Sunday 31st of May 2020

news of the day: donald is going insane...


In several previous articles I’ve written for Pravda.Report, I have analogized the rise of George W. Bush and Donald Trump to the highest office in United States government to the rise of Adolph Hitler in Germany.

While I did this with the realization and understanding that, to many people, Hitler represents a unique form of evil, I felt the world would be remiss if they forgot the political tactics and circumstances that allowed Hitler to obtain power, and that many of these tactics and circumstances have contributed to the rise of both Bush Jr. and Trump.

Since Bush Jr. is no longer in office (although his war crimes and use of torture must be eternally condemned, since, thanks to the corruption of the United States legal system, he will never be prosecuted), this article will focus on Trump’s rise to power. First and foremost, it must be remembered that Hitler did not arise in a vacuum: Germany was in the throes of an economic depression; political groups on both the extreme left and the extreme right were vying for power; racism and anti-Semitism were on the rise; and there was lingering bitterness not only over Germany’s defeat in World War I, but also a treaty that much of the German citizenry believed to be unduly punitive and oppressive. In short, the perfect storm for a demagogue and tyrant. Still, despite these circumstances, the Nazi party only received 40% of the vote.

Trump also benefitted from a similar perfect storm: Many Americans were tired and frustrated with “establishment” politics and politicians that were increasingly being viewed as ineffectual and corrupt; this view was reinforced when, just eleven days before the election, then-FBI director James Comey announced a “reopening” of an investigation into Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton’s purported illegal use of an e-mail account; white supremacists and nationalists were still embittered that an African-American man had won the presidency; and there was a belief that a Clinton victory would not only prolong the wars America was currently involved in, but spawn others as well. Still, despite these circumstances, Clinton received almost three million more votes than Trump, but still lost thanks to an archaic abomination known as the Electoral College, which, since the turn of the century, has paved the way for America, and the world, to suffer under two of the worst and most corrupt presidents in United States history—Bush Jr. and Trump. In addition to these circumstances, Hitler, Bush Jr., and Trump also used similar tactics to achieve their so-called “victories.” Since Bush Jr.’s machinations have been discussed in my previous articles, the focus will be on Trump. Both Hitler and Trump employed the tactic of scapegoating.

This tactic is used to dupe people into believing there are simple solutions to complex problems. This is done by blaming a group of people, usually a racial and/or religious minority, for being the cause of said problems. Hitler did this not only with the Jewish population, but also the Romani, Poles, Russians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the disabled, and gays and lesbians. Trump did this during his campaign by vilifying immigrants from Mexico, and Central and South America, and, after he took office, African-Americans who protested the injustices inherent in the United States legal system, as well as gays and lesbians. A tragic, but almost certain, offspring of scapegoating is that people become bitterly divided, with members of the race, religion, and/or sexual orientation the “leader” supports considering themselves “superior,” while those unlike them are considered “inferior.”

This naturally increases the incentive for the supposed “superior” group to insult, abuse, assault, and even murder members of the supposed “inferior” group. Trump incessantly fuels this divide by zealously defending the “free speech” rights of those who espouse his views, while seeking to silence those who disagree with him. In fact, at the time of this writing, Trump is threatening to sue CNN for having the audacity to criticize him, while frequently praising his sycophants on the Faux (FOX) News Network who fight like jackals for the opportunity to plant their noses squarely in Trump’s flatulent behind. Both Trump and Hitler also exploit the human tendency to place emotion before reason.

As Hitler wrote, “The driving force of the most important changes in this world has been found less in scientific knowledge animating the masses but rather in a fanaticism dominating them and in a hysteria which drives them forward.” Both have accomplished this through the use of “great lies.” The “great lie theory” contends that, while people will recognize “ordinary” lies told by their leaders, they often fail to recognize “great” lies, due to the belief that, according to Hitler, people “would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” One drawback to this theory is that intellectuals and academics who place their principles above politics can and do often recognize “great lies.” While Hitler’s remedy was simply to have these people imprisoned and/or murdered, Trump (probably much to his chagrin) doesn’t have this luxury.

So, his alternative is to simply holler “Fake News” about every comment or story that exposes his dishonesty, knowing that the mindless members of his cult will neither make the effort nor have the integrity to find the truth for themselves. However, while the circumstances and tactics that Trump used to obtain power might serve as a historical harbinger to prevent the ascendancy of similar demagogues and tyrants in America’s future, the fact remains that he is here, which makes the analogies between him and Hitler even more frightening. During his final days, with the Red Army closing in, Hitler stewed in his bunker, pushing imaginary German troops around on maps, berating his generals as “traitors,” and, quite simply, drifting even deeper into madness. Yet, through it all, his toadies loyally stood by, ready to accommodate his every deranged desire, and placing the whims of a madman above the needs of their country.

While some portion of America’s media is now tenderly touching on the subject, almost all of them are terrified to say it aloud: Donald Trump is going insane. The evidence is clear and irrefutable, from Trump’s claims he is a “stable genius”; to his rantings about his “perfect” telephone call with the Ukrainian president; to his unhinged letter to the president of Turkey; to his cavalier dismissal of the long-suffering Kurds because “they didn’t help [America] with Normandy” (conveniently forgetting that, in the Soviet Union’s mind, millions of their citizens lost their lives because America and England delayed too long in opening up a significant Western Front); to claiming that it was his “great and unmatched wisdom” that led to his withdrawing American troops from northern Syria.

