When I did “Let’s Look At Lachesis” in March of 2016, Donald Trump was running for president. Many people believed that most of what he was saying was true, that he was a Great Businessman, that he knew how to make deals, that he knew the “Best People”, that he was full of energy (unlike his “low energy” opponents), that he wanted to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure, and wanted to “Drain The Swamp” (get money and corruption out of politics).
During the debates, he told former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, that the invasion of Iraq his brother George had gotten us into was a “Stupid War”. He told the nation that Hillary Clinton was “owned” by Wall Street investment firm, Goldman Sachs. I thought, “OMG! Is Trump going to tell on everybody?” He even held out hope to many that he was going to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s over-zealous vaccination policy! (He didn’t.)
Now, three years later? Good heavens! We have to re-think everything! What has he done? What is the reality of the Trump presidency?
Trump Appoints Foxes To Guard The Hen House
His cabinet appointees are antithetical to the mission of the department they’re heading! The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, doesn’t believe in public education.1/ The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former coal lobbyist who’s been rolling back environmental protections faster than you can say “Climate Change Is A Hoax!”2/ The head of the Department of the Interior, David Bernhardt, is a former oil industry lobbyist involved in 17 different scandals including mismanagement and neglect of 500 million acres of public land!3/ Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, has been called by Nation Magazine “Trump’s Most Corrupt Cabinet Official” for never divesting from his considerable business interests as promised and for his calendar being over-populated with meetings involving businesses he has an interest in.4/
What Has Trump Done In Office?
Donald Trump hasn’t, actually, done anything except pass a self-serving tax bill that benefited no one but himself and his fellow billionaires! In fact, here’s exactly what he said to a bunch of his rich friends at a Mar-a-Lago holiday dinner just hours after he signed the bill:
“You all just got a lot richer.”/5
In fact, this seems to encapsulate the real mission of the Trump presidency–to make a lot of money! More money for him, for his family, and his donors! Listen, you have to remember, no American banks would lend Trump any money/6 and his son-in-law over-paid for 666 5th Ave. and was in over his head. You don’t want people in power who need money, are in debt, and can easily be “bought” by special interests or foreign countries who want favors.
Trump Using The Presidency To Grow His Businesses
Trump didn’t divest from any of his businesses–none of his hotels or golf resorts, etc. He announced at the G-7 Summit that the following year, they should all meet at his Doral Golf Resort in Miami! Saudi-connected lobbyists booked 500 rooms in the Trump International Hotel between 2016-2017. The Air Force has re-routed its flights in order to re-fuel and stay at Trump’s Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland 40 times, and on it goes with the many ways Trump cashes in on the presidency.
What Does Trump Do All Day?
Not much. Reporters have noted that Donald Trump does absolutely nothing “at work” but watch Fox News and tweet about what he’s seen. According to the Los Angeles Times:
By Eli Stokols, Chris Megerian
Sep. 4, 2019
President Trump’s daily Twitter feed in recent weeks has been a torrent of personal attacks, news commentary, weather reports, unfounded claims and congratulatory notes. But when it comes to his day job, the American people have seen little of him.
This week, aside from daily intelligence briefings and private lunches with Cabinet members, Trump has only one event on his schedule — on Thursday he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Lakers legend … Jerry West.
Last week, Trump also held just one public event. …
Barbara Res, a longtime Trump Organization executive, said Trump appears less active now than when she managed construction projects for him in the 1980s and 1990s.
“He’s working less. He seems to care less about his job now than he did back when I was working for him,” Res said. … She added, “It looks like he’s not even trying, but he thinks he’s trying. To him, all the TV watching and tweeting is work, so he believes he’s on the clock 24-7….”
Suffice it to say, Donald Trump is the exact opposite of everything he claimed to be and said he would do on the campaign trail. He’s averse to responsibility, he’s negotiated no deals with the Democrats (the opposition party), he hasn’t brought back a single manufacturing job, he hasn’t signed an infrastructure bill, he’s done nothing on health care and he certainly hasn’t “drained the swamp”!
His erratic behavior7/ has led to a record number of firings and resignations in his presidency! It starts with General Flynn being forced out in scandal just weeks into his presidency, and ends in Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s resignation this week, with 54 resignations and firings in between! It includes 2 chiefs-of-staff, the Attorney General, 2 “acting” Attorneys General, the head of the FBI, the assistant head of the FBI, 3 press secretaries, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Labor, the Director of National Intelligence, 3 Secretaries of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense, the Ambassador to the U.N., the White House Counsel, the National Security Adviser, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and as I speak, the 4th Secretary of Homeland Security is resigning.
Lies, Lies and More Lies
The Washington Post has kept track of Trump’s lies since taking office, and they now number at over 12,000! His own lawyer, John Dowd, explained why he couldn’t allow Trump to testify in the Mueller Invesitigation (into Russian meddling in the 2016 election), and I quote from Newsweek:
After the alleged roleplay, [Bob] Woodward said that [John] Dowd told Trump “you cannot testify, you are disabled.”
“Imagine your lawyer telling you ‘you’re disabled’ and you can’t testify because you can’t tell the truth. You just make things up,” Woodward added.
Colbert then read the last line of [Woodward’s] book: “Dowd knew he couldn’t bring himself to say to the president, ‘You’re a f***ing liar.'”8/
According to Business Insider:
“He’s like a bull seeing red,” this person added. “There’s just no getting through to him, and you can kiss your plans for the day goodbye because you’re basically stuck looking after a 4-year-old now.”9/
The Best People!
