Trump Damage Report 3/23/2017
Biden Time, Manafort minor role, apples don’t fall far, spontaneous Democratic spinal development, mammogram slams, Trumpcare tumbles, and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. Is malignant narcissism a pre-existing condition?
- FiveThirtyEight (which got Trump wrong, Bernie wrong, Brexit wrong, and Hillary wrong) warns that Republicans could pay a price for abandoning Trump even in spite of his unpopularity.
- America’s favorite kooky uncle we all miss, Joe Biden, weighs in on the Trump/Russia relationship with a well-timed “What in the hell are we doing?“ Bidened!
- Sorry Spice claims that Paul Manafort, who is up to his eyelids in Russian connections as a paid agent of the Putin government and Russian oligarchs, “played a very limited role” in the Trump presidential campaign. As his campaign manager. PolitiFact rates this as false. Also, fire is hot, air is nice to breath, and the sky is blue.
- Uday or Qusay Trump (we have trouble keeping track of Big Orange’s brood across his series of wives), is called a disgrace after his reprehensible tweets following the London terror attacks this week.
- Trump is interviewed by Time Magazine. “Why do you say that I have to apologize? I’m just quoting the newspaper, just like I quoted the judge the other day.” Trump said during the interview. From a psychological perspective, he’s not internally responsible for the words he shares. He views himself as a conduit. This syndrome affects multiple conservatives who have consumed a given amount of propaganda over a short period of time. “It’s not my fault, I’m not lying, I’m just relaying the (mis)information here. Don’t shoot the messenger. It’s up to you to judge truth or lies. But did you hear that Sandy Hook was a false flag attack? Unbelievable.” He’s not actually lying with intent, but a participant maintaining plausible deniability. He’s subsumed by the resonance and become involuntary echo. If he sees a headline that affirms his bias, he will share it, true or not, it is true to him in the moment, and not dwell on the past of several minutes ago where he spring-boarded a patent falsehood to a global scale.
- The Washington Post fact-checks his responses, because Time did not do so live. The lies were extensive.
- The International Energy Agency found that CO2 emissions have fallen flat for the third straight year in a row, despite the global economy growing by 3.1%. This tells us that Trump and his policy monsters are wrong – carbon can be controlled AND the economy can grow at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive. You don’t have to dump pollution into the air and water in order to reap economic benefit or industrialize.
- 2018’s President Mike Pence tried to explain that health care should be like car insurance, demonstrating he has no idea how either health or car insurance actually work.
- Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer makes a stand: Democrats will filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. Good man. Medical experts from around the nation are looking into the miraculous, spontaneous development of a spine for the Democratic Party.
- 56% of American voters disapprove of the Trumpcare plan, according to a Quinnipiac poll out today. Voters overwhelmingly oppose cutting Medicaid, by 74%. 61% disapprove of the way Trump is handling healthcare.
- Trumpist Senate Republican Pat Roberts (R-Kansas, Obviously) “joked” when asked if he supports scrapping essential health benefits that “I wouldn’t want to lose my mammograms.” His female colleagues quipped back that “I don’t want to lose my prostate cancer screenings, either.” Sen. Roberts should lose his cushy Senate healthcare.
- House Intelligence Committee Chairman, who helped oversee the Trump transition, apologized today to committee members for holding a press conference and running to Trump to spill the beans on what super-secret awesome information he said he had on the subject of the Trump wiretapping claims.
- The Trumpcare vote was supposed to take place today, but has been delayed after it looked like it was not going to pass. Conservatives who are deeply concerned by the difficulties of the health insurance companies raking in record-breaking profits under Obamacare, are going a step-further to help them out by insisting in the return of pre-existing conditions. Yes, a sizable number of Americans will die as a result, but Aetna, Blue Cross, and UnitedHealthcare CEOs deserve their second and third yachts.
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF MARCH 23RD, 2017: $86,242,856.92
Trump has now spent 7x more in 2 months on travel and personal expenses than the entire amount Obama AND Biden did over 8 full years. That’s $86.2 million to to $12.1 million. Making America Pay Again.
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