Opinion: I want out of this Trumpian dreamworld

(AP)

I don’t know about you, but personally, I have flat run out of patience living in Donald Trump’s weird and misbegotten universe, this alternative reality with alternative facts. It’s like being trapped in some half-remembered dream that you know will make no sense upon awakening, yet that awakening never seems to come.

I want reality back. I want to stop wasting time and mental bandwidth trying to establish the absurdity of what is absurd on its face, so that those resources can be put instead into solving real problems in the real world. And the first and most necessary step toward re-establishing that footing in reality is to insist that none of this is normal, none of it.

The situation is not normal; the man behind it is not normal. It is not normal to have a president of the United States of America incapable of distinguishing fantasy from reality, who from moment to moment re-imagines the world as he would like it to be and then insists that his re-imagined world is just as real and concrete as the world where the rest of us reside.

It is not. It just flat is not.

Ted Cruz’s daddy did not kill JFK, three million illegal immigrants did not vote for Hillary Clinton, China did not invent climate change to ruin American industry, Mexico is not going to pay for that stupid wall, Barack Obama was indeed born in this country, Obama did not wiretap Trump’s campaign, former national security adviser Susan Rice is not, repeat not, a criminal, and we all have far more important things to debate and talk about than whether these delusions have any basis in fact because they do not.

The Rice thing is the latest one, of course. In the real world, in the world where the Earth is still round and Newtonian physics still apply, it is actually true that Russia and Vladimir Putin intervened on Trump’s behalf to help win him the election. It is actually true that by doing so, Putin has helped to permanently damage the reputation of the United States and to push the world closer to the chaos in which Putin and his colleagues hope to thrive. It is actually true — we know it from the lips of the FBI director himself, in open testimony — that the FBI is investigating whether members of Trump’s team actively colluded in that effort, although that allegation is still far from proven.

However, there is absolutely zero evidence to support Trump’s claim this week that Rice has acted criminally or even in any way inappropriately. It is a fabrication every bit as credible as all the others listed above, and like those previous fabrications it is designed to unmoor us from the tangible. Every intelligence expert and former high-level national security official that I’ve seen interviewed on the subject, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, has said that what Rice is alleged to have done by her enemies is in fact both perfectly legal and perfectly routine. We have no evidence whatsoever that she used legally acquired intelligence for illegal political gain or that she leaked it to the press. None.

Indeed, the man most responsible for that allegation against Rice, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, has now been removed by his fellow Republicans from the Russia investigation because his behavior and statements had destroyed his credibility. We have no such option with Trump. Our choices are to succumb to his madness or to point it out and ridicule it.

I choose the latter.

Reader Comments 1

2216 comments
quaterhorselady
quaterhorselady

Thanks, Jay, for being the voice of reason in this trumptopian world!  You described it perfectly!  Thanks from ALL of us who are still rational and hate to wake up in the morning knowing that orange menace is still President!  WE are now working to change Congress and elect younger, intellectual people to state, local and national offices.  We love you!

Freida Fields Bulloch
Freida Fields Bulloch

I can tell a liberal wrote this article too! AJC you are one of the worst liberal rags ever put out. You only report liberal news! You make me sick!!!

Suzanne Sacrenty Michka
Suzanne Sacrenty Michka

I wrote out a factual rebuttal comment and thought why bother?? Anyone stupid enough to buy into the untruths of this bashing of Trump deserves Obama's plan for a UN One World Government. #WAKEUP

Greg Shoemaker
Greg Shoemaker

Jay, Mexico or Canada is not that far of a drive. Just saying.

Marcella Linger
Marcella Linger

Trump is a futurist. He does understand what it takes to get from the present to the future. It's ok to dream as long as you put wings on your dreams.

Susan Borland
Susan Borland

WTH kind of a worthless sight is this. Blocked.

Steve Dunlap
Steve Dunlap

I don't know about you but I'm fed up with the AJC!!!

Jinny Paiva Feeney
Jinny Paiva Feeney

We the people are so proud we voted for Donald Trump for president. He is doing a remarkable job and keeping his promises.Thank you President Trump for taking on this job and working so hard to protect our country. ❤🇺🇸

Dwight Hardin
Dwight Hardin

Oh my God people consider the source. AJC is pretty liberal they're just mad at him because he's being successful.

