Believe it or not, just a few years ago I was a mild-mannered person who rarely engaged in being snarky, or bouts of temper … yeah, right, who do I think I’m kidding? Anyway, today I find that I have plenty of little snippets upon which to unload my snark.
Trump vs CNN – round #14
On Monday, little Donnie took umbrage … again … over CNN’s coverage of his _____________ (fill in the blank). Could have been his proposed tariffs on imports from Mexico, could have been his meddling in the affairs of the UK, or perhaps his juvenile criticisms of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, or any number of other things he has done or said.
CNN is not alone in critiquing Trump’s words and actions, and they are not alone in drawing Trump’s ire, for he has frequently called out the New York Times and The Washington Post, calling them ‘fake news’, ‘failing’, and more. But, he seems to have taken a particular dislike to CNN, and today he crossed a line. Well, in truth, he has crossed many lines in the past and I’m inclined to say that every time he opens his mouth, he crosses a line. However today, he called on the U.S. public to boycott AT&T, the parent company of CNN. This, my friends, is unconscionable.
It is neither the job nor the right of the president to attempt to bring down a company simply because they don’t agree with him. And it is damn sure not his right to attempt to manipulate the press … the FREE press. Hell, the majority of people in the nation don’t agree with him … what’s he going to do … call on his shrinking base to ‘de-friend’ us on Facebook? In the opinion of historian Jon Meacham, who has written biographies of several presidents …
“For a president to call for punitive action against a corporation in an effort to shape news coverage is, to say the least, highly unusual. It’s the kind of behavior more commonly associated with authoritarian regimes, not democratic ones.”
More commonly associated with authoritarian regimes … what have I been saying for two years now?
Get em, Tiger!
“Unfortunately, your actions are part of a pattern. The Trump administration has been engaged in one of the most unprecedented cover-ups since Watergate, extending from the White House to multiple federal agencies and departments of the government and across numerous investigations.”
The above is an excerpt from letters written to both Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross yesterday by Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Both Barr and Ross have defied the panel’s subpoena for information about efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Last week, we learned of a plot, if you will, to redistrict (gerrymander) political maps that would be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites”, based on answers to a proposed citizenship question on the upcoming (2020) census form. The information came to light following the release of documents belonging to the late Thomas Hofeller, a major republican strategist.
The republicans, from Donald Trump down to the lowliest cabinet member, are engaging in a dangerous game of cat and mouse in order to preserve their “dominance” in our government. I hope that if Barr and Ross do not turn over the requested information, they both land behind bars in orange jumpsuits. The same goes for Mnuchin, Trump, and all the others who think they are above the law. It’s time to restore law and order to this damn country!
Jared Kushner deserves a medal … for ignorance
There is likely a reason why Jared Kushner, son-in-law and boot-licker of Don Trump, doesn’t do many interviews … his utter ignorance and stupidity come out … in spades. On Sunday, an interview he did with Jonathan Swan of Axios was aired. A couple of snippets …
The first was about the false claim by Trump that Obama was not born in the U.S.
Swan: Was birtherism racist?
Kushner: Um, look, I wasn’t really involved in that.
Swan: I know you weren’t! Was it racist?
Kushner: Like I said, I wasn’t involved in that.
Swan: I know you weren’t! Was it racist?
Kushner: Um, look, I know who the president is, and I have not seen anything in him that is racist. So, again, I was not involved in that.
Swan: Did you wish he didn’t do that?
Kushner: Like I said, I was not involved in that. That was a long time ago.
Then when asked about his father-in-law’s ‘values’, or lack thereof …
Swan: Has your father-in-law ever challenged your values?
Kushner: Um, in what regard?
Swan: Well I mean when you were on the campaign you had Access Hollywood? There’s been other things you’ve had to deal with since then. I mean, like, it’s a sensitive question, but I mean it in the sense of you’re a son-in-law, you’re a husband, you’re a senior advisor. Does it make it sometimes harder to, to tell him the truth?
Kushner: No, I think he, he respects people who are willing to be honest with him. When I do disagree, you’ll never read about it in the press and I won’t say it publicly but I will say there’s a lot more things I agree with him on than disagree.
Swan: So you agree with him on economics and foreign policy. Where do you stand on abortion?
Kushner: Again, I was not uh the person who was elected.
Such brilliance, yes? No wonder he has been put in charge of a Middle-East peace plan! If you’re interested, you can find the full transcript in .pdf form here.
A royal welcome …
Donnie is over in the UK this week, sure to cause more problems than he solves. But the Brits know how to make a guy feel welcome. The baby blimp will fly later today, but here are a few pictures from yesterday’s many protests …
I guess that proves how much everybody loves him across the pond, eh?
Well, I think that’s it for this morning. Have a great Tuesday!