elected and the Executive Branch can begin 2021 with a totally clean slate.

I would really love to be proven wrong about my low opinions of President Trump and he turns out to be the best president since FDR. I would be ecstatic if that happens. But I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Friday the 13th

For the past few days the entire Internet has gone on a major meltdown after BuzzFeed posted this document alleging how deep President-Elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia really are. Among the most salacious details is the allegation that the FSB has a video showing a raunchy party in Donald Trump’s hotel room where he had Russian prostitutes pee on a mattress because Barack and Michelle Obama had previously slept on that same mattress in that same room when they were in Moscow. The Taiwanese animation company TomoNews has helpfully distilled this document into this animation.

There are a few criticisms of BuzzFeed for posting this document without attempting to verify it for accuracy. Washington Babylon says that it’s thinly sourced and there are some accuracy errors. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has also questioned its reliability and accuracy.

As someone who majored in Journalism and minored in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, I’ve been following this story closely. Normally I would say “Shame on BuzzFeed for attempting such a hatchet job on a public figure!” If the target of the hatchet job had been someone like Bernie Sanders or Keith Ellison or someone whom I generally like and admire, I would be adamant about denouncing BuzzFeed for doing such a hatchet job and giving journalism a bad name.

Since the target is Donald Trump, all this story gets is a “Meh!” from me. That’s because I still remember back in 2011, when Donald Trump had flirted with running for president as a Republican, he courted the birther conspiracy theorists by questioning whether President Obama was really born in Kenya. As this New York Times headline puts it: Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic. The article states further:

Much has been made of Mr. Trump’s casual elasticity with the truth; he has exhausted an army of fact-checkers with his mischaracterizations, exaggerations and fabrications. But this lie was different from the start, an insidious, calculated calumny that sought to undo the embrace of an African-American president by the 69 million voters who elected him in 2008.

I view the current unsubstantiated allegations of Donald Trump and the hookers as karma hitting him directly in his orange face. He’s getting the same taste of his own medicine that he dished out at President Obama and I’m laughing my ass off. I hope he enjoys his dose of Instant Karma. (LOL!)

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Every day I hear news about Donald Trump and they become more horrifying by the day. From his cabinet choices (such as appointing Rick Perry head of an agency that he once called for its abolishment) to Trump’s refusal to read the daily intelligence briefings on the grounds that “I’m, like, a smart person”, it is so obvious that he is the one person who had no business of ever running for president in the first place—let alone finding people who were willing to vote for him. Donald Trump is the first president-elect in history who has no prior political or military experience. If all that weren’t enough, there are already divisions within Trump’s organization and the man hasn’t even taken office yet.

Donald Trump can’t take the time to read the daily intelligence briefings yet he can find the time to meet with people like Kanye West and Anna Wintour. He also finds the time to complain on Twitter about Alec Baldwin impersonating him on Saturday Night Live.

There have long been accusations of Trump being too cozy with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Now there are accusations that Russian hackers may have somehow thrown the election to Donald Trump. These allegations are so serious that members of the Electoral College are demanding to see the evidence before they go to their scheduled meeting on December 19 to give the final vote on who will become the next President of the United States.

I don’t even know what to think anymore, other than the fact that I agree with the headline of this article that appeared in Teen Vogue (of all places): Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America. I am especially worried because I live pretty close to Washington, DC so I have a bird’s eye view of whatever fuckery will come down. Donald Trump is making me feel nostalgic for George W. Bush—and I thought Dubya was the worst president ever. If Donald Trump actually makes it to the White House (and that’s a big “IF”), I don’t know if the United States of America as I’ve known it all my life will survive. I’m especially not heartened by Trump’s history of multiple bankruptcies and his numerous failed companies.

By the way, I read this interesting article on Politico.com on how Hillary Clinton’s campaign totally blew the election by ignoring working class areas like Michigan. I still maintain that if the Democratic National Committee hadn’t gone out of its way to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination, Donald Trump would be going back to being a full-time celebrity pretending to be a real estate developer working in Trump Tower.

Thanks for nothing, DNC!

I think that the worst of that awful winter that has been plaguing my area since January is finally gone. I definitely won’t miss the frequent visits of the Polar Vortex nor will I miss the snow and freezing rain.

I recently found some political art that was done on a 3D printer and it’s totally hilarious. This art can be found in Mstyle183’s store on Shapeways.com. There’s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a biting commentary on the Bridgegate scandal. There’s the scandal-prone Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. And then there’s my personal favorite, a butt plug shaped like Vladimir Putin (which is appropriate given his current attitude towards members of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered community).

What’s more, Mstyle183 has a portfolio on the website Amznfx.com.

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