Trump promised us that he knew only “the Best People”. It turned out he didn’t know anybody! Most of the positions in the Trump administration aren’t even filled! He hires people he sees on Fox News. That’s where he got war hawk, John Bolton and Deputy Chief of Staff, Bill Shine. But John Bolton has already resigned and so has Shine! In fact, people go on Fox News deliberately to audition for positions in the White House!
According to Business Insider:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s favorite TV network is increasingly serving as a West Wing casting call, as the president reshapes his administration with camera-ready personalities.10/
I Didn’t Do It!
You all remember the “Zero Tolerance Policy” that resulted in Mexican children being taken away from their parents at the Mexican border, with no way of tracking them for their parents to ever get them back? Trump’s defense to that? “Obama did it! I didn’t do it! I hate it! It’s his policy!” Trump has since turned his attention to deporting immigrant children with terminal diseases:
… the Trump administration recently told families who were granted permission to stay [in the US] for medical care that their permission to stay has been rescinded and they have 33 days to leave the country.11/
After a huge public outcry, Trump said it was all a mistake, but, the immigrants in question have received no official notice that they won’t be deported when the 33 days are up.
Neo-Nazis Are “Very Fine People”
Everyone remembers that he couldn’t tell the difference between the White Nationalists marching to save Confederate (pro-slavery) monuments and those protesting against them in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. “There were very fine people on both sides,” he said, “and I have no doubt about it, and you have no doubt about it either!”12/ He also famously referred to certain African countries, Central American countries and Haiti as “sh*t-hole” countries, and told 4 Congresswomen of color to “go back where they came from” even though they came from here!
His Problem With Women
The judge he appointed to fill a Supreme Court seat, Bret Kavanaugh, was credibly accused of sexual assault by more than one person and he, Trump, himself, is credibly accused of rape by Elle advice columnist, E. Jean Carroll. In fact, over 25 women have accused Trump of sexual assault.13/
His Problem With The Environment
Trump has rolled back 85 environmental protections, including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. According to the New York Times:
President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses.14/
And, as if you didn’t already know, Donald Trump is about to–finally!– be impeached for “shaking down” the president of Ukraine, telling him in a phone call that the military aid Ukraine was promised is actually contingent upon the country “investigating” his Democratic rival in the upcoming election–Joe Biden. As you can guess, this is against the law. You can’t ask for help from a foreign country in an election. And then, when he was caught committing this crime, he responded by asking China to do the same thing!15/
He has refused to cooperate in the Impeachment investigation, which means he has refused to turn over documents requested by Congress and has ordered his staff not to testify and to ignore subpeonas as well. Trump is a lawless president.
Breaking Our Promise To The Kurds
The latest outrage Trump has committed? Yet another humanitarian crisis! We had 2,000 soldiers in Northern Syria protecting the Kurds who helped us defeat Isis (a terrorist organization) in that part of the world. The Turks don’t like the Kurds, for some reason. Turkey is on the border of Syria. Turkey wants American soldiers out of the way so it can slaughter the Kurds. The president of Turkey asked Trump over the phone to pull his soldiers out of Northern Syria and Trump, who has two Trump Towers in Turkey, said impulsively, without consulting anyone, “OK,” and thus ushered in the ensuing Turkish military assault going on as we speak, causing thousands of people to flee for their lives to parts unknown. Even Trump’s own party is distraught over this.
Trump actually admitted in an interview some time ago that he has a “conflict of interest where Turkey is concerned” because he owns 2 Trump Towers in Turkey,16/ proving once again that the Trump Presidency is really all about the Trump Businesses. In fact, his national security advisor, John Bolton, claimed in an article written by Carol Lee for NBC News: “Bolton said he believes there is a personal or business relationship dictating Trump’s position on Turkey because none of his advisers are aligned with him on the issue…”
But at least Trump is modest. Have you seen his latest tweet?
Donald J. Trump
As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over…17/
Dear God! “In my great and unmatched wisdom”? Is he serious? Who talks that way? And he will destroy the economy of Turkey? And he’s done it before? What is he talking about????
Finally, here’s something that you would think would disqualify anyone from being president: He doesn’t read! The Presidential Daily Brief is brought to him every day and he doesn’t read it. The Atlantic writes in an article called “The President Who Doesn’t Read”:
“He didn’t process information in any conventional sense,” Wolff writes. “He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semi-literate.”
Wolff quotes economic adviser Gary Cohn writing in an email: “It’s worse than you can imagine … Trump won’t read anything—not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers, nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored.”18/
With everything we’ve learned about Donald Trump over the past 3 years, do I still think his constitutional remedy is Lachesis? Let’s make a list of the elements of the case. You can do this at home and see if your list matches mine, and then repertorize to see which remedy comes up.
- Aversion to responsibility
- Averse to reading
- Erratic behavior
And here it is:
It appears the president of the United States is a Medorrhinum! Good lord! But is anyone really surprised? We’ve talked about Medorrhinum in this column many times. In fact, Maria has been asking me to give more examples of Medorrhinum, but I never thought it would wind up being the President of the United States!
We’ve done Bart Simpson, Drake from “Drake and Josh”, Alvin from The Chipmunks, Jess from “The Gilmore Girls”–and what do they all have in common? They’ve all broken–either the law, or the rules, or norms, or conventions… they don’t care what people think, they do exactly as they please, don’t take responsibility, don’t like having to answer to anyone, work under anyone, meet expectations; they’re selfish, easily bored, impulsive, inclined to get into fights, always blaming others, nothing’s ever their fault…. To quote Bart Simpson: