“Fox Isn’t Working for Us Anymore.” Tweets Trump.

Liberals have been calling Fox News Trump TV for months now.   What is surprising is to see Trump agree.  By complaining that Fox is no longer working for him, he is implying they once did.  A curious admission, but it fits the Trump world view that everyone should be working for him and the envy he often shows of those strong men in other countries who can more easily get things done.  Autocracy is so much more simple than democracy.

And Trump, despite his unpredictability, is a simple man.

What spawned that Trump tweeted complaint was a number of comments by Fox News hosts that Trump did not like, including Shepard Smith’s stating categorically that Trump is not telling the truth about new wall going up rapidly on the southern border.  In fact, there has been no new wall, only the replacement of about sixty miles of old wall.  Period.

Smith has also pointed out that Trump is not telling the truth about some 90 billion that supposedly went to Puerto Rico for disaster relief, of which they have actually received about 14 billion.

And Smith has called false Tucker Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is a hoax.  Tucker is one of what I’d call the Fox Views side of the network.  He, along with Hannity and Laura Ingraham, form the evening lineup that really goes to bat for Trump and vice versa.

Of course, liberal media have made the same points as Smith, but we expect that.  The more Fox News concurs with the other two major cable networks, the more possible is conversation based upon commonly recognized facts, without which there can be little conversation.

Here is my main point,  Trump TV is not Fox News, but those who constitute Fox Views, the big three mentioned above along with others who primarily state opinions, while usually critical of liberals and uncritical of Trump’s world of alternative facts.

As Trump continues to repeat and expand his fantasy land, my hope is that the Fox News side of the network will feel compelled to point out the lies as they have done for some time but not as frequently as recently.   The more lies, the more coverage of the worst of them?

Here is a link to Smith’s dismissing Trump’s wall claims among other things.  Scroll down to find the short video of Smith’s dismantling Trump’s lie.

Finally, I suggest you check out Smith’s one hour news program Mon-Friday, noon Pacific Time on Fox.

 

 

 

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I Don’t Know About Good ‘Ol Joe….

Talking about Joe Biden, who I think has stayed one dance too long at the ball.  I think Joe your time has past.  You do not express the vitality you showed in accepting the VP nomination seven years ago (look at your 2012 acceptance speech) and though the current president may be only one Big Mac short of a heart attack, he looks more vigorous than you (a friend speculates some Botox help).

You look like a guy who wants to rest on your laurels.  And everything about you smacks of the past, so the age factor is not simply a matter of vitality, but of world view.   A fair account of your long political life would show much to praise, but this is a what-have-you-done-for-us-lately society.

You bring up the past too much, and how close you were to President Obama, being his right hand man.  Basically your campaign is “back to normalcy”.   Trump wouldn’t have been elected if so many people loved normalcy back then.

I recall a number of friends who voted for Trump, but would have chosen Bernie if they had the choice.  They wanted change from whatever corner.  I think the desire for trying something different remains.  Hard to know to what extent, but my sense is that it is key.

So, Joe what can you come up with in the primary “debate” in a couple of weeks?  Is there anything new in your play book?   And can you relocate some of that fire from a few years back?  Can you make your experience look presidential instead of just old?


P. S.  I know, as Trump unravels, “normalcy” might become valued like diamonds, but something more than that seems necessary to win the Democratic nomination.  And if Trump and the economy do hold together, i. e.  hold their own, offering something new and different might be just what the Democrats need to tip the balance their way.

Donald Trump, the Chosen One?

I have written and rewritten and trashed several posts over the past two weeks, because things kept changing so fast in Trumptopia I couldn’t figure out where to land.  He has produced a record amount of gibberish, especially over these last two days, so I’ve given up writing about it and sought help.

I’ve looked around for something that gives an overall gist of Trump’s ever wackier state of mind.  I think this article in the Guardian, a liberal English news source, captures Trump’s general state of incoherence quite well for those who want a momentary big picture of our little president.

Thanks Guardian.

Trump’s Poisonous Indecency Bears Fruit

In 2015 he began his presidential campaign by sliming Mexican immigrants here illegally.  He went on to provide numerous reminders of his indecency not just towards people of color but towards anyone who criticized or challenged him.  I understand when fellow Americans’s call for legal immigration, and reject illegal, but the matter is much more complex than Trump’s portrayal of many bad Mexican migrants and few good ones.

He has developed a drum beat to the effect if you are here illegally, you are our enemy.  Actually, less of an enemy than our fellow citizens according to several reports you can find by googling the subject.  You want to really keep safe, keep a closer eye on your fellow Americans.

What a sad irony that at this moment when a president is normally looked to for moral leadership we have precisely the wrong man for the job.  A guy who will deny any connection between his ceaseless attacks on Latinos fleeing to this country and what has just happened in El Paso.  The mass murderer’s screed on the internet could have been written by Trump.  You doubt that?  Let’s recall how Trump kicked off his presidential campaign back in 2015 with the following:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

With so few “good” Mexicans, it makes sense to the deranged mind to kill off as many as possible.  And so this man did.

Trump has followed an indecent campaign with an indecent presidency.  Whatever our political differences, can’t most of us agree that at base we want a president with a common sense of decency?

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P. S. – Mind and soul numbing news today about a second massacre, this time in Dayton, Ohio.  I’m feeling that a massacre per week could become part of the American fabric, like our accepting maybe 40-to-50,000 deaths per year on our roads.  Collateral damage of our way of life.

Unlike El Paso, this Saturday evening assault doesn’t seem to relate to past Trump attacks on  Mexicans.  Instead this seems to reflect his inclination to attack blacks.  The gunman reportedly shot his white sister, while the other victims were mostly black.  That suggests that race came into play.

An elected racist, xenophobic president.  Oh, America, can’t we do better than this?