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.

Fox News Hires Hope Hicks

Shocker. It’s almost like Fox News is just a propaganda channel that is interchangeable with the Trump Admin.

Fox has named former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks as its chief communications officer, in a move that underscores its closeness with the Trump Administration. Hicks will lead communications for “New” Fox, a media company whose assets include Fox broadcasting and Fox News, following the pending sale of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Co.

The former model joined Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and was considered one of his most trusted advisors, with broad access to the Oval Office. She resigned from the administration in February, after she admitted to telling white lies in her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

As Hicks resigned, expressing gratitude to Trump, he heaped praise on her, saying she was “as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side.”

Trump On Kavanaugh After Second Allegation: ‘I Am With Him All The Way’

I mean, nobody should be surprised by this. To Trump, rape isn’t a bug but a feature. Also, Trump thinks that rethinking your position is a sign of weakness so he’ll double, triple, quadruple down on this.

President Donald Trump on Monday affirmed his continuing support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite the second allegation of sexual misconduct against him that surfaced Sunday, saying that it’s “unfair,” “unjust” and “totally political.”

Officials in overdrive to keep Trump from attacking Kavanaugh accuser

Actually, anybody who has been paying attention to Trump has an idea of how badly he wants to start attacking Professor Ford. Trump is a piece of shit. I’m always expecting him to do the worst thing possible.

A source who has been talking to President Trump throughout the Kavanaugh crisis told Axios that “you have no idea” how hard it has been to keep him from attacking his Supreme Court nominee’s accuser.

A White House official said yesterday: “Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday. That’s only, like, another 48 hours right?” It didn’t last that long: this morning, a few hours after this story posted, the president cast doubt on Ford’s allegation on Twitter.

And he has been tweeting about it this morning so he must have found his phone.

GOP Eyes Another Shot at ObamaCare Repeal after McCain’s Death

This 2018 midterm election is shaping up to be one of the most important elections in American history.

Senate Republicans say they would like Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) to appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who, unlike McCain, would support GOP legislation to repeal ObamaCare.

Republican lawmakers say they won’t have time to hold another vote to repeal the law in 2018 but vow to try again next year if they manage to keep their Senate and House majorities.

“If we re-engage in that discussion in some point in the future, it would be nice to have members who enable us to pass it,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.) said when asked about the possibility of ObamaCare repeal legislation coming up for a future vote.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he hopes the next senator from Arizona will be a “strong ally” who “recognizes that ObamaCare is not a proper solution.”

“It hasn’t worked. It’s created a lot of harm and damage to real people,” he added.

A senior Senate GOP aide said the chamber would “absolutely” vote again to repeal ObamaCare but cautioned it would depend on “if we keep the House.”

Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

Not shocking at all. Not sure why anybody is surprised by this stuff still. This administration cruelly separates children from their families without batting a smokey eye, they aren’t going to bother honoring a guy who was captured in Vietnam.