This Is Not Normal, July 8, 2019 – July 14, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president said he would no longer talk with the British ambassador, after leaked documents revealed that the ambassador had made critical remarks about the president (albeit less critical than the tweets the president lobs at other world leaders on a regular basis).
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president spent half an hour with the press insulting the former Speaker of the House, the aforementioned British ambassador, two Congresswomen, the New York Times, and several contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president tweeted that four progressive Congresswomen “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world” and should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Three of these Congresswomen were born in the United States; one immigrated from Somalia as a child. However (what a shocking coincidence) all four happen to be women of color. In short, it is NOT NORMAL that the president is a white supremacist, nor is it normal that the Republican party continues to enable and defend him.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the vice president tweeted that “CNN is so dishonest. Today we took reporters to a detention facility on the border for families and children and all told us they were being treated well” after a visit to the border at which the accompany journalists described “384 men sleeping inside fences, on concrete w[ith] no pillows or mats. They said they hadn’t showered in weeks, wanted toothbrushes, food. Stench was overwhelming.” (If someone tells you that they haven’t showered in weeks and don’t have a toothbrush, they are not telling you that they are being treated well.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the former national security adviser, who had pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government, is now saying he cannot testify against his co-conspirator.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be a national embarrassment. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • retweet a fake meme claiming that thirty years ago, former president Reagan said of the president, “For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with the president” (there is no record of the former president saying any such thing);
    • complain about the British ambassador and the current prime minister, but allow that he was “most impressed with” the Queen (how relieved she must be);
    • call the British ambassador “wacky,” “very stupid,” and “a pompous fool” because the ambassador had criticized him in what were meant to be private memos (I feels like there’s an inherent contradiction here, but I can’t quite put my finger on it);
    • continue to conduct foreign policy on Twitter (this time it was India);
    • complain about Supreme Court decisions that did not go his way;
    • complain that the judge in the census case would not allow Justice Department lawyers to withdraw, asking “Could this be a first?” (it is not a first);
    • accuse Iran of being in violation of the “terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal” (again, there is no evidence of Iran being in violation of the deal before the president terminated it, and the United States did not gave Iran a lump sum payment as part of the deal);
    • tweet that “The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)!” (I do not think the mess we are in is remotely funny, and yet that tweet cracked me up);
    • claim that “The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media” and say that journalism, as a practice, will “go out of business for lack of credibility, or approval, from the public” as soon as he leaves office;
    • tweet that “Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or @AlfredNeuman99, or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1000/24th) as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!” (by the way, @AlfredNeuman99 is a retired teacher and a Cubs fan who does not appear to be vying for the presidency);
    • refer to the former acting director of the FBI as a “major sleazebag” who “took massive amounts of money from Crooked Hillary reps, for wife’s campaign” (the Democratic governor of Virginia donated money to the state senate campaign, as he did to several Democratic campaigns);
    • call the former Speaker of the House “Weak, ineffective, & stupid”; and
    • complain about the coverage of the vice president’s visit to the border, simultaneously saying it got “Great reviews!” and that the “Failing @nytimes story was FAKE!”
  • The president also retweeted a bunch of terrible things, but this is already a long list, I have to go to work tomorrow, and I have to draw the line somewhere.