Morning Briefing: Old Man Yells At Storm Clouds
This is where we are as a nation: 800,000 good people — most of whom have never known anything other than living in the United States — may lose their amnesty status in March and potentially be removed from the country. Or maybe they won’t be. Or maybe they will. Meanwhile, the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever is barreling toward the United States — potentially Florida, potentially the Gulf of Mexico, potentially North Carolina — and a doddering old dodder is dictating our future on Twitter from his White House recliner while watching Fox News.
General John Kelly has “gentrified” the White House, whatever that is supposed to mean, and made it more difficult for Trump’s aides to consult with the President.
Former WH official just described Gen Kelly as "the Mrs. Doubtfire of the White House — General Doubtfire" bc he's "gentrified everything"— Tara Palmeri (@tarapalmeri) September 5, 2017
That’s good, right? Kind of, I guess. According to several sources, he’s not getting briefings from Breitbart and other right-wing sites anymore. But according to friends of Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller — who is expected to leave the White House in the coming weeks — Kelly doesn’t even like Trump. Kelly only took the position out of obligation to the country. He’s gatekeeping. By deciding what information Trump is privy to, Kelly is effectively running an influence campaign with a man who has the attention span of a gnat. Right now, it feels like no one is speaking to Donald Trump except Fox News, because it literally feels like he’s being guided almost exclusively by what’s on TV. Sean Hannity says DACA is bad, so Trump decides to rescind.
Make no mistake, we are going to put the interest of AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST!— The Trump Train (@The_Trump_Train) September 5, 2017
The forgotten men & women will no longer be forgotten.
But then Steve Doocy or someone reports that 69 percent of Republicans favor letting Dreamers stay, so Trump waffles.
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
It’s so crazy right now that a super conservative Republican is asking Dreamers to come live in his state of Ohio!
John Kasich: "If the DREAMers want to go somewhere and live, come to Ohio." pic.twitter.com/nJYxP9MtUt— Axios (@axios) September 6, 2017
And then Trump gets mesmerized by a weather map.
Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
The largest Hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic comes one week after a Hurricane that causes once-every-500-years flooding, and Trump never stops to think, “Huh. Why is the weather suddenly so terrible? Is there a pattern here? Could climate scientists be right? Nah! Mother Nature is just bringing out the big guns for the big President!”
Dozens died in Texas. Thousands are homeless. He SAW the devastation. And all he can say is, "Whoo she's a big one!" Nobody's home in there.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 6, 2017
Now, which Fox News pundit told him this lie?
Will be going to North Dakota today to discuss tax reform and tax cuts. We are the highest taxed nation in the world - that will change.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
We barely see Trump out in the world anymore; he rarely grants interviews. His press conferences are typically limited to two or three questions during a joint press conference with other world leaders. The majority of his most trusted advisors have been fired, many of them haven’t been replaced. With even his bodyguard abandoning him soon, I feel like Trump has been reduced to taking advice from the voices in his head.
Those voices in his head are idiots and morons.
I wonder how those voices are going to react to a joint resolution being passed in Congress — which Trump will probably be forced to sign — that condemns the white nationalism and violence in Charlottesville? Someone should talk to Trump’s voices about trade policy, because “Mr. Trump’s impulses are strategically incoherent …” and he’s leading us toward disaster.
How do we combat the racism, senility, isolation, and political cynicism of one man who refuses to take advice? I have no idea. Can Fox News bring back Megyn Kelly? Put Shep Smith on Fox & Friends? Steal Rachel Maddow from MSNBC! Help us out here, Rupert Murdoch. The future of mankind rests on your programming.
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