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Republicans elected a president who promised to take on D.C. - instead, Trump has presided over an extraordinary auction of access and influence.

By Feux Follets following x   2018 May 13, 5:00am 217 views   11 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    

Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” while running for office. Voters gave him the opportunity to follow through when they propelled him to the White House. Instead, he surrounded himself with people who saw his victory as an opportunity to enrich themselves by selling the promise of access or influence.

This betrayal of the American public warrants more attention. Trump voters who wanted to rid Washington of sellouts should be most upset, but no one wants to admit that the person they voted for was misrepresenting his intentions. And those who rely on commentators like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, and Tucker Carlson for information lack many relevant facts.

Here’s what Trump voters should know. Michael Cohen was the president’s personal attorney. He stepped up when someone was needed to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels on the eve of the election, even using a shell corporation created under a pseudonym to hide the matter.

But that corporation wasn’t just for paying off the pornography actress. He also used it to receive huge sums of money from folks with powerful interests in influencing the U.S. government. “A Korean defense company competing for a U.S. contract said it paid him $150,000 to advise it on accounting practices,” The Washington Post reported earlier this week. “A global pharmaceutical company said it paid him $1.2 million to provide insight into health-care policy—money it said it was required to keep paying even after concluding that Cohen had little to offer. A telecommunication company said it turned to him simply to better understand the Trump administration.”

A powerful law firm paid him $500,000.

And there were $4.4 million that flowed to Cohen from a New York investment firm “whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch.” What were these people were paying so much money to buy?

Then there’s Corey Lewandowski, the pugnacious, righteously indignant man who presided for a time over Trump’s presidential campaign. What did he do after its Make America Great Again, “drain the swamp” message won the day?

Even before Inauguration Day, he set up a lobbying firm in Washington. “A firm co-founded by Donald Trump’s original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appears to have been pitching clients around the world by offering not only policy and political advice, but also face time with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and senior members of their administration,” Politico reported last year. For a price, he would help foreigners get better insights into Trump than were available to most Americans.

What a sellout! But he was hardly unique.

Back in 2016, “established K Street firms were grabbing any Trump people they could find,” Nick Confessore reported in “How to Get Rich in Trump’s Washington,” a feature for The New York Times Magazine. “Jim Murphy, Trump’s former political director, joined the lobbying giant BakerHostetler, while another firm, Fidelis Government Relations, struck up a partnership with Bill Smith, Mike Pence’s former chief of staff. All told, close to 20 ex-aides of Trump, friends, and hangers-on had made their way into Washington’s influence business.”

Brian Ballard, a longtime Trump acquaintance, seems to have leveraged his relationship to the president most profitably. The Turkish government is among his firm’s many clients. Politico says Turkey pays $125,000 per month. Why does it find that price worthwhile?

Bygone Democratic misdeeds don’t change the fact that Trump’s behavior is hurting America––and that he won’t change until his supporters demand a higher standard. If the GOP base persists in blinding itself to the unethical people who trade on their relationships with the current president, America will continue to be sold out by the very faction that swore it would make it great again.

More: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/trumps-washington/560105/

#Trump #Swamp #Draining #Filling
2   TrumpingTits   ignore (0)   2018 May 13, 5:52am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        


Hate Trump!
Hate Trump!
Hate Trump!
Hate Trump!

Which is it? Trump is upending the World As We Know It or he isn't getting anything done?
3   Feux Follets   ignore (1)   2018 May 13, 6:43am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        


How can Warren the Ape manage to comment on a thread when I have him on ignore and supposedly he can not see it ?

If you can not see someone you have on ignore and they can not see you - how does this work ?

Additionally on said commenters ignored list it shows 0 which is also suspect.

Something seems amiss and more.

Actually the verbiage is almost identical to Goran K .
4   Tenpoundbass   ignore (10)   2018 May 13, 6:52am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

There's going to be velvet paintings of Trump and you can't stand it!
5   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 May 13, 7:30am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

A couple of million dollars isn’t Trump getting bribed. He’s a billionaire, and that’s pocket change.
It’s just a scum sucking lawyer doing what lawyers do. When Cohen found himself as lawyer to the POTUS, with various parties knocking on his door offering gifts with few (legal) strings attached, he took the money and ran!

And for the last time, nobody gives a fuck about Stormy Daniels.
6   Patrick   ignore (0)   2018 May 13, 8:38am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Feux Follets says
If you can not see someone you have on ignore and they can not see you - how does this work ?

Yes, the mutual ignore seems to be broken.
7   HEYYOU   ignore (13)   2018 May 13, 9:27am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Patrick says
Yes, the mutual ignore seems to be broken.

PLEASE FIX THAT! I'm having to see other patnetters threads & comments! ;-)
8   HEYYOU   ignore (13)   2018 May 13, 9:37am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

We see all the crap coming out of the Left & Right & their MSM. I'm waiting to see what happens when the ~140,000,000 non-voters have had enough of all the political two party theology. They may place the Reps & Dems in the minority.
9   bob2356   ignore (1)   2018 May 13, 11:26am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Quigley says
He’s a alleged billionaire, and that’s pocket change.

fixed if for you. Very curious how someone who brags and shows off everything hides any information about his wealth. Seems pretty seriously out of character.
10   marcus   ignore (1)   2018 May 13, 1:25pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

Quigley says
A couple of million dollars isn’t Trump getting bribed. He’s a billionaire, and that’s pocket change.

Tenpoundbass says
There's going to be velvet paintings of Trump and you can't stand it!

Funny how the "lock her up" crowd that's so sure Hillary is/was corrupt, can't recognize the most dishonest corrupt President we've ever had, and they will defend him forever.

I think it's becasue the authoritarian tyrannical image Trump projects makes them all tingly in their nether regions.
11   FNWGMOBDVZXDNW   ignore (2)   2018 May 13, 2:04pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote        

@Patrick, check for people logging out, opening a thread of an ignored user, then logging in and commenting. I just tried that on a thread of someone I have on ignore. It works fine. So, it seems that you are just filtering what threads they can see when logged in, but not filtering when a comment is uploaded.

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