Trump urges cops to beat on people they arrest. Cops tell Trump to go fuck himself.

President Donald Trump is facing backlash from police departments after he delivered a speech Friday in Long Island to law enforcement officials.

During the speech at Suffolk County Community College, Trump encouraged officers to be more violent with criminal suspects.

But several police departments are pushing back on the president’s comments.

The Suffolk County Police Department was one of the first to criticize.

“The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners,” the department wrote. “Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.”

On Saturday, New York police commissioner James P. O’Neill said the department’s policies about the use of force “only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners,” according to the New York Times.

“To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends to wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public,” he added.

Ben Tobias, a spokesman for the police department in Gainesville, Florida, also criticized the president’s remarks. “Those that applauded and cheered should be ashamed,” he wrote on Twitter.

The Los Angeles Police Department also released a statement regarding Trump’s speech.

“What the president recommended would be out of policy in the Los Angeles Police Department,” said LAPD commissioner. “It’s not what policing is about today.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans joined in as well.

“The Boston Police Department’s priority has been and continues to be building relationships and trust with the community we serve. As a police department we are committed to helping people, not harming them,” Evans said.

Scaramucci using his position to advertise a film he produced

Embattled White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has found himself in yet another scandal as a capstone of his tumultuous first week in government.

Scaramucci’s financial disclosure reports reveal he is co-executive producer of a TV movie titled “Happy Valley” celebrating disgraced Penn State Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

“In Scaramucci’s recently disclosed financial reports, he lists as one of his many sources of income the Edward R. Presman Film Corp., which is a production company making the Paterno HBO movie,” The Hollywood Reporter explained. “HBO won’t say what role Scaramucci has now in the film — probably not much, though — only that he will receive credit as an executive producer because he brought in financing for the project.”

Coach Paterno, or JoePa as he was called, was fired for his role in covering up child sexual abuse by Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky, who was subsequently convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault against 10 boys. All of the victims came from disadvantaged homes.

When former FBI Director Louis Freeh conducted an exhaustive investigation of the scandal, he concluded, “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children Sandusky victimized.”

 Scaramucci was using his Twitter account to hype the film as recently as June 5 and he frequently Joe Paterno.

During the week of July 22 – 29, Trump told more lies than in any other week of his “presidency”

Donald Trump achieved a new milestone: Last week was the most dishonest week of his young presidency.

From last Thursday, the six-month anniversary of his presidency, to this Wednesday, he made 33 false claims. That’s about five every day. Starting Saturday, when this barrage really began, it’s about seven per day.

Trump made the false claims in every possible venue: an interview with the Wall Street Journal (11 false claims) to a campaign rally in Ohio (five false claims) to a speech to the National Boy Scout Jamboree (four false claims).

Republicans made a bet . . . they are losing

Republicans bet, if they elected Trump, they could use him to cut taxes on the wealthy, take away health insurance from poor and disabled, and further screw the middle class . . . all without destroying the Republican Party.

They misjudged.  In 2018 and again in 2020, the GOP is dead for at least the next 50 years.

Trump is a failing President . . . may already have failed

A White House Adviser Publicly Said What Republicans Won’t: Trump Is Failing As President
By Jason Easley on Sat, Jul 29th, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Washington Post reporting on the firing of Reince Priebus contained this nugget:

“I think any observer — including one that did not speak English and knew nothing about politics and came from another planet and solar system — could, after observing the situation in the White House, realize the White House is failing,” said one informal White House adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share a candid assessment. “And when the White House is failing, you can’t replace the president.”

The adviser is correct. One doesn’t need to know anything about politics to understand that Donald Trump is a failing president. Trump is the first president in the modern era to register zero major legislative accomplishments in his first six months when his party controls Congress.

The President controls the message in any administration, and Trump’s inability to stay disciplined and focused on an agenda means that this White House lives in a world of daily presidential sabotage. The White House plans theme weeks, but Trump undercuts them with his tweets. The White House has no policy because Trump has no policies.

Trump is a passive president who wants Congress to do all of the work while he watches Fox News or plays golf every weekend. However, this Congress is dysfunctional and revealed itself to be unable to govern before Trump was elected. Republicans needed a strong president with a clear vision. Instead, they have a weak, disinterested president, whose vision changes from moment to moment.

Donald Trump is a failed president, and Republicans are going to carry that failing president on their backs during the 2018 election. Trump’s incompetence has become so obvious that even advisers to the White House can’t ignore the failure of this administration.

Trump White House is a “snake pit” — and that’s Republicans talking

Following a chaotic, bizarre week in which newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked President Donald Trump’s inner circle — which led to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus being ousted — GOP operatives are fearful that the chaos will never end.

