I really don't want to turn this site into a political enclave, writing every day about some new Trump outrage. And I often say, "Not tomorrow" -- and then the news comes along. And it's not like there's some new Trump outrage almost every single day...but several, and they overlap each other as you try to figure out what to write about. And write about it you almost must, because how do you ignore outrages? You can't normalize them.
I didn't plan or want to write about politics today. Give me and you a respite.
But how do you not write about Trump saying that he doesn't think Bill O'Reilly didn't do anything wrong and that he shouldn't have settled?? ("Settled" as in $13 million for numerous lawsuits of sexual harassment.) And that he said this just days after proclaiming it Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month???!!
And how do you not write about Trump saying that he thinks former National Security Advisor Susan Rice committed a crime and should be in jail -- despite over zero evidence of a crime, while every actual intelligence official from past administrations expressed that everything she did was normal, legitimate and that she didn't even have the authority to do what Trump was hinting at???!!
Or not write about Steve Bannon being forced out of the National Security Council -- a position he never should have been allowed within three miles of in the first place?
Or not write about the 36-year-old Jared Kushner arriving in Iraq with absolutely no diplomatic experience to head the U.S. delegation in talks?
And how do you not write about Trump reacting to the ghastly, tragic chemical attack in Syria by making it all about HIM, how affected he was, how he felt, how he reacted, how flexible he was to change his opinions -- after having saying repeatedly the past several years in interviews and tweets (sigh) that the U.S. should not attack Syria, not, not, not attack Syria, over and over...and yet now attacks President Obama for not attacking Syria!! And not a single word -- after making the tragedy all about him -- about what he would do.
And that was all just yesterday!!
And I'm sure there's more, but at a certain point the typing fingers fade out, and even the outrageous pales compared to the worst.
Thank goodness I wrote throughout the day about the now-42 sponsors (as of this writing) who have pulled their advertising from The O'Reilly Factor on "Fox News." Because that happened yesterday, too, and I would have had to add it to the list.
When you don't want to write about politics, how do you not write about any of that, let alone ALL of it? How do you decide which among them to write about.
It's like the Trump administration has turned into a real-life version of Whack-a-Mole.
I'm going to leave it at that. Sometimes the headlines alone -- especially when there are so many of them piled on one another -- is enough to make the point.
So, tomorrow, no doubt, I'l be able to take a political breather. Phew!
Except just before posting this --
Headline: Devin Nunes Steps Down as Investigation Head
Updates as they occur. And occur and occur and occur...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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