Friday, June 22, 2018

Trump Lies Piling Up: Worst President Ever But He Loves the Center Stage Attention

Obama: His #1 Mission for Total Erasure from Public Existence
(Neat comparison isn't it)

My opening and introduction to the post and contents below for today (long but needs to be said):

One word most Americans are reluctant to use and hate to use to label any public official, especially our president, let alone it’s a pretty strong word to fling at anyone with certainty – that is to call them a liar. In Trump's case that comes easy since it's his way of life on a daily basis. It is how he has survived being a con-man his entire adult life. I get no satisfaction in calling him a liar – who does really. But, he is a horrible, yet an effective and apparently convincing liar for his followers, and that is very worrisome.

He cannot be believed nor trusted and that is the most-critical bedrock element for giving him our public trust. If we cannot believe those in office and yet we keep them in office, what does that say about us?

For those who stand by him with the kind of record in full display and that the world knows as well as us see, is becomes more amazingly stunning and mind-boggling how anyone can stand by him let alone cheer him as some sort of idol.

How can anyone tolerate his lies and I would ask them: “Do they accept lies from persons close and around you?” 

Boy, I hope they do not for if they do, well, that speaks volumes about the total decay of our way of life and values we hold as a people and nation. Time may prove me wrong, I hope it does, but now with this man in office and his record of lying, who knows how long the damage will last. Right now that seems a very long time away. 

The following is an outstanding article from – it too long, but very comprehensive and easy to read and follow and decipher re: the facts from Trump’s well, “falsies.” (There are a number of Trump lies, which is not unusual for him, routine exaggerations, and just plan lying hype).

Trumps first claim example is an easy one to explain of his latest two big lies – so big that they would put “triple whoppers” to shame – 

Trump gets two things wrong right off the bat.

The easy one first:

Trump ranted that we have thousands and thousands of border judges – don’t need more he tweeted. He also told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “We don’t need more we have thousands and thousands.” Actually, Mr. Trump, we do not have “thousands and thousands of border judges – we have approximately 350 immigration judges,” (DOJ numbers).

Sen. Graham has a bill that has seven Republican co-sponsors and it would authorize an additional 225 judges “to work on and to prioritize resolving the cases of children and families in family residential centers.”

Trump’s other claim:

— “When we release the people they never come back to the judge” — is also false. Trump said only “like 3 percent” show up for court, but we could find no evidence that the percentage is that low. Neither the White House nor the DOJ responded to our request for the supporting data.

The DOJ FY-2016 Statistics Yearbook reports that 25 percent of immigration cases were decided “in absentia” — meaning “when an alien fails to appear.” (See their figure 23). The report does not differentiate between those captured at the border for illegal crossing and those arrested in the interior of the country for other offenses. 
FactCheck asked the DOJ for clarification and the most recent data. They did not get a response, but said they would update this article if they do.

Related Trump lies from the Washington Post.

My 2 Cents: Not much to add to this good rundown on this awful person now in office playing the role as our president and doing a lousy job of that acting – but boy, does he love the acting part – he is after all a showman and yes, con-man. 

That is how history will judge Trump – bet on it. 

So, stay tuned for updates on this subject as well as others waiting for the next flub.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Trump Only Picks the Best, Brightest, and Brainiest, So He Says: Court Says Nope

Trump's Pick to Prove Voter Fraud & Give Trump Credibility
(Sec. of State from Kansas Kris Kobach - KKK as it were)

Great story from here that needs to be told and retold and reinforced over and over because it’s a GOP bogus issue and one huge “Red Herring.”

Kansas Secretary of State and Breitbart columnist, Kris Kobach, who frequently pushes voter fraud misinformation on FOX News, spectacularly failed in his effort to mount a defense for his state’s voter registration law in a federal court trial in March.

Federal judge Julie Robinson both struck down the Kansas law and ordered Kobach to take remedial classes after repeatedly violating the judge’s orders, which includes him trying to introduce evidence after Robinson had specifically excluded it.

