Election 2016 Fallout

Flag of the United States of AmericaBeginning in 2016, the year of the U.S. government's IANA Stewardship TransitionDomain Mondo began maintaining this page on the U.S. Presidential Election and the fallout following--page editor & analyst: @UnderMyPalm (opinions are his alone)--

•  Keeping Up With TRUMP, MSM's Fake News & the SWAMP:

Press Briefing Oct 19, 2017:

White House Chief of Staff John H. Kelly (retired United States Marine Corps General).

The New York Times: Ex-Clinton campaign adviser Marc E. Elias is helping tech companies, including Facebook and Google, to lobby over regulatory scrutiny related to Russian ads.

President Trump Hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month Event Oct 6, 2017 (video).

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he never considered resigning--yahoo.com Oct 4, 2017: "I'm not going to deal with petty stuff like that," he said, adding, "I'm not from this place (Washington), but the places I come from we don't deal with that kind of petty nonsense." Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon and former president of the Boy Scouts, also said of Trump: "He's smart. He demands results."

FAKE NEWS Mainstream Media--Tech Review 30 Sep 2017--3) Fake News = Data & News Media + Confirmation Bias, Liberal Bias, Groupthink, and False Narratives | DomainMondo.com

FAKE NEWS from the Washington Post

Chris Hedges: Elites "Have No Credibility Left" | ZeroHedge.com: Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, lecturer and former New York Times correspondent: "... the whole idea that the Russians swung the election to Trump is absurd ..."

UPDATE Sep 12, 2017Hope Hicks to be named permanent White House communications director | POLITICO.com.  Aug 18, 2017: Hope Hicks, White House interim communications director--28-year-old Greenwich, Connecticut, native earned an English degree from Southern Methodist University. She is the youngest person to ever lead the White House communications team--abcnews.go.com.

MSM--Study: The Liberal Media’s Summer of Pummeling Trump | newsbusters.org Sep 12, 2017: "Analyzing the networks’ (ABC, CBS, NBC) spin makes it clear that the goal of all of this heavy coverage is not to promote the President, but to punish him. In June, July and August, broadcast evening news coverage of Trump was 91 percent negative "

Get Over It!--Hillary Clinton Blames Comey, Russia, WikiLeaks, Facebook, Fake News, Voter ID Laws, Sexism, and Misogyny for Losing | Grabien.com 10 Sep 2017--Hillary Clinton proving she was unfit to ever be President.
More Fake News from MSMNBC News whiffs on Russiagate story  | The WashingtonPost.com Sept 1, 2017"... Both before the correction and after the correction, in other words, this story provides only fodder for innuendo and conspiracy, not for sound conclusions about what happened. According to a statement issued by Donald Trump Jr. when this whole story first broke, the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had mentioned information about Russia-connected figures funding the Democratic National Committee [not Trump or the RNC]."

More Misleading Russia-gate Propaganda | washingtonsblog.com Aug 29, 2017"There is an inherent danger of news organizations getting infected by “confirmation bias” when they want something to be true so badly that even if the evidence goes in the opposite direction they twist the revelation to fit their narrative. Such is how The Washington Post, The New York Times and their followers in the mainstream media are reacting to newly released emails that actually show Donald Trump’s team having little or no influence in Moscow."

Aug 22, 2017: With the recent shake-up in the Trump administration, the picture is now clearer as to the Trump administration's "key players" going forward (in no particular order):
photos of the below in order, left to right
  • White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly
  • Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (the last "key" politico in the White House)
  • National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster
  • Director of National Economic Council Gary Cohn
  • Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Commentary: Bannon’s departure may harm U.S. foreign policy | Reuters.com by Josh Cohen, Aug 22, 2017"... he [Bannon] added a much-needed voice favoring non-interventionism and the promotion of American economic interests. With him gone, it’s more likely that Trump could steer Washington in the wrong direction in areas ranging from Afghanistan to China."

First formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief Trump commits U.S. to open-ended Afghanistan war; Taliban vow 'graveyard' | Reuters.com Aug 21, 2017.

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run | NYTimes.com Aug 18,2017: "“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”"

Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role | The New York Times July 31, 2017“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.” [Editor's note: Scaramucci became White House Communications Director on July 21, 2017.]

July 28, 2017: "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American."--@realDonaldTrump July 28, 2017. See also What I wrote about General Mattis [and General John Kelly] in ‘The Generals’ | ForeignPolicy.com.

Why the former White House Chief of Staff @Reince QUIT: @Scaramucci called Reince Priebus a 'f--king paranoid schizophrenic' in public rant http://nyp.st/2v3m7g7 July 27, 2017. Have no idea whether @realDonaldTrump put @Scaramucci up to it, in order to get @Reince to quit.

Anthony Scaramucci’s wife files for divorce | Page Six July 28, 2017. @Scaramucci just sold his company for $$millions to go to work for Trump--so she wants her half now plus child support and alimony--did someone just say gold digger?

Is Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon the next to go?  Scaramucci also reportedly said:
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c--k, I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f--king strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” 
@Scaramucci Twitter Page Header
• Have You Noticed?--
US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing June 8, 2017
UPDATE video--President Trump's lawyer responds to Comey testimony:

Streamed live June 8, 2017: President Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz holds a press conference following the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Karl Rove explains how Trump is attacking himself

Video above published Jun 6, 2017: Former Bush 43 Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove on how President Trump continues to be his biggest opponent.

