So we’re a week into Trump’s reign of terror and the common theme to me isn’t Republican or Conservative so much as it’s Piss Off As Many People As Possible. During the campaign, there was a lot of debate around what kind of president Agent Orange would ultimately turn out to be. Would he moderate back down to reality, since his previous positions at one point in time were closer to the Democratic platform? Would he toe the line of the Republican establishment since he was running as the head of their party? Would he fluctuate wildly from day to day and/or break all of his campaign promises?
We’re only a week in so any of those could still happen, but I think the running theme throughout Trump’s life has made itself the de facto position of his Presidency: Be A Dick.
Donald Trump desperately wants to be liked and he also wants to be the center of attention. He’s an insecure narcissist, and that’s sometimes at odds with itself. On one hand, all press is good press, as taught to him by his mentors from Roy Cohn to his father, but on the other hand, he wants to be accepted by the elite. Donald Trump’s father made a name for himself in real estate and construction, but not in Manhattan. The elder Trump was never able to break into Manhattan real estate where the real money is and that was Trump’s goal. Make it big in The City, earn the respect of your peers, hobnob with the rich and famous(ly wealthy). He did that, but he never got the respect. Nobody really likes him. Old Manhattan Money thought he was boorish, uncouth, and rough around the edges, so they wouldn’t have him. Trump was on the outside looking in, wishing he could be included, but turning his nose up at them as a defense mechanism.
Fast forward to this campaign, and he’s still the same insecure boy. He desperately wanted the approval of the Hollywood Elite, but since he couldn’t get it, he pretended he didn’t want it. It’s 3rd grade lunchroom behavior.
“Can I sit with you guys?”
“No you stink.”
“Fine, I didn’t want to anyway.”
And he flips over the cafeteria trays. Donald Trump has been flipping over cafeteria trays his entire life because nobody likes him. This isn’t to drum up sympathy because I truly think he’s one of the most disgusting people on the planet, but the basic fact is, Donald Trump’s feelings are hurt because nobody likes him and he knows that.
Here’s a little anecdote I found in an interview with some of Trump’s biographers. Politico pulled together Gwenda Blair, Michael D’Antonio, and Tim O’Brien to discuss President Velveeta and what form his leadership style was likely to take over the next four years. It’s very good read with some interesting insight, but this story from O’Brien is a great example of how Trump thinks.
I remember one thing in Palm Beach at a party there. I had dinner with him and Melania, and afterwards he was cranking music up around his swimming pool as loud as he possibly could and he leaned over to me and he said, “All these stuffy so-and-so’s here in Palm Beach hate how loud my music is, so I want to turn it up as loud as I possibly can, so they can hear it everywhere—and I don’t care if they don’t like it.” That’s more or less what he said to me, and that’s fun and funny that he’s taking on the Palm Beach establishment. But the reality, too, is that he chose to move to Palm Beach and tried to become part of the community there at the same time. So at the very moment he hates the establishment, he also desperately wants to be approved by it.
Trump’s executive orders are turning the music up on Palm Beach. He’s not keeping campaign promises because he has any loyalty to the Deplorables or any kind of integrity that compels him to follow through on promises. He’s crashing through the government like sledgehammer because he can. He got elected so he can do whatever he wants. Half the country hates him? More people marched against him than showed up to his Inauguration? The majority of the planet is voicing their disgust and directing it at him? Good. He didn’t want us to like him anyway. He’s got more attention than he knows what to do with. All press is good press. We’re talking about him, so that means he’s important.
Meanwhile, the lil baby Cheeto deep inside is all by himself in the gilded cage of his own making wondering why nobody wants to be his friend. Every Tweet, every comment, every action is the result of that lil Cheeto wanting to be liked and then the overwhelming narcissism answering with a resounding “Screw em” and flipping over the cafeteria trays. Donald Trump doesn’t even know enough about the world to know what he’s signing or what he’s ordered by executive action. He’s not doing any of this as part of his policy strategy. He just wants to piss people off, see his name on TV, and brag about how he’s sticking it to all the people who hate him anyway. I hope everyone has earplugs because it’s going to be very loud for a very long time.
SCOTUS gives NY access to Trump’s tax records.
The Manhattan DA can pursue a subpoena to see Trump’s taxes.
A conversation with Kandi Burruss.
Remember 8,000 years ago when the Manhattan DA requested President Velveeta’s tax returns and a subpoena was issued?
I know girl. It was a long time ago and many things have happened since then, but I promise you that was big news at one point. Anyway, that case has finally made it all the way to the Supreme Court and guess what…
They ruled against Cheetolini!
Yes! It’s in the Washington Post and everything so you know it’s legit.
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Trump’s assertion that he enjoys absolute immunity while in office, allowing a New York prosecutor to pursue a subpoena of the president’s private and business financial records.
“In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence,’” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in the New York case, citing an ancient maxim. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.”
(cont. Washington Post)
But that’s not even my favorite part. There’s more.
The ruling was 7 to 2. Both of the people Trump put on the court ruled against him!
Pumpkin Spice Putin really thought he put some buddies on there to let him run roughshod through the judicial system now look at him!
Courts in the past have given “broad deference”. BUT NOT ME!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020
I love it when he’s mad. I’m just enjoying my lunch picturing him stomping around the office in his houseshoes yelling and reading the decision. Well, having the decision read to him because he’s illiterate.
Still, nothing would happen before the election and even after that, Trump’s lawyers may find a way to keep prosecutors from actually getting their hands on Trump’s records. His lawyer said they plan on filing more crap in lower courts so it’s not like we’ll actually see anything happen for months or years because the judicial system favors the rich and powerful.
He mad today though. So that’s where I’ma take my lil piece of joy.
Don’t try to teach stupid people. Save your energy.
