The Real World: Trump Administration, Week 4: A Whole Lotta Backpfeifengesicht


 

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First things first, I love that the Germans have a word for just about everything.

Backpfeifengesicht: a face in need of a slap

Second of all, there may not be a week 5. I am sorely tempted to just bury my head in the clouds and binge watch reality TV. I need a holiday from real. We’ll see!


Trump BS Quotes (and tweets) of the week

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— questioned his own intelligence agencies.

You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.”

https://twitter.com/readerer/status/832303185826033664

And my personal favourite.

“The leaks are absolutely real but the news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”

So Much For Gun Reform

The Senate voted Wednesday morning to eliminate a regulation aimed to stop people with mental disorders from buying firearms. And since the House of Representatives also voted to roll back the rule two weeks ago, the measure — originally enacted in December under Barack Obama — now goes to Donald Trump’s desk.

The president is expected to sign it. (via VICE)

Fact: More people killed from guns by terrorism — and people are 3,210 times more likely to be killed by guns.

Fact: Some of the people claiming to represent the US citizens don’t care about them at all.

Rally Round

US President Donald Trump has launched another fierce attack on the media at a “campaign rally for America” event in the state of Florida.

First of all, what the fuck is this? A campaign (what campaign?!) rally for America? Is this a joke? Shouldn’t he be busy running the country as opposed to holding rallies attacking the media for allegedly making up shit about him. .

For someone that claims the media are making shit up he spends a lot of time talking about them. It’s like when someone claims their over their on/off ex but spend 99.9% of their time talking about them.The media are just not that into you, Donald (apart from the part where they are).

This wave of attack on the media just allows everyone to deflect away from the hard stuff (seriously – I dare all reasonable outlets to just have a ‘Trump Attacks The Media’ free week). You can’t go tit for tat with Trump, you just need to go better
From everything we’ve seen it’s clear that Trump loves the media and the unbridled attention. He’s definitely not being disingenuous at all.

Wait….

Before Air Force One landed, President Trump came to the back of the aeroplane. He shook our hands and told us we’d see “a fantastic crowd of people” at the rally. He was warm and friendly to us on the aeroplane but things changed at the rally.

Standing on stage, he said reporters “are part of the corrupt system”. When he attacked the media, people in the audience screamed their support.

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Trump also managed to invent another terrorist incident, this time in Sweden.

“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this. Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

Every time he speaks he reminds me of Danny Devito’s sales technique as a used car salesman in Matilda. Anyway. I’m all out of words. Here’s the BBC article on this mess. And here’s another article on the Sweden thing.  Plus one more about an attack that did take place.

More Fake News

In a heated exchange between Newsnight‘s Evan Davis an aide to President Trump, both the presenter and the BBC were accused of “fake news”.

This clip is just mind-numbingly depressing.

Justin Time For Another Meme

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I have no idea what was really discussed because most of the articles I saw were clickbait about the handshake. The picture was funny and all but I’m kinda memed out by anything related to Trump. The video of Trudeau managing to escape Trumps bizarre shoulder pop handshake is better.

And then Sean Spicer went and got Trudeau’s name wrong because y’know, baby wanted some more attention.

Ivanka also wanted us to believe that she was trying to do good for women or something while throwing in some subtle humblebragging.

My favourite response was this:

https://twitter.com/speriod/status/831283113565118465

The Kellyanne Conwoman Diaries

This woman is a MESS.

She tweeted to a White Nationalist and then denied it, claiming that it was someone else. Look, bish, when you have White Nationalists singing your praises it means that you’re doing something wrong.

She’s been banned from Morning Joe.

I know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show; I won’t do it. …I don’t believe in fake news or information that is not true. That is — every time I’ve ever seen her on television something is askew, off or incorrect.” — Mika Brzezinski

It’s been said that she should be investigated for her ‘OMG BUY SOME IVANKA PRODUCTS!!’ faux pas.

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) found reason to believe Ms Conway had violated ethics rules, five days after she urged people to buy the president’s daughter’s range on Fox News. (via BBC)

True Lies

The big story this week was this….

 

It began with the resignation (or rather speculation about) of Michael Flynn who was caught on a wiretap offering to drop sanctions against Russia. Supposedly Trump and Pence knew about it but not the part where it actually happened. Everything spiralled from there and apparently multiple aides were in contact with the Russians.

Trump’s response….

“I think he’s [Flynn] been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the fake media, in many cases,” Trump said in a press conference on Wednesday reported by The Hill.

“I think it’s really a sad thing he was treated so badly.”

When Donald Met Benjamin

Highlights:

“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they are taught from a very young age. Tremendous hate. I’ve seen what they are taught. It starts in the school room.”

….or maybe it’s the fact that they have a historical, ongoing conflict with Israel? But what do I know, I’m not POTUS.

”Can I reveal, Jared, how long I’ve known you? Well, he was never small, he was always big, he was always tall. I’ve known the President, and I’ve known his family for a long time. And there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.”

#Nepotism

The President was questioned on the reported sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents, and whether his “playing with xenophobia and racist tones” fed in to that.

Trump began with a peroration on his election victory, then signalled he could unite a “divided nation” because of his connection to Jews: “So many friends. A daughter, who is here now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren.”

He ended: “You’re going to see a lot of love.”

Please keep the love (and your tiny hands) to yourself, Donald.

“I’m looking at two-state and at one-state, and I like the one that both parties like… I can live with either one.”

…that clusterfuck aside, the US ambassador contradicted everything that Trump said.