FOX, for their part and who has pushed the debunked specter of widespread voter fraud for a decade, provided no coverage of the trial as it progressed between March 6 and March 19 – while asking, I guess: “Kris Kobach, who’s that?” At least my hunch.

Background: In 2013, KS began enforcing the Kobach-backed “Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE)” law, which required residents who did not have a driver’s license to show proof of citizenship with documents such as a birth certificate or U.S. passport when registering to vote.

In May 2016, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson temporarily blocked Kansas from enforcing that law after the ACLU filed a lawsuit, arguing that the law violated the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires state voter registration forms to merely “contain an attestation that the applicant meets” eligibility requirements, such as citizenship. According to the ACLU, the law blocked tens of thousands of voter registrations in KS.

Kobach, who also writes columns for Breitbart and who has appeared on FOX News numerous times via a search of Nexis transcripts, which cover less than half of FOX shows, reveals nearly 60 appearances by Kobach. During a number of these appearances, he pushed an anti-immigrant agenda as he also discussed the KS voter registration law at least twice on FOX.

Additionally, FOX has spent years pushing bunk voter fraud claims and supporting Republican efforts to make voting harder in response to the fear they inspire. Considering that history, one might expect the network to closely cover Kobach’s chance to prove the necessity of stringent voter identification laws.

But that hasn’t been the case. According to a search of closed-captioning transcripts on Snap Stream and iQ media, FOX only mentioned the trial twice, in two short news updates for a grand total of 50 seconds – the trial stretched over six days.

My 2 Cents: More on this critical issue of “voter suppression” and not fraud, consider this excellent source: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU.

Additionally I have post about this for a very long time using that source – here for example are many links, but please note that some of the links may not be valid right now for various reasons, nor up to date, or maybe have expired or been deleted.

If so, sorry in advance, but the NYC link is valid and a great site.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump's PR Team Latest Billboard Top 10 Song: "The Lies Just Keep on Coming"

The #2 Purveyor of White House Lies (Trump is #1) 
(Sarah Huckabee-Sanders)

From old Huckabee-Sanders and her daily rant with another trail of lies for the media and worse, the public from here in part (the Washington Post):

“It’s the law, and that’s what the law states.” — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders (June 14, 2018)

From the Post:

The Trump administration seems to be caught inside a “Twilight Zone” episode, insisting without evidence that its own policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents is somehow a long-standing law and that any blame should go to Democrats.

The president got this ball rolling himself in a series of tweets and statements over the past few months.

Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!
9:56 AM - Apr 1, 2018

Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there *he misspelled their* parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.
9:59 AM - May 26, 2018

“We have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law,” Trump said during a roundtable on sanctuary cities in California on May 16. “It’s a horrible thing where you have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law, and they don’t want to do anything about it.”
These claims are violently divorced from reality, as we’ve explained previously

Alas, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to have missed or disregarded our fact-check.

Typically Sanders:

“First of all, there is no law that requires families be separated at the border,” one reporter told Sanders. “This was the administration’s choice to move from civil matters on immigration, on to criminal, to criminally prosecute people who come across the border illegally. … So why did the administration find that this was necessary?”

Sanders: “Again, the laws are the ones that have been on the books for over a decade, and the president is enforcing them. We would like to … fix our immigration problem. However, until Democrats are willing to actually fix this problem, it’s going to continue.”

What laws is she talking about? Continue at the story link above and this is related from Bannon – check it out here (what a pitiful man).

Some history:

From 2010 through 2016, figures show that out of 2,362,966 adults apprehended at the southern border, 492,970 (21%) were referred for prosecution. The numbers included adults not just those who crossed with minor children, so they’re not a measure of how many families were separated under Obama.

Further, during the Obama administration there was no policy in place that resulted in the systematic separation of families at the border, like we are now seeing under the Trump administration.

Generally parents during the Obama 8 years were not prosecuted for illegal entry.

