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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Thuggery. Update: Trump's doctor finally admits (some of) the truth!

On first glance, this story is weirdly funny:
In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump's longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump's New York doctor without notice and took all the president's medical records.

The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a "raid," took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years.
On second glance, this is serious business. What Keith Schiller did was clearly illegal; the state of New York should file charges. Generalissimo Trump obviously considers himself beyond the reach of the law. It may well be that the goon who worked with Schiller is the same guy who threatened Stormy Daniels.

Interestingly, Trump's charts were kept under a pseudonym. John Barron? David Dennison? How many names does this president have?

Trump is hiding something about his health. Everyone knows it.

Update: Dr. Bornstein has finally confirmed what we knew all along -- Trump dictated the letter testifying to Trump's marvelous health.
"He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday.
Can you imagine the public's reaction if Hillary had done such a thing?

Looks to me as though Bornstein was a Trump loyalist willing to lie on behalf of the boss -- until the boss decided to crap all over his underling. Now, we start to learn the truth. There can be only one reason for a fake letter: Trump is hiding a disturbing truth.

Do tell us more, Dr. Bornstein.
Comments:
"Keith, He's talking about the drugs. We gotta cut him off fast. Clear him out."

"You got it Boss. I'll bring a bag, right?"

"Yeah, Keith, a bag."
 
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "As is standard operating procedure for a new president, the White House Medical Unit took possession of the president’s medical records".

A head of state's medical records may well in the normal course of things contain information that might impact on national security if successfully snooped on. But why send a bodyguard, Keith Schiller, and a lawyer for Trump's business organisation, Alan Garten? WTF is being covered up here?

This is the first time I recall hearing a bodyguard described as an "aide". I thought "aides" were white collar, not muscle.

(Off-topic: I'm surprised Barack Obama had a BMI of 23.7. He looked much skinnier.)
 
Jennifer Rubin on MSNBC reminded us that Dr. Ronny Jackson had said that he did not have Trump's previous medical records.

These records will never be seen.

Tom
 
b, BMI is a terrible health indicator. If you have a lot of muscle mass, you can be considered obese based on BMI. Obama didn't look terribly muscular to me, but that could be part of why his BMI seems "off" to you.
 
Off topic:

https://shareblue.com/republicans-fake-green-party-candidates-chris-collins-new-york-ny-27/
 
With friends like Rudy Giuliani the Great White Dope don't need no enemies.
Meanwhile in the background, Dominionist Evangelical Christians are working to turn the Big PX into a theocracy. One Red State at a time.
 
Anon 9:45pm, thank you for the link above. We need to focus more on GOP strategies to drive wedges into the resistance -- and how the Green Party has been used as a tool of the dark marauders.

Running sleeper candidates as "Independents" and/or Green Party candidates is one wedge.

Another wedge is paying for public service ads and social media campaigns that tear down Democratic candidates without criticizing a third party candidate. In 2016, this helped convert critical Democratic votes to Green Party votes -- and caused disenchanted Dems and Independents not to vote.

Democrats have a blind side -- issues. The GOP used it to blind-side the party in 2016. The GOP funded opposition research designed to drive wedges into the opposition, promoted negative false stories that appeared to be real enough after enough repetitions from enough different sources, and played to people's gut instincts: magnifying fear, activating tribalism, conjuring up myths and beliefs, and fueling emotional -- rather than rational -- responses (e.g. "lock her up").

The GOP's multi-pronged "divide and conquer" wedge strategy gave the GOP candidate for President a margin of victory in several key races and netted important electoral college outcomes.

Of particular concern is not just Citizen's United's impact on election spending. In 2016, more "Conservative" $$ was spent on opposition research, news stories, e-mails, member communications, and social media posts to tear down opposition candidates than to support GOP candidates. Exhibit A: NRA spending in 2016 on opposition promotions ($37 mil) was FAR greater than money the organization spent to support it's preferred candidates ($17mil.) https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cmte=National%20Rifle%20Assn&cycle=2016

Opposition research and promotional spending on member communications or ads to provide information "in the public interest" does not need to be reported to the FEC because it is not "in support" of a candidate.

So it's not the unregulated flow of money to candidates that should be our greatest concern -- it's the unregulated, unlimited flow of money that funds opposition research, ads, social media posts, press releases, fake social media identities and one-sided "news" and reports that discredit GOP "opponents" and issues (e.g. a sensible set of uniform gun laws). Typically, the recommendations of opposition researchers or biased research funded by industry are magnified by e-mail communications and postings to social networks (such as members of the NRA), press releases picked up and repeated without journalist examination by sympathetic (e.g. Fox-like news) media hosts, and lists rented by "direct marketing/big data" firms.

The GOP's wedge strategy has also focused on amplifying divisions (e.g. bad-mouthing Black Lives Matter, equating "liberals" and "progressives" with violent antifa protesters, etc.). It was demonstrably effective in 2016 in many races across the country.

Those who represent issues the GOP fears or that threaten their agency and agenda were/are all targets of opposition research and promotions: e.g. Clinton, Mueller, Rosenstein, Comey, Pelosi, Schumer, Franken), organizations (e.g. Amazon, NYT, WSJ, McClatchy, FBI, DOJ, the Catholic Church), and scientists, artists/entertainers/sports stars, and academics (e.g. climate change research).

"Now we must save the soul of this nation TOGETHER...No more separation". If you can hear Rev Barber speak, do it. https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/2020909557940524/ dataflo
 
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