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San Juan Mayor Slams Donald Trump
For Terrible And Abominable Puerto Rico
Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz describes Trump as
The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico blasted
President Donald Trump’s meeting with local
leaders on the island Tuesday as a public relations
stunt. “There was no exchange with anybody,
with none of the mayors,” Mayor Carmen Yulín
Cruz said on MSNBC. She called out Trump for
the bizarre moment when he tossed paper towels
to storm survivors in need of supplies after
Hurricane Maria left many on the island without
basic necessities. “This terrible and abominable
view of him throwing paper towels and throwing
provisions at people, it does not embody the spirit
of the American nation,” Cruz said. “That is not
the land of the free and the home of the brave,
that beacon of democracy that people have
learned to look up to across the world.”
She also said the president had a communications
problem and called him the “miscommunicator-in-
President Donald Trump faced a major test on Tuesday as he traveled to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico: Show the American citizens struggling for survival on the island that he understood
their plight, sympathized with them and was doing everything in his power to make it better as quickly as he could. He failed. Hugely. Read More..... See Video
|Trump's Puerto Rico event was way worse than his tweets
|Left to right, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Clarence Thomas.
|After the Clarence Thomas hearings, everything was going to change.
“The hearings certainly brought this issue into the public eye, and people started being willing to say, ‘This happened to me,’” University of Colorado law professor Melissa Hart said in 2011 of that moment in 1991
when the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas was accused of harassment by a woman who worked for him at the U.S. Department of Education, Anita Hill.
It was also all going to change after Bill Cosby’s accusers stepped forward.
“Cosby rape allegations changing the conversation about sexual assault” announced the headline on a Chicago Tribune editorial in 2014, after a series of accusations from women who said he drugged and assaulted them.
Two years later, it was the firing of Roger Ailes that would certainly be the moment we’d all been waiting for, after a lawsuit by anchor Gretchen Carlson resulted in numerous Fox employees coming forward.
“This story is a huge turning point,” Betsy West, former correspondent at CBS and ABC and a professor at Columbia School of Journalism, told NPR at the time. “It’s a signal that men, even the most powerful of men,
will be held accountable for their behavior. And I think, despite the fact that Roger Ailes is walking away with a giant golden parachute, he lost his job. And that’s a big deal.” Read More.....
|Gwyneth Paltrow Claims Harvey Weinstein Made Moves on Her and Brad Pitt Confronted Him
|The Story Behind Donald and Melania Trump
Donald Trump's marriage to Melania Knavs, a Slovenian-born former model, was the subject of public scrutiny long before he moved into the White House. The power couple has dealt with everything from public
lawsuits to accusations of gold digging and infidelity. When "The Donald" finally pulled the trigger on his long-threatened presidential run, the spotlight on their relationship intensified. Only time will tell if Donald and
Melania's marriage can withstand such public scrutiny, but let's take a closer look at what's really going on. In May 2017, President Trump embarked on his first foreign visit since taking office, and the trip produced so
many viral moments, social media could barely keep up. There was the much-memed glowing orb, the questionable bow, and the awkward sword dance, but none of those moments come close to "the swat" seen 'round
Upon arriving direct from Saudi Arabia to Israel, President Trump attempted to take the first lady's hand while they were walking down the tarmac. Melania clearly swatted away the president's hand, apparently
unaware of the approximately 10 million cameras pointed in her general direction. Oof. The Daily Beast reminded us that Melania also refused to hold Trump's hand when they arrived in Washington, D.C. for the
inauguration. Is she trying to tell us something, or is she just not into middle-school PDA? Given enough time, even the most perfect couple will eventually have a fight, but according to the Trumps, this has never
happened to them. "We don't have fights. We disagree, but that's OK. That's very good in the relationship," Melania said during an interview with journalist Greta van Susteren (via The Huffington Post).
