This Is Not Normal, August 19, 2019 – August 25, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president reportedly recommended using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes. (Please tell me I do not need to explain why this is a terrible idea.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president canceled a state visit to Denmark (that he himself requested, no less) in a fit of pique over the country’s refusal to sell him Greenland.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president referred to himself as “the Chosen One.” (Seriously, imagine if a Democratic president had said this, even in jest.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president tweeted an “order” to American companies to leave China.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president said he was “looking very, very seriously” at ending birthright citizenship. (The president does not have the authority to unilaterally amend the Constitution.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president accused Jews who voted for Democrats of “great disloyalty,” presumably to Israel. (The president is an anti-Semite.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president argued that Russia should be readmitted to the G7 and claimed that his predecessor wanted Russia out of the G7 because “Putin outsmarted him.” (In truth, Russia was kicked out of the G7 because of it shandling of the Ukraine crisis, which remains unresolved.)
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be an international embarrassment. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • claim that his latest internal polls were “the strongest we’ve had so far!” despite the “Fake News” (no one believes this, because they would be leaked if that were the case);
    • call his former communications director “a highly unstable ‘nut job'” whom he barely knew (one wonders why he was then hired for an important job in the White house);
    • complain bitterly and repeatedly about the Federal Reserve Board raising interest rates, culminating in a charge that the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board might be a “bigger enemy” than the Chinese leader Xi Jinping (that is a legitimately disturbing thing for the president to tweet);
    • claim that Google “manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes” (the author of the paper the president was attempting to reference–which was based on 95 voters, only 21 of whom were undecided in 2016–has disavowed the president’s conclusions);
    • tweet a photoshopped image of a glitzy Trump Tower in the middle of a rural area of Greenland, accompanied by the text “I promise not to do this to Greenland!” (you guys, he was so proud of this that he retweeted it twice, which should be an article of impeachment all by itself);
    • mock a congressional representative who cried during a press conference in which she was explaining why she had chosen not to visit her grandmother in Israel (it doesn’t even matter what you think about the representative in question, this is just boorish behavior beneath the dignity of the office);
    • accuse the “Fake News LameStream Media” of trying to “‘create’ a U. S. recession”;
    • call the automotive companies “politically correct” (and tell the descendants of Henry Ford that he would be “very disappointed”) for rejecting a policy that would “lower the average price of a car to consumers by more than $3000, while at the same time making the car substantially safer” (this proposal appears to be the president’s desire to roll back emissions standards, which one study found would actually cost consumers $3,300 per vehicle);
    • call NATO “very unfair to the United States”;
    • tweet that “The Dow is down 573 points perhaps on the news that Representative Seth Moulton, whoever that may be, has dropped out of the 2020 Presidential Race!” (I guess this was a joke? I guess?);
    • claim that he was joking when he called himself the “Chosen One” (I am unconvinced, and also not sure that makes it much better);
    • complain about his former favorite news outlet, Fox News;
    • claim that “The question I was asked most today by fellow World Leaders, who think the USA is doing so well and is stronger than ever before, happens to be, ‘Mr. President, why does the American media hate your Country so much? Why are they rooting for it to fail?'” (every word of this is patent nonsense);
    • claim that everyone in France is “laughing at how knowingly inaccurate the U. S. reporting of events and conversations at the G-7 is” (whatever, dude).
  • The president also retweeted a bunch of silliness.

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