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Monday, March 25, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

“Resistance” comes in many forms. In discussions about how to deal with the fear and alarm ignited by Donald Trump, no word has been used more frequently than “normalize.” Democrats and progressives engage in almost daily protest rallies to defy Trump’s agenda. But perhaps the most successful component of the anti-Trump movement has been its willingness to challenge his legitimacy.

The popular slogan and hashtag “#Not My President” doesn’t mean that people think the November election results were rigged, but that Trump’s Electoral Vote majority doesn’t translate into a popular mandate and that his views and policies don’t reflect the popular will. The anti-Trump movement refuses to “normalize” a president whom they view as an authoritarian, even a neo-fascist, who violates that basic norms of democracy and the rule of law. By poking fun at Trump and exposing his narcissism, conflicts-of-interest, and pathological lies, his opponents are undermining his credibility and destabilizing his presidency as much as any marches and demonstrations.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted February 18-22 found that Trump’s job approval rating stood at just 44 percent — a record low for a newly inaugurated president. Only 34 percent of Americans considered Trump to be honest and trustworthy. Just 18 percent said Trump had the proper temperament to be president, while 55 percent ranked his temperament as poor. A Quinnipiac University Poll conducted March 16-21 found that Trump’s approval rating had dipped even further – to just 37 percent. Particularly worrying for Trump is that is support among his base is slipping. In the past two weeks – in the midst of controversies over Trump’s ties to Russia and his claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower — approval among Republicans dropped from 91 to 81 percent. Among white voters it declined from 49 to 44 percent. The support among men dropped from 49 to 43 per cent.

The effort to not normalize Trump isn’t a conspiracy. It involves separate but overlapping components that, when viewed together, reflect a powerful effort to withhold from Trump the things he craves most: public approval and esteem.

Entertainment: Five nights a week, CBS “Late Night” host Stephen Colbert mocks Trump with jokes that depict him as a bumbling buffoon. Comedians Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, and John Oliver taunt Trump on a weekly basis, with no pretense to be even-handed. “Saturday Night Live’s” sketches eviscerate Trump each week, none more than Alec Baldwin’s uncanny impersonation and acerbic barbs directed at the Trump.

Trump can’t stand the stings. In December, Trump tweeted: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” In January, five days before his inauguration, Trump still couldn’t contain himself, tweeting: “@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!” These reactions expose his inability to laugh at himself, a characteristic of all narcissists.

This year’s Golden Globes, Grammy, and Oscar award shows included fusillades of scorn directed at the 45th president. Meryl Streep’s six minute condemnation of the president at the Sunday night Golden Globe ceremony—without once mentioning his name—so got under Trump’s skin that in a series of tweets before dawn Monday, he called Streep, who has more Academy Award nominations than any other actor in history, “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood”— a gesture that revealed the magnitude of his vanity and the thinness of his skin.

At the Grammy awards, several artists used their time on stage to rebuke Trump. Pop star Katy Perry, not known as a political performer, debuted a new song, “Chained to the Rhythm,” wearing a white pants suit (in honor of Hillary Clinton) and an armband with the word “Persist” on it (in honor of Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced by Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell), while telling the audience “No hate!” The hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest performed “We the People” while Busta Rhymes said, “I just want to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating throughout the United States. I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.” While a sign saying “No Wall No Ban” flashed in the background, rapper Q-Tip joined them on stage holding the hand of a young woman wearing a hijab – a straightforward attack on Trump’s anti-Muslim policies.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, the rock band Green Day released its music video for their “Troubled Times.” It features an animated Trump-like figure wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat while spewing hateful rhetoric, images of the Ku Klux Klan, scenes from the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements, and contemporary protesters holding signs that read “Make America Hate Again” and “No Border Wall.” The video ends when someone pushes a red button and the screen morphs into a mushroom cloud.

The Media: In his previous gig as the host of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Colbert coined the word “truthiness” not only to mock Fox News’ claim to be “fair and balanced” but also to jab at the mainstream media for trying its traditional “he said/she said” approach to reporting in which all claims are given equal weight, regardless of their validity.

