The Trump Watch – June

As Sonny and Cher once sang, the beat goes on…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

In honor of one statistic – Agent Orange’s first 100 days in office – the online publication Politico detailed 100 of the biggest lies of his first 100 days.  A few that may have slipped below the radar:

He claimed credit for all of the jobs added to the economy in January – even though he only took the oath of office on January 20.

He said that claims that more than 20 million people gained health insurance under Obamacare were bogus because they didn’t account for all of the people who lost their insurance since Obamcare took effect.  Wrong:  20 million figure is the net increase, which means it absolutely does account for those who lost their insurance.

He said sanctuary cities “breed crime.”  Actually, research shows no discernible difference in violent crimes, rapes, and property claims between sanctuary and non-sanctuary cities.

He declared that a senator’s assertion that then-Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told him that Agent Orange’s treatment of the federal courts was “disheartening and demoralizing” was a lie.  Both Gorsuch and another member of the Senate – a Republican – confirmed that the Supreme Court nominee said exactly that.

He said that half of the state of Tennessee had no insurers offering Obamacare health plans.  Actually, the entire state does.

He announced that Charter Communications, thanks to his leadership, made a commitment to invest $25 billion and create 20,000 jobs.  Charter actually did make such a commitment – but it made it before Trump was elected.

And the same is true of the $1.3 billion Toyota is investing in new facilities in Kentucky.

He blamed the Obama administration for failing to stem the tide of illegal immigrants who came together to form the MS-13 gang in Los Angeles.  Actually, those gangs have been around since the 1980s.

He said that nothing was built with the nearly $1 trillion spent on the Obama infrastructure bill.  Surely, dear readers, you remember driving through road repair zone after road repair zone where signs boldly proclaimed that the funding for those repairs came courtesy of…the Obama infrastructure bill.

Unless by “built” he means new luxury hotels.  Come to think of it, maybe that’s his beef with Obama:  $800 billion in government spending on bricks and mortar and he didn’t get a dime of it.

And those are just a few that flew under the radar; many of the others you already know.


The president appears to have man-crushes on political strongmen.  How else to explain why he’s always singing the praises of people like Vladimir Putin.

And Egyptian president Abdel ­Fatah al-Sisi, right after he had his political opponents gunned down in cold blood, thereby proving that this al-Sisi is no al-Sissy.

And Thailand prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, whose takeover of that country’s government and imprisonment of dissidents earned him an invitation to the White House.

And Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose erosion of basic freedoms in his country earned him, too, an invitation to the White House – a visit during which Erdogan’s own police beat the snot out of anti-Erdogan protesters in Washington, D.C. while Secret Service officers looked on and did nothing.

When he dines with the president, the big question will be “Regular or extra crispy?”

And Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who’s running roughshod over basic civil and human rights in his country.  Agent Orange’s reaction:  he invited Duterte to visit Washington.

He called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “smart cookie” and said he could see himself meeting with him.

When the Going Gets Tough…

…the not-so-tough turn tail and flee.

When ABC News’s David Muir sat down to interview Agent Orange and asked a few questions about the president’s allegation that former President Obama tapped his phone, Trump declined to answer, so Muir rephrased the question.  Trump refused to answer, so Muir again rephrased the question.  This time the president just turned away and ended the interview, kicking Muir out of the Oval Office.

A real profile in courage he is.

Speaking of Tapping Telephones…

It turns out that Agent Orange knows whereof he speaks, so when he suggested that he had tapes of his conversations with former FBI director James Comey, people who have worked with Trump were not at all surprised.  As the Washington Post reported,

Trump’s fascination with recording his conversations reaches back to the early years of his real estate career, when he installed in his 26th-story office in Trump Tower a “system for surreptitiously tape recording business meetings,” according to an eyewitness account in Harry Hurt’s 1993 biography, “Lost Tycoon.” And BuzzFeed News reported last year that Trump listened in on calls made by staff at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

A Persecution Complex

When politicians and celebrities of all sorts speak to college graduating classes, they usually talk about the future:  about fulfilling potential, about living good lives, about being good parents and neighbors and citizens and thinking of people other than themselves.

But Donald Trump, we know, is no ordinary politician or celebrity, so when he spoke to the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy he spent a little time talking about duty and country but more time talking about his favorite subject.


Among his observations:

Hey, what about me?

 No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.

The late Nelson Mandela, who spent twenty-seven years in jail because of his political beliefs, might have disagreed.

Off With Their Heads!

Well, maybe not “off with their heads” but send them to jail, send them directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

Say what?

According to a news report, when Agent Orange asked FBI director James Comey to clamp down on White House leaks and Comey noted that getting information about who was doing the leaking from reporters might require threatening those reporters with jail, Trump said that putting reporters in jail was just fine with him.

Presidential Flash Cards

The education of a president

Remember flash cards?  They’re what your folks used to help you, or what you used to help your kids, to simplify learning and studying for children with short attention spans.

Now there’s a seventy-year-old with a short attention span in the White House and his aides have developed an adult version of flash cards to help Trump absorb his daily intelligence briefings.

As the Washington Post reports,

As they huddle around the desk, Trump likes to pore over visuals — maps, charts, pictures and videos, as well as “killer graphics,” as CIA Director Mike Pompeo phrased it.

