Before we get to the Trump and Putin affair, let's review what happened last week in that dumpster fire called the "Trump Administration" because
(in my James Earl Jones' southern voice)
"BayBay...Shakespeare couldn't write this mess on his best day with Jesus' fountain pen."
Little Jeffy KKK Sessions & LGBTQ
Chumpster began the week by twitter-attacking his own Attorney General, little Jeffy Sessions The KKK Elf, for recusing himself from the Russia investigation...again.
Then Senator Lindsay Graham, among other republicans, came right out and said there would be hell to pay if Trump fired Sessions. He also said it would be the end of Chumpster's presidency if tried to fire not-quite-independent investigator Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia.
Sessions eventually came back at Trump with words that meant, 'Screw you. I'm not quitting.'
But Little Jeffy also tried to get back on McTwitterwits good side by digging a new heterosexual-white-male supremacy groove in the law by reinterpreting Title VII. That is, Little Jeffy said gay people aren't allowed to file complaints about discrimination under Title VII
Trump piggy backed on Sessions' heterosexual white male supremacist train wreck by saying Transgender folk would not be allowed in the military. The military didn't exactly tell Trump to get bent. But they did communicate "What the hell are you even talking about?" And made it clear all Transgender personnel would continue to be treated with respect...until some memo or law explained how Trump means to implement 'Kick em all out and don't let any more in.' (paraphrased.
Trump's white supremacist, male supremacist base were cheered by these two attacks of LGBTQ folk. But this wasn't enough.
THE SOCIOPATH & THE BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE
Trump went to a Boy Scout Jamboree and started spewing nonsense so inappropriate some folks responded by saying they no longer wanted their sons associated with the boy scouts though they were scouts themselves.
As a former girl scout, this hurt me a little
But to tell the truth, that Boy Scout Jamboree was so white looking and white behaving (cheering for Trump so loudly), the Boy Scouts gave the appearance of being a feeder fix for the grown white men's not-quite-a-hate-group National Rifle Association. In my mind, if black and brown folks didn't make sure their children boycotted this Jamboree specifically because Trump was going to speak, then the Boy Scouts may actually be as tainted with white supremacist values as the NRA.
NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection
Read More: http://billmoyers.com/story/new-low-nra/
By the way, Trump couldn't leave this children's event without having President Obama's name in his mouth....yet again. This obsessed racist hinted at Obama's being a failure for never having shown up to a Jamboree (in person)...when all Trump had to do to show up was cancel a golf game, or send four less twitter messages than he ordinarily would have that day.
Somebody tell Chucklehead that President Obama was president-ing when he was president -- not golfing, not tweeting, not seeking out large crowds to tell him he's the greatest thing since the wheel was invented.
TRUMP COMMUNICATES THAT POLICE BRUTALITY IS A-OKAY WITH ME (wink, wink)
Trump also made a speech to police encouraging them to bounce the heads of people "not here legally" and "thugs" on the roofs of police cars when putting suspects in the backseat.
I'm not kidding.
TRUMP FINDS NO DOG WHISTLE NEEDED
TO CONVINCE POLICE
TO KEEP TARGETING BLACK AND BROWN FOLK
Trump and Little KKK Jeffy pulled out all the white male supremacist stops to solidify the base whenever things like Healthcare, Russia, and North Korea are making them look stupid.
This has the added benefit of securing their white supremacist base so they can be re-elected next election....same as they did last election. All anyone has to do is check conservative websites to see what Cheeto Satanettes are cheering for. Anti-LGBTQ goes over big with Alt-Reich (formly known as Alt-Right).
Every single time the white dominated mainstream press misses all these connection and simply thinks Trump is just "stupid" and/or "crazy" (which he is) Trump has partially succeeded. Trump may be a whole host of ugly things including stupid and mentally ill. But not knowing how to work the levers of male supremacy and white supremacy are NOT two of them.
