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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

The mind reels with the mounting horrors and the sheer pace at which they come. How could one mere week contain so many terrible and impulsive actions from a man who has managed to get elected leader?

At the beginning of the week, Donald Trump did everything he could to completely piss off the Chinese government, which holds billions of U.S. debt. At the end of the week, he dissed the entire U.S. intelligence community, when they suggested he might not have won the election fair and square. In the middle, he tweeted bullying threats to people who had the audacity to criticize him, and unfurled a string of ghastly cabinet appointments destined to undo hard-won progress on labor rights, environmental regulation and more. Terrifyingly, he and his transition army of bigots, deniers and destroyers sent out a questionnaire designed to ferret out civil servants who worked to help mitigate the Earth’s climate crisis in what might be the first of many witch hunts.

Science, reason, the First Amendment, and decency are now all under threat. Clearly, this is not one of those nightmares from which you can just wake up and say, Phew, glad that’s not really happening!

This week, Trump…

1. …made some of his most terrifying cabinet picks yet.

Trump got off to a flying start when he named the dangerous lunatic General Michael Flynn (Ret.) as his national security adviser. While people wrap their minds around the horror that the man Trump will listen closely to on matters of national security is a rabid Islamaphobic conspiracy theorist who even other conservative generals like Barry McCaffrey call “demented,” Trump distracted everyone by saying, Look over here! Look, I appointed not just a climate change denier, but an air pollution denier to head the EPA! And a known exploiter of workers and women to head the Labor Department! Bet you didn’t think it could get any worse!

Those cabinet announcements followed on the heels of Trump’s appointment as education secretary a woman who detests and wants to dismantle public education (Betsy DeVos), and a housing department pick of a man—Ben Carson—who has said he has no business running a federal bureaucracy and that the government should not be involved in helping people get housed fairly anyway.

The sound you are hearing is millions of heads dropping into hands, and saying, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, make it stop, please. Get me off of this funhouse ride to oblivion!”

And no points for feeling relieved that Rudy Giuliani will not serve as chief diplomat, since the frontrunner for the Secretary of State job is now Rex Tillerson, CEO of fossil fuel giant Exxon Mobil and good friend to Russia. And militant nutjob John Bolton is to be number #2.

We can’t, we just can’t.

2. …made it clear that there will be a witch hunt to ferret out people of science who performed scientific work in their jobs for the government.

The Donald allowed various people to come and kiss his ring at Trump Tower this week, which was big of him. These included former Vice President Al Gore, who pled the case that climate catastrophe is all but certain without keeping and expanding global agreements to mitigate it. Silly Gore said afterward that the discussion had been “productive,” obviously forgetting that nothing a malignant narcissist says is ever to be believed. Environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio was granted an audience with the Trumpster as well.

Obviously, both got a careful hearing. The announcement of the appointment of climate denier, fossil fuel industry shill and EPA-suer Scott Pruitt came Wednesday, a clear signal that Trump fully intends to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change as well as the whole concept of environmental protection. The fossil fuel industry cheered as one of their own champions, who has argued that pollution regulation is a matter of states rights, ascended to the helm of the agency charged with regulating them.

Then damned if it didn’t get worse. On Thursday, Bloomberg revealed the existence of an extensive questionnaire circulated by the Energy Department designed to ferret out anyone who might believe climate change is real and ever worked toward its mitigation, whether as an employee or contractor. Employees at the DOE told the Washington Post the clear message is that the Trump transition team is intentionally singling out individuals in an obvious purge of climate scientists (or even just those who believe in climate change).

No, McCarthyism is not even close to being too strong of a word to describe this.

3. …decided to stay on as executive producer of his NBC reality show while being president.

At the end of the week, Trump decided he’d keep his job and paycheck at “Celebrity Apprentice.” Previously, he had said he’d shed his other business commitments and conflicts of interest because being president and running the country is such a big and important job, but since when have any of Trump’s promises gotten in the way of Trump doing precisely what he feels like doing?

