Saturday, November 18, 2017

This Week in Trumpland November 18, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “up is down and down is up” edition

After another mass shooting in California, Trump tweets his condolences "to the people of Texas"
Even as registration for the Affordable Care Act  AKA ObamaCare continues to swell, GOP buries a provision killing the law’s individual mandate in a tax bill
Trump’s Asia trip brings good tidings from Trump to fellow despots Putin and Duterte
After it’s exposed that Jeff Sessions was in fact involved with Russian ties, he denies lying to Congress and states he had simply forgotten
Jeff Sessions explores appointing a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump, Jr exposed for having given WikiLeaks information designed to damage Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign
Jared Kushner revealed to have lied about whether he had knowledge of Trump Jr's WikiLeaks actions
Three UCLA athletes who were caught stealing sunglasses in China are scolded by Trump on Twitter, not for stealing but for not thanking him for their release
A study shows Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in more than thirty years
The Twitter mob raises up their torches against Lena Dunham when she comes to the defense of a writer accused of sexual assault on the set of “Girls”
After announcing the legalizing of importing elephant hunting trophies (read: elephant remains) Trump reverses course, setting the table for a tense Thanksgiving at the Trump household and fewer selfies for Eric and Donald, Jr.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

This Week in Trumpland November 11, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “forward and backward” edition

EPA head Scott Pruitt replaces scientists on the EPA advisory board with oil and chemical lobbyists including one who says air quality in the U.S. is “too” clean
Wisconsin state representative Scott Allen suggests women should not be allowed to have abortions for the sake of the labor force
Trump attacks the presidential legacies of George Bush, Sr. and George Bush, Jr. upon learning they did not vote for him
Trump claims Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie lost because he didn’t embrace Trump
Affordable Care Act enrollment surges in first week
Andrea Jenkins becomes the first out Trans woman of color to be elected to public office in the United States
Vi Lyles becomes the first African American woman elected mayor in Charlotte, N.C.
Ravi Bhalla becomes the first Sikh mayor in New Jersey history
Virginian Danica Roem becomes first transgender person elected in a U.S. Statehouse, beating the incumbent who proudly touted himself as the state’s “chief homophobe”
Melvin Carter becomes first African American mayor of St. Paul
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of multiple sexual encounters with teenage girls, and proudly uses the accusation as a fundraising tool
The list of men accused of using their positions of power to sexually harass or molest others in the work place continues to grow at a dizzying pace

Saturday, November 4, 2017

This Week in Trumpland November 4, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “give me a lawyer dog” edition

Puerto Rico Governor seeks to cancel $300 million contract awarded by Trump administration to a power company consisting of only two employees that is backed by a large Trump donor
A Federal Court blocks Trump’s transgender military ban
Louisiana’s Supreme Court holds that a detained suspect who said “just give me a lawyer dog” when police questioned him was asking for an actual canine attorney and not invoking his constitutional right to counsel
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his partner Jim Gates are indicted
Secretary of State John Kelly suggests the civil war could have been avoided if people had been willing to compromise on keeping slavery
In response to a Russian terrorist who killed 8 people in NYC, Trump claims terrorism trial system “is a joke” and threatens to send suspect to Guantanamo Bay
Trump claims in a press conference that if the GOP tax plan doesn’t pass he will blame economic adviser Gary Cohn and treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin
New proposed GOP tax plan has language that repeals part of ObamaCare
Trump and Jeff Sessions continue to deny knowledge of campaign contact with the Russians even as evidence mounts that they did have knowledge of those contacts
The NYPD moves closer to arresting Harvey Weinstein on rape and lewd conduct charges as more people accuse him and others in the entertainment industry of sexual harassment and assault
Democratic leaders start mandatory internal finger pointing, forsaking party for bigger book sales and personal aggrandizement
Energy Secretary Rick Perry claims fossil fuels can be used to limit sexual assault
A Twitter employee briefly deletes Trump’s account
Collins Dictionary declares the term “fake news” the word(s) of the year

Saturday, October 28, 2017

This Week in Trumpland October 28, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “disgusting people” edition

