#27 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: PETTY BEHAVIOR

Trump was very busy today, an obvious desperate attempt to accomplish something for his 100 day judgement…

1. He started off tweeting about the Ninth Circuit blocking his executive orders to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.


As Young MC says, “And there’s one more BAN you won’t be getting!”

“…the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups said the injunction offered a clear warning that Trump’s order — the third issued by the president to be blocked, at least partially, in federal court — is illegal. (1)”

2. He then signed an executive order that calls for reviewing all monuments and federal land use over the last 20 years. Yup, either a petty attempt to smite Clinton and Obama, an idea that was thrown around in the press today or he has an agenda that will likely benefit some business or big-wig somewhere because if not either of those two things, then why.

The Washington Post had this to say:

“Industry groups lambasted Obama’s decisions to set aside land that could otherwise be used for mining, drilling or other industrial activities. Businesses and industry groups have so far had the Trump White House’s ear on environmental and conservation issues..(2)”

3. Healthcare is back on the table. If you thought Ryan’s first version did not pass because moderate Republicans listened to their constituents–well, that was only part of the story. Trump had 2 choices after his first failed attempt:

    a. Invite Democrats to the table, compromise and improve upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
    b. Screw all Americans and pander to the Freedom Caucus- a BIG FU to everyone!
    Guess which one Trump and Ryan picked.

The House Freedom Caucus, aka Tea Party, aka, Craziest Conservatives approved a new healthcare plan that would replace the ACA. You know what that means, the proposed plan must be worse and hurt more Americans then the last version. Brace yourself, Bridgit.

The new legislation would permit states to waive coverage of essential health benefits like emergency room services, mental health, substance abuse and maternity care. They believe these pesky little things drive up health care for all and remember those Congressmen arguing that they don’t need maternity care…yup, this is happening. The plan would also do away with coverage for pre-existing conditions. Have I got your attention now? Time to get busy folks. Make sure your representatives know how you feel.

4. Last on his list today was proposing his well anticipated tax break; this is what his fanbase has been waiting for. Guess what, unless you are in that 1%, I am anticipating your disappointment. There are little specifics at this point but Trump promises it will be “YUUUGE”–a huge break for him that is.

The NYT reported this:

“The concern would be that lawyers, doctors, consultants or other wealthy people in partnerships could structure much of their personal income as business income, effectively reducing their tax rate from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.

“We don’t need a tax plan that allows the very rich to use pass-throughs to reduce their rates to 15 percent while average Americans are paying much more,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said Wednesday. “That’s not tax reform. That’s just a tax giveaway to the very, very wealthy that will explode the deficit. (4)'”

5. Gosh, I thought his day was full enough but alas, he is not done. He just announced his plan to pull out of NAFTA.  I am sure this will improve our foreign trade policy and international relations, after all his recent talk with Justin went so well [insert heavy eye-roll].

Are you afraid? I sure am.

Mother of 3

Nurse

Colts Neck, NJ

Resources:

1 Trump blasts ‘ridiculous’ court ruling that blocked his order on sanctuary cities, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-vows-supreme-court-fight-over-sanctuary-city-defiance/2017/04/26/ba836a12-2a91-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.ff024830b20d

2 Trump orders review of national monument sites, http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/330548-trump-orders-review-of-national-monument-sites

3 Hard-Line Republican Caucus Backs Revised Bill to Repeal Obamacare, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/politics/affordable-care-act-health-republicans.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

4 White House Proposes Slashing Tax Rates for Individuals and Businesses, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/politics/trump-tax-cut-plan.html

5 White House considering order to withdraw from NAFTA, http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/politics/donald-trump-nafta/index.html

#26 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: HE IS CRAZY

During the Trump campaign, his narcissism was on display for all to see. I think most people, even his staunch supporters will agree that he is narcissistic but acknowledging that narcissism as a clinical disorder means that we must admit our President is not of sane mind and body. We must admit we elected a mentally unstable man.

This is not the time or place to discuss treatment options for narcissism or the importance of mental health; although, I will say that offering people appropriate healthcare starts with access to that care–it always starts with access.

