This Is Not Normal: December 12, 2017 – December 18, 2017

This is your weekly reminder that this is not normal.

  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president of the United States to insinuate that a sitting United States Senator would “do anything” (interpret that as you will) for campaign contributions.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to call the FBI “disgraceful” on the way to give a speech at the FBI’s National Academy. (Just imagine the conservative ire if the previous president had said something like that.) It is also NOT NORMAL for the president to use the speech to describe a visa lottery process that bears no resemblance to reality, nor for the president to refer to those who came to the United States on a lottery visa as the “worst people.”
  • It is NOT NORMAL that two more congressional representatives have agreed to retire after their current terms because of sexual harassment allegations.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president’s legal team to assert that the special counsel obtained emails sent during the transition illegally and that the emails were subject to executive privilege. Transition team members signed agreements that specifically state that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding the emails, and executive privilege cannot be asserted until the president is actually the president, not the president-elect.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president continues to choose wildly unqualified nominees for federal judgeships (which are, I remind you, lifetime appointments). One of the president’s nominees was unable to explain a motion in limine or the Daubert standard, both of which are fairly basic legal concepts that a federal judge would need to understand. (For context, I have taken exactly one law class in my entire life and I could have done a better job of explaining a motion in limine than the nominee did.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL to insert a provision into a tax bill at the last minute that will substantially personally benefit a single senator, who coincidentally happens to be the last vote needed to pass the bill. The senator in question insists that he did not know about the provision when he agreed to vote for the bill, because he agreed to vote for the bill without reading it first, which also strikes me as problematic.

Political protest is patriotic. And if you don’t think there’s anything worth protesting, you’re not paying attention.

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