Opinion: Trump’s reaction to reality? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(AP)

It’s time for Donald Trump to retire his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan in favor of a slogan that more accurately reflects his presidency. I think his new motto ought to be “Who knew?”

“Who knew health care could be so complicated?” According to Trump, nobody knew. He was the one who discovered it, making him the freakin’ Christopher Columbus of the Land of Complicated Health Care.

And North Korea! Who could know that North Korea is a rogue regime, beyond the control of even China? “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy” to rein in North Korea, our surprised commander in chief said this week, after a chat with China’s president.

Also, who knew that the Export-Import Bank, the institution that he railed against in the campaign, is actually a valuable institution? “It turns out that, first of all, lots of small companies are really helped,” Trump now says.

And on and on it goes, an endless string of “who knews”?

Who knew that NATO isn’t obsolete after all, but is in fact a “great alliance?”  Who knew that Janet Yellen is a competent chair of the Federal Reserve after all, and maybe ought to be kept on?

Who could have known that Syria’s Bashar al Assad is “evil,” “an animal” and “a butcher?” Really, who could have known such a thing? It’s not as if Assad had a long, well-documented record of such brutality, right? And who knew that beneath his soulful eyes and boyish charm, Vladimir Putin has a dark side?

Who knew the House Republican caucus is a collection of right-wing prima donnas more interested in purity gestures than in the dirty work of governing? Who could know that Michael Flynn is a conspiracy-addled nutcase, or that letting a chaos freak like Steve Bannon into your Oval Office is like hiring a pyromaniac as your fire safety officer?

“Who knew?” They ought to print up tens of thousands of ballcaps with that logo to pass out to his campaign supporters, because the motto applies to them too.

Who knew that the candidate who railed against Wall Street, Goldman Sachs and the economic elites would transform the White House into the Washington chapter of the Goldman Sachs Alumni Association? Not them. Who knew that someone so scornful of overseas military action would soon be treating the U.S. military — “my military,” he calls it — as his own personal toy set? Not them.

Who knew that the populist who promised health insurance for everyone would instead try to strip health insurance from 24 million? Who knew that the man who committed to rescuing rural America from the scourge of opiate addiction would turn around and try to eliminate federal funding for drug treatment? Who knew that the man who promised to label China a currency manipulator on Day One of his administration would declare on Day 82 that no it isn’t?

If you didn’t know then, you ought to know now.

 

 

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Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Jay, I hope I wasn't being needlessly provocative or inflammatory by reporting what'd gone down last night.

I agree it doesn't justify name-calling, but td's views expressed are about as extreme and pro-violence as anything I've seen here, before.

Menace
Menace

@Visual_Cortex  I've let td get under my skin once or twice and fortunately was correct by you and Leo.  I do find his views despicable and profession on Christianity laughable he's certainly entitled to them and they need to be respected to a point.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

"Resist" is now banned.


Permanently.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Has the world ended yet? Need to know when I can cash out my 401k.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@McGarnagle

I just cashed out some stock funds and was going to put 'em into bond funds, but maybe .22 long rifles are the way to go?

Mary
Mary

Best to go with a larger caliber long rifle.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Mary

I am echoing what I've been told, that cheap, reliable rimfire ammo will be most highly sought by those looking to be "shooting at some food". Squirrels, rabbits, possums, etc.


Resist Trump
Resist Trump

For the record, it wasn't me who deleted my post about td. I stand by it 100%.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@Resist Trump You can stand by it somewhere else for the next three days. Repeat it, and it will be permanent.

Mary
Mary

Yes, delete.

Mary
Mary

But, you deprive us from having an exchange with you. Delete it dude.

RantNRave
RantNRave

 "Trump, making remarks at the WH to the kids at the Easter egg hunt. His wife and son are with him. What's the over and under on how many of you will make fun of his wife and son?"


@May-Ree


Take a look at a real DIVERSE Easter egg hunt!


BTW


Michelle and Barack PARTICIPATED and

not just a PHOTO OP.


YOU PEOPLE don't know how to have fun!


Why didn't the Chump* and Mrs. Chump*


have fun with the kids?


