The Morning Briefing: The Alternate Reality of America's Harasser in Chief
Good morning! Here’s a look, via Axios, of Donald Trump’s alternative reality:
I see no lies. And speaking of his predecessors not making calls to the families of service men and women killed in action, here’s a few tweets relevant to that:
Here’s a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
POTUS 43 & 44 and first ladies cared deeply, worked tirelessly for the serving, the fallen, and their families. Not politics. Sacred Trust.— GEN(R) Marty Dempsey (@Martin_Dempsey) October 17, 2017
This one made me a little misty:
Meanwhile, here is San Antonio Spurs’ coach Greg Popovich, an Air Force veteran and maybe one of the best dudes on the planet:
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this president had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families are so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.”
“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House, unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office, and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this president should be ashamed, because they know better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”
It’s guys like Popovich and Dale Hansen that remind us that not all old, white Texas dudes are bad. I fucking love this guy.
Also, John McCain — his voice weak but his words strong — had this to say about Trump last night, when he accepted the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal:
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
I'm grateful to @SenJohnMcCain for his lifetime of service to our country. Congratulations, John, on receiving this year's Liberty Medal.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 16, 2017
Elsewhere, in our reality, on a generic ballot Congressional ballot, Democrats now lead Republicans a by 51 percent to 37 percent margin. In that same poll, Trump’s approval rating is at 37 percent and his disapproval rating is at 57 percent, which is roughly unchanged since last month.
The lead on the generic Congressional ballot, by the by, is noteworthy because Democrats are smartening up and running young, anti-establishment candidates, while Bannon is running nutjobs on the Republican side. Nutjobs are still going to win in Alabama, but Democrats should fare very well in places like Virginia and Arizona and even Texas.
I doubt anything is going to happen, even in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, but man: We should be doing everything in our power to remind the world of the many, many women Donald Trump harassed and assaulted. At least seventeen women bravely spoke up last year, and when Donald Trump released a statement saying, “Nothing ever happened with any of these women,” the media just shrugged its shoulders and moved on to the next Trump scandal. One of those women, Summer Zervos — a former Apprentice contestant — is suing Donald Trump, and during his presser yesterday, Trump only offered up another blanket denial: “All I can say is it’s totally fake news. It’s fake and made-up stuff and it’s disgraceful what happens, but that happens in the world of politics.”
This is not the “world of politics,” Donny. This is a new reality where men like you in other professions are being called to task for their years of abuse and harassment. We need to support the women he harassed, and the millions of women like him and take on the Harasser in Chief in whatever avenues are available.
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