Jokes about Trump meeting the leader of the free world aside, the header photo is important for another very specific reason. This is, to the best of my knowledge, the exact moment Trump became a Lame Duck President. And, because Trump is nothing if not a mold-breaker, he accomplished that feat less than two months into his presidency. Way to go, Donny!
It’s not just the optics either. Yes, Trump appears to be a petulant man-child, unwilling or unable to handle the slightest social discomfort with any level of grace. But more importantly, it signals Trump’s inability to accomplish what might have been his only job as Head of State: to meet with and schmooze foreign Heads of State. That’s because he’s terrible at it.
So at two months in, we’ve found that Trump can’t meet with foreign dignitaries, he can’t help get laws passed, he can’t put forth reasonable budgets, he can’t prevent his EO’s from being ruled unconstitutional, and, as you’ll see in the video below, he can’t even make up wildly false shit without some assholes (aka the intelligence community, you know, those people you were totally smart to mock for so many months, Don) calling him on it.
I bring all of this up not just to gloat at Trump’s historically low approval ratings, but to ask the serious question “Hey, House Republicans? What the fuck are you doing?” Why are you still backing this guy? Which of your deeply held beliefs is he representing other than making sure rich people get richer on the backs of poor people? Or do you think that Trump will reward you for your loyalty? Because this isn’t Cheney we’re dealing with (god, help me, I’m comparing Cheney favorably to someone. What’s even happening). Trump will not give a single, solitary fuck about anything you do until it becomes politically expedient for him to pin the blame on you. Or maybe you’d like to hear from Judge Andrew Napolitano how well standing up for Trump worked out for him:
The president, when asked about the incident, said that “all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”
Excuse me, Judge? Would you mind stepping this way with me? There’s a bus the President would like you to meet.
Russian ties to the Trump campaign is not an investigation that is going away any time soon. Trump’s flagrantly false accusations about his political enemies isn’t helping. The general public is less impressed with Trump’s showmanship than they are dismayed at his actual leadership. The Republicans have been telling us for months that Trump isn’t like politicians we’ve had before. What’s amazing is watching them learn that.