Trump’s Truth Social Craters in First Week of Trading, Auditor Doubts Its Ability to Continue

The myth of Donald Trump as a savvy businessman has been circling the drain for decades. In reality he is a nepo-baby who inherited his wealth and promptly lost much of it in failed real estate deals and multiple bankruptcies. He only managed to salvage his reputation by working as a TV game show host for fourteen seasons of “The Apprentice,” where he playacted as a successful and ruthless CEO.

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Trump’s latest misadventure in business is his Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), a hollow shell of company formed by stealing a Twitter clone’s code and merging with a blank-check place holder on the Nasdaq stock exchange. From its inception it has stumbled through financial and legal sinkholes that would spell doom for any business not fronting for a populist cult leader.

New filings by TMTG show just how dismal the financial condition of the company is. NBC News is reporting that…

“Trump Media and Technology Group, which operates the Truth Social platform, reported it lost $58.2 million in 2023 while generating total revenues of $4.1 million, according to the Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Trump Media listed its largest expense for the year as interest payments totaling more than $39 million.”

So TMTG is operating deep in the red, just like most of the red states where Trump’s most devoted disciples reside. And it’s notable that about 67% of the company’s reported expenses are in interest payments. That means they are heavily leveraged with loans that they will likely have trouble repaying considering their feeble revenue. The report went on to reveal even more ominous news, saying that…

“‘The filing includes a note from an independent accounting firm, Colorado-based BF Borgers CPA PC, warning that Trump Media’s ‘operating losses raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.’ The firm has worked with Trump Media since 2022.”

Anyone with even a novice’s knowledge of investing would have recognized that TMTG (with the doom-fated ticker symbol, “DJT”) was a catastrophe waiting to happen. And in its very first week on the stock market, it proved its worthlessness. Following the release of its financial filing the stock nosedived about 20%. It quickly sunk to the level that it priced at on its opening day a week ago. Shareholders who bought in at the beginning lost as much as 38% as the stock dropped from its high of $79.00 to under $50.00.

A lot of the press chatter about the stock has focused on the potential windfall it would present for Trump. At one point he was said to have gained a paper bounty of $6 billion. However, that presupposes that he sells his shares while stock price remains in the stratosphere. Which is a ship that has already sunk.

Furthermore, Trump is bound by a lock-up provision that prohibits him from selling any shares for six months. While the TMTG board – made up of mostly Trump flunkies – could vote to waive that provision, it would still be problematic for him to sell. For one thing, it would immediately tank the share value of the stock. That would impact the holdings of all of the board members and temper any enthusiasm to give Trump a waiver.

What’s more, if the board did give Trump a waiver, it would open the board members up to lawsuits from every other shareholder, including deep-pocketed institutions, who would lose money as a result. It would, therefore be pretty stupid for the board to vote for a waiver that would cost the board members millions and put them in massive legal peril.

Would they do it anyway? Maybe. It is, after all, a cult. And the cult leader gets his way. He is even suing the founders of Truth Social for allegedly mismanaging the company in its early days. Although it is a retaliatory suit, because those founders sued him first for trying to deprive them of the shares they were contractually promised.

In addition to the financial risks for investors. TMTG poses a grave national security risk. Adversarial foreign interests could exploit the stock as a backdoor to funneling money (i.e. bribes) to Trump. Vladimir Putin and/or his Russian oligarchs, Mohammed Bin Salmon, Xi Jinping, and even wealthy, allegedly American billionaires, could simply purchase shares of TMTG to artificially inflate its stock price in exchange for “favors” from Trump.

All of this exposes Trump’s stock as a potentially dangerous vehicle for investors, as well as for all Americans and the sovereignty of the nation. The sooner it flatlines (representing its true value) the better. For the record, here are some other recent stories about Trump’s misadventures in social media and the stock market…

Trump’s Truth Social is Revealed to Be Another Terribly Risky Trump Scam – By Its Own Prospectus
A quick look at the company’s prospectus should frighten off any astute investors. It is exposed as “a high-risk, speculative operation with few hard numbers behind it. It’s already the subject of subpoenas, from regulators and a grand jury, even though it’s barely off the ground.”

Trump’s Truth Social Reports Massive Losses and Warns that it Could Go Out of Business
A Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing by the company reveals its financial frailty. The report paints a pitiful picture of the enterprise’s prospects going forward and reveals that it has lost $31.5 million since it opened for business just two years ago.

Trump’s Truth Social Continues to Collapse as Its Biz Partner Loses Virtually All of its Funding
The funding partner for TMTG said that it will return the remaining $533 million of the $1 billion raised to finance the venture after investors canceled $467 million of commitments.

Trump Crime Syndicate: Investors Arrested for Insider Trading in Failing Truth Social Scam
Trump’s associates in his truthless, anti-social media venture were arrested and charged with insider trading. Reports indicate that “the three individuals together made more than $22 million in illegal profits.”

Truth Social Disease: Ads on Trump’s Twitter Ripoff are Mostly Scams and Trump-Fluffing Merch
Advertisers are afraid of their ads being juxtaposed with hate speech and other noxious content. Consequently, the only advertisers who are willing to shell out are sketchy scammers, conspiracy theorists, and junk peddlers.

LOCK HIM UP: Trump’s TRUTH Social Scam is Being Criminally Investigated By a Federal Grand Jury
In addition to the Grand Jury proceedings, the SEC is investigating whether TMTG and DWAC executives improperly coordinated with each other and engaged in insider trading. They have also partnered with a Chinese firm with a dubious legal past.

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Trump Sends His Easter Greetings to ‘Those Many People that I Completely and Totally Despise’

One of the best indicators of the malignant narcissism of Donald Trump is his consistent practice of making any and every holiday an opportunity to exalt himself. He does it on Christmas, and New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, and even on the Fourth of July.

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Of course, Trump can’t let any day go by without grasping for attention by lavishing praise on himself and/or scorn on his enemies. Buy he’s even more consumed with his own glorification on holidays that are observed by others. Heaven forbid that any day of remembrance be wasted remembering someone other than Trump.

FOR INSTANCE: Trump’s Craven Christmas Prayer for Presidential Immunity and an End to Yuletide Witch Hunts

On this Easter Sunday Trump has once again demonstrated his messianic delusions in a post on his floundering social media scam, Truth Social. As usual, it was a long, rambling, tirade that threw in every pet peeve that he has been harboring for years. And all of it wrapped up in what he regards as a holiday greeting. He began…

“HAPPY EASTER TO ALL, INCLUDING CROOKED AND CORRUPT PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES THAT ARE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO INTERFERE WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2024, AND PUT ME IN PRISON, INCLUDING THOSE MANY PEOPLE THAT I COMPLETELY & TOTALLY DESPISE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA, A NOW FAILING NATION…”

Let’s pause to take a breath here. This is another example of Trump making everything about himself. Notice that Trump did not address his Easter greeting to any observant Christians who are celebrating the resurrection of their savior. True to form, Trump is filled with anger and hatred, resulting in his message being directed solely to those upon whom he seeks those famously Christ-like traits of retribution and revenge. And naturally, he denigrates America simply because its citizens have not embraced him as their deity.

Trump went on to single out as “SICK” and “EVIL” special prosecutor Jack Smith, Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis, and New York D.A. Alvin Bragg. In his haste to post his contemptuous screed he forget to include New York Attorney General, Letitia James. But he didn’t leave out President Biden in a reference to “CROOKED JOE’S DOJ THUGS.”

This post came after more than 70 other posts on Easter morning. So even though his Easter greeting was mired in malice, it still didn’t have any priority over dozens of other posts such as his attack on Judge Merchan’s daughter, and his link to an article (in the Moonie Washington Times) comparing him to Christ titled “The Crucifixion of Donald Trump.”

What’s more, Trump posted comments lambasting Biden for a couple of phony outrages that were being spread by right-wing media. Such as…

  • The White House Easter Egg contest that restricted the use of religious symbols on the eggs. Never mind that those rules have been in effect for 45 years, including during the Trump years.
  • The wingnut uproar over the declaration of “Transgender Day of Visibility.” Once again, that was an event that has been recognized for since 2010, including while Trump occupied the White House.

And yet, the glassy-eyed disciples of the Trump cult remain transfixed by the rapist and blasphemous bible salesman with 88 felony charges pending, as their divine, albeit autocratic, redeemer. And Happy Easter to all those who continue to pledge their devotion and intention to follow Trump, straight into the pits of Hades if he so demands.

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Fox News Hack Joins the Trump Cult Choir Proclaiming that ‘We’ve Always Seen Honesty with Trump’

The eagerness with which the disciples of the Donald Trump cult embrace what they regard as his divine perfection is always disconcerting. But from time to time they manage to transcend even their typical levels of blind devotion.

