Donald Trump does not like any of the news outlets that I like. What a surprise, yes? He calls such esteemed journalistic enterprises as The Washington Post and the New York Times, “failing”, “losers”, and “fake news”. He likes Breitbart and Fox … and he seems to now have a new favourite, the “Rick & Bubba Show”, a syndicated radio program based in Alabama that airs across the South. The hosts bill themselves as the “two sexiest fat men alive.” No, dear readers, I am not kidding. Can you imagine Presidents Obama or Bush appearing on the Rick & Bubba Show?
Yesterday, Trump did a 15-minute call-in interview with Rick & Bubba. He spent a bit of time criticizing John McCain and Susan Collins, both of whom have said that they will not vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill that would rob millions of U.S. citizens of health care. I find it interesting that even though Senator Rand Paul has also said he would not vote for the bill, Trump has not criticized him. His strongest condemnation was against Senator McCain …
“It’s disgusting. When I ran, I was told I’d have a bill on my desk and I’d sign it on Day 1. Now, when it matters because you have a president who is actually going to sign it, they don’t do it. And they pander, and they grandstand. You look at McCain — what McCain has done is a tremendous slap in the face to the Republican Party. Tremendous. He was good to go all the way up until 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning when he voted … Without John McCain, we already have the health care.”
A slap in the face to the Republican Party? Am I the only one who sees a problem here? John McCain, nor any of the other 534 members of Congress, answer to the Republican Party nor do they answer to Donald Trump! Each and every member of Congress was voted into the office they hold by the constituents of their district, their state, by We The People. For the record, the Graham-Cassidy bill is not a health care bill. It would provide nothing and take away health care from tens of millions of people.
Perhaps it is time the members of our legislative branch woke up and realized that they are public servants, hired by the people and responsible to the people and their best interest. A few get it, but it would seem, when there are some 49 Republican senators who are willing to vote for a bill that would take health care away from many of the very people who voted for them, they have obviously lost their way. It is time we start preparing to oust these donkeys in 14 months!
Trump also used the interview to speak of his support of Luther Strange in today’s republican primary election for the open senate seat in Alabama.
“[Luther Strange] will absolutely win against the Democrat, whereas Ray’s [Roy Moore] going to have a hard time. If Ray wins, they’re going to pour in $30 million, like they did in Atlanta … The good new is I’m 5-0. I want to make it 6-0. I’m doing it really for the country. We can’t lose him.”
One of the hosts corrected Trump’s misnomer, telling him that it is Roy Moore, not Ray, to which Trump replied …
“I don’t know Roy Moore at all. And I think it’s perhaps indicative when somebody doesn’t even know his name. You know, that’s not a good sign — for him.”
You have to at least chuckle a bit when Trump predicts the candidate will lose simply because he, Trump, cannot get his name right! What an ego!
And then he took on Mitch McConnell, saying …
“As you know, Mitch is not, polling-wise, the most popular guy in this country. They like to label [Strange] because he happened to be there for a number of months in the Senate, so they like to label him as Mitch’s best friend but he’s not. He hardly even knows him. He’ll be fighting Mitch. I know he’s going to fight him on that ridiculous filibuster rule where you need 60 votes instead of 50 or 51. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. So that means we need eight Democrats, and the Republicans can end it. And Mitch wants to keep it, which is ridiculous by the way. But Mitch wants to keep it. How do you get votes? That means you get eight Democrats every time. It is absolutely insanity to keep it. The Republicans have a very slim margin.”
You can listen to the entire segment if you’ve a mind to, but frankly I wouldn’t waste my time. As always, Trump is full of himself and says little of value.
My point in all this? Simply this. It is the way of a child to attempt to get his way by ranting, pouting and criticizing others. The same behaviour is highly unbecoming, unprofessional and unacceptable in an adult, and most especially to a ‘man’ who holds in his hand the keys to the highest government office in a nation of more than 300 million people. At a rally last July, Trump claimed, “With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s held this office.” He has not once proven those words in eight months in office, and I do not believe he is capable of doing so.
This nation is in a great deal of turmoil, both internally and internationally. Trump has almost single-handedly caused a great divide among the citizens of the U.S., tensions are high, and violence threatens to erupt in many venues. He has also escalated tensions between the U.S. and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and it will require mega-doses of diplomacy to stabilize that situation. We do not need this errant tyrant in the Oval Office, and we do not need boot-lickers and yes-men in Congress. Anyone … anyone who thinks this situation is good for the country, should be required to take a crash course in both civics and the history of Germany in the 1930s.