The Thursday Politics Thread’s Debt Explodes

Morning Politicadoes!

Among the other impossible things President Lyle Lanley sold to the gullible and racist, was the idea that he could shrink the deficit with tax cuts to the rich and that trade wars are good and easy to win. Oh wait…

In Blow to Trump, America’s Trade Deficit in Goods Hits Record $891 Billion

Aww yeah, bring on that Neo-Dickensian nightmare of street urchins scrounging for food and poor people being sent to Work Houses, the national debt hit a record $891 billion as of yesterday. While some external factors led to this, the “widening gap was also exacerbated by Mr. Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut, which has been largely financed by government borrowing, and the trade war he escalated last year.” It’s his fault, basically.

Meanwhile, it’s since been revealed that Trump did indeed discuss pardons with some of his convicted allies. Following the raids on his New York office and home in April of last year, lawyers associated with Rudy Giuliani approached Michael Cohen attempting to dissuade him from leaving the joint defense agreement. At one point the lawyers allegedly produced a screenshot showing that they were indeed in contact with Giuliani.

Lawyers claiming ties to Rudy Giuliani approached Michael Cohen after FBI raids; investigators looking at contacts

While Michael Cohen again testified to the House Intelligence Committee, Ilse, She-wolf of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen was summoned before the House Oversight Committee. She didn’t have the numbers in front of her of how many kids were separated. She insisted that the kids weren’t really in cages, only merely in box-like constructions that keep them separate from each other.

In any event, Trump signed an executive order to stop the family separations at the border last June. So it’s all fine then. Oh wait. There have been at least 272 at a single Texas courthouse since the policy was formally ended.

DHS Secretary Nielsen says what Border Patrol puts kids in aren’t really “cages”

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