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This is particularly noticeable on Trump’s Ministry of Propaganda, Fox News, where the glassy-eyed adoration of Dear Leader overtakes every measure of rationality. Characters like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham and Jesse Watters can’t seem to contain their rabid reverence for the Messiah of Mar-a-Lago. It’s a reverence that Trump also feels about himself.

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Among the apostles of Trumpism on Fox News is Tammy Bruce. And she demonstrated her resolute affinity for Trump in a segment on Hannity’s show wherein she rapturously fawned over Trump as a beacon of truth…

“It perhaps is one of the most honest evenings we’ve seen in a very long time. We’ve always seen honesty with President Trump. One thing about that guy is that you know who he is. He is always going to be himself, he never adjusts the nature of what he’s going to say or do to trick people or to pander.”

REALLY? Bruce’s description of Trump as someone from whom “we’ve always seen honesty” is laughable. She is deeply ensconced in idol worship that makes her perception incomprehensibly twisted. After all, Trump has been documented to have told more than 30,000 lies during his occupation of the White House. But undeterred by reality, both he and Bruce see things through a delusional lens.

SEE ALSO: OMG! Pathological Liar Trump Says He is ‘the Most Honest Human Being God Ever Created’

What’s more, for anyone on Fox News to assess the honesty of Trump – or anyone else – is audacious in the extreme. Have they forgotten that Fox News settled a defamation lawsuit for $787 million after having been found to have lied purposefully and repeatedly about the 2020 presidential election being “rigged and stolen” from Trump.

From a certain perverse perspective, Bruce could be right. Yeah, Trump is honest in the sense that “He is always going to be himself.” So long as you accept that he is a pathological liar who will say anything that advances his interests at any moment in time, then sure. That is exactly who Trump is. And will always be.

The problem with that is that his cult followers continue to have unflinching faith in Trump as their savior whose every word is gospel. If he told them that they were too stupid to know that he was lying to them, they nod and agree. In fact, that’s pretty much how keeps them in line, despite his constant stream of falsehoods. And they love him for it.

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GO FOR IT! The RNC is Considering Barring NBC From Covering the Republican National Convention

The recent kerfuffle over NBC’s hiring – and firing – of former Republican National Committee (RNC) chair, Ronna McDaniel, is continuing to make waves in the partisan political pool. While McDaniel’s dumping had more to do with her being an unprincipled purveyor of lies and a Trump fake elector co-conspirator, than a voice for conservatives, the right-wing media and MAGA minions were outraged and inconsolable.

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Commentators of Fox News chastised NBC as an ideologically slanted network that shut out any views contrary to what Fox regarded as their political biases. Which, coming from the virulently one-sided right-wingers on Fox, was laughably absurd. However, McDaniel’s first scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” began a stream of blowback from both liberals and conservatives at NBC and MSNBC that was furious and virtually unanimous.

SEE THIS: Ronna McDaniel’s Debut on NBC’s Meet the Press is an Unmitigated Disaster For Both NBC and Her

In the wake of that storm, Republicans remain angry and determined to get revenge. Although their methods of achieving that goal are typically ridiculous and not especially well thought out. Politico is reporting that…

“The Republican National Committee is weighing whether to restrict NBC’s access to this summer’s convention, following the network’s decision to drop former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel as a contributor. Such a move would mark a dramatic escalation in the growing rift between Donald Trump-allies and the TV network.” […]

“‘We are taking a hard look at what this means for NBC’s participation at the convention,’ said Danielle Alvarez, a spokesperson for the RNC and the Trump campaign. ‘Our priority is making sure this is a world class event that allows President Trump to feature his message and vision in a fair way.'”

This is great news. If the RNC, now co-chaired by Trump’s daughter-in-lawlessness, Lara Trump, bars NBC from covering their Trump-a-Thon it would mean that Trump and his MAGA cult disciples would get far less exposure on national television. In fact, the RNC should ban ABC, CBS, and CNN as well. After all, aren’t they all “fake” news?

Fox News could have an exclusive on the Republican National Convention. What better way for them to ensure that the coverage is “fair” in their eyes? Even better, they could offer it as a four day “Orange Man Festival” on their Fox Nation streaming service for $49.95, complete with crackpots in crazy costumes, elaborate booths selling Trump-endorsed bibles and tacky gold sneakers, and a giant golden idol to set ablaze during Trump’s acceptance speech. Just think of how much more money they could earn to pay off Trump’s attorneys.

