THE DEFENSIVE FOOL IS BACK

“I never said the word Israel.”

There is a great term that many have used to describe people who either act or speak inappropriately. They say the person is being “tone-deaf” to demonstrate the feelings of those who are affected by the statement.

When the President’s travel ban was rolled out (1-28-2017) and confusion reigned at the major airports, instant protests popped up at airports all over the country, Trump was in the movie room at the White House watching Finding Dory. Albert Brooks, one of the voiceover actors in that drama summed it up best, “Odd that Trump is watching Finding Dory today, a movie about reuniting with family when he’s preventing it in real life.”

Another tone-deaf moment came that same weekend when Ivanka Trump tweeted out her “Date Night” picture of her and Jared dressed to the nines. Many critics of the royal family were quick to point out the insensitive nature of the tweet. What was the big deal? She has always been rich and will always be rich. That’s what rich folks do while others suffer.

After an optically enticing visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump traveled to Israel and was greeted warmly by that country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Everything was going great, until the Donald couldn’t resist the screaming press after the hand-shake photo opportunity. He had to talk. He had to defend himself. He has no discipline.

The look on Netanyahu’s face said it all. While Bebe smiled and repeated his stock answer to the controversy, Trump hushed the reporters so they could all hear his words, “I never mentioned the word or the name Israel during that conversation!”

Once again, Mr. Know-It-All opened his mouth and put his foot in it. It was beyond “tone-deaf.” It was disrespectful to the leader of our ally and a totally uncouth remark to throw out. While he denied that a conversation about Israeli intelligence took place with the Russians, he confirmed there was a conversation about the ISIS plot. His lawyers were groaning out loud.

While he may think that declassifying intelligence at will is his prerogative, he should remember that what he claims he doesn’t know is in direct conflict with all his previous statements about knowing everything about ISIS.

And low and behold, just as he makes the short trip to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine, he is greeted with another terrorist attack. This time in Manchester, UK. (5-22-2017)

As he stood there and declared the terrorists “Evil Losers” he demonstrated his knack for being “tone-deaf” on the global stage. That word “loser” might connote that those suffering through the attack are the winners. What?

Knowing that President Trump is not manageable, by the large entourage he brought with him, doesn’t lessen the hindrance of poor communication. Just as he is pointing out how the perpetrators of such a horrific act are such losers, he throws in, “It will happen again.” Maybe when the teenage girls in Manchester hear his warning of the terrorists returning he achieves his goal of spreading fear with no empathy.

He may think he is the King of deals, but still gets low grades for seeming uncaring and wanting to be more “right” than compassionate. He declares what people think. He pronounces what people should feel. But what he will find out painfully is that his words matter. Laws are based on words.

Donald J. Trump’s great presidential scam continues, but in this show he doesn’t control the final scene. He can’t fire public opinion. He cannot declare winners or losers like in reality TV. Twenty-two people lost their lives. That is the reality for their families.

Real reality is so much more difficult than he ever imagined.


TRUMP SIDES WITH SUNNIS

Presidential Gunrunner Changes Tune

Mohammed was able to unite the tribes of Arabia through religious doctrine and force, while Donald Trump, no Mohammed indeed, was able to drive a firmer wedge between the Sunni and Shia believers with one trip to the Middle East.

His vitriol against Iran deployed the old philosophy, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. To the tune of billions of dollars in armaments and technology, the Royal Saud family secured Donald Trump’s loyalty.

To be fair, this is no different than what the former CIA Director and President George H.W. Bush saw was the method to have “normal” relations with most of the Arabs in the area. The US President has always had to deal with kings and dictators to keep the wheels of diplomacy and industry rolling. Stated more directly, Saudi Arabia has oil and we have weapons and great software.

In Donald Trump’s speech to the gathered tribes and countries of the Muslim faith, he failed to comprehend the nature of Islamic banking. For someone who has spread his footprint around the world, Trump’s naïveté on the way the money flows from legitimate sources to the terror groups is astounding. His state department experts could have told him that the men listening to his speech Sunday in Riyadh have no idea what the Islamic banks do with their money because those banks are under no government’s reach. This is how Mohammed wanted it.

Hats off, no pun intended, to the First Lady and Daughter Ivanka for not covering their heads while in a Muslim country, but then, First Lady Obama already blazed that trail. It was interesting how Trump’s daughter might have made a statement in Saudi Arabia, but then covered her head in Israel. So, noted.

Donald J. Trump, who called for the ban on all people coming from Muslim nations, was much more tempered when facing the force of dozens of Islamic nations sitting before him. He didn’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” out of respect for the religion. Wow, how he adjusts his act to his audience. When he gets to Israel he will don a yarmulke so not to offend. When did he become so politically and socially correct? What will his base think?

