Donald Trump is officially the worst president ever as if we needed more proof. First, on Friday, his longtime friend and former campaign operative Roger Stone gets dragged away in pajamas by armed FBI agents who haven’t been paid in a month, due to Trump’s government shutdown.
Trump’s lawyer is then forced to explain that an indictment chock-full of examples of collusion to steal the 2016 election is no biggie because it doesn’t “allege Russian collusion.”
Statement from Jay Sekulow, Counsel to the President: “The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else. Rather, the indictment focuses on alleged false statements made to Congress.”
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 25, 2019
The Stone bombshell then completely overshadows a hearing in which former Trump campaign chair and convicted felon Paul Manafort heads to federal court in Washington, where prosecutors were due to provide proof that he violated his plea agreement by lying to them. In any other administration, Manafort would be garnering wall-to-wall coverage, but not in the Trump administration.
Instead, the wall-to-wall Stone coverage, which is drowning out the Manafort developments, is interrupted by news that the FAA is grounding planes at major airports due to a lack of air traffic controllers because of Trump’s shutdown. Don’t worry—the White House is “monitoring” the situation.
“The President has been briefed and we are monitoring the ongoing delays at some airports. We are in regular contact with officials at the Department of Transportation and the FAA.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 25, 2019
In any other administration, the FAA grounding planes and disrupting air travel across the country would be getting wall-to-wall coverage. But not in the Trump administration. Instead, coverage is focused on a Florida courthouse, where Stone is headed for processing. In any other administration, the Stone hearing would be getting wall-to-wall coverage. But not in the Trump administration.
There’s an ongoing shutdown, presided over by Trump, that’s grounding planes—and no one seems to know how to end it. Because no one even knows what Trump wants or is willing to sign to end it, not even Trump golf buddy Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
GRAHAM leaving @senatemajldr's office (via @Kj_Sloan): “Here’s what Leader McConnell is going to do, he’s going to let the White House figure out what move they want to make… The Leader is waiting on to see what the White House wants to do.”
— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) January 25, 2019
Unbelievable. Only Trump could steal the spotlight away from his own misdeeds and incompetence multiple times in one day. FBI raids, arrests, collusion, conspiracy, obstruction, court activity, perjury, flight interruptions, shutdown, disarray, and disillusionment—all wrapped up in one jam-packed Friday morning, courtesy of Trump, officially the worst president in history. BRB—time for a second cup of coffee.