This Is Not Normal, September 2, 2019 – September 8, 2019

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that a military crew flying from the U.S. to Kuwait stopped at the president’s Scotland golf resort even though the plane could have been refueled less expensively at a military base. (The resort lost $4.5 million in 2017 but its revenue went up by $3 million in 2018. Coincidentally, since October 2017, the military has spent $11 million on fuel at Prestwick Airport, which just happens to be the airport closest to the president’s resort.)
  • Similarly, it is NOT NORMAL that on a recent trip to Dublin, the vice-president stayed at a hotel owned by the president in Doonbeg, 180 miles away from Dublin.
  • It is also NOT NORMAL that the attorney general plans to spend thousands of dollars on a Christmas party at a Washington, D.C. hotel owned by the president. Again I remind you that we made Jimmy Carter give up his peanut farm.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that Republican officials in four states are considering canceling primaries in the run-up to the 2020 election, opting to simply nominate the president rather than allowing voters to choose their own candidate. (There are three other Republicans running for the nomination.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Pentagon is canceling or delaying billions of dollars in military spending in 23 states in order to divert the money to the president’s precious border wall.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president apparently invited the Taliban to Camp David. (I’m all for diplomacy, but there is also something to be said for not normalizing terrorists.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that after making a relatively minor and understandable mistake about the path of Hurricane Dorian, the president then spent the rest of the week — literally, the rest of the week, an entire six days after the original mistake was made — trying to prove that he had been right all along, to the point of altering a weather map with a Sharpie and having the head of the NOAA publicly scold Alabama weathermen for contradicting him.
  • 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 president of the AFL-CIO “likes what we are doing until the cameras go on”;
    • repeatedly refer to the Washington Post as the “Amazon Washington Post”, the New York Times as “the Failing New York Times,” and to the media as the “LameStream Media”;
    • complain that journalists “write whatever they want, seldom have sources (even though they say they do), never do ‘fact checking’ anymore, and are only looking for the ‘kill'” (this is not true);
    • tweet multiple times that he was right about the path of Hurricane Dorian and everyone else was wrong;
    • claim yet again that the Mueller report “showed No Collusion, No Obstruction!” (the Mueller report literally said that the president was not exonerated);
    • complain about the mayor of London; and
    • attack a sitcom actress who wanted to see the publicly available list of people who donated to the president, calling her a “McCarthy style Racist” (I have no idea how this could be racist, and I am beginning to think that the president doesn’t actually know the definition of racism and just deploys it as an all-purpose insult).