But Nikki Haley, Mr Trump’s appointment for ambassador to the UN, said the US remained committed to a two-state solution.

She said anyone who believed the US was abandoning the policy did so in “error”.

The UN envoy said: “We are thinking out of the box as well, which is: What does it take to bring these two sides to the table? What do we need to have them agree on?

“We absolutely support a two-state solution.”

Another mess filed under ‘To Be Continued’.  Read more on this here and here.

Meanwhile….The UK are still firmly tethered to Trump’s rear end.

Sigh.

Well this is awkward

Trump’s labor secretary nominee just got sued for labor violations….

The US Department of Labor may soon be run by the CEO of a company cited by the agency itself for wage and labor violations, and sued by employees for more of the same last week.

He eventually ruled himself out but the new nominee isn’t the cleanest dude either.

Picture(s) Of The Week

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Weeks after meeting Trump, Theresa May finally had a delayed reaction — just kidding.

this sandwich that will make eating great again

Byline Of The Week (via Independent)

We complain about Donald Trump’s bigotry in passing like the British moan about the weather. We share political satire and SNL clips on social media, and then toast to a job well done. We’re not taking the serious things seriously anymore, and we’re elevating the less serious issues at our own peril.

Remember the ‘successful’ US military operation in Yemen?

The ways in which they fucked up are still being discovered.

It also later transpired the President had not even been in the situation room when it took place but was instead in the residential area of the White House.

Trump’s 77 Minute Press Conference

Quartz has a good article summing it up here.

Highlights:

In defending ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was caught on a wiretap offering to drop sanctions against Russia, Trump said in quick succession that he didn’t tell Flynn to call Russia, that Flynn did his job, that he was fired for lying, “but I would have asked him to do it, anyway.”

What the heck is he saying? That’s still not how it works. It was illegal when he did it, ergo, his ass had to go. SIMPLE.

When a reporter called out Trump on his frequently repeated false claim that his electoral college victory was the biggest since Ronald Reagan’s, the president said: “I was given that information… I’ve seen that information around… I don’t know.”

He doesn’t know? HE DOESN’T KNOW? That’s probably the truest thing he’s said in his life.

“I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.

A fine-tuned machine? Yeah, and I’ve got a billion dollars in the bank. Keep spinning that yarn, Donny.

The full transcript of this madness is here and AP fact checked some of what Trump had to say here.

Do You Want To Set The Meeting Up?

Oh now, you know this is going to get a different section of its own. Look, not all black people know each other. To make that assumption is just lazy racism. At least try. 

Here’s the transcript section:

TRUMP: I have great people lined up to help with the inner cities. OK?

QUESTION: Well, when you say the inner cities, are you going — are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations with your — your urban agenda, your inner city agenda, as well as —

TRUMP: Am I going to include who?

QUESTION: Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional —

TRUMP: Well, I would. I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?

QUESTION: — Hispanic Caucus —

TRUMP: Do you want to set up the meeting?

QUESTION: No — no — no. I’m not —

TRUMP: Are they friends of yours?

QUESTION: I’m just a reporter.

TRUMP: Well, then(ph) set up the meeting.

QUESTION: I know some of them, but I’m sure they’re watching right now.

TRUMP: Let’s go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great, the Congressional Black Caucus. I think it’s great. I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings and he was all excited. And then he said, well, I can’t move, it might be bad for me politically. I can’t have that meeting.

I was all set to have the meeting. You know, we called him and called him. And he was all set. I spoke to him on the phone, very nice guy.

QUESTION: I hear he wanted that meeting with you as well.

TRUMP: He wanted it, but we called, called, called and can’t make a meeting with him. Every day I walk and say I would like to meet with him because I do want to solve the problem. But he probably was told by Schumer or somebody like that, some other lightweight. He was probably told – he was probably told “don’t meet with Trump. It’s bad politics.”

And that’s part of the problem in this country. OK, one more.

Meanwhile….

Cummings, who said Trump called him in January after seeing his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” responded to Trump’s comments with some confusion, saying he is looking forward to discussing prescription drug prices with Trump. He noted that he didn’t know why he was referenced by the president in response to the question about meeting on inner-cities*.

The Maryland Democrat denied that Schumer told him to skip a meeting and that instead he was waiting until he and fellow legislators were “in a position” on prescription issues that they “could present something to the president.”

“As soon as we finish, we’re going to meet with him,” Cummings added, saying of Trump’s comments, “I took no offense whatsoever.”

*(hint: it might be something to do with the fact that he’s black).

“All black people don’t work for each other,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson. “All black people don’t know each other.”

Finally, someone with some common sense (read more via ABC)

Assholes Of The Week

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  • 20th Century Fox, who used fake news to promote a film about a fake cure for a disease or something. I’m going to file this under ‘Terrible Fucking Idea™
  • Donald Trump for…a billion reasons.
  • Sean Spicer for being Sean Spicer
  • Mitch McConnell because I feel like he’s always chatting shit for the sake of it. He looks like he wakes up in a foul mood every day. 

Speaking of Mitch McConnell…

Republicans will repeal and replace the health care law (Obamacare) and overhaul the tax code without Democratic help or votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday.

“It’s clear that in the early months it’s going to be a Republicans-only exercise,” the Kentucky senator said at a news conference before lawmakers left for a weeklong President’s Day recess. “We don’t expect any Democratic cooperation on the replacement of Obamacare, we don’t expect any Democratic cooperation on tax reform.”

…sigh. (more here)


So that caps off yet another depressing week. Just 204 weeks left to go, right?

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