JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, despot-elect Donald Trump has officially endorsed the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Obama administration supports rerouting the pipeline so that it does not violate tribal lands but, you know, both parties are the same, right?

Meanwhile, Team Trump has also apparently told AT&T their purchase of Time Warner will be approved. Trump said he would block the deal on the campaign trail. Of course he won't.

Finally, Trump may have ignited an international incident today after speaking with the president of Taiwan by phone.

“The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions,” said Evan Medeiros, former Asia director at the White House national security council.

“Regardless if it was deliberate or accidental, this phone call will fundamentally change China’s perceptions of Trump’s strategic intentions for the negative. With this kind of move, Trump is setting a foundation of enduring mistrust and strategic competition for US-China relations.”

Happy Friday.

  • Aynwrong

    Just remember, according to every Republican currently holding office, nothing matters.

  • Badgerite

    Maybe. But he did them such a favor by opposing the TPP that that could alter their reaction some.

    • Maybe. But China’s leadership knows better than to give him any props for that. And Taiwan is such an issue for Beijing it would burn up any goodwill.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump is either spectacularly reckless or spectacularly stupid, and I’m honestly not sure which would be worse.


    • Badgerite

      They can take his twitter away from him if it hurts his campaign but not if it hurts the country or the world. A sociopath loose on the world stage.
      This should be…. not good.

      • muselet


    • Groundloop

      I’m of the opinion, based on all available evidence, that Trump is both spectacularly reckless and spectacularly stupid.


    • Badgerite

      Unfit. And unhinged. And the Nuremberg rally in Cincinnati was not reassuring. Exactly what do they mean we are going to be “united”?
      I’m guessing an all out attack on any kind of dissent to any stupid, dangerous or damaging thing they propose. And it has already started with Lewandowski thinking it would be a good idea to “jail” the Times reporter who published the one page of the trump Monster tax returns for one year.
      I am not reassured. This guy is a Monster. And Bannon is the creator.

      • I disagree with one point. Bannon didn’t create Trump, the American worship of celebrity and wealth birthed him and white resentment anointed him. America, in all its ugliness, has unleashed Herr Gropenfuhrer on the entire world.

        • “Victor Frankenstein made him! And Victor Frankenstein was your father too. But his mother was…stage lighting!”

    • Nefercat

      I get the impression that every single thing he does or says is governed by only two impulses.

      1) Will saying/doing this benefit me in some way (praise or money)?
      2) Will saying/doing this be a way to get back at someone who had the nerve to not suck up to me as I deserve?

      I really think his cabinet picks are the result of a bizarre combination of “This guy is loyal and tells me how great I am and will go along with my schemes to leverage the presidency into power and money and praise for me, and this guy will really piss off everyone who had the nerve to vote for anyone but me.”

    • Christopher Foxx

      Why can’t he be both?

    • ninjaf

      Gonna have to go with reckless and still stupid. We need to stop thinking that he is a compulsive ID and realize that he is just as political as the next person.

      “Trump’s Taiwan phone call was long planned, say people who were involved”