This Is Not Normal, April 17, 2018 – April 23, 2018

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president’s daughter, who was neither elected nor yet confirmed by the Senate, and who has no relevant policy experience, represented the United States at the Summit of the Americas.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president has not invited any members of the opposing party to his first state dinner.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president’s nominee for secretary of State is the first such nominee to not win a recommendation from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1925.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the governor of Missouri has been charged with yet another felony, this one for computer tampering (he allegedly illegally obtained a fundraising list from a charity to use in his own campaign).
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the head of the EPA to have ten investigations opened into his conduct, for misuses of taxpayer money and ethics violations. The violations include the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be an internationally mortifying trainwreck. In particular, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • inflate his approval poll numbers and refer to the media as “a Scam”;
    • claim, with no apparent proof that “Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT” of being sanctuary cities and that the people of California are unhappy with the governor’s immigration policies;
    • call the allegations made by an adult film actress that she was threatened by one of his associates “A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools”;
    • refer to the former FBI director as “Slippery James Comey” and say that he was not fired because of the Russia investigation, when in fact the president has said previously that he did fire the former FBI director because of the Russia investigation;
    • accuse the opposition party of “slow walking” his nominations when in fact he has failed to nominate candidates for many if not most open positions;
    • claim that the released memos by the FBI director show clearly that there was “NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION” (they show no such thing);
    • tweet that “So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey [sic] James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should never have been written). Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work? I don’t think so!” (one would think the key difference between Flynn and Comey is that Flynn has pleaded guilty to a crime and Comey has not);
    • say, in response to a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee, that he wants to “counter” for the “DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Servers and the Documents held by the Pakistani mystery man and Clinton Emails”;
    • argue that the “Special Council [sic]” was “established based on an illegal act” (there is no evidence of this);
    • refer to a New York Times reporter, to whom he has given multiple interviews and with whom he has initiated phone conversations on several occasions, as a “third rate reporter” and a “Crooked H flunkie [sic]” with “non-existent ‘sources'”;
    • criticize his own Attorney General for not investigating the former FBI director and the former Democratic candidate for president;
    • tweet, sans context, “A complete Witch Hunt!”;
    • complain about the lack of funding for a wall between the United States and Mexico (reminder: this wall was originally purportedly intended to be funded by Mexico); and
    • claim that North Korea has agreed to denuclearization when in fact they have only agreed to discuss the issue (again, one wishes the president would stop conducting foreign policy on Twitter).
  • In addition, I regret to say that “Crooked H” and “witch hunt” both resurfaced this week. Also, I try not to pick on typos, but I would really like to have a word with the president’s high school English teacher, who seems to have dropped the ball.