Last night, I wrote a somewhat lengthy (although not really, by my standards) post decrying the willful ignorance of Donald Trump’s support base.
Here are some questions I suggested Trump voters should ask themselves:
- how do you reconcile “draining the swamp” with an inner circle full of Goldman bankers?
- how you do reconcile a pledge to be the people’s President with your son-in-law buying entire baseball teams?
- how do you reconcile protecting Main Street with dismantling Dodd-Frank, the very set of rules that was put in place specifically to protect everyday people?
- how do you reconcile fighting terror with allowing CIA chief Mike Pompeo to present the heir to the Saudi throne with a medal honoring his “counter terrorism” efforts?
Of course there are no answers to those questions – that was the point (although judging by my inbox, quite a few people didn’t get it).
But really, my intent with that post wasn’t to ask a series of rhetorical questions. Rather, I wanted to remind readers (again) of just how batsh*t crazy President Trump’s verbal assault on the judicial branch truly is. Hence the excerpts from a piece in Foreign Policy entitled “Donald Trump Has Put America In Legal Hell.”
Well on Wednesday, Trump took it up another notch. In the wake of Michael Flynn’s unceremonious ouster, the President expanded his conspiracy theory to include the intelligence community (which I guess shouldn’t come as a complete surprise given his conspicuous refusal to admit that maybe – just maybe – there was something to intelligence reports suggesting Russia interfered with the election).
Have a look at how Trump spent Wednesday morning:
Note the scare quotes around the word “intelligence.” That’s not an accident. He’s essentially applying the same “so-called” label he used to malign a federal judge to the US intelligence apparatus.
So now, Trump has accused not only the judiciary but also the intelligence community of conspiring against him.
Perhaps he should consider the following two points:
- if he’s wrong (that is, if there is no conspiracy), he’s a raving lunatic that clearly has no place being President
- if he’s right (there is a conspiracy), it means that the judicial branch and the intelligence community think he has no place being President
Translation: either way, he’s f*cked.
Bonus comic relief Part 1:
Bonus comic relief Part 2 (via Paddy Power):