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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

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Psychological disorders and family squabbles: 9 details from the book by Donald Trump’s niece - POLITICO

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"Here are some of the most revelatory and incendiary passages from Mary Trump's new book.

A new book by Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump describes the president as a person likely afflicted by multiple psychological disorders who is profoundly unsuited to be president.

Mary Trump is the daughter of the president’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr., an airline pilot who suffered from alcoholism and died of a heart attack at 42. She is a clinical psychologist who holds a Ph.D. from Adelphi University in New York.

The president’s younger brother, Robert Trump, is trying to stop publication of the book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” copies of which have already been distributed to the press. Publisher Simon & Schuster on Monday moved up the publication date to next Tuesday.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Tuesday that the book is full of “falsehoods and that’s about it.”

A copy of the book was shared with POLITICO. Here are some of its most revelatory and incendiary allegations:

1. Trump cheated on the SAT

Mary Trump, the daughter of the president’s now-deceased older brother Fred Trump Jr., accuses the president of paying a friend to take the SAT for him when he was applying to college as a teenager.

“That was much easier to pull off in the days before photo IDs and computerized records. Donald, who never lacked for funds, paid his buddy well,” Mary Trump writes in the book. Donald Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, also often did his homework for him during high school, the author alleges, which helped get him into the University of Pennsylvania.

2. Trump's sister called him a "clown" after he announced his presidential campaign

Trump Barry, a retired federal judge in New Jersey, considered her brother Donald “a clown” who could never win the presidency, Mary Trump writes.

At a lunch with the author after Donald Trump announced in 2015 that he would run for president, Trump Barry said that her brother had “no principles. None!” and that “the only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there. It’s mind-boggling.”

Trump Barry also noted that her brother’s businesses had had five bankruptcies and was exploiting Mary’s late father, Fred Trump Jr.

“He’s using your father’s memory for political purposes, and that’s a sin, especially since Freddy should have been the star of the family,” the author recalls her aunt saying.

3. Trump said he "barely even knew" his daughter-in-law

At a family dinner at the White House in 2017, Donald Trump said that he didn’t know his own daughter-in-law Lara Trump well, even though she had been with the president’s son Eric Trump for almost eight years.

“Lara, there. I barely even knew who the fuck she was, honestly, but then she gave a great speech during the campaign in Georgia supporting me,” the president said, according to the book.

4. Trump's niece says he suffers from multiple psychological issues

Besides believing that her uncle fits the nine criteria of being a narcissist, Mary Trump believes that he also may suffer from antisocial personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and a “long undiagnosed learning disability that for decades has interfered with his ability to process information.”

She also thinks that he may suffer from a caffeine-induced sleep disorder, a result of the several Diet Cokes he reportedly drinks on a daily basis. Asked about the narcissism claim, McEnany said on Tuesday: “It’s ridiculous, absurd allegations that have absolute no bearing in truth.”

5. Trump's sister also told him to "leave his Twitter at home" before meeting Kim Jong Un

Trump Barry, the retired federal judge, called the White House in June 2018 to warn her brother about his dealings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un before he met with him. Her message to the president’s secretary: “Tell him his older sister called with a little sisterly advice. Prepare. Learn from those who know what they are doing. Stay away from Dennis Rodman. And leave his Twitter at home.”

6. Trump's personality is the product of his relationship with his mother

The author suggests that Donald Trump’s personality is shaped by the weak relationship she says he had as a child with his mother, also named Mary Trump. Because of that, the president’s niece suggests that Donald Trump turned as a child to his father, who was also not a warm parent.

“Donald suffered deprivations that would scar him for life” and developed personality traits such as “displays of narcissism, bullying [and] grandiosity” as a result, the author writes.

7. The president's father used anti-Semitic language

Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., who was a New York real estate developer, frequently used the anti-Semitic term “Jew me down.”

Both Fred Trump Sr. and Donald Trump were sued by the U.S. government in the early 1970s for allegedly discriminating against African-Americans.

