When I was a young law student, I had a professor of criminal law who had been a prosecutor working with the legendary Manhattan District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. He would later run twice for the presidency, losing to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
The professor regaled us with stories of “Murder, Incorporated,” the catchphrase for the Jewish and Italian contract killers for the Mafia. It included killers like Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia, Seymour “Blue Jaw” Magoon, Albert “Tick Tock” Tannenbaum, Vito “Socko” Gurino, and others. Most of them would end up strapped in the electric chair at Sing-Sing prison or would be murdered themselves. But before they met their own fates, they would kill hundreds, maybe thousands of people for the Mob. These were stone cold killers with colorful nicknames who’d drive an icepick into your heart or bury you alive without a qualm.
Donald Trump doesn’t wield an icepick or a shovel. He’s far more dangerous. He controls the presidency and along with his consiglieri, William Barr, he’s the lawless face of America. Like it or not, he’s the face we present to the world. He, too, has a colorful nickname.
OUR GREAT COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, DONNIE ‘BONE SPURS’
“As a vet, seeing this disgusting, pathetic man in that getup aboard the new carrier makes me sick to my stomach.
“My skin crawls watching this man wear the uniform of my service: ‘Admiral’ Trump angers veterans AGAIN by donning Navy flight jacket and military cap.” Thomas Almirall.
By now, the bombshell report in “The Atlantic” is well known. Much of what it says has been confirmed by other media, from “The Washington Post” to . . . yes, Fox News. CLICK HERE to read the entire article. Here are the highlights:
“When President Donald Trump canceled a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, he blamed rain for the last-minute decision, saying that ‘the helicopter couldn’t fly’ and that the Secret Service wouldn’t drive him there. Neither claim was true.
“Trump rejected the idea of the visit because he feared his hair would become disheveled in the rain, and because he did not believe it important to honor American war dead, according to four people with firsthand knowledge of the discussion that day.
“In a conversation with senior staff members on the morning of the scheduled visit, Trump said, ‘Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.’ In a separate conversation on the same trip, Trump referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as ‘suckers’ for getting killed.
“Belleau Wood is a consequential battle in American history, and the ground on which it was fought is venerated by the Marine Corps. America and its allies stopped the German advance toward Paris there in the spring of 1918.
“But Trump, on that same trip, asked aides, ‘Who were the good guys in this war?’ He also said that he didn’t understand why the United States would intervene on the side of the Allies.”
Donnie Bone Spurs knows this story is bad, very bad. He’s frantic to deny it. We all know it’s true. Not only are there multiple sources but it’s been confirmed by other news media. We’ve even seen it and similar stories in his own tweets and videos.
He uses the same language that he uses to deny everything from the pandemic, to global warming, to his conspiracy to rig the election with the help of his partner, Vladimir Putin: It’s a hoax . . . it’s horrible, horrible . . . it’s fake news . . . it’s a disgrace . . . it’s whatever. He’s found that those words convince people who want to be convinced, especially when accompanied by seemingly ferocious sincerity and one false “fact” piled on another. Here’s editor-in-chief of “The Atlantic” magazine, Jeffrey Goldberg, interviewed on CNN.
Here’s former Senator Bob Kerry, who lost his leg in Vietnam, and congressman Seth Moulton, who did four tours in Afghanistan:
These weren’t the only veterans or family members of veterans that Trump offended. Many of them took to social media:
“My father-in-law, Sgt. Major Benedict Simon . . . served in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. I bet he’d have some choice words for Donald.” Gloria Simon.
“My dad died at 46 from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Trump says he’s a loser. My grandpa went down in the South Pacific in WWII. Trump just called him a sucker. I’m a disabled vet, but not an amputee so Trump says I can be in a parade.” Allison Gill.
But Donnie Bone Spurs does enjoy support from some people who like to brag about their military prowess. Here he is, in the picture at left, yukking it up in the White House with his guys. The “Bikers for Trump” (many of whom are now among the quarter-million new COVID-19 cases from the motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D.) You can tell how patriotic these guys are: they’re all decked out with some sort of patches. One of them even has his hand over his heart in reverence for the flag.
AND WHO CAN FORGET THOSE ‘VERY FINE PEOPLE’ IN CHARLOTTESVILLE?
These and hundreds of other participants in the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia showed America what our own neo-Nazis look like, combining white supremacy, antisemitism and a propensity for violence.
Marchers threw Nazi salutes as they waved swastika flags, proudly wore swastika pins and shirts, and shouted “Sieg heil!” A sign carried by rally-goers warned that the “Jewish media is going down;” another declared that “Jews are Satan’s children.” A white supremacist told a reporter that “the fucking Jew-lovers are gassing us,” and another one called a Jewish counter-protestor a “kike.” The motto “Blood and soil,” which the white supremacists chanted several times, is the translation of the Nazi slogan, “Blut und Boden.” And at least once, white supremacists changed their refrain, “You will not replace us” to “Jews will not replace us.”
CLICK HERE to read full Anti Defamation League report on antisemitism in the Charlottesville rally.
“Fine people.” So says Trump.
WHY NOT GO ALL THE WAY, DONNIE?
American Nazis, like those on the left, love to posture with flags and threatening words. Real Nazis, the kind American soldiers fought and died to defeat, were a tougher breed. Those who died in the struggle might have disputed Trump’s characterization of them as “losers.”