Since Trump took office, the mainstream media have become bolder about calling out his lies and distortions. Now, the media is prepared to challenge Trump’s comments that are outright falsehoods. Rather than simply report what Trump says—making journalists little more than transcribers—the media have increasingly questioned the veracity of president’s statements, starting with his claim that the crowds at his inauguration were the largest in history.

After Trump said (during a January 11 press conference) that the public doesn’t care about his tax records, the media reported on a new Pew poll revealing that two-thirds of Americans want the president to release his returns. When Trump claimed that he had received more electoral votes than any Republican since Ronald Reagan, the media quickly reported that he was wrong.

On January 23, following Trump’s claims that he would have won the popular vote if three million people hadn’t voted illegally, the headline on the New York Times front-page story read: “Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers.” In the past, the Times might have headed the article “Trump Repeats Assertion” or “Trump Repeats Claim” but in an unprecedented move, it called a lie a lie. Having broken that barrier, the Times headline writers were free to tell the unmitigated truth. In March, after Trump tweeted that Obama had ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower, the headline in the next day’s Times read “Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones.” The Washington Post headlined its story, “Trump, citing no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower.”

After the nation’s two leading papers changed the norms of journalism, other news outlets felt more comfortable doing so.

The Chicago Tribune and Washington Post have each initiated regular columns devoted to fact-checking Trump’s statements and exposing his lies. The media watchdog site Politifact has been working overtime to keep track of the validity of Trump’s assertions. It has discovered that through mid-March, 70 percent of Trump’s statements were “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire” outright lies.

Since Trump’s inauguration, the media has ratcheted up its investigative reporting about Trump’s business empire, his ties to Russia, and the right-wing affiliations, regulatory abuses, and outlandish views of many of his cabinet nominees and advisors. NPR, for example, created a team devoted to covering Trump’s conflicts of interest. Media coverage of Trump’s links to Putin and Russian businesses has put the president on the defensive since he took the oath of office.

At a March 13 press briefing, NBC’s Pete Alexander got into a heated exchange with Trump spokesperson Sean Spicer, raising questions about Trump tweeting things without proof “When should Americans trust the president?” Alexander asked Spicer. “Should they trust the president, is it phony or real when he says President Obama was wiretapping him?”

Trump’s twitter tirades reveal that by doing its job, the media are getting under his thin skin. At 6:40 am on February 15, for example, Trump tweeted: “The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!” Forty minutes later, he was back on twitter, proclaiming: “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia.” Two days later he tweeted: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” The following week he was still fulminating on the same topic: “FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!”

Sports: But it isn’t only the liberal entertainment and media institutions that are challenging Trump’s legitimacy. In February six members of the New England Patriots said they wouldn’t accompany their teammates to the White House later this year, where the Super Bowl champions will be honored by Trump. Also in February, Baltimore Orioles Vice President John Angelos announced that he would refuse to allow Trump to throw out the opening game ball.

This year’s Super Bowl featured commercials promoting diversity and tolerance – a not very subtle criticism of Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, and others. Budweiser’s commercial eulogized its founder, Adolphus Busch, an immigrant from Germany, who was told, upon reaching this country, that he was “not wanted here.” Coca-Cola’s ad revealed a montage of young Americans singing “America the Beautiful” in different languages, with the tagline,. “Together Is Beautiful.” The ad for 84 Lumber, a little-known construction supplies firm, showed a Hispanic mother and daughter making their way north to the U.S. border, where they encountered a large wall. It’s A 10, a hair-product company, warned viewers that we’re “in for four years of awful hair.”

Consumer Boycotts: Some activist groups are directly going after Trump’s corporate allies and even trying to undermine Trump’s own business empire. Last year Color of Change initiated a campaign to persuade corporations not to sponsor the Republican convention. A number of the big firms – including Coca Cola and Microsoft – backed out in response to the pressure campaign.

This year, Color of Change, MoveOn and several other groups launched an anti-Trump social media campaign, #GrabYourWallet, which is urging consumers to boycott corporations with ties to the Trump. Its website listed companies owned by the Trumps or that are actively supporting or doing business with the Trump family. It not only targeted Trump’s golf courses and hotels, but also stores that stocked Trump-branded merchandise, including Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing and shoes and companies that advertise on the Celebrity Apprentice television show, that Trump is still executive producer of. This boycott list includes Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Zappos, Bloomingdales, Bon-Ton, Burlington Coat Factory, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dillards, Neiman Marcus, Sears and T.J. Maxx.

The #GrabYourWallet activists have also targeted the CEOs who sit on Trump’s business advisory council. The first domino to fall was Uber. A separate online petition sponsored by the Independent Drivers Guild, which represents nearly 50,000 Uber drivers in New York City, called on Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to resign, saying that Uber was built on a “foundation of hard work by immigrant workers.” In early February, for the first time in its history, downloads of Uber’s app on iOS were surpassed by those of its chief competitor, Lyft. A few days later, Kalanick resigned from the president’s business advisory council. The group’s next targets include Disney, Tesla, Wal-Mart, and Pepsi, whose CEOs also sit on Trump’s business group.

Yale students, alumni, and faculty are currently pressuring the university to give back a $150 million gift from alumnus Stephen Schwarzman, chair of the private-equity Blackstone Group, who is serving as chair of Trump’s business advisory group.

A new online group, Sleeping Giant, targeted consumer-oriented companies that advertised on Breitbart News, the right-wing white supremacist website run, until last year, by Steve Bannon, who chaired Trump’s campaign and is now his chief political advisor. The tech-savvy Sleeping Giant activists created a Twitter account that allowed consumers to send screenshots to companies who might have been unaware that their ads were appearing next to Breitbart’s offensive content.

Over 1,000 companies – including Allstate, Kellogs, Air Canada, and Nike — dropped their ads on the Breitbart site. So did AARP, Duke University and other advertisers that unwittingly found that their brand was being promoted on the toxic propaganda site.

Closer to Trump’s home, Nordstrom – the nationwide department store – told his daughter Ivanka that it would no longer sell her clothing line. The company claimed that it did so because the brand wasn’t selling, not make a political statement, but the president wasn’t buying it.

“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” Trump tweeted in February. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

Mental Health Professionals: The comedians’ ridicule, the Super Bowl ads, the criticism by sports figures, and the attacks on Trump’s corporate allies and his daughter’s own business operation not only contribute to Trump’s declining favorability, polls show, but also drives Trump crazy.

Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the constant ridicule directed at Trump brings to the surface or deepens his existing mental instability. In fact, a growing number of major news outlets, as well as the Columbia Journalism Review, have run columns, new stories, and broadcast segments interviewing psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who raise questions about Trump’s emotional health, sanity, and fitness to serve as president.

In 1964, opponents of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater mocked his slogan, “In Your Heart You Know He’s Right,” with a slogan of their own, “”In Your Guts You Know He’s Nuts.” That year, a magazine called Fact published a poll of 2,417 psychiatrists, the majority of whom said that Goldwater was “psychologically unfit” to be president. In addition to the survey, the magazine published 38 pages of psychiatrists’ comments, which including calling Goldwater a dangerous lunatic,” “paranoid” a “counterfeit figure,” and “emotionally too unstable,” as well as saying that he had an “impulsive quality” and a “Godlike self-image.”

In response, the American Psychiatric Association revised its code of ethics, saying that it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person. It became known ever since as the “Goldwater rule.”

Since then, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have been wary of diagnosing presidential candidates and presidents. But this year, many of them decided to break the Goldwater rule and talk publicly about the condition of Trump’s mind.

Last month, for example, 33 prominent mental health experts signed an open letter to the New York Times warning that Trump’s mental state “makes him incapable of serving safely as president.” Trump’s “words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize,” they wrote. They noted his tendency to “distort reality” to fit his “personal myth of greatness.” The added that “Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions.” Their letter warns that Trump’s “grave emotional instability” makes him “incapable of serving safely as president.”

Explaining why they decided to break from the Goldwater rule, the mental health professions explained that “This silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.”

The letter to the Times reflects the growing willingness of mental health professionals to make public statements, including interviews with the news media, about Trump’s psychological condition and his fitness to be president.

