Wednesday 11 January 2017
As is my habit each morning I arise at 6 am, post my daily article and then turn my attention to catching up with the news of the day. I check in on The AIMN then I read the headlines in The Australian. I don’t subscribe but it gives me an idea of what the right are saying. Eventually I get to The Huffington Post and the Washington Post to find out what’s going on in America.
The amount of headlines with the word ‘Trump’ in them is truly amazing. It’s as though America has woken from a nightmare and finally realised that it’s for real. They do have a man of doubtful sanity as their president-elect.
This headline confirms it:
‘Donald Trump has responded on Twitter to Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech, calling her an “overrated actress” and a “Hillary flunky”.’
Overrated, now that’s not bad coming from a president-elect who can’t even get a singer of any distinction to sing at his inauguration.
At least Streep is good at what she does, in my view arguably the best ever, and she does not claim to be something she’s not.
What she did was to show him no respect. You can call him racist, sexist, a sexual predator, a homophobe, a xenophobe, a conspiracy theorist, a bully or anything else but what he craves most is respect and that includes Hollywood. Remember his tweet:
“I should have many Emmys for The Apprentice if the process were fair.”
It seems he is going to govern in the same way he campaigned. Using Twitter to broadcast his most personal feelings to the world in the most sarcastic and insulting ways possible.
While he is doing this he is not only showing himself of for the fool that he is, he is also demeaning the highest office in the land if not the world.
Everyday there is not a blog or major newspaper I read that is not full of headlines that scream out the sheer foolishness of his decisions and his daily remarks.
Here are some examples:
“Donald Trump Denies Mocking Reporter for His Disability, Even Though It Appears He Did”
“Reince Priebus: Donald Trump Won’t ‘Meddle’ With Social Security and Medicare”
“Trump insider Jared Kushner chases a massive Chinese deal for family firm”
“Chuck Schumer Threatens Confirmation Delays For Trump’s Cabinet Picks Over Ethics Reviews”
“4 of 9 Trump Nominees Set For Hearings This Week Haven’t Completed Ethics Disclosures”
“Donald Trump Avoids Blaming Russia after Intel Briefing”
“Former CIA Director Won’t Advise Donald Trump Anymore”
“Russian Reactions to Hacking Accusations And Sanctions Follow A Traditional Pattern: Deny Then Distort”
“Russian Reactions To Hacking Accusations And Sanctions Follow A Traditional Pattern: Deny Then Distort”
“Trump to name son-in -law Jarod Kushner as senior advisor”
“The Trump’s team’s embarrassing defense of fraudulence”
“Trump advisors begin tax talks with Speaker Ryan tonight”
“Russia aimed to influence US election, top spies tell Trump – and rot won’t go away”
“Director Of Government Ethics Office Is Alarmed Trump Cabinet Picks Haven’t Been Fully Vetted”
“Joe Biden Tells Trump: ‘Grow Up, Donald’ ”
“Time to be an adult”
“Kellyanne Conway Says Donald Trump Shouldn’t Be Held Accountable For the Things He Says”
I can assure that these headlines from the past couple of days are typical of the hundreds that have graced the pages of the American media since his election.
About the wall.
The President elect now says that any money spent by US taxpayers on a border wall will be repaid by Mexico. Now that’s not what he said during the campaign. Of course not. Now he just denies everything. Trump said the media had twisted the story.
It’s a ploy. The man with no integrity is using lies all the time.
Trump said that he had approached Congress to pay the $14bn (11bn) bill for the wall project but clearly his campaign pledge was to make Mexico pay for the construction.
About Julian Assange.
2017, Trump tweets a quote from Assange about how easy it was to hack the DNC, and follows with “why was the DNC so careless?”; a clear implication he agreed with the Assange quote he just posted. Two days later, Trump whines that the evil “media” made it sound like he agreed with Assange … which he clearly did.
About the climate.
Instead of moving on from Paris and setting meaningful targets for lower emissions and plan for just energy transitions we now have a climate denier in the White House, who ties his nation’s future to finding new ways to extract and burn carbon and an Australian government which is not a whole lot better.
Every Trump cabinet minister is also a denier. 17 of them.
About Sarah Palin.
Trump has officially announced that Sarah Palin is to become the new Science and Technology Adviser.
“For too long has the Chinese narrative over climate change kept our economy in a rut. It’s time to open the pumps and as I like to say: Drill, baby, drill!”
(Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor).
This American post is doing the rounds of social media. I cannot put a name to it because I’m unaware of who the author is. So with apologies here it is:
“Please understand that I am not mad at you because Clinton lost. I am totally unconcerned that you and I have different ‘politics.’ And I don’t think less of you because you voted one way and I another.”
“No, I think less of you because you watched an adult mock a disabled person while addressing a crowd and still supported him. I think less of you because you saw a candidate spout clear racism day after day and still backed him. I think less of you because you heard him advocate for war crimes and still thought he should be given the reins of government. I think less of you because you watched him equate a woman’s worth to where she landed on a scale of 1 to 10 and still got on board. I think less of you because you stood by silently while he labelled Mexicans as criminals and Muslims as terrorists.”
“It wasn’t your politics I found repulsive. No, it was your willingness to support someone who spouts racism, sexism, and cruelty almost every time he opens his mouth. You sided with a bully when it should have mattered most, and that is something I will never be able to forget.”
“So in response to your post-election expression of hope, no, you and I won’t be ‘coming together to move forward.’ Obviously, the president-elect disgusts me; but it is the fact that he doesn’t disgust you that will stick with me long after the election.”
My thought for the day.
“Most problems that society faces arise from the fact that men have never really grown up”.
PS: It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over your attachment to facts.
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