If you can’t drain, dissemble.

It’s almost cliche now to note that POTUS is minimally competent, that he lacks direction, that he’s generally a fool and buffoon. But this week has been spectacularly bed. At a time when there’s massive devastation to US territories from monumental storms he’s more concerned with:

  1. excoriating professional athletes (not sure why this should be governmental let alone a presidential concern)
  2. engaging in an ongoing Tweet war with with a 3rd-world despot who is just another intellectual pigmy (ironically Kim and Trump seem to be emotionally and intellectually made for each other).
  3. and taking cheap shots are local government affected by storms.

I know we all keep hoping for some form of presidential behavior from POTUS. But I think we’re all just going to be disappointed.

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POTUS Explained

Sort of. A recent post titled:

The President of Blank Sucking Nullity

by David Roth over at the Baffler is a great read. It’s a very nice prelude to other reports that Trump has realized that people actually hate him. Thin-skinned, short-finger, self-centered bullies, like POTUS do value the adoration of others. But it’s rarely enough to cause meaningful change from his basic pathologic behavior.

They fucking hate him…

There’s a lot of things I have to worry about each day. I have not been able to come up with a single reason why someone else’s sexuality, or gender identification, or genetics or sexual practices between consenting adults should be  on my list of stuff to care about.

Don’t misunderstand, those are not concerns of mine. The systematic deprivation of rights because of those issues is a concern for me. The past 18 months, the Trump era of renewed bigoted hate, has made the rights of all Americans a concern for all Americans.

Despite the fact that Trumps claims no understanding of the current state of American bigotry. But he’s almost certainly emboldened these right-wing nut-job hate groups. Trump has systematically divided Americans (see also here). When “Donnie” had the opportunity to offer a path forward he chose instead to not that there’s some good Nazis.

Everyone know Trump is a thin-skinned bigoted, narrow-minded, egotistical, moron (he might be the only high school graduate I know who brags he’s never read a book). He’s also a bully and a coward. But it appears that everyone is beginning to hate  Trump now. Not contempt. Not just dislike, hate. As one site phrased it they “fucking hate him“. He deserves it and it’s about time.

Honest isn’t how I would phrase it.

 over at OZY asks the question, “Is Trump too honest to be an effective diplomat?” It’s actually an intriguing question. But, I’m not altogether sure that it’s his honesty that hinders him.

First, let’s be blunt, he’s fundamentally not an honest guy. His team might say he just “spins.” But he’s frequently so far into the world of alternate truth that spin itself is a fiction. It’s more like he dissembles or perhaps obfuscates or maybe misdirects or redirects.

Let’s look at a recent faux pas (yes I chose French intentionally- you know what’s coming). Trump, a guest of the French government for a Bastille Day celebration comments about Brigitte Macron “You’re in such good shape. She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.” In this country we simply accept that Trump is a philandering, misogynistic Neanderthal (see here, here, or here). But now he’s on the international stage so the whole world gets to see this stunted adolescent behavior. Was this honesty? Sure Ms. Macron is attractive. But it’s irrelevant isn’t it? He’s not honest- he’s a tactless boor.

Let’s look specifically at his lies, half-truths, mis-speaks. It’s a field day over at the NY Times where recently an Op-Ed compiled all of the ones that are known. Earlier this year Maria Konnikova at Politico noted the impressive ease with which Trump lies and went on to say:

A whopping 70 percent of Trump’s statements that PolitiFact checked during the campaign were false, while only 4 percent were completely true, and 11 percent mostly true. (Compare that to the politician Trump dubbed “crooked,” Hillary Clinton: Just 26 percent of her statements were deemed false.)

Those who have followed Trump’s career say his lying isn’t just a tactic, but an ingrained habit. New York tabloid writers who covered Trump as a mogul on the rise in the 1980s and ’90s found him categorically different from the other self-promoting celebrities in just how often, and pointlessly, he would lie to them.

This just scratches the surface. So I think I have to conclude that Trump isn’t too honest to be a good diplomat. He’s blunt and crude. Not honest. He’s inappropriate. Not honest. He lies with greater ease than the remainder of the American population breathes- and he likes it.

He’s a lot of things but honest is not on the list.

Guess we should’ve seen this coming

The President convened something called “The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” I’ll skip the obvious counterintuitive nature of Trump associated with the word integrity and move on the the real issue.

The “Commission” requested voter information from all 50 secretaries of the individual states. Most secretaries simply refused to provide information beyond that which is currently public information. In almost all cases the states indicated privacy concerns.

You’d think that a president who still refuses to release his tax returns would understand the concept of privacy. Yet, in a massive betrayal the administration has released unredacted voter information– exactly the kind of privacy violation with which states were concerned.

Just when you’re thinking someone should file suit– the ACLU has. The complaint can be found here.