The Real World: Trump Administration, week 8 – more of the same shit


I missed last week’s post because I was so tired. This week is even worse but here I am. I’m somewhat out of the loop with regards to the US. The UK media actually started focusing on the mess the current government are doing and it’s been Brexit, Brexit, The Queen gave royal assent aka meaningless permission to invoke Article 50, Brexit, Brexit. I think most of us just want them to shut up. At the same time, it’s crazy that they basically admit that they have no idea what the fuck they’re doing. I might just do a post on it one of these days.

First things first:

When President Donald Trump tweeted on March 4 that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on his phones during the election, he didn’t turn to the federal intelligence agencies for proof.

Instead, he says he got it straight from the “failing” New York Times.

Whaaaat. Failing fake news NYT??? Omg, Trump has finally succumbed to fake news. No, literally. What he read and what was actually in the article were two fucking different things – read more here.

Sean Spicer went a step further and quoted a guest (Andrew Napolitano) on FOX News who claimed that Obama went around channels and got GCHQ (UK spy agency) to wiretap Trump.

UK response:

GCHQ rejected allegations made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that it spied on Mr Trump, as “nonsense”.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said it had been made clear to US authorities the claims were “ridiculous and should have been ignored”.

Trump’s response:

“We said nothing,” argued Trump. “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television.”

Sean Spicer’s response:

“We just reiterated the fact that we were just simply reading media accounts. That’s it.”

Asked if he regretted repeating the allegation, he said: “I don’t think we regret anything. We literally listed a litany of media reports that are in the public domain.”

This is fucking hilarious to me. Oh, Spicer. What have you done?

It all started with this:

“If you look at the president’s tweet, he said very clearly, quote, ‘wire tapping’ – in quotes,” Spicer said in Monday’s (13 March) briefing, making air quotes with his fingers to emphasise the point.

Despite Spicer’s claims, two of Trump’s four tweets about wire-tapping did not contain quotation marks and were explicit in their intended meaning.

Spicer also claimed that Trump did not mean Obama directly, but the Obama administration, in spite of Trump’s tweets stating “Bad (or sick) guy!”

A week (or two) later and Spicer was like a basketball team defense in the last few seconds.

Spicer said: “It’s interesting to me – just as a point of interest – that one entity says one thing that claims one thing, you guys cover it ad nauseam.

Yeah, that’s how the news works, buddy!

He went on to ramble some more and also showcase some…Uh… We’ll go with wit.

Here’s the video.

More here and here.

Evil Golden Arches

This tweet had me rolling. Hacked or not, it was hilarious. • read more here

Please Don’t Spin Something

Don Lemon was not in the mood for typical GOP spin on Thursday night’s show. In a conversation about President Donald Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him, former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was turning in circles.

These Trump surrogates always seem like they’ve been transported from another planet and are only just learning how to navigate Eart and the ability to at least lie convincingly. They always look like they know theyre peddling BS.

Kingston began by saying that Spicer went down a “litany of open source media” to justify that Trump’s claims were rational. He then said that as he understood it, Trump said “surveillance, wiretapping, we talked about that.”

Lemon cut in, asking if Kingston watched Lemon’s opening segment of his broadcast.

“He never said that. I put up exactly what he said in those tweets. He never said surveillance. He was very specific about what he said. He said ‘McCarthyism,’ comparing a former president to Joseph McCarthy and also to Richard Nixon … ‘he was impeached.’ … He said ‘he is a bad sick guy.’ A personal attack on the former president accusing of a federal crime. He never said anything about an agency or surveilling. He said ‘wiretapped my phone’ specifically. Then said it was a case for lawyer. In fact, he said he had proof of it. Please, don’t spin something not said by the president.”

Lol, Don Lemon was not playing. I’ll give CNN some credit, they at least seem to be calling Trump on his BS in a reasonable fashion.

Read more here.

The Diary Of Kellyanne Conway

New York Magazine have a long profile on her that I had to skim and then abandon because she seems so irritating (even though the author claims otherwise).

Highlights:

Asked if she would ever want his (Spicer) job, she rolled her eyes. “Slit my wrists, bleed out, put cement shoes on, jump off the bridge, and then I’ll take the job — are you kidding me?”

“Anybody who pretends I’m not smart or not credible, it’s like, ‘Excuse me, I’ve spoken 1.2 million words on TV, okay?,’ ” Conway told me before the Flynn mishap. “You wanna focus on two here and two there, it’s on you, you’re a fucking miserable person, P.S., just whoever you are.”

Yes, they’re miserable because you’ve said millions of nonsensical words on TV. Is this heffah for real? She needs to get over herself and enrol in some basic comprehension classes.

Conway calls Bannon the White House’s “man of mystery” — joking that you can’t constantly jockey to be next to the president and remain invisible at the same time. “I tease him a lot. I told him in December or November, ‘You realize I go on TV to defend you more now than Donald Trump? So while you’re sound asleep and my husband is trying to master how to flip a pancake, I’m actually defending you.’ ” Not that it matters to Bannon. “I tell her, I tell everybody: I could care less if you defend me,” he told me. “I don’t want to be defended, because I don’t care.”

You know someone has messed up intentions when they’re in politics and don’t care about public perception. Uh, who are you working for then? The Boogie Man? Casper the Friendly Ghost? Oh. Wait. He’s working for himself and only after protecting his own interests.

When the White House learned Bannon would appear on the cover of Time, Conway told me, people were “running around the West Wing” frantically trying to figure out what to do. “Like, who’s ever out there for me? Or even Sean? It’s like, you can’t be in every photo and then wonder why you’re an object of media fascination. And then because you’re in every photo, people are like, ‘Oh, those who aren’t in the photo must be — ’ ” She trailed off. “How about if we’re the ones working? How about the five computers on my desk?” (There was only one computer on her desk.) “Everybody draws the wrong conclusions, I think.”

You know someone isn’t right in the head when they’re out there telling lies alternative facts about something someone can physically see.

Sigh.

Handshake? Handshake?! HANDSHAKE?

Trump met Angela Merkel at the White House this week and he failed to acknowledge her request for a handshake.

Spicer’s take on things:

“I don’t think he heard the question,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told German publication Der Spiegel.

He doesn’t think Trump heard? Doesn’t he have direct access to Trump to ask him if he heard or not? Or did he have to watch the video like the rest of us?

…in all fairness, Trump did look determined to make sure that the cameras got his best angles. He was probably thinking about what to tweet next, or whether or not he remembered to book that appointment with his hair specialist.

On the other hand, virtually everyone was yelling ‘handshake’ in the video. He heard, he was just being an asshole.

Trump hit backs at claims that the meeting didnt go well…on Twitter.

I think the tweet below sums it up best.

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