Not even Trump apologist Newt Gingrich thinks this “Apprentice” decision is a good or even normal idea, but shocker of shockers, spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway says it is A-OK, in part because Trump is always such a wonderfully “transparent guy.” So refreshingly so. Maybe he’ll transparently brag about how now that he is president, he can grab even more pussy than ever!

Also, Conway pointed out, nobody complained about the fact that President Obama sometimes played golf. And playing golf is exactly the same as taking money from a major network that also has a news division that is supposed to cover you, right?

4. …tweeted insane and bullying things to anyone who criticized him and incited violence and harm to them and those related to them.

Never thought we’d have a lot of sympathy for aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing, but Trump’s vindictive behavior toward the company’s CEO—who dared gently criticize the president-elect’s hostile rhetoric about trade—managed to make us brief bedfellows.

When Trump got wind of CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s mild suggestion that trade is important to his company and others, Trump immediately retaliated, tweeting: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”

That caused the shares to plummet. Never mind that Boeing doesn’t even have a $4 billion order to make Air Force One planes. It’s a post-factual world, remember.

Worse still was when Trump went after Chuck Jones, an Indiana union leader who criticized Trump’s much-vaunted, hugely over-hyped Carrier deal. Trump tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!”

Never mind that suggesting unions are responsible for corporate flight flies directly in the face of candidate Trump’s oft-repeated and resonant claim that companies leave because of bad trade deals. This was petty vindictiveness taken to a new level.

Since then, Chuck Jones and his family have been getting death threats from Trump’s lovely legion of supporters.

5. …said he was just kidding about that whole jail-Hillary thing.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, on yet another leg of Trump’s creepy post-election thank-you tour (clearly he prefers appearing before adoring crowds to learning how to be president or getting security briefings, say), the jazzed crowd began to jeer and sing one of its, and the RNC’s, favorite refrains about Hillary, chanting, “Lock her up, lock her up!”

Trump does not want to sing that tune anymore, however.

“No, it’s okay,” he told them. “Forget it. That plays great before the election. Now, we don’t care, right?”

Translation: nothing I ever said should ever be taken seriously, you idiots.

Lest anyone forget, Trump said at the second presidential debate: “I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it and we’re going to have a special prosecutor.”

Yes, the most jaw-droppingly dishonest, deceptive and corrupt person who has ever run for and apparently been elected president thinks a special prosecutor should be appointed for behavior such as his.

We agree.

IMAGE: Flickr/DonkeyHotey

21 Responses to 5 Nightmarish Things Donald Trump Did This Week

  1. Trump is impervious of the damage and consequences for his actions. Only thing that matters to him is his gleeful play in the sand box…. his entire life.
    Trump’s hurt, insecure, immature little child of 5/6/7 has never evolved. However life and survival allowed his PUBLIC PERSONA to grow and become the 70+ y/o bully, through life becoming the narcissist who never grew up when his child’s evolution arrested. His parents sent him (perhaps) too young to boarding school, using distance, harsh discipline, and shame. So out of being the weak cry baby missing his parents, yearning to bond normally with mommy and daddy, in order to survive he had to become the bully. Today he acts like a child of 5/6/7 y/o sitting on his favorite carpet clapping in glee (tweeting), however at 70 y/o and over 200 lbs of corpulence and deficient emotional/mental evolution, he acts like the “incredible bully hulk” becoming and behaving impervious of the damage and consequences for his actions. Unfortunately, the nation not having seen the likes of him as a Presidential candidate dismissed the concerning Narcissistic/Psychotic personality messages, and grounded on their own wants for something (not the least of which is dignity and true love of country) accepted this level of madness to represent the nation.

    • interesting analysis of him. I have had an family relationship with a classic NPR for 40 years and that woman is now 87 years old and still a 5 year old child who throws temper tantrums and spews out hate and vile words whenever someone does not praise her and do her bidding. Trump is classic and for those of us who know it personally, it is a very frightening thing. Sounds like you have one or had one in your life too.

  2. Quite an exhaustive and depressing list of Wonder Boy’s miscues—and he has yet to be crowned and ordained as Lord Of The Universe. One shudders thinking of what he may have in store in his bag of narcissist tricks. Putin must be quite happy with himself for selecting such a reliable dupe.

