As we head into the Christmas season, President Donald Trump, the gift that keeps on giving, is back at it. His holiday White House is working overtime to produce wonderful presents for the American people and produce meaningful holiday programs to be broadcast across the land on a number of Sinclair-friendly stations.
This morning, Trump delivered his latest Christmas present to Americans: a series of anti-Muslim videos retweeted from an account owned by a far-right political group based in the United Kingdom. One video showed a group of violent extremists shoving a teenage boy off a roof. This, of course, follows the week’s (yes, it’s only Wednesday) other blunders. On Tuesday, he performed the public charade of sitting between two empty chairs for photographers after Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi bailed on a budget meeting when Trump preemptively tweeted he couldn’t foresee a deal with the Democratic leaders. A day earlier, he assigned Mad Man Mick Mulvaney, the nation’s most famous used car salesman and a man who already serves as White House budget chief, to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—even though the government agency already had an acting director.
Mulvaney, who showed up to his first day armed with doughnuts, claims he’s on a mission to ensure consumers are protected but not at the “expense of capitalism.” You can draw your own conclusions on that particular piece of news, but everyone should be aware that Mulvaney tried to dismantle the agency when he served in the House of Representatives.
Mulvaney faces a challenge from former CFPB director Richard Cordray, who appointed Deputy Director Leandra English to replace him, preempting Trump’s appointment. English has filed suit challenging Mulvaney’s leadership while the latter issued a hiring freeze. In the meantime, Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington, D.C. denied blocking Trump’s appointment. Grab some popcorn; the president will definitely make sure this gift turns into a primetime special.
Trump did make sure to call Navajo code talkers “good people” but did so in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed the Indian Removal Act.
But he ain’t done, not by a long shot. His drama company is on overtime to produce hit after hit. In a ceremony supposedly honoring Navajo code talkers in the White House, the president used the event to chide Senator Elizabeth Warren by yet again calling her Pocahontas. He did make sure to call the Navajo code talkers “good people,“ but he did so in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who signed 1830’s Indian Removal Act, which of course led to the deadly Trail of Tears.
Later in the press room, Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to flip the script, saying the president hadn’t engaged a racial slur against Elizabeth Warren, who was probably making up her Native American roots any way. Later, Eric Trump, the son voted by an independent national panel as the best Beavis Look-alike in the country, even compared his father’s invective to Disney’s 1996 Pocahontas movie.
Either way you want it, the president is in the mood to give more this Christmas season. His weekend tweets regarding Roy Moore and the senate race in Alabama is another stocking stuffer destined to be viewed during family hour right after Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Sinclair stations across the nation. Donald didn’t originally endorse Moore but has decided to throw his lot in with a man alleged to have a fondness for young teenage girls—so much so that he was apparently banned from an Alabama shopping mall.
Since the GOP majority in the Senate is razor-thin—already skating by with barely enough votes to pass a GOP tax plan—Trump is desperate for a Republican to replace Jeff Sessions, his favorite lap dog in the West Wing. Trump has disparaged Moore’s Democratic rival as being “soft on crime,” even though Doug Jones prosecuted members of the KKK. Trump has also criticized Jones as being bad for veterans. Jones is one. It is as if Trump is supporting Bob Ewell in a race against Atticus Finch in Alabama.
“Politicians will say anything to get elected,” Moore said in public with a straight face. This occured while the conservative group Project Veritas tried to run a woman into the Washington Post to discredit the newspaper’s report on Moore. The act was quickly discovered by The Post to be phony because the newspaper has been around longer than 10 minutes, meaning it has people on the payroll with healthy bullshit detectors.
So Trump’s production team probably lost at least one primetime special, which would have contained “Fake News” claims, trumpets, dancing bears and baying hounds. But Trump will be okay with the other on-going soap operas, as they still keep his name high on everyone’s mind while low on expectations. A late entry into the Trump holiday cheer was his Monday “I didn’t say it and it probably was faked” response to this previously taped conversation:
I did try and fuck her. She was married. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look. I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.
When that audio was first broadcast, the then-candidate issued a statement on social media: “Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize,” he wrote. But The Donald is now interested in extending this narrative and promoting it was all a fake.
The problem, of course, is that we expect so much during this holiday season. We spend all of Thanksgiving being thankful for what we have and then spend the next few weeks buying new stuff to replace the old stuff we loved so much. The president is just trying to give the people what they want, and he wants to give it to them good. He’s the embodiment of P.T. Barnum, which explains his support for a tax plan will only benefit the mega-wealthy, a healthcare plan that destroys healthcare, a part-time budget director who is trying to decimate the CFPB and many other moves.
You see, the president cares deeply. About what? We still have no idea (unless it is about himself). But he is engaged, and in just a few days this week he showed how committed he can be to his agenda.
As we head into the heart of the Christmas, Kwanza and Hanukkah season, remember how much our president has given us. Remember and hold closely how the country looks now compared to a year ago and how far we’ve traveled together as a nation. Remember how we’re now viewed in the eyes of the world and remember this above all else: the Mueller investigation continues.