Recap of Articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

 

Recap of articles from June 17 to October 21, 2017

Opinion | Demolition Man: the Smash-Up Derby of Trump’s presidency

 

Crash bang smash ‘em up, put ‘em back again.

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”

Would You Like a Side of Collusion with Your Nothing Burger?

Jared Kushner to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee Monday

“…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.

In June of 2016, Donald Trump Jr. was notified by email that a person with “official documents and information that would incriminate” then political rival to his father, Hillary Continue reading “Would You Like a Side of Collusion with Your Nothing Burger?”

The True Meaning of Covfefe (Figured Out)

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)”

Lack of Bankruptcy Clause Leads to No Way Out for President

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.

In a knee-jerk effort to explain the absolute catastrophe of Trump’s administration supporters point out that Trump is new, “Give him a chance” they chant. But Trump’s behavior is not one of inexperience, but Continue reading “Lack of Bankruptcy Clause Leads to No Way Out for President”

Donald Trump: a Blunt Instrument in the Operating Theatre of Politics

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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.

Trump’s approach does not influence people, nor make him friends, but to Trump supporters—it’s gold. What continues to drive Trump’s roughshod approach to problem solving and why do Trump supporters continue to cling to the proverbial wall he has built around all reason? Continue reading “Donald Trump: a Blunt Instrument in the Operating Theatre of Politics”