No should be surprised, however, to learn that the RNC’s idea to bar NBC is just another demonstration of their ignorance and incompetence. That’s because it is likely not within their authority to do so. Politico also reported that…

“…congressional press gallery officials, not the RNC, run the credentialing process for access to the convention hall.”

The only recourse that the RNC might have would be to restrict access to the transportation and hotel rooms it is reserving. It’s fair to assume that NBC could easily overcome those obstacles.

In the end, this just reaffirms that the RNC is a joke that has no idea what they are doing. They don’t even comprehend that they are seeking to punish NBC for firing McDaniel, which is exactly what the RNC itself had done a couple of weeks prior. And that could be why they are badly trailing the Biden campaign’s efforts in fundraising and organizing. Expect more of the same to follow.

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Fox News Touts Their Own Poll that Reveals How Delusional Republicans Are About the Economy

The 2024 presidential election season is heating up as both candidates exert their best efforts to draw voters to their cause. Which for President Biden means campaigning vigorously in every swing state and advancing initiatives that benefit all Americans. For Donald Trump it means dining with rich pals at Mar-a-Lago, golfing, and sitting in courtrooms scowling and whining.

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The media’s horserace coverage of the campaign is predictably useless as they focus almost entirely on polls, while ignoring the substantive actions taken by the candidates. For instance, Biden is building national infrastructure, creating jobs, and protecting healthcare, including women’s reproductive rights. Trump, on the other hand, is pledging to cut Social Security, promising to release all of the violent January 6th insurrectionists, and doing infomercials for Trump-endorsed bibles.

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Trump’s Ministry of Propaganda, Fox News, is playing its staunchly Republican part in this political potboiler. They just released a poll that shows Trump leading Biden 50-45%, within the margin of error. And Fox’s Harris Faulkner thinks that she knows why Trump is enjoying a small lead.

“A new round of Fox News polling shows former president Trump widening his lead over President Biden. One big reason? The economy. Fifty-two percent of voters say they’re worse off financially today than they were in 2020, just before Biden took office.”

Faulkner appears to be oblivious to the fact that four years ago the nation was locked up in their homes, terrified of a deadly virus, losing their jobs as companies closed, and unable to find toilet paper or other household goods at the grocery stores. And The Republican respondents to the poll also seem to be suffering from the same selective amnesia.

Digging a little deeper, the poll found that among Democrats only 28% said they are worse of today than four years ago. However, it also found that 72% of Republicans consider themselves worse off now. That’s a disparity that makes no sense if it were actually tied to real world economic conditions. So the GOP respondents are either having memory lapses (a symptom of Long COVID) or they are lying to the pollsters for political reasons.

Another possibility is that Republicans actually are suffering more severe economic circumstances than Democrats because they live in states run by Republicans, where conditions are worse due to bad management and the insensitivity of GOP leaders to the real problems of their citizens. If that’s the case, then the Fox News poll is helpfully exposing the harm caused by electing Republicans.

It says something unmistakable that 72% of Democrats say they are the same or better off now, but only 27% of Republicans are saying that. Is that a problem caused by the President, or the GOP losers who are doing so poorly during a time of economic growth? Based on the results of this poll, who would you rather be now, a Democrat or a Republican? And based on your answer to that question, who would you rather vote for in November? And if you say “Republican,” you are validating the absurdity of the GOP responses in this poll. And what’s more, you deserve what you get.

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Trump Attacks Judge’s Daughter in Wild, Whiny, Rambling Rant, After Gag Order Was Issued

The devolution of Donald Trump continues apace as his criminal trials proceed toward an inevitable conclusion of guilt on at least some of his 88 felony charges. And despite the slow progress, Trump’s desperation is accelerating, driving him ever deeper into a fits of utter panic that are evident in his deteriorating mental state.

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Throughout his legal tribulations, Trump has focused intensely on disgorging his hostility toward the justice system and the public servants fulfilling their civic duties. His defense seems to be solely limited to viciously maligning everyone involved in prosecuting him. Even to the point of abandoning any effort to argue that he is innocent. In fact, Trump’s primary defense is not that he didn’t do what he’s been charged with, it’s that he’s allowed to do it under some imaginary immunity privilege.

SEE THIS: Felonious Punk Trump Demands ‘TOTAL IMMUNITY’ – Even for Acts that ‘CROSS THE LINE’

On Wednesday morning Trump took to his grossly overvalued social media scam, Truth Social, to mete out more punishment to his perceived enemies. Although this time it comes after he has been slapped with his third gag order aiming to forestall his threats and harm incitements.

