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I’m speechless.

This is so unpresidential and inhumane I can’t believe anyone was clueless enough to vote for him to be president. WE knew he’d be bad but he’s even worse than we thought.

Trump *finally* got around to honoring the fallen soldiers who died in Niger but after this, he may never be asked to do it again:

U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for …but when it happens it hurts anyway,” when he died serving in northwestern Africa, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens.

“Yes, he said it,” Wilson said. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”

The president called about 4:45 p.m. and spoke to Johnson’s pregnant widow, Myeshia Johnson, for about five minutes. She is a mother to Johnson’s surviving 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. The conversation happened before Johnson’s remains arrived in a commercial Delta Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.

Wilson witnessed as the widow, who is expecting their third baby in January, leaned over the U.S. flag that was draping his casket. Her pregnant belly was shaking against the casket as she sobbed uncontrollably. Their daughter stood next to her stoically. Their toddler waited in the arms of a relative.

Jeez, he can’t do anything right.

Get McCain to make the phone calls for petessakes.

Better Adversaries

John McCain gave a speech last night after he received the Liberty Medal for 60 years of service to the country. He got straight to the point:

“To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” he said, “is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

He continued: “We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil.”

McCain’s deliberate use of the phrase “Blood and Soil” is significant. It’s a Nazi slogan. In other words, it’s a warning about how creeping fascism in the form of White Nationalism, undermines the ideals of democracy and rule of law.

Trump appears to have taken it personally (why would that be??) and responded: “I fight back”

Ooooo, be afraid John McCain, be very afraid, oh you survivor of being shot down, years as a prisoner of war and brain cancer fighter.

John McCain responded:

“I have faced tougher adversaries.”

I guess Trump will just take it out on Arizona. Jeff Flake has been getting on his nerves lately too. Maybe its time to shake them down for their lunch money.

Actually, I’d like to see Donald Trump go Mano-a-Mano with John McCain. I think McCain can take him.

Or as this tweet says:

Oh snap! That’s going to leave marks.

But wait! We are not done with him yet.

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs had this assessment of Donald Trump:

“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.”

At this point, Coach Pop paused, and I thought for a moment that perhaps he didn’t have the words and the conversation would end. Then he took a breath and said:

“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.”

Ditto, Coach Pop, megadittos.

Joe Biden is tag teaming with John McCain to dress down Trump. There’s another guy who’s seen tougher adversaries. He lost his wife and daughter in a car accident, his sons were seriously injured and a few years ago, his son Bo Biden died from cancer.
Biden was at an event today where he said Trump reminded him of another historical leader:

The former vice president graphically described the scene of his meeting with a European head of state, saying that the unnamed leader had described to him how Trump “took the president [sic] of Montenegro, shoved him aside, stuck his chest out and his chin, and all I could think of [was] ‘Il Duce’”.

Biden reenacted the mock pose to some laughter from a University of Delaware audience composed mainly of college students. He then corrected the crowd and said: “Not a joke, not a joke. That’s what people are thinking.”

Biden’s remarks – made at an event meant to promote and discuss bipartisan cooperation with Kasich – violated the precedent that outgoing presidents and vice-presidents do not criticize incoming administrations.

Biden talked about Trump in terms of fundamental concern about his effect on the world order.

“This breaking down of international and national norms is the glue that holds the liberal world order together, is the glue that holds together our system,” he said, noting growing concern among “foreign policy poobahs” about the possibility of nuclear war.

Steve Bannon wanted a fight. He’s going to get one.

Why not cut out the middle man?

Ezra Klein asks a very good question that so far I haven’t heard anyone ask before:

OMG, that makes so much sense!! Think of how much time has been wasted by Republicans moving their mouths and uttering sounds about supply side economics and trickle down and laffer curves. We could have spared them all the trouble if the tax cuts had gone directly to the middle class and poor people. After all, it’s their money, shouldn’t they use their own discretion spending it?

This makes almost too much sense. I can’t see the flaw in it. Wait, let me think… no, I can’t see any problems.

And what if we went back to one person one vote in sensibly drawn and sized congressional districts and electoral college maps? We might have stayed out of the Iraq war and elected a qualified presidential candidate who wouldn’t get a thrill out of taking away the health care of little children!!

I’m sure the clever people at Fox News will come up with a counter argument for why it’s audience should trust its betters, who are in office or power, after all, and by divine wisdom know what’s good for us or just good at annoying liberals.

But let’s just savor the crystal clarity of the moment