HERE’S WHAT DONNIE BONE SPURS SOUNDS LIKE WHEN HE’S LYING
In response to the many reports about his disparaging American service people, and particularly the late Senator John McCain, he
declared, “I never called John a loser and swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on, that I never called our great fallen soldiers anything other than HEROES.” CLICK HERE for complete report in “The Daily Beast.”
Trump has, in fact, in the past described McCain as a “loser,” and even tweeted out a quote of himself issuing the insult in 2015, along with an article recounting his comments. At that time, he also called McCain a “dummy” and insisted he could not be considered a war hero because he had been captured. CLICK HERE for more on this, also from “The Daily Beast.”
“When McCain died, in August 2018, Trump told his senior staff, according to three sources with direct knowledge of this event, ‘We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,’ and he became furious, according to witnesses, when he saw flags on federal property lowered to half-staff. ‘What the fuck are we doing that for? Guy was a fucking loser,’ the president told aides. Trump was not invited to McCain’s funeral.
“On at least two occasions since becoming president, according to three sources with direct knowledge of his views, Trump referred to former President George H. W. Bush as a “loser” for being shot down by the Japanese as a Navy pilot in World War II. (Bush escaped capture, but eight other men shot down during the same mission were caught, tortured, and executed by Japanese soldiers.)”
At the Democratic National Convention in 2016, retired Rear Admiral John Hutson saw it coming and called him out:
Nonetheless, Trump slipped into the White House with a little help from Vladimir Putin. Some people hoped that this career criminal would grow into the job. Wishful thinking.
He’s only become bolder and more desperate to hold onto power.
Admiral William McRaven is one of those optimistic people. The former commander of the US Special Operations Command, McRaven commanded the Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
On Oct. 17, 2019, McRaven wrote an opinion piece in “The New York Times,” headlined, “OUR REPUBLIC IS UNDER ATTACK FROM THE PRESIDENT”
Here’s how he began the piece.
“Last week I attended two memorable events that reminded me why we care so very much about this nation and also why our future may be in peril.
“The first was a change of command ceremony for a storied Army unit in which one general officer passed authority to another. The second event was an annual gala for the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) Society that recognizes past and present members of the intelligence and Special Operations community for their heroism and sacrifice to the nation. What struck me was the stark contrast between the words and deeds heralded at those events—and the words and deeds emanating from the White House.”
Admiral McRaven went on to write:
“But the most poignant recognition that evening was for a young female sailor who had been killed in Syria serving alongside our allies in the fight against ISIS. Her husband, a former Army Green Beret, accepted the award on her behalf. Like so many that came before her, she had answered the nation’s call and willingly put her life in harm’s way.
“For everyone who ever served in uniform, or in the intelligence community, for those diplomats who voice the nation’s principles, for the first responders, for the tellers of truth and the millions of American citizens who were raised believing in American values—you would have seen your reflection in the faces of those we honored last week.
“But, beneath the outward sense of hope and duty that I witnessed at these two events, there was an underlying current of frustration, humiliation, anger and fear that echoed across the sidelines. The America that they believed in was under attack, not from without, but from within.
“These men and women, of all political persuasions, have seen the assaults on our institutions: on the intelligence and law enforcement community, the State Department and the press. They have seen our leaders stand beside despots and strongmen, preferring their government narrative to our own. They have seen us abandon our allies and have heard the shouts of betrayal from the battlefield. As I stood on the parade field at Fort Bragg, one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, ‘I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!’
“And if this president doesn’t understand their importance, if this president doesn’t demonstrate the leadership that America needs, both domestically and abroad, then it is time for a new person in the Oval Office — Republican, Democrat or independent — the sooner, the better. The fate of our Republic depends upon it.”
CLICK HERE to read McRaven’s full article.
Trump’s response? “Wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?”
THE TIME FOR DENIAL IS LONG PAST FOR THIS DISGUSTING, DANGEROUS MAN
Folks, you still don’t get it? You still don’t know how disgusting, how sick? How dangerous this man is?
Trump has even repeatedly claimed that he rushed down to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack to help the first responders. This from “USA Today”:
“Trump was several blocks from ground zero just two days after the attack, where he did an interview with a German news station. In the interview, the business mogul then asserted that he had ‘a lot of men down’ there . . . ‘We have over 100, another 125 coming.’”
Here’s what Richard Alles, the New York Fire Department battalion chief during the Sept. 11 attack, had to say about that:
“I was in a supervisory role with the fire department at the time. I was there for several months—I have no knowledge of his being down there.”
“In addition, Alles said ‘there would be a record’ if Trump had sent a crew of at least 100 workers to help out at ground zero.”
CLICK HERE for “USA Today” fact check on Trump’s baseless ground zero claims.
After Trump’s Lafayette Square Bible stunt earlier this summer, but before the “losers” and “suckers” reports came out, James Mattis, a retired United States Marine Corps general and former Secretary of Defense, wrote for “The Atlantic”: “When I joined the military, some fifty years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”
“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis wrote. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He went on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
NOT ONLY DOES TRUMP MAKE A MOCKERY OF OUR CONSTITUTION, BUT A MOCKERY OF HIS MOST ARDENT SUPPORTERS.