Overly Biased

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Andrew McCabe, Ex-Interim Head of the FBI, and Trump tantrum casualty, gave a pretty explosive interview to 60 Minutes that illuminates a lot of what was going on at the time during the initial days after the firing of James Comey, including his order to open investigations in Trump for obstructing justice, fearing that if he was next on the chopping block, he would want their to be wheels in motion that Trump couldn’t immediately interfere with.  In light of the things McCabe revealed, Trump and his sycophants went on the warpath, aiming to discredit McCabe.  Trump’s own tirade was hardly surprising, but watching people like Lindsey Graham slander the man was disgusting. He suggested that the interview served only to highlight McCabe’s own biases.   Make no mistake, you sound like a fool for suggesting that a person has a bias against someone trying them in the back.

Lessons in Sensitivity

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Donald Trump tried to take Representative Ilhan Omar for criticizing Israel, joining the bandwagon in calling her remarks Anti-Semitic.  Now I’m not hear to judge her statements.  That’s a can of worms I’ll let other folks debate.  But for Donald Trump to criticize a public official for being prejudice and making insensitive statements, especially calling on them to resign…that’s bound to fall on some deaf ears. Especially when he couldn’t go 24 hours without calling Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” again, and making a crude joke comparing a presidential campaign and the genocide of indigenous peoples.  No, he doesn’t have much clout in the sensitivity department, I’m afraid.

Highly Productive

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So, there was another schedule leak for the President, and low and behold, something like 60% of his time is dominated by “executive time”, which as we’ve come to find out, basically means time the President spends acting like a teenager.  He talks to friends, he tweets, he watches TV and he has his fast food.  And Trump has spent the weekend swearing up and down that not only is he working like MEGA hard during his executive time, but he works harder than any other president ever, so you can all zip a lip! I’m pretty sure no one actually believes that.  Indeed, the people who do believe him, I have a great real estate deal on the moon to talk to them about.  But if people were to ask me how I feel about Trump taking so much executive time to not do his job?  I gotta say I love it.  You see, most wannabe fascists are highly motivated people, always working to get things done.  If Trump wants to faff around and complain on Twitter while watching Fox News, then he’s not spending time ruining more people’s lives, and it may not be making the world a better place, but I’d consider that time something of a wash.  So, yeah, you take your executive time, Mr. President.  Don’t let anyone call you lazy, you old monster!

Presidential Harassment

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It’s always weird when Donald Trump goes off on one of his childish rants.  It’s just unusual, no matter how many times it happens, to see a grown man, especially one in his 70s, whine like a spoiled 4-year-old.  And make no mistake, every time he suggests that he’s the most victimized victim to ever be victimed, that is EXACTLY what he sounds like.  Here stand Donald Trump, a man who has lived his life at the pinnacle of privilege, claiming that people are being too mean, too unfair to him.  He claims that people shouldn’t be allowed to engage in “presidential harassment.”  Really?  He didn’t seem to take issue with it for the better part of a decade when he harassed Barack Obama about his citizenship.  Harassing people he doesn’t like or agree with is how he has spent the better part of his presidency, and now he is calling foul now that the idea of people really looking into his shady practices is looking to be a reality.  But I think most of us can see this for the sham that it is: the gasps of a desperate imbecile.

Playing Puppet

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At a certain point, it stopped being surprising that Donald Trump would take Vladimir Putin’s side in regards to…well anything really.  He has made it perfectly clear that he admires the man, and that he’ll take the man’s word over his own intelligence networks.  But now Trump is at the point where he’s parroting the man’s talking points in his own interviews.  When Trump starts acting as a surrogate or representative of the Putin Regime…I mean seriously, where are we then?   When does it stop being a joke that Putin is really leading the country?

Questionable Intelligence

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There have been some reporters, namely Rachel Maddow, who have speculated that Donald Trump may be getting his “intelligence” from an unusual source.  And I’m not talking about Fox News.  He’s been frequently talking about odd tactics and discoveries regarding undocumented immigrants, including finding prayer rugs, and women having their mouths duct taped shut so that they couldn’t breath.  Several news outlets have attempted to find witnesses or victims to these discoveries to no avail.  Then people started to notice it sounded suspiciously similar to a plot to a movie called Sicario: Day of the Soldado.  Seriously, several of Trump’s claims come from and only make sense within the context of this movie plot.  So, getting everything straight, Trump is actively conflating movie plots and real, actionable intelligence.  If it were any other president, ANY OTHER president, it would be a ludicrous suggestion, but for Trump it just feels…remarkably normal.

All-Star Weekend

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Nancy Pelosi had an all star weekend, didn’t she?  She made Trump blink on the government shut down and as a cherry on top, she got to have “haha” moment on him after Roger Stone got indicted and she made a very public statement to basically do just that.  Anyone who says she is getting a moment to take aim for the White House in 2020…well they might be right.  I dunno that I’d be jazzed on the idea of her running for president, but she is certainly on the ground running at the start of the new year.

You Get What You Pay For

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Finding out that Rudy Giuliani was taking Donald Trump’s case pro bono makes a weird kind of sense.  I mean, Rudy’s utter incompetence and penchant for digging Trump’s hole of trouble ever deeper is deeply embarrassing for that monster, but Trump’s distaste for paying for the work that people do for him is also pretty well noted.  Rudy may be doing a lousy job, but free is free, yeah?  But beyond free, Trump’s trouble with finding representation for his pending legal issues has been very public, so  his willingness to go to bat for the man has value as well.  But yeah, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, and Rudy’s work is certainly worth the price tag of zero dollars.

No Shows

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So, the 2 funniest stories of last week feel oddly connected.  First, we have Trump hosting a White House dinner for College Football Champs, the Clemson Tigers, and feeding them fast food, which…I mean there is just no way that wasn’t going to turn into a big national joke.  Then the very next day, you have news coming out that Trump tried to circumvent Nancy Pelosi by inviting House Democrats to lunch, but like the weird kid in class throwing a birthday party, no one showed up.  Now, the obvious reason behind that is that the Dems are making a show of solidarity, and the fact is that what Trump wants is unreasonable, and no one wants to give it to him.  But a part of me wants to believe that no one showed up because they didn’t want Trump feeding them leftover Big Macs and Whoppers.  Best case scenario, Trump orders an entirely new batch of fast food.  I know he says it’s because he doesn’t have a kitchen staff during the shutdown, but let’s be real:  It’s no great secret that Trump loves him some fast food.  He must love that he has any kind of excuse to mow down on that greasy, artery clogging goodness.

Direct Answers

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If there is one thing I’ve learned that one should never do in politics, is fail to give a direct answer to a question that could make you look guilty.  I initially learned the lesson when Rex Tillerson refused to say that he called Trump a moron by dancing around the question.  When you fail to actually say you didn’t do something, there WILL be a significant group of people who will ask if that means you did do it.  Donald Trump didn’t learn that lesson as shown last weekend, when Jeanine Pirro asked if he was a Russian agent.  Instead of just saying “No” or “of course now”, he went with the dance, suggesting that the question was offensive.  Especially considering the recent reports that suggest there is a good reason to believe that Trump may be hiding a lot in regards to his relationship to Putin.  It’s worrying to hear that he’s been hiding the transcripts of his interactions with the despot, and it doesn’t do anyone any good for Trump to drop the “offended” card, which is weird given his and his supporters penchant for making fun of people for taking any kind of offense.