Trump is winning votes with his intolerant nonsense.There are independents that are white-supremacy-comfortable and white-supremacy-enablers, wittingly and unwittingly, that are willing to vote for Trump in 2020 because the press are not making these connections.
HOWEVER, Trump made at least two mistakes as far as his racist base is concerned this week.
He cannot alienate KKK midget Sessions as that takes away some of his white supremacist base. He cannot let anybody beat on Alt-Reich Bannon for the same reason. And his anti-LGBTQ remarks are peeling off some of the white LGBTQ folks that are necessary to help moderate republicans get re-elected. (Caitlyn Jenner is not alone) And the moderate republicans know this.
THREE DAYS OF SCARAMUCCI & PENIS-GATE
After all this, we get 3 days into Anthony Scaramucci 's tenure as Communications Director and he gets into a fight with White House Chief of Staff Reince Prebius (Pronounced "RY-ANTS PREE-BUS") and alt-Reich wingnut Steve Bannon, both. Then he calls a reporter about the White House infighting, uses every four letter word he could think of, and talked his colleagues penises in a variety of derogatory' ways.
I'm not kidding.
So Scaramucci cusses Ry-Ants out in an interview and says Ry-Ants has to go. The next thing you know it appears McTwitteriwit has fired Ry-Ants by tweet while sitting on Air Force One.
- Forget what you heard about a resignation. Whether Ry-Ants turned one in for Trump's future use is not relevant.
- And we'll never know what the truth is about any resignation he supposedly turned in anyway. Cheeto Satan-ettes all lie. That was a pre-requisite for being hired. And they said Spicer quit so Spicer could save face too.
- But nobody could possibly save Ry-Ants face from what Sociopathic Cheeto Satan did.
- See What Ha' Happen Was: Ry-Ants got off Air Force One then got into a car with two prominent co-workers. Seconds later it appears that word spread that Trump announced Ry-Ants replacement. His two co-workers got out Ry-Ants car and piled into a different car. Then Trump's motorcade pulled away leaving the car Ry-Ants was in behind.
- Don't believe me? The text below was on Twitter as was Trump's firing of Ry-Ants. (The tweets themselves are screen captured below the text)
- Most staff was off before we moved into position but Reince Priebus and Steven Miller and Dan Scavino loaded into one suburban then moments later Miller and Scavino got out and loaded another van.
- As word spread about Priebus' dismissal, some reporters got up close to Priebus' car, taking cell photos and such.
- Priebus' car then pulled aside, out of the POTUS motorcade. Priebus car and a follow up departed at 458PM.
- POTUS continued to hold on the plane during all this. Still holding at this writing
The timing makes it appear that Ry-Ants was fired via tweet while McTwitterwit was sitting in Air Force One...because that's what McTwitterwit wanted it to look like.
Not that it's possible for me to feel sorry for anyone in the Trump Administration, but this Sociopathic President set out to crush Ry-Ants.
HEALTHCARE & McCAIN'S ATTEMPT AT WINNING
THE HYPOCRITE OF THE DECADE AWARD
Meanwhile back at the bat cave, Senator John McCain, who just used his healthcare to have eye surgery only to find out he has brain cancer last week, appeared to run his raggedy butt back to Washington this week to help vote other people out of their healthcare.
This "man" actually had the audacity to lecture folk on not being so partisan and promptly voted in such a way that enabled Republicans to try and pass something that would have cancelled the heath care of millions. Thanks to McCain the vote was so close, Vice President Pence broke the 50/50 tie and revived the republican healthcare bill
...for about 5 minutes
The last of three different half-baked republican plans was some sort of "Skinny Repeal" of Obamacare which would have undone the mandatory requirement for employers to provide health insurance
...which would have imploded Obamacare just like Trump wants even at the expense of American lives
This last ditch effort to destroy Obamacare barely failed because two republican women Susan Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski stood in defiance of republican men to save Obamacare and Medicaid over the course of an entire week. They were finally joined by the nearly spineless John McCain when, apparently, he decided he didn't want to go down in history as the biggest hypocrite congress has ever seen.
