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#EndorseThis: Ted Lieu Trolls Trump In 15 Seconds Or Less

With the help of his children, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has released one of the simplest, funniest, and shortest campaign ads ever. Is video of the Congressman drinking a glass of water really campaign advertising? You'll have to decide, but this pithy video surely confirms Lieu's reputation as one of Donald Trump's sharpest critics. Now we know he's a funny guy, too.

This is trolling as performance art. Enjoy.

As Trump Ranted On Twitter, Hicks Stonewalled Judiciary Committee

Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks sat for an interview with the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday — and Trump was completely undone by it.

As Hicks met behind closed doors to answer questions from House Judiciary Committee members about her comments to now-former special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump took to his favorite social media site to blast the Mueller report and Democrats’ continued hearings dissecting the report’s findings.

“The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after almost 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over,” Trump whined on Twitter. “This is extreme Presidential Harassment. They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks.”

Trump went on to bring up ridiculous conspiracy theories about his former foe Hillary Clinton — who still lives rent-free in his head — and ask why Democrats aren’t investigating his fever dream conspiracies about Clinton instead.

“Why aren’t the Dems looking at the 33,000 Emails that Hillary and her lawyer deleted and acid washed AFTER GETTING A SUBPOENA FROM CONGRESS?” Trump shouted in caps lock, the way your crazy relatives do on social media platforms. “That is real Obstruction that the Dems want no part of because their hearings are RIGGED and a disgrace to our Country!”

Then Trump placed his finger firmly on the shift key.

“DEMOCRAT CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ARE #RIGGED!” Trump tweeted.

But House Democrats are doing exactly what Mueller intended by examining the findings of his report in an effort to determine whether any punishments for Trump are warranted.

And Hicks is a central figure in the report, with her name appearing 184 times, according to Politico‘s Kyle Cheney.

Hicks appears in the report so many times because she was a central witness to some of the efforts Trump made to obstruct Mueller’s investigation — which Mueller detailed in his report.

Trump’s childish freakout over Hicks’ testimony on Wednesday likely isn’t even warranted.

As Hicks sat behind closed doors answering questions, Democrats on the committee emerged from the room to call the interview a “farce,” as White House lawyers were preventing Hicks from answering even basic questions, such as whether she told the truth to Mueller’s investigators, Cheney reported.

“We’re watching obstruction of justice in action,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) told Cheney after emerging from the interview room, adding that the White House is “making crap up” to prevent Hicks from answering questions.

Democrats are merely doing their Constitutional duty in looking into the conclusions from Mueller’s report to determine whether any further action, such as impeachment, is necessary.

Finally, Trump claimed that if Mueller’s investigation hadn’t been going on, he would be “winning by 20 points” but then said he’s “winning anyway!”

Of course, that’s demonstrably false. Poll after poll shows Trump’s approval ratings are in the toilet, and that if the election were held now he’d lose to almost every top Democratic presidential hopeful.

But Trump is blocking those efforts at every turn, and then screaming about it in a juvenile manner whenever he can.

Does that sound like something someone who claims to have been “exonerated” would do?

Published with permission of The American Independent.

IMAGE: Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

Veterans Outraged By Trump Plan To Pardon War Crimes

Many veterans are outraged by reports that Trump may pardon military service members who were accused or convicted of war crimes, and argue that Trump’s actions are an insult to those who have served honorably.

On Saturday, the New York Times revealed that Trump may be planning pardons on or around Memorial Day for several military service members who were accused or convicted of cold-blooded murder and other crimes.

“With the exception of actually pissing on graves at Arlington, pardoning war criminals on Memorial Day is as insulting to America’s war dead as you could possibly get,” Brandon Friedman, a writer and entrepreneur who won two bronze stars for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, said on Saturday.

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was accused by his fellow Navy SEALs of using his sniper rifle to kill an unarmed girl in a flower-print hijab, as well as firing a machine gun into civilian neighborhoods with no enemy targets. Army Major Matthew Golsteyn is accused of killing an Afghan man who was already a prisoner, and then working with others to burn the body.

Trump demanded pardon papers for Gallagher, Golsteyn,and other suspected or convicted war criminals to be rushed to him before Memorial Day, according to the Times.

VoteVets, a group dedicated to supporting and electing veterans, said Trump’s actions are “a win for ISIS and our enemies.” 

Veterans serving in Congress were also appalled Trump would consider pardoning war criminals.

“We who’ve served know that killing civilian children, women & seniors makes it harder to secure the peace & is a great recruiting tool for terrorists,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who served as a JAG officer before becoming a member of Congress.

“I’ll speak loudly and clearly: absolutely no pardons for war crimes,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a former Marine, said on Sunday.

A combat veteran contacted CNN’s Jake Tapper and called Trump’s possible pardons of war criminals “a slap in the face to everyone who fought honorably.”

In reading the statement given to Tapper, Amy McGrath, a veteran who narrowly lost a House election in 2018, added: “Can’t think of anyone I’ve served with who doesn’t feel this way.”

“Our military personnel are brave, patriotic & smart. I’ve tried multiple cases before military juries,” Lieu also said. “They take into account a Member’s service record and demand evidence beyond a reasonable doubt before convicting. I trust military members.”

If Trump pardons war criminals, he is sending a clear message that he doesn’t trust U.S. troops and doesn’t care if atrocities are committed in their names.

Published with permission of The American Independent. 

Trump Exploits Migrant Child Deaths, Blames Democrats

On Saturday afternoon, President Trump blamed Democrats for the recent deaths of two migrant children held by Customs and Border Protection. In a series of angry tweets, he exploited those tragedies to justify his insistence on a border wall as the government shutdown entered its second week.

“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally,” he wrote on Twitter. “They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!”

Trump claimed that both children, Guatemalan migrants who had crossed the border from Mexico, were sick before federal agents apprehended them. But their medical condition and the events leading to their deaths remain under investigation by authorities. His tweets, Trump’s first public comments on the children’s deaths, deflected responsibility and expressed no concern for the bereaved families.

The deaths of Jakelin Caal, 8, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, have renewed public outrage over the “zero tolerance” immigration policies of the Trump administration — and raised serious concern about the treatment of immigrants in custody at the border.

Democrats swiftly denounced Trump’s indecent political opportunism. “The first reaction to the news of a death of a child in our custody ought to be empathy for the family and, frankly, enormous distress that that happened at all. It’s now the second such death,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-NY), who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

.”And instead, our President––who apparently lacks any capacity for human empathy––decides to use the death of two children as a political tool, something he can hit his opponents with. I think it’s really yet another new low in a president filled with new lows,” Connolly added.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) promised that under new Democratic leadership, the House would investigate the migrant children’s deaths.
“Even #MAGA folks would concede that @POTUS is not a doctor. He’s just making stuff up again,” wrote Lieu in a tweet responding to Trump. “In January the House of Representatives will hold hearings with witnesses under oath and find out what happened.”