The Real World: Trump Administration, 100 Days


I can’t believe I am still writing these. It’s a testament to my lack of fresh snark material, it really is. That being said, it has been good to keep up with everything. The amount of ignorance on display is ridiculous.

Here’s a list of the previous posts because I haven’t gotten around to making a page

Week 14

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So, this week, the first article I stumbled upon contained this:

When asked if he thought he had changed how people vote, Mr Trump pointed to his “very high ratings”, claiming they increased by two or three times when he appeared on the Sunday morning shows. He highlighted Chris Wallace’s Fox News show.

“It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [CBS’ John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people,” he said.

“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation’. It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”

What. The. Actual. Fuck. What is wrong with him? Why is he comparing the ratings of his disaster of a Presidency to an actual disaster? Why the obsession with ratings? It’s weird. Oh, wait, rampant narcissism. Got it. 

Anyway, this week Ivanka was at some kind of women’s event in Europe.

The first daughter was taking part in a discussion about female entrepreneurship and empowerment with German chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde.

This is like me being invited to speak at an event about keyhole surgery. I would have no fucking clue. What does Ivanka know about empowerment? Her dad is rich and he’s paid for her looks, and given her a platform to make even more money. He probably nudged her towards her billionaire husband. How is that empowerment? She’s stood by and listened as her father says disgusting things about women and watched as they plan to strip away funding and rights for vulnerable women. She wouldn’t know empowerment if it slapped her in the face.

Fuck that.

When asked about it, she had this to say for herself:

Trump fell foul of the audience when she told the room President Donald Trump was a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.

…and got the reaction she deserves.

The statement immediately drew audible boos and rumbling from the audience who did not appear to agree with the assertion.

…but kept on digging…

“He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive. I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”

Meanwhile….

Donald Trump plans to strip all funding from a State Department bureau that promotes the rights of women around the world, it has emerged.

Documents first leaked to Foreign Policy showed plans to reduce the office’s 2016 budget of $8.25 million (£6.43 million) to zero in 2018, though the President’s budget will still have to make it past Congress.

Sources:

Trump booed and hissed after mentioning father Donald at summit in Germany

Ivanka Trump booed by audience as she defends father at G20 women’s summit

Donald Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women’s rights around the world

Mexican Wall update

It’s still a dream.

But wait!

“The wall is going to get built and we’re setting record numbers in terms of stopping people from coming in and stopping drugs from coming in,” Trump said on Tuesday, referring to a sharp decline in the number of undocumented migrants detained at the southern border since he took office.“

Don’t let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc.”

Kellyanne Conway, the president’s counselor, said that Trump remains committed to constructing the wall but suggested that the president was willing to wait for funding in the interest of avoiding a shutdown.

“Building that wall and having it funded remains an important priority to him,” Conway said in an appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning. “But we also know that that can happen later this year and into next year. And in the interim, you see other smart technology and other resources and tools being used toward border security.”

KELLYANNE!! I kind of miss her. I’m gonna try and transmit a message to her via my microwave later.

Source:

US may avoid government shutdown as Trump softens demand for border wall

What has Trump actually done in his first 100 days? 

Not a whole lot. Rather, he’s announced his intent to do things. 

How has he been finding it? Well, let’s see. 

He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is.

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

And my favourite part…

“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of the United States with areas he won marked in red. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”

I love how he still wants plaudits for winning. You won. We have accepted that. Time to move on!

In other news…

He’s gone back on promises, but he’s kept some that stand to benefit the rich, ’cause why not?

The most important one being taxes

Trump wants to slash the top tax rate for all businesses to 15%, as he proposed during the campaign. That’s well below the top rate of 35% for corporations today, although the real top rate they pay is less after tax breaks.

First, I’d have to argue that anyone who thought Trump would actually lower taxes for regular folk or increase them for corporations is just stupid. He might be an overgrown toddler, but there’s one thing he loves above all. Money.

Secondly, why do so many politicians think that this is okay? The level of greed and corruption in government is disgusting.

Thirdly, I’m not tax expert but doesn’t this leave a huge hole in revenue? If these companies are paying 15% less tax, where does the additional money come from? Oh, wait, it comes by increasing the taxes of the less fortunate. Ugh.

He’s already hit one hurdle, though. His own damn party.

Within a day of Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin releasing a dozen bullet points outlining the administration’s tax goals, at least three House Republicans criticized one of the key provisions — eliminating the deductibility of state and local taxes — estimated to raise $1.3 trillion over a decade.

Another clusterfuck begins.

Sources:

Trump’s Tax Plan Hits Its First Land Mine: Blue-State Republicans

Trump calls for dramatic tax cuts for individuals and businesses

Trump’s Top Secret North Korea Meeting

Yes, Trump called a meeting this week and all senators had to attend. Trump was even kind enough to provide transportation, so that all arrived by bus.

By bus.

BUS.

Wednesday afternoon, nearly the entire membership of the US Senate packed into a bus and headed to the White House grounds for an unprecedented classified briefing from top Trump administration officials on North Korea policy. Such a huge meeting, on such a volatile topic, had people wondering — was the United States about to announce some risky new policy on North Korea? Perhaps some kind of scary military escalation, or even a preemptive strike on a nuclear-armed power?

Nope. According to senators who attended the briefing, it was a whole lot of nothing.An anonymous Republican said the briefing failed to clarify even the most basic questions (like how they plan on dealing with North Korea’s work on missiles that could hit the US.

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What a fucking mess.

North Korea still give zero fucks. I think they’re just trolling the US and South Korea at this point.

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

U.S. and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, appeared to have failed, in what would be the North’s fourth straight unsuccessful missile test since March.