Of course, it is impossible to assess the impact of all this ridicule and lampooning of Trump on public opinion. The accumulation of mockery may simply reinforce existing views of the president rather than change minds. Trump haters enjoy the scorn because it confirms their assessment. Trump supporters ignore the taunts or view them as evidence of the condescension of the bi-coastal liberal elite. But for Americans in the middle, the constant bombardment of anti-Trump satire, investigate reporting about his business failings and corruption, and the exposure of his penchant for lying can only serve to lead them to question Trump’s fitness for the job.

One challenge for the anti-Trump resistance movement is to raise the political costs for Republicans who remain loyal to the president and his unpopular policies. Typically, when a president’s poll numbers plummet, members of his party in Congress seek to distance themselves from his agenda.

In normal times, Trump’s sinking credibility would undermine his ability to advance his policy ideas and inflict harm on Republicans in the House and Senate running for re-election next year. But, as we’re learning about Trump, nothing about him is normal.

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42 responses to “Taunting Trump: How The Campaign To ‘Not Normalize’ Donald Is Driving Him Crazy”

  1. Maybe anyone here familiar with Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” can comment on the primary themes of that ancient Chinese strategist of 11th Century China and how his thinking relates to the strategies deployed thus far against the autocrat, Donald John Trump.
    Another example of the indirect approach to addressing a nettlesome, belligerent, and pompous opponent is the strategy used in the board game of Go which uses stones laid on a 19×19 grid.
    In Go, the themes are to enclose territory while probing and disrupting the opponent’s attempts to do the same. This is often done by attacking from a reasonable distance to her/his stones, and slowly occupying key points preventing the opponent from forming 2 “eyes” which are a minimum needed to prevent the opponents “groups” from being rendered “unlivable”, after which the group can be surrounded and the stones removed and added to one’s score.

    The indirect approach rather than a direct confrontation would be annoying to a narcissist like Trump, causing Donald to get distracted(an easy thing to do), and short-circuit his rational faculties(another normally easy task). Trump is proving valuable in a paradoxical way, and we should be thankful for the mysterious forces being brought to bear as a result of the Trump phenomenon, making more apparent the weaknesses inherent in a society which have blithely been ignored by us— legacies like greed, trespassing on others’ territory via broken treaties, slavery, and all the after-effects.
    After-effects such as Trump, Bannon, Conservatism, the alt-Right, the KKK, misuse of media technology, and the roach-like infestation called trolling.

    Trump needs to be taught a lesson which he’ll never forget, and one he will rue when he traverses the boundary from this realm into the Next One, unless he makes a radical and long-term transformation. Time for the latter is fast running out.

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    • Mama Bear says:

      a malignant narcissistic personality disorder is not “curable”. there will be no moment of clarity.

  2. ”In Your Guts You Know He’s Nuts.” This apropos slogan is every bit as relevant today than it was during Goldwater’s time. One may even say that Goldwater was better qualitatively, in that he wasn’t as in love with himself, publicly at least, than Trump is with his tarnished image.
    Strange how hate for entire groups such as “liberal media” can be so effective in altering perceptions of reality, much like what LSD did to those who used it.

    • Paul Bass says:

      Not true Aaron, most who tried LSD KNEW reality was being altered by their drug. The Trumpite haters believe in their own sick reality, no altered perception needed.

  3. secondclassguy says:

    I think i fear the ones who voted for him, or still think he’s A OK, because after Trump is gone they will still be among us. To be so dimwitted, and to have absolutely zero ability to be a judge of character to the point they believe in someone like Trump in such numbers is a big problem for our country.

    For people to believe he has their best interests in mind, when his whole life has been a con job to promote himself and his interests, simply because he says things like they will get sick of winning, and then saying; yeah that’s right, with a stupid smile on his face. It’s like taking the jokes of a bad comedian seriously

    • Mama Bear says:

      unfortunately most of them are pathetic functional illiterates who only want to get back to their factory/mill/coal mine jobs. They are the true losers here and nothing Humpty Trumpty can do will restore those jobs. The answer is not to roll things back to the 50’s as these people think.

