Smash bang crack ‘em up, its crash up time my friend!”
There is a game from my childhood called Smash-Up Derby. It was the only gift Santa did not bring me…until now. The game’s concept was simple—two toy cars get smashed together again and again. You could send them rocketing into walls, tables, and chairs—as their doors and engine hoods blew off on impact, only for you to snap them back together for the next round. The commercial’s jingle — “Bang, crash, smash ‘em up!… Smash-Up Derby is fun!” is the same song echoing through the White House as Donald Trump continues to bang, crash, smash ‘em up with everyone from world leaders to his own Secretary of State. It’s “crash up derby time” for Trump. Continue reading “Opinion | Demolition Man: the Smash-Up Derby of Trump’s presidency”→
“…If the president put Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection,” White House spokesperson Sean Spicer once quipped. Yes, “this Russia thing” seems to be all about food of one kind of another. With this in mind, the latest White House scandal involving Donald Trump Jr. and his contact with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin, is not the “nothing burger” the Republicans would have many believe.
Covfefe. Yes, I said it, blurting it out for the world to hear as my homemade spaghetti sauce hit the floor, the cupboards, my shoes and suit, avoiding the kitchen apron I wore. My dinner guest stood at the doorway, her mouth covered, laughing. Yes, the perfect evening was ruined. Covfefe.
But why covfefe? Because as a writer this latest addition to the vernacular has dogged, plagued and riddled my life with an unanswerable question ever since Trump’s notorious midnight tweet of May 31: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” Then nothing. That morning, the original tweet deleted, the president followed up: “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!”Continue reading “The True Meaning of Covfefe (Figured Out)”→
The walls are closing in. To the once real estate mogul turned world leader it must feel akin to sharks circling for a hostile takeover, but in reality they are the walls of President Trump’s own engineering, perhaps the only ones he will ever be able to build.
The rumors abound—the president is snapping at people, bodies are falling left and right. Next he’ll be speaking to portraits of the great leaders that line the White House corridors and, whether or not they speak back, Trump will refuse to listen.
Where most Western leaders approach situations with a certain amount of foresight, President Donald J. Trump barges in, no different than the Wall Street Bull of recent interest in the press. The political stage is Trump’s china shop.