Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix the other night was so deeply disturbing it made many all over the world wonder what could be done, if anything, to keep him away from the nuclear codes.
So we might have a chance of surviving him.
But don't tell that to Trump because he's giving that rally a rave review.
By running not one, but four short videos on his Twitter site, to make it look like a huge, or yuuuuge success.
Not only does the media give a platform to hate groups, but the media turns a blind eye to the gang violence on our streets! pic.twitter.com/Mau0B1qYIP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2017
But since I saw the whole speech, and it went on forever, and my head still hurts, I thought a reality check might be in order.
Starting with the fact that somehow Trump managed to make weird boring.
As the night dragged on, many in the crowd lost interest in what the president was saying. Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors.
After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn't keeping their attention.
I had trouble keeping my eyes open at one point, and I think if it had lasted two more minutes I might have gone as crazy as Trump...
Secondly, although Trump claimed that his rally was packed, and that there were almost no demonstrators outside, the truth was somewhat different.
As Trump began speaking at his event last night, he noted that Secret Service had informed him that very few protesters were outside the convention center. But he also implored the fire marshal to allow more people into the event, suggesting that the room was packed.
But video posted online by U.S. News & World Report correspondent David Catanese account tells a different story. The video clearly shows that a large portion of the convention center floor was empty.
Thirdly, whether you believe that a Trump rally is the safest place in America as the orange oaf claimed, depends among other things on what you think about the guy with the Blacks for Trump sign sitting right behind him...
The man who calls himself Michael the Black Man.
At a number of political rallies over the past year, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and prompting widespread fascination.
The radical fringe activist from Miami once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama “The Beast” and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil.
Most curiously, in the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit two murders.
And lastly but not leastly, it seems that just about everything Trump said at that rally was detached from reality.
Or one lie after the other...
Trump blamed the media for not properly covering his initial statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, and proceeded to read portions of his initial remarks.
But Trump did not read the portion of his comments that were criticized by Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly condemning the racist, anti-Semitic protesters.
From leaving out words like "many sides," to his claim that CNN's ratings were down:
Trump is wrong. CNN is at a five-year high in several key categories, according to data provided by the Nielsen Company.
To the number of demonstrators outside that he claimed were only a few.
After the rally, the Phoenix police chief said the city’s downtown had "tens of thousands" of people exercising their First Amendment rights.
Which brings us back to the original question: how safe can we be when a man like that is so close to the nuclear button?
And my answer would be: not very...
And the good news? The Resistance is alive and well in America.
Yet another science adviser has quit the administration of Donald Trump, this time with a secret message spelling out the word "impeach" in his resignation letter.
"Mr President, I am resigning as Science Envoy," Dr Kammen said in a post sharing his letter on Twitter. "Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet."
More Americans are standing up and saying enough is enough, including many powerful Republicans.
And the message is spreading: Only by resisting him by whatever means necessary...
Will the beast be brought down.
Decency be restored.
And sanity reign again...