This Is Not Normal, March 20, 2018 – March 26, 2018

This is your weekly reminder that this is not normal.

  • It is NOT NORMAL for the governor of Wisconsin to refuse to call special elections for vacant seats in the state legislature on the grounds that his party might lose. Further, it is NOT NORMAL for the governor to call a special session of the legislature to change the law after being ordered to call the elections by a circuit court judge that, by the way, he himself had appointed.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for a Saudi prince to brag that he has the president’s son-in-law/senior adviser “in his pocket.”
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president receive a court summons in connection with a lawsuit arguing that he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to announce new members of his legal team only to have the attorneys remove themselves from consideration several days later.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Attorney General was under a criminal investigation by the FBI several months ago, nor is it normal that the Attorney General later fired the person who authorized the investigation. (Some sources have said that the Attorney General did not know about the investigation, but his lawyers declined to confirm this.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president and the former vice-president to challenge each other to a fistfight. One wonders whether men are simply too emotional to run the country.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to call the Russian premier after his reelection and not bring up an attack on a former Russian spy in Britain, about which the British government has been very upset. (Earlier today, the administration announced that sixty Russian diplomats would be expelled from the U.S. due to the attack.)
  • The presidential Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    1. repeatedly accuse the minority part of not wanting to “help DACA”;
    2. complain about his own Justice Department’s decision not to ask the Supreme Court to hear an Arizona immigration case;
    3. claim, when defending his phone call to the Russian premier, that one former president did not have the “smarts” to deal with the Russian and two others didn’t have the “energy” or “chemistry”;
    4. threaten to veto the omnibus bill passed to keep the government open because it did not fund the wall (which is apparently not being paid for by Mexico);
    5. claim that “many lawyers and top law firms” want to represent him in the Russia case, which does not appear to be accurate; and
    6. complain after a televised interview with an adult film actress that “Fake News” has “never been more voluminous or more accurate.”

      This week, the president referred to “Crooked Hillary” twice, but, in a sign of progress, did not mention a “WITCH HUNT” on social media.