The important element to focus on in these irrational times is not what Trump is doing, but on what he is saying. He is clearly a psychotic, megalomaniacal monster with delusions of grandeur, and a narcissistic sense of self-importance. Just like Hitler, if Trump is not certifiably insane by now, he soon will be, with the Red Army, in the form of well-deserved impeachment proceedings, looming on his doorstep, as he pushes imaginary scenarios around on a map via his mindless, knee-jerk decisions, while condemning those who dare criticize him as “traitors.”

And, like Hitler, Trump’s toadies obsequiously stand by as he drifts further into madness—despicable people like Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell, Matt Gaetz, William Barr, and numerous others—who are more than willing to place the whims of a madman before the good of the nation. Who knows why they do so? Perhaps they believe they can turn Trump’s insanity to their own advantage; perhaps they are too egotistical and stubborn to admit they were wrong; perhaps they are simply ignorant, which is not out of the norm given some of the idiocy vomiting from their mouths.

The reason doesn’t manner. What matters is that America, considered to be one of the most powerful nations in the world, is in the grip of a madman, and there are both pundits and politicians who are willing to enable and perpetuate this madness for their own twisted reasons. If something isn’t done soon, it will only get worse.

David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report

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the deep state is shallow...

Now that years of Russia-gate accusations have finally fallen apart, those forces intent on driving Trump from office have had to find another pretext. Now it is Ukraine-gate, an issue similar in many ways to Russia-gate in that both were set into motion by the same forces aligned with the Democratic Party and the CIA-led Obama administration.

It was the Obama administration who engineered the 2014 right-wing, Neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine as part of its agenda to undermine Russia. A neo-liberal/neo-conservative agenda. This is, or should be, common knowledge. Obama put it in his typically slick way in a 2015 interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakiria, saying that the United States “had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.”

This is Orwellian language at its finest, from a warmonger who received the Nobel Prize for Peace while declaring he was in support of war. That the forces that have initiated a new and highly dangerous Cold War, a nuclear confrontation with Russia, demonized Vladimir Putin, and have overthrown the elected leader of a country allied with Russia on its western border, dares from the day he was elected in 2016 to remove its own president in the most obvious ways imaginable seems like bad fiction. But it is fact, and the fact that so many Americans approve of it is even more fantastic.

Over the past few years the public has heard even more about the so-called “deep state,” only to see its methods of propaganda become even more perversely cynical in their shallowness. 

No one needs to support the vile Trump to understand that the United States is undergoing a fundamental shift wherein tens of millions of Americans who say they believe in democracy support the activities of gangsters who operate out in the open with their efforts to oust an elected president.

We have crossed the Rubicon and there will be no going back.


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disposable razor-gang...

How “indispensable” is the “indispensable nation”? Will the USA be capable of living in peace, or is there a threat of civil war?by Willy Wimmer, former State Secretary at the German Ministry of Defense

One thing is certain. In the past, the furor with which the various groups in Washington are fighting each other was directed at pitching into the “enemies” all over the world. Under President Trump, the world seems to be taking a breather. Two questions arise here: How long will President Trump bear up? Is the world turning this breathing space to good account? 

The evening news programmes of the British BBC can be consulted in order to form an opinion on both questions. For years now, it has been noticeable how London is discarding any form of restraint in commenting on events in another country. Unswayed by comprehensive reporting, these comments present Trump as the manifest bogeyman. For comparison, one should refer to the evening war coverage on the events in Hong Kong. The BBC is usually only known for this kind of reporting when it is about the next British war mission. Hong Kong and the salvos against Trump correspond to one and the same pattern. Full speed ahead amidships, – that seems to be the London slogan.

And yet Washington offers a cornucopia of messages that should be made public without fail. The endless story of Trump’s presidency makes it clear that this is true for both sides. There is no correlation between the self-proclaimed “democratic lighthouse” and the conflict before the 2016 election or the processes and procedures in Washington since then. Rather, these are reminiscent of an Afghan equestrian sport in which an animal carcass is “wiped out” beyond recognition by the participating riders. Lately, President Trump has been warning of a civil war. Signs of this go as far back as the nominations of both presidential candidates in the last presidential election. The fact that all aircraft carrier combat groups with their large number of combat aircraft were brought back to their American home ports on the election date in 2016 speaks volumes, as does the simultaneous return transport of heavy war material from the various theatres of war to the vicinity of American metropolises.

