This Is Not Normal, April 29, 2019 – May 5, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president discussed with special counsel’s report with the president of Russia, but did not discuss the possibility¬† of future Russian interference in American elections.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the attorney general defied a congressional subpoena to provide the unredacted special counsel’s report to Congress.
  • It is also NOT NORMAL that the attorney general made numerous false and misleading statements to the Senate in his testimony on the special counsel’s report.
  • It is also NOT NORMAL that the attorney general’s letter summarizing the special counsel’s principal conclusions drew criticism from the famously reticent special counsel for mischaracterizing his findings.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the former vice president’s younger son stood to benefit from the former vice president’s diplomacy in Ukraine. It is also NOT NORMAL that the president and members of his staff are pushing for investigations into the vice president’s younger son’s involvement in Ukraine for political reasons.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the speaker of the House is openly¬† concerned that the president may refuse to recognize the 2020 election results if he does not win.
  • 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 NRA is “under siege” by the governor of New York;
    • refer to the former vice president, who is now running for president as “Sleepy Joe” and complain that the media is “pushing [him] hard”;
    • claim that Democrats no longer like the special counsel because he found “NO COLLUSION & NO OBSTRUCTION” (this is not accurate) early in the week, only to decide by the end of the week that the special counsel should not testify before Congress because his report was written by “18 Trump Hating Angry Democras [sic]”;
    • complain that the New York Times has not apologized to him, which is, refreshingly, true and an about-face from his usual claim that the New York Times was forced to apologize to him;
    • make numerous terrible, irresponsible, and false posts about immigration;
    • conduct foreign policy on Twitter, this time chastising European countries for not helping enough with ISIS prisoners;
    • refer to the leaders of a firefighters union as “dues sucking” (with various capitalizations) several times, apparently because one union has endorsed the former vice president;
    • retweet (by my count) no fewer than sixty Twitter users supporting his criticism of the firefighters union (shouldn’t the president have better things to do?);
    • claim that the special counsel’s report shows that Russians were “rebuffed at every turn in attempts to gain access” to his campaign staff (this is not at all accurate, and I urge you to read the special counsel’s report);
    • continue to refer to the idea of Russia interference in the 2016 election as the “Russian Hoax” when even his own attorney general says he has accepted the special counsel’s conclusion that the Russians did in fact interfere in the 2016 election;
    • retweet and offer his personal support to a well-known far-right Islamophobic conspiracy theorist who was banned from Facebook for hate speech;
    • praise the brutal authoritarian dictator of North Korea;
    • complain about the treatment of an actor who was banned from Twitter until he agreed to remove a post calling for opponents of the president to be hanged;
    • complain that the Kentucky Derby’s disqualification of the ostensibly winning horse was “not a good one” and caused by political correctness (first, this is a weird thing for a president to weigh in on, and second, even if the disqualification was incorrect–I have no idea–I highly doubt it was motivated by political correctness);
    • retweet a well-known evangelical leader who said “Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term as pay back [sic] for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup” (dear evangelicals, get it together, this is embarrassing); and
    • complain that “Despite the tremendous success that I have had as President, including perhaps the greatest ECONOMY and most successful first two years of any President in history, they have stollen [sic] two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back. The Witch Hunt is over but we will never forget. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
  • “Witch Hunt,” “Fake News” and all those angry Democrats showed up in the social media posts this week, but I saw no mention of Hillary Clinton.

You guys, I am so tired of all the winning.