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Monday, July 25, 2022

AXIOS Inside - Trump '25 Trump's revenge - Jonathan Swan - Part II July 2022


#AXIOS Inside - #Trump '25 Trump's revenge - Jonathan #Swan

President Donald Trump was attending the National Prayer Breakfast, but showing no sign of grace. Lips pursed, face alternating between anger and frustration, he lashed out at enemies who had brought him to the doors of impeachment. He brandished the day's newspapers, waving them above his head. The first headline: "ACQUITTED." The next: “Trump Acquitted." It was Feb. 6, 2020.

Close aides believed Trump had crossed a psychological line during his Senate trial. He now wanted to get even; he wanted to fire every single last "snake" inside his government. To activate the plan for revenge, Trump turned to a young take-no-prisoners loyalist with chutzpah: his former aide John McEntee.

By the end of that year, Trump also had a second tool in his armory, a secret weapon with the innocuous title, "Schedule F." The intention of this obscure legal instrument was to empower the president to wipe out employment protections for tens of thousands of civil servants across the federal government.

The mission for McEntee and the power of Schedule F dovetailed in the lead-up to the 2020 election as Trump planned (but lost) a second term and fumed over perceived foes.

If former President Trump runs again in 2024 and wins back the White House, people close to him say, he would turn to both levers again. It is Schedule F, combined with the willpower of top lieutenants like McEntee, that could bring Trump closer to his dream of gutting the federal bureaucracy and installing thousands devoted to him or his "America First" platform.

Trump '25 Radical Plan - AXIOS 

#AXIOS Inside - Trump '25 #Trump 's revenge - Jonathan #Swan - Part II July 2022

By late 2020, McEntee and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows — working hand in glove — had org charts to plan a second term. They had a chart for each federal agency and they had them printed on large boards for review. One set of boards was in McEntee’s office and another in Meadows’ office.

They looked at positions further down in the bureaucracy in a second term — not just secretaries, but undersecretaries and assistant secretaries. They were thinking about people willing to break a little china.

One source on the edge of this work at the time said the plan was to bring tenacity and resolve to the first 45 days of a second term, by contrast to the missed opportunities of Trump’s first term. They had four years of experience to know what the pitfalls were.

McEntee also had explicit lists of top officials to fire and hire in a Trump second term. This was his road map for the future.

#Trump 2025 Revenge : #McEntee and White House chief of staff Mark #Meadows 

#Trump 2025 Revenge : #McEntee and White House chief of staff Mark #Meadows - destroy 50000 lives Insidious #GOP


Friday, July 22, 2022

A radical plan for Trump’s second term - Jonathan Swan - AXIOS

 A radical plan for Trump’s second term - Jonathan Swan - AXIOS Part I

Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his "America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.

The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say.

During his presidency, Trump often complained about what he called “the deep state.”

A radical plan for #Trump ’s second term - Jonathan #Swan - #AXIOS  

The heart of the plan is derived from an executive order known as “Schedule F,” developed and refined in secret over most of the second half of Trump’s term and launched 13 days before the 2020 election.

#AXIOS Inside - #Trump '25 Trump's revenge - Jonathan #Swan - Part II July 2022 

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Facebook-funded American Edge waged a war against regulation - The Washington Post

WeaponizedWealth ... is this different than the Koch brothers and their decades of dark efforts that culminated in the TeaParty ... Zuckerberg and Facebook ?

'In advertisements and op-eds, American Edge plays on fears about the tech prowess of China, a talking point of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The group also argues, in ominous tones, that new antitrust laws will weaken the American tech sector, hurting the tools used by minority-owned small businesses and dismantling companies that could provide a line of defense against cyberattacks from an increasingly aggressive Russia.'

Facebook quietly bankrolled small, grass-roots groups to fight its battles in Washington Records show Facebook-funded American Edge backed minority interest groups, conservative think tanks and small business groups to create the appearance of opposition by grass-roots groups to antitrust regulation By Cat Zakrzewski and Elizabeth Dwoskin May 17, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

Brennan Center vCitizens United Explained 

Janu­ary 21, 2020 will mark a decade since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elec­tion Commis­sion, a contro­ver­sial decision that reversed century-old campaign finance restric­tions and enabled corpor­a­tions and other outside groups to spend unlim­ited funds on elec­tions.

While wealthy donors, corpor­a­tions, and special interest groups have long had an outsized influ­ence in elec­tions, that sway has dramat­ic­ally expan­ded since the Citizens United decision, with negat­ive reper­cus­sions for Amer­ican demo­cracy and the fight against polit­ical corrup­tion.

Another message seems to be major mis-direction ... don't interfere with business.

#WeaponizedWealth ... is this different than the #Koch brothers and their decades of dark efforts that culminated in the #TeaParty ... #Zuckerberg and #Facebook ? Will we end up wit more #Zombies ? 

#CitizensUnited #WeaponizedWealth ... is this different than the #Koch brothers and their decades of dark efforts that culminated in the #TeaParty ... #Zuckerberg and #Facebook ? Will we end up with more #Zombies ? 

#CitizensUnited #WeaponizedWealth ... is this different than the #Koch brothers and their decades of dark efforts that culminated in the #TeaParty ... #Zuckerberg and #Facebook ? Corporate #DarkMoney