I’m rarely disappointed. I used to be aghast. Now, I’ve come to depend on it. I need my Donald Trump outrage fix. Daily.
In this sense, I’m a very rich man. To wit:
Out like Flynn
On Monday evening, Feb. 13, 2017, the White House announced that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned. A shock! Well, no, actually.
Flynn is accused of discussing U.S. sanctions with Russia’s ambassador during a December phone call, in violation of U.S. law. In January, then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates reportedly told officials before Trump’s inauguration that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. She wasn’t alone. James R. Clapper Jr. and John Brennan, President Obama’s directors of national intelligence and the CIA, reportedly shared Yates’s concerns and agreed with her decision to warn the Trump administration, fearing that “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position.”
Yates was summarily fired. Flynn was hired. And now he’s become the first Trump appointee to be forced to resign. Is anyone surprised that the White House was informed of this potential security risk weeks ago, but only acted on it once the press got wind of it? Call that Trump leadership in a nutshell.
Ask yourself, Don
The Flynn fiasco is not the real story, so says the prez.
The real story are the leaks “coming out of Washington.” That’s your business — literally — Mr. President. Why are there so many leaks in your stumbling organization? Someone should be held accountable! One might wonder why so many staffers are eager to undermine the actions being taken behind the White House doors.
Here’s a clue: Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), when asked what Republicans say about Donald Trump in private, he offered, “Well, there’s a range in what they’ll say, and some will say that he’s not right mentally. And some are harsher.”
Trump threatens the court by tweeting his disagreement with their ruling against his Muslim ban. Jurists are warned: “SEE YOU IN COURT.”
Judges work in court every day. It’s kinda a comfort zone for them. It’s about as bad of a threat as one could make. You should threaten them by telling them how much better their TV ratings would be if you were the judge. Pretend you are addressing a national prayer service.
Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: 'Pray for Arnold'
President Donald Trump veered off script at the start of the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday when he asked a room…
You’re fired … up
If you aren’t intimidating, you’re not trying hard enough. Trump communications adviser Omarosa Manigault threatened journalist April Ryan, saying Trump officials had dossiers on her and several African American journalists:
Journalist says Omarosa Manigault bullied her and mentioned a 'dossier' on her
Conflict and controversy seem to follow Omarosa Manigault, who stirred up plenty of both as a reality-TV star and a…
I’ll have the club sandwich and the nuclear intrigue, please
On Saturday, Feb. 11, North Korea test-fired missiles in the direction of Japan. By coincidence, President Trump was hosting Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort, eating dinner on the terrace when the news struck. Rather than move to a private location to confer with Abe and formulate a response, Trump and team chose to work it all out there in full view of the elite dinner patrons.
From the New York Times: “Discussions about how to respond to international incidents involving adversaries like North Korea are almost always conducted in places that have high-tech protections against eavesdropping, like the White House Situation Room. When presidents are away from the White House, they often conduct important business in a ‘Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility,’ or SCIF, a location that can be made temporarily impervious to eavesdropping.”
Loose lips sink ships of state. But hey, no harm, no foul, right? I mean, what could go wrong? Remember when the unsecured server doomed Hillary? Remember when Republicans were so angry?
And President Trump turns the Mar-a-Lago terrace into an open-air Situation Room. With a high-paying audience.
Swing and a miss
How could the press miss these teeming, adoring crowds? Why aren’t they writingwritingwriting about it right when it happens? Are they so busy deciding how to not cover totally real terror attacks in Europe, that they miss the glorious news right in front of their face?
Trump: 'Dishonest press' won't report terrorist attacks
President Trump used his first speech to military service members Monday to accuse the news media of refusing to report…
Don’t worry for a second on whether or not the media will take this hard, and come after you every chance they get. Don’t give it a thought.
Push on, Ivanka
Nordstrom attacked Ivanka, unfairly, says the prez.
Shame on a business for making a business decision based on poor sales. I wonder how Donald Trump can be expected to understand such actions + consequences? Naturally, the White House is obligated to parrot Trump’s admonitions of private businesses.
Unless, of course, the White House is adhering to the law.
Bowling for massacres
Kellyanne Conway made up a Bowling Green Massacre. Heavy sigh. A simple misstatement? Not if you make it on at least three separate occasions to three different media outlets. Ding ding ding.
I’m no fan of Ms. Conway. Like most rationally thinking people, I find her use of verbal jujitsu and employment of alternative facts abhorrent. But I must confess I didn’t hate her Inauguration Day outfit. Apparently, I’m alone in that belief.
I’ll promise to hold off on one shot at her next outrageous lie if she wears it again on camera. Assuming the news shows allow her back on again.
Marching on Orlando. Or Atlanta. One of them.
Sean Spicer repeatedly referred to a non-existent terrorist attack in Atlanta. OK, sure. He later stated that what he obviously meant was “Orlando.” Except that he stated Atlanta as a terrorist event on more than one occasion. Question: If you’re that bad with words, how do you get to be White House press secretary? And I have a follow up: Who is working harder to get fired, Spicer or Trump?
We’re killin’ it out there
“The murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” — Donald Trump on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 in a meeting with a sheriffs organization in the White House.
Donald Trump wrong that murder rate is highest in 47 years
One of President Donald Trump's biggest campaign themes was that the United States is experiencing a crime plague of…
Rarely do I agree with Republican strategists. But I do in this case. Said Steve Schmidt: “The incompetence, the sloppiness and the leaking is unprecedented.”
Republican voters must be so proud.
Here’s to more of the same. Because more is coming, just like tomorrow’s sunrise. Until such time as we can get a competent, mentally stable, emotionally fit person to take the office of president of the United States.
© julian rogers
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