This Is Not Normal, March 4, 2019 – March 10, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that members of the Department of Justice swore under penalty of perjury that the former Attorney General did not formally order an investigation of uranium sales to a Russian company, only for a letter ordering said investigation to emerge after the acting Attorney General left his post.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that a Florida massage parlor proprietor sold access to the president to Chinese businessmen.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president and his former personal attorney are squabbling via Twitter over whether the attorney asked for a presidential pardon and the president’s history of sexual misdeeds. Also NOT NORMAL: the former personal attorney is suing the president’s business for legal fees he incurred after he cooperated with federal prosecutors to provide information about the administration. (I’ll grant you that if this were happening in a movie I would be wildly entertained.)
  • It is also NOT NORMAL that the former attorney, who was apparently quite busy this week, provided drafts of a false statement he made to Congress in 2017 with edits that were reportedly made by administration lawyers.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Secretary of Education, according to a federal judge, illegally failed to implement a rule from the previous administration requiring racial disparities in special education to be tracked.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the current administration made a list of journalists and activists who should undergo special scrutiny at border entry points.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • accuse the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of “illegally leaking to Fake News CNN” for no apparent reason;
    • tweet that “FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes” (shouldn’t every state and territory — like, say, California and Puerto Rico — get the “A Plus treatment” when they suffer a natural disaster?);
    • complain that the military exercises in South Korea cost “far too much money” (that is not the best reason to make international security decisions);
    • call the media the “true Enemy of the People” yet again;
    • complain that “the Dem heads of the Committees have gone stone cold CRAZY” because they are subpoenaing his business associates and staff for investigations into corruption and connections with Russia;
    • call investigations into his administration the “greatest overreach in the history of our Country”;
    • try twice more to make “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT” a thing;
    • complain that the Democrats in the House “won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism,” saying “it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!” (HE CALL NAZIS “VERY FINE PEOPLE”);
    • claim once again that “The Wall is being built and is well under construction” (this is not true);
    • claim that the judge who gave his former campaign chairman a surprisingly light sentence “stated loudly and for the world to hear that there was NO COLLUSION with Russia” (he said no such thing; he said that he was not sentencing the campaign chairman for collusion but for financial crimes); and
    • refer to a right-wing pundit who turned on him after the government shutdown as “Wacky Nut Job Ann Coulter” (so we have now reached the second half of Animal Farm).
  • It was a banner week for “Fake News,” “Witch Hunt,” and “Crooked Hillary.”