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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Jester as King

This is not the way a President behaves.  Nor is this:

Or even this:

(By which I mean, promoting his own news stories when he likes them.)

And I don't mean some vague notion of "Presidential behavior," of sobriety and seriousness, of dullness and dull demeanor.  These are not the actions of a national leader.  Of course, neither is this:

During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump repeated his criticism of Europe’s handling of attacks by Islamist militants saying a friend “Jim” no longer wanted to take his family to Paris.

Which drew a rebuke, not just a response, from the President of France:

“There is terrorism and we must fight it together. I think that it is never good to show the smallest defiance toward an allied country. I wouldn’t do it with the United States and I’m urging the U.S. president not to do it with France,” Hollande said.

“I won’t make comparisons but here, people don’t have access to guns. Here, you don’t have people with guns opening fire on the crowd simply for the satisfaction of causing drama and tragedy,”Hollande said, responding to questions during a visit at the Paris Agric fair.

Do I need to even say that France is our oldest ally in the world?  Or that Trump's DHS Secretary went to Mexico, probably our largest trading partner in the world, and asked why they wouldn't take all our deportees and hold them until we could conduct international deportation hearings?

Trump's behavior is not that of a President.  It's the behavior of a fool.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

I'm told that there was much theatrical fainting at the baby blue fainting couch over Perez getting elected and the defeat on the ban over taking corporate cash so as to win elections.

Hey, my preferred candidate didn't win and in a perfect system - not rigged by the Supreme Court to make money king - I'd prefer to ban all corporate, billionaire, etc money from campaigns and make TV and radio put on political ads on an even basis for free.

But I'd also like paradise now.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

That Perez picked Ellison for his deputy is a good sign. Will Perez promote another Hillary for POTUS, or will he follow Dean's lead and go for all 50 states? For the Party, that's really the only question, IMHO.

1:19 PM  

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