What I do want to talk about is Trump’s state of health. Having an untreated narcissist as a leader of our country makes no logical sense and puts the entire planet in a very dangerous position. Not a day has gone by since Trump took office that I personally have not felt stressed, angered, ashamed or embarrassed by his or his administrations’ behavior.

His craziness has been on display for all to see but what worked to his benefit as a reality TV personality–the crazier the better-“You’re FIRED!”–does NOT work as the President of the United States. Unhinged is no longer amusing.

For me, his character was undeniable from the moment I ever heard of him, way back when he was just a privileged D-bag who hung out in NYC. I really struggle with the fact that so many fellow Americans were willing to overlook his severe character flaws and are still willing to overlook them. I am not comfortable with an imbecile running our country.

Think I am being too harsh? Take a look at some transcripts from his interviews, watch or listen to his press conferences or interviews. Listen with an open mind. If this man was your boss, if he ran your company or household, would you be concerned? What if he was running your country…

Back on November 23, 2016 the New York Times published a transcript of an interview they did with Don the Con. His rambling incoherent speech pattern is troublesome to say the least. Back in November he was still focusing on his “big” win. Did he learn his lesson and improve his public speaking—Hell, NO! It has only gotten worse. His team can not camouflage his craziness with one liners anymore. “Lock her up” and “Build that wall” have served their purpose and even the Trump team realizes the public is catching on to their deceit.

Trump is insane and what does that make us?

If you plan on reading or listening to the full transcripts or interviews, may I suggest a nice Pinot Noir.

First Press Conference from January 11, 2017:

Transcript of his recent interview with the Associated Press

and Washington Post.

Resources:

Transcript of AP interview with Trump, https://apnews.com/c810d7de280a47e88848b0ac74690c83

Donald Trump’s New York Times Interview: Full Transcript, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/us/politics/trump-new-york-times-interview-transcript.html?_r=0

#25 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: THE STORY IS STILL ABOUT RUSSIA

Did Trump and his cronies commit treason? Has the story always been about Russia and the election? Did Trump collude with Russia to hack and sway our election in his favor? Was Trump’s love affair with Wiki-leaks and Putin really so obvious? Is this malevolence instead of incompetence?

Ms Momocracy has written a few posts about TrumpRussia; here are just a few:

Here is the latest video from Keith Olbermann, my hero (I have a serious crush on this man):

We heard rumors of the Carter Page tape(s) last week and honestly, I thought, that is too good to be true. How dumb do you have to be to make a tape of yourself committing treason…

Where is this tape? If the British have it, can we get a copy? Pretty, please!

I recognize that right now we have a lot of just speculations but there is also that growing mass of more and more information that is starting to feel more and more like evidence of a crime.

Here is a link to Louise Mensch’s blog, Patribotics. Louise was a member of the British Parliament and is an investigative journalist, she is mentioned in Keith’s video. Please check out her blog articles if you feel like falling down the rabbit hole of TumpRussia.

Am I the only one that really-really-really hopes this pans out to be a treason indictment?

Resources:

Russia ‘targeted Trump adviser in bid to infiltrate campaign’, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/23/russia-tried-to-use-trump-advisers-to-influence-us-election-report

British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia, https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

Russian thinktank gameplanned undermining of US election, sources say, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/19/russian-thinktank-putin-interference-us-election

#24 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: HAVING TO MARCH FOR SCIENCE AND FACTS

March Signs

Today, around the world, people marched for SCIENCE–science, facts, truth, climate change, the environment–yes, that just happened. Why? Because we live in a political time where logic and facts do not always enter into the equation. Some argue that science is not political and should not be political–but–IT IS!

Our leaders should believe in facts and science. Our leaders should protect the environment in which we live and work to improve upon it for our children and generations to come. Passing legislation to dismantle the EPA or eliminate regulations that help to protect the environment so that big businesses and the coal industry can profit is unconscionable.

Leaders have a social responsibility and unfortunately for us, we have a leader who is anti-facts, anti-science, and anti-human decency–he is incapable of doing the “right” thing.

I marched today in Princeton, New Jersey with my family and about 2000 new friends but what I am most in awe of, is how many sister marches took place around the globe–EVERYWHERE. This is truly unprecedented.

