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Trump’s Torture Monkeys

‘Torture Monkeys’ prey on pain.

The U.N. defines torture as follows:

“Torture is any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.”

Trump and his enablers torture us with corruption, disease and economic calamity.

Becoming numb to it is normal, but it prevents us from acting to defend ourselves.

The narcissist wants us to normalize abuse and suffering, to accept it as a
‘new normal’ but that only leads to more suffering and pain.

In cases of domestic violence, the first step in ending the torture of abuse is saying no.

The news clips below date to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic starting with the news of today.

100 days in isolation because your President chose to let his people die is torture.

Watching a parent or a child die because our President is morally deranged is torture.

Watching your President ridicule the government’s best people because they are not corrupt is torture.

Yesterday,  Trump and his Republican Torture Monkeys succeeded in their weeks-long crusade to spread Covid-19 to kill more people and drive us into more calamity and isolation.

Friday saw the highest single-day total for coronavirus cases in the U.S., with more than 43,000 new infections. Those numbers are worse than the pandemic’s previous daily peaks. And that’s leading to fears that hospitals in Texas and Florida could soon resemble New York’s during the worst days of its outbreak.

The New York Times reports that U.S. intelligence told Donald Trump in March that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition troops, including U.S. troops. Trump has done nothing about it and instead advocated for Russia’s return to the G8


This is what American carnage looks like.

President Trump’s reluctance to endorse wearing masks to prevent Covid spread has inspired a nation of maskless culture warriors who are putting everyone’s health at risk, including the President’s own Secret Service detail.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says the system of checks and balances in the US government is only effective if other leaders speak out and act when they see blatant abuses of power.

Chaos is Trump’s plan and chaos will worsen between now and the election. Expect Trump to cower in the chaos, delight in the discord and prey on your pain.

There is no real plan coming from the White House. Instead every night, carried on this network and others, there’s a two-hour pathological, narcissistic propaganda show in which the president feels some fleeting sense of satisfaction because people are watching.

“America is acting like a failed state”

“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. And I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it. Then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you could do, either through the skin or some other way and I think you said you were going to test that, too. Sounds interesting. Then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside, or almost a cleaning because you see it gets on the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it will be interesting to check that. That you’re gonna have to use medical doctors. But it sounds interesting to me.”

Former Health and Human Services secretary and Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius discusses the White House’s “very troubling” suppression of the Center for Disease Control’s 68-page reopening guide.»

Donald Trump has lashed out at Democrats who have questioned his handling of the coronavirus threat, calling it their new “hoax”.

Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

His decision to politicize wearing a mask to prevent the spread of disease, and his sabotage of successful measures adopted by states like California and New York, wasted months of isolation and the expense of living in isolation and caused the deaths of over 128,089 Americans.

128,108 Americans dead from neglect.

Now we find out that Trump knew months ago that Russia is offering bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops, and he did nothing to protect them.

The Trump Administration is torture.


Updated July 1, 2020, to add these two videos:

Charlie Savage joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss his new reporting in the New York Times that American officials intercepted data showing large financial transfers between Russian intelligence and Taliban-linked accounts.

It now appears that Trump received written intelligence about this in early 2019 – but did not act on it. The White House claims that Trump knew nothing about it until stories about the alleged Russian plot made the news.

Header image,  ‘Torture Monkeys’ (c) Rob Goldstein 2014-2020

This was originally posted in 2015 as an image only post, ‘Torture Monkeys’. I
was going to delete it but wrote this instead.

19 thoughts on “Trump’s Torture Monkeys

  1. I follow very closely Rob, so sadly, nothing new here for me, horrifying nonetheless. I’m not even American and I’m sick of him. SMH why everyone keeps saying to vote him out in November when there are 5 dangerous months til then. WHAT EXACTLY WAS THE 25TH WRITTEN FOR?

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    1. I’m an old lefty and no fan of militarism, but I grown to understand the courage it takes to place your life on the line on a battlefield. This business of letting the enemy kill our soldiers is a step too far. I can’t imagine any other generational cohort dithering over the manners of arresting and indicting a president who betrays the people under his command to the enemy, Trump must be removed from office and prosecuted.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:

    UN definition of torture posted … “Trump and his enablers torture us with corruption, disease and economic calamity.
    Becoming numb to it is normal, but it prevents us from acting to defend ourselves.” … in full agreement! Wait, there’s more … read post!! TY!!

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  3. I can’t believe the stress I feel everyday as Trump’s evil persists and those with the ability to stop him do nothing. They are so complicit, equally responsible for the suffering and death. Your post is concise, and filled with terrifying truth, Robert. Thank you for speaking up. ❤ And stay well, my friend. You are needed, now and when we get through this mess.

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    1. I’m horrified and, at times, crippled by it. I have no choice but to shut down, which means everything. I’ve lost some of the gains I made in therapy. It is hard to convince a fragment of a ‘child’ trapped in a traumatic moment that it’s safe to come out when the president is a sadistically violent white supremacist, just like the neighbors. Try to take a deep breath, get some exercise, enjoy the scent of a rose, or the sight of a bird. See good shine through evil. I do wish I could go back to my Trina story. They’re fun to write and illustrate. But this is a different kind of writing, and I enjoy the process of learning the form.

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      1. Thank you, Diana. Under normal circumstances, this thing in my life isn’t easy, but under these circumstances, it so much worse: our President, his sadism, and disregard for the suffering he causes; this is how it feels to be a child with abusive parents in a culture of racist and religious abuse. That said, everyone is hurtng, especially frontline workers and the families of the deceased.

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  4. I just can’t…for the life of me…understand how people can be so blind.
    It’s kind of like having a pile of shit on your front door step. Some people will see it for what it is, but others will say it’s fake shit and try to tell everyone that it’s chocolate ice cream.

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