“My objection to Donald Trump is the way he’s filling his current role, in terms of representing the country, in terms of representing the public. There’s an attitude, and a style, and lack of civility that I think is bad for the country, and I find offensive.”
— Michael Bloomberg, quoted by the Washington Post.
Gallup: “A majority of Americans say President Trump’s ethical standards are lower than those of each of six U.S. presidents elected in the past 50 years. Less than half say Trump’s ethics are lower than Richard Nixon’s, but the 43% saying this still outweighs the 37% who say Trump’s ethics are higher than Nixon’s.”
“President Trump’s military parade this fall is shaping up to cost $80 million more than initially estimated,” CNBC reports. “The Department of Defense and its interagency partners have updated their perspective cost estimates for the parade… The parade, slated for Nov. 10, is estimated to cost $92 million… An initial estimate last month pegged the prospective cost for the parade at $12 million.”
“He’s just like he is on TV. He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”
— Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), quoted by the San Diego Union Tribune, discussing President Trump with a group of young Republicans.
A new Quinnipiac poll finds that 63% of Americans says the level of hatred and prejudice in the country has increased since Donald Trump was elected president. In addition, 77% of voters say prejudice against minority groups in the U.S. is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem.
ProPublica has obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media. They include:
A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.
And remember Donald’s pledge to “drain the swamp?”
The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.
That figure is almost certainly an undercount since we only included those who formally registered as lobbyists, a process increasingly avoided by many in Washington.
Read it here.