Donald echoed that claim to talk show host Larry King. "We literally have never had an argument; forget about the word "fight." We never even had an argument. We just are very compatible. We get along," he said.
It's impossible for anyone outside the marriage to know if this is true, but Donald's long history of public feuds—particularly with his two ex-wives—makes this claim all the more dubious. In January of 2000, Donald
confirmed to The New York Times that he and Melania had split, and he did it in the most Donald Trump way possible: surrounded by models at a Miss U.S.A pageant party.
Melania later admitted to DuJour that the break was partially due to Donald considering running for president. "That was part of it. We were apart for a few months, not long. We got back together," she said.
The aforementioned episode was actually their second split. According to Melania's friend and former roommate, fashion photographer Matthew Atanian, Donald and Melania had a falling out very early in their
relationship. "She had some trust issues with him at the beginning… She kept her apartment to have her own space because of this," Atanian said. They only stayed apart for a few months, but if accusations of
infidelity and Donald's political aspirations are still any kind of sticking point, this couple may be in for a rocky road ahead. Melania has also addressed Donald's conversations about their sex life and her pregnant body
during his appearances on The Howard Stern Show. According to Cosmopolitan, Donald told Stern on-air that pregnant women "just blow up…like a blimp—in the right places." He added, "I mean she really has
become a monster—in all the right places. I mean monster in the most positive way. She has gotten very, very large—in all the right places." According to Melania, that interview wasn't her husband's fault. She told Fox
News (via Politico) that others are just good at egging him on.
But that's really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Trump's chats with the so-called King of all Media. In September 2017, recordings from years of Stern interviews were published on Factbase (via
Independent), revealing a slew of "locker room" style conversations between the future president and the shock jock. The topics ranged from Trump's "various sexual escapades," to his use of condoms, to whether or
not he ever "felt [Melania] up in public."
So, are we still supposed to believe the whole "we never fight" thing? You've seen that GIF that tore across the internet on the day of the inauguration ceremony—the one in which Melania smiles sweetly when Donald
turns to look at her, only to instantly transform when he turns back around. That was just one of many bizarre couple moments that occurred that day.
There was also their awkward dancing at the inaugural ball. Melania seemed to be leaning away from Donald, a move one body language expert claimed could be interpreted as the first lady signaling, "I don't want to
merge with you as a partner."
And, of course, probably the biggest "WTF!" moment was when they arrived at the White House to be greeted by the Obamas. Trump bounded out of the car and went right up the steps, leaving Melania to walk around
the back of the vehicle and up the steps on her own. This was the first impression the new POTUS and FLOTUS made to the millions watching at home. While each incident can easily be chalked up to nervousness,
some serious questions about their relationship emerged.
Gwyneth Paltrow says Harvey Weinstein got sexually aggressive with her and her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt confronted the movie mogul.
Gwyneth told the New York Times the incident happened in the mid-'90s when she was 22 years old. Weinstein had just cast her in a star-making role in the movie "Emma." She says she had a meeting scheduled with
Weinstein at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel.
Paltrow says she was in a hotel suite with Weinstein when he placed his hands on her and suggested they head to the bedroom. Paltrow says she immediately left and said to herself, "I thought you were my Uncle
She says she confided in Brad Pitt and he approached Weinstein at a movie premiere and told him never to touch her again.
Paltrow says Weinstein later called her and screamed at her for a long time and she feared she was going to lose the movie role.
President Trump on Monday falsely suggested he is one of few commanders-in-
chief to call the families of fallen U.S. soldiers, and wrongly singled out his
predecessor Barack Obama as a leader who never did so.
“The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most
of them didn't make calls,” Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference
with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“A lot of them didn't make calls. I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think
I'm able to do it.” Minutes later, after a reporter challenged Trump's comments,
the President said he wasn’t sure if his allegation about Obama was true. “I don't
know if he did (call),” Trump said. “I was told he didn't often and a lot of
presidents don't. They write letters...I do a combination of both. Sometimes it's a
very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both. President Obama I
think probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't. I don't know.
