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Donald Trump poll numbers somehow are even worse today than yesterday

  • Donald Trump’s approval rating has officially hit its lowest level since his inauguration, according to Reuters.
  • If you think you’ve read that sentence before that’s because you have, and many times, right here on Mic. In fact, just two days ago, we reported on a Politico/Morning Consult poll that showed Trump’s approval rating hovering around 42%. 
  • But on Friday, Reuters released its own poll in partnership with Ipsos that showed the president’s approval rating was actually much lower, this time at just 38%. Read more. (5/19/17, 6:21 PM)

Favorite character: Allura with 703 votes

Least favorite character: Commander Iverson with 465 votes


Least favorite Paladin: Shiro with 665 votes

Favorite Paladin: Lance with 825 votes

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Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Half-Truths

Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted that the Wall Street Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.” Lying, said the editor, requires a deliberate intention to mislead, which couldn’t be proven in Trump’s case. 

But Donald Trump is the most lying president we’ve ever had, and he seems to get away with it. Here’s his 10-step plan for turning lies into near truths:

Step 1: He lies.

Step 2: Experts contradict him, saying his claim is baseless and false. The media report that the claim is false.

Step 3: Trump blasts the experts and condemns the media for being “dishonest.”

Step 4: Trump repeats the lie in tweets and speeches. And asserts that “many people” say he’s right.

Step 5: The mainstream media start to describe the lie as a “disputed fact.“

Step 6: Trump repeats the lie in tweets, interviews, and speeches. His surrogates repeat it on TV and in the right-wing blogosphere.

Step 7: The mainstream media begin to describe Trump’s lie as a "controversy.”

Step 8: Polls show a growing number of Americans (including most Republicans) believing Trump’s lie to be true.

Step 9: The media start describing Trump’s lie as “a claim that reflects a partisan divide in America,” and is “found to be true by many.”

Step 10: The public is confused and disoriented about what the facts are. Trump wins.

Don’t let Trump’s lies become near truths. Be vigilant. Know the truth, and spread it. The media should stop mincing words. Report Trump’s lies as lies.

Just got back from Voter Protection Training!

It went really well! We do it in odd election years before the primaries because there are historically a lot of shenanigans regarding people crossfiling to get in primaries for parties not their own and we tend to have election observers for the different candidates in place, but there was a lot of general purpose information I want to generally make sure everyone knows.

Polling Place Dos and Don’ts: Campaigning

  • Candidate Behavior in Polling Places: Candidates can enter, vote and leave. They cannot hang around inside to say “hi” to voters, even if it’s stuff that’s not technically partisan like “I just want to thank you for voting today!” Vote and get out.
  • Not a candidate? You still literally shouldn’t even speak a candidate’s name while inside the polling place. This extends to the poll workers - if you forget a candidate’s name and ask the poll worker what it is, they actually should not even tell you that much. If you ever see a poll worker suggesting a specific candidate or seeming to promote a candidate, it is a violation and should be reported.
  • Along similar lines: do not wear candidate paraphernalia inside. No buttons, no shirts, no hats, no weird fun themed socks. This is a bit of a gray area but generally speaking, err on the side of caution and don’t.
  • Pamphlets should be handed out outside the polls, not inside. Rules vary by state, but generally you can’t hand out literature for a candidate inside the polls or within a certain perimeter of the entrance. I’ve seen some argument back and forth as to what counts as the “entrance” if you have two sets of doors, with an outer one to the building and an inner one, but I’ve absolutely reported people for being inside the polling building and seen them dutifully standing outside afterwards, so generally assume they should not be in the building.
  • NO ONE CAN BLOCK VOTERS FROM ENTERING OR INTIMIDATE VOTERS, INCLUDING GETTING IN THEIR PATH OR DEMANDING IDENTIFICATION OUTSIDE THE POLLS.
  • I want to really emphasize that last point - if you are in a voter ID state, your ID will be checked INSIDE. If you are asked for your ID outside the poll, that is a violation and those people do not have legitimate authority.
  • If someone is intimidating or harassing voters, including demanding to see ID,  report them. Additionally AS LONG AS YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE POLLING PLACE - get them on video on your phone if possible. Post the video to social media, but also post it to your local news station’s Facebook page. That having been said, be veeeery cautious about doing this inside a polling place - there are definitely rules in some states about recording inside a polling place. I’m afraid I can’t give general advice for this situation.
  • If you are unable to get into your polling place due to accessibility issues, that is also a violation. Report it, same as above.

