I know Trump is an idiot. You know he’s an idiot. Incompetent buffoon, racist, traitor, and that’s just from the last few days. But it seems like every few days, we find out something new and horrifying about the orange Nazi shitbag, and usually something that poses a threat to our society or the entire globe. This one is a global threat. For years, Trump has been making classified calls with world leaders that are humiliating and embarrassing for us as a nation, and pose an actual threat to our national security. This assessment comes from staffers and confidants of the following people: former National Security Directors H.R. McMasters and John Bolton, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein — yes, that Carl Bernstein — interviewed the subjects and wrote the report. I’ll give you a moment to yell “Holy shit!” at the nearest wall or furry animal. Bernstein writes that Trump’s behavior towards these world leaders is so extreme that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The conversations, which of course are still taking place, are worse than you might expect. He berates, bullies, and insults the presidents and prime ministers of our allies, especially the female ones. He fawns over the dictators, regaling them with tales of his own superiority and machismo. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest. The story became doubly important after we learned that Trump is countenancing and perhaps even approved the Russian practice of putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers stationed overseas. According to Bernstein’s sources, Trump made multiple calls to Putin after the US intelligence community learned of the bounty program, and though he and Putin discussed an American withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan — a move that would play directly into Putin’s hands — they never discussed the bounty program at all. (For the record, I do not believe whatsoever the denials from Trump and the White House that he was never briefed on the matter. He might have been too stupid to pay any attention to it, or didn’t give a damn about the American troops who were and are being stalked by Afghan militia members for cash payments from Russia. But he was certainly briefed about it.) (Update: Just saw this. Bolton briefed Trump on the bounty program, in March 2019. March. 2019. Let that wash over you.) He talks repeatedly to Turkey’s Erdogan, according to the report, as well as his matinee idol Vladimir, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammen bin Sultan, and the dictator he “fell in love with,” North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Bernstein writes, Trump incessantly boasted to [them] about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors, according to the […]
This is probably the most infantile and embarrassing episode that Trump has caused to date, and God knows that comment is made with a searing consciousness of three and a half years of non stop outrage upon outrage. But this really hits a new low, even for Trump. I guess Justin T doesn’t much like my making him pay up on NATO or Trade! https://t.co/sndS7YvIGR — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2019 Donald Trump has no sense of proportion. He never has had. It is the single factor that best describes the tragi-comedy which has been his “presidency” so far. For him to opine that Justin Trudeau would even think of such a thing, let alone cause it to happen, illustrates my point. The man doesn’t know where the lines are drawn. He knows nothing about being an adult or how civil people treat one another, let alone etiquette on the world stage. To Trump, propriety is merely a long word that begins with a “p” — as is pathetic, which is what he is. Trump hasn’t the slightest idea of what it is to set an example, or be a leader in any way, let alone as a head of state. He honestly believes he’s in a reality TV show in the White House. You remember Marshall McLuhan’s comment on television years back, “the medium is the message?” McLuhan prophesied Donald Trump. Television is the only thing Trump’s any good at. Television, as a medium, has the immediacy and the pictorial capability to put us at the scene of anything from a war zone, to a royal wedding, to a moon landing, as it happens. “And you are there,” intones the announcer. To Trump, the pictures of those events and people aren’t a report on the reality, they are the reality. The man can’t distinguish between form and substance. Trump has no interest in any actual subject, because life is just a TV show to him. He only wants to know about the ratings, how many people saw it, is the topic cool enough for him to get involved with or not? These are his only concerns. And the shallower the subject matter, the better, to be sure. Trivial people and pursuits are this guy’s speed. Heavy may be the head that wears the crown, but not when the head is empty. Being completely lacking in knowledge or skill, let alone substance and depth, Trump’s entire worldview is the superficial appearance of things. His life has been about putting up a front, creating the persona of the wealthy, celebrity playboy. He’s been so busy doing that, that he has never taken the time to develop himself in any tangible or legitimate way. He even cheats at golf, his one hobby. One would think he would have taken the time to develop expertise in that, but no, it’s like everything else in his life, a stage upon which he pretends to be something he’s not, and boasts about wins he never had. He is a complete ignoramus and boor. And somehow, through a confluence of factors beyond the scope of this discussion, here, he got elected president of the United States. And now he is insulting the Prime Minister of Canada, and accusing him of personally having something to […]
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