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Morning Briefing: Trump Delivers Blow To Transgender Community; Susan Collins Thinks He Is 'Crazy'

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 26, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | July 26, 2017 |

— 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:

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).

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Anyway, Sessions is not the guy Trump should be picking on, because now Trump is getting blowback from the conservative media (including Breitbart and Drudge), which loves their racist elf. Is it too much to hope for mutual self-destruction?

— 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:

Those Trump genes are strong.

— As I was writing this post, Trump tweeted this. It’s a fucking heartbreaker. Goddamnit.

Asshole. Asshole. Asshole. Fuck you, dude.

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.

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