Trump’s attacks on women go worldwide

Trump’s daughter Ivanka went to Germany where she spoke to an international women’s group, telling them how her father supported women’s rights.

She lied.

Donald Trump plans to strip all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes the rights of women around the world.

Oxfam America led criticism of the move, saying said cutting funds for the Office of Global Women’s Issues would have “dire consequences for millions of people, as well as our global standing”.

Documents first leaked to Foreign Policy showed plans to reduce the office’s 2016 budget of $8.25 million to zero in 2018, though the President’s budget will still have to make it past Congress.

“It’s clear that women’s empowerment and gender equality are on the chopping block in this budget,” Oxfam vice president for policy, Paul O’Brien, said.

Trump’s wall: Boneheaded idea from a bonehead for boneheads

So what does this genius of a president do? He threatens to hold the whole government hostage unless Congress gives him money for his (in)famous Wall.

How is this stupid? Let me count the ways.

He was sure to lose. A government shutdown would be damaging politically. But so is backing down. It was a good bet that he’d back down, and he did.

The North Koreans are watching. Whether they’re crazy or not, surely the North Koreans can see that Trump has a pattern of caving on his threats. When the commander-in-chief becomes the bluffer-in-chief, he’s playing this present hand in a way that undermines his ability to play some much more important hands in the future.

Nobody wants this wall. Well, some of his base does (or at least they enjoy seeing regular advertisements for something that nobody will ever buy). But the public as a whole doesn’t. The people in the region of the proposed wall don’t. The Senators and Representatives from the border states don’t. So why go to the mat for something so unpopular. Does it make sense for a president to further turn off the 60% in order to cater to his faithful 40%?

Raising the Wall issue with a focus on the money just calls attention to how bogus his whole “Mexico will pay” theme was. He’s still saying that Mexico will pay some time, some how, in some alternate universe. But can even his base believe that. Why would a president press the Wall issue in a way that exposes all the more what a fraud he is?

I’ve read that his most devoted supporters still eat this up.  “He’s trying,” some report his base concluding from this. Really? I guess the base has bought so much nonsense, it’s hard to know where their gullibility ends, and reality kicks in. But wasn’t this guy supposed to be a Winner? Wasn’t it a big selling point that he was going to deliver victories until we all were sick of them?

There’s a name for trying without result. It’s called “Failure.”

There’s a name for getting defeated on effort after effort. It’s called being a “Loser.”

Trump’s childcare tax relief plan is just another Trump scam

Donald Trump is supposedly going to do something about childcare costs, because Ivanka said so. But what exactly does the precious daughter have in mind? Shockingly, it’s a big tax cut for rich people! The plan is that families pay for child care, then get a tax refund at the end of the year. That means that if you can’t afford to pay for care, you don’t get a penny back—there’s no help in paying for child care up front, which means that childcare quality stays unequal and then that inequality is used as a reason to give a lot of money back to people who don’t need it.

The Center for American Progress has done an analysis of county-level election results, identifying the counties that swung hard toward Trump, moving 15 points or more from the 2012 vote. And guess what—under Trump’s plan, families in those counties wouldn’t get enough help to buy dinner at McDonald’s.

According to the analysis, a typical family with two young children in Trump swing counties would only net $5.55 under Trump’s plan, even after spending $6,037 on child care. To get a bigger net benefit, a middle-class family would have to spend much more on child care than they can currently afford. Since the benefit comes at the end of the year on a tax return, only families that can already afford expensive child care will be able to effectively deduct the expenses. The Trump plan is too little, too late—it asks middle-class families to pay thousands of dollars in child care costs up front and wait until the following year for a tiny refund.

CAP contrasts that with the high-income Upper East Side of Manhattan, not far from Trump Tower:

The typical family of four with two young children on the Upper East Side earns about $295,000 a year. A family with that much income, deducting the average cost of child care for two children in New York, would receive a net benefit of $7,329 from the Trump child care plan. Even wealthier families would get an even bigger tax cut, since the Trump child care tax deduction is available to those earning up to half a million dollars.

So if you’re a struggling single mom who needs childcare to get a job, but needs a job to afford childcare, you get nothing under Trump’s plan. If you’re a high-income family that’s already sending your child to an accredited daycare center with a teacher for every three babies and a stimulating curriculum even for six-month-olds, congratulations, you’d get back a bundle.

Just another Trump scam.

Trump treats wife Melania like dirt

Let’s check out some recent photos of Trump and his (third) wife, Melania.

 

Notice the common thread in these photos?  Donald Trump routinely walks off and leaves his wife behind.  Tells us a lot about him.  Of course, the mouth-breathers and knuckle-draggers who voted for this piece of shit treat their wives the same way.

LOCK HER UP!!!!! Ivanka Trump forms foundation, soliciting checks from foreign governments!!!

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Clinton Foundation pledged that it would stop accepting foreign donations if Hillary Clinton became president.

Now it seems that First Daughter Ivanka Trump is starting her very own foundation that she will operate while working inside the White House — and she’s reportedly already securing money from foreign governments.

Axios’s Mike Allen reports that Ivanka Trump has started building a “massive fund” whose goal is to “benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe.” One source even tells Allen that “Canadians, Germans and a few Middle Eastern countries have already made quiet commitments” to the fund, as have “several corporations.”

