As of today, March 22, 2018, Donald Trump has jumped the shark.
I know that seems impossible.
Ever since Fonzie took to water skis and jumped over a shark on a fifth-season episode of “Happy Days” in the fall of 1977 – “jumping the shark” has come to mean that moment when an enterprise has gone beyond belief, sanity or relevancy and soared into absurdity and inconsequence.
Then again, on second thought, I only wish today’s events had rendered Trump inconsequential.
Still, I can’t escape the feeling that The Donald has – given today’s events – jumped the genus selachimorpha.
Think about what we learned today. Just today. Just on this one, singular day.
And imagine if the President involved was not named Trump. (If his name was, perhaps Obama?) And yet, even though his name is Trump — it’s still incredible. (Though, perversely, all-too-credible — given that Trump is the guy involved.)
Today we learned that…
The President’s lead attorney, John Dowd, has quit the legal team that’s defending Trump against Special Counselor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It seems Dowd might have gotten upset that Trump just hired a new lawyer — a FOX News conspiracy hack named Joe Digenova. Or it could be because Trump just won’t listen to sound legal advice. Who knows? Chaos reigns.
On this same day we learn that Trump’s National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster is out – and right wing, war hawk, bull-goose-loony John Bolton is taking his place.
Are you psyched for war in North Korea and Iran? Did you love the Iraq War? If so, John Bolton is your man.
So, how does Trump – who ran on his blistering critique of the war in Iraq as a huge mistake, now embrace one of the primary advocates of that mistaken war? Who knows? Chaos reigns.
And then there’s Trump’s opening salvo in a new trade war with China. Today, The Donald announced tariffs directed at China that prompted the Dow-Jones Index to plummet 724 points.
Trump’s tariff announcement and subsequent Dow plunge would normally be the big news of the day. In fact, any of these stories would’ve been the major headline of the month in any other presidential administration.
But not in Donnie’s dystopian dynasty…
Somehow — perhaps through his mad, calculating, perverse subgenius — Trump managed to bury what would surely have been the biggest scandal of any prior Presidency.
Playboy centerfold Karen MacDougal appeared on CNN today.
She spoke to Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview and detailed a year-long sexual affair she had with Trump in the very same year that Donnie’s wife Melania gave birth to their son – and the same year he was also carrying on with Stormy Daniels.
All this madness in just one day.
Our national head is spinning.
And it isn’t event Stormy Sunday yet.
The Times They Are A Changin’…
Scenes from the March For Our Lives in Los Angeles, to the tune of Bob Dylan’s classic protest song: as relevant today as it was when it was released on January 13, 1964.
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown…And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone…
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again…
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin…
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall…
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
For the battle outside ragin’…
Will soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand…
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command….
Your old road is
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slowest one now
Will later be fast…
As the present now
Will later be past…
The order is
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.
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