There were some separations but ONLY if: (1) there was suspicion that the children were being trafficked, or (2) a claimed parent-child relationship did not actually exist. But nothing like the levels we are seeing today occurred in those years. Trump administration officials say that they’re trying to keep parents in the loop about their kids, however evidence shows otherwise with wrenching scenarios and stories.

Finally, this story the GOP likes to cite about Elián González (age 7 in 2000).
And, just as usual they get their info from FOX and in true GOP style PR spinning and skipping, they bypass the finer legal details while citing “we are the party of law and order” NOT the DEMS.

I guess they call themselves: “The Pick and Choose Party” – that is which laws to obey and to implement on their terms not the law or court’s.

Elián González’s mother, Elizabeth, drowned in November 1999 while attempting to flee Cuba for the U.S. along with Elián and her boyfriend.

Once in custody, the INS initially placed Elián with his paternal relatives in Miami who in turn sought to keep him – and, that was against his father's demands that Elián be returned to him in Cuba.

Court and Legal History: The Southern District Federal Court of Florida ruled that only Elian’s father, not the extended relatives in FL, had the legal right to petition for Elián’s asylum. That ruling was upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Then after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, and by order of AG Janel Reno, Federal Agents took Elián from his relatives (heavily armed and seen on national TV), they then returned him to his father in Cuba in June 2000.

My 2 Cents: The GOP blames the media and DEMS while professing and worshipping only FOX and of course their super well-funded and skilled PR machine. This issue underscores my contention.

The worst part: their base laps it up… they are like sheep: in line, listening, following, and not questioning or challenging anything spewed at them. The Trump team has one rule: “Believe us and nothing else. We are here for you.” 

Sadly the Trump policy speaks form a different format – help the top crust and their BFF’s – after all, they are the ones with the money and backing to keep them in office to work and return favors for more and more favors – that cycle is all too familiar.

Mouth pieces like Huckabee-Sanders, Conway, Miller, el al is sickening … they have no honor or dignity otherwise they would resign and say “I can’t keep lying for this government.” 

FYI: I recently wrote this letter to the local editor.  

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

GOP "Wars:" Women, Seniors, Immigrants, Minorities, Healthcare, the Poor and Needy

Not just Trump but a large majority of the GOP and their base 
(The question is why)

From this storyA nasty move by Trump and a long term goal in the GOP's war on the poor and needy (e.g., proposed cuts to Social Security and turning Medicare/Medicaid into a voucher program ref: Paul Ryan).

Latest is #17 on this list. Pretty pitiful isn’t it, but right in character with GOP thinking and I ask: Don’t RED states folks use these programs – hell, I guess not, right? (Cue the laughing now).

The rationale behind new Trump proposals/cuts is based on the usual misconception about exactly which Americans are on food stamps. 

Well, here are the facts about food stamp recipients from a USDA website, using the most recent data available from fiscal year 2016 and published in January 2018. In that year, the program served some 44.2 million people, a slight decrease from previous years. 

16 programs that the GOP hates and wants to “reform” read:
“Cut funding or abolish”…

