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Our country is a parody of a democracy, our leader a parody of a president. We live in a nightmare.

‘We live in a nightmare’: How Trump turned America upside down in 100 days
Neal Gabler, Moyers & Company NEAL GABLER, MOYERS & COMPANY


”We used to be bolted to certain verities. We used to agree on the idea of truth, the verifiability of facts, even if we disagreed on what constituted each. We used to agree on the basis of morality, even when we disagreed about particulars. We knew that groping women, leering at little girls, lying, stealing, bullying, hurting people whose only crime was powerlessness — we knew these things were wrong, and we gave them our opprobrium. Our society could not have existed without this general consensus.

Now Donald Trump has blown the bolts off the verities that anchored us. And in doing so, he performed his inversion, elevating lies over facts and bluster over moral values. That is a lot to accomplish in 100 days — to shatter not only what made us proud Americans, but what also made us human.”


“The world may be broken, but there are thankfully plenty of people who are intact and who know what truth, facts and morality are.

Which leaves us with this: God isn’t kidding. Our country is a parody of a democracy, our leader a parody of a president. We live in a nightmare. Nothing is the way it was. Trump only wins, though, if he and his cohorts manage to normalize this abnormality, to make the Orwellian seem commonplace. I think he may have already done so. Tens of millions of good Americans seem to think he hasn’t. I hope and pray they are right.”


SLATE: Who had the better first 100 days: William Henry Harrison, who died, or Trump?


Who had the better first 100 days?

Trump’s first three months have been marked by the failure of major initiatives, an embarrassing public obsession with indefensible allegations against Obama, and historically low approval ratings. Harrison had a promising few weeks and then died, which is bad, but also precluded the possibility that he’d screw anything up as badly as Trump has screwed up the Obamacare repeal. Harrison did defend slavery, which is unforgivable; on the other hand, Trump regularly retweets white supremacists and doesn’t seem to know who Frederick Douglass was. The victory thus goes to Harrison.

Harrison, as it happens, was the scion of a wealthy coastal family who’d received an elite education and lived in luxury but was sold to supporters, during his campaign, as a rough-hewn straight-talker who emblemized the values of the rural common man. Stupid 1800s voters! We’d never fall for something like that again!

Comprehensive - Week by Week Comparison HERE:

"Feels Like 100 YEARS"

TRUMPCARE updated in 1 place:


New Yorker: First 100 Days


Trump: My trips to my golf clubs "cost almost nothing"


President Trump on Friday defended his frequent weekend trips to his luxury properties, saying he does not care about golfing as much as people might think he does.

"I have a lot of property. So if I go to my clubs like in New Jersey, they'll say, 'Oh he is going to play golf.' I am not going to play golf. I couldn't care less about golf," Trump said in an interview on Fox News.

"But I have a place there that costs almost nothing because its hundreds of acres and security and they don't have to close up streets," he added.



New Yorker: A HUNDRED DAYS OF TRUMP & He threatens to be democracys most reckless caretaker.

With his nativist and purely transactional view of politics, he threatens to be democracy’s most reckless caretaker.
By David Remnick


Trump appears to strut through the world forever studying his own image. He thinks out loud, and is incapable of reflection. He is unserious, unfocussed, and, at times, it seems, unhinged. Journalists are invited to the Oval Office to ask about infrastructure; he turns the subject to how Bill O’Reilly, late of Fox News, is a “good person,” blameless, like him, in matters of sexual harassment. A reporter asks about the missile attack on Syria; he feeds her a self-satisfied description of how he informed his Chinese guests at Mar-a-Lago of the strike over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen.”

Little about this Presidency remains a secret for long. The reporters who cover the White House say that, despite their persistent concerns about Trump’s attempts to marginalize the media, they are flooded with information. Everyone leaks on everyone else. Rather than demand discipline around him, Trump sits back and watches the results on cable news. His Administration is not so much a team of rivals as it is a new form of reality entertainment: “The Circular Firing Squad.”


The urge to normalize Trump’s adolescent outbursts, his flagrant incompetence and dishonesty—to wish it all away, if only for a news cycle or two—is connected to the fear of what fresh hell might come next. Every day brings another outrage or embarrassment: the dressing down of the Australian Prime Minister or a shoutout for the “amazing job” that Frederick Douglass is doing. One day nato is “obsolete”; the next it is “no longer obsolete.” The Chinese are “grand champions” of currency manipulation; then they are not. When Julian Assange is benefitting Trump’s campaign, it’s “I love WikiLeaks!”; now, with the Presidency won, the Justice Department is preparing criminal charges against him. News of Trump’s casual reversals of policy comes with such alarming regularity that the impulse to locate a patch of firm ground is understandable. It’s soothing. But it’s untenable.


The clownish veneer of Trumpism conceals its true danger. Trump’s way of lying is not a joke; it is a strategy, a way of clouding our capacity to think, to live in a realm of truth. It is said that each epoch dreams the one to follow. The task now is not merely to recognize this Presidency for the emergency it is, and to resist its assault on the principles of reality and the values of liberal democracy, but to devise a future, to debate, to hear one another, to organize, to preserve and revive precious things. ♦


Absolutely TRUE.

if you think being President is hard, you should try watching you being President.


London: 100 Days Of Shame


Yesterday-Spicer Claimed They Had NOT Done Any Of Their Own Vetting On Flynn-THAT WAS A LIE.

Maddow reports: NBC News has learned both the Trump transition and the White House *did* perform a background check on Michael Flynn.

Breaking on Maddow tonight and to me a confirmation of something that has bee bugging me – the media’s acceptance of lies told to protect pence by trying to isolate him from his being complicit in Russian scandal:

—– flynn did not lie to pence and the homegrown demagogue’s team because they already knew;

—– meaning that pence lied about being lied to by flynn;

Yes, I knew it and wrote about it here a number of times;

—– now Maddow is reporting that Mitchell has reports that someone from the transition team has confirmed that all these scumbags have been lying about pence not know;

—— so the reason they gave about WHY the fired flynn => and media accepted without question and have been repeating since is wrong;

—– they are all liars;

– like I said here before, I suspect that Ms. Sally Yates’ testimony was cancelled because she was going to say that pence was in the room when she reported to this demagogue’s team that Flynn could be compromised;


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