Without a doubt, the behavior of Donald Trump and his administration has been an embarrassing dumpster fire of chaos, incompetence, and unprecedented deceit and corruption.
In just his first few months in office, Trump’s:
- Fired acting attorney general Sally Yates
- Fired the head of the FBI.
- Saw his top national security advisor resign after he was caught lying about his communication with Russia.
- White House Chief of Staff resigned.
- White House Press Secretary resigned.
- Hired Anthony Scaramucci to be the White House Communications Director — then fired him 10 days later.
And that list doesn’t include all the lower-level people within his administration or various government agencies who’ve resigned or been fired because of something directly related to Trump’s behavior or policy decisions.
It’s an absolute joke.
All of this, of course, is on top of Trump:
- Repeatedly criticizing U.S. intelligence agencies in a blatant effort to cast doubt on their assertion that Russia was behind the cyber attack launched against last year’s election.
- Accusing Barack Obama (without evidence) of ordering Trump Tower to be illegally and unconstitutionally wiretapped.
- Claimed (once again, without evidence) that “millions of people voted illegally” during last year’s election to excuse his popular vote loss to Hillary Clinton.
- Constantly bashing the media as “fake news” whenever it reports something negative about him.
- Disgustingly accusing MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski of having a bleeding face-lift last year, calling her crazy.
- Seemingly spending every morning watching several hours of cable news, then tweet-whining about it.
- Spending about half his weekends since being sworn in traveling to his various properties, in particular his Mar-a-lago club in Florida, to play golf.
- Having numerous associates around him getting caught concealing or lying about contact they’ve had with Russians.
- Publicly bullying and belittling the Attorney General of the United States in what seems like a clear attempt to pressure him into resigning.
- Banning any sort of recording devices from many White House press briefings.
- Frequently calling the active investigation into whether or not his campaign colluded with Russia “fake” or a “witch hunt.”
- Allowing state-run Russian media into the Oval Office — with electronic devices — while banning the U.S. press corps from attending.
- Apparently giving Russian officials highly-classified information.
- Having his son, son-in-law, and then-campaign manager caught lying about a meeting they had with Russian officials last year who, prior to that meeting, promised to give them dirt on Clinton as part of Russia’s efforts to help his campaign — all while initially lying about what the meeting was about until they found out The New York Times had the email transcripts.
The list goes on and on… and on.
At this point, I’ve probably forgotten more scandals and controversial events linked to Trump than I can remember. And I’m not even getting too much into all of the garbage that occurred before he was sworn into office, such as his mocking of POWs, infamous “grab them by the p–sy” video, or the long-list of horrible things Trump did long before he was ever allowed to call himself the “president.”
We’re witnessing firsthand possibly the most irresponsible, corrupt, and incompetent administration to ever preside over a major nation — yet Trump and the majority of Republicans are acting like this is all normal. As if the outrage and bewilderment at what we’re all seeing right now is nothing more than “fake news” being “driven by the liberal media.”
It’s the classic case of someone standing in front of some sort of catastrophic event telling folks, “Nope, there’s nothing to see here — everything’s fine and normal.”
And that’s what infuriates me most about all of this. Donald Trump, the Republican Party and their supporters will gladly look all of us in the eye and act like they wouldn’t be losing their minds if a Democrat was linked to even a fraction of the controversial statements or scandals Trump’s been embroiled in.
These are some of the same people who:
- Spent years trying to make Benghazi into one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history.
- Claimed Clinton’s use of a private email server — the same one the FBI spent over a year investigating, ultimately concluding nothing criminal took place — was definitive proof that she should be in prison.
- Spent years claiming that the positive economic numbers reported during most of Obama’s presidency were misleading, fake, phony, or a hoax.
On top of constantly looking for any possible excuse to act outraged at Obama, including:
- Berating him for wearing a tan suit.
- Criticizing him for giving a speech while a Marine held an umbrella over his head, and for saluting a Marine while holding a cup of coffee.
- Acting horrified that he happened to be photographed with his feet up on the Oval Office desk.
- Turning any personal trip he took into an opportunity to criticize him for not being in Washington working.
- Constantly attacking him for playing golf.
Yet here we are, just a few months removed from the Obama administration, and these same people are now trying to act like “there’s nothing to see here” when it comes to the never-ending chaos, controversies, scandals, and shameful behavior that’s constantly swirling around Trump and his administration.
I’ve always known Republicans were absolute hypocrites, but for a long time I underestimated how pathetically gutless they could be.