The weekend is here and one of my readers told me I should ‘relax’. Relax??? What the heck is that? I’ve got laundry to do, need to get out and get some Mother’s Day cards, and just because it’s a weekend, the news cycle doesn’t stop … there is still much out there to stir my ire and make me snarky (or perhaps snarky is just my natural personality?). So, here are a couple of snippets for you to ponder upon …
Last year, various committees of the House of Representatives sought witness testimony from people in the know about Trump’s gross negligence and abuse of power. They asked people to please come and testify, under oath. Few did. They issued subpoenas. Few were honoured. Why? Because Donald Trump ordered them not to testify. A few found their cojones and testified anyway, but very few. First, this was an abuse of power, but since he has surrounded himself with ‘yes-men’, he got by with it. But more to the point, if you have nothing to hide, then why on earth would you stop people from testifying honestly and clearing your name? Thus, the only conclusion was that Donald Trump was a corrupt, likely criminal person who holds the highest office in the land, despite having lost the election by nearly 3 million votes.
Why, you ask, am I re-hashing old territory? Because it’s happening again. The House Appropriations Committee, looking into the government’s bungled response to the coronavirus, requested testimony by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci has been a prominent figure, until recently, at Trump’s daily ‘press briefings’ and has been the only one willing to correct Trump’s erroneous statements, the only one willing to tell the public the truth. But … Trump will not allow Dr. Fauci to testify. The committee is looking into the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the chaos that followed Trump’s obfuscation and lies, the resulting excessive deaths that might not have happened, if the leader of the nation had used halfway good judgment. For Trump to forbid Dr. Fauci from testifying is yet another example of obstruction of justice and abuse of power, but … that is the norm for this administration. Are we really willing to, as Mick Mulvaney suggested we should, just “get over it”? I’m not.
From what I’ve seen, Dr. Fauci seems to be a straight shooter who isn’t afraid to tell the truth, who isn’t afraid to correct or contradict Trump. I would like to think that he will do the right thing and voluntarily testify, despite Trump’s orders. Will he? Does he have cojones, or is he just another coward like Don McGahn, Wilbur Ross, and others whose loyalties lie directly to Donald Trump, and not the people of this nation?
White House press secretaries … ho-hum
In past administrations, there have been some very reputable people in the position of White House Press Secretary. Not so in the Trump administration. It began with Sean Spicer who was the first in the administration, on inauguration day, to utter an ‘alternative fact’, to be defined as such the next day by the ignominious Kellyanne Conway. Sean said the crowds for Trump’s inauguration were the biggest ever, or bigger than Obama’s in 2009, or some such nonsense which was so far from the truth as to be laughable.
Then came the hateful Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who defended the indefensible for nearly two years. If Trump said “Jump!”, she asked, “How high, sir?” Presumably it took a toll on her and she left in July of 2019.
Next up was Melania’s personal servant, Stephanie Grisham who held the title and received the pay for nine months, but never held the first press briefing, and in fact turned her nose up at reporters and screeched at them like a banshee. She really doesn’t even count, except that We the People paid her out of our own hard-earned tax dollars.
And now, we have a new one … rather an idiot, if you ask me. Her name is Kayleigh McEnany and she held her first press briefing yesterday. Now, she started out by promising that there would be more press briefings than there have been for the past year. Um … there have been none for the past 13 months, so she already beat that average. She also made another ‘promise’ …
“I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.”
And then she proceeded to tell a lie, that the Mueller investigation had amounted to “the complete and total exoneration of … Trump.” And then she told another lie, referring to “salacious, awful and verifiably false allegations that were made against Justice Kavanaugh.” And another that “not a single American has died for lack of a ventilator.” After a few more lies and misquotes, she ended with …
“Everyone should watch the Fox News town hall with the president from 7 to 9 p.m. [on Sunday]. It will be can’t-miss television, much like the highly rated President Trump coronavirus task force briefings have been.”
I would rather take a bath in a puddle of pig manure than waste two hours of my life watching that crap! And “highly rated … briefings”????? They have been the brunt of jokes and criticisms, for they have not been briefings, but campaign rallies, ego trips for the Oaf in the Oval Office! Ms. McEnany fits right in with the concept of Trump staff … no concept of the difference between fact and fiction, and a blind loyalty to a ‘man’ who deserves none. My prediction is that she will be even more obnoxious and disgusting than Sarah Huckabee Sanders was, and that’s a pretty tough act to beat.
Well, folks, it’s Saturday, so I will stop at only two snippets today and leave you with a ‘toon. Have a happy weekend!