Friends … I had every intention of NOT being snarky this morning. My intentions were pure and good … I would write something upbeat and cheery … surely I could have an attitude adjustment and be happy-go-lucky just for one post, right? Right? Sigh. Wrong.
Below is a map of the United States … please take just one minute to look at it and see where Colorado is located (hint … it’s the blue state just left of center).Now, you see Colorado there, right? And … do you notice that there is at least one whole state, New Mexico, between Colorado and the U.S.-Mexican border? The southernmost part of Colorado is some 450 miles from the border. And yet …
“You know why we’re going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on their border and they didn’t have it. And we’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall. A big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under.”
Dang! I didn’t know there was a feud going on between Colorado and New Mexico! Why didn’t someone tell me? That was Donald Trump speaking at an oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, yesterday. Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis, had a great comeback, though …
“Well this is awkward. Colorado doesn’t border Mexico. Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten, so our kids can learn basic geography.”
Good one, Guv! Not so good, Donnie … in fact, downright embarrassing.
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont also had a good one, inspired by Sharpiegate …
And speaking of … misspeaking …
What’s in a name, anyway?
It isn’t the most important thing in the world, certainly not the worst of Trump’s many, many, many terrible tweeting faux pas, but it speaks volumes about how he views other people.
On July 15th, Trump formally nominated Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense. The Senate quickly confirmed the nomination, as they have with most of Trump’s nominee’s, and Mr. Esper took office on July 23rd. Imagine Mr. Esper’s surprise on Sunday when he saw this tweet by Trump …Sure, it’s a minor thing, but it tells us that Trump doesn’t even think enough of his own hand-picked cabinet member to get his name right. And it wasn’t a live broadcast, where he might be forgiven for misspeaking, but rather a tweet, where he had the opportunity to look at it, realize his mistake, and correct it before hitting ‘Send’. I see this as a matter of great disrespect. Am I surprised? Not at all. However, if I were Mr. Esper or any other member of Trump’s administration, I would take this as yet another sign that he considers his staff as nothing more than disposable assets to be used, abused, and kicked aside when they displease him.
The ultimate hypocrisy …
You’d have to laugh, if only it weren’t more asininities coming from members of the Trump clan. Now, we all know that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, served on the Board of Directors of one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas companies. This had nothing to do with Joe Biden other than perhaps the Biden name gave him a foot in the door. There is no scandal, such as the one Donald Trump has been attempting to fabricate for the past several months, ever since most polls revealed that if the election were held today, he would lose to Joe Biden.
But, there is a certain irony when the entire Trump clan go on national television to whine … yes, folks, they whined … about nepotism! Think about that one for a minute. The Trump clan … is decrying nepotism???
You’ve got Jared and Ivanka, neither of whom could obtain security clearances, serving as “presidential advisors” … and both, I might add, who have business interests tied to Trump’s presidency. And then, there’s Don Jr. and Eric who are supposed to be running Trump’s businesses, but somehow find time to stick their long noses into the day-to-day business of governance, and frequently tweet on daddy’s behalf, and even appear on Fox News to toot daddy’s horn! Disgusting animal killers is what they are!
And these infamous fools critique Joe Biden’s son for … um … accepting a job that his education well prepared him for???
Junior and Eric travel all ‘round the country on our dime, folks. They are accompanied by Secret Service agents wherever they go, and believe me, they go to some places that you and I could only dream of. And we … yes, We the People, We the Taxpayer, pay for their journeys. Whatever high-classed (read, expensive) accommodations they choose, the Secret Service must also inhabit … on our dime. Even though they have NO OFFICIAL ROLE, nor are they qualified for one, in our government. And they are screeching “Nepotism” at the Bidens??? Yeah, right, dude. If anyone buys this one, please call me, for I have a lovely little bridge in Brooklyn I will sell cheap!
Granted, none of these stories constitute impeachable offenses … that’s a story for another day. Nor are they as relevant as certain republicans in Congress, led by the obnoxious Matt Gaetz, disruptong an impeachment inquiry for some five hours today, breaking every rule in the book. Again, that’s a story for later. But, even these small incidents have relevance because they show us the mindset that is allegedly running this nation. Can’t get your own employee’s name right? Sheesh. When I was in management, I made sure to know even the names of the children of the people who worked for me … it’s called ‘common courtesy’, ‘respect’, ‘caring’. And to claim to be a “stable genius”, with “great and unmatched wisdom”, but not even know where the state of Colorado is??? Every bit of this, every ignominious tweet where he misspells words, calls people names, is further evidence that not only is he not a genius, but he is neither intelligent nor educated. And yet … some 40% of the people in this country want that.
As for my failed attempt at not being snarky … don’t look for it to happen any time soon. In fact, I’m thinking about changing my middle name to ‘Snarky’. But, to prove that I am not the snarkiest, here is a clip from Seth Meyers who has snarky down to a science!