Life comes at Trump fast

Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Donald Trump gleefully launched a Twitter tirade against Republican Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Senate caucus. Then, 24 hours later, he needed McConnell and the Senate GOP, and they knifed him.

Trump was upset that McConnell was unable to get a health care reform repeal passed through the Senate, so he unloaded on McConnell. Repeatedly. And rather viciously.

Trump figured he doesn’t need Republicans in Congress. He’s his own man. He got to where he was in life on his own (he hasn’t, but he thinks he has). So why does he need Mitch McConnell, or any allies for that matter. Trump is a one-man show. He uses you when he needs you; otherwise you’re disposable.

Then a funny thing happened. Not one day after Trump’s latest Twitter-rage against McConnell, Donald Trump needed Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republican Senators, and they all stabbed him in the back when Trump needed them most.

On Saturday, a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia became violent when a white supremacist’s car plowed into counter-demonstrators, killing one woman. Everyone immediately condemned the racist terrorist attack, except Donald Trump.

Trump dragged his feet, and even let his wife speak out, but not the President himself. Finally Trump spoke, but rather than condemn the Nazi terrorism, Trump condemned both sides — the Nazis, and the anti-Nazi protesters.

The response from Republican leaders was swift and brutal. Non-usual suspects like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Gardner, Mike Huckabee, and Orrin Hatch all criticized the white supremacists. And many Republicans, including conservative Republicans, blasted Trump for refusing to criticize the neo-Nazis by name.

Only 24 hours after Donald Trump launched his latest salvo against Republicans in Congress, Trump needed those Republicans in Congress. And they weren’t there.

Donald Trump has no idea how Washington works, and he doesn’t seem to have a terribly good grasp on life either. If you spend your time constantly attacking and undermining your friends, then you won’t have those friends when you most need them.

Live by the tweet, die by the tweet.

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  • Bill_Perdue

    Trumps fake condemnation of the racist upsurge is a disgusting scam. And so are the actions of the cops Charlottsville who were just as unwilling to go after the racists and defeat them militarily to preserve peace as Obama was unwilling to federally prosecute rabid killer cops who wantonly kill people of color.

    Democrats, Republicans, cops and judges are equally the enemies of people of color and working people. What they prefer is the mass incarceration of working people of color in jails and prisons.

    ”The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 901 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,163 local jails, and 76 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories. …

    We know that almost half a million people are locked up because of a drug offense. The data confirms that nonviolent drug convictions are a defining characteristic of the federal prison system, but play only a supporting role at the state and local levels. While most people in state and local facilities are not locked up for drug offenses, most states’ continued practice of arresting people for drug possession destabilizes individual lives and communities. Drug arrests give residents of over-policed communities criminal records, which then reduce employment prospects and increase the likelihood of longer sentences for any future offenses.

    This “whole pie” methodology also exposes some disturbing facts about the youth entrapped in our juvenile justice system: Too many are there for a “most serious offense” that is not even a crime. For example, there are almost 7,000 youth behind bars for “technical violations” of the requirements of their probation, rather than for a new offense. Further, 600 youth are behind bars for “status” offenses, which are “behaviors that are not law violations for adults, such as running away, truancy, and incorrigibility.”

    Turning finally to the people who are locked up criminally and civilly for immigration-related issues, we find that 16,000 people are in federal prison for criminal convictions of violating federal immigration laws. A separate 41,000 are civilly detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) separate from any criminal proceedings and are physically confined in federally-run or privately-run immigration detention facilities or in local jails under contract with ICE. (Notably, these categories do not include immigrants represented in other pie slices because of non-immigration related criminal convictions.) …

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    And once we have wrapped our minds around the “whole pie” of mass incarceration, we should zoom out and note that being locked up is just one piece of the larger pie of correctional control. There are another 840,000 people on parole (a type of conditional release from prison) and a staggering 3.7 million people on probation (what is typically an alternative sentence). Particularly given the often onerous conditions of probation, policymakers should be cautious of “alternatives to incarceration” that can easily widen the net of criminalization to people who are not a threat to public safety.https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2017.html
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  • Demosthenes

    Let’s hope the GOP Congress soon gets the courage to vote against Trump’s “policies”.,

  • Martha Bartha

    So Presidential.

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