1. Veterans Health AdministrationThe largest single-payer health care system in the United States and graded as “effective in providing access to inexpensive health care for low-income veterans.”
2. The Child Tax Credit Provides assistance to families with children and it has protected about 2.9 million people from falling into poverty, including about 1.5 million children.
3. The Earned Income Tax Credit:  Provides cash assistance to low-income working families and accord to Ryan himself: “studies on the EITC shows it is an effective tool for encouraging and rewarding work among lower-income individuals, particularly single mothers.”
4. Rural Housing Assistance Grants:  Funds the repair and improvement of rural housing units and it “allows very low-income elderly homeowners on a fixed budget to remain at home and independent.”
5. Title X Family Planning provides grants to states for family planning and related preventive health services, excluding abortion services. The report found that the program is “moderately effective. According to a 2005 OMB assessment, “women who utilize Title X (Family Planning program) services as their primary source of health care have significantly greater odds of receiving contraceptive services and/or care for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than women who utilize private physicians or HMOs.”
6. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides funding to states in support of health care costs associated with HIV/AIDS treatments for individuals and families. The initiative “has been shown to fill gaps in Medicaid’s HIV/AIDS services and delivery programs,” the report found.
7. Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. The program was found to be “effective” in “assisting a vulnerable population to achieve beneficial outcome.”
8. Federal Health Centers provide grants to outpatient primary-care facilities. The report found “fewer racial and ethnic disparities at community health centers” and concluded that they “perform better than private-practice primary case in some cases.”  What’s more, medical expenses for health center patients were found to be lower compared to patients who receive care elsewhere.
9. Homeless Assistance Grants provide rehab-housing and supportive housing to the homeless. The program has been shown to “decrease homeless and reduce costs related to health care and institutionalization.”
10. Low income subsidy for Medicare Part D helps low-income seniors access medications they otherwise would not use. A 2012 study compared two groups of seniors with similar commodities and found that seniors taking advantage of the LIS subsidy were significantly more likely to take medically necessary medications than the group not enrolled in the LIS program.
11. The Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant has helped reduce infant mortality and was rated highly effective by OMB report.
12. Elderly Nutrition Program funds group meals and home-delivered meals for senior citizens. “By and large, studies have found that the program is well targeted towards the low-income elderly and to those with increased risk for nutrition and health problems.
13. Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides adequate nutrition to pregnant women, infants, and children. “Most of the academic literature supports that the WIC program increases birth weights for low-income women,” the report concludes.
14. School Breakfast Program increases both nutrition and academic achievement among low-income children it doesn’t seem to increase the likelihood that a child will eat breakfast.
15. Education for Homeless Children and Youth provides funding for states to create programs to ensure homeless children and youth have access to public education. The initiative improves student performance.
16. Child Care and Development Fund helps low-income families afford child care. The report agrees that the subsidies increase the likelihood of participation in the labor force and encourages single mothers to pursue education.

Just added by Trump and addressed in the linked story above:

17. SNAP (Food Stamps): White House OMB will release a new report outlining a plan to move all safety-net programs into HHS, and to give that new department also a new name, emphasizing the word “welfare” (which will play to the “free stuff” angry GOP based. The move also will lump the $70 billion for SNAP (Food Stamps) in with Medicare and Medicaid. Under one roof and making it easier to cut SNAP – a long time GOP goal. 

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

"The Art of Con" Again in Clear View: Now Affecting Immigrant Children Mental Health

ICE: Does that mean a cold drink? I'll ask mommy
(Hey, where’s my mommy)
(A picture worth 10,000 words or arrests)


My Introduction to this fine analysis from the Washington Post (below) with my emphasis on critical points – the ones Trump and many GOPers always seem to conveniently skip over re: Trump’s routine strong and standard harsh terms and based on many Trump lies and flat out false claims:
So, hey Mr. and Mrs. America and especially “Trump loyalists” – listen up:

What we are witnessing right now and once again smack in our face is the Trump “Art of the Con” – not deal making or skill from “I’m the smartest man in world at negotiating” or with any finesse whatsoever. Nope, we have a Flim-Flam Con Artist right here in our own “River City” and in our collective face.

The subject is immigration, and I will say right up front something we all know and supposedly cherish – our heritage. We all (except truly native Americans) have our roots in families that immigrated to America – most legally, but some illegally in many cases over the decades past. All of them no matter how, came here for a better life, some to escape poverty or in many cases war, famine, crime, other turmoil inhumane terms.

But with Trump we have a horror show as I said, once again right in our face, now ripping children away from their parents who brought them here – no fault of their own to seek a better life – and, yet Trump wants to sustain his “nasty blame game” when in reality it is his bigoted fault.

