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InSanity has recently discovered that after journalists were asked to leave Monday’s cabinet meeting—Trump’s first—a TOP SECRET directive was unanimously adopted by those in attendance. This was the session, you recall, when agency heads went around the table pledging fealty to Herr the president. Typical of their comments were these by Reince Priebus, chief of staff, and Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, respectively:

We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda.

* * *

Mr. President, what an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this pivotal time under your leadership. I can’t thank you enough for the privileges you’ve given me and the leadership you’ve shown.

What has not been previously reported however is that afterwards, everyone was asked to stand and repeat the following oath:

I pledge allegiance to Donald Trump, the esteemed leader of the United States, and to the plutocracy for which he stands, one nation, ripe for plundering, its wealth and resources for the chosen few.

(This was reportedly the same pledge that His Excellency Trump had asked of former FBI director James Comey at their now infamous White House meeting in January.)

Sources also tell us that Betsy DeVos, US Secretary of Education, was so enamored of the pledge that her department is now drafting legislation mandating that all schools require students to recite it every morning before the Lord’s Prayer.

 

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During her CNN interview with Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway argued that much of the critical coverage of her boss showed a lack of “respect for and recognition of the dignity [of] the office of President.”

Sorry Kellyanne but it cuts both ways.

How does Donald Trump show respect for the presidency by undermining faith in our basic democratic institutions through constant lying? Or by attacking judges doing their constitutionally mandated job?

How does he honor his responsibility to the country by nominating manifestly unqualified, ethically challenged, ideologues to head government agencies? Or by not reaching out to the majority of citizens who voted for his opponent?

Why does he deserve to be called “Mr. President” when he refuses to divest himself of an ownership stake in his business empire?

And what kind of dignity does this Narcissist-in-Chief demonstrate by tweeting about tv shows, the size of his inauguration crowds, and his adult daughter’s business affairs?

It’s a wonder to me how journalists like Tapper manage to interview Trump’s apologists — Conway, Vice-president Pence, chief-of-staff Reince Priebus, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan — without having their heads explode. For that kind of professionalism, they have my greatest respect. Me? I’d be tearing my hair out, burying my head in my hands, or sputtering incoherently at the shameless cravenness, evasiveness, dishonesty, and hypocrisy of people who, not being Trump, ought to know better.

I can only hope that a day will come when tv or radio broadcasts will provide a laugh track to accompany interviews with the Oval Office Kool-Aid drinkers. Because that is what they truly deserve — the only appropriate response of an enlightened and empowered citizenry that won’t accept crap as answer.

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I keep reading about the need for the left to reach out to the great swath of Trump supporters in order to understand the roots of their disaffection with the political establishment.

Is anyone suggesting the reverse: that Trump voters get why the “so-called president” has provoked such opposition both in this country and abroad?

Not gonna happen.

Why would it?

Aside from right-wing nationalists and white supremacists, most of Trump’s support comes from workers upset about losing jobs and being ignored by Washington. Funny how few of them showed any concern for those individuals — usually with darker skin — who were losing their lives. Stuck in the echo chamber of fake news and alternative facts, they live in a bubble of ignorance, paranoia, and prejudice. Like the narcissistic man in the White House, they’re unable to look past their own material self-interest.

Perhaps now that the Great Bait-and-Switch of 2017 has occurred —a cabinet full of Wall Street billionaires and an executive branch intent on shredding the safety net, workplace safeguards, and environmental and consumer protections, Trump’s blue collar fans will realize they’ve been played for suckers — “losers” to use one of the Child-in-Chief’s favorite words.

What better reason for them to find common ground with other marginalized groups, and discover that it needn’t be a zero-sum game.

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