Yesterday we discovered that the trump administration is “running like a finely tuned machine”. If trump really believes that to be true, might I suggest he find another machine to replace the one he has?
I don’t even know how to discuss or talk about his “thing” that took place yesterday. He and his staff are calling it a “press conference” but I admit I haven’t seen any press conference like it. What I saw was the old “blame game” from trump for his miserable failures so far in his term as president.
Everything that has gone wrong is not his fault. The Muslim Ban didn’t get blown to pieces because it was poorly writer and violated several clauses in the Constitution,. No, it was because the Judiciary is incompetent.
Michael Flynn wasn’t let go because he was a liar whom even the president decided he couldn’t trust. No, it was all the media’s fault for printing those leaks about him. He is a “wonderful guy”. Despite the fact that trump can’t trust him enough to keep him on the job.
Nor did he mention anything about the report that Flynn lied to the FBI about his sanction talks with Russia, which is a felony. Not that Sessions would let him go to trial for his crime. Come on trump supporters say it: “Lock him Up!”
He claims to have “accomplished so much in his first month”. But, he really hasn’t accomplished anything that will help anyone but his buddies. Let’s take a look at his “wonderful accomplishments”.
His first “wonderful accomplishment” was raising the mortgage insurance rates on millions of first-time home buyers by $500 per year. That will really help the insurance companies, but do nothing to help average people who want to own their own home.
Another “wonderful accomplishment” was stripping away protections of people with retirement accounts. He is now allowing brokers not to have to get approval and explain any switches in their portfolio so the brokers can make changes not based on the benefit of the owner of the portfolio, but rather on their commission. Great for brokers, lousy for portfolio owners.
The next “wonderful accomplishment” was the elimination of the regulation that required energy companies to disclose their overseas investments, profits, and even bribes to governments to get the contract. Again, wonderful for the energy companies. Lousy for the American people and will produce absolutely ZERO jobs.
Then we have the “wonderful accomplishment” that takes away the requirement that Social Security report to the national background check database anyone who is so severely mentally impaired they cannot take care of their own personal business like cashing their Social Security Check. That way, these people will be able to purchase any firearm they want. Great for gun manufacturers and the NRA. Lousy for public safety.
Yesterday, he signed another “wonderful accomplishment” with a bunch of coal miners behind him. This “wonderful accomplishment” will make it much easier, for that matter perfectly legal, for the coal companies to dump their waste in streams and rivers. Again, something wonderful for the coal companies, but lousy for those same miners behind the president who will see their drinking water polluted by the company they work for without anything stopping it from happening. Did trump tell those miners that part of what he was signing?
Then there was that “wonderful accomplishment” called a “Travel Ban”. This thinly disguised Muslim Ban was struck down in the courts. Not one court as trump wants you to believe, but several courts all around the country. This ban caused chaos at airports all across the nation because Customs had never been told it was coming and how they were supposed to handle the people affected. Many of those affected were actually mid-air when it went into effect and didn’t even know they weren’t going to be allowed in.
Yet, yesterday trump claimed that the roll out of the ban went “so smoothly”. I would hate to see what trump calls chaotic. And, during the press conference, trump repeatedly said they would beat the stay in court. All the while his own Justice Department was telling the ninth circuit of appeals to hold off on more hearings. They said trump would rescind the order and write a new one in the near future. Showing that in the trump White House the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. As trump would say, Sad!
Yesterday, trump was asked a couple of times about the rise in anti-Semitic activities in the country since his election. He went on to say how he won the election by such a huge margin and that he was not anti-Semitic. He never said anything about what he would do to stop this rise in anti-Semitic actions.
One of the questioners even premised his question by stating” Our community does not believe you are anti-Semitic” but what are you going to do about the rise in anti-Semitic activity? Again trump went off on a tantrum about how he is not anti-Semitic. When the questioner tried to bring him back to the point, he told him to be quiet and kept ranting about how wonderful he was.
This is the second day in a row that trump ducked this issue. Anti-Semitism actions have risen dramatically since he was elected. Just in the last two weeks there have been over 48 bomb threats to synagogues and Jewish centers. That number doubles to over 90 since he was inaugurated.
Is trump ducking the question and issue because he knows it is his supporters who are guilty of these activities? Is he that afraid that he would lose about half of his “base supporters” if he tells them to “knock it off”. Since he has a Jewish son-in-law, a Jewish daughter, and Jewish grandchildren, that can be the only answer. But what does that say to his Jewish family members and why aren’t they saying anything?
Yesterday, several career State Department workers were fired. They were told that their services were no longer needed. The people laid off were the department that coordinates between the Sec of State and the various departments. And, when Netanyahu was visiting, no one from the State Department sat in on the meeting between him and trump. As a matter of fact, the Under-secretary was scheduled to sit in but the White House staff shut him out.
The Hispanic Congressional Caucus had requested a meeting with ICE officials to discuss the “round ups” taking place. When the meeting was granted, the Caucus that requested the meeting was shut out. As usual, the Republicans changed the rules and said it had to be “bipartisan” and the only member of the Caucus let in was their chair person.
But, remember all of these “failures” of diplomacy, ethics, and decorum are not trump’s or the Republicans fault. It is the fault of the “leakers” and the “media”. If we didn’t have leakers trump could do whatever he wanted and no one would know. If it wasn’t for the media, he wouldn’t get caught trying to set up his little dictatorship.
What we saw yesterday was the president of the United States of America stand in front of the American people and whine, complain, and bitch about being “treated unfairly” because he is incompetent. If he wants praise, why doesn’t he DO SOMETHING for the American people instead of his donor class. Maybe then someone will say nice things about him.
Yesterday’s press conference was nothing more than a rallying cry to his base to get them fired up to reelect him in 2020. That is what the “rally” in Florida tomorrow is all about. Instead of concentrating on doing his job and making life better for ALL Americans, he is starting his 2020 campaign.
I hate to say this, but trump is making Richard Nixon look like an honest upstanding fellow.
And, the shirts keep marching along!