Reporting Violations: See Something? Say Something!

  • Spot violations? Report them ASAP so they can be stopped before the day is out. They might get one or two voters, unfortunately, but don’t let them scare people away all day! They can be blatant about this type of thing, too - we had a story in tonight’s training about a district where, for years, Latinx voters were turned away at the door and told that “Latinos don’t vote here.” It was finally uncovered three years later when a phone banker calling for a local candidate spoke with a Latina woman who asked “Will I be able to vote this year?” and “I haven’t been able to vote these past few years, do Latinos vote somewhere else?” This was uncovered in 2012. Keep a sharp eye out. 
  • Generally speaking, each polling place should have a Judge of Elections - if anything is wrong, go to them first. Ask a poll worker until you get to speak to them.
  • Is the Judge of Elections complicit or not cooperating? Then go over to their head to the County Board of Elections. This information, obviously, varies by County, but I suggest googling it for your County and putting it into your phone’s address book.
  • 866-OUR-VOTE also does voter protection services, but their reactions may be slower, so go to them only after the above steps.
  • Phone issues/phone anxiety/etc.? There may also be places to report online! As I was informed, state sites are often more reliable for that then county, but please try to file a report on both. 
  • But the most important thing of all? Report A.S.A.P. The day after the election might stop them from pulling a repeat act next year, but who knows how many voters they’ll be able to stop before then? Don’t let these clowns operate all day! 
  • Finally, just as a note if you do see someone actively intimidating voters: record and report, but do not engage. However, you can offer to escort voters inside if they’re being intimidated! 
  • If you see someone being intimidated, encourage them to come forward - if you’re being intimidated, PLEASE come forward. Reporting when it happens the only way to nip this kind of thing in the bud. Without people coming forward and reporting, we get Latinx people being turned away from a polling place for three entire years before someone actually alerts the authorities because apparently no one posted a competent election watcher in that entire frigging time.
  • (I’m still so mad about that story - just oh my god.)

Trouble With Voting? Name Not on the Roll? No Voter ID?

  • Again, can’t emphasize this enough: If you have any trouble voting, flag down the judge of elections if you need help, then call your county board of elections if that fails or the judge is complicit in the problem.
  • Is your name not on the rolls? If all they’ve done is flip the book open to your alphabetical spot, they have not done their due diligence. Voter registration can be slow: sometimes, voter registrations will be sent in as “supplementals” to the book, depending on when they arrive. Have them check back of book for the supplementals first.
  • Still can’t find your name? Are you reasonably sure you’re in the right place and have registered? Better yet, is the online voter registration checker telling you you’re registered? Have the Judge of Elections call the county board of elections to see if you’ve been registered but not yet entered in the book yet!
  • Also, live in a Voter ID state? Check to make sure of the requirements! Some states only require voter ID if it’s your first time voting in that polling place. The exact form of acceptable ID may vary but your driver’s license should always be enough. If they’re telling you it isn’t, they are lying. Report it.
  • And if all else fails? ENTER A PROVISIONAL BALLOT. If you can prove after the fact that you’re eligible to vote at that polling place -  say, if you forgot your voter ID - you can still have your vote counted! 
  • You may never be denied a provisional ballot, ever. If someone tells you they’ve run out of provisional ballots they are ALMOST CERTAINLY LYING - they have a truly absurd amount of those on hand and can call for more. If someone tells you this, call the board of elections and tell them “Hey, [x voting place] is out of provisional ballots.” That’ll be resolved real quick then.
  • In fact, was there a mixup about your polling place? Whenever possible, you should always get to your actual voting place, but if you can’t make it in time to vote there, try filing a provisional ballot at the polling place where you currently are! It may be counted for your proper polling place later! Basically only do this if you physically cannot get to your polling place before the polls close, though. 
  • If you or someone else needs translation services, they are legally entitled to them; however, the translator does need to be certified, generally; you can’t just bring a friend or family member in to translate in the booth.

