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For the 34 of you who expressed interest, here are some anti-Trump hot takes!

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"Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country: What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States?

The Michael Flynn fiasco was the entirely predictable product of the indiscipline, deceit, incompetence and moral indifference that characterize Donald Trump’s approach to leadership.  Even worse, Trump’s loyalties are now in doubt. Questions about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia will not go away, even if congressional Republicans try to slow-walk a transparent investigation into what ties Trump has with Putin’s Russia — and who on his campaign did what, and when, with Russian intelligence officials and diplomats.

Party leaders should listen to those Republicans who are already pondering how history will judge their actions in this wrenching moment. Senators such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham seem to know it is only a matter of time before the GOP will have to confront Trump’s unfitness. They also sense that Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser for lying about the nature of his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States raises fundamental concerns about Trump himself.

The immediate political controversy is over how Congress should investigate this. Republican leaders say attention from Congress’s intelligence committees is sufficient, and for now Democrats have agreed to this path. But many in their ranks, along with some Republicans, argue it would be better to form a bipartisan select committee that could cross jurisdictional lines and be far more open about its work.

Those pushing for the select committee have reason to fear that keeping things under wraps in the intelligence panels could be a way to bury the story for a while and buy Trump time. Letting Americans in on what went on here, and quickly, is the only way to bolster trust in this administration, if that is even possible. And let’s face the reality here: It could also hasten the end of a presidency that could do immense damage to the United States.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in the meantime, must immediately recuse himself from all decisions about all aspects of the Russia investigation by the FBI and the intelligence services. Sessions should step back not simply because he is an appointee of the president but, more importantly, because he was a central figure in the Trump campaign. He cannot possibly be a neutral arbiter, and his involvement would only heighten fears of a coverup.

In this dark moment, we can celebrate the vitality of the institutions of a free society that are pushing back against a president offering the country a remarkable combination of authoritarian inclinations and ineptitude. The courts, civil servants, citizens — collectively and individually — and, yes, an unfettered media have all checked Trump and forced inconvenient facts into the sunlight.

It is a sign of how beleaguered Trump is that his Twitter response on Wednesday morning was not to take responsibility but to assign blame. His villains are leakers and the press: “Information is being illegally given to the failing nytimes & washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia.”

It is notable that in acknowledging that the news reports are based on “information,” Trump effectively confirmed them. At the same time, he was characteristically wrong about Russia, whose government prevents transparency and punishes those who try to foster it. There’s also this: Kremlin agents stole information from a political party in a free country. That is very different from the actions of the media’s informants inside our government who are holding our own officials accountable for their false denials and fictitious claims.

It will be said that Trump was elected and thus deserves some benefit of the doubt. Isn’t it rash to declare him unfit after so little time?

The answer is no, because the Trump we are seeing now is fully consistent with the vindictive, self-involved and scattered man we saw during the 17 months of his campaign. In one of the primary debates, Jeb Bush said of Trump: “He’s a chaos candidate and he’d be a chaos president.” Rarely has a politician been so prophetic.

And this is why nearly 11 million more Americans voted against Trump than for him. His obligation was to earn the trust of the 60 percent of Americans who told exit pollsters on Election Day that they viewed him unfavorably. Instead, he has ratified their fears, and then some.

As a country, we now need to face the truth, however awkward and difficult it might be."

--E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post

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"I get the feeling he [Trump] never thought he'd really win it all, and when he picked up steam, it had a momentum all its own. I mean, he did all the things a candidate should never do - he literally claimed he could shoot somebody in the face in Times Square and people would still vote for him.

Then he wins. Oh crap. I'm sure he was hoping to barely lose and then spend the next 6 months being a royal pain in the ass to Hillary and company... but he didn't, and now he's told he needs to divest himself (What? Donnie boy can't do that!) of his businesses and actually do some real work. January 20 comes along and surprise, surprise... he's not ready for it. He's getting scrutiny he's never imagined, and before the election, he could ignore most of the people who didn't like him - but now all of his words are coming back to bite him in the ass.

He gets through the inauguration and gets briefed on the real duties of President, and he's thinking "shiat just got real" and he's got nowhere to go. He spends his days and nights watching Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, unable to accept all the criticism leveled at him. In over his head, leaning on the lackwits who prodded him in the election, but at the same time, seeing how he is perceived by the public (while his approval ratings tumble) as a puppet of Bannon and Miller.

All of that is taking a toll on his pride. Trump is a sociopath, and possibly signs of early onset dementia. All his money won't help him hide from the spotlight - he can't just disappear for months at a time.  Most of the promises he's made are either impractical or were simply lip service he never expected to fulfill.

People tried to make George W. Bush out to be dumb... but politics and policies notwithstanding, he knew how to govern -- he knew how to run the office. Trump has no clue on governing. All of his life has been leveraging "deals" and parlaying real estate into more real estate (and occasionally using bankruptcy as a reset button to avoid personal loss) - most of his wealth is an illusion, either overvalued properties or simply the projection of wealth as his image through the media. Actually generating wealth in a way that isn't a borderline con game (flipping properties into bigger properties - often his name alone inflating the value of the deals) is simply beyond him. If he'd taken his real worth in 1982 and invested it conservatively, he could be worth far more, but that's not his style.

He liked the attention and prestige of being a candidate. Now he's stuck with the job and he's either going to jail or it will weigh on him so hard his health will fail him. We are seeing something rather remarkable, but sadly so was the Great Depression and the Civil War.... I can only hope America survives this mess."

-- Some guy on Fark

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Oh the burn of the hot take!

I can already tell that some of my old conservative archnemeses are rattled by what's happened so far.  After a month of crowing about "liberal tears," they're now screaming for everyone in the government who speaks ill of Trump to be "locked up!"  

Just as i told them long ago -- you're not Constitutional conservatives at all, you're authoritarian fascist fanboys.  Admit it and deal with it.



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:iconwoohooligan:
woohooligan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: Took me a moment to figure out the 11-million, because I'm used to hearing the 3-million split between Clinton and Trump... but the 11-million Dionne mentions is the split between Trump and Anyone else. So yeah, the 3-mil extra Clinton got, plus the nearly 8-mil that voted for a third-party does come out to about 11-mil more who voted against him than for him. But That's not even considering that only roughly 50% of the electorate voted period, and a LOT of people were prevented from voting because of voter suppression laws passed after the voting rights act was gutted by the Supreme court a couple years ago. www.salon.com/2016/11/16/voter… (Yeah, it's Salon, I know... I'd rather it have been NYT or WashPo.)

You might enjoy this... not sure... if you're a Star Trek fan maybe.

Four Lights by woohooligan  
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the 11 million was weird.  "3 million more" would have sufficed.

Ha ha... yep, i totally get that cartoon.  Gul Madred.  Like Trump, he demands that we accept things that are not true!
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:iconwoohooligan:
woohooligan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: Thanks, Chro!
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tasakeru828 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yup, pretty much.

I hope the bastard fries, along with all who supported or enabled him.
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:iconchronorin:
Chronorin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, be careful!  If you say "fries," a conservative might think you are proposing assassination... by exposing his body to lethal temperatures!  

I've never been more certain that he's not going to last a year, let alone four.  
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