One month and the United States is already careening off into catastrophe. I was certainly not optimistic. I suspected terrible things would happen. But not this fast and not this bad.
So, let’s start with the fact that Trump didn’t vet his candidates for the cabinet. His team failed to pinpoint that Flynn was going to be a massive embarrassment that illegally was in talks with the Russian government. Flynn then lied about it and made Trump and his entire staff look like the incompetent fucks that they are. Not only that, but there was communication with Russian intelligence during the entire candidacy of Trump. While that doesn’t seem to be illegal, it shows a level of pandering and bootlicking that I’ve come to associate with Trump. Between that and the two Russian stooges, Rex Tillerson and Paul Manafort, it’s shaping up to be a presidency that will cozy up to the ruthless autocrat Putin. Maybe I’m just an old fashioned kind of guy that likes real elections and free press, but that strikes me as pretty fucking scummy.
Trump pretends to be strong by using hyperbolic language that really doesn’t make sense. But he’s not strong. He’s an compulsive liar that seems to need to boast to make himself feel better about his deficiencies. He hasn’t been able to run an effective White House at all. Even worse, now he’s holding a ‘situation room’ in his shit club with random ass people there, which isn’t illegal or all that terrible, but is just so typically scattered and un-presidential that I’m not remotely surprised.
Wait, though, there’s an even bigger issue. Trump is on a collision course to provoke a war in China. First, he very publicly insults China by calling Taiwan right away (and let’s not forget the mind boggling berating of the Australian PM). He goes with Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, who actually indicated that the US would prevent China from accessing their bases in the South China Sea (also known as directly starting a war).
Because Trump is apparently a yippy dog (Russian lap dog?), he then decides that his blustering/barking was maybe too much and finally gives China a call to say, “Hey, let’s do that One China policy where we ignore that Taiwan is totally a distinct country.” You know, it’s just that little thing that we’ve been doing since 1972 to prevent nuclear war.
That’s where we are. Potentially on the brink of AN ACTUAL WAR. WITH CHINA. Fucking hell. For what? Why start all this AND THEN BACK DOWN? What the fuck is that even supposed to mean? Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad he backed down. It just doesn’t make any sense. The whole Trump policy is incoherent.
I genuinely hope somebody has a plan. I really don’t want to get into another war, with China, Russia, or any country. Let’s not forget how much of a disaster invading Iraq turned out to be. And Iraq wasn’t even a fair fight.
Unfortunately, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. My biggest concern is a constitutional crisis. This administration has repeatedly shown a disregard for the law. Let’s not forget that Trump publicly announced that the ELECTION ITSELF was only valid if he won. Even still, without any evidence or proof, he claims there was tons of voter fraud. What bullshit.
Then there’s the blatantly illegal ban on Muslims (putting it like that is definitely a simplification and fairly inaccurate, but you know what I mean). The courts are handling that one, for now. There’s Kellyanne Conway who somehow forgot that she shouldn’t be trying to sell Ivanka’s clothing. Of course, as previously mentioned, Flynn. Oh, and Trump’s extremely un-presidential attacks on sitting judges.
This cadre of ethically challenged people scare the shit out of me. They have no respect for rule of law. I worry that when something doesn’t go their way in the courts, Trump and crew will try to ignore it. I hope, if that day comes, Congress is ready to act. We might just have to impeach this motherfucker.