In an article about the resignation of Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude from HUD, we learn some more ugly facts about Trump’s brain.

President Trump in late September grew incensed after hearing, erroneously, that Puerto Rico was using the emergency money to pay off its debt, according to two people with direct knowledge of Trump’s thinking.

Trump told then-White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and then-Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney that he did not want a single dollar going to Puerto Rico, because he thought the island was misusing the money and taking advantage of the government, according to a person with direct knowledge of the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive internal deliberations. Instead, he wanted more of the money to go to Texas and Florida, the person said.

“POTUS was not consolable about this,” the person said.

  1. Trump is a petty tyrant who will lash out vindictively over perceived slights.
  2. Trump totally lacks empathy. People were sick, dying, and in desperate straits in Puerto Rico, and he cut them off without a qualm.
  3. Trump is a selfish grifter who takes deep offense if he thinks someone else is grifting.
  4. Trump will always think others are grifting, because that’s what he’d do.
  5. Trump is a goddamn racist.

We need to get him out of office, and kick out all his hangers-on as well. I don’t know if the country can make it to the end of 2020.


  1. methuseus says

    Pence would be bad. Really bad. But would he be better than Trump in letting Puerto Rico get aid and stuff? Probably not…
    I don’t think there’s any way to boot Pence at the same time as Trump. Makes it hard to know what to make happen.

  2. Kagehi says

    I sadly suspect that #4 is the mind set of far, far, far too many members of the GOP, and their backers, including evangelicals.

  3. says

    Pence is likely in just as deep as Trump. He just has enough sense not to advertise the fact. We’ll see if we can sell people on the notion that he had no idea what was going on.

  4. stroppy says

    And, as Seth Myers said last night after playing a clip of Trump rambling in circles around an imaginary point, “There’s something wrong with Grandpa.”

    Oh, there’s a long, long list of things that are wrong with, about, and around Trump.

  5. Sean Boyd says

    You’ve got a ‘3’ at the end of .html in your link, PZ. Yields a 404 if you click it.

  6. Akira MacKenzie says

    Trump is already giving the Bible Beaters everything they want in exchange for votes. Replacing him with Pence would be no worse.

  7. says

    Cross posted from the Political Madness all the Time thread. Link to Political Madness thread.

    Trump, who claims that most polls are fake, (if they show him in a negative light), paid to produce false poll results:

    Those who’ve spent a considerable amount of time online have come across websites that invite visitors to vote in online unscientific polls. They generally tell us very little about public attitudes, but people often like to register their opinions, and website operators often like to create ways to engage visitors, so they’re fairly common. Those who understand social-science research know to ignore the results.

    Donald Trump is not one of those people. […]

    […] the Wall Street Journal published a rather remarkable article this morning on Michael Cohen’s efforts — when he was Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer” — to “rig online polls in his boss’s favor” before the 2016 elections.

    To execute the plan, Cohen reportedly hired John Gauger, the chief information officer at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, and the owner of a small tech company called RedFinch Solutions LLC. The goal was simple: deliver online poll results intended to make Trump happy.

    In January 2014, Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Gauger to help Mr. Trump score well in a CNBC online poll to identify the country’s top business leaders by writing a computer script to repeatedly vote for him. Mr. Gauger was unable to get Mr. Trump into the top 100 candidates. In February 2015, as Mr. Trump prepared to enter the presidential race, Mr. Cohen asked him to do the same for a Drudge Report poll of potential Republican candidates, Mr. Gauger said. Mr. Trump ranked fifth, with about 24,000 votes, or 5% of the total.

    As is often the case with people who do work for Team Trump, Gauger said he never received the $50,000 he was promised, though he claims Cohen did give him a Walmart bag containing between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash.

    Cohen denies that detail — he insists payments were made by check — though he seemed to confirm the gist of the story. In a tweet published this morning, Cohen pointed to the WSJ article and said that when it came to poll rigging, his actions were made “at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Donald Trump.

    […] “I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.” […]

    […] when Trump lashes out at polls he doesn’t like as “rigged,” perhaps he knows of what he speaks.

    […] we’re occasionally reminded that the president has long overseen an operation that can charitably be described as amateurish and incompetent, which offers insights into why his White House is such a mess.

    But a Washington Post analysis published this morning raised a related point, putting the contract to rig polls in a larger context: “Why should we not assume that other surreptitious investments might have been made?”


    Note that Liberty University is a “Christian” organization.

  8. robro says

    Getting rid of Pence is going to be difficult. Pence is the Fundie’s fall back guy if Trump gets booted. They want one more seat on the Supreme Court, then they can do all kinds of damage. I’m pretty sure that’s why they cooked up the “Flynn lied to Pence” storyline in 2017. That’s why Pence keeps his mouth shut relative to Trump.

  9. wzrd1 says

    Let’s review.
    In the past 24 hours, he perfected both abuse of office and extortion that is ongoing. He also allegedly ordered his former “fixer” to lie under oath, which is also a felony. Additionally, he misappropriated funding dedicated by Congress to fund part of his wall, which is yet another felony.
    All we needed was high crimes and misdemeanors.
    Impeach and refuse to accept a resignation, giving Pence a message that act up, both barrels are loaded and he’s looking into the muzzle. He can be managed and mitigated against.

  10. khms says

    by writing a computer script to repeatedly vote for him
    Well, that’s one way to pharyngulate a poll …