While talking politics with a progressive friend of mine who often likes to “pick my brain” whenever the subject is broached, he said what many others have said to me since Donald Trump was elected:
Your job must be easy right now. Your stories must write themselves with all the stuff Trump’s constantly saying and doing.
“No, it’s really not,” I replied.
While some reporters, journalists and bloggers might be having a field day covering the day-to-day insanity known as the Trump administration, to be honest, I can’t stand it. Trump says or does something stupid, the media covers it, his administration and GOP lawmakers defend it, Fox News pushes conspiracies trying to protect him — and repeat.
Right now, as a society, we can’t even fully process one scandal before another one has emerged. With Trump, one scandal can flip to the next within a matter of his next tweet.
For instance, remember when Congress overwhelmingly approved sanctions on Russia in a 517-5 vote — yet after months of stalling on enforcing those sanctions, Trump decided not to?
Under normal circumstances that’s a story that should have dominated the news until Trump was forced to take action. A “president” who many feel has colluded with, if not been compromised by, Russians who launched a cyber attack against the 2016 election refused to enforce sanctions that were overwhelmingly approved by Congress.
And guess what? Not only is almost no one talking about this anymore, but the GOP-led Congress isn’t doing a damn thing about it.
Even after Robert Mueller officially indicted 13 Russians and 3 Russia-backed organizations for their roles in trying to undermine the 2016 election, most people don’t expect Trump’s rhetoric to change or the GOP to hold him accountable for refusing to impose sanctions on Putin’s government.
Then there was just a couple of months back when he called a Gold Star widow a liar for revealing publicly that he said of her husband who was killed in Niger following a terrorist attack, “He knew what he signed up for.”
His tax returns? Something he flat-out lied about throughout his entire campaign. Eh, those are rarely brought up anymore.
What about the jobs numbers he called “fake” and “phony” during the 2016 election which he now brags about constantly? Why isn’t the media repeatedly playing clips of him attacking the monthly jobs report every time Trump tries using it to brag about himself? Why aren’t Republican lawmakers who support Trump being asked to answer for the lies they all told about the economy when Obama was president? Why aren’t people making his supporters answer for what, exactly, changed in the calculation of the monthly jobs reports that took them from “fake” and “phony” to something worth bragging about?
Then, of course, there are the 16 or so women who’ve accused him of sexual abuse. That’s rarely discussed anymore.
What about his lawyer possibly illegally using campaign funds to pay an adult film actress for her silence prior to the 2016 election about an affair they had on his current wife, the First Lady, shortly after the birth of their son? A payment the lawyer now says he paid personally — yet ridiculously claims he was never reimbursed for.
Then there are the newer revelations from a former Playboy playmate that she also apparently had an affair with Trump soon after Melania had given birth to their son.
While those stories have made headlines, the revelation that this “president” has allegedly had multiple affairs on the current First Lady, paying one woman for her silence prior to the 2016 election, has had almost no political impact on Trump or his supporters who claim to be “good Christians” who care about “family values.”
The list of scandals and controversies goes on and on. And after my friend asked me that question, I said all of this to him and more.
That’s when he asked me, “So, what frustrates you the most, how ridiculous Trump is?”
“No,” I answered.
It’s not Trump, the GOP, or even the ridiculous conservative media which rank at the top of my list of what frustrates me the most about this circus and embarrassment to our nation. (Although the reality that none of them ever seem to fact-check garbage propaganda and only feed into it certainly ranks up there.)
Above all else, what frustrates me the most is the fact that there are tens of millions of people in this country who don’t see through all this nonsense.
If Trump were a clever con artist, then it wouldn’t bother me as much — but he’s not. I’ve seen infomercials selling diet pills promising you a “rockin’ beach bod in 4 weeks” at 2 a.m. that sounded more believable than Trump’s lies. In fact, repulsive conservative troll Milo Yiannopoulos is now shilling shady supplements on InfoWars and even that somehow seems more credible and trustworthy than Trump’s day-to-day words and actions.
At times I sit here thinking about the people who support Trump and it’s mind-boggling the asinine things they’ve convinced themselves are true just so they don’t have to face the reality that they’ve been duped by a fraud and probable criminal.
That’s why I view his supporters more like cultists who are brainwashed rather than people supporting a “president.”
Trump will call The New York Times or CNN “fake news” — then literally cite them later when they publish a story favorable to him. It’s so obvious Trump’s definition of “fake news” is simply any story that’s negative about him. Meanwhile he constantly cites Fox News and labels it the only trustworthy cable news source, but ignores the fact that they’ve reported many of the same stories he’s called other networks “fake news” for reporting.
At some point you’d think his supporters would realize this, but they don’t. They either completely tune it out, or they just don’t care.
Just look at his handling of the two memos released by the House Intelligence Committee.
He had already announced — before he had actually read the thing — that he was going to release Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) memo despite the FBI and his own Department of Justice imploring him not to. Yet when Democrats sent their memo to him, not only did he refuse to allow it to be released, but he actually had the gall to say they needed to run it by the FBI and DOJ for their recommendations.
Yes, the same “president” who ignored the recommendations from the FBI and DOJ not to release the memo written by Nunes, then went on to reject a rebuttal to that memo which clarified key points — saying that the House Intelligence Committee needed to get recommendations from the FBI and DOJ before resubmitting it for release.
You can’t make this crap up.
It couldn’t be more obvious that Trump’s refusing to release the Democrat’s memo because it debunks the anti-FBI narrative of Nunes’ highly discredited 4-page farce. Not only does the memo Democrats want released — that several Republicans have said should be made public, as well — almost certainly confirm that the Russia investigation is real and dates back to prior to Election Day 2016 (not “fake news” as Trump likes to call it), but it probably also gives a glimpse into just how much evidence U.S. intelligence had against his campaign in obtaining the FISA warrant.
Clearly that’s not something Trump wants made public, which is exactly why he blocked the release of the second memo. Because if he actually cared about what the FBI or DOJ had to say about any of this, then he never would have released the Nunes memo.
Once again, none of it seems to matter. Like with every other preposterous lie Trump tells, his supporters lie in waiting with their dunce caps proudly displayed, blindly defending this con man every step of the way.
Say what you want about Donald Trump, as dishonest as he is, it’s not as if he actually hides the type of person he is. Sure, he might deny that he’s a weak, insecure, racist, bigoted sexual predator who lies quicker than you can fact-check him, but he never really tries to conceal those traits from the public.
Yet tens of millions of his supporters are still right behind him, defending him from every lie, scandal, controversy, and outrageous thing he’s said or done that they’d never let a Democrat get away with.
That’s what frustrates me the most. The continued reminder that there are that many ignorant, racist, hateful, and flat-out stupid people among us. No matter how hard any of us fight to make this country a better place, there’s seemingly always going to be 35-40 percent of Americans who are going to believe that a disgusting, pathological-lying deplorable bastard such as Donald Trump is the type of person who should be in charge of this country.
Don’t get me wrong, Donald Trump is one of the most nauseating human beings I’ve ever witnessed and the Republican Party’s support of him is one of the most shameful moments in modern American political history. However, for me, the most frustrating part of all of this is the constant reminder that there are tens of millions of Americans proudly buying this con artist’s bullshit rather than working with and supporting people who give a damn about the future of our nation.