8. Trump's history of crude remarks about women's physical appearance extends into his own family

When writing a sequel to the bestselling “Art of the Deal,” Trump made a recording of himself complaining about women who didn’t want to date him.

“It was an aggrieved compendium of women he had expected to date but who, having refused him, were suddenly the worst, ugliest, and fattest slobs he’d ever met,” Mary Trump, who helped on her uncle’s book, writes in “Too Much and Never Enough.”

At another point in their interactions, Trump even made a crass comment about Mary Trump’s breasts after seeing her in a bathing suit. “Holy shit, Mary. You’re stacked,” the president allegedly said. His then-wife, Marla Maples, slapped him lightly on the arm. Mary describes her face reddening after her uncle’s comment.

9. Trump went to the movies instead of to the hospital when his older brother died

On the day that the president’s brother Fred Trump Jr. was dying in the hospital in 1981, Trump and sister Elizabeth went to the movies, Mary Trump writes in her book. No one from the family also accompanied Fred Trump Jr. to the hospital."

Psychological disorders and family squabbles: 9 details from the book by Donald Trump’s niece - POLITICO

Traumatized Trump “clown”: scorching tell-all casts Trump as lying, cheating “narcissist”

Traumatized Trump “clown”: scorching tell-all casts Trump as lying, cheating “narcissist”

5 Bombshells from Mary Trump's Tell-All, 'Too Much and Never Enough'

Nothing surprising here. Most people know that Donald Trump is a dumb, ignorant cheat.

Robert Costa: Republicans fear their power is 'truly at risk'

Georgia becomes 9th state to reach 100,000 COVID-19 cases

Georgia becomes 9th state to reach 100,000 COVID-19 cases

"ATLANTA — Georgia surpassed another milestone with more than 100,000 coronavirus cases.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is currently reporting 100,470 cases and 2,899 deaths as of 3 p.m. Tuesday. That is an increase of 3,406 cases and 21 new deaths since Monday.
Georgia becomes the ninth state to pass the 100,000 case mark, joining New York, California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and Arizona.
Tuesday’s increase is the second highest jump in cases, slightly behind Thursday’s record numbers.

In the past week, the number of confirmed cases has increased 19,179. That’s more than 19% of our total cases since the first case was reported in March.
People who tested positive for COVID-19 has been increasing in Georgia for the past two weeks with a current rate of 9.40%.
Hospitalization rate however continues to decrease and currently sits at is 12.21% compared to 18% in May.
Georgia’s death rate among people who have tested positive has also been decreasing since May and right now sits at 2.89%, which is below the national 4% death rate.
Metro Atlanta, and all of Georgia, remain under a Public Health State of Emergency through August 11."

Georgia becomes 9th state to reach 100,000 COVID-19 cases

"Echo" | Digital. Jon Ossoff for U.S. Senate, State of Georgia

John Kasich: President Trump is 'in a meltdown'

Stelter: Book is essentially an anti-Trump campaign book


Monday, July 06, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo begs Trump: Just wear the mask

Opinion | I’m a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial. - The New York Times

"Monticello is shrine enough for a man who wrote that “all men are created equal” and yet never did much to make those words come true.

