This Is Not Normal, June 17, 2019 – June 23, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president has been credibly accused of yet another sexual assault allegation. It is also NOT NORMAL that the president’s initial defense against this charge relied on his assertion that he had never met the woman in question, which was effectively undercut by the photo of the two of them together that appeared in the article alleging sexual assault. (I am almost as offended by the administration’s inability to be thorough as I am by the allegation itself.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that Oregon legislators are literally running away from the state to prevent a bill they don’t like.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that a government attorney attempted to argue against providing toothbrushes, soap, and blankets to migrant children being held by the government.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president tried to argue in an interview with Meet the Press that he thinks that he lost the popular vote in 2016 due to “a lot of votes cast that I don’t believe” and falsely claimed that “California admitted to a million votes.”
  • It is NOT NORMAL that yet another presidential aide refused to answer questions in Congress due to a ridiculously expansive theory of executive privilege.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be an international embarrassment. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • lie about how many people were in line to attend his first 2020 campaign rally (there were several dozen supporters in line, not the “thousands” he claimed);
    • claim that the only polls showing him losing to a Democratic candidate were “fake” and that “Our polls show us leading in all 17 Swing States”;
    • complain about his former opponent “acid washed” her emails (that isn’t a thing, and also at what point is the president planning to stop pouting about an election that he won?);
    • tweet that “DEMOCRAT CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ARE #RIGGED!” (I honestly don’t even know what he means by that);
    • claim yet again that he would be “up in the Polls” if not for the “Phony Witch Hunt” and the “Fake News Media” (this confuses me, because a day earlier he said he was winning all seventeen swing states?);
    • complain that his “wonderful” former communications director was being put “through hell” even after he had been exonerated by the special counsel (the president was not exonerated by the special counsel);
    • tweet at the height of an international incident “Iran made a very big mistake!” (do not conduct foreign policy on Twitter, especially not when you’re considering a military strike, why is this a thing I have to keep repeating?);
    • complain about the “Failing and Desperate New York Times” and claim that it was “feeding false stories about me, & those associated with me, to the FBI”;
    • claim that the previous president gave Iran billions of dollars as part of a “deal” (this is not true — the United States paid back money to Iran that it seized during the Carter era hostage crisis); and
    • tweet a short video that seemed to show him running for office for the indefinite future.