The Unravelling of a Presidency.
WARNING: Because this article contains actual unfiltered quotes from members of this Administration, it may not be safe to view at work.
Last night Trump’s signature campaign promise, repealing and replacing Obamacare, collapsed in a heap. A man Trump unnecessarily deeply insulted the honor of cast the deciding “no” vote with a thumbs down for emphasis. The healthcare reform effort involved star chamber like proceedings by a select committee of men that excluded even Republican women from the process. The Republicans are then shocked that two of their women in the Senate voted it all down. The fundamental problem is that the President, rather than exercise leadership, did not have his own plan, so he punted the project to Congress. With 7 years to develop a viable alternative, this President nor the Republican Congress, had NOTHING to offer the American people.
One of the few things Congress has been able to overwhelmingly pass is a bill to limit Trump’s power. An unprecedented bill to curtail Trump’s power to lift sanctions against Russia passed with near unanimous votes of 98–2 in the Senate and 419–3 in the House.
A more clear statement that Congress does not trust the President in regards to foreign policy, particularly in regards to Russia, is not possible.
Apparently seeking to distract from his other problems, President Trump without warning bizarrely tweets a major policy change banning transgenders from the military, overruling his Secretary of Defense who had sought time to study the issue. Trump’s tweets claim to have consulted his generals before doing so. The generals promptly disagree with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff publicly repudiating the President, stating he didn’t hear anything of it until he heard it in the press. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs further defies the President by issuing a memo stating there will be “no modifications to the current policy” until the President issues more formal and clear guidance. Politicians blindsided by the spontaneous tweets, even many conservative ones, are responding with confusion and disagreement.
Internally, the administration is in chaos. A series of lies made by Trump and his people denying any campaign contacts with Russians have collapsed in a chain of his sons’ emails. The President engages in daily efforts to publicly humiliate his own Attorney General for having the audacity to comply with law and policy related to recusals.
Trump fires one Communications Director to improve the Administration’s messaging hiring a man who has to start by debasing himself for his prior negative comments about Trump. This replacement, Daniel ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci (the mobster styled nickname should have been a hint for Trump), on the job just a few days, calls a reporter and launches into a profanity laced tirade against other members of the Administration. Going after Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Scaramucci tells the reporter:
“‘I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock”
No word yet if Bannon denies the claim he sucks his own cock. Scaramucci then turned his profane contempt to Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus describing the President’s Chief of Staff as:
“a ‘fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”
Scaramucci expressed frustration that Priebus “cock blocked” (his actual words) from previously getting in the Administration. Again, this from the guy who was hired to improve the Administration’s messaging.
Scaramucci wasn’t done. The real purpose of the call was to demand that the reporter disclose to him who leaked information about his security disclosure form. The reporter naturally declined. Scaramucci responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff.
Things have degenerated so far the Boy Scouts of America have had to issue a public apology for allowing this President to speak their Scouts. How much do you have to suck at being President for the Boy Scouts to be compelled to apologize for handing you a microphone?
A President daily publicly humiliating his own Attorney General, a Communications Director profanely attacking the President’s Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist and threatening to fire the entire White House Communications staff. My what a fun place to work this Administration must be. Generals contradicting the Commander in Chief’s claims and dragging their heels in obeying his orders. A Congress, controlled by his own party, sending a clear message Congress doesn’t trust this President by voting overwhelmingly to limit his power to un-sanction Russia. An investigation of campaign collusion with the Russians now implicates the President’s own sons. Even the Boy Scouts are apologizing for this man, when will his party and supporters start doing so?
There is one thing that is for sure. Neither Trump nor his supporters are in any position to talk about so much winning that they are tired of winning. It’s now become “so much whining you will be tired of the whining.”
This administration has not achieved a single significant policy goal. It has fallen apart, largely due not just to a lack of Presidential leadership, but to flat out poor leadership that has reduced the White House to a Peyton Place of petty squabbling and serious scandal.
This is an Administration in chaos and it is unravelling quickly. It will only get worse with the inevitable resignation of the Attorney General, and possibly the Secretary of State. The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in yet another repudiation of the President from within his own party, has stated he won’t hold hearings on any person the President nominates to replace Sessions.
The business of this nation is not getting done, something that should greatly concern every American.
Edit and Update: Only a few hours after I posted this President Trump fired Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff and replaced him with (now former) Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Priebus was probably Trump’s primary connection, in terms of personal relationships, with Congress.