covfefe: /kŏv-fĕ-fĕ, -fēf/, n., a FUBAR presidency

Donald-Trump-Covfefe.jpgAround midnight last night Donald Trump sent out a weird, stupid tweet:

Despite the constant negative press covfefe
–@realDonaldTrump, 12:06 am, 31 May 2017

And that was it. Just that, for hours, until the morning when it was found out by someone, presumably Trump, to be nonsense and was deleted. The internet had a lot of fun with the newly coined word “covfefe” for a while with jokes and such, but in the morning Trump tweeted:

Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
–@realDonaldTrump, 6:09 am, 31 May 2017

trying to laugh off the goof. “Enjoy,” he wrote, as if he were gifting us some comedic relief.

Whatever the case, covfefe raises some serious questions. The late night tweet gave the impression that Trump maybe fell asleep mid-tweet. I understand that this could happen to anybody, but this is the POTUS we’re talking about. Maybe he shouldn’t be falling asleep while making public statements, hm? This also raises concerns about Trump’s health and fitness for duty. Trump will be 71 years old soon and claims to only sleep four hours a night. I understand sleep deprivation. His brain’s gotta be like oatmeal.

Secondly, why isn’t anyone keeping an eye on Trump’s Twitter account? Trump is a 70 year old going on 12. He needs a babysitter. Seems like he would have an aide or something specifically tasked to edit his Twitter feed. The tweet was visible for hours, which tells me that no one on his staff who could do anything about it was paying attention.

Thirdly, the White House’s response to the tweet was equally troubling. When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was questioned by the press, he responded with, “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” apparently without any irony. Probably the worst way possible to explain the tweet. But no one ever claimed that Spicer was a smart guy.

Maybe Spicer was trying to make a joke and he’s just not good at being funny. Very possible. I could buy that. Maybe he’s just an idiot and managed to blurt out the worst possible explanation. I could buy that, too. But what if…what if…it actually was a “secret” message? Well, that would be dumb, too. Let’s tweet a secret message in public and then tell everybody about it.

Quite possibly, as some suggest, the tweet was meant to distract the media from the Russia thing, but they gotta know that can’t last. No, the simplest explanation is the most likely: Trump fell asleep tweeting and the White House came up with the most idiotic way possible to explain it. Believe me, the Trump administration would make a great sitcom.

Trump accuses Obama of “wire tapping” him in early morning tiny-thumbed Twitter tirade

Early Saturday, Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets accusing former president Barack Obama of “wire tapping” him, an accusation for which Trump provided no evidence or sources.

When I say “early,” I mean early, as in “why the fuck am I awake so early on a Saturday?” early. Here’s the timeline:

Saturday, 4 Mar 2017–

6:35 AM

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

“Just found out” at 6:35 in the morning? From whom? Did you have a bad dream?

Seven minutes later, shifting gears…

6:42 AM

Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone.

So, “just found out” and “just out” in only seven minutes! What a busy fake news morning.

And now back to what got him tweeting in the first place…

6:49 AM

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

We still have no idea what the hell he’s talking about. “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?” Maybe he’s just wondering aloud for future reference.

Three minutes later, with his tiny little thumbs furiously tapping his smart phone…

6:52 AM

I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!

Maybe he had to take a dump then, because there is an amazing full ten minutes of Twitter silence.

7:02 AM

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

Note, he spelled “tap” with two “p”s.
I imagine now that he’s nodded off while watching cable news and is startled into wakefulness by the mention of Ahnold.

8:19 AM

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show

Mr. President, you forgot the “.” at the end of that sentence. He probably was so wiped by the Twitter tirade that he fell asleep, Android phone on his tummy, before he could get it in.

Meanwhile, America and the rest of the world is wondering what the hell he’s talking about. The Washington Post surmises that Trump was getting his cue from conservative nutzoid radio guy Mark Levin and an article in Breitbart.

Anyway, what’s Trump’s goal? If he really had something to this story he wouldn’t be blasting out over Twitter. It would be handled through legal means. Yes, the way grown ups act. And it’s not like it’s a calculated act to stir up controversy. It is what it looks like: a crazy old man tweeting at six in the morning.

