This Is Not Normal, June 5, 2018 – June 11, 2018

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the state of Florida did not review national background checks on concealed weapons permit applications because a government employee did not know how to log into the website.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Kansas Secretary of State used state tax dollars to pay a one thousand dollar fine levied against him personally for misleading the court in a case relating to the voter fraud commission created by the White House.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that there were two government employees tasked for several months with taping the president’s official papers back together because he refused to stop tearing them into pieces, even though the Presidential Records Act requires them to be preserved.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to reportedly tell the president of France that the European Union is “worse than China” on trade. (Spoiler alert: this is not true.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president, in a fit of pique, to refuse to sign the G-7 statement that had already been agreed upon.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to suggest readmitting Russia to the G-7 in spite of its seizing of Crimea in 2014.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to randomly suggest pardoning Muhammad Ali, whose conviction was overturned in 1971.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president, in a fit of pique (this seems to be a theme this week), to uninvite the Super Bowl champions because not enough of them were planning to attend the White House celebration.
  • The weekly EPA administrator installment: It is NOT NORMAL for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to use a federal employee to solicit a used mattress from a Trump Organization hotel (yeah, I have no idea, just go with it) and have an agency staffer contact Chick-fil-A on government letterhead about a business opportunity for the administrator’s wife.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the administration to end political asylum for victims of domestic abuse. I don’t usually include policy in this list, but this is so extreme I have trouble believing it would happen in a normal Republican administration.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • complain that the Inspector General’s report on “Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey” is taking too long;
    • complain about NFL players remaining in the locker room during the Star Spangled Banner;
    • announce that he would not have nominated the Attorney General if he had known he would recuse himself (properly) from the Russia investigation;
    • falsely claim that families were being separated at the border because of a Democratic law when we all heard his administration announce it a few weeks ago (does he not realize that the Internet lasts forever?);
    • claim that more “wasteful spending” could be cut if “we didn’t have Chuck and Nancy standing in our way!”;
    • refer to two FBI agents who were having an affair as “the incompetent & corrupt FBI lovers” and to the investigators working with the special counsel as “13 Angry Democrats”;
    • complain that the investigation into his campaign “makes the Nixon Watergate burglary look like keystone cop stuff”;
    • complain that reporters who saw the First Lady walking around the White House did not report it because they wanted to keep the conspiracy theory about her lack of visibility going (they did report it);
    • refer to a sitting Republican Senator as “a Flake”;
    • ask the rhetorical question “When will people start saying, ‘thank you, Mr. President, for firing James Comey?'”;
    • repeatedly attack the Prime Minister of Canada, calling him “weak” and “dishonest”;
    • complain that “Schumer is telling me what to do at the Summit the Dems could never set up” (the North Koreans have been dying for a summit with the American president for years and giving them one is playing right into their hands);
    • repeatedly demonstrate his total lack of understanding of international trade by falsely arguing that the United States has trade deficits with all of our allies;
    • demonstrate his lack of understanding of NATO once again; and
    • repeatedly attempt to conduct foreign policy over social media, which I cannot understand why anyone thinks is a good idea.
  • Crooked Hillary appeared once this week and I lost count of the references to a “Witch Hunt.”