Lolllllll no one likes you

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Because I’d much rather look at Chrissy Teigan than Trump any ol’ day.

Hotstuff supermodel Chrissy Teigan just got blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump. After Trump tweeted this:

It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.
@realDonaldTrump, 8:14 PM – 23 Jul 2017

she responded to his tweet with this:

Lolllllll no one likes you
@chrissyteigan, 8:21 PM – 23 Jul 2017

which is funny because it’s true. Well, not completely true. I mean some people like him, but no one should like him and I’m surprised that some people actually do.

Whom I find ridiculous are those who once disliked Trump but are now jowls-deep in his ass cheeks. Case in point, the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci who once called Trump a “hack politician” but now seems to think that Trump’s farts smell like roses. Remember Ted Cruz? During the election campaign Trump went after Cruz’s wife on Twitter. If Trump went after my wife on Twitter there’s no way I’d be kissing his ass like Cruz did last September by endorsing him. Mitt Romney also showed his lack of backbone by flip-flopping on his stance toward Trump.

In fact, we can thus far characterize most of the GOP as spineless worms who are willing to trade in their integrity simply because they hate the Democrats. Most should know better. They know that, Republican or not, Donald Trump is a shitty excuse for a human being and is mind-blowingly underqualified in both experience and character to hold the office of President. Yet how many Republicans have spoken out against him in any significant way?

Even Senator John McCain, who returned to the senate today after being treated for brain cancer and is one of Trump’s most vocal critics in the GOP, disappointed me today when he succumbed to partisan loyalty over logic in regards to Trump’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Although I don’t agree with McCain’s politics in many cases, I do consider him a great American and a necessary voice considering the likes of Trump and his flunkies. But I can’t help but be disappointed that he can’t act more out of his own conscience than party allegiance. As it is, however, the health care story is in flux and the GOP may yet be able to save their integrity before the issue is resolved. To quote Trump out of context, “Time will tell.”

Another rather incredible thing are the defenses of Trump among some left-leaning personalities. I mean, I don’t get how Glenn Greenwald, of all people, can dismiss the possibility of a Trump-Russia collusion when it seems so plausible. I mean, I might be wrong, and if I am I’ll own up to it, but the Trump-Russia connection appears too real to ignore. So I just don’t get Greenwald’s position.

I can understand that a lot of people didn’t like Hillary Clinton and didn’t vote for her. Fine, cool. But did you really think Trump was a good idea? If you are still behind Trump after this soup sandwich of a presidential term then I have to question the existence of your brain.

Chrissy Teigan was almost right. Not everybody dislikes Trump. Just the decent ones.

I almost felt sorry for the guy–almost: Sean Spicer resigns as Press Secretary

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“I’ll resign. That’ll show ’em. They’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”

Sean Spicer resigned from his post as White House press secretary today. According to the New York Times, Spicer resigned “after telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.” I have, on a number of occasions, characterized Spicer as a “dumb motherfucker.” That characterization still holds, but when I learned that he resigned because he felt so strongly against Scaramucci’s appointment I thought, “He might be dumb, but at least maybe he’s got some balls.” After all, it takes some conviction to resign over something like this.

But then I remembered that Donald Trump hasn’t been too pleased with Spicer’s performance of late. We haven’t even seen Spicer much lately, with Sarah Huckabee Sanders frequently substituting for him in press conferences. Spicer has experienced much well-deserved ridicule in the media for his deluded defenses of the Trump administration and his unintentionally comic ways of avoiding the White House press corps. The guy’s an idiot and Melissa McCarthy’s impersonation of Spicer on Saturday Night Live proves that there is truth in art. Spicer may be an idiot, but you have to admit that his loyalty is admirable quality. But to Trump loyalty only goes one way. Like every proper super-villain, he’s all too happy to throw any of his loyal minions under the bus if it will be to his benefit. So, I thought, perhaps Spicer’s resignation under the pretense of protest was simply a way to let Spicer go with a little dignity. After reading this final paragraph from the New York Times article linked above,

The end came in operatic fashion, befitting Mr. Scaramucci’s namesake — a stock character in Italian musical theater. As Mr. Scaramucci made his big entrance, Mr. Spicer exited quietly, disheartened that the president never quite appreciated his performance.

I have to admit, I felt a little bad for the guy. He may be a poor little pudgy, dumb motherfucker, but he’s loyal to a fault. Even after Trump didn’t let Spicer, a Catholic, meet the Pope.

Then Spicer said this, something about he felt “increasingly disappointed in how so many members of the media do their job, or rather, don’t do their job,” and I thought, ah, fuck’im.

Anthony Scaramucci, by the way, seems as deluded as Spicer is, regarding Trump’s supposed greatness. I guess delusion is a prerequisite to work in the Trump White House. Whatever the case, I don’t think hiring Scaramucci as communications director is going to help anything. Reshuffling the staff like this six months into Trump’s presidential term is a sign of the White House’s desperation.

