I don’t even know why anyone bothers covering the government shutdown on a minute-by-minute basis anymore.
For one thing, Trump is going to tweet out everything you need to know faster than reporters can pen a sourced story. But more importantly, there isn’t anything left to report. This just is what it is. It’s abundantly clear that the President of the United States is now holding the government hostage and manipulating the electorate with what amount to bloody horror stories in the service of making good on what is easily the most outlandish campaign promise in the history of politics. That is our reality, surreal though it may be.
We posted clips from Trump’s Oval Office speech as it happened in the Live Feed and eschewed dignifying the spectacle with a dedicated post. The bottom line is that he sat in the Oval and regaled America with tales of murder and rape. Here:
Because immigrants are the only people who commit crimes, right? Right. Or at least that’s what Trump wants you to believe and by God, he’s surely convinced large swaths of the electorate that the U.S. is being invaded by murderous Guatemalans hell-bent on mayhem the likes of which nobody has seen since the vikings.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have simply told him he can’t have his wall or his “slat barrier” because, well, because it’s a stupid pipe dream that, as it turns out, wasn’t even a serious idea in the first place.
Well, on Thursday, Trump took another step towards declaring a national emergency in order to get around Congress. Here’s what he told reporters before departing for the border.
The “miracle” of this situation is that Trump is on the verge of manufacturing a constitutional crisis as a “solution” to another crisis he manufactured (the border “crisis”). There’s no point in rolling out the data anymore – it doesn’t matter. There is virtually no statistical evidence that backs up Trump’s “crisis” characterization and as you’re probably aware, a good portion of the available data (whether it’s on border crossings or crime rates for immigrants or whatever else you want to trot out) actually paints the exact opposite picture.
But again, that doesn’t matter. He doesn’t care. And neither does Fox. And neither do his supporters.
Trump went on to parrot his own baseless claim that Democrats “don’t care about crime” (an absurd contention on par, in terms of flawed logic, with claiming that people who drive SUVs don’t care about breathing because if they did, they’d drive a Prius) before proceeding to say that the party has been “taken over by young people who are in some cases crazy.”
That, coming from a septuagenarian donning a white gas station trucker cap on top of a fake blond mullet.
And he wasn’t done. Trump also accused the media of “playing cute” on the way to saying that “80%” of them are involved in a conspiracy.
It got worse – and immeasurably so. Here’s Trump “shushing” someone on the way to saying that Democrats “don’t give a damn about gang members stabbing people and cutting people up.”
Finally, here is the President explaining that he is “a professional at technology”.
Coming full circle, the media might as well just stop asking him questions. Clearly, we’re all just rubbernecking the car crash. America has developed a perverse fascination with watching as a D-list celebrity and textbook narcissist drunk on power descends into paranoid dementia.
That is all.