This Is Not Normal, April 10, 2018 – April 16, 2018.

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the governor of Kentucky claimed that teachers who went on strike because of low wages and low funding for the state’s schools were putting children at risk of sexual assault.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to prevent sanctions against Russia that had already been announced by his own ambassador to the United Nations.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to pardon someone who had not petitioned for a pardon and whose case had not followed the typical procedures in place at the Department of Justice.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for a governor to be accused in an official report of sexual assault and blackmail, face a criminal trial on charges stemming from said sexual assault and blackmail, refuse to resign, and continue to maintain political support among his evangelical base. (I feel certain that the Bible must surely have something negative to say about sexual assault and blackmail.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Speaker of the House refuses to hold votes on a bill protecting the special counsel even as individual House and Senate members continue to vow to protect him.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be something to behold (I really sympathize with future history teachers who will have to explain all of this to teenagers someday). To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • tweet that “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” after his former personal attorney’s offices were raided by the FBI (there is a well-established crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege);
    • refer to the “Failing New York Times” when complaining a story;
    • claim that the “Fake News” was lying about chaos in the White House and seemingly admit to obstructing justice by “fight[ing] back”;
    • go on a bit of an emotional journey in a three-tweet sequence in which he excoriates Russia for its support of Syria, threatens Syria with “nice and new and ‘smart!'” missiles, complain that the American relationship with Russia is “so bad,” claim to want to help Russia with its economy, deplore the “arms race”, and finally argue that his political opponents are causing “bad blood” with Russia with the “Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists” (for the record, Mueller and Rosenstein, who seem to be the focus of much of the president’s ire, are both Republicans);
    • claim that he “never said when” he would attack Syria (I implore the president to stop conducting foreign policy on Twitter);
    • claim that “tremendous pressure is building” for the border wall (the evidence for this is sparse and possibly non-existent) and falsely claim that the administration had “Started the wall in San Diego, where the people were pushing really hard to get it” (neither of these things are true);
    • call the former director of the FBI a “proven LEAKER & LIAR” and claim that it was his “great honor” to fire him, on the same day that the president pardoned a former federal official for lying;
    • tweet that “McCabe is Comey!!”;
    • refer to the former director of the FBI as a “slimeball” and claim that the former FBI director disclosed an investigation against the president’s opponent in the election because he thought she would win and wanted a job, and I cannot parse that logic, I am only reporting it;
    • say “Mission accomplished” when announcing his administration’s strike against Syria and then, after much criticism for using the term, argue that “I knew they would seize on this but felt it is such a great Military term, it should be brought back. Use often!”;
    • refer to the notes the former FBI director took on their conversations as “self serving and FAKE!” and call the former FBI director¬† himself the “WORST FBI Director in history”;
    • claim that “all lawyers are deflated and concerned!” because of the raid on his former personal lawyer’s offices (presumably most lawyers manage to conduct business in such a way that it does not fall under the crime-fraud exception); and
    • claim that the former FBI director and others had “committed many crimes!”
  • In addition, I regret to inform you that this week saw the return of both “WITCH HUNT” and “Crooked Hillary.”