This Is Not Normal, December 10, 2016 – December 16, 2016

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that a seven-year-old girl died in custody of the border patrol after going ninety minutes without medical care. And it is NOT NORMAL that the response of the government and the supporters of the administration has mostly been to yawn and say, “Well, her father shouldn’t have brought her, then.” If you’re going to be intercepting and incarcerating families at the border, then you’re going to have to take some responsibility for caring for the children in a way that doesn’t shock the human conscience. (And if you are blasé about this child’s death, then please don’t ever say another word to me about how pro-life you are. You’re not.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president’s former personal lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes in which the president is also implicated. It is also NOT NORMAL that the president’s counselor went on the air and falsely stated that the president did not know about the hush money to the adult film actress when there is a literally an audio tape of him discussing it. (At this point, if we could just all agree on a shared reality I feel like that would be progress.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president is having this much trouble finding someone to be his chief of staff. When you’re a Republican president who can’t get an unemployed Chris Christie to be your chief of staff, you have a problem.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Department of Veterans Affairs is such a mess that both major parties want to investigate it.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that, in a truly extraordinary self-own, the president held a televised meeting with the minority leaders of both houses of Congress in an apparent attempt to embarrass them, in which he revealed that he could neither provide an accurate count of his votes in Congress nor speak clearly about immigration without devolving into false and incoherent talking points. He also offered to take full responsibility for the imminent government shutdown, which I doubt members of his own party were happy to hear. (After the meeting he reportedly threw a pile of folders across the room in frustration, which reminds me how happy I am we didn’t elect a woman, because women just can’t control their emotions.)
  • The president’s Twitter feed makes me prouder that I voted for his opponent every single day it exists. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • argue that his former personal lawyer was “just trying to get his sentence reduced” when he implicated the president and claim that he “plead” to two crimes “which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis” (if this were true, the judge would not have accepted the plea);
    • claim that the Democrats do not want any border security when the reality is that Democrats disagree on the exact way border security should be handled, but mostly oppose his border wall;
    • claim that part of the wall has already been built (it has not) and state that “If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall” (um, no);
    • claim that “Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position” (to be honest, the only person who seems really interested in it is his son-in-law) and then several days later, tweet that “For the record, there were MANY people who wanted to be the White House Chief of Staff”;
    • claim that the former FBI director had “no right” to lead the FBI, “especially after his mind exploded!”;
    • tweet that “The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?” (I think he’s talking about the money we owed Iran after freezing their accounts during the hostage crisis);
    • claim that due to his new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, Mexico is actually paying for the wall even though he wants money appropriate for it in the current budget (this is patent nonsense);
    • claim that “They” gave his former national security adviser a “great deal” because “they were embarrassed by the way he was treated” (in all likelihood, the former national security adviser got a great deal because he sang like a canary);
    • tweet “WITCH HUNT!” sans context;
    • criticize a conservative magazine which recently ended a 23-year run for being “pathetic” and “dishonest”;
    • complain about the “one sided coverage” of . . . Saturday Night Live, which is a comedy sketch show and regularly makes fun of every single president and well-known political figure in the United States, including many people who oppose the president;
    • claim that the FBI “BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE!” when what they actually did was execute a search warrant; and
    • refer to his administration’s policy of separating parents and children at the border, which he has championed publicly many times as “The Democrats [sic] policy.”
  • “WITCH HUNT” and “Fake News” are alive and well on the president’s social media this week, and there was also a reference to “Crooked,” which for some reason I find even more annoying than “Crooked Hillary” or “Crooked H.”