I’ll be honest: there’s nothing for you to do here but soak up what the Trumpster has been up to over the past 24 hours or so.
Highlights from the New York Times: (Personal Trump Sith Steve Bannon reads it, so why shouldn’t you?)
- Trump complained that we spent $6 trillion in the Middle East and “we got nothing.”
- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch apparently called Trump’s attacks on the judiciary “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Senator Sidney Blumenthal merely repeated those sentiments, which caused Trump to go on the offensive, accusing Blumenthal of lying about serving in Vietnam. (At most, he misrepresented the nature of his service, but he did actually serve.) Trump even accused CNN interviewer Chris Cuomo of not challenging Blumenthal on his military record… even though it was actually the first thing he asked about. “FAKE NEWS,” indeed. But then Cuomo had to go and make me lose any and all sympathy for Trump bashing on him.
- Trump also bickered with Senator John McCain yet again, a man Trump has called a “loser” because he was a POW in Vietnam. I’m no fan of McCain, whose “maverick” credentials are vastly overrated, but of course Trump just looks petty and small here, as usual. What prompted this latest spat? McCain suggested that a recent US military raid in Yemen, which resulted in the death of a US Navy SEAL along with around 20 civilians, was not a success.
Just another day in Trump’s America.
But do be aware, the real damage of the Trump regime has yet to begin. From a recent piece on The Nation:
So here’s the question of the day: How can we put any of this in context while drowning in the moment? Perhaps one way to start would be by trying to look past the all-enveloping “news” of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Were you to do that, you might, I think, conclude that, despite the sound and the fury of the last two weeks, almost nothing has yet actually happened. I know that’s hard to believe under the circumstances, but the age of Trump—or if you prefer, the damage of Trump—has essentially yet to begin (though tell that to the Iraqis, Iranians, and others caught in mid-air, cuffed on mid-ground, and in some cases sent back into a hell on Earth). Still, crises? The media is already talking about constitutional ones, but believe me, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Conflicts of interest? So far, grim as the news may look, there’s hardly been a hint of what’s sure to come. And crimes against the country? They’ve hardly begun.
Indeed, I will also take care not to lose sight of the true crimes of the administration, as they begin to unfold. We’re only a couple weeks in, here. This administration has barely begun yet, and it’s all too easy to get mired in Trump’s latest Twitter tantrum.
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