That's what I was told.” Trump was responding to a question about why he has
remained silent for days about an ambush in Niger that left four U.S. soldiers
dead. It was the deadliest attack on American troops since Trump took office.
Trump said he was “going to call” the families of the fighters and also “wrote
letters individually to the soldiers we’re talking about,” which he said would be
sent Monday or Tuesday. Former Obama staffers minced no words in shooting
down Trump's baseless attack. "that's a f---ing lie," Alyssa Mastromonaco, a
former White House deputy chief of staff, tweeted. "to say president obama (or
past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA (killed in action) -
he's a deranged animal," she said. Trump's claim about Obama and other
presidents ignoring grieving Gold Star families stands no ground. Obama's calls
and visits to service families and ailing veterans were well-documented during his
time in office. Former White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo
Monday of Obama consoling the parents of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti
in 2009. Souza wrote on Instagram that the 44th President visited "hundreds" of
military family members and wounded soldiers. Obama made at least two high-
profile visits to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to see the dignified transfers
of slain soldiers. He saluted the return of 15 fallen troops in 2009 and returned
two years later to spend more than an hour meeting with about 250 relatives of
30 soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter was shot.
Trump in August 2012 criticized Obama for sending form letters to the families
of slain SEALs. “Too busy playing golf? @BarackObama sends form letters with
an electronic signature to the parents of fallen SEALs,” Trump tweeted, linking
to a story from the conspiracy-laden conservative website Gateway Pundit. The
White House confirmed that it mailed out form letters but said Obama personally
signed each one. The White House has said Obama's predecessor, George W.
Bush, met with more than 500 military families and nearly 1,000 wounded
veterans during his presidency. Trump has traveled to Dover once to see the
dignified transfer of Navy SEAL William (Ryan) Owens, the first service
member killed during his administration. Since Owens’ death, Trump has not
returned to Dover, and has rarely acknowledged fallen military members in
tweets and public remarks. Meanwhile, Vice President Pence has attended
Dover ceremonies at least three times. During the 2016 campaign, Trump
infamously launched a running feud with the Gold Star parents of Humayun
Khan, a Muslim U.S. Army officer who was killed by a suicide attack in Iraq in
2004. Trump falsely stated that Hillary Clinton's staff wrote an anti-Trump
speech Khan's father, Khizr, delivered at the Democratic National Convention.
Trump also implied Khan's mother, Ghazala, was "not allowed" to speak at the
convention because of Islamic gender customs. The family later said Ghazala
was too emotional to speak.
President Trump falsely claims Obama and other presidents didn’t call families of
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama console Paul and Janet Monti, parents of Army
Sgt. 1st. Class Jared C. Monti in the Blue Room following a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of
the White House on Sept. 17, 2009
“The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls,”
Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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|"He knew what he was getting
himself into but when it
happens, it hurts".
|He didn't know his name. He kept referring to him as "My Guy"
|"I heard what the president
said to Myieshia Johnson
including her family".
|"She stood up, bragged about
getting the money for the
building, $20 million from Obama
and sat down. "I was stunned".
|Trump, Fredrica Wilson, General John Kelly, Lies and Video Tape
By Walter Smith, Publisher Philadelphia Observer
|Trump upsets widow, Fredrick Wilson objects, Kelly lies to defend Trump's accusations
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared before a group of reporters to defend
Trump’s insensitive statement to the widow of fallen soldier La Davis Johnson.
Myeshia Johnson accompanied by members of her family and Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson were waiting to receive the body of her husband who had been killed in the line of
duty in Niger Africa when she received a call from President Donald Trump.
In the course of the president’s condolences he allegedly said “He knew what he signed
up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway,”
This remark apparently upset Mrs. Johnson and she began to weep.
The phone’s speaker was on and the remarks were heard by everyone in the vehicle.
