Humint Events Online: The Unique Trainwreck of the Trump Presidency Is Clear After 100 Days

Monday, May 01, 2017

The Unique Trainwreck of the Trump Presidency Is Clear After 100 Days

Donald Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days (Guardian)
-- he doesn't like democracy

Priebus: Trump Considering Amending or Abolishing 1st Amendment (Talking Points Memo)
-- because Trump doesn't like to be criticized, they want to amend the freaking constitution. INSANE.

Why Trump Should Just Give Up and Quit (Booman Tribune)
-- because he sucks at politics

How Trump Could Get Fired (New Yorker)
-- a long serious discussion of how Trump could be removed from office, because he's just that bad.

Trump has No Sway with Congress (Talking Points Memo)
-- their recent budget ignores his priorities

Yale Historian Warns It's "Inevitable" That Trump Will Stage His Own "Reichstag Fire" (RawStory/Salon)
-- though he thinks Trump will try but not succeed

Donald Trump thinks Andrew Jackson could have avoided the Civil War: Words cannot capture how ignorant and offensive that is (Salon)
-- Trump is truly a know-nothing idiot

Donald Trump surprised by how hard it is being president, misses old life (Reuters interview).

Trump just bullshits constantly and has the temperament of a child (videos):

He is a massive kleptocrat, though.

And just the arrogance and cluelessness of his people:

Syrian missile attack was 'after-dinner entertainment,' Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says (USA Today)