Also:

North Korea has issued a fresh threat to sink the US Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine which is currently stationed in the Korean peninsula waters. Pyongyang said the vessel would be turned into an “underwater ghost”.

Sources: North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

“80 sets of invisible eyes rolling”: senators unimpressed by White House North Korea brief

North Korea now threatens to sink US Navy’s nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan

Fake News 34.0

While I’m writing this, I see that Trump has attacked the media again.

Highlights:

“A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation’s capitol right now,” he said. “They are gathered together for a White House Correspondents’ Dinner without the president.”

#FOMO?

“I hope they have a good dinner,  But ours is going to be much more exciting, I think,” Trump told reporters in the White House pool. “We have a big crowd. We sold thousands and thousands of tickets.”

They sold tickets? Where is this money going? I’m not surprised. We all know that Trump is all about the Benjamins.

“Everybody is using the word ‘fake news,’” he said. “Where did you hear it first, folks?”

First, it’s not a word, and two…Fake news has been around longer than you’ve been alive, Donald. Can FOX News please run a screen grab of the Wikipedia page in their morning news bulletin. Apparently that’s the only way to get anything through to Trump.

“We’ll build a wall, folks, don’t even worry about it,” Trump said.

I will respond with a passage from The Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.

I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.
Good luck with the wall, Trumpets (trumpets emit a loud noise when hot air is blown into them, hence why it’s my new pet name for Trump supporters).

Yaaaaaaaaaawn to all of that, though. Crying fake news is getting very stale now. They’re calling you out on your shit. Instead of throwing hissy fits, how about you throw less turds at the American public?

The ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy can fuck off as well. He doesn’t speak for ‘blacks’ or anyone else but his damn self. Apparently he’s a former cult member. At the very least he’s a sketchy individual. Trump can love him all he wants.

Much Obama About Nothing

Barack Obama has drawn criticism for accepting an invitation to speak at a Wall Street conference for almost half a million dollars.

The former President will receive $400,000, equal to his annual pay as President, for a speech at Cantor Fitzgerald’s healthcare conference as a keynote speaker in September.
Mr Obama’s fee is nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton has charged private companies for similar events.
Bernie Sanders has said he thinks it is “unfortunate” Mr Obama opted to receive the fee and argued the decision signifies the profound influence big business has on the political system.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has also expressed her reservations, saying she was “troubled by” the speaking fee.

Uhm, look after everything Obama put up with, people want to rag on him for getting paid to work. Giving a speech is work, no matter how long or short it is. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see why he should work for free. We don’t even know what he’s going to do with the money, nor is it any of our business. People need to chill. Collect your coins, Obama!

Source: Barack Obama draws criticism for $400,000 Wall Street speech fee

Speaking of money….

President Donald Trump has racked up an historic amount of travel expenses in his first 100 days in office, by far surpassing the president who came before him.

Estimates of Mr Trump’s costs have been made based on a similar trip former President Barack Obama took to Florida by way of Chicago. On that trip, in February 2013, Mr Obama visited Palm Beach, Florida — the city where Mar-a-Lago is — after a short stop in his home city. That trip cost a total of $3.6 million, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office. Assuming that Mr Trump’s travels to Florida are about the same as that Obama trip — granted, it’s hard to say with any certainty that they are as costs change depending on specific travel requirements — the president has incurred roughly $25 million in expenses, according to a tally maintained by the American Progress Action Fund.

Source: Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost taxpayers estimated $20m in 100 days — Obama’s cost $97m in 8 years

You Get What You Vote For (Sometimes)

A Michigan voter who said he initially supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT-I) only to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump now says he regrets it, telling an MSNBC host, “I kinda feel dumb, honestly.”

As he should.

In an MSNBC piece on how Michigan Trump voters feel about the president at the 100 day mark of his administration, Bay County resident Jason DeFrain claimed he was roped in by Trump’s rhetoric after first backing Sanders.“
He has answers, sometime we don’t like them, sometime he offends the crap out of people. But he has answers,” DeFrain, a first time voter in a presidential election told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.

Yeah, just like I had answers that one exam that I failed woefully. What kind of logic is this?

However DeFrain says he now regrets his vote.

Of course.

“I feel like I was bamboozled. I really do,” DeFrain . “Jeez, he fooled me, and I kinda feel dumb. I feel mad and I kinda feel dumb, honestly.

Intergalactic Trolling

The American people are warning Donald Trump about ET and Superman.

LOL.

Immigration officials apparently do not find the prank very funny. In a statement to Fusion, an official from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) was furious:

The VOICE line remains in operation. As yesterday was its first day I can’t give you any sense of whether this group had any impact at all on wait times or call volume because there’s no prior data to compare.

I hope you won’t dignify this group with the attention they are seeking. But if you choose to do so…this group’s cheap publicity stunt is beyond the pale of legitimate public discourse. Their actions seek to obstruct and do harm to crime victims; that’s objectively despicable regardless of one’s views on immigration policy.

The VOICE Office provides information to citizens and non-citizens alike regardless of status, race, etc., whose loved ones have been killed or injured by removable aliens. VOICE provides access to the same information you and other reporters are already able to obtain. Yet this group claims it’s somehow racist to give the same to victims of all races and nationalities? That is absurd.

Further, openly obstructing and mocking victims crosses the line of legitimate public discourse. VOICE is a line for victims to obtain information. This group’s stunt is designed to harm victims. That is shameful

REMOVABLE ALIENS???

I’m done.

Source: People are using Trump’s “illegal aliens” hotline to complain about ET and Superman

Additional reading: (gosh, I feel like I’m giving you guys homework, but really I’m just done reading about this. It’s been a LONG 100 DAYS!)

What Trump didn’t tell his supporters about his first 100 days

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