Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 17 in a series

We all know the definition of the term schlemiel, but some of us seem to want to rub it in. A bit of history:

68 times Trump promised to repeal Obamacare

“On my first day in office, I am going to ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace, I just said it, Obamacare.” [Asheville, NC, 9/12/16]

“Also on my first day, I will ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare.” [Clive, OH, 9/13/16]

“Also on my first day i’m going to ask congress to send me a bill to immediately repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare.” [Canton, OH, 9/14/16]

So, how is that working  out?

WASHINGTON — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House.

With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort.

“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,” a flustered Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters after abruptly yanking the legislation off the House floor to avert a certain defeat. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to repeal this law.”

And that was the first day? No, that was about the 60th day. Remember, Donald Trump as candidate only promised to ask Congress to send him a bill. Ask. That’s the operative word. Ask. Not the same as Congress actually sending him a bill. People who voted for Donald Trump were thinking there would actually be a bill to abolish the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Ace, Obamacare. For many voters it was a promise best left unfilled:

Some fear losing insurance if health law repealed

Fortunately for people like Alison Koehler, we elected a Schlemiel-in-Chief instead of a Commander-in-Chief.

There’s more to come. Keep reading.

Four Weeks In

Number 38 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 38:

38. Feb. 4, 2017 — Twitter

The claim: “What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U. S.?”

In fact: The U.S. does not allow “anyone” to come in. Even without Trump’s travel ban, there is strict vetting of refugees, and visas are required for people seeking to enter from the seven mostly-Muslim countries to which the ban would apply.

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 37 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 37:

37. Feb. 4, 2017 — Twitter

The repeated claim: “After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!”

In fact: The New York Times not only wasn’t “forced” to apologize for its coverage, it did not apologize at all. Trump was referring to a post-election letter, a kind of sales pitch, in which Times leaders thanked readers and said they planned to “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism.”

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 36 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 36:

36. Feb. 3, 2017 — Twitter

The claim: “Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about.”

In fact: The media did not lie about their phone call, which was not civil. A senior Trump official acknowledged to the Washington Post that it had been “hostile and charged,” and prominent news outlets in both countries reported that Trump had berated Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull denied that Trump had “hung up” on him, but he did not deny that the call had ended abruptly after 25 minutes, as the Post reported. “Was it cut short?” an Australian radio host pressed Turnbull. “The call ended courteously. That’s all I want to say about that,” Turnbull responded.

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Uncle Bye-Bye

Yes, it is a continuing series.

Forget about Uncle Kim Jong-un. Your real daddy-longarms is Russian President For As Long As He Sees Fit Vladimir Putin. From ABC News:

A former Russian lawmaker who became a vociferous critic of Moscow following his recent move to Ukraine was shot and killed Thursday in Kiev, prompting harsh words between the two neighboring countries.

Denis Voronenkov, who had testified to Ukrainian investigators and criticized Russian policies after his move to Kiev last fall, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman near the entrance of an upscale hotel in the Ukrainian capital.

Voronenkov’s bodyguard, a Ukrainian security services officer charged with protecting him, fired back during the attack and was himself seriously wounded.

Ukrainian officials said the gunman, who they claimed was a Ukrainian citizen, later died from wounds in his chest and head. They did not identify the gunman.

Talk about a long reach, Vlad the Embalmer can outreach with the best. His reach may extend to our own shores.

Continuing from the video:

George Stephanopoulos: What exactly is your relationship with Vladimir Putin?

Trump: I have no relationship with Putin.

Stephanopoulos: But if you have no relationship with Putin, then why did you say in 2013 “I do have a relationship,” In 2014…

Trump: He has said nice things about me over the years…

Stephanopoulos: But you said for three years, 13, 14, 15, that you did have a relationship.

Trump: What do you call a relationship?

Don. Don! People are not saying you slept with the guy. But what do you call a relationship? Another video clip elaborates:

Interviewer: Do you have a relationship with Vladimir Putin, a conversational relationship, anything that you feel that you have sway…?

Trump: I do have a relationship.

Yes, Donald, that’s what we mean when we say you have a relationship with Vlad the Embalmer. It’s when you say in a news interview that you have a relationship, that’s when you have a relationship. Otherwise you would be a liar, and nobody wants to call you a liar. Yet.