“While scientists and their allies have argued about and even occasionally protested on specific political topics over the years, taking to the streets in a sweeping defense of scientific truth itself and its role in policymaking seems considerably broader and, for the research world, more fundamental (1).”

I believe that taking to the streets to march is seen as a last resort for many in the field of science–but alas, it has come to that. #Resist

 

More March Signs

There were lots of wonderful signs and people; here are just a few.

 

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Mother of 3

Nurse

Colts Neck, NJ

Resource:

1 Historians say the March for Science is ‘pretty unprecedented’, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/22/historians-say-the-march-for-science-is-pretty-unprecedented/?utm_term=.bae5be1d4a41

#24 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: JEFF SESSIONS NOT RECOGNIZING HAWAII AS A STATE

I have talked about Jeff Sessions before and the fact that I felt he was an inappropriate candidate for Attorney General, not only because I believe him to be a huge racist but also because he perjured himself during his confirmation hearing. You can read more about that in this Ms Momocracy post. 

Well during an interview with conservative talk host Mark Levin, good old’ Jeff had this to say about the court system shutting down Trump “Muslim Ban”:

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Mr. Sessions said this week in an interview on “The Mark Levin Show,” a conservative talk radio program.

  Sally Yates, acting Attorney General back in January,  publicly declared she would not defend the immigration law stating she did not believe it was lawful and she eventually lost her job for standing up to Trump. A three judge panel from the Ninth Circuit also agreed with Yates back in February and put a stop to the original ban. This resulted in Trump and his cronies releasing a new “travel ban” that according to Trump, Stepford Stephen Miller and his inner circle was identical and basically a recycled version of the original ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson from Hawaii declared the second ban illegal, using Trump and his cronies own words as rationale for the illegality of the immigration ban.

Sessions sides with Don the Con, and sees no problem with a Muslim Ban or a ban that targets cultures or religions. Shocker…

Sessions seems to believe the Hawaiian judge did not have the right to put a stop to the travel ban—that a judge sitting on that “little Pacific island” should not be able to stop the President from doing something illegal—and for that Jeff Sessions’ you are Ms Momocracy’s D-Bag of the Day!

Resources:

Jeff Sessions Dismisses Hawaii as ‘an Island in the Pacific’, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/us/politics/jeff-sessions-judge-hawaii-pacific-island.html?_r=0

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Tells Justice Department Not to Defend President Trump’s Immigration Ban, http://time.com/4654533/acting-attorney-general-sally-yates-immigration-ban-donald-trump/

6 Highlights From the Ruling on Trump’s Immigration Order, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/us/trump-travel-ban-ninth-circuit-ruling.html

Hawaii’s Trump travel ban ruling (full text), http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/politics/hawaii-travel-ban-ruling-full-text/

#23 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: PEOPLE MUST LIE TO LOVED ONES ON DEATHBED

This article was in yesterday’s Washington Post and I have not stopped thinking about it. A man was on his deathbed and in his last moment of life his friends and family connected him with his ex-wife, who he had remained in close contact with and was considered to be his best friend. In order to provide him with comfort so he could pass away peacefully, she decided to tell him that Trump had been impeached and he was gone.

“I told him that everything’s going to be all right,” Teresa Elliott told The Washington Post. “And Donald Trump has been impeached.”

Really, it has come to this. It is time for this buffoon to go. I think we have all had enough and we should not have to lie to our loved ones as they pass away.

Impeach Trump so we can all have some PEACE!

 

Resource:

She wanted her ex-husband to die with a happy thought; she told him Trump had been impeached, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/18/she-wanted-her-ex-husband-to-die-with-a-happy-memory-she-told-him-trump-has-been-impeached/?utm_term=.6eb24403e3a5

HEROES AND HEROES: KATHRINE SWITZER

In 1967 KV Switzer entered the Boston Marathon race as an official entrant. At the time this was unheard of because KV Switzer was a woman, Kathrine. Many people, healthcare providers and other “officials” back then felt that women did not have the physical capabilities, stamina, or endurance to run long periods of time. Short races were OK, but longer races were off limits. In fact, there was a belief that our delicate female lady-bits could not withstand the rigors of the longer race.

