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Maybe this is so obvious it doesn’t bear mentioning. But it was only yesterday that I began thinking of Trump’s mendacity in a different way.

Appalled as so many others are by his constant lying, I’ve always assumed that it was a conscious choice — he could tell the truth if he wanted to, but winning all the time requires a different deliberative strategy. By now though he’s lied so much, the world he inhabits is total fiction. Trump can’t not lie. (How’s that for a double negative Mr. Grammarian-in-Chief!) To tell the truth would destroy the monument erected to himself by the most stable-smartest-greatest-genius-ever — the flimsiest of structures that would instantly collapse if it weren’t being constantly propped up by sycophantic praise and his own self-serving hyperbole. If he ever told the truth, he’d realize what a pathetic excuse for a human being he is, and we know that someone like him would never allow that to happen.

To wish, hope, or expect Trump to occupy the same room as truth — or to breathe a sigh of relief when he cracks open the door a bit — detracts us from this reality. It’s like the definition of insanity broadly attributed to Einstein: Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Given the personality disorder now known as POTUS, nothing’s ever gonna change short of a national intervention that sends him off to either rehab or a prison.

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I haven’t posted about Trump since January, mostly because it’s impossible to keep up with his daily abominations without getting paid for it. But just when you think he can’t sink any lower, he does.

Witness his just concluded overseas trip which he began by antagonizing and insulting our closest allies and ended by cozying up to his good pal Vladimir. If accepting the word of a murderous dictator above the conclusions of American intelligence agencies isn’t a classic example of giving aid and comfort to one’s enemies, I don’t know what is.

This must not become normalized, or allowed to fade from consciousness as new headline-making tweets compete for attention. This is serious — the stuff of treason and dereliction of duty, just as the denial of climate change is a failure to protect citizens from the destruction and havoc caused by global warming, the start of a trade war threatens the stability of the world’s economy, and repeated attacks on truth and American institutions savage our democracy.

Enough is enough! What more evidence of this man’s supreme unfitness for the presidency do we need? The United States cannot allow itself to be held hostage to Trump’s pathologies. It is time for our politicians to cease their empty speechifying and start acting like the first responders we need them to be . . . and for the electorate to stop feeding the beast.

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We know that the Narcissist-in-Chief watches a lot of TV in between rounds of golf, so here is some recommended viewing for him — if he ever gets bored with Fox and Friends — and anyone else who might be interested in understanding how low he has brought the presidency: Just watch any video clips of speeches or guest appearances on late-night talk shows by the man who preceded him in office.

They reveal someone with more class, integrity, intelligence, humor, warmth, sincerity, eloquence, and grace than DJT can ever hope to have. What’s truly remarkable though is that this black-skinned con artist, with a name that sounds like a Muslim terrorist, was born, according to McDonald’s First Customer, in a hut [Editor’s note: Nigeria/Kenya? What’s the difference?] in one of the shithole countries of Africa — and therefore had no business being in this country in the first place.

If the Grifter-in-Chief is looking for examples of what makes America great, he’ll find them, not by looking in the mirror or to his white supremacist base, but at replays of former president Obama on TV.

[Special note to Ivanka Trump]: Is this how you empower Third World women — by calling their native countries “shitholes”? To paraphrase something you said several weeks ago about Roy Moore: There’s a special place in hell, right next to Roy Moore in fact, for those who say one thing but actively work in support of the opposite.

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Of all the written or spoken commentaries that expressed outrage at Trump’s latest vulgarity, none did it more powerfully, and with laser focus, than Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post’s art and architecture critic. Read his column and see if it doesn’t get right to the heart of what this nation and its institutions are becoming under the current president.

And on a lighter note, check out what’s being projected over the Trump International Hotel’s entrance in Washington, DC.

 

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A message I sent to the White House today:

Mr. President:

I congratulate you on your soon-to-be announced “path forward” on Afghanistan.

I think distributing thousands of flyers in that country featuring your scowling picture taken at Camp David among your military advisors will strike immediate fear into the hearts of not only the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS but also that two-bit psychopath (no, not you) leader of North Korea. You look so mean and presidential that even though none of them can read English (forgive my cosmopolitan bias), they’ll get the point and surrender immediately.

When I think of the American lives that will be saved, I can’t help but be proud that you are our Commander-in-Chief in these troubling times. I just hope that those around you will take the same precautions we must observe while viewing today’s eclipse, i.e., not looking directly at you, lest we be blinded.

Oh, I forgot, voting for you showed that we already are.

 

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In his June 23, 2017 column for New York magazine, Andrew Sullivan makes a compelling argument that Trump’s domestic and foreign policy agenda is driven by the need to undo whatever Obama did. Sullivan refrains from offering any reasons for the president’s spite, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it all dates back to the needling that #44 subjected yet-to-be #45 at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011 (the same night, incidentally, that the Osama bin Laden raid took place). Witnesses report that the Well-Coiffed One sat stiffly throughout Obama’s hilarious monologue, which Ivanka would probably call “vicious” today.

