Christ, what a week. I had a post all ready to go, and then something else happened with Trump. And then something else. And then he did something even more stupid. And, and, and… It’s hard to keep up with this stuff while watching your country transform into a jingoist’s wet dream. It brings out my apathy — it’s depressing enough just following the news, but why bother writing about anything when something even more awful is just gonna happen tomorrow? But who cares, here’s what I had before the shit really hit the proverbial fan a few days ago.
Looks like Team Trump is already off to a great start! First act as President: tell your press secretary to tell a brazen, easily-verified LIE because the media reported something that your hurt widdle feewings.
When the media showed the world the tellingly dismal turnout for Trump’s inauguration compared to Obama’s in 2008, he was not happy. Because, you know, when you’re a tin-pot dictator it’s more important to project a fictional image of yourself vs. deal with those pesky, provable facts. And oh, does he hate it when anyone reports facts that embarrass him, even those with photographic proof.
Trump has been resentful, even furious, at what he views as the media’s failure to reflect the magnitude of his achievements, and he feels demoralized that the public’s perception of his presidency so far does not necessarily align with his own sense of accomplishment.
So we basically have a child running the country, one prone to tantrums and foot-stomping when he doesn’t get his way. Or, in this case, when someone tells a truth that doesn’t live up to the Successful Businessman Superhero fantasy image he’s created for himself.
What’s next? Oh dear, now they’re all fighting for a spot at Trump’s teats. Especially his son-in-law, whose appointment already reeks of nepotism.
Two people close to the transition also said a number of Trump’s most loyal campaign aides have been alarmed by Kushner’s efforts to elbow aside anyone he perceives as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere. At one point during the transition, Kushner had argued internally against giving Conway a White House role, these two people said.
Yes, folks, they’re proving to be the festering snakepit of sycophants we knew they were. And speaking of snakes, you do not want to cross Kellyanne Conway. Not only does she deflect important questions like Wonder Woman and her bracelets, but I suspect she can also unhinge her jaw and swallow her foes whole. Best not to provoke that one.