Poll Watcher and Worker Responsibilities

  • Poll watchers are usually registered for a certain candidate. I’m not sure if this is true for all states but in at least some there is a limit to number of poll watchers per candidate. Sometimes they’ll let a generic political party have a poll watcher (E.G., ‘Poll watcher for the Democratic Party’, etc.), but it’s rare and may be thrown out, so don’t count on it if you have another option.
  • Poll watchers need to be registered and approved. You can’t just show up and ‘poll watch’. If someone is claiming to be a poll watcher without official papers, report them. If someone is trying to ‘poll watch’ inside the polls without official papers, definitely report them.
  • What can poll watchers do? Well, for starters, they can check before polls open that numbers are at zero! After that, their job is to sit at table and watch. 
  • Do NOT tell any voters what candidate you are pollwatching for. That is a violation. See that thing about “literally do not speak a candidate’s name inside of a polling place” above.
  • Poll watchers can also watch the votes being counted and can even watch as the write-ins and absentee ballots are counted.
  • Aside from the Judge of Elections, poll workers, and poll watchers, polling places may also have an inspector for each party. Poll staff can be elected or appointed, depending on the position - if your polling place doesn’t have anyone from your party, you can tell the judge of elections you’re interested in volunteering. HOWEVER, you’re there from before it opens to after the last vote is counted, so make sure you’re up for that because that is a loooong day.
  • Finally, just as a general note: Exit pollers can ask you how you voted, but you can refuse to answer - no one can force you to answer how you voted.

And that’s my absurdly long voter protection spiel! There’s a lot of other voting rights stuff to know in terms of registration, felon registration rights (varies by state!), homeless registration rights (I know in at least some states you can register even if you’re homeless and just need to circle the area you’re usually in on a map in order to register, but that may not be universal), but we just covered stuff at the polls themselves here.

Now, get out there and vote! Every year has at least a primary and a general election, plus sometimes special elections - please don’t just turn out for Presidential elections!

Trump’s approval ratings unaffected by action in Syria

  • Listen to cable news talk about the Syria strikes, and you’d think President Donald Trump was a changed man, born again in the cleansing light of serious decisions.

  • CNN’s Fareed Zakaria lauded the strike as a new inauguration for Trump, lavishing the president with praise for acting presidential. NBC’s Brian Williams recited Leonard Cohen lyrics to express how beautiful he found the footage of the attack. Even the Democrats golf-clapped the missile strikes, declaring it a righteous way to lead if nothing else.

  • But the American people aren’t impressed. Since the Syria strike, Trump’s Gallup poll numbers have remained entirely flat. His approval rating has remained at a flat 40% since the attack. Meanwhile, his disapproval rating also remained about the same at 54%, before dropping to 53% days later. Read more. (4/11/2017 1:00 PM)

The End of Trump

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.

Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an obstruction of justice – a major charge in impeachment proceedings brought against Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.

It’s worth recalling that the illegality underlying Nixon’s impeachment was a burglary at the Watergate complex, while the illegality underlying Clinton’s was lying to a grand jury about sex with an intern in the White House.

Trump’s obstruction is potentially far more serious. It involves an investigation about whether Trump or his aides colluded with Russia in rigging a presidential election – the most direct assault on American democracy in history,

Last Thursday, in an interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt about his firing of Comey, Trump said: “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.” Trump also said that he had pressed Comey during a private dinner to tell him if he was under investigation.

Trump conceded that the ongoing investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election, which includes a probe into the possibility that Moscow was coordinating with the Trump campaign, was one of the factors Trump considered before firing Comey.

“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,’ ” Trump said.

The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to avoid being investigated, that’s an obstruction of justice – an impeachable offense.

On Friday, Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Here, the law is also clear. Seeking to silence, intimidate or even influence someone who is likely to offer evidence in a congressional or criminal proceeding is also an obstruction of justice – and an impeachable offense.

As a practical matter, though, nothing will happen until a majority of the House decides on bringing a bill of impeachment. Which means, under the present congress, twenty-two Republicans would have to join with House Democrats to put enough pressure on the Speaker of the House to allow such a bill to be considered.

The odds of this occurring in this Congress, under present circumstances, are approximately zero.

So – barring a “smoking gun” that shows Trump’s complicity with Russian operatives in interfering in the 2016 election – Trump’s fate seems to hinge on the midterm elections of 2018.

Those elections are less than eighteen months away. That’s a long time in American politics. Under a Trump presidency, that’s an eternity.

But there’s another possibility.

