Following is an excerpt from Lewis Carrolls’ book Alice in Wonderland:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.” —Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice Chapter 2, The Pool of Tears
Following are a few choice classics from our President and from those who work for him:
TRUMP ON THE NEWS MEDIA
“This country is doing better than it’s ever done before, economically. … But it’s all working out. Just remember: What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
“I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!”
When you see “anonymous source,” stop reading the story, it is fiction!
TRUMP ON WOMEN:
“I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.”
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” (Tump recorded conversation with Billy Bush)
Trump has called women he does not like “fat pigs”, “dogs”, “slobs”, and “disgusting animals”, has referred to “blood running out of places” of women when talking about a female news caster and says women need to be punished if they have an abortion.
TRUMP ON RACE RELATIONS
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
“I have a great relationship with African Americans, as you possibly have heard. I just have great respect for them. And they like me. I like them.”
President Donald Trump expressed frustration behind closed doors with people coming to the US when he said “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” referring Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa.
President Trump said in meetings about immigration that Haitians “all have AIDS”.
President Donald Trump described Nigerians as people living in huts and that they would not want to return to them. He reportedly said 40,000 had come from Nigeria and would never “go back to their huts” once they had seen America.
After a 20-year-old white man drove his car into a crowd at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one anti-racist protester and injuring 19 others, President Trump said that there was “blame on both sides” regarding the deadly violence that was instigated by white supremacists.
“No, no, I’m not a racist. … I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you.”
“Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person.”
“I am the least racist person that you have ever met.”
TRUMP ON NO COLLUSION WITH THE RUSSIANS
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. … I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press” Mr. Trump said, referring to emails Hillary Clinton had deleted from the private account she had used when she was secretary of state.
Since March of 2017, Trump has tweeted that there was “no collusion” no less than 90 times.
Trump has called the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt.”
Trump then said “There was no collusion, but if there was, it was not a crime.”
After his return trip from Helsinki meeting with President Vladimir Putin Trump said “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t. … “The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia. … I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself” with regard to who hacked into Democratic Party computers.
Trump has claimed that “the real Russian collusion has occurred on the Democrats side.”
TRUMP ON VLADIMIR PUTIN:
“Then Putin said, ’Donald Trump is a genius, he’s going to be the next great leader of the United States.’ No, no, think of it. They wanted me to disavow what he said. How dare you call me a genius. How dare you call me a genius, Vladimir. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with Russia? Wouldn’t that be good?”
“The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me!”
“But I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.”
“I never met Putin. … I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper and that was the end of it. I never met Putin.”
“I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people.”
TRUMP ON GUN CONTROL:
“I like taking guns away early … Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
“No matter what you do – guns, no guns – it doesn’t matter. You have people that are mentally ill. And they’re gonna come through the cracks. And they’re going to do things that people will not even believe are possible.”
“I think that mental health is your problem here … We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. … But this isn’t a guns situation … I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it. But fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have been — as bad it was — it would have been much worse. But this is a mental health problem at the highest level.
Trump later said we need to arm teachers in classrooms.
TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA RELATIONS:
Donald Trump said if North Korea escalates its nuclear threat, “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen!”
“Rocket Man” when referring to Kim Jong Un.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said in his first address to the UN General Assembly.
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
After the Singapore Summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump had this to say:
1. “We will be stopping the war games [with South Korea] which will save us a tremendous amount of money. It is very provocative.”
2. “I think honestly he’s going to do these things.”
3. “I may be wrong, I mean I may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey I was wrong.’ I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse.”
4. “I gave up nothing. I’m here. I haven’t slept in 25 hours.”
5. On Kim Jong-un: “Well he is very talented. Anybody who takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it, and run it tough — I don’t say ‘he was nice’ or I don’t say anything about it,”
6. On North Korea: “It’s rough. It’s rough in a lot of places, by the way, not just there. But it’s rough.
7. On whether there was a recording of the meeting between Trump and Kim: “I don’t have to verify, I have one of the great memories of all time.”
