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Thread: How Low Can We Go? The President Donald Trump Thread, I guess. :(

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    One of my favorite things about the Trump era is the knives coming out by the traditional conservatives. Who knew that in 2017 that The National Review would print so many things that resonate with me?

    It starts with a long part about Glengarry Glen Ross and how it speaks to a certain kind of person for the wrong reasons and ends with this:

    Trump is the political version of a pickup artist, and Republicans — and America — went to bed with him convinced that he was something other than what he is. Trump inherited his fortune but describes himself as though he were a self-made man.

    He has had a middling career in real estate and a poor one as a hotelier and casino operator but convinced people he is a titan of industry. He has never managed a large, complex corporate enterprise, but he did play an executive on a reality show. He presents himself as a confident ladies’ man but is so insecure that he invented an imaginary friend to lie to the New York press about his love life and is now married to a woman who is open and blasé about the fact that she married him for his money. He fixates on certain words (“negotiator”) and certain classes of words (mainly adjectives and adverbs, “bigly,” “major,” “world-class,” “top,” and superlatives), but he isn’t much of a negotiator, manager, or leader. He cannot negotiate a health-care deal among members of a party desperate for one, can’t manage his own factionalized and leak-ridden White House, and cannot lead a political movement that aspires to anything greater than the service of his own pathetic vanity.

    He wants to be John Wayne, but what he is is “Woody Allen without the humor.” Peggy Noonan, to whom we owe that observation, has his number: He is soft, weak, whimpering, and petulant. He isn’t smart enough to do the job and isn’t man enough to own up to the fact. For all his gold-plated toilets, he is at heart that middling junior salesman watching Glengarry Glen Ross and thinking to himself: “That’s the man I want to be.” How many times do you imagine he has stood in front of a mirror trying to project like Alec Baldwin? Unfortunately for the president, it’s Baldwin who does the good imitation of Trump, not the other way around.

    Hence the cartoon tough-guy act. Scaramucci’s star didn’t fade when he gave that batty and profane interview in which he reimagined Steve Bannon as a kind of autoerotic yogi. That’s Scaramucci’s best impersonation of the sort of man the president of these United States, God help us, aspires to be.

    But he isn’t that guy. He isn’t Blake. He’s poor sad old Shelley Levene, who cannot close the deal, who spends his nights whining about the unfairness of it all.

    So, listen up, Team Trump: “Put that coffee down. Coffee is for closers only.”

    Got that?
    This quote from a piece on Reince really riled me up

    “We won,” Priebus told me in an interview. Calling from the golf course on Sunday afternoon, he sounded both defiant and relieved. “Winning is what we were supposed to do, and we won. That’s the job of the Republican Party. It’s in the best shape it’s been in since 1928.”
    FUCK YOU, REINCE. Do you not know what happened in 1929? And how arguably MILLIONS of people ended up dying because of it? I don't lay the entire blame for the worldwide economic collapse and the rise of fascism in Europe on the American GOP, but it was a fucking factor. Ugh.

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    Wow - I am THRILLED something like that is being written in the National Review!
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    Kelly said, "Yeah, no. No fucking way I'm serving with THAT guy."
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

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    Ding-dong, the witch is dead!

    Now let's see which new psycho they'll find to replace him...
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    10 days must be a new record. And this douche missed the birth of his child and is now getting divorced, all so he could get closer to Trump.
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    This is just priceless:

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    This chaos is what I anticipated but living through it is worse than I could imagine
    You can go for a walk without returning to more trump administration failure news
    That guy wasn't even officially hired yet, right?!

    Oh boy.
    Please let his devotees wake up from their spell soon so we don't have to endure as much of the the negative consequences of their failures that pile up day after day, minute after minute
    "this way, that way, i am of two minds" -sappho
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    omg



    They really all have old tweets matching present fuck ups, huh.

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    I liked this piece on the big picture of why he's bad, not just the daily Mooch-type stuff.

    Authoritarian by Instinct
    Trump is subverting democracy and the rule of law, one bumbling misstep at a time.


    More than six months into his presidency, Donald Trump continues to function as a Rorschach test, even to his most vociferous critics. Is he a bumbling fool who doesn’t know what he’s doing? Or is he a dangerous authoritarian who might do grievous damage to American democracy?



    The correct answer to both questions, the past weeks have made clear, is yes.

    Trump is an authoritarian—but by instinct rather than by ideology. It is blindingly obvious that he is an amateurish hack of a president, who doesn’t have anything close to a strategic plan to concentrate power in his own hands. But it is also blindingly obvious that he is unwilling to tolerate any rightful limits on his authority, and seeks to weaken or abolish independent institutions whenever they frustrate his ambitions.

    Trump did not come into office as a sworn enemy of the FBI, or the filibuster, or even the judiciary. But since all of these institutions have hampered his ability to rule by fiat, or stand above the rule of law, each of them has quickly come to bear the brunt of his anger.

    ...

    It is all too clear which enemy Trump wants his war Cabinet to defeat: not ISIS, the Taliban, North Korea, or Iran, but the “haters” who have so far hampered his power. And since Trump has selected his core team for its unwavering loyalty rather than its political acumen, it is also clear that the new men in the White House will be willing to take some pretty extreme steps to please their master. Having sworn fealty to their chief, and being used to command as CEOs or as generals, they—like the president himself—have little respect for the conventional limits on executive power.
    I don't know about the ousting of Scaramucci says with regards to that last paragraph, but it is something to keep an eye on.

    Now, because I made the mistake of going out for 3.5 hours, I have 35 hours of news to catch up on. By the time I catch up today, it'll be tomorrow.

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    Man, my head was SPINNING when I heard Scaramucci got fired. I was like, no, wait, but he just got hired?
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    Trump's going down the drain guys. Scarammuchi is the cherry on top. I don't think he'll make it to Christmas.

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    Supposedly it was Kelly who put his foot down and all sorts of flattering stories about Kelly are floating around, like how mad he was about Comey's firing. Not sure if he's just lawful evil instead of chaotic evil, but he plays the game better, on a more respectable level.

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    Love this guy


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    I listened to a podcast about the Cocoanut Grove fire last today, about how part of the reason for its high death toll was that too many people were trying to get through the one revolving door and that's why now there are regular doors that have to be next to revolving ones. If this pic were real, it'd need emergency side doors too.

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