Unfortunately, Trump doesn’t appear to care who gets hurt. So he is lashing out not just at his usual targets (judges, prosecutors, witnesses), but also the daughter of the Judge who is in no way affiliated with the case. In a series of posts, Trump wrote that

“Judge Juan Merchan, who is suffering from an acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome (whose daughter represents Crooked Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, and other Radical Liberals, has just posted a picture of me behind bars, her obvious goal, and makes it completely impossible for me to get a fair trial) has now issued another illegal, un-American, unConstitutional ‘order,’ as he continues to try and take away my Rights. […] their Hacks and Thugs are tracking and following me all across the Country, obsessively trying to persecute me, while everyone knows I have done nothing wrong!”

Trump’s infantile attacks on both the Judge and his daughter are utterly without merit. There is nothing prohibiting her from having her own life, speaking her own mind, and pursuing her own career. None of what she has done has any effect on Trump’s trial, or his rights. And if he is worried about being “followed,” perhaps he should just refrain from committing any more crimes in public.

Trump continued whining that

“The Judge’s daughter is allowed to post pictures of her ‘dream’ of putting me in jail, the Manhattan D.A. is able to say whatever lies about me he wants, the Judge can violate our Laws and Constitution at every turn, but I am not allowed to talk about the attacks against me, and the Lunatics trying to destroy my life. […] Maybe the Judge is such a hater because his daughter makes money by working to ‘Get Trump,'”

That’s right. The judge’s daughter is allowed post pictures of him. And the D.A. is allowed to present his case. Notice that Trump cannot cite any alleged “lies” by the D.A. or violations of the law by the Judge, or any proof that the Judge or his daughter profited from any anti-Trump activities. And it is Trump who destroyed his own life by choosing to engage in heinous crimes and declining to offer any coherent defense.

Trump concluded by impotently demanding that “The Judge has to recuse himself immediately.” But his reasoning is preposterous and dangerous. Judge Merchan’s daughter is not involved in this case in way. And there is no hint of evidence that she has any influence over her father’s stewardship of the case. However, she does become the target of Trump’s famously violent cult followers. Which is why the gag order was issued in the first place.

SEE ALSO: Cantankerous Trump Demonstrates Precisely Why His Gag Order Was Appropriately Reinstated

There is some debate as to whether or not this gag order applies to the Judge or his daughter. But it his ranting is unarguably malicious and potentially harmful. It’s appalling that Trump can make these ludicrous and defamatory allegations without consequence. He is insisting that any familial relationship is grounds for recusal. But he obviously doesn’t feel the same way about Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has personally engaged in unlawful acts that were connected to cases that her husband was ruling on.

Of course, nobody is going to be surprised by Trump’s hypocrisy. It’s built into his DNA. As a textbook example of a malignant narcissist, Trump will twist everything into an unrecognizable distortion of reality that conforms to his delusional perspective. It’s too bad that in doing so he puts the lives of other innocent people in jeopardy. Hopefully the rational actors in the courts will put a stop to that by strictly enforcing the gag orders.

UPDATE: Trump’s charge that Judge Merchan’s daughter posted a picture of him behind bars – and his ridiculous assertion that that means that the case is irreparably tainted and the judge must recuse himself – appears to be false. Making it just another lie perpetrated by Trump and his cult cohorts.

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Rev. Trump is Peddling His ‘God Bless the USA Bible’ to Pay His Judgments for Fraud and Rape

The messianic delusions of Donald Trump have been evident in many of his frequent declarations of divine infallibility, moral perfection, and insistence that only he is capable of saving mankind (see “Related Stories” below). Which is all the more bizarre coming from a pathological liar, who has five children from three wives, all of whom he cheated on; has been found civilly liable for sexual assault; never attends church and can’t cite a single Bible verse; and brags about grabbing women by their genitals.

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With that record of a lifelong devotion to sacrilege, Trump is launching a new venture aimed at relieving the burdens of his recent legal tribulations, including at least 88 felony charges ranging from threatening election officials, to stealing classified documents, to inciting an insurrection, and civil judgments totaling more than half a billion dollars that he has no visible means of paying.