According to Reuters, the National Security Agency employs another trick to keep the president’s attention:

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned”…

Ladies and gentlemen, our president.

Who Knew?

In this latest installment of “who knew” we learn that just because you’re president doesn’t mean you understand how laws are passed.

In congressional circles, the term “nuclear option” is used to suggest that the party in the majority in the Senate do away with the filibuster so the minority party can’t prevent it from passing laws.  Usually the majority party doesn’t want to do this because today’s majority party knows it will be tomorrow’s minority party.

But it took a lot of people by surprise when Agent Orange suggested that the Senate invoke the nuclear option to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Why was it a surprise?  Because the kind of legislation needed to do this only requires a simple majority of fifty-one votes and not a filibuster-resistant sixty votes.

The president, however, didn’t know this.  He doesn’t understand how laws are passed in this country.

And isn’t that EXACTLY what we need in a president?

He Does Comedy, Too

On June 6 Agent Orange tweeted that

The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.

Surely he jests:  the media, MSM or otherwise, fake or real, absolutely LOVES Trump using social media and would be devastated if he stopped.  He offers a rich vein of material to work with, he’s an easy story on a slow news day, and he’s nothing if not thoroughly entertaining even if it’s sometimes in an “I can’t believe we actually elected this doofus president” way.

The Trip Abroad

You have to wonder whether, when someone suggested to Trump a trip abroad, he responded, “Broads?  There’s gonna be broads?”  His behavior could not have been more boorish if he had expected another golden shower from a Russian prostitute.

Step aside, buddy: America first.

Presumably you saw the video of Agent Orange pushing aside the prime minister of Montenegro.  If you somehow managed to miss it, see it here.  And observe the under-noticed seconds after the push and the look on Trump’s face.


And then there were the two times Melania swatted him away when he tried to hold her hand.  Hmmm:  she lives a few hundred miles away from him and now she won’t even hold his hand in public.  Is theirs not a true love match?


Treated badly by his boss

Sean Spicer, according to all accounts, is a decent guy with an impossible job that he doesn’t always handle as well as he might because he appears devoid of personal charm.  One thing we know about Spicer is that he’s a devout Catholic, and as a member of the president’s inner circle and traveling party, it was pretty widely assumed that he’d be part of the Trump delegation meeting the pope.

Didn’t happen.  The president who demands loyalty from his people apparently believes loyalty is a one-way street and left Spicer behind.  Meanwhile, Ivanka and Silent Jared, who are Jewish, met the pope.

What a horrible excuse for a human being this president is.

Observations From a Press Conference

Last Friday The Curmudgeon caught about ten minutes of a presidential press conference.  While Trump’s tone was subdued – his voice, that is, not that unnatural, practically glow-in-the-dark skin color – his words were as bombastic and nonsensical as ever.

He complained about all of the trouble he’s having getting his nominees confirmed for important jobs, ignoring his failure to actually, you know, nominate people for those jobs.  He fired, for example, 93 U.S. attorneys – and hasn’t yet nominated any replacements for them.  Not one.  Also, he has 442 sub-cabinet level and executive-branch positions he needs to fill, all subject to Senate confirmation, for which he has yet to nominate candidates.  (And let us not forget that Republicans famously and routinely refused even to consider many Obama nominees, including one for the Supreme Court.)  Amusingly – and disingenuously – Trump said that “We just got Jeff Sessions confirmed.”  Actually, Sessions was confirmed on February 8, more than four months ago and less than three weeks after Trump himself took office.  (It was Republicans, in fact, not Democrats, who slowed Sessions’ confirmation for about a week because they thought they needed his vote on a bill before the Senate.)

But our president is not one to let the facts get in the way of all the verities and balderdash.

Speaking of White House leaks, he expressed concern that while leaks about his conversations with the heads of Mexico and Australia right after he took office were disturbing they ultimately didn’t matter much because they weren’t about anything important.  Still, he wondered aloud what might happen if there was a leak of a future conversation involving something with serious national security implications.

A legitimate concern, no?

Actually, no, it’s not.  When legitimate reporters even mildly suspect that they may know something with national security implications that could jeopardize American lives, they always – always – take that information to the White House to discuss the matter before publishing it.  It’s called journalistic responsibility, and in fact, there’s never been, to The Curmudgeon’s knowledge, even a single instance of a traditional (mainstream, if you insist) publication or broadcast going public with information that compromised national security or jeopardized or cost American lives.  The people Trump considers “real” media?  The Curmudgeon doubts they’re even passingly familiar with the concept of “responsibility.”

When a reporter asked a question and said he wanted to ask a follow-up question Trump said he needed to move on because that reporter’s ratings weren’t that good and there were reporters who had better ratings who still hadn’t had an opportunity to ask any questions.

Welcome back to junior high school, where popularity is what matters most.

Speaking of popularity, isn’t it ironic that someone who believe that popularity equates to quality and who judges everything based on its ratings and popularity currently has a public approval rating that’s at epic, unprecedentedly low levels?

What gave The Curmudgeon his biggest giggle, though, was Trump’s assertion that if it had been him who had been given debate questions rather than Hillary Clinton, and if the media had discovered this, it would have been the biggest story in the history of newspapers and the history of publishing.

Have you ever encountered anyone who has such an inflated opinion of himself and such an enormous persecution complex?






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