My only political cartoon post (possibly)

I normally don’t post political cartoons, but I’m making an exception here because I think this one perfectly captures the essence of a person entirely unfit for the position he holds and his real priority–himself.

For future generations (if any): This refers to the COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020

Orange is not a skin tone

People have long mocked Trump’s use of orange tanning spray on his face–and rightly so, as it’s always looked terrible. It seems, though, that it has been getting even more heavily applied lately and the results are kind of disturbing. How could anyone think this is a good look? Especially with the beady pink eyes poking through like holes in a mask.

I mean, observe this still from a CBC News video:

This is the stuff of nightmares, which is apropos, I suppose, when it comes to Trump and everything he has bungled through his ineptitude, incompetence, lying and general corruption–such as the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Really, though, the orange. It’s just wrong.

Five inanimate objects that would be better presidents than Trump

In no particular order as I feel all would perform equally well at the task, while also being superior to the person who actually, regrettably, holds the title:

  • a bowling ball
  • a toilet plunger
  • a smooth, round rock
  • a 25 year old Twinkie
  • a piece of lint

This is actually a trick list because it could include every inanimate object in existence, including those from other dimensions.

I don’t know why I picked today to take a vague potshot at the worst modern U.S. president (and, I would argue, the least qualified president ever). Perhaps The Rains have made me cranky.

News*: Trump is still a boorish, vulgar idiot

This is the President of the United States. You know, the person more than 62 million people voted for. The bar for acceptable, respectable behavior by a president is now so low it is below ground. It will be generations before the presidency recovers from this thin-skinned, dull-witted infantile blowhard, if it ever recovers at all. I’m not sure it will.

And good job, too, to the Republicans who will stand by and say nothing–or even defend him–as they go about their work of dismantling the United States to better serve the rich few at the top.

I used to think this lazy, ignorant man might resign because the presidency is hard work. I never imagined he’d just not do the work (and what little he actually does is borderline incompetent most of the time. The rest of the time it’s just plain incompetent).

* haha, not really news

Good news: We are still here

It is difficult to summarize all the stupid, awful things Trump has done since taking office since there are so many stupid, awful things to catalog–and it’s barely been over four months since he was sworn in (I’ve been swearing the last four months, too).

The good news is that he still hasn’t blown up the world. Yet.

As of today, his Gallup disapproval rating is 53%. That’s actually below peak disapproval of 59%. Bafflingly, 41% approve. This number astonishes me. It means that, on average, four out of every ten Americans will tell you that they approve of the job Trump is doing.

This is the same Trump who has been a reckless, racist, blithering, embarrassing, narcissistic disaster of a president. He has bumbled more in four months than the worst presidents could manage over eight years. He makes dumb little kids seem smart.

What is wrong with America?

Still, the world hasn’t blown up yet.

Trump is a record-setting president

Record-setting at being unpopular, that is.

This Gallup poll shows Trump’s approval rating now stands at 36%. This is a little over 60 days into his term as president. You know, when the president is normally still popular, having just been elected.

Trump’s current 36% is two percentage points below Barack Obama’s low point of 38%, recorded in 2011 and 2014. Trump has also edged below Bill Clinton’s all-time low of 37%, recorded in the summer of 1993, his first year in office, as well as Gerald Ford’s 37% low point in January and March 1975. John F. Kennedy’s lowest approval rating was 56%; Dwight Eisenhower’s was 48%.

But good news! It can get worse, as these past presidents have demonstrated:

Presidents George W. Bush (lowest approval rating: 25%), George H.W. Bush (29%), Ronald Reagan (35%), Jimmy Carter (28%), Richard Nixon (24%), Lyndon Johnson (35%) and Harry Truman (22%) all had job approval ratings lower than 36% at least once during their administrations.

Mind you, these presidents actually had to do stuff to earn those low approval ratings. Trump is just naturally gifted.

The latest polling came after the Republicans pulled their American Health Care Act from a vote in the House. These are the same Republicans that railed against the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare as many called it) for seven years, vowing to repeal it and replace it with something better. Finally, with control of all three branches of government–the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Presidency–they couldn’t do it.

Trump blamed the Democrats for not voting for a terrible plan. The Tea Party (“Freedom caucus”) want to burn down the country and were opposed to the AHCA because it didn’t have enough burning. Enough of the few sane Republicans balked that they realized it was unlikely to pass, so it got pulled. Trump also blamed the Tea Party contingent. He did not blame his own foolish brinkmanship (demanding a vote on a Friday before they had enough votes). He figured he could boss his party around and found out he couldn’t.

Because he is an untalented idiot.

Because he has more ego than sense.

Because his father handed him a fortune and he only excels in spending it poorly and having businesses go bankrupt, showing all the savvy of a damp towel.

And yet I still come back to 62 million Americans voted for him. And the average Republican still loves him, even as his first two months has been a string of disasters and embarrassments.

Because, apparently, 62 million Americans really like having an untalented idiot in the White House. One of their own, perhaps.

