Release the Memo, January 29, 2018

It is NOT NORMAL for a member of Congress to write a memo based on classified information from the Justice Department, tease it repeatedly in public, and then refuse to show the memo to either the Justice Department or Senators from his own party. It is NOT NORMAL for the president to call for the public release of the memo despite objections from the Justice Department. And it is NOT NORMAL for an administration to target a Deputy Attorney General from its own party because he is suspected of not being personally loyal to the president.

Source: Vox

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Presidential Twitter Insanity, January 9, 2018 – January 15, 2018

The presidential Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to

  1. complain about an executive order being overturned by the Ninth Circuit;
  2. dub a Senator “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein”;
  3. charge that it was “possibly illegal” to release the transcript of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee (spoiler alert: it wasn’t illegal);
  4. refer to the investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russia as a “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history”;
  5. repeatedly tag a cable news shows that run stories of which he apparently approves;
  6. tout the fact that 66% of Americans are happy with the economy and omit the fact that most Americans credit Obama for it;
  7. criticize the upcoming House vote to extend the FISA Act, even though members of his own administration had gone to Capitol Hill to lobby for it, and then walk back his criticism two hours later after a talk with the Speaker of the House;
  8. repeatedly complain about the Democrats’ immigration policy;
  9. claim that he was cancelling his trip to London because he was upset about the “Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts'” when in fact he is most likely cancelling because of protests and the move of the U.S. embassy was planned by the Bush administration for security reasons;
  10. deny that he said “anything derogatory” about Haiti;
  11. use his Twitter feed to fight with the author of a book about his administration and the staff of the Wall Street Journal; and
  12. begin Martin Luther King Day with a long tweet quoting himself about immigration.

(However, I am encouraged in that I think he went a whole week without mentioning “Crooked Hillary.” Baby steps!)

Source: the Presidential Twitter feed. Scroll to the appropriate dates.