Mr. Truscott is a journalist.
"When my brother Frank and I were boys visiting our grandparents at their home in Virginia, just outside of Washington, we used to heckle our grandmother until she would drive us into town so we could visit the Smithsonian museum on the Mall.
As we crossed the Potomac River on the 14th Street Bridge, the Jefferson Memorial stood off to the left, overlooking the Tidal Basin. I don’t remember ever visiting the memorial, even though it was just a short walk from the museums. It was located on the Mall, along Jefferson Drive, naturally.
We were surrounded by the history of Thomas Jefferson when we made those visits to our grandparents. We would drive down to Charlottesville with our grandmother to visit our great-aunts and our great-grandmother — and they would take us up the mountain to Monticello and drop us off to play in the house and on the grounds. They treated Monticello like it was the family home, because in a way it was: They were great-granddaughters of Jefferson. They had been born and grew up only a few miles away at a family plantation, called Edgehill.
I guess that’s why my brother and I, the great-grandsons, took the Jefferson Memorial for granted. We had his ancestral home as a playground. It was where all of our great-grandparents and great-aunts and great-uncles were buried, and where one day, we were told, we would be buried, too. We didn’t need the Jefferson Memorial. Monticello was enough.
It’s still enough. In fact, as a memorial to Jefferson himself, it’s almost perfect. And that is why his memorial in Washington should be taken down and replaced. Described by the National Park Service as “a shrine to freedom,” it is anything but.
The memorial is a shrine to a man who during his lifetime owned more than 600 slaves and had at least six children with one of them, Sally Hemings. It’s a shrine to a man who famously wrote that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence that founded this nation — and yet never did much to make those words come true. Upon his death, he did not free the people he enslaved, other than those in the Hemings family, some of whom were his own children. He sold everyone else to pay off his debts.
In fact, some of his white descendants, including his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph, my great-great-great-great grandfather, fought in the Civil War in defense of slavery. My great-grandmother lived with him at Edgehill after she was born there in 1866. That is how close we are not only to Jefferson but also to slavery. When we visited her as children, there was only one dead man between my brother and me and Thomas Jefferson.
I am the sixth-generation great-grandson of a slave owner. My cousins from the Sally Hemings family are also the great-grandchildren of a slave owner. But the difference is that our great-grandfather owned their great-grandmother. My family owned their family. That is the American history you will not learn when you visit the Jefferson Memorial. But you will learn it when you visit Monticello: There’s now an exhibit of Sally Hemings’s bedroom in her cavelike living quarters in the south wing, a room my brother and I used to play in when we were boys.
A tour of Monticello these days will tell you that it was designed by Jefferson and built by the people he enslaved; it will point out joinery and furniture built by Sally’s brother, John Hemings. Today, there are displays of rebuilt cabins and barns where those enslaved lived and worked. At Monticello, you will learn the history of Jefferson, the man who was president and wrote the Declaration of Independence, and you will learn the history of Jefferson, the slave owner. Monticello is an almost perfect memorial, because it reveals him with his moral failings in full, an imperfect man, a flawed founder.
That’s why we don’t need the Jefferson Memorial to celebrate him. He should not be honored with a bronze statue 19 feet tall, surrounded by a colonnade of white marble. The time to honor the slave-owning founders of our imperfect union is past. The ground, which should have moved long ago, has at last shifted beneath us.
And it’s time to honor one of our founding mothers, a woman who fought as an escaped slave to free those still enslaved, who fought as an armed scout for the Union Army against the Confederacy — a woman who helped to bring into being a more perfect union after slavery, a process that continues to this day. In Jefferson’s place, there should be another statue. It should be of Harriet Tubman.
To see a 19-foot-tall bronze statue of a Black woman, who was a slave and also a patriot, in place of a white man who enslaved hundreds of men and women is not erasing history. It’s telling the real history of America.
Lucian K. Truscott IV (@LucianKTruscott) is a novelist and a columnist for Salon."

Opinion | I’m a Direct Descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Take Down His Memorial. - The New York Times

Sunday, July 05, 2020

‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’ For Trump, the truth about patriarchal white supremacy defiles the American heroes who practiced it.

‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’

For Trump, the truth about patriarchal white supremacy defiles the American heroes who practiced it.

Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

As Donald Trump gave his race-baiting speeches over the Fourth of July weekend, hoping to rile his base and jump-start his flagging campaign for re-election, I was forced to recall the ranting of a Columbia University sophomore that caught the nation’s attention in 2018.

In the video, a student named Julian von Abele exclaims, “We built the modern world!” When someone asks who, he responds, “Europeans.”