McCain's was the final vote that killed "Skinny Repeal" too.
(Other republicans knew the Skinny Repeal was horrendous but didn't have the guts to vote against the rest of the boys club.)
The republicans will now have to work with Democrats to repair Obamacare **OR** they will follow the president and wait for people to die as Obamacare financially falls apart.I can't wait until Horror Writer Stephen King does a screenplay about the Trump Presidency. As much as we're seeing in the news, there has to be all kinds of crap going on behind the scenes too. I need to see a movie or a mini-series on this mess.
Other than Trump giving us the clearest signal yet that he is the pettiest sociopath on the planet, the most important thing that happened in Washington this week had to do with testimony given to Congress.
And I'm not talking about Trump Jr or the Trump's son-in-law either, both of whom were allowed to testify privately and, as I understand it, not even under oath. As predicted the rich white boys related to the president were successfully protected
But Bill Browder's testimony let us know who the real richest man in the world is and just how he got his money, which also let us know just who Trump Jr. was willing to talk to in order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The testimony about who Vladimir Putin is and how he operates in the United States is important because the Trumps may be dumber than dirt about politics, government, morality, and honor. But they don't miss a trick about money.
The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. Congress subsequently imposed sanctions on the officials it held responsible for his death, passing the Magnitsky Act in 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government retaliated, among other ways, by suspending American adoptions of Russian children.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who secured a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, was engaged in a campaign for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, and raised the subject of adoptions in that meeting.
That’s put the spotlight back on Browder’s long campaign for Kremlin accountability, and against corruption—a campaign whose success has irritated Putin and those around him.
Browder will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a hearing about Foreign Agents Registration Act enforcement; what follows are the prepared remarks he submitted to the committee....
When Putin was first elected in 2000, he found that the oligarchs had misappropriated much of the president’s power as well. They stole power from him while stealing money from my investors. In Russia, your enemy’s enemy is your friend, and even though I’ve never met Putin, he would often step into my battles with the oligarchs and crack down on them.
That all changed in July 2003, when Putin arrested Russia’s biggest oligarch and richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Putin grabbed Khodorkovsky off his private jet, took him back to Moscow, put him on trial, and allowed television cameras to film Khodorkovsky sitting in a cage right in the middle of the courtroom.
That image was extremely powerful, because none of the other oligarchs wanted to be in the same position.
After Khodorkovsky’s conviction, the other oligarchs went to Putin and asked him what they needed to do to avoid sitting in the same cage as Khodorkovsky. From what followed, it appeared that Putin’s answer was, “Fifty percent.” He wasn’t saying 50 percent for the Russian government or the presidential administration of Russia, but 50 percent for Vladimir Putin personally.
From that moment on, Putin became the biggest oligarch in Russia and the richest man in the world, and my anti-corruption activities would no longer be tolerated....
There's no way Trump doesn't know how Putin got his money and what he's willing to do to get more.
To me this means, Trump Jr was not likely confused about who he was going to meet either.
To me this means, the republicans may corner Trump into signing more sanctions against Russia but the FATAL ATTRACTION love affair between Trump and Putin will never be over -- not until Putin is no longer the richest white man of a white looking country where "difference" by race, religion, sexual orientation is not tolerated.
Trump's focus on money and his own ego has been legendary for decades. So it's not a shock that the leader of our Kakistocrasy envies the leader of the Kleptocracy.
NORTH KOREA IS NO LONGER SABER RATTLING
Trump's ego is also why he can't stop shooting his mouth off at North Korea.
We'll never know for sure. But Trump's mouth is the likely reason North Korea is testing his rockets in our allies waters. And experts are saying those missiles can now reach New York.
Reports are that the White House is considering a military response.
And that brings me back to my November 2016 point: Racism and sexism may turn out to be the least of our problems if Chucklehead McTwitterwit manages to start WWIII...after having alienated our allies.