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Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:26 PM

'I am the Chosen One,' Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared himself “the Chosen One” as he defended his administration’s actions in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

The president’s self-aggrandizing remark followed a string of criticisms aimed at his predecessors, whom he claimed had ignored China’s alleged malpractice on trade.

“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

“Somebody had to do it,” the president said. He added, while looking to the heavens: “I am the Chosen One.”

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/i-am-the-chosen-one-trump-proclaims-as-he-defends-china-trade-war.html




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Reply 'I am the Chosen One,' Trump proclaims as he defends trade war with China (Original post)
crazytown Aug 21 OP
DBoon Aug 21 #1
Scurrilous Aug 21 #2
Bob Loblaw Aug 21 #25
MontanaMama Aug 21 #3
Blue Owl Aug 21 #4
NoMoreRepugs Aug 21 #5
djacq Aug 21 #6
htuttle Aug 21 #7
smb Aug 21 #8
William Seger Aug 21 #9
rurallib Aug 21 #12
RockRaven Aug 21 #10
riversedge Aug 21 #11
xxqqqzme Aug 22 #46
MBS Aug 21 #13
PandoraAwakened Aug 21 #14
Historic NY Aug 21 #15
Mz Pip Aug 21 #16
Ramsey Barner Aug 21 #17
Newest Reality Aug 21 #27
crazytown Aug 21 #35
Newest Reality Aug 21 #36
crazytown Aug 21 #37
Newest Reality Aug 21 #38
crazytown Aug 22 #39
Newest Reality Aug 22 #40
crazytown Aug 22 #41
Newest Reality Aug 22 #42
crazytown Aug 22 #43
Wash. state Desk Jet Aug 21 #18
Grokenstein Aug 21 #19
Firestorm49 Aug 21 #20
ffr Aug 21 #21
gldstwmn Aug 21 #30
FreeLookMode Aug 21 #22
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 21 #23
Sugar Smack Aug 21 #24
Bob Loblaw Aug 21 #26
Kid Berwyn Aug 21 #28
gldstwmn Aug 21 #29
BHDem53 Aug 21 #31
yardwork Aug 21 #32
MustLoveBeagles Aug 21 #34
MustLoveBeagles Aug 21 #33
rockfordfile Aug 22 #44
Nitram Aug 22 #45

Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:27 PM

1. meth

it's one hell of a drug

and Adderall is just meth with a good PR agent

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:28 PM

2. Don't stop him, he's on a roll...

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 08:49 PM

25. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:31 PM

3. Good gawd

Certifiably fucking insane.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:34 PM

4. Hot Messiah

n/t

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:34 PM

5. Congress keep investigating, SDNY keep investigating, New York AG keep investigating, Democratic

candidates keep pointing out his lies and gargantuan foibles - the pressure will cause this useless meat Popsicle to crack under the pressure.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:40 PM

6. OMG! Impeachment sounds really good right now.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:43 PM

7. He must have snorted an extra rail this morning

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:47 PM

8. He IS The Chosen One -- Chosen By PUTIN nt

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 01:57 PM

9. Trump thinks the trade deficit is because China is ripping us off

That's as bad as -- maybe worse than -- thinking China pays his tariffs.

What worries me as that with his trade war blowing up in his face, Trump will be so desperate to make any kind of trade deal that the Chinese hold all the cards now. They can screw us and Trump will still claim he won the war, please adore him.

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Response to William Seger (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 02:21 PM

12. China holds all the cards - how right you are!

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 02:03 PM

10. Trump is taking Nixon's Madman Strategy a bit literally...

Quite a bit too literally.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 02:17 PM

11. This IS YOUR trade war ol self-chosen one. Deal with it. You can not disown it. You own it!




“This isn’t my trade war, this is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

“Somebody had to do it,” the president said. He added, while looking to the heavens: “I am the Chosen One.”

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Response to riversedge (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 03:52 PM

46. And I thought

Harry Potter was The Chosen One.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 02:23 PM

13. He is demented.

And getting worse.
Combined with his equally demented retweets about being the "king of Israel.. ", it's getting genuinely scary.
He is not a well man.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-quotes-conspiracy-theorist-claiming-israelis-love-him-like-he-is-the-second-coming-of-god/2019/08/21/603cea14-c405-11e9-9986-1fb3e4397be4_story.html

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 02:56 PM

14. Yep, heading into full-blown dementia now.

The inevitable and only possible outcome for those suffering from NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder).

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 02:58 PM

15. Deuteronomy 4:16

that you do not act corruptly and make an idol for yourselves of any form or shape, whether in the likeness of a male or female,

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 03:21 PM

16. 25th Amendment now

How much more evidence do they need that he’s nuts?

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 03:28 PM

17. I don't like this episode.

When do we resume the regularly scheduled program?

And whoever laughed to cover for him should be put out to journalism pasture.

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Response to Ramsey Barner (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 09:01 PM

27. I am sorry, but...

the regularly scheduled programming has been preempted by the Ministry of Truth, (Minitrue) indefinitely...and now for a message from our sponsors. Oh, and there NEVER was any regularly schedule programming. Repeat that!







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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #27)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:16 PM

35. Victory Announcement: Employment has increased by 501,000 fewer jobs!

doubleTrump good

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Response to crazytown (Reply #35)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:31 PM

36. ++

The chocolate ration (chocorat) has increased by 25 grams per week!