In my experience, most elected politicians have two goals – to do what they consider to be the right things for the American public, and to be reelected (not necessarily in that order).

If Trump’s poll numbers continue to plummet – particularly among Republicans and Independents – twenty-two House Republicans may well decide their chances for being reelected are better if they abandon him before the 2018 midterms.

Paul Ryan and the House Republican leadership might make a similar calculation, at least enough to put a bill of impeachment on the table.

Most House Republicans prefer Vice President Mike Pence to Donald Trump anyway. As one said to me several months ago, “Pence is a predictable conservative. Trump is an unpredictable egomaniac. Most of us are more comfortable with the former.”

There’s a good chance Trump’s polls will continue to fall. First, he’s shown to be his own worst enemy. Even when things are going reasonably well, he seems bizarrely intent on stirring controversy – and saying or tweeting things that get him into trouble.

There’s also a matter of the economy. The expansion that began in 2009 is getting long in the tooth. If history is any guide, we’re due for a slowdown or recession. And justified or not, presidents get blamed when Americans lose jobs.

Donald Trump doesn’t have the character or the temperament to be president of the United States. But this obvious fact isn’t enough to get him fired.

He’ll be fired when enough Americans decide they can’t abide him anymore.

Then, maybe in an impeachment proceeding, it will come out that Trump did something incredibly stupid – like give a nod of approval to one of his campaign bottom feeders like Roger Stone to tell a Russian operative to go ahead with their plan to interfere in the 2016 election.

The House impeaches. The Senate convicts. That’s the end of Trump. 

100 days in, Donald Trump’s poll numbers are still terrible

  • Forty-five percent of Americans think Donald Trump is off to a crummy start on his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
  • Just 35% of respondents believed the president was off to a “great” or “good” start, with an additional 19% saying Trump has had “only a fair start” to his presidency. 
  • The poll additionally found just 40% approve of his performance, with a majority, 54%, saying he is doing a bad job.
  • Virtually all demographic groups polled had a distaste for the president, with the exception of whites without a college degree, Republicans and Trump voters, the latter group skewing 82% in favor of his administration. Read more. (4/23/2017 2:01 PM)

So i have several blip ideas for the Animus AU, but I don’t know which to start. I’ve put a poll thingy on my twitter for the top 4 so please vote there if you can (^人^) If not, send me msgs/asks/replies please!

(Reminder this AU is KanaDiaMari, ChikaYou and Yohariko)

  • You & Riko and blood
  • Maru-centric, featuring Kanan, Ruby and Dia
  • Dia & Mari (and technically Kanan)
  • Yohane-centric, featuring mostly Riko and Mari

Which one should I write?