The trip to Saudi Arabia will no doubt improve Trump’s ratings, but while he is away, the plot against him continues in the States. Watching him look so presidential, with no damaging tweets this week, will he learn from this trip? Like someone on vacation without a care and with loads of procedural respect dished out and obviously patronizing anointment from the hosting countries, he shouldn’t let it go to his head. Trump will find the trip less positive toward the end.

He has to face the holy pontiff in the Vatican. The Pope will not kiss his ring or give him a gold necklace. He will ask hard questions about South Americans, walls and what have you done for the poor?

With the big NATO meeting and the G7 Economic Summit in Italy, Trump will find less adoration and more hard questions. For now, he leaves Saudi Arabia with the feeling of success, but with a hard road ahead.

People in America don’t care about whether the Sunnis and Shia hate each other; that has been going on for 1,400 years. What America sees on TV this week will probably fool some into believing that this man of orange has a plan for America.

Peace in the Middle East and deals for bombs won’t give the US a better healthcare system. Trump having lavish banquets abroad will not produce a fairer tax plan for the citizens of this country. But he did say we would get tired of winning. The hype is painful.


Muslims, Money, Mexicans & Melania

Trump’s Love-Hate Relationships

If you were to ask me what I thought of Trump buildings, I would say that I neither hate them nor love them. They are plain and from an architectural eye appear to be well-built and substantial, but they aren’t very innovative. I have never found them inviting and the size of his name on the edifice is gaudy, tacky, kitschy and, well you get it.

When Donald Trump started his egomaniacal trip into politics, most people thought it would be short-lived. Some people hated him and some loved him. When he came down the gold-plated escalator, he stood next to his beautiful immigrant wife and proceeded to tear into immigrants. Hate from day one.

The Mexicans seem to bother Trump the most. Even though he employs Mexicans and Mexican-Americans on his construction jobs, he sounds like he hates them. He used a whole ethnic group to get attention and put himself in the limelight. He even wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out.

Donald Trump would surely hate being psychoanalyzed by a two-bit blogger, but he does expose himself to much of what he gets. Much like the bully on the playground or the villain in a good movie, we love to hate him. It’s not war against political correctness that he wages that makes him wrong, it’s the use of hate to separate us and get what he wants. Gee, what is that?

We know that Donald is a religious man. He worships money and power, which brought in the evangelicals, because they too, are protecting their kingdom on earth with money and power. WWJD? And why can he get this anti-Semitic stink off him?

He keeps telling us how successful and rich he is. He loves talking about his wins as if losing is something that makes him an enemy. He says America First, but then seems to turn on America. He repeats his mantra that we are so screwed up, which is what an abusive father would say to a son who wasn’t living up to his expectations. One might say he has a love-hate relationship with the very country he wants to lead.

Hating Muslims is an easy pot to stir. Every time a radical terrorist used the twisted view of his faith as the justification for taking lives there was Trump to endorse, encourage and exploit the hate. He can deny that he hates any religious group, like he denies climate change, but the facts are pretty clear. Could you imagine a candidate for the highest office saying they wanted a complete and total shutdown of all Catholics entering the United States?

I am sure Mr. Know-It-All loves his wife Melania, but from this vantage point it doesn’t seem so lovey-dovey. Of course, you can spare us the over-the-top public displays of affection we saw with Al Gore and Tipper. We are still trying to unravel the strange sense of co-dependency that Mike Pence has demonstrated with his wife.

We know that Jack and Jackie Kennedy didn’t really have a normal marriage. Maybe being President makes it impossible to have a customary relationship with your spouse, but the jury is still out whether Melania staying in New York was really for their son, or just her desire to have a life.

In his previous relationships, Donald Trump was not faithful. Maybe he hates being married. Or maybe, he is the embodiment of the 70s swinger whose only real vice is sex, without the drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Or maybe, he finally grew up?

That brings us to the question, do I hate Donald Trump? I don’t hate him and I don’t like him and I surely don’t love him. I feel sorry for him. He reminds me of my father, who if still alive would be 104 years old. My father’s viewpoints were baked in by a generation of people who believed America was a white country, with white bread and white picket fences. And that Italians, Irish, Russians, Jews and those “other” people should have their own neighborhoods and should stay there unless they went out to shop.

Donald Trump probably believes if he got rid of all the Muslims, Mexicans and minorities who don’t “love” America that magically all the challenges would go away. Hating only gets more hate thrown back at you. Now that he has pulled all the way into his bubble, he will never realize that we are a nation of immigrants who want a better life. Trump’s grandfather and mother came to America as immigrants; does he deny that?

You don’t make America great by getting rid of the others, while catering to the 38% of those people who would actually look the other way when you shoot someone on Fifth Avenue. It’s time for Trump to diminish the hate and increase the love. America is not going to wait for you to catch up to the reality and benefits of love.

