Things Fall Apart; The Center Cannot Hold

Donald J. Trump ceased being President of the United States today at about 4:13pm Eastern Time. That was when he said into the microphones, “I will tell you something: I watched those very closely — much more closely than you people watched it — and you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group— You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”

That was the very moment when he decided to push all of his remaining chips in on the white nationalists. It’s not very hard to disavow white nationalists. It’s not even controversial. People who admit that they have never watched an episode of Game of Thrones get more heat than people who say racists suck! But he couldn’t say it. David Duke and other white nationalists/kkk members/nazi fucktards are all proud of him for his performance at his press conference today. Even if in his heart he isn’t a racist, it really doesn’t matter anymore, does it?

As President of the United States, he represents a diverse population. Trump sent a clear message today that there is only one type of citizen that he is willing to lead. A white member of the alt-right. Everybody else is just in his way.

None of this should be a surprise. There was no evidence during his campaign, nor during his celebrity prior to that, which illustrated that he could responsibly lead a company selling shitty steaks, let alone an entire country. It shouldn’t be a surprise that he attacks despots who may have nuclear missiles on twitter the same way that an upset customer tweets back at Chipotle for a burrito that didn’t have enough guacamole. This is who he was, this is who he is, and this is who he will always be.

His Administration as been nothing but disasters that are temporarily resolved by the revelations of further disasters. To put things in perspective, last week we were all concerned about Global Nuclear annihilation. We’ve barely heard a peep about nuclear holocaust this week because Trump managed to take a mid-twentieth century horror and replace it with a mid-nineteenth century horror. We’re slowly reliving our country’s past one tragedy at a time. We’ve had stupid Watergate that was eclipsed by dumb-as-fuck Cuban Missile Crisis which has now been lapped by WHAT-THE-FUCK-Is-Going-On KKK rally. I’m at the point that I’m hoping for a slow weekend of a Petulant Petticoat Affair to bridge the gap between Oh-Just-Kill-Me-Already 2nd American Revolution. Because that’s the course we seem to be heading down.

The only refreshing thing I can say about Trump is that he doesn’t use the podium to speak code to his base. Who needs a dog whistle when you can hook a megaphone up to Spinal Tap’s amp and crank it to 11? The only sliver of joy I can find in any of this, and I’m REALLY searching now, is that some aide who meticulously crafted a script for Trump to read on Monday is probably in the hospital with an embolism after Trump’s press conference today. I have no sympathy for anybody who has hitched their wagon to the Trump train at this point. Spicer, Scaramucci, Kelly, McConnell, Ryan, GOP House and Senate, you all knew what you were getting into.

I no longer think Trump will finish his term. He has just burned too many bridges, angered too many people. People with information who will keep leaking damaging information on Trump. The only question I have left is how will it end and how much damage will he do to us as he furiously struggles to keep his office. He won’t go silently into the night like Nixon. Trump has no allegiances besides himself and maybe Ivanka. He won’t care about trying to salvage the GOP. If anything, he will try to take them down with him if he senses that they have turned on him.

Where do we go from here?

HOLY SHIT

Trump just tripled down on his original statement on Saturday that the “alt-left” is just as bad as the nazis.

The final 10 minutes is here.

NC Woman Confronts Her Neighbor For Flying Nazi Flag

From News Observer:

After Saturday’s violent demonstration by KKK and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville, Va., Page Braswell decided she couldn’t remain silent about a man in her town flying a Nazi flag.

Braswell, 44, didn’t know Joe Love until she pulled into his driveway Sunday, but both live near the town of Mount Holly in Gaston County, about 15 miles northwest of Charlotte. Braswell said a photo had been circulating of a Nazi flag hanging at the home.

“I thought, ‘What? This is my town,’ ” Braswell said Monday after video of her confronting Love had been viewed 138,000 times and shared almost 3,000 times on Facebook.

The video shows Braswell driving to Love’s home, spotting the flag and a Trump sticker on his truck, then asking, “Hey! What’s up with the Nazi flag?”

Love asks who she is and says, “What’s that flag got to do with you?” He tells her his name and, in language laced with profanity and hand gestures, tells her it’s none of her business and she should leave. He says he’s not a Nazi but “this is Nazi f—ing America.”

“Where do you live? What kind of flag do you fly?” he asks.

“I fly a rainbow flag, thank you,” Braswell responds, prompting Love to call her “queer” and “lesbian.”

Apparently he owns an auto service. This isn’t helping his Yelp reviews.

Trump Pondering Pardon for Racial Profiler Joe Arpaio

From NYMag.com:

On Sunday, while the president was fielding advice about what, if anything, to say concerning lethal racist violence in Charlottesville, he was also facing another quandary: whether to pardon former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday, during a conversation with Fox News at his club in Bedminster, N.J. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court a couple of weeks ago for his serial defiance of a court order aimed at stopping his department’s eager use of racial-profiling methods. He was probably lucky he was only popped for a misdemeanor, since the racial profiling went on for years and Arpaio at one point admitted his lawyers had hired a private eye to investigate the wife of the judge he was battling. Then there’s the fact that his fight with the courts cost his county’s taxpayers well over $50 million. He could have been ordered to make restitution.

And in case anybody is wondering about the veracity of this report, Trump has retweeted it:

Fourth executive walks away from Trump after Charlottesville

From CNN:

The president of a manufacturing association has become the fourth executive to walk away from President Trump after he took two days to denounce white supremacy.

Scott Paul, head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, quit Trump’s manufacturing council on Tuesday. He said on Twitter it was “the right thing for me to do.”

He joined the CEOs of Merck, Under Armour and Intel, who all left the council Monday. The group, which Trump established in January with about two dozen members, is supposed to meet occasionally to offer the president advice on job growth.