Who Won The Week? 02/16/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings, or in today’s case, Sunday afternoon (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am reluctantly choosing Donald Trump.

66378E30-8936-461F-B9DF-D26FEC72902FEmboldened by his acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate on February 5th, the “Real Donald Trump” has been unleashed. Asked what he learned from impeachment, Trump told reporters that his biggest takeaway was that “the Democrats are crooked. … That they’re vicious. That they shouldn’t have brought impeachment.”

And then, in a tweet, he literally referred to himself as “the King.”A7AB14EC-9DDF-4A06-AF68-266308714E1EAnd now, in a move seen as unabashed political retaliation, he’s ousting individuals that he believes crossed him during impeachment from his White House and administration.

And this past week Trump inserted himself into the fight over a sentencing recommendation for his longtime associate, Roger Stone. Trump criticized the career Justice Department prosecutors who worked on the case and the judge assigned to the trial. Of course, William Barr is doing exactly what Trump wanted him to do.

Some Republicans had hoped that Trump would be chastened by the impeachment proceedings. But the exact opposite has proven to be true. He has expressed no remorse over his actions, and instead is doing everything he can to strengthen his hold over the executive branch. He now feels totally unrestrained and is behaving more like an autocratic dictator than the leader of a democratic republic.

And so, while it pains me to do so, I declare that Donald Trump has won the week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

16 thoughts on “Who Won The Week? 02/16/2020

  1. Stroke Survivor UK February 16, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    But if he showed remorse, that would be an admission of guilt, surely? I mean, his defence was not that he did something wrong and is remorseful, but that he hadn’t done anything wrong in the first place. Trump’s tweet is wrong, though. The Dems did not need to kill him, just harm him enough to tip the balance in the election.

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      • Stroke Survivor UK February 17, 2020 / 12:46 am

        As I sit here, I do wonder who could possibly have gone off Trump as a result of the impeachment. I mean, people either thought he was an asshole way before then, or he could do absolutely anything and it’d be OK. I don’t see much middle ground. But I think it was a situation where they had to do something.

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        • Fandango February 17, 2020 / 6:29 am

          I agree. It’s just too bad that Trump has somehow cast a spell over nearly all Republicans and nearly half of the population. As a result, democracy in America is dead.

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          • Stroke Survivor UK February 17, 2020 / 6:42 am

            Yup, you’re either with us or against us, there is no middle ground. It felt like that over Brexit.

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            • Fandango February 17, 2020 / 2:25 pm

              Seems we are so polarized these days that, as you say, there is no middle ground anymore, no “moderates” left.

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  2. Lolsy's Library February 16, 2020 / 9:08 pm

    If they thought Trump would be “chastened” by this, they are the morons I thought they were.

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  3. Marleen February 17, 2020 / 7:56 am

    Susan Collins (of “learned his lesson” fame) has given us some “insight” into how Republicans think on. A number of things, and Michael Bloomberg helped get her re-elected.

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  4. Marleen February 17, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    I just read this, today, but want to share it. Since I don’t see a “who won the week” for the 9th of February [and I understand, too], I’ll put the article here; hope that’s okay.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/us/arizona-aid-volunteers-reverse-convictions-trnd/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold

    … four volunteers [part of the No More Deaths ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson] who left food and water for migrants in the desert

    ………………..

    Though the Trump administration has emphasized protecting the religious liberty “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” Justice Department lawyers rejected the assertion that the volunteers’ actions were motivated by their faith, according to the Law, Rights & Religion Project at Columbia Law School.

    “Judge Márquez’s opinion marks a significant defeat for the Department of Justice in its effort to protect religious liberty rights only when they advance the White House’s political agenda,” Katherine Franke, faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project, said in a statement.

    ….

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