Donald Trump, alone …

(AP)

The man promised his fans that we would have winning, so much winning that we would be sick and tired of winning. He has delivered to them nothing but a long string of humiliation, bringing dishonor to the nation that he was elected to lead and to the once-proud office that he was elected to hold.

He promised to give America an administration that was filled with the best people, “people that are truly, truly capable.” Instead we witness a rotating freak show, a cavalcade of clowns and cretins culled from the dark corners of American politics to which they are destined to retreat, but not before they get the chance to turn their long-nurtured dreams into our national nightmare.

The relative handful of competent, responsible people that survive in his administration — many of them with a military sense of duty to serve the country, not the man — do not see their job as implementing the president’s whims and fancies; increasingly, they justify their presence by their ability to fend off his worst instincts, to tell him “yes of course” to his face while quietly ensuring that the real answer remains no.

The campaign narrative of betrayal that he spun for his supporters, the story in which they were cast as the victims of an elite conspiracy against their interests and hopes, while he would be their knight on a white steed, has now been rewritten. He has proceeded to make that betrayal a reality, backing health care, tax and other provisions to further enrich and empower the elite that he has long courted, at the expense of those who invested their desperate hopes and votes in him.

He has likewise long craved and sought the respect of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin; instead the Russian leadership now publicly taunts him for his ineptitude and weakness. His generals ignore him or publicly condescend to him. The Chinese lecture him for substituting “emotional venting” on Twitter for the actual hard work of diplomacy; law enforcement leaders publicly condemn his encouragement of police brutality, and under attack he has been reduced to fabricating phone calls of support from the likes of the Boy Scouts and Mexico.

He attacked his predecessor for too much golf and travel and has tried to gut the budgets of important federal agencies, but he himself is now on pace to spend as much on presidential travel in one year as Barack Obama spent in his entire eight-year presidency.

In his dealings with a Congress controlled entirely by his own party, the man who bragged endlessly about his ability to negotiate and intimidate has come up empty-handed, unable to impose his will in large part because he has no concept of what that will might be; instead, his fellow Republicans increasingly treat him as the crazy old rich uncle in the White House down the street.

More than anything or anyone on this earth, he needs to feel loved and admired, and to fill that gaping maw of need he has been given historically bad poll numbers that testify to his disappearing popularity, with majorities in strong disapproval of his job performance. As a result he rants at the television set, or the deep state, or the Democrats, or the Republicans, anything and anyone but that increasingly corpulent man in the mirror.

If the deep state is to blame, it is his own deep state of ignorance and laziness. He has made the amazing discovery that politics is hard, but he cannot wrap his head around the fact that the Constitution made it hard by design. The Founders drafted that document with men like him very much in mind, to frustrate those who would take the demagogue’s route to power, who proclaim that “I alone ….” am the solution.

Donald Trump, alone, is what he fears most. And Donald Trump, isolated and alone, is exactly where this thing is headed.

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Scott Pike
Scott Pike

If you argue with this Jay Bookman on Twitter he will block you. So go there, He gets paid by Liberal dunces to write this trash written off of  fake facts from other papers doing the same hit job bull. He is on lost soul. Please pray for Jay. He needs it. Remember don't buy his paper or use their coupons and he will find out what the real world is like. He surely is clueless now.


JohnQ2
JohnQ2

Comrade Jay Bookman is completely delusional.

JCG
JCG

Change is difficult and often not pretty -- I support the President, duly elected and no one should deprive the electorate of our President.  