So, Mr. President, before you consider breaking off this love fest, or whatever you have going on, with Uncle Bye Bye, think about that long reach.

Four Weeks In

Number 35 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 35:

35. Feb. 2, 2017 — Facebook and Twitter

The claim: “’Trump taps first woman to CIA second in command’.”

In fact: Trump’s appointee, Gina Haspel, is the second female CIA deputy director, not the first: Barack Obama appointed Avril Haines to that post. Trump was quoting an inaccurate headline in The Hill newspaper — it was soon changed — but the president does not get a pass when publicizing inaccurate claims about his own administration, even if he did not make them up himself.

La de da de da, indeed! He is the dictionary definition of fact-deprivation. How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Four Weeks In

Number 34 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 34:

34. Feb. 2, 2017 — Facebook

The claim: “Smart! ‘Kuwait issues its own Trump-esque visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries.’”

In fact: Kuwait imposed no such ban. The Kuwaiti government later told its state news agency that it “categorically denies these claims,” and representatives of countries supposedly affected, like Pakistan, also said the story was wrong. Trump was sharing a link to an entirely inaccurate headline from the Jordanian website Al Bawaba, not making it up himself, but the president does not get a pass for promoting false information.

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

Do I need to do one of these every day? Maybe so. I have this dogged feeling I need to keep up. Fortunately, there is no shortage of material. I have a man working for me at $400,000+ a year who makes sure of that.

The video above shows an episode of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and some respondents:

  • Kevin Madden, “senior advisor to and spokesman for Mitt Romney’s 2012 U.S. presidential campaign” (lower left)
  • Andre Bauer, 87th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, member of the Republican Party, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (1996–1999), member of the South Carolina State Senate (1999–2003) (lower right)
  • Michael D’Antonio, biographer CNN (upper left)
  • Karine Jean-Pierre, “American political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator, and lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University” (upper right)

The exchange is amusing, even for those not easily amused. We know there’s going to be humor as Lemon opens, announcing the topic will be “Presidential Fact or Fiction.” We suspect he is talking about President Donald Trump’s lies. He is:

President Trump sometimes seems to be operating from his own set of facts.

He seems, Don? He seems? You are a master of the obvious. Lemon brings up the various mis-characterizations made by the current president early in his tenure. Are people in the Trump administration “going to have to admit something?” Kevin Madden chimes in:

I think an admission for the White House would be a concession, and it’s just not in Donald Trump’s DNA to ever back off, to ever relent, to ever concede.

He goes on to say these features have been imprinted in Trump’s DNA (basic blueprint) as a businessman and now as a politician. I can only guess this is what you learn growing up in the mean streets of Jamaica Estates in Queens Borough, New York City. He must not, at no time, ever admit any kind of deceit.

The prize goes to Andre Bauer, who seems to hold a patent on deflection. After hearing out Madden’s discourse on the Trump administration’s tiptoeing through a pasture of mendacity, Lemon asks Bauer to respond. He does so, magnificently. He says:

Sure, he keeps throwing the stick, and the media keeps chasing it.

Imagining this crisis in government credibility as a game while at the same time converting “media” to a singular noun. He goes on:

Credibility is in the eye of the beholder.

Apparently it is, Mr. Bauer, completely devoid of any sense of irony. He continues, after some rambling:

The media takes him seriously and not literally. [emphasis added]

There are those among us who falsely believe that literally means seriously. We have been mistaken before. Bauer continues:

His voters take him seriously and not literally… [emphasis added]

Believe your eyes. These are exact quotes from the video. By this time you, much the same as I, are beginning to wonder where Bauer plans to go with this. Let us see:

And there is a vast difference. They want somebody who’s fighting for them. Some of these things we are talking about in the media, they’re not interested in. It doesn’t directly affect their life.

Right. Trump voters are not concerned that the President is a congenital liar, averaging more than one whopper a day since his inauguration. They don’t care that Trump falsely accused President Obama of ordering wiretaps on his phones in Trump Tower, and they don’t care that the Justice Department (which reports to Donald Trump) is investigating mounting evidence of collusion between  the Trump campaign and an unfriendly foreign power. They care that there will be a wall keeping Mexicans out and that nobody will get government money who has not worked for it. The problem is, many of the people who voted for Donald Trump depend on illegal foreign labor and are receiving government handouts. There is a famous meme crisscrossing the Internet that goes something like:

“I never thought a leopard would eat my face,” sobs a woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party.

