This is quickly becoming an utterly preposterous presidency.
I look at Mr Trump’s press conference on Thursday and think, is this really the guy in charge? I smack myself to try and wake up but just end up with a red spot on my check because this, unfortunately, is our reality. To think Mr Trump is anything but a showman is ignorant. To call the media the opposition party, I’m not sure I have adequate words for a response. Un-American doesn’t go far enough.
And where is the outrage from the right? Mr Trump said he wouldn’t leave the White House often because there’s just so much work to do. He said he wouldn’t play golf because he’d need to stay focused. He said he wouldn’t travel much because of the cost burden to the taxpayer. And yet, here we are in the fourth week of his presidency and he’s vacationing down here in Florida for his third weekend in a row. If this was a Democrat, you’d see heads exploding on Fox News.
The Obama presidency, all eight years of it, cost the taxpayers just under $100 million in travel expenses. Yes that is a good chunk of change. The Trump presidency, in its fourth week, has cost us an estimated $10 million. In one month, Mr Trump has racked up 10% of the cost to you and I that Mr Obama did in just under a decade. So I ask again, where is the outrage from the right?
Let’s look at Michael Flynn. Why was he fired? Was it because he spoke to Russian officials before taking office? No, because Mr Trump clearly stated in his rambling so-called press conference last week that Mr Flynn would have been directed to do exactly what he did do. So what was the issue? Embarrassment to Mr Trump. The entire fiasco showed how little control Mr Trump has over his administration. Felonious acts are not the issue for Mr Trump. The issue for him is public perception.
All of this diverts public attention away from President Bannon’s agenda. Is all of this a magic trick, a misdirection? That would give Mr Trump too much credit. This is merely what it appears to be: a deranged man who holds no firm beliefs whatsoever. Mr Trump is only outraged by what he sees on Fox and reads on Breitbart, neither of which are quality journalistic sources, and both of which he seemingly spends his entire day watching and reading.
If a Democrat acted in this manner there would be outrage from the right. There would be calls for impeachment, for Congressional Republicans to block every measure the Democratic President backed. But instead we’re hearing chants of fake news and just give him a chance. Hypocrisy at every turn.
Senator Mitch McConnell asks that Democrats treat Mr Trump’s Supreme Court nominee the same way Congressional Republicans treated President Obama’s nominees for the Court. If that’s really what Mr McConnell desires, then that means Democrats need to block any vote and hearing on any Trump nominee because that’s exactly what the GOP did to Mr Obama in an election year. But wait, you say, this isn’t an election year. Oh but it is. You see, during Mr Trump’s third straight vacation weekend in Florida, he held a campaign rally. It looks like we should let the people decide and wait for the next election.
The brazenness with which the GOP touts its hypocrisy astounds me. I ask again, where is the outrage from the right? If you are anything but outraged, you are drinking the Kool Aid, at worst, or have been conned, at best, and are nothing more than a hypocrite. You are getting exactly what you deserve.