President Trump went on a long rant of a press conference yesterday where he lashed out at the press, and praised the job that he's been doing as President. He claimed that his Administration is running "like a fine tuned machine" and blamed the notion of a chaotic White House on "fake news". This word comes on the heels of one of his appointees resigning or being fired (depending on which day you ask the President), another appointee withdrawing to avoid being voted down, and a third declining his appointment, referencing the offer as a "shit sandwich". In the presser, President Trump also told a few whoppers, including one he has often repeated even though it has been thoroughly debunked.
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DeVos becomes the first Secretary of Education to not have one.
Alright, before the Trump fans have a conniption, the sub headline there is a joke. Despite what you might believe if you watched this broad stumble through her confirmation hearing, she has been educated by someone. Somewhere. Someone who probably isn't rushing to the forefront right now to claim her. I scrolled back to December 18th on the Calvin College Facebook page and there was no mention of their Alumnus poised for such a prestigious governmental position. Now in fairness, I have no idea what protocol is for this sort of thing, but I would think it might get a congratulations or at least a mention, but in this case there was none.
Mexico is going to pay for it.
These words rang out time and again from Donald Trump during the Presidential campaign. "We're going to build a wall," Trump would exhort his rally audiences. He would then ask them who is going to pay for the wall? "Mexico!", they would yell back. As President, Trump signed an executive order to get the wall started. This lead many people to proclaim that he was keeping his campaign promise. However, the President has asked Congress to pay for the wall with the promise that he would find a way to get the money from Mexico at some point in the future. Then the Administration floated the idea of a 20% tax on Mexican imports. Now before we get into that, let's discuss the notion of keeping promises.
Did millions of illegals vote?
Back during the election process Donald Trump brought this up, and my Facebook friends who supported him started beating me over the head with this study from the PEW Research Center. Why? Because despite being a Republican, I reject the notion of widespread voter fraud. So Trump brings up the conclusion of this study, and it starts a chain reaction among his supporters. "Try to deny it now, Steve." At the time, I told the lovely Ramona that this is what truly bothers me about Trump. I expect the average guy on the street to misunderstand what some of these studies are saying, but for a Presidential Candidate this is pretty basic stuff. So, allow me to lay out my case again why Trump is wrong and I was right, and this time I will have a little affirmation from those in the know.
A look at how Trump will change Washington.
In the Republican Primaries, Trump's rivals tried to pick him off early by pointing out that Trump had donated to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. Not to be outdone, Trump quickly countered that he had donated to most of the Republicans on stage as well. While a couple of them declared themselves to not have been recipients of Trump's cash, another one was brazen enough to take the opportunity to ask for another donation. Trump was one step ahead of them. As an outsider, he knew he could expose their corruption, while even bragging about taking part in it, yet use it to tarnish them and escaped unscathed. Here is how he explained how Washington works, and how he played the system.
Clearing up the confusion on sanctuary cities.
This election cycle, we have heard a lot about "Sanctuary Cities" and their disregard for the law when it comes to illegal immigration. Donald Trump made dealing with these cities a campaign issue, promising to crack down on them and make them comply with federal immigration enforcement. This was a popular issue with many of his supporters, but in talking with them it became increasingly clear that many of them have no idea what a sanctuary city is, what they do, and how this relates to federal immigration law enforcement. Some of them think that these cities go so far as to harbor illegals and protect them from federal enforcement agents. I wanted to make an attempt at clearing the air on what it is exactly that these cities do.
Or is it just you?
Many Trump supporters have been having fun with the overreaction of some on the left to Donald Trump's victory. It seems the operative term for these folks is "snowflake" and their home base of operation is a location known as a "safe space". And while some have clearly taken it a bit far, being observed in the fetal position crying, or rescheduling exams to allow time for healing, perhaps some on the right aren't taking it quite far enough by not trying to understand some of the concerns of others that might be legitimate. I think the best way to come to some common ground is to look at a single issue that might illustrate the points on both sides.
Carl Icahn named special adviser on reugulatory reform.
I know, I know... Give the guy a chance, right? He's not even in the office yet and here I am criticizing the guy already. Well, consider this my outreach program to Trump supporters. We need the guy to succeed, and there are some pretty troubling things going on with the President-elect. In fairness, I stayed silent on the Coffee with Ivanka fiasco, and I haven't spoken out on the Camouflage and Cufflinks event that his sons seem to be somehow involved in. To me, this is more or less average run-of-the-mill type of behavior that borders on corruption but doesn't clearly cross the line. And to be honest here, if you honestly thought Trump was going to drain the swamp, well... I'll let Gingrich explain that one to you.
More troubling attacks from the right.
It seems like Republicans have to spend more time defending themselves from misleading and unwarranted attacks from the right than they do from the left anymore. The latest attack in this troubling trend comes from Right Wing News (dot) Com, which posted a short commentary on the arrest of several pro life demonstrators, including Jill Stanek. The group was arrested earlier today (March 25th) and charged with charged with violating D.C. Code 22-1307. The story on RWN posted part of this story from Life Site News and included a link to the whole article, and included the following observations about the story.