      • Theodora30 says:

        Not true. 81% of Republicans still approve of him. A huge number of them are college educated suburbanites like the people in my extended family and my neighborhood who voted for this guy. And most of the ones I know consider themselves to be good Christians – not fundamentalist evangelicals for the most part. They get their information from Fox News and other right wing outlets. They are clueless about a lot of the nasty, insane things Trump has said and done because Fox News does not report those things.

        • Mama Bear says:

          I felt a lot better thinking they were illiterate:)

          • dbtheonly says:

            As opposed to living in a bubble of their own making?

            Btw, any number of studies show Fox Viewers less informed than those viewing news programs.

            How does “President Polluter” sound to you?

          • 788eddie says:

            It has been said that Fox is the National Enquirer of broadcast media, but I think that is insulting to the National Enquirer.

          • dpaano says:

            And that’s saying something!

          • Theodora30 says:

            I know what you mean. One of my college educated, very nice in laws used to have to pay $12,000 a year with a $3,000 deductible for health care. She has a preexisiting condition that has been well controlled for over 20 years and almost certainly will never be a problem again. She voted for Trump. When my husband tried to explain to her that she was going to get whacked by Trump’s health care bill she said let’s not talk about that. That bubble she has constructed is industrial strength.

          • dpaano says:

            Well, if they listen only to FAUX News, then they ARE somewhat illiterate. A college education doesn’t make you overly intelligent….anyone can get a diploma! As for being Christians, I sincerely doubt that….if they went to church every Sunday and actually LISTENED to the sermon, they would soon realize that their “idol” is the antichrist!

          • Mama Bear says:

            Excellent point, d! How bright can a person be who considers Fox Entertainment real news. I refuse to refer to Fox as anything except entertainment, by the way.

          • dpaano says:

            Personally, I don’t even consider it “entertainment.” I consider it GOP BS, pure and simple! Just another means of brainwashing the masses!

      • secondclassguy says:

        Yes a lot of them just can’t grasp how the economy has changed, so they will fall for any conman who denies reality to them. Others however are just lunatics with mentalities of 7 year olds. I saw a post in a comment section that visualized Trump jumping out of a helicopter and mowing down 1500 Muslim terrorists, while Hillary was home typing illegal e-mails. I call them the beavis and buthead voting block. Any demented thing to say cool too is their hero, and Trump wants their votes

        • dpaano says:

          The only thing 45 cares about from his followers is their overbearing adoration of him! This feeds his mental narcissism! Other than that, he has no time for them!

  4. I of John says:

    I have to hand it to Trump he is uniting the country, against him. Perhaps we’ll survive this after all.

    • dpaano says:

      He’s “uniting the country” all right….he’s uniting all the white supremacists, the alt. right, etc. These are the ONLY people that seem to be united with him! Fortunately, that’s NOT the majority of this nation!

  5. Dominick Vila says:

    Unfortunately, in spite of all the evidence of ineptitude, and perhaps collusion with an adversary of the United States, his base remains as loyal to him as ever…if not more. Interestingly, their ire is directed not only at Democrats, but at Republicans as well. The only conclusion I can reach, considering the disastrous start of the Trump presidency, and the likelihood that either him, or several members of his administration, engaged in dealings with the Russians that are, as a minimum, inappropriate, is that the support he still enjoys is from people who are not ideologically inclined. Instead, these are people that are angry at the “establishment”, at government institutions, Muslims, Mexicans, women, and anything that resembles the rule of law…other than what they perceive at being supportive of their insular, intolerant, and their distorted views of what society, patriotism, and spirituality are meant to be.