“Kim Jun Un is ‘talented’ and ‘loves his country very much’.”
TRUMP ON IRAN :
Trump’s comments in response to earlier remarks by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who warned the US that war with Tehran would be the “mother of all wars” tweeted:
“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
KELLY ANNE CONWAY QUOTE
“Alternative facts” is a phrase Kellyanne Conway coined during a Meet the Press interview on in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s false statement about the attendance numbers of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States.
TRUMP’S CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY RUDY GIULIANI QUOTES:
“I have been sitting here looking in the federal [criminal] code trying to find collusion as a crime. Collusion is not a crime.”
“The hacking is the crime. … The president didn’t hack.”
“You can investigate an innocent person forever and forever and find nothing. When do we say enough is enough … No collusion, no obstruction. President Trump did nothing wrong.”
“Truth is not the truth.”
PEOPLE CHARGE AND CONVICTED IN MUELLER PROBE
Following is a listing of all those charged, convicted or who have plead guilty in the Mueller Russian probe of interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election:
Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman: convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to report foreign bank accounts with another criminal trial pending.
Michael Cohen, President’ Trumps long time private attorney and “fixer”: Plead guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, making false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations in the criminal investigation in New York and implicated Trump in committing campaign finance felonies.
Rick Gates, one of Manafort’s business partners: plead guilty to one charge of lying to investigators and one charge of conspiracy in exchange for becoming a cooperating witness in the Mueller probe. He testified against Manafort as the prosecution’s star witness in its case in Virginia.
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser: plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations last December with Russia’s ambassador to the US at the time, Sergey Kislyak.
George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser: plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. Papadopoulos had made at least six attempts to set up a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian representatives throughout the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, using a London-based professor named Joseph Mifsud and a female Russian national as conduits.
California businessman Richard Pinedo: plead guilty to one count of identity fraud. The plea deal’s release came immediately after Mueller’s office announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering in the 2016 US election by mounting an elaborate and multi-faceted social media influence operation meant to sow political discord during and after the race. Pinedo ran a company called “Auction Essistance,” which offered services meant to get around the security requirements set by online payment companies like eBay, PayPal, and Amazon. Auction Essistance was shut down.
Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer tied to Manafort and Gates: plead guilty to one count of making false statements to federal investigators. Van der Zwaan represents the interests of numerous Russian oligarchs. He is also the son-in-law of German Khan, the Ukrainian-Russian billionaire who controls Russia’s Alfa Bank.The institution attracted scrutiny last year, when a dossier published by former British spy Christopher Steele alleged that Alfa Bank had played a role in meddling in the 2016 US election.
13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments of 13 Russian citizens and three companies allegedly involved in meddling in the US political system. The charges focused on the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a notorious Russian “troll factory” that focused on sowing political discord during the 2016 US election by using internet bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump propaganda on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
12 Russian intelligence officers indicted for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 US presidential election : All 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted are members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence unit. The accusations against them include conspiring to interfere with the election by hacking computers, stealing documents, and releasing those documents with intent to interfere.
COMMENTATY AND ANALYSIS
At the Trump Tea Party, if you “don’t believe what you’re reading or seeing”, if it is all “fake news”, “alternative facts are not facts”, “truth isn’t the truth”, means that Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Alex van der Zwaan are all innocent people even though they were found guilty or plead guilty to the crimes they were charged with and therefore are entitled to Presidential pardons.
I am really beginning to realize that the American public are akin to Alice in Wonderland and our news media is the “chesire cat” when the cat said to Alice:
“In that direction,” the Cat said, waving its right paw round, “lives a Hatter: and in that direction,” waving the other paw, “lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.”
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” — Chapter 6, Pig and Pepper
We have all fallen down the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland”.
President Trump is the Mad Hatter having a “tweeting party” instead of a tea party every single day stuffing his face with McDonalds Big Macs while sitting on his bed in the White House and Rudy Giuliani and Kelly Anne Conway are two March Hares and all three are totally mad.