Trail of Destruction

“Mr. Trump has accelerated his party’s demise, exposing the rot that has been eating at its core for decades and leaving it a hollowed-out shell devoid of ideas, values or integrity, committed solely to preserving its own power even at the expense of democratic norms, institutions and ideals” – New York Times Editorial Board, 10/24/2020

Dude, You Gassed the Clergy

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They tear-gassed the group of peaceful protesters in front of St John’s Church along with clergy and other employees of the church handing out water and snacks.  The Feds then fired rubber bullets to clear out anyone left behind, all for an obscene photo-op of Donald holding something he clearly did not know what it was or how to use it.  I think it is time to quit pretending he is not mentally ill.

They were on Their Last Legs Anyway

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Just as the first US deaths from Covid-19 were occurring, Trump said it is no worse than the flu, it’s not about to trigger a recession, and the pandemic nonsense is a hoax.  The free press and Dems are just making stuff up to make him look bad.

Fast forward to 4/4/20 when O’Reilly is on Hannity’s show and the conversation turned to Covid-19.  Adept in propoganda as they are, they must have concluded the whole thing was not quite a hoax, but they couldn’t really own up to the seriousness of a pandemic.  O’Reilly chose the easy way out and said the number of deaths was way overstated, and those few who died were on their last legs anyway.  They yucked it up a bit, congratulated each other on how smart they were, then went home.

This might be a good opportunity for them to broadcast from one of the ICUs in the Bronx.  Where the ER personnel are starting to lose their shit, where they have two people per ventilator and they have rented refrigerated tractor trailers for the bodies.  No masks, no Hazmat suits, and bring your tool Trump.  After all, it’s a hoax.  Maybe go make fun of some of those miscreants on their last legs.  Or it might be a good time to actually own the garbage that comes out of your faces.  Attend funerals of some of the front line workers, maybe see what real human beings are like.  But that would not change anything.  There are no “It’s a Wonderful Life” moments, and that is how they will go to their graves.  I can’t change that, but that is probably a good thing anyway.  Despite my own defects of character, I have to believe I am nowhere near that monstrous, nor could I be around people who were.  You guys got what you wanted.  Choke on it, motherfuckers.

Mine! All mine!!

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Jared said the stockpile of medical supplies, including respirators and PPE, was not the states’ stockpile, but “ours”.  Naturally, I thought he meant it was the Fed’s inventory to manage and distribute to the states.  I was sadly mistaken.  “Ours” apparently means Trump and his family.  It shouldn’t be a big surprise, they siphoned millions from their own freakin’ charity, so why should they not treat public cash or property the same way?

Trump demands kickbacks from Ukraine before releasing money for military assistance.  In the subsequent impeachment, the GOP signals that is just fine.  Trump and his kids now have no reason to believe demanding cash or fealty from anyone, including US governors in exchange for, say, medical equipment would be any different.  The stench of malfeasance hanging over the Oval Office has naturally seeped into the press briefings, which have devolved into live infomercials for Adored Magnificent Ruler Trump and Hydroxychloroquine.  He’s gotta have some sort of commercial interest in that crap, but seeing he did not divest himself of his companies, did not place stocks in a blind trust, or release his taxes like he said he would, we have no idea.  For further background, he claims the emoluments clause in the Constitution is “phony”, and continues to send US and foreign government business to his companies.

I’m usually kind of optimistic, but I do not see this ending well.