This Is Not Normal, March 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that 23 Republicans voted against a resolution opposing hate, mostly on the grounds that they wanted to specifically single out one Democratic congresswoman for anti-Semitic remarks. (The congresswoman did — inadvertently or not — echo anti-Semitic tropes, as do multiple Republican members of Congress on a routine basis.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the State department has called out South Sudan and Nicaragua for government atrocities against its own citizens, while at the same time the Department of Homeland Security has increasingly denied requests for asylum from refugees from South Sudan and Nicaragua.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the former attorney general is reportedly now not denying that he discussed the investigation into the president’s former personal attorney with the president, which he denied last month in public testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that a lawyer in communication with one of the president’s attorneys sent an email to the president’s former personal attorney telling him that he could “sleep well tonight” due to his “friends in high places” shortly after his office was raided by federal law enforcement officials.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the secretary of education has made the decision not to enforce a federal law that prevents religious organizations from using federal funds for educational services in parochial schools.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president had a plaque mounted in one of his golf clubs in honor of his imaginary victory in a golf tournament last year in which he did not play. (Yes, this is minor in the grand scheme of things, but also it is just a really weird lie to tell.)
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • become incredibly defensive over the fact that he accidentally called the CEO of Apple “Tim Apple” and pretend that he said to to “save time & words”;
    • argue that it should be a “very easy vote” for the Republicans to endorse his declaration of a national emergency when there is not actually an emergency;
    • tweet that “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. . . . the complexity creates danger. . . . I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot” (this is a legitimately weird point of view);
    • call the state of New York and its governor “proud members of the group of PRESIDENTIAL HARASSERS,” presumably because his organization is being investigated;
    • claim that many people are “leaving New York,” with no apparently evidence to back up the claim;
    • argue that he is “considered by many to be the President with the most successful first two years in history” (he is not);
    • claim that the media “photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side” (the conspiracy theories are genuinely nutty, but they are not the work of the media);
    • call the Democrats “Border Deniers” (that is not a thing);
    • complain that the hosts of late-night shows are “weak and untalented”;
    • argue that the Special Counsel should not be allowed to issue a report, finishing with “THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!”;
    • attack General Motors several times for closing a plant in Lordstown, Ohio;
    • attack a late Senator twice because he shared a dossier about the president with the FBI;
    • complain that “Google is helping China and their military but not the U. S. Terrible!”;
    • threaten to have “not funny/no talent” Saturday Night Live investigated by the “Federal Election Commission and/or FCC” because he watched a rerun in which he was lampooned; and
    • issue a three-part tweet in which he called for Fox News to un-suspend a host who strongly implied that Muslims could not be loyal American citizens, finishing with “Your competitors are jealous – they wall want what you’ve got – NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!” (I remind you that the president’s tweets are considered official White House statements).
  • He also retweeted what I believed to be a record amount of nonsense.
  • “Fake News,” “Witch Hunt,” and “Crooked Hillary” are all still features of the president’s social media.

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