I’m getting increasingly more interested in the Texas senate race. In a state that is redder than Mars, the sure fire victory that Ted Cruz would normally have…well it feels a little less certain. Honestly, the odds are certainly in his favor, but Beto O’Rourke is really making a name for himself as an up and comer in the Democrat scene. Even Ted Cruz’s attempts to discredit O’Rourke may have only ended up making him look more awesome, and now, Cruz is being called out for underhanded donation solicitation. Listen, I understand that campaigning can be kind of a dirty business. Campaign flyers and junk mail irritates everyone, and if you want people to read your junker, than sometimes you have to think creatively. But there is a firm difference between being creative and being overtly deceptive. Take Ted Cruz’s latest mailer, which is more than just deceptive, it might be straight up illegal in Texas to do. You see, Ted Cruz’s campaign sent out a letter disguised as an official looking Summons in order to drum up donations. It even continues that deception in the letter asking for money. Now while some might argue that this is harmless, that no reasonable person would take this seriously, it’s worth pointing out that the reason this came to public attention was because a mailer was sent to man’s recently passed grandmother, who was suffering mental decline. Were she to come across this letter, he reasoned, she would have thought this was some kind of bill as opposed to deceptive solicitation. And honestly, if this kind of thing becomes okay, what becomes the next tricky maneuver to get people to donate?
Donald Trump is so dedicated to exposing the media as shifty liars, that he’s started attacking his own sources to discredit them. When the White House released information from an anonymous source regarding the now cancelled summit with Kim Jon Un in Singapore, the New York Time reported it. Donald Trump then decided to call out the New York Times for using a fake source…even though it was provided by his people OFFICIALLY. It’s bizarre, and goes to show that Trump isn’t even bothering to understand the context of the words he’s saying before he evens says them. He’s just lying to lie.
So much like his inauguration numbers, Trump’s first State of the Union numbers couldn’t match his predecessor’s. More than that, people’s general reaction to Trump’s State of the Union fell very flat compared to Obama. I think we’re all just waiting for Trump and his people to brag about how successful his SOTU was, how well watched and received it was. I wonder if we’ll even see the revival of “Alternative Facts”? One can only hope.
Update: I came up with the idea of this panel before Trump actually came out and said his ratings were the highest recorded for the State of the Union. I would take credit as some kind of prophet, but let’s face it, anyone could have made that prediction if they were following Trump’s behavior even sort of.
Trump lives his life like he’s constantly staging punchlines. I mean, on Christmas day, he proudly proclaims “Tomorrow, it’s back to work!” then on Tuesday, he’s seen hitting the links. It’s like his presidency is some kind of art installation.
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