Saturday, May 27, 2017

This Week in Trumpland 5/27/2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND: a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon: “foreign affairs” edition

Only hours after Trump signs a $110 billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the country miraculously donates $100 million dollar to an as yet amorphous Ivanka foundation
While addressing a group of Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, Trump states he “just got back from the Middle East”
At the Western wall in Jerusalem, known for thousands of years as a holy place of pilgrimage and tears, Trump writes “it’s a great honor to be here with all my friends – so amazing”
For the second time in two days, the internet goes viral with Melania swatting Trump’s hand away when he tries to grab hers as they disembark Air Force One
A federal appeals court in Virginia refuses to reinstate Trump’s Muslim ban, saying it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination”
At NATO conference, Trump shoves Prime Minister of Montenegro aside for a photo-op and then refuses to affirm NATO mutual-aid clause, instead lecturing NATO countries on underpaying their dues
At G-7 Summit, Trump says Germans “are bad, very bad”, for selling cars in the U.S.
After a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in England kills dozens of young people, Trump calls the murderers “losers”
In the most aggressive violation yet of the constitution’s emoluments clause, Trump aides assert that he will not identify or return payments or profits from foreign governments
After it is revealed that Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is now a person of interest in RussiaGate investigation, The Washington Post reports that Kushner and the Russian Ambassador discussed having a secret communication channel that could not be monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies
Internet explodes again, this time with video of French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump in handshake war, with each president’s knuckles turning white, their respective faces tightened, and their jaws clenched
During a photo session with Trump and his family, the Pope’s face registers hellish horror

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This Week in Trumpland 5/20/2017

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND: a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon, “connecting the dots" edition
Russian officials brag they planned to use Flynn to manipulate Trump
Trump asks Comey to stop Michael Flynn investigation
Trump reveals classified information to Russians at a meeting inside the White House
Russian President Vladimir Putin offers to provide evidence to U.S. Congress than no confidential evidence was passed to the Russians at White House meeting
Robert Mueller, whose firm represents the Trump family, Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, is appointed special counsel to investigate Trump and RussiaGate
Three candidates on short list to replace James Comey as FBI director take themselves out of the running
Trump cites "tremendous deal" in trip to Middle East, a region known for lying, cheating, traitorous leaders
After Trump calls Comey a “nutjob”, Comey’s father counters by saying Trump is nuts and belongs in an institution
Melania urges Trump to get rid of Sean Spicer
White House staffers start to lawyer up
Roger Ailes goes to that big network in the sky, or is it that big network down under (no, not Australia)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This week in Trumpland 5/13/17

THIS WEEK IN TRUMPLAND: a sixty second primer on the path to Armageddon, “slow down I can’t keep up” edition
Reminding us that reason still exists, albeit not in the United States, France elects Emmanuel Macron as president in a repudiation of the far right
Trump fires FBI director James Comey when Comey refuses to drop RussiaGate investigation or to “pledge loyalty” to Trump
After an arrogant, grandstanding Trump tells the press that "arrogant, grandstanding" Comey had lost the support of his colleagues, acting FBI director testifies to Congress that serving under Comey was one of the great honors of his life and that “the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey”
In an interview with The Economist, Trump suggests that an economic stimulus concept called “priming the pump”, most often associated with FDR and the New Deal of the 1930’s, was actually invented by him.
Sally Yates testifies that she warned Trump numerous times that Michael Flynn was compromised and could be blackmailed by the Russians
Trump asserts he and his surrogates can’t be expected to be honest and accurate and threatens to shut down the daily White House briefings if the media is going to insist on accuracy
Oklahoma Republican representative Mike Ritze proposes handing over his state’s 82,000 non-English speaking students to Immigration and Customs Enforcement saying “do we really have to educate non-citizens?”
Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador gets booed at a town hall meeting when he proclaims that “no one ever died from lack of access to health care”
As part of their popular frequent scorpion program, a scorpion is spotted on board a United Airlines flight for the second time in less than a month
Trump congratulates “Fake News” media outlets for accurately reporting that he takes two scoops of ice cream with his chocolate cream pie while others at the table only get one scoop