Education Secretary Nancy DeVos rescinds 72 policy documents outlining the rights of students with disabilities
Bill O’Reilly claims that disclosure of his $32 million dollar settlement for sexual harassment is a smear campaign perpetrated by his enemies and that “God let him down”
Following the revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s repeated sexual assault and possible rape of numerous women, director James Toback gets accused of the same by more than 200 women
Mark Halperin gets accused of the same by a dozen women and counting
Trump again claims all the women who accused him of sexual harassment were lying
Trump gets in a Twitter war with gold star widow Myeshia Johnson
Two Republican senators, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, take blistering shots at Trump after announcing they will not run for re-election
Barack Obama and George W. Bush speak out against Trump’s leadership without calling him out by name
NAACP warns African Americans not to fly on American Airlines due to racial bias by the airline
Senate votes to kill rule allowing class action lawsuits to stop harmful practices by banking institutions and credit card companies 
First charges filed under seal in the Robert Mueller investigation

Saturday, October 21, 2017

This Week in Trumpland October 21, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “he said she said” edition

Trump tells widow of fallen soldier that “your guy knew what he signed up for”
When Congresswoman Frederica Wilson calls Trump out for the insensitive statement, Trump falsely claims he “has proof” he never said those words and then recants
Trying to defend defend Trump’s statement, Chief of staff John Kelly gets caught in a lie of his own
Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims it’s “inappropriate” to call out Kelly as he is a general
Vladimir Putin chastises Americans for criticizing Trump
Trump tweets that ISIS is giving up because he is President
Travel ban ping pong continues as federal judge halts new version of Trump’s new ban
Trump falsely claims that UK crime is up due to Islamic terrorists
Georgia lawmaker suggests people with HIV should be quarantined
Senator John McCain denounces Trump, and Trump immediately promises retribution
Without using his name, former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama take aim at Trump and the politics of hatred and division
With 80% of Puerto Rico still without electricity and fires ravaging Northern California, Trump takes continued aim at the NFL

Saturday, October 14, 2017

This week in Trumpland October 14, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “what’s your IQ” edition

VP Mike Pence spends $250,000 of taxpayer money on racist stunt at an NFL game
Trump moves to end federal subsidies to health insurance companies that make insurance affordable for millions of low-income Americans
Though Trump's speeches evidence little knowledge of the Iran nuclear deal and its consequences, he declines to certify it
Trump threatens to pull the United States out of the NAFTA agreement
EPA chief Scott Pruitt rescinds tax credits for wind and solar power and declares that the EPA will repeal Obama era Clean Power Act
Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts from "crisis of their own making”
After threatening to shut down news media outlets that criticize or disagree with him, Trump claims during a speech in front of a known hate group that anti-gay religious forces will no longer be silenced 
Actress/activist Rose McGowan’s Twitter account is suspended when she speaks out against sexual abuse and sexual abusers
ESPN reporter Jemele Hill is suspended for denouncing a racist threat by Dallas Cowboys owner Jimmy Jones
school district in Biloxi, Mississippi removes "To Kill a Mockingbird" from its reading list, saying that the 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel about racial inequality  "makes people uncomfortable"
Trump suggests he has a higher IQ than Rex Tillerson, then declares he met with the President of the Virgin Islands (himself) and claims “we can finally say Merry Christmas again” 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

This Week in Trumpland October 7, 2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND, a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “let them eat paper towels” edition

23 guns found in Las Vegas terrorist Stephen Paddock's hotel room, plus more than 50 pounds of explosives and 1,600 rounds of ammunition in his car
GOP and FOX News decry a national conversation about gun control, saying this is no time to “discuss politics”
The DOJ determines that Title VII does not provide civil rights protection in the workplace to transgender people or women who want to control their own bodies
Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, a staunch pro-life advocate, urges his mistress to get an abortion to hide his extra-marital affair
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls Trump “a f***king moron”, then pledges his loyalty in a hastily organized press conference but doesn’t deny making the statement
During a self congratulatory trip to Puerto Rico, Trump gives out rolls of paper towels “free throw” style during a photo-op, but doesn’t visit any ravaged areas of the island
FBI investigating a third personal email account used by Jared Kushner and Ivanka that co-mingled White House business with Trump Organization business
Continuing his assault on Obama initiatives, Trump expels 15 Cuban diplomats 
Trump declares that the media should be investigated by Congress and censored
Southwest airlines claims they dragged a Muslim woman off a flight against her will because she had a dog allergy
Ivana Trump, who recently turned down an ambassadorship from Trump, says she encourages her ex-husband to keep tweeting