donald the normal

This is your daily reminder that this is not normal. Donald Trump is unqualified, racist, misogynistic, ill-tempered, unintelligent; he has no grasp of how our government is supposed to work; he has conflicts of interest so numerous that two presidential ethics lawyers have bi-partisanly teamed up to combat them; he’s been sued so many times I can’t list them all here; he’s still being sued by a multitude of people, and will continue to be long into his presidency.

The Russian government blatantly interfered with his election through email hacks and wikileaks: this has been confirmed by multiple national intelligence agencies; he has no regard for the truth, or facts, or scientific data; he gets into fights with people on twitter at  3am.

He called Mexicans rapists and criminals; he wanted to create a registry for Muslim Americans; he doesn’t take no for an answer, whether its coming from a woman or the President of Mexico; he refuses to attend security briefings; he’s costing the government millions by refusing to leave his office in Trump Tower; his cabinet is as unqualified and uninformed as he is.

He lost the popular vote by over three million (3,000,000) people.  The American people did not elect him.  Donald Trump should not be President of the United States.

This is not normal. Don’t ever forget it.

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this was fun! trying to guess what the new Ducktales kids would behave like from the trailer and a more cynical/mean Gladstone from the good ole’ days- might be totally off the mark as to what they’ll turn out like but hey

part one of two! Part two can be read here!

As with many of my fellow Americans, I don’t consider myself partisan politically - never have. I am a registered independent voter and have been for most of my life. With that in mind, I submit the following:

Can we please get this out of the way? None of what is happening at the top of government now is normal. None of it. And no one should normalize it. No one.

We have a President who lies without a second thought. Big bold lies that are easily disproven. That is not normal.

We have serious allegations around obstruction of justice by that President. That is not normal.

We have an FBI director fired for insisting to continue pursuing a serious investigation into the sanctify of our republic. It has never happened before in our history. That is not normal.

We have a hostile foreign power attacking and undermining our electoral process. That is not normal.

We have an Attorney General under a serious shadow of association with said foreign power, with indications that there is much more to this story than we yet know. That is not normal.

We have Federal judges, our closest foreign allies, and the free press under scurrilous attack from the President and his enablers. At the same time we have despots praised. That is not normal.

We have an Administration fanning the flames of division over race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender. That is not normal.

We have an overhaul of our entire health care system being written in secret on a rapid time frame. That is not normal.

We have a sordid confluence of the President’s business interests and his political power. That is not normal.

What concerns me even more than any of these items is the fact that they are largely being met by a shrug or excuses from most Republican elected officials. Even many Democrats seem overwhelmed and are inclined to let some of this just ride. That may be how politics works. But this is bigger. It’s about our nation.

We are shifting the goalposts for our democracy. We are failing to be outraged by the outrageous because there is something even more outrageous that always seems to hit the news cycle. And that is dangerous.

What gives me hope is we have had waves of abnormality in our country’s history. And we’ve had times when what we would consider now to be not normal, like segregation, was considered normal. What has centered and saved our country time and again is civic engagement. I believe that most people in this nation don’t think any of this is normal. And they could very well vote out those elected officials in both parties who are normalizing these outrages.

trump literally tweeted a visual threat insinuating he wishes he could be physically violent towards a major news source, known for its reputability for decades, simply because they criticize him. freedom of press and the peoples’ fundamental right to freedom of speech about their leaders is essential to democracy. even the absolute shittiest presidents of america’s past haven’t gone this far. suppression of these rights is a defining characteristic of fascism. this is not normal.

I Know Some Think We Underestimate Trump; I Think He Underestimates US

It speaks to his unfettered batshit craziness that he didn’t anticipate resistance, particularly its force, depth, and vastness.

Which renders this evening’s New York Times report grimly bemusing: Trump told the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador that Comey is “a nutjob” and that his firing him the day prior would make things better for the Russians.

Shortly thereafter, MSNBC broke the news that Comey will testify in a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee after Memorial Day.

SO much work lies ahead, but I firmly believe we can safely and legally prevent Trump from completing his first term.

Nutjob this, Agent Orange.

Day 120, May 19, 2017

Fascists the world over have gained popularity by calling forth the idea that the world is rotten to the core. In “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” Hannah Arendt described how fascism invites people to “throw off the mask of hypocrisy” and adopt the worldview that there is no right and wrong, only winners and losers. Hypocrisy can be aspirational: Political actors claim that they are motivated by ideals perhaps to a greater extent than they really are; shedding the mask of hypocrisy asserts that greed, vengeance and gratuitous cruelty aren’t wrong, but are legitimate motivations for political behavior.
—  Masha Gessen, “In Praise of Hypocrisy” (New York Times, 2/18/2017)
  • donald trump: racism is evil
  • me: literally who had the power and influence to convince him to actually hold this press conference and say this wow this is not normal
  • donald trump, a day later: and the people attacking racists are also very bad
  • me: ahhhh there he is!!! everything is normal!!!