Monday 6 March 2017
There can be no doubt that the President of the United States of America is mentally deficient. Alarmingly so. “You’re fake news” he yells at a journalist. Then he proceeds to ban any media outlet from White House press conferences that doesn’t support his presidency.
It was a press conference Quartz Media described as the most unhinged public appearance ever by an American president.
Speaking about the stream of leaks exiting the White House he said:
”The leaks are absolutely real but the news is fake because so much of the news is fake”.
He claimed his administration is running like ”a fine-tuned machine”
Now I’m no fan of the MSM but where is the evidence?
A Russian ship has lurked off the eastern coast of the US in recent days. Trump suggested blowing it up would be good for his ratings, saying “The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles off shore right out of the water.”
It gets more bizarre. You can read it here.
He hinted at nuclear war:
”We’re very powerful nuclear country and so are they [Russia],” Trump said. “I’ve been briefed and I can tell you one thing about a briefing that we’re allowed to say because anybody that ever read the most basic book can say it—nuclear holocaust would be like no other.”
When asked about his claim that that his Electoral College victory was the biggest since Ronald Reagan’s, the president said:”Tomorrow they will say ‘Rants and raves at the press. ”I’m not ranting and raving” he said, “I’m just telling you you’re dishonest people.”
Now that’s not bad coming from a perverted proven liar.
”The public doesn’t believe you people anymore. Now, maybe I had something to do with that. I don’t know.”
Can there be any doubt that the President is out to destroy the reputations of any media that is not on his side? To ban organisations like BBC, L A Times, CNN and The New York Times, among others, from his press conferences is insulting the American constitution, particularly after saying just weeks before that a free press is.
”What makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship”.
Those on the welcome list included conservative outlets Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, along with journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News.
Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, also called the decision alarming.
“President Trump’s calls for an end to anonymous sources was alarming. It is not the job of political leaders to determine how journalists should conduct their work, and sets a terrible example for the rest of the world, where sources often must remain anonymous to preserve their own lives.”
”Trump also railed against embarrassing leaks of his phone calls with world leaders including Australia and Mexico, suggesting that people within the White House could potentially put the US at risk by leaking confidential future conversations about how to handle North Korea.”
A fine-tuned machine indeed.
Now let me make it absolutely clear. Donald Trump, president of the USA is and always has been a liar. One who does it with minimum effort for maximum gain. Be they lies of omission, the trivial, or the profound. He lies to avoid guilt or for the acceptance of praise. He does so when his pride is challenged or his pretentiousness is laughed at.
He is trying to tame the media, not because they publish the news as they see it, but because they dare publish a version that offends his version of righteousness. No one would dare question him in business. Why would they now that he is president. He owns the truth.
”The rise of the right has brought with it a new political language. One that has not yet been classified because it defies any normal understanding of what the word truth means”
He and his acolytes tell us that the media should focus less on the lies he tweets and tells in interviews and instead focus on what he does. They do so to hide the fact that he more often than not tells lies to explain a lie or to tell greater ones to divert us from existing scandals by creating another one by telling a greater lie.
It has to be said that the main stream media do not always write virtuous words of truth, but to overlook what he says as if it doesn’t matter and not report it would be a dereliction of duty.
Trump is a person of such unseemly character that every time he opens his mouth he decays the faultlessness of truth, science and factual evidence.
As Charles M. Blow put it in The New York Times:
”To take it even further, it may be these seemingly smaller infractions that produce the greater injury because the implications are more profound. Trump does not simply have ”a running war with the media” as he so indecorously and disrespectfully spouted off while standing on the hallowed ground before the C.I.A. Memorial Wall. He is in fact having a running war with the truth itself.”
When doing its job as it should, the fourth estate are the seekers of truth providing the public with reasoned reporting? It is not perfect and does far too much opining. Trump’s rise to power has come at a time when the media has come under pressure to tidy up its act.
He has taken advantage of it by renouncing every criticism of him as ”’Fake News” He wants to have power over free speech, absolute control of it with the ability to control the flow of information so that his own version of truth would hold sway over the public.
Life is about perception. Not what is but what we perceive it to be. Trump and his team are using every trick in the book to control the narrative. Quelling anything that is negative, even if true, with dishonesty while patting Trump on the back with mendaciousness and hypocrisy
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC he declared the media “the enemy of the people“.
And with self-righteous dismissiveness he excused his own perverted lying.
“I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources.”
And all this is happening against a backdrop of accusations of overt interest in all things Russian. Media reports suggest that President Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus privately asked the FBI to prevent news stories of the Trump campaign’s communication with Russian intelligence.
The Trump Russian connection is something he can’t seem to lie his way out of and as the plot thickens so does the frequency of his tweets.
As the media and the American embroil themselves in the reds under the beds scandal, Trump on queue Tweets that Obama has bugged Trump Tower. He has no evidence, it’s just a hunch.
In repsonse, Obama Policy advisor Ben Rhodes tweets:
”No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.”
The story originated from Breitbart News, an extreme right wing conservative news outlet. White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon was the executive chair of Breitbart before joining Trump’s team.
In the meantime the people are being diverted from ”Russiagate” and the following legislation. Its classic Trump, or a conservative tactic. ”Create another scandal”
In case anyone got overly side-tracked by the Russian drama and the installation of listening devices, the following bills have been introduced.
- HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
- HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
- HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
- HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
- HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
- HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
- HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
- HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
- HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Non-discrimination Act”)
- HR 808 Sanctions against Iran.
The New Millennial voters may have hated Clinton and certainly didn’t love Trump but is this what they really wanted.
Slowly but surely the President is building a case for his own impeachment.
My thought for the day.
“Instead of searching within when we are at fault the first human reaction is to apportion blame elsewhere. Why is that so?”