by Shelton Bumgarner
I know I feel like doing something on a daily basis about this new world we live in, Trumplandia, but I don’t know exactly what I want to do. We seem to live in a regular state of uncertainty, and I am a little obsessed with news about Trump, so it makes sense to maybe use all that obsession productively.
I don’t know exactly how it will shape up, though. It could be an email list, it could be a blog, I just don’t know. But I feel like there is both a market and audience for a narrowcast media outlet devoted to covering the latest outrage on the part of Donald Trump. Or, put another way, I’m interesting in putting the energy into doing from my point of view.
So, maybe nothing will come of this, or maybe something will. I don’t know. Only time will tell. But I might as well try and see what happens. Right now, the key issue is will this be an email tip-sheet or a blog? If you want it be a tip-sheet, send me your email at migukin (at) gmail.com and I will add you and go that direction with this. If no one does that, I will just write this up as events warrant, but at least once a day in the mornings. If this becomes really popular, I’m going to need donations for bandwidth, if nothing else.
The Trumplandia Report
May 25, 2017
It seems as though each day brings with it totally bonkers news here in this new era, this new land we call Trumplandia. The president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is willfully obstructing justice in an on-going manner and yet it seems no one cares in Congress. Vichy Republicans control both houses of Congress and they are willful in their complicity when it comes to Trump’s ongoing violation of the Constitution.
So much news is coming at us so fast these days that we risk an overload. We risk being burnt out to such an extent that we endup with a “managed democracy” like they have in Russia. I, for one, believe the American spirit is such that this won’t happen, no matter what.
The big news today in Trumplandia is the vicious assault of Ben Jacobs of The Guardian by Republican candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana. The event — of which there is an audio-recording — took place when Jacobs asked a question about the Congressional “score” of TrumpCare. While Rightwing Nutjobs tried to spin this event in their usual surreal manner, the cold hard truth is Jacobs was not doing anything to warrant the bodyslam.
Three of Montana’s major newspapers have taken back their endorsement of Gianforte as a result of this news. However, reports are that close to 60% of the expected vote has already come in through mail-in early voting, so it’s uncertain how likely it is that this tragic event will make any difference in the actual outcome of the vote. It must be noted that Montana is extremely conservative and even though this race has garnered national attention, it was unlikely to go to the Democratic challenger Rob Quist, regardless of what happened.
Quist, as I understand it, isn’t even that good a candidate all things considered and so it was one of those things were all the hype about this race being a referendum for Trumplandia is rather misguided.
In other news, Trump today is in Brussels for a NATO summit. Reports say that NATO officials were expecting the visit like one might “expect an asteroid.” As you may recall, Trump during the 2016 campaign claimed that NATO was “obsolete” and yet within the first 100 days of his administration saw the light and decided it wasn’t.
Elsewhere in Trumplandia, Buzzfeed is reporting that an employee for Trump’s “Winter White House” has been doing logistics work for Trump during his foreign trip. She got a government phone and email and everything, acccording to Buzzfeed.
All of this takes place as there are at least four major investigations going on of the Trump Administration. Three in Congress and one by the Special Counsel. I am not one of those people who feel Trump will be impeached anytime soon. In fact, I think it will be unlikely it will happen until at least 2019, and that assumes both houses of Congress flip in 2018.
The path of history is rarely a straight line and so there are bound to be any number of bizarre twists and turns to this tale of Trumplandia before it’s finally over. Donald Trump has show himself to be, if nothing else, a survivor.