Congresswoman Wilson brought the matter to the attention of the press.
The question is, did the president call the grieving widow to console her or to antagonize
her? I’ll be the first to say the president had good intentions.
However, Donald Trump has verbalized and demonstrated that he is extremely
insensitive to people of color. He has demonized Black Lives Matter and advocates them
being categorized as a Terrorist organization. He has referred to a young football player
as a son-of-a-bitch. He has encouraged violence against people of color at his political
rallies. He has categorized black communities as extremely dangerous places to live.
Congresswoman Wilson had good reason to become concerned.
Additionally, Trump habitually never admits to being wrong and refuses to apologize for
his transgressions. He has doubled down on his denial and has called Congresswoman
Wilson an outright liar. Trump tweeted: "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated
what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof)," "Sad!" "I
didn't say what that congresswoman said. Didn't say it at all," Trump told reporters
during a meeting on tax reform in the Cabinet Room. "She knows it. And she now is not
saying it. I did not say what she said." Asked if there was a recording of the call, Press
Secretary Sanders said: "No." As usual Trump is lying and bluffing about proof. Note:
Frederica Wilson is not backing down on what she heard the president say.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly says that he coached Donald Trump on what to
say to the widow and told him to express to her that her husband had acted honorably in
making the decision to accept a dangerous position as a soldier. Mr. Kelly clarified the
context of that statement as well. He continued, "He was doing exactly what he wanted
to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that one percent.
He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war and when he died he was
surrounded by the best men on this Earth, his friends," Mr. Kelly said this is what he
advised the President to say.
Mistake! Trump's mouth goes astray when he is not reading a prepared speech from a
The single phrase “He knew what he was getting into” was just the tip of the iceberg.
The president could have at least called the name of Sgt. Johnson, he never called the
widow’s name nor that of Sgt. La David Johnson. His reference was “Your Guy”.
Given Trump’s stated and implied attitude towards people of color, Congresswoman
Fredrica Wilson’s actions were justified in calling attention to the insensitive statement
and Chief of Staff Kelly didn’t think her reasoning through before becoming “appalled” at
While I recognize the unintended error of the president, I do not ignore the added
comments by John Kelly. He went well out of his way to demonize Congresswoman
Wilson. Surely his comments were motivated by the president who didn’t have the
decency to recognize his error and apologize to the distraught widow. Kelly’s words
were meant to demean, deflect blame and refocus this horrible insult. What should appall
John Kelly is his own weakness that allowed him unfairly attack Congresswoman Wilson
in an effort to defend the indefensible.
Referencing the dedication of the FBI building in Miramar Florida in 1952 Kelly said, "A
congresswoman stood up, and in a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise,
stood up there in all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the
funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the
money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call, he gave the
money" the $20 million to build the building, and she sat down, and we were stunned"
Kelly said during his press conference on Thursday, stunned! “None of us went to the
press and criticized, none of us stood up appalled, we just said okay fine”!
That, coming from a four-Star Marine General was a deliberate, bold faced lie".
The most egregious part of Kelly’s diatribe was his reference to Congresswoman Wilson
as an “Empty Barrel”.
Little does he know, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is one of the most dynamic,
dedicated, committed, and productive women in all of Florida. She rose from School
Teacher to Principal, to member of the Florida Legislature, to U S Congresswoman with a
long list of accomplishments behind her. Most notable is her 5000 Role Models of
Excellence program. "Empty Wagon", I don't think so.
While Kelly was developing the false narrative on her bragging about securing $20 million
for construction of the FBI building why didn't the narrative include her many
accomplishments? He didn't do any research, he and Donald Trump cooked up that
demeaning lie to besmirch the congresswoman knowing his audience would believe it.
"I was not in Congress in 2009 when the money for the building was secured, Frederica
said, so that’s a lie". How dare he? "However, I named the building at the behest of (then-
FBI Director James Comey) with the help of (then-House Speaker John Boehner),
working across party lines. So he didn’t tell the truth".