 

 

 


WHY BANNON MUST GO

Chameleon Trump Showing True Colors

We’ve all had bad bosses in our lives. And there were times that our bosses kept bad guys around much too long. Some big guys like to have someone around who can be the bad cop when a dastardly deed has to be done. (Like yelling at the Freedom Caucus, that worked?) Others want to be reminded that people are not that important to the success of the enterprise. (The deconstruction of the administrative state is an anti-people statement)

Some keep negative people around because the person becomes the only buddy a guy has. I have even seen bosses keep someone around because they too, were a smoker. Strange.

When Donald Trump raged at the rallies I kept thinking it was an act. He was pro-choice when he was producing offspring, but magically became anti-abortion when he started having grandkids. He appeared to be a real free market man with his actions of having his clothing line made in China to using Japanese steel in his buildings.

He kept screaming about how bad immigrants are, but used immigrants to build his empire. And his immigration force to separate families, much like what happened during WWII both in Germany and the U.S., seemed heartless. I guess he thinks it’s okay to destroy a family, but not okay to kill babies.  We get it.

And now we see his liberal, Orthodox Jewish daughter, Ivanka, known as Yael in the Temple, has become the inner conscientiousness of the Donald. According to some reports, she presented the pictures of the babies choking for life in Syria that convinced her father to reverse is policies about Syria completely.

Steve Bannon’s ex-wife testified in a legal document in the state of California that Steve didn’t want his kids to attend a private school because of the number of Jewish kids at a specific school. Bannon’s reason?  He didn’t like the way ‘they’ raised their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want his girls going to school with Jews.

That remark could be written off if Bannon didn’t end up being the money behind and the editorial force in front of Breitbart News. It’s the same publication that raised this headline: ‘Bill Kristol: Republican spoiler, renegade Jew’ and, ironically, the Website that was started by Andrew Breitbart, a person raised in a Jewish family.

Politics is a sticky force and with video everywhere it’s hard not to have researchers pull up every word you said on any issue. When you claim, your position is one thing, so loudly and so strongly, then within 100 days change central platforms, it’s more than a midcourse correction, it’s a damn flip-flop.

Sooner or later the chameleon finds himself sitting on top of a leaf where he wants to stay for a while; a place he might feel more comfortable and so he changes to that color and hopes no one notices his transformation.

Imagine how Steve Bannon feels coming to work every day knowing that the person he thought he could control is, quite frankly, uncontainable.  And that is also the challenge for son-in-law Jared Kushner and princess daughter Ivanka.

The kids, or as they have been called, the “democrats” have to move slowly before they rid the kingdom of the less than worthy. Jared got Chris Christie out of the way, the man who helped convict his father of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering and who pushed Charles Kushner into 14 months of federal prison. The kids also drove the big mouth Giuliani out of the picture so Trump wouldn’t get distorted by his dogma.

The reason Ivanka couldn’t vote for her father in the primaries, was because she was a registered Democrat and didn’t understand that in New York primaries you can vote only for candidates in your party. So the nickname ‘democrats’ actually works in this case.

Bannon will only get in the way and prove to be a distraction that actually hurts the country and will force the President to be someone he is not.

As the “kids” slowly work their familial magic and massage Trump’s positions into the middle, Bannon will be an unnecessary third-wheel. The generals certainly don’t want him around. The lawyers don’t want him around – just look at the messy, poorly written executive orders. And of course, this is a family affair and the ‘renegade Jews’ aren’t outsiders, they are INSIDERS, and the President listens when they whine.

Within days the Donald declares NATO is not obsolete, China appears to now be an ally and not a currency manipulator.  Are we are starting to see a President who seems to be thinking reasonably?

Okay, he blew off 60 Tomahawks but the attack didn’t destroy the runway. The carpet bombs must have been made out of real carpet?

Trump now realizes that Russian President V. Putin is not his friend, but he still won’t dress him down as hard as Nikki Halley and Rex Tillerson. We heard how his buddy denies those chemicals were even used. Putin, using a move out of the Donald’s playbook, has pushed back and even called the allegations, ‘trumped-up charges.”

And the crazy kid in North Korea is ready to test the President. Bannon was against the bombing of the airbase in Syria because his ideology is actually getting in the way of how the world actually works. Bannon is an isolationist, while Trump has become a new born globalist. How did that happen?

Even domestically, Bannon sees the world as US and THEM, but in this country, we are a people united, or as some say, citizens united. Who knew being leader of the free world would be so hard. Sad!

 

 


The Smell of Tomahawks in the Morning

Trump Huffs and He Puffs

Finally, the President of the United States has made a statement to the world that he’s just like the movie character, John Shaft. Donnie may think he’s a bad (shut your mouth), but he should remember one of Shaft’s great pieces of advice, “Next time, you mutha, don’t bite off more than you can chew!”

