Broken. I'm just going to leave these here... a small sampling from the past week.
What are Hillary Clinton's people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had she should never.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017
have been allowed to run - guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states - no enthusiasm!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2017
INTELLIGENCE INSIDERS NOW CLAIM THE TRUMP DOSSIER IS "A COMPLETE FRAUD!" @OANN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
.@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
203. “Drain the swamp” in Washington and “cut our ties with the failed politicians of the past.”
263. “It’s time to reject the political and media elite that’s bled our country dry.”
Broken. This theme has followed us from the Republican primaries all the way through Trump's 9.5-minute inaugural speech. Much of it was effectively target practice directed at the swamp inhabitants with whom he must now work. Given such fiery anti-Washington rhetoric, I'm shocked -- shocked! -- that we have yet to see the other end of such career politicians as Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky's longest-serving senator, who was elected to Congress in 1984 and began his political career as a Hill intern in 1964), Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House, currently serving his ninth term as a member of Congress, and the Vice Presidential running mate of Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election), and Elaine Chao (Trump's nominee for Transportation Secretary... and Mitch McConnell's second wife).
Broken. Claire Cohen at The Telegraph has done a remarkable job compiling the comprehensive Donald Trump Sexism Tracker, which includes such inspiring, feminism-positive gems as:
"You know, it doesn't really matter what [they] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
"You have to treat 'em like s----." (timeless advice on managing one's relationships with women)
"I have days where, if I come home -- and I don't want to sound too much like a chauvinist -- but when I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."
Kept. Conversations following the election often converged on the Five Stages of Grief. I even spoke with one clinical psychiatrist who said the discussion extended far past my group of progressively-minded (i.e. grieving) friends into the world of academic psychology. From a fascinating piece in the Boston Globe:
"In the wake of a historically volatile election campaign, there is ample evidence that the mental health of Americans of all political persuasions has been seriously challenged. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and other hot line services have reported huge surges in calls for help. Surveys have shown disproportionate numbers of people reporting emotional distress over the election, with one poll indicating that 90 percent of those saying they’ve been stressed believe this election was more demoralizing than any other they’d experienced."
Broken, unless his Twitter-labeling of Meryl Streep as a "Hilary flunky who lost big" and "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" was an ironic form of solidarity. Now, I don't consider one celebrity insulting another a valid argument in itself, so let's talk facts. Trump has already let down the retirement-age voters (Democrat and Republican alike) whose Medicare is now at risk; he has let down internationalists and European allies who see NATO as the primary reason for 70 years of peace in continental Europe; he has let down climate scientists (and human beings whose quality of life depends on climate stability) by removing all traces of climate change from the White House website, instead putting up a promise to drill lots of oil. Also, LEAVE MERYL ALONE.
Broken. "Everything" is, by its nature, a rival good. If Rex from Texas has everything, including certain non-transferable powers, exclusive relationships, and financial resources, then I cannot possibly have those things. Over-promise and under-deliver, am I right?Donald J. Trump is now President of the United States, and this blog is going nowhere.