So who is surprised when American President Trump delivered a magnificent speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 25 October, and the European media pick out just only his harsh words about Iran? No mention of his remarks about the possible role of the United States in a future world of sovereign states, as unusual for an American President as they might be. His statement about the “future that belongs to the patriots” was packaged in a way that could also be used for the governmental displeasure against the AfD to forge ahead in Germany. And yet it is the decisive question for all of mankind whether the American president Trump will succeed in reforming his country’s domestic and foreign policy in such a way that the state will neither collapse nor inflict perpetual war on the world. One should not be afraid in Europe to see the migration movement in both Americas against this background. What image do we have of the future USA? For decades, we have been observing a verbal rearmament against the USA in “Spanish America”. The people of South America want the areas back that fell to the US in the 19th century, from Texas to California. To date, the arbitrary war policy first legitimised by the sinking of the “Maine” in the port of Havana has been intrinsically linked to the American “self-adulation” as the “indispensable nation”, to their proverbial self-empowerment to wage a permanent global war.


Everyone can appreciate the extent of bigotry necessary to maintain this self-image. But beyond President Trump this picture starts to crash down like a house of cards, as the medium “Netflix” wants to make clear in a few weeks time, with a broadcast about the true rulers in the United States in the form not of “Skull and Bones” but of the “National Prayer Breakfast”. According to the author of the underlying book “The family” in his statement on CNN, at the time of its foundation in the thirties this was a “semi-fascist organisation”. The “superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race” is beginning to waver – not because modern ideas are breaking new ground worldwide. It’s not only in Washington that people are turning on each other. The world should hold on to itself in order not to fly down from the roller coaster set in motion by Washington.    •

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he may be pant-less-ly mad but he's not devious...

An upcoming book reportedly seeking to provide a character analysis of US President Donald Trump reads like a barrage of personal attacks, judging by excerpts provided by The Washington Post.

US administration officials at one point considered resigning en-masse in protest against Trump’s conduct, says a new book titled "A Warning" by an anonymous author identifying themselves as a “senior official in the Trump administration", The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The book, clearly written in anti-Trump language, paints the US president as “cruel, inept and a danger to the nations", the report says.

In the book, the author compares Trump’s leadership style to “a twelve-year-old in an air traffic control tower, pushing the buttons of government indiscriminately, indifferent to the planes skidding across the runway and the flights frantically diverting away from the airport".

With no shortage of colourful analogues, the book compares Trump’s tweets to “showing up at the nursing home at daybreak to find your elderly uncle running pantsless across the courtyard and cursing loudly about the cafeteria food, as worried attendants tried to catch him".

“You’re stunned, amused, and embarrassed all at the same time", the author points out.

The book portrays Trump as ill-mannered and short-tempered, and reports that he makes misogynistic jokes and becomes irritated easily.

“He comments on makeup. He makes jokes about weight. He critiques clothing. He questions the toughness of women in and around his orbit. He uses words like ‘sweetie’ and ‘honey’ to address accomplished professionals", the author says.

According to the book, Trump is continuously suspicious of the next administration official to betray the administration.

“What the f*** are you doing?” Trump is alleged to have shouted at an aide taking notes during a meeting, “Are you f****g taking notes?”

The author then moves on to a favourite subject of Trump critics, speaking of the 73-year-old’s mental health.

“I am not qualified to diagnose the president’s mental acuity", the author reveals. “All I can tell you is that normal people who spend any time with Donald Trump are uncomfortable by what they witness. He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity. Those who would claim otherwise are lying to themselves or to the country".

The book goes so far as to claim that Vice President Mike Pence would support removing Trump from office via the 25th Amendment if a majority of White House staff supported it – an allegation fiercely rebuked by the VP.

“I never heard anything in my time as vice president about the 25th Amendment. And why would I?” Pence claimed on Thursday, describing the book as “appalling".

The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution says the vice president takes the reigns in case of the president’s “death, resignation or inability to discharge the powers and duties". Trump critics have long suggested removing Trump from office over his alleged mental problems but the calls have so far fallen flat.


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getting numerous second opinions...

Back in February, Donald Trump’s physician Sean Conley concluded that the US President is in “very good health”, referring to the results of the relevant physical examination. 

Next week, a group of US medics is due to testify during House impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump that his mental health makes him dangerous and unfit for office, The Washington Examiner reports.

The magazine quoted Bandy Lee, a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist, as saying that they think that “hearing about mental health aspects in the context of the impeachment hearings is critical, partly because, for the past tow and a half years we have been very deeply concerned about the mental instability of the president, and pretty much all that we have said has born out to be true.”

Apart from Lee, the group comprises there psychiatrists, a clinical neuropsychologist, a neurologist, and an internist.

Responding to criticism that issuing a mental health assessment without personal examination runs counter to some medical association codes, Lee and her colleagues said that they had just described Trump’s behaviour and signs of "mental instability and dangerousness," and that it should not be interpreted as issuing a diagnosis.

They pointed to the US President's public appearances, tweets, interviews, as well as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, which they claimed allows them to determine that Trump “lacks mental capacity to fulfil the duties of his office”.

"There is very little that a personal examination will add," Lee said.

She was at the helm of a group of medical experts who conducted a mental health analysis of Trump earlier this year and then asked the US President to submit to a medical exam, but to no avail.

Shortly after, the medics concluded that Trump should not work as the US President given his current mental capacity, also recommending that “he lose his war powers and access to nuclear weapons,” according The Washington Examiner.


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