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The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 22 The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 22
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-11-11 12:07:35
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Week 22 - Columns 147-153 (November 5-11)
On the subjects of: the coming of the boogieman, Pocahontas again, the WH as a 3 ring circus,
bullying the U.S. Justice System, Kushner involvement in the firing of Comey,
is he really a f. moron, will the generals save us?

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Column 147

Is the Boogieman Coming to Knock at the Emperor’s Home?

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According to Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter for Trump's 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal.  Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's recent indictments of three Trump associates have left the commander-in-chief shaken and concerned—even if he won't show it or admit it.

"There is a level at which, despite his desire not to feel it, Trump is very, very, very anxious that Mueller's going to get him," Schwartz said.

Schwartz, a de facto expert on Trump who once spent more than a year shadowing the tycoon for book research, said that  "He’s angry at everyone right now, I guarantee you, and if you’re sitting in that White House you feel it ... There’s nothing Donald Trump feels more intolerable than to feel weak or potentially humiliated, or out of control. And along comes this guy Mueller, indicts these three people. Sets Trump’s teeth on edge that it’s coming toward him. This is a tsunami, really."

Schwartz said he thinks the president will ultimately fire Mueller. The reason is simple: Trump wants to be in full command. Recently Trump declared that "you know, the saddest thing is that because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing," Trump said. "And I’m very frustrated by it."

Afterward, Schwartz characterized the remarks as "scary," saying it was clear Trump wants "to be the emperor of the U.S.” Echoes of the ancient Roman Emperor Caligula and his Praetorian guards?

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Column 148

Trump Insults Native Americans by Reviving 'Pocahontas' Slur

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Less than three days into Native American Heritage Month Trump has insulted a U.S. senator for her claimed Native American heritage, referring to her in a tweeter (Sen. Elisabeth Warren) as “Pocahontas.

 For whatever reason, Trump remains fixated on the senator’s lineage, frequently referring to her as Pocahontas. 

Last year he said this about the senator: “I know it. Other people who work with her know it. ... She made up her heritage, which I think is racist. I think she’s a racist, actually, because what she did was very racist.”

The clashes with Warren aren’t the only example of Trump displaying his insensitivity to people with Native American lineage. 

During a congressional hearing in 1993, Trump accused competing Native American casinos of being fronts for the Mafia and being run by non-tribal members. “They don’t look like Indians to me,” he said. “And they don’t look like Indians to Indians.” It looks, however, that the Mafia may now be in the White House.

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Column 149

It’s Every Man for himself in the WH Three Ring Circus
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Less than two weeks after two top former Trump campaign officials have been indicted and another adviser to the campaign has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, the pressure on others under scrutiny is progressively increasing. 

Some of the former campaign officials and associates in legal jeopardy are rushing to offer their cooperation in an effort to get a better deal from prosecutors. While earlier this year they dismissed any suggestion that there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, now, days after former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted, they seem to believe the Russians interfered or tried to interfere. 

Washington is bracing for the next indictment to be unsealed, but it is unclear when that will happen.  There are several people under scrutiny at risk.  Even those close to President Trump are speculating.  A source familiar with the inner workings of the Trump business and White House operation says, "I think everyone in the entire circle is potentially a target." Among the names the source mentioned were former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; his son, Michael Flynn Jr.; Felix Sater, a former Trump business associate; Carter Page – a former foreign policy adviser for the campaign; Sam Clovis a former top campaign official; Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney; and Jared Kushner who is the president's son-in-law and one of his top advisers. It’s a three ring circus out there and the best is still to come.

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Column 150

Bullying the U.S. Justice System

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Sen. Bob (R-Tenn.) sharply criticizes Donald Trump recently calling his intimidation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session “totally inappropriate” and accusing him of “undermining our justice system.” 

Trump told reporters as he was leaving for a 12-day trip to Asia that he was “disappointed” in the Justice Department for failing to investigate the Democrats and his former presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not really involved with the Justice Department,” Trump said. “I’d like to let it run itself. But honestly, they should be looking at Democrats. ... They should be looking at a lot of things, and a lot of people are disappointed with the Justice Department, including me.”

Asked if he would fire Session if he doesn’t investigate Trump’s Democratic political rivals, Trump answered: “I don’t know.”

Corker said in his statement: “Like me, most Americans hope that our justice system is independent and free of political interference.

“President Trump’s pressuring of the Justice Department and FBI to pursue cases against his adversaries and calling for punishment before trials take place are totally inappropriate and not only undermine our justice system but erode the American people’s confidence in our institutions.”

Trump indicated in an interview Thursday with conservative radio host Larrt O’Connor that he would love to be in charge of the Justice Department and the FBI so he could unleash them on Clinton. “The  saddest thing is that because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department,” said the man whose campaign is being investigated for possible collusion with the Russian government in the presidential election. “I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI.” 