President Trump Makes a Statement Regarding the Paris Accord

June 1, 2017, The White House, Washington, D.C.  See also: The Paris Accord is a Bad Deal for America | YouTube.com (slides excerpts below)--Reuters reported that the White House was referring to a study conducted by MIT in April 2016, titled 'How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?'. The research showed that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100, Reuters reported. In the paper, Joint Program Principal Research Scientist Erwan Monier described the Paris agreement as "certainly a step in the right direction" but "only" a step. “It puts us on the right path to keep warming under 3 C, but even under the same level of commitment of the Paris agreement after 2030, our study indicates a 95 percent probability that the world will warm by more than 2 C by 2100," he added.
source: WhiteHouse.gov
Recently of interest:
The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate | washingtonsblog.com: "An irony of the escalating hysteria about the Trump camp’s contacts with Russians is that one presidential campaign in 2016 did exploit political dirt that supposedly came from the Kremlin and other Russian sources. Friends of that political campaign paid for this anonymous hearsay material, shared it with American journalists and urged them to publish it to gain an electoral advantage. But this campaign was not Donald Trump’s; it was Hillary Clinton’s ..."

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) open hearing on its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign 10:00am - 1:00pm ET, Monday, March 20, 2017, room 1100 of the Longworth Building. Livestreamed above and on the HPSCI website here and c-span.org. The hearing witnesses include James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency.

Joint Session of Congress, Feb 28, 2017: President Trump addresses a joint session (video) of the U.S. Congress on Feb 28, 2017.

Democrats still in denial (Feb 26, 2017): Key Question About DNC Race: Why Did Obama White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison? | theintercept.com: "... it’s hard to conclude that a party that has navigated itself into such collapse, which deliberately and knowingly chose the weakest candidate, who managed to lose to Donald J. Trump, is one that is thinking wisely and strategically ... Democratic leaders prioritize ensuring that the left has no influence in their party over strengthening itself to beat the Trump-led Republicans ... If the plan to sink Ellison succeeds [it did!], the message that will be heard — fairly or not — is that the Democratic Party continues to venerate loyalty to its oligarchical donors above all else, and that preventing left-wing influence is a critical goal. In other words, the message will be that the party — which to date has refused to engage in any form of self-reckoning — is steadfastly committed to following exactly the same course, led by the same factions, that has ushered in such disaster." (emphasis added)

CPAC 2017 video - A Conversation with Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, & Matt Schlapp:
February 23, 2017, CPAC 2017 video.

UPDATE: Feb 20, 2017: Trump picks McMaster--somehow, Trump dodged a bullet (John Bolton--Thank You Rand Paul!), and turned a lemon (see 'worst mistake' below) into lemonade, picking the eminently qualified Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be National Security Advisor. Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster
Mike Flynn & FBI Investigation: Bureau Had No Basis for It | NationalReview.com"There appears to have been no foreign-intelligence or criminal-investigative purpose served by the FBI’s interrogation of General Flynn. It is easy to see why Democrats would want to portray Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador as worthy of an FBI investigation. But why did the FBI and the Justice Department investigate Flynn — and why did “officials” make sure the press found out about it?"

The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn | Bloomberg.com: "... it's strange that Flynn's "lie" to Pence would get him fired. It doesn't add up ... In the end, it was Trump's decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he [Trump] caved in to his political and bureaucratic opposition. Nunes told me Monday night that this will not end well. "First it's Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus," he said. Put another way, Flynn is only the appetizer. Trump is the entree."

US Presidential Inauguration: Friday, January 20, 2017 (video): LIVE Stream 1/20/17: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th U.S. President.

The Big Lesson from Election 2016The mainstream media and their pollsters are not to be trusted anymore--There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble | FiveThirtyEight.com"Groupthink produced a failure of the “wisdom of crowds” and an underestimate of Trump’s chances."

The Real Story Of 2016 | FiveThirtyEight.com"What reporters — and lots of data geeks, too — missed about the election, and what they’re still getting wrong."

The Media Has A Probability Problem | FiveThirtyEight.com--by Nate Silver: "The media keeps misinterpreting data ... the media has often overestimated the precision of polling, cherry-picked data and portrayed elections as sure things when that conclusion very much wasn’t supported by polls or other empirical evidence ... as I’ve documented throughout this series, polls and other data did not support the exceptionally high degree of confidence that news organizations such as The New York Times regularly expressed about Hillary Clinton’s chances. (We’ve been using the [New York] Times as our case study ... because their 2016 coverage had so many problems.) ... Probably the most important problem with 2016 coverage was confirmation bias — coupled with what you might call good old-fashioned liberal media bias ..."

For Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania – not a single mainstream media source gave an edge to Trump – a 100% fail for the pollsters! Every pollster said these states were “likely” or “leaning” Democrat. The day before the 2016 US Presidential Election, most pollsters and statistical models had pegged Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning at greater than 90%:
Graphics above courtesy of: Visual Capitalist.

#ElevatorCam photos Nov 28, 2016:
Kellyanne Conway in Trump Tower Lobby | 28 Nov 2016
Trump Tower Lobby Street Entrance | 28 Nov 2016

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