Evelyn Miller
Evelyn Miller

SNOWFLAKES GET OVER IT WE COME OUT ON TOP SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brad Gardner
Brad Gardner

For all this socialistic COMMUNISTIC liberals,we hear DO MUCH how TERRIBLE PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP IS HOW many Presidents have done all this in just 6 months?? None ever or for at least the last 8 years. PLEASE READ AND SHARE President Trumps accomplishments so far! 1.Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch 2.59 missiles dropped in Syria. 3.He took us out of TPP 4.Illegal immigration is now down 70%( the lowest in 17 years) 5.Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index125.6 6.Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a 7 year high. 7.Arranged 20% Tariff on soft lumber from Canada. 8.Bids for border wall are well underway. 9.Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord. 10.Keystone pipeline approved. 11.NATO allies boost spending by 4.3% 12.Allowing VA to terminate bad employees. 13.Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans. 14.More than 600,000. Jobs created 15. Median household income at a 7 year high. 16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever In its history. 17. China agreed to American import of beef. 18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollbacks. 19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining. 20. MOAB for ISIS 21. Travel ban reinstated. 22. Executive order for religious freedom. 23. Jump started NASA 24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget. 25. Targeting of MS13 gangs 26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants. 27. Signed 41 bills to date 28. Created a commission on child trafficking 29. Created a commission on voter fraud 30. Created a commission for opioids addiction. 31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients. 32. Unemployment lowest since may 2007. 33. Historic Black College University initiative 34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act 35. Created an office or illegal immigrant crime victims. 36. Reversed Dodd-Frank 37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning 38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement. 39. End of DAPA program. 40. Stopped companies from moving out of America. 41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs. 42. Encouraged country to once again 43. 'Buy American and hire American 44. Cutting regulations 2 for every one created. 45. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first. 46. Apprentice program 47. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years. 48 $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota... 49. Denied FBI a new building. 50. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation. 51. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll. 52. Dept of treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history. 53. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in egypt. 54. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years. 55. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence And Economic Growth 56. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people's lives than any President in the history of America. 57. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman. 58. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time Frame dated march 15 2017, tortured trim the fat. restructure and improve efficacy of there branch.

Pizza
Pizza

I didn't see "releasing his taxes" on the list.  ( Why is that ? )

Joanna Lidia Mirage
Joanna Lidia Mirage

The author publishing on AJC since April 2017 systematically write extremely negative articles about this administration. While he have all the rights in the world to do so I don't agree with the way he presented his thoughts in every one of them- as a facts, while it's all still his very subjective if not biased opinion.

Kim Rippere
Kim Rippere

Good. I hope he resigns and ends up in prison with family.

Lisab
Lisab

If Trump deleted that many emails, its because he doesn't read.

Wesley Nowling
Wesley Nowling

I'm steel rooting for you don't give up an please be careful God bless america

Mike Allgire
Mike Allgire

He's not alone. 60 million of us have his back.

Rita Wade Kautz
Rita Wade Kautz

The worst newspaper in the country stopped taking it years ago biased and filled with lies just like The NY Times. I believe our President took Ga in the election!!!

Richmeister
Richmeister

There are no intelligence leaks in the White House. There is no intelligence in the White House to be leaked.

Chris Policronis
Chris Policronis

All of this is because the Elites despise the fact that we the people elected some one who would put America first!!

Barbara Candelaria
Barbara Candelaria

He is not a politician people! Get that in your heads! Put your emotions aside! His message is clear! He has absolutely nothing to lose! When his Presidency is over, he will continue to be a business man. He didn't get his money from handouts and sellouts like the real politicians do!

Ronald W. Mann
Ronald W. Mann

You should have been in WV last night Bookie, our president will never be alone. As usual Bookie bites the dust, something unusual for what he bites

Brosephus
Brosephus

In regards to the FBI execs conversation below, the link that Godless posted could be interpreted as 10 members of the Senior staff if you only look at the most senior positions there.  I don't know if that would actually be the case for those who were told they may be called to testify though as the Director was just sworn in this week.