One longtime GOP operative surveying the past week’s damage put it succinctly: “The White House is a snake pit.”

According to The Hill, Mac Stipanovich, a veteran GOP operative in Florida with ties to the Bush family, noted Jeb Bush’s comment during last year’s presidential primary that Trump would be “the chaos president.”

“I think that is absolutely the case. It’s not even a matter of interpretation,” Stipanovich told The Hill. “We don’t have any effective government, we don’t have any effective leadership and the White House is a snake-pit.”

Addressing the Scaramucci’s obscene tirade about Priebus and White House Strategist Steve Bannon, another GOP insider questioned the hire of the Wall Street insider with no communications background.

“How many glasses of wine did The Mooch have at dinner?” one GOP strategist close to the White House texted after the interview with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza became public. “This does not come across as rational thinking.”

“How this level of dysfunction helps the White House move its agenda, I have no idea,” added GOP strategist Mack Mackowiak. “This is a circus right now.”

According to Stipanovich, after almost seven months in office, Trump and his his administration have hit a new low when it comes to dysfunction.

“If he’s had a worse week, I can’t think of it,” explained Stipanovich.

After health care debacle, Trump’s next tricks: Destroy jobs, destroy the middle class

In Donald Trump’s mafioso-style presidency, appearances are reality. Trump courts chaos solely to appear strong and decisive. That was his standard for Trumpcare: getting a win at any cost.

If an early version of the Republican healthcare bill had passed, the Center for American Progress estimated up to 2.9 million jobs would have been lost by 2022. It didn’t matter that the forgotten men and women of Trump’s America would be hammered by cuts to rural healthcare systems overburdened with opioid addicts. It only mattered that Trump could brag that he was the top dog.

That disaster has been delayed — Trump will sabotage Obamacare out of sheer vindictiveness — so it’s on to the next debacle.

That is likely to be tax reform. The scheme is to shower the wealthy like Trump with tax cuts, inching closer to Grover Norquist’s dream of making government so small he can “drown it in the bathtub.”

But despite appearances of unity, Republicans will be hard-pressed to craft a bill that satisfies their warring factions and withstands Trump pissing inside the tent. After six months the right still can’t agree on basics such as new tax rates, while they dropped the border adjustment tax that could have generated $1 trillion of revenue to make up for some of the giveaways.

Then there is Trump’s promise to rebuild America. His “great national infrastructure program” is foundering. With a debt-ceiling impasse looming for the fall, it’s unlikely any plan for rebuilding bridges, waterworks and highways can be introduced before 2018. Except that’s an election year that typically dooms difficult legislation. Even if it did pass, the plan has been termed “fake fiscal news” because it relies on private sector funding that would generate little new infrastructure.

So what does that leave? The fake-jobs shell game Trump has been running since he was elected.

For Trump, the one recent bright spot to his one-man shitshow was the White House ceremony on July 26 where Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced it will build a state-of-the-art factory in Wisconsin.

Flanked by Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump claimed a new plant producing liquid-crystal display panels “will create 3,000 jobs, at a minimum, with the potential for up to 13,000 jobs in the very near future.” Trump also crowed about the $10 billion price tag for the factory.

Wisconsin’s Economic Development Corporation inflated the jobs figure even more, claiming 35,000 direct and indirect jobs would result in the state from the Foxconn project.

Walker added that Wisconsin would fork over $3 billion in tax subsidies over 15 years, or up to $1 million per job.

As usual, the deal reeks of fraud. Since being elected, Trump has brazenly taken credit for jobs and investments announced months or years earlier, as with Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, Exxon-Mobil, Softbank, and Lockheed-Martin.

Or Trump falsifies the number of jobs created, as he did with Carrier when he inflated the jobs saved by 300. Or he ignores job cuts. He gushed over 900 jobs created in Michigan while ignoring 1,100 jobs GM eliminated at the same time in the state, for an actual loss of 200 jobs.

Sometimes companies match bullshit for bullshit with Trump to curry favor. Intel’s CEO appeared by Trump’s side in January 2017 to tout a computer chip factory in Arizona. It’s the same exact factory the previous CEO announced by then-President Obama’s side in 2011 and which then had construction delays as demand waned.

All the numbers about a Foxconn factory in Wisconsin strain credulity. Compared to Foxconn’s $10 billion, Tesla built a new production line for its Tesla 3 for $1.26 billion. Intel’s highly advanced Arizona plant will employ 3,000 workers at a cost of $7 billion. But Foxconn claims it will spend far more, $3.3 million per employee, to make LCDs for computers and television.

