You're Making Me Look Like An Idiot

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So, there was a #TrumpMeltdown today and that’s probably not even going to be the biggest story of the day because we are on an hourly news cycle now. This evening, there will likely be something as awful as you can imagine that will be shotgunned into the waiting gullet of this terrorized nation.

Lost in the shuffle here is a newfound appreciation for how many Trump staffers have decided to start unloading their worst stories about daily life in the White House:

Donald Trump reportedly told aides and cabinet members they were making him look like an “idiot” in an expletive-laden rant over his failure to clamp down on the nation’s southern border. 

In a March Oval Office meeting in which he called for entry to the US from Mexico to be completely shut down, the president is said to have berated officials including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, aide Stephen Miller and former homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

“You are making me look like an idiot,” he said, according to an excerpt of a new book featured in The New York Times, which said the statement also included an expletive.

Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D Shear, also claims that Mr Trump considered a range of increasingly bizarre border policies – including fortifying the wall with a moat filled with snakes or alligators.

The week ended with the firing of Ms Nielsen after the 45th President said he wanted a cement wall on the Mexican border, despite contracts having already been secured for a steel barrier.

Trump is unhinged and he’s going to burn down the United States government around him in order to prove to these staffers that he’s not the problem, you’re the problem. It’s all well and good that they’re continuing their noble tradition of trying to curry favor with the Beltway media complex by leaking juicy secrets, but, at the end of the day, none of these people should be allowed near the halls of power again. We need a thorough removal of marginally capable politicians, and we need to establish some standards for conduct in office.

President Obama was as capable, thoughtful, competent and as professional as any president we have ever had, probably the finest ever. If you can’t meet the Obama standard, you can’t be president.

The Time to Act is Now

The time to act is now.

This country has waited, patiently, for someone to do something about Trump his vast criminal enterprise, which now includes the Executive Branch of the government of the United States.

The Democratic Party leaders in the House of Representatives have to make significant strides in the next few months to bring the Trump Regime to its knees in terms complying with oversight requests and to return to respecting the rule of law. We are well past the phase where we could give them a chance to comply. The honeymoon is over.

I sense a great deal of frustration. You can’t look at Twitter (which is not real, I know) and not see this anger with the House leadership building and I don’t think it’s entirely because of impeachment. I know that it is a strategic move to keep Trump thinking that he could eventually be impeached, but my overall belief is, so what? So what if he’s impeached?

  • He won’t be removed from office.

  • Trump is incapable of shame.

  • The same low-information people who are screaming for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to impeach will blame her when they finally realize, oh, that didn’t remove Trump.

So, I’m way past that bullshit. We have to stop waiting for Trump to listen to his better angels. Those were drowned in the bathtub long, long ago. We have to stop waiting for someone around Trump to check his terrible instincts and control him—those people were gone before Christmas. We have to stop thinking there is someone in the House or Senate on the GOP side that has some decency left. They sold it for a few donations and thus have no more soul to give away.

I want the Democrats in Congress to step up, stop waiting for the courts, and begin defunding the Federal government. Starve this fucking beast from within. Not one more penny for Justice, Department of Homeland Security, or any other Federal agency until the Trump people begin complying with the lawfully served subpoenas they’ve been ignoring.

It’s time to shut the whole thing down. Not one more penny.

The lawbreaking is right there, out in the open. When Trump visits his own properties, he’s self-dealing. When foreign governments spend millions at his properties, it violates the Emoluments Clause. When his officials run wild, we all suffer.

I think it is imperative to understand that there is a consistent looting of the treasury happening right now. I don’t think we’ve even begun to scratch the surface of the insider trading that is going on—whereby, someone in the Trump Regime (ahem, Wilbur Ross?) directs their personal business handlers to take actions based on some aspect of U.S. trade policy that is about to happen which, ultimately, enriches the person with inside information. We have a de-fanged and toothless investigatory apparatus right now, so a lot of what’s happening won’t be discovered for years, if not decades.

We have an out of control policy on the southern border which screams out for Congressional investigations of what’s being done in our name. It needs to happen right now.

Time won’t wait for us to save democracy. We have to act right now.