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Old February 11, 2019, 03:49 PM
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Old February 12, 2019, 09:11 AM
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As a POTUS, Trump showed remarkable ability in playing politics and controlling his own party.

A US president in many aspects has limited power. The system does now allow him to be an autocrat. Therefore, the president must effectively use the bully pulpit and the megaphone to get what he wants. Trump did it effectively to take over the republican party.

When LBJ tried to pass civil rights act, voting rights act, and other great society legislations, many blue dog democrats opposed him initially. LBJ called them to his office and said "Look son of bitch, I am the president and this is the bill I want. Either you vote for my bill or I will campaign against you. I will fund your primary opponent, and relentlessly support and campaign for him to take you out of office" (of course this conversation is imaginary, but it is common knowledge that this is how LBJ played politics).

And guess what happened next? The democrats fall in line with their president. Politicians are weak in nature. You put a little bit of pressure and they will bow down.

Trump did the same. He used his popularity with his MAGA base to intimidate Republican law makers, and no one dare go against him now. Even libertarian Rand Paul votes with Trump. This was important for Trump, not to pass great legislations, because he could not care less about legislations, unless of course it is tax cut, which he got, but to ensure that he is not impeached. And Trump will not be impeached, irrespective of whether Muller indicts him or not (and note here: Muller will not indict a sitting POTUS). And those who have opposed Trump, many have lost in gubernatorial and other down ballot races.

Obama should have done the same but he was a weak sauce. He was massively popular, had a massive email list, had a filibuster proof senate for the first two years of his presidency, and yet, when blue dog democrats opposed public option in his healthcare legislation, he folded immediately, passed RomneyCare, unconstitutionally made it mandatory to buy insurance, and happily handed over the whole health care system to vultures like insurance companies.

Trump is no alpha male, but when Trump mocks Obama as weak, there is a reason why it sticks. Obama was a beta beyond description. When you are groveling at the boots of insurance companies, wall street, and big pharma, you have no other option but become a beta. This is your legacy Obama, own it and accept it.
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Wow, very good energy from Trump Jr! Awesome. You know...most of these kids of rich parents just waste their life away from public eye or commitments. But Trump raised all three of his kids very well. They are very good people. Hopefully the one he had with Melania, forget his name, also turns out to be a good person. I am pretty sure it will be the case.
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^^Barron...and also there's Tiffany
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A very interesting story is being unfolded here with the stealing of Bezos' d**k pic by National Enquire.

NE obtained these pics and blackmailed Bezos to make a claim that NE's publications are not politically motivated.

Of course Bezos made a smart move here - being the richest man of human history, instead of giving into their foolish demand, he made a counter attack by employing investigators to find out how NE obtained those pics.

This put NE in the backfoot.

Now why is this in the Trump thread?

Because there are two suspects here.

1. Saudi used their money get these pictures about Bezos because they are really unhappy about WaPo's coverage of Khashoggi killing.

2. Trump asked for these pictures to take revenge on Bezos. Trump was always jealous of Bezos, because he does not have as much money as Bezos.

People are suspecting Trump because of his silence. He is not taking a shot at Bezos, which is very anti-Trump. If he was not involved in the process, it is very likely that he would be first one take cheap shot at Bezos, but he is not doing so. This is very unTrumpian.

Trump is really being stupid here. If you want to revenge on Bezos, tax him. But of course he cannot do so, because he also wants tax cut for himself. So he is probably tangoing in the wrong way with the wrong person, which might even cost him his presidency.
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