  3. I hope the solid block of sensible and more moderate Republicans that voted for Trump (around half his support I suspect) despite not liking him personally are taking careful note of what their new orange emperor and his angry, bigoted bunch of knuckle-dragging followers are doing and saying.

    Look at what you’ve helped to create.
    – Hate
    – Idiocy
    – Continual outright lies.
    – And sale of the US Government to the 1%.

    Are these really your values?
    I thought it was a Government “by the people, for the people.”?
    Not a Government “by rich people, for rich people and corporations.”

    • I wasn’t aware that there were any “sensible and more moderate Republicans” left; they certainly have made themselves invisible. Perhaps some of them are “moderate” compared to Trump’s Klan supporters. It isn’t Trump who made this mess, and it isn’t a reluctant bunch of “sensible” Republicans voting for him out of party loyalty in this one election, either.
      The party, its leaders, and the vast majority of its “base” have worked for this for years. Trump certainly didn’t invent flagrant lies, and it wasn’t just his lies that won him this election, if in fact he really won. The party has defended and often promoted racism, homophobia, xenophobia, greed, selfishness, and contempt and hatred for the poor for decades, as well as win at any price.
      Yes, those really are their “values”; their angry denials ring hollow in view of their actions.

      • Well, there are a few who are fighting back….McCain, etc. The most we can hope for is that there will be enough intelligent Republicans in Congress that will eventually see Trump for what he is and work with the Democrats to keep him from taking this nation into the pits of hell!

    • Progressives:
      Look at what you’ve helped to create:
      – Hate
      – Idiocy
      – Continual outright lies.
      – And sale of the US Government to the 1%.

  4. The article didn’t mention Trump’s Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, who acquired a bank, OneWest, for the express purpose of profiting from Bush 43’s mortgage crisis. OneWest foreclosed on over 40,000 homes by advising distressed mortgagors to withhold payments in order to “qualify” for “resolution”.
    The article didn’t mention Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, who made his fortune from buying US manufacturers and shipping their equipment and operations overseas — without all their pesky, over-paid US workers.
    The lazy days of unfocused “unease” about somebody else’s problems are over. There is no safety net. There are no “laws against” the swift economic ruin of ordinary citizens. The Trump administration, with the full support of the GOP, will continue to widen the gulf between the 1% and everyone else.
    The Trump administration, with the full support of the GOP, will continue to pay only lip service to whatever “democracy” we may have imagined. “What?” you say, “People fought and died for our freedoms, our liberty!” Perhaps they did. Big deal. The president-elect scoffs at POW’s and repeatedly insults Gold Star families, and he is cheered by his supporters. The president-elect sneers at NATO, at the UN, and at the international laws defining war crimes (torture) and pirating the resources of conquered nations (Take their oil!), and he is adored by his mobs.
    We outnumber them. It’s time to act like it. We must vote while we still can.

  5. Donald Trump has sold out this country to Russia for his huge debt obligations to Putin’s oligarchs and for the crumbs of some scant praise by the smirking Putin. America fought Stalin, we fought Khrushchev, we fought Gorbachev and we won. We kept the peace with the strength of our military, our intelligence services, and our democratic principals. Now we have this bloated ignorant self absorbed know nothing who is undoing all of our Constitutional rights, our generations of world leadership, and our democracy so he can salve his hubris and enrich his bank account. It is horrifying that we have come to this.

  6. Okay – we already have the Strumpenfuhrer. But it doesn’t have to be all that bad, if the Congress will get off their sore butts and deny office to these clods who would actually ruin the country. The Strumpehfuhrer cannot do it by himself — he needs pussies who do his dirty deeds for him. The Congress (if it has any balls at all) can deny all that, and we will indeed remain on a fairly decent course. I don’t see much comment about what the Congress has or has not done — and we should — for they are the government, not the selected Strumpenfuhrer.

  7. And, let’s not forget how, during his campaign, he slammed President Obama for not attending security briefings because “he was busy campaigning or playing golf,” yet Trump is not attending them now and seems to think that this is okay! After all, he’s smart, right? Sure, he is! What a hypocrite!

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