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NYT op-ed: Expecting Trump to act in country's interest like demanding that your cat do the dishes

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From Michelle Goldberg, "Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot":

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/opinion/fire-fury-wolff-trump-book.html

One of the more alarming anecdotes in “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s incendiary new book about Donald Trump’s White House, involves the firing of James Comey, former director of the F.B.I. It’s not Trump’s motives that are scary; Wolff reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were “increasingly panicked” and “frenzied” about what Comey would find if he looked into the family finances, which is incriminating but unsurprising. The terrifying part is how, in Wolff’s telling, Trump sneaked around his aides, some of whom thought they’d contained him.

“For most of the day, almost no one would know that he had decided to take matters into his own hands,” Wolff writes. “In presidential annals, the firing of F.B.I. director James Comey may be the most consequential move ever made by a modern president acting entirely on his own.” Now imagine Trump taking the same approach toward ordering the bombing of North Korea.

-snip-

There are lots of arresting details in the book. We learn that the administration holds special animus for what it calls “D.O.J. women,” or women who work in the Justice Department. Wolff writes that after the white supremacist mayhem in Charlottesville, Va., Trump privately rationalized “why someone would be a member of the K.K.K.” The book recounts that after the political purge in Saudi Arabia, Trump boasted that he and Kushner engineered a coup: “We’ve put our man on top!”

But most of all, the book confirms what is already widely understood — not just that Trump is entirely unfit for the presidency, but that everyone around him knows it. One thread running through “Fire and Fury” is the way relatives, opportunists and officials try to manipulate and manage the president, and how they often fail. As Wolff wrote in a Hollywood Reporter essay based on the book, over the past year, the people around Trump, “all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.”

-snip-

Maybe, at the moment, people in the Trump orbit feel complacent because a year has passed without any epic disaster, unless you count an estimated 1,000 or so deaths in Puerto Rico, which they probably don’t. There’s an old joke, recently cited by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, that describes where we are right now: A guy falls from a 50-story building. As he flies by the 25th floor, someone asks how it’s going. “So far, so good!” he says.

Eventually, we’ll hit the ground, and assuming America survives, there should be a reckoning to dwarf the defenestration of Harvey Weinstein and his fellow ogres. Trump, Wolff’s reporting shows, has no executive function, no ability to process information or weigh consequences. Expecting him to act in the country’s interest is like demanding that your cat do the dishes. His enablers have no such excuse.



Editing to add the link. Apologies for not having noticed earlier that I forgot to add it.

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Reply NYT op-ed: Expecting Trump to act in country's interest like demanding that your cat do the dishes (Original post)
highplainsdem Jan 2018 OP
SunSeeker Jan 2018 #1
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #2
MFM008 Jan 2018 #3
marble falls Jan 2018 #4
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #26
marble falls Jan 2018 #28
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #29
lindysalsagal Jan 2018 #5
maddiemom Jan 2018 #17
Iggo Jan 2018 #20
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #27
VOX Jan 2018 #6
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #30
Botany Jan 2018 #7
oberliner Jan 2018 #8
genxlib Jan 2018 #9
Scarsdale Jan 2018 #10
dembotoz Jan 2018 #11
NewJeffCT Jan 2018 #13
njcpa1978 Jan 2018 #15
njcpa1978 Jan 2018 #12
meow2u3 Jan 2018 #14
griloco Jan 2018 #16
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #33
bucolic_frolic Jan 2018 #18
mountain grammy Jan 2018 #19
Javaman Jan 2018 #21
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #23
Javaman Jan 2018 #24
onetexan Jan 2018 #22
highplainsdem Jan 2018 #32
2naSalit Jan 2018 #25
Gothmog Jan 2018 #31

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:23 AM

1. K & R

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:39 AM

2. Thanks!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:41 AM

3. I make him do

Dishes everyday........

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:44 AM

4. "demanding that your cat do the dishes"....




"..ahhhhh ..... no."

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Response to marble falls (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 11:28 AM

26. LOL! Love the pic!

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #26)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 11:48 AM

28. Good cat. Bad mess.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 12:40 PM

29. Beautiful cat. Mine's fascinated by the sink and dirty dishes, too.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:50 AM

5. GOP leaderhip MUST choose: Back the fool, and be part of it, or ditch him, PRONTO!

and it needs to be the dems who call for the choice; Dems need to keep screaming until he's gone.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:44 AM

17. The GOP screwed Johnson over the Viet Nam peace talks.

They screwed Carter over the Iran hostage crisis. Just the beginning. They've been party over country for decades.

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Response to lindysalsagal (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:15 AM

20. They've already chosen.

They're going to let it ride while they enrich themselves.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 11:43 AM

27. True, and very unfortunate for the country and the entire world.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:55 AM

6. My three cats joyfully share the tasks of scraping plates, rinsing, and loading the dishwasher.

Trump? He couldn't find his ass with both hands. (He has staff for that. Sometimes.)

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Response to VOX (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 12:57 PM

30. Very true, about Trump.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:59 AM

7. Trump boasted that he and Kushner engineered a coup: We've put our man on top!

God damn it. So the republicans, the media, and Trump’s base are good with that?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:03 AM

8. What everyone is missing: Congressional Republicans are far worse

 

This is the story that is getting underreported.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:15 AM

9. I am not sure this is a fair comparison

A cat will at least lick a plate clean if given the opportunity.

Trump has no such comparable benefit.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:18 AM

10. People such as

Spicer, Priebus and others should come forward and tell what they know. It is wrong to cover for this farce of a human being. Bragging about "putting their man on top" in Saudi Arabia. I wonder if Vlad bragged after the so-called US "election"?

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:24 AM

11. Expecting honesty out of prebus? Cats doing dishes and the cooking

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:28 AM

13. Didn't Spicer already deny his quotes

in the book?

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:31 AM

15. Telling it to there grandkids.

You know his grandkids will be rolling their eyes in the future with "Grandpa Vlad is telling the story about the US election of 2016 again, hope he doesn't start talking about 2018 next".

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:24 AM

12. Car keys

This is like giving car keys to your parent with Alzheimer's disease, so they could go to the store for you. Keeping Donnie in office to sign your legislation has the same result. Something bad is likely to happen and you are to blame.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:30 AM

14. Kitty doing dishes? No problem!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:31 AM

16. Even I know you get the dog to lick the plates...

(I'm sure there's deep wisdom there somewhere)

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Response to griloco (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:09 PM

33. LOL!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:51 AM

18. It's not just Trump who is destroying the American way of life

it's all the appointments he's made, his cabinet, his judges ... all of this from a stolen election that disregarded the will of the majority of Americans who voted.

The Electoral College, designed to filter out rabble, was its own gerrymander

Illegitimate - all of it. Thievery.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:03 AM

19. The rotten republican congress..

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:15 AM

21. do you have a link? thanks. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:19 AM

23. OMG. So sorry I overlooked that! Just added it to the OP.

I shouldn't start to post before I've had my first cup of coffee.

Again, I'm so sorry I omitted that!

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:44 AM

24. No worries. we all need our morning boost. :) thanks! nt

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:15 AM

22. what the 35% doesn't get is when you vote for inept leaders you vote for disastrous results

It's that simple: stupidity yields stupid actions (or inaction for that matter).
Sad thing is the 35% can't seem to grasp this simple concept.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 08:53 PM

32. +1,000,000

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 10:52 AM

25. K&R

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 01:42 PM

31. I love the premise of this editorial

I was wondering why my cat would not do my dishes

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