Draco x Hermione: Rival Candidates for Minister of Magic
  • Hermione begrudgingly accepts that she’s the best choice for Minister of Magic candidacy
  • Draco has spent decades cleaning up the Malfoy name, so of course his final play is to run for Minister of Magic
  • As soon as they both announce it, the Wizarding World goes crazy
  • Although Hermione has the young vote, the older generations will always prefer a Malfoy to be in charge
  • Even if this Malfoy has done everything in his power to stop being associated with pureblood elitism
  • He even donated to Granger’s S.P.E.W for fuck’s sake!
  • But Hermione isn’t buying any of it
  • So during their first official private meeting she accuses him of doing it all for the press
  • Which, alright, he is
  • But that’s not the whole reason and he claims he’s actually changed
  • The campaigning starts and they’re both forced to see each other in various political events
  • They end up arguing every time
  • Sometimes publicly and sometimes not
  • In the end they must bite their tongues and shake hands
  • The debates are always interesting, and they’ve both won and lost
  • Until Hermione (with the help of her advisor, Ginny) starts a really nasty campaign bad-mouthing the Malfoys for all they did during the war
  • His poll numbers start to drop almost immediately 
  • And that night he barges into her house, unannounced, and in a fit of rage
  • “What the fuck, Granger!? That was a low move and you know it!”
  • “Oh like you haven’t been playing dirty, Malfoy!”
  • “I haven’t! But if that’s what you want, get ready because I will. Fuck. You. Up.”
  • “I’d like to see you try”
  • Neither of them notice how close they are to each other
  • Or how heavy the air suddenly got around them
  • But next thing they know, Hermione’s tearing off his clothes as he pins her against the wall
  • Draco makes sure to kiss that infuriating mouth of hers as much as he can before reality sets in
  • And boy, did it set in
  • Right after they finish, Draco leaves. He doesn’t make a public appearance for two weeks
  • Everyone thinks he’s gonna drop out at that point
  • And maybe he is, he just doesn’t know anymore
  • But Hermione knocks on his door the day before a very important public event
  • She convinces him to return and apologizes for her unfair campaign
  • “We started this together. No matter the results, I think we should finish it, together.”
  • Draco returns, stronger than ever, and his poll numbers quickly pick up
  • It’s a very close race and nobody knows what’s going to happen
  • What also nobody knows is that Draco and Hermione have been seeing each other secretly behind the scenes
  • Eyes meeting across conference rooms
  • Quick get-togethers after an intense debate
  • “Randomly” running into each other during their capaign tours
  • They can’t help it, being together is the only thing getting them through this whole deal
  • Which is highly ironic because they’re both terrified of what’s gonna happen once somebody actually wins
  • They don’t mention it, though, because this their thing was supposed to be for “fun” and “I still want to win”
  • The closer the voting is, the more they fight, in and out of the spotlight
  • And they’ve both thought about quitting multiple times
  • But when the day finally comes, neither of them can bear to watch the results without the other
  • So they organize a big party with both their teams in the name of ‘unity’
  • The tension is high, the race is extremely close, and they wait for the results well into the night
  • They walk up next to each other seconds before the announcement
  • And they hold hands
  • “The newly elected Minister of Magic is…”
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Is the Democratic party with the resistance? This weekend might tell | Bill McKibben
The DNC votes on who will become the new chairman in a few days. If Keith Ellison wins, the party might just be able to win back its lost credibility
By Bill McKibben

The resistance is doing as well as anyone could realistically hope. Deprived by the elections of any institutional power, we’ve marched in record numbers with courage and wit. That’s helped journalists to find their footing, and President Needy’s poll numbers have begun to tumble. But only a crazy person could keep up this plate-spinning pace for long. Since he clearly will, those fighting Trump need to find a fortress to call home – a place to find shelter in and from which to sally forth.

One of those fortresses may be the Democratic party, depending on how this weekend’s vote for a new DNC chairman comes out.

There are a number of candidates, but two appear to be in the lead: former labor secretary Tom Perez, and Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison. Both, by all accounts, are good guys, and not greatly divided by ideology. But they clearly represent the two wings of the party.

Perez is from the ruling wing, the institutional party. He is closely identified with Barack Obama, who he worked for, and Hillary Clinton, who he supported. Ellison is from the movement wing. He is closely identified with Bernie Sanders. Indeed, he was one of the few members of Congress who actively supported his insurgent candidacy.

The choice is actually about the best way to unite the opposition to Trump, at least for the purposes of winning elections.

We don’t need the Democratic party to tell us what to think – we have vibrant and engaged movements out there that are reshaping public opinion every day, in the airports and on Facebook. Black Lives Matter leads our movement intellectually in a way that the Democratic party never will. But we may need the Democratic party for the fairly limited purpose of winning elections and hence consolidating power. What would best serve that utilitarian need?

The answer, I think, is pretty clear.

Ellison – and by extension the movements he represents – offers the party the items it lacks and needs. Credibility, for one. You could (and this is the argument of Perez and his establishment team) begin in the middle, with as unthreatening and centrist a party as possible, and then reach out to the various movements and try to bring them on board. But I doubt that will work.

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Masterpost: How to write an article like a journalist

I’ve been taking a class about journalism and I got a lot of interesting tips about how to write like a good journalist.

But Aly, what’s a good journalist? No need to explain it for hours: journalism changed. People used to take time to write an article, now they (basically) all rush to get the work done. But there are important rules if you want to write an article.

This masterpost is for everyone. If you have a blog, have a homework about writing like a journalist, or even if you only want to know how to do that. → here’s the masterpost:

1. Show - Don’t tell. I would say this is the first and most important rule. Telling is easy, you take a good story, write it and tadaaaa! But that’s not journalism. A journalist shows what is the story, why is it important, when it happens, where it happens, how it happens. If you follow this rule, you’ve already done half of the work.