Related – click the video link below – it also explains the topic (about 3 minutes):

From the Washington Post analysis:

Trump has calculated that he will gain political leverage in congressional negotiations by continuing to enforce a policy he claims to hate — separating immigrant parents from their young children at the southern border, according to White House officials.
Trump suggested he would not change the policy unless Democrats agreed to his other immigration demands, which include (1) funding a border wall, (2) tightening the rules for border enforcement, and (3) curbing legal entry. He also is intent on pushing members of his party to vote for a compromise measure that would achieve those long-standing priorities.

(I note: Trump shames DEMS to support his crap knowing full and well he does not have GOP votes on the harsh policy to pass any standalone bill. He needs the DEMS and he thinks shame will turn them his way. He is flat out wrong on this approach. Many GOPers also know it. Now we shall see who stands for right or wrong and common sense).

Trump’s public acknowledgment that he was willing continue as he pursued his political goals came as the president once again blamed Democrats for a policy enacted and touted by his own administration.

Trump tweeted this after listing his demands in any immigration bill:  “The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda,” he tweeted “Go for it! WIN!”

The attempt to gain advantage from a practice the American Academy of Pediatrics describes as causing children “irreparable harm” sets up a high-stakes gambit for Trump, whose political career has long benefited from harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Democrats have latched onto the issue and vowed to fight in the court of public opinion, with leaders planning trips to the border to highlight the stories of separated families, already the focus of news media attention. 

Democratic candidates running for vulnerable Republican seats also have begun to make the harsh treatment of children a centerpiece of their campaigns.

The policy has cracked Trump’s usually united conservative base, with a wide array of religious leaders and groups denouncing it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention issued statements critical of the practice. 

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who delivered a prayer at Trump’s inauguration, signed a letter calling the practice “horrible.” 

Pastor Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, a vocal supporter of the presidents who has brushed aside past Trump controversies, called it “terrible” and “disgraceful.”

Besides increasing the odds of a broader immigration bill, senior Trump strategists believe that the child separation policy will deter the flow of migrant families across the border. Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents during six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The figure is the only one released by the government.

(My insert: I wonder who the “senior Trump strategists and, and do any of them even have small children themselves: Hint: My first guess to ID the leader of that bunch would be the staunch anti-immigrant ass, Stephen Miller followed by Jeff Sessions a close second – then anyone’s guess).

A White House official said: “The president has told folks that in lieu of the laws being fixed, he wants to use the enforcement mechanisms that we have.

The thinking in the building is to force people to the table.” Trump reinforced that notion at the White House when he suggested Democrats (falsely again) alone had the power to alter the policy.

(I note: the law as such was passed under Obama and the GOP, but they never separated children this way — ever — so the policy as such then was nowhere the present harsh implementation by Trump and Sessions now ... that is a historical fact — look it up and BTW: The GOP runs the whole government shebang so they could in heartbeat change the policy, but Trump wants blame to benefit his so-called skills in deal-making).

Then Trump had the audacity to say: “I hate the children being taken away.”

(I have to say: Bull Mr. Trump, utter BS).

The president used a similar strategy last year as he sought to gain approval for his immigration demands by using the lure of protection for young immigrants brought to the United States as children. That effort, which ran counter to Trump’s earlier promise to sign a bipartisan bill protecting the young immigrants, foundered in Congress.

Democratic and Republican strategists believe the odds of passing a broad new immigration law — this one ending the family separation policy — remain slim.

My 2 cents: All my views are basically highlighted above – so not much more to add that to state the obvious: Trump is a bigot and racist and anti-immigrant hateful man, period. Measure that against all his words and actions and deeds and attempts at harsh policy. The evidence is compelling: Trump is a bigot and hates immigrants - sadly his own family came from Germany and two of his three wives were immigrants — how's that for his sick irony? Pretty hard to square that circle, Mr. Trump. 

All I finally say is stay tuned and for goodness sake if you disagree with Trump on this policy or his other harsh policies (anti-health care and especially harsh toward women and seniors on social security and Medicare cuts, etc.) then get onboard the movement to turn things around this November. Help get get out the vote and take friends, too and do whatever you think is right. 

