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When Donald Trump isn’t busy saying stupid and cruel things to the newly-widowed, he is announcing to “his people” that he’s making his best effort to take the country back to the 19th Century. This is what he told the Heritage Foundation tonight:

“We have taken action to repeal the EPA’s so-called clean power plan,” he told the conservative crowd. “And we have ended, finally, the war on clean, beautiful coal. People going back to work, they’re going back to work. Over the last nine months, we have removed job-killing regulations at a record pace. In fact, in nine months, we have done more, they say, than any president in history, and we’re nine months. And there’s more to come.”

The president didn’t clarify who had claimed his administration has accomplished more in that time frame than any other. Mr. Trump, there in part to pitch tax reform, made another claim Tuesday evening — that his tax plan will be the largest reduction in taxes in the country’s history. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Budget estimates it would likely be the fifth-largest in history, at best.

Then he left the stage with the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” throwing another coal, so to speak, on a conflict with them since 2016, when they asked him to cease and desist from using their music:

Political campaigns don’t need musicians’ express permission to use their songs on the trail, just as long as they obtain a blanket license under performing rights organizations like ASCAP or BMI. Some licensing associations, like BMI, can also make special exceptions for their artists and include provisions in artists’ contracts that would allow them to exclude certain songs from the license.

The Stones aren’t the only musicians prohibiting the Trump campaign from using their songs: pop singer Adele, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and Neil Young have all objected to the campaign’s use of their music during political rallies.

In those cases, Trump’s campaign have honored the artists’ requests.

Some people see irony in Trump ending an appearance with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

As shallow and unstable as Donald Trump is, I think this guy may have hit upon it.  Too late to pull out for Trump, he doesn’t want to be here either; and the rest of us are just stuck on this insane amusement park ride that is anything but exhilarating as it goes off the rails.

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