Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Donald Trump and the Fictitious State of the Union

I tried to watch Donald Trump's State of the Union address last night from start to finish.

But it was really long, and really boring, and since I was lounging on the couch I soon fell asleep.

Only to wake up with a start, and appreciate the true horror of what I was watching.

Watching a depraved hog who never should have been president, rambling on about what Frank Bruni calls the fictitious state of his fantastical union. 

The word that came to mind most often as I watched Donald Trump deliver his first State of the Union address was “pretend.” He pretends to be a statesman, and we’re supposed to pretend that hundreds of vulgar and recklessly divisive moments before this — thousands, if we’re adding tweets — don’t negate that claim.

A grubby vulgarian whose words mean nothing.

We’re supposed to pretend that he gives a fig about decorum, though it disappears almost as soon as the teleprompter does. Above all, we’re supposed to pretend that what he says today has any bearing on what he’ll say tomorrow, when what he said yesterday contradicted it.

A groping pervert who would judge the demoralized state of his country on the state of the stock market...

And of course, one who lies like a thief.
But despite the horror, I did get something out of Trump's speech. 

It was pretty clear that Melania Trump didn't think much of it...

And doesn't think much of him...

For even if she did make an appearance after weeks of keeping a low profile.  

It was a high-profile resurfacing for a notoriously private first lady who in recent weeks has stayed largely out of sight. Her recent absence from public life was said to have been caused, in part, by anger over reports that the porn star Stormy Daniels was paid $130,000 just before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an affair she had had a decade earlier with Mr. Trump.

But Mrs. Trump, unlike other first ladies, did not travel with her husband along the protester-studded route to the speech.

She did seem to want to keep her distance from Trump. She may have been sending a coded message with the colour of the clothes she wore.

Mrs. Trump’s cream pantsuit stood out in a sea of black suits and blue ties. Those trying to read the tea leaves on her choice of dress would have two telling options: Her suit was close to the white color and style chosen last year by women in the Democratic Party, who wore it in a salute to suffragists during Mr. Trump’s first speech to a joint session Congress. (It was also a color favored by his campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton, in public appearances.) 

More recently, musicians wore white to this year’s Grammys in a nod to the “Time’s Up” movement.

And of course should she start telling the FBI what she knows, Trump will go down hard.

So this might actually be a good thing.

President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Tuesday to keep open the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and opened the door to sending new prisoners there. The decision is a major reversal of his predecessor President Barack Obama's policy.

For while Trump being a small little dotard, is just doing it to spite Obama's legacy.

It might actually come in handy...

For we are going to have to find a place to house the whole Trump crime family.

And in the name of human decency.

The sooner the better... 


Anonymous said...

Ha! More like once #releasethememo comes out the whole Democratic party is going down.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Ha! the joke will be on you. The strategists draw up the plan, it starts to work then at the last minute the ego spinner with no memory of yesterday's lies snaps it from the jaws of victory. He just can't help himself.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't bring myself to watch it Simon so I'm not sure what would have been worse, watching Trump dispense his BS or Pence and Ryan undressing him with their eyes.

Anonymous said...

Donald Trump's decision to keep Guantanamo open is so disgusting him and his family do deserve to spend some time there. I'm sure the authorities can give him a plastic golf club and build a three-hole mini golf course.

Anonymous said...

I never thought I would feel sorry for Melania Trump, but I do. I know she got herself into trouble, but that hideous man has treated her very badly. I recently read a story that described how Trump treated her after she had a baby. He put her down in front of other people for having gained weight and gave her a month to get back to her original shape. The man cares about nobody but himself.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Jimmy Kimmel on Stormy Daniels and Trump's State of the Union

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Steve said...

Simon I know your not a part of the Kabubi show of democracy. However bad Trump is he is being played on stage by bad actors. The whole enterprise is corrupt the the theater needs to be burned down.

e.a.f. said...

OMG you must be tough. actually started to watch it. You're strong than I. Just couldn't. Every time I took a peak, he reminded me of Musolini and that was the end of it. Those two smirking excuses for politicians sitting behind him was all too much. Waited until Stephen Corbett's report on it. Much more palatable.

So Melina's outfit was interesting. All white. Like the women who wore white to protest sexual harassment and bullying. Perhaps she was making a speech of her own! didn't go in the same car as dtrump and didn't look too happy.

some of the speech was truly frightening. Its clear from his few lines about the federal service he wants to politicise it and Americans can expect him to change the game rules about how the federal government workers and hired and fired. Except their American civil service to become politicized.

The speech clearly outlined how crazy dtrump is and the sooner he goes the better for the world. After things calming down a bit with N.Korea, what does this idiot do? ramp it up again. the President of S. Korea is running peace commericals for their Os. and then they have dtrump making his statements. omg. of course it can be worse but it would be so much easier if he "retired", soon.