Our national honor, dignity, core values, compassion, and yes, the future are at stake.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

EPA Chief Pruitt Must Go ASAP: Or is Trump Waiting for More Corruption to Pile Up

The arrogant Scott Pruitt vs. America

Plenty of fire and corruption from Smokey the Pruitt

This update of the story goes more downhill ever since Pruitt took over the EPA – this update and whole story from the Washington Post re: Pruitt’s abuse of his office and corruption and law breaking:

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group that has backed him for years, according to multiple individuals familiar with the matter.

The job hunt included Pruitt’s approaching wealthy party supporters and conservative figures with ties to the Trump administration. The individuals said Pruitt enlisted Samantha Dravis, then serving as associate administrator for the EPA’s Office of Policy, to line up work for his wife, Marlyn.

When one donor, Doug Deason, said he could not hire Pruitt because of a conflict of interest, Pruitt continued to solicit his help in trying to find other possibilities.

A spokesman for the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) confirmed that it employed Pruitt’s wife, a onetime school nurse, “temporarily as an independent contractor,” but it did not disclose via email how long she worked there or what she was paid. The spokesman said the position came about after the group received her résumé from Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society. The two organizations have financial ties.

Note: Leo is a prominent Pruitt backer and longtime friend who was involved in arrangements for the administrator’s visit to Italy last year. Taxpayers spent more than $100,000 on the trip, which included private tours of the Vatican and meals at some of Rome’s finest restaurants.

Marlyn Pruitt left the JCN earlier this year, the spokesman said, adding that the group was pleased with her work. But the search and hiring raises more ethics questions about Scott Pruitt’s use of EPA staff as well as his contacts with GOP contributors and outside allies for his personal benefit. Federal ethics rules prohibit public officials from using their posts for private gain or receiving free services or other gifts from their subordinates.

Virginia Canter, executive branch ethics counsel for the public watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said in an interview that Pruitt’s having a full-time EPA employee “become the headhunter for his spouse” was “highly inappropriate” and “would affect his financial interests.”

Pruitt already faces more than a dozen federal inquiries into his spending and management decisions at the agency, including: (1)  his first-class travels, (2) a $50-a-night condo rental from a lobbyist, and (3) the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office.

In several instances over the past 15 months, according to the individuals familiar with those overtures, Pruitt made overtures to corporate executives and prominent Republicans whom he had met either while he was serving as OK AG or after joining President Trump’s Cabinet.

Deason told officials — including Dravis and Mitchell — that he could not hire Pruitt because his company has financial dealings in areas regulated by the agency. He agreed to brainstorm other possibilities for her, he said Tuesday, consulting with both women about potential jobs. Deason said Dravis eventually deferred his questions to Mitchell. Marlyn Pruitt worked as a school nurse in the early 1990s before focusing on raising the couple’s two children, according to Oklahoma state records and interviews with several current and former Trump administration officials.

She and her husband have a residence in Tulsa and one in Washington, and he told EPA aides last spring that he needed more money to maintain both. Current and former employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation, said the administrator embarked on a concerted campaign to line up employment opportunities for her.

My 2 Cents:Drain the Swamp” – ha, Trump is filling it with the likes Scott Pruitt and whole country knows it, too … so why hasn’t Trump fired him? 

Simple: Pruitt does “stuff” that Trump likes as part of being a science-denier and that sort of “stuff” – special favs for his wife – no biggie – Trump did it for Kushner and daughter Ivanka, too. 

It all fits the Trump pattern like a B&E crime: Get into government as quickly as possible; then get all you can just as quickly as possible; and get out as quickly as possible before the residents come home or wake up and find the house is empty. 

Then plead the 5th if caught and hire an expensive DC law team. 

Pruitt is a total disgrace and why GOPers are not speaking out defies logic and gravity – why is that? Hell, maybe they are cut from that same Trump cloth. Time will tell. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

And, thank goodness for the very alert and honest media for tracking and reporting on these Trump appointees and their shenanigans – kudos to the media.