Friday Links

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Live footage from the Trump White House.

There are two reported articles and an opinion piece that, read in combination, really help illustrate the behavior and dysfunction of President Donald Trump’s administration. Heartland whites wanted a government as stupid and ignorant as they are and so far Trump is delivering.

  • This piece in Politico is just amazing. One of many incredible quotes: “In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing, from congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives to staff in-fighting and leaks.” Read this story and tell decent people everywhere we were wrong about this guy.
  • This article in The Washington Post shows how Trump can’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag if threatening to sue is not an option. Trump insisted that the “One China” policy was up for negotiation, and China’s President Xi Jinping basically said “nice try assface I’m not some lowly cabinet-maker you can bully around.” And yes, Trump has bullied cabinet-makers and hundreds of others out of money owed for services rendered.
  • Josh Marshall, who is essential reading along with his reporters over at TalkingPointsMemo, wrote yesterday about Trump: “Even when legislation is there for the passing, he lacks the focus, interest or skills to get it passed. He is low attention and low energy. Hastily drawn up executive orders, some inconsequential and some unconstitutional, are likely to be the order of the day, only with the Oval Office photo ops with toadies and CEO supplicants thrown in. In other words, it is not a poor man’s but a lazy man’s authoritarianism.” I recommend reading Marshall’s piece in full to also get a sense of how Democrats in Congress are helping to expose the idiocy of our current government.

Keep protesting, calling your representatives and senators, and showing up to their town halls. It’s putting pressure on exactly the right spots. If Trump and his Republican Party can’t get around to considering significant legislation that a clear majority of the country hates until 2018, the midterm elections could be even more interesting.