SEE THIS: Trump’s Lawyer on Fox News Refuses to Rule Out Getting Russia to Pay His $454 Million Judgment

Trump’s latest grifting operation is a televangelist-style promotion of a Bible that is being pitched as “the only Bible endorsed by President Trump!” Someone needs to explain exactly what a Trump endorsement of a Bible means. Is it extra holy? Does it have Trump’s mugshot on the cover? Have all references to Jesus been replaced by Trump?

The Trump-branded Bible is a value added product that includes copies of secular political documents such as the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Trump, of course, is getting a piece of God’s action in the same manner that he sold his superhero NFT cards and gaudy golden sneakers. You know, just like Jesus did.

The company selling the bibles is CIC Ventures LLC (likely stands for Commander-in-Chief) was established in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2021. The address given for the company is that of the Trump International Golf Club.

Trump posted a video on his failing Truth Social scam that is a tribute to the best tradition of American Snake Oil salesmen. In the video Trump decrees that “We must make America pray again.” Notice that this is not a suggestion that Americans pray, but a command to “make” them pray. And just to confirm his intention, Trump ordered his cult followers to commence proselytizing, saying that “I think you all should get a copy of ‘God Bless the USA Bible’ now and help spread our Christian values.” Then he elaborated…

“Religion and Christianity are the biggest things missing from this country, and I truly believe that we need to bring them back and we have to bring them back fast. That’s why our country is going haywire. We’ve lost religion in our country. All Americans need a Bible in their home and I have many, it’s my favorite book.” […]

“Christians are under siege, we must protect content that is pro-God. We love God and we have to protect anything that is pro-God. We must defend God in the public square and not allow the media or the left-wing groups to silence, censor, or discriminate against us. We have to bring Christianity back into our lives.”

Trump’s insistence that “All Americans need a Bible in their home” is blatantly contrary to the constitutional protection of religious freedom. He is essentially mandating state recognition of Christianity. And he underscores his anti-Americanism with ultimatums dictating what he calls being “pro-God,” but which surely excludes any belief that is not explicitly pro-Jesus.

Trump’s greed and blasphemous perversions are insulting to both Christians and non-Christians, as well as to American patriots who revere the Constitution. And they come from someone who is notoriously irreligious, and openly hostile to both the religious and political beliefs that he is pretending to advocate.

Trump recently said that Jews who vote for Democrats must hate their religion. And he has said the same thing about Christians. But what he really means is that anyone who votes against him is a heretic who hates his messianic movement. And the only path to salvation is buying his blessed merchandise and paying homage to him. Sadly, there are lost souls who have embraced this sick spirituality. Just there have been in cults from the past.

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Is Trump Now Saying that Presidents Do Not Have ‘Total Immunity’ – Or Just that Biden Doesn’t?

For the first time in history America has a former president who has been indicted civilly and criminally for acts taken that breach the principles and/or laws of the nation. He has already been found liable for financial fraud, defamation, and sexual assault. And he has at least 88 felony charges still pending.

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In response to these unprecedented acts of misconduct, Trump has embarked on a relentless smear campaign against prosecutors, judges, courts, the Justice Department, and of course, President Biden. As with every allegation ever made against him, Trump dismisses them by crying “witch hunt” and “hoax,” and by maligning the public servants that he perceives as his enemies. But perhaps the most overwrought whine that Trump has been employing is his belief that some amorphous authority grants him “total immunity” for any crimes that he has committed.

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Trump spends more time lamenting his pathetic victimhood than he does asserting his alleged innocence. Therefore, he needs an immunity defense in order to avoid the consequences of his criminality. He insists that no president can make a decision without being indemnified, for fear of being held accountable by the law. Never mind that 45 of the other 46 presidents in American history have not needed that exemption from prosecution.

Trump has never been able to cite a legal justification for his claim to absolute immunity. Although his attorneys did argue in court that even if a president were to have a political foe assassinated, he could not be prosecuted. Which is a peculiar argument for them to make while Biden is currently sitting in the White House.

Trump’s license to break the law, however, has just been thrown into legal limbo by his latest remarks on his failing social media scam, Truth Social. In a pair of comments he is now categorically contradicting himself. In the first one Trump wrote that…

“At what point are the actions of a sitting President, using LAWFARE against his opponent for purposes of Election Interference, considered ILLEGAL? I believe, as do various highly respected legal scholars, that Crooked Joe Biden has long since crossed over that very sacred threshold!!!”

