— One of the things we didn’t report from Susan Collins’ hot mic yesterday (because frankly, I couldn’t understand Senator Jack Reed’s mumbling) is that Collins expressed concern that the President may be crazy, and not in the “goofy” way, but in the “Oh shit, this guy is insane” way. Here’s the other part of that hot mic conversations from the NYTimes:
REED: I think he’s crazy.
COLLINS: I’m worried.
REED: I don’t say that lightly and as kind of, you know, a goofy guy. Uh, oof. And you know, the, uh, this thing, you know, if we don’t get a budget deal —
COLLINS: I know.
REED: We’re going to be paralyzed, D.O.D. [the Department of Defense] is going to be paralyzed —
COLLINS: I don’t even think he knows that there is a B.C.A. [Budget Control Act] or anything. I really don’t.
REED: No. He was down at the Ford commissioning saying, “I want them to pass my budget.” O.K., so we give him $54 billion and then we take it away across the board, which would cause chaos.
REED: It’s just, he hasn’t — not one word about the budget, not one word about the debt ceiling.
COLLINS: Good point.
Privately, our Senators are worried that Donald Trump has no fucking grasp on the mechanics of his job. Great. Just great.
— Speaking of the Senate, Trump is actually getting some pushback from Congress for attacking both Jeff Sessions and Lisa Murkowski:
Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Murkowski, by the way, does not give a shit. The GOP can’t outflank her on the right, because they tried, and Murkowski won by write-in ballot. She’s got bipartisan support in Alaska (same with Collins, for the most part — would we prefer a Democrat here? Yes. But aside from her confirmation of Sessions, I ain’t that mad at her).
— Meanwhile, as Anthony Scaramucci threatens to “fire everyone,” Reince Priebus is said to be looking for a graceful exit. My guess is that Scaramucci will become de facto Chief of Staff, at least until Trump tires of him, too.
— Here’s your full-body shudder of the day:
Eric Trump, to his wife just now on stage: "Is she gonna make a good mother or what? Turn sideways, honey."— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) July 25, 2017
Those Trump genes are strong.
— As I was writing this post, Trump tweeted this. It’s a fucking heartbreaker. Goddamnit.
After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Asshole. Asshole. Asshole. Fuck you, dude.
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
Lying, hypocritical sack of shit.
— Trump has also cut Obama’s anti-teen pregnancy grants, saying that they were ineffective. Uh, teen pregnancy is at its lowest rate ever.
Header photo: That is transgender actress Nicole M. from her appearance on “Royal Pains.” She is an amazing person and has an amazing family, and they have an amazing story (she was born with an identical twin brother). She also happens to live across the street from me.