Trump Times Entry 250 – The Trump Doctrine: So what?

The Trump Doctrine: So what?

This photo make me happy.

July 17, 2017

The Donald refused to disclose his tax information during the campaign, but said he’d make good after the election. The election came and went, but no tax disclosure, the Trump explanation: who cares, so what?

Remember when Trump labeled Obama “the vacationer-in-chief” and accused Barack of playing more golf than Tiger Woods? Yup, the Donald assured us back then he’d never take cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime. Nevertheless, so far, Trump’s golfed 37 times at a tax payer cost of about 17 million bucks. But the presidential press secretary tells us Trump’s golfing is strategic – so, so what?

Back on the campaign trail, Trump vowed not to cut Medicaid. But both his proposed voodoo budget and the Republican ACA replacement bill do just that. Obviously, he and Paul Ryan could really use a win, so the Donald now supports a bill that breaks his promise, but so what?  A win’s a win.

The latest manifestation of the Trump doctrine is his handling of Russian tampering with the election that put him in charge. At first Trump denied there was any tampering or collusion. Then he admitted there may have been tampering by parties unknown, but he sure knew nothing about it. Then he fired his security guy for palling around with Russians during the election, but he was assuredly a lone wolf. Then, most recently, when it came to light that his top three campaign people met with Russian operatives during the campaign, he defaulted to his doctrine: yeah, they may have “technically” colluded, but hey it’s a good thing and, besides, so what?

Trump gets caught on tape admitting to sexual harassment and assault, but it’s just locker room talk – hence, so what?

The Donald claims his security guy, General Flynn, got his clearance from the Obama administration, but it’s just BS. In fact Obama fired Flynn, but so what?

Trump loudly proclaimed that all new pipelines coming into this country from now on would only use American steel. Then he granted a waiver to the Keystone pipeline to, get this, use Russian steel. But, hey, so what comrade?

Blah, blah, blah… The list of Trump bullshit that’s ultimately rationalized with an executive “So what” is huge. Googling “Trump lies” yields 68 million results.

But, so what?  We’ve come to expect this behavior from the Donald and with expectation comes acceptance. Accordingly, his doctrine will continue until we respond to “So what” with “We’re putting your lying ass in jail, that’s what”.

Trump’s lied to us so often over the last two-hundred-fifty-one days that the republic now gratefully accepts “so what”. Hell it’s the only honest thing he says.

Lock him up,
osv

Trump Times Entry 152 – The Trump Doctrine

The Trump Doctrine

April 9, 2017

Mister flexibility

This morning I heard the “legitimate” press use the term for the first time. One of the various Sunday talking heads, while playing coy with a Republican guest, up and asked, “Is the Trump doctrine flexibility?” The right-wing publicist smiled, smirked with that “gee, wish I had thought of that” look and agreed. “The Trump presidency is young and flexibility is important,” she replied.

The conversation then moved on to how terribly expensive it can be to bomb one’s way to popularity and how campaign talk was just that – talk. Both agreed, we had a moral obligation to respond to the latest Syrian atrocity. Both ignored the notion that bombing Syrian people for the crime of gassing Syrian people is not helpful – unless you’re selling bombs.

Or changing the subject.

The news, the editorials, the analysis – all weekend long have been about Syria, military positioning (U.S. and Russian navies playing king-of-the-hill on the high seas), missile capabilities and how tough the Donald is. Yup, subject changed, the media aren’t leading with Trump-Russian collusion anymore. Blowing shit up is more fun (and gets more attention).

I admit, there’s a lot going on and Trump substituting Tomahawk missiles for Twitter as his distraction device is jarring, but are we really that gullible? While the press is, but suspect we’re not.

Plus, when did flip-flopping become flexibility? (Oh yeah, when a Republican does it.)

And come on, the Trump doctrine is obvious; it’s random.

We’ve had one-hundred-fifty-two days since the election to observe the Donald and see no reason to think he has a doctrine, but feel confident when he stumbles upon one it will be all about the Donald.

The republic stands on the brink of a popularity contest, cleverly disguised as a war.

In Peace and Justice,
osv