Trump presidency

Ivanka Trump says she was surprised by the “level of viciousness” in the attacks on her father. It makes you wonder if she slept through the Obama administration. Or if somehow it didn’t count because the President was …. something. At the very least, it points to a lack of empathy.

She is not the only Trump sibling wallowing in this sense of entitlement – or ‘woe is us’. Younger brother Eric was equally whiny when he said that he had “never seen hatred like this” and “morals have flown out the window”. He seemed oblivious to the fact that he is a progenitor of the same vitriol he so vehemently decries, as he casually dismissed his father’s enemies “They’re not even people“.

Regardless, complaining about how tough it is in politics is the refuge of the weak. Obama never kvetched that people were being nasty to him – and God knows he had cause. The Trump young should heed Harry Truman’s admonition: “You want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.” (Although it should be noted that there is no evidence Truman actually said this).

And just to complete the matched set of Ivana’s offspring, let’s add Donald Jr’s recent contribution to presidential revisionism. Senior categorically denied that he had said anything to Jim Comey about dropping the Flynn thing. Junior, however, contradicted his old man, blurting out that dad had indeed said “he hoped” Comey would fold his tent. Sadly, the ignorant spawn thought he had dad’s back by dismissing the supposedly unuttered words as no more than a wisp of a suggestion.

I would tell the Trump folks – both the family and the hired hands – that if they wish to exude competence, they should agree on the lies they are going to tell. But that is to ignore the lead in this ignoble play. Trump is a man who refuses to learn his lines. Who will spout whatever nonsense pops into his head. And why not? It got him to the presidency.

But tapping into a middle-America’s well of want, or sweet-talking yourself out of personal bankruptcy, or browbeating the little guy doesn’t give you the experience you need to dig yourself out from under a special prosecutor and his staff.

They aren’t swayed by bullying, promises of future jobs, whining, and cajoling. They don’t have to make a profit or cover up the mistakes they made by lending you money in the first place. They are inexorable.

But maybe Trump is innocent. Except if he is, why are Newt Gingrich and Trump’s other Remoras speaking so negatively of Robert Mueller? And why is the great man himself floating the idea of firing him?

That seems vicious.


Donald Trump Thinks He Came Out Ahead in the Comey Thing.

June 11, 2017

Donald Trump thinks he had a good week. He crows that, one, the Comey testimony has absolved him of any wrong-doing in the Russian brouhaha. Two, that he hasn’t been under investigation. And three, that there is no evidence pointing to his complicity in an electoral fix. But as he smirks his victory grimace he should consider the arc of […]

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Trump and the Dictators: The Parlor Game.

June 9, 2017

Who is Donald Trump’s historical alter-ego? Which of history’s monsters best encapsulates the big man’s sins? Let’s consider. The usual suspect, Adolph Hitler, is first for many. But that is lazy and inaccurate. Trump might tear a few pages out of his playbook – but mass murder is not on his agenda The buffoonish Benito Mussolini […]

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Trump Had a ‘Nixon Goes to China’ Opportunity. He Blew It.

June 4, 2017

Donald Trump has one thing going for him – his base. They are passionate about him. Everyone else thinks he’s an idiot – as well as some other things. By bailing on the Paris climate accord, he changes none of that. And thereby hangs a tale. Trump’s decision to quit on the global agreement had nothing to […]

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Quitting Paris, Trump Damages America’s Economy.

June 1, 2017

The Paris climate agreement is voluntary. There is no mechanism to enforce any of the signatories goals. Legally it makes no difference whether we are in or out. But symbolically the decision is significant. With Trump’s decision to ditch the deal, America announces that the world’s largest economy, and second largest polluter, puts profits ahead […]

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Really? – 5.29.17 – Macron Shows How It’s Done; A Bad Boss; ODS; AHCA

May 29, 2017

 Vive la France The President stood next to Vladamir Putin and accused Russia of spreading “fake news” and “propaganda” during the presidential election. Adding that RT and Sputnik were “organs of influence and propaganda” and “behaved like structures of the government”. It’s too bad for America that the President was France’s Emmanuel Macron.  And I guarantee that […]

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Trump Returns Home. Expect Tweets.

May 27, 2017

In summing up his trip abroad, Donald Trump told a captive audience of American military personnel in Sicily, “I think we hit a home run no matter where we are”. In short, he was Queen Victoria playing fantasy sports, while losing track of his tenses. Seriously, it is hard to think what his successes were. He […]

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Trump’s Excellent Adventure (Part II)

May 26, 2017

Donald Trump went to Belgium. There he met with our allies and was faced with a choice. He could assume the mantle of FDR, JFK, & Ronald Reagan – and stand foursquare as the leader of an America aligned with other democracies united in the unrelenting struggle against evil – whether it be an empire, an axis, […]

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Trump’s Excellent Adventure

May 24, 2017

Donald Trump took to the road. He didn’t want to. He likes his own bed, predictable foods, and a steady diet of cable news. However, his hosts, after briefings from his handlers, took his fragility into account. There would be plenty of burnt steak and ketchup. Huge projections of his image on walls. And flattering […]

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