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #36)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:38 PM

37. 4, 3, 2, 1



Dwn the memory hole

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Response to crazytown (Reply #37)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:49 PM

38. Vaporized Unpersons

Here is how Winston Smith described doublethink in the novel:

"To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink.'

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #38)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 12:23 AM

39. doublethink - in practice

"In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. The mixture in itself was remarkable enough, because it spelled the end of the illusion that gullibility was a weakness of unsuspecting primitive souls and cynicism the vice of superior and refined minds. Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness."

Hannah Arendt
The Origins of Totalitarianism

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Response to crazytown (Reply #39)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 12:32 AM

40. How amazingly

precise and prescient can it get?

It seems like that fits "the base" rather well, at least in part currently and in whole with time.

One has to wonder if works like that and Orwell's writings are not being used as playbooks by the GOP, et al. Or is it just a repeating pattern that some astute academics, intellectuals and authors discern?

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #40)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 12:38 AM

41. I think it is a recurring and inevitable pattern

The fundamental of totalitarism is that the party / leader is right - always right, even though this defies credibility - so truth becomes relative - relative too what the leader is saying on the say, and devoid of substantial meaning without that context. The more fantastic and absurd the lie - anti-Semitism is a favorite, the more insubstantial objective facts, the easier doublethink becomes. Everything is a lie / the leaser tells it like it is .

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Response to crazytown (Reply #41)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 01:11 AM

42. Thanks for your view on that.

I wonder what that says about the individual psyche and collective consciousness of this species?

Is this an inherit, wired trait or an aspect of cultural conditioning, or both? I consider the nature/nurture debate to be about two sides of the same coin, so, even with the many variables involved, I imagine the same is true for traits/culture. Certain kinds of conditioning in a culture begin very early in the developmental process, and there are obvious flaws in that in respects to authority and the deprecation of critical thinking. Western religious dogmas often allow for and encourage authoritarians and subservience to them, whereas the teaching and promotion of higher order, rational ethics might actually negate that, so the nature of the education system is implicated as well.

As far as the masses go, ignore-ance seems to factor in as a vulnerability, yet, historically, many intellectuals, academics, philosophers, scientists and clergy have been lured into the miasma of tyranny for various reasons like power, self-preservation and other perks, once it gets going full swing as populism. Perhaps a herd mentality holds sway, as well?

Yet, in light of the above, we could say that a society/culture, collectively has to take responsibility, to the proper degree, for how resilient a population will be to that kind of phenomena, that is, if it does respect its population and does not consider such resilience to be a threat and it does not require its citizens to be pliable and easily manipulated for ulterior motives. And yes, I am being sarcastic and know full well that is the case. The American education system, overall, has not been utilized, in my opinion, to accomplish the task of inculcating skills and values that a true democracy and freedom demand. In fact, it has been increasingly doing the opposite since, at least, the 50s-60s as far as quality goes. The dumbing down began around that time, though the authoritarian essence has prevailed much longer and, other than in higher education, since the inception of compulsory education.

"War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength;"

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #42)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 01:22 AM

43. Addendum: 'Ignorance is Strength'

Orwell worked with military intelligence. Ignorance is strength is SOP. Whether it describes the modus operandi of cells, covert operations, or major endevors, such as D-Day, best practice is that information be tightly restricted on a needs to know basis. That ignorance of classified material is regarded as military strength is a tautology.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 03:45 PM

18. Pretty bold statement coming from a universally known lier

and cheat.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 04:27 PM

19. Eh, Sam Neill did it better.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 05:17 PM

20. The man (child) is mentally ill.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 05:30 PM

21. Cult45's Beatles moment.

"I am the Chosen One," tRump
"More popular than Jesus," Beatles

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Response to ffr (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 09:10 PM

30. The Beatles actually had talent and a message. n/t

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 05:52 PM

22. Queue Obi-Wan line here......

 

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 07:48 PM

23. 25th amendment time

Come on let's do it.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 08:10 PM

24. Isn't he the cutest thing?

Don't you just want to eat him up?

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Response to Sugar Smack (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 08:51 PM

26. You spelled beat wrong

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 09:02 PM

28. Chosen by Putin.

And he scrubbed it from the Helsinki press conference transcript.



URI Friedman of The Atlantic:

Snip...

Understanding what Putin said depends on what you watch or where you look. If you watch the video of the news conference provided by the Russian government, or by news outlets such as PBS and the Associated Press, you will hear the Reuters reporter Jeff Mason ask a bombshell of a question: “President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?”

Putin then responds with a bombshell of an answer, according to the English translation of his remarks that was broadcast during the press conference: “Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.”



Trump was chosen because he would do what was best for Russia.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 09:08 PM

29. If anyone has watched Netflix's The Family

you will see exactly why he thinks this. He is off his rocker.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 09:41 PM

31. Putie's choice.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 10:50 PM

32. I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for this.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #32)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:12 PM

34. Yes

He's a fry short of a Happy Meal.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 21, 2019, 11:11 PM

33. Didn't we used to make fun of N. Korea for this shit?

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 02:34 AM

44. The Nazi republican is trying to cause more mass murders. All in the name of him

Remember the kind of followers that he's got.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Aug 22, 2019, 11:39 AM

45. Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

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