KV was assigned the number 261 for her first Boston Marathon run. Needless to say when Kathrine showed up and race officials caught on to the fact that a woman was running about 2 miles into her race, they tried to stop her. Click here to see the iconic photo of one of the race officials trying to grab/push her off the course, her running mates from Syracuse University protecting her. I get emotionally overwhelmed every time I look at that photo.

 Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb was actually the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, unofficially. Bobbi had seen the marathon as a spectator with her dad as a child and fell in love with the race and running. Below is her response from a Women’s Running interview (link to article under resources) to receiving a notification from race officials denying her entry in the 1966 race.

“I didn’t know that my running was going to be a social statement until February of 1966. I wrote for my application [to the Boston Marathon] and they wrote back saying, “Women are not physiologically able to run a marathon, and we can’t take the liability.” [At the time, races longer than 1.5 miles were not sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union.]”

I can just hear her saying, “Well I will show you” after receiving that letter. This sheroe hid near the start of the race and then jumped in, finishing with an unofficial time of 3:21:25. Not too shabby.

The Boston Marathon is a premier race; traditionally only the fastest get entry and race spots are coveted by runners throughout the world. Yesterday, Kathrine ran this race again, 50 years after her historic run in 1967. Her race bib number 261 was retired after the run (see link below for information about Kathrine’s running group 261 Fearless). For many, myself included, her run was symbolic, especially in today’s political climate.

She Was Warned.

She was Given an Explanation.

Nevertheless, She Persisted.

I admire Kathrine and Bobbi. I know when I finished my first marathon (not nearly as quickly as they did), I felt like I could do anything. We are strong, we are capable and we deserve equality.

Resources:

First Woman to Enter Boston Marathon Runs It Again, 50 Years Later, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/sports/boston-marathon-kathrine-switzer.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

THE FIGHT TO ESTABLISH THE WOMEN’S RACE, http://www.marathonguide.com/history/olympicmarathons/chapter25.cfm

50 Years Ago Bobbi Gibb Became The First Female Boston Finisher, http://womensrunning.competitor.com/2016/04/inspiration/bobbi-gibb-first-female-boston-finisher_57599#IM23bQAxYKQuCOMv.97

50 Years Ago Bobbi Gibb Became The First Female Boston Finisher

261 Fearless:

Pronounced TWO-SIX-ONE Fearless, we are a global supportive community which empowers women to connect and take control of their lives through the freedom gained by running. Through a series of non-competitive running clubs and private communication channels, we provide networking, healthy running support and education, and a sisterhood to women all over the world.

It is the mission of 261 Fearless to bring active women together through a global supportive social running community – allowing fearless women to pass strength gained from running onto women who are facing challenges and hence sparking a revolution of empowerment. 261 is the symbol that unites us as empowered runners.

» learn more about 261

#22 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP: WILL NOT RELEASE HIS TAXES

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. I thought you might enjoy this 2015 Easter tweet from Don the Con:

Yesterday marches took place around the country, protesting Trump’s refusal to release his taxes. Since the 1970s, Presidential candidates have released their tax returns to the public in an effort to maintain honesty and transparency. In fact, every President going back to Gerald Ford has released their tax information. During the elections, Trump claimed he could not release his taxes because he was under audit. He eventually declared that only the “fake news” media wanted his taxes and the public did not care—uhh, YES WE DO!

Yesterday people took to the streets to demand that Trump release his taxes. Hundreds marched outside Mar-a-Lago and elsewhere and Trump took to Twitter to express his anger, as usual.

Yesterday the Electronic Privacy Information Center (yes, that is a thing) filled a suit against the IRS for failing to release the information as per the Freedom of Information Act. Why won’t Trump release the information? He said he would and then he said he won’t?

What has he got to hide? I can’t wait to find out.

