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Two days after signing a mammoth tax cut for the Trump family and ultra-wealthy Republican donors, our fake-president told friends at Mar-a-Lago “You all just got a lot richer.” Notice that he didn’t follow up by demanding they pass that largesse on to workers as higher wages, and to create new jobs or bring others back from overseas. That’s something you’d expect from a true populist, except you’d never find one at Mar-a-Lago. It certainly wouldn’t come from Donald Trump unless he was peddling the snake oil and Kool-Aid he’s famous for at a rally of true believers.

Speaking of Trump’s winter White House, the Washington Post reports that prices for tickets at Mar-a-Lago’s “very glam” New Year’s Eve party went up this year, another example of how the Grifter-in-Chief thinks nothing of lining his own pockets while president. [Trigger alert: Reading this article may induce vomiting.]

One guest and fan is quoted as saying: “Now he’s president, and he’s accomplished so much already.” That’s certainly true if you happen to be a white billionaire whose major worries are sagging skin; an evangelical Christian who sees the Trump administration as proof of God’s will; a gun owner convinced that even more firearms are the answer to epidemic levels of gun violence; a neo-Nazi or white supremacist thrilled that an ally now sits in the Oval Office; or someone who doesn’t know the difference between real journalism and state-run TV, aka Fox News.

More than two centuries ago, the French had an answer to the obscene wealth that royalty and the upper classes enjoyed. It was called the guillotine. I’d settle for a Democratic takeover of the Senate and House in 2018.

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Dear God’s Gift to America,

As the Christmas holiday approaches, and your first year in office comes to a close with a mammoth tax cut for the wealthy and crumbs for the rest of us, I find myself thinking about:

  • young American citizens whose deported mothers or fathers won’t be able to watch them opening presents on Christmas day
  • DREAMERS whose lives are in limbo because you’ve ended their protection
  • victims of mass shootings and other gun violence whose numbers increase daily while you do nothing to address this deadly epidemic
  • women you’ve sexually molested or harassed and now defame as liars
  • the destruction of pristine wilderness areas your administration has opened to fossil fuel extraction
  • victims of hate crimes perpetrated by neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists, and religious extremists emboldened by your words and deeds
  • those who must forego health insurance, or suffer barely affordable premiums, now that you’ve sabotaged Obamacare
  • children who will lose life-saving medical care without CHIP funding
  • your unending assault on truth, scientific knowledge, basic decency, democratic institutions, and American values
  • weakened protections against toxic chemicals, air and water pollution, workplace and food-safety violations, and Wall Street greed
  • refugees fleeing war, oppression, famine, and gang violence who now find the door to America slammed tightly shut
  • adult women and girls in third-world countries deprived of needed health care due to drastic cuts in the US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund
  • human beings and animals everwhere whose lives and habitats are threatened because of climate change you call a hoax
  • a heavily polarized nation you show zero interest in uniting

It therefore seems fitting to wish you, Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Jared — grifters all — something for Christmas that the five of you have given to so many others: indigestion, gas, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, heart palpitations, and nightmares.

And if Santa is in a particularly generous mood this year: backed-up toilets at Mar-a-Lago.

Now that would be a wonderful Christmas present for the American people.

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Does the White House have any mirrors? I’m beginning to wonder.

Last week, the “Plutocrat-in-Chief” called several respected news organizations “the enemy of the American people.”

Maybe he should look in the mirror every once in a while — assuming he can see past his thin skin and narcissism — and ask who else might reasonably be considered a U.S. enemy.