So Trump is now conceding that actions taken by a president can, in fact, be “considered ILLEGAL,” and therefore prosecuted. Which is consistent with his prior assertions that Biden should be jailed for imaginary offenses that exist only in Trump’s twisted mind. But Trump wasn’t through. He also posted that…

“People must continue to speak of, and remember, that the Engoron number of $450,000,000 for doing absolutely NOTHING WRONG is a big part of the crime being perpetrated against me by Crooked Joe Biden and his political Hacks and Thugs.”

Here Trump is charging that rulings made by an independent judge are actually “a big part of the crime being perpetrated against me by Crooked Joe Biden.” So once again, he is conceding that presidents are not immune from prosecution for crimes after all. Consequently, prosecutions of Trump are legitimate and warranted.

No one should be surprised that Trump is exhibiting a heaping helping of hypocrisy. In his mind his recent accusations of crimes are entirely consistent with his past invocation of immunity. Because in his mind that immunity is only valid for ex-presidents named Trump. Like everything else in the Cult of Trump, he is afforded the privileges of the Dear Leader, and his critics are cast into the lake of fire. That is, after all, how cults work.

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Ronna McDaniel’s Debut on NBC’s Meet the Press is an Unmitigated Disaster For Both NBC and Her

The recent announcement that deposed Republican National Committee (RNC) chair, Ronna McDaniel, was hired as a political analyst at NBC, created a tsunami of criticism from viewers, journalists, and even NBC News staffers. And it wasn’t just because she was such an abysmal a failure as chair of the RNC, who lost elections and set record lows for fundraising.

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The primary complaint over McDaniel’s hiring was that she has been a relentless liar who personally participated in efforts to undermine democracy by suppressing legitimate (mostly minority) votes and backing plots to have fake electors “certify” Donald Trump as the winner of the 2020 election.

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It didn’t take long for the scorching backlash to McDaniel’s hiring to have consequences for her on her new job. The Wall Street Journal reported that “MSNBC president Rashida Jones told employees that the liberal-leaning news network has no plans to put new NBC News contributor Ronna McDaniel on the cable outlet.” While that’s good news for MSNBC, it remains troubling that NBC is still planning to put her on the air, and that any news organization would consider such a brazen and potentially criminal liar employable.

On Sunday morning McDaniel made her inaugural appearance on Meet the Press. And it lived down to the expectations that media watchers had for it. Host Kristen Welker did a merely decent job of holding McDaniel’s feet to the fire. She got her to concede that she continues to be an election denier, and has no regrets about her role in trying to steal the 2020 election. She also got her to openly disagree with Trump’s promise to free the convicted, violent insurrectionists of January 6, 2021.

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However, following the McDaniel interview, Welker led a panel discussion on her hiring (transcript here). And the commentaries from her new colleagues at NBC were brutal. For instance…

Chuck Todd: “Let me deal with the elephant in the room. I think our bosses owe you an apology for putting you in this situation because I don’t know what to believe. She is now a paid contributor by NBC News. I have no idea whether any answer she gave to you was because she didn’t want to mess up her contract. […] She has credibility issues that she still has to deal with.”

Kimberly Atkins Stohr: “Her credibility is completely shot. So I have to do what Maya Angelou said, I believe what they do and not anything that she said today. And in that I know that she habitually lied, she habitually joined Trump in attacking the press – members of the press, including this network, in a way that put journalists at risk, in danger.”

Stephen Hayes: “She has huge credibility problems, not because she’s been a partisan spinner on behalf of the Republican Party, but because she not only presided but directed, drove, the QAnonization of the Republican Party during her tenure. And it is the case that when you look at what she did with the fake electors specifically. […] She did a tremendous disservice to the country by making the argument that led to the erosion of faith. Half of the Republicans right now believe the election wasn’t fair.”

It’s tempting to muse that “When you’ve lost Chuck Todd…” But the cumulative impact of all of these criticisms is pretty astonishing. And you can’t help but wonder how the network can continue to employ someone who is unanimously seen as having zero credibility. For what purpose would they put any of her analysis on the air? Are they just trying to connect with the most deranged and deluded faction of the GOP, or what Fox News recently called “The Stupid Party”?

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If NBC isn’t stupid, they will keep McDaniel on the bench and let her fade into obscurity. Unless they can convince her to flip on Trump and his MAGA Party, and spill the beans on what she surely knows of his criminality and the collaboration of the GOP that she led.

