If you thought I let off all the steam in this morning’s rants, you’d be wrong. Two things are puzzling me at the moment … puzzling and annoying me … leading me to keep asking over and over — WHY??? The former guy needs to fade into oblivioun … he is, or at least ought to be, irrelevant now, yet he keeps popping back onto the radar. Somebody please, put him somewhere, like a mental institution or better yet, a prison.
I don’t believe a word of it …
You remember June 1st 2020, right? That was the day that the former guy, having seen his approval rating drop even lower than usual, decided a photo op was just the thing to boost his ratings. So, he and his band of merry men (and women) walked from the White House to a church in Lafayette Park so he could hold up a bible and let the press take pictures of him doing so … pictures that would be splashed all over every major news outlet by that evening. However, his walk was only accomplished after the Secret Service and other federal law enforcement agencies cleared the path of peaceful protestors protesting the brutal police killing of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, a month prior.
The protests were peaceful, no violence until federal law enforcement officers showed up. According to The Washington Post the following day …
“In a massive show of force, federal law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and chemical gas at peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday evening … Hundreds of protesters were pushed away from Lafayette Square, where they were protesting the police killing of George Floyd, by the National Guard, U.S. Park Police and Secret Service. The ambush began half an hour before the city’s newly imposed curfew of 7 p.m. went into effect.”
There were photos, videos … it cannot be denied. And yet, yesterday a report by the Interior Department’s inspector general did just that … denied that law enforcement cleared area for the former guy’s ludicrous walk to church. According to the report, the area was cleared of protestors in order to allow contractors to safely install some fencing. BULLSHIT! I believe that just about as much as I believe elephants can fly!
What I don’t understand is why this particular lie? What is the purpose, one year later, of telling a lie covering up actions that occurred as a result of egomania by the former guy? Does the inspector general who issued the report honestly think that We the People are so stupid that we don’t remember the scene from one year ago? And what’s the point? The former guy is gone, he surely isn’t still pulling strings in the Department of the Interior, is he? Police do not use violent means to clear peaceful protestors from an area so that they can build a fence. Period. Give us credit for a little bit of intelligence!
Defending the indefensible
This week the Department of Justice led by Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that it would continue defending the former guy in the lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll. A bit of a refresher for those who may not remember this situation …
Ms. Carroll has claimed, and for the record I believe her, that the former guy raped her in the 1990s. More than a dozen others have made the same claim, most quite credible, and I remind you of that old saying, where there’s so much smoke, there’s a fire somewhere. When Ms. Carroll made her claim, the former guy rudely denigrated her in public, calling her rude names, saying he had never met her (this despite the fact there are photos of Ms. Carroll and her husband with the former guy at a party) and that he couldn’t have raped her because she isn’t his ‘type’. Ms. Carroll filed a lawsuit against Trump for defaming her character and calling her a liar among other things. At that point, then-Attorney General William Barr stepped in and said that the former guy was acting in his official capacity as president when he denied ever knowing Ms. Carroll and made statements assaulting her character, and thus could be defended by government lawyers — in effect underwritten by taxpayer money.
Long story short, he lied and called her names, Bill Barr said he had a right to do that because he was the then-occupant of the Oval Office, and that We the Taxpayers should pay to defend him and prove that in his position at the time, he was above the law.
Today, William Barr has left the Justice Department, replaced by a man for whom I have a great deal of respect, Merrick Garland. However, I am extremely disappointed in the decision by the DoJ to continue defending the former guy at our expense! WHY??? Is this a democratic republic as stated in the U.S. Constitution, or is this a banana republic that supports egomaniacal dictators???
In 2020, Barr argued that the former guy was a federal employee whose statements were part of his employment duties and who was thus entitled to protection under the Westfall Act, which grants civil immunity to federal employees for actions that are part of their jobs. Since when is calling a woman a ‘slut’ part of the president’s job? So, by this standard, if a sitting president kills one of his staff with a knife or a gun, would that be defensible under the Westfall Act? Where is the line … and when do We the People finally stand up and say, ENOUGH!
Again, I want to know why the current DoJ is still upholding the former guy’s actions. I just need an explanation … We the People deserve an explanation.