Trump Tweets Revives “Smocking” for Friday’s Open Thread

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There are only 5 shopping days left until Christmas.

It’s been 2.5 days since the House adopted two Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump, making him the 3rd American President to be Impeached in the House.

The now Impeached President Trump has for Friday tweeted 6 times and retweeted 9 times.

The thanking a Senator for blasting the Articles of Impeachment tweet.

Thanks Senator for telling the world in one breath you’ll take your job seriously while also explaining that you won’t.

The Impeachment process is over, as the House voted on Wednesday to Impeach President Trump. As Congress is on recess for the Christmas Holiday, the Removal process will start after the first of the year, sometime mid January 2020.

Now in the Senator’s defense, he did issue that tweet on the 18th of December the day the House voted to Impeach.

The announces he will not be reading ET again tweets!

Christianity Today.com was created and is maintained by Christianity Today magazine that was found in 1956 by Billy Graham according to their FAQ.

Christianity Today (CT) on Thursday published an editorial written by Mark Galli the Editor in Chief for CT.

The piece entitled Trump Should Be Removed from Office explains that according to Billy Graham “Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.”

Galli goes on to explain that the typical CT approach is to stay above politics, as they want CT “to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being. We take pride in the fact, for instance, that politics does not dominate our homepage.”

However, as Galli notes, sometimes they feel it is necessary to make their own opinions known on political matters, saying that as Graham encouraged them to do with both “conviction and love. We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.”

Right before the blistering statements Galli writes:

Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.

CT Editorial 12/19/19.

Here is where the CT editorial raised the ire of the President starting at paragraph five.

But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.

CT Editorial 12/19/19.

Galli goes on to explain that the reason people aren’t shocked is because, “this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals,” he adds, “He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”

In paragraph seven Galli writes that “None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.”

He then turns toward former President Bill Clinton’s lack of morality some 20 years when CT also wrote regarding a President’s Impeachment, in fact, the article from yesterday was posted exactly 21 years after the House Impeached Clinton for what CT called at the time, “Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.”

Galli concludes his piece by writing:

We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. So we have done our best to give evangelical Trump supporters their due, to try to understand their point of view, to see the prudential nature of so many political decisions they have made regarding Mr. Trump. To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence. And just when we think it’s time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that’s when the whole game will come crashing down. It will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.

CT Editorial 12/19/19.

Billy Graham’s son Franklin Graham defended the President on twitter and blasted the article, shocking no one really.

Galli defended the piece on CNN on Friday.

*climbs on to soap box*

I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, my first ever vote, that did not in fact blind me to who and what Clinton was, I was and am today still in mind that had the Senate removed him, as they should have. President Trump would today be former candidate Trump, and would not have been elected to lead.

It’s a strong opinion sure and many will probably disagree, but it was our failure to remove him, as was warranted by his actions, that allowed us the people to forget that our President reflects us as a nation that statements like “oh, he was in his second term, couldn’t run for re-election,” blah blah blah, matter zero because he still did the things he was accused of, he lied, he used his power of the Presidency for his own gain.

It was never about the blowjob, the cheating, not for me, as a supporter, it was about the fact that he lied to us, straight to our faces by saying, “I did not,” when he did, and it was evident that not only did Clinton do these things, he attempted to cover it up.

President Trump did exactly what Galli says, he used his power for his own gain, and in truth, I can make stronger case for President Trump’s removal. He is unfit to lead, he is as Galli notes, a “grossly immoral character,” he is a danger to our national security, by taking Putin’s word over ours.

The belief that Clinton’s behavior warranted Impeachment and removal by the Right, was correct, their belief that Trump’s behavior does not, is the height of hypocrisy.

*climbs down off soap box*

The bragging about spending more of our money and raising the “Smocking” age tweet.

It took about 27 ish minutes for him to delete the “Smocking” typo and to replace the tweet.

Reuters reported on Tuesday that the Senate voted 86-8 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA.

According to the article this year’s NDAA includes, “a 3.1% pay increase for the troops; the first ever paid family leave for all federal workers, and the creation of a Space Force.”

They go on to say that the “fiscal 2020 NDAA increases defense spending by about $20 billion, or about 2.8%. It includes $658.4 billion for Department of Defense and Department of Energy national security programs, $71.5 billion to pay for ongoing foreign wars and $5.3 billion in emergency funding for repairs from natural disasters.”

Politico reported on Thursday that the Congressional cleared legislation “will boost federal budgets by a total of $49 billion.”

From the Politico article:

The nearly $1.4 trillion, two-part spending deal now heads to President Donald Trump, who plans to put his signature on both bills before a midnight Friday deadline, according to senior administration officials. The compromise bipartisan deal averts a repeat of the 35-day partial government shutdown that began nearly one year ago, the longest in U.S. history.

In the legislation’s last stop in Congress, the Senate voted 71-23 on Thursday to pass a non-defense package, approving funding for departments like Education, Transportation, Agriculture, Labor, Energy, HHS and HUD. The chamber also voted 81-11 to pass a package to fund the Pentagon, as well as the departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury and Justice.

Politico 12/19/19.

From what I’ve found the Southern Border Wall funding is roughly $1.4 billion via the linked Politico article, The Dallas Morning News, and the Washington Examiner.

Bloomberg reports that according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, he expects the 86 page phase-one deal between the U.S. and China to be signed sometime in early January and released publicly then.

The phase-one deal is likely to take effect thirty days after the deal is signed.


Update.

The Impeached President is still mad about CT’s article tweets.

*Flashback*

2013

July 2015

January 2016. Interview with CNN.

It doesn’t matter who Graham’s father voted for, our vote does not mean we do not holding a person responsible for their own actions. Our vote is just that one vote in a sea of many that say we support at this moment this person over the other guy or gal. They do not say “we are loyal to only that person for their whole term.”

President’s are not Kings, they are elected by the people, to govern for the people period.


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I hope y’all have a happy Friday and a great weekend.

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