3TC — If Only

AECBAF8E-F2FC-4BF5-ADEB-C59F7BD719DF“You people in the lame-stream media go out of you way to write mean and nasty things about me,” the president whined at his press conference. “Why don’t you ever write about all of the wonderful things I’ve done for this country and all of my great accomplishments in my first term in office.”

A journalist from one of the nation’s most highly respected newspaper stood up and responded to the president. “Sir,” he said, “you stand before us and tell lie after lie. You take no responsibility for the catastrophes brought about by your ineptness and incompetence, and you attempt to blame everyone but yourself for the terrible state our country is in. Sir, it will be a cold day in hell before I knowingly lie to my readers as you knowingly lie to the American people.”

The other journalists all stood and applauded their colleague.

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101. Today’s three things are “media,” “way,” and “cold.”

One-Liner Wednesday — Would or Wouldn’t

“I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”

Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16, 2018

Donald Trump now claims to have misspoken on Monday at the press conference after his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. When asked by a journalist about whether he thought that Russia had interfered with the U.S. presidential election in 2016, what Trump actually said was, “I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia.”

But when he returned Monday from the summit, Trump said that he “realized there is some need for clarification” about his remarks on Russian interference in the election.

“In a key sentence in my remarks” Trump pointed out, “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’”

“The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’” he said. “Sort of a double negative.”

And that sort of reminded me of another mix-up of the words would and wouldn’t Trump previously made, which mix-up was perfectly captured in this Facebook post I came across:


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.


E27597BA-C4F5-4865-B328-7E22790569EFI just watched the President of the United States of America perform a blatant act of treason for the whole world to witness. I am sitting here and typing this with tears in my eyes and feeling as if I just received a gut punch.

Please tell me that this is a nightmare or an episode of the “Twilight Zone.” This can’t possibly be real. This must be flash fiction.