Foxconn does pony up big bucks sometimes. On Dec. 30, 2016, it unveiled plans for an $8.8 billion plant in Guangzhou, China, to churn out LCDs. Reuters reported it is one of three new giant LCD manufacturing facilities being built in China.

That is a clue to why the entire plan is fishy.

Weeks earlier, on Dec. 6, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son visited Trump Towers to say he would invest $50 billion from a technology fund in the United States, creating 50,000 jobs. Son, the richest man in Japan, first announced a $100 billion global fund in October, before the election, with $60 billion from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and $28 billion from Softbank.

However, all the talk of investment and jobs was recycled news from October and even further back. Two weeks later in December Softbank announced its first investment, $1 billion in Florida-based OneWeb employing 3,000. That was old news as well.

At Trump Towers, reporters spied Son holding documents outlining plans by Foxconn to invest $7 billion and create 50,000 U.S.-based jobs as part of Softbank’s plan.

In effect, Foxconn is supposed to fulfill Softbank’s entire pledge of 50,000 jobs. The next month, Foxconn’s Gou said the company was considering invest billions in an LCD plant in the United States that would create “30,000 to 50,000 jobs.”

The $10 billion question is why would Foxconn build an LCD factory in the United States when three massive LCD plants are being built in China that could cause a global oversupply?

It makes political sense for Trump. The announcement of a Wisconsin factory could boost Walker, who is facing re-election next year with sagging poll numbers. Ryan is being challenged by a Bernie Sanders-style progressive. And Trump narrowly won the Badger State in 2016 because Clinton failed to campaign there, a mistake the 2020 Democratic nominee will not make.

But it’s Softbank’s Son who is set to make out like a bandit. In 2013, Softbank shelled out $21.6 billion to buy Sprint. It planned to merge with T-Mobile, but Obama’s FCC nixed that plan and Sprint has struggled since. Now Son and Softbank are betting big they can gain approval under Trump for a merger to create a telecom behemoth.

So where does Foxconn fit in? It has numerous business ventures with Softbank, and Gou and Son are long-time partners.

More significant, Foxconn looks to be making promises it never intends to keep. It has a history of announcing investment in other countries and then shattering hopes.

In 2011, Foxconn vowed to invest $12 billion in Brazil and spawn 100,000 jobs. The government gave Foxconn generous tax breaks while setting minimum standards for investment, working conditions, and local sourcing, hoping to spur a made-in-Brazil model. This June, however, Foxconn moved to shutter operations, reportedly employing fewer than 10,000 workers there.

The Washington Post found other countries jilted by Foxconn. In the last decade it has committed to a $1 billion investment in Indonesia, $5 billion in India, and $5 billion in Vietnam. All the projects have been abandoned or are years behind schedule and at a fraction of the promises.

In 2013 Foxconn announced it would build a $30 million factory in Pennsylvania with 500 new jobs. Four years later the proposed site is a pile of gravel topped by a “Trump-Pence” campaign sign behind a chain-link fence.

In Brazil, Foxconn was unable to recreate the supply chains that revolve around its city-sized factories in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Those two Chinese cities produce the vast majority of the world’s consumer electronics because of dense networks of workers, suppliers and manufacturers that enable brutal cost cutting, speed, flexibility, and innovation.

Some Foxconn factory workers in Brazil made around $350 a month. Its workers in China earn $320 to $500 a month. In Brazil the work was low skill, clicking together already manufactured components to give the appearance Apple products were being made in country. Despite the low pay, iPhones and iPads assembled in Brazil were some of the most expensive in the world.

Gou blamed the manufacturing problems in Brazil on high wages, soccer, and “all the dancing.”

Wisconsin lacks the supply chains. Its workforce has a skills gap. The State of Wisconsin claims workers at a future Foxconn plant will average $4,500 a month, at least nine times wages in China and Brazil.

All signs point to the deal being a bust before the first spade of dirt is overturned.

Even if a Wisconsin plant is ever realized, anyone eager to work there may rue what they wished for. Foxconn’s China operations are known as hell factories where poisoning from toxic chemicals is commonplace and 11 workers jumped to their deaths in less than a year from its Shenzhen plants.

That’s of no concern to the unsavory characters involved. Softbank is eager to find a takeover target to merge with Sprint. Trump, Walker, and Ryan are angling to get a boost in Wisconsin. The Saudis and UAE score points with Trump. Foxconn loses nothing from breaking promises, while deepening ties to Softbank and its massive venture fund. Given that Trump’s consigliere, Jared Kushner, oversaw the deal with Foxconn, some underhanded deal may have been struck among the parties.

Trump is making grifting great again.