It’s fun to pretend: Trump’s vivid fantasy life and the ACA

Ain’t it cute? Little Donnie Trump must be having a blast in the White House:

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“I’m a truck driver!”
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“I’m a Top Gun!”
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“I’m a cowboy!”
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“I’m a fireman!”

…and of course:

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“I’m a president!”

Of course, he’s not really those things, but it’s fun to pretend. Okay, technically, he is the actual president, even if he can’t get anything done. Case in point: repeal and replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump still hasn’t made any progress getting rid of Obamacare. I mean, I think this is a good thing, but it does point to Trump’s ineffectiveness as president. Of course, the GOP can’t seem to decide on what they want. The moderates want one thing, the more right-wing types want another, but a good leader could bring them together. Leadership is a quality that Trump lacks. Trump is not a leader. One might argue that he is an accomplished businessman, certainly an accomplished showman, but a leader he is not.  It’s not an easy task to bring together the diverse viewpoints of the GOP, and get them to work with their opponents/colleagues the Democrats, but a leader would be able to do that. Trump does not lead, and his whole attitude concerning the Affordable Care Act is evidence of this.

Here is what he had to say after yesterday’s defeat:

It’s an absolute disaster. And I think you’ll also agree that I’ve been saying for a long time, let Obamacare fail, and then everybody’s going to have to come together and fix it. And come up with a new plan and a plan that’s really good for the people with much lower premiums, much lower costs and much better protection. I’ve been saying that, Mike (Vice President Pence), I think you’ll agree, for a long time. Let Obamacare fail. It will be a lot easier, and I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll just let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then Democrats will come to us and say, how do we fix it? How do we fix it? Or how do we come up with a new plan?

In particular, note this part: Let Obamacare fail…We’re not going to own it…We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then Democrats will come to us and say, how do we fix it? How do we fix it?

Trump seems to care less about actually doing the job of being POTUS than defeating the Democrats, and probably in particular former President Obama. If he’s willing to let Obamacare “fail” then he doesn’t seem to really care about providing affordable healthcare to Americans. What he’d really like is to see the Democrats come crawling to him on their hands and knees begging for Trump to save them, but that isn’t going to happen because if Obamacare “fails,” it won’t be because of the Democrats; it’ll be because of Trump.

What Trump seems to fail to realize is that he is the President of the United States. That means he serves all Americans, not just his partisan supporters. The Affordable Care Act is in effect and if it fails then it will be because Trump is not doing his job. If it fails it will be because of either neglect or sabotage on the part of Trump and the GOP. Not going to “own” it? Tough shit, laughing boy. You already do. You took ownership of it the second you raised your right hand and took the oath of office. A true leader would understand that.

Trump is already taking heat for not being able to repeal and replace the ACA (and thank goodness for that), but if Obamacare also fails nobody’s going to be blaming Obama. They’ll be looking squarely at Trump.

Trump and “Made in America” week? Yeah, right.

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What the firetruck?

This week the White House launched “Made in America Week.” With Donald Trump as president, that theme is hilarious. No, that’s not a figure of speech. I’m really laughing. I sardonically chuckle to myself when I think about Trump promoting made in U.S.A. products while defending his own imports.

During the 2016 campaign when Hillary Clinton pointed out that Trump-branded ties were made in China, Trump made the excuse that the decision to manufacture overseas was a financial one. He told ABC News in June 2016: “Unfortunately, my ties are made in China, and I will say this, the hats — Make America great again — I searched long and hard to find somebody that made the hats in this country.”

Oh, really? I think the fine folks at Unionwear who do produce made-in-U.S.A. hats will disagree. In fact, they made Hillary and Bernie hats during the campaign. And neckties? Trump’s Google-fu is weak. Here are 20 American made necktie brands. If they can make their neckties in the U.S. why can’t Trump? Well he can. He just doesn’t because that would affect his bottom line. And he has no class. Trump neckties are so tacky I’d wouldn’t hang myself with one.

The White House’s defense of Trump’s use of imports is also lame. Sean Spicer, when asked to comment on this, said, “I can tell you that in some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country.” This is actually true, in some cases. For example, I, coincidentally, was in a hospital waiting room last week and was reading the July/August 2017 issue of Popular Mechanics which had a feature on made-in-U.S.A. products. In it was an article cataloging an impressive array of made-in-America products. However, in a sidebar, John Del Rosario wrote about his fruitless quest to domestically produce a pair of abrasion-resistant motorcycling gloves. Turns out that we just do not have the skills, tooling and materials to manufacture those gloves locally. Okay, I get that. But neckties and MAGA hats are hardly complex, specialized products. But they are cheaper to produce by twelve-year-olds in sweatshops.

Donald Trump promoting made-in-U.S.A. products is about as credible as Team Trump’s evolving story on Don Jr.’s Russia meeting.

Trump’s lawyer is kind of a dick. As if you didn’t know.

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Marc E. Kasowitz, Attorney at Law

The Washington Post reports that Trump’s legal team, led by Trump’s personal attorney Marc E. Kasowitz, is having a hard time. I can’t blame them. Trump must be a terrible client. The only way they can stop Trump from saying stupid stuff and incriminating himself is to sedate him. But that’s okay with me. Trump will get himself in trouble with his big mouth and I don’t feel sorry for Kasowitz at all.