Knowing what we now know about the notoriously thin-skinned, perpetually victimized narcissist who sits in the White House tweeting and watching TV news, it doesn’t sound at all far-fetched. Wonderful, isn’t it, to realize that withdrawing from the Paris Accord on climate change, betting the future on fossil fuels, shredding the safety net, rolling back civil rights protections, ripping families of American citizens apart by deporting one or both immigrant parents, insulting our NATO allies, cozying up to murderous dictators, gifting the 1% with enormous tax cuts, undermining prison, police, and Wall Street reform, gutting environmental, food and workplace safety protections, sabotaging public schools, and withdrawing critical support from world health programs, is because someone couldn’t take a joke.

That would be a joke in itself if the consequences weren’t so grave and it wasn’t the least bit funny.

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Ever since the Fraud-in-Chief took the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords, everyone’s been asking: Does Trump still think that climate change is a hoax? Frankly, who cares: The man has already demonstrated numerous times that he doesn’t think, that his most consequential decisions are based solely on his personal pathologies rather than the nation’s well-being.

To me, the more critical matter is the lie that he and his mindless minions are peddling to justify the withdrawal — claiming that it’s a bad deal for America. Really? The last time I looked, the accord represents aspirational, voluntary emissions and energy-saving targets that each country has pledged to strive for; absent are any regulations that require a nation to take specific actions, or penalties if its goals aren’t met. It contains nothing, in fact, that would prevent the U.S. from continuing to follow the administration’s current misguided policies. Why pass up a golden opportunity though to make — not one, not two — but almost two hundred enemies at once. The man is the most powerful man of the most powerful nation in the world but is always playing the perpetual victim.

The U.N.’s Green Climate Fund, which this country had pledged three-billion dollars to, is designed to help poorer countries mitigate the effects of climate change. The US contribution was the largest of all countries and Trump railed against it. However, it works out to only $10/citizen, eleventh compared to other industrialized nations whose per capita grant was greater. Sweden and Luxembourg, for example, top the list at almost $60/person. The fund is not only a matter of fairness but a crucial investment in Earth’s future.

Trump also declared that the accord was a huge transfer of wealth from us to other nations? Not even close. One has only to look at his tax cut proposals, weighted as they are to mostly the top 1%, to realize that this is just another one of his many projections that show up in rants and tweets.

The administration’s big lie excludes any calculations that consider the jobs to be gained in renewable energies and the enormous cost of storm and environmental damage, and greater incidence of disease, that are likely to result from rising temperatures. No mention either of the global instability that is bound to occur and create unimaginable pressures on nations more fortunate. When world-wide disaster looms just over the horizon, it is a complete absence of moral responsibility to double down on the fossil fuel industry.

The ad nauseam repetition of White House BS taking points needs to be called out for what it is: An Orwellian inversion of the truth that is the death knell of a healthy, functioning democracy.

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Dear President Trump,

I understand you have reopened your search for a national security advisor and would like to submit my name for consideration.

As you will note in the attached resume, I have absolutely no governmental experience — much like you before being elected to office by a historically large margin. I’m also completely lacking in in-depth or even superficial knowledge of the issues that would fall under my purview if hired for this position. I say this, not to brag, but to point out how much I have in common with your senior advisors, Stephen Bannon and son-in-law Jared, and any number of your cabinet appointees.

Another thing in my favor is that I never read newspapers like The New York Times or Washington Post, or watch CCN — media that, along with SNL, you have correctly identified as enemies of the American people. I prefer to stay abreast 🙂 of current events by watching Sean Hannity and Fox and Friends, and checking out Breitbart News, which you can always count on for the unvarnished truth or alternative fact.

As far as handling sensitive policy matters goes, I believe that we’re definitely on the same wavelength. Why just the other day, my ex-wife and I had a screaming argument about alimony in front of other patrons at a local club. What’s more, the waitress took my side while delivering my glass of Trump Meritage and “accidentally” spilling coffee on the ex.

Which reminds me: Ivanka Trump is my go-to brand whenever I’m buying gifts for all my girlfriends. Nothing against Melania but I’d be happy to bring one or two of them along with me for an interview if you get my drift.

Thank you for taking time between golf rounds and watching the cable shows to look at my resume. Out of respect for your preferences, I’ve kept it one-page and 3 bullet-points long, and included a Google map to show where I live. Hiring me would go a long way towards fulfilling your campaign promise to bring back jobs — did I mention that I am currently a telemarketer in the Philippines?

With your permission, I’d like to end by being a bit poetic: If you’re in need of an octane booster for your fine-tuned machine of an administration, I’m definitely your additive.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

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