Under normal circumstances, the very first thing I would have written about today was Trump's idiotic and disgraceful interview with the cheesy British tabloid, The Sun. But I thought that the House hearing was even more important, considering it was a political party trying to undercut trust by the American public in the nation's intelligence services. But still, Trump's interview almost topped that.
So, there he is, telling the crackerjack tabloid that he has tripled U.S. GDP in just one year!! That this is basically impossible makes his skill all the more impressive. (To be clear, the "skill" is lying through his... wherever.) Keep in mind that not only does it generally take 30 years to triple one's GDP, but back as recently as last December, Trump got ridiculed for saying that GDP would go up 6% next year -- when all experts said the norm was 2.5%. (As this CNBC article is headlined, "Trump defies data with 6% GDP forecast.") So, clearly he's still at it.
Then of course there was also him explaining that he had a far-better plan for the U.K. getting out of Brexit, but Prime Minister Theresa May wouldn't listen to him, essentially throwing her under the bus as her government is shaky, while praising her rival Boris Johnson. But then Trump has a plan to get out of Brexit like he had a plan to replace the ACA. "No one knew getting out of the EU was hard." And even more, Trump's gambit was a Secret Plan, no doubt much like Richard Nixon's vaunted Secret Plan to get out of Vietnam, which only took five years or so. I do so always love, "I have a plan to do what no one else could, but...but... I'm not telling you!!" Helps the Trump Baby Blimp make more sense.
And of course he couldn't help himself tout his bizarre insistence that a recent poll shows him the most popular Republican in the history of the party, even more so than Abraham Lincoln. Which is monumentally foolish on so many levels because...oh, never mind, you probably have a pretty good idea.
But worst of all, by far, was when talking to the tabloid, Trump went All Neo-Nazi -- slamming legal immigrants in Europe. He said that those seeking asylum from violence has caused Europe to lose its “culture," adding “And I don’t mean that in a positive way.” (Which, yes, I think we pretty much figured that...) On the good side, anyone uncertain as to whether Trump and his administration were only against "illegal immigrants," like he and his flunkies insist, or ALL immigrants...well, happily I think we now have that cleared up.
And we didn't even get to the 12 new indictments of Russian military intelligence agents. But hey, he's on his way to meet with his handler, so there is more of that to come.
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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