Okay, for most of the day yesterday I'm flying home, respectably cut off from most news. And I get home, turn on the television and -- yipes, that Trump fellow seems a wee bit out of control after only four days in office. Not just revoking the Obama Executive Order to block the Keystone Pipeline, but reviving it while owning stock in one of the companies that will build it. Yipes. A secret freeze put on the EPA to not, well, basically, do its job, and not release any information to the public (discovered only because an employee leaked the internal memo) and then deleting tweets from Badlands National Park about Climate Change. Yipes. And Press Secretary/Official Punching Bag Sean Spicer trying to explain away the Trump fake "charges" about 3-5 million "illegal" votes during the presidential election. Yipes. And none of this includes the normal head-banging news from the White House that doesn't quite reach the "Yipes" level.
It's hard to decide which is worst, but I sort of like the "illegal votes" story. On most levels it's pointless, though on some it's most important at all, because it deals with undermining trust in the elective process. It's also the most inexplicable of them all.
I mean, the guy won the election. But he's SO gnawed and manic about losing the popular vote -- and by almost 3 million -- that he simply can't handle it. And so he makes up a story about the most horrific, rampant voter fraud in U.S. history. Yet without ANY EVIDENCE. Or without calling for an investigation. You'd think that would be something you'd really, really, really want to get to the bottom of.
After being bombarded with questions about a source that Trump cryptically referred to, Mr. Spencer finally reference an article, but the person who authored the piece later sent out a tweet that reiterated there was NO FRAUD. (He put it in caps, that wasn't my editorial comment.)
It's hard to find the right adjective to describe this. Nuts, crazed, pathetic, idiotic, sick, deranged, despicable. Take your choice, or add your own. When Republicans in the House and Senate were asked about the Trump "charge," not a single one would defend it, while doing their best to run away or at least tap dance their way around it.
And we're four days into the administration.
I think people have pretty much figured out how to make the president -- sheesh -- crazed. Say something critical about him. And if you really want to drive him off the ledge, bring up numbers (any numbers) and make clear that his (whatever they are, including the length of his fingers...) are smaller than someone else's.
I don't think you need to be a psychiatrist to figure this out, what's going on. Which is just what you want in a president, of course. I do, though, think it's probably a good idea for everyone in the White House to carry around a ruler, because they are never going to known when they'll need it to start measuring their boss against...well, pretty much anyone.
Get used to the word.
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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