The shock of November 8, 2016 was palpable. Not so much because we expected a Hillary win, but because we expected sanity, decency to prevail. Surely we would not allow an incompetent, reality TV bully to ascend to the Presidency on a wave of racism, misogyny, phobias, ignorance, and hate?
Since that day, the nightmare of the surreality of Trump has been unending. Like walking through mud, tar, and fog, lost, scared.
Scared because all that we warned would come to pass should this travesty take place, is happening. Daily we have watched in horror as Trump defames the office of the Presidency, turning it into a freakshow Presiduncy. Tweeting at all hours like a bullying middle schooler, literally calling Senators and Congresspeople names, and caring not one whit how anything he does completely contradicts his promises to his mASSES.
Optics be damned - since January 20, 2017, he has given this country the middle finger daily. It's not just the dollars capriciously spent on constantly flying to Mar-a-Lago or the TWENTY games of golf he has played since January. It's not just the unnecessary expense of keeping Melania and Barron in NYC. Sadly, there is no one in our legislature that will step in to end these things. So they will continue.
The bigger F.U.s he is sending the American people come in the form of his slowly transforming our government into what resembles a banana republic. And he is being allowed to operate this way with impunity.
Keeping his business ties alive and unwell, promoting his hotels and golf courses at every turn. Emoluments, be damned.
Filling important positions with relatives? Check. Suddenly Ivanka and her husband have security clearance and are sitting in on meetings they do not even begin to understand. Seriously, I highly doubt Merkel gave two shits about Ivanka's purses or shoes, or that the troops he visited overseas, looking like an actor who had wandered in off a Risky Business remake, did more than laugh their asses off at the frat boy in Tom Cruise shades and a flak jacket.
Targeting countries for exclusion, except of course the ones where he has business dealings and properties. Done.
Threatening protesters and free speech? Yep. The truth hurts his thin skin and he would like to shut that shit down.
Setting up and attending rallies so he can hear the imbecilic crowds roar his name? Done. Repeatedly.
Draining the swamp? He has become the head lifeguard of a quagmire of the very villains who he promised his dirt dumb base he would get rid of. Cronies, one Goldman Sachs-er after another, and incompetents who literally have no idea how to even begin to the do the jobs they find themselves in.
And the worst, firing anyone who disagrees with him - Check.
The latest to go before his mental firing squad is FBI Director James Comey, who received word he was fired while conveniently across the country.
Yes, the same Comey who received accolade after accolade from Trump at every campaign stop after muddying the waters with completely empty "Hillary email" rumblings just before the election. There was no there there, but it was enough to sway some opinion. Trump was a YUGE supporter of Comey, BIGLY praising him and his efforts against "Crooked Hillary."
But now, with Comey also being so involved in a Trump-Russia investigation that was getting way to close to the Oval Office, Trump suddenly fires him.
FIRES THE MAN INVESTIGATING HIM.
Let me remind you, non students of history, what took place back in the 70s.. This is what Nixon did. He ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor looking into the burglary that would ultimately lead to his demise. It also was the act that emboldened Deep Throat, revealed in 2005 to have been Mark Felt, the FBI's #2 at the time.
As Nixon's world was unraveling, so was Nixon. Insomnia, rages, incoherence, threats - sound familiar? As leaks were coming out with regularity only seen in a Metamucil commercial, Nixon began demanding heads. As Hoover had died of a heart attack, he chose a justice department employee with zero FBI experience to be acting FBI director. He instructed L. Patrick Grey to be as ruthless as the Nazis in searching for the informants. He also specifically asked him to lie. In their first meeting Nixon flat out told Gray he was required to lie for him and be able to 'do something and deny (it) on a stack of Bibles'.
Sound like anyone we know?
Word coming from leakers within the White House have already told news sources that Trump and his team have been shocked by the backlash and outcry over Comey's firing. That is because he is not only completely insulated by sycophants, but because he believes he is untouchable and may continue to act with impunity.
And what is the most GOPers in our legislature can choke out about this frightening move to thwart the investigation into his corrupt ties to Russia? They are "concerned". They are "troubled." You know what else they are?
Traitors. If this does not show every last person in this country that party and power are more important than the actual patriotic governance of this nation, I don't know what will. We are truly lost.
Mitch McConnell is rejecting calls for an independent special prosecutor. Paul Ryan could not give less of a shit if he had not eaten in three weeks. Sean Spicer actually hid in the bushes last night to avoid answering questions from the press corp. (Surely God intervened on this one - as Melissa McCarthy is hosting SNL this Saturday.)
But SNL and late night talk hosts will not save us. Shout as they might about the blatant corruption, treasonous connections, and anti-American acts taking place - we are lost. Without elected officials finally saying ENOUGH to Trump & Co. and taking back what has been stolen and consolidated (power), this country will continue its death spiral.
Yes, there are grand juries which have been impaneled for a while. And yes, sources say twenty subpoenas have been issued, but to what end now? He literally does not care. Last night he fires the man who just last week requested additional resources in this investigation, and today he welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov into the Oval Office, with only Russian news sources allowed in. That's right, he denied any access to American media.
Power has been allowed to corrupt, as it can when left unbothered by rules and laws: absolutely.
With every action Trump takes, he is testing the will of the GOP to step in, and with every one of his actions, they are staying firmly attached to his corpulent power teat.
My questions for Trump and his supporters continue to be, if he is so innocent, why fear this investigation? If there is nothing revelatory in his tax returns, why not release them? And honestly answer this question: Were ANY of this reversed and the name Trump replaced with Hillary, would you be supporting her actions, defending the indefensible? Rhetorical question - we all know damned well you would be calling for her head, there would be an armed insurrection afoot, and you would be masturbating to thoughts of impeachment proceedings.
We have quickly become the kind of country we have loudly held disdain for throughout the years since our founding. We are not leaders of the free world. We are becoming backwater, dangerous, rudderless.
Yes, we can march. (March For Truth - June 3rd) Yes, we can call (CALL THE DEPT OF JUSTICE at 202-353-1555 and demand that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election). But unless we strike massive fear into the hearts of these power hungry, spineless reprobates, we are lost.
Our country is in crisis. How did we get here so fast? And what have we become?