UPDATE I: The first reaction from MSNBC hosts came early Monday morning as Joe Scarborough announced that McDaniel will not be a guest on “Morning Joe,” citing her “role in Trump’s fake elector scheme and her pressuring election officials to not certify election results.” He further said that “We believe NBC News should seek out conservative Republican voices to provide balance in their election coverage, but it should be conservative Republicans, not a person who used her position of power to be an anti-democracy election denier.” (Video)

UPDATE II: Throughout the day on Monday, virtually every MSNBC host condemned McDaniel, chastised the network brass responsible for hiring her, and called for her to be dismissed. They included Nicolle Wallace, Joy Reid, Lawrence O’Donnell, and more. Rachel Maddow gave an especially moving monologue that connected the dots from historical fascists and demagogues to McDaniel, and  more broadly, Trump and the GOP. It’s hard to see how McDaniel can survive this repudiation from her new colleagues.

Update III: NBC has made a principled turnaround and decided to dump McDaniel. The network’s boss took responsibility for misguided hiring apologized to it. Naturally, McDaniel is said to be considering a lawsuit that would only further publicize her anti-American atrociousness.

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Has Fox News Finally Figured it Out? ‘This is Why Conservatives Call the GOP the Stupid Party’

If it seems to you like every day Republicans in Congress do something new to humiliate themselves, while advancing their ultra-rightist smear campaigns against President Biden and other Democrats, and sucking up to their Dear Leader Donald Trump, then it’s clear that you are paying attention.

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It’s almost as if the GOP is purposefully planning these embarrassing political pratfalls as their strategy for winning back the White House. What else could explain stunts like the one that Marjorie Taylor Greene just pulled by filing a motion to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson after only five months as Speaker? And recall that he got that post because Republicans ousted the previous Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, after only nine months.

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The reaction to Green’s motion has been swift and hilarious. Most of her GOP colleagues have condemned her for reinforcing the accurate impression that the Republican Party is populated by idiots and is awash in chaos. But those condemning her are doing their own part in reinforcing that impression. They surely are not exhibiting the unity that Trump recently bragged about…

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And if that weren’t bad enough, Fox News isn’t taking any of this very well. It is presenting them with more obstacles to their propaganda mission of propping up Republicans and Trump-fluffing. That was glaringly evident in the monologue of Fox’s Laura Ingraham who whined that…

“I have been in Washington for 30 years. I have never witnessed what I’m witnessing now. A party with a narrow majority in the House of Representatives – everything on the line in the country – but committing a slow suicide. This is why conservatives call the GOP the stupid party.”

First of all, it isn’t conservatives calling the GOP “The Stupid Party” (which would make a great new name for them). It is mainstream Republicans and most Americans. If anything, it’s the conservatives like Greene and the GOP’s Freedom Caucus who are attacking Johnson, advocating extremist policies (i.e. banning abortion, cutting Social Security, etc.), and generally spreading around the stupid.

What’s more, Ingraham is complaining about the GOP being incapable of governing with their “narrow” and shrinking majority. But she is steadfastly against working with Democrats on compromise legislation such as funding the government, securing the border, or providing aid to Ukraine. She and her right-wing confederates have no positive solutions to the nation’s problems. Instead, they are laser focused on impeaching President Biden and maligning his family and Cabinet. It is that agenda that is causing their “slow suicide.”

However, Ingraham is not alone. Her Fox News comrade, and former Trump press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, joined the pile-on following Green’s Johnson-busting business. On Friday’s episode of Fox’s “Outnumbered” McEnany offered a uniquely perverse point of view…

“So, Marjorie Taylor Greene said ‘I have not talked to president Trump about this.’ Largely president Trump and Speaker Mike Johnson have had a great relationship. Speaker Mike Johnson just put out a piece congratulating him on securing the nomination. I think it’s a pretty big voice you would want to get input from since he’s the titular head of the party at the moment.”

What McEnany is proposing is that Trump be given the right of approval as to who Republicans in the House choose to lead their party. Never mind that the Constitution explicitly divides the government into three independent branches. McEnany would do away with the principle of “separation of powers” so that Trump could reign as a monarch, imposing his will on the legislative and judicial branches, in addition to the executive. Which, by the way, he does not currently occupy.

This is just further evidence that the Stupid Party is more of a cult than a political enterprise. And it’s Ministry of Propaganda (aka Fox News) is fully on board with elevating Dear Leader Trump to messiah status as they pray for him to be their savior. But if the abject foolishness of Republicans is regarded as the party having committed suicide, it is one that will benefit the nation and its citizens, So perhaps a more fitting description for the demise of the GOP is that it’s a mercy killing.

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