Geoffrey Bryson
Geoffrey Bryson

These are good points. Too bad we didn't get one of the others.

Ramona Lindsay Cathey
Ramona Lindsay Cathey

Remember his tweet to Obama 2013...didn't think so! He was demanding Obama not to take action against Syria...the same one he just took. I would request that double standards stop...make up your mind what you really believe in...and stick to it. Quit the blame game and move the country in the right direction!'

Jeff Young
Jeff Young

Jay Bookman....You will come to regret writing this piece. Should have scribed it on some toilet paper so it could have some actual use!

Kellie Jo
Kellie Jo

We finally have a president that's doing what Americans need done!

Wayne N Jenn
Wayne N Jenn

Obama drew the line in the sand and ran!

quaterhorselady
quaterhorselady

Ummm...NO!  Republicans REFUSED to take action against Syria and BLOCKED the black, Democratic President from doing what that orange creep in the White House just did.

oldpunk
oldpunk

Nope, Obama asked Congress to support a strike, Congress refused to back him. Even threatened impeachment if he did what Trump as done. Strangely, no impeachment threat there.


Kimberly Roberts
Kimberly Roberts

Sick of Trump and his inability to follow rules. Even more sick of the kool-aid drinkers who think he can do no wrong. God help us.

Barbara Roark Frazier
Barbara Roark Frazier

You can move to Mexico . I hear the cost of living is low. Just don't drink the water.

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

63 million Trump voters are still on train. So this is fake news.drain the swamp. Now we have anew Supreme Court judge. Things are great!

Matthew Hand
Matthew Hand

I didn't vote for Trump... but thankfully, I'm not suffering from Trump-dysmorphia... you know, that hyper-elevated fear most whacko liberals are living in today, like Bookman, because they're more concerned about living in their made-up reality rather than the real present.

Mel Harris
Mel Harris

If you want out,,,, Then Get the hell Out !

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Now. 

If things go as I believe they will, we will notice something very peculiar happen with all this Russia meddling stuff. 

It is going to essentially melt away.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@td1234 @Donnie_Pinko

No. You're wrong, not surprisingly.

It was not going to melt away until Donald Trump did what the forces behind it wanted him to, which was to change his line towards Russia.

Last night's actions went a long way towards changing that.

skydog12
skydog12

@Donnie_Pinko

Not. 

When one gets caught up into the gears of the Justice system, as screwed up as it is, you are F`ed.

skydog12
skydog12

@Donnie_Pinko @td1234

No change . He still owes Russians hundreds of millions, if not billions.


We will follow the money and I have a good guess where it will lead.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Donnie_Pinko 

That is one of the more ridiculous false narratives you have ever constructed.

I don't know if congratulations or uproarious laughter are in order.

td1234
td1234

@Donnie_Pinko It was going to "melt" away before this because it was nothing more than a political move by the left to justify to their donors that they did not lose the election and an attempt to hurt Trump in the early days of his Presidency. 

Bruno2
Bruno2

TetoLeo: "Menace,  Does that accepting church of yours consider it accepting to call those whom you disagree with POS? Is that part of the acceptance?"

Always quite humorous to see the Libs here wrap themselves in holy robes while they engage in the very behavior they are ostensibly criticizing.....


Menace
Menace

@Bruno2  If you look a little farther I owned up to my mistake.  I would welcome td, Leo, and even a jerk from jersey into the church I belong.  Maybe we could find common ground.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Bruno2


You accused me recently accused me of wrapping myself in holy robes. What is the basis of your accusation? 

Bruno2
Bruno2

@YouLibs @Bruno2  If you recall, you claimed a few weeks ago that you have respect for all sentient beings and wish them the best.  Which seems at odds with your blog habit of following people around lobbing insults at every chance.  The bottom line is that you're a flawed human like the rest of us.  Constantly trying to claim some high moral ground by which to judge others is silly.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Bruno2 

Because when I'm confronted with one person calling names, and a second applauding the death of Syrian babies, the name-caller is the biggest concern.  /smh

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