But Kasowitz must be feeling the heat. Apparently, he lost his shit when he received an email from a reader of a ProPublica about him with the subject line: “Resign Now.” Kasowitz responded with a series of vicious emails, one of which read:

I’m on you now. You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back , bitch.

And that’s just one of his responses.

ProPublica’s article was updated to reflect that Kasowitz intends to apologize to the sender of the email (as he should), blaming his vitriol on the fact that “the email came at the end of a very long day that at 10 p.m. was not yet over,” which is hardly a good excuse. Normal, non-psychopaths, don’t do stuff like that after they’ve had a bad day.

So that’s Trump’s personal lawyer. Make of it what you will.

Junior’s having a bad week. U sad bro?

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Donld Trump Jr.’s having a bad week. Now the cat is out of the bag that he, Jared Kushner and Paul Manfort met with a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin in hopes of securing some dirt on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I find it hilarious, how the news evolved over the past weekend. When it was first disclosed, Junior said that the meeting was just about starting up a program to adopt Russian children. What a great guy, huh? His story rapidly unraveled as new details exposed his deception. I don’t have to go over the details here. Choose the “fake news” source of your choice. It’s all over the place.

Though I don’t know what the legal threshold is for “collusion,” I can tell that this doesn’t look good for Trump. And the fact that Junior’s story, which sounded so innocent at first, unraveled so quickly leads me to believe that he is concealing much more.

Looking back at the 2016 presidential campaign during the period in which the meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya took place (in June 2016) some interesting things can be seen. Mother Jones has noticed that some aspects of the (in)famous Trump dossier are in sync with the timing of the aforementioned meeting. Also–get thisThe Huffington Post noticed that Trump, in a speech, teased that he had special dirt on Clinton that he would reveal soon just hours after Junior set up the meeting. Coincidence? Get real. I remember when that happened. Trump didn’t follow through with this (big surprise). I also seem to remember that Wikileaks teased something about info that never came about, but I can’t remember exactly.

Anyway, if this is indeed a conspiracy to collude with the Russians to improve Trump’s election chances–and I believe it is–Trump, his idiot sons and his Trump-cult White House staffers aren’t slick enough to pull it off. They’ve already demonstrated their incompetence with handling just regular presidential stuff. The next few weeks, I think, will be very interesting. In the meantime, I think it’s a good idea to go over the Trump dossier again. Though many have voiced their opinions that the document is rubbish, it always seemed to me that while the allegations therein are unsubtantiated they shouldn’t be dimissed and there are likely many points that are accurate.

By the way, speaking of the dossier, I saw something on the local TV news a segment from some news outlet called Circa that referred to the dossier as “salacious and discredited.” Salacious, maybe. Discredited? Not yet. I think that was an example of biased reporting, which I think is funny considering Trump’s rants about “fake news.” But I really don’t know anything about this Circa.

TFS: Trump Fatigue Syndrome

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Trump will eat your soul in a taco bowl.

I think I’m suffering from TFS–that is, Trump Fatigue Syndrome. It’s now about six months into the Trump presidency and, considering all the craziness of his term so far, I’m a little surprised that I hadn’t succumbed to TFS earlier. On the 4th of July, Independence Day, I thought I’d declare independence from Trump. It was a nice break, but we have to return to the real world sooner or later and Trump isn’t going away until 2020 or he gets impeached, whichever comes sooner. We’ve gotta just deal with it. But dammit if it isn’t tiring.

It’s always one thing or another. Whether it’s the Trump family’s shady, tax-evading business practices, continuing revelations of the torrid love affair between Trump and Russia, or his continuing war against a free press, there is always something new to make me shake my head in disbelief and take refuge in the warm embrace of three fingers of scotch.

I’m sure Trump supporters are feeling it, too. I mean, their guy won, but Trump supporters seem to feed on fear and enmity. If it wasn’t for the “liberal media,” “fake news” or “radical Islam,” I think they’d melt away. They live for their fears. It defines them. They’ve now had six months of a right-wing circle jerk. I’m sure it takes a toll.

Meanwhile, there are immediate, prescient threats, like North Korea, to deal with and I have zero confidence in Trump’s ability to handle these threats with any sort of finesse. If you are one of those “preppers” with a bomb shelter and three years worth of Spaghettios stashed away, maybe you aren’t so crazy after all.

Maybe this was Trump’s plan all along: to just wear all of us down with a continuous assault of ridiculousness. Nah. It’s just Trump. I swear, no one would want to be his friend if he wasn’t rich (or the president). But I’m still pretty worn out from it all.

So I’m going to pace myself. I can’t comment on every stupid fucking thing that Trump does, nor do I feel that makes any difference. But I refuse to let Trump beat me into submission. And remember: while all this bullshit sensationalism is going on, there is a very real active investigation going on led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and these things take time. It won’t happen right away, but I have to believe that justice will prevail over the likes of short-fingered vulgarians like Trump.