Trump Damage Report – 5/31/2017
NATO pocket change, RNC vs. Morning Joe, Christian Science Blue Cross, Covfefe, Kushner’s “nothing to see here”, Trumpcare ratings, Paris agreement backout, and Comey incoming. All this and more in your daily Trump Damage Report for Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. An administration more corrupt than Frank Underwood’s, more sinister than President Coriolanus Snow’s, and more embarrassing than President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho’s.
- The Republican National Committee, unable to defend the egregious actions of Trump at home and abroad, is instead turning its focus to… the talk show hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, The Hill reports.
- Trump is preparing to roll back the Obamacare birth control mandate, Vox reports. The mandate is that employers who offer health insurance don’t get to pick and choose what kinds of coverage they do and do not provide based on religious grounds. After the change, a surprising 98% of American companies are expected to declare that they are run by Christian Scientists, who reject almost all medical treatment. Pre-existing conditions are not a major issue for snake-handling.
- What’s a “Covfefe?”, The New York Times asks of the late night Trump tweet. Covfefe is the skidding sound an idiot makes when ejected from the oval office after being impeached.
- Trump son-in-law and Secretary of Everything, Jared Kushner, is trying to pretend that everything is normal, Politico reports. Nothing to see here. Move along. It’s totally normal that an American citizen would try to establish back channel communications with the Kremlin outside of the ability of US intelligence agencies to monitor the exchange. Nothing untoward about that, ho hum, same-old same-old.
- Kaiser Health Tracking Poll now puts Trumpcare approval at 31%, with 55% of Americans disapproving of the disastrous legislation.
- CNN has fired Kathy Griffin from the New Years Show after she was featured in a photo shoot showing a “beheaded” Trump, Variety reports. Griffin has received condemnation from both the left and right for her actions – which do not fall under free speech, but rather are an egregious threat. America has a long history of assassination attempts against sitting executives, and though we may disagree to the top and bottom of our lungs with what the orange dolt in the Oval does, there are some standards and ethics that yet remain intact.
- The Russia probe is scaring off potential appointees to the Trump administration, Politico reports. Turns out that being under investigation by nearly every branch of government for collusion with a foreign hostile power is kind of a downer. The dental plan is probably decent, but it might accompany a stint at Leavenworth federal penitentiary.
- The Wall Street Journal has blasted the Trump administration, comparing it to the “Tower of Babel” in a searing editorial, Mediaite reports.
- Trump is pulling the United States out of the Paris climate deal, according to Axios. Time to invest in bunker construction, water purification, and canned goods. On the plus side, your great grandchildren will get to work on their arctic tans.
- Trump-fired FBI Director who was investigating him, James Comey, will be testifying publicly about his confrontations with Trump, CNN reports. We’re gonna need popcorn in a garbage bag for this one.
- Trump is showing “unwavering support of civil rights” by taking every opportunity to gut civil rights, Shareblue reports. The point man leading the charge to eradicate civil rights from every level of government? Take a wild guess. Hint: He’s little, he’s from Alabama, and he has…a history on the subject.
- Trump’s communications director, Mike Dubke, has quit, just 3 months into the job, the BBC reports. The reasons provided are “personal”, though it is likely Dubke doesn’t feel his complexion suits an orange prison jumpsuit well, and the best time to get a lifeboat away from a sinking ship is before the warning sirens go off.
- Trump is still lying about NATO funding, The Washington Post reports. The amount that the United States actually pays to support NATO is more akin to a rounding error in the Defense budget. That’s roughly the value of two and a half F-35 fighter jets, total. This is equivalent to the amount of money that the United States might find in the dryer, or between couch cushions.
TAXPAYER COST FOR TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE TO DATE, AS OF MAY 31ST, 2017: $150,550,285.90
Above all, and as always, stay vigilant.