Allen claims that President Donald Trump is a big supporter of Ivanka’s plan, and he says that Trump has already started talking with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim about how to get the foundation off the ground “in a big way.”

President Trump last year routinely railed against the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, although it appears that he is not applying the same ethical standards to his own daughter’s foundation.

Trump’s relationship with his daughter Ivanka is . . . well . . . sick and twisted

Let’s check out the sick relationship between Trump and his favorite child, Ivanka.

Trump’s widely publicized comments about Ivanka’s body haven’t exactly helped the pair’s image. “She’s actually always been very voluptuous,” he told Howard Stern in 2006. “She’s an amazing beauty.” Certainly, his praises give this 2016 photo – in which Donald seems to suffer from wandering eye – plenty of extra ick-factor.

 

While speculation around Donald and Ivanka’s relationship has been relatively recent, photos like this show that the pair’s closeness has always been a little on the strange side. Released by Twitter user Drumpfster Fire in 2016, this undated shot of a young Ivanka kissing her father in bed will undoubtedly creep some people out.

 

Early shots like this one – posted to Ivanka’s Instagram in 2013 – certainly suggest that the president’s eldest may well have had an Electra complex. In fact, during a 1999 chat with Howard Stern, Donald even claimed that his then-17-year-old daughter forbade him from courting anyone below her own age.

 

ut out of all of Donald and Ivanka’s early shots together, this one certainly takes the stomach-churning cake. Featuring a then-15-year-old Ivanka – who’s looking at her father with a slightly weird level of admiration – this 1996 Vanity Fair photo probably should have stayed in the dark room. And the less said about the nearby parrot statue, the better.

Then, there’s this famous photo:  1996, Trump’s Mar-A-Largo resort, Beach Boys concert — 15-year-old Ivanka giving her father a lap dance.

Finally, there are these exchanges between Howard Stern and Donald Trump:

In more than one interview with Stern, Trump took part in conversations about his daughter Ivanka’s appearance, including one about the size of her breasts.
In an October 2006 interview, Stern remarks that Ivanka “looks more voluptuous than ever,” and asked if she had gotten breast implants. Trump is willing to engage in the discussion about his own daughter, telling Stern that she did not get implants.
“She’s actually always been very voluptuous,” Trump responds. “She’s tall, she’s almost 6 feet tall and she’s been, she’s an amazing beauty.”
In another interview, from September 2004, Stern asks Trump if he can call Ivanka “a piece of ass,” to which Trump responds in the affirmative.
“My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka,” says Trump.
“By the way, your daughter,” says Stern.
“She’s beautiful,” responds Trump.
“Can I say this? A piece of ass,” Stern responds.
“Yeah,” says Trump.
Finally, if none of the above turns your stomach, check out Trump’s comments to Howard Stern over a period of years.

The story of Michael Flynn

The story of Michael Flynn is the story of a quick trip from Flynn leading cheers of “Lock her up!!” to his lawyer pleading for immunity.

Just another Trump crook.

Ivanka Trump’s sweatshop factories pay $62 for a 60-hour week

Karma does seem to be amusing itself at Ivanka Trump’s expense this week.  Here she is in Germany touting what a great feminist and family man her father is, while being booed and hissed — and you can add to that that Ivanka’s just gotten busted for paying sweatshop wages in China.

The Washington Post reports that inspectors with the Fair Labor Association found dozens of violations of international labor standards during an audit of a factory in China owned by the G-III Apparel Group — which owns the rights to manufacture and distribute Ivanka’s fashion line.

The newspaper noted the timing of the inspectors’ report, “comes as the president’s daughter has sought to cast herself as both a champion of workplace issues and a defender of her father’s ‘buy American, hire American’ agenda.”

Workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.

The factory’s 80 workers knit clothes for the contractor, G-III Apparel Group, which has held the exclusive license to make the Ivanka Trump brand’s $158 dresses, $79 blouses and other clothes since 2012. The company also makes clothes for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and other brands.

Trump has no leadership role in G-III, and the report did not give the factory’s name or location, or say whether it was working on Ivanka-brand products at the time of the inspection.

Inspectors with the Fair Labor Association, an industry monitoring group whose members include Apple and Nike, found two dozen violations of international labor standards during a two-day tour of the factory in October, saying in a report that workers faced daunting hours, high turnover, and pay near or below China’s minimum wage.

The inspection offers a rare look at the working conditions of the global manufacturing machine that helped make Trump’s fashion brand a multimillion-dollar business.

Its release also comes as the president’s daughter has sought to cast herself as both a champion of workplace issues and a defender of her father’s “buy American, hire American” agenda. Trump, whose book “Women Who Work” debuts next week, was in Germany on Tuesday for public discussions about global entre­pre­neur­ship and empowerment.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, etc etc.  One would think that at this point at least one of the Trumps would have figured out that the more that is hidden the more that is going to be revealed at inopportune moments — this week being a case in point. Or, maybe they’re still too dense for that lesson to sink in.  In any event, Donald Trump’s little girl isn’t looking like “Friend Of The Working Man,” like her Daddy, now is she? How does Daddy keep that hooey up, anyhow? Ivanka hasn’t a clue, clearly.