Resources:

Trump asks why people are still talking about his taxes a day after protesters asked for his returns, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/16/after-a-day-of-marches-trump-asks-why-people-are-still-talking-about-his-taxes/?utm_term=.bc7b0dc9ffb2

Protesters Use April 15 To Demand Trump’s Tax Returns, http://www.npr.org/2017/04/15/524122918/protesters-use-april-15-to-demand-trumps-tax-returns

SPICER EASTER BUNNY

It has been quite a week for the White House. Between the rumored fighting of Brietbart Bannon and Kushner (where Bannon is targeted as the loser), the bombing of Irag-whoops, I mean Syria, dropping the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) on Afghanistan (only killing 36 with a bomb which is said to be the strongest, only second to a nuclear bomb), Trump playing bully with unstable North Korea via tweets and then heading to Mar-a-Lago, and finally Spicy Spicer’s “whoops a daisy” reference to Hitler, stating that not even Hitler used lethal gas to kill his people… Well, it has been a long week.

You would think that the White House would be looking forward to the Easter Egg Roll. The event is thought to be the biggest traditional event held annually and requires lots of planning and coordination, none of which it seems the new administration has put forth. It will be interesting to see if Spicer reprises his role as the Easter Bunny. I bet he wishes he could forgo his role as Press Secretary and be the bunny full time.

Resource

The White House’s Easter Egg Problem Gets the Late-Night Treatment, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/arts/television/jimmy-kimmel-white-house-easter-egg-roll.html?_r=0

The Latest Test for the White House? Pulling Off Its Easter Egg Roll, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/white-house-easter-egg-roll-trump.html

# 21 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TRUMP; ANTISEMITISM OR INSENSITIVE

Examples of the Trump Administration’s Anti-Semitism ……or not? What do you think?

1. Running a campaign that had vague veiled antisemitic messages. Was this purposeful, an appeal to Trump’s alt-right, white supremacy, base? Many thought so at the time. Many also thought Brietbart Bannon was behind this type of campaigning and I think they are right.

2. It was no surprise that after the election, there was a rise in antisemitism around the country. Many reporters would press Trump for a response to the rise in antisemitism and hate crimes. Here is a great example on how that typically went.  

Yup, he would change the subject, talk about his large electoral vote win, claiming it was bigger than Obama’s (which was a lie), or when really pressed he issued a curt, “Stop it” into the news camera during a 60 Minutes interview on CBS. As you can imagine, that “stop it” was just as ineffective as when used with a toddler.

3. Then there was National Holocaust Remembrance Day where the White House releases a press statement that does not mention the 6 million Jews who suffered and died during the holocaust or antisemitism. When the press and public questioned this omission the WH released the following statement:

Hope Hicks, the Donald Trump administration spokeswoman, told CNN that, “despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered.”

    All who suffered??? Why couldn’t you mention the jews on holocaust remembrance day….REALLY!!! This seemed purposeful.
    4. Trump did not attend the Passover dinner at the WH; in fact, neither did his daughter, Ivanka, or his son in law, Jared, who are supposedly observant jews. What kind of message is that. Shame on them.
    5. Yesterday, Spicey Spicer, misspoke during a press conference and it was a doozy.
      “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said.

Yup, that just happened…not much of chance of recovery after that slip…unless you are in the Trump administration where people seem to tolerate, accept, and normalize horrible, offensive, behavior and comments on a daily basis.

Resources:

White House nixed Holocaust statement naming Jews, http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/white-house-holocaust-jews-234572

White House Says It Deliberately Omitted Jews From Holocaust Remembrance Day Statement, http://time.com/4652863/white-house-statement-holocaust-remembrance-day/

Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories sound anti-Semitic. Does he even realize it? https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/10/26/donald-trumps-conspiracy-theories-sound-anti-semitic-does-he-even-realize-it/?utm_term=.90031f516278

The White House hosted a Passover Seder, but without President Trump, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/10/the-white-house-will-host-a-passover-seder-president-trump-probably-wont-be-there/?utm_term=.dd36a54f41cd

Spicer: Hitler ‘didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,’ although he sent Jews to ‘the Holocaust center’, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/11/spicer-hitler-didnt-even-sink-to-using-chemical-weapons-although-he-sent-jews-to-the-holocaust-center/?utm_term=.9d9dd6e579b1