Trying to convince stupid people to change their opinion-based positions using fact-based reality is futile. Save that energy for all the other things.
We said Trump is a racist because he wouldn’t apologize for the Central Park Five, because he’s been in racial discrimination lawsuits, because he called Mexicans rapists and murderers, etc.
They said Trump isn’t a racist and everything was taken out of context.
We said Trump was a misogynist who assaults women because he admitted to it on tape, because he repeatedly debases women based on appearance, because his victims came forward with similar and believable allegations, etc.
They said all the women are lying and that it’s just lockerroom talk.
We said Trump is a terrible businessman who took millions from his father and still filed for bankruptcy over and over, because he defrauded students with a fake university, because it took a reality TV show to rehabilitate his image when he had nothing but his name, etc.
They said…well I don’t really know what they said. I think they just ignored it and kept saying “well he’s rich so he must be a good guy to run the economy.”
What I’m saying NOW is — why bother trying to teach any of them? These people have looked at facts for the past five years and either ignored them, called them fake news, or justified the information using lies fed to them by Trump and and his news channel. Now here we are, four years after they voted for his lies. Five years of accepting his lies as truth, five years of reading truth and calling it lies, and they’re literally dying because they believe all the factual information about COVID-19 is a lie. They are killing themselves for this man’s lies, and y’all want to talk to them? To teach them?
You need to take that energy and use it to get other intelligent people to vote. I understand that you have have to share communities and sometimes families with these people, but if Uncle Rick believes coronavirus is a hoax and Aunt Betty believes it’s her right to get her hair done, no amount of telling them otherwise is going to change their minds. They are going to protest and they are going to scream and holler and they are going to bring the virus back home and pose a danger to everyone — that’s what five years of doing nothing has bought us. It has bought us a pandemic that we cannot control. Our lives are at risk because WE let THEM elect a liar.
I don’t want our lives to be at risk because we made the same mistake twice. I don’t really care how you feel about Joe Biden at this point. I care about all of these pictures of protest after protest where Trump voters are throwing common sense out of the window in favor of tribalism and allegiance to their Liar. Common sense says, if the doctor tells you to STAY HOME SO YOU DON’T GET SICK, you stay home. Common sense says if people are dying because they didn’t stay home, you stay home. None of that matters because the past five years have whipped these people into a frenzy of ignorance and total rejection of any type of authority that infringes upon their individual right to do whatever it is they want to do.
So screw em. I feel for the communities that are about to be ravaged by this virus through the actions of the selfish and stupid. Protect yourself as best you can. But don’t waste your limited energy and resources attempting to make inroads into the abyss of ego and foolishness. Make sure every reasonable person you know who would possibly vote does just that. If they are so set on not voting for Biden that any attempt at discussion would close them off to the process completely, discard that and make sure they are voting down the ballot. Look how important Governors are right now. The Governor of Georgia stole an election, didn’t even know you could be asymptomatic and carry the disease 10 days ago, and is now opening up businesses FULL OF GERMS, against the advice of the CDC in his own backyard.
Everybody you know — who isn’t an idiot!! — has to vote. Because everyone you know is in danger due to the idiot(s) we have in office now. Let those willfully ignorant, selfish, morons suffer their fate and try to distance yourself from them as much as you can. COVID-19 is going to run its course. A possible vaccine is over a year away (at best!). Our healthcare system sucks and our country is an overly large collection of individual mini-countries with open borders. Half the population would rather die than be told what they can’t do. The other half doesn’t work together effectively enough to crush the political machinations of the idiot half. Everything is literally terrible. You have a lot of things to worry about.
Trying to convince stupid people to change their opinion-based positions using fact-based reality is futile. Save that energy for all the other things.
Wash your hands. Cover your face. Stream Dua Lipa for intelligence and good credit.
It’s over for the Trump Foundation.
I’m cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a pattern?
The Trump Foundation is being shut down by the (outgoing) Attorney General of New York and I’m doing a small celebration jig in the office.
President Donald Trump’s personal charity will shut down and disperse whatever funds it still has under a new agreement announced Tuesday by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
The attorney general’s office sued the Trump Foundation in June, alleging the president and several of his children used it for their own political benefit. That lawsuit, which seeks millions of dollars in restitution, will continue, even as the foundation agrees to cease existence.
The agreement, which still must be approved by a judge, requires the Trump Foundation to submit a list of not-for-profit groups that will receive distributions from the remaining assets.
Underwood alleged in her lawsuit that Trump’s charity was, for years, “little more than an empty shell” with no oversight by a functioning board of directors, and she pointed out that the nonprofit had not had a board meeting since 1999.
I’m cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a pattern? I’m tired of these bombastic editorials about the impending downfall of Cheetolini because of “shocking(!!!)” new discoveries which lead to absolutely nothing because the corruption in Washington runs so deeply that no one has the motivation to actually take down Trump.
But his foundation is so crooked it’s being dissolved by order of the court. Multiple people close to him have now been convicted and some are going to serve actual time in jail. The House belongs to his opposition now and the law in his home state (with Tish James leading the charge as the incoming Attorney General) wants to throw their full weight behind investigating this con-man starting with his real estate dealings for the past 30 years.
I personally don’t think Trump’s potential undoing will come as a result of anything linked to Russia. I think that investigation is keeping his name associated with unsavory activities in the public conscious and it’s serving as a conduit to chipping away at his circle, but ultimately his downfall will be business related. In an industry known for crooked behavior, the Trumps stood out as especially slimy which is a feat in itself for Manhattan real estate.
If Robert Mueller keeps digging around in Russia while Tish James keeps digging around in Manhattan, somebody is gonna create a big enough hole for Trump and most of associates and hopefully the system has enough backbone to actually bury him.
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