Are they too good for the kids?


The President Kicks off the Official 2016 Easter Egg Roll


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn7ravBiv5A

RantNRave
RantNRave

@May-Ree


Did The Chump* read to the kids like Obama?


Did Mrs. Chump* get down and dirty with the kids


like Michelle?


H3ll no!


They think they are too good to touch those kids.


Easter at the White House...Trump Style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDTG4h96hPU

Mary
Mary

"You people" that could be offensive on some fronts. Ever heard of photo op? "Reading to kids and getting down and dirty" great PR and pics, it was!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@RantNRave  Little-known fact - Spicey dressed as the Easter Bunny one time back in the W Admin

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Don't know how many bothered to scroll back to check last night's comments, but our td sank to some new depths, informing us that cold-blooded murder of Dr. Tiller, who was ushering at his church at the time he was gunned down, was "justifiable homicide."

TBS
TBS

Didn't see it but doesn't surprise me.

Par for the course imo.

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

Sad.  Especially on Easter.  

I don't know if it's late-night depression, drinking, or what sets him off.  I'd like to think it's something externally driven and not just a reprehensible character, but I just do not know.

Mary
Mary

Is the first heartbeat adequate to confirm life?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Resist Trump @Visual_Cortex

I've tried my best to treat him civilly; I think he at least offers some cogent arguments for his side and knows his politics pretty well.

But between what I just posted above, and the business about Assad's gassing of children being a net benefit because they were "future terrorists", I believe I have to take a different approach when engaging him, in the future.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@BuckeyeGa

Yup. And bombing abortion clinics "saves lives." I wish I were making this up.

Oh, and fertilized eggs equal full-formed humans.

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex @BuckeyeGa 

I just don't understand where people get the idea that a fertilized egg has full Citizenship rights.

I'm sure that idiocy would have given even the Founders a good long laugh.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Mary

If by "confirm life" you mean "is far enough along to require carrying that pregnancy to term at gunpoint," the obvious answer is no.

The shorter answer is, a tadpole has a heartbeat.

honested
honested

@Mary 

No.

Simpering superstitious nonsense doesn't 'confirm' life either.

When all fully formed, sentient humans are properly cared for, get back to me.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

"But there was never any condemnation of it by our conservatives."

Covered in GH's Annual Statement of Condemnation and  Outrage.

Resist Trump
Resist Trump

@_GodlessHeathen_

Heya, _Godless.  I saw a comment of yours yesterday regarding Trump and his refusal to release his tax returns. Although you and I don't often agree, I nonetheless think you are a decent, well informed fella, one with whom I can reasonably and agreeably disagree. And so I put this question to you in all earnestness -- 


If Trump's tax returns aren't likely to cast serious doubt on his claims of being worth between $3 billion and $10 billion (give or take), and if they will show that (i) he has paid his taxes when due, (ii) he has made the charitable contributions he claims to have made, and (iii) he is free of foreign entanglements or other investment positions that would otherwise cast doubt on his allegiance to the people of the United States of America, why won't he release them?

Paul42
Paul42

@Resist Trump

I think you've pretty well nailed it.  With the first two, in Trump's mind at least, being paramount, given they affect his 'image' of himself.  The last one is likely viewed as 'just business stuff that I can handle, no problem."

Resist Trump
Resist Trump

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Resist Trump

Sure, people would quibble with things he did. But unless they rise to the level of a crime or otherwise show nefarious activity, that's not a sufficiently good reason not to release them, especially for a strong man like Donald.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

thats not proving a negative..Trump could be setting a policy that benefits him and his businesses at your detriment..maybe your taxes going up and his going down doesnt concern u.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@BuckeyeGa   I'm just stating that from his point of view it's none of our business.
I doubt how his taxes affect me is of any concern to him.

Resist Trump
Resist Trump

@_GodlessHeathen_ @Resist Trump

On the contrary, he has everything to gain vis-a-vis his integrity and putting to rest talk of his possible treason (or at least reasons for same). Sorry, mate, but that's about as weak a response as you could have come up with.