Reading is hard and other presidential duties

Apparently, The Worst President Ever doesn’t actually read all of the details of the Executive Orders he signs.

Think about that for a minute (which is longer than Tump would).

This is revealed in the New York Times article Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles. It is filled with amazing quotes.

How does this White House work?

Aides confer in the dark because they cannot figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room.

Help, let me out!

Visitors conclude their meetings and then wander around, testing doorknobs until finding one that leads to an exit.

Who needs official reports and intelligence when you have [fake] cable news?

For a sense of what is happening outside, he watches cable, both at night and during the day — too much in the eyes of some aides — often offering a bitter play-by-play of critics like CNN’s Don Lemon.

“Hey, you think we should let Donald in on the creation of Executive Orders?” “It’ll just bore him, but okay.”

[t]he president, for whom chains of command and policy minutiae rarely meant much, was demanding that Mr. Priebus begin to put in effect a much more conventional White House protocol that had been taken for granted in previous administrations: From now on, Mr. Trump would be looped in on the drafting of executive orders much earlier in the process.

What happens if Trump signs an Executive Order offering his own resignation and naming Bannon his successor? It, apparently, could happen!

But for the moment, Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.

Has there ever been such an inept yet vile set of buffoons in The White House? It’s hard to imagine any administration outdoing the incompetence of Trump and his aides. I remind you, too, that we are three weeks into his presidency. THREE WEEKS.

An impressive achievement by President Trump 8 days into his presidency

See this tweet for details:

Gallup poll here.

And graphic in case the link above changes:

Gallup poll: Trump approval rating, January 28, 2017

62 million Americans voted for this terrible man. Shame on all of them. He didn’t disguise any of his misogyny, racism, narcissism or terrible policies during the campaign. They knew what they were getting and they voted for him, anyway. And now people are genuinely starting to suffer because of their ignorance–and his. The best we can hope for is these profoundly ignorant, gullible idiots never vote again.

Trump has enacted an execute order that has banned all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. and for 90 days has also halted all immigration from seven Muslim-dominant countries. None of the 9/11 hijackers came from these seven countries. Coincidentally, Trump doesn’t have any business interests in any of these countries, either.

Trump is a craven, simple-minded racist who, through this action, has actually made America less safe and less secure. He is literally playing into the hands of terrorists and their sympathizers by making the U.S. appear “evil” and uncaring.

It’s disgusting and despicable.

(Come on Bigfoot army, get to work.)

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Good news! Also, the press chooses reality over a certain thin-skinned man-child

Trump didn’t launch any nukes on his first day as president. Hooray.

Only 1,459 more days to go to dodge the atomic bullet (that’s when the 2021 inauguration happens and Trump will hopefully not be part of it, except as an onlooker–unless he is still missing after having been kidnapped by Bigfoot, of course).

On the second day of his presidency, we witnessed the first press conference of the new administration. The press secretary lied about something easily disproven–the size of the crowd at the inauguration–and took no questions. A press conference without questions. At least CNN didn’t feel more left out than any other media outlet (Trump declared them “fake news” in his last press conference before the inauguration and refused to take questions from their reporter).

Roughly twice as many turned up today for the Women’s March in Washington D.C. as did for Trump’s inauguration, with estimates of around 500,000 participants. Hundreds of thousands of others joined in around the world.

The Associated Press:

Trump said throngs “went all the way back to the Washington monument,” despite photos and live video showing the crowd stopping well short of the landmark.

The liar who became president continues to lie. His press secretary lies. This is not normal and should not be tolerated.

CNN: White House attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds

The nice part is CNN has nothing to lose by going full attack mode on Trump now since he’s already cut them off. They have every incentive to dig for as much dirt as they can find. And they will find dirt.

There’s a good chance Trump won’t finish his term, though it is difficult to imagine a Republican-controlled Congress impeaching him and even more improbable to imagine him resigning. I suspect his usual technique–to simply ignore reality and lie about everything–is ultimately not going to see him through. The ignorant fools who helped elect him will lap up everything he says, of course, and there’s a lot of people out there who seem curiously proud of their stupidity, their unwillingness to think critically or to engage in anything that smacks of rational or logical thought in preference to leading with their emotions or their “gut,” whatever that means. But I don’t think there are enough of these people to protect him when the tide turns.

And it will turn.

Hopefully before the nukes.

The New York Times: With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift

Quotes (emphasis mine):

WASHINGTON — President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

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He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.

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Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where Mr. Spicer scolded reporters and made a series of false statements.

Trump tries to forge a reality that simply doesn’t exist, and he may expect to get away with it by assuming no one will fact check or if they fact check, no one will care. On the small stuff, a lot of people (see the aforementioned ignorant fools) won’t care. But Trump won’t stop with constant, small fabrications. He’ll lie about important matters, too. And it will be his undoing.

The alternative is to watch the United States devolve from a democracy into something else (something worse and terrifying) and I can’t really entertain that notion right now.

On the other hand “President Trump” seemed ridiculous, too.

And again, this is only Day 2.