If you have not heard already, this past Friday our current President, Donald Trump, took his would-be military parade turned would-be Veterans Day military parade and now morphed it into Donald Trump commandeering Washington, D.C.’s, Fourth of July fireworks celebration to move its location, add “entertainers,” and insert himself into the festivities.
The tentative plan is for President Trump, being the greatest and most important thing to ever exist in the United States of America, to grace the nation with a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, turning a long running non-partisan event into yet another platform for Trump to lie into a microphone. Who will he lie about and what will he lie about? We don’t know, and neither does he: The man is incapable of staying on script.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, like so many other Republicans with high ambitions, spends the majority of his days blurting our to any microphone in range of his lofty principles and ideals. Never does it ever amount to much of anything. What he says typically is contradictory to his own prior legislative votes and activities. He always ends up solidifying the view that he is a shell of the person he tried to make himself look like during that train-wreck of a presidentialcampaign he had a few years back.
Senator Rubio is now at it again in the wake of the push to hold William Barr in contempt for lying during his appearance last week in front of Congress. Back when the president was Barack Obama and the scandal du jour was something calledFast and Furious, Rubio seemed principled.
“I think it is outrageous that any attorney general, Republican or Democrat, refused to comply with Congress’ constitutional right to hold them accountable and the Justice Department accountable. I would say that if this was a Republican.”
JUST KIDDING!! He wouldnotsay that if this was a Republican.
When the drums stated pounding last week and Dems started calling to hold Barr in contempt for his lies, Rubio respondedon Twitterby making it clear that, when he was faking principles in 2012, he was only talking about a certain kind of contempt of Congress, and a certain version of Congress’s constitutional right, and a certain subset of “accountable.”
“If like Eric Holder William Barr ever authorizes a program like #FastandFurious that gives drug dealers guns subsequently used to kill a U.S. agent,lies about it & then refuses to provide Congress information, he should resign.”
Ah, ok. It was a non-transferable deal. Only valid while Barack Obama was President. Ok, Marco. Now, please stop talking in public for a while. Be spineless in the privacy of your own home.
As is the standard with most right-wing members of Congress, there is an obsession with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that is almost at unhealthy levels. Today we learned what was already assumed, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the Lex Luther of US Politicians, has got a case of the AOCs and the trolling finally caused him to get owned by her.
On Monday, Scott tried to come for Ocasio-Cortez and herGreen New Dealagain on Twitter. Scott was initially attacking New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s plan to combat the nation’s rampant gun violence with anational gun licensing program, which is a tad ironic because some of the mosthigh-profile mass shootings in history occurred under Scott’s watch in Florida.
Scott then went on to slam Ocasio-Cortez, asking if she would “make us register every time we buy meat” if the Green New Deal passes.
While the snide “meat registration” comment is right in line with the things that get the right wing based revved up, AOC was quick to let him know she wasn’t having any of it:
Donald Trump is getting scarier and scarier each day that goes by “post-Mueller” and it is reaching a boiling point. First, Trump was insisting that the results of the investigation showed total exoneration by Mueller, and not he is appearing to be absolutely terrified that Robert Mueller is going to appear before Congress to testify. Now, add to this madness the suggestion by Trump that he should get two extra years added to his term in office to make up for time that he was under investigation. This is textbook Trump and it is maddeningly scary. It is pretty much another example of his aspirations of becoming a dictator.
Who do we have to thank for the idea of two more years, you might ask? Well, it originated with Jerry Falwell Jr., who described it as “reparations,” but Trump took it up enthusiastically, retweeting Falwell and then himself tweeting about the “stolen two years of my (our) Presidency (Collusion Delusion) that we will never be able to get back…..”
While some of his supporters might take this as Trump being “playful” but we all know that he does not have a playful bone in his body. Whenever Donald Trump appears playful, it is in all reality him attempting to test the waters to see what he can get away with.
Trump testing out the “two more years” thing is sending a strong message to his base in terms of how they should respond if and when he loses in 2020. We cannot expect that he will become any bit friendlier to the idea of democracy from this point on and definitely not if he loses. Trump is showing who he is and he is not someone who cares about the rule of law or democracy. He needs to be voted out and we have to be prepared to deal with him in order to ensure a peaceful transfer of power when his replacement takes office.
The U.S in the age of Trump’s rhetoric now has a new ranking. Reporters Sans Frontières, or Reporters Without Borders, lowered the U.S. to No. 48 out of 180 on its annualWorld Press Freedom Index, three spots lower than its place last year.
RSF’s rankings were determined by a multi-language, 87-question survey for media professionals. The responses were then combined with data on abuses against journalists.
There have been 46 journalists attacked in the U.S. since 2017, ten of them this year alone. Trump’s rhetoric was called out in the report, which stated that Trump “exacerbates” the problems press freedom is experiencing with his ramblings about “fake news” among other things.