2. Cover - Don’t follow. Once again, this is an important rule. A journalist has to cover his topic not randomly follow what other people said about it. It implies an investigation; a research of the topic. You need to prove to the readers that you are right, that what you say is what is true. And it all starts with proofs. Find polls, find stats, find numbers or quotes that will justify your article.

3. Say the truth. Aly, that’s a stupid one? No, telling the truth is important. Nowadays, way too many journalists rewrite stories which lead to misinformation and confusion. Be honest. Accuracy is a word you should worship if you’re writing an article. Think about what G. Orwell said “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed.”

4. Write about the future. You’re the journalist, tell them the story. Readers will be more focused about what will happen tomorrow, rather than what happened yesterday.

5. Transparency. You should never show your opinion, you are here to inform people about facts, not here to recount a story. You have to stay neutral. As my teacher would say: “You’re not Stendhal, you’re not here to write a story. You’re here to tell the story using facts, proofs and witnesses!” One good way to avoid being too subjective: don’t use too many adjectives as they always show your opinion.

6. Remember you’re writing for readers. Put yourself in their shoes, they might not know your topic, the acronyms you use or anything like that. Explain to them what it is all about!

I hope my masterpost helped some of you, let me know if you have any questions and you can always message me for further information!

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One closes, and another opens. If I were to imagine heaven, I would imagine a door opening. And he would be waiting for me there.“

[for Abby]

SnK Chapter 92 Poll Results

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This chapter had a better reception than the last one. Seeing Reiner and Zeke was cited as a factor by many. Also the action was hard to resist.

that was an interesting way to set up a new story arc. i don’t really know whether i liked it or not, and i’m really eager to see what’s going on with our main crew. i’m gonna reserve most of my judgement until there’s a bigger picture though, so i can fully see what’s going on and why Isayama decided to start like this.

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If this were honestly any other president I’d be applauding the use of military intervention in Syria. The Assad regime has committed genocide against its own people and the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians that include children should absolutely be met with some sort of military retaliation.

However, Donald Trump is a narcissistic liar and opportunist. I have such a hard time believing that he underwent such a huge change of heart simply because now he’s president, as media pundits claim. Not just because we’d all already seen the images of buildings collapsing and chemical weapons being used on infants and toddlers, but because this military action does not include any sort of diplomatic or humanitarian component to it that provides relief for those individuals that he claims to care so much about now, so what’s different?

Well, nothing, except for the fact that Donald Trump’s poll numbers are in the toilet. I honestly believe that he’s only really doing this because (1) it forces a shift in what we’re talking about as a nation, a military strike that might bring us into conflict with Russia is much more of an immediate threat than the long drawn out investigation into Russian meddling in our election, and (2) it makes him look presidential. For the past three months Donald Trump has utterly failed to come off as a strong, authoritative, or competent leader, but in nation steeped in military worship, nothing says I’m a strong leader like launching bombs.

Moreover, although it’s unclear if there were in fact any casualties as a result of the strike, what we do know is that prior to yesterday Donald Trump had, at least to our knowledge, never taken a human life and I honestly have no idea what sort of psychological implications this position, as an arbiter of life and death, will have on someone who’s already exhibited strong narcissistic tendencies.

I think the biggest issue I’m seeing on the news right now though is the dismissal of congressional representatives saying that Trump can’t just launch bombs without congressional approval and it’s because they keep creating this equivalency to Obama and saying, well, he didn’t get approval for such and such thing so why does Trump? It’s an idiotic impulse we’ve seen time and again in the national media, which is to try and gain a footing of normalcy within a fundamentally chaotic administration. The reality though is that Trump isn’t normal, he never will be, he’s a man who is accustomed to a CEO’s style of management, which means having broad unilateral authority, and already we’ve already seen his administration pushing the boundaries of their power and straining to adjust to their limitations.

With that in mind, fuck yeah I want Donald Trump to be forced to seek congressional approval before any major military action like this again because I believe that any situation that allows him to broaden the scope of his power will result in some very bad consequences for us all down the road, especially when it comes to the military where the president already has such broad authority. This president needs to be checked and balanced at every turn, even when, at face value, he’s doing the right thing because, if not, were all going to be subject to his whims down the road. Assad provokes him? Cool, more bombs. Russians were killed and now they’ve become involved? Bomb them too. The world is going down in flames? Party.

We need constant vigilance and oversight