Donald Trump is a security risk

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We all know that Donald Trump loves to tweet whatever pops into his little pea brain and this hasn’t abated since he assumed the presidency. Apparently, he usually tweets from an unsecured Android smart phone, a Samsung Galaxy S3, and it looks like there’s not much we can do about it.The Secret Service as well as his aides have tried to get him to give up his beloved smart phone in favor of something more secure, but attempts thus far have been fruitless.

I’m sure you see the irony of this. For someone who constantly criticized Hillary Clinton’s information security practices, Trump doesn’t have a whole lot to stand on. True, Clinton practiced extremely poor infosec. Aside from the use of private servers for email, she used her own unapproved BlackBerry when a request for a secure BlackBerry was denied by the NSA.

But Trump’s use of his favorite smart phone, an old (2012) model that is particularly vulnerable to hacking, gives him no high ground. His practices are at least equally bad. Kind of silly, coming from someone who claims to “know a lot about hacking” (by the way, where are the revelations he promised?).

Couple this with other security gaffes (the Mar-a-Lago thing and leaving classified material lying around) and it’s obvious that Trump isn’t taking security seriously.

Again, Trump abuses his Presidential status with anti-Nordstrom tweet

Again, Donald Trump is abusing his status as POTUS to influence business to benefit the family business. The department store Nordstrom’s made the decision to drop daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line from their stores, leading Trump to tweet:

My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!

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This is a lot like bigmouth Trump’s tweet regarding LL Bean before, except worse since Ivanka is his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner— Trump’s son-in-law — is one of his White House advisors. Altogether a gross ethics violation.  To make things worse, the tweet was even retweeted by the @POTUS account.

“If he was any other government employee, this would be illegal,” said Larry Noble, the general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization of election law experts.

At this point, I don’t think anyone is surprised by Trump’s actions. The question is: are we going to let him get away with it? Not calling him out on these things sets dangerous precedents for future administrations. Donald Trump is not special. He’s a President of the United States of America, like forty-four others before him. The rules applied to them; they apply to Trump also. Don’t let it slide.

Trump’s war against reality

Federal judges question the constitutionality of Trump’s immigration ban. Ex-CIA officials say Trump’s travel ban has “no national security purpose.” Even John Yoo, author of the “Torture Memos” under Bush thinks Trump has gone too far. While some Americans support Trump’s actions with regard to the immigration ban, it’s clear that a majority of Americans, according to polls, at the very least question it; yet Trump says, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”

So what’s the deal here? Are Trump and his administration really that deluded? Or is there something more sinister going on here? Well, the latter. Duh.

I mean, I’m sure that there is some delusion going on here. Donald Trump is an egomaniacal sociopath. We know he’s not as cool, good-looking, smart or charming as he thinks he is (and probably not as rich as he wants us to think). So, yeah, he’s deluded. But more importantly what we see here is an unsubtle attempt to control the narrative. Of course, everyone does this to some degree, but I’ve never seen such blatant efforts to control the narrative outside of totalitarian regimes. We’ve been seeing this all along. We saw this with Trump’s ridiculous claims about his inauguration attendance. We see this with Trump’s accusations of “fake news” as well as actual examples of weaponized fake news used by his supporters during the campaign. He wants to control your view of the world.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer characterized Judge James Robart’s decision to place a temporary restraining order against the immigration ban as “going rogue,” as if it isn’t his job as a federal judge to form legal opinions on issues. It’s not “going rogue,” Sean. He’s doing his job. Spicer wants to paint Robart’s decision as one that is counter to our legal norms when if fact his decision is exactly in accordance with those norms.

Trump’s tweets. Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” and Spicer’s general bullshit are all attempts to control the narrative. Trump’s tweets are just opinions, “alternative facts” are just fiction and bullshit is, and always will be, bullshit. Don’t be fooled.

Federal judge blocks immigration ban; Trump goes nuts on Twitter

On Friday evening a federal judge in Washington state placed a temporary restraining order against Trump’s executive order banning travel to and from certain countries. This shows that America is still a nation of law. I hope that more states will have the courage to challenge the Trump administration when it needs to be challenged.

Unsurprisingly, Trump went to Twitter to vent his ire. Have a look:

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Yes, folks. This is the President of the United States of America, writing like some 4chan internet troll. No, these look like the Tweets of a crazy person. Note the CAPS and the exclamation points!  Note the obsessive indignation that people would actually dare to contradict him!

Of course, this isn’t anything new, but it amazes and embarrasses me every time I see it.