If you count the Director, Deputy Director, Associate Deputy Director, Deputy Associate Deputy Director, and Executive Assistant Director positions, that number adds up to 10.  To Godless' point, the people in those positions are all likely SES (Senior Executive Services) employees and not rank-and-file GS  level workers.  I'm not 100% certain, but given how the structure is at my agency, there's a strong likelihood that they're all SES at that level.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@rimsky Trump people could not find their way out of a wet paper bag let alone an intelligence agent that may be leaking.  LOL

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

Notice Trump retweeted this whopper from james wood:


"I've never witnessed such hatred for a man who is willing to work for free to make his beloved country a better place. It is pathological."


Work for free? Wake the hell up man. 

rimsky
rimsky

What is with all these cons telling some one they disagree with to go back to school?

I don't get it.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@rimsky 

Considering most of them rail about the educate elite it is kind of ironic ;-)

KUTGF
KUTGF

Hey, in the US of the Offended, does anyone know that the hooked cross that is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism, has a different meaning to Nazis?  I would have thought that these religions would have taken use by the Nazis as a compliment!

/snarc

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@KUTGF I saw this on something a Hindu friend of mine was looking at.  I did a double take.

He informed me that the direction of the symbol is different on the Hindu symbol

JKToole
JKToole

@KUTGF You can still call it a swastika - the name comes from Sanskrit. I feel your pride in learning something new today - albeit most with a 10th grade public education already have. Don't let that dissuade you though, learning is fun!!!

KUTGF
KUTGF

@JKToole @KUTGF  Yes sweetie... I knew.  But thanks for showing that you need to learn the meaning of  "/snarc"  LOL.  

JKToole
JKToole

@KUTGF @JKToole Is that AP style? Spatial numerical association of response codes? Perhaps you should learn to spell?

Or are you in the bath, playing with your bubbles?

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

An expert on democracy was on NPR yesterday talking about internal threats to the ideals of freedom and justice and what form they take. 


1) undermining the judiciary -- which is what happened when the Republicans stole a Supreme Court placement that rightfully should have been Obama's to make. 


2) undermining a free, independent press -- which is what Trump does when he calls the press "the enemy of the people" and incites violence against journalists. 


So, take note lovers of freedom everywhere -- our nation of laws is under siege from this administration and Trump's Republican enablers in Congress. 


This is no time to sit on the sidelines -- getting involved in your local political organizations is the best place to start.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@Citizen-of-the-World Watch out for policies resulting from Trumps "I like police brutality" speech. 


More rights taken away if you have no recourse to police brutality. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

“One of the things we are doing is reviewing policies affecting media subpoenas,” Sessions said. “We respect the important role that the press plays and we’ll give them respect — but it is not unlimited. They cannot place lives at risk with impunity. We must balance the press’s role with protecting our national security and the lives of those who serve in the intelligence community, the armed forces and all law-abiding Americans.”
__________

Yeah...only Trump can put them at risk by leaking!  

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

The word "Cosmopolitan" has an ugly, racist, anti-Semitic past.  I didn't know that.


Anyone tell Helen Gurley Brown?

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@KUTGF @_GodlessHeathen_ In the United States of the Offended how is one supposed to know all such words that have an ugly, anti-Semitic past?


I would have thought Cosmopolitan would be taken as a compliment.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ @KUTGF  Ummm sweetie, you be all buffooning again.  Read the piece.  Miller KNEW the history of the word because of what he is.  He was not referring to a magazine.  Now we can excuse your claim of ignorance ....  of course you know now so its up to you to decide how you use the word.  

KUTGF
KUTGF

@rimsky @_GodlessHeathen_ @KUTGF  Oh the same buffoons will next whine about Kathy Griffin or someone.  And tell us PC has ended and then get huffy about not being PC.  

JKToole
JKToole

@_GodlessHeathen_ No, but a glance at a search engine will show you that Stephen Miller has a well documented one.

JKToole
JKToole

@_GodlessHeathen_No let me help you:

Stephen Miller has a well documented history of ugly, racist, anti-Semitic, alt-right nationalistic remarks and actions - going back to high school. Your actions have elevated him to a world wide stage. I hope you're proud.