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

This is your weekly reminder that this is NOT NORMAL.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that, after a shooting at a naval base in Florida by a Saudi military officer, the president apparently took the Saudi government’s expression of innocence at face value and defended Saudi Arabia before issuing condolences of his own.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president is trying to prevent the release of his financial records to Manhattan prosecutors, despite the fact that a valid subpoena has been issued.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the attorney general suggested that communities that criticize police misconduct “may find themselves without the police protection they need.” (Police are not above criticism; treating them as if they are is incredibly dangerous to civil liberties; and this is the kind of threat that you would expect to hear from Tony Soprano, not the top law enforcement officer of the United States.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that in an attempt to defend the president, Republican Senators are repeating debunked conspiracy theories about Ukraine that most if not all of them know perfectly well are not credible.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the attorney general (who is really having a banner week) is hinting to Justice officials that he does not like the results of an inspector general’s investigation into the investigation of the president’s campaign.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president abruptly cancelled his final press conference at the NATO meeting in Britain, presumably in a fit of pique after a video of other leaders mocking him was widely circulated on social media.
  • The president’s Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    • call the Democrats in Congress “Do Nothing Democrats” repeatedly, despite the fact that the Democratic House of Representatives has passed literally hundreds of bills that the Senate Majority Leader won’t bring to the floor;
    • continue to mock a former FBI agent who had an affair with another FBI agent investigating the president’s 2016 campaign;
    • complain about the Federal Reserve Board’s decision not to lower interest rates;
    • complain that the “Fake News Media is doing everything possible to belittle my VERY successful trip to London for NATO” and insist that “I got along great with the NATO leaders”;
    • again refer to his phone call with the president of Ukraine as “perfect”;
    • argue that the Speaker of the House “had a nervous fit” when she announced that the House would be pursuing impeachment;
    • tweet “Where’s the Fake Whistleblower? Where’s Whistleblower number 2? Where’s the phony informer who got it all wrong?” (again I remind you that the transcript that the White House voluntarily released lines up very well with all of the allegations that the Whistleblower made); and
    • demand a retraction of a CNN report that he uses his personal cell phone for secure calls despite warnings.
  • The president also retweeted an extraordinary number of terrible people.