Trump: The Great Distractor

85438C88-6139-40E0-96EF-FFBE32A8213CI’ve never done this before, but today I’m going to post here, verbatim, an editorial that appeared in this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle. Because this is what Donald Trump does….

We’ve seen this sequence before: A story, one that that President Trump wants to go away fast, erupts. He quickly says or does something so outrageous that it overtakes the news cycle.

Coincidence?

It wasn’t on Nov. 20, 2018, according to former National Security Adviser John Bolton in his new book, “The Room Where It Happened.” In that case, the story Trump wanted to eclipse was a Washington Post revelation that daughter Ivanka had sent hundreds of emails to White House aides on a personal account in violation of federal records rules. That was obviously an embarrassing story for a president who, as a candidate, had attacked his opponent Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state.

So what could be jaw-dropping enough to bury the Ivanka story? Why, how about a defense of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal dismemberment of Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, contradicting the CIA’s conclusion that the prince ordered the assassination.

“This will divert from Ivanka,” Bolton quoted Trump as saying in drafting the statement.

It did.

Now along comes an even more explosive allegation Friday night: a New York Times report that Russian operatives offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan. The story alleged that Trump had been briefed about the intelligence finding, along with a menu of options that included sanctions, yet Trump had taken no action against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But that was not the story dominating social media on Sunday. Cyberspace was buzzing with Trump’s retweet of a video with his white supporters in Florida shouting “white power!” in an angry exchange with anti-Trump protesters. Trump’s retweet, with his salute to “the great people of The Villages” retirement community, was later deleted, but not before it had 4 million views. The Team Trump spin crew tried to claim the president did not hear the “white power” words even though they came at the start of the 2-minute video.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnaney said the president, purportedly unaware of the racist shouts, retweeted the video to show solidarity with supporters who are “oftentimes demonized.”

Then on Monday morning Trump was back at it, retweeting without comment a video of a white couple pointing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun toward a peaceful procession of Black protesters in St. Louis.

There are two disturbing trends on display in Trump’s Twitter feed. One is his art of deflection. The other is his unapologetic appeals to racism.

Trump is the distractor-in-chief. But as I wrote in my earlier post today, he is a traitor to America. If you are going to vote for him in November, you, too, are a traitor to America.

Image from this post on Medium.

He’s an Effin’ Traitor

EFEDCC32-2886-401B-8472-C9B523FB46E9If this report yesterday from CNN is true, I don’t see how anyone — even Republicans — can continue to stick their heads in the sand and deny that our president is a traitor to his country.

According to the legendary Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, in hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the Trump posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

Trump regularly bullied and demeaned the leaders of America’s principal allies, especially two women: telling Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom she was weak and lacked courage; and telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she was “stupid.”

Trump incessantly boasted to his fellow heads of state, including Saudi Arabia’s autocratic royal heir Mohammed bin Salman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors, according to the sources.

The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that Trump was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone, or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest.

Bear in mind that yesterday’s CNN report followed hot on the heels of Friday’s New York Times blockbuster report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops. The Times article went on to report that Trump and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March.

What has Trump done in response to learning in March that Russia was paying to have American soldiers killed? Absolutely nothing. Why not? Because the President of the United States is a traitor to his country.

Found Nomination

D17D15E6-3142-4B55-8514-E36EDD1C97A1Earlier today I wrote a post lamenting that a “kind blogger nominated me this morning for some blog award, but it went right to my spam folder and I accidentally permanently deleted it while cleaning out my spam.” And then I asked whoever it was who nominated me if he or she could let me know.

The good news is that Beckie, over at Beckie’s Mental Mess, let me know that she was that kind blogger who nominated me. So, despite my carelessness, I feel that I owe it to her to graciously accept her nomination and follow at least most of the rules.

And here are said rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to her blog. Thank you, Beckie! The link to Beckie’s Mental Mess is above in the second paragraph.
  • Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. Nope, I’m going to nominate any and all bloggers who read this post for the award, because if they are reading this, they are clearly very versatile.
  • Tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself. See below.

Seven things about me that you probably never really wanted to know:

  1. I am essentially a teetotaler, except on rare occasions when I will have a bottle of beer. (Please don’t ask me about pot-infused gummies, though.)
  2.  We (my wife and I) are empty nesters…CC983598-B137-4B8D-AA6E-F91A11AD6336
  3. …but we have a dog and a cat to take care of — and they are much easier to raise than our two children were.
  4. Up until 2015, I was a politically left-leaning centrist (i.e., moderate), but thanks to Donald Trump, I am now a far-left progressive.
  5. I am embarrassed for my country because of the corrupt con man and traitor to America and to our allies who currently occupies the Oval Office (along with the spineless Republican sycophants in Congress who blindly do his bidding).
  6. I have been blogging since 2005, but after a two-year hiatus from blogging, I started this blog in May 2017.
  7. I blog anonymously because (1) I’ve had my identity stolen twice and I don’t want to give those bastards any more opportunities to do it a third time, and (2) I feel that I can be more open and honest in my anonymity on my blog than I can in my real skin using my real-world identity.

Okay, now it’s your turn, everyone. Tell me, Beckie, and everyone else seven things about you!

The Nightmare in the Oval Office

78F64D66-DC9F-48E5-83B5-53AD54B0A158Donald Trump surprised both the State Department and the Defense Department when he decided today — apparently unilaterally — to rapidly withdraw all U.S. troops in Syria. He essentially discarded the entire Syria and Iran strategy in a single, inexplicable stroke, giving up any and all U.S. influence in the region, and disregarding the advice of his top national security officials. Analysts worry that his decision will have devastating and dangerous consequences for the United States, the region, and the Syrian people.

Trump tweeted “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” Naturally, Vladimir Putin was delighted, and praised Trump’s move. Without America’s presence in Syria, the country — and the region — will be vulnerable to greater influence from Russia.

WTF? When will his Republican lackeys in Congress denounce this traitor to our country? Trump has defied his key military and national security advisors through a seemingly secretive process that seems to benefit Putin and Russia while being detrimental to the country he is supposed to be leading.

This man is America’s worst nightmare.


Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (denounce), Word of the Day Challenge (secretive), and The Haunted Wordsmith’s Daily Word Prompt (nightmare).

denounce secretive nightmare