We’re All In Need of a Media/Trump Crash Diet

I’ve been severely limiting my access to political news since the Kavanaugh fiasco. The sexual assault circus that the GOP put on over the last two weeks, with a phony FBI investigation as an encore broke me. I don’t want to see news panels, op-eds, or extended analysis of anything that Trump does. I mean, I get it. The first year of Trump’s presidency was a dumpster fire of epic proportions where you had to stop and gawk at the breaking news that was happening every single day. At first I thought the mess in the administration was just because Trump is an evil chaotic moron whose incompetency knew now bounds. But after two years, I’ve come to realize that Trump is an evil chaotic moron whose incompetency knows no bounds, but, his lack of shame completely allows these pathetic qualities to dominate the news cycle again and again. Yes, he’s a dumpster fire, but he’s the one who lit the match to set it ablaze so that we all stare in stunned awe, wondering if the raging inferno will grow in size. And yes, it will. Trump wants us to stare. Creating a burning shit storm to seize the media’s attention is the one skill he has mastered after a lifetime of bullshit.

Admittedly, attempting to ignore him is a poor long term strategy. He is at the head of our government. (That really is the hardest sentence I have ever had to type.) His actions have serious consequences for everybody. And as a person who prides himself on being somewhat up to date on current events (not to mention having a blog which puts me into contact with a lot of internet news), this is a difficult balance to maintain. I’m trying not to get caught up in the maelstrom of smaller stories that happens on a second by second basis and conserve my energy for bigger issues. You know, like when he decides to kidnap children from asylum-seekers. (This is still the shittiest thing he has done. At least until he nukes Ontario)

How will this period of American history end? No clue. I’ve given up hope on anything stopping it if the Dems don’t win the midterms. The NY Times posted a huge expose on Trump’s tax fraud and how he has lied about his inheritance right before dinner last Wednesday and the outrage didn’t even last past Thursday’s breakfast. Hell, EVEN THE NY TIMES seemingly forgot about it and two days later printed a story on Trump’s amazing week full of wins. I’m convinced that Trump could shoot a puppy on tv, stuff the nuclear codes into the carcass, and present dead pooch and nukes to Putin on a gilded platter and the media would just end up doing stories on how Trump voters are hopeful about the tariffs.

I stopped following Trump on twitter a few months ago and it felt liberating. Yes, I still hear some of the crazier things he tweeted just because it will still seep through. Sewage is like that.

I’m limiting cable news. I don’t care to hear the Trump surrogate du jour explain how nobody has done more for women than pussy grabber in chief. I don’t want to see CNN’s chyron about BREAKING NEWS and then hear Wolf Blitzer repeat the same news story that they’ve been “breaking” for the past 2 hours.

Absolutely don’t listen, watch, or read anything that Trump says at a rally. I’m fairly certain his rally speeches are carcinogenic.

I’ll start limiting the times I check Twitter. That’s always a tricky one. I really enjoy the viewpoints of people I have chosen to follow although I should just turn it all off around 8. I’ve lost too much sleep to some breaking story that appears when I should be winding down. I’m guessing most of us have.

Now if you don’t mind, Olivia Nuzzi has published a lengthy article in NYMag.com about a little skit that Trump pulled on her with his cabinet to get her to write nice stuff about him which I’m not going to read. I mean, I’ve read the first few paragraphs already and it’s good but I’m not going to get sucked into this vortex of despair. Ok, maybe I’ll just skim it.

Hill.TV poll finds Dems hold 30-point lead over GOP among millennials

This would be more encouraging if I thought they would actually turn out to vote when it really matters:

Democrats beat Republicans by 30 points among millennials on the generic ballot, according to a new American Barometer survey.

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 56 percent of 18-34 year-olds said they would support a Democratic candidate in November’s midterm elections, while 26 percent said they would support a Republican candidate in their district.

The survey comes as parties and organizations aim to encourage younger adults to vote in the midterms.

“There’s been tremendous effort put forth to turn out that millennial vote. So a lot of money is being spent, a lot of effort is being expended to make sure those millennials voter,” Democratic pollster Mark Mellman told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.”

Woman Booted From Flight for Boarding With ‘Emotional Support’ Squirrel

I think some may be abusing the emotional support genre:

A woman was kicked off a plane in Orlando late Wednesday after she attempted to fly with an “emotional support” squirrel, according to a report from the New York Post. The Cleveland-bound woman reportedly indicated that she planned to fly with the varmint Tuesday night, but did not specify that the animal would be a squirrel. When she was asked to leave the plane, the Post notes, she refused, forcing Frontier Airlines to deplane other passengers before forcibly escorting her out. “Police eventually escorted the passenger off the aircraft and took her to the main terminal,” Frontier said, adding that “Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights.” As the woman was taken away in a wheelchair, she gave the middle finger to jeering passengers, footage posted on Twitter shows. The flight eventually took off without the woman and her squirrel, but with a two-hour delay.

FBI Director Wray Confirms That White House Limited Kavanaugh Probe

I am shocked. SHOCKED I TELLS YA!

During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) asked FBI Director Christopher Wray if the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh was curtailed by the White House. Wray confirmed that it was.

“I think I would say that our investigation here, our supplemental update to the previous background investigation, was limited in scope and that that is consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back quite a long ways,” he said.

Harris followed up by asking if communication between the White House and FBI was in writing, and requested that it be turned over to the committee. Wray said that he assumed some of it was and that he’d have to see what’s “appropriate” to give the senators.