Ol’ Snarky is back with more Snippets …
It would seem that the power of the office of the president has gone to Trump’s head, giving him the mistaken illusion that he controls far more than the law allows. But then, ol’ Bill Barr has said that Trump is “above the law”, so I guess he figures he can do whatever he likes. Much of what he has done could be challenged as overstepping the bounds of his position, but perhaps his greatest crime is his assault on the freedom of the press. The latest? He is ‘demanding’ that a reporter be fired.
Yesterday, I wrote a post about the article in The Atlantic detailing Trump’s denigration of the military, of men and women who gave their lives for this country. Other news outlets picked up on the story, some adding their own knowledge of incidents of Trump’s insulting attitude to American soldiers. Even Fox ‘News’ national security correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, confirmed in a Twitter thread that Trump called soldiers “suckers”, had questioned why anyone would want to become a soldier and had not wanted to honor war dead at the Aisne-Marne cemetery in France.
“Two former sr Trump admin officials confirm .@JeffreyGoldberg reporting that President Trump disparaged veterans and did not want to drive to honor American war dead at Aisne-Marne Cemetery outside Paris.
According to one former senior Trump administration official: “When the President spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, ‘It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker’.”
This former official heard the President say about American veterans: “What’s in it for them? They don’t make any money.” Source: “It was a character flaw of the President. He could not understand why someone would die for their country, not worth it.”
I read the source a few quotes from The Atlantic article. This former Trump admin official said, “The President would say things like that. He doesn’t know why people join the military. He would muse, ‘Why do they do it’?”
Re: trip to mark 100th anniversary of WW I
Source: “The President was not in a good mood. Macron had said something that made him mad about American reliability and the need perhaps for a European army. He questioned why he had to go to two cemeteries. ‘Why do I have to do two’?”
President Trump’s staff explained he could cancel (his visit to the cemetery), but he was warned, ‘They (the press) are going to kill you for this’.” The President was mad as a hornet when they did.
When asked IF the President could have driven to the Aisne-Marne Cemetery, this former official said confidently:
“The President drives a lot. The other world leaders drove to the cemeteries. He just didn’t want to go.”
Regarding Trump’s July 4th military parade, during a planning session at the White House after seeing the Bastille Day parade in 2017, the President said regarding the inclusion of “wounded guys” “that’s not a good look” “Americans don’t like that,” source confirms.
Regarding McCain, “The President just hated John McCain. He always asked, ‘Why do you see him as a hero?” Two sources confirmed the President did not want flags lowered but others in the White House ordered them at half mast. There was a stand off and then the President relented.
And now, Trump is calling for her to be fired …
“Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. Fox News is gone!”
If it were The Washington Post, New York Times, or any other legitimate news outlet, I would not be concerned, for they would just ignore him. But this is Fox, his bootlickers, owners of such characters as Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. Keep an eye on this ball, folks, for if she is fired, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that Trump will target other journalists and chip away at the freedom of the press even more than he has already done.
I found a bit of humour in this one. Yesterday, there was an event organized on Lake Travis, near Austin, Texas. The event, organized on Facebook, was called Lake Travis Trump Boat Parade. Steve Salinas, one of the organizers of the event, said it was “one way that Trump supporters can get out and express themselves without causing too much trouble or congestion in streets.”
Now, it seems unclear how many boats were on the lake for this event, but all of a sudden, the boats started sinking! It is also unclear just how many boats sank … the Travis County Sheriff said it was still uncertain, and the New York Times reports at least four, possibly more. The weather was only a bit breezy, not enough to cause boats to sink. Firefighters rescued several people and there are no reports of death or serious injury. Last I checked, the cause was still ‘under investigation’, but the Sheriff’s Department says there is no reason at this time to suspect foul play. My granddaughter suggested that perhaps Mother Nature is trying to tell Trump supporters something!
Some of the comments on the Facebook page were fun …
- On Twitter they have dubbed it #Dumbkirk 😂
- This was obvious antifa/BLM sabotage
- Boater suppression!!
- Insurance companies will deny the claims, since the boats had pre-existing conditions.
- This is good, but I look forward to the trump Hindenburg parade in November even more
Another similar boating event, Nation’s Capital Trumptilla Boat Parade And Rally, is scheduled for 1:00 this afternoon on the Potomac River. While I hope nobody is injured, I can’t help wishing them to have the same luck as the bunch at Lake Travis had!
Once again, the Republicans have proven just how low they are willing to stoop. You may remember the name Marjorie Taylor Greene, the republican from Georgia who, despite her affiliation with the hate/conspiracy group QAnon, won the Republican primary for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives currently held by Doug Jones. Well, she seems to have a nasty streak longer than my right arm.This week, she posted an advertisement on Facebook featuring an image of herself holding a rifle with photos of three liberal congresswomen of color and the vow to “go on the offense” against members of the “Squad,” an unprecedented threat against lawmakers from a probable future colleague.
The three congresswomen, of course, were the same three that Donald Trump said should “go back” to the countries they came from: Representative Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, and Representative Rashida Tlaib from Michigan. All three women, by the way, are U.S. citizens and all but Ms. Omar were born in the U.S.
Ms. Greene’s post claimed …
“Hate America leftists want to take this country down. Politicians have failed this country. I’m tired of seeing weak, Establishment Republicans play defense. Our country is on the line. America needs fighters who speak the truth.”
Facebook removed the post on Friday, saying it violated its policies against incitement of violence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday called on top House Republican Kevin McCarthy to condemn Greene’s “dangerous threat of violence against Democratic Congresswomen.” But, of course, McCarthy is just another Trump bootlicker, and Trump has already expressed his support for Ms. Greene and his disdain for the three duly-elected congresswomen.
Ms. Greene is person of little or no character, rather like Trump himself, and the Republicans in Congress who fail to denounce her behavior have shown themselves to be of equally low character. Period. I hope to see the vast majority of them voted out of office in November, and I further hope that Ms. Greene never sees the inside of the Capitol!