Trump has repeatedly pointed in his tweets to former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile’s recent revelations that Clinton had gained control of the committee during the 2016 election before becoming the party’s nominee. But Brazile has answered the tweets telling Trump to stop “trolling” and misquoting her.

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Column 151

Trump’s Son-in-law Implicated in Firing of FBI Director Comey

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Robert Mueller’s investigators are reportedly now turning their attention to Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, to determine what role he played in the firing of FBI director James Comey.

Jared Kushner has voluntarily turned over a number of documents to the probe in recent weeks, as they relate to contacts with Russia during the campaign and the transition period. Meanwhile Trump is reportedly turning on his son in law. It seems that Kushner is being blamed for what eventually led to Mueller’s appointment: the firing of FBI Director Comey and national security director Michael Flynn.

Donald Trump has tweeted that there has never been any collusion between his campaign and Russia, but George Papadopoulos, one of the three indicted by Mueller recently has admitted lying to the FBI when being questioned about his contact with two Russians with apparent close ties to their government. The plot thickens.

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Column 152

How much of a Dumb Moron is Donald Trump?

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Aside from dishonesty, narcissism, misogyny, misguided sense of fashion, Trump has a prominent, almost incurable defect: he is a dumb moron, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has already frankly expressed privately adding the adjective “f.” for good measure. Tillerson is too honest to deny in public what he said in private, even when he was forced to come out and praise the president’s “brilliant intelligence.”  

Putin has refused to call it intelligence, settling for “ brilliant shiny object.” The late William T. Kelley, who taught Trump at the  University of Pennsylvania, said, “Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had.” Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” says Trump had “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance.”

Trump has learned nothing from his past blunders. As a candidate, he said Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a traitor who should be executed. Asked about the case as president, he doubled down: “I think people have heard my comments in the past.” Subsequently, the military judge announced he would count Trump’s statement as mitigating evidence and then ended up giving Bergdahl no prison time. Not only were Trump’s remarks unnecessary but they were also self-defeating. Not very bright, one could dare tweet.

He doesn’t appear intelligent enough to make connections between his conduct and its consequences. Trump’s travel ban has lost repeatedly in court because he has made clear he has an unconstitutional goal: shutting out Muslims because of their religion. Here again, if he had kept quiet, he might have gotten his wish.

His tweets are studded with misspellings, random capitalizations and mystifying quotation marks. He taps out tweets that flagrantly contradict what he tweeted when Barack Obama was president, making himself look ridiculous. When he holds forth on policy issues, it’s excruciatingly apparent he has no idea what he’s talking about. Another tweet might be appropriate: an embarrassment all around.

Trump relies on a vocabulary the size of a second-grader’s. To combat opioid abuse among teens, he favors “telling them, ‘No good, really bad for you in every way.’ ” Those paper towels he tossed to a crowd in Puerto Rico were “very good towels.” He wanted to call the tax reform bill “the Cut Cut Cut Act.” He pretends to be a master negotiator, but he has failed to get the Republican Congress to repeal Obamacare, enact protections for immigrants brought here illegally as children, and fund his border wall.

Trump tries to conceal his intellectual deficiency by insisting how smart he is and mentioning the schools he went to. “I went to an Ivy League college,” he said recently. “I’m a very intelligent person.” He has to pat himself on the back because all the evidence indicates his skull is quite empty. It appears that even those smart supporters who voted from Trump are not overly impressed by his intellectual prowess. Another tweet may be appropriate: nothing up there.

When Tillerson came out with his statement on the boss’ intelligence Trump responded that “We need to compare IQ tests, and I can tell you who is going to win.” Indeed, to assess the veracity of that statement an independent objective IQ test would have to be administered,  and the result then publicized. It would be a unique chance to dazzle everybody with his “shining” brilliance and a towering intellect worthy of a Thomas Aquinas.

The crucial question is this: would Trump submit to such a test? I am willing to wager that he would never submit to any kind of process that would actually document his actual intelligence for all the world to see, just as he would never willingly show his tax returns. Another tweet is appropriate: “He may be dumb allright, but not that dumb.”

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Column 153

Will Generals Save us from a Moron Commander in Chief?

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During “Real Time,” host comedian Bill Maher asked MSNBC military analyst and retired U.S. Army Colonel Jack Jacobs what generals would do if President Trump “gives a crazy order” and starts a war. Jacobs answered that although every president has the opportunity to push the button, generals serving the administration do play a role in the process. “If you’re at the bottom of the food chain, you’re required to put your two cents in,” Jacobs added. “As long as the order is not immoral or illegal, you have to carry it out. But when you get to be at the top of the food chain, you’re responsible for making sure also that we don’t do anything stupid.”

It all seems clear enough, in theory, but there is a practical problem: there are quite a generals, some in the WH advising the Commander in Chief, who don’t appear to be that bright, as Putin would put it, and in fact appear to be just as incoherent and dumb as the Commander in Chief, albeit more disciplined. We have a real conundrum on our hands!

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End of Week 22

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The "CALIGULA PRESIDENCY" Columns

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