“Tremendous” Sigh

This week, news broke that someone in the United States revealed highly classified intel to the Russians, putting an Israeli spy’s life in danger (among other implications). That same guy who maybe outed an Israeli spy is also the same guy who fired FBI Director James Comey after Comey wouldn’t vow his loyalty to him and wouldn’t drop investigations into Michael Flynn. This same guy called the reporting of these incidents (and the reporting of every wrong thing he has ever done) a witch hunt. Same dude continued calling media outlets who reported his wrongdoings “fake news” (fake news is any truth that makes him look bad), despite going on Twitter and on TV and admitting to doing the exact same things these news outlets were reporting he did. This guy I’m talking about? President Donald Trump of The United States of America.

The worst part is that some of his supporters continue to believe these outlets are fake (some of them know he’s lying but it behooves them to pretend they don’t). Some bias is inevitable in the 24 hour news cycle, but bias and lies are two completely different things; these Breitbart loyalists have a hard time distinguishing that. At this point, Trump’s nose could grow every time he lied and his fanatics would still believe he was telling the truth.

The president of the United States is Donald Trump. To me, that’s like saying we elected Ronald McDonald or Pauly D from the Jersey Shore or Nick Viall from the Bachelor for President– and Trump’s behavior continues to prove they might as well be.

Trump’s Playground: Feb 20-March 20

Executive Orders:

  • Second Muslim Banthis article clearly outlines the big differences between the first and second travel bans
  • Light initiative to improve historically black colleges – seemingly well-intentioned order that could’ve been better if year-round pell grants would’ve been granted for students, critics say. This order is more rhetoric than action.
  • Dismantling of Clean Water Rule – the Clean Water Rule was intended to identify bodies of water that could be drinking water for the people of the United States so that these waters could be protected by the Clean Water Act of 1972.

  • Reorganizing the Executive Branch – this orders cabinet secretaries to present a plan to the president on how to restructure the agency they lead.

In the news:

Trump’s Playground: Jan 20-Feb 20

If you follow the news you know it’s been a hectic month in the United States. Trump’s presidency has been riddled with protests, controversies, and a cascade of executive orders. I’ll be writing one of these posts every month with links to the “news highlights” of that month that relate to the President, his cabinet, and his orders.

Executive Orders

Total of 11 executive orders (if you don’t count the Muslim ban since federal courts ruled against it).

Big Stories

Silencing the EPA

Sean Spicer scolds the media during his first press conference

Kellyanne Conway coins the term “alternative facts”

Federal appeals court rules against the Muslim Ban 

Kellyanne Conway cites Bowling Green Massacre that never happened

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns over conversations with Russian ambassador 

Trump advisor Stephen Miller turns hype-man

Trump tells Netanyahu to “hold off on settlements for a bit”  Trump says he can live with a one-state or two-state solution in Israeli-Palestinian deal

Trump scolds reporter for asking about claims that his campaign spurred anti-Semitism

Trump makes Sweden terror comment