The Daily Dog: The Oaf of Office

Once again, the Trump regime propaganda office dismissed Donald Trump’s offhand comments as “jokes,” alleging that his remarks encouraging police brutality were not intended to be serious. It was not the first time that Trump representatives have covered for their boss’s ignorance by claiming the comedian in chief is just a joker at heart. Whether it happens on the campaign trail, or during an early morning Twitter rant, Trump’s joker defense demonstrates his true lack of experience, respect, or dedication to the office he occupies.

 

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Trump sports a natural jester look with a wavy cap’ n’bells hairstyle that all clowns love.

For a man who refused to attend the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, Trump has certainly found his funny bone in the past few months. Each time he lashes out and shows the true colors (or lack thereof) of his ignorance, and the critics begin to weigh in, Trump raises his tiny jester-like hands and shouts, “I was joking!”

 

Another famous Donald, whose first name is Ronald would like to remind Trump that the world is not laughing with him and that he should leave his comedic aspirations to the real clowns instead of being a fake one. Global politics and the national interests of 325 million Americans are not the appropriate inspiration for Trump’s amateur-hour stand-up routine.

“I believe he was making a joke at the time.”

31 July 2017, Sarah Suckabee Sanders replying to a reporter who asked what was funny about Trump’s remarks encouraging police brutality.

In addition to the joking defense, Sarah Huckabee Sanders — whose own career in the Trump regime is truly laughable — continues to present an array of awkwardly thin justifications for Trump’s bad behavior. From jokes to imagined congratulatory phone calls that really happened, but were not phone calls, and thusly, not lies, the White House spin has become an insult to what remains of America’s collective intelligence.

It is not only our intelligence that Trump insults, but also the nation itself. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Trump had boasted to members at his private club that he does not like spending time at the White House because it is a “dump.” At every juncture, Trump predictably maligns the institutions and symbols of liberty and freedom of the country that he pretends to lead. His jokes aside, he is the most un-American person ever to occupy political office or the White House and if it is so detestable to him, perhaps he should leave.

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The Russian dacha known as “Trump’s Dump.”

 

Already, Trump is denying that he made the comments. He tweeted that they are “fake,” but it will only be a matter of days before Trump admits that he was merely making clubhouse “jokes” about the most storied residence in the country — a mansion so rich with history, that most Americans cringe at the thought of Trump’s gaucheness and bigotry poisoning it. The only dumpy characteristic of the White House is the trash accumulating in the West Wing and the Oval Office.

For all of Trump’s ambitions of royalty, he is proving to be no more than a bright orange court jester with an abundance of ill-conceived jokes. As a grand jury convenes in the Russia investigation, it is likely the one person not finding humor in any of Trump’s so-called witticisms is special counsel Robert Mueller. Though Trump may have been giggling in January with his hand on the Bible, America is no longer laughing at the Oaf of Office.

The Daily Dog: A White House of Cards

At 3:19 p.m. on Monday, Donald Trump tweeted, “A great day at the White House!” The tweet was posted less than an hour after news broke of Anthony Scaramucci’s release as White House Communications Director — just ten days after his arrival and before he was officially sworn in for the position.

With a Trump tweet, no one can ever be sure exactly what he is referencing. A great day at the White House could mean a day when they serve green Jell-O in the circus of the Trump administration. Sometimes, Trump prefaces bad news with a good announcement, which could have been the case Monday.

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As the White House chaos mounts, Trump can’t even keep his hair in line. Photo: Albert H. Teich

The Washington Post broke a story on Monday evening saying that Trump composed Donald Trump, Jr.’s misleading statement on his meetings with Russian contacts. If the story withstands the coming assault from Trump and company — which it likely will based on the paper’s storied history — Trump’s days in office may be shorter than he imagined.

For Robert Mueller and his crack team of investigators in the Special Counsel’s office, the task seems to be getting easier. The advantage of prosecuting a person like Donald Trump, a control freak who cannot delegate or allow anyone else’s judgement to supplant his own, is that there will always be a direct line of evidence.

The larger question looming for the country is not if Trump is impeached, or when he resigns, but how do we recover? What is the take-away?

We all get caught in the trap of seeking the immediate answers on the short-term horizon. However, the long-term implications and lessons to be learned from the Trump Debacle (as history books may someday title this era), must be considered simultaneously with the short-term effects. Senators, representatives, governors, and the electorate must be looking farther ahead than tomorrow or next week.

If Trump goes quietly, which may be an unlikely scenario — unless he can be cajoled out of office with a party and slaps on the back to assure his ego of his inexorable popularity — it would be the best possible outcome for America’s future. The ease with which he leaves must not lull the public and the government into a false sense of security that disaster has been averted. As a nation, we must contemplate and prepare for future iterations of Trump, because he will not be the last megalomaniac to seek office.

In the event that Trump, a man who likes to surround himself with power, generals, and loyalty, decides not to abide by any decision of Congress in impeachment proceedings, there would be a desperate push to close any loopholes in our electoral system. The push must be just as vigorous for the former scenario as well as the latter.

As an avalanche of evidence begins to crash down around the White House, Trump may be correct about it being a great day…just not for him. Any return to normalcy is an achievement for the American people and for the country itself. Trump might Make America Great Again and maybe we will not have to wait four years for him to do it.

#Covfefe Solved!

On Monday, the White House claimed that it was “utterly ridiculous” for anyone to infer that President Trump attacked London’s mayor because the mayor is Muslim. White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders was too quick to respond when asked about Trump’s tweets criticizing Mayor Sadiq Kahn. The knee-jerk denial was strong enough to kick her credibility out the door where it almost hit a cowering Sean Spicer.

Trump and Kahn have been sparring in the media since the beginning of both their political campaigns almost two years ago. Kahn took early exception to Trump’s “ignorant” view of Muslims; and Trump took an exception to…well, Kahn’s religion. Then candidate Trump intimated that Kahn was an “exception” to the rule among Muslims and how the Travel Ban would affect him if the mayor visited the United States.

Yet, the White House continues to treat the American public like a mindless herd that will eagerly consume and digest any statement, opinion, or denial coming from on high. Trump has not only insulted Mayor Kahn and other European leaders, but he humiliates every person in the United States daily in assuming they are not intelligent enough to connect the dots in the administration’s path to ruin.

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Tiny hands and a big mouth make Trump a double threat in the Twitter dominated media world.

It was only a few weeks ago that the president wished the “many losers” in the country a happy Memorial Day on Twitter. On the heels of his criticism and “pathetic” tweet regarding Kahn, it is neither ridiculous nor a stretch to see the president for what he is: an inflammatory blowhard — the original agent provocateur.

Trump ramped up to his hasty presidential campaign crushing dreamers on national television by yelling, “You’re fired!” Millions of Americans tuned in each week filled with glee and anticipation to see which apprentice’s failings merited Trump’s ire. How happy they must be now that Trump is calling them losers and heaping his scorn on the public. America created this monster, and America must work together to contain him.

Once in office, Trump continued his role as the inciting agent by encouraging his appointees to do his bidding and then disowning the consequences. For Trump, failure is familiar and embarrassing, and he is fearfully incapable of owning it. He is never at fault and has an answer for every moronic debacle — or he sends one of his minions to their doom in having to lie and make excuses for him. (Try saying, “Cover for Me,” after a shot of tequila or when you are exhausted.)



#Covfefe launched the Twitterverse into a bigly Conundrizzy…


Contrary to the White House propaganda, what is utterly ridiculous at this early point in the Trump presidency is that it is not ridiculous to assume or infer anything. In almost every instance of Trump’s incoherent tweets, unscripted speeches, and blustery promises, the not-so-hidden meanings eventually turn out to be quite transparent and true. A ban that is unequivocally not a ban is later proclaimed loudly and openly…as a ban.

Trump is raw, unfiltered, frustrated, and spoiled. He has difficulty containing his intentions and emotions. He is driven to express what Trump wants to say because he believes that he is right, everyone else is wrong, and he is thus superior.

A majority of his tweets contain emotional language, capital letters, and exclamation points. It is not at all unreasonable for the public to interpret the meaning of his excited utterances as what is most obvious the truth at the moment. However, what is unreasonable in this new era of political chaos is for the president and the White House staff to assume that Americans are somehow less intelligent today than yesterday. Simply because an idiot leads a nation (or pretends to), does not make it a country of idiots — the same way not every American is a bigot, racist, or even a small-time orange billionaire.

The Don Who Wanted to be King

 

Growing up, almost every young child loves to play pretend — making believe that he or she is a movie star, astronaut, or king or queen. For a fleeting moment in my own childhood, I dreamed of the American equivalent of being king, imagining someday that I would be the President of the United States of America. It was a lofty goal that eventually took its place on my mental bookshelf alongside architect, lawyer, doctor, and sports hero.

From its inception as a democratic country on a new continent, America as a nation has shunned the concept of royalty. Kings and queens have no place in a republic where government of the people is by the people.

None-the-less, Americans have traditionally enjoyed some level of royal equivalency in the office of the president. A certain allure has always surrounded the commander in chief. Once established as the presidential residence in November of 1800, the White House inherited the shroud of intrigue that accompanies the chief executive. As one of the oldest and most regal mansions in the United States, the White House represents more than the power of the office.

The White House signifies an elevated level of decorum and dignity that attends America’s highest political office. With its opulent staterooms, grand banquet halls, and picturesque porticos and lush lawns and gardens, it has long been the centerpiece of presidential style. It is America’s palace where history does not only happen. It is created.

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America’s royal palace.

It is a place where foreign dignitaries are treated with white-gloved service and hospitality. It is a home and office where one imagines Abraham Lincoln in quiet contemplation over the decision to go to war with his own countrymen; where F.D.R. and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt graciously hosted Churchill during a wartime Christmas; and where, among the stress of the Cuban Missile Crisis, J.F.K. was surrounded by not only advisors in the West Wing, but by history.

The past week of turmoil in Washington, D.C. contrasted against the history of the White House finally spurred me to realize what about the Trump administration is so disconcerting. More troubling than the scandals (because have not all presidents had scandals of one type or another?) and normal partisan discord (which is a necessity of a multiparty system of government) is the lack of presidency. It is that we, as a nation, have lowered the bar.

“A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him.”
Saul Bellow

With the election of Donald Trump, America has entered a new era of political expectation. While it is every American’s right to run for political office — even that of president — we have typically not expected the person who occupies the White House to be such a boor. With Trump’s ascension to the Oval Office, America has seemingly accepted a new political vulgarity.

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A throne fit for a king.

The next four years are likely to continue as the first four months have. This presidency will be remembered not for the dignity of the office, but for the lack of refinement, the chaos, and the departure from decorum. It will be a time of limited vocabulary, of the same shouted monosyllabic words, gaffes, and gaudy behavior. It will not be thought of as an period lead by integrity, respect, or intellect.

As I watched President Trump curtsy to King Salman of Saudi Arabia this week, it occurred to me that Donald Trump has not outgrown the pretend play that we have all engaged in as children. Instead of growing up like the rest of us and aspiring to be presidential in word and deed, he is still simply acting out a fantasy…like a little boy who wanted to be king.