One hundred Days of Trump (New Yorker)
On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this.
His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.
The hundred-day marker is never an entirely reliable indicator of a four-year term, but it’s worth remembering that Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama were among those who came to office at a moment of national crisis and had the discipline, the preparation, and the rigor to set an entirely new course.
Impulsive, egocentric, and mendacious, Trump has, in the same span, set fire to the integrity of his office.
Trump has never gone out of his way to conceal the essence of his relationship to the truth and how he chooses to navigate the world. In 1980, when he was about to announce plans to build Trump Tower, a fifty-eight-story edifice on Fifth Avenue and Fifty-sixth Street, he coached his architect before meeting with a group of reporters. “Give them the old Trump bullshit,” he said. “Tell them it’s going to be a million square feet, sixty-eight stories.” This is the brand that Trump has created for himself—that of an unprincipled, cocky, value-free con who will insult, stiff, or betray anyone to achieve his gaudiest purposes. “I am what I am,” he has said.
But what was once a parochial amusement is now a national and global peril. Trump flouts truth and liberal values so brazenly that he undermines the country he has been elected to serve and the stability he is pledged to insure. His bluster creates a generalized anxiety such that the President of the United States can appear to be scarcely more reliable than any of the world’s autocrats.
When Kim In-ryong, a representative of North Korea’s radical regime, warns that Trump and his tweets of provocation are creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment,” does one man sound more immediately rational than the other?
When Trump rushes to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for passing a referendum that bolsters autocratic rule in Turkey—or when a sullen and insulting meeting with Angela Merkel is followed by a swoon session with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the military dictator of Egypt—how are the supporters of liberal and democratic values throughout Europe meant to react to American leadership?
Trump appears to strut through the world forever studying his own image. He thinks out loud, and is incapable of reflection. He is unserious, unfocussed, and, at times, it seems, unhinged. Journalists are invited to the Oval Office to ask about infrastructure; he turns the subject to how Bill O’Reilly, late of Fox News, is a “good person,” blameless, like him, in matters of sexual harassment.
A reporter asks about the missile attack on Syria; he feeds her a self-satisfied description of how he informed his Chinese guests at Mar-a-Lago of the strike over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen.”
Little about this Presidency remains a secret for long. The reporters who cover the White House say that, despite their persistent concerns about Trump’s attempts to marginalize the media, they are flooded with information. Everyone leaks on everyone else. Rather than demand discipline around him, Trump sits back and watches the results on cable news.
His Administration is not so much a team of rivals as it is a new form of reality entertainment: “The Circular Firing Squad.” This Presidency is so dispiriting that, at the first glimmer of relative ordinariness, Trump is graded on a curve. When he restrains himself from trolling Kim Jong-un about the failure of a North Korean missile test, he is credited with the strategic self-possession of a Dean Acheson. The urge to normalize Trump’s adolescent outbursts, his flagrant incompetence and dishonesty—to wish it all away, if only for a news cycle or two—is connected to the fear of what fresh hell might come next.
Every day brings another outrage or embarrassment: the dressing down of the Australian Prime Minister or a shoutout for the “amazing job” that Frederick Douglass is doing. One day NATO is “obsolete”; the next it is “no longer obsolete.” The Chinese are “grand champions” of currency manipulation; then they are not. When Julian Assange is benefitting Trump’s campaign, it’s “I love WikiLeaks!”; now, with the Presidency won, the Justice Department is preparing criminal charges against him.
News of Trump’s casual reversals of policy comes with such alarming regularity that the impulse to locate a patch of firm ground is understandable. It’s soothing. But it’s untenable. There is frustration all around.
During his first hundred days in office, Trump has not done away with populist rhetoric, but he has acted almost entirely as a plutocrat. His Cabinet and his cast of advisers are stocked with multimillionaires and billionaires. His positions on health care, tax reform, and financial regulation are of greatest appeal to the super-wealthy. How he intends to improve the situation of the middle class remains obscure.
A report in Politico described thirty staffers holed up in a conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, attempting a “rebranding” of this first chapter of the Trump Administration. The aides furiously assembled “lists of early successes” on whiteboards. One success they can name is the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, although Democrats rightly judge that his seat was stolen from Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.
The first hundred days are marked most indelibly by Trump’s attempted ban of travellers from six Muslim countries, which failed in the courts, and the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, which imploded in the House of Representatives. The list of domestic initiatives is largely confined to reversals of achievements of the Obama era. Trump has proposed an expansion of the prison at Guantánamo and ordered the easing of Dodd-Frank financial regulations. He has reversed plans to save wetlands and protect waterways from coal waste; he has reversed executive orders that banned gun sales to the mentally ill and that protected L.G.B.T. federal employees from discrimination; his Vice-President voted in a Senate tiebreaker to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood clinics.
Trump, because of the lavish travel habits of his family, is shaping up to be the most expensive executive in history to guard. At the same time, his budget proposals would, if passed in Congress, cut the funding of after-school programs, rental-assistance programs, the Community Development Block Grant program, legal assistance for the poor, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Scorekeepers will credit these as promises kept.
Guardians of democratic values and the environment, champions of economic opportunity and the national well-being will view them as an ever-growing damage report. (rest at link)

Colbert is brutal:


Blogger the mighty wak said...

""Donald Trump thinks Andrew Jackson could have avoided the Civil War: Words cannot capture how ignorant and offensive that is (Salon)""

ok trump is an idiot and a dick, but to be fair, if you read that salon piece, you will realize that what trump meant was "if andrew jackson were still alive during the civil war he would have avoided it. (the war)."
trump is too much of a moron to make even his own points clearly.

9:03 AM  
Blogger the mighty wak said...

""Yale Historian Warns It's "Inevitable" That Trump Will Stage His Own "Reichstag Fire" (RawStory/Salon)""

trump, really. if there is another "reichstag fire" it will be at the hands of the military/CIA just as 9/11 was. bush had nothing to do with that as he would not have been trusted to keep his mouth shut any more than trump will be trusted to keep his mouth shut. if there is another 9/11 it won't be trump's doing.
y'alls know i am right.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump's possible feelings about dictatorial power are no different than George Bush's. Remember when he said it would be so much easier if he was a dictator?

No doubt most presidents felt that way.

Trump's betrayals no doubt were partly informed by Israeli ambassadors Jared and Ivanka.

7:39 PM  

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