In the stifling heat of the muggiest day in recent D.C. memory, last Monday President Donald Trump made his most enduring and remarkable speech since he took office. With hundreds of spectators gathered on the South Lawn of the White House, president Trump spoke of sacrifice and challenges. He spoke of inspiration and hard work. He spoke of selfless leadership and victory over insurmountable odds. He spoke of teamwork and appealed to the spirit of cooperation and becoming a part of something larger than ourselves.
There were tumultuous cheers. People stood on their feet and even members of the media, the sun drenched, ink-stained wretches and their shallow pancake makeup soaked brethren all stood mutely as the president spoke. Tears formed in their eyes – mostly from the heat and the makeup – but tears nonetheless.
And he was talking about a football team.
The Clemson Tigers showed up on the sun baked South Lawn this week to bask in the glory of winning the national championship in a very tight game and no one was more enthused than the president – and no one was more effusive in his praise and no one summed it up better than president Trump. His only false note was when Trump praised Bill Belichick, the nationally known cheater and coach of the New England Patriots.
Of course the rest of Monday was typical in a Donald Trump presidency – it was filled with innuendo, investigations and itinerate displays of ego, self congratulations and speeches straight out of rejected episodes of the Twilight Zone.
In his first full cabinet meeting, alternatively called “Creepy” and “bizarre” by those in the press pool who were allowed to attend, Trump replaced his upbeat message on the South Lawn with words of derision at the Democrats and words of self-praise regarding his administration. ““Never has there been a president, with few exceptions – case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle – who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done,” he said.
The President also sat and smiled as cabinet members heaped praise on him as if he were a Third World despot just back from his haberdashers. “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda,” Chief of Staff Reince Priebus gushed.
"We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda"
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
While his staff basked in the blessings of working in this administration, across town Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (both democrats) filed suit against Trump alleging he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in benefits and payments from foreign governments since he took up residence at the White House.
The suit claims Trump’s continued ownership of a global business empire has rendered the president “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors” while undermining the integrity of our political system.
The obscure, yet potentially threatening emolument clause is the bugaboo many in Congress have talked about as Trump’s true Achilles Heel that could eventually lead to his ouster and Frosh – a long known straight arrow who has never taken to flights of fancy is the type of investigator the Trump administration has yet to face – he is incorruptible, dogged and outside Trump’s grasp. He’s already asking for the President’s tax returns to be made public to see if there is any corrupting influence from outside the U.S., and if he can get a federal court to take his case – a legitimate concern – then this could be a second front the Trump administration will have to deal with in addition to the ongoing Russian investigation.
Meanwhile Trump grows weary of the Russian investigation. While holding up former FBI chief James Comey and his testimony before congress last week as exonerating him completely – Trump also condemned Comey for being a liar, a “leaker” and probably a bed wetter as well.
Trump’s claims of Comey exonerating him through lies is but the latest contradictory statement issued by an administration which continues to neither want nor care about facts or the effect twisting the facts has on the passive-aggressive electorate.
As early as Tuesday morning, according to a close friend of the president, Trump was considering firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III – the former FBI director who is currently in charge of the Russian hacking investigation. While Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative website said he’s sure the president is thinking of doing it, there is no acknowledgement from the administration he is thinking of, let alone actually doing it – though Ruddy (in grabbing a few headlines for himself) thinks it would be a significant mistake to pull the trigger on Mueller.
Ann Coulter, the shill in distress, was eager to jump on the Comey testimony as justification for eliminating the special counsel and also make a few more headlines for herself – claiming now that the liar Comey had exonerated President Trump Mueller was “completely unnecessary.”
I'll bet George Carlin is rolling in his grave
The entire Mueller affair maybe a media frenzy churned up by reporters frightened to be caught off-guard and prepared for anything from an administration that has shocked and awed everyone in its first five months in office. This week is no different as the administration chugs on in its furious attempts to do something other than disparage democrats and howl at the moon.
In a press briefing Monday, spokesman Sean Spicer introduced Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta – the last member of the cabinet to be confirmed. Acosta, in meeting with the press outlined a need to fill some six million jobs in this country and instead of concentrating on educating people stressed the need for indentured servitude – or as the administration calls it “apprenticeship” – to train people to be smart enough to pull the levers of the machinery which fuels the economy – but not smart enough to understand they’re being had. “I’ll bet George Carlin is rolling in his grave,” a newspaper reporter for the west coast said when she heard the administration’s plan.
For those who missed the reference Carlin offered this in a standup routine when referring to those who run our country: “They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that, that doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting Fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin' years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. . . People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passably accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”
Meanwhile, several reporters received texts on their phones during the briefing asking if the president’s new plan would be called “The Apprentice”.
Fossils are the Devil's handiwork
Spicer then took special care to denounce the latest lawsuit against the president filed by Frosh and Racine – calling it a partisan event without merit and claimed it would quickly be dismissed in a federal court.
Spicer and his daily briefing, while still one of the best reality shows in town, has given way to the “Pool Spray” and quick Q and A between the President and selected members of the press during staged and brief interactions at the White House.
Tuesday was no exception. Gathered in the Cabinet room Tuesday the Commander in Chief ranted for about seven minutes before a small number of reporters. He attacked Obamacare and its failings, told everyone how successful his administration is, how well the economy is doing – while stressing the democrats are obstructionists. But he refused to answer a question about whether or not he’d fire Mueller.
That left Sessions Tuesday to face the heat in Congress while Trump took flight for Wisconsin – in another carefully staged public event before his shrinking crowd of hard core supporters who believe Sharia law is coming, the world is just 6,000 years old, fossils are the Devil’s handiwork and anyone who smokes marijuana is a “Bad Person.”
But in the end does it matter? The Republicans have proven they’re on the president’s team. His cabinet is thankful for his blessing and Trump himself, rolling in the muggy heat of D.C. has found himself at home as the coach of the sweltering swamp with a team full of mutants who’ve put their party ahead of their country as they continue to savor the “Big Win” without a clue as to what to do next.
Perhaps that’s why the president spoke so well in front of the national champions. He understands overcoming obstacles – even if he still doesn’t quite grasp the concept of the country as a team working together for common goals. He’s still got the GOP – a band of brothers and miscreants grinning from ear to ear as they loot and pillage the constitution for their own ends.