How about someone who has:

  • Repeatedly lied to the American public
  • Attacked the judiciary, Muslims and other minorities, women, the disabled, war heroes, journalists, TV shows and performers, businesses, and intelligence agencies
  • Claimed that millions of people voted illegally in the last election despite all evidence to the contrary
  • Nominated unqualified/ethically challenged/ideologues (choose one or more) to head cabinet departments, and in some cases undermine their missions
  • Encouraged the rise of white nationalist hate groups
  • Carried on a bromance with Russia’s ruthless dictator Vladimir Putin
  • Refused to make public his tax returns
  • Created myriad conflicts of interest as president by retaining ownership of his far-flung business empire
  • Conducted sensitive diplomatic discussions in public at Mar-a-Lago
  • Demonstrated gross transition and governing ineptitude
  • Alienated trusted allies and large numbers of federal employees
  • Failed to reassure the majority of citizens who voted against him that he understands their concerns
  • Relied on senior advisors with zero experience in government
  • Presided over a White House staff marked by infighting and disarray
  • Struggled to fill key positions in his administration
  • Promoted a delusional dystopian vision of America
  • Slammed the door on refugees and immigrants escaping war, terrorism, economic hardship, and criminal violence
  • Called climate change a Chinese hoax
  • Dismissed Russian interference in the 2016 election as fake news

According to this column in the Washington Post, he wouldn’t even be granted a security clearance if he were applying for a White House position now.

If being a threat to American values and democracy were a crime, Donald Trump’s framed image in government offices would be replaced by a wanted poster — Public Enemy #1, hiding in plain sight. His ranting and ravings, insults and bullying, are nothing but the projections of a seriously unbalanced personality that is manifestly unfit for the presidency.

Projecting

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Concluding a round of golf with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, this weekend, President Trump had a forceful response to North Korea’s successful Sunday launch of an intermediate-range missile. “I said, ‘It won’t happen — the ‘so-called’ Pukguksong-2 wouldn’t go any farther than my par 4 golf drives and it didn’t,” the visibly angry president asserted. “My drive on the 7th hole went 350 yards, way beyond the distance that crooked, overrated, fake missile went.”

When it was pointed out to him that the South Korean military reported the rocket flew 310 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan, Mr. Trump advised everyone to look at the big picture, 350 vs. 310, and not get bogged down in details. His stubborn insistence on an alternate reality provoked widespread outrage forcing both Vice-President Pence and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway to take to the airwaves in defense.

“Look, the President has a right to express his beliefs. That’s why the American public elected him,” said Pence on Meet the Press. Conway, in a contentious interview with Jake Tapper on State of the Union, questioned why the media was focusing on such an insignificant issue. “Why aren’t you talking about the 2 birdies he had, and the 4 gimme putts he gave the prime minister as a sign of support for Japan. We don’t hear any of that from the national media.”

Back at Mar-a-Lago, Trump tweeted he would make North Korea’s leader, whom he pointedly called “Kim Dong-un” pay dearly for his latest provocation, and that all options were on the table. In a hastily called follow-up news conference, press secretary Sean Spicer announced: (1) Additional sanctions would include a ban on U.S.-made golf balls and hair products; and (2) The immediate withdrawal of the Trump Organization, in which the president holds no management role, from a billion-dollar deal to develop a championship golf course and luxury condominiums just outside of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. “The president,” he said, “will always put our country’s interests before his family’s profits.”

Early reports from Pyongyang indicate that Kim Jong-un intends to retaliate by wearing knock-offs of Ivanka Trump shoes.

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UPDATE: Granted the above might rate a 10 on a scale of absurdity, but where does that place what actually happened at Mar-a-Lago this weekend after news about the North Korean missile test reached the president: between 6-7? He and the Japanese prime minister huddled with aides at their dinner table to discuss this sensitive diplomatic matter in full view of other Mar-a-Lago diners, and within easy earshot of waiters who were busy bringing entrées. News accounts suggest that numerous security protocols were violated including the use of flashlights on unsecured cell phones that were called into use due to the dim candlelight of the outdoor terrace.

One club member, Richard DeAgazio, posted photos on his FB page, and was both clearly wowed to be at “the center of the action,” and impressed by the president’s demeanor: “He chooses to be out on the terrace, with the members. It just shows that he’s a man of the people,” DeAgazio said. [Editor’s note: If by “people” you mean those who can afford a recently doubled initiation fee of $200,000.]

But maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on a president who’s been in office for less than a month. After all, what better place to deal with an international crisis than in a roomful of wealthy Floridians where the chances are high that a retired diplomat having dessert might be all-too-happy to lend assistance.

Nice to know too that Kool-Aid is one of the drinks served at Mar-a-Lago.

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