Thursday, June 7, 2018

Trump and Hurricane Preparedness: Nothing But Narcissism, Anything But Prepared; Trumpian Diplomacy: Alienating Allies by Tariffs & Tweets; Plus, the GOP and its Trump Cult of Personality

Hilda Colon, a victim of Hurricane Maria, on a cot at the Pedrin Zorrilla Coliseum, Sept. 25, 2017.

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This is a standalone entry in which I feel compelled to note this Washington Post article: In private FEMA remarks, Trump's focus strays from hurricanes.

Carmen Marrero sits amid the extensive damage following Hurricane Maria, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Sept. 24, 2017.

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It features a summary of Trump comments from a leaked audio at a meeting this walking, living, breathing charlatan had with FEMA officials ostensibly for the purpose of discussing hurricane preparedness for the 2018 season.


It follows the recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine that concluded the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was more like 4,600+ rather than the absurdly low "official" total of 64 -- itself a figure that was in the wake of that article upped by island authorities to an "additional 1,400 deaths following Hurricane Maria compared to the same period the previous year."

Trump tossing paper towels at Calvary Chapel in San Juan on October 3, 2017 -- as if he were at a basketball game and not the site of a massive humanitarian tragedy that hit 3 million American citizens.

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On display at this meeting was the deeply pathologically nature of the narcissistic sickness of this deranged man-child who is wildly unfit to hold the office of President of the United States. As The Post article notes:

But President Trump had a lot else on his mind, turning the closed-door discussion into soliloquies on his prowess in negotiating airplane deals, his popularity, the effectiveness of his political endorsements, the Republican Party’s fortunes, the vagaries of Defense Department purchasing guidelines, his dislike of magnetized launch equipment on aircraft carriers, his unending love of coal and his breezy optimism about his planned Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It's little no wonder that his "administration" consists of a morally and ethically toxic stew of Scott Pruitt-level grifters, hucksters, con artists, Betsy Davos-level kooks, and Ben Carson-level crazies.


Speaking of preparedness, Trump has decided he doesn't need any preparation for his "historic" summit with Kim Jong Un -- a psychopathic, murdering monster with whom he is eager to have an The Apprentice-like reality TV show "moment" that secures him the all-important, glorious "win" -- but his narcissism, laziness, and epic stupidity are ensuring the truly historically important alliances of the United States with Canada and the EU are being torn asunder.

Emmanuel Macron tweet ahead of this week's upcoming G7 summit, June 7, 2018

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Trump is going to the G7 summit tomorrow and Saturday at La Malbaie, Quebec -- and already he's insulting other leaders left, right, and center, creating incredible ill-will with leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and (just today and through his favorite medium of communicating, Twitter) French President Emmanuel Macron as he willy-nilly imposes tariffs on our allies that are being met in kind.

Trump's idea of sophisticated diplomacy -- 140 Twitter characters at a time.

Think about how extraordinary it is that a President of the United States is behaving this way.

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As Max Boot noted earlier tonight on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° program, Putin's investment in Trump is paying of in terms of severely damaging / severing internally the entire post-WWII Transatlantic alliance.

As for what's going on with separating families at the US-Mexican border, that's just inexcusable -- something you would expect during very dark periods of the 20th Century from a certain place in Europe, not the United States in 2018 -- but that's a topic for another entry.

Trump in the only "ecosystem" in which he can function as President of the United States.

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Of course, none of this phases the Republican Party base and all the other brainwashed "Real Americans" (read: downwardly immobile white people) who -- thanks partly to a chicken-and-egg causality of the rightwing media/entertainment complex -- worship his carnival-barking fraud. As the following New York Times editorial this week clearly explains, the GOP is just a Cult of Trump now.


OK, that's all for now. I'm signing off. I actually didn't finish this entry until more like 1:45 a.m. Friday, but I preliminarily posted it just before midnight. I'll try to post something tomorrow evening, but my next entry might not be until Saturday night.

--Regulus

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