A small wave of sympathy was building for Donald Trump, helped by Robert DeNiro and Samantha Bee who threw vulgar tantrums that made Kathy Griffin look vaguely normal. Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, got slapped with a ten-million-dollar assessment for not making a timely payment to a former law-partner. Paul “The Rock” Manafort proved his bona fides by choosing to eat baloney sandwiches instead of spilling the beans. Michael Cohen was busy trying to get Avenatti to shut up, and kissy-face agents brought disgrace on the Bureau while James Comey fessed up to whatever it was he said he did in an op-ed written for Hillary.
Jim Acosta and CNN do not have a constitutional right to a White House press pass. There are thousands of news organizations and tens of thousands of reporters who do not have such a coveted pass. CNN claims that Acosta’s “First Amendment rights of freedom of the press” have been violated.
Who will win the Democratic House, Trump-GOP investigation war? Trump seemed to threaten pushing the Republican-led Senate to do his bidding on their own side of the scrimmage. Then, now that he has installed his hand-picked Attorney General temporary replacement who was the one attorney out of millions who had the right stuff to replace Jeff Sessions, who knows what’s ahead
Though no one knows what Little Rocket Man is really up to, besides partying after his successful summit, the fact that he’s not shooting off his mouth, or bombs, is good for the country. Even the insults the president lobbed at the too-nice-to-be-in-politics Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, are fading, as is Trump’s offer to send Japan 25 million Mexicans.
The art of smoky lies and fun house mirrors were working better than General Mills’ pitch that Cheerios grow healthy hearts. Even Midwest farmers sucked up the losses that are sure to come when China gets down with its own tariffs. Even the new Trump Foundation lawsuit seemed old hat. The economy is humming, job stats are good, and Ivanka got new patents.
Everything was rosy, for the moment, until of all things, the administration chose to treat immigrant and asylum-seeker children like creatures in a Charles Dickens’ novel. Whoever thought that juvenile internment camps was a good idea needs to read “Hello Moon” to Paul Manafort every night in his cell. Even religious leaders who’d just applauded the anti-LGBTQ2 “Fearful Baker” Supreme Court ruling, and the U.N., got riled up by the new policies.
Adios to begrudging acceptance of some sort of wall along the Southern border, which isn’t to say that its purpose couldn’t be accomplished cheaper, and more efficiently, but because 25 billion-dollars in a world of 1.5 trillion-dollar corporate tax cuts isn’t all that much money. The newly revised procedures, disingenuously blamed on Democrats, will doom the wall because of their inhumanity, and the irreparable harm they’re doing to the soul of the nation. Just ask anyone who’s ever looked at a milk carton and thought, “But for the grace of God, that could be my child.”