Von Abele goes on:

“We invented science and industry, and you want to tell us to stop because oh my God, we’re so baaad. We invented the modern world. We saved billions of people from starvation. We built modern civilization. White people are the best thing that ever happened to the world. We are so amazing! I love myself! And I love white people!”

He concludes: “I don’t hate other people. I just love white men.”

Von Abele later apologized for “going over the top,” saying, “I emphasize that my reaction was not one of hate” and arguing that his remarks were taken “out of context.” But the sentiments like the one this young man expressed — that white men must be venerated, regardless of their sins, in spite of their sins, because they used maps, Bibles and guns to change the world, and thereby lifted it and saved it — aren’t limited to one college student’s regrettable video. They are at the root of patriarchal white supremacist ideology.

To people who believe in this, white men are the heroes in the history of the world. They conquered those who could be conquered. They enslaved those who could be enslaved. And their religion and philosophy, and sometimes even their pseudoscience, provided the rationale for their actions.

It was hard not to hear the voice of von Abele when Trump stood at the base of Mount Rushmore and said, “Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of Western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy and reason.” He continued later, “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

To be clear, the “our” in that passage is white people, specifically white men. Trump is telling white men that they are their ancestors, and that they’re now being attacked for that which they should be thanked.

The ingratitude of it all.

How dare historically oppressed minorities in this country recall the transgressions of their oppressors? How dare they demand that the whole truth be told? How dare they withhold their adoration of the abominable?

At another point, Trump said of recent protests:

“This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery and progress.”

In fact, many of the protesters are simply pointing out the hypocrisy of these men, including many of the founders, who fought for freedom and liberty from the British while simultaneously enslaving Africans and slaughtering the Indigenous.

But, Trump, like white supremacy itself, rejects the inclusion of this context. As Trump put it:

“Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”

In fact, the record is not being disfigured but corrected.

According to Trump: “This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore. They defile the memory of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.”

Is it a defilement to point out that George Washington was an enslaver who signed a fugitive slave act and only freed his slaves in his will, after he was dead and no longer had earthly use for them?

Is it a defilement to point out that Thomas Jefferson enslaved over 600 human being during his life, many when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and that he had sex with a child whom he enslaved — I call it rape — and even enslaved the children she bore for him?

Is it a defilement to recall that during the Lincoln-Douglas debates Abraham Lincoln said:

“I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and the Black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which in my judgment will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position.”

Is it defilement to recall that Theodore Roosevelt was a white supremacist, supporter of eugenics and an imperialist? As Gary Gerstle, a professor of American history at the University of Cambridge, once put it, “He would have had no patience with the Indigenous and original inhabitants of a sacred American space interfering with his conception of the American sublime.”

It is not a defilement, but deprogramming. It is a telling of the truth, and the time for it is long overdue.

As the old folks used to put it, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.”

The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus - The New York Times

Coronavirus cases per 10,000 people

"By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Robert Gebeloff, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Will Wright and Mitch Smith

Teresa and Marvin Bradley can’t say for sure how they got the coronavirus. Maybe Ms. Bradley, a Michigan nurse, brought it from her hospital. Maybe it came from a visiting relative. Maybe it was something else entirely.

What is certain — according to new federal data that provides the most comprehensive look to date on nearly 1.5 million coronavirus patients in America — is that the Bradleys are not outliers.

Racial disparities in who contracts the virus have played out in big cities like Milwaukee and New York, but also in smaller metropolitan areas like Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bradleys live. Those inequities became painfully apparent when Ms. Bradley, who is Black, was wheeled through the emergency room.

“Everybody in there was African-American,” she said. “Everybody was.”

Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates. But the new federal data — made available after The New York Times sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — reveals a clearer and more complete picture: Black and Latino people have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus in a widespread manner that spans the country, throughout hundreds of counties in urban, suburban and rural areas, and across all age groups.

Race or ethnicity with the highest coronavirus rate in each county

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