Every word, every inference of that statement by John Kelly was a lie.
Apparently Kelly prepared the condolence statement for Trump and Trump prepared
the "Empty Barrel" statement for Kelly.
This entire incident should give every American pause. This is what has happened to
America under Donald Trump.
This is the type of propaganda used by foreign agents to discredit Hillary Clinton during
the 2016 presidential elections.
This narrative generated to discredit Congresswoman Wilson was not done by someone
who attended the dedication ceremony.
Kelly said he attended the ceremony in Miami Florida. The ceremony was held in
Miramar Florida 25 miles northwest of Miami.
If this narrative is Kelly’s doing, which I doubt it is, he should be stripped of his military
rank and severely disciplined.
Lies, Lies, Lies from every aspect of Trump’s cabinet. Lies to discredit Barack Obama.
Lies to silence opposition to Trump and his disastrous policies.
Is there no length the Trump administration will not go to defend this vulgar, immoral,
lying, racist, admitted sexual predator?
Shame on Donald J. Trump and shame on General John Kelly.
General Kelly can redeem himself my issuing an apology to Congresswoman Wilson. He
claims to have been present during the building dedication and knows full well he or a
surrogate lied on the congresswoman to placate Donald Trump.
In December of 2016, three leading professors of psychiatry wrote to Barack Obama
expressing their grave concerns over Trump's mental stability:
“His widely reported symptoms of mental instability - including grandiosity,
impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to
distinguish between fantasy and reality - lead us to question his fitness for the immense
responsibilities of the office,” the professors from Harvard Medical School and the
University of California wrote to the then President, urging him to order a “full medical
and neuropsychiatric evaluation” of the then President-elect.
This infectious disease has found its way throughout the Trump administration. Some
through his personal selection and others just fell in line out of fear.
This is not the America our founding fathers designed and it certainly is not the America
as represented by the Statue of Liberty standing in the New York Harbor.
Wouldn't it be refreshing to see several Congressmen and Senators get together the next
time a similar incident arises and declare, Get that "Son-of-a-Bitch" out of the White
House. Get him out Now! He's Fired! Fired!
The Sun Sentinel recorded the dedication ceremony of the FBI building in 2015 and the
recording bear no resemblance to Kelly’s description of the event.
Please take the time to view this recording by following the link below.
story.html See Video
After viewing the Sun Sentinel video, please view the video of John Kelly by following
the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps5ttDzWBaY See Vide
O'Neill said that at 3:05 p.m., the male suspect -- driving a rented Home Depot
truck, according to the company -- turned onto the bike and pedestrian path
along the West Side Highway
The driver then proceeded south along the path, plowing into pedestrians and
cyclists alike until the vehicle reached the intersection between the bike path
and Chambers Street, roughly three-quarters of a mile south.
O'Neill said that the truck "collided with a school bus" at Chambers Street,
injuring two adults and two children. There are no street intersections between
the point where the suspect entered and where the vehicle stopped.
From there, the suspect exited the truck, appearing to be carrying two firearms.
at the suspect "did make a statement when he exited the vehicle." Sources told
ABC News that he shouted "Allahu Akbar," which translates from Arabic to
mean "God is great."
The commissioner said that both the nature of the truck incident, which echoes
other terror attacks globally, and "the statement [made by the suspect] has
enabled us to label this a terrorist attack."
A police officer shot the suspect in the abdomen after he exited the vehicle,
and he was apprehended. He has since been transported to an undisclosed
O'Neill said that a paintball gun and pellet gun were found at the scene.
Multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News that the suspect in
custody was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida.
Six people were pronounced dead at the scene, while two others died at a
At least 8 killed in NYC terror attack
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill
detailed how the incident, which is being investigated
as possible terrorism, unfolded in a press conference.
|Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov
Shot by NYC police