Yes, we get it, you saw the pictures of the babies, the innocents of war being poisoned by a chemical that is banned by the Geneva Convention and other treaties and you had to act. You had to bomb the airbase in Syria where the sorties began, but do you have the next step planned? We know that you aren’t going to tell anyone what you are going to do, we get your secret military tactics, but did you tell Congress? You told the Russians you were going to bomb, so much for your big secret plan.

And now that you have decided to teach Assad a lesson, have you considered what happens now with the rebel insurgency and more importantly, what ISIS is thinking right now? Mostly likely, they consider your actions part their plan, not yours. Once again, a U.S. President has been drawn into the Middle East.

When you play the screaming pumpkin head at rallies you can talk about how regime change in Libya was bad and blame Obama and Hillary for the way the Middle East turned out. But this is real life now and you indeed have inherited a mess. That damn Eisenhower, propping up the Muslim Brotherhood in order to fight communism.

Stop saying you alone are going to fix it. You might want to stop that rhetoric and start to think about who else will be there to help you fix it. Remember why we call certain countries allies. You will have to get into bed with some strange dogmatic dudes in order to keep the peace in the Middle East. Ask your son-in-law.

What a coincidence that King Abdullah II was sitting in the White House while Donald J. Trump was agonizing over an answer to the age-old question created by a blast of human consciousness. At one point, Jordan was accepting 3,000 refugees a day from Syria and it’s likely the last person to speak to Trump on the matter of what to do with Syria was the King, a real king. Abdullah got what he wanted, someone else to mess with Assad. And Israel will be happy, too. Sounds like a tribal win-win to moderate Muslims and Zionists everywhere.

Are things looking up for the Donald? He even asked God to bless the whole world. Boy, that sounded like globalism to me. Steve Bannon was probably throwing up out of his limo window on the way home. With so many ex-Goldman people around this president and of course, the Democrat Kids, are we seeing the turn toward global awareness? Can climate change be next? Baby steps.

A spokesperson for the Kremlin said Putin believes the attack was done under a “trumped-up pretext” and that Vladimir denounced the US strike against a Syrian government airbase as an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.” OMG, has your buddy has turned against you? Can that tape of whatever happened in St. Petersburg be far behind? And did they actually use the phrase, “trumped-up?” Is that a word in Russian?

Now we get to see what you are really made of Mr. Know-It-All, as we all sing along with the Shaft theme, “Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man? (Trump), Can ya dig it? Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? (Trump), Right on!

They claim six people were killed at the base in Syria. Are you counting Mr. President? We know why you did what you did, like George W. going back to Iraq to finish the job his father started. If seems like you are trying to fix all the things you think Obama did wrong, does that make Barack your daddy? Sad!

 

 


Jargon, Jews & the Juggernaut

Does Trump Have Classic German Guilt?

While reading, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s TELEGRAPH this morning, I couldn’t help but notice this story, about how President Donald Trump answered one specific question during the joint press conference with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington yesterday.

An Israeli reporter asked a question.

To quote the article,

REPORTER: Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. And I wonder, what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the states and in Israel and maybe around the world who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?

Trump then wandered around in the desert for forty-seconds talking about how he won the election and the electoral college. One might interpret his first answer to be saying, well, ‘yeah, we have lots of those people in our tent, but, hey, they voted for me.” Like a dog pissing on every tree to mark his territory, he goes out of his way to make sure everyone knows he won the election. His insecurity appears often.

Then, Trump promoted the fact that he has Jews around him, stopping short of the old cliché, ‘Some of my best friends are Jews!” Like the phrase ‘Some of my best friends are Black,’ after an unknowing racist just told a tasteless joke.

The Telegraph summoned it up nicely, urging Trump to make “a strong statement condemning anti-Semitism and a pledge to carefully monitor hate crimes and threats.” Why can’t he find the leadership in his soul to say that?

The Juggernaut is the fact that Trump always caters to his base, not the total America electorate. 48.2% of those who voted wanted Hillary Clinton, while only 46.1% cast the ballot for the Donald. Trump continues to be sullen about the popular vote he did NOT win. He makes no attempt to talk to 48% of the country. His insecurity appears often.

The Jargon that he uses in terms of questions about hate groups, anti-Semitism and the actions of vile people is inadequate at best. It’s like the great line in the TV show Fawlty Towers, when two German guests are staying at the hotel, “Don’t Mention the War!” It was clearly a suggestion to help the guests deal with their German war guilt.

Could Trump have something in his past that would create an embedded need to cover some deep-rooted guilt about Jews? He advertises his proximity to Jews, perhaps to say, ‘Hey, I’m cool with the Jews,’ but even in this case, his insecurity appears and the words fall short of real meaning and empathy.

Trump should talk to his son-in-law about what the Jewish Community really wants to hear from the President of the United States. Or better yet, actually listen to people’s questions during press conferences and answer them honestly.