June 7, 2017

Wondering on Wednesday (v91)

Welcome, one and all, people and non-people alike, to tonight's wonder-full adventure!

We've talked about the two different kinds of people - living, breathing ones and bricks and mortar ones a few times before in these pages, but I have to say this is the first time I've gotten to talk about non people, which might mean just Democrats, or it might mean anyone who doesn't like Eric Trump's daddy, I'm not positive.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on The Trump News Network, which was widely reported,  Eric had this to say.
I've never seen hatred like this. To me, they're not even people. It's so, so sad. I mean, morality is just gone. Morals have flown out the window. 
OK, let's stop right there for a second, and think about Trump's father and his nonstop campaign of insults and lies and personal attacks on his opponents during the Republican primary, and against Hillary Clinton in the general election, and against the Khan family, and pretty much everyone else? Lyin' Ted, and Little Marco, and Low Energy Jeb!, and "look at that face" Carly Fiorina?  Or his pussy-grabbing? Or his lying about being a member of a particular church? Or his assailing the Pope? Accusing Lyin' Ted's dad of being involved in killing Kennedy?

Or, how about pretending that Barack Obama wasn't even an American? That was Eric's dad, too. He started down a similar vein with Cruz.  Or how about calling John McCain a loser? That's some love right there, I've gotta say. Maybe not 'hatred like this' but certainly Trump's 'morality' seems long gone... I could keep going with this because there is so much ammunition, but I'm sure you get the drift. Let's get back to Eric's statement.
We deserve so much better than this as a country. You know it's so sad.
Wow - I couldn't agree more - I wonder how the hell that happened?

Next, Eric turns to the Dems.
You see the Democratic Party. They're imploding. They're imploding.
Darn it -- I thought it was the Affordable Care Act that was imploding? Or was it Trump's explanation for firing James Comey? Or was it Donald Trump himself?
They have no message. You see the head of the DNC, who is a total whack job. There's no leadership there. 
Sadly it's hard to argue with that part.
And so what do they do? They become obstructionists because they have no message of their own. They have no solid candidates of their own. They lost an election they should have won because they spend seven times the amount of money that my father spent. 
Now, does anyone wonder who spent more money on the presidential campaign? According to Open Secrets, total spending on Trump's behalf (campaign committee and outside money) totaled $408,396,207 compared to Clinton's $794,875,608, for a difference of $386,479,401. That's a whopping amount of money to spend, much less to outspend someone else. But it's disingenuous for Eric to consider only the amount of money Daddy spent ($66M) and not the totality of the money spent on his behalf.

It's also disingenuous to ignore the incredible value of the free publicity Trump received throughout the primary campaign and the overwhelmingly negative publicity Clinton received. Donald Trump, a man so media hungry that he used to call people pretending to be someone else and talk about himself, knew how to play the media, and play them he did, like a Stradivarius.

But anyway -- back to Eric.
They try and obstruct a great man, they try and obstruct his family, the come after us viciously, and it's truly, truly horrible. 
OK, I've gotta wonder a bit on that last part. Not on the 'great man' part -- every child is allowed to think his or her father is a great man. But obstructing him? How is that happening? Trump hasn't done anything other than sign executive orders (something he said  he would not do) - and nominate a Supreme Court justice. He's been slow in getting legislation sent up, and his biggest obstructionists to date have been Republicans who only supported him so they'd have someone to sign their stuff -- not to implement his stuff.

He has failed to get nominations over for confirmation for literally hundreds of positions, some of them critical. He assumed that once he won, he could get everything he wanted, and is finding out that's not the case. His administration is fraught with leaks and, the leaks are to be believed, massive infighting among senior staffer. And he's played a boatload of golf. He is probably the biggest obstruction to his own presidency.

As to obstructing the Trump family, I can only scratch my head; what does Eric consider obstruction? If he means we don't like their conflicts of interest, or how they play fast and loose with their ethics, or how the Trump and Kushner families are trying to capitalize on the presidency? Or how we have to pay in the tens of millions of dollars to protect the extended family on vacations, and business travel, and so on?

I wonder, is that what he meant? Because if yes, then why yes, we are 'obstructing' the family of the great man. And why yes, our country does deserve better.

And, by the way -- Eric's assault on us non-people happened to come on the heels of an article in Forbes regarding how the Trump Organization at some point started making money off Eric's foundation, which gave millions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And how the foundation allegedly shifted money designated for St. Jude to other charities. And how Daddy's own charitably-challenged hand was in all of this.

I wonder if Eric sees that morality go flying out the window?