  6. Theodora30 says:

    The mainstream media pushing back at Trump is like closing the barn door after the cows get out – make that closing the barn door after the wolves get in. It is far too little, far too late.
    We should never forget that the mainstream “liberal” media aided and abetted the Trump win with their obsession with Clinton scandals. It was the NY Times and Washington Post that partnered with Breitbart’s Peter Schweitzer so they could use the “facts” he reported in his book “Clinton Cash” to trash the Clinton Foundation. Those claims were quickly debunked by other media outlets but the damage was done. This was in the spring of 2015. The media never even bothered to examine Trump’s scam of a foundation until last summer after millions had already made up their minds to support him.
    Then there was the email pseudo scandal. The media shrugged off the fact that Colin Powell used private email (that, unlike Hillary’s, was hacked), that he too was found to have classified info in some of his emails recovered from State.gov, and that he openly admitted having all his emails erased in direct violation of the FOIA. Had the media made Powell’s actions clear it would have proven that Trey Gowdy and pals were conducting a political witch hunt and clearly did not care about private email use by a Sec State, classified email or violations of the public’s right to know. But Powell is a big media fave whose reputation cannot be tarnished. The media even overlooked his aiding the Iran Contra coverup by lying to investigators.(It’s in the final report.) And no one ever points out what a coward Powell has been about Trump. He never speaks out, he just keeps making money by giving (gasp!) speeches to Wall Street. No double standard here.

  7. PatrickHenry says:

    What really should trouble all Americans is the concerted effort to oppose & obstruct President Trump ans the reason he was voted as President. These same people have been trying to stop him from stopping the power of the special interest Establishment, why they are fighting so hard. The constant negative attacks from the MSM, the Democrat Party, the GOP Establishment & special interests to try and influence people to stop the threat to their Business as Usual power of the bloated Federal Government. They have no control of President Trump because he isn’t a typical, obligated politician, and this scares the hell out of their secure control of Government & OUR lives.

    • TZToronto says:

      Right. He’s not a typical politician. He has no clue how government operates or how to work with Congress to implement his agenda, fortunately. If you were on a plane and noticed that the pilot was flying the plane into the side of a mountain, what would you do? Probably nothing because there would be nothing you could do. You might think, though, “How could the airline hire a whack job like this pilot?” Others on the plane might try storming the cockpit to get the pilot out of his seat and turn the plane away from the mountain, but they would be unable to do much, given the way the cockpit is now protected. Do you want to go down with the plane? Neither do I. All you can do is yell, yell, yell, to get the pilot to stop what he’s doing. Well, that’s what people are trying to do with your Fearless Leader.

      • PatrickHenry says:

        You seem to completely ignore President Trump’s 40 years of sucessful, Worldwide business sucesses, running a YUUGE organization.
        On the other hand, your “pilot” , a community organizer with a few years as a “politician” that rarely showed up for work, drove OUR economy
        into deep Dept without good results to show for it. President Trump has always chose the best & brightest talent to help run the Executive branch, as one man doesn’t run the entire show. The President IS an Executive, we have enough crooked politicians.

        • 788eddie says:

          Was that forty years with five bankrupsies? Or the many times he stiffed his creditors. I guess we all hope he doesn’t do that to our country. I’ve got an idea, Patrick; we can all look to the Trump supporters to help foot the bill.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            And somehow jobs are being created quickly even with all of the hateful obstruction, the stock market is rising, criminals are being deported, and much more. Stay tuned!

          • 788eddie says:

            This month’s jobs report (a measly 89,000) is anemic compared to previous months (although it does continue the longest run of consecutive positive jobs growth that began under the Obama administration).

            As for the stock market (the DOW slightly down on Friday), you did point out that that it is rising (in fact over five hundred points since the beginning of the new year (get back to me when it’s risen close to the twelve thousand points that it did under the Obama administration).

            And as for criminals being deported, Hispanic organizations have complained for quite a few of the past years about Obama overseeing the deportation of large numbers of illegals, both criminal and non,

            Don’t get me wrong Patrick; if Trump does well (hopefully soon), our country may also do better. So far, reports are the rest of the world does not seem impressed.

            As you have suggested, we should indeed “stay tuned.”

    • 788eddie says:

      To PatrickHenry : “the concerted effort to oppose & obstruct President Trump” Sort of, but not to the greatest extent that President Obama faced from the conservatives during his administration, eh?

      STOP YER WHINNING, WIMP!

      • PatrickHenry says:

        Obama got to do most anything his first term, & mostly had the benefit of the doubt, until Americans seen his actions were opposite of his rhetoric.
        Apparently people finally discovered his true Socialist nature, since the Democrat-Socialist Party lost YUUGE the next 3 elections.
        Gullible Dummies as yourself are still blaming Bush, & are brainwashed my Liberal Propaganda.
        Enough blaming & whining from you useful idiots. LMAO.

      • dpaano says:

        Seriously…..Patrick said that there was a “concerted effort to oppose and obstruct Trump?” Seriously!!! Where was he when McConnell and his gang of thugs decided from Day One of President Obama’s administration to make him a one-term president? It boggles my mind that someone could say this and not remember McConnell’s gang of thugs coming out and saying they were going to “oppose and obstruct” President Obama! They were pretty outspoken about it, if I remember correctly!

    • Dapper Dan says:

      How do you enjoy trying to defend a traitorous lying sack of ???? as 45 ? The man is mentally and emotionally unfit to be President. The idiot didn’t even know how to turn on the WhiteHouse lights and he’s left several key positions vacant because he doesn’t trust anyone outside of his inner circle. This is what truly troubles Americans as now even those who voted for him are coming to regret it now sadly too late. Who’s approval rating is down to 36 percent and continues to sink. Dick Cheney has said Russia’s meddling in our election is an act of War. If you continue to post your garbage here you are to be presumed to be a Russian Troll

      • PatrickHenry says:

        Who tells you these things, leftist sites? Thinking I’m a Russian Troll shows how completely hoodwinked you are.
        You are a tool of propaganda. Some “key vacant sites” are because of Democrat-Socialist obstruction & because President Trump
        is downsizing useless, Federal Government. Wheww, what a Dummy. Lmao.

        • Dapper Dan says:

          If you as you say are not a Russian Troll then that just makes you a Trump Troll. Either way you’re the one that drank the kool aid and I’m sure you’ll find likeminded individuals such as yourself posting on the National Enquirer not the National Memo

          • dpaano says:

            I agree, Dan, I think Patrick is on the wrong website! He’s probably looking for the National Enquirer and got linked to the National Memo by mistake!

  8. TZToronto says:

    “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased,
    not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” There is no requirement for entertainment programming to be unbiased, Donny. It is perfectly acceptable for art to be critical. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as a criticism of the blacklist and McCarthyism. More recently, Mad Men was a criticism of the culture of greed and of sexism. There was no attempt to demonstrate the other sides of the arguments; to do so would have been to water down the messages. I don’t recall President Ford complaining about Chevy Chase’s portrayal of him as a bumbler. I don’t recall President Obama complaining about every political cartoonist’s portrayal of the size of his ears. And I don’t remember any instances in which President Bush II criticized the media’s making fun of his misuse of the English language. Trump only fuels criticism by complaining about the way he is being treated by the news and entertainment media. He is about as thin-skinned a politician–and he is a politician–as has ever lived. (Well, maybe Hitler and Stalin were worse. We’ll see.) Oh, and boycotting stores that sell Trump stuff is a legitimate form of protest. After all, Trump is trying to tell people to boycott SNL by claiming that it’s not funny. He can dish it out, but he definitely can’t take it. Sad.

    • dpaano says:

      Actually, what’s interesting is that NBC and ABC have gotten more points and higher ratings in the past several months than 45’s favorite, FAUX News! So, if they’re so terrible, then why are so many people watching these channels?

  9. Thomas Martin says:

    Little Donnie, you ain’t normal.

  10. dpaano says:

    You don’t need to be a psychiatrist to know that 45 has a major problem. He’s a died-in-the-wool narcissist and as such, he thinks that everyone else is stupid and he’s the smartest person EVER! He lies because the truth is not what is in his head! He blames others for his faults because he actually thinks that he’s blameless! He will NEVER apologize for anything because he doesn’t think he’s done anything that requires him to apologize! I could go on and on, but I’m sure most of you on this site already know all of this! Unfortunately, his followers have yet to understand that you can’t “normalize” someone that is NOT normal to begin with! He and his family have all been raised to think that they are infallible and entitled….this is the main problem with most people with money! They don’t even THINK the same as the rest of us…..how in the heck can they make laws for this nation? It’s ludicrous!

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