Facebook exchanges reflect an interesting parallel. Facebook friend Dan posted:

For those who think government controls are moral and a free market is not.

This is also evidence that Paul Krugman and Robert Reich are spouting falsehoods

I was struck by the irony of a Trump supporter talking about falsehoods, and I responded with a catty remark and with a link:

Competition is rough out there. https://skeptic78240.wordpress.com/…/snowflake-in…/

Meaning, if  you plan to compete with Trump you better complete spring training first. Dan’s response is the kind I love:

Hahaha!

“It has come to the point the President of the United States is being called a congenital liar on mainline news. When was the last time this happened? Oh, right…”

Yes, when the last Liar in Chief said “You can keep your plan. You can keep your Doctor…” among other things.

They are politicians. We expect what, honesty, integrity, truth, thrift?

Readers need to  keep in mind that Dan is generally anti-government overreach, and Trump earns only passing favor. However, his response is classic Trump defender. It’s right up there with, “So’s your old man!” I was reminded of Dan while watching Andre Bauer defending Trump’s lies.

Readers are invited to watch the remainder of the video. Don Lemon drags out all the videos from 45 years ago, highlighting Richard Nixon’s war with the media. It’s an echo of what we hear from Trump these days. Those of my ilk see a delicate persona with a tissue-thin skin, unaccustomed to the slightest rebuff. Defenders see a politician tough as asphalt paving, who can bullshit his way out of any mess. It didn’t work with McCarthy, and it didn’t work with Nixon. Indications are it’s not working with Trump. Washington is a town that will tear a man down just to get a piece of his skin, and Trump is losing friends faster than a dead rat shedding fleas.

And I am enjoying every minute of it. Keep reading.

Four Weeks In

Number 33 of a series

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The drip goes on. Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration. Here is number 33:

33. Feb. 2, 2017 — White House meeting with Harley-Davidson

The repeated claim: “I love Australia as a country, but we had a problem where for whatever reason, President Obama said that they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country. And I just said, ‘Why?’…1,250. It could be 2,000, it could be more than that.”

In fact: The people in question are refugees, not illegal immigrants, who are living in island detention centres off of Australia. As Australia’s prime minister repeatedly told Trump, and as Trump’s own press secretary concurred, the agreement covers 1,250 people, not 2,000.

La de da de da, indeed! How long can he keep this up? Better yet, how long am I going to keep this up?

Until there is no skin left.

Snowflake-in-Chief

New game in town

The man is going down, and it’s a sorry sight to see. OK, a joyous sight to see for Liberals, and I’m laying on the celebration right now. It has come to the point the President of the United States is being called a congenital liar on mainline news. When was the last time this happened? Oh, right. The last time this happened was when the President had to stand up before a national audience and declare he was not a crook. This may be worse. Yesterday on CNN Anderson Cooper finally had it with dancing around the facts:

‘Oh, come on Jeffrey’: Anderson Cooper finally reaches his limit with Jeffrey Lord defending Trump lies


20 MAR 2017 AT 22:34 ET

Led by host Anderson Cooper, an entire CNN panel blew up on regular Jeffrey Lord who refused to admit that President Donald Trump habitually lies when — not only when he speaks — but when he tweets.

Addressing Trump’s tweets about ex-President Barack Obama wiretapping his offices,  the panel turned to presidential credibility, with long time White House aide David Gergen explaining that President Lyndon Johnson,”didn’t have a credibility gap, he had a canyon.”

“That is what is happening here,” Gergen asserted. “It makes a real difference in the capacity of a president. We’ve seen it again and again. when we have a president who is a congenital liar, it really matters.”

That was 20 March of 2017, and we have to wonder whether it has taken all this time before people started blurting out what we all knew months, years, ago. I have a regular column, one post every day for 80 days, each post laying out yet another lie by the Snowflake-in-Chief: “Daniel Dale, with the Washington bureau of The Star, compiled a list of 80 fabrications by the Snowflake-in-Chief, all during the first four weeks of the new administration.” People are cataloging Trump’s fabrications, and they are going  to be in history books in a few years. Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy are going to come off as Boy